Independence: Should We Be Completely Independent or Do We Need Others In Our Lives?

In this essay I will be answering the question: Should We Be Completely Independent or Do We Need Others In Our Lives? Independence is something that most people yearn for, either they are teenganers who want more freedom and responsibility or adults who want a better and more free life. 

As children our parents give us more independence and responsibility as we get older so that you can grow as a person and gain experience in preparation for adulthood, if parents do not do this their child or children will never be able to grow as a person, so some independence is important, but how much exactly is good?

Too much independence is also not a good thing, someone who is too independent will not accept any advice of any form or have a list of moral rules to follow, a person like this will most likely end up in trouble of some form. So not enough independence and too much is not good.

Another example of this is in the government, if the government has no rules in place at all such as no stealing, murdering, and inflicting harm on other people, the country would be in complete chaos and disaster since there would be no rules. 

But if the government does not give any freedom or independence to their citizens that would not be good also since the government would have complete control over everyone, and no one is allowed the will to think or believe what they want. So this also applies, too much independence causes disaster and chaos and no independence is also troublesome.

So my personal opinion is that too much independence(the kind where you have no rules for yourself to keep you in line) is not good and no independence is also not good because that will make you into someone who has no opinion or ideas. A good inbetween of independence and rules to keep you in line, is the best way to go.


In this essay I wrote about independence: is too much independence good or bad or is no independence good or bad. I concluded that a good inbetween of the two is the best way to live because too much and too little of independence can be troublesome and dangerous. 

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The Small Joy’s Tag


  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • List fifteen of your small joys.
  • Tag five blogger friends who bring you joy.

Thank you for nominating me!

15 Small Things That Give Me Joy

The smell of fresh baked goods.

Cuddling babies.

Finishing an essay.

Posting blog posts.

Making new friends.

Finishing a grade.

Getting a hair cut.

Talking to my boss.

Being weird with my friends.


Texting my grandma.

Getting a best swim time.

Meeting exchange student.

Going to younglife.

Going to the local farmers market.

The people that I am tagging(I’m only doing two people).



Is It True That When We Most Need Advice We Are Not Willing To Listen To It? Or Is Good Advice Always Welcome?

In this week’s essay I will be writing about: Is It True That When We Most Need Advice We Are Not Willing To Listen To It? Or Is Good Advice Always Welcome?

Throughout my life I have been told all sorts of advice, some of which were very good and helpful and others not so much. Whenever I was given advice I was either grateful for it or annoyed(this especially happened if someone my age gave me advice), usually I was given good advice which I tried to follow or learn from, but others were false and actually quite foolish, which I followed but soon learned was bad.

 Sometimes good advice can sting and anger you because you know it’s true but you still deny it, I have been through this several times, and know the pain of being given good but stinging advice. Children and Teens are pretty resisting when it comes to advice or being told what to do, and that’s very normal, especially when you begin to know things.

With my experience with good and bad advice I have concluded that(this is with my experience), that whenever I asked for advice I received better advice than I did when someone just randomly told me advice, but again there are times when good advice is just told to you without asking(I am usually not willing to listen to it).

 So I believe that the answer to this question goes both ways, but I do find that when I usually get told advice without asking for it the advice is not so good.


Advice is something that you can either resist or accept, even if it’s good advice. In my opinion I believe that the best advice is always asked for, but there are times when good advice is just given to you without asking for it.

In this essay I wrote about Is It True That When We Most Need Advice We Are Not Willing To Listen To It? Or Is Good Advice Always Welcome?

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My Plan To Implement One Chapter In My Life

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, is a book on handling and dealing with people. The book gives pretty detailed tips on social interactions and how to get what you want from people. In this essay I will be writing about my plan on implementing one chapter of this book in my life.

My Plan

My plan is to not implement just one chapter from this book, instead I will implement as many chapters that I need to apply or apply to me. There are a few areas in my life that I implement the tips from this book for. These areas are: my relationships with my siblings and my job.

I have several younger siblings whom I am very close too, but there are times when my siblings and I do not get along(this is pretty normal, siblings fight). Some days when I am looking after my siblings they decide not to listen to me(usually this is my two youngest siblings). This is always a frustrating situation because no matter how much you remind them that they have to listen to you, they will not listen(this is where I was getting it wrong).

