Monday, December 20, 2010

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christopher's English Paper..... Amazing he wrote it in 20 minutes!!!

Chris Burrows
Period 7

Many are called, but few are chosen to be knights. For a true knight is not merely the shine of armor, nor a clang of the sword. Any man may don armor, wield a sword, and mount a steed. The true value of a knight, yea, what sets him apart from a common foot-soldier is what lies in his heart. Courage, bravery, honor. Yet it is neither how well he fights in battle nor how fearlessly he faces the terrible claws of the dragon in his mountain lair that determines his worthiness to be called a knight. It is the faith in God, the commitment to purity, the strive to bring about morality and righteousness to a world which is held firmly in the grasp of anarchy and terror, to be the light and example to those who live in darkness. The true weapon of a knight is of no carnal fashioning. It is no crude metal spike or club. The true weapon of a knight is the sword of righteousness, and his armor, the impenetrable armor of God. I therefore beseech whosoever desires to take upon him the title of knight, that he first swear his oath of allegiance to God to obey his commandments unto men, to love thy neighbor, and to live a life in accordance in every way with his will. By taking this oath upon themselves they assure the world that the chivalry and purity of the Knights of God will last far beyond their mortal years. They assure the heavens that there are still those on earth who hold true to the values of morality and chivalry. That God may know that although the swords of this age will rust and the castles will fall, even though the kings and nobles are done away and all that is now great and beautiful will fade into myth, that the light of His Knights still shines. That although we have passed on, their will always be a knight in this world who believes in Camelot.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Goolie time for Christopher

Christopher for President!!!!

christopher had to wright declaration for Ap Goverment Class and here is what he came up with.

Chris Burrows
Mr. Carnahan
AP Government
27 September 2010

In Response to the Decay of American Society, September 27, 2010
A Declaration by Chris Burrows, assembled in firm consciousness of mind. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the political bands which connect him to an ignorant and stupid society, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth his separate station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle him, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that I should declare the causes which impel me to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all Men are becoming idiots, that they have ignored and blasphemed their Creator, and that they believe that they are endowed to certain rights to be freely given them by their government, that among these are Healthcare, Gay Marriage, and Abortion. That to secure these Rights, they attack those who are opposed to them, harass them, and defile their places of worship. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce what small number of thinking people remain in this nation under absolute Despotism by a group of so called Americans who are neither enlightened nor Despots, it is their right it is their duty to Wake Up the World to this conflict of Justice and of Basic Morality to defend both before they are completely crushed beneath the heels of those who profess to defend the same, such is the necessity which constrains me to this act of separation. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a supposedly candid World.
Whatever divine providence that was bestowed upon this nation in its inception is in danger of being revoked completely, for the people of this nation have forgotten all respect or reverence to that Supreme Being which grants them the breath to utter their accusations against Him.
The “Americans” of modern times are lead away into dead-end paths, pursuing immorality, profanity, blasphemy, and intoxication. The future of this nation, rests in their hands which are already full with a cell phone in one hand and whatever intoxicating substance in the other.
They have taken up their pursuit of being “individuals” by behaving and dressing exactly like all the other stupid, ignorant, “individuals” around them.
Their moral compass has been ripped apart, smashed, disregarded, and thrown away.
The society in which we live is quite frankly becoming an embarrassment to our founding fathers’ ideals, on which this country was supposed to be functioning on.
The churches of this nation who still hold to the Pure Word of God have been ridiculed, attacked, and insulted by society and by Other Churches in a manner that is neither Christian nor brotherly.
Other Churches have bent and twisted their doctrine so as to become accepted by this degenerated and ignorant nation, losing all divine power or spiritual truth in the process.
The proclaimed “opened minded” liberals of this country have proven to be some of the most closed-minded, illogical, and un-progressive people this nation has ever seen.
The education of this population is frankly pathetic, and throwing more money at this problem will do nothing to fix it.
More Government Programs are instituted for the purpose of wasting money and driving society backwards.
We must therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold the rest of the population of this nation as ignorant, whose only “progress” is backwards.
I therefore, appeal to the Supreme Judge of the World for Rectitude of my Intentions, and do so in the Name, and by the authority of the Principles upon which this nation, The United States of America was founded. And for support of this declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, I pledge my Life, my Fortitude, and My sacred Honor.


