American Phrase Friday



“That’s all a man can hope for in his lifetime — to set an example — and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”

-William McKinley

Sibling Complex

1835730_1280x720You know, I think America has something I like to call a ‘sibling’ complex. Basically, I think she’s like an older sibling….. to herself, if that makes any sense. Think about it for a sec.

So, I know quite a few families with lots of kids (mine included). They tussle, fight, call each other names, and that doesn’t make them look very caring at all. It makes them look dysfunctional. But, as soon as one of them gets hurt or picked on, bam! The other is there to hold them up. It’s the whole, ‘Only I can call my brother/sister names’ thing.

I think America has a sibling complex. We argue, fight, protest, and talk politics till the cows come home. And then some! But as soon as we’re threatened, or get brought into a fight, we’re one mind, one heart, one mission. Help America live.

After all, a country is really just a large family. And it wouldn’t be a normal family if we didn’t get into arguments, or debates, or even all-out fights. We just need to remember the big picture. An argument over the Presidency isn’t the end of America. Heck, Ulysses Grant was a terrible President. He almost resurrected the Civil War! But we’re still standing, we still hold onto the American Dream, even if it’s getting buried under too much arguing. We’re stronger than we look, people. We just need to keep in mind that ‘Only I can call my brother/sister names,’ doesn’t mean we should. Sure, it’s alright to have a little bit of tension, but have you ever seen a large family work together? It’s worth putting aside a small opinion.


imprint-swoon-readsHey, everyone! I know I haven’t posted this week, but I’ve been working on something, and it’s finally ready to share.

During my spare time I like to write. (Duh. I run a blog) Anyway, I recently finished a young adult book, and it is now available to read on Swoon Reads. Swoon Reads is a website where writers post their stories, the stories get voted on by the readers, and the publishing house chooses which ones they like. Needless to say, I’m really excited. If you guys have the time, I would love it if you could check it out! It’s called Shinobi, and is located in the fantasy section.

I think I’ll be back on normal scheduling next week, so keep an eye out for some more American-themed musings. 😀


Top Five Movies About America

Weekend is here! Time for something fun!

These are my picks for the top five movies about (or heavily involving) America. Keep in mind that this is my opinion, and any amazing American film that I missed is probably because I haven’t seen it. If you have one that you think should have made the list, leave a comment!

#1 National Treasure

#2 Apollo 13

#3 Miracle

#4 The Hunt For Red October

#5 Bridge of Spies

American Phrase Friday

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“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” -Thomas Jefferson

“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double his reward on my head!” -John Hancock, said after signing his name (very largely) on the Declaration of Independence. Badass.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of carrying it.” -Thomas Paine

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain

National Anthem and Other Songs

National Anthem

Everyone knows the National Anthem. “Oh say can you see…?” I grew up singing it. But what I love about it is the story behind it. The song (poem, really. It got the melody later) was written by Francis Scott Key.

Key was on a boat during the attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The British were ruthless fighters, and they showed the small fort no amount of mercy. Then, as the sun rose, those still inside the fort raised the American flag. Key saw the flag through the smoke, he saw the cannons still being fired, and he wrote the first four lyrics to the National Anthem on the back of an envelop.

Battle Hymn of the Republic (Glory, Glory Hallelujah!)

Battle Hymn of the Republic was written during the Civil War, and was sung by both sides. The lyrics varied depending on who was singing it, but the essence was still the same. The soldiers knew that, most likely, they wouldn’t be coming home. They sang this going into battle.

Here are two last ones. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July!

GodBless5x7There is an old tradition in our nation to read the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. It reminds us who we are, what we stand for, and why we’re here at all. Remember our Founding Fathers, our leaders, their sacrifices, and the millions of people who have fought and stood for our nation against all odds. Thank you for your patriotism, your courage, and your sacrificial protection and defense of our home. America is indebted to you, and she thanks you.

Please listen to the whole Declaration. I know it can get a little tedious, but the passion that Jefferson communicates at the very end is amazing and worth the wait.