The strategies that I have trying to implement in my relationship with my siblings are: “ask questions instead of giving orders,” “praise every improvement,” and “using encouragement to make a fault or mistake seem easy to fix.” 

Personally I believe that this book is very helpful when managing or dealing with siblings, even though this book was written as a book on business relationships, I think it works great when it comes to dealing with siblings or other kids. But, even though these tips are great there are times when a bad mistake is made and you must tell your parents to make sure your sibling learns a lesson to not make that mistake again, sometimes discipline must be used, but usually these tips apply.

For my job this book is very useful, even though I do cleaning there are times when there is a rush of customers and my boss or whoever else is working needs help I will step up and deal with some customers, who know what they need but do not know where the item is in the store. The two tips I use from this book for this area of my life are: “smile and”being a good listener.”

These tips are helpful because, one, if I smile usually the customer feels safe dealing with me, and two, if I listen well I will have an easier time helping the customer find what they want.


How to Win Friends and Influence People, is a very useful book for almost all social interaction, and I highly recommend reading this book, since I believe that most people will find one or more tips that will apply to them or their lives, which can improve their success with social interactions.

What I Would Consider When Buying a Car

When I was younger I used to dream about buying a fancy sports car, but over the years I have realized that plan was foolish and impractical, a sports car is definitely not practical, unless you are wealthy and can afford it.

Now instead of thinking of buying a sports car I instead look for a practical used car, that has good gas mileage(some cars are real gas hogs and can waste you money), low mileage, no compact or small cars for safety since I live in the mountains and the roads in my area are very steep and hilly, and reliability. Since I live in the mountains a small car would be very risky to drive so a bigger vehicle with four wheel drive such as a SUV or Truck would be more safe, but usually a truck does not have good gas mileage, there are some that are but a lot aren’t. There are more SUVs that are better on gas, so my ideal car would be a six seater SUV, that is good with gas and is reliable.

Reliability is very important. In my area people have to fix their breaks more often than someone who does not live in the mountains, because of all the steep roads, which is a problem. My family has two cars, an SUV and Truck. The SUV is the family car, and so far it has been pretty costly when it comes to repairs and gas, but it’s reliable on the steep roads of my area, and safe to drive. The Truck is the vehicle that my Father uses, it is a lot nicer than the SUV because it is newer, and so far it has been good with repairs, gas, and its reliable, but it’s not a practical everyday car. Both of these vehicles were bought used.

Another thing that is very important is insurance. Cars such as sports cars most likely have higher insurance costs than most vehicles. Having insurance is very important especially if your car needs a serious repair. In my area big repairs are more common because of the dangerous roads, and accidents are somewhat common, especially when it’s winter.


This is my essay on what I would consider before buying a car.

The American War For Independence

The American War For Independence or the American Revolution was the war that earned the colonies independence from Great Britain. The war began on April 19th, 1775 and ended in 1783. In this essay I will be summarizing the history of this great war.

The The Battle of Lexington and Concord

The battle of Lexington was the first battle(I wouldn’t call it a battle but instead a skirmish), that the colonists had with Britain. The seven hundred British soldiers led by Major John Pitcairn were going to Lexington to capture two men, Samuel Adams and John Haddock, and then destroy the colonists weapons and ammunition.

 But the colonists had been warned beforehand that the British were heading to Lexington, by some horse riders, that included a man named Paul Revere, the colonists had enough time to hide the ammunition, and Adams and Haddock had time to escape.

The battle or skirmish lasted for only minutes, and no one really fought, while the British demanded that the colonists put down their weapons a shot was fired by an unknown source. That single shot, nicknamed “the shot heard round the world” started off the war. The confrontation turned into a short fight, but before the battle could continue further the colonists retreated to the outskirts of Concord, to not lose anymore men.

The British troops after the skirmish headed towards Concord. The colonial militia waited for the British across the North Bridge. The British were defeated in this battle and began retreating back to Boston, during the battle and the retreat the British lost seventy three men, and much more were wounded, the number of casualties on the colonists side was much less.

The Other Battles and The Declaration of Independence

After the battle of Concord there was seige in Boston that lasted for two months. On June 13th, the colonists were told that the British were going to occupy the remaining hills outside of the city, the colonists were prepared and even met with the British on those hills. This began another very famous battle, called the Battle of Bunker Hill. Even though most of the battle was not on the actual hill but instead on a hill called Breed’s Hill, the name was a popular one for this battle.

