Have you ever heard of Amelia Earhart? She was the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Still wondering about her? If so, keep reading to find out more.
Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24th 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Amelia and her sister Grace Muriel lived their grandparents because Amelia Otis, the grandmother, needed company and someone to distract her from the deaths of her mother, her son, and her daughter-in-law and also the poor mental state of her husband Alfred Otis. Amelia and Grace Muriel lived with their grandparents for 12 years. Amelia’s real parents were Edwin and Amy Earhart. Amelia’s dad also struggled with alcoholism. Before completing high school Amelia had gone to 3 different schools. One in St. Paul, Minnesota another in Springfield, Illinois and she also went to a private school.
On June 18-19 Amelia attempted to fly over the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Wales. She was successful! Then at age 34 in 1931, Amelia married George Putman. Then on July 2nd, 1937, left for another flight across the ocean with a co-pilot Fred Noonan. Sadly, Amelia and Fred never arrived to their destination. Most people say that Amelia’s plane crashed but other people think that died because of something else.
“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
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Back then it was a idle. Today, just history. The sword had been stolen to most. But just a few believed that it may still be out there and just a replica was stolen. Wait, you don’t know the story.
A long time ago the sword was the thing that saved us all. We were being raided by unfriendly tribes and that sword was thrown 3 miles by a catapult that a guard had set off when resting the sword down on a table and it slipped off and the guard knocked over the table trying to reach the sword and BOOM! The sword was gone. The sword sliced through the air and cut the rope that held the tribe from the other side of the monument of a dragon and it fell. The tribe from the other side was known as the Redbors tribe and they were fierce as the mightiest dragon, Locktool, who roamed the Himalayan mountains looking for adventurous climbers to devour. The Redbor tribe was an enemy to everyone. The people of Corus were happy, even if the sword of Instapol was gone because to conquer a land you must strap your monument to a great big plank and place in enemy territory. And destroy the enemy’s monument which they would place on your land. But if your monument was struck down the whole army would retreat and never return. If you did, a most unpleasant thing would be unleashed on your tribe. Unspeakable. But since Redbor’s monument was struck down they couldn’t continue onto battle. They knew the consequences and backed off.
A few days later the sword of Instapol was discovered and placed into a museum under top security vault. The sword was stolen 2 weeks later and the only thing that was left behind was old rag pouch with pure gold tucked inside. As my shift ended I emerged from the museum and saw a man with a similar pouch, strapped to his belt buckle. I knew I couldn’t jump to conclusions but I snapped a picture of him anyway and made sure that the pouch and his face were visible.
Tommorow I’d search for a smaller clue, not easily visible to the human eye such as fingerprints. The next day I went to the museum and showed the guard my I.D. He let me pass. I got out my fingerprint finding kit and off I went with a magnifying glass, exploring the case where the sword was held and areas around that. I found a few so I got a copy of them and sent them to the lab for analyzing. I searched for more clues but found nothing. The next day, results came back from the lab. The fingerprints were owned by someone named Eduardo Rivera the name of the person who put the sword in the case! This was going to need some investigating. Did Eduardo get fingerprints on the case by putting the sword in it and the culprit didn’t leave any marks? Or did he steal the sword? It occurred to me that Eduardo had the key to the case. This was going to be tough. Time to talk to Eduardo Rivera.
“Where were you the night of the breakage into the museum.” I asked Eduardo. “I was walking around town after going shopping.” he replied. “Where did you go?” I quizzed. “Why are you asking, Charles.” Eduardo said. “Just wondering.” I replied. “I’m not so sure.” said Eduardo. “If you don’t answer my questions then I have to believe you as a liar.” I said. “I’m no liar!” he replied angrily. “Then answer my questions.” I said, “If you are truly innocent of crime then you have nothing to hide.” “Fine, fine.” Eduardo said, giving up, “I’ll tell you the truth. (Or was it?) I went to an appliance store but I forget what it was called.” “Where was it located?” I asked. “Right next to the museum.” Eduardo replied. “What time did you get home that night?” I asked. “10:00.” replied Eduardo. “Eduardo, you are free to go.” I said. I was going to ask Eduardo’s wife, Donna, what time Eduardo got home that night. I found Eduardo’s address which was 324 Holter Rd. and drove there wondering if Eduardo’s story would confirmed or denied.
