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Last of the Mohicans: Movie vs. the Book

December 30, 2009


This Christmas I got the soundtrack to Last of the Mohicans and ever since I have been unable to stop thinking about the movie.


I am a person who loves to compare and contrast- to point out what has been left out, added in and so forth. I have read The Last of the Mohicans twice and have watched the movie a thousand times, and I can tell you there are significant differences between the book and the movie.


I am not trying to turn you off from watching the movie, but in my opinion, it doesn't follow the book at all. There are major differences that I would like to point out to you all that I think are very important points to know. Most of these points involve Cora, Hawkeye, Uncas and Alice, all of whom have been given a character identity crisis!
1) Cora and Hawkeye are not lovers-If you have read, or attempted to read the whole Leather Stocking Tales by James F. Cooper, you will learn that Hawkeye will never have an emotional relationship to any of the major female characters he comes in contact with.
Cora is half black and half white and holds no attraction to Hawkeye, instead she is attracted to Uncas (a interracial attraction) in a very subtle way, it is almost unrecognizable unless you are looking for it specifically.


The movie depicts Cora and Hawkeye to be infatuated with each other, and this does make for a great movie when the two main characters are in love. It's exciting. Yet, this is simply not true to the purpose of the book.
2) Uncas and Alice are not lover either- in fact, Uncas is in love with Cora. Uncas belongs solely to the Last of the Mohicans... no other book in the Leather Stocking Tales has Uncas in them because, as some of you know, he dies to revenge Cora who is killed by the evil Huron Native named Magua. See the fatal attraction?
Alice is a quiet girl who is very much a "daddy's girl". She isn't mentioned like all of the other characters are. She is to me, a background character, who does more to impact the book with her silent ways than she would if she played a major roll in the book.


There is nothing going on between Alice and Uncas in the book-sorry!
3) The scenes in the movie are all screwed up. Hawkeye never tells Cora "I will find you". Nor does he flatter her with the heart wrenching words as she asks him:
Cora: "What are you looking at, sir?"
Hawkeye: "I'm looking at you, miss. "
Or
Cora: "They're going to hang you. Why didn't you leave when you had the chance?"
Hawkeye: "Because what I'm interested in is right here."


The glade scene isn't as romantic as it's made out to be. On the contrary, it is very cold, frustrating and lonely. Some scenes are very similar to the book, yet, as we all know, Hollywood likes to put their spin on everything. They leave somethings out and add other parts in and then exclude things all together! What a crazy world of entertainment we are infatuated with! It's how they roll I guess.
4) In the book, Uncas doesn't grasp Alice in his arms, as he keeps her from peeking through the waterfall. It never happened.
As a avid book reader and a huge fan of Last of the Mohicans, I can tell you that, even though watching the movie gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes, I can't help but be disappointed that it doesn't stick to the book.


You can thank Hollywood for putting their own twist on this classic. However, I understand the need to "spice" things up by romanticising the idea of the French and Indian war and rustic frontiers men such as Hawkeye. I just can't help but wonder what the movie would be like if they had stuck to the book verbatim. I guess I will never know.

New Year--New Look--New Reason to Blog

December 29, 2009

Hi guys!

Since it is the New Year [almost], I want to get everything squared away and organized before I kick off my 1st full year of blogging. I kind of had a schedule last year, but with all of the holiday festivities it got pushed to the way-side and was never resurrected.

So...I need to come up with a new schedule, something that you will enjoy, as well as myself!

Any suggestions?

I am still doing Girl Talk on Thursdays, but is there anything you guys would like to see in particular on my blog?

Anything you would like to hear my oppinion on, etc?

Let me know in a comment!

I love you all,
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Whew!

December 26, 2009

It has been a wonderful time sharing the love of Christ on this Christmas season with all of you! I have enjoyed myself immensely and I hope you have too! I received many gifts yesterday. Most of them were American Girl-- yes, I am still into American Girl :P


But one thing I noticed that my family didn't do--which we always do--is read the the passage from the Bible about the birth of Christ. I am disappointed. This season felt so rushed. It sped by way too fast barely giving me time to say hello and now I am forced to say good-bye :(


I am now looking forward to the next year. I cannot wait to do more blogging, meat new and wonderful followers and bloggers, go places, see new things and learn more about life and how Christ intended me to live it!
Love you all!


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December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

You Are The Reason

December 23, 2009

I have run out of words to describe my wonder and gratefulness for what Christ did for me, as well as the whole world. I am speachless!


