Questions and Answers Part 2: T0F Answers!

by Grace 19. January 2018 11:22

Hey everyone!

As you can see, I'm only posting T0F answers today. That's because I gave lengthened answers, and my responses to all of your questions were really long (some of them several paragraphs long). If you haven't guessed already, I'll post answers to your questions in more than one post. ;)

Well, here goes nothing!

1. I have glasses.
True! But I got them when I was seven, and went through about 8 in a year or two. I got contacts when I was 11, I believe.
2. I'm talkative and outgoing.
False. Not really. I’m generally pretty friendly, but I'm definitely an introvert.
3. I've had braces before.
False. My two older brothers have, though! One of them still has braces.
4. My favorite meal is taco salad.
TRUE!!!!! Beef is best, but chicken is good too. And LOTS of seasoning with LOTS of cumin!!!
5. My favorite songwriters are Jim Brady, Arthur Rice and Dennis Murphy. (I bet this'll be a hard one for you all!)
False. I do like some of the songs that these three wrote, but between the three of them, I only know around 9 songs that they wrote.
My favorites are hands down Rodney Griffin, Roger Bennet, and Diane Wilkinson.
6. I started writing poetry when I was 11.
False. I was nine when I first started.
7. I've worked at a fast food restaurant before.
False! I’ve worked at a high school and at county fairs before, but never at a fast food restaurant.
8. I don't know how to swim.
True.
9. I hate tapping.
TRUE.
10. I have a bad temper when roused.
True. It’s not very often, but I don’t get light feelings of anger. I’m either perfectly happy or extremely angry, usually only when I’m tired and hungry (hangry or tangry, as my cousin puts it.)
11. The four courses I'm currently taking for this second quarter for my paralegal program are Criminal Law, Real Estate Transactions, Legal Philosophy and Reasoning, and Faith and Vocation.
True! I’m really enjoying this quarter.
12. The courses I took for my last quarter were Common Law, Family Law, Faith and Vocation, and Tort Law.
False. I took Faith and Vocation this quarter – not last quarter.

Now let's hear from you!

Do you feel that you learned more about me? Was there anything you were surprised about? How many (if you guessed any) did you get right?

If you have more questions that you want me to answer, the Questions and Answers comment board is still open for more questions!!!

 

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Recipe

by Grace 16. January 2018 16:32

Hey everyone!

Here's a recipe I made up recently. Everyone in my family loved it! It currently doesn't really have a name yet... If you have a suggestion, feel free to tell!

Ingredients:

1 8oz package cream cheese

approx. 3/4c salsa (I used our homemade salsa and it was really good!)

1 lb ground pork sausage (I made my own seasoning and put it into ground pork)

Approx. 1-2 cups pepper jack cheese

Directions:

Cook ground sausage. In a mixer, combine cream cheese and salsa until well blended. Mix in sausage, and then pepper jack cheese.

 

This works great as a dip for chips if you stick it in a pan and leave it in the oven for a little while (sorry, I didn't record a time for the dip...) and I've also put it in homemade phyllo cups and then stuck them in the oven for 30-45 minutes on 185 degrees (I did it on such a low temperature because I didn't want to burn my phyllo cups ;)

I'll try to get the T0Fs answers, the questions answers, and some poetry/songs out for y'all soon!

Now let's hear from you!

Do you have any name suggestions? Any questions about the recipe? Have any of you ever used phyllo cups before? Do you think you'll try the recipe out?

 

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Questions and Answers (Q+A)

by Grace 11. January 2018 19:29

Hello everyone!

I saw that a lot of other bloggers often do these little thingys that they call Q+As (but my logical mind wants to call them questions and answers ;) and they looked like a lot of fun.

So I thought that I'd do one!

Go ahead and ask me any questions you want to -- about me, my music and poetry, my work, by beliefs, inspirations + aspirations + perspirations, and anything else you can think of in the comments.

Have fun with it!

And while you're at it, here's a true-or-false for you (or if we call questions and answers Q+As, T-0-fs). See how many things you know about me!