“Hello, Mrs. Rivera.” I said as she let me in, m“I would like to ask a few questions.” “About what?” said Donna shakily. “Just a time.” I said, “On the 13th of March, what time did your husband get home at?” “That was the night that he stole the sword.” said Donna, staring into space and saying whatever popped into her head. “Where’s the sword Mrs. Rivera?” I asked forcefully. “I swear I don’t know. The night he came home with the sword he told be to keep my lips zipped or he would post a really inappropriate picture in FaceBook and say that I was using his phone and put it up.” “So it sounds like you were forced to do something to keep something ‘safe’.” I said. “Yes.” she replied. “Ok. Now we know the real story. Sadly Donna you’ll have to go to prison due to never telling anyone BUT you only have to serve 1 day due to the fact that you were forced not to tell and technically is you told someone that couldn’t help you at the moment and you’re husband found out and posted the picture you would probably go to jail and you were innocent.
“Ok, I’ll go.” said Donna,“But we need to find the sword A.S.A.P because Eduardo is coming home soon and any day now he said that he was gonna flee to China where there are 1,385,566,567 inhabitants.” she said, “Now where is that sword?” She thought about it for a minute. “He probably put it in the safe!” she said finally. “Where is the safe?” I asked. “Behind the picture.” she replied. “Can I take the picture off or do you want to?” I asked. “You can.” she said, “The code is 2609.” I took the picture off the wall and put in 2609. Nothing happened. “Do you think that Eduardo changed the number?” I asked Donna. “Probably. If he did he most likely wrote it down in his notebook because when it comes to pins and passwords he’ll forget them so he writes them down. We’re going to be trying a lot of numbers though because he doesn’t label any of the numbers he puts in the book.” she told me.
We went through the book and found the pins 1046, 3374, 8582, 1949, 1707, 3358 and 3658 on the first 20 pages of the book. None of the numbers worked. Then on the last page we found the pin 3905. “I hope this is it.” I said. I then put in 3905 and it worked! The safe opened and inside there was the sword of Instapol! The mystery was solved, the sword was returned to the museum and Donna and Eduardo Rivera were put in jail, Donna for a day and Eduardo for 5 years.
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Have you heard of Martin Luther King Jr? He was a person of a different race and was treated differently than others. People like Martin Luther King Jr, who had a different skin color than the white, had to drink from different water fountains, go to different schools and enter through back doors of restaurants. Martin Luther King Jr gave the great “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Do you wonder why? Read on to find out.
The Lincoln Memorial is to honor Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves. The slaves were people of different race who were treated differently than white people. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves because he thought that it wasn’t fair that other people were treated differently just because of the way they looked. Martin Luther King Jr did and thought nearly the same as Abraham Lincoln about treating people who were different.
This is why I think that Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Today, on 2064 Merrington Lane it was January 3rd, 16 days before Amy’s 4th birthday! That morning while Amy, Drew and John were sleeping Mama asked Papa if they should have a birthday party for Amy.
Papa replied, “Yes, we should. But who would we invite?” “ How about those little girls, Matilda, Victoria, Jillian, Paige, Lillian, Hermione, Nancy, Bess, Cynthia, Ally, Ginny and Megan from Amy’s preschool?” said Mama. “Oh good idea!” said Papa, “You”ll have to call the teacher and ask for the parent’s phone number.” “Ok.” said Mama, “ I’ll call Ms. Mandy later.” “Should this be a surprise party?” asked Papa. “ Why not?” replied Mama, “I’ll tell Drew and John when they wake up for school.” “Hi Mama. Hi Papa.” Drew and John chorused. “Did…” Mama started. “Yes, we heard.” said Drew. “You won’t……” Mama started again. “Why would you think we would tell Amy?” said John. “Just checking.” said Mama. “Go get ready for school.” said Papa. Drew and John go to Potter school on Gridley Lane and are in 6th grade and Amy goes to Playful Preschool on Sader Road.