During this battle the colonists were able to cause much losses for the British forces, to the point that the British were held back for a little while. The colonists eventually retreated to the city of Cambridge. The Battle of Bunker Hill, was a tie for both the colonists and British. The British had won the hills, which was their original plan, and the colonists had discovered that they could hold back the British. The British again had much more casualties than the colonists.

During the winter of 1775-1776, the colonial army, led by Benedict Arnold had several victories up in the Northern region of North America, close and in Canada. The colonists captured the fort of Ticonderoga, without a fight, which gained them artillery. After capturing the fort without much difficulty, Arnold and his men fought their way into the now Canadian Province of Quebec. They captured ships and gained supplies along the way.

The colonists had to retreat back to Ticonderoga, after fighting in Quebec for some time, this was the start of another famous battle, the battle of Valcour Island, on Lake Champlain. This battle was a special one since it was the first naval battle between the colonists and British. The colonists fought very well, and were almost as good as the British, even though they were defeated, it still was a good battle, and gained the confidence of the colonists.

Another thing that was going on during this time in 1776 was the issuing of the Declaration of Independence, which stated that the thirteen colonies were now a single nation. But the thing that benefited the colonists the most was when France began secretly aiding them. The French who had been defeated by the British in the Seven Years War, were very interested in weakening the British, and decided to offer some aid to the colonists.

But the colonists luck turned around when the British captured the city of New York. But things did get better though, when Washington completed probably his most famous war tactic, the crossing of the Delaware river and the capture of the city of Trenton, from the British. This victory really upped the game of the colonists. 

In 1778 the British captured Savannah Georgia and had a huge victory in the battle of Camden. For the colonists the battle ended in disaster, the colonists led by Horatio Gates resulted in nine hundred men killed and one thousand captured. The British lost much less when it came to casualties. Gates after this disastrous battle was replaced by a man named Nathanael Greene. Greene proved to be a much better leader than Gates, under his leadership the army was able to wear down the British by forcing them to travel with less supplies.

The British had another victory in Guilford Courthouse, but at a great cost. The British retreated and surrendered after the battle of Capes(the French defeated the British fleet). There were some more battles, but it was becoming obvious that the colonists were going to win.


In 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed, declaring that the United States was now a nation. The treaty allowed them to expand past east of the Mississippi River, except for Florida, which was given back to Spain as part of the treaty. Allowing the US to expand to the great nation it is today.

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you for nominating me!


Put the award logo on your blog

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Mention the creator of the award: crated by  Okoto Engima

Answers the five questions you were asked

Tell the readers three things about yourself

Nominate ten to twenty bloggers

Notify the bloggers( tell them you nominated them) by commenting on one of their posts

Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one

Share a link to your best posts

The questions.

1. What is your favorite dessert? Gosh why this question. I love almost all desserts!

2. What do you call your grandparents? Obachan Ojichan and Granny and Grandpa.

3. Do you prefer snow or rain? Snow, snow means good skiing.

4. What is your favorite pastime? Reading and writing.

5. Would you rather go to an amusement park, a museum, or a concert? Amusement park. XD

Three things about me.

1: I have a job.

2: Almost all my friends are taller than me, even if they are younger.

3: I am the oldest child in my family. XD

I am not nominating anyone, this is because I have nominated pretty much everyone who I follow or follows me.

Since I have done this award many times I will not be posting those posts.


Is It True That Acting Quickly and Instinctively Is The Best Response In A Crisis? Or Are There Times When An Urgent Situation Requires Careful Consideration and a Slower Response?

In this essay I will be answering the question: Is It True That Acting Quickly and Instinctively Is The Best Response In A Crisis? Or Are There Times When An Urgent Situation Requires Careful Consideration and a Slower Response?

My personal opinion and answer to this question was that it truly depends on the situation, some situations need a fast reaction and others slower ones. But no matter what, remember that even though you are going through a bad time remember that staying strong and calm is the best way to get through the situation.

In a crisis or emergency anything could happen which makes it difficult to guess how you would react in a crisis.

 A crisis could be anything either a terrible natural disaster happened or a war breaks out in your area, but sometimes a crisis could be a family crisis, say if a family member dies suddenly and their children are left orphaned or one of your siblings ran away from home, so truly a crisis could be anything, which means your response to the crisis could be anything.

