Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! When you think of America, what are a few landmarks that pop into your mind?

My list would be:

  • Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Statue of Liberty, NYC
  • St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
  • The Wild West
  • Medora, North Dakota
  • And many others…

There are many places that stick out to me. And it’s because they carry the traits of the American values and our history. The pride to be an American.

I went to New York a few years ago with Johan. It was my first time there. When I saw the Statue of Liberty I was blown away with emotions.

You probably ask why?4th of July, Fourth of July, America, American Rights, Devin BerglundBecause, I was listening to their audio guide and one of the ladies had written in her journals about how trying and tough the boat ride to America was and that when they finally saw lady liberty, they couldn’t help but cry. They were coming to a new country that was opening their arms to them. Saving them from religious persecution. Saving them from countries being run by Tyrants.

I put myself in her shoes. I put myself in my ancestors shoes. Some of my family from the past went through Ellis Island. Lady Liberty greeted them.

My ancestors went through many trials to come into America; the right way. My great great grandma lost a child at sea when coming over from Norway. She tried hiding the little kid so she could bury them on land, but the captain found out and they buried the kid at sea. How sad! I read the letter my great great grandpa sent back to his family in Norway describing this whole story. Once she met up with my great great grandpa to make the trek to Minnesota, they lost their other child. They were starting out NEW. Completely new.

They fought for what they had. They worked hard for what they had. They started over.

I believe this is what describes an American.

If anyone wants to be an American, they must be willing to fight for what they have.

They must work hard for everything. They mustn’t expect to get things for free.

That means they shouldn’t expect the government to take care of them.

An American must take care of themselves.

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


4 year (Blog) Anniversary, already?

IMG_60914 years ago…

It’s crazy to think that it’s my blog’s 4th anniversary today and about how much I’ve done in the past 4 years.

4 years ago I was a Senior majoring in English/mass communications and a certificate in Publishing at Minnesota State University of Moorhead. I was flying to Australia to spend a semester studying abroad. Actually at this very moment, 4 years ago – I had already been in Australia for about a week or a little under.

It’s crazy because, if you told me to look ahead – I’d probably not have imagined it all.

Here are some pics from the past 4 years.

Me in Brisbane
Me in Brisbane
At my desk at uni (university)
At my desk at uni (university)
My lovely friend Sonja from Germany and I! :)
My lovely friend Sonja from Germany and I! 🙂

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Book Banning? What do you think?


I’ve been hearing a lot about book banning this week. Costco removed Dinesh D’Souza’s book from their shelves. As an author, this bothers me… especially since there is no reason for his book to have been banned.

It is a pro-American book.

And… We are Americans.

We live in America.

So, really this book shouldn’t have been banned. Or maybe since it goes against Obama’s lifestyle and values – Obama’s friend (the Costco guy) decided to pull Dinesh’s books because it didn’t match his political lack of values. Continue reading “Book Banning? What do you think?”

Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment

Hello Everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, besides the tornado of revisions that spins above my head. I’d love to share some with you about Packing Light.

Packing Light is a story about one girl’s (Allison Vesterfelt Fallon) adventure across the 50 States of America with a friend. Her goal was to go to each State and write about it.

“We discover what we need when we live without things… Sometimes it’s good for us to need things and not have them.” -Allison Vesterfelt

I came up with an idea to go through all my things when I got home from Australia to figure out what I needed and what I didn’t need. I had spent a year and some abroad in Australia with only two big suitcases and a carry-on bag stuffed full of my stuff.

My clothes. Books. Decorations reminding me of home. My Cameras. My Computer. Everything I needed fit into two suitcases.

Yeah, It was hard to pack at first, but it was tougher packing to go home. I find myself always collecting more and more books, notebooks, and pens.

If you stay in one place long enough you will accumalate stuff and more baggage. Probably more than you need.

In the front pages of Allison’s book she has a Rick Steves Quote was, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags “Every year I pack heavier.” The Measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.”

Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She really knows what she is talking about. I don’t want to spoil the story for any people, so you must go check it out! 🙂

“I drove home crying, not just because of Ben, but because home didn’t feel like home anymore and I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the life I had before.” -Allison Versterfelt, Packing Light  Continue reading “Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment”

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

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I decided to take a break from my edits to do a quick update. I apologize that I haven’t posted recently, but I have been in the Revision Prison for a few days. It’s been crazy, because of my deadline. I am reaching for September 23rd!

Keep your eyes open for a tutorial on how to flesh out your characters. Also, this week I will be launching “Devin’s Writing Grotto”, which will be an awesome place to find extra information, tutorials, and freebies on writing.

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Live Through The Eyes Of Story

SONY DSCShe bounced him on her hip. His eyes lit up in excitement. He had never met his PaPa, David. David was an American GI, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia during World War Two. He had to leave with the rest of the GI troops when his time was up. He loved Margaret and wanted her to come back to Pennsylvania with him.
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America The Beautiful & Be My Guest

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Happy Fourth of July!

I just wanted to stop in quick to say Happy Fourth of July from Seaside, Oregon! It’s beautiful here.

I am on my way to Portland Oregon for The World Domination Summit and am totally excited about learning some awesome things from writers and bloggers of today! Also very excited to meet new contacts. Continue reading “America The Beautiful & Be My Guest”

What To Do With The Craziness of The World?

Our World…

Being a creative and compassionate person, I sometimes find it difficult living in this time and age. Do you ever feel that way too, sometimes?

I once walked into a Michaels Art Store and there were so many things jumping out at me. Not literally, but there were so many colors and objects that in a way fought against each other. My senses were put on overdrive. Bright colors were bursting out at me from the shelves. Other shelves were crowded with an assortment of things. On the top shelves of the yarn department, in the back there were buckets and ceramic planters stacked on top of each other. Yes, that walk through Michael’s wasn’t that inspiring. It was more mind boggling and tiring than anything else.

It seems that is how it is with our world today too. Just like my Michaels experience, The News and Radio stations are always reporting on small issues like what Kim Kardashian is doing this week. Then, they are also reporting on issues of larger importance that need to be solved. Like what we will do about Benghazi and who is to blame. Abortion Doctors who are getting away with murder. (Sad, that this play on words is, quite the truth.) Then the President, doesn’t want people calling the Boston bombers, Terrorists because it isn’t politically correct.

These are all topics I could go on and on about, but I don’t want to throw so many things in the second paragraph. All these things leave me feeling like our world is going into a sink hole and it leaves me with a serious question.

What can I do?

What can little ole’ me do in this big confused world?

Do you ever feel this way too?

If so, I have some ideas and tips that might help you.  Continue reading “What To Do With The Craziness of The World?”

Thoughts on Peace Over The Past Week

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” -Matthew 5:14-15

How To Peace (& yep, I meant that kind of peace!) Together a Broken WorldSouth Africa, Peace, Travel, Mountain, Writing, Love, Long Distance Relationships, Christmas, Devin Berglund

This post was hard to write. Sometimes words come out of me so easily, but then other times when tough things happen it’s like my words sizzle into nothing like water on scorching hot rock. They disappear. Click to Continue