Archive for September, 2006

Frisbee In Distress – Turkish Translation Included!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

I am sitting at the computer, looking out the window at our neighbor's bull. He is as ornery as any bull should be, but our neighbors don’t keep him in the barn like the other folks. They picket him on a little peg, in their field, which is about twenty steps from our front door. Now, just a little earlier, my younger brother threw our Frisbee in front of this bull, just about two feet in front of him. I keep thinking it would be best for me to just go out and get it but then I remember what happened to the neighbor boy last week when he tried to mess around with this particular creature- he got chased all over the valley! Now, even though getting chased is not the worst thing in the world, I am really not in the mood and this young bull is growing horns, too. So, how do I rescue this Frisbee?

 

For those of you who have asked me to write a Turkish post, I have translated this into Turkish:

 

Burada oturup pencereden dýþardaki komsumuzun boðasýný seyrediyorum. Þu boða altý aydan daha yetiþkindir ve, tabiiki çok huysuz ve ters ama bizim komþularýmýz, boðalarýný ahýra baðlamýyorlar. Dýþardaki küçük bir çiviye baðlýyorlar ve boða bizim evimizden sadece on metre uzaklýktadýr. Þimdi, az önce küçük kardeþim Frisbeemizi tam boðanýn önüne attý. Ben de “sadece gidip alsam daha iyi olmazmý?” diye düþünüyorum, ama ondan sonra komþu cocuða ne olduðunu hatýrlýyorum. Boðaya yaklaþýnca, boða onu koþturmuþdu. Ben de koþabilirim, tabiiki ama þimdilik gerekten istemiyorum. Oysa, nasýl þu Frisbeeyi alacaðým?

 

Frodo

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Chapter Ten is Here!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Chapter Ten of the book I am writing has arrived.  You can read it by looking in the sidebar under THE LAST WAR.

 

So what do you think?

 

-Legolas

A Poem By A Guest Writer

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

“Beneath the sun there is a hill,
And in that hill the world is still,
Beneath that hill is a Dragon green ,
Beneath the sun that doth gleam.”

 

            – Gimli 
                

Bridge To Terebithia

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

            I read this book recently and was very moved. It is an amazing book but a very hard book. I don’t mean, of course, that the style or language is hard. It’s just that the book is hard. It is hard to accept, hard to take in, hard to understand.

The story is about a boy named Jess Aarons who wants to be the fastest runner in his fifth grade class. All throughout his summer break, he gets up early every morning to practice running on his family’s farm. When he finally goes back to school, he is confident that there is no one in his grade who can run as fast as he can. Then, a new girl walks over to the boy’s side of the playground and outdistances him easily. At first, Jess is a little annoyed but soon he and Leslie become close friends. Jess was just a lonely boy but Leslie begins to show him secrets about life that that he never knew before. Together, Jess and Leslie create the magical and secret world of Terebithia, which they rule over, and no one else can enter their special kingdom. Then, one rainy day, Jess loses Leslie. She slips quietly out of his life just like she had slipped into it. It is then that Jess must figure out if he is able to live life alone.

The thing I thought was most interesting about the book was the contrast between Leslie’s family and Jess’ family. Jess lives on a farm with his parents and four sisters. His family is not rich and has financial struggles but you would still expect a rather happy family. Jess’ family isn’t happy. His older sisters are bossy and silly. His littlest sister is spoiled and his mother is always cross and sharp. His father is always tired and he doesn’t understand Jess at all. Only his other little sister, May Belle is a friend to him and even she is only six, after all.

Leslie’s family is different. She has no siblings and both of her parents are authors. They love her and they moved out into the country simply for her sake. They didn’t want to get too caught up in money and success and as Leslie tells Jess “They wanted to focus on the things that really matter.”

Doesn’t it seem strange, then, that it is Jess’ family who goes to church and Leslie’s that have never gone? This part of the book is what caught my attention the most. Jess’ family is going to the Easter service at their church and Leslie asks if she can come as well. Jess tells her that it is boring and she will wish she had not come but Leslie is firm. During the service, Jess pays no attention to what the preacher is saying. He knows the story all too well and he is not interested in hearing it again. Afterwards the following conversation takes place between him and Leslie:

 

“Gee, I’m really glad I came.” (said Leslie) Jess turned to Leslie in disbelief. “It was better than a movie.”

