Why I am Here

Blogging 101 Assignment 1

The main reason I am here is to learn more about blogging. I am very new to the blog world and I would like to here more tips and see what others have to say about blogging. I am hoping to go into journalism, so when I researched entering into the career, I was told that blogging was a good way of getting your foot in. Some of the main reasons for this was due to the fact that there are writing samples online already rather than having to hunt down and search them on your computer. I hope that this course teaches me more about blogging, so I can gain more knowledge and grow as a writer.

#140 Maria Von Trapp

Most people have heard of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The famous musical about a nun in training sent to look after seven unruly children. When Maria first gets to the Von Trapp household she discovers that the Captain, the father of the children, runs his house like a military school. Once there the children start to play tricks on Maria. However, she gets the best of them and starts to teach them about music. The children start to warm up to Maria and begin to look at her as a mother figure. Maria starts to become conflicted on whether or not to stay with the Von Trapp family or become a nun. She leaves the household because she is in love with Captain Von Trapp. I believe she went back to the abbey because she was scared that she was turning her back on God. When she started to become a nun she made a promise with God. But, Mother Superior convinced her that she should go with her heart and know that God still loves her no matter what she chose. With that being said she returns to the Von Trapp household to the family’s delight. She becomes the mother and wife that the family has needed, while keeping her faith. All of those reasons are why I believe Maria Von Trapp is a good role model.

The reason why I put Maria Von Trapp in the fictional section is because I am doing it based on the musical version. The real Maria Von Trapp was different from the movie version and the musical in some ways. So, in my opinion there are two Maria Von Trapps, the real one and the fictionalized one.

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, and unfortunately the ground hog saw his shadow. In other words that means there are six weeks of winter left. Each year the largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, due to the fact that Punxsutawney Phil lives there. So in honor of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow I looked up some fun Groundhog Day facts

  • The first document of Groundhog Day can be found in a diary dated February 4, 1841. The diary belonged to a storekeeper in Morgantown, PA named James Morris.
  • The celebration began as a Pennsylvanian German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania.
  • The origins are in accordance with European weather lore. However, in some of these stories it is a bear or badger.
  • Since 1886 crowds of 40,000 have gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania since 1886
  • There was a Canadian study that was performed in thirteen cities in the past thirty to forty years revealed that thirty-seven percent of the groundhogs predictions are correct
  • According to the Farmer’s Almanac only thirty-nine percent of Groundhog Day predictions are correct.

So with that being said Groundhog Day has quite a bit of Pennsylvanian origins. I hope you enjoyed that and Happy Groundhog Day. Please pray that Phil is wrong this year.

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