Monday, October 24, 2016

 Written by Sam H.


          Surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is more then three times bigger then Texas. It's capital is Nuuk (pronounced Nook) and is one of the smallest capitals in the world, having a population of 16,583 people (2013 count).  The current population of Greenland is 56,928 people which is a very small amount considering Kentucky alone has 4,339,367 people and isn't even half the size! Greenland means Land Of People. The inhabitants originated from Central Asia. Greenland is the land of sealing, whaling, hunting, and fishing.

          In the tenth century, Erick the Red discovered Greenland after being banished from Iceland for three years for murder. He then went back to Iceland to tell about this new land. Erick and 25 other ships sailed to Greenland; only 14 ships made it. In the 11th century Leif Erickson, Erick the Red's son, came to Greenland, and brought Christianity to Greenland. The first church was built soon after; it was called Tjodhilde's Church. You can still see the church today for a reconstruction of it was built. The Vikings lived in Greenland for 500 years then, mysteriously they disappeared for reasons unknown to people. Qaqortoq town has been inhabited for 4,300 years. Dog sleds and kayaks were the way of transportation in Greenland back then. Their kayaks would be made by stretching seal skins over the bottom to make it water proof. This job was for both men and women. In 1946 America offered to buy Greenland, but they refused to sell it.


          The people of Greenland are very peaceful and friendly people, always open to visitors, and they have never been to war. They are also very relaxed and don't make a big fuss over problems, but just find out how to solve them. Adventure is their specialty. They love the outdoors and swimming. Their main religion is Evangelical Lutheran. The official language is Greenlandic and Danish, but English is also widely known. They use Danish money. The traditional clothes of the Greenlanders are not very stylish but are very bright and colorful with lots of design. Their clothing is made out of thick animal furs to keep them warm in the frigid weather. They can  make a gown out of animal skins. Now days their clothing is a lot like ours, except with extra warmth. The traditional main ingredients in Greenland are any meat that they get from hunting. If you were a guest at a Greenlander's home, you would most likely get some traditional food and lots of it. Ingredients from Greenland are usually organic. Coffee is one of their favorite drinks. Hunting and fishing are a big thing in Greenland. When a kid gets his or her first catch, it is celebrated like a birthday. Kayaks were always used for hunting, but now they will use more efficient boats. Kids learn at a young age to kayak. Some of the things you can hunt are reindeer (Caribou), musk ox, seals, wild pigs, birds, and many other animals. For fishing, there are lots of different fish and many kinds of whales. People hunt in the Greenland National Park. The Greenland National Park is the largest park in the world, being about the size of France and Spain together. It is mostly hunters that travel the park, for it is all ice and snow and glaciers. It is also full of animals, which is why hunters hunt there. The world ice golf championships is a really cool event in March. The championships have been going on since 1999. The golfers will go through a course cut into the ice and snow. On the first day the golfers get some time to get familiar with the course. It is a 36 hole course that is played over the time of two days. They have to use red or green balls so that they will not get lost in the white snow. Another sport played in East Greenland is the Football (soccer) Championship. The game starts in the middle of summer and is played over 2 weeks. People all over Greenland come to watch. It is a social event. Football (soccer) is very important to the people in Greenland. The most celebrated festivals in Greenland are Christmas, New Year, and National Day. Christmas: December 25, the people of Greenland have thousands of candles lit and Red stars. You can see them in every home and building. Families will cut out decorations and eat good food. Children will sing in front of houses and receive treats. On Christmas Eve the children will dance around the Christmas tree. All the decoration and trees cannot be taken down until January 6, the 12 night. New Years: New Years is celebrated twice in Greenland, first on December 31st at 8pm, the Danish celebration. Then at midnight for the Greenland celebration. There is food, drinks, fireworks, and singing. The ground will be covered in snow. The Return Of The Sun: In Greenland the winters are long and the sun does not come back into the sky for months. So on January 13th, when the sun finally comes up, families and students on dogsleds go out and celebrate the return of the sun with singing, cake, and coffee. National Day: National Day on June 21st is the most celebrated festival in summer. It was founded in 1983. All the towns in Greenland celebrate it. There are many things going on in the celebration. There is dancing, singing, kayaking, speeches, and a church service. The flag is hoisted up. Museums and other places host special events for National Day. Their only TV channel, KNR, play reports from other towns. The people wear traditional clothes, and sing the national anthem.


          Greenland has a very interesting landscape. It is about 836,330 square miles. The highest point in Greenland is Gunnbjorn Peak, which is 12,139 feet high. Greenland is mostly flat, but has a narrow mountain coast. 80% of Greenland is covered in ice and snow; and a chunk about the size of Sweden is ice free. All the cities are built on the coast where it is ice free. The climate is sub arctic; cool summers of a high of 50 degrees in July, and freezing winters with the normal temperature in February of -20 degrees. In south Greenland, summer is really lush and green; the temperature in summer can rise to 68 degrees. There is hot springs that have a temperature of 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit! So when you are really cold in the winter, just jump into a nearby hot spring. Because of the cold temperature in Greenland, gardens do not grow well, so greenhouses are used to grow food. Greenland has some of the best air, but it is dry so you need to drink more water. Greenland has the fourth lowest temperature in the world of -87 degrees Fahrenheit! That is VERY cold! In the month of May day 25, the sun does not set until July 25, a very long day. Besides stars and planets, the sky in Greenland is filled with the northern lights.


