Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Eye Of A Needle


Willard Wigen - Microscopic Art
Willard is a resident of Birmingham , England .
The show is in Manchester .
He has a learning disability (Dyslexia),
but has talented hands. He makes the sculptures out of dust particles, sugar crystals, etc. Works only around midnight, and can only do some of the work between heartbeats.
The Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle 


Elvis on a pin head



Boxing ring next to a match head

Girl with balloon is standing on an eyelash
glued to the top of a needle.              


Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs in the eye of a needle
(Note the wicked witch on top)                       


Visitors view exhibits through a microscope 


The Thinker on the head of a pin

Peter Pan & Tinkerbell etc. on a small fishhook 

The royal court in the eye of a needle 
I'm thankful to the friend that passed this on to me.

WERE YOU AS AMAZED AS I WAS?

Friday, December 26, 2008

LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK

I love sharing what my friends send me ~~ here's another:

   One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. 

     The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. 

    My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was really friendly.  So I asked, "Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined you car and sent us to the hospital!"  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The law of the Garbage Truck." 

    He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump and sometimes they'll dump it on you.  Don't take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. 

    The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... love the people who treat you right.  Pray for the ones who don't. 

    Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! 

    Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Article on Self Publishing

Award-Wnning Book is Practical Tool
for Non-Fiction Authors

 By Melissa Leedom
 
Self-publishing: a phrase with a boatload of baggage, evoking stereotypes of vain, amateur, would-be authors, desperate to see their work in print at the cost of shoddy production value. Not to mention nearly losing their shirts as they purchase a garage-full of books they’ll never be able to sell. Stories carried recently in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today and other national publications, have related such tales of woe as if they were the only side to the self-publishing story.
 
Certainly, self-publishing has meant all of this to many people, but Peter Bowerman, author of the award-winningThe Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book Into a Full-Time Living (Fanove Publishing, 2007, $19.95; www.wellfedsp.com), as well as two other highly successful volumes for freelance writers, is living proof that a self-published work of non-fiction can not only garner respect and critical acclaim, but can also be a financial success.
 
The Well-Fed Self-Publisher contains advice on producing a book indistinguishable in quality from those produced by major publishing companies, in addition to packaging Bowerman’s knowledge on product and brand promotion gathered from nearly 30 years of personal and professional experience. Exhorting his readers to shed their “starving artist” self-image – the “fundamental belief that you don’t really belong” in the big leagues – Bowerman stresses that the key to sales and marketing success is a sharply focused, targeted marketing plan, and work, work, and more work to implement it.
 
“If you want to see a roomful of right-brained author-types sweat,” quips Bowerman, “just say the words ‘sales’ or ‘marketing’.” But “S&M,” he contends, is not an elusive or overly complicated beast. Success depends largely on employing the same proven strategies over and over again.
 
The Well-Fed Self-Publisher reveals how little most traditional publishing houses do to promote individual titles. “By doing a better job of marketing and promoting your title than a publisher ever could or would, you can make far more money from your book than you ever would with that publisher.” Bowerman even backs up his strategies with a 100-page ebook “toolbox” (the Well-Fed SP Biz-in-a-Box): templates and ideas for producing marketing documents such as letters, press releases, websites, samples—an arsenal of concrete, useable tools authors can personalize when going public with their books.
 
Bowerman is his own best test-case for the success of his methods: with over 50,000 copies of his books in print, he has built a franchise that has made him self-supporting for the last five years – no small success by anyone’s standards. Having learned from his first two books, the award-wining Well-Fed Writer titles, that readers want information spelled out in detail, he doesn’t just tell them that they need a good press release or an ezine; he provides step-by-step information on how to produce them. And, in The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, he outlines tools and strategies so that virtually anyone willing to put in the time and elbow grease can duplicate his success. As advertising icon David Ogilvy explained, “It is useless to be creative unless you can also sell what you create.”
 
