Actions of High Schoolers–Historically Frightening

Reblogging this critically important and timely post regarding boys bullying Native Americans. Thank you, Professor French for posting.

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I did not think, that at my age, I would be as shocked or frightened by a news story as I have been recently. Certainly the United States of America has become more coarse and more vulgar over the last few years. Following the pattern of the President, who regularly uses insults to degrade his opponents, many Americans seem to be following his lead.

Worse recently was the incident in which high school boys from a Catholic school, some wearing MAGA hats, confronted and insulted Mr. Nathan Phillips, a Native American of the Omaha Nation and a Vietnam War veteran while he was participating in the Indigenous Peoples’ March. In the video that has gone viral, the boys can be seen confronting and attempting to intimidate Mr. Phillips.

While watching the video, I got chills, not only for the shear ugliness of the racism and bullying behavior but also because…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer – Linda Bethea – Grandma and the Coat from Hell

Family stories are so rich in history and life ways and Linda’s story is no exception, as Linda and I have similar stories to share. Thank you to Sally for posting this great look into family life at a time when large families had to make do with less, but managed quite well with ingenuity and perseverance. Karen 🙂

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It is time to catch up with Linda Bethea and her extended family…and this week her well-meaning Grandma and her sometimes unwelcome gifts.

Grandma and the Coat from Hell by Linda Bethea.

Since there were five kids in our family, Grandma did her best to help out when she could.

Sometimes I still hate her for it. Once she went to the Goodwill Store and bought me the ugliest coat in the world. I didn’t have a problem with Goodwill. It was ugly that bothered me. It was a knee-length brown hounds-tooth wool dress coat of the style not seen since movies from the 1940’s, trimmed with brown velvet cuffs and collar and huge brown buttons with big rhinestones in the middle. I had hoped for a parka with fake-fur collar like the high society girls in my class. I turned to Mother, hoping for salvation. Mother was ecstatic, probably…

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Meeting People for Reasons and Seasons

This is an eye opening post by D. G. Kaye from http://sistersofthefey.com blog site! D. G.’s post reveals why people come and go in our lives and why some stay forever in our lives. Understanding why this happens is key to understanding who we are, what lessons we have learned and what still needs to be learned to become our best selves.

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Reasons and Seasons

Ever wonder why some of the friendships and relationships we once may have considered important in our lives at one time suddenly disappear from our lives?

Often, times we reflect back on our life relationships and catch ourselves wondering ‘whatever happened to so and so?’. Sometimes we remember why those people have exited our lives, and other times we can go back and analyze these relationships, looking back on what the significance was that person played in our lives. I refer to these short-term relationships as seasonal relationships for reasons – blessings and lessons.

These people who come into our lives for brief stints appear for reasons, and because they don’t remain in our lives indefinitely, they are classified as seasonal.

The universe has a way of knowing what we need in our lives at different times. There’s a popular phrase – What we focus on, we attract. For example…

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Spirals of Time #Writephoto

This is the kind of writing I love that has magic, romance, ghosts, and mystery.

Myths of the Mirror

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I’ve always known I would travel here, to the heathered moors and verdant hills, to wander narrow roadways past stone cottages with views of the cold northern sea. Perhaps it was the Brontes or Hardy who first entranced me with the raw emotion that seems embedded in the very soil, that sweeps through castle ruins and keens across ancient cairns and holy places.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on the pulse of my yearning. But after my accident, I chose to wait no more.

The stone chapel was once part of a larger manor. It’s a quaint place of colored glass and worn reliefs, of strange carvings above its arched doorway. But also a place of layered faiths and archaic mysteries, imbued with ghosts of the past like a spiritual lodestone. I can no more ignore it than deny my heart to beat.

The day…

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro #Tuesday #Poetry Challenge week 118 – #Etheree ‘Initiate and Crisp’

Colleen is a wonderful poet and writer of fairy tales and other works.

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Lovely to be back in the swing of responding to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 118 with the synonyms this week of ‘Begin’ and ‘Fresh’

I have selected ‘Initiate’ and ‘crisp’ for my etheree… I hope you enjoy.

My thanks to Colleen for her weekly inspiration… I do hope you will head over and participate and there are new submission guidelines to follow, and now your poem will be read directly in Colleen’s recap post on Mondays.

Head over and become involved: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/01/08/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-118-begin-fresh-synonymsonly/

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What Is A Sentence From a Book (or two) You Love?

This post is a must read and add your favorite quote from a book you have read…or several much loved quotes from books.

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I was thinking recently of a variety of aspects of books that I love, including plot, theme, and character. As I was considering these elements, I realized that some books have extraordinary sentences. These lines might not encapsulate the entirety of those books, but they are beautiful and powerful.

I will offer two such quotations:

The first is the closing sentence from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, one of the most important novels ever written:

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known” (307).

The second offering is from A Soldier Of The Great War by Mark Helprin. This novel is, in my not too modest opinion, one of the absolute best novels ever written. With this book, Helprin takes his place among the…

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Happy New Year 2019!

This New Years Day Blessing is full of hope, peace, and joy for everyone and thank you Dr. French for this lovely post for the new year ahead.

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I want to wish everyone a happy, safe, joyous, and successful New Year! I wish peace, safety, and comfort to those who need it in the world. I wish courage to those who will face difficult challenges in their lives. I wish love and friendship to all.

I wish writers the discipline to keep writing and remember, do not worry about the quality of the first draft, just get it down! Happy Writing!

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