I’ve been hearing on television news that people in Arab countries are standing up against the dictator government, demanding freedom. I recall some time ago how Egyptians got together through Facebook and successfully held a protest. I felt happy for them. Not only because they stood up for what they wanted, but they never gave up. Unfortunately, many lost their lives, and there isn’t freedom for them yet. There are many Arab countries where these people have to suffer because of dictators. All these dictators care about is money, keeping their family rich, and living a lavish life. Meanwhile, their citizens are suffering because of them. They want to be like everyone else with good paying jobs and freedom, and for their country to thrive.
I believe that in the future there won’t be such things as books, only handheld devices to be read stories. Newspapers and magazines will no longer be printed or delivered to your homes. They will only be available online, and they be emailed to a person’s inbox. There are already some newspapers that are heading towards the online route, and consumers will not be able to view that particular newspaper if they don’t have access to the Internet.
It's that special time of year we look forward. Yep you guessed it—Halloween. Many young people and kids go to stores looking for the perfect costume. While many adults are shopping for various of treats to give away. This isn't just for children, but teenagers, and even adults enjoy Halloween. It's a chance to enjoy ourselves for a few hours. Some people or businesses even have parties and dress up. Adults can have a little fun. There is no harm in that. I remember a few years back, I would walk passed this house. Every Halloween the front would be nicely decorated. There were lanterns, spiderwebs, ghosts, bats, gravestones, and much more. It was nice to look and seeing everything decorated.
It has been some time since I have posted here. Ever since my dad passed away I have been really busy. I had to sell so many of my dad’s items, which it took lots of my time. There are still more I need to go through. Once things slow down, then I would get to my usual routine like before—social networking, and of course blogging.
I wanted to let everyone know that I will not post any new blog posts for a while. There is an illness in my family. My father is very sick with lung cancer. Sadly, the doctors said my dad does not have much time to live. This is so heart-breaking. So my mom and I would like to spend as much time with him as we can. When my father found out he had cancer, like anyone, it was heart-breaking to hear it.
It makes me wonder why a person gets cancer in the first place. I believe we are exposed to toxins every day. The air we breathe, the food we eat, even the things we touch can have a deep effect on our body. There were wars, and all those substances are still in the air, which we breathe. People work at jobs that deal with chemicals that they are exposed to every day. There are people who smoked cigarettes, did drugs, and even drank a lot of alcohol in the past. As the person gets older, it takes an effect on the body. That is my opinion. We can guess all we want, but we may never really know or understand why this happened.
Many young people meet in person with someone they met online, and as a sad result sometimes they are killed or raped. The problem lies in the fact that we put too much trust in technology. We feel safe online, but that may not always be the case. When talking on the internet, young people don’t realize it could be a pedophile on the other end.
Some of you must be wondering how Santa Claus came to be. It is said that there was a man by the name of St. Nicholas. He was born in Myra, Greece, which is now part of Turkey. His parents were wealthy, and when they passed away, he inherited their wealth. He became a priest and later a bishop. He was a great man and always helped others in need. He looked after his people and was loved both by children and adults alike.
In folklore, it is widely believed that there once was a man who had three daughters. He was poor and didn’t have enough money to feed them. The daughters were going to be sold as slaves because they couldn’t afford to live at home any longer. St. Nicholas wanted to help them so he slipped three small bags of gold through the window while they were sleeping. However, their father saw St. Nicholas’s good deed and was grateful. St. Nicholas, who didn’t want to be publicized, continued to help others secretly. It is believed that after St. Nicholas passed away, he was taken by angels to the Heavens, and every year the people celebrated St. Nicholas day. On that day, children and beggars received food and clothing.
Have you noticed that a lot of young teens are out of control these days? They are in and out of jail, involved in gangs, drugs, stealing, fighting, drinking, breaking and entering, graffiti, killings, and even shootings.
A lot of teens are disrespectful towards others, talk back, have no manners, and use foul language. If you walk down the street, as you pass the buildings you see so much graffiti on the walls on some buildings. It doesn’t matter how many times the walls are painted over, these kids will write on them again. Another instance includes groups of teens at the mall; some of them cause trouble. They disturb customers by talking loudly, touching and dropping items on the floor, or they may shoplift. These are some examples of what’s wrong with teens today.
I think many people these days are spoiled, especially in Canada and the United States. They don’t accept used items, and want everything brand new. I see many people go to thrift stores, wanting items in great condition. If it isn’t what they expect it to be, they won’t buy it. I am speaking in terms of people who can’t afford much and have money problems. There are people who have financial problems and cannot afford certain things, so they shouldn’t be so picky. They should appreciate what they have, even if it is used. Not everyone can get new things.
For the past few years, the world has changed and many individuals are dependant on technology than ever before. I have been guilty of using too much technology as well. In many ways, it makes our lives much easier. I hear people say, “it’s the information age,” and people gladly accept all this technology as part of their lives. It is also an important necessity of their lives, for obtaining information or meeting demands for a job.
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