Happy Earth Day!

I’d like to wish you all a Happy Earthy Earth Day.

It’s raining here all day, so I didn’t really enjoy the Earth today, but I hope you did! 🙂  Now, what Earth Day means to me? Well, that a easy one. Earth Day reminds us that this is our planet, our home, like you clean and care for you house, (I hope you do), is how we should take care of our home’s home…our planet Earth.

Just think about it, with our pollution, cutting down trees, global warming, we are destroying our homes! Sure the effects won’t effect us, or our children of our great-great-grandchildren, but it will affect the human race, eventually. Earth Day is about us, coming together for the greater good. It shows what we can do if we work together, not against.

And that’s what Earth Day means to me.

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Ming China What Can We Learn From Them?

 

Chinese Exploration and Isolation

Cause Effect
Ming emperors disallowed foreign trade. They thought the Portuguese were barbarians.
The emperors didn’t allow trade with other nations. Chinese citizens who made goods for trade lost income.
Ming emperors desire to show the greatness of their rule and to collect tribute. Zheng He’s expeditions began.
The Portuguese wanted to buy silk, but their textiles weren’t as good as Chinese. Chinese require payment in gold and silver.
Ming leaders ban ships with more than two masts. There will be no further construction of ships. Chinese expeditions stop.
The Chinese thought the Portuguese were barbarians. The Chinese keep close control over contact with Europeans.

What can modern nations learn from the Ming Dynasty?

What the nations of today can learn from the Ming Dynasty is getting to know your neighbors and trading with other nations is important. If the United States of America stopped trade, oh, we’d be in BIG, and I mean BIG trouble! We wouldn’t have oil, which means no gas, or power. The debt we own to China would take its tool, in fact we could even have another Great Depression!

Ancient Africa? Ancient Asia? Who had the Bigger Impact on Us, Today?

Ancient Africa has made more contributions to our world today then Ancient Asia, and I’m going to prove it to you.

Metallurgy and tools

In ancient West Africa iron was smelted by the Kush Empire, which they then traded for other important resources. This lead to the Iron Age. They started making weapons with iron, as well as tools. Ancient Tanzanian furnaces could reach 1,800°C — 200 to 400°C warmer than those of the Romans! With iron today we build huge building, “The Empire State Building,” is an example. Iron pillars are used to hold it up.

Trade

Sure the Chinese built the Silk Road, which as the main trading rout of the time, but the West Coast of Africa produced gold and salt, two of the most valuable things of the time. The Ghana Empire was very rich. Its wealth came from mining gold and salt. The thing is though, there were no gold or salt mines in the Empire, most of the salt mines were north and east of the Empire. The gold mines were farther south, along the east coast, so how is that possible?

Well, the people of coastal West Africa produced more gold than they could ever need. The Ghana Empire just so happened to have control over the trade routes between the Sahara Desert and the southern parts of West Africa. They used this to their advantage. The kings promised the merchants, who were traveling south to trade salt for gold, that they would protected by Ghana’s great army. In exchange, the merchants would have to give the army a portion of the gold they brought through Ghana. The Golden Age began.

Navigation

The Europeans were the first to sail to the America, right? Line of evidence suggest that ancient Africans sailed to South America and Asia hundreds of years before Europeans. Thousands of miles of waterways across Africa were trade routes. The Mali and Songhia built boats 100 feet long and 13 feet wide and could carry 80 tons. Yes, I must admit the magnetic compass invented by the Song Dynasty was a very big contribution to navigation, without it we wouldn’t be able to tell which was is north.

Conclusion

Ancient Africa has made more contributions the Ancient Asia. In Navigation, Metallurgy and tools, and Trade. I would like to say if you disagree with any of my points, that is your opinion, and that is mine, please respect them. But I would like for you to take my side, as I have proven that Ancient Africa has contributed more to our world than Ancient Asia.  

Troubling Times

The past months have been hard for me, no not with school, but a trouble within myself. I’ve been a war with myself. My faith is being tested in a way I didn’t image possible!😣 This was part of the reason I stopped posting for some time, it is like a dark cloud is hovering over my head. I know it will pass… but when??? It’s been so long!😣😣😣😣😢

I mean sure, I’ve had so bad days, days, not months! Come on, how much can a 12 year old girl take?!

NEED came a while ago..

Loud Thoughts Voiced Out

It’s a dream. A dream many would find so simple. But in his world, it’s a big one. His mom picked up a third job to help him. His dad works all day, everyday, to try and give him what he wants. He puts in so much effort. He wants to make his parents proud. He wants to give them a better life, a better world. He repeats his mantra to himself every morning, I’m going to turn this around for them. I can! Or rather,

He could have.

Today, the world teaches you to think “positively” and turn yourself away from the face of negativity. We’ve become so focused on this that our positive thinking is now just ignorance towards the things that matter. And I don’t know how to make sense to a bunch of people that break the internet over something as irrelevant as a photograph of a dress…

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Chapter 10: Biking

It was the best afternoon of my life! Mercy and I raced. (I won.) “How did you win?” She asked.

“My wheels are bigger than yours. I need to petal less then you to cover the same distance.” I answered. She laughed. “What?”

“Are you a genius or something?”

“No,” I laughed. “I’m going to be a nanotech engineer, though.” She smiled. A gust of wind blew her blond hair into her face. “I think it’s going to rain.”

“What? How?” She asked. Pulling her hair into a bun.

“The temperature dropped, and there are dark clouds.” I responded.

“We should head, then. I don’t want to get wet.” Mercy advised. I nodded.

‘It’s almost dinner anyway.’ I thought.

 

“Just in time.” I sighed. Mercy laughed. Mom walked into the living room.

“Hello, mercy, right. Sorry, David got called to work. Nice to meet you.” Mom greeted.

“Nice to meet you too, Mrs. Rose.” She looked out the window. I should call and let them know.” She called her father on her cell.

“What’d they say?” I asked, holding breath.

“I can stay! If it’s ok with your mom.” She clapped. Mom nodded. “Yes!” We squealed.

Chapter 8: Walking Home and Chapter 9: What’s the Big Deal?

I took the short way home, today. I was accompanied by Mercy. The other kids stared. Mercy ignored it and we kept walk. My cell buzzed I took it out of jean pocket. It was a text from Dad. He was asking if I was taking the long way home. I wrote back “no,” and that I should be home soon.

I didn’t tell him about Mercy. I don’t know why. “Everything ok?” Mercy asked.

I nodded. “Yeah. It was my dad.” She nodded.

Chapter 9: What’s the Big Deal?

I could see my dad’s face, when he saw Mercy. I sighed to myself. “Mercy, this is my Dad. Dad this is Mercy.”

“Nice to meet you, Mr. Rose.”

“Nice to meet you, Mercy!” My father answered shaking her hand. “So you girls going to work together on your homework?”

“Dad! It’s day two! We still don’t have homework!” I answered.

“Oh,” he said putting his hand on his face, laughing, “So, what are you going to do?”

“If it’s ok with you, Mr. Rose-“

“Call me David.”

“Ok, David. If it’s ok with you, can we go for a bike ride.”

“You want to take my little girl from me?!” He joked. We laughed. “Yes, you can go. Just be home before dinner.” Mercy ran across the street to get her bike. I ran to my bike. It was blue decorated with flowers, and the fenders were pink. Mercy’s bike was green with peace signs, all over.