English 8

What Has More Value, Something That You Buy or Something That You Make?

It is true that what you work for is far more valued than something that comes to you easily. If you buy an object, fine, you’re happy. But if you make an object you’re way happier than if you had bought it.

If you buy an old car and take it to a shop they will fix it for you and you’ll be happy. But if you take the car home and fix it up yourself it’s way more satisfactory than if you had someone else fix it for you.

The bottom line is: What you make with your own hands is far more valuable, especially in your eyes, than something you bought.

Take the early pioneers. They built their homes with their own hands. They cut their own wood and grew their own food. When they saw bread on the table they were proud of it because they knew they had made it.

What you come by easily is not half as valuable as something that you make yourself.

Let’s say you buy a new toy. Then you make yourself a toy. The toy that you made is way more beautiful in your eyes than the toy that you bought. Continue reading

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The Farthest I’ve Been From Home

The farthest I’ve ever been from home is Grand Teton National Park. It’s a four hour drive from where I live in Montana.

Normally my family and I get up early and by the time everything is packed and ready it’s twelve o’clock and we leave.

What we pack consists of:

  • Enough food for an entire day and more
  • Backpacks for each person carrying individual items
  • Swim gear

Naturally, by the time we get in it’s, well, a little crowded with the six of us, even in our big Toyota Sequoia, to put it mildly. Continue reading

My House

My house is a two-story, not too small, not too large habitation. It is located in Montana and it is situated in a quiet street in the outskirts of town.

You enter the front door and come into a spacious living room. Right next to the door is a large stone fireplace. Beyond that are two chairs and a couch cozily arranged around a wall-table on which stands a small television.

Directly in front of you is a ruby-red rug with an elliptical exercise machine on it. Next to that is the telephone. To your left is the dining room. A large, dark rectangular table surrounded by white chairs is positioned under a large ceiling lamp. Continue reading

My Hobbies

Below are listed some of my hobbies. Because I do not have one hobby, I wrote about many, so enjoy!

My first hobby is reading. I read a lot of books. I read at least an hour a day, sometimes all afternoon! I read ‘good’ books, meaning I read classic books like Around the World in Eighty Days. One of my favorite authors is a man named G.A. Henty. Henty was in the Crimean War, and he used that information to write his books. As a result, all of his books have some battles in them. Most of them are about wars anyway.

I also like playing ping-pong. I play with my dad mostly, though sometimes my mom or sister will play with me. Did you know that ping-pong was invented by the British? It was originally played with corks and cigar-boxes. The British used these sounds to describe the game: “wiff-waff, wiff-waff”. Continue reading

My Favorite Parts of 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas

20,000 Leagues under the Sea is a sci-fi book written by Jules Verne. It tells of how three men, Pierre Arronax (professor of natural history in a university in Paris), his servant Conseil (a negro of great self-control), and Ned Land (greatest Canadian harpooner of his time), are stranded in the sea and taken aboard a submarine ship, the Nautilus, that resembles a whale, which is commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo*. There they stay for ten months, prisoners, until they manage to escape in the dangerous maelstrom off the coast of Sweden.

One of my favorite parts is when M. Arronax, Conseil, Ned Land and Captain Nemo travel underwater to search for pearls. They find a huge bed with thousands of oysters and pearls. Captain Nemo shows them a giant oyster at least five feet in width, which has a huge pearl inside it.

When they come back out of the underwater cave where it is, they watch a native pearl-fisher try to collect a share of the underground treasure. He seems to be doing well, until a giant shark attacks him! The shark knocks the man unconscious, but Captain Nemo moves in before it can make another move. With the help of Ned Land, he kills it. Thus they save the man’s life. Continue reading

Mercantilism

Mercantilism is a type of trade and manufacturing system that was employed by almost all the kingdoms in Europe roughly from the 16th to 18th centuries. In some countries it was more strongly applied than in others, but all countries had the same basis: control.

Mercantilism was the opposite of a free market. The two had very different mindsets. Mercantilists thought of a pie. One merchant or another could get a bigger piece than the other. For free marketists, the pie could get bigger, thus everyone can get a bigger piece.

Most countries were focused on exporting, not importing. When a country exports goods, it means that it ships its own goods internationally. Thus, other countries buy their goods and the money comes in. When a country imports, it receives goods from other countries. Thus, this country buys other countries’ goods and the money goes out.

Let’s make a character and go through his day. Continue reading