1. I have glasses.

2. I'm talkative and outgoing.

3. I've had braces before.

4. My favorite meal is taco salad.

5. My favorite songwriters are Jim Brady, Arthur Rice and Dennis Murphy. (I bet this'll be a hard one for you all!)

6. I started writing poetry when I was 11.

7. I've worked at a fast food restaurant before.

8. I don't know how to swim.

9. I hate tapping.

10. I have a bad temper when roused.

11. The four courses I'm currently taking for this second quarter for my paralegal program are Criminal Law, Real Estate Transactions, Legal Philosophy and Reasoning, and Faith and Vocation.

12. The courses I took for my last quarter were Common Law, Family Law, Faith and Vocation, and Tort Law.

 

 

Now let's hear from you!

What are some questions you all may have for me? Is there anything that you've always wondered about me? What are your answers to the T-0-Fs?

 

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Happy New Years Everyone!!!

by Grace 1. January 2018 23:33

Happy New Years Everyone!!!

It's hard to believe that 2018 is already here. 2017 has gone by faster for me than any other year before.

Like a friend of mine said on her blog, it's kinda sad to leave last year behind. It was a huge year for me. It set a whole new vision and purpose in my life - a completely different yet exciting new perspective. Unrealistic dreams became realities; some of which were dreams I never knew I had or fully understood.

But this year will be exciting for me too! God has a plan for this year that is just as big, wonderful, perfect, and challenging as last year was! And while last year was setting a vision for my life, this year is when I will start pursuing that vision. And I'm excited for that!

You know, as I sit here reflecting on 2017, I realize that I made some pretty BIG mistakes. But you know what? I grew a whole lot last year - probably more than I've grown in other years (I mean in character - according to our measurements of my height, I'm shrinking... Our statistics must have been off somewhere along the line). I faced some of my greatest fears (my mom's miscarriage, a car accident involving someone from my family (fortunately the family member who was in it was fine though) and tough timed exams).

And through all of this, I have learned so much about God. There is no one we take for granted more than God. Even when we are in complete awe of Him, we still cannot fully comprehend how great and holy he is. No other can be just yet merciful in the way that He is. And no one else can make an intricate plan for the life of millions and billions and trillions of people and make all of them unique in their life's story, their looks, and their personalities. In addition, none of us can even fully comprehend or understand Him, let alone understand the things He can.

And have you ever really thought about how much it entails to be perfect? I don't think that even Mary Poppins understood what it meant to be practically perfect in every way. (*Gasps*) Perfect in mind, pure of heart, spotless in actions and attitudes. And he accomplishes this easily. Not only from the throne of heaven, but on earth, He was PERFECT. PERFECT!!! That is no small thing. And if it wasn't for this perfect, holy, loving, just, merciful, caring, supernatural God, I would be living the same useless, miserable life that I had been living a few years ago.

Before I sign out here, I want to share with you a few things I did last year, things I want to do this year, and some of my goals:

 

Things I did last year: 1. I started school through OBCL to be a paralegal. This is one of the biggest things I have ever done!

2. I started a blog!!!

3. I made some new friends. I even made a friend through what at first was just an embarrassing accident... (shout-out to Grace)

4. I worked at many new events for TCB (a security and event staff company). I especially enjoyed Clackamas County fair in Canby, OR, but I enjoyed all of them.

5. I helped with a wedding. Ooh, this was so fun! It was such a beautiful wedding, too!

6. I overcame (partway, at least) my fear of timed testing. For those of you who don't know yet, for the three courses I've gotten grades for so far (there were four courses I had tests for last quarter) I got two -A's and an A (100%!). I'm still waiting for grades for the last one. :)

And that's just a fraction of what I did... I'm too tired to remember anything else right now. Just for your benefit, all of you, writing posts at ten o'clock is a REALLY BAD idea I'm finding right now. Should've done my New Years Day post this morning instead of two hours away from the end of New Years Day.

Moving on...

Things I Will Do This Year:

1. I'll turn 18. And in law terms, that means I won't be an infant anymore! (By the way, for those of you who don't know this, the law term for minors is infant...)

