Religious Quote: Joseph Ratzinger

A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.
Joseph Ratzinger

Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
Joseph Ratzinger

Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards.
Joseph Ratzinger

The wrath of God is a way of saying that I have been living in a way that is contrary to the love that is God. Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath.
Joseph Ratzinger

To me, its seems necessary to rediscover - and the energy to do so exists - that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man's heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.
Joseph Ratzinger

The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son.
Joseph Ratzinger

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires.
Joseph Ratzinger

Joseph Ratzinger

Monday, March 25, 2013

Another Memorable Moment

This past weekend, I had a 2-day volleyball tournament, plus the Solo & Ensemble Festival. I performed a solo on the trumpet, a song called Concert Aria by Mozart. I had to get back to my tournament and I had a break before my next game. I borrowed my friend's phone, went on the website and another memorable moment of my life happened, besides my 3-pt. winning shot:

I got a *1 on my Solo!!!! What that means is I am going to the State Solo and Ensemble in April!!! Wish me luck!! :-D

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Music Strikes Again!!

On March 6, 2013, the ACMS 7th and 8th grade band along with Jazz Band made another stunning performance in the new PHS Auditorium on their simply wonderful musicality! All 3 bands showed off their professional performances of playing music. During all the performances, the music that all the bands played told a story and you could feel the excitement or groove to the songs. Not only was their music performed fantastically, but if you were to look at them, you would not say that they were a Middle School Band: they looked like the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. So professional looking, that their performance kept you interested. No matter how slow or fast, how upbeat or downbeat their music is, they will not let you fall asleep. If you fall asleep, they will wake you right back up again. The quality and professionalism of these bands will be music to your ears, as what happened to me.

To start off the concert, the 7th grade band played with great expression and style to get the party started. In the first piece that they played, the rhythm and expression made it feel like the music from Jurassic Park theme song, if you have seen the movie. “I truly enjoyed watching the band perform their fantastic music,” a parent commented, “and the music flowed with grace and fluency, but at the same time, with enlightening style and uplifting beats.” Many parents were amazed at the wonderful music that was played, especially when the 7th graders were new to their director, Ms. Kate Mitchell. The atmosphere in the beautiful new auditorium in the High School, made the music more lively and exciting. Not only were the parents having a fun time listening, but watching the kids, you could tell that they were having as much fun as the parents were. Their performance was filled with energy, excitement with great articulation and dynamics. “Out of all the concerts, this was the best performance the 7th graders have ever done!” one parent said. The Spring Concert for the 7th graders was truly inspiring! Even though there were some spots in some music where the 7th graders struggled, they fought through it and brought out a great performance! After the 7th graders were done, you could tell by the smiles on their faces that they were excited to come back and perform another concert.

The energy and excitement continues so it is time to change gears in this wonderful concert from a band, to a Jazz Band! With the song selection for the Jazz Band, the audience was fully engaged with the groove of jazz. “I have never seen a Jazz Band live from a Middle School,” one parent commented, “and with the outstanding dynamics and articulation, the groove made me move!” Although the Jazz Band performed very well, there were some parts that were lacking and would have made the songs much more jazzy if those parts improved. What matters most is the music that is performed, and not how well the band or bands play them. Although one portion of the concert ended, the Jazz Band came out with energy and excitement  that filled the auditorium with the style of jazz. As you listened, even though there were many hard spots in the pieces, you could tell all of the hard work that was put into this band. “I had great time playing the jazz music, even though it was difficult,” a student from the Jazz Band said, “and when we rehearsed, everyone had a blast! We saw a smile on Ms. Mitchell’s face after we were done performing and that put butterflies in my stomach! If I have the opportunity to do Jazz Band in the high school, I am all for it.”

In the last portion of the concert, the 8th graders came out with a stunning performance, with upbeat music and looking like pros. The 8th graders looked just as professional as the 7th graders did. As I was listening, all of the songs were music to my ears! As I looked around, I could see the audience fully engaged in the music and putting a smile on their faces. There were some parts in all of the pieces where some of the instruments were out of tune, but for the most part, the songs and the song selections were phenomenal! “I enjoyed listening to the 8th grade portion of the concert as much as I did the 7th graders,” one parent said, “because there was so much energy and excitement. I could tell that behind every song, there was a story that was being told through the music.” Throughout the portion of the concert, there was great tone quality in every song. The last song that they 8th graders played had wonderful tone quality, articulation, blending and pace. It was a very uplifting pace and kept the audience interested. I could tell that the 8th graders had a great time with the last song. When the audience was listening, the person next to me was telling me how amazing the conductor is. With all of the fast paced songs that the 8th graders did, her arms must have been getting tired! And I couldn’t have agreed more. The effort that was put into all of the music really caught me by surprise. There were a lot of groovy songs throughout the 8th grade portion of the concert that I was bouncing up and down in my seat! What made me bounce up and down and get in the groove was all of the articulation, dynamics especially, the tone quality and much more! “If the 8th graders perform another concert like this or better, I am all in for going!” one parent said. Let me tell you one thing; if you were not at the Spring Concert, I suggest that the next concert, you come and listen to these wonderful students and listen to all of the hard work and phenomenal music that they play.

