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Dress codes and name tags

I'm hanging out this morning at the Sage Space Bar, the coffee/deli On The Greene in downtown Sage. I'm wondering what does it say about me that almost everything I'm involved in has a dress code and requires a name tag?

 

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Helping our friends in Louisiana

There are many ways you can help the flood victims in Louisianna 

Here is one at the North American Misssion Board

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Book Review - Congressional Deskbook

Book Title          Congressional Deskbook(Sixth Edition)

Book Author      Judy Schneider, Michael L. Koempel

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Transfiguration - Only Jesus

My calendar program says today (Aug 6) is day the Transfiguration took place. I have no idea how they calculated the date, but in honor of the day I want to share a poem I wrote a while back..

 

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Book Review - Speaker To Speaker

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Book Review - Faith on Fire

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Book Review - A Psalm A Day

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  Book Title          A Psalm A Day - An Interactive Devotional Bible Study 

  Book Author     Connie Lewis Leonard

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Book Review - Deadly Encounter

Deadly Encounter Covered

 Book Title           Deadly Encounter

 Book Author       DiAnn Mills

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Book Review - The Weight of Glory

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 Book Title         The Weight of Glory

 Book Author       C. S. Lewis 

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Book Review - What Matters Most

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 Book Title        What Matters Most

 Book Author     Kellie Coats Gilbert

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Support the victims of the Orlando Shootings

You can support the victims of the Orlando Shooting by going to the Go Fund Me Site https://www.gofundme.com/pulsevictimsfund 

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Celebrating Memorial Day 2016

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 One thing is for sure we can not escape remembering during the month of My. My mom’s birthday was in May. Every organization seems to recognizes the members they have lost during the year. Every time I see an invitation for those events, it brings the sting of my parents passing too years ago back. I wonder will every be able to let go or is that the point of Memorial Day?

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Where I Am - by Billy Graham

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Book Title       Where I Am

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A Grief Observed

Book Title  A Grief Observed 

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 Book Author  C. S. Lewis

Publisher       Harper Collins

Pub. Year 1994(1961)

Pages               76

Genre               Non-fiction

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Ease of Read              easy

ISBN             978-0-06—65238-8

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A Reason to Stay

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Book Title       A Reason to Stay

 Book Author   Kellie Coates Gilbert

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Leading Change

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Our Iceberg Is Melting

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 Book Title     Our Iceberg Is Melting 

    

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Serenity's Deception - Janice Olsom

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Book Title         Serenty's Deception

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Book Review - The Innocents Abroad

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Book Title     The Innocents Abroad
Book Author  Mark Twain
Publisher       Readers Digest
Pub. Year      1869
Pages           432
Genre           Travel 
My Rating      ♥♥♥♥♥
Ease of Read  Moderately easy 
ISBN             08957733920
 
 
I was attracted to this book because...
 
   I need to research traveling by ship in 1867. This book was the perfect answer to learn about traveling in Europe in this time period, as well as an idea of writing in the time period. Matt Twain went on a Grand Tour of Europe and the Holy Lands in 1867. This book met all my research needs. 
 
This book was about...
   Mark Twain had an opportunity to take a Grand Tour of Europe and the Holy Lands on the Quaker City with 64 other Americans. The voyage took about six months. He relates the experience of the trip in his own words. He sent newspaper reports throughout the voyage. As cholera was rampant in many places they visited, they often experienced quarantines in many ports lasting various time periods. Some were over nights and others where they were completely blocked from entering and had to move on. When the time period was short, Twain was always in the group which managed to go into town anyway. 
 
   As humor often does, Twain’s approach to classical art, historical locations and sacred art and places, revealed a great amount of truth lacking in writing that respects the traditions of these objects.   
 
   Spoiler Alert: There is absolutely no political correctness in this book. (Makes you wonder what Mark Twain would do today.) If you are Muslim, Catholic, Mormon, well not Protestant,  French, Russian, well not American, American Indian, Police, and other groups I didn’t pick up on, and a member of Congress, read this book with caution. 
 
Things I liked about this book...
   I confess. I have the same sense of humor as Mark Twain. So I enjoyed the way he documented the trip, his fellow travelers and the places they visited. He often drew parallels to locations he visited to places in America. I found this very helpful. He used Lake Tahoe several times. I know the first time I visited Lake Tahoe in the dead of winter, I thought it has to be the most incredible place on earth. I found the comparisons  of other localities on point. It also helped me have a better understand the size of the landscape he was describing. 
   If you replace gas lights with electric lights and horses/carriages with mini-vans, you would think you were reading about a trip today. (Although it would be interesting to see the Holy Lands on donkey/horseback. 
  If I get a chance to go back to Europe and visit the Holy Lands, I’m taking this book with me. 
 
Why you should read this book...
   This is considered the best travel book ever written. According to Leslie Fiedler, who wrote the afterward in the Readers Digest Edition, “it became an instant best seller (.429)”... “and for a long time it outsold all of Twain’s other books, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (p. 430)” 
   The prose can be wonderful. After one draw on a Turkish narghile pipe, he writes, “For the next five minutes I smoke at every pore, like a frame house that is on fire on the inside.” (p. 240)
   Recently, I’ve read some posts on how memoirs an be a great way to break into consideration as a serious writer. This book took Mark Twain from a ‘newspaperman’ into a professional writer in Twain’s mind, as well as the general public. 
   In the Afterward, Fiedler says this is the book where Samuel Clements found his voice as Mark Twain. As a writer, it is worth the read to see that voice develop. 
 
This book lived up to the back cover copy...
  Actually, I have this book on my Kindle and I got my hard copy from Half-Price Books, so I don’t have a back cover. It did live up to what I read on the internet and to the comments in the Afterward by Leslie Fiedler. If your copy has the Afterward, I would recommend reading it first.  
 
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Are you getting most from you tweets? Book Review of Twitter Power

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Book Title
  Twitter Power
How to Dominate Your Market One
                                  Tweet At a Time
 
 Book Author       Joel Comm
 
 Publisher              John Wiley & Sons
 Pub. Year  2009
 Pages      245
 Genre      Social Media
 My Rating  ♥♥♥♥♥   
 Ease of Read    Twitter like ease
 ISBN    978=-0-478-458426
 
 
I was attracted to this book because...
   This book was released in 2009 as I entered into the writing world. I and no idea what Twitter was and how to use social media with my writing. It took me 3+ years to get to it, and there is another edition out already. 
 
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Lyndie Blevins

P.O. Box 381029
Duncanville, Tx 75138
LyndieBlevins@guidingwind.com

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