Saturday, May 26, 2007

Well, Hello

Well, Hello!
I haven't written in a long time. I wrote earlier this month, but I haven't felt much like returning since then. I don't know exactly what to write about...maybe a lecture on memories? Writing? Animals? Oh, I know!
I recently went to see a play that my friends were in. It was called Surprise Engagements. I really enjoyed it! It centered around the Calhoun Family, at the beginning of the Civil War, in Virginia. The family included several sisters, cousins, four brothers, and Colonel Calhoun. His oldest son is in his regiment.
The story opens on a ball, where about eight or ten couples are dancing the Virginia Reel ( a dance my friends recently badgered me into learning; it was a lot of fun!).
I think the ball scene was mostly used to introduce characters and their personalities, as well as set the romance possibilities for the whole play. Bea Lamar (cousin) has two romance possibilities: Sergeant Sean Dunnagan and Lieutenant Jeb Richards. For the time being, she goes with Jeb. Sean Dunnagan really does like Miss Lamar, and ends up writing Jeb's letters to her for half the play. Jeb pretends to be good at writing to please Miss Lamar. The youngest Calhoun, Tennessee, isn't introduced until the second scene, where he scares all the girls in the room with his frog, later being reprimanded by his older sister for messing up her knitting, where young Tennessee replies, "I was just wooking for my fwrog!" Tennessee was a fantastic character that gave the whole play spice and pep. The two brothers, Thomas Jefferson and Callum, are introduced in the first scene, where we find out that they desperately want to be soldiers. Their father, of course, doesn't want this for his two younger boys (probably about thirteen and fourteen) but he insists that they stay at home to watch over the girls. In scene two we glimpse their boyish character by seeing them sword fight with each other. Both prefer being the Rebel, and both enjoy killing the Yankee. (The play was entirely sympathetic to the south.) In scene 3, Sean and Jeb are sitting around a campfire, where Jeb is trying (without success) to write to Miss Lamar. This is where Sean starts to help him, taking over Jeb's letter writing. One of the younger sisters, Ruthie, is in love with her friend's brother, who dies a few scenes later.
The whole play is filled with mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. It was delightful to go to, and some of Tom and Callum's lines were hilarious! (Not to mention Tennessee, Millie, and Sergeant Daniel Briggs, Tennessee's Yankee soldier.)
This home school group is fun, and they are all splendid actors, giving witching performances. To see their website, visit I give this play five golden stars, and a rating of ten out of ten. Great job every body!
Anna Elizabeth Hedges
PS History Geek said that the play should get a lot of credit for sticking up for the south. I give them five golden stars for that too, and a 10 out of 10, 10 being the highest. Go South! South ROCKS man! :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Word of the day

Today's word is
A word that is used often in everyday life, but in my opinion, not often enough. The word 'creature' is basically used as a synonym for anything living. Breathing. With lungs, a heart, and other internal organs. It is sometimes used on things that do not breath, but not very much. Cornelia Funke described fire as a creature.

...He lit the second torch and ran its flame over his bare arm. He looked as happy as a child playing with a pet animal. The fire licked his skin like something living, a darting, burning creature that he had befriended, a creature that caressed him and danced for him and drove the night away.
~Cornelia Funke, from Inkheart.

Although the paragraph would have sounded beautiful without the word 'creature' in it, it wouldn't have sounded nearly as good. Creature simply adds spice and pep to writing and conversation. Creature is a word that you breathe; a word you whisper; a word to describe a wild thing, or a tame thing, or anything. Creature just sounds good. Even if you are insulting something, like a cat, if you call it a creature, it makes the insult sound good. A classic, even! This is how my brother described cats once:
"Selfish little creatures. Don't care about anybody but themselves"
I loved the way he said that! I really do like cats. A whole lot! I love cats! But they really are selfish. Cats just aren't very considerate of others.
Creature makes any sentence or object (fire) sound good. It is a great way to describe an animal or a human (we are all God's creatures, right?) and it just zings through your head! Whisper it. Say it. Use it in your conversation. It just sounds good.
I think that 'creature' is definitely a cut of poetry. Definitely; because it sounds so good in writing. It can be witching or ominous. It can be used so often in conversation, and just...oh! Can I describe the pleasure I get in using that word? Or hearing it?
You can use creature, in poetry or in normal conversation. The best part is, if you are a poet (the only real poet in your family,) then you can use this word in normal conversation and people won't wrinkle up their faces in confusion and say, "What is that supposed to mean?" But if you use a lovely word such as 'owl-light' a synonym for twilight, then people will look at you funny and say "Owl-light? What kind of word is that? What does owl-light mean?" I know. I use poetic words all the time. That is a special and unusual beauty about 'creature'; you can use it without being made fun of. Take 'witching,' for instance. The first time you use it around your friends or family, they will say, with a confused expression on their face, "Witching?"
Anyway, 'creature' is definitely a cut of poetry. Use it often; it makes your sentences sound good.
Anna Elizabeth Hedges