At the end of the concert, many parents were thrilled listening to the wonderful music that was performed for them. Their director Ms. Kate Mitchell conducted so well and people could tell that she enjoys her job and working with all of the students that are in band. After the concert, I talked with the wonderful director herself. “There were many songs in the 8th grade portion that scared me to the point that I was sweating! In the 7th grade and Jazz, I wasn’t concerned because their songs were really easy and they mastered all of the songs in about a week. There was a lot of frustration throughout the creation of the concert, but after words, with the 8th grade, I was smiling to the point that my mouth was about to fall off. As we went back to the band room, one of my prized trumpet players came up to me and told me ‘Happy Mitchell!’ and I agreed 100% with her.” The Spring Concert of 2013 performed by the ACMS students was outstanding with their professional look and amazing tone quality. As it happened to me, the whole concert was music to my ears! I encourage every family and person to go out and watch the next concert that the ACMS band performs because I know for a fact that it will be truly outstanding and inspiring!
                                                                                                                                                                                   Allison Andes
The Music Messenger Sentinel

Do The Harlem Shake!

This is the Harlem Shake video that the 8th grade school volleyball team did in one of the practices. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Wintry Scene

Author's Note- This is just a short little scene that I created based off of winter. We did this in Language Arts for our bellwork. Look for some figurative language as you read this short story.  

Oh, the wintry snow. How the color of its soft flakes is as calming as a the ocean blue. Snow adds delight and happiness into winter, when the children make up to a 50 foot snowman! The shoveling makes great exercise for the adults and the kids have an enjoyable time, almost killing each other with snowballs. The snow is as light as a piece of dust, putting smiles on all of the children’s faces. The little snow, with their soft, white hands, creates a quiet and peaceful feeling in everyone’s hearts. When a blizzard occurs, everyone is inside, enjoying a nice, warm, hot cup of coco, and relaxing by the calming fire. When the blizzard is over, the children run back outside, as fast as lightning, to restart their fabulous day in the white, fluffy snow. The parents watch their children run around like wild dogs and chasing each other in the snow like a dog chasing his tail. The snow keeps falling and falling and falling, when everyone sticks out their tongues to catch these small little fluffy flakes. At the end of the day, the children say goodbye to the wintry fun, and wait until the next sunrise to go out and start the day again with the enjoyable sensation of the white, soft and fluffy flakes.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Is Trust Really Possible??

Author's Note- This is a logbook that I created for Social Studies. It is all about the American Indian Wars that occurred in the West. As you are reading this very, very, very long logbook, please look for some figurative language.  
October 12, 1492.
The beginning of the bloody American Indian Wars. We heard from the French that there was gold over in the West and have just started to head in that direction. The hardship of walking here has been horrifying. It’s like watching a horror film, but we are all in that film. The heat from the sun burns through our skin, like fire singeing through our souls. We have walked for miles in the burning sun and I feel like I have been walking for 5 decades without water. My family and I are as scared as a deer running from a pack of wolves. We want this nightmare to end, especially for my wife, for she is about to have a child. I hope that God has mercy on us and protects us from this never ending journey.
October 1585-1626
Many, many years have passed and a lot has happened since then. In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh sent an expedition under Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Ralph Lane to create and establish a colony on Roanoke Island. (Yenne) It turns out that the expedition was a bust. In 1587, John White was sent to the island but had to go back to England in to retrieve supplies. (Yenne) He got delayed for many years and didn’t return until 1591. (Yenne) The colonists had vanished without anything left behind. Not even a trace. (Yenne) It was an expedition gone wrong and is a scary mystery. It seems that these troubled times are more scary than I thought. My family and I have become more and more petrified and my wife is about to give birth. This makes our trip even more frightening than we wanted.
We have finally made it to the west. It was a very cruel journey walking on the hard and rocky ground. My wife died giving birth to our son Sam. She only survived 3 hours after the birth and Sam only lasted 2. My life came to a screeching halt. Now, I have no family left. Just me and my horse, Spirit. I have walked for miles and waited for over a century to get to the West, and I finally made it.
We have just received word that all of the gold is gone. (Catt) I traveled miles and miles to get to the West. I risked my family’s life and lost my wife and son along the way. I came all the way out here, for nothing. Many people have given up their homes to come out here and now everyone is settling in. Trying to make a new life is very hard and it’s very difficult without my wife and son and with all of the tragedies that occur. 
We have just spotted some Indians out here. They look like ferocious eating tigers. The burning glare in their eye makes you melt to the ground. These Indians are scaring the crap out of me and I don’t know whether I should leave or if they will. If something doesn’t happen soon, then war is about to break out. I can feel it.
March 1636
It has been the most crucial 14 years of my life. Some of the Indians that we spotted have attacked our village and our tobacco farms that the newcomers had built around the village of Jamestown. (Dolan, The American Indian Wars) We were unprepared. The Indians known as the Powhatan tribe killed 347 of our settlers.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars) Everything in our village was heavily fortified.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)It then remained untouched from then on.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)After the attack, I drew this picture of what it looked like so that someday, I would be able to sell it and move out of the West. From then on, that day was known as the Jamestown Massacre of 1622. But I always ask myself: Why the attack?  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)

