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I love awards!!


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To be nominated for two awards at once is more than an honor. To be nominated for Blog of the year leaves me speechless. I have been watching the nominated blogs on Facebook and thought, that will never happen for me. I was wrong and this time I was happy to be wrong.

What makes this nomination even more important is the fact that Michael Monday nominated me. An example of Mike‘s work can be found here: The Amazing Grace of God. It is always a pleasure visiting Mike’s blog. He is very accomplished and has won many awards. He is a man to be admired.

I am supposed to write five things I enjoy about blogging:

  1. I love reading the blogs of others.
  2. I love making new friends and finding out we are two peas in a pod.
  3. I love the freedom to express myself.
  4. I love when people take the time to comment.
  5. I love that I can write about a pet peeve one day and politics another day. Variety is the spice of life.

Those that I nominate for Most Inventive blogger and Blogger of the Year are to link back to me and write five things they like about blogging. You can nominate one or 51, it is up to you. I love each of you and wish you a prosperous new year.

Nominees for both awards go to:

Liz, My Favorite Pasttime

Joe, Joe Cruzmn

85 Degrees

Kate, katenews2day

Mustard Seed Budget

Diane,Ran the Gauntlet

Reality of Christ

Soul Gatherings

Ajaytoo2010

Donna, On the Edge Again

Paulette, The Persecution of MildredDunlap

Dennis, Gotta Find a Home

Diana, Holistic Wayfarer

Iowa Independents

I feel that every one of my fellow bloggers deserve an award. I think I just might have to create one for them. I love you all.

Please don’t make me read that!


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The Old English epic poem Beowulf is written in alliterative verse and paragraphs, not in lines or stanzas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have made so many wonderful friends through the world of blogging. I have read some fascinating articles by brilliant people. I have learned much about other cultures and seen fantastic photos.

I have read poems that have moved me to the quick of my soul, but I have read others that made me want to cry. Not ‘cry’ as in ‘moved me to tears’, but ‘cry’ as in ‘that was so badly written.’ What I have found is that some people really have no clue what a poem is supposed to do.

Writing poetry is just a different way to write a story, whether the story is long or short. There are many forms of poetry, some I am not very familiar with. However, I do know enough about poetry to know what it isn’t.

This is not a poem:

I saw her today and

she waved at me

I wanted to wave back

at her, but I was afraid

that if I did she would run away.

Poetry is not a way to tell a story by writing a few words on each line – period. There must be a rhythm to the poem. They don’t all have to rhyme, but there must be a specific pattern. Otherwise, you have just taken a statement or two and written them a few words per line.

Poetry still needs punctuation. It needs proper punctuation. It doesn’t have to be a serious poem. It can be funny. It can be humorous. A poem can be silly, but it has to make some kind of sense to the reader.

Example of a short poem:

One snowy December morning,

A cardinal lit upon a bough.

So heavy with snow, the bough hung low,

resting atop my old, black plow.

The rhythm is an eight, nine, nine, eight-count. The first and last lines have eight syllables, while the middle two each have nine. Someone who regularly writes poetry can usually do so without stopping to count, it comes to them in rhythm.

The poem tells about an incident that happened one morning in December when it had snowed heavily. You can see the picture I painted of the red bird landing on the snow-covered tree limb. A limb so heavy that the old, black plow had to hold it up. You see a red bird on a green tree covered with white snow supported by a black plow.

Sometimes, a poem asks the reader to see a picture. Other times, it asks you to feel an emotion or maybe both. You use the same punctuation as you do when writing sentences. One thing I see much too often in prose and poetry is the improper use of the semi-colon. I won’t give a language lesson here, but if you do it quite a bit, make sure you are using it correctly.

Now, am I an expert on poetry? No. I have written poems that were published. I wrote many while I was in school. I’ve read poems that mesmerized me, emboldened me and even some that inspired me. I have also been asked to read poems written by friends because they wanted my thoughts on their work. So, I wrote this as the kindest way to say. “I love you. Please don’t ask me what I think unless you are confident enough to take constructive criticism.”

Most of the poems that really aren’t poems are written for a different venue, not WordPress. The majority of the poetry I read by bloggers is amazingly good. What makes me want to cry is those who try to tell a story by breaking down the number of words per line. I just want to shout, “T h a t  i s  n o t  a  p o e m!”

My best advice would be to read a lot of poetry by very famous poets. When you feel you can hang with the best of them, study some more. Maybe, then, you will be ready to write.

