What do ours do?

andrew jackson“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.” by Andrew Jackson

 

Were you aware there was corruption then? How could the  elected officials  think they were elected to barter away the rights of the people who voted them into office?

What do our elected officials think who have been voted into office in our day? What do they do today? Do we know?

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What did you say?

george washingtonGeorge Washington said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

We never want to see our freedom of speech taken away. But would it not be prudent of us to think before we speak?

 

 

 

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Who knew?

Franklin D. Roosevelt had many quotes through the years pertaining to our country.  But I found this one and wanted to share.franklin roosevelt

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

So True.

I am sure we voters would never deliberately vote the wrong people into office. Yet somehow it doesn’t seem like everybody is happy with who we have in office.

Wonder how we let that happen?

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Thoughts about home and hearth.

I ran across this quote and decided to share some quotes this week about  love for your country and making it better.

There seems to be a lot of things going on in this country. Plus you can see in the news things that are going on in other countries that are  aimed at hurting our people and country.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said, “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”220px-AbdulKalam

Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Before that he was a  scientist and administrator.

 

 

Perhaps it would do us good to think about some of the quotes from these men and women.

They might give us some insight on what we can do to make things better for our country.

 
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Do We Need Critics?

gary fearon photoGary Fearon, Creative Director for Southern Writers Magazine,  is our guest poster today. He has a few things to say about critiquing.

We can learn a lot from art class. And there’s a fair amount we’d be wise to forget.

One of my most important lessons came in grade school. The teacher gave us each a piece of manila paper and told us to draw and color a picture of a house and a tree in a yard. (Even at that young age most of us recognized that our creativity was already stifled by being given paper that was tan in color. But that wasn’t the lesson.)

Dutifully I drew my masterpiece, taking special care to get the angles and dimensions as accurate as any 10-year-old could, and when it came time to color it I got out my diverse spectrum of eight crayons and diligently made the tree leaves many shades of green. As I finished, I wondered whether the teacher would be more impressed with my sophisticated shading technique or the fact that I’d made a perfect frame-within-a-frame, coloring just up to a half an inch around all borders, rather like an old photograph.kid drawing

“Why didn’t you color to the edges?” she denounced.

Taken by surprise by her displeasure, but just as quickly reinforced by the artistic ground I had to stand on, I said, “I made a frame for it.”

“It doesn’t need a frame! The paper is the frame! You should have colored to the edges!”

Well, she never told us that. Nor did she tell us what many of us eventually had to learn on our own, which is: Not everyone appreciates artistic expression, and if you’re not careful there will be plenty who shoot you down when you don’t do things the way they would do it.

In retrospect, I recall that the teacher normally taught math and science, two subjects based in facts which never waver from their cut-and-dried course. I can now understand why letting my Crayolas take a road less traveled signaled an act of deviance to her. I hope the school of life has been equally educational for her, and she has come to realize that in the creative arts, 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2.

One can’t help but think about all the art classes–and writing classes–out there, and wonder how many students have not gone on to become artists or writers because someone in authority told them they ‘couldn’t’ do something.

The trick is being able to distinguish constructive criticism from destructive condemnation that has roots in ignorance or even jealousy.  I suggest you surround yourself with critics of quality … peers and mentors who have your best interest at heart.

It took a while, plus the advice of much more sophisticated art teachers, for me to rediscover not only the pleasure of creative expression but the truth behind it, which is that real art is allowed to break the rules when it has a reason to.

In the words of Mark Twain:

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as you please.”

 

Happy distorting!

Gary Fearon

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She Does It Her Way-Jamie Langston Turner-A Southern Author

Jamie TurnerJamie Langston Turner, is a Southern Author. Her newest book release is To See The Moon Again. In the book you learn The first step to letting go of the past is forgiving it…Every day of her life Julia Rich lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.

Carmen is a study in contrasts—comical yet wise, sunny yet contemplative, soft yet assertive. As she sets about gently drawing Julia from her self-imposed solitude into a place of hope, she also seeks her own peace for past mistakes.

Together, the two women embark on a journey that takes Julia far from the familiar comfort of home and gives Carmen the courage to open her heart. Together, their sightseeing trip turns into a discovery of truth, grace, redemption, and, finally, love…to see moon

Jamie  began freelance writing in the early 1980s. Her writing consisted  of short stories, articles, plays, and poems for a variety of magazines as well as material for reading, science, history, music, and literature textbooks for ten years. Then in 1992, Moody Magazine called her. They had read a couple of her short stories and urged her to write a novel. She did, she wrote  Suncatchers, which was published in 1995 by Thomas Nelson. She published her second novel, Some Wildflower in My Heart, with Bethany House in 1998, followed by five others, also with Bethany: By the Light of a Thousand Stars (1999), A Garden to Keep (2001), No Dark Valley (2004), Winter Birds (2006), and Sometimes a Light Surprises (2009). Her eighth novel, To See the Moon Again, will be released by Penguin Publishers in September 2014. 

