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Finals upcoming!

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Its the weekend before finals! I'm going crazy over Calc. I need a 100% on the final to get an A in the class...

Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno

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Catholic priest… Navy officer and chaplain… veteran of the Vietnam War… Navy Bronze Star medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipient. Those are many accomplishments for one person to boast of. Yet, Father Capodanno would claim all those titles in the thirty-eight short years he walked this earth. After reading his biography in The Grunt Padre by Fr. Daniel L. Mode, I was inspired by this saintly man’s heroism. He is one of my favorite saints and my personal model and hero.             Vincent Robert Capodanno Jr. was born in 1929, the youngest child out of ten born to Catholic Italian immigrants. Young Vincent lost his father to a brain cerebral hemorrhage on his tenth’s birthday. He was an average or little above average student, but was well remembered for his fine features and his neat and sharp dressing. When World War II broke out, three of his brothers left to serve in the military. The patriotic time in which…

Redox Equations

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Wanna see what I've been working on at school??? This is an example problem for balancing redox equations in General Chemistry I. It's actually pretty neat! I've really been enjoying Gen Chem at Wright State University.

Hello stranger...

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Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? School and life, in general, has kept me VERY busy in my senior year of high school. However, as I am trying to get my life organized again, I've been making a set of weekly goals for myself. I thought it might be a good idea to share them on my blog. That way, y'all can keep me motivated with your comments. Nothing fancy. My goals can be sorta corny at times, but, hey, it's a start. And I'll actually be posting SOMETHING. :D

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
SONG OF THE WEEK
GOALS FOR WEEK 44 Study for Chemistry ExamExercise at least four timesDo Calculus practice finalFinish rough draft of JAREnjoy Thanksgiving!

Review: The Secret of Confession: Including the Wonders of Confession

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Review: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

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Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An outstanding and fun book to read about our great nation's history!

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Review: Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty

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Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty by Dannah Gresh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An AMAZING book on the power of internal and external purity and modesty! A must-read for all teen girls and their moms!

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Review: The Minister's Black Veil

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Review: Young Goodman Brown

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Review: Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence

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Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence by Alexandre Havard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book on a Christian perspective on leadership and how virtues play in important role in all leadership styles.

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Review: The Tenth Region of the Night: Sword and Serpent Book II

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The Tenth Region of the Night: Sword and Serpent Book II by Taylor R. Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An outstanding sequel to Sword and Serpent I! I enjoyed every single moment of it! Cant' wait till the third and final one comes out later this year!

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Review: And the bride wore white : seven secrets to sexual purity

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And the bride wore white : seven secrets to sexual purity by Dannah Gresh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish I had read this book sooner. This is an amazing guide to purity (and not just technical purity!) in a sex-saturated world. It not only sets guidelines for how to stay pure but also provides a road back for those who have gone astray. It talks about fighting the guilt and shame of having fallen and how not to fall again. I recommend this to all teen girls and their moms!

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Review: Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever

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Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever by Luiz Sergio Solimeo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clear and concise history of the apparitions at Fatima. Very good.

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Review: The Mystery of Cabin Island

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Review: Padre Pio and America

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Padre Pio and America by Frank M. Rega
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Outstanding summary of the life of Padre Pio. Also has the story of my grandpa's meeting with the saint too.

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Review: Learn to Lead

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Learn to Lead by Curt Lafond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another excellent book on leadership. Not only does this book cover the more advanced types of leadership, but also explains how to write a winning essay, speech, and resume.

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Review: The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion

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The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion by Louis de Wohl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have no words... this book is amazing. I've always enjoyed historical fiction but combined with the story of the Passion... Louis de Wohl does an incredible job of accurately portraying the characters' emotions. When I read the dialogue, I can truly feel and sympathize with the character's angst, joy, sorrow, etc.

