Mon. May 10 Notes on "Platform-Building."

I spoke last Saturday to a wonderful group of writers at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Ready Writers Group.  My assigned topic was “platform.”   This is the term writers use for getting the word out about their writing and books. My major platform is speaking.  I speak ...

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Monday, May 10

The joys of an early morning. Fingernail slice of a waning moon. Lightning bug sends out his light. The birds begin their symphony. Bluebirds fuss over their gourd nest and its four eggs. A Cardinal singing his classic. “Whoop. Whoop. Whoop. Boys, get up. The ...

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Fri. May 7

Scroll down on this entry to help proofread a handout as well as fill in the blanks. “Change is the end result of all true learning.”  -Leo Buscaglia “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  ...

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Thur. May 6: Proverbs 6:32

A Proverbs for May 6: Proverbs 6:32 “A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom, whoever does it destroys his own life.” The first chapters of Proverbs are full of wisdom and warnings about the price a man or woman will pay for ...

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Wed. May 5 Cinco de Maya

A touching story from the Congo. To read a strong testimony from the pastors we’ll be with in Congo, click here You can also read the article, copied from imb.org below. It tells of the struggles in Eastern Congo around the city of Goma.  This ...

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Tues. May 4

Making New Friends This Saturday I’ll be in Dallas visiting with the Dallas/Ft.Worth Ready Writers Group. It’ll be an opportunity to make new friends and learn with other writers. To read about my visit and learn more about their group, visit   http://dfwreadywriters.blogspot.com One of the ...

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Whippoorwill Day: From The Wayfaring Stranger

Below is Chapter 2 from The Wayfaring Stranger.  It introduces heroine Eliza Clark and shares about her love affair with whip poor wills. The oldtimers of Louisiana’s No Man’s Land had many superstitions and sayings about birds:  whippoorwills, owls, cardinals, wood ducks, and crows.   If ...

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Sat. May 1

I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.    – John Wesley “Remember you to always keep your good name. It’s the most valuable thing you have. If you lose your good name, it can hurt you for years. If you ...

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Fri. April 30

Last Day of April:  I finally heard a whip-poor-will. Tonight at dark, I heard the long-awaited call of a whip-poor-will SE of our house.  I’d resigned myself to not hearing one in 2010. To hear the eerie lonesome call of a whip poor, click here. ...

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Tues. April 27

A Proverb for April 27: Proverbs 27:2 “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;” I’m not an artist; I’m a PawPaw Sketcher.  I draw for my grandchildren.  It’s what my dad and grandpa did and so I’m just carrying it on. This sketch ...

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Sat. April 24

Saturday’s Blog Scroll down to read:   1. Rainy Day in La.     2.  Sowing It’s a rainy day in Louisiana. But that’s not a bad thing. All of the local gardens and fields need rain. It’s been dry in Dry Creek (the world’s most overworked pun ...

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Fri. April 23

April 22, 2010 Scroll down to read: 1. My Uncle Bill 2.Training Vines 3. Making New Friends My Uncle Bill. I’ve always been proud of my uncle,  Bill Iles.  He is one of my heroes and has always been a wonderful encourager in my life ...

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Wed. April 21

  April 21, 2010 Pearline Reed’s wise words to her daughter Elizabeth in A Spent Bullet:  “Here’s the thing about forgiveness.  It’s a gift you give yourself.  When you forgive someone who’s wronged you, you’re giving a double  gift.  One to them, but the best ...

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Tues. April 20

  Proverbs 20:12 “Ears that hear and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both.” Having gratitude is such an important thing. Gratitude is simply being thankful for all of the blessings of our lives, and that gratitude is directed at their source: God. God ...

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