Christian/Catholic · Educate Yourself · feminism · For Women · The Bad & Ugly · today's society · youth

I’m Not Like (Those Other People)

One of my friends and I have been talking for some time about the “I’m not like those other girls” syndrome (let’s call it INLTOG, for short). We both had fallen prey to it, and sometimes, I think I sometimes fall into that trap still though I try to be more aware of my thoughts and actions.

Of course we are all unique. We all have our different quirks and talents and things we do. But when it comes down to it… are we really all that different from other people? We become like the people we spend time with. Anyway, why do we want to be so different from other people? As I’ve thought more about INLTOG, I’ve realized that part of my reasoning has come from all the times I have felt left out. Sometimes I don’t feel like a girl because I don’t know much about makeup or fashion and I don’t like to talk about boys all the time. Sometimes I’ve felt isolated by this fact because a lot of the girls around me always seem to be talking about something I don’t know much about. I’ve been excluded by a lot of them, too. But the truth is… A. Sometimes I am the kind of girl that’s more girly. It depends on my mood, but, more importantly, B. Does it really matter if I’m a stereotype? Doesn’t being a woman mean so much more than just the outside – or, rather, the artificiality that our society tries to create? In a world where girls are raised to cut down other women, to take pride in that “they’re not like that,” I think it’s important that we women stick together. And, no, I don’t mean in the radical feminist get-rid-of-all-the-men way. I mean in the way of being decent human beings and helping one another.

HOWEVER, another thought has occurred to me, and this is that this kind of thinking does not take place only among women, or only in secular society. It seems, sadly, to be a Continue reading “I’m Not Like (Those Other People)”

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Canadian politics · Current Events · Educate Yourself · politics · today's society

Andrew Scheer is Just Another Politician With Pretty Words and Not Much Backbone

Andrew Scheer. (Chris Roussakis)

Since our next federal election is coming up in a year, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at who could overtake Pretty Boy (But Useless) Trudeau – the leader of the Conservative party, Andrew Scheer. I mean, it’s not much to hope for since our Conservative party is basically just another Liberal party, but there’s hope, right?

Wrong.

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5 stars · book posts · Challenges · Education · fiction · nonfiction

Reads of Winter 2018

I haven’t really felt like writing a full-length review yet, but I thought it would be good to do a post about the books I’ve read so far this year – and show y’all how I’m absolutely not on track with the challenges I was thinking of taking up this year (I really don’t know why I thought I would since once I announce I’m going to read a book, my brain just does not want to). What better time to stop and look over the books I’ve read than just at the beginning of spring!

First, I’ve read 22 out of the 60 books I wanted to. I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m back on track with reading like I wanted to be – reading lots!!!

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ADHD · Educate Yourself · Education · mental illness · psychology

The ADHD Problem

I’ve known for a while that there was something off about how so many children are being diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). I’ve been in several situations where a parent warned me that his or her child had ADHD… only to find that this child seems to be perfectly normal. “But that’s because you see that child when he is on his medication,” you might argue. That’s what I used to think as well, but certain experiences have made me start to think differently. I recently delved into the ADHD issue after reading some interesting articles on the subject.

The first one that really got me interested in this issue is called “The Drugging of the American Boy” by Ryan D’Agostino, editor-in-chief of Esquire.com. The article begins:

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to “normalize” them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It’s time we recognize this as a crisis.

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a reader's life · book posts · Educate Yourself · reading tips

How to Read More Books

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Well, hello. It is I, Anna, the person who rarely posts on her blog.

I thought it was about time I post again. When trying to think of something to blog about to get back into the flow, I thought – why not something about reading that I’ve seen in a blog/vlog before?

So without further ado, I introduce to you my list of how to read more books.

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1 star · Book Reviews · today's society · We Read Trashy Millennial "Literature" So That You Don't Have To

The Princess Saves Herself in this One {Book Review}

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Anna’s rating: 1 out of 5. Or 1000. Whatever the percentage as little as possible. Is there a 0 out of 5 option on Goodreads? We should make one.

Episode 1 of Anna Reviewing Trash That Shouldn’t Be Called Poetry

My friend has this thing where she reads John Green books even though she knows they’re terrible – just so that she can talk about how terrible they are. I decided to offer my services to the We Read Trashy Millennial “Literature” So That You Don’t Have To club.

One of my favourite reviews:

hitting
enter
after
every
word
does
not
make
it
poetry.” [x]

I would add that neither does the addition of only one sentence to a page.

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Educate Yourself · The Bad & Ugly · today's society

Polygamy – Bad for Both Men and Women

A friend of mine messaged me this morning wondering if I had any thoughts on the polygamy debate (from arguments of reason rather than those of religion). Not only was I glad to help, but I got interested enough to do some digging of my own.

Polygamy usually manifests itself in polygyny (one male with several females) rather than polyandry. While this might sound great for the guys, it only works out well for some men. While high-status men can gain several wives, men with lower status won’t be able to have any. Since the sex ratio in humans is close to 1:1, polygamy means that many men will be left without wives at all. Wives are like wealth – one may dream of a utopian society where everyone may take as much as they like, but the truth of the matter is that there’s only so much to go around. It sounds much better for everyone to be equal instead of the top 1% keeping the most to themselves, is it not? (Looking at you, Big Business.) Uncomfortable with that analogy to wealth? That’s the whole point – in polygamy, wives (or husbands) are made into mere possessions, rather than a partner to work with and to love. Polygamy objectifies people, rather than respecting their dignity.