2. I'll graduate from law school. I finish in the first or second week of August, I believe.

3. I'll graduate from highschool. Yup, folks. highschool and College in the same year. Cool, huh? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. :D

Goals For This Year:

1. Be more friendly and outgoing and less shy and reserved. I'm too afraid of people. And being an introvert makes it easy to not even try to engage in conversation with others. I can easily go sit in the corner and write songs or poetry or something. And that's good sometimes, but not for the most part. I really need to push myself outside of my comfort zone and reach out to others more, and think more of how they feel instead of how I feel.

2. Practice piano, violin, guitar, and mandolin more this year. Something I didn't do too well with this year.

3. Memorize several passages of scripture. Another thing I didn't do too well with this year. I'd like to memorize Psalm 23, 119, and several other passages, but I'll go through and set more concrete goals in a few days.

4. Finish reading Lord of the Rings. Yup, this is PRETTY important to me and to another unnamed sibling who really wants me to finish reading it.

5. Work at a new event that I have not worked at before. There's a few more events throughout the year that I'd like to try.

6. Get my DPSST.

7. Work as a paralegal. Possibly even do some internship type stuff before I've finished schooling. We'll see. 

8. Put the birthdays of all of my friends and family and extended family in my calendar and do something for their birthdays. Much easier than doing something for all of them at the same time on Christmas...

9. Finish our CD. Me and my siblings started this sometime last year... We really need to finish it...

10. I forget... maybe I'll remember tomorrow what I was going to put here. All comes from staying up to late. BAD IDEA. I'm a morning person, by the way. "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man (or girl!) healthy, wealthy and wise!" as Benjamin Franklin put it (although I obviously added the part in parentheses...)

Well, there you go! I'd better go to bed now... This post should get the longest post of the year award. Yay for any of you who actually read all of this... I'm very long-winded when it's late and I'm tired.

Happy New Year! And goodnight!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Are you excited for the new year? What are some of your goals? Your favorite memories from last year? Things that will happen in your life next year?

 

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Merry Christmas! // God Will Give Strength

by Grace 26. December 2017 18:39

Merry Christmas Everyone!

A day late...

I hope you all had a blessed day! 

And while I'm here... (:

 

God Will Give Strength

Chorus 1: God will give me the strength to go on

God will give me the strength to go on

When it seems there is no way

Night will turn to day

God will give me the strength to go on

 

Verse 1: I'm struggling to answer Gods call

The load is so heavy and I stagger 'neath it all

My feet and heart are weary

And my spirit is so low

But God is here with me and I know

That (Chorus 1)

 

Verse 2: Perhaps you're struggling like I've been

You have lost all hope that you could possibly win

Keep your head up weary pilgrim

Wear a smile and sing a song

You will find the courage before long

For...

Chorus 2: God will give you the strength to go on

God will give you the strength to go on

When it seems there is no way

Night will turn to day

God will give you the strength to go on

 

Now let's hear from you!

How was your Christmas? What were your highlights of the day? Did you like the song?

 

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Song Suggestion: Christmas Songs Medley

by Grace 14. December 2017 23:33

Hey y'all,

I'm pretty busy so I can't chat, but I thought I'd post this for y'all. I thought it was pretty fun and it was funny at some parts. I don't usually listen to songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" or "Santa Clause is Coming to Town", but this little medley done with a more southern gospel flare was fairly amusing!

Better run y'all, hope you enjoy it!

Triumphant Quartet -Christmas Songs Medley

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? Sorry I'm in such a hurry, everybody. Hope you enjoyed it!

 

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Song Suggestion: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

by Grace 12. December 2017 15:19

Hey everyone! Let's have a show of hands for how many of you like gooood a'cappella music!!! Oh, wait. Never mind. Guess I can't really see your hands. ;)

Anyhow... Here's the song. This is the best version of this song out there, if you ask me. But so many different southern gospel groups all sing this same song that way, that I could probably put a recording of a different group singing this exact same version (with minor tweaks, of course) every day for the rest of December. But I won't do that. So far, I think this is my favorite recording that I've heard yet. Without further ado, here's Triumphant Quartet singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? Have you heard this arrangement before?