Trust me when I say that I know I am not great at writing poetry. I really do enjoy poems that cause me to see something beautiful or to feel anger, love, fear, happy or sad. All writing should have a purpose that educates, informs, makes you laugh, cry or think. I pray this doesn’t offend anyone. Please allow it to serve its purpose – to inform and cause you to think.

Feel free to help me learn and grow as a writer. Please don’t be mean about it, though. Even if you write really bad poetry, I would never tell you that unless you sincerely wanted to improve. However, if you write a really bad poem that you intend to have published in your hometown newspaper, I will feel compelled to give constructive criticism. I would never sit back and allow you to embarrass yourself. (Even if you hate me for it, because I love you.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unintended consequences


Robertson Nature Reserve

Robertson Nature Reserve (Photo credit: Poytr)

When we are brazen enough to open doors that should be left closed, we must be prepared to deal with unintended consequences. There have been a few of these lately.

When passing hate crime bills, making it a punishable offense to state your religious beliefs, we have created an avenue by which even those who advocated for the law are caught up in eventually.

When the star of Duck Dynasty was asked about his thoughts on homosexuality, this is what he said:

Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes
fine,” he later added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph
out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that
woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the
adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual
offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers –
they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not
right.

This is what was said about his comments:

Robertson’s anti-gay comments did not sit well with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates. GLAAD called his comments some of “the vilest and most extreme” uttered against the LGBT community, “littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”

Here is a bit of wisdom from the bible: God said homosexuality was a sin. Christians don’t get to make the rules, we just have to live by them. If his comments were outdated, when did God add an addendum to the bible? What the hell was stereotyped? What did he say? That all gays were homosexual? Maybe, it was that all Lesbians were homosexual? Were they ‘typed’ as sinners? Guess what, the bible says they are sinners. Those who commit adultery or have sex outside of marriage are as well.

Here it the part that those who pushed for the hate crime bill will be hit with eventually. If it is illegal to say that homosexuality is a sin, it will be just as illegal to tell a Christian he has to accept homosexuality as just business as usual.

When we opened the door to same sex marriage, we opened it wide enough for polygamist to walk through. Also, one man can be married to another man and a woman. One woman can be married to another woman and one husband. Next, we will have the men who want to marry children.

Why have any rules of conduct, any moral compass or any laws? Let us do away with them all. It won’t bother me, I won’t be here when that happens. Right at the moment, I can’t think of any reason why it should bother me that millions will be left here to deal with it. The church will be gone, which is what many desire anyway.

The only ones left to live in total lawlessness will be the ones who deserve to live that way. Why do Christians care how much pain and suffering will be left behind? Because we do care. We care about the pain and suffering of others.

Christians don’t believe they are better than, smarter than, more morally upright than others. We know for a fact that we are the same. The only difference is this: We have recognized our sins as sin and work hard to stay out of temptations way. Even so, we still slip. We confess the sin, God forgives the sin and we start all over again. No, we don’t lose our salvation when we sin, we lose our good fellowship with God when we sin.

There is no hate in a Christian. If you find one with hate in him, he is a liar. He says he is a Christian, but he isn’t. Hate can’t live in a true Christian. Now understand this. I don’t care if you are a guy who likes guys. I stay out of your business. Even so, if you ask me if homosexuality is a sin, I won’t lie to keep from hurting your feelings. So, I ask you not to bait me the way Mr. Robertson was baited.

Mr.  Robertson doesn’t need television. He has made his millions. Does anyone really think that he cares about being on a reality show? He lives his life, he doesn’t act. No matter how you spin life, the truth is the truth is the truth. One thing Mr. Robertson tried to say nicely was this, ‘what comes out of an anus versus what comes out of a woman’s womb?’

It isn’t news to the gay community that Christians believe in the Holy Bible. I think it is more than a bit pretentious to act as if it is something some of us just invented to make life difficult for them.

 

A Constitutional lawyer has read the entire health care bill.


barbarastanley:

Having read the law, I agree wholeheartedly. We can rebel against this or go down easy. It is up to us.

Originally posted on Through the Eyes of This Calvinist:

Beware

This is EYE-OPENING!

The Truth About the Health Care Bills –

Michael Connelly, Retired Constitutional Attorney.

Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be Unconstitutional.
What I found was Far Worse than what I had heard or expected.

To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for ILLegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the…

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Obamacare never meant to work


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Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a press release,  Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., wrote in the winter 2013
issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons that the ACA was a planned failure.