Here are two examples of acting quickly in a crisis and carefully considering the situation and having a slower response. Say if a huge Earthquake happened in your area, you would have to think quickly or use your gut instinct to decide what is best, to figure out a way to get out of the area quickly. In a situation like this a fast response is better.

But say if you were a parent and your child suddenly gets into a coma and your child is on life support, but their brain is dead. And you are told that you have to make the decision to pull a plug(this is a horrible situation, and I pray that is never happens to anyone), a slower response would better in a situation like this, because you have to consider the well being of your child and what is less selfish; keeping your child on life support, who will never be truly alive again, or pull the plug so your child can go on in peace. 

Personally I believe that both responses are good in different situations. You have to respond differently in a different type of crisis, so you can act well and make the right decision.

 I went through a nuclear disaster when I was younger, in Japan, and I remember my parents acting very quickly to make sure our family was safe and out of Japan as quickly as possible, and they were successful, my family was out of Japan two days after the disaster happened. So it truly depends on the situation you are in, or what your options are.


Going through a crisis of any form is a horrible situation to be in and I pray it never happens to anyone. In this essay I wrote about my opinion on the question: Is It True That Acting Quickly and Instinctively Is The Best Response In A Crisis? Or Are There Times When An Urgent Situation Requires Careful Consideration and a Slower Response?

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Do We Learn More After Finding Out We Have Made a Mistake or From Our Successful Actions

In this essay I will be answering the question Do We Learn More After Finding Out We Have Made a Mistake or From Our Successful Actions.

Everyone has made mistakes at one point in their lives, but probably most people have had successes too. Now do we learn more from our mistakes or from are successes? I believe that the answer to this question goes both ways; even though we do learn things from our mistakes we also learn something from are successes.

Here are two personal examples of me making a mistake and learning from it and having success and learning from it. When I was very young I used to think that you could outrun a dog(probably some adults can but definitely not a four year old child).

I learned from this mistake the hard way, when my grandparents dog came up to get a pat, I was scared of dogs then so I began to run, and the dog caught up with me, and in the end I got jumped on. For years after that I was very incredibly cautious with dogs, and never did anything to over excite them. I learned something from my silly mistake.

An example of a success I learned from was when I made it to provincials, I felt that I had just defeated the evil dragon of difficult provincial qualifying times. But I also was terrified, provincials to me then felt very scary, I felt that the world would be watching me.

 When I went to the actual provincial competition I realized it was the exact same as a regular swim meet, the pool was the size, there were the same swim rules, and even though there were a lot of people it still was little compared to what I thought. 

I did pretty well that day, and I had gained something when it came to confidence, I realized that no matter how big the competition was everything was the same when it came to the rules and the size of the pool. And since then I have become less nervous when it comes to competitions, which has benefited me when it comes to performance.

So I believe that it comes both ways and it depends on the situation, but usually when you make a mistake and you know what you did wrong you usually learn something, but that doesn’t mean you learn things when you have gained success.


Mistakes and successes are very important aspects when growing as a person and gaining experience. Without them it would be probably impossible to become a better person.

Don’t let mistakes put you down, be grateful for them, you have learned something and can be better, and if you have success, great! You have also learned something, that you have skill, and maybe next time you could do even better.

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In this week’s essay I will be writing about Transistors: what they are, what are they used for, and how they are made

What are they and what are they used for?

A Transistor simply is a very small electronic component that can do two jobs, a Transistor can also work as an amplifier or switch. A Transistor is very small and it weighs 0.000000000000000000000000000001 kilograms! Even though they are small they are very important and powerful.

When a Transistor works as an amplifier it takes a very small amount of electric current on one end, or an input current, which produces a larger electric current. When a Transistor works as a switch it takes a small electric current in one part of the Transistor which makes a larger electric current go through a different part of the Transistor, so technically a small electric current switches on a larger electric current.

How Are They Made?

A Transistor is made out of silicon. Silicon is commonly found in sand, and it’s a semiconductor, so it’s not conductive like a mineral such as copper, but it’s also not insulating like plastic. But if you do a process known as doping(a process when you treat silicon with impurities), then the silicon gains some “free” electrons. The impurities commonly used to dope silicon are, arsenic and phosphorus, but different minerals such as boron, gallium, and aluminum can be used.


Transistors are very important for almost all electronics, without them the speed and accuracy of our electronics today would be impossible.