National Vietnam Veterans Day

Today is National VietVietnam Veterans Daynam Veterans Day. I would like to thank all of those who served in Vietnam and others wars too. But, especially the Vietnam Vets that were treated so badly when they came home. They didn’t choose to go to war, they were going where their leaders told them to go.

 

They faced the possibility that a woman or child could be hiding a bomb. They never knew what could be around the next corner. They served bravely, but were shunned when they came home. They should have been welcomed home with thanks and praise. It’s to you I say Thank You for your service.

 

I found the following poem on line and wanted to share it with you. Please thank a veteran for their service.

 

May God Bless all of our Veterans and service personnel.

 

 

A Tribute To Veterans

 

In Vietnam,
Korea and World Wars Past

Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last

Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be

Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

 

From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows

From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

 

Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas

Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams

They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair

Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry O
n With The Rest of Their Lives

 

The P.O.W.’S Stood Steadfast

Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War

They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did

If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry On the
Rest Of Their Lives
Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike

Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life

They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night

Not Questioning If They Would Survive:

 

They Men
ded Bones And Bodies Too,

They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls

 

And for Those M.I.A’S, Who Were Left Behind

We Echo This Message Across the Seas

We Will search For as Long As It Takes

You’re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:

 

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,

In Our Minds For All Time

 

A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

To a Sacred Place
That We All Know

Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

 

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers

In Our Minds For All Time

 

INTERLU
DE:

GOLD STAR MOTHERS GRIEVE: ENDLESSLY,

ENDLESSLY, ENDLESSLY…….

 

These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds

They’re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons

They Enliste
d For the Duty at Hand

To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:

 

They Had Honor, They Had Valor,

They Found Glory That Change Them Forever

 

Men Standing Tall and Proud They be

A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain

In the Winds Across This Land

 

Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here

Gathering Around to Hear This Sound

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds Across This Land

 

REPEAT:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds For All Time

 

Jerry Calow (copyright 2003 )

National as Young as You Feel Day

young-510442_640 (2)How young do you f Someday’s I feel older than I am, some my age, and thank goodness most of the time I still feel young. The Pew Research Center asked young and middle a
ge people what they t
hought old was. The young said that they thought 60 was old and the middle aged thought 70 was old. Then those that are older thought that 74 was old.

Having our grandchildren, a little later in life helps keep me moving. My husband, Jim, says that I am the kids play toy. They take me all over the house and playing all kinds of things. Sometimes they are the parents and call me the baby. There are times when we pretend to be on trains or planes, going to visit family up in Michigan. It’s all fun, but can be exhausting too.

Once they go home, I collapse in the chair, and don’t move until bedtime. The memories we’ve made together will last a lifetime. Such as baking chocolate chip cookies, Mexican rice, macaroni and cheese, or spaghetti. I love teaching them how to cook. They just think it’s fun, but they are learning things that will help them as they grow.

We still have the games our kids played when they were little, Candy Land, Twister, and many more. It’s fun to play them again. It’s a little hard to teach them that they can’t win all of the time.

I usually go for walks, or go swimming. This helps me to keep moving and in better shape. I walk three miles three days a week. Then two days a week I use our workout equipment. This helps to keep my joints moving better.

When we exercise and eat right we have a better quality of life, then we can feel younger than we are. I’m part of the Baby Boomer generation. Most of us really don’t want to grow up. As I tell my husband, he’s just a big kid, but acts like an adult when he has to. I believe if we live healthier we can stay younger longer.

Keeping our minds active, by learning new things, can keep us mentally younger. Starting a writing career at 56 has helped me. The last few years with learning all of the new social media material has really pushed me. I still have a lot to learn, but it’s fun at 65 to try new and exciting things.

Write me back on my website under the blog and tell me what you are doing to stay young.

Incredible Kids Day March 15th

This one is new to me, have you heard of it? I looked it up and it’s a day to celebrate, support, and acknowledge kids. I do believe every day should be kids day. We always need children-14067_640to be looking for opportunities to support them. There is so much new every day to learn. As parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends we all need to look for ways to help the kids as they grow.

When they get home at the end of a long day, ask how their day went. Don’t just accept the normal, nothing. You know very well that a lot went on that day for your child. Ask direct questions, so they have to give you a more detailed answer. Also share your day with them. They need to know the ups and downs of your day too. This will help them to learn more about you too. When they see you aren’t perfect, it gives them the ability to learn how to deal with disappointment and make things better. In doing this you are giving them a stronger base on which to live their lives as adults.

We have two wonderful daughters, they turned into great adults with good morals and are terrific mom’s, and wives. We couldn’t be prouder of the paths they have chosen and the jobs they have landed.

There are also four pretty great and fun grandkids in the family. Each has their own personality, likes and dislikes. It’s fun to watch them grown and learn at each stage of their lives. Watching them experience new things every day. I am able to watch in awe as they try, sometimes failing, then try again until they succeed at something new. This makes me appreciate my daily challenges as well.

