Monday, July 28, 2014

Determination Quote #1


The person who succeeds is not the one who holds back, fearing failure, not the one who never fails, but rather the one who moves on in spite of failure.
Anonymous

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mystery Question #10

"Though the Alps are wondrous, you know I have no great love for them," spouted Max as he wandered about the room reorganizing as he went. Max and Morris had been talking idly about skiers, remembering the last time they had gone skiing and the events that had ensued afterwards. "One of the lesser known perils is that it can be difficult to keep the precise time."

"You mean you get distracted?" popped in Morris as he dabbled on his computer.

"Not a bit," Max retorted. "Both our watches are scrupulously accurate, they need to be in out line of work. But if I were to go and spend a period of time up in the Alps, making sure to keep my watch at a healthy room temperature at all times, when I returned here our watches would show a noticeable difference. Despite the fact that the accuracy of my watch should not have suffered one iota from the experience. Can you account for it?"


Friday, July 25, 2014

Mystery Questions #9 Answer


Mystery Question #9

"Consider the humble goatgrass, Mia." Max was pacing back and forth as was his habit when he was in a thoughtful manner, and these were his words for some time. Mia looked at him curiously.

"Aegilops is the genus. Bears a striking similarity to winter wheat. Or if Aegilops isn't to your fancy then how about billowy or ghosty? For that matter let us not forget spoonfeed."

"Is this one of your word plays?" asked Mia slyly as she gazed up at her brother.

"English is a marvelously eccentric language," Max said, by way of agreement.

What is curious about the words he mentioned?

Answer:

The words in question have all their letters arranged in alphabetical order-or, in the case of spoonfeed, reverse alphabetical order. As a point of interest, Aegilops is the longest such English word in the usual direction, and spoonfeed the longest going backwards. If you choose to exclude words with consecutive repeated letters from the prize , then sponged and wronged must unseat poor spoonfeed. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How The Month of July Got It's Name


Interesting Facts!

July, unlike June, is named for a mortal, albeit one who devised and ruled an empire. Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, and historian who conquered Gaul (what is now part of Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands), changed the structure of the Roman government into a dictatorship, was assassinated in legendary fashion, and most importantly for our purposes, helped make the calendar what it is today.
Caesar is responsible for the year as we know it having 365 days, and for the existence of a leap year every four years. How did this Julian Calendar change things? The early Roman calendar had an intercalary month called Intercalans that was 27 or 28 days long, added once every two years after February 23rd. For years including Intercalans, the remaining five days of February were omitted. Our contemporary calendar is still pretty much the same system Caesar instituted more than 2000 years ago.
July was named in honor of Julius Caesar. When Julius Caesar died, Quintilis, which was his birth month, was renamed with July. Quintilis means “fifth month” in Latin, which represents where this month originally fell in the Roman calendar.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review for Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life by Carole P. Roman





















Summary:
Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures!

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478151706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478151708

  • Review:

    The Captain No Beard series is a fun and imaginative series that will delight young children of various ages. The illustrations are adorable as the story smoothly sails along with the characters. Children will enjoy the pirate jargon throughout the story and the slight adventure that occurs to pirate Hallie. This story is not only about pirates but about friendship and imagination. 

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Review for If You Were Me And Lived In Mexico by Carole P. Roman






    Summary:

    If You Were Me and Lived in ...Mexico-A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" is the first entry in an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a groundbreaking new experience in elementary education. Interesting facts and colorful illustrations help children realize that although the world is large, people all over the globe are basically the same.


    • Paperback: 26 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1480209627
    • ISBN-13: 978-1480209626


    Review:


    This book teaches children what it would be like to live in Mexico. It begins with showing a map of North America. Then gives a few historic buildings and sites that might interest the reader. It also gives examples of what a child's name could be and a few other facts including the type of currency used and foods. This book provides basic information for the reader so is suitable for younger children. Older children will want something more in depth.

    This book will encourage children to learn more about a different culture in a simple way. Some added features is that the colorful illustrations match the text smoothly. There is also a pronunciation guide in the back of the book that will bring further understanding of the Mexican language. Overall, a great concept by the author. The only quibble is that it only scratches the surface of the Mexican culture providing tidbits here and there as it jumps around from one thing to another. But for younger children basic information is enough to peak their interest.  


    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Mystery Question #9

    "Consider the humble goatgrass, Mia." Max was pacing back and forth as was his habit when he was in a thoughtful manner, and these were his words for some time. Mia looked at him curiously.

    "Aegilops is the genus. Bears a striking similarity to winter wheat. Or if Aegilops isn't to your fancy then how about billowy or ghosty? For that matter let us not forget spoonfeed."

    "Is this one of your word plays?" asked Mia slyly as she gazed up at her brother.

    "English is a marvelously eccentric language," Max said, by way of agreement.

    What is curious about the words he mentioned?


    I hope all of you are enjoying my delightful challenges. My new children's book The Circus For Hire is going to be released over the next month or so. This is a great way for my readers to learn more about my characters while also earning a free book. Remember answers go into the comment section.

    Happy 4th of July to all of you. Let's celebrate our freedom.