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My Three Lucia Figurines

TODAY (13th December) nearly every home, school, hospital, factory, workplace, church, hotel and restaurant in Sweden is celebrating LUCIA.

Lucia is the Bringer of Light and is celebrated on what, in the old almanac, was the darkest day of the year. The day is one of light, hope and love. The tradition has its roots in St. Lucia of Syracuse who died as a martyr in AD304.

Whilst the dark holds its firm grip on night, households across the country waken and quietly prepare. The long white gowns will have been carefully ironed the day before, the red sash belts laid out, candles and matches placed at the ready.

Lucia herself carries a crown of candles on her head. These are often now battery powered but not too long ago normal wax candles were used. The crown was placed on a damp handkerchief on the head…

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Bible Verses for the Times We are Overwhelmed

Faith Filled Friday: Don’t we all have times when we feel overwhelmed? I’m going to make a copy of these verses and keep them handy.

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  • Exodus 33:14 NASB
    And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
  • Psalm 18:1-2 NASB
    “I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
    My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  • Psalm 28:7 NASB
    The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
    Therefore my heart exults,
    And with my song I shall thank Him.
  • Psalm 61:1-4 NASB
    Hear my cry, O God;
    Give heed to my prayer.
    From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
    Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
    For You have been a refuge for me,
    A tower of strength against the enemy.
    Let me [well in Your tent forever;
    Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. 
  • Psalm  91:1-2 NASB
    He…

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A New Year !

Happy New Year!

Pacific Paratrooper

READERS Thank you for making 2018 a very good year !!

Military New Years

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New Year Humor – 

READERS Let’s see some smiles out there – we made it another year !!!!!

“Everything on my bucket list was canceled out by my new year’s resolutions.”

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Farewell Salutes – 

Sheila Athorn – ENG; Woman’s Royal Air Force, WWII, Drill Sgt.

David Burgoyne – Tom’s River, NJ; US Navy, WWII, Signalman

Robert Diltz – Dayton, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Paul Girard Jr. – Hammond, LA; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Irving Karp – Brooklyn, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO, POW, Purple Heart

Milton Maurer – Alexandria, MO; US Navy, WWII, PTO, PT-boat service

Richard Overton (112) – Austin, TX; US Army, WWII, PTO, technician 5th grade, 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion

Robert Persinger – Wever, IA; US Army, WWII, 3rd Cavalry

Kerby Sims –…

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Alien Invasion! — Mitch Teemley

Such a delightful and unique way of telling the Christmas Story!

Penny Wilson Writes

Please enjoy Mitch’s amazing, brief piece.  ❤

2,000 years ago our planet was invaded by a Being of inconceivable power. His spaceship: the womb of a Jewish teenager. His weapon: a form of love more powerful than all the atomic bombs, or lasers or phasers that will ever be built. Resistance is (possible but) futile because to be assimilated is simply to […]

via Alien Invasion! — Mitch Teemley

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Justine: Your Intellectual Property Questions Answered

She has good information on copyrights and trademarks.

Eight Ladies Writing

copyrightWhat a week it’s been in the romance writing world! In case you missed it, there is a huge uproar over #cockygate, or the trademark of the word “cocky” in a romance series.

Background: Faleena Hopkins, the author of several books that have the word “Cocky” in the title, recently received an official trademark of the word “cocky” in a romance series in both regular and stylized (meaning in a specific font) form from the US Trademark and Patent Office. You can view her filings here and here.

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 9.29.29 AM Ms. Hopkins’ stylized trademark of the word “cocky.”

Ms. Hopkins has threatened other writers whose book titles also contain the word “cocky” with a lawsuit if they don’t change their titles. She’s also reported some authors to Amazon, telling the Zon that the authors were in violation of her copyright. Amazon took down the offending books at once. Romance Writers of…

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Faith-Filled Friday: Focus on Jesus Not the Storm

Matthew 14:6-33 tells us several things about Jesus. I got the impression it was a rough day for our Lord.
Herod killed John the Baptist in order to please the daughter of Herodias for her dance. Herod made an oath to give her whatever she wanted. Why would a king be so foolish to promise anything for a simple dance? What dance could be worth a man’s life?
Jesus’ disciples heard about Herod beheading John and got his body to bury it. Then they had the sad task of telling Jesus. Verse 13 tells us that Jesus went off to a desert place. My thinking is that he wanted to be alone so he could grieve for his dear friend.
The people followed. Now when Jesus saw them, he had compassion on them. He could have yelled at them and told them to leave him alone. Instead he healed their sick. It got to be dinner time and instead of sending everyone away, Jesus told his disciples to gather up what little food they had and bring it to him. Jesus blessed the five loaves of bread and two fishes then gave the food to the disciples to pass around. There were about 5000 men in addition to the women and children.
Toward evening, Jesus ordered the disciples to take the boat and go the other shore while he sent the multitude away. After He sent them away, Jesus went up into a mountain to pray. I think he still needed His quiet time that He never got earlier.
Later, during the fourth watch which is between 3-6 am, Jesus walked on the sea, heading toward the disciples’ boat. The wind was contrary and the sea tossed with waves. Those on the boat saw what they thought was a spirit and cried out in fear. Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
Peter responded, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come.” He did not say Wait a minute, Peter, let me calm the wind for you. Or No, Peter, hold on. I want to make the water solid so you won’t sink. He simply said “Come.”
Peter got out of the ship and walked on the water toward Jesus. At first, he kept his focus on Jesus and ignored the boisterous wind and tossing waves. How far Peter walked before he lost focus is anyone’s guess. He saw the wind and fear took over. He started to sink and cried out, “Lord, save me.”
Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
When Jesus and Peter got into the ship, the wind stopped. Those that were on the ship worshipped Jesus saying, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
Always keep your focus on Jesus. And remember, Jesus said,
Come.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Come.

stirring thoughts

I did not realize I missed sharing this on my blog. My husband is a huge coffee drinker and I’ve picked up the habit, although not as bad as his. I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do.

The Lonely Author

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stirring thoughts

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Two sugars in my coffee
My spoon begins to churn
My mind becomes all milky
Over a girl I haven’t met

Sweetened thoughts of her
Swirl in my caffeine head
As if they were blended
By the lazy ceiling fan

Sinking into the whirlpool
Notions spiral out of control
The fan continues stirring thoughts
While my coffee is getting cold

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In all honestly, this poem should be labeled as a collaboration because in her poem entitled “no one’s world” my dear friend G. of Short Prose -Fiction ended her wonderful piece with the line “and your coffee’s getting cold.”

Please, take a moment to read her powerful poem that inspired my write; and see how she used contrasting lines in her finale as a delicious exclamation point.

no one’s world.

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