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Having Fun! / Moved to Tears?
« on: December 02, 2006, 07:50:55 PM »
Have you ever heard a song that made you want to cry, because you were so touched? I remember there was one for me called "They Don't Understand" by Sawyer Brown. I understand the song because part of it refers to the struggles of a widow with young children, myself losing my dad when I was 11. I think that part of the song sums up my feelings about my dad's death from cancer. I also like the reference to Jesus.

A mother riding on a city bus
kids are yelling kicking up a fuss
everybody’s staring
not knowing what she's going through
somebody said don't you even care
and do you let them do that everywhere
she slowly turned around, looked up and stared.

She said, "Please forgive them
they've been up all night
their father struggled
but he finally lost his fight
he went to heaven
in the middle of the night
so please forgive my children
they don’t understand."

Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighbor’s going through
they don't understand.

A man driving on the interstate
slowing down traffic making everybody wait
everybody’s staring not knowing what he's going through
somebody honked from the passing lane
yelling out the window "hey I ain't got all day"
the old man looked around and he caught his eye.

He said, "Please forgive me
you know it's been a long life
my wife has passed away
and my kids don’t have the time
I've been left all alone
and it's getting hard to drive
so please forgive me, children
they don't understand."

Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighbor’s going through
they don't understand

A man hanging on a wooden cross
giving everything to save the lost
everybody's staring
not knowing what he's going through
somebody said "you don't have a prayer
if you're the king come on down from there"
the man just turned his head
looked up and stared

He said "please forgive them
for they have not seen the light
but they'll come to know me
when I come back to life
and go to heaven
to make everything all right
so please forgive your children
they don't understand

Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighbor’s going through
they don't understand

A mother riding on a city bus
kids are yelling kickin’ up a fuss
everybody’s staring
not knowing what she's going through

Do you think that names can affect who a person can be when they get older? Personally, I think they can. I can just imagine how a girl I heard about felt, being named "Enough." Then again there are names that you associate with certain people. For example, I associate anybody named "Carrie" with my aunt-by-marriage, or "Audrey", with my Aunt Carrie's sister, who's a farmer's wife in rural Rock Island County, Illinois. Even historically, I can associate names with people. I usually associate the name "Alexander", as someone being tough, like Czar Alexander III. How about you?

Imperial Transportation / Railroads in pre-Revolutionary Europe
« on: August 26, 2006, 08:27:19 PM »
What was the extent of the train systems in the time between 1900-1914? I've heard that Russia had a fairly efficient rail system, that expanded under Alexander III. I'd assume that it was harder to have railways in the more mountainous areas of Europe, especially in Imperial Germany & in the Austrian Empire. I figure that England's rail systems were pretty good, after all the steam locomotive was invented there & I believe that the British built a rail system in India, during the British Empire.

Having Fun! / Songs that make you think.....
« on: April 25, 2006, 07:47:17 PM »
I wonder if there are any songs that make you think of a person, event or other memory. There are a couple lines from the song "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy", that remind me of a couple things. There's a photo of a woman given a ride in the cab of a steam locomotive about 1903 & there's a line in the song: "I make a little room & she climbs on up; open up the throttle & stir a little dust." There's of course, the line that reminds me of the Hohenbokens: "She says she's got a dream & I ask what it is; she wants a little farm & a yard full of kids."

Having Fun! / What Do You Dream of Doing?
« on: April 22, 2006, 09:48:00 PM »
What have been your dreams in life, realistic or unrealistic. Even though I'm only 17, one of my childhood dreams, like many other boys (& perhaps girls) in the world would be to drive a train locomotive. For me I'd prefer a steam locomotive. I live along the railroad tracks so I see trains pass by every day. I've also kind of wanted at one point to be a farm kid, though I love living in the suburbs. That dream kind of came true when I went to visit the Hohenbokens over spring break. I've also wanted to meet one of my favorite musical artists, Billy Gilman (who has a bit of a resemblance to my cousin) , as well as several monarchs, dead or alive. Oh yeah, it's also been my dream to visit China, as well as to return to Switzerland for a visit.

Having Fun! / Favorite Musical Artists
« on: April 06, 2006, 09:08:02 PM »
Who are your favorites?
I enjoy:
Billy Gilman (one of my favorites is his rendition of "Little Bitty Pretty One")
Alabama (especially "Song of the South" & "Down Home")
Randy Travis (especially his Christian album- "Rise & Shine")
Kenny Chesney (especially "I Go Back" & "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy")
George Strait
Clint Black
Dolly Parton

Having Fun! / See if the Royals live up to their names
« on: March 14, 2006, 10:00:29 PM »
Today my sociology teacher showed us this cool website where you can analyze your name. Now let's see if some of the royals live up to their names. Heres the website: Enjoy!