My 17th Birthday!!!

December 21, 2009



Oh my gosh! This is so hard to believe--OK not that hard--but I'm turning 17 this week!
I've never told you guys when my birthday was so I'm going to tell you today in a tag-like way :)
When were you born?: I was born December 26th 1992. 2 hrs after midnight. Whew I came close to being a Christmas baby (which was when I was supposed to be born), but God spared me!
What's it like being a Christmas baby?: It has it's ups and downs. I have to say I am luckier that my Aunt who was born Christmas eve! But it's rough. I have never had a birthday party with friends over, they're always out of town. Sometimes, people forget or they can't come, or they have to leave on your birthday... However, I have learned to make the best with what I have on such a day as my birthday, and have come to realize that it's not all about the friends and presents, but the closeness of family and having them there to support you throughout your life that it the best gift and friendship anyone could ever receive!
Isn't it fun to have 2 full days of Presents!?: Oh, sure it is! I love the excitement. But I have to wait all year and I wish that sometimes I had Christmas and my birthday spread out a bit more. I'd have liked to be born in May. But I was born Dec. 26th for a reason and I am slowly learning to love every minute of this day--who really knows how many birthdays I have left.
What don't you like about your birthday?:Don't get me started! I have a lot of things I don't like about my birthday and I always stress these dislikes every year. Hey, I said I was slowly learning to love my birthday, things don't happen over night! LOL.
1) I do not want the Christmas tree up. Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas tree, but I would like to have my birthday separate from the holidays.
2) No Christmas paper! I hate, hate, hate it when people wrap my presents in Christmas paper. It just so happens that these past 2 or 3 years, I actually had presents wrapped in Birthday paper. My family tries hard, but they usually forget.
3) I have never had any friends over for a party, sleepover, etc.
4) Sometimes my family has to leave on my birthday to go home.
5) Because of the holidays my family misses a lot of my birthdays (and my brother's too), especially my sweet 16...no one came...other than the family that lives here in TN with me. :(
Yeah, yeah, yeah, So maybe I am a little bit of a scrooge. Why can't I have a birthday without all the Christmas decor? Is that too much to ask ?? Hehehe!
What do you like about your Birthday?: I get to spend that time with my family, open some sweet gifts and eat a gluten free cake while laughing hysterically at my brother, sister and grandma!

13th Birthday!

December 18, 2009


No. It's not me! it's my brother {Gerald} who will be turning 13 this year on Dec. 18th. He's does Martial Arts with me and my sister. Is next in line to become a instructor at our Dojo. He loves to dig holes in the garden, eat sweets, play with his toy guns, go hunting, fishing, swimming, working out and best of all pestering me so I will chase after him! I love this little booger!

*Rambling On*

December 9, 2009

Hey guys. I am so sorry! I have been slacking quiet a bit. I have forgotten GIRL TALK, and all those other things that I was planning on doing in November. I got distracted with NaNo and never seemed to get anywhere with my blog :(


I am hoping to get back on track in the new year. This month will probably be devoted to Christmas things and random bits.


I have SO much to do this month!!!!!


I don't have to do any Christmas shopping (got that all done in October), so that's good.
But I have the nasty, detestable ACT test, work, and Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles coming for the holidays. (They aren't nasty and detestable, just the ACT...)


Then I have to help cook for Christmas dinner. Bake cookies. Pies. 2 Birthday cakes. And rolls. I have to go to a Christmas dinner *ugh!* this Friday and then do a hard-core work out at two every Tuesday and Wednesday (that's if my mom and brother come).


And then, if I find time, I might blog something worth reading and then go to bed :)
Hope you guys have an wonderful Christmas and stay healthy.


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A Month Before Christmas

December 7, 2009



*T'was The Month Before Christmas*


This was emailed to me by a friend, I thought you might enjoy reading it.


*T'was The Month Before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Target was hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowes the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday!*
Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone youmeet during the holidays a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Christ is 'The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

HELLO. I AM EMILY!