 

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Special Post: Poem/Song Suggestion

by Grace 7. December 2017 21:08

Hey everyone!!!

I have something special for y'all today! (: Here's a poem I wrote a few years ago:

 

Humble Baby Born so Low

Humble Baby born so low,

Put inside a manger bed;

Born within a noisy stall,

With no pillow for his head.

 

Shepherds left their flocks to roam

Gazing at the Christmas star,

Gathered staffs and headed out,

Went to Bethlehem so far.

 

Wise men followed the bright star

With myrrh frankincense and gold

As gifts for the little child,

This a tale to be retold!

 

Thank God for his gift of love

That he gave us Christmas day,

Let us show our gratitude

By walking the holy way! 

Copyright © 2014 by Grace Helland

 

 

Now here's the special thing about this post - follow this link and go to 40:41 and you will see us performing this song last year at our Christmas program! I know some of you have asked if I could post a video of me singing some of my songs in the past, so I thought you all would like it. (: I wrote the lyrics, created my own tune, and then wrote out all the four harmony parts. Hard work, but I love doing it! It's a passion of mine! I wish I had more time on my hands to do it. (: Anyhow, enough of my chatter. ;)

P.S. Credit to my siblings Abigail and Daniel for key change suggestions and having one person start and then everyone gradually join in on the first verse. <3

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like my song? Were you happy that I FINALLY posted one of my own songs for you to hear? How did you like our a'cappella arrangement that I made? Do y'all know HOW EXCITED I was to share this with you????? ;)

 

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Christmas Song Suggestion: Ring Christmas Bells

by Grace 3. December 2017 13:01

Hey everyone!

Since there's only like 4 weeks until Christmas, I'll be sharing Christmas song suggestions more regularly than once a week. Here's a treat for y'all: the song I'm sharing with you is a video of me and my siblings singing "Ring Christmas Bells" last year at our Christmas concert that we had at our church with some of our friends. The order we're standing in is: Abigail, Jacob, Daniel, then me. Hope you like it! Let me know what you think. (:

Ring Christmas Bells 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? Do you think we did a good job with it and used a good arrangement? Would you be interested in seeing more videos of us singing songs? Comment and let me know your thoughts!

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Song Suggestion: Saved

by Grace 30. November 2017 19:09

Hey everyone!

I'm running behind in life so I've not got time to say much, but here's a song suggestion and I'm hoping to put up some of my own inspiration soon. After this, the rest of the songs for the year will probably be Christmas music. Yay for Christmas! I can't believe it's December tomorrow!!!

This is another one from the Bontrager Family Singers.

Saved

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? Are you excited for Christmas? What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Child and the Cucumber

by Grace 11. November 2017 15:15

Hey all!

I decided that after the serious poem of a few days ago, I might as well share something a little more light-hearted. This is a poem I wrote last school year for English 2. I don't remember exactly what the assignment was... something about two things, a person and an object that needed to be personified, looking through a window and their thoughts concerning each other. I thought I had a nice touch of irony to it - the lack of the meeting of minds. (By the way, for those of you who didn't know, 'meeting of the minds' is a law term from contracts. I couldn't help it. I'm enjoying my paralegal terminology. ;) I also had to add alliteration and a simile. I think there might have been something else I had to put in there but I don't remember. For all of you who know what those are (hopefully quite a few of you know what a simile is!) see if you can find them and point them out! For those of you who don't know, let me know and I'll give an explanation.

 

 The Child and the Cucumber 

My tongue begins to water as I see you where you lie;

The most crispy, crunchy cucumber that has ever met my eye!

Oh, what I would give for you, I crave your crispy texture!

But into your dominion in the neighbor’s yard I dare not venture!

There must be something I can do to get you here, my treat!

I think that I might go insane if you I cannot eat!

Oh what am I to do while I am here and you are there???

