Extra! Extra! Read all about it! 2 fish drop dead within days of each other. Could their murders be linked?
So far this week we have had 2 fish murders. On Tuesday evening, Myrtle dropped dead for no apparent cause. This morning Pebble was discovered with chunks of his beautiful tail missing. He and Malibu were quickly separated. Later this evening when I went to feed Pebble, I found him lying upside down on the bottom of the tank. So the serial fish killer, Malibu, has been arrested and trial is pending. The guilt of the accused is obvious. The only thing left is sentencing. Does our serial fish killer get the swirly chair ( aka the toilet) or is he allowed to rehabilitate with fish that he can be nice too? The judge (me) is leaning toward finding him new friends, as I can't bear to kill almost any living thing aside from mosquitoes.
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How would you define the word? Webster's New World Dictionary defines the word as "the quality of state of being of sound moral principle". Some synonyms are uprightness, honesty, sincerity, trustworthiness, faithfulness, justness, courage, principled. We would also recognize that a person with integrity has good character, and character can be defined as what you do when no one else is around.
He was able to achieve all of these by being highly self-disciplined. It was his habit to rise before the sun and his day was structured. He spent at least two hours daily reading--not novels. He involved himself in the running of the estate and often incorporated new farming techniques. When
Jefferson was running the estate, it made a profit. He distinguished himself early in his law career and was easily elected to the state legislature. Although initially unknown outside of , his abilities were quickly recognized while serving in the Continental Congress and were later called upon to write the Declaration of Independence. Virginia
This pattern of public service continued until his death. When he was no longer in the public eye, he kept up correspondence with many key figures and was frequently called upon for advice. For example,
Jefferson was in when the Constitution was written, but his signature runs throughout the document. France relied heavily upon him. Madison
There are two examples I consider very revealing. The first occurred at
. A servant named John Hubbard had stolen some nails. Monticello Jefferson dealt with the situation directly. Upon seeing the great remorse of the man, for he was crying and asking forgiveness, Jefferson quickly said, "Ah, sir, we can't punish him. He has suffered enough already." Jefferson's kindness impacted the man greatly. The servant considered it a display of true religion and the act encouraged him "to find religion" himself.
On another occasion his grandson recalls
"His manners were of that polished school of the colonial government, so remarkable in its day-under no circumstances violating any of those minor conventional observances which constitute the well-bred gentleman, courteous and considerate to all persons. On [my] riding out with him when a lad, we met a Negro who bowed to us. [My grandfather] returned his bow; I did not. Turning to me he asked, "do you permit a Negro to be more of a gentleman that yourself?"
These events were private, and since character is revealed when no one else is around--they speak volumes.
In stepping out of the way and allowing
Jefferson to speak for himself, the author has given the reader the chance to know Jefferson the person and to draw your own conclusions regarding him. This book is a great place to begin learning about Thomas Jefferson.
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Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Or that famous fall?
Who taught you to braid your hair
And gave you that piece of fool's gold, oh so rare?
Who, whispering and laughing stayed up too late,
And gave my favorite shoes for your first date?
Who annoyed and pestered but always loved
Who made you laugh so hard you thought you'd die
Your Sister I'll be untill the end.
Bossy Older Sister
Pesty Little Sister
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010