Predicted in the Federal Register in June 2010 was the same massive disruption of the private insurance market that is now
occurring.
Around 93 million people were expected to lose their health plan.
This includes 50-75 percent of people who purchase their health plan
coverage on their own, 51 percent of those with employer-sponsored
plans, and 53.5 percent of the non-group market.

Huntoon actually quotes Obama as saying that he is a proponent of
single-payer, universal health care. Obama said, “Everyone in, nobody out.” The president explained that the transition would be slow and costs would be great, but the end result would be a socialist style form of medicine.

The president is expecting private insurance to utterly fail the same as it did for people over 65 who left private insurance for Medicare. The Affordable Care Act  was purposefully doomed from the beginning.

ACA architects intended that it would put private insurers out of
business, and destroy private, fee-for-service medicine. Huntoon states,
“The president’s 2003 utopian agenda of a single-payer system cannot
happen as long as they exist.”

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
(AAPS)
, a national organization representing physicians in all
specialties since 1943.

The president has purposefully lied to the American public for several years. Never in history has any president been so brazen.

WordPress Family Award


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WordPress logo blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hello Kitty stickers (Photo credit: diwong)

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Dear Kitty. Some Blog. has once again nominated my blog for an award. I appreciate every nomination I have received, but this one is special. This award is for being a part of the wordpress family. We truly do become a part of a larger ‘writing’ family when we become a part of this platform for expression. No matter how many new friends or family members we gain, those who were there with us from the beginning will always be a little more special.

Thank you Petrel. Your blog is always a nice place to visit.

I nominate the following:

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Just After Words

Reality of Christ

Ran the Gauntlet

Soul Gatherings

85 Degrees

Mustard Seed Budget

Kate News 2day

Nafees

One Point Safety

I don’t need sexy insurance


A car crash on Jagtvej in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A car crash on Jagtvej in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A cheeseburger.

English: A cheeseburger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GEICO, Not Gekko

GEICO, Not Gekko (Photo credit: ehpien)

I like my sexy underwear and I enjoy feeling sexy, when I do feel like being sexy, but I don’t need sexy car insurance. In fact, I despise the fact that Geico feels it necessary to use sex to sell insurance.

You know the commercial. The one with the guy talking dirty into the phone at 3:00 a.m. when his wife catches him. He does sound as if he is on the phone with a call girl or a mistress. This is because he is trying to sound that way. Geico wants us to associate Geico Auto Insurance with ‘having a good time.’

I would actually like for someone to take a poll so I can learn just how many men buy Geico insurance because they believe it is a sexy insurance. Really? They can’t use anything else except the oldest game in town to sell insurance?

How about other commercials that imply sex is involved? Do any of us really want a sexy cheeseburger? I eat my food, not make love to it. In all honesty, if we eat too many cheeseburgers, there won’t be any sex.

I’d like to think man has evolved past the notion that sex has to be a part of everything in life. If you are as tired as I am of these disgusting commercials, change the channel as soon as these ads air. Wait three minutes, then turn back to the channel that aired the ad. They get the message that you turned the commercial off. If enough of us do this, they get the message that we don’t think it’s cute to imply that our husbands get out of bed at 3:00 a.m. to talk dirty to an insurance rep.

Wild ladies loose in the stores


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Christmas gifts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This time of year, women go crazy for a couple of weeks or three, as they put all their energy into securing the best deals for Christmas. I’ve personally witnessed grown women get into hair-pulling, knock-down, arm-slinging fights in the narrow aisles of department stores.

Females, with hair that looks a cross between slept on and cat fight, elbows plowing anything non-essential, barge through entire sections with a 50% off sale. I’m sorry ladies, I am confessing for all of us, we can’t leave a store with a clearance sign that says 70 % off without going through that rack twice.

When we find something that appears worth the sale price of $2.99, we will go through our entire list (the one we keep in our heads) of friends and relatives to find someone who can wear a size zero. Hey, it’s a name-brand blouse. If the sale is on designer clothes or shoes and we find something that was regularly worth (In who’s opinion?) $80, on sale for $5, we will consider holding it until our chubby niece loses enough weight to squeeze into it.

Deciding what gift goes to which person on our list every Christmas is a challenging job, but finding the money in our budgets to pay for all the gifts is a horse of a different color. Some women try to buy gifts through the year so they can relax during the holidays. Other women lack the desire or ability to do this and find themselves in need of the biggest bargains on Black Friday.

Personally, I think stores get a kick out of forcing a large number of women to fight over the 15 in-stock Barbies dressed in the latest, on sale for $20, but only for one hour. This hour is usually the hour before dawn or between 10-11 a.m. No rain checks are allowed on these sale items, making them infinitely more valuable.