“You’re kidding.”

“No, I’m not.” And she wasn’t. He could tell by her face. That whole Jesus thing is really interesting isn’t it?”

“What d’you mean?”

“All of those people wanting to kill him when he hadn’t done anything to hurt them.” She hesitated. “It’s really kind of a beautiful story-like Abraham Lincoln or Socrates-or Aslan.”

“It ain’t beautiful,” May Belle broke in, “it’s scary. Nailing holes right through somebody’s hand.”

“May Belle’s right.” Jess reached down into the deepest pit of his mind. “It’s because we’re all vile sinners that God made Jesus die.”

“Do you think that’s true.”

He was shocked. “It’s in the Bible, Leslie.”

She looked at him as if she were going to argue, then seemed to change her mind. “It’s crazy isn’t it?” She shook her head. “You have to believe it but you hate it. I don’t have to believe it, and I think it’s beautiful.”

 

Isn’t this too common? People who have to believe the Bible often hate it. And then, sometimes there are those people who don’t have to believe it but do because they love it and think it is beautiful.

 

Frodo

 

The Answer Key to the Shakespeare Game

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Here are the answers to the Shakespeare Game. Only KayinPA tried to answer them so congratulations, Kay! (Even if you did peek at the book  ) Just to let you all know: we didn’t get them all right on the first try either. We missed about four.  

 

edit:  Jocelyn also posted her answers in the comment section.  She did a great job, too.

 

1. Who were the lovers? Romeo and Juliet

2. What was their courtship like? A Midsummer Night's Dream

3. What did she answer to his proposal? As You Like It

4. What time of month were they married? Twelfth Night

5. Of whom did he buy the ring? The Merchant of Venice

6. Who were the best man and maid of honor? Troilus and Cressida

7. Who were the ushers? Two Gentlemen of Verona

8. In what kind of place did they live? Hamlet

9. What was her disposition like? The Tempest

10. What was his chief occupation? Taming of the Shrew

11. What caused their first quarrel? Much Ado About Nothing

12. What did their courtship prove to be? The Comedy of Errors

13. What did their married life resemble? Love's Labors Lost

14. What did they give one another? Measure for Measure

15. What did their friends say? All's Well That End's Well

 

If you have never read Shakespeare’s plays you can go here and read some of them in story form just to get a general idea of what they are like.

 

(We found this game at www.blestwithsons.com)

Frodo and Legolas

 

How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Ok, this is a game for everyone out there who knows about Shakespeare.

 

Here is the tale of a married life. All the answers are titles of Shakespeare’s plays. See how many you can figure out. We will be posting the correct answers this Thursday. (We will give you our source on Thursday as well)

 

1. Who were the lovers?

2. What was their courtship like?

3. What did she answer to his proposal?

4. What time of month were they married?

5. Of whom did he buy the ring?

6. Who were the best man and maid of honor?

7. Who were the ushers?

8. In what kind of place did they live?

9. What was her disposition like?

10. What was his chief occupation?

11. What caused their first quarrel?

12. What did their courtship prove to be?

13. What did their married life resemble?

14. What did they give one another?

15. What did their friends say?

 

Frodo and Legolas

A Turkish Wedding

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

A Turkish Wedding

 

How many of you have been to a wedding? Probably most of you.  Weddings are common.  How many of you have been to a Turkish wedding?  Probably none of you have.  But that is okay.  I am going to talk about ‘KINA,’ a very interesting Turkish ceremony that takes place before the wedding.  This ceremony almost always takes place outdoors.  One of my friends got married this summer, and as she lives next door, the Kina was celebrated in the field in front of our house.  (The wedding itself usually takes place in a wedding hall in town.)  I will describe the night to you.

