There Are No Coincidences by Darrah J. Perez

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Author Darrah J Perez shares with us her reasons for reading and writing positive books in her post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today. It’s uplifting and eye-opening.

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IMG_20151225_134442Recently I read a book by Rhonda Byrne called The Secret. In The Secret she explains the universe’s magic remedy called gratitude—Gratitude for all things whether good or bad.

During the course of my reading I began putting into action being grateful for everything, especially when things were not going as pleasantly planned and by golly, the negativity subsided and a shift happened.

I recognized blessings of new beginnings, unexpected checks in the mail, job promotions, and my family life being as well as ever. I learned in life there is no such thing as coincidence, but instead opportunities and lessons presented when we feel that, “this is a strange moment.” It is because the universe is talking to us. The universe is giving us those moments of opportunity. It is at those times we hesitate, asking ourselves, “What do I do?” It is best to never question destiny’s fate, instead go…

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Doc Susie’s Colorado Contemporaries

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As the Pikes Peak Library District Symposium draws closer, I’ve spent more time looking at the larger picture of the women doctors who received their license to practice medicine around the same time as Susan, Doc Susie, Anderson, who started her practice in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1897. She did not move to Fraser, Colorado until 1907 where she earned her ‘fame’.

While the list is fairly long, I thought I would share some additional names and their contributions to Colorado and medicine.

Dr. Josepha Williams and Dr. Madeline Marquette opened a private hospital and sanatorium in Denver in 1889. In 1892 they added a nursing school to the hospital – Sanatorium. Dr. Williams was the superintendent of the facility. On a side note Dr. Williams married Charles Winfred Douglas a musician and Episcopal priest in 1896.

Dr.Genevieve M Tucker wrote Mother, Baby and…

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Cherish the Small Things in Life by Cher’ley

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This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

An eyelash, a blade of grass, Tinkerbelle, Jack, and an embryo all have something in common they are small but important. I lived in Texas for quite a while and in Texas the bigger the better. Everything is bigger in Texas, or so I’ve heard. I have come to realize that on this earth, the most fascinating things, are small.Eyelash

I haven’t seen the movie Jack the Giant Killer on the big screen, but I read the book to my children when they were little, and I’m sure it was read to me when I was a tiny young’un. Jack, the small lad, climbs the beanstalk, kills the giant and gets the goose that lays the golden egg, and he and his mother live happily ever after. From the advertisements, I don’t believe that’s exactly what happens in the movie. But in the book that’s what happens, they…

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Don’t Call Me Dear! (Unless we’re married)

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This post by Author Neva Bodin is important to read, especially for those who are not yet elderly. On Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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“Will this be okay, Dear?” The young man indicated a booth in my favorite restaurant for my out-of-town friend and me.

“Fine,” I gritted out through my teeth. I had liked him just a second before. He was around twenty, tall, fair skinned and dressed in business slacks and shirt. Before he was done seating us, he had called me “Dear” three times. That really got my goat.

DSCN2383 My grandkids’ baby goat. 

It appears the term “get your goat,” meaning making someone annoyed or angry, comes from probably unknown origins. It began appearing in writings in the early 1900’s.

One popular story originates from the practice of putting goats with race horses to keep them calm. If someone wanted to cause a race horse distress, they would steal the goat.

In the Bible, goats are mentioned as gifts, sacrifices, and as bad people in Matthew 25:33. However…

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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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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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1-Mike StatonThis post was written by Michael Staton.

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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