Oliver Cromwell’s Rule: Unpleasant for Everyone

While I was learning about Oliver Cromwell this week, I not only thought about what it was that he did, but I also thought about what it was like for all the people under his rule.  What was life like for them?

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Conclusion for: “A Bus of My Own”

I just finished reading the book, “A Bus of My Own”  an autobiography written by long-time PBS news-anchor, James “Jim” Lehrer.  Now, I just wanted to share my favorite story from this book with you.

My favorite story in this book is in the very last chapter, when he finally fulfills his one, lifelong goal of buying a bus, specifically a  Flxible Clipper.  However, you must know first why it was so important for Mr. Lehrer to have a bus.  Jim Lehrer grew up around buses and learned to love them at an early age because his father was the manager of a bus station.  Later in life, during the 70’s and 80’s, collecting bus memorabilia was somewhat of an obsession for him.  Jim collected things like route signs, bus company signs and even toys, but, the one thing he didn’t have, was an actual bus!

In the final chapter where he meets his goal of owning a bus, he claims having heard “the voice of the Ghost of Buses Past” and it tells him it is time to buy a bus.  So, not having to be told twice  to buy a bus, he searches and searches, looking for any clues that might lead him to a bus.  Then, a nice man offers Lehrer a 1938 Flxible Clipper and, of course, he says yes to the offer and drives home that day with the ultimate bus memorabilia collector’s item: a bus.

I like this final story because throughout Jim Lehrer’s autobiography, he keeps reiterating into his story that owning a bus is his goal.  Regardless of what his situation was in any part of the story, you know that buses are far from the front of his mind.  So, when you finally read how his lifelong goal became a reality and what previous events had to happen to make it possible to get a bus, the entire story comes together at the end.   When I write my own autobiography, whether I publish it or not,  I believe that having an end goal and meeting it at the end of a story is what really brings an autobiography together.

Quinn Palmer

RPC Student

A Change of Heart(-attack)

In my English Course for the Ron Paul Curriculum, I was asked to read the book: A Bus of My Own by James Lehrer.  James Lehrer, more casually known as Jim Lehrer, was a news reporter and fictional writer during the 1950’s.  He retired in 2011 as a news-anchor for the PBS NewsHour.

There was one part, however, where Mr. Lehrer goes through a heart-attack.  The part that I found interesting was not the heart-attack itself, but that the heart-attack literally changed his life.

Mr. Lehrer survived the heart-attack and didn’t suffer any permanent physical or mental damage.    His lifestyle had to change though, and he knew it.

Lehrer decided to change his current diet, which he described as that “of a pimply faced fifteen year-old.”  He didn’t like the new diet at first, but it was loads healthier for him.   He admitted that he was a big smoker for quite a while and that his smoking was probably what caused the attack.  He also said though that because of the attack, he no longer felt the desire or need to smoke.  Previous times, he had tried to quit but it never stuck.  It always came back.  Now, the desire to smoke was simply gone.

When he got back to work he made sure that he made time to take regular naps between airing times and other work.  He found that he had more time to write fiction.  He only had one other novel already published previously and had not had published anything after that.

The heart attack brought about a sudden urge for Mr. Lehrer to change his lifestyle and become better.  It was a good heart attack!  Those are probably two words you never thought you would hear put together: ‘good’ and ‘heart-attack!’

So, although Mr. Lehrer was able to turn his life around and start doing things he enjoyed, not many people are able to go through a heart-attack and survive.   What I feel I can take from this is that, I don’t have time to not do things that make me happy.  To surround myself with friends and family and to make life something worth living.   I guess it takes a near-death experience to be able to appreciate life.

Quinn Palmer

RPC Student

The Battle of Jumonville Glen

In the 18th Century, the French settlers who lived in modern-day Canada shared borders with the English colonists.  This sometimes created friction because the borders were unclear.  The French took this seriously and created forts to state where their borders where. During this time, an English squadron was sent ahead to build a road so that troops, artillery and supplies could get to a British fort.  Lt. Col. George Washington (who was 21 at the time) was their leader!

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VIII (8) Facts about Henry VIII

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This is 👑King Henry VIII of England and I would like to tell you eight, and only eight, facts  about what he was like!

I.  As a kid, King Henry was given a very good education but he was very athletic and enjoyed the outdoors.

II. He was not supposed to be King for a while but his brother, Arthur, died unexpectedly and he became King in 1509.

III. He was 11 years old when he became King.

IV. He wanted to divorce his first wife because she could not bear a son which would become his heir. He wanted to have a son so that his lines would be kept going.

V. Henry became obese and he could not move around without help from machines.

VI. After six marriages Henry had two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth) and one son (Edward, who would become his successor).

VII. Henry did not support the Protestantism movement.

VIII. Henry died in London on January 28, 1547

Quinn Palmer

RPC Student

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The Hundred Word Essay

Today is a post about the Hundred Years War, and I hope you enjoy!

Since 1066 AD (the Battle of Hastings) the French and English were always butting heads about who had the right or claim to who should/could rule France. And in 1337 things really started getting heated up… Edward the III of England would not give homage to a king or throne that, he thought, rightfully belonged to him. Unfortunately, because of an ancient law code, he could not become king, and if meant he had to literally force the current king out of the throne chair, so be it.

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Angles + Saxons = Anglo-Saxons (not triangles!)

The Anglo-Saxons were once separate tribes called the Angles and the Saxons. Coming from areas like Germany, and Scandinavia, they invaded England during the 5th Century and inhabited the east side of England. They were first referred to as the Anglo-Saxons in the late 8th Century. The name England was actually derived from the Angles, and they ruled where Edinburgh, Durham, and Norwich are today. The Saxons lived where Oxford, London, and Bristol are. On the west side of England the Britons were ruling where Wales, Plymouth, and up through Liverpool.

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