• Do Hard Things! A call-to-action for all teens!
    Book Reviews

    Book Review – Do Hard Things by Brett & Alex Harris

    “Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last. WE DO.” This statement is boldly written on the back of Do Hard Things, a motivational and inspiring book written by brothers Alex and Brett Harris, and the subject of today’s book review. and Do Hard Things changed my life. I got it for my 10th birthday, and started into it skeptically. After all, what…

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  • Encouragement for Teens from Teens
    Book Corner

    Weekly Encouragement – Inspired to Make a Difference

     Consistency is not one of my virtues. This is completely irrelevant to my post, I just thought it would be worth pointing out to anyone who hasn’t yet noticed.  *  *  * The teen years can be difficult. They often feel depressing. Confusing. Frustrating. Not all of the time, that is for sure. But when the times of conflict come, the world can seem a dark and forbidding place. The teen years can also be life changing. World changing. One of your greatest chances to make a difference, whether big or small, in the world. Yet this isn’t always easy to see, especially when the aforementioned darkness comes. There are…

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  • Ezra - Twin Number One
    Twintinnabulation

    Of Groceries, Music, and Africa

    I’m here, again, with more funny stories from the twins! There are so many stories I could write about them… but I’m just going to do three of them today. First off… Little Cuties – Groceries The twins are adorable little helpers. They love doing stuff around the house, from ‘washing’ the dishes and setting the table to sweeping the floor and folding laundry. So it’s only natural for them to help us unload the groceries. They’ve done it multiple times, helping us drag the grocery bags into the kitchen. However, one day, as we were bringing in groceries, I came into the kitchen to find the twins seated beside…

  • Easter's Light - Hope on the horizon
    Stories!

    Easter’s Light – A (very late) Easter Poem

    Easter’s Light By J. Elizabeth Black sky, cold wind. Dark days, dark nights. Frozen ground, bleak land. Our broken hearts are aching, aching as the world falls apart. And as the man we admired, nails now piercing each hand, Is hung on a cross, until breath leaves his lungs and beating flees his heart. And in a cave they put him, for him a tomb so bleak and bland. Surely the world cannot go on, nor it’s heavenly path restart. Yet that is not the end, for on the horizon I see a light. Some frail hope reaches out, barely shining through the gloom. Brighter it grows, shining with brilliant…

  • Book Corner

    Camp NaNoWriMo!!!

     Yes, it’s here. The month of writing, writing, writing, and (you got it!) more writing. That’s write! (I mean… right) It’s Camp National Novel Writing Month, also known as Camp NaNoWriMo! …Now I should probably explain what that is. See, every April, something very exciting happens, known to most as Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNo is a virtual camp where, for one month, hundreds of writers will set a goal for their current writing project, and throughout the month of April they strive to meet this goal. Well, I have decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month, and I’ve set my goal to 50,000 words. I know it’s a lot, and …

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  • Loopholes and Rice
    Twintinnabulation

    Of Rice, Loopholes, and the Color Pink

    Yay! I’m writing my first twintinnabulation story. What fun. Well, this week the twins have been their typical bundles of joy and laughter. Here are several ways they’ve made us laugh… Loopholes and Rice… yum! My first story starts during dinner last night. We were sitting at the table, eating rice and vegetables, when Ezra asked for milk. Of course, we all knew that he just wanted it so that he could dump it into his rice. However, mom got both him and Eleanor a small cup of rice, making sure to tell Ezra not to dump it into his soup. We continued on with dinner, only for me to look…

  • How music can influence us
    Book Corner

    Listen Deeper – Are you really hearing your favorite songs?

    It’s just music… right? As you hopefully remember (since it was just a few days ago), I just wrote about how fiction can influence and teach us. But books aren’t the only type of media that can influence what we think and believe, and I’d hate to leave music out of that. After all, music can be just as, if not more, influential than books. For while books attempt to influence and instruct us through a fictional but realistic character arc and theme, music goes outright and (for the most part) tells us exactly what they want us to think and believe. Through creatively written lyrics, notes, and chords, song…

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  • Book Corner

    Did You Know That Authors Are Influencing Your Thoughts?

    Sound crazy? It’s also been reality since people started writing. … so maybe I was joking about the authors being evil. This isn’t a conspiracy theory blog after all. Even if we enjoy torturing readers and smashing their hopes at the last second, I so far haven’t come across any authors who actually want to destroy the world. However, authors do have an almost disturbing amount of control over what we think and do. Don’t believe me? Keep reading! Some people love pretending that they’re purely logical. They’ll act like Sherlock Holmes, never getting riled up, often acting emotionless and impassive. Other people are the drama queen of drama queens. They get emotional at…

  • Reflecting on Steady Me by Hollyn
    Book Corner

    Just Wait – Reflecting on ‘Steady Me’ by Hollyn

    Only you know how to steady me Ready my heart for everything that’s coming my way Help me trust that you’re ahead of me Going before my feet with every step I take  These are the opening words to Steady Me, an encouraging song by popular Christian singer Hollyn. I first heard them a few days ago, when a friend and I went to a nearby concert starring Hollyn. The words of this song spoke so deeply to me, a beautiful reminder that sometimes we just need to stop the go, go, go of everyday life, step back, and allow Christ to steady us.  This song moved me so much,…

  • Announcement Time!!!
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    Announcement Time!!!

    An Important Announcement!! I just figured out how to use color in my blog post! …okay, no, that’s not the important announcement. Though I did just discover the wonderful little button that lets me make my blog posts far more colorful. I guess that just proves how new I am to this whole blogging thing. Now… on to the actual announcement! As you’ve probably noticed, my blog has undergone some crazy changes. The look has changed, the theme of the blog posts has changed, the pictures have changed… the list goes on. This is because, as I learn more about blogging, I’ve had to make some changes to the way I do…

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