Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Cathy for nominating me!!!


  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo on your post and/or on your blog

11 Questions

  1. If you had the choice either to live in the City or in a forest for ever which one would you pick? Definitely the forest!
  2. What would you do on a rainy day?  Color, play guitar, write, play with my family, bake, cook, clean, etc.
  3. If you were writing a book for two years, and you went to go have it punished after you finish it. But the punishing company turned you down, what do you think it would feel like? It would feel absolutely horrible!!!! All that work for nothing. But then I’d pick myself up and find someone else who will appreciate and publish it.
  4. Do you listen classical music? Yes!!!
  5. Which one do you think would be the most painless death, Shot, burned alive, or drowned? Shot.
  6. Do you plan on going to collage? Absolutely.
  7. What is your name and age? Ashley and I’m 15.
  8. Do you ever feel like you can take on an army? Lol, yes!!
  9. What kind of book do you like reading? Non-fiction biographies, history books and the occasional adventure story.
  10. If a flood started swamping your house, what would be you’re first action? Make sure everyone is safe.
  11. Have read The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. Dilorenzo? If you have how did you like it? No, I haven’t.

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Sunshine Blogger Awards!

Hey, people! First post in a while, and it’ll be a 3-in-1. I have been nominated three times by my awesome fellow bloggers (Danny, Odessa and Luna) and I decided to cram them all into one huge post instead of making tons of little ones. Alrighty, here goes!


  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Danny’s Questions

  1. What is the scariest show you have watched? The Mini-V series
  2. What death would you prefer: Water or Fire (I have officially “out-grimed” Rebecca’s grim topic!) 😀 Fire.
  3. What is your name. Ashley
  4. What is your quest . To do the best I can.
  5. What is the capital of Australia (lol Monty Python… had to do it) Sydney??? That’s off the top of my head……
  6. Choose: Dogs or Cats (this is a personality question) Dogs!
  7. If you could make one movie or tv show a reality which one would it be? (personally… mine would be Doctor Who) Maybe the Avengers?? It’d be kinda cool to meet them as actual people.
  8. What is YOUR favorite animated movie Kung Fu Panda.
  9. What is your favorite music artist? Don’t have one.
  10. What is better to you: Living in the city or on a farm? On a farm.
  11. Have you ever had a hard time making up 11 questions for this award? Oh, yeah!!!! 😀

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Term Paper: English II

English II: Western Literature to 1492 was an enlightening course filled with early Christian mysticism, intriguing dialogues and a valuable insight into the lives and culture of the ancient and early Christian world. As a completion for this course, I was asked to write a term paper on this topic: “Are Boccaccio’s Decameron and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian and medieval literature?

Boccaccio’s Decameron was the story of the Black Death, a plague that swept through Europe multiple times, destroying over two-thirds of the population. In this book, Boccaccio constantly pointed fingers at the clergy and the Church. He demeaned the friars and the priests, accusing them of immoral practices. He didn’t focus at all on the glory of God and man’s inability to accomplish anything without him.

This was completely contrary to the view that was portrayed in medieval literature, which focused on God far more that any Renaissance work ever did.

As far as it goes compared to Hebrew and Christian literature, it’s night and day. Boccaccio expressed a view of Man vs. the Church, something completely contrary to the Christian and Hebrew texts. And instead of a focus on the intense, immovable piety of man through the Church, it focused on individualism and the nit-picking of everyday life. Continue reading “Term Paper: English II”

My Journey

My name is Nadia Zhdanov. All through my childhood I lived in Moscow, the capital of Russia. I had lived there ever since I entered the Octobrianks at age eight. For years I was a staunch Communist, fully indoctrinated by the government.

But, as I grew older, I started really thinking about what these people were telling me. I started wondering why Americans seemed so much happier that Russians. I started asking questions of my teachers and parents.

At first I got blank looks and mumbled explanations about how Lenin had already told us everything we need to know. But as I persisted, determined to answer my doubts, they started threatening me, telling me I had to stop. I didn’t understand. Once they sent me to the KGB and had them talk to me. I stopped asking questions.

But my doubts were still there. And as I wandered the grey streets of Moscow, I thought and I wondered.

And one day, as I was walking across the city, I came across a man. His hair was steel-grey and he walked with a stoop. He could have been any ordinary Russian. But as I passed him and nodded a brisk hello, he smiled at me, something ordinary Russians normally didn’t do. I walked on for two more steps, stopped, turned around and ran after him. Impulsively, I grabbed his arm. He turned and looked at me. I was stunned again. His eyes. I had never seen anyone with eyes like that before. They sparkled with life and joy.

“Who are you?” I breathed. Continue reading “My Journey”

Medieval Hymns

There were many medieval hymns that were written by ordinary laymen in the High Middle Ages. These are exemplary works of art, very representative of the time in which they were written.

In almost all of these hymns you see a hierarchy established between God the Father and the people. Jesus is the intermediary to God the Father. And between Jesus and the people there are also intermediaries. For example, in one hymn Mary was placed as an intermediary. In another Peter and Paul were presented as such. In yet another all the apostles along with the prophets of both the Old and the New Testament were intermediaries.

In the age these were written, there was no Protestantism. The pope was seen as the ultimate authority here on earth. He was the representative and successor of Peter on earth. There wasn’t the major division that would come later. The religion was still forming, still young. Jesus was still very present. Only later would that fade and give way to petty arguments, division and selective teaching.

5th Liebster Award!

Hello again! I was nominated for the fifth time by Jessica! Thanks, Jess!


  1. Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
  2. Make a blog post outlining 11 facts about you.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog that nominated you.
  4. Write 11 questions for those you will nominate.
  5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

11 facts about me

  1. I’m an outdoorsy person.
  2. I tend to read a lot of informational books even though I never get to try out the stuff I read.
  3. One of my legs is about 1 inch shorter than the other. (The entire left side of my body is bigger and longer, though you can’t tell at first glance).
  4. I love calendars!
  5. I’m super duper sensitive to radiation. I don’t even wear headsets anymore cause I get headaches.
  6. I hardly ever use pens unless there’s not a pencil around.
  7. I love cowboy stuff; I own a cowboy hat, boots and one day I’ll get a belt.
  8. My room is a total hodge-podge of different styles; marine, western, and any other stuff you could throw in!
  9. My clothes hardly ever match unless I go out of the house. And even then. 😀
  10. I don’t get offended very easily.
  11. I’m a reasonably okay painter.

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