 

In the afternoon the men of the household set up lots of benches, made out of bricks and wooden planks outside in a large circle leaving one opening.  Speakers and lights are also erected.  The guests begin to arrive between seven and eight. There are probably about 200 to 300 people there.  When it gets dark the benches are filled and the lights and a band of men with drums and turkish musical instruments begin playing. For a short amount of time the bride and the bridegroom dance together with several others, then the women and children dance together for a long, long time.  A few bold young men dance, too.  The men sit around the sidelines and smoke.  They don’t dance until later.  The dance steps are very different from American style dancing.  The women hold their arms up like in the picture below, and snap their fingers.  They move their feet just barely up and down.

 

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Here is a picture of the bride, dancing. It’s kind of funny because this bride would never dress like this (showing her bare arms) normally because it is not thought to be modest, but they make exceptions for weddings.

 

 Then the real kina ceremony begins. The bride sits down on a chair in the middle of the circle and a beautiful red scarf is draped over her face and head. The women and girls stand around her and hold the wedding cake, (usually very flat) over her head and sing a sad song about leaving her family. (In Turkey the bride goes to live in the house of the bridegroom’s parents.)  When the bride doesn’t cry, onion is sometimes secretly used to make her eyes water!  Then the women spread kina (henna), a dark powdery substance mixed with water to make a paste, onto their hands.  When it is washed off it leaves a red mark for several days. 

 

kina

The kina ceremony being held.

 

The gifts are then given to the bride and a man announces what they are and who they are from through the loud speaker.  Usually it is gold.  Each family gives one or two real gold bracelet bands.  The bands sort of pile up on her arm.  Sometimes there are so many that they they go as far as her elbow.  Also, people pin gold coins to the dress or give money.

 

At this point we usually go home since it is about ten-thirty, but the kina continues until about midnight.  Then the men begin to dance together as the women scatter.

 

The wedding takes place the following day.

 

We have been to three so far and I thought they were very neat.

 

-Legolas

Can You Beat Us In Scrabble?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

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"The Saxon Cry"

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

I just started reading Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott and this is a poem I wrote about the Norman invasions into England.

 

“The Saxon Cry”

O'er the sundering seas

And out in the stormy gales,

A strong southern breeze

Revealed the Norman sails.

 

In memory we see them

Conquer cities, conquer kingdoms,

And we raise our voice to heaven

For the country they have mangled.

 

But the skies are dark and clouded

And we see no healing hand

For our freedom is enshrouded

By the invaders of our land.

 

And they think that we are theirs

For they now own our every kingdom

But we don't forget those years,

And no one can conquer England!

 

                    -Written by Frodo

 

The Heart

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

“…For man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.”

–1 Samuel 16:7

 

            I have stumbled over this verse three times in the past week and felt it's significance every time.

In this world, people tend to classify one another by their attitude, dress, popularity, etc. It is natural for us, as humans, to do this because the outside of someone is all that we can see, but, in the end, the outside is of absolutely no consequence whatsoever. God doesn’t care if we look cool and have lots of friends. He doesn’t care if we are pretty and popular. Gods sees only us, the inside, the heart.

All through history and all over the world, there have always been popular people: movie stars, actors, presidents, sports heroes…the list is endless. These are the people that have the crowd at their heels, that seem to rule the world. They have hundreds of fans and friends. Are they happy? Judy Garland, the famous actress who played “Dorothy” in the “Wizard of Oz” film and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” touching millions of people, said, “With so many friends, why am I so lonely?” Like so many other popular people, she missed the point in life. She missed her part in the Grand Design. People loved her for her outward appearance but inside, she was lonely and lost.

God doesn't care about who we pretend to be. He only cares about who we are. He doesn’t ask us who loves us, He asks us if we love Him.

I have found that when there are times when we start thinking about the way our friends or family look at us too much, we forget that what they think is not as important as what God thinks. When this happens, we must get our focus back to where it should be placed- on Him. If we love God with all of our heart than we will put Him above the opinions and criticisms of others and we will care only about His opinion of us.

            I think that sometimes the best way to get our focus back is just to go out alone somewhere- outside or in a quiet room and call Him back into our life. In the end, beauty, popularity, friends, etc. will all be unimportant. What really matters will be the heart.

 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

Frodo