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Review: The History of the Church: A Complete Course

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The History of the Church: A Complete Course by Peter V. Armenio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent history of the Catholic Church and Her part in world history,

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Goals and Birthdays

TOMORROW IS MY 17TH BIRTHDAY!
Birthdays are a good time to look back on your past life, but also a good time to look ahead. I saw an article today talking about how it is important to write down your "future picture" or where you see yourself in a certain number of years. So, I decided to do that on my blog. Below are just a few of my goals for my future. They'll probably change as I age and discern God's Will for me. It's a big, scary world out there and it takes much courage to face the challenges that present themselves. 
So, I'm asking all of you, my dear readers, to do me a little favor for me on my birthday. Could you just take a minute out of your day and say a prayer for me and my future? I'm not a 100% sure on anything right now. There are times where I want to curl up and hide in my room, trying to shut out the world around me... retreating into my "safety bubble" that I make for myself. As an introvert, it can be very hard and painfu…

B-25 Bombers!!!

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I found it very interesting that I am studying WWII right now because today is the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo! Yesterday, at our very own Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, eleven B-25 Mitchell bombers landed, coming from Grimes Filed in Urbana, Ohio. I wasn't able to go see them, but about thirty minutes ago, I heard a rumbling noise above our house and ran outside to see all eleven of them fly over our house! It truly was an amazing sight as I watched them fly over, thinking of what it would have been like that day for the Japanese 75 years ago. My grandfather, who was in WWII, worked on these planes too!

Though I wasn't able to get any pictures of the bombers, here are a few links I found interesting. Enjoy!

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-military/crowds-swarm-museum-25s-arrive-honor-doolittle-raiders/hlOwtpnoJxNxsviyYSmriI/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/us/75th-anniversary-doolittle-raid/

To hear the deep, loud rumble of the engines sent chills th…

Review: Lent and the Capital Sins

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Lent and the Capital Sins by Father Arthur Tonne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book to read during Holy Week! It is very clear and concise in the definitions and examples of the Capital sins.

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Review: Learn to Lead

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Learn to Lead by Curt Lafond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book on self-leadership!

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Review: A Temple of the Holy Ghost

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A Temple of the Holy Ghost by Flannery O'Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting twist as usual with any Flannery O'Connor stories. I found out with her stories that you have to delve deeper to find the true meaning of the story.

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Review: How to Become a Straight-A Student

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How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think it had some good tips in it, but I wouldn't implement all the strategies that Mr. Newport suggests.

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Review: Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles

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Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles by Raymond Arroyo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing story of complete trust in God. I admire Mother's childlike faith that God would provide everything she needed. I know I still struggle with placing my trust in God, much less placing an entire network with all its debt in His Hands. She is a role model for me in trusting God, forgiving others who have hurt me, and accepting sufferings and trials patiently and with resignation to God's Will.

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Review: The Battle of Hackham Heath

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The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent and fascinating prequel to The Ruins of Gorlan! It gives the entire series more perspective and background. The only thing that is keeping me from giving it five stars is that it was a little slow for several chapters. Especially between the battles, John Flanagan seemed to be having a hard time with keeping the book moving along, something I didn't notice in the original Ranger's Apprentice series. Also, I admire Mr. Flanagan for doing an amazing job with making all the time/dates/facts to match up with the rest of the series, which is an incredibly hard task! However, in the The Lost Stories, I took it that Will's father, Daniel, was killed at the Battle of Hackam Heath, whereas in The Battle of Hackham Heath, it seemed to me that he was killed in a skirmish after the battle. Maybe I'm just being picky or maybe I didn't read the story carefully enough, but something didn…

Review: Make Way for Ducklings

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute book. :) Another of my favorite toddler classics.

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Review: Goodnight Moon

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of my favorite books when I was a toddler! :)

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Review: Brideshead Revisited

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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting view on the process of conversion and moral decay. I didn't enjoy it that much though.

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Review: How to Get Into a Military Service Academy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Qualified, Nominated, and Appointed

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How to Get Into a Military Service Academy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Qualified, Nominated, and Appointed by Michael S. Dobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clear and concise on what you need to get into the academies. The only thing is that I wish was an updated version of this book.

