Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Technology In My Life

First off, this was a blog post for my Computer Applications class ;)

Technology has granted to the world many good things. The ancient past of a months’ time to get a message from one person to another has disappeared into the whirlwind of new inventions in the technological world.
In my own life, technology helps me keep in contact with my friends and distant family through such things as texting, email, and Skype. Without it, I would miss out on the lives of my two nieces who live hundreds of miles away. Also, technology grants an easy, quick way to find information on the internet for school projects. I don’t have to spend hours searching through old books to find the information I need.
But technology can also have its downsides. Once you release personal information onto the internet, it’s out there forever, for anyone to see. And even a seemingly harmful conversation with a “friend” on social networking sites can lead to danger. Unfortunately, technology also lends itself to cyberbullying, something all too prominent in today’s society due to the availability of technology to teens.

If I could design a new form of technology, I would create a pen that could detect errors as you write a paper. As a writer, it would be immensely useful to not have to go back and edit my mistakes at the end. The pen would have a sensor that would feed into a tiny monitor on the side of the pen. If I misspelled something or forgot punctuation, the monitor would light up and tell me my mistake so I could go back and fix it. 

Book Review: The Gathering Storm

First off, I apologize for not posting anything recently. Life has been quite crazy.... especially with all the snow we've been having lately ;)

Today I'd like to share my thoughts on a book I read over the course of my two wonderful snow days. The Gathering Storm by Bodie and Brock Thoene is very likely the best book I have ever read. Seriously. I know I've probably said this many times before but I'm absolutely serious. This book is the only book to have held me captive until the very end. I couldn't bear to set it down until I had read all 373 pages. And now I want to read it again. The last 10 pages caused me so many emotions.... confusion and joy, grief and heartbreak, frustration and anger. But in the end, I was left with so much happiness and hope.
 The prologue begins with the author, Bodie, traveling to modern day London to visit Loralei Kepler, an elderly woman who wishes to have her life story turned into a book. The Gathering Storm follows the life of young Loralei as the horrors of World War II begin to ravage the world. An American by birth, Lora struggles to help the countless refugees seeking safety as her life is constantly shattered by grief and heartbreak. And just when all seems lost, Eben Golah finds his way into her heart, an old friend who guards an age old secret.

I won't say any more so as not to ruin the "secret" for you. Just trust me; you'll love this beautiful story. It shows that God can bring goodness and beauty out of every situation, no matter how terrible or dismal. It shows that love has the power to transcend even time itself, to be a light in the darkness.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

water and stone