A Brief Take on Government Theology

Image result for government theology symbolic imageLiam, I must speak about you again.

It has been incredibly fascinating and gratifying expanding my knowledge of government theology (which began at just American Theology) alongside you.

This year, I’ve really tried to view the world with an open mind. Theology wasn’t really something I had thought about beyond the US’s democracy, apart from what I’d briefly heard from the media. But there’s a lifetime of history behind the rising and falling of different methodologies and ideals, many of which were particularly compelling.

As I began to discover the different ways that others have aspired to influence the way society runs, there were countless aspects that I really liked (among those that I didn’t) and doing so really allowed me to compare the aspects of our society and further realize that, as great as the United States is, we don’t live in a perfect world.

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Talking In Tense 2: The Imparfait | French Connection

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Every single proper sentence (that is, includes a verb) that you say in French is spoken in one of several tense, and that makes learning each tense of utmost importance. Back in February, I covered the Passé Composé (past tense) and the future tense in this edition. In French recently, we learned a third one.

I consider the Imparfait (or imperfect) tense to be a variation of the past tense, so it’s important to differentiate the two. The Passé Composé speaks to a precise event, like going to the grocery store last Tuesday. The Imparfait can be best explained using childhood events. These were events that took place in the past, but repeated themselves over time (think of them like habits). For example, when I was younger, I loved playing with Legos. While each individual time I played legos can be defined using the passé composé, the act of playing Legos over a general amount of time can be used with the imparfait.

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Mozart’s Requiem | In Tune

New In Tune LogoMozart’s Requiem is, by far, the most beautiful piece of classical music I’ve experienced, and without a doubt, my absolute favorite.

Recently, Liam and I had the opportunity to watch it performed live at a church memorial performance, and I was sincerely moved. The aspect of viewing a live performance enhances the music in ways a digital recording could never get across.

The composition itself is one of a kind. It really defines what music can be and magnifies my admiring perception of the art of musicians.

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It All Adds Up: Goals For The Future

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Welcome to the 50th edition of It All Adds Up, 12 and Beyond’s dedicated math series.

Over the past three years, It All Adds Up has been ever-changing, yet has remained at the heart of my mission here at 12 and Beyond. After all, the origins of 12 and Beyond find their roots in education.

In all this time, I’ve shared mini-lessons related to countless aspects of both Algebra and Geometry, and I have full intent to continue to do so. But as time passes, and I continue experimenting and improving these lessons, I’ve begun to plan out the near future of It All Adds Up.

The focus of It All Adds Up will always be to provide my readers with useful mathematic skills related to content I’m learning in school. And next year, I’ll be taking Algebra II, opening up many new opportunities for discovery.

As I bring my year of geometry to a close, reflecting upon my lessons, there are some really great things that we’ve accomplished, but also many ways in which I can improve. For one, most of my previous lessons have been very by-the-book unit lessons. For a high-schooler who can’t release posts every day, it became really difficult to give a comprehensive understanding of geometry as I remained focused on more specific topics as opposed to the bigger picture.

In the future, my lessons are going to be significantly more concept based. I’m not a math teacher. I’m a high school student. And the great thing about blogging about my education is that I begin to understand the topics I write about better. But by just feeding you the definitions and theorems found from each individual unit, there is little greater understanding apart from further review that results. Each of you has your own education to attend to- and the individual details of each unit are best fit for that.

By focusing on the broader picture, It All Adds Up can be significantly more beneficial both for me and for your understanding as a reader. It All Adds Up will continue to keep its core mission at heart, but will be presented in a new, fresh way.

I’ll be providing more details about the new year of It All Adds Up later this Summer before the school year begins. For now, It All Adds Up will continue as it has been and will wrap up Geometry over the next four editions that will release in July and August once 12 and Beyond returns in late June.

Thank you so much for your support over the past 50 editions, and I look forward to the bright future of It All Adds Up.



In Tune | The Rock of Ages Broadway Soundtrack

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By the time I was born, the 80s were far gone, and today, they seem lightyears away. But they really were a defining decade, complete with their music, culture, and questionable fashion choices. I recently had a chance to get a taste of that when my younger sister’s middle school put on the play, Rock of Ages, this past April, modeled off of the Broadway play (not the movie- don’t worry.) I have to say, I really got into it, having seen all five or so shows.

Even now, I still find myself ‘rocking out’ to some of the music from the play, and it reminds me of the times when my mom and I would set up 80’s radio stations and she would be able to name literally every song that came on as I stood in awe of the stark contrast in music taste.

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French Connection | Y & En

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In this French Connection edition, I’ll be covering aspects of grammar that will make referring to various objects in French much more complicated initially, but much simpler and shorter in the end.

Here’s what we’ve been covering in French class, and what we’ll cover today:

  • Referring to locations in a natural, conversational way using y and en
  • Incorporating negation into y and en
  • Incorporating the past tense into y and en
  • Incorporating infinitives into y and en

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Proving Triangle Congruence | It All Adds Up

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Today, I’m going to begin jumping ahead and covering several main portions of Geometry, especially as my in class learning is about 7 chapters ahead. As I’ve always said about proofs, there are ‘infinite’ methods that can be used to achieve a desired solution. What I find most useful is proving triangle congruence. Once you prove triangles congruent, you can prove so many different relationships, like congruent segments, angles, and even aspects like corresponding arcs when we begin talking about circles. No matter what, this is a tactic you’ll want to know.

Proving two triangles congruent is really quite simple, and there are five separate methods that you can use depending on the information you are given.

Let’s get started.

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