I guess I can ask the neighbors and see if they will share.

 

Oh child, I sit here miserably shriveling sadly in the sun!

Sitting in the dirt over here is anything but fun!

I long to live in luxury on top of your kitchen counter!

Bring me in and wash me clean with refreshing soap and water!

I want to be displayed like a trophy, my lovely green skin to show.

That’s what you could do with me. I am beautiful, you know.

I know you want me in there, I can see for me you’ve cried.

I don’t know what you want with me, but please bring me inside!

Now let's hear from you!

Did you enjoy the poem? Do you know what a simile or alliteration is? Did you notice any other literary devices in the poem? Do you like cucumbers? ;) Who do you feel more sorry for - the child or the cucumber? If you were the child, what would you do??? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you all!

By the way, make sure you go to the sidebar and check out my new About page!

 

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Song Suggestion: For Every Cross There is a Crown

by Grace 9. November 2017 15:46

Hey y'all! I'm here today with another song suggestion. Let me know what you think!

For Every Cross There is a Crown

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? What have you been listening to recently? Have you heard this song before? What are some of your current favorite artists/songs?

 

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Song Suggestion: I Have Been Blessed

by Grace 2. November 2017 20:45

Hey everyone! Something called law school ate me up... so that's why I've been absent from my blog and why I've been out of touch with many of you. :/ But I've crawled out of my little hole of contract law books to once again post on my poor neglected blog. It's only a song suggestion, yes, but it's a very good one! If you like it, look into the Bontrager Family Singers website and blog. They're one of my favorite artists.

Here it is: I Have Been Blessed

Ah, it feels good to be back. Anyways. Back to the point. I'll try to post a weekly song suggestion so that you all can see if I'm still alive or not. And hopefully I can post some of my own inspiration on here sometime soon. My fingers are itching to write music but my textbooks are keeping me busy... We'll see what happens. (:

Blessings to you all and hope you are all doing well!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? What have you been up to? Have you heard of the Bontrager Family Singers before? What are some of you favorite artists?

 

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Song Suggestion: Meet Me at the Cross

by Grace 21. August 2017 13:59

Hey y'all! Just wanted to share the link to one of my favorite songs. Let me know what you think!

Meet Me at the Cross

 

Now let's hear from you!

 

Did you enjoy the song? What are some of your favorite songs?

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Happy Independence Day!

by Grace 5. July 2017 01:54

Happy Independence Day!

Remember to thank God for those who laid down their lives so that we could have liberty!

 

Now let's hear from you!

How was your Independence Day?

 

Fire off the cannons! We're victors!!!

 

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Summer Special Tag

by Grace 19. June 2017 21:18

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Grace, who blogs over at Grace Notes (Thanks Grace!). I'm super excited about this because, as you all probably know, I've never been tagged before! Alright, so let's get started!

 