Dear Family,
Another summer seems to have come and gone so quickly. Here in Oregon we have to take maximum advantage since we get quite a bit of rain the rest of the year. This year it seems as if summer ended from one day to the next. One day it was sunny and since it has been cloudy to partly cloudy with rain. Well, whatever the weather is we enjoy our home and just hanging out.
At the beginning of the summer we had the opportunity to take a trip to Brazil to spend time with Ingrid’s family. We spent the last part of June and the first part of July in Brazil, mainly in Sao Paul, except for 5 days that we spent at the beach in Caraguatatuba. All in all, we had a great time watching world cup soccer on Brazilian television, eating awesome food and visiting with family. In August we visited the Highland Burrows as well as the New Harmony Burrows clans. In Highland we got to do some hiking and also see the retaining wall that McKay built for his Eagle project. That was quite a project and we enjoyed that memory of him. We were also able to help a little with the landscaping. Christopher and Alexandro helped Ashton dig some of the holes around the house for the plants to go in. The yard was looking quite nice. Later in August Leon and Alexandro visited Mother and Dad and had a great time. Alexandro particulary enjoyed the new above ground pool. Most of the days we were there, except Sunday, he spent in the pool just playing and having a great time. We were also able to participate in a Family Home Evening with Mother and Dad and their friends. It was a fun group.
Alexandro had just started 7th grade and is attending the same middle school that he went to last year, but he has decided that being a 7th grader is much better than being a 6th grader. He is enjoying his classes and really likes his teachers. He continues to take piano lessons and also practices his electric guitar. One of his favorite activities this summer was a going to a weeklong summer camp on how to make stop-action movies at a local TV station.
Christopher is now in 10th grade and continues to enjoy high school. He has some tough classes, but still has a fun time learning the material. He enjoys his release-time seminary class and I enjoy it too since he doesn’t need to go to early morning seminary. He is also on the soccer team and is the starting varsity goalie. As a parent it is a little nerve-racking, but he does a great job and makes some excellent saves during the games.
Ingrid stays quite busy teaching fitness classes at a local gym. Her main focus is Zumba, which is a fitness class based on latin dance moves. She had a great time attending a International Zumba conference in Florida in August. There were instructors there from all over the world.
Leon continues to work at Salem Radiology with this being his 10th year with the group. Time has sure gone by fast. His church calling also keeps him busy. He was recently called to be the Gospel Doctrine teacher in the ward, so this usually requires several hours of preparation during the week, so that the Sunday lesson goes smoothly.
We look forward to reading your letters and feel free to come visit us anytime.
Alexandro, Christopher, Ingrid and Leon

Monday, August 23, 2010

Evening Out at the National Bunraku theather and Tea ceremony in Osaka March 27th

An evening at the National Bunraku theather
Bunraku is a form of puppet theater unique to Japan. Using traditional legends and plays originally written for Kabuki, the puppet theater has remained popular since its inception. Founded in the city of Osaka, Japan in 1684, bunraku has evolved to be a complex and popular form of theater.Traveling storytellers using puppets had long been a part of Japanese culture, but not until 1684 was the tradition articulated as a distinct form. Takemoto Gidayu formed his Osaka puppet theater with the help of the great playwright Chikematsu Monzaemon and a theater manager and financier named Takeda Izumo. Chikematsu concentrated on adapting kabuki plays for the new theater, concentrating on stories with themes of loyalty and other Confucian values. Using knowledge garnered from other puppet work, Takeda introduced innovations into the puppets’ mechanics, including moveable eyes and eyebrows.
Osaka has been the capital for bunraku, traditional Japanese puppet theater, for many centuries. The popularity of the theater form had grown in the city during the Edo Period when bunraku (like kabuki) was a rare kind of art entertainment for the common public rather than the nobility. The National Bunraku Theater in Osaka is one of the few places to view the fascinating art form today. English programs and earphones are available. Performances are usually held in three week runs in January, April, June, July/August and November.
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道; also pronounced sadō?). The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae (お手前; お点前; 御手前?). Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.
Tea gatherings are classified as ochakai (お茶会?) or chaji (茶事?). Chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes the service of confections, thin tea (薄茶 usucha?), and perhaps a light meal (点心 tenshin?). Chaji is a more formal gathering, usually with a full-course meal (kaiseki), followed by confections, thick tea (濃茶 koicha?), and thin tea. A chaji may last up to four hours.
The tea ceremony (sado: "the way of the tea") is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism.
Nowadays, the tea ceremony is a relatively popular hobby. Many Japanese, who are interested in their own culture, take tea ceremony lessons. Tea ceremonies are held in traditional Japanese rooms in cultural community centres or private houses.
The ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by heart. Almost each hand movement is prescribed. Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, and then drunk by the guests. The tea is bitter matcha green tea made of powdered tea leaves.

Tea ceremony equipment:
Some of the most important instruments.
(Chasen: bamboo brush for tea preparation)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Osaka - Japan Saturday, March 27th 2010

We had a late start today , we decided to sleep in and do some laundry after all the traveling. We had a great Curry lunch in one of the places that was soon to become the kid’s favorite eating spot. This was a tinny restaurant with the husband cooking and the wife serving and cleaning the tables. I had a chicken curry with spinach and corn, my friend Natsumi had her curry with eggplant and everybody else got the curry with the famous Tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork).

