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Instruments Made From Trash May 28, 2013

Filed under: Keep the Ground Clean,Make Your Own,Recycling — rolemodelsforme @ 12:13 pm
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Reusing is a great thing to do. It saves a lot of garbage and can be used for really fun purposes. Reusing items is a great thing to do and I have an example.

At my school, the first graders do an annual event where they create instruments using only garbage. I think this is a really great idea, for fun and for eco-friendliness. The event is done in first grade, but that didn’t stop me from using this idea to create instruments from garbage at home. I really enjoy doing it. Some of these instruments can be simple, others can be really sophisticated. No matter how you make your instrument, it is really fun to make it and play on it. I’m now going to show off some really cool instruments from Google images!

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Images: Copyright © Google Images

Thanks!!

-Hallie

Bonsai Contributor

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Happy Purim February 23, 2013

Filed under: Spiritual — rolemodelsforme @ 10:19 pm

Purim. It is a fun Jewish Holiday that begins tonight. It is a celebration of how many Jews were saved on this day, which in the Hebrew calendar is the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar.

The Story

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The Story of Purim

ESTHER AND THE KING

The Purim celebration is based upon the biblical Book of Esther, which recounts the story of Queen Esther and how she saved the Jewish people from annihilation.

The story begins when King Ahasuerus commands his wife, Queen Vashti, to appear before him and his male guests at a party. She refuses and as a result King Ahasuerus decides to find another queen. His search begins with a royal beauty pageant. The most beautiful young women in the kingdom are brought before the king, and Esther, a young Jewish girl, is selected to be the new queen. Esther is portrayed as an orphan belonging to the tribe of Benjamin. She lives with her cousin Mordechai as a member of the Jewish exiles in Persia. At her cousin’s behest, Esther conceals her Jewish identity from the king.

Not long after Esther becomes queen, Mordechai offends the grand vizier, Haman, by refusing to bow down to him. Haman decides to punish not only Mordechai but all Jews for this slight. He informs King Ahasuerus that the Jews do not obey the king’s laws and that it would be in the kingdom’s best interest to get rid of them. He asks for permission to destroy them, which the king grants. Haman then orders the king’s officials to kill all the Jews – “young and old, women and children” – on the 13th day of the month of Adar (Esther 3:13).

When Mordechai learns of the plot he tears his clothes and sits in sackcloth and ash at the entrance to the city. When Esther learns of this, she orders one of her servants to find out what is troubling her cousin. The servant returns to Esther with a copy of the edict and instructions from Mordechai that she should beg the king for mercy on behalf of her people. This was not a simple request – at the time it had been thirty days since King Ahasuerus had summoned Esther and appearing before him without a summons was punishable by death. But Mordechai urges her to take action anyways, saying that perhaps she became queen so that she could save her people. Esther decides to fast before taking action and requests that her fellow Jews fast along with her.

After fasting for three days Esther puts on her finest clothes and appears before the king. He is pleased to see her and asks what she desires. She replies that she would like the king and Haman to join her at a banquet. Haman is delighted to hear this but is still so upset with Mordechai that he can’t stop thinking about it. His wife and friends tell him to impale Mordechai on a pole if it will make him feel better. Haman loves this idea and immediately has the pole set up. However, that night the king decides to honor Mordechai because earlier in the story Mordecai had uncovered a plot against the king. He commands Haman to put the king’s own robe on Mordecai and to take him around the city on the king’s horse while proclaiming, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” (Esther 6:11). Haman reluctantly obeys and soon afterward goes to Esther’s banquet.

At the banquet King Ahasuerus asks his wife again, what does she desire? She answers: “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated.” (Esther 7:3). The king is outraged that anyone would dare threaten his queen and when he asks who has done such a thing Esther declares that Haman is to blame. One of Esther’s servants then tells the king that Haman had erected a pole upon which he planned to impale Mordechai. King Ahasuerus commands that Haman instead be impaled. He then takes his signet ring from Haman and gives it to Mordechai. Mordechai is also given Haman’s estate and the king gives Esther the power to overturn Haman’s orders.