Bowerman’s conversational, approachable style, a quality much praised by his readers, arises from his perception of himself as a fellow traveler. “I’m just like you,” he says. “I don’t like to work any harder than I have to, and I certainly don’t have it all figured out. But The Well-Fed Self-Publisher provides all the how-to stuff delivered through the filter of someone who’s made a healthy living with his books. That has to count for something.”
 
Stressing that self-publishing success is far more a function of process than aptitude, The Well-Fed Self-Publisher turns stereotypes on their ears. Because self-publishing authors retain complete control over their product and the outcome of their sales and marketing activities, Bowerman suggests that self-publishing, not a traditional publishing house, should be an author’s first choice.
 
Writers who enter the process armed with the information provided in this volume do so with the knowledge that self-publishing is an eminently viable option, albeit one requiring a tremendous amount of effort (and a fair amount of working capital) at the outset. Done properly, though, it is, indeed, possible for an author to transform a non-fiction book into a full-time living.
 
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Contact Information:
Melissa Leedom
(512) 864-1351



Friday, December 19, 2008

The Wheels of Life

After seeing this picture, I went out and bought myself a new scooter. I wanted something that was easy on gas and could zip me to the shops and around town. This seems to meet my EVERY need.


I love it!

Remember:
Senior Citizens Are Valuable


We are more valuable than any of the younger generations:

We have silver in our hair.
We have gold in our teeth.
We have stones in our kidneys.
We have lead in our feet and,
We are loaded with natural gas.


If I told you where I got this you wouldn't believe me. So it's another one from anonymous.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quilt of Holes . . .

. . . author unkown . . .

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

 

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles;  an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a  tapestry that is our life.  

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged  and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each  square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. 



I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

 My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and  empty, like binding air.

 Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the  light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. 


My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials  of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as  I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin  again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged  me. 

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to  accept it for what it was.

 I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. 

 An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at  me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. 

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through! 


God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.'

When there  is nothing left but God that is when you find out that God is all you need. 

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fire Dancer


I met Colleen Coble September 2007 at the ACFW Conference in Texas, and I've been reading her books ever since.

The blurb:

A decade ago, Tess Masterson’s parents died in a terrible barn fire. Now she’s become one of the best smoke jumpers in the business. Though she makes a living jumping out of planes into roaring wildfires, she’s never found the courage to face the wounds of her past—or to deal with the anger that flares whenever she encounters Chase Huston.

When a serial arsonist known as The Fire Dancer strikes near her old homeplace in Arizona, Tess is forced to examine the past as it relates to the present. Her smokejumpers team offers support, but can she trust her fellow adrenaline junkies as wildfire after wildfire is set? And how will she
find it in her heart to accept and forgive—or will she always run from her past?

As always, when I read a book I was impressed how Tess's past experiences influenced her job choice, and her relationship problems. Colleen is a masterful story teller and the story gripped me from beginning to end.

I highly recommend this book as a story with take away value.








Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our Identy In Christ

HOW TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD 
 

By
Nancy Arant Williams

For those fighting depression, as I have, it helps to look up, and steep yourself in the scripture, claiming your identity in Christ.

Begin to praise God. He says He INHABITS the praises of His people. As your mind is renewed, the scripture says the enemy will flee, and depression will be shattered.

If you are not yet a child of God, but would like to be, I would love to introduce you to Him. Please click on  HOW TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.

This list is just the beginning. As you seek God’s promises, He will show Himself to you. You are His BELOVED. E-mail me at nancyarantwilliams@hughes.net  

We are given a future and a hope, in I Chronicles. 29:14

He knew us before we were formed, in our mother’s womb. Ps. 139

He gives us joy and gladness and perfect sleep. Ps. 4:7-8

He delights in us. Ps. 18:19

He bends his ear to hear our prayers, Ps. 4:3, 10,11

He is waiting for us to call for deliverance. II Chronicles. 20:9

He loves & draws near to a broken or contrite heart. II Chronicles. 34:27

He is a stronghold for the oppressed in the time of trouble. Ps. 9:9-10

The Lord girds me with strength, . . .and makes my feet like hinds feet on high places. Ps. 18:32-33