1) What is a nickname only your family calls you?
Um… I don’t really have any! I know my Mom calls me Cinderella sometimes… That’s about it. My name doesn’t really have any add-ons and most of my family members don’t usually make up weird random names for each other. I sometimes call one of my little brothers ‘Ducky,’ but that’s about it.
2) What’s a weird habit of yours?
Smelling my fingers… XD
3) Do you have any strange phobias?
No, not that I can think of… Except fearing that I've really messed something up - but there's a somewhat embarrassing reason for that... Occasionally I'm pretty good at messing things up! ;) (By the way, do you know how many times I've already gone back and edited this post??? More times than I'd like to admit!)
4) What’s a song that you secretly like to blast and belt out when you’re alone?
Well, what I blast and belt when I’m alone is the same thing I’ll blast and belt through the house, haha! I sing a pretty wide variety of songs, but recently I’ve been singing Meet Me at the Cross by Liberty Quartet a whole lot, and I also often sing Salt and Light by the Bontragers a lot. And then I also sing songs that I've written a lot. But honestly, what I sing changes a lot. Next week it'll probably be Kingdom Heirs, next week Triumphant Quartet, next Greater Vision, next Legacy Five, next week the Wiggles or Veggie Tales... Okay, maybe not. But you get the point. It really just matters what I've been listening to recently. My all-time favorite songs are probably I’ve Just Started Living and the hymn There Is a Fountain.
5) What’s one of your pet peeves?
Tapping. I hate the sound of people tapping. I hate seeing people tap… Even if I can’t hear it.
6) What’s one of your nervous habits?
I have trouble eating sometimes. That’s about it. I don’t get nervous generally unless I’m around people and I’m uncomfortable, and in that case I usually just leave the area. I’m an introvert, by the way. :)
7) What’s a YouTuber that almost always makes you laugh?
I don’t watch any specific YouTubers, and I really only use it for Southern Gospel music. But I did get a good kick out of this video and this one that my brother Daniel made for his YouTube Channel. Also, Southern Gospel singers can make some of the most hilarious jokes I’ve ever heard, so I occasionally get a good laugh out of them!
8) What was your first stuffed animal and what was its name?
Oh goodness! I don’t remember! I do remember having this little grey and white kitten that I adored, but I don’t remember its name and it disappeared one day and I don’t know what happened to it! Never found it again. *Sniffs*
9) What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?
Ehehe… Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten anything at Starbucks. :/
10) Do you have any weird body skills?
I can roll the ends of my tongue up so that the sides touch! That’s about it…
11) What’s your favorite comfort food that’s bad but you eat it anyways?
ICECREAM!!! I’m honestly not very much of a dessert person. I’d usually rather eat salad or something. But I will ALWAYS eat ice cream. And I mean ALWAYS. I also enjoy donuts quite a bit, but even those I might skip occasionally.
12) What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say?
Um… I don’t know… ‘Oh my’… ‘Oops’… ‘No no that’s naughty’… Yeah, not much. XD
13) What did you use to wear that you would never wear now?
I don’t know… There’s not really anything that I wore before that I wouldn’t wear again.
14) What did you want to be when you were young?
Hm… A mother. I think that’s it. :)
15) How tall are you?
I’m 5’5½”. But that's when Mom measures me. Dad has measured me the past few times, and he says I'm half an inch shorter than that. Haha!

Bonus Question: What are 5 ways to win your heart/become a great friend?
1. Doing something related to music with me. Chatting about Southern Gospel Quartets, singing harmony, playing instruments, asking me to perform… That’s a good way to start! Giving my favorite style of music a shot, really. Not many people like the type of music I enjoy these days. :(
2. Talk to me and expect me to listen to you. Seriously. If you want to become my friend, sit and talk to me about whatever you want. I usually don’t have much of my own to say, especially when meeting for the first time.
3. Be the first one to approach! XD I’m an introvert, so I have trouble approaching people, and I have trouble with thinking that people don’t want to talk to me, don’t like me, and that I’m boring people. That's something that I've really been working on changing.

4. Buy me a Dairy Queen Blizzard! XD
5. Talk to me about something deep. I don’t particularly enjoy small-talk. I’d rather talk about theology or prayer requests or thoughts on life or personal things and stuff like that. If it’s small-talk, trust that I won’t have much to add to the conversation. Sure, if you start cracking jokes and what-not, I’ll join in and laugh. Everyone in my family knows I’ll laugh at anything that’s supposed to be a joke, even if it isn’t really funny. But don’t expect me to add anything to the conversation! I’m horrible at jokes, by the way… :/
6. (Yes, before you say anything, I know there wasn’t supposed to be a six.) Chat with me about some poetry and some lyrics! This is kind of a mix between one and five. Talk about whether the lyrics were any good or not, what you liked about them, how good the alliteration was in the words, stuff like that.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my two-cents worth! And to wrap up, I'll tag a few other people:

Allison @ fromallison.com

Bethany @ todaylibertyordeath.blogspot.com/

Lizbeth @ lizbetherazo.weebly.com/

Joy @ cherrytreepoet.wordpress.com/ and blogofjoy.com

 

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you enjoy learning a little bit more about me? What are YOUR answers to these questions?

 

 

 

 

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