Esther issues an edict giving Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves against anyone who may try to harm them. When the appointed day arrives, the Jews defend themselves against their attackers, killing and destroying them. According to the Book of Esther, this happened on the thirteenth day of Adar “and on the fourteenth [day] [the Jews] rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.” (Esther 9:18). Mordecai declares that the victory be remembered every year. The celebration is called Purim because Haman cast the “pur” (the lot) against the Jews, yet failed to destroy them.

The Celebration

  • Kids dress up
  • People eat hamentashan, a special type of cookie shaped like Haman’s hat
  • People read the megillah (which contains the Purim story above)
  • People perform a shpiel
  • Do other festive activities

Happy Purim to you all!

Happy Purim again,

Hallie, Bonsai Author

 

 

 

Gun Control

Filed under: Government,Public Safety — rolemodelsforme @ 9:52 pm
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We’re all deeply saddened by what happened at Sandy Hook recently. Well the exact date of this tragedy was December 14, 2012. A mass murder happened, where Adam Lanza, 20, shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. From this experience, gun control was shown to be important.

My thoughts on gun control are so. I think that the United States should be less modest about gun control. I feel that you need to have an approved gun user ID card, before being able to purchase one. As well as that, use should be restricted other than in armed force events. What are your thoughts on gun control?

Victoria Soto, an aspiring first grade teacher at Sandy Hook was one example of a death at Sandy Hook. And she is one person who reminds us, of how important gun control is.

Victoria Soto was 27 years old when she died protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered her classroom, demanding where the children were.  Having hidden them in closets she told him that they were in the gym.  He shot her before moving on.  She saved all of her students from Lanza. Victoria went to Eastern Connecticut State University, and got her degree as a teacher.  She worked at Sandy Hook for five years before she she was killed.  Her boyfriend was going to propose to her on Christmas. “It does not surprise me at all that Vicki died protecting her kids,” Ms. Schiavone, Victoria’s best friend- said. She wrote on her teacher’s blog at the beginning of the year that she was excited to work in room 10 this year. May she Rest In Peace.” -Kaia Willis

Gun Control is very important. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Hallie, Bonsai Author

 

Ways to Prevent Global Warming February 16, 2013

Filed under: Air Purifying,Keep the Ground Clean,Recycling,Water Crisis,Wildlife — rolemodelsforme @ 5:56 pm

Global Warming is a very important issue currently. Take polar bears as an example. Polar bears can’t live without the snow and ice, so they’ll very much suffer if we can’t stop global warming soon enough. There are many ways YOU can prevent global warming, just wait and see.

Plant trees. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas to plants. When you decrease the level of carbon dioxide in the environment reduces the global warming effect caused by what causes carbon dioxide.

Try not to use fuel. Use less energy, or try not to pollute the Earth. Burning fuel increases the amount on greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the world.

Reduce. Throwing garbage out causes a lot of global warming. Things that are found in nature, can be thrown onto the ground and will eventually decompose, which can prevent global warming.

Recycle. Recycled items take far less energy to produce new items than items produced from scratch.

Reuse. By reusing items, you are saving a lot of energy as well as getting new enjoyment.

Conserving water. Saving water saves a significant amount of energy. Distributing water takes up a lot of energy, which sadly can’t be helped very much. At home, turn off the faucet immediately after you’re done using it. You may not realize it, but that also helps prevent global warming.

Global warming is a serious issue right now, and I hope this post inspired you to try to help prevent it.

 

Advice from Hallie January 25, 2013

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Health — rolemodelsforme @ 4:22 am

If you found an uneaten chocolate chip cookie on the dashboard of your car, would you eat it?

-Anonymous

Eat it at your own risk. I personally, would not do it. The cookie may have contained chemicals, be super old and soggy, etc. You just don’t know what to expect. If you do decide to eat it at your own risk, you must remember to always wash your hands after even after touching the cookie. But I am not such a risk taker, and I would not eat it regardless of how good it looked. Hope you found this interesting!

 

 
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