IN THIS ISSUE
Homeschooling Teen Profile: Amy Burritt
College: The Master's College
College Bound Reading
List: "A Walk Across America"
Special Feature: 2000-2009 Timeline
HST Readers Write: "Writing Scholarship Applications"
HST Exclusives: Webcomix & Anime Reviews
School: Degrees, Certificates, and
Career-of-the-Month: Watch for this new column starting
E-Mail Etiquette: Tip-of-the-Month
Plus a whole lot more!!!
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REMEMBER TO RECYCLE
SAT WORD OF THE MONTH
Coddle (KOD ull) -
Definition: To treat
Kristin coddled the girl, bringing her candies and flowers because she was
cosset, cotton, favor
New Year's Day, Jan. 1
Twelfth Night, Jan. 5
Epiphany, Jan. 6
Winnie the Pooh Day, Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18
National Handwriting Day, Jan. 23
Chocolate Cake Day, Jan. 27
Blueberry Pancake Day, Jan. 28
National Hobby Month
National Soup Month
National Candy Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Wish for the World
May the year ahead
health and happiness;
hearts that love each other;
strength and perseverance;
people helping one another;
a renaissance of values such
as family, faith, and freedom;
the spirit of God within us
as a living temple for Him;
children safe from any injury;
forgiveness of the past;
no more terror, war or poverty;
and peace on earth at last.
Teri Ann Berg Olsen
MOVIE QUOTE- Can you guess what movie this
quote came from?
"This is crazy. I
finally meet my childhood hero and he's trying to kill us. What a
Best of Times; the Worst of Times
In the opening lines of
"A Tale of Two Cities," Charles
Dickens wrote: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the
age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it
was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of
Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had
everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to
Heaven, we were all going the other way." The novel "A Tale of Two Cities" is about politics and war and human
nature at its best and worst. The first decade of the 21st century
might also be described as a time of great contradictions and extremes. But
however you look at it, it seems like no consensus has been reached on what to
call the first decade of the 21st century. The o's? The double-o's?
The zeros? The zips? The naughts? Perhaps it's appropriate that we don't have a
good name for it, since it turned out to be a decade in which there were no
Technically, of course,
December 31, 2009 was not even the last day of the decade. December 31, 2010
is! That's because there is no year "0." Therefore, the first day of the first
decade on our calendar was January 1st in the year "1." So the last day of that
decade is actually December 31st, year "10." Just like the last day of the last
decade was really December 31, 2000, although everyone was already celebrating
the arrival of a New Millennium at midnight, December 31, 1999. Having readied
ourselves for the Y2K Bug to cause world chaos (and either feeling a sense of
relief or saying "I told you so" when nothing happened), the tragedy that
actually did materialize on 9/11 came as a complete shock to every American.
You might even say this has been a "Decade of Disaster," and yet there were
some bright spots amid the gloom and doom as you will see in the following
February 13, 2000 -
Final "Peanuts" comic strip runs the day after Charles M. Schulz's death.
March 10, 2000 - NASDAQ
peaks at 5134, before beginning a downwards descent as the dot-com bubble
April 3, 2000 - The
ruling in the case of the United
States versus Microsoft states that the
company violated anti-trust laws by diminishing the capability of its rivals to
November 2, 2000 - The
International Space Station becomes the largest and the longest continuously
crewed space station with the docking of the Expedition 1 crew.
November 7, 2000 -
Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York. It is the
first time a former First Lady wins public office.
December 12, 2000 -
George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore were
virtually tied for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida
holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the
Supreme Court of the United
States voted in favor of Bush.
January 6, 2001 -
Certification of the Electoral College victory of 271-266 in the 2000 United States
Presidential election confirms George W. Bush as President, with Dick Cheney as
April 8, 2001 - Tiger
Woods becomes the first golfer to hold all four major golf titles
September 11, 2001 -
Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S.
airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World
in New York City.
The attack of two planes levels the World
and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia,
causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by
passengers into a Pennsylvania cornfield when
they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C.,
supposedly the White House or Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the
Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.
October 7, 2001 - In
response to the tragedy of September 11, the United
States military, with participation from its ally the United Kingdom, commence the first attack in the
War on Terrorism on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. By November 12, the
Taliban government leaves the capital, Kabul.
23, 2001 - Apple launches the iPod.
January 1, 2002 - The
Euro replaces the currencies of 12 of the EU's 15 members.
March 22, 2002 - "The
Sims," originally released by Maxis in 2000, becomes the best-selling PC game
in history, surpassing "Myst."
July 5, 2002 - Iraq refuses
new proposals from the United Nations concerning weapons inspections. The
inspections were part of the cease-fire agreement and terms of surrender in the
1991 Persian Gulf War. On September 12, President George Bush addresses the
United Nations and warns the members that Iraq presents a grave danger to the
November 8, 2002 - The
United Nations passes Resolution 1441 in a unanimous Security Council vote. It
forces Saddam Hussein and Iraq
to disarm or face serious consequences.
February 1, 2003 - A
tragedy at NASA occurs when the Space Shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry
killing all seven astronauts aboard.
2003 - A
major SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak occurs in
China, and SARS was verified to have entered Canada and the United
States, but no SARS epidemic
March 19, 2003 - The War
in Iraq begins with the
bombing of Baghdad after additional measures and
mandates from the United Nations and the United States coalition fail to
gain concessions or the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. The U.S. coalition begins land operations one day
later with participation from U.S.,
British, Australian, and Polish troops.
April 9, 2003 - The U.S.
coalition seizes control of Baghdad in the Iraq conflict,
ending the regime of Saddam Hussein.
December 13, 2003 -
Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq,
is found hiding in a small bunker and captured by the U.S. 4th
January 4, 2004 - The "Spirit
Rover" lands on Mars, transmitting detailed data and images of the Martian
landscape back to earth.
July 4, 2004 - The
groundbreaking ceremony for the Freedom
Tower at Ground Zero, the former site
of the World Trade
Center complex, occurs in New York City.
November 2, 2004 -
President George W. Bush wins reelection over Democratic Senator John Kerry
November 16, 2004 - "Half-Life
2" is widely considered to have revolutionized physics in gaming with its Havok
engine, allowing for widespread interactivity with objects in the game environment.