A few hours later when Mama thought it was an appropriate time to call Ms. Mandy and Amy was playing with her toys, she called the number 149-456-2637 and Ms. Mandy answered. “What can I do for you, Matilda?” she said. “Well, I’d like the phone numbers of Rebecca S, Victoria A, Jillian A, Paige R, Lillian K, Hermione G, Nancy D, Bess M, Cynthia Z, Ally A, Ginny W and Megan F. “Ok. That”s a lot of people. Why exactly do you need the phone numbers though?” said Ms. Mandy. “I’m having a surprise birthday party for Amy.” replied Mama. “Ok, I hope you have a long piece of paper with you.” said Ms. Mandy. “I’m ready.” said Mama.
“Ok. Rebecca’s number is 149-353-7585. Victoria’s is 149-574-3646. Jillian’s is 149-857-4646. Paige’s is 149-253-7634. Lillian’s is 149-758-4978. Hermione’s is 149-454-9605. Nancy’s is 149-419-0798. Bess’s is 149-364-8656. Cynthia’s is 149-474-0784. Ally’s is 149-090-3758. Ginny’s is 149-849-7367. Megan’s is 149-218-8619. Is that everyone you need?” said Ms. Mandy. “Yes.” said Mama, “Thank you Ms. Mandy. I’ll be calling a lot of people tomorrow.” “See you tomorrow at preschool.” said Ms. Mandy. “Bye.” said Mama. “Bye.” Ms. Mandy replied. Mama told herself before she got on the phone that she would call everyone tomorrow while Amy was preschool.
When Amy went to preschool, Mama called the parents of all the girls to see if they could come to the birthday party. They could! When Amy was picked up from preschool by Mama, after she got strapped into her carseat she asked, “What are we doing for my birthday, Mama?” “We can’t go anywhere this year because everyone is so busy. I have to go to the Preschool Council Meeting, Papa has to write a report for his work and Drew and John have the GTOK’s to study for.” Mama said. Doing what the family had to do for Amy’s birthday wouldn’t take a long time except for the meeting that Mama had to go to. She decided that she would bring Amy with her to the meeting while Drew, John and Papa get the house ready for the surprise party. The family was having the guests arrive at 11:30 and then Mama would bring Amy home at 12:00. Then everyone would have enough time to arrive and hide. When they were hidden Papa, Drew and John would start doing something unsuspicious in the Dining Room where the front door is and then when Mama and Amy got home, Papa would put Amy on his shoulders and then everyone would jump out and yell, “SURPRISE!” and Amy would be thrilled. “OK” said Amy sadly, “Will we still have cake?” “Yes, Amy.” said Mama, “What kind do you want?” “Chocolate with Rainbow Sprinkles, Candy Canes, Hershey Kisses, Twizzlers, Butterfingers, Kit Kats, Baby Ruth, Dots, M&Ms, Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls, Oreos, Milky Ways, Crunches, Almond Joys, Skittles, Air Heads, Starburst, Twix and Candy Corn!!” said Amy, definitely overexcited. “Too much sugar. Way too much sugar. Sorry Amy. You can choose 1 candy for your cake.” said Mama. “2?” asked Amy. “1.” said Mama. “1 and Rainbow Sprinkles?” asked Amy again. “Ok. 1 and Rainbow Sprinkles.” Mama replied, “Which candy do you want?” “Candy Corn, Candy Corn, CANDY CORN!” Amy replied. “We’ll get some Candy Corns at Rebecker’s Store on 2nd Street. They headed to Rebecker’s and bought some candy corn. The trip home was uneventful.