We spent the afternoon exploring the Osaka Castle, it is beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

The construction of Osaka Castle (Osakajo) started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time.
However, a few years after Hideyoshi's death, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage in 1615. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in 1665 and burnt down.

It was not until 1931 that the present ferro-concrete reconstruction of the castle tower was built. During the war it miraculously survived the city wide air raids. Major repair works gave the castle new glamour in 1997. The castle tower is now entirely modern on the inside and even features an elevator for easier accessibility. It houses an informative museum about the castle's history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Late in the afternoon it was time to head out to the Sumo wrestling competition!!!! Oh, boy that was a fun experience such an interesting event we sure learned a lot about the rules and different ranks. My favorite thing was watching the people and all the advertising and fun signs. We also enjoyed all the delicious snacks.

After 2 hours of Sumo it was time to explore the night life of Osaka and also grab dinner at a Ramen noodle stand…….I would fly to Japan just to have those noodles again……..SO, SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDD…..
Ramen noodles are very popular noodle dishes in Japan. Chukamen noodles which are made from wheat flour are boiled and put in various flavored soup. Although ramen originated in China, there are many regional sociality ramen available in Japan, and ramen shops are located all over Japan.
Ramen is quite simply Japan's premiere fast food. Ramen is something of an obsession in Japan. Yearly guides to the best ramen-ya are published in all of Japan’s major regions. Famous ramen-ya are promoted in tourist brochures right next to cultural and historic landmarks. Outside these local landmarks, crowds gather at lunch and dinnertime, willing to line up and wait regardless of the weather, sometimes for as long as an hour. Ramen stadiums, featuring five to ten ramen-ya from all over the country, are a common feature on the upper floors of department stores.
Many ramen-ya have a ticket vending machine. To order, buy a ticket, and then hand it to your server once your Ramen is ready he will hand it to you. The buttons are always in Japanese. This particular ramen place people just stand up and eat next to the counter. I tell you the food was so good who needs a chair?????

After our delicious meal we walked around town went to a bakery and got some amazing cream puffs…….Good thing we did a lot of walking we definitely ate way more than we should. But the food was so good it was hard to say no =;)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Japan March 25th and 26th

On Thursday After grabbing some delicious pastries at Nagasaki train Station we took off to Hiroshima. As always the trains were on time and we had a nice ride enjoying our bento boxes.

Oh my, what an amazing experience to read and hear all about what took place here in Hiroshima and to be standing at peace park… A very humbling experience indeed, so sad…..
Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants.
When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometer radius.
After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.
Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park is one of the most prominent features of the city. Even visitors not looking for the Peace Park will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns, and walking paths are in stark contrast to the surrounding downtown area.

Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. For this reason, it was chosen as the pilot's target. Four years to the day after the bomb was dropped, it was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities.
The park's main facility is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two building, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its main focus though is on the events of August 6; the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering. The personal details displayed are quite upsetting. The museum is geared to accommodate its international visitors.
The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain standings, and remains so today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome is a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past.
Between the Museum and the A-Bomb Dome is the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb for those who died because of the bomb, either because of the initial blast or exposure to radiation. Below the arch is a stone chest holding a register of these names, of which there are over 220,000.

Hiroshima Castle, sometimes called Carp Castle, is five stories tall and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. There is a shrine on the grounds, as well as one main gate. Hiroshima developed as a castle town, whereby the castle was both the physical center of the city and the source of its prosperity.
Built in 1589 by the powerful feudal lord Mori Terumoto, Hiroshima Castle was an important seat of power in Western Japan. It was spared the destruction that many other castles met during the Meiji Restoration, and survived into the modern era. Unfortunately, like the rest of the city, Hiroshima Castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.
Rebuilt after the war, Hiroshima Castle's wooden exterior makes it a reconstruction with a considerable semblance of authenticity. Inside the castle is a small but informative museum on Hiroshima's history, Hiroshima Castle, and Japanese castles in general.

Just before heading back to Osaka we had some amazing Udon noodles for dinner soooo goood!
Udon is usually served hot as noodle soup in a mildly flavoured broth, in its simplest form as kake udon, served in kakejiru made of dashi, soy sauce (shōyu), and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or abura age, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.
The flavor of broth and topping vary from region to region. Usually, dark brown broth, made from dark soy sauce (koikuchi shōyu) is used in eastern Japan, and light brown broth, made from light soy sauce (usukuchi shōyu) is used in western Japan. This is even noticeable in packaged instant noodles, which are often sold in two different versions for east and west.