November 23, 2004 - "World
of Warcraft" established itself as one of the most popular PC games ever, and
set what are now the generally-accepted standards for the genre of massively
multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).
December 26, 2004 -
Following a 9.3 Richter scale earthquake in the Indian Ocean, a tsunami kills
290,000 Southeast Asian people from Sri Lanka
creating one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies in history. A worldwide
relief effort, led by the United
States and many other nations, is mobilized
July 24, 2005 - American
cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his record 7th straight Tour de France.
July 26, 2005 - In the
first Space Shuttle flight since the tragedy of 2003, Discovery goes into orbit
on a mission that returns to Earth safely on August 9.
August 29, 2005 -
Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast region, causing severe damage and inundating
the city of New Orleans with water from Lake Pontchetrain
when the levees break. Over 1,800 people perish from Alabama
to Louisiana in one of the worst natural
disasters to strike the United
October 26, 2005 - As
elections in Iraq confirm a
new constitution, a statement from the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
calls for the destruction of Israel
and condemns the peace process.
February 22, 2006 - The
one billionth song is downloaded from the internet music store, Apple iTunes.
This shift in the music industry to new platforms comes at the expense of many
brick and mortar chains, including Tower Records.
June 20, 2006 - The
first Blu-ray disc titles are released.
August 24, 2006 - The
International Astronomical Union (IAU) demotes Pluto to "dwarf planet" status
after it was considered a planet for 76 years.
October 9, 2006 - North Korea performs
its first successful nuclear test.
October 17, 2006 - The
population of the United
States reaches the milestone of three
November 7, 2006 - In
the mid-term elections, both houses of Congress change back to Democratic hands
for the first time since 1994.
November 19, 2006 -
Nintendo releases the Wii video game console.
January 4, 2007 - The
first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Nancy
Pelosi of San Francisco, California, is sworn into office.
January 10, 2007 - President
George W. Bush announces a troop surge of 21,500 to stem the violence in Iraq, a
controversial policy which begins to show positive signs once fully implemented
during the summer months, with a reduction in violent attacks against coalition
forces and Iraqi civilians.
June 29, 2007 - The Apple
iPhone first goes on sale.
July 4, 2007 - The fifty
star flag of the United
States of America becomes the longest flying
flag in history after flying for over 47 years.
December 13, 2007 - The
Mitchell Report on the Steroids Scandal in baseball is published. It recounted
a year long investigation into the use and abuse of performance enhancing drugs
over a two decade period, in which nearly ninety players were named.
January 28, 2008 - The LEGO®
brick turns 50 years old.
May 12, 2008 - Over
69,000 people are killed in central southwest China by the Wenchuan earthquake.
July 1, 2008 - A report
by the U.S. embassy in Iraq states
that 15 of the 18 goals set for the Iraqi government have been met, largely due
to the surge implemented over the last year. The increase of 21,000 United
States troops, commonly known as the surge, reduced violence and restored order
to the nation, allowing the government of Iraq to focus more on solving other
problems needed to establish a stable nation.
August 17, 2008 -
Michael Phelps, the United States
swimmer from Baltimore,
wins his 8th Gold Medal of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games, surpassing the
record of seven won by Mark Spitz in 1972.
August 29, 2008 - John
McCain chooses Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, as his running mate. This made
the contest between Barack Obama and himself, the first time a presidential
election included both an African-American candidate and a woman amongst the
Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees.
September 14, 2008 -
Lehman Brothers, a global financial services firm, files for bankruptcy and
becomes a catalyst for the global financial crisis.
November 4, 2008 -
Barack Obama, Democratic Senator from Illinois,
won the election for the 44th U.S. President over John McCain, making him the
first African-American president in the history of the nation.
January 15, 2009 - After
striking a flock of geese immediately after takeoff, resulting in a sudden loss
of thrust from both engines, US Airways Flight 1549, en route from La Guardia
Airport, New York City, to Charlotte, NC, makes a forced landing in the Hudson
River. All 150 passengers and 5 crew members survived. The entire
crew of Flight 1549 was later awarded the Master's Medal of the Guild of Air
Pilots and Air Navigators. The award citation read, "This emergency
ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique
7, 2009 - The deadliest
bushfires in Australian history kill 173, injure 500, and leave 7,500 homeless.
April 6, 2009 - A 6.3
magnitude earthquake in Italy
kills nearly 300 and injures more than 1,500.
April 8, 2009 - Somali
pirates hijack an American ship and take the captain hostage off the Horn of
Africa. The ship, Maersk Alabama,
was carrying food and other aid products for the World Food Program. On April
12, U.S. Navy SEAL snipers, positioned on the destroyer Bainbridge, kill three
pirates and free Captain Phillips, ending the five-day ordeal in the Indian Ocean.
April 15, 2009 -
Grassroots Tea Party protests spring up all across the nation to protest President
Obama's big government spending projects such as the bailout of the banking
industry, car industry, potential cap and trade legislation, and other
administration projects that project a ten trillion dollar deficit over the
May 31, 2009 - Abortion
doctor George Tiller, notorious for performing late-term abortions, is shot and
killed at the Reformation Lutheran Church
in Wichita, Kansas, where he served as an usher. His
clinic has been closed permanently.
June 1, 2009 - An
assailant opened fire on a United States
military recruiting office in Little
Private William Long of Conway,
Arkansas was killed. Abdulhakim
Mujahid Muhammad, an American previously known as Carlos Bledsoe who converted
to Islam, has been indicted on one count of capital murder and 15 counts of
June 11, 2009 - The H1N1
influenza virus, commonly referred to as "Swine Flu," is deemed a global
pandemic by the World Health Organization. This is the first such designation
since the Hong Kong flu of 1967-1968.
June 12, 2009 - Federal
law requires that all full-power television stations stop broadcasting in
analog format and broadcast only in digital format.
July 3, 2009 - Sarah
Palin, the first-term Republican governor of Alaska and former vice-presidential
candidate, announces her resignation. Palin cites a desire to spend more time
with her family and a lack of interest in running for reelection in 2010.