December 6, 2009

I am a daydreamer with a flair for the literary dramatics. 
Me and almond milk are best buds, especially on rainy day.
And dried apples are my solution to those afternoon munchies! 
I am gluten and dairy intolerant, battling Bulimia, and striving to follow my sweet Jesus.
My story of being a Bulimic, I hope, will inspire others to get on the path to better health.
And to get reconnected with Jesus Christ-the Great Physician.
I can solve only the beginner Sudoku puzzles, have no patience for word puzzles, and laugh at the silliest jokes. 
I strive to be as crafty as Martha Stewart someday. As exquisite a photographer as Dorothea Lang.
And as good a writer as Natalie Lloyd.
I am a bubble gum chewer, a beginner crocheter, and love to suck on straws!
Collector of all things magnetic, thumb tacks, and sticky-notes, and binder clips. 
I am a softy when it comes to candles, they smell dreamy, and the smell of fresh baked bread makes my mouth water.
The thought of road trips with my favorite people makes me smile, and I dream about seeing the world one day.

The Greatest Gift

December 5, 2009


The bright blue of the winter sky gives a luminescent nature to the snow that covers the ground. There is something magical about the snow. It bites at your nose when you step out into the icy weather, or it hurries you along home to the warmth and love that resides there. The weather provides opportunities for nights in, heavy quilts, and cups of hot tea as you watch through the window—a frozen wonderland in the making.


With the never ending array of crystal covered tree limbs, there is that special feeling of knowing that while the entire world is trapped under ice and snow, you are safe and warm at home. Inside the home, holiday trimmings that have been tucked away in boxes once again emerge from the attic to greet the arrival of Christmas. Green and red bulbs, fresh popcorn strands and pine-cones adorn the Kirk family’s modest Christmas tree. Garlands, cranberry strands and Christmas cards decorate a once cold and lonely fireplace mantel. The smell of cinnamon, fresh pine, oranges and cloves awaken old, forgotten memories of cherished Christmases long ago.


Christmas is a season full of good cheer, heavenly food and numerous presents wrapped in an assortment of bright, shiny paper and bows. Many people receive gifts as a symbol of love during the Christmas season only to have those gifts of love forgotten or returned weeks later. However, there is one gift that can never be forgotten, a gift that can never be retuned—He is the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ!


The Kirk family members, who have come to share, enjoy and celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ, gather around a sturdy oak table, seating themselves comfortably on wooden benches. Grandpa Kirk, a portly old man, seated himself at the head of the table laden with vast amounts of food: stuffed turkey, spiral ham, sweet potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, and a lavish array of rich desserts, such as chocolate and pumpkin pie, lemon and oatmeal cookies, and a double chocolate fudge cake. Grandpa Kirk cleared a place on the table for his Bible. The Bible is old and tattered, the pages hanging on only by threads. Grandpa Kirk ran his hand through his snow-white hair, and then opened his Bible slowly, careful not to damage the tattered Bible any further. Gingerly, he flipped through the delicate pages, searching for the book of Luke. “The focal point of Luke is Christ, the Son of Man, and it narrates many of those events that demonstrate Christ’s humanity.” (Ryrie Study Bible. Luke. Introduction.)(1614).


As soon as Grandpa Kirk found the book of Luke, he looked up at his family and smiled, “I am going to be reading about the birth of Jesus Chris out of the book of Luke.” He cleared his throat and read slowly, digging deep into the meaning of the verses. “I will be reading chapter two, verses eight through fourteen: ‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’” (Ryrie Study Bible. Luke. 2.8-14). Grandpa Kirk took a breath and looked about him. The room was filled with anticipation for him to speed up his reading so the family could begin the feast that was sitting before them, waiting to be devoured. Grandpa Kirk slowly flipped to the book of Matthew and read chapter one verses eighteen through twenty-four.


Feeling the hungry eyes watching him and being a little hungry himself, he sped up his reading. Before he could finish reading, he stated, “I would like to end this time with a few more readings out of the book of Luke and John, to tie in the symbolic meaning of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. Allow me a few more moments if you will.” He looked for his intended passages, this time more hurriedly than he had done before. He spoke wearily, both hungry and a little discouraged that no one fully appreciated the meaning of Christmas like he did. With a solemn face, he continued to read from the Bible, ending with a passage from John and then a lengthy prayer.


As the last amen was said, everyone hurried to get their food. To one member of the family, Grandpa Kirk seemed sad and a little disappointed. “Grandpa, why are you sad?” the family member asked. It was apparent Grandpa Kirk was meditating on what he had read because he had not noticed the figure standing beside him, nor had he heard the question. The family member asked the question once again, this time tugging at Grandpa Kirk’s shirt sleeve.