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Review: The Imitation of Christ

I don't know what's up with Goodreads, but when I say to publish my review on my blog, it's not working anymore. So, here's my latest review that I thought had went out a week ago. Sorry about that!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1762538466

Just because I owe you one more post to catch up

Okay, okay, so my New Year's resolution of doing a blog post a week hasn't been working out so well. But I've finally caught up. πŸ˜‰This is my eighth post for this year and I'm finally on track again. However, I have I problem... I don't know what to write about this time!!!😲

So, I'm asking y'all to help me out. I want suggestions for what to post next. Maybe a topic you're interested in, something I've been doing, maybe if you even a short story you've written! I am open to publishing friends' stories on my blog. I did it for +Tauriel The Mockingjay with The Heir to Erebor, though I don't think I've finished yet. Need to do that... 😌

Let me know! πŸ˜‹

My Science Fair... finally!

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On 04 February, I went to my homeschool science fair. I think I’ve mentioned this before, so I thought I’d tell you more about it. I did a fairly simple project involving bridge truss designs. I picked the three main truss designs (Warren, Howe, Pratt), built them out of craft sticks and tested them. Here are some pictures of my board and set-up. If you are interested in reading my final report, you can find it here. I've had to take out some personal information from it and reformat it for public viewing, but overall it is the same one that I presented to the judges. Let me know what you think!








Though I did not win anything, I really enjoyed participating in the science fair. I learned so much! Did you know it takes about 25 lbs to break an average human bone? My strongest bridge held over 57 lbs!
Feel free to ask me questions! I can’t promise you that I can answer all of them, but I will answer as much as I can!

Another song post...

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I've been working on a post about what I did for science fair, but I can't find the pictures I need...

SO... you get stuck with another song post... this is one of my favorite songs and bring me much peace and comfort through times of trouble and turmoil. Enjoy!



And I will get that science fair post for you sometime soon... hopefully...

Coldest Winter-Pentatonix

Coldest Winter-Pentatonix By Catherine Mohs A friend of mine and I did Young Writers Program in November and enjoyed it so much that we decided to continue doing it. We came up with prompts for each other and in January decided to do song prompts. I wrote this “short” story for the Pentatonix song, “Coldest Winter.” For those of you who remember our Ranger’s Apprentice fan fiction, this is sort of a spinoff of that. It was my friend’s idea to put it in a modern setting as the Rangers Corps as a kind of elite police force. I hope you enjoy it! ***             Rea wakes to the insistent rapping on her door. Groaning, she rolls over to look at her phone. “Four o’clock! Alix, what are you doing? No sane person should be awake at this time!” Alix calls back through the door. “I never said that the people we’re going after is sane. Crime doesn’t stop during the night, Rea.” Rea moans as she climbs out of the warm bed and dresses hurriedly. As she steps out of the room, strapping on her bulletpr…

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Review: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*SPOILER ALERT* Excellent read! It had me captivated for every moment. In the beginning, it was a little slow, but for a lover of history facts (like me), it's excellent all the way through. It goes into great detail explaining the entire plot to kill Lincoln; I never knew that Booth had accomplices who were supposed to kill Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward on the same night as Lincoln! Interesting little facts like those kept me intrigued throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for any lover of history, especially the Civil War. I read this book as I was studying the Civil War in history class at school and it has helped me greatly. The audiobook version is excellent too. Mr. O'Reilly does an amazing job at reading it and emphasizing certain parts.

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Song Post

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I've been crazy busy and didn't have time last week to write up a blog post, so here I am...

Though I'd just share a song that I really like. My friend +Heidi W. sent it to me and I've enjoyed listening to it over and over again. Enjoy!


Rage Over a Lost Glove

For my Advanced Literature: Catholic class, we read The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. For homework, we had to write our own mock epic (satirical) poem in heroic couplets with iambic pentameter. What are heroic couplets and iambic pentameter? Heroic couplets is a rhyming pattern that rhymes as A, A, B, B, C, C, etc. Iambic pentameter is a rhythm that contains ten syllables, the first syllable being unstressed and the second being stressed, resulting in a "da DA da DA da DA da DA da DA"pattern. We had to use exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody in our poem.

I wrote my poem about a person losing a glove that he doesn't even care about. If any of you are avid classical music listeners, you might get my reference to Beethoven's "Rage Over a Lost Penny (Rondo a Capriccio)." :D Enjoy!

Rage Over A Lost Glove By Catherine Mohs Oh, when/ the sum/mer's leaves/ in green/ were clothed A gen/tle breeze/ from lov/ely south/ doth blowed Capriccio/ girded/ h…