During her time off, she also went on a 24-state book tour and scheduled a
number of paid speaking events.
August 25, 2009 -
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, a fixture in the U.S. Senate for 46
years, died of brain cancer at the age of 77. Kennedy was elected as a Democrat
to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts;
he filled the vacated seat of his brother, then-president John F. Kennedy.
September 8, 2009 -
President Obama's back-to-school address to millions of American students
causes a great deal of controversy over the President's political agenda in
making the speech.
November 5, 2009 - A
shooting at the Fort Hood army post in Texas left 13 dead and 31 injured. Ten of
those killed are military personnel, while two are civilians. The gunman was
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a practicing Muslim, who opened fire while shouting
"Allah Akbar!" Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated
murder and will be tried in military court.
December 1, 2009 - In a press conference, President Obama announces
that the U.S. military will
be sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, in an attempt to
prevent further Taliban insurgencies. The troop surge will begin in January
2010, and will bring the total number of American troops in Afghanistan to
100,000. Obama also outlines his plan for the removal of these troops, which
will begin in July 2011.
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College Bound Reading List
A WALK ACROSS AMERICA,by Peter
"A Walk Across America" spent three
months on the New York Times bestseller list when it was first published in
January of 1979. Still popular over 30 years later, this book remains one of
the best selling backlist titles in the United States. Now considered a
classic, "A Walk Across America"
is required reading in hundreds of college and high school classes across America.
out of college and with his own feelings echoing the disillusionment of a whole
generation, Peter Jenkins set out with his dog Cooper to uncover the truth of what
his country was really about. Peter was wondering if America is worth staying in or if
it is too corrupt. He walked from Alfred, New York to Washington, D.C. and then to New
Along the way, Peter learned timeless secrets of life from a hermit mountain
man, caused a local stir by living with a black family in North Carolina, worked in southern mills,
almost died on a mountaintop, and had more than a lifetime of experiences.
Moreover, 5000 miles and 35 pairs of shoes later, his faith and pride in his
country were restored. Yours will be too as you read this story.
process of seeking to discover his country and find himself, Peter also found
God and met his wife-to-be. In his sequel, "The
Walk West," Peter and his new bride travel from New
Orleans to the Oregon
coast. Filled with inspiring people and places from west of the Mississippi, this book describes the next segment of
Peter's five year journey exploring America. Religion was an important
part of the second book, and portions of the book were also written by Barbara
Jenkins. Unfortunately, this one is now out of print.
"A Walk Across America" was one of the
first books to popularize adventure travel and travel as a way of life. It's
fascinating to look back and consider what it was like without the benefit of a
cell phone, laptop, or GPS to help plan the route. Today there seems to be
another great debate raging about what is wrong and what is right with our
country. Maybe this would be a good time to "Walk Across America" again. Visit www.peterjenkins.com to learn more.
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Did You Know...?
January 19 is a day of celebration in some southern
states. It is the birthday of Robert E. Lee, commander-in-chief of the
Confederate Army during the Civil War. Lee is considered to be among the greatest
generals, and remains one of the best-loved and respected men in American
history. As a child he was taught at home by his mother, and his own children
were homeschooled by his wife. Learn more about Robert E. Lee at: http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_lee.html
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Campus Reform Website
Voice on Campus
A new website is equipping conservatives on college campuses for more
effective activism and leadership.
The website, CampusReform.org, is an effort
by the Leadership Institute, which has worked since 1979 to strengthen the
future of conservative leadership in America.
describes itself as a "one-stop resource, networking, and instruction
center for conservative activists to take back their campuses from leftist
Connecting up-to-date communications technologies to a principled stand
for limited government, the free market, national defense, and traditional
values, CampusReform.org makes possible a new generation of student activism to
identify, expose, and combat the radical left.
frequently updated national blog page displays posts and links to articles of
special interest to campus conservatives. In November, the national blog
covered Obamacare and Climategate very actively, especially the debate on these
two issues on campuses. Conservative group leaders use the national blog to
report on successful events and share other information that leaders will find
useful. Users can also access subpages for all 2,376 American four-year
colleges. Each subpage contains information about that college's conservative
groups, as well as blog pages and discussion forums that conservatives on that
campus can use to discuss issues specific to their own locations.
Reform connects young conservatives not only to each other, but also to other
national groups and resources that many will find useful. For example, the site
offers information about 34 different legal defense groups that currently work
to protect free speech on campus and to cry foul when liberal bias invades the
classroom at publicly funded universities. Other parts of the site help young
conservatives with fundraising, publicity, and creative activism ideas.
will dramatically increase the number of battles fought against leftist abuses
on college campuses this year," says conservative activist Morton
Blackwell, Leadership Institute's president and founder. "And based on
long experience, conservative students will win most of those new battles as
they identify, expose, and combat leftist abuses and bias."
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Amy Burritt: America Through the Eyes of a
Born on January 19,
1983, Amy Suzanne Burritt was raised in northern Michigan in a close-knit homeschooling
family. Many homeschool families incorporate the educational benefits of
travel into their lifestyle. Nevertheless, 12-year-old Amy Burritt at first
thought her parents had gone crazy when she was told that they planned to sell
their share of the family business, rent a motor home, and roam the country for
a year. But later she would recall, "It's hard to put into words the way
homeschooling has shaped me. Homeschooling provided the opportunity to do these
things. Being able to spend the time with my mom, dad, and Jon has been great."
the summer of 1995,
the Burritt family - consisting of Amy, her younger brother Jonathan,
parents Kurt and Emily - started out on the adventure of a lifetime.
leave their Traverse City home, drive from coast
to coast, and fly to Alaska and Hawaii on a 50 state/50 week tour of
the United States ... from the forests of the Great Lakes, across
deserts, over twisting mountain
passes, through urban jungles of the east, past Southern battlefields,
among giant redwood groves of the Pacific coast. To focus their travels
learning about American history, geography, and government, they set a
meet the governors of all 50 states.
Amy's favorite subjects
were reading and writing. While on the nationwide tour, she studied
interviewing and public speaking to prepare for meeting with the governors.
Besides being an interviewer and gatherer of information, Amy was the official
trip documenter and faithfully recorded daily events in a journal each night.