So, let’s get out there and text, Facebook, email, or even write a letter to a child, or several children.

We will be giving them the support and encouragement they will need to become contributing adults to us and our communities.

 

Tell Me What You Think

This week I am asking for you to help me with my blog. My publisher Elk Lake Publishing, looks at the responses I get to my blog. If people, make comments and share them on my blog my numbers of interest go up. They also look at Facebook, for comments, likes, and how many times someone shares my posts. Especially ones about my books.

I am also trying to build up my presence on LinkedIn and GoodReads. There is still so much for me to learn about this business. The social media portion is the hardest to keep up with. There are parts to each media that I still am not sure how to work with. At this age it’s harder to learn and understand how it all works. If you can help me, please contact me via my blog, to set up a meeting.

I know a lot of you aren’t used to answering blogs. I never did until I became a published author. Now it’s part of my job to do all of this. Really, writing my books is much easier for me, than all of this. Your responses to my blog only have to be a few words. Tell me if I’m doing okay or if you see something I should do differently. You can also ask for me to write about something you would like to learn more about.

I thank you for your responses, and help in this endeavor of mine.

God bless you.

A Look at a Writer’s Conference

FCWC2016 stands for Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016. We meet at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg Florida. On Wednesday February 24, it all began with registration at 1:30 pm. Two workshops were offered in the afternoon. Then it was on to dinner, and a meet and greet with a Sock Hop as our theme.

The rest of our days begin at breakfast with a guest speaker at 7:30 am, if we bought that package for the conference. Then we have worship, a speaker, workshops, and meetings with publishers, editors, and agents. There are several workshops to choose from. I chose as my continuing, or daily workshop, “The Continuing Critique Track.” We each were allowed to bring up to 7,500 words to be critiqued over the course of the conference. In these classes we receive good comments, and suggestions as to what might be a better way to say something, or this is confusing. It is very helpful to get feedback from others. It all helps to make our manuscripts better before we try to get them published.

These are some of the other workshops that I chose to attend. “Writing for the Guideposts Contest” with B. J. Taylor. “What Do You Meme? Working With Images to Enhance & Grow Your Social Presence” with Edie Melson. Friday late night I went to a fun workshop called “Bring on the Bling: Discovering Your Inner and Outer Beauty” with Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett. We had a fun time talking about how makeup can enhance your looks and make you feel better on the inside. I had another workshop “Beginner Blogging: Do’s and Don’ts” with Kristen Hogrefe and Ashley Kirby Jones. This class gave me some good pointers on easier ways to do a blog.

The first three years I went to the conference I took material to show and talk to agents, publisher, and editors. When meeting with them you give them a “pitch,” or quickly tell them about what you wrote. It has to be short, but exciting. I would take my manuscript to as many as six of the professionals. This is fun, yet exhausting. It felt like being on stage all of the time, continually trying to improve how you pitch your writing.

This year wasn’t as stressful as in the past. I already had my contract, as well as the next three manuscripts almost ready to send with a proposal to my acquisition editor, Deb Haggerty. She was at the conference and we finally were able to meet each other. While speaking at lunch one day I told her about a picture book manuscript that I have. It tells the Easter story through the eyes of a child.  I told her I was advised to write for older children, that it is hard to get a publisher to take on picture books because of the expense.  Deb asked me to send her my manuscript, that she would like to read it. After some more editing, I will send it off. It has been a dream of mine to get this published. It is the follow-up book to “This Babe So Small,” the nativity told through the eyes of the inn keepers daughter.

What types of conferences or workshops to you attend? Answer me back on the blog to share with us.

Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016

FLChristianWritersConferenceFeb. 24 – 28. 2016
I’m taking a week off to prepare for an awesome conference.

This is a conference of mostly Christian writers, agents, editors and publishers. We come together to share what god has put on our hearts and help each other in our careers.

I’ll let you know next week what I learned. Have a blessed week!

Bible Characters Through the Ages

Thank You God, for this blessing. It’s still hard for me to believe that He has me as a published author. This isn’t something I ever even thought of doing. I am having the time of my life doing it though. While writing, I learn more about the characters. When talking with the children and adults, I can share my faith and hope to bring them to a stronger faith.

The first two books in the series “Bible Characters Through the Ages” are now available on Amazon. “Book One Adam in the Garden” and “Book Two Meeting Eve” are ready as an eBook and a paperback.

I can’t wait to start setting up book signings and talking with the children. I pray that this series helps bring children and families closer to God. Let me know if I can visit your church or school to share these books. If I don’t live near you, we can set up a Skype visit.

