Saturday, November 26, 2011
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Monday, June 13, 2011
This semester has actually been pretty good. My roommates are Katie Weaver, Courtney Davis, and Patrice Kuta. Patrice and Katie really drive me nuts sometimes but Courtney and I have lived together for 2 1/2 semesters so we already know each other pretty well. Courtney and I share a room and Patrice and Katie have their own rooms. Patrice watching TV seriously like 24/7. It drives us nuts. On Saturdays she gets up before I get up and she goes to bed around 11:00 pm. The TV is on the ENTIRE day! She doesn't move, only to get the remote or some food or something. Katie is annoying in other ways. First of all, she never shuts up. She is always talking. I'm convinced that she is in love with her own voice. lol. We have also had a lot of dishes problems with her. It's gotten better lately because we put up a sheet with the kitchen rules which includes rinsing and putting your dishes in the dishwasher. Before we did that she would always leave her dishes on the counter. She would leave her milk in it so it would get hard and the counter would be covered in dishes even if the sink was empty. I don't understand why she can't put her dish 3 inches farther into the sink. I just don't understand. It has gotten a lot better though which takes the stress off of all of us. Courtney and I would have to do the dishes at least once a day. Sometimes we would decide to leave it and see if it would ever get done...it didn't.
I have made some pretty good friends this semester too. My FHE (family home evening) sisters are AWESOME! I go over there a lot of the time when I don't want to be in my apartment (which is most of the time). Their names are: Kaylynn Lloyd, Kim Lukens, Sadie Wheeler, Chelsea Johnson, and Allison Christensen.
This semester I am taking 5 classes this semester and they aren't too difficult. I have literacy 1, math 205, art methods, integrated science and family foundations. I like all of them except for math 205. I currently have 99% in my family foundations class. That class is SO easy! I'm not a fan of math 205 but it's not horribly difficult. It's just not my favorite class.
It is June 13th and summer still isn't here in Rexburg, ID. I am SO ready for it to get warm. We have really good days (on ocassion) and then it goes back to raining. I'm ready for it to actually be nice outside for once. The summer was really nice last year here but it's not the same this year. It's been a LONG winter!! That's basically all for the "catch up". I will hopefully write more frequently now. :)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
By: David G. Stratman
"You no shoot, we no shoot." Thousands of troops streamed across a no-man's land strew with rotting corpses. They sang Christmas carols, exchanged photographs of loved ones back home, shared rations, played football, even roasted some pigs. Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill a few short hours before. They agreed to warn each other if the top brass forced them to fire their weapons, and aim high.
A shudder ran through the high command on either side. Here was a disaster in the making: soldiers declaring their brotherhood with each other and refusing to fight. Generals on both sides declared this spontaneous peacemaking to be treasonous and subject to court martial. By March 1915 the fraternization movement had been eradicated and the killing machine put back in full operation. By the time of the armistice in 1918, fifteen million would be slaughtered.
Not many people have heard the story of the Christmas Truce. On Christmas Day, 1988, a story in the Boston Globe mentioned that a local FM radio host played "Christmas in the Trenches," a ballad about the Christmas Truce, several times and was startled by the effect. The song became the most requested recording during the holidays in Boston on several FM stations. "Even more startling than the number of requests I get is the reaction to the ballad afterward by callers who hadn't heard it before," said the radio host. "They telephone me deeply moved, sometimes in tears, asking, 'What the hell did I just hear?' "
I think I know why the callers were in tears. The Christmas Truce story goes against most of what we have been taught about people. It gives us a glimpse of the world as we wish it could be and says, "This really happened once." It reminds us of those thoughts we keep hidden away, out of range of the TV and newspaper stories that tell us how trivial and mean human life is. It is like hearing that our deepest wishes really are true: the world really could be different.
I found this story and I really liked it. I hope you like it too and that it puts you in the Christmas spirit!!