In addition, by writing down ahead of time all that she hoped to accomplish
along the way, Amy learned that "if you can dream it, you can do it." Amy's
learning journey also taught her about compassion for others and the value of
As a result of the trip,
Amy realized that she had learned a lot of valuable information about America.
Upon arriving back home, Amy wrote a book about her adventures with the help of
her mom and a writer friend. In May 1998, when Amy was 15 years old, the
Burritt family self-published "My American
Adventure: 50 States in 50 Weeks." It was soon republished by
HarperCollins/Zondervan. Adapted from the journal she kept on the road, her
book is a travel guide, history text, and personal memoir that provides a
firsthand account of the people and places she discovered on her American
odyssey. Her story is interesting and heartwarming, imbued with a spirit of
adventure that makes readers want to go out and do something themselves. It
will also inspire teens to set high goals and keep reaching to achieve them.
sojourn reads like
a series of extremely well-written "What I Did on My Summer Vacation"
She cruised through the streets of New York City
in a jeep, and walked the path of George Washington at Valley Forge. In
she narrowly escaped falling down a waterfall. She made friends with
children at a Rhode Island
campground. She watched bighorn sheep butt heads in South Dakota. She
swam with dolphins in Hawaii, and saw the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.
her many adventures, Amy also reflects candidly on personal struggles
relates amusing incidents, such as when her dad knocked off the 34-foot
home's television antenna.
Amy's meetings with the
governors provided some of her most vivid memories. The governors were as
diverse in temperament as the states they came from. A few refused her request
to meet them. Some curtly offered little more than a handshake. Others warmly
granted interviews in which they reflected on their lives and work. Governor
David Beasley of South Carolina
invited her to his Christmas Open House at the governor's mansion. Amy
personally met 44 out of 50 governors, and she was able to get all 50 governors
to sign her and her brother's sweatshirt mementoes of the trip.
"I've learned that if
you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything," Amy said. "But I didn't
know just what I was getting into at first." The trip's low point was a gloomy
Easter in Alaska.
Amy was tired of living on the road and interviewing governors; she just wanted
to go home. But when her mom reminded her that "we aren't quitters," Amy
resolved to keep going because she didn't want to have to tell her friends that
she had given up. Rather than admit failure, Amy decided to take charge.
"That's when it became MY project," she said. "I saw real purpose behind it."
Her father adds, "That was the real turning point. She made a determination to
finish what she'd begun and from then on you could see a change in her. We left
with a girl and came home with a young lady."
next adventure back at home, Amy switched from writing to music. She worked on
expanding her vocal ability, knowledge of the guitar, and songwriting talent. She
led her youth group worship band for several years, and was involved in a
second church band. Amy also played with other musicians, picking up tips and
tricks. At age 17 she recorded a demo CD and began playing in small venues,
sometimes picking up paid gigs. Since then, Amy has written hundreds of songs
and performed in a wide variety of venues. Her style is an original combination
of folk, blues, jazz and pop combined with soothing vocals and engaging lyrics.
Amy attended Michigan
and graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications. The day after graduation,
Amy moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where she started her
own graphic design and creative consulting business called Carbonated Creative.
Since then, Amy also has been performing in coffehouses around Asheville, where she
always enjoys meeting new people. She released her own album in September 2008,
and is currently working on turning her garage into a recording studio. Many of
her lyrics reflect upon themes of driving, camping, and homelessness, harkening
back to her travel experiences: "And we're heading down the highway / I'm still
trying to find my way / home."
Visit Amy's website: http://www.amyburritt.com
National Handwriting Day is January 23. For some people,
practicing better handwriting might be a good New Year's resolution!
Handwriting and Penmanship
is the physical activity of writing printed or cursive characters with the hand
and a writing instrument. It incorporates posture, balance, visual acuity, fine
motor skills, and knowledge of how individual letters are formed. Penmanship is
the art of writing clearly and quickly. The main purpose of penmanship
instruction is to promote legibility in handwriting so that we can effectively
communicate with others (and easily read our own notes!).
handwriting look like scribbles and chicken scratches, or does your script flow
gracefully across the page? Good handwriting is eye-catching, easy to read, and
quick to write, while the fact that it is easily legible shows respect for the
reader. The best handwriting is clear and beautiful, perhaps even embellished
with calligraphy (stylized, decorative writing). Poor handwriting is careless
and sloppy. Your character is reflected in the way you write. What does your
handwriting say about you?
Gandhi once said that bad handwriting is a sign of an incomplete education.
However, there are many successful adults who are handwriting challenged. It
seems like the more gifted, logically-brained people have the worst penmanship.
Studies have found significantly lower legibility than average associated with
being an executive and being male. Doctors are notorious for having poor
penmanship. Almost all computer hackers have terribly bad handwriting, often
block-printing everything like junior draftsmen.
French emperor Napoleon had horrible handwriting. Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition didn't write very well either. I. L. Gordon, the editor of
Who Was Who, had such poor
penmanship that he took to the typewriter. Music scholars believe that
Beethoven's "Für Elise" may have been titled "Für Therese," but the printer
couldn't read the composer's handwriting. Likewise, Eric Clapton's instrumental
piece "Badge" was actually called "Bridge," but Clapton's hand-scribbled title
was misread. Even geographic landmarks and place names have been incorrectly
labeled due to misinterpreting the scrawls of explorers and cartographers.
for good penmanship has not gone out of style in the computer age. We still
have to sign our name on checks and other documents, jot down notes, write
memos, make shopping lists, address envelopes, fill out forms, take written
exams, etc. Calligraphy or artistic handwriting is not required in day-to-day
writing but simple, graceful handwriting gives a warm personal touch to
personal correspondence such as thank you notes, greeting cards, and letters.
legible handwriting is a valuable skill in the workplace, enhancing
communication and preventing misunderstanding. More and more of the new
computers and pocket organizers rely on "pen-based input", i.e.,
handwriting entered with an electronic pen on a special tablet or screen.