This is a tremendous author with a true calling and talent for penning words. Don’t miss her books.

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What Would They Ask?

american flag 1“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration,” by Abraham Lincoln.

Do you ever wonder what some of our past Presidents would say about things if they visited today. Sometimes I do. What would they think if they walked down our streets? Would they see progress in humanity, business and society? To what degree?
I am sure they would be astounded at the technology we have today and what it does to advance man-kind.
But I think they would also be disappointed that we have let some of the values held dear to them no longer matter to us. I feel quite certain they would have a great deal of questions. I think it would be a marvelous thing to sit down with a group of these past presidents and answer the questions they would have.
Wonder what questions they would ask Congress, Supreme courts-state, federal, CEOs, Bank Presidents, Doctors, Hospitals, the list could go on and on. What questions would they ask us-the people?
I would like to sit in on that meeting, not just to hear their questions, but I would most definitely like to hear the answers.
Each segment of history passes the torch to the next one, and so on. Do we stretch ourselves to do our best, to take us further–in the right direction?
I wonder.

 

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Paying Your Way!

 

workers at sunset 02“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I was growing up I was taught many lessons about working. One of the important lessons was to always, without fail, to do my best at the task at hand. Second thing I was taught was not to complain about it but to be grateful I had a job. When I was growing up jobs were hard to come by. The third thing I was taught was that no task was beneath me. If it needed doing, do it.

I don’t know what is being taught to children today, or what was taught yesterday to the children that are now grown, but I do wonder.

There just seems to be a lot of people who think they are owed something and shouldn’t have to work. I guess they think the government owes them a living. Having lived this long, I can honestly say, I have never met a person that I thought was too good to work and I have certainly never met a person that I thought deserved to have the government give them a living.

I still believe when you work and you do a good job you can’t help but feel good about it. You have a feeling of accomplishing something that day. I guess it goes back to earning your keep.

But I can’t imagine people feel very good about themselves who don’t work and just lay around. Maybe their self-esteem would grow if they grew in statue,  especially if they were paying their way-earning their keep. These things give you a good feeling about yourself.

 

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Friday Author and Book Report: Patricia Potter

Patricia Potter

Patricia Potter

Patricia Potter is the USA Today Bestselling Author of more than sixty books, including historical romances, suspense and romance. Her complete list of books can be found at Romance Wiki. She has been published by Bantam, Berkley, Harper and Harlequin, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She is a past president of the 10,000-member Romance Writers of AmericaGeorgia Romance Writers and River City Romance Writers. She is an avid advocate of animal rescue groups, including Pets for Vets, and is the proud adoptive mother of two rescue Australian Shepherd mixes. You can connect with Patricia on her website and blog, She shares this site with five other best-selling authors. Her latest book, A Soldier’s Promise, released April 1, 2014. 

Prior to writing fiction, she was a reporter with the Atlanta Journal, an editor with a suburban Atlanta newspaper and president of an Atlanta public relations firm.

Southern Writers Magazine ran an interview on Patricia written by Annette Cole Mastron titled Potter’s Gold. I believe she does have that ‘Midas Touch’. One of the things I admire about Patricia is she is always willing to advise other writers when asked. One of the best pieces of advice she has given is “To succeed as a writer, one should be well read.”SW Cover July test 2

 

 

The Soldier’s  Promise is her latest book. It’s about when a former army ranger Josh Manning comes to close-knit Covenant Falls, he knows he won’t be staying long. As soon as he’s renovated the cabin he’s inherited from a late fellow soldier, he and his ex-military dog, Amos, are getting out fast. That is, until Mayor Eve Douglas drops by.

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Eve, a young widow, has a precocious son and a band of misfit pets. Definitely not his type. Besides, she deserves much more than he can give. Unless, against all his instincts, he’s ready to make one more promise.

This story idea evolved from a New York Times story about military dogs.

Be sure and get Patricia Potter’s books, they are well worth reading.

 

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Abe Said it Best about Labor

abraham lincoln“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” Abraham Lincoln, Dec. , 1861.

Without work there should be no pay. Without pay there will be no food. Without food mankind will eventually cease to exist.

Ah, now I see. Labor is good.

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