Archive for December, 2008

Invisible Children

Posted on December 19, 2008. Filed under: cultural, educational, reflection | Tags: , , |

For anyone who has not seen this documentary, you need to.  And anyone who has seen it, knows what I am talking about.  What a horrifying situation that is happening in Sudan and Uganda.  Children are being abducted out of their homes while they are sleeping so they can be enlisted in a rebel army.  Other children are shot and murdered in front of the army children so the rebel army will be desensitized.  These children never get a chance to go to school, and when they are asked to draw a picture of ANYTHING, they draw blood, guns and death.  These are children! Anywhere from 5 years old to 14! As teachers, we are taught to be suspicious of any our student’s drawing that have to do with violence at all, and here, all these children can draw is violence! Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to undermine the awfulness of violence that can happen here at home, but it sure puts things into perspective.  What is being done to protect these children in Africa from the reality they face everyday?  Well, groups like Invisible Children are standing by them.  Please go to www.invisiblechildren.com and donate, or buy a t-shirt or a bracelet.  Every little bit helps.  I don’t know what else TO do, but I do know that this makes me want to go to Africa even more now after I convocate.  Watching this movie tonight has re-sparked my passion for children, and I want to do everything I can, all the while knowing that all I really can do is pray.

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Snake almost eats owner

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: personal | Tags: , , , , |

I actually heard this tale from my friend. I have since researched it, and apparently it’s an old wives tale- but here it is anyway!
So there is a teen girl who has had her snake python as a pet for 8 or so years.  The snake is just like a pet dog.  She lets it roam around the house and sleep at the end of her bed.  She fed the python mice, but then the snake stopped eating for three weeks, so she took it to the vet.  The vet told her it was normal, sometimes snakes do that, so she went home.  A little while later the girl woke up in the middle of the night, and her snake was lying straight beside her.  She thought that was weird so she took it to the vet again, and the vet said she had to have the snake killed immediately.  Apparently the snake was laying out beside her to see if it could eat her, and it was starving itself so it could eat her instead.

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