Ash Wednesday

This week we begin Lent. In the past I have given up something, like dessert, chocolate, and snacks. Other times I have tried to add something to my daily routine, like more prayer, or reading more in the Bible. This year, I think I will try to be better focused on what God wants me to do each day. In Matthew 6:1-7 it says:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

I will add to my morning prayers: Please, Father, help me to see more clearly who You want me to help today. Please guide my thoughts and writing to be to Your glory. Amen.

How about you?

  • Do you give something up for Lent?
  • Do you try to do something to help others?
  • Do you want do something to improve your health?

Let’s work together and see how we can improve our lives. Go to the end of the blog and write what you want to do this Lenten season. Then each week we can share how we are doing. If we stick to what we have planned maybe this can be a new beginning for being more faithful to God.

I can’t wait to hear what you have planned. God bless you.

 

 

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 6:1–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Making Time for God

This shouldn’t be so difficult, but it is. It’s easier now for me, but as a young wife and mom, the day seemed like it was over before it began.

  • Make sure everyone was up and ready
  • Get breakfast on the table
  • Check backpacks for homework
  • Errands for the day
  • Make dinner
  • Dance class
  • Bath and bed time
  • Whew

As I fell into bed, I’d start my prayer: I’m sorry God I forgot to talk with you today. Please forgive me and help me to do better tomorrow.

Over the years I have learned to take more time for God throughout the day. Once I started praying for direction for what I was going to be doing things fell into place better and easier. I even started asking for driving directions. Usually there is more than one route to where I would want to go. The first time I did it I later learned that there had been a bad accident and I was able to avoid the area by listening to God’s direction.

During the day if a name comes to mind, I pray for that person, for whatever is going on in their life. Or if I see that a cashier looks like they are having a rough day, I make sure that I smile and thank them for helping me. Also tell them to have a blessed day, and then pray for them. Sometimes when out shopping or walking you may see someone that looks like they are having a tough time. You can say a quick prayer asking God to give them peace.

A benefit I have for talking to God more during the day is that I see things more clearly. I notice people not just a blur that is walking by me. I see more in nature when I am on a walk and hear the birds singing more clearly. The more I walk, the better I feel. The pain from sciatica stays away if I keep active enough. Getting older isn’t for the weak, but it sure helps when you feel God’s loving presence helping you get through your day.

Ways to help in making time for God:

  • When you wake up say a prayer of thanks for getting you through the night
  • Tell Him you hope He had a good night
  • My husband and I read a chapter in the Bible with our morning coffee, then comment on the reading
  • Weather permitting, you can sit outside for breakfast and listen to the birds around you
  • Pray for safety and guidance on the road
  • Ask God to help you make a decision
  • Thank God when you are ready to go to sleep for a good day

I believe that my writing books for children, is a gift and a call from God. It’s not something I ever had even thought of doing. I pray when I first sit down to write the books and my blogs asking Him what I should write. Many times when I go back over my manuscripts I will find parts that I don’t remember writing. Those are the time when I feel He really has put the words down that He wants the children to read.

Still Waiting!!!

Our youngest daughter and I are both still waiting, maybe a little impatiently, for our arrivals. Nickie is awaiting the birth of her second child, and I’m awaiting the publication of my second book. (Okay, she’s not waiting anymore☺)

There are lots of things we can be waiting for.

A big part of the country is waiting for a huge winter storm to go away. Here in Florida it’s windy and cold, being raised in Michigan I think it’s chilly. Thank goodness it started on Saturday and not as many people need to be out on the road.

While you are recovering from whatever the weather has brought your way here’s a little something to read. 😉

 

Chapter 2

They found everything on their list they needed to get started. Mom dragged the box to the playroom from the garage and cut a hole for a door in the box for them.
“Thanks, Mom. You’re the best. We’ll finish the rest. Can we cut a picture from a magazine?” Daniel laid his hand on the box.
“Sure.” Mom put down the scissors for them to use. “The magazines are in the basket in the living room. Call me if you need any more help.”
“What do we do now, Daniel?” asked Sarah.
“You get a picture that looks like something we could be flying over from a magazine. Mom gave us two empty spools of thread to use as dials. You can put your picture on the wall just above them. Then I’ll write the names of the people we want to see around the dials.”
Daniel called, “Mom, will you come cut the holes for the thread spools, so they can turn, please?”
“Sure. Are you going to decorate the spools?” Mom asked.
“No, I’m going to have Sarah cover the top with paper and draw an arrow on it, so we know where to turn our dial.” “That’s a great idea,” said Mom.
“How can we decorate the inside of the box?” Daniel asked. “I want it to look real cool. It’s got to look like we’re traveling through space.”

 

Other things you might be waiting for might be:

  • School to be over
  • School to start (Probably the  parents)
  • A boyfriend/girlfriend to call or text
  • A big football game (Super bowl 50)
  • A trip you have been planning
  • A wedding

I pray you didn’t have damage from the winter storm. Please reply on the blog: What effect did this storm have on you? What are you waiting for?