Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Scripture

Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

Congratulations. If you've read each verse shared, so far, you've read at least one verse from each book in the Old Testament. I'm reading it from cover to cover this year, and it is enlightening.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday Links

The daily addict inspires me. Viktor Frankl inspires me. "Why Am I Here" 

Oil rigs as rest stops. Who knew? Amazing.  Into the Light Adventures:

God bless.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Favorite Book Friday

"Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy/Mythology

Good vs evil

In celebration of the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins on the 22nd.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tuesday Tidbit

Four more chapters done, and over 8500 words added. Only a few chapters to go.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Monday Quote

Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. 
Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. 
Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. 
The major value in life is not what you get. 
The major value in life is what you become. 
Success is not to be pursued; 
it is to be attracted by the person you become.

~ Jim Rohn

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunday Scripture

Zechariah 1:1-3

1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.

3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Saturday Links

I appreciate positive bloggers that lift my soul. Doug Dial, over at 5 Minutes of Hope, shares a few short posts, every day, and this is one: 

Susan Dyer, over at Susan Loves Books, shares some fun memes on her post "Sunday Bookish Love":💜sunday-bookish-love💜-19/

God bless.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Favorite Book Friday

What Falling Feels Like (Road Trip Collection Timeless Romance Anthology 17)  by Jolene Betty Perry contemporary romance. Fun!

Antiques Road Trip (Road Trip Collection Timeless Romance Anthology 17)  by Sarah M. Eden contemporary romance. What a fun idea! Loved the whole story!

Wouldn't It Be Nice (Road Trip Collection Timeless Romance Anthology 17)  by Ranee S. Clark contemporary romance. I've always wanted to visit Alaska. I enjoyed the trip.

Head Over Heels (Road Trip Collection Timeless Romance Anthology 17)  by Annette Lyon contemporary romance. Fun! Loved it.

Two Dozen Roses (Road Trip Collection Timeless Romance Anthology 17)  by Heather B. Moore contemporary romance. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tuesday Tidbit

Another 2300+ words and another chapter.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Monday Quote

Discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don't want to do

 in order to get a result you really want to get.

~ Andy Andrews

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Scripture

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 It doesn't matter how many years pass, I will always remember a day that changed everything. 

First thing in the morning, I was off to care for my horse, brushing him, cleaning his hooves, feeding him his grain and supplements, and talking to God. On the other side of the country things were changing, and I didn't know. I was oblivious. My usual routine was comfortably familiar.

One of the other horse owners arrived and told me this wild tale of a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers. I thought she was trying to pull my leg. I didn't scoff or outright express disbelief, but I was leery of falling prey to a joke in poor taste. 

The owner of the property came out and said that a plane had hit the Pentagon as well. A second witness.

We wondered if a couple planes had gone off track. Accidents. They had to be accidents. They weren't.

I needed to pick up the dictation I did as a medical transcriber. I rolled down my window. The experience was surreal. Driving, other cars, going both ways, also had their windows rolled down, and I could hear the same radio broadcast I was listening to. First time ever, we were all tuned into the same thing. 

I couldn't bring myself to say anything at the office. How could I destroy their peaceful morning. It would end soon enough. By this time, the second Tower had been hit.

They reported the plane crashing in Pennsylvania. The moment they said it, I knew the passengers had made a different choice. I prayed for the families and friends left behind as I drove.

I was also scrambling with the knowledge that one of my acquaintances was an airline pilot. No one would report on which airlines were involved. The same information was being reported over and over, but it was all so vague. The last time we talked, one of his routes included the Northeast. I couldn't remember the details. I didn't own a cell phone yet. 

As soon as I arrived home, I called his cell. I expected to reach his voicemail, because he should have been flying. He answered. He was grounded in San Diego; his schedule had recently changed. He didn't know anymore than I did. It was later revealed that other airlines were involved. I felt guilty for being relieved. 

For days, I worked and watched television. I couldn't turn it off. I had to know. For the first time in my life, I felt connected to the world in a way I never had before or since.

Many of my friends lost friends and family. One of my cousins usually ate breakfast at Windows on the World, at the top of the Twin Towers. He was taking his parents to the airport that day. I heard about and read about numerous other lives saved in a similar manner. I remember watching the bodies fall and realizing they preferred to jump than burn to death. I remember thinking how crowded the hospitals would be and then learning that it was a case of either you made it or you didn't. 

Over the years, I've learned about the ferries that transported people and transported people and transported people. I learned about those who walked for miles. I learned about those who went down to ground zero and helped and helped and helped. I learned about the search dogs and how they sometimes "buried" firefighters so the dogs could find someone alive, about the boots that were donated for their paws, about the last working dog passing years later. 

I remember how people came together to help each other. Sadly, there were a few who added to the darkness rather than the light, but they were few. We hung a flag by our front door and kept the porch light on all night, from then on. Every year, I take time to grieve, pray, and remember and endeavor to live my life a little better.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Saturday Links

Gail Johnson shared a wonderful, thoughtful post on "Seven Things Needed When Dining": 

If you're a fan of Amish romances, you might want to check out Patricia Johns. A bit about her: 

God bless.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Favorite Book Friday

Angus: Cowboy Bewildered (Kavanaugh Brothers Book 8) by Kathleen Ball western historical romance. Aptly titled. I enjoyed it.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Tuesday Tidbit

One chapter done, and over 2400 words added. Slow going but still going.