Handwriting skills also complement other language skills such as spelling,
note-taking, composition, and editing.
from observing young children that being able to print and write bolsters self-confidence
as it develops fine motor skills. The practice of handwriting also fosters an
appreciation for words and language as it teaches attention to detail. As
children develop and improve their handwriting skills, the process of
penmanship will eventually become automatic, an almost subconscious output of
their brain. A person's handwriting generally develops until about age 17,
although even as adults our handwriting can change over the years.
styles of writing have been popular at different times. In the mid-1800s, the
Spencerian form of penmanship was the standard. Palmer Hand became the style
taught in most American schools through the late 20th century. Some schools
view the teaching of D'Nealian handwriting as easing the transition from print
to cursive writing. Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting is also popular.
mind, however, that no one has identical handwriting. No matter what penmanship
program is used and how strictly students are forced to follow the rules, by
the time they leave school most will have developed their own style which may
consist of printing, cursive, italic, or a combination of forms joined
together. Each individual's handwriting is as unique as their own set of
fingerprints. The study of graphology - a division of psychology - has shown
that handwriting can reflect our personality. Handwriting can also be
influenced by our personal circumstances, mood, and health.
A column by Peter in AZ
filing this under Webcomix, even though it isn't technically a webcomic.
Remembrance is a visual novel. Everyone familiar with the term? Yes? ...Oh, no?
You in the back, you're shaking your head... Alright. You all know what a novel
is, right? It's "an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex
and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence
of events." Now, what about the visual part?
A visual novel is what you could call an interactive novel. They are especially
prevalent in Japan.
It shows images of the various characters on the screen, and a text box that
shows what they're saying. You press a little button to advance to the next
paragraph, and the character's facial expressions will change. It can even be
accompanied by a soundtrack!
back to True Remembrance. The setting is rather interesting. Extreme depression
is a pandemic spanning the entire globe. The condition is known as the Dolor.
And people will go to one remote city, where they can have their bad memories
removed by 'Mnemonicides'.
city, live Blackiris, an Alpha Class Mnemonicide, and La, his patient. And this
is their story.
a nice story indeed. There is little in the way of action scenes, and much more
about character development/interactions. So if you like a good story, you
can't go wrong with this. If you want things exploding every five minutes...
you'll have to look elsewhere.
the character art and accompanying soundtrack, they are both excellent. (It's
originally from Japan.
Good artwork seems to flow from there.)
story takes about three hours to read, and may be longer or shorter depending
on how fast you are. But I recommend going a little slow in reading the first
people are first introduced to the concept of visual novels, they are often
directed to this piece. (Just as I just did. ;) )
| College Bound:
Homeschool Friendly Colleges
Master's College (TMC) is a private, non-denominational Christian college
located in Santa Clarita, California,
30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
For over 80 years, TMC has provided quality, Christian liberal arts education to
thousands of students around the world. Ranked 3rd in the West for nine
consecutive years by U.S. News &
World Report as one of America's
Best Colleges in the category of Best Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges, TMC
is also cited as one of the best values, ranking 4th in the category of "Great
Schools, Great Prices." Under the leadership of president Dr. John MacArthur,
TMC provides quality education both on campus and through online distance
TMC is one of the
academically-strongest evangelical Christian colleges in the nation. TMC offers
bachelor's degrees in over 55 different areas of study, all of which are
founded on the Word of God and taught by highly qualified faculty. Academic
programs include: Biblical Studies, Business Administration & Management,
Computer & Information Science, English, History & Political Studies,
Home Economics, Mathematics, Media & Communications, Music, Natural
Sciences (Biological, Physical, & Environmental), Physical Education,
Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, and Teacher Education.
Most importantly, the
mission of TMC is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to
Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting
contribution to the Kingdom
of God. The school's
motto is "For Christ & Scripture." TMC has chapel three times a week -
every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It opens with worship, followed by a guest
speaker or preacher, focusing mainly on encouraging the students to keep their
lives committed to Jesus Christ. Students are only allowed a maximum of six
chapel misses per semester.
Men's and women's
basketball, soccer, baseball, cross-country, golf, tennis and volleyball are
all available on the TMC campus, which is situated on 100 acres in a beautiful
canyon setting. The campus provides dorms for the students. It is important to
note that dorms are not coed. Off
campus housing is restricted to married students, part-time students, students
over the age of 21, or students who live at home and commute to campus.
ratio averages 16/1. Class sizes range from 30-40 students in lower division
classes down to 8-15 students in upper division courses. However, some Bible
classes will have close to 100 students. All students - including freshmen -
benefit from being taught by exceptional full-time senior faculty members, 70
percent of whom hold doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most respected
The caliber of TMC
students is likewise exceptional. They exhibit high standards in personal character,
scholastics, leadership, and performance talents, including music and
athletics. According to Katie Meade, Regional Alumni Ambassador for The
Master's College, "One-third of our students come from homeschooling families."
Academically strong 11th & 12th grade students who demonstrate adequate
academic capability to be successful in college-level courses may also take
online classes at TMC. Applicants must be in general agreement with the TMC
Doctrinal Statement, must regularly attend a local evangelical church and
provide a pastoral reference from one of the pastors or church leaders, and
must be able to give a clear testimony of the basis of his/her salvation and
hope of eternal life.
Whether your goal is to
become a teacher, start your own software company, pastor a church, or run a PR
firm, TMC's timely, robust liberal arts curriculum provides outstanding career
preparation as well as a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Department, 800-568-6248 for more information
Tell us about your favorite
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Anime Reviews by Xbolt
Garbagemennnn...Innn....SPAAACE!!! And there you have the basic setting for
is 2075. It has been over a century since mankind first ventured out into
space, and in that time, we have established permanent bases on the Moon, and
we have set foot on Mars. Unfortunately, we have also created a lot of trash
out there. Broken satellites, spent rockets, lost tools, all of that. This is
extremely hazardous to spaceflight, as a piece the size of a bolt traveling
thousands of miles an hour can cripple an entire spacecraft. This is what
debris haulers are for. They clean up in order to make space safe to travel in.
the show is incredible. Not since 2001 have I seen a show that painted a realistic
picture of spaceflight. (Thankfully, Planetes doesn't have any Mysterious Alien
Black Boxes of Doom in it.) In Planetes, it is stated that a planned mission to
Jupiter will take seven years. Sorry, Star Wars. You can't just go zipping
halfway across the galaxy in a couple hours. In addition, exterior shots of the
spacecraft are silent. You
can't hear the engines firing. Heck, you can't even hear it when two objects
crash into each other! As someone who likes science, this impressed me greatly.
the show isn't too bad either. It tells the story of the Debris Section of
Technora Corporation. Overworked and underpaid, the Debris Section nevertheless
works hard to keep space safe.