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Christian/Catholic · Milo Yiannopoulos · the modernist church · today's society

RE: The Catholic Magazine Interview with Milo They Refused to Print

It’s no great secret that I’m a fan of Milo Yiannopolous. His charisma and his refusal to be afraid to mock political correctness delighted me, giving hope to a young woman who is still trying to learn not to be afraid to show the world who she is. I learned about him when I was going through a difficult time, still trying to figure myself out. (But that’s a story for another day.)

Unfortunately, I was recently very disappointed to see Milo, who had before proclaimed that he was against same-sex marriage, even though he was pursuing a homosexual lifestyle, change his mind recently. I still pray for him, of course. A Catholic priest remarked that Milo doesn’t have the usual obstructions to leaving his lifestyle that most homosexuals do, simply because he realizes the sin of his lifestyle. Therefore, I still have hope for him.

… which leads into our topic of the day. Milo just came out with a particularly zingy article and I just couldn’t help myself but post a short commentary on it.

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country music · Educate Yourself · The Bad & Ugly · today's society · war

Country Star’s New Song about Veteran Mistreatment

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There’s no way in the world that I support the American and Canadian military today – going off to the Middle East, causing unrest, and stealing oil. I’m against radical Islam terrorism, but I also believe that the American military sent off to Islamic countries also causes the problem in the first place.

But I’ve also always been very interested in war and its consequences ever since I was a young girl reading books about World War II (now, the veterans of that war I can praise). I remember how much the old Jason Aldean music video for “Tattoos on this Town” touched me back when it was still on YouTube – a song about making memories together comes to a climax in which the young wife learns that her soldier husband is dead. I can’t help but feel a throb in my heart on November 11th and every single time I see John McRae’s “In Flander’s Fields.”

That’s why I was so intrigued to see Milo Yiannopoulos’ post about Brad Paisley’s newest song, “Love and War.” (Well, new to me… the album was released in April.)

I don’t know much about how war veterans are treated, although I have heard about unfair treatment (although in generalities more than anything). I have to say – even if a young man has misguided ideas about what he fights for, I think he should be rewarded for having the guts to go to the front lines. Nowadays, our men all seem to be beta cucks who are insecure about their masculinity. Usually, these kind of things make me laugh, but at some point, it’s just really depressing.

Does anyone know more about how veterans are treated? I’d love to hear more from someone who is a little more informed.

 

In other words, on a more superficial, I think Brad Paisley’s new album sounds A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Definitely getting this one.

Big Brother (Censorship and the Like) · Christian/Catholic · Current Events · Educate Yourself · Education · The Bad & Ugly

The Destruction of the Education System (Alberta and Beyond)

“Just a regular day for Alberta Christian schools…. gettin’ attacked for morality,” I started a Facebook post before continuing in earnest.

I grew up being told that I was lucky to live in Alberta because I could actually be homeschooled here. There was a couple of pesky teacher visits a few times a year, but other than that, my parents were mostly left alone with their decisions of how they would homeschool my sister and me. It’s been four years since I graduated and left homeschooling behind (until, perhaps, my own children down the road), but the changes that have happened since then are rather disheartening. For several years, Christian and Catholic schools have been under constant attack for pro-life and anti-homosexuality, anti-morality statements, etc.

And now this. (Go ahead, read the article. I’ll wait.)

Have we really gotten to the point where we have to censor books because something is offensive? It’s the same old story (pun intended). Even if we were to look at the Bible as just another piece of literature (well, a library of different types of literature, really), the same idea remains. This reminds me of hearing about the controversy over The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (one of my favourite novels ever). “This word is too offensive,” the anti-Huck people say. “We must censor this word out of the novel.” And yet, the entire point of the word ‘nigger’ appearing in Twain’s novel was to illustrate the power white slaveowners hold over their slaves.

I hear some schools use revisionist history textbooks; if this is the case, we’re doomed to repeat history. (We already see this with ANTIFA, calling people names and beating them up — sounds rather totalitarian, doesn’t it??) Junior High English no longer exists here – it’s called “Humanities,” and I have learned from parents and students I tutor that the “melding together of Social Studies and English” is just a way to all but remove literature from the schools. Not only does this harm the students in that they are left with a gap in their knowledge, entering high school with no knowledge of of grammar or reading comprehension of literature, …. but it’s a dumbing-down of the population. I was shocked to find out in university that most people had no idea how to write an essay. That was MY GENERATION. Imagine how much more stupid the children that are ten years younger, or the next generation will be (it’s not their fault – it’s ours, for letting it happen).

It’s morality and education that are at stake here. I’m begging my peers, my future teachers, my future parents who can complain at their schools – we need all the help we can get. Even if there’s nothing else you can do, at least pray.

I’ve grown up seeing way too many people just sitting on the fence, not caring to do anything. That was my parent’s generation, and the generation before. But I’ve also seen many young people starting to realize the problems in their political and social surroundings. It’s very heartening to see so many people of my own age taking the red pill.

But it’s not only being “woke,” as the kids these days say. We have to do something about it.