The West is quiet. We haven’t had an attack from the Powhatan Tribe for over 14 years. During the fight, I thought that I was going to die. But the thought of my wife and son kept me alive. I never thought that I wouldn’t have a family. I have never felt so alone. Not a wind howls nor a wolf cries. Just the loud sounds of gun fire and bows and arrows. I never thought that the West would be like this. If I would have known that it would have been like this, I wouldn’t have moved out here in the first place.

I have just found my answer on why the Powhatan tribe attacked us: we violated the treaties that Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry negotiated with the tribes by taking their land to use for logging, digging, mining, ranching and settlement.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)And it wasn’t just any land that we took, it was their sacred land.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars) Now the wind howls its mighty objection. This isn’t just fighting between two cultures. Trust is no longer an option. This is war.

June 1675
It has been 53 years after the Jamestown Massacre. The Indians have invaded the village of Swansea in New England’s Plymouth Colony.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)We called this war, the King Phillip’s War. It was named after the chief of the Wampanoag.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)All the answers are coning clear now: The Powhatan Tribe attacked us because we were once friends with them… until our numbers increased.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)Same thing is happening with the Wampanoag: they are like stallions riding through the trees. This war has gone from the Plymouth Colony, to the Massachusetts Bay, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)Someone must step up and stop this… This ends now.

I don’t know if I can take the West anymore. We are at war right now, and many people have been calling it the American Revolution. This is a brutal world now a days. I’m very surprised because we had 2 Indian tribes come and fight on our side. They were the Oneida and Tuscarora.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)We did find out that 4 Indian tribes were with the British. They were the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga and the Seneca tribes.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)With everything that has been going on, I don’t know whether trusting the Indians is in the ball game anymore. I thought coming out here was going to be a new start for my life, to get away from all the taxes and the British and the king, but this, everything out here in the west is like a new beginning gone wrong. I can’t even describe what life would be like if my wife and son were here. I chose the wrong path for my family and I shouldn’t have listened to the French. I should have stayed home.

There has been so much chaos and the Indians and English fight like cats and dogs! Many people have snuck out of the village and gone to the Indians to try and make peace with them to get them to stop attacking us. So far, either our men have died, or they disagree and attack again. Both cultures are as different as night and day. I’ll tell you one thing; these Indians are more difficult than cutting cucumbers with a spoon. I feel like that the fighting is never going to end. It feels like that I has just started.

The French and Indian War has finally ended. We had an estimation of about 5,000 men dying in this war.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)I don’t know how much longer I can stay in the west. All I have seen out here so far is war. The French promised more gold and to provide us with beaver fur. But no; all we have gotten is an arrow through our heads and blood on our skin! What more do the Indians want before we are all dead!?

1791- 1794
Another bloody battle has sprung out in the Old Northwest. The fighting has gone from Ohio, to Indiana, to Illinois, to Wisconsin and sections of Michigan. As the Indians have been attacking our farms and settlement, a 1,400-man-force under Major General Arthur St. Clair suffered 913 casualties.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)It was a major defeat for us. The Indian warriors passed them on to us like a sandstorm over Egypt. Although, in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, we, the Americans were commanded by the hero from the Revolutionary War, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)It was the 1795 victory in the Treaty of Greenville. When this occurred, the Indians let us settle the southern 2/3 of the Old Northwest.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)Since then, I don’t know if they are trying to be nice to us, or they just hate or guts. Everyday it’s like we hate you and then we love you! I just never thought that the west would be like this. And still, day after day, I think of my family and what would have happened to them if they were here.

