George Washington Gomez

I wrote this on the writer’s blog. I’d recommend reading “George Washington Gomez” before reading this blog post:

“I enjoyed your story. It made me feel, once again, that we are all God’s children and sorry for some of my own countrymen who think that foreigners need to conform. Most have forgotten that this country was once a great “melting pot”. God be with you.”

A Birthday Poem to Mom

It’s my birthday and I’m thinking of you.
You had four awesome kids, but now you’re through.
You gave me life twenty-six years ago.
I’ll soon be a Dad; my wife is prego.
To friends we give gifts on the day they’re born.
But forget mother, inaction forlorn.
It should be you who receives them each year.
Our bond is special, my mother, most dear.
For your hard work while I grew in the womb.
You let yourself stretch, for me you made room.
At birth, you pushed my large head through your hips.
Then hugged and kissed me, a kiss with your lips.
Later, you taught me to walk with my legs.
I fell once, or twice, having many goose-eggs.
Then with my body, the cookies to reach,
You taught me good words, my first uttered speech.
Right when my tongue could do more than just taste.
You taught of Christ, so my life wouldn’t waste,
To make wise choices and make them posthaste.
Then I grew older, and started to yell.
My all-knowing nature, at that time, hell.
But I grew up and I taught for our Lord.
On my mission I was less than, say, board.
I returned early, my mind had gone blank.
I could have withered away; shriveled, shrank.
But you and Dad nursed me back to my life.
I soon recovered and married my wife.
Yes, I’ll soon be a parent, just like you.
I’m glad that you taught me what I should do.
“Keep learning and working, and  walk in Christ’s light.
And you’ll soon meet God, having fought a good fight.”

Review of Vivitar VIV-DKS-4 Small Camcorder Case

This case was extremely affordable (I spent 8.99) and met the needs of my camera.  (Nicon Coolpix L330). It has padding all around the compartment and two side pockets for batteries or memory cards. It also has a Velcro divider, which would be useful for a smaller camera with lenses, but I don’t use it. I gave this item 5 stars because of its great value for such a low price. Includes an adjustable strap for carrying.

Review of “The Good Lie”

“The Good Lie” is a movie about the struggle of south Sudan children, victims, refugees…people. What struggle? Watch the movie; you’ll see. I had no idea either. This movie took me from making jibes about Reece-with-her-spoon, to wanting to give away everything I own to help homeless victims of war. It humbled me to see what these people had to go through: houses burned to the ground, families murdered, and siblings separated by bureaucracy.

This movie impressed me because I could see what differences in culture can do to relationships. I feel spoiled yet jealous, spoiled because of my wealth, jealous because I want to live in a world where my neighbors and family know my name, where values matter, where honor is worth more than employment. What have I learned from this movie? Be not only tolerant but learn about other people. Assimilate their good character into my life. “Misunderstanding is the prelude to offense” -James E. Talmage, Jesus The Christ.

How to Get Started Programming in C++

Do you like to do things do-it-yourself style? Interested in programming? You’re in the right place.

What is programming?

Programming is like writing a blog: you get to choose the different content that you’ll use to communicate a message. Only, you  write a message in an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and the IDE will translate the message into something that the computer can understand. Since we use computers so much and computers only understand 1’s and 0’s, learning to program has become a valuable skill.

Why learn C++?

C++ is similar to many other languages, you might say that it is a precursor to other languages. C++ is harder than other languages like Java, and you’ll have to learn things in C++ that you won’t have to learn in other languages but that will help you write better code should you choose to learn another language.

How to get started.

The first thing that you’ll need to start programming in C++ is an IDE complete with a compiler. I like to use Microsoft Visual Studios (because it’s the one I am learning on) but it costs money and there are free IDE’s out there, such as Eclipse. Just do a google search or read reviews on different IDE’s.

The next thing you’ll need is a basic template to start trying out the different parts of code. See the following:

//Explain your program here
//Put your name here


using namespace std;

int main()

//put your code here.(//’s are used to comment on code.)
cout << “Hello world!” << endl; //The first program most programmers write.

system (“pause”);
return 0;

The last thing you’ll need is instructions. If you are good at figuring things out on your own, go to You’ll find tutorials and explanations of each part of the C++ language.

I had to take several classes before I felt proficient enough to code on my own. I think that anyone could get by with just the book. “Starting Out With C++” by Tony Gaddis. Any edition will probably work, but I have the 6th edition.

Additional Questions?

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