I was wondering if there were many movies about the Romanovs with communist propaganda, because I've heard of the propaganda in the films, yet haven't seen it. However in Chinese movies about the dowager empress they portray her as this evil woman. In one scene a revolutionary says "if we don't kill that old woman (the empress dowager), China ends" or also there was a scene when the dowager says to a revolutionary that she doesn't recall doing anything to him, but he says something to the affect that she had, not just to him, but to all the people of China. Even to this day, the dowager empress is portrayed as this terrible, tyranical, ruthless & corrupt woman.

Having Fun! / People you know with royal names
« on: March 01, 2006, 09:39:04 PM »
How many people can you think of with royal names? Let's see...I know a Nicholas (I call him "Nick", but alot of people call him "Theo", as his last name is Theobald) The mother of a kid I knew's name was Victoria. My Aunt Carrie's sister's name is Audrey. There was a girl I know named Alexandra. There actually is a girl in my school named Sasha. There was a girl from elementary school named Tatiana. I have a friend named Kent, he has a friend named Charles (or "Charlie") My "boss's" son's name is Christian. How many can you think of?

The Danish Royal Family / The Danish royals & the protests
« on: February 13, 2006, 08:37:47 PM »
Does anybody know about what is going with the queen & her family, in light of the anti-Denmark protests in the middle east in the wake of the cartoon portraying Mohammed? Does anybody know if the chaos has spread to Denmark, or if Her Majesty has issued a statement about the goings on?

Alexandra Feodorovna / Pressure for a boy; similar case in Japan
« on: February 06, 2006, 09:21:06 PM »
My teacher brought a very simillar  article to my attention today in sociology. This article is a couple years old, but this is interesting.  Though Czarina Alexandra wasn't locked in the imperial palace for not producing a boy for Czar Nicholas, do you think the situation of having no male heir in the Japanese royal family & the considering of changing a rule, that has been in effect since 1945, was under consideration of changing the similar rule of not having any women succeeding to the throne? Here's the article: By Arata Yamamoto
NBC News
Updated: 3:30 p.m. ET May 27, 2004
TOKYO - The pressure to provide a male heir for a royal household steeped in centuries of tradition can take its toll on anyone. For Masako Owada, the Japanese crown princess, the pressure may have proved to be too much to take.

In 1993, the Harvard-educated Masako married into the imperial family, leaving behind a promising career as a diplomat at Japan's Foreign Ministry.

But the stress of her role as the sequestered crown princess has come spilling out of the normally reticent royal family after an unprecedented outburst from her husband.

Story continues below ↓


On May 10, on the eve of his trip to attend the two weddings of the crown princes of Denmark and Spain, Crown Prince Naruhito held a customary pre-travel press conference, one of the few occasions when members of the royal family make themselves available to the media.

But what should have been a routine press conference turned extraordinary when the prince disclosed his growing frustration over the treatment of his wife, 40, who has taken an open-ended medical leave from her royal duties since December.

"Masako has worked hard to adapt to the environment of the imperial household for the past 10 years. But from what I can see, I think that she has completely exhausted herself," Naruhito said.

And he blasted unnamed culprits in the secretive household. "It is also true that actions were taken which dismissed Masako's previous career as well as her personality, which is based on that career.”

Although the crown prince refused to offer any further explanation or disclose the target of his anger, his remarks nonetheless sparked a national debate, including parliamentary hearings and a daily witch hunt on local talk shows to figure out who was responsible for the princess's affliction.

On his return from Europe this week, he again touched on the furor. "It is truly unfortunate the crown princess was unable to accompany me. I am grateful for the encouragement I received from the people I met from various countries and for their inquiries" into how Masako was doing, Naruhito said.

"I would be happy if the two of us could make the trip together some day."

Assurances, adoration
When the idea of marriage to the crown prince of Japan was initially presented, Masako, a multi-linguist with a budding diplomatic career, was said to be hesitant to abandon her work and enter the little-known world of Japanese royalty.  ENCARTA

• JAPAN: Maps, facts and figures

She agreed to the marriage after assurances from the crown prince that he would protect her and with the notion that she would be able to pursue her wishes of incorporating statecraft into her new role as a member of the imperial family.

The Japanese public welcomed the attractive, world-wise princess, who often drew comparisons to England's Princess Diana.

