Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sir Isaac Newton - the early years

It's pretty safe to say everyone knows who Isaac Newton was. You've probably heard about his laws of motion, his research in optics, or his discoveries through calculus. Either way, Sir Newton is hailed as a successful genius.
  But did you know he had a very hard life? His father died before he was born, and after his mother got him financially situated, she left him with his grandparents. She remarried a rich man and spent tons of money on her other children's educations.

   Isaac returned to live with her and his new stepfather at age 10.  Around this time his mother pulled him out of school as it cost to much. She spared no amount of money on her other children, but she was unusually stern when it came to Isaac. His school teachers noticed the potential in him and offered to teach him free of charge if she'd let him return to school.
He was friends with the younger children and the girls, making fully-functioning miniature watermills (he was fascinated with those) and doll furniture. He did hot, however, fit in with the other boys, and they teased him for spending time with girls and smaller children.
 
When he left for college he had to pay his own way by working as a sizar, a highly undesirable position. Sizars were servants for richer students. It was embarrassing for Isaac, who was from a wealthy family, to serve in this position. His friends' fathers and mothers paid for their sons' education, parties, and clothing- Isaac could barely buy food.
 
Petty and jealous all his life, he had few friends at college. One friend, a boy named John, assisted him in the lab and during his discoveries. Isaac could be secretive- he practiced alchemy,  something he could've been thrown in prison for at the time. Anyone who has read the  Harry Potter books is familiar with the Philosopher's Stone; Newton truly believed this stone existed and much of his alchemy work was devoted to trying to find this. He also kept his discoveries hidden from John. He was often seen wandering the college campuses all alone.
 
After graduating from Trinity College, he would write the Principa  and go on to complete his famous discoveries, but it was his lonely childhood and troubled college experience that set the basis for his adult life.

In a later memoir, Newton wrote:
"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

John 15:4

John 15:4 is one of my favorite verses. It shows us that, without Jesus, we can do lots of good things but they'll never matter. They won't bear fruit.
 Are you doing things for the right reasons? If you're doing something and feel like it's not a success, is it because it wasn't based in Jesus? If we don't remain in Him, we aren't going to reach our full potential. Our lives will be pointless, even if we do achieve worldly success.
Without Christ in us, we will never bear fruit, despite all the good things we do.

Lately

...I've been doing a lot of math.
...going to Rudy's BBQ. It's a chain BBQ joint; I think they have the best potato salad in the world!
...and shopping for Easter dresses. Since I'm tall for my age, a normally short dress is WAY too short on me. No luck yet, but I persevere.

...I've also been working on 4-H stuff. I gave a speech/power point and participated in a fashion show as of late.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Christy

A super nice lady at my church loaned me Christy and some other books based off the tv show. And they are amazing!
Basically, in the early 20th century, Christy Huddleston, age 19, moves to Cutter Gap, a remote Appalachian town, feeling called by God to become a teacher. She leaves behind a life of wealth, luxury and her family. But that's not the problem! The problem is, the people are superstitious, afraid of outsiders, and skeptical that Christy can handle a class  of 67 students. They live in tiny, filthy houses and ekk a living out of rocky hills. Constant fights over moonshine are common.
Then there's David, a well meaning preacher who can be a bit stubborn but is ultimately focused on spreading the Gospel. And he's sweet on Christy.
There's also Dr. Neil Macneil, a doctor who does everything from emergency brain surgery to delivering babies to inspecting an injured raccoon. He also likes Christy. Christy just wants to survive and help kids, not fall in love.
Miss Alice, a kind woman who mentors Christy, and the stern Miss Ida, round out the bunch. There's constant excitement, and the mountains sound beautiful and mysterious.
From the start, I instantly fell in love with Chriaty and the children she teaches. All the characters are likeable and very interesting. The children are so sweet, and Christy has real love for them. She tries to look past their ignorance and poverty by teaching and helping them.
Plus, the Christian messages were great. I think Christy is a good role model for girls like me! You should definitely read the book and watch the tv show!