WE ARE LIVING IN A “STATE OF TERROR” right now!!!!!!

Pandemic/world climate changes/cold and hot wars/world unrest/nuclear war threats/cyber attacks

People are reacting to all of these things in different ways. Activists/pacifists social media/individuals on TV and radio/politicians/preachers/teachers and on and on and on.

One of my favorite authors, Louise Penny teamed up with Hillary Rodham Clinton to write a book that really creates a novel of what this state of terror we are living in is like from two different sides of knowledge. Hillary knows first hand how our government operates and what goes on at the TOP. Louise has written 16 books about people and what makes them live and die for what they believe in. Put the two together and you have one of the best books I’ve ever read! I couldn’t put it down!

STATE OF TERROR, BY HILLARY CLINTON AND LOUISE PENNY

It changed my opinions about a lot of things and people!! AND IT SCARED MY PANTS OFF!

WAKE UP PEOPLE! WE ARE THERE!

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The Legend of the Book of Regrets

The angel had been Margaret’s friend for a very long time. Every time she would get “down and out” Ariel would declare a time out and declare a sit down, “let’s talk this thing out right now! Most of the situations wound up concerning something that Margaret had either said or done that she regretted doing or not doing. Over the years these little talks were enough to keep her going and feeling good about her life. As the end of her life grew nearer she realized that her time to correct things was running out and she began to panic with doubts of being able to fix/correct situations before she would have to answer for them “on the other side”!

Ariel decided it was time to tell Margaret about the Book of Regrets. Not everybody got to hear about it before it was too late. As the legend was told Margaret was very excited to know that in the book there were different lives that she was living based on different versions of decisions she had made all during her life right there where she was.

The Book of Regrets could be found in a special library that Ariel could take her to during a dream one night. Margaret wanted to go right that minute but understood that a special trip like that would take some thought and planning.

A week later early one evening Ariel told Margaret that they would be allowed to go to THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY that night. No preparations had to be made but at 15 minutes to midnight Margaret got very sleepy and went immediately into a deep sleep. She woke up standing by Ariel at the front of a dark building that looked like a church with a steeple and stained glass windows. The two wide red doors were glowing with light and when they got up to the top step the doors slowly opened. Inside there were rows and rows of large books lining the many shelves that filled the inside of the building.

The librarian greeted them and explained how the library worked and how Margaret could learn how to change all of the regrets that she had made during her lifetime.

The lessons that Margaret learned from the trip made the rest of her life happier and more meaningful and also prepared her for the next journey in her soul trip back home.

NOTE: This legend was inspired by a book by an international bestselling author, Matt Haig…….THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, 2020

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“What Difference Does It Make Now?!”

One of the most famous comments of the last 10 years. Matters not who said it, but a lot of discussion was created by it. And as it turns out, it made a huge difference then and it is still making a difference now!

We are talking about one comment, but the situation/comment can be anything. Take all of the decisions we make during our lives. Some seem to be more important than others, but every decision we make changes our lives in some way. Think about it as a circle divided into 360 separate divisions. Each one is numbered 1-360. If you are in division 1 and you decide to go to division 2. You might find the conditions not much different from those in number 1. BUT if you decide to jump over into division 180. You might experience much different conditions.

Think BEFORE WE SPEAK should be our main plan of action! Once said, the words/mood/feelings/meanings are out there with no way to get them back.

AND YES! It ALWAYS makes a difference!

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BOOK REPORT: THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by LOUISE PENNY

I rank Louise Penny right up there with John Grisham. Their writing just gets better and relevant with each book. Their ability to take true events and their emotional and social effects and write a novel about them is exceptional!

THE MADNESS OF CROWDS begins just after a vaccine has been approved as protection from a virus. As usual there is a murder. Why this person was murdered is not understood. As the story goes, it’s complicated! An idea about euthanasia and abortions of the unhealthy ring bells of dangerous dictators hiding in the background. Most people conclude that those ideas would never reach the surface of society again but a charismatic statistician starts a movement with lectures about what “facts prove” that euthanasia should be mandatory by law. All of a sudden with fear and intimidation NEVER becomes POSSIBLE!

This was one of the fastest reads I’ve ever made! I literally did not want to put the book down until I found out who killed the “dead person”! NO SPOILERS ALERTS HERE!

Hot off the press: Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny have teamed up with a new mystery thriller, “State of Terror.” Hillel Italie Associated Press

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Book Report: WOLFSONG Series (4 books…each 400+ pages each)

By TJ Klune

Important Note: I’ve never read the same book twice……until now. I have read the entire WOLFSONG series and I’ve finished book 1 for the second reading! That should be a clue of how good it is!

Anne Rice used VAMPIRES and ANGELS in some of her books as the characters that were different and feared, TJ Klune uses WOLVES and MAGIC!