“Grandpa, why are you sad?” The family member looked at Grandpa Kirk with wondering eyes, waiting for his reply. When he came to and turned to the figure beside him, he noticed his sixteen year old granddaughter was eagerly waiting an answer. “I am sad Emily. No one seems to care about the precious gift we have received, that babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.” Emily, the granddaughter, looked up at her grandpa in surprise. “I care Grandpa,” Emily said vigorously, “Jesus Christ is the greatest gift this world has ever received. I understand Grandpa, but not everyone sees the beauty of this day as you and I. Not everyone understands the importance of why Christ came to earth as a baby and why He died for the sins of the world.” Grandpa Kirk took Emily by the shoulders, smiled a pearly white smile and said, “I am proud of you my dear. You are right when you say not everyone understands. It is true some do not. But for the ones that do, it is our duty to help them understand what happened when Christ was born and what he did for us on the cross. Do you know why Emily?”


Emily looked into her Grandpa’s deep brown eyes; his eyes were filled with so much love and wisdom. “I think I do.” She stopped to think, “But I am not so sure. Will you explain it to me?” Grandpa Kirk’s eyes lit up like fireworks on the fourth of July, “Of course! That’s what grandpas are for.” He cleared his throat and continued, “Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, which means he did not inherit the sin of man. Jesus Christ is the son of God. He lived a sinless life and became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ was abused, spit upon and betrayed, and then He was nailed to a cross on Calvary. He took the beating for us— he suffered in our stead—that’s how much he cared. He took all of our sins upon himself and died so that we may have life in Christ Jesus.”


Grandpa Kirk’s eyes filled up with tears, “You might say Christ experienced hell on the cross. Three days later Christ rose from the dead. Before Christ ascended into heaven, He gave his disciples the Holy Spirit. Emily, one day Jesus Christ will come back for his beloved church. This is why He came to earth, to bring mankind back to God and save mankind from the wages of sin and death. Those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior are protected by His blood and their sins are washed away. It is our duty as Christians to spread the gospel of Christ, to remember and trust in His Holy Word. This is what Christmas is all about, Emily. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ. It isn’t about what we give or receive, for we have already received the greatest gift of all and He is living in and through us. Don’t ever forget that.”


Emily reflected on the words of her Grandpa. He was right. People were too involved in giving gifts and receiving them that they forgot the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas isn’t all about the big jolly man in the red suit or his eight tiny reindeer, but the love and sacrifice God made for his people when he sent his only son to die on the cross. Jesus Christ died for people who do not deserve a second chance, people who do not deserve God’s enduring love and joy. This is Christmas’s purpose—to remind us of the greatest gift we have received and to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

And the Bride Wore White; Part Four

December 3, 2009




~Breaking up is hard to do~


Life is a roller coaster ride of emotions that plague us daily; reeking havoc on us physically and emotionally. One minute you're happy-go-lucky and the next minute your world has turned upside down.


Breaking up is hard to do and a lot of times it seems impossible and it can even be painful. If you've ever dated or hung around a guy-friend for a good amount of time, you may have begun to feel, well, trapped. Possibly even pressured to get physical and so on....
"I know breakin' up is hard to do. I know the pain is something no one else can seem to reach. Understand that God can." (Dannah Gresh). 
Whether you've been in a situation where you've had to breakup with your boyfriend or you've never been in that situation, this doesn't exclude you....Maybe your struggling to make the right choices, but can't seem to get the courage to take the LEAP OF FAITH and let go.


 Psalm 55:22 says that we are to:
"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." 
1 Peter 5:7 says this:
 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 
No matter how low you fall or how high you stand, everyone has something hidden deep down that keeps them broken and weak. It's hard to take that step--even with God's help is sometimes seemed impossible. But you must have faith and lean on God for strength. You cannot do it alone. God is willing to walk beside you through the storm and help you when you are weak and defenseless just like He did with Peter in Matthew 14:25-31: 


"During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
'It's a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'
'Lord, if it's you,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to you on the water.' 'Come,'he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'"
It's amazing how much God truly cared about Peter. He didn't let him drown! Even when Peter was of little faith, God came to his rescue and helped him back on his feet.Whether you've lost faith, sight of God or you are caught up in a sticky relationship--cast your eyes upon the Lord and give Him all your troubles. 
"Scripture is clear that we must walk away from anything that hinders our love for God."( Danna Gresh). 
If your are in a relationship and are being pressured to get physical or can't seem to get the courage to say NO and walk away, think about the thing you want the most--is this person more important than the relationship you and God share? Is it more important than your love for God? Or is God all you need?

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