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Speaking of Second Chances

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)
WOW! An astonishing glimpse into The Mind of God. Was reading an article quoting Colossians 3:10: "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." And something touched my heart and mind concerning that 2-syllable word: "renew." Why "renew?" Because, renewing something or someone implies a past existence. A baby is born new. Not renewed. I looked the word up in the dictionary and it does imply a former state, a restoring to a former state. So... if we were born in imperfection, what former state is Colossians speaking about? It is this: GOD is Love. HE loves His people so much, that when He looks at us, He sees who we would have been if we had been born perfect, if none of this mess had happened on this planet. HE sees us as we were, virtually, in perfection. And through Christ, by HIS Spirit, HE raises us to that level one step at a time unto HIS perfect kingdom. If that isn't love, I don't have a clue what is.

Home to Roost

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Howdy, Folks! Happy, Happy New Year.
Well, in case you didn't know, this city gal with the Western heart is still a city gal. So, in honor of my first home, New York City, I've 
returned to an old manuscript, Copyright 1995, which I shelved until I felt ready to do it justice. It's a book of ten stories about 
miraculous events in the lives of everyday people like me. I've nicknamed it: "Tales from the Bright Side (as opposed to that 
wonderful "Dark Side" TV series)." So... what happens in 21 years' time? These stories I worked on during my lunch breaks as a 
Postal clerk, some of them on the overnight shift? A lot of hard labor. Every word needs weighing. It has to count. It's amazing to 
learn how I've matured as a writer and editor. It will take time, all of it precious like the polished gems I intend to set in print. It was 
188 pages. Now it's 181. And I've just started. Now don' feel sad, Lil' Darlin's: my heart has a permanent reservation west of here: no
changing' that. But I've come home to roost.


Interview with Myrtle Brooks by Author Jamie Marchant

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Howdy, Folks! 
A sweet author and blogger named Jamie Marchant just posted an interview 
of my novel and me! The link is here:
 http://jamie-marchant.blogspot.com/2016/11/myrtle-brooks-brings-yellowstone-to-life.html

Out of Water (oh no!), Out of Time (Yikes!)

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)
One author interviewer posed the question: "Are you a plotter or a pantser?" A plotter is the self-disciplined sort 
who outlines the story in advance and for the most part will adhere to the framework. A pantser takes one step at
 a time, letting the story lead the author. I am definitely the latter. My take is: I don't have a clue what will happen
 to me in the next moment: why should my stories and characters be any different? OK... sometimes this spurt 
of inspiration wells inside and all of a sudden I have the perfect ending. Not the ending of a scene: the ending of 
the novel. Or screenplay. So... do I say: Hey, I refuse to know about this? I'm not crazy. Of course I seize the 
blessing, jump up and down and say: Whoopie! Just an exception, folks.
That's me: the pantser with an occasional plot.
Tried this in real life? Disorder royale. Have to make a list. Everything from business, finances, what to buy 
when I go down the street, to what to focus on spiritually in prayer, who to get in touch with... and the time 
I will devote to my love of writing and editing. I retired this past April. Wow! That's 8 hours more time I have 
per day plus commute for the rest of my life. All the time in the world...  BZZZZ! Figured it out. This time is to 
catch up on the stuff I didn't have time for when I was working. OHMYGOSH, it's a mountain!! Alone, my belly 
rumbles with an endless supply of books, short stories, screenplays, symphonies, concertos, songs, tone poems 
and poem-poems I have yet to write. And that's just my art. HELP!!! 
Have a friend, an EAP social worker who once told me: "The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness. 
What happens," he asked, "When you try to pour water into a cup that is already full?" "Pick out what's urgent and 
important first and leave the rest for later."
Some of the best advice I've ever received. Great! So I can get up in the morning and know what to do first. That's 
all I need. BZZZZ! "The spirit is willing." Yes, but then there's the urge to comment on a thousand news articles that 
tick people off, and be enthralled by the lilt of Candy Crush Soda's classical score. Where am I now? Level 458.
So... real life necessitates my being a plotser. Gotta go. I gave myself until 2:45 today to do some blogging. Love you guys. 
Don't cram the cup too full. And make it sweet.

Giving Blesses Both

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Some days are given us to reflect: when by ourselves or when we meet others. Today I met a lady with a giving spirit, 
who reached into her satchel and handed me two pens and a bottle of water. Understanding that to accept the gifts with 
gratitude brings joy to the giver, it put me in mind of The Scripture: "God loves a cheerful giver," and its application to 
both the one who gives and the one who receives. For, what joy does it bring the generous heart that meets with refusal?
Bless the giver. Appreciate the gift. Spread the love.

Heritage

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Howdy, All! And welcome.

Heritage is who we are as a people. It is our cornerstone.To love, respect and cherish one's heritage is our cement: without which the building is reduced to a pile of stones, like a memorial in a desert. Take pride in who you are.


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