A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court was written by Mark Twain ( whose real name is Samuel Clemens). The whole booked is based on a juxtaposition. This means that Mark Twain used (in this case) two different time periods put together that had a very contrasting effect on the main character.

The tone in the book is often humorous. The people who Hank (the main character) meet are often very silly which is their custom at the time. Hank in turn makes a great influence on the people with his knowledge from the future.

The book is great for your visualization. There are enough details in the book that pictures are not needed. The book is also fun to visualize due to the silliness of the people in the time frame.

The book can often leave you in suspense. Hank’s life is often threatened even though he is believed to be very powerful. Hank does lie to the people a lot through the book but it is normally what saves his life. Hank uses natural events and science to back up his lies.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. My only issues with the book was the political talk did not capture my attention. But, do not skip over it because it is still valuable information to the story. What I liked most about the book was that the story was being told by Hank. I love books where you can visualize what is happening through the eyes of the main character. I definitely recommend this book as a great story that is easy to follow and often funny.

The Battle Of Hastings

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The Battle of Hastings was a battle lasting one day between Harold of England and William of Normandy. It started with the death of King Edward when he had no heir. Both of these men thought it was their right to the throne.

Harold was actually elected to be the next king but had to face both William of Normandy  and Harald of Norway. First Harold battled Harald ( they both had the same name with a different spelling) in the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The battle was won by the Saxons and Harald died. This marked the end of the Viking Age.

Harold was now faced with William coming from the south. Harold had to march his army all the way from the north to the south. Although he came a little late he still gained the high ground. During the battle William’s men believed he had died and began to flee. Harold began to pursue them and William turned around and crushed them. He showered arrows down on top of them. Harold was killed in the battle.

Soon afterwards William sieged London and conquered it. Although he was not highly accepted (due to the fact that Harold was the one they had elected) he was crowned king of England on Christmas day in 1066.

Wild Honey

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Wild honey is an extremely healthy food to add to your diet. It has many healing properties and it tastes very good. Wild honey is completely natural and made by very intelligent creatures.

Honey bees make honey from a wide range of flowers. They take the nectar from the flowers and carry it back in their stomachs. Although this may sound very gross it actually adds the glucose and fructose to the honey. The digestive enzymes from their stomachs add new compounds to the honey.

Wild honey is full of protein, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. It has been found to have antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey is also full of fructose which is a type of sugar to be avoided. So honey must be taken is moderation. A quote from Proverbs also implies this theory.

Proverbs 25:27 “It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.”

Some ways to use honey would be to apply it directly a wound. Or take it in tea, ginger juice, lime juice, or even just plain.

Wild honey is a great resource God has given us but it needs to be used wisely. It is full of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. We just need to take it in moderation and not over use it.

 

Leif Ericson

thZBH2II7W.jpgLeif Ericson also known as Leif the Lucky was the son of Erik the Red. He was handsome, strong, and wise. Leif went to Norway and was converted to Christianity. It was his goal to return to his home in Greenland to convert others to Christianity.

It was on his way home when his ship was blown way off course and ended up in North America. He named the place Vinland. It is not known were exactly in North America is Vinland but it is probably in Newfoundland.

He eventually made  it back to Greenland and converted many people. He did not covert his father who was still true to his gods. But, his mother did convert.

He went back to Vinland and brought back grapes and timber to Greenland. On his way back he earned his name. He helped a bunch of castaways that were waiting for someone to save them. They named him Leif the Lucky for their luck when he found them.

Leif Ericson or Leif the Lucky is known for two things. First he found America and lived there for a time. And secondly, he was given his name from the castaways for their luck.

Vegetables Vs. Fruit

fresh_vegetables_in_basket-2560x1600.jpg“Eat your fruits and vegetables” is what you always hear when someone is trying to give you advice on eating healthy. But, is one better than the other? Or is one (or both) not good for your health either?

Well, the truth is that vegetables win this fight. Veggies are packed full of nutrients and enzymes that your body needs. Now this does not mean that all veggies are equally healthy. Some are more nutritious than others.

Fruit on the other hand can have some great vitamins but has lots of sugars. These sugars are called fructose. They are natural sugars found in fruits but can be just as destructive to the body as regular sugar . Of course it is still better to eat an apple or an orange instead of candy or cake. But, fruits just like sweets need to be monitored.

So when it comes to eating your fruits and veggies make the wiser choice and eat the veggies. Avoid the fructose rich fruit and eat the nutrient full vegetables.