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September 11, 2018

I am extremely proud to be an American. When I was elementary school age, I read a lot of biographies of famous Americans, and some of them included presidents and other patriots. This instilled in me a sense of what it was to be an American. I was proud to be a part of a nation that was founded on the ideals of freedom and equality. I understood that people laid down their lives for what they believed in – fighting for my freedom. Abraham Lincoln is my…

April 16, 2018

Abraham Lincoln. I’m going to attempt to honor him here, on the 153rd anniversary of his death. This is a difficult feat because I’m going to try to summarize over 48 hours of my listening to a couple of Abraham Lincoln audiobooks. The first audiobook I listened to was Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The other was The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner. I LOVE Abraham Lincoln SO MUCH. I read my first Abraham Lincoln…

January 29, 2018

I’m awesome. Notwithstanding my (many) weaknesses and limitations, I am subjectively pretty great. I love myself. I try a little harder every day to do a little bit better than before. And I’m not just saying this because it’s what I believe. I’m also told how awesome I am on a somewhat regular basis by strangers, acquaintances, friends, family and close friends. In fact, sometimes it’s hard not to buy into the hype and the seemingly endless compliments that flow my way. It would be easy for me…

December 29, 2017

In 2016, three (children’s) movies touched on an important theme. Today, I’m going to talk about them, and why these movies are important to our survival as a species. (Yes, you read that right. And no, I’m not exaggerating.) These movies are: Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Trolls. First things first, I am going to be referencing these movies throughout this entry, so there will be many spoilers ahead. So, if you haven’t watched any of these movies, now is your chance. I believe all three…

December 22, 2017

Wow. I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner! When I was a child, the days from December 1 until Christmas seemed to stretch out into a year’s worth of waiting. Too bad that can’t be now that I am an adult. Anyhow, today I want to talk about my favorite Christmas song and movie. Since the title of this blog post is appropriately named, you already know what it is: The Little Drummer Boy. In the 1968 stop motion animation film, we meet Aaron, a…

November 8, 2017

Closing the Evil Book I wish I were writing under more positive circumstances, but I’m not. This week, we learned about another horrible shooting which occurred in a small town in Texas. As a result of this senseless act, 26 people are dead, including an 18-month-old child. It’s hard not to be heartsick and depressed when something like this happens in your country. Especially when it happens so soon after the Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest in United States history1. These malicious attacks leave even those of us…

September 6, 2017

Today, I want to cover a necessary and somewhat controversial subject: forgiveness. While I would like nothing more than for this to be the comprehensive guide on the subject, I realize that I need to make this digestible for one sitting’s worth of reading. Just now, I checked Amazon to see how many books just have the word “forgive” in the title: 3752. So, this entry will mainly reflect my own personal experiences with this subject. First, I will (as briefly as possible) explain why it is important…

August 9, 2017

When I was in high school, let’s just say that I had a really hard time following all of the rules. Because of the way I was brought up, being (knowingly) disobedient also brought on a lot of GUILT. (I had to use capitalization to emphasize its power to soul crush.) I wanted to be disobedient but without the soul crushing guilt. In order to have my cake and eat it too, I came across the Bible verse in Matthew 7:1-2, which says, “Judge not, that ye be…

July 17, 2017

What are we here to do? What’s this life for?1 Well, it all boils down to just one thing for me: being kind. That is what you are here to do! Scripturally, that equates to charity being the pure love of Christ, and as I have been taught, charity is the only thing that will not fail2. Every single kind thing you have done in your entire life can never be erased both here and hereafter. Though many may not believe in God or the Scriptures or in…

May 24, 2017

Today marks the 18th anniversary of my accident – the one that permanently paralyzed me from the shoulders down. Since I was paralyzed at 18, this means that I have lived half of my life in a wheelchair, unable to walk or even use my hands in any meaningful way. Although this day will never be just another day for me, I have decided to celebrate it instead of mourn it. (I will be at Disneyland with my mom all day, doing just that!) However, since this year…