Some women enjoy this ritual every Holiday season. I don’t. I do buy all year long and fill my closet with birthday and Christmas presents for my family. Of course, I track down every bargain clearance available.

I use my coupons and ad matches, watch for store sales and stock up on expensive shampoos I manage to purchase for next to nothing. I’ve done so well on my bargain quests that I really don’t have to buy shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors, hand soap, lotion or mouthwash for the next 30 years. Hey, they were on sale. What was I suppose to do?

The good news is that I caught my addiction in time to turn my life around. There may be no hope for those wild-eyed banshees hell-bent on getting a flat-screen, high definition television for their three-years-old sons this Christmas. Never mind that it cost $5 to make the regular price before it went on sale was increased from $150 to $225 so the sale would look more appealing at $175.

Face it ladies, the stores have us figured out. We can’t help ourselves. We need to band together and lend our strength to a fellow mom on a mission to get the best prices on Christmas gifts this year. We can’t make it alone. Corporation is stacked against us. Maybe it is time to get back to nature’s gifts. Did you know that gumbo fíle was dried sassafras leaves? That stuff sells for a bundle in stores.

By picking the wild fruits of the land all around us, we can capture the ultimate gift – the one that cost nothing but a little time and effort. God bless and watch your rear this holiday season.

JFK: The day the world ended


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English: Aerial view of the port and city of Mobile, Alabama, USA. The view is from the harbor on Mobile Bay to the northwest over the central area of the city. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Montage of sights in Mobile, Alabama.

English: Montage of sights in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was in third grade and more than a month away from turning eight. I will always remember the day John Kennedy was shot.

My class had just returned to the classroom after having participating in a bomb drill. Attending school in Mobile, Alabama had it perks. We actually had bomb shelters on the school grounds. Usually, the class would remain where we were, squat beside our desks, place our arms over our heads and pray. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized protecting my head during an atomic bomb was ludicrous. Had I known the reason for the drills, I would have run out into the midst of the bomb. I really don’t relish the thought of living through one.

As my class settled in and returned to work, there was an announcement over the PA system that our President had been shot and killed. My teacher immediately began to cry. When she had composed herself, she dismissed the entire class. I was terrified. I just wanted to find my sister who attending the same school in the fourth grade.

As my sister and I walked home from school, we tried to console each other. We thought the world had ended, just like our great-grandmother had taught us would happen.

As it turned out, the world had ended, just not like we had been taught in the bible. Innocence had died by the hands of those who shot our president.

Who will stop the bullies?


English: Steyr M9 semi-automatic pistol.

English: Steyr M9 semi-automatic pistol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A brave teacher, Michael Landsberry, tried to prevent the deaths of students in his classroom in Nevada when a 12 year-old boy shot and killed him and wounded two students. The seventh-grade shooter used his parent‘s 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Classmates said the shooter had been bullied by some at the school.

When I taught fifth-grade students, there was always a boy the others seem to pick on. Every time I caught anyone bullying another student, I would lecture them before dishing out the punishment. The conversation went like this:

Me: “Why are you picking on this student?

Bully: “I don’t know. Because I can, I guess.

Me: “Are you ready to die?”

Bully: “No.”

Me: “No ma’am. Haven’t you heard about the children who get bullied until they can’t take it anymore and come to school with a gun, bent upon wiping out the school bullies?”

Bully: “yeah.”

Me: “Yes ma’am. And you are confidant that you can bully this boy and never have to pay for doing it?”

Bully: silence

This is when I would explain to the entire class that bullies were children who were bullied at home. They come to school to take out there anger against anyone they feel is weak. It is a vicious cycle that has to stop. No one likes to be bullied and no one likes the bully.

I believe that someone has to be bold enough to demand that parents who create bullies must be punished when their child bullies another. As long as the people who create bullies go unpunished, the cycle will never end.

Murderers, serial killers, mass killers and bullies are created by bad parenting, neglectful parenting or abusive parenting. Until we punish the parents, some of the guilty go unpunished. Harsh? Yes. Life is harsh. You don’t have to be wealthy to be a good parent, you just have to love the child more than you love yourself.

Too many families include parents who are so selfish, they spend every dime and every spare minute on themselves. They teach their children to hate, encourage them to act hatefully and blame the victim when caught.

And why on earth would a parent have such a handgun lying around the house and not locked up the way it should be? The parents should be looked at for neglecting their son. Obviously, he had no support on the home front. Sadness abounds.