T K is an excellent writer. The first time I read Book 1, I kept reading until I finished the series just to find out how it ended! The second time around, I’m discovering how much I missed in the details the first time!! The stories are multilayered and detailed and as some have said before me, “The truth is in the details.”.

NEED to know facts about the series:

  1. In the information section about the author: TJ, being queer himself believes it’s important—-now more than ever to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.
  2. There are some passages that are sexually explicit. If that bothers you, I’d recommend just skipping over those few and read the series for the great writing it is! *

There was a time when authors could not reveal their true nature such as whether they were male or female. Theses days that’s not a problem, but addressing their nationality, gender preference or any other personal information might affect book sales. That many authors are willing to sacrifice book sales to be truthful speaks well of the quality of the authors of today!

I agree with Mr. Klune that it is important to have accurate positive representation in stories and all literature! I know when I was growing up it would have made a huge difference in my comfort and self esteem to read about people like me in a positive character presentation!!

We’ve come a long way as a society but WE ARE NOT THERE YET!!!!

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Where Did All the LOVE go? (Where did I go?)

When the pandemic started, the panic started. At that time survival was what was on everybody’s mind! A lot of routine things in our lives (all of us) just stopped! Our lives depended on “How quick can we get “The SHOT”. At first that was a real challenge, the rules and facts seemed to change everyday!

And then we got The SHOT! WOW! What a relief it was! And then, the 2nd SHOT! WE were saved! And then we weren’t! The dreaded VARIANT Delta came and now there is an E!!!!! Updates everyday! Mixed signals from “trusted authorities”! Worry! FEAR!

And all of this time it seems like the big questions are What is “the truth”?, What kind of future will we find ourselves in?

MY questions are Where did I go?, Were did my faith go?, What do I want to happen next?, What can I DO? What can anybody do?

WHERE DID THE LOVE GO?

The pandemic (I refuse to capitalize that word), effected people differently. Some people became more creative and productive and some became quiet, silent and withdrawn.

I was not withdrawn but I was quiet. I stopped making entries to my blog, I lost my zest for life and until recently my love of flowers and nature and God Blessed Companionship was what kept me alive.

When a person writes a blog it is very personal and that person wonders if it resonates with and touches other people.

I had not made an entry in my blog for a very long time. I just didn’t see the point.

In the last 2 weeks several people asked why I had stopped my blog entries. One in particular stirred my heart strings and I FOUND WHERE THE LOVE HAD GONE. IT HADN’T GONE ANYWHERE! THE FOG OF FEAR, DISAPPOINTMENT, LOSS AND PAIN HAD BLOCKED THE LIGHT!

What can we do? We can LET OUR LOVE LIGHTS SHINE! TELL PEOPLE WE LOVE THEM. TELL THEM THEY MATTER! SHARE OUR FAITH!

LOVE DIDN’T GO ANYWHERE! WE JUST FORGOT TO LOOK!

LOVE IS THE ANSWER TO ALL QUESTIONS! HOLD ON TO IT!

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Book Review: The Searcher, a novel by Irish Writer, Tana French

I love mysteries! I love great writers! This author is new to me but now I feel like and old friend!

Ireland is a beautiful country with wonderful customs, legends and stories. The Searcher uses vivid descriptions of the terrain and the characters to place you right in the middle of the action. Young people make mistakes. That is a big part of growing up. Some choices create major changes in our lives. Choose what you will! Live with it you must!

Starting over? Think about it and remember you carry your luck and your happy with you!

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The Legend of the White Camellia Tree Miracle

The forest was very quiet. There was no wind or even a breeze winding through the trees. The snow was falling in a gentle mist and beginning to pile up around the smaller shrubs and trees. Most of the trees looked the same. They had been planted to grow together and become tall and straight so that they could be used for telephone and other poles to support the overground wires. It was a noble reason for being and they all were very proud to be there together.

Almost in the middle of the proud pine trees stood something that certainly could not be called a “Mighty Pine”. It had no “needles” and was shaped more like Christmas tree than a pine. It had flat oblong shaped leaves and had almost no smell at all! It certainly looked out of place to say the least. Each species of trees has a “guardian tree master” that goes around checking on all of the trees in that group to be sure that they are doing well and to be sure that they are fulfilling their mission in life and are happy and safe.

Today was the day the pine tree area was on the list to have a visitor. The tree master looked out across the huge field of pines and saw something that shouldn’t be there! Right there in the middle was some other kind of tree!! What was it? The tree master’s first idea was that it would have to go! It would ruin the other trees in the field and look very out of place!

A voice from somewhere in the sky said, “Leave that tree where it is! It has been placed there for a special reason and to remove it would be a serious offense to the creator of all trees.”

A small voice came from the tree,” I know I’m not like the other trees, but someone planted me here several years ago and told me to be patient because one day I would learn why I’m are here and why I’m special.