Hoshino is one of the guys who does the EVA work when collecting debris. His
nickname is Hachimaki, or Hachi, because he always wears one. (A hachimaki is a
type of headband, worn as a symbol of perseverance or effort by the wearer.) He
is loud and brash, and has difficulty expressing himself adequately.
is the newest member of the team, and she learns the ropes from everyone else,
especially Hachimaki. She is bright and earnest, yet mostly unsure of herself.
She is willing to do almost anything to help others.
Fee Carmichael is the pilot of the debris-collecting ship,
the Toy Box. She is even more loud and brash than Hachi, and can get violent
when others get on her nerves. She is a heavy smoker, which leads to trouble,
since smoking is a strain on life support systems. She has to go into designated
smoking rooms, and will fly into a fit of rage if they are out of order for an
Mihairokov is calm, kind, and compassionate, and often acts as the most
level-headed member of the group. He is in charge of taking care of the animals
that live on ISPV 7, the space station the Debris Section operates from.
Myers is the manager of the Debris Section. He is overweight and jolly, and is
near retirement, but something always happens to stop that.
Ravi is the assistant manager. He is a bit of a trickster, and a prop comedian,
which he enjoys very much.
Rivera is a temporary worker, and she is in charge of secretarial and clerical
duties. She always has a quiet and professional demeanor.
it being awesome, Planetes is not nearly as well-known as it should be. So I'm
doing my part to spread the word.
opening sequence here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol0Cw0FCowg
series trailer here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m3NM912ZK4PYK1
Note: The Japanese anime "Planetes" is an award-winning science fiction story
that pays tribute to Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in its
opening scene. In a later episode, one of the characters quotes Tsiolkovsky:
"Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever."
Tsiolkovsky was entirely self-educated. "Besides books I had no other
teachers," he wrote. You can read his biography here: http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_tsiolkovsky.html
Happy New Year!
This is the time of year when many people resolve to make
positive changes in their lives. If you're like me, your New Year's resolution probably
is: "This year I will do all of the things that I didn't get to finish last
year." Of course if the new year is really going to be any different, it means
that you have to actually do something, not just continue in your wishful
Still haven't thought of a New Year's resolution? It's not
too late! How about picking one or more from the following list!
∙ Start a new tradition.
∙ Break a bad habit.
∙ Go to church.
∙ Practice punctuality.
∙ Get organized.
∙ Keep a journal.
∙ Be more polite.
∙ Learn another language.
∙ Read through the Bible.
∙ Make a new friend.
∙ Smile instead of frown.
∙ Get enough sleep every
∙ Don't hog conversations.
∙ Enjoy the small pleasures
in each day.
∙ Clean your room and give some
stuff to a charity.
∙ Learn about your native
plants and animals.
∙ Don't gossip or snoop into
∙ In your heart forgive those
who have wronged you.
∙ Research your family
∙ Really listen to what
others are saying to you.
∙ Stop negative thinking -
try to see more of the positive.
∙ Volunteer in your
∙ Limit fast foods to twice a
∙ Once a month try a new type
of ethnic food.
∙ Read a new book every
∙ Learn how to paint, bake
bread, read music, do CPR, etc.
∙ Turn off the television
∙ Be more thoughtful and
considerate of others.
∙ Put a stop to an unhealthy
∙ Start a consistent exercise
∙ Make every Monday and
Wednesday low-fat days.
∙ Do something special every
week for a loved one.
∙ Spend more time outdoors.
∙ Stop grumbling and
∙ Count your blessings every
night when you go to bed.
∙ Think a happy thought each
morning when you awake.
∙ Put more money into your
∙ Each day take five minutes
to look out the window.
∙ Develop a mission statement
or personal motto.
Stay Tuned Next Month for our New
The Home School
Legal Defense Association has just announced the 2010 Art contest for
January 1 through February 1, 2010
must submit a piece of artwork which, through the art, defines the appropriate
Category 1: Trustworthy
We try to
choose themes that will leave a lot of room for students' imagination and
interpretation. We want students to come up with their own ideas of what best
defines the given theme.
do not have to actually include the word or any text by way of answer in their
artwork. The word is meant to be the inspiration and theme behind whatever
image students decide to portray. Our judges love it when a student comes up
with something they had not thought of before.
think about the theme, what comes to mind? Take it from there and be creative.
We hope that students will come up with many imaginative ideas to fit the
We do ask
that your entry be original and appropriate for public display to our
homeschooling audience (which is not meant to limit your creativity or choice
of subject; for example, you are free to choose a serious or deep subject, such
as suffering). We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Category 1: Homeschoolers
ages 7 to 10 as of January 1, 2010.
Homeschoolers ages 11 to 14 as of January 1, 2010.
Homeschoolers ages 15 to 19 as of January 1, 2010.
the purposes of this contest, an eligible student must have been home educated
in the past year and received a majority of his or her education in the past
year through home education.
- Flat, two-dimensional, artwork less than
one-quarter-inch thick, not including mat or frame (drawing, painting,
mixed media, etc.)
- Completely original hand-done artwork (no
tracing, photography, or computer-generated artwork).
For those pieces that make it to the final round:
- All work must be matted and/or framed with a
simple and lightweight matte or frame and have wire or other hanging
hardware attached ready for hanging.
- Maximum size including matting and framing is 48
by 48 inches. There is no minimum size.
- It is highly
recommended that you use plexi-glass rather than glass in the framing. We
have received damaged artwork before from glass shattering in the mail.
HSLDA cannot be held responsible for artwork damaged in the mail.
- $10.00-HSLDA Member Discounted Entry Fee
- $15.00-Regular Entry Fee
- One entry per person
- Entries must include a completed and signed entry
- Entries must include an entry fee (only check or money order).
