IN A PICKLE?

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I have a new post up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today regarding the idiom ‘In a pickle.’ I think you’ll find it interesting to read about the history of how it started. Enjoy!

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This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

What’s it like to be in a pickle? Is it a problem similar to Jonah’s after a huge gray whale swallowed him when he ran from God rather than do His bidding? Jonah lived in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights before he was spewed back onto dry land, very much alive and in good health, praising the Lord and ready to serve Him without question. During the time he was in the whale I’ll bet he was scared but it gave him time to think about why he was there in the first place.

Naw, can’t be that. For one, pickles are green. Wrong color. Secondly, pickles are too small to swallow a man – in fact that’s just plain silly.

We all have heard the term “in a pickle” and we know it means to…

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The Waiting Game.

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The Waiting Game.

What are you waiting for? Author/photographer Sandra J. Brown’s post on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors gives you some insight into the waiting game. Very interesting!

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At some time in our lives we all have to wait. We wait in line at the grocery store, or sit in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.  Farmers wait for just the right time to plant their crops, students wait for the end of the school day and all of us are now waiting for spring to truly arrive.

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This time of year I am waiting for the days to pass, waiting for eggs to hatch, and baby animals to be born. Photographing baby animals is one of the hardest things about my job, besides paperwork of course.  Baby animals are soooo cute, but their mothers keep them close and are very protective.  I prefer not be clawed, pawed or pecked in the pursuit of an adorable image.

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Once I am in the field I wait some more. I wait for the critters to…

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Cher’ley Grogg—Free Download of “The Journey Back—One Joy at a Time”

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Let me introduce a fellow writer, Cherley Grogg, who is an inspiration to others and is the originator of the blog Writing Wranglers and Warriors, a blog of authors who write in different genres.  Cherley’s devotional book “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is FREE through April 5.  Be sure to read this post and click on the link to be directed to the book.  I know you’ll enjoy it!

Cher’ley writes different genres. “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is a devotional book with lovely photos and exercises to strengthen your faith. “Stamp Out Murder” is a mystery set deep in the mountains of West Virginia. “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel set along the Ohio River featuring a spunky Grandmother and a rebellious youth. She has a short Novella, “Four Moons and Fair Maidens”. Cher’ley has a contributing story in “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She edited and contributed to the anthology “Boys Will Be Boys-the joys and terrors of raising boys”. She has a story in the “2014 C3 Anthology”, and a contributing story in “Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico Anthology”. She drives an eighteen-wheeler, enjoys photography, painting, fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long baths. Her artwork is in collections around the world, and in many parts of the US. She loves the Lord, her husband–Del, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her Carin Terrier, Tootsie.

I figure the best way to let you know what the book is about is to share part of the first chapter. There is also a scripture verse and an activity at the end of each chapter and I have written several original poems, and taken original photos for this book. I hope you will find it helpful and that you will return to it time after time.

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

This is the first activity. Try it and please let me know how you feel afterwards. My contact information is at the end of this blog as well as the link for the free download of The Journey Back—One Joy at a time.

 

Joy for today: *Go outside, lay down on the grass (or lean way back in a chair) and look straight up at the clouds. What do you see?*

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Chapter 1

Acceptance

 

                  You are broken. Something has happened in your life—to you—a good person. Things that happen to us are rejection, chronic disease, depression, loneliness, inadequacies, and the death of a loved one. Your problem may not be listed, however, travesties big or small are real, and they hurt.

This is a book about coming out of a deep sorrow and some ways to handle life’s smaller problems, as well. I wrote this book for me, only in the process of writing “The Journey Back”, I realized how much we all need to instill or re-instill “One Joy at a Time”.

Do you remember the first time you heard the “Serenity Prayer”. The first time I heard the poem was when President John F. Kennedy repeated it:

 

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the knowledge to know the difference.

 

This little prayer can help us through many a trial and tribulation. Some things in our lives can’t be changed such as chronic illness and death. More things can be changed, the things that are centered in our emotions: rejection, depression, loneliness, and inadequacy. We have to learn the difference and ways to change the things we can.

There is more to this poem and the words are not new. Written by Reinhold Niebuhr, and first used in the written form at the conclusion of his sermon in 1943.

 

The original attributed to Niebuhr is:

 

God give me grace to accept with serenity

The things that cannot be changed.

Courage to change the things

Which should be changed,

And the Wisdom to distinguish

The one from the other.

Living one day at a time.

Enjoying one moment at a time.

Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace,

Taking as Jesus did,

This sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right,

If I surrender to your will.

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy with you in the next.

Amen

 

Recognize your problem. Listen to what others are saying to you. No matter how subtle the voice is, either of your friend, or in your own mind, there is an acknowledgement of what is going on in your life.

You may not need to be surrounded by others or a hands-on comfort, but you need to understand something has changed in your life.

Or you may need the hands-on comfort that can only be received from others. Hands-on comfort can help you heal.

There’s no right or wrong way to recognize your sorrow.

The important thing to remember is “I need help”. Even though, I can’t change all situations, or hurts or problems in my life, I can change some of them.

 

For a free Kindle download from April 1-5th 2016, click here The Journey Back—One Joy at a Time

 

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The Best Days, Months, Years and Events by Cher’ley

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Author Cherley Grogg’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today is a hoot! Thought I’d share some of the unusual days people celebrate. Enjoy!

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This post by Cher’ley Grogg

Off the top of your head, do you know which days these events fall on?