Finally, the big day. January 19th! Mama took Amy to the Preschool Council Meeting at 9:00, while Drew, John and Papa put up decorations for the surprise birthday party. At around 11:30
Rebecca, Victoria, Jillian, Paige, Lillian, Hermione, Nancy, Bess, Cynthia, Ally, Ginny and Megan started to arrive at 2064 Merrington Lane . Then when they came all the kids hid and the parents left so they didn’t make it known that there were other people in the house beside Drew, John and Papa. At 12:02 Amy and Mama pulled into the driveway. When they came in and they got the cue of Amy being lifted onto Papa’s shoulder everybody yelled “SURPRISE!” The look on Amy’s face was to surprised that you wouldn’t be able to even imagine it. Then they brought over the present and the cake and started singing in a chorus, “Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday to YOU! Happy Birthday dear Amy. Happy Birthday to YOU!” Then Amy blew out the candles and started tearing away at the wrapping paper on the first present that she could reach. This is what Amy got for her birthday:
A New Series of Books (Zip & Zap)
Crayons & Sketchbook
Hair Ribbons & Nail Polish
A 24-piece Puzzle
Homemade Board Game
From: Drew and John
Amy said, “This is the best birthday ever!” She ran around playing with her friends until it was time for them to go. Amy said thank you to everyone for coming and for the presents.
When the mess was cleaned up, Amy had played with all her toys and she was ready for bed she said, “Thank You Mama. Thank You Papa. That was the best birthday party ever!” “You’re welcome Amy.” said Mama, “Happy Birthday.” “Happy Birthday.” said Papa. “Good night.” said Amy. “Good night.” said Mama and Papa together, “See you in the morning.” “Ok.” said Amy, “Night.” “Night.” said Papa. Then Mama turned off the light and went downstairs. That day was a good day for everyone. A little while later everyone was in bed, snoring.
My favorite activity to do is Irish Dancing. Irish Dancing can be done indoors or outdoors but it usually has to be done on a hard surface. Irish Dancing has two unsimilar kinds of shoes that you have to wear for two different kinds of Irish Dancing. The names of the shoes are hardshoe and softshoe.
Softshoe dancing is usually the first dance that you do. In softshoe class you learn things like hop one, two, threes, sevens and three kinds of jigs. Hop one, two, threes are basically what they are called. First, you hop up on one foot and with the other you kick your backside. Then with the foot that you kicked your backside with you put that foot in front and then, keeping yourself in one place, you make 2 more steps and it keeps repeating. Sevens are when you walk sideways seven steps. The jigs that we do are called leg jigs, slip jigs and I cannot remember the other one. When you ace all of these steps you start doing an advanced jig to get you ready for hardshoe class, the next kind of dance that you would learn and also to get ready for the advanced version of softshoe class. After you master that jig then you go to the advanced class.
The softshoes that you wear have really lengthy laces and they cross over like the laces of a sneaker at the top and then at the bottom you have about a yard of lace left and you have to tie the shoe a certain way. In the beginning it is makes you flustered when you’re trying to tie them but then you get the hang of it and start doing it much faster. The softshoes make no noise when you are dancing in them.
In hardshoe dancing you use some of the things that you learned in softshoe class like sevens and you learn new things such as trebles. To do a treble you pull back one of your feet a little bit and take it forward so it just lifts off the ground. Make sure you hit your whole foot on the ground when you are pulling your foot forward. Then you use the foot that you lifted off the ground and bring it to the opposite side of the foot that you lifted. Last you jump onto that you had by your side and repeat with the other foot. You also learn two more jigs. One is called hornpipes. I forget what the other one is called. Once you master the hornpipes and the other jig you move on to advanced hardshoe class.
The hardshoes that you wear have a lessened amount of lace than the softshoes so you only have to tie them and not have to do the kinds of things that you do for the softshoes. You also have to buckle something on the shoes as tight as you can so you don’t fall. The shoes have heels on them and it makes it harder to stand and easier to fall. The hardshoes make noise when you dance in them.
Once you think you are ready you can go to an Irish Dance competition also known as a feis. (Fu-esh) They take place in many different places. You compete against other Irish Dancers in a certain dance or another thing like doing sevens and hop one, two, threes or something like that. Then if you get 1st, 2nd or 3rd place you would get a medal or a trophy. You have to do the dance well and have good posture to get 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.
This is why Irish Dancing is my favorite activity.
My Team: Paris (Left), Briana (Middle), Me (Right)
The trout are getting much, much bigger! 180 trout are still alive to this day. Some of the trout are beginning to bump into the edges and front of the glass on the fish tank. The trout are still in the stage in their life of fry. Now the trout have endured stripes calls clamarks. The trout are very sensitive to touch. The trout are eating Fishy Flakes. This is a small update on the trout.