          Land Animals: There are many cool animals in Greenland. Some of them are polar bears, arctic fox, mountain hares, musk ox, reindeer, and arctic wolves. The arctic wolf is a white color and is rare. You can find them in northern Greenland in a small area in ice and snow with little to no vegetation. Other animals are more widely spread over Greenland. The polar bear is the national animal of Greenland, and is very cool. They are not seen in populated areas, and are the biggest predators in Greenland. Their fur is white, and they eat seals, birds, and summer vegetation. They do not hibernate. Reindeer (Caribou) are hunted in Greenland a lot. The musk ox is also hunted. Birds: There are around 235 different species of birds. Some are white-tailed eagles (they are the largest bird of prey), sea eagles, fulmars, eider (which is a sea duck), and the ptarmigan. Sea animals: Whales are very common in Greenland, having 15 species of them. Some of the species of whales in Greenland are the humpback, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead. Blue whales and killer whales also are seen but very rarely. The humpback whale is really big, weighing up to 30 tons, but they are still very graceful. Five species of seals live in Greenland and you can see them anywhere on the shores. There are ringed seal, harp seal, hooded seal, bearded seal, and the common seal. The bearded and common seals are somewhat rare, but none of them are going extinct. The ringed seal is the smallest and weighs up to 220 pounds! Walrus also live there, they can weigh up to a ton and have tusks that grow up to 50 centimeters long. There are also many fish, such as the arctic salmon. 


        Greenland is an icy land, but is a lot greener than you would think. Many flowers, herbs, mosses, and such grow during the short summer. There are not very many trees because they do not have much time to grow. But there are some small trees. One of them is a grey leaf willow, it grows to the height of a man. The grass is lush and growing all over the land are 500 different kinds of flowering plants. Some are: Greenlandic blue bell, poppies, buttercups, and cotton flowers. They also have bog blueberries and blackberries, a special ingredient for pies and desserts. They have a lot of flowers that we have here in America. The national flower in Greenland is the Niviavsiaq flower. It's name means young woman, and is also called The Dwarf Fireweed.


          So, all in all, Greenland is an awesome country that I would like to visit someday. When you think of Greenland, you probably think of cold and terrible, but it is not all that, it is lush and green and beautiful.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Book Shelf Tour In Pictures

Ok, so i'm going to give you guys a tour of my bookshelf in pictures. The pictures didn't turn out great, but you can still see what they are so whatever. So here it is! :)

                                                         My Full bookshelf

The Very Top

Top Shelf

Next Shelf Down

Next Shelf Down

Next Shelf Down. (Notice my awesome bone book holder.) ;)

Bottom Shelf (And no I didn't shoot that buck..Sadly)

Now I will show you all my books Starting with the top shelf. I put hem in groups so I wouldn't have to take tons of pictures.

Movies on top shelf. 

                                 I don't know why it is sideways.....O well.

Books on second shelf down.

                                                  The Binding of the Blades series.
                                                     The Door Within Trilogy.

                                                       Resistance and Sirens Fury

                                              My collection of the Narnia books.

                                                The Land of Elyon Series.

                     A Dream Not Imagined, The Two Princesses of Bamare, and Landon Snow.

                                          The Man Called Noon and Kid Rodelo.

       Adventures in North Woods, Hawks Don't Say Goodbye, Prairie River, and Hank the cowdog.

Halfback Tough, The Coach that Never Came, and Trixie Beldon.

Books on third shelf down.

 This is my collection of old books. And a lone picture of the books below because it just looks so cool. :)

                         Mandie collection book, My Bible, Oliver Twist, and The Call of the Wild.

                                 The Impossible Lisa Barnes, and The Throughbred series.

            Little House in the Big Woods, Adam of the Road, The Sign of the Beaver, and Hardy boys.

                                            The Felicia Cartwright series.

   Trixie Beldon, My Side of the Mountain, Heartland, Kavik the Wolf Dog, Quarterback exchange, and Superbowl Switch.

  The Big Split, The Return of the Indian, The Mystery of the Cupboard, The Secret of Wildcat Swamp, and The House on the Cliff.

The Prince of Egypt. 

Books on fourth shelf down.

                                     Silver Skates, The Christy Miller series.

   Mandie an the Long Goodbye, fairy comic book, Runaway Alice, Adopted Jane, Bloodhounds INC, Out in the Cold, Julie.

Readers Digest 1964, The New Testament, Chicken Soup for the Soul. 

An old book on my top shelf.