The Mid-1830’s + 1840’s
We have just received word from President Andrew Jackson; they are removing the Cherokee Tribe from their Georgia and North Carolina homes and sending them to the Indian Territory. The whites wanted the tribe from the land to be gone so that the Georgia land could be used “more efficiently.”  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)And this is what doesn’t make sense: If we want to make peace with the Indians, why are we removing them from their homes? It’s like removing a lion from the zoo. And much has happened as the Indians moved. Men, women and even children died from hunger or heat. By the time the Indians had finished their walk, they had lost over 4,000 lives. Most of the deaths happened in the stockades and not on the road. I have heard that because so many lives were lost by the U.S. government, it earned the haunting title as “The Trail of Tears.”  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)I was thinking about all these wars that we have had between us and the Indians, that I call these tragic times, the American Indian Wars, and the way that these wars are turning, it looks like that they will never end.

November 29, 1864
The day that the English attacked the Indian Territory village.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)Many of the men stayed back in the Jamestown to watch for more Indians, just in case if they came with a surprise attack. As the rest went to war, we heard the cry of death from miles away and the gun shots of horror. As war was going on, the Indians brought forth many diseases that the Europeans brought to the New World. It  helped increase the tribes thoughts of war and increased their hatred and for the dread of the newcomers. (WEB PATH EXPRESS)Ever since I found that out, everything has made sense: The Indians want us dead. Our troops went and fought at Sand Creek. They slayed everyone in the Indian Territory, but to my guess, there may not be anyone left, like bees in the winter. As many of our troops came back, it was then known as the Sand Creek Massacre. (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)

Many years have passed and many wars have occurred. Many lives from both cultures have been lost. There was nothing that we could do besides remember them. Like me with my wife and son. Ever since then, we have moved on and traveled afar. We are making our way to Little Bighorn where we are hoping that we can find new land and get away from this Indian business. And from all of these diseases and wars, I am surprised that I am still alive. We have a new general and his name is General George A. Custer.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)I think another war is about to break out, like candy in a piƱata. I wouldn’t be surprised if one did and this time, but I am going to war, for my family. I will no longer be a coward and hide like ants in sand.

June 26, 1876
After a long day of fighting, the man writing this diary has died from an Indian’s bow and arrow. He was shot 5 times before he fell to the ground and his body shut down. I will continue his diary for him, for I am his cousin that followed him his whole life. Anyways, General George A. Custer has been killed in the Battle at Little Bighorn. His body was buried along with all the other men that died at this bloody attack. When Custer died, people then called it “Custer’s Last Stand.” When Custer died and the name was given, it reached the outside world by early July of 1876. Even though we lost many great people, we still became victorious. Within our great triumph, the Battle at Little Bighorn sparked a sign that it was the beginning and end of the American Indian Wars.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)(FOR THAT WHOLE THING)

December 29, 1890
Much more has happened since the Battle of Little Bighorn. We have continued on to Wounded Knee to seek hope and peace. The Indians had to surrender their weapons to us and we have been treating them with no respect.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)And then it happened… Another war broke out at Wounded Knee.  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars)The Indians opened fire and we tried as best we could to take them down. No one was ready and many men and women suffered from this battle… even children. We then shot 4 cannons on their tents and tepees. The battle lasted less than an hour, even though we wiped out the Indians, including their chief, Nez Perce. At Wounded Knee, 150 Big Foot’s people laid dead. More than 500 Americans were killed. 25 were dead and 39 wounded. Many of the people died from gunfire and their comrades. Weeks continued of the drama at Wounded Knee and the bodies of the Big Foot people were placed in a community grave, covered up, without a ceremony. After the battle at Wounded Knee, the American Indian Wars had ended. Many lives were lost, but the feud between the Indians and Americans had ended. As Wovoka said, “The only trail now open- the white man’s trail.”  (Dolan, The American Indian Wars) (FOR THAT WHOLE THING AS WELL) I am hoping that a new life will start in the best way, now that we have peace with the Indians. A new life and a new beginning starts here. Peace is here. Trust is no longer impossible.
Date started of the American Indian Wars: October 12, 1492
Date ended of the American Indian Wars: January 1, 1891
By: Allison Andes
“Trust is always possible- as long as peace is longed within.” ~Allison Andes
Sorry it was so long!!!
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