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Ps. 23

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1-2

He is with you; do not fear nor be dismayed. I Chronicles 28:20

He delivers us from all our fears. Ps. 34:1-7

His lovingkindness will surround all those who love him. Ps. 33:10-11

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Ps. 34:8

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and he hears their cry. Ps. 34:15-17

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm. Ps. 40:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps. 46:1

He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Ps. 55:22

He has delivered my soul from death, and kept my feet from stumbling. Ps. 56:13

Trust in Him; He is a refuge for us. Ps. 62:8

Whom have I in heaven but thee? My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. Ps. 73:25-26

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, thy consolations delight my soul. Ps. 94:19

He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction. Ps. 107:35

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. Ps. 118:14

AND MY FAVORITE VERSE OF ALL: I Corinthians. 2:9 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those that love him. 

Our Identity In Christ, copyright 2004 by Nancy Arant Williams


 


Friday, December 12, 2008

DUST

Dusting

(Thanks for sharing ~ You know who you are!)

 "A house becomes a home when you can write

 'I love you' on the furniture."

I can't tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING! I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect - "in case someone came over". Then I realized one day that no came over; they were all out living life and having fun! 

Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the "condition" of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun. 

If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice. Life is short. Enjoy it!

 Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish a life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the worlds out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. And when you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more dust!

Remember…a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it (don't you just love that statement???). I use it all the time. (My wood is very protected)

 It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Kept Woman

I Am a "Kept " Woman.
by Anne Hillebrand

You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind, but GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)

There were times when I thought I could go no longer, 
but the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)

At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong,
 but the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)

Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,
but GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE
kept me up. When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30)

I'm blessed to be "kept ."aa

Monday, December 8, 2008

Doesn't She Look Natural?

The Blurb:

How do you cope when God asks you to bury a dream? In this new series by best-selling author Angela Hunt, readers will meet Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator who quits her job after a divorce and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will discover she has inherited a rewarding career that teaches her far more about life than death.


What Others Say:

Jennifer Graham never expected to be a single mom, but that's exactly what happens when her husband leaves her for their nanny and serves her with divorce papers. Left reeling and clinging to a faint hope for reconciliation, she quits her high profile job on Capitol Hill in order to re-group and care for her two sons. While the divorce is being finalized, Jennifer and her boys move in with her mother -- a temporary fix that puts additional strain on their already often-volatile relationship. When the job hunt yields no leads, Jennifer is thrilled to learn that a great-uncle she never knew existed names her as his sole heir. However, when the inheritance turns out to be a dilapidated funeral home, and the prospects for flipping it with a profit on the real estate market are nil unless she undertakes major renovations, Jennifer's life takes a turn she never saw coming.
Though the cover has a wonderfully retro, chick-lit feel to it, the first Fairlawn novel is anything but easily dismissed "fluff." Doesn't She Look Natural? is a completely engrossing novel, the poignant and often funny story of Jennifer's journey to yield her will to God's greater plan for her life. She's an entirely relatable heroine -- a believer whose life has gotten so busy she's forgotten how to be still and listen for that still, small voice of God. Every character and relationship in this novel is so well-drawn they practically leap living and breathing from the page. Hunt outdoes herself in the creation of Mt. Dora -- the town and its people possess an undeniable quirky charm, but they never fall into the realm of caricatures. And Jennifer's rather prickly relationship with her mother is one that I think will ring true for a lot of women. Their journey towards a greater understanding and appreciation of each other is one of the novel's greatest strengths.
Hunt's use of a mortuary as the catalyst for Jennifer's turning point is a stroke of genius. She not only gives readers fascinating tidbits of information about the "mechanics" of the funeral industry, but she also paints a heartfelt picture of how a business that deals in death can truly be a ministry to the living. Jennifer must learn to surrender and bury her broken dreams before she can begin living life anew. What she learns at Fairlawn is a powerful reminder that for believers, death is not something to be feared - in fact, everything Jennifer learns about dying teaches her how to really live.