  1. Ides of March
  2. St David’s Day
  3. St Patrick’s Day
  4. Inauguration Day

I just recently found out that I am 49% Scott-Irish so some of the March holidays have taken on more meaning to me. I can actually wear a T-shirt that says: Kiss Me I’m Irish.

Following is a list of National Day Of:

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A Transformation like the Butterfly by Darrah J. Perez

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I’d like to share with you a lovely post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors by author Darrah Perez. Not only is her post touching and heartwarming, she shares her grandfather’s native poetry with us via a YouTube video. You’ll definitely want to check this out. Enjoy!

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Author & Poet Introduction of bookWhen this journey of becoming an Author started, I had no idea what was in store for me. Over a period of under one year, a lot has been accomplished. To date I’ve had two books published. There have been many great connections with people who love art, poetry, and artistic creations from many genres. Oh yeah, I also have my first motion poem available upon YouTube, it is called Grandfather Bless me with Unity.

It is my biggest hope to give back to the art community by including the work of artists from all genres. The musicians, the singers, the dancers, the potters, the jewelry makers, the painters, the sketch artists, the rappers, the spoken word artists, the authors, the poets, all are welcome.

It has always been defined by me, that I have no problem sharing the spotlight with others. I do what I do to see others…

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Great-Great Grandpa’s Tale of Civil War Horror

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Author Mike Staton shares research for his new book in his post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’s fascinating stuff – be sure to check it out!

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I’ve copies of two priceless photographs showing my family’s Civil War veteran, John Edwards, born on October 2, 1837. He was 25 years old when he joined Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 1, 1863, about a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Just a little over two months later, my great-grand grandfather’s campaigning came to an abrupt end on October 12, 1863, when he and 126 other men of the regiment were captured at White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, while screening the Army of the Potomac during its fall 1863 Bristoe Campaign. While John Edwards’ fighting days were over, his ordeal was just beginning. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps – Libby in Richmond and then Andersonville in Georgia.

Somehow Great-Great-Grandpa John survived. In 1862, Libby housed 700 Union prisoners, but by 1863 the number of…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Ah, the great outdoors! Or is it? Take a minute to read Author Jennifer Flaten’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors about her dog Ginger and being outside. You’ll identify with her, I’m sure!

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This post by Jennifer Flaten

Today after dropping the kids off at school, I decided that since I was already all bundled up for the cold I should fill the bird feeders.

I figured I would take Ginger along. I mean she’s a dog, why wouldn’t she like the opportunity to snuffle around the yard.

Well, she wouldn’t like it because it’s cold out, and we had to walk on the snow.

Ginger will never take part inIMG_20150331_163854 an Iditarod, I mean besides being rather too short to pull a sled she really, really, I mean really, hates to be cold.

Part of it is that she is a short coated dog, but for the rest I blame the kids. They baby her. Especially, my oldest. If she sees Ginger snoozing on the sofa au natural, she will wrap her in blankets. And, let me tell you Ginger doesn’t shrug…

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Magical Moments

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Follow the magic as Author Kate Wyland tells a tale of a rare hummingbird encounter in her blog post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’s precious!

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Last Sunday I had a unique experience I’d like to share. As many of you know, I love nature and am happiest in the outdoors and around animals. While I’ve always considered the horse my spirit animal (have had one most of my life), I also seem to have an affinity to birds, particularly hummingbirds. This fall we moved to a new house on a hill and bordered by open space woods. I LOVE it here and most mornings spend some time on a small deck off our bedroom meditating and connecting with the beauty. Usually I hear and sometimes see lots of birds, including a couple of hummingbirds that visit our feeder.

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Sunday we got early spring weather with lovely warm temperatures and after spending a long time outside, I went inside leaving the screen door open. A few minutes later I heard a banging racket…

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Today is National What?

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Today’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is written by author Joe Stephens and I think you’ll find it fitting. There is always a “National What?” day somewhere and Joe has picked out a few to share with us that are not only appropriate for this time of year, but may actually tickle your funny bone. Enjoy!

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For those of a Christian bent, and even many of you who aren’t, undoubtedly know it’s Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, or the season that prepares believers for Holy Week, or the week that Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. It’s the day that, assuming the weather isn’t like it is here today and people actually go places, you’ll see folks with a cross of ashes on their foreheads. So it’s an important observance for many. This got me to thinking about holidays and observances, which sent me off to Google just to find out what else today is. As I did my research, I found weekly and monthly events and observances too. Some are quite serious, like Black History Month, while some are just plain odd. Being kind of odd myself, I was drawn to those. So here’s a list…

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Ghostwriting Lessons Learned

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Ever thought about ghostwriting? In her post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors, author Cindy Carroll explains the pros and cons and whether or not it might be for you. Interesting post you’ll want to be sure to read!

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CindyCarrollEGhostwriting isn’t for everyone. I avoided doing it for a long time even though I signed up for a few freelance places. I fell into ghostwriting in November due to necessity. I needed a way to earn money that would pay me faster than my book sales at Amazon. Not to mention the book sales weren’t doing great so they weren’t really paying the bills. Even though I jumped into it pretty quickly once I decided to do it, I did some research. Luckily I have some friends who had a friend who is a ghostwriter and they got me in touch with her. She gave me some good advice. One piece I had already decided on was having a contract, one with a confidentiality clause. Other things I had decided before I posted my availability for ghostwriting was my price, how many words I would devote to ghostwriting a…

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