This books copyright is in the 1800s!!! I can't remember what exactly it was, somewhere around the 1890s!! So I thought that was super cool! :) 

Now I just want to show you a couple of my favorite books on my bookshelf. 

                                         These awesome series I'm collecting

So that is the end of my book shelf tour in pictures. I hope you all enjoyed it. If I get a lot of new books in the days to come I might do a book haul in pictures. So we will see. :) 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Inspirational quote

                                                     Here is an inspirational quote.

            Written By:  Sam H.


            Voting is very important. America needs a good president, and if people don't

vote how are we supposed to get one in office. Some of the reasons people should vote

are: America, it needs a good president to get it back on it's feet. Christians, we needs a

president who will protect our rights. Protection, America  need a president who will do

something about keeping us safe from ISIS.

            America needs a president who will get it back on it's feet. America is in debt,

thousands of trillions of dollars. We needs a president who will work on getting us out of

debt. If America just keeps going down in this debt, it will be the ruin of this country.

This country is full of killers and other terrible things. People are living in slummy

houses and some don't live in anything at all. So we needs a president who will do

something about this mess. We need to vote for that president.

            America needs a president who will protect Christian rights. Christians already

are not able to speak about God in school. They do not need a president who will take

even more of our rights away, if not the whole right of being a Christian. There are

people running for president who hate Christians, and when we doesn't vote against

these people we are giving the bad people a chance of getting in.  Christians need a

president who will restore every right of our founding father's constitution.  If

we don't vote for the better of the two we may end up with a president who will destroy

Christians. We need to vote for a president who will protect Christian rights. 

            America needs a president who will take care of ISIS. ISIS is a constant threat to

this nation. They have bombed this country, and killed hundreds people. They have been

behind many shootings and other killings. They capture innocent people and brutally

murder them. If America doesn't vote in a president that will take out ISIS then they are

going to wreak even more havoc, and maybe even take over the world. We need to vote

for a president who will get rid of ISIS.

            Voting is important, and everyone NEEDS to vote. Search the people running and

vote for a president who will best do these things. We need a president who can do

something for this Nation. So be sure to vote this election. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Tiger

            The Tiger is a majestic wild cat that lives in the continent of Asia.

These powerful animals are known for their strength and agility. They are so

powerful they can be standing while dead!

            The Tigers soft fur is orange with black stripes all over it. And like

humans no tiger has the same pattern of stripes. They also help the tiger to

blend into it's surroundings, like camouflage. They have long tails that are

around 24 to 43 inches long! It has very big paws armed with retractable

claws that are used to catch it's prey, and long front teeth that are

2.2 to 2.6  inches long, and 30 other teeth for eating it's prey. Tigers are very

powerful covered in rippling muscles especially in it's legs. These muscles

are needed for the extensive climbing, swimming, jumping, and running it does.

            Yes this is the only cat that loves to swim, in fact it loves it so much

that the tiger will use the water as it's hiding place while hunting. It can leap up to

30 feet! Tigers are fast runners but they can only run for short amounts of time so

when hunting  they use the sneaking process, and they are very sneaky. The

tiger's roar can be heard from a mile away, and is a very fearsome sound,

warning all predators away.

            So that is a little about the tiger, there is other species of them but that

is for another day and another time. I hope you saw what a majestic animal

the tiger is and will search more on it another time.                                                      

Friday, October 7, 2016

How To Train Your Dragon

I want to share these awesome movies with yal. They are the How to Train your Dragon movies. They are just amazing movies full of action, adventure and all kinds of epic stuff. Like DRAGONS!!!!! :):):):):):):) Yeah, so hope you all go and watch these movies! :D

How to Train Your Dragon (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) by Dreamworks Animated
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Dragons: Riders of Berk - Part 1 & 2 Complete First Season Four-Disk SetDragons: Defenders of Berk - Part 1 & 2 Complete Second Season Four-Disk Set
Dreamworks Dragons: Night FuryDragons: Mystery Of Dragon EyeDragons: Dawn of the Dragon RacersThis order isn't really right, but I wanted kind of like that. The actual order they go is: How to Train your Dragon, Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk, Gift of the Nightfury, Dawn of the Dragon Racers, and Race to the Edge. The Gift of the Nightfury and Dawn of the Dragon Racers don't have a particular place to go, so you could probably watch them any time between HTTYD and HTTYD2. :)  :D Hope you all go watch these.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Books That Everyone Should Read

Dare by Tricia Mingerink
Deny by Tricia Mingerink
Defy by Tricia Mingerink
Resistance By Jaye L. Knight
The King's Scrolls by Jaye L. Knight
Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight

Half Blood by Jaye L.Knight

                                       A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu

Truth by Molly Evangeline

Courage by Molly Evangeline

                                                     Trust by Molly Evangeline

The Rise Of Aredor by Claire M. Banschbach

The Wildcat Of Breaton by Claire M. Banschbach

Hebbros by Nicole Sager