Most of the novel is written from Jennifer's perspective using first person, present tense. I can't think of another novel offhand that I've read which uses this point of view combination. If a first person point of view isn't believable and relatable, I have trouble getting "into" the story. Happily this isn't the case with Hunt's latest release. Her strong characterizations and storytelling abilities shine so strongly in Doesn't She Look Natural? that I couldn't help being utterly absorbed by Jennifer's story. ~ Ruth Anderson "Book Reviewer"

My Take:

My nephew and his wife lived in a funeral home for the first few years of their marriage. His wife worked at the home during the day and they were "on call" during the evening hours. So I found the setting intriguing. Angela keep me spell bound through all the challenging relationships Jen has with her ex-husband, her mother, her two sons, and most important, her relationship with God.

This is the second "Angela Hunt" novel I've read, but it won't be my last.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bear With Me

No  shirt, no shoes, big problem

 Where is that waitress?
Don't expect a big tip!!!  

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Real Photo Taken in Kentucky

Would you look at this picture? It reminds me of that song 'He's got the whole world in his hands.' He is definitely in control. I needed this today more than ever. Enjoy.

Cara Winship sent this out - it is called: God's hands.

I took this picture on Hwy 30, traveling to London , KY. It has given me strength in times of trouble. I feel I should share it with the rest of the world. I hope it is an inspiration to you. It just goes to show what we already know.... We have a God and he's watching over us.

I e-mailed this picture to News Chanel 36. I was contacted by Meteorologist John James. He said that this picture of the sky is showing up, in all states, around the world. He wanted to know where I was from and where I took it. He saw a similar picture taken in Texas . He said this is amazing to him!

Special thanks to Cara Winship for sharing this picture.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hidden

First book in the Sisters of the Heart series
by Shelley Shepard Gray

I met Shelley at the 2008 ACFW conference AFTER I had read her novel. I didn't have the book with me so she graciously signed a book plate for me to bring home from the conference.
Here's Shelley at her book signing at Barnes and Noble in Cincinnatti. Her next book in the series comes out next year.

The blurb: To escape a love gone wrong, a young woman runs to the one place she knows she's safe – The Amish Heartland.

What others say: I loved this book! I am a great fan of Amish romance and thought nobody could top Wanda Brunstetter's novels but she has met her match with Shelley Shephard Gray. I felt Anna was very realistic and human and I really liked that about her character. So many authors protray their heroine as perfect and flawless. I also really liked Henry- definately the strong silent type, but I wish he would have acted a little more concerned when the nutcass boyfriend showed up at the B&B to kidnap her at gunpoint. But then again he is amish so it would be out of character for
 him to beat the crap out of the guy, which was what I was hoping for. Overall this was an awesome book and it was such a tease getting the first two chapters of the next book in the series. I don't think I can wait till Jan for it to be released— by M. King

I don't usually enjoy reading Amish stories but I enjoyed this one. . . . Author did an excellent job of making her ex boyfriend a dispicable character and making the Amish family a close and loving family.— by M.Kay DeFreese

Fabulous, that's the first thing I must say about this book, but I'll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers 
of Avon Inpire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though...) Now, about the actual story. Anna's live is an interesting one. A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection. (The evil in the book reminds me of the evil in that movie Enough. But this is not a story of how to beat up your evil counterpart. This is a story about strength and growth.)This book is a story about the heart, and about doing things that are right. It brings in the idea of political evil and abuse, but everything bad brought in by the author is handled tactfully and revealed in a respectable manner. This is a fabulous book, and a wonderful romance. – by Margaret A. Chind

My take: This is an Amish story with a difference. Even though I am also anabaptist (Old German Baptist Brethren) I do not always feel the published Amish stories are "realistic," This one was. I recommend this book and will read the next one.