- Preliminary entries must include an 8-by-10-inch
color photograph, 8½-by-11-inch color copy, or 8½-by-11-inch color digital
print of the artwork. Preliminary entries will not be returned. Do not send the original artwork-only
submissions in one of the above media will be accepted.
- Finalists will be contacted by the contest
coordinator and must send in the actual artwork that was presented in the
preliminary entry. Finalists will be instructed on how to submit their
artwork for the final round.
should be mailed to:
Attn: Art Contest
One Patrick Henry Circle
- Preliminary entries will be received after
January 1 and must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2010. (Entries postmarked
after February 1 will be sent
back or discarded.)
- Preliminary judging will take place in
- Finalists in each category will be selected and
notified by letter and/or email in early March.
- Final entries from finalists must be received by
March 15, 2010.
- Final judging will take place in late March or
- Winners will be notified by letter, and/or email
or phone and announced on HSLDA's contest website and e-lert service by
late April, 2010.
- Final entries will be on loan to HSLDA and may be
displayed at HSLDA for one year.
- A panel of judges selected by HSLDA will judge
both the preliminary and final rounds.
- Pieces will be judged on originality, creativity,
and adherence with the theme.
- The decision of the judges is final.
Prizes for Each
Category 1: 1st Prize
$100; 2nd Prize $75; 3rd Prize $50; Honorable Mention $25.
Category 2: 1st
Prize $150; 2nd Prize $100; 3rd Prize $50; Honorable
Category 3: 1st
Prize $200; 2nd Prize $150; 3rd Prize $100; Honorable
- Proceeds from the contest will go to the Home
School Foundation's Special Needs Children Fund.
- HSLDA has the right to use reproduction of
entered artwork at its discretion.
- All judgments are final and interpretations of
the guidelines are at HSLDA's sole discretion.
Download an entry form here: http://www.hslda.org/Contests/Art/2010/2010rules.asp
contact the Contest Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
Homeschooling Teen Readers Write:
Writing Scholarship Applications
By Peter Olsen, 19
The job of filling out
scholarship applications is a necessary and important one. The thought of it
can be scary, however, knowing that there is so much at stake. Whatever you do,
don't procrastinate so much that you miss the deadline!
The first thing to do
when applying for scholarships is to make sure you carefully read and
understand the instructions - because if you don't follow the directions, the
scholarship committee will immediately have a negative first impression.
Incomplete applications are often rejected, too, so it's best to answer all
questions even if they don't apply to you. Writing "not applicable" or "N/A" is
better than leaving a question blank and risking the possibility of looking
like you didn't fill out the application completely.
Be truthful and don't
exaggerate on your application. While listing specific skills that you have,
consider whether you can answer questions about those skills if asked to
explain what you know. In other words, don't make it sound like you're an
expert when you're really just an amateur. If, during an interview, the
selection committee detects that you're not being honest, you will most likely
Neatness counts, so
print carefully or type your application. It's a good idea to make a photocopy
of the application and practice on that first. Then you can easily make changes
and corrections, and see how your words will fit in the available space. When
you're sure it's the way you want it, you can re-copy your answers onto the
applications require a written essay, on a topic such as "Describe your most
meaningful educational learning experience." A memorable, well-written essay
can have a big impact on whether you win a scholarship. The key to writing a
good essay is to write about something of special interest to you. If you are
passionate about a topic, you will be able to write a better essay that engages
the reader. Be especially creative in your opening paragraph to attract the
Make sure your essay has
a clear thesis statement, and a unifying theme that shows not only where you
have been and what you are doing now, but how these experiences relate to your
future plans. Writing an outline first will help provide focus and structure to
your essay. That way instead of rambling from one thought to another, you can
present your ideas in a manner that support one another, building up to a
strong and positive conclusion.
Be specific, not vague
or abstract, and use concrete examples. If you have done significant volunteer
work, don't just say "I like helping others," but describe particular actions
that you have taken. Also discuss the effects of your volunteer service on the
community, as well as on you personally. The scholarship committee likes to see
tangible results, and evidence of how you are developing your abilities and
applying your skills. Address the difficulty of the endeavor and explain how
the outcome will be long-lasting.
application and essay carefully. Check for correct spelling and grammar, making
sure you have used proper academic vocabulary. It always helps to have another person
- such as a parent, teacher, or tutor - read over your application. They can
catch any errors you may have missed and make helpful suggestions. But
remember, this is your scholarship application and it has to reflect your voice
and who you are. So while you can have others edit it, just don't let them
Olsen, a homeschool graduate, was awarded a Presidents' Scholarship at Paradise Valley Community College.
Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips
you want to be a doctor, lawyer, or teacher? How about a butcher,
baker, or candlestick maker? The type of higher education or training
you will need to choose depends on what kind of career you wish to
Postsecondary Degrees &
Professional Degree - Completion of the degree usually requires at
least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor's degree.
Examples are lawyers, physicians and surgeons.
Degree - Completion of a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree
usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a
bachelor's degree. Examples are postsecondary teachers; and medical
scientists, except epidemiologists.
Degree - Completion of the degree usually requires 1 or
2 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor's degree.
Examples are educational, vocational, and school counselors; and
Or Higher Degree, Plus Work Experience - Most occupations in this
category are management occupations. All require experience in a
related non-management position for which a bachelor's or higher degree
is usually required. Examples are general and operations managers; and
judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.
Degree - Completion of the degree generally requires at
least 4 years, but not more than 5 years, of full-time academic study.
Examples are accountants and auditors; and elementary school teachers,
except special education.
Degree - Completion of the degree usually requires at
least 2 years of full-time academic study. Examples are paralegals and
legal assistants; and medical records and health information
Vocational Certificate - Some programs last only a few weeks, others
more than a year. Programs lead to a certificate or other award, but
not a degree. Examples are nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants;
and hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.
State License - Some occupations require licensing by the
state before offering services directly to the public. That means
passing an examination after getting a college degree, as well as
having practical work experience in that field. Examples are
architects, civil engineers, and interior designers.