Years went by and all of the trees in the field continued growing tall and straight and reaching for the sky except the little tree in the middle. It was growing fast but it wasn’t growing straight up! It was shaping up and was adding some wonderful additional features every year. In the spring new growth would add to the size of the tree and in late summer plump buds would form all along the arms of the tree. In the late fall the buds would open and the tree would have blooms almost all winter long. The blooms were the purest white with little golden stamen in the middle an inch and a half long. Each one looked like a huge pearl with stands of gold in the middle. Every year the little tree got larger and more beautiful. It began to be the center of attention for all visitors to the pine tree growing fields.

The little tree enjoyed being the center to attention but wondered why the small voice had told it to be patient and that one day the reason why it was so special would be given to it. That afternoon the tree master arrived and was making the annual visit to the pine forest and stopped in front of the small green tree with the beautiful white flowers. The little tree ask the tree master, “I want to know why the voice that day long ago told me that I was special and that one day I would know why.”

My dear little friend, “Do you see all of these wonderfully tall and straight pine trees in this field? There are thousands of them, all pretty much look the same. And then right here in the middle stands this beautiful green tree with the magnificent white flowers with the stamens of gold strands proudly for all to enjoy. All things are important and all of them have a purpose. The tall pines grow straight and tall to fulfill their purpose and you grow green and white and gold for your purpose. You bring joy and beauty and hope to every creature that sees you! And THAT is your purpose.”


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Authors, Louise Penny and Ken Follett have new books out!!

Both authors are well known, both new books are great!!!

=Louise Penny, ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE!!!, Number 16 in the mystery series about 3 Pines, Canada. If you aren’t familiar with her series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache start out a wonderful journey about a rural village south of Montreal with book number 1, STILL LIFE!

By the end of Book one I was ready to move to Three Pines to live and be a part of such a fantastic place full of real people! I always say the books can’t get any better, but they really do!

Book number 1 has been made into a great movie!

Ken Follett, THE EVENING AND THE MORNING (The prequel to THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH TRIOGY). If you like history and want a great book to snuggle up with during the cold wet dreary days that are ahead of us this winter and spring seasons get this book! And then get the series. Follett is known for great writing and detailed research of the topics. The Prequel starts in the years 997 into the early 1,000s. If you think life is tough now……..wait until you see what was going on in that time frame of the world!

Book clubs around the world are challenging readers to read the books and pick out the characters that could be you and those that could be others that are in your life right now! I found at least 2 characters that could be me and many others that could have been family or acquaintances in another lifetime (if you can believe in reincarnation) 🙂

I enjoy the feel and smell of a new or old book, but if you can’t read most books also have audio versions that have excellent readers and all you have to do is sit there and listen!

Either way. Get your books and blankets and those cups of hot chocolate or coffee or tea. AND BE READY FOR the short days of winter sitting all curled up with a blanket and a great book!

Let it snow! Who cares!

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Do Animals Go to OUR Heaven?

Now this is a question that EVERY animal lover on Earth would like to have a definitive answer for!

Unfortunately, there really isn’t one!

But recently I found the best answer I ever seen written by one of the local ministers here, Cynthia Taylor. I will share some of her information:

You probably have heard of The Rainbow Bridge (that all of our beloved pets cross over when they go to heaven). Well, that is comforting to believe but what if you had some more “comforting news” to hang onto when you let them go to the bridge and watch them cross over?

  1. Billy Graham said, “God will prepare something for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there too!”

2. C. S. Lewis said,”If a good sheepdog seems “almost human” that is because a good shepherd has made it so…” Elsewhere in his writings, Lewis commented that he thought that animals have a kind of soul, not like humans, who were made in the image of God but that animals, especially dogs, carried part of the “Divine Spark.”

3. From the Bible, Paul’s Letter to the Romans; 8 19-21

4. In a blog for Focus on the Family, Randy Alcorn,”It may well be that all creation includes animals!”

5. From the Bible, Ecclesiastes, “For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same…They all have the same spirit…all go to the same place.”

6. Episode from “The Twilight Zone” titled, “The Hunt” by Earl Hammer about an old man and his dog, Rip. They were on the Eternity Road and meet several characters that offer the old man paradise, but only he could come in. Rip could not enter. The old man kept turning them down because to him without Rip, it wouldn’t be paradise! It would be Hell! On down the road a piece he meets a really friendly face dressed in coveralls(an Angel)who says to him when the old man again refuses unless Rip can come in too, “Mr. Simpson, You ain’t far wrong, that is Hell! Heaven is up yonder a piece” .AND THEN the 3 of them, Rip included go on up to Paradise!

NOTE: Many thanks to Cynthia Taylor for her research work and sharing for others to find comfort in losing their precious creatures!

Of course all of us will have our own opinions about what happens when our physical self dies and our spiritual self goes back to heaven. AND THEN we will hear “The Rest of the Story”…….You older folks know what I mean by that. You younger folks, leave a comment/question and I’ll tell you.

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