However, the similarity between the two princesses stopped at the fact that in Japan, the Imperial Household Agency controls practically every aspect of Japanese royalty, including matters related to the emperor and the empress.

The troubles began quickly for Masako when the agency's attention turned increasingly to the issue of preserving the royal lineage. Her much-desired travels abroad were denied.

In fact, during the past 10 years, she has made only five official trips overseas.

The implicit message was that she needed to produce a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne before delving into royal statesmanship.

Even after the much-anticipated birth of Princess Aiko two years ago, she has been allowed only one trip, covering Australia and New Zealand.

During a press conference in 2002, Masako herself admitted it took quite a bit of effort on her part to adjust to the reality that prevented her from visiting foreign countries.

But the burden of producing a male successor continued.

Toshio Yuasa, the head of the Imperial Household Agency, was heard saying last summer that "although it would be wrong to apply pressure ... as the grand steward of the imperial household, frankly, I would like them to have another baby."

Too much to take
Gradually toward the end of last year, the princess started to shy away from domestic functions. In December she was hospitalized for shingles, a skin rash that was linked to acute stress.

Only three days after the princess was released from the hospital, Yuasa made another controversial remark, suggesting that the crown prince's younger brother, who already has two daughters, produce another child.

That seemed to have been the last straw. At the recommendation of her doctors, Masako began her current seclusion.

At one point, in a very rare move, she took her daughter to her parents’ private summer home outside of Tokyo and stayed there for a month, away from her royal attendants.

The airing of all the royal dirty laundry has forced a public showdown. The crown prince is expected to meet with Yuasa to discuss the reasons for his public outburst, the emperor and the empress have expressed concern, while Yuasa also is expected to present a clarification to the public.

Meanwhile, outside the imperial palace, among the daily flock of tourists, housewife Hiroko Suzuki lamented the situation.

"It’s not just the imperial household," she said. "Japanese society itself needs to change so that women no longer have to choose between their careers and looking after their homes."

Nicholas II / "Jeporady!" & Nicholas II
« on: February 03, 2006, 09:43:45 PM »
Today I was watching Jeporady! & one of the catergories was "Royalty & Ballet". The question was something like "Before he became czar in 1890, he fell head over heels for ballerina Mathilde Kesshinsya." I was surprised to find out that someone knew that the answer was "who was Nicholas II?" Also in the "Worldwide Authors" they mentions Count Leo Tolstoy & also in "Royalty & Ballet" they mentioned H.M. Queen Margarethe of Denmark.

Imperial Russian History / Railroads in Czarist Russia
« on: January 23, 2006, 08:23:17 PM »
What was the extent of the railway system in Russia? I know there was the Trans-Siberian Railway & a railway to the Crimea, but what was the other major extent of the railroads? I myself, live in the Midwest, in Wheaton, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, along an artery of the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, now owned by Union Pacific, which runs to California. Commuter trains also run from Chicago to Elburn (just today service began from Chicago to Elburn, formerly the terminus was Geneva for the Union Pacific West line route done by Metra.) Were there also any major train accidents, besides the incident at Borki with the imperial train in 1888?

Imperial Russian History / One Hundred Years ago
« on: January 22, 2006, 09:47:20 PM »
How many events can you think of in Russia & around the world which happened in 1906?
Some of mine:
Empress Dowager Ci-Xi was still aiding Emperor Guangxu in ruling
Almost 400 people (in Russia) are executed in January
Peter Stolypin's home is the target of bombers
King Christian IX of Denmark dies on January 29th
King Edward VII is on the throne of England
Pierre Curie (husband of Marie Curie) dies
An April 18th earthquake, followed by a fire kills almost 3,000 people in San Francisco, California; quake measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale
A typhoon & tsunami kill an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong
President Teddy Roosevelt awarded Nobel Peace Prize for efforts in Russo-Japanese War

The Windsors / Queen Victoria's Family
« on: December 29, 2005, 10:19:39 AM »
I know that Bertie & Alice got along well, but I've also read that he didn't get along with Beatrice, because of jealousy. What I mean is that he was jealous that Victoria took Beatrice as her confidant & not him. For similar reasons, I heard that Bertie was jealous of Leopold. I read that Arthur & Leopold were close. I also got the impression that Vicky & Bertie were close & I know that she & Alice were close. I was wondering, since I've never really heard, how the children got along with Alfred. I also have read that though Helena & Louise were grouped together, but were different. What were the children's relationship with the Duchess of Kent & what was Albert's relationship with her?

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