Work Experience In A Related Occupation- Most of the
occupations in this category are first-line supervisors or managers of service,
sales and related, production, or other occupations; or are management
Long-Term On-The-Job Training
- Occupations in this category generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job
training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for
workers to develop the skills necessary to be fully qualified in the
occupation. These occupations include formal and informal apprenticeships that
may last up to 5 years. Long-term on-the-job training also includes intensive
occupation-specific, employer-sponsored programs that workers must complete.
Among such programs are those conducted by fire and police academies and by
schools for air traffic controllers and flight attendants. In other
occupations-insurance sales and securities sales, for example-trainees take
formal courses, often provided on the jobsite, to prepare for the required
licensing exams. Individuals undergoing training generally are considered to be
employed in the occupation. Also included in this category is the development
of a natural ability-such as that possessed by musicians, athletes, actors, and
other entertainers-that must be cultivated over several years, frequently in a
Moderate-Term On-The-Job Training- In this category
of occupations, the skills needed to be fully qualified in the occupation can
be acquired during 1 to 12 months of combined on-the-job experience and
informal training. Examples are truck drivers (heavy and tractor-trailer),
secretaries (except legal, medical, and executive), and food processing workers
(bakers and butchers).
Short-Term On-The-Job Training
- In occupations in this category, the skills needed to be fully qualified in
the occupation can be acquired during a short demonstration of job duties or
during 1 month or less of on-the-job experience or instruction. Examples of
these occupations are basic machine operators (such as in manufacturing
plants), retail salespersons, waiters and waitresses.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Essay Writing Tip
If you find it difficult
to write essays, try talking about the essay topic while recording the
conversation. After you're done, transcribe the recording and edit it into
essay form. This will give you a good start on your essay. Since the act of
writing often interferes with the flow of ideas (most people can think and
speak ten times faster than they can write or type), speaking into a tape
recorder can help you capture your ideas and emotions better than staring at a
blank piece of paper.
Did You Know...?
January 19 is a day of celebration in some southern
states. It is the birthday of Robert E. Lee, commander-in-chief of the
Confederate Army during the Civil War. Lee is considered to be among the greatest
generals, and remains one of the best-loved and respected men in American
history. As a child he was taught at home by his mother, and his own children
were homeschooled by his wife. Learn more about Robert E. Lee at: http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_lee.html
|The History of Teddy Bears|
bear, having come from humble beginnings, has grown over the years into a
multi-million worldwide hobby. One of the most traditional of all toys, stuffed
bears are the favorite companions of many children around the world. They are
also treasured as beloved collectibles by grown-ups. Tell the truth now, how
many of you still have your favorite old teddy bear? Is it sitting prominently
on a shelf in your room or hidden away in the closet somewhere?
January 18 is Winnie-the-Pooh Day. This silly old bear and his
friends are perhaps the most famous stuffed animals of all time. British author
A.A. Milne wrote "Winnie-the-Pooh"
and "The House at Pooh Corner"
for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, born in 1920. The real Christopher Robin
had a stuffed bear, and later he was given a stuffed tiger, pig, donkey, and
kangaroo. Ernest Shepard, who illustrated the stories, visited the Milne family
at their country home and based his drawings on Christopher Robin and his toys.
bears were born almost simultaneously in Germany
and the United States.
One of the pioneers was Margarete Steiff in Germany, who as a child was
stricken with polio and confined to a wheelchair. She loved children and liked
having them visit her. She enjoyed sewing and made stuffed toys to entertain
her little visitors. Margarete soon began getting requests for copies of her felt
toy animals. As time went by she trained other women to help her and eventually
set up a small factory. The company made wool-felt pincushion-type animals of
Margarete's toys were being sent all over the world. Her nephew, Richard, an
artist who spent many hours sketching bears at the zoo, in 1902 created a large
toy bear for his aunt out of mohair, with a moving head and limbs. The Steiff
Company then started producing jointed stuffed bears during 1902-1903. These
Steiff bears were first introduced at the 1903 Leipzig Fair, where an American
buyer for a New York import house, looking for
something soft and cuddly, saw them and ordered several thousand for shipment
to the United States.
Before long they had received another 3,000-piece order as well.
in November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt was in Mississippi conducting meetings over a
boundary dispute. He took a day to relax by engaging in one of his favorite
activities, bear hunting. It had been an unsuccessful day, but his hunting
party wanted to help him get his trophy, so they captured a bear cub and tied
it to a tree. The President refused to shoot it, however, because he considered
shooting a captured bear to be unsportsmanlike.
following day, November 16, 1902, The Washington Post printed an article about
the incident. Accompanying the story was a political cartoon by editorial
cartoonist Clifford Berryman. He drew a picture of a bear cub with round eyes
and large ears tied to a tree. Next to the cub stood Teddy Roosevelt, his gun
before him with the butt resting on the ground and his back to the animal,
gesturing his refusal to take the shot. Written across the lower part of the
cartoon were the words "Drawing the Line in Mississippi."
cartoon drew a lot of attention. In Brooklyn,
New York, a Russian immigrant
named Morris Michtom displayed two toy bears in the window of his stationery
and novelty shop. The plush stuffed excelsior bears with black button eyes were
made by his wife, Rose, to look like the bear in the cartoon. Alongside the
display she put the newspaper clipping. The bears sold immediately. Recognizing
the bears' popularity, Michtom requested and received permission from President
Roosevelt to call them "Teddy's Bears." The little stuffed bears were
a huge success.
for the stuffed toy bears increased, Michtom's business was taken over by the
Butler Brothers, a U.S.
toy wholesaler. In 1903 they formed the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company and in
1938 changed the name to the Ideal Toy Co. Since stuffed "Teddy"
bears had become such big sellers in the U.S., the Steiff Company also
supplied many of them. Consequently, in 1907, Steiff started calling the bears
they made Teddy bears.
height of the Teddy bear craze coincided with Roosevelt's
second term in office, from 1905-1909. This is why many people consider
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, to be truly the
father of the Teddy bear. November 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the
Did You Know...?
Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix, AZ is one of the few remaining stuffed teddy bear
factories in the U.S.
Take their factory tour, and you can even stuff your own teddy bear or
southwestern animal. For info, go to www.stuffington.com.
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