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H challenge for ABC for 2018


Here’s the next alphabet blogging challenge –H 

How will you interpret it? 

Horse-racing? Hair? Hares? House & Home? Happiness? Holidays? Hope? Heights? Hats? Heaven on earth? Hot Stuff? 

The topic is up to you… All that’s expected is a title starting with the challenge letter, and the Tag or Category “ABC For 2018”. Have fun! 

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Good Times


Good Times? These are a few of my best, from childhood on…

  • Spending time with aunty’s seven kids during school holidays – bike rides out to the river, spending the arvo at the local park…
  • Finishing a party at someone’s house by cooking a fry-up with whatever was in the pantry/fridge
    (despite cleaning their flat out of food for the week)!
  • Riding on the outside of Wellington’s Cable Car – heading back to the flat after a night out.
    (Only a leather strap to hang on to.)

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  • Working in the music-cassette section of a record pressing business – and being called in to help the boss decide what the heck to do with “Ma Na, Ma Nah”.
    (This before Sesame Street had hit the TV screens. If not for me, no one would have heard it for another seven-odd years!)
  • Learning to crochet a baby layette for my first-born… lemon 3-ply wool, in a shell pattern.
    (Quickest learning a handcraft I ever have managed.)
  • Teaching self-defense to my eleven year old pupils.
    (From then on they could disrupt any trouble in the playground by asking “Does anyone here need help?” Oh, the scrambling with reassurance “It’s only a play-fight!”)
  • Watching elder son machine knitting his own secondary school uniform pullover.
    (So proud.)
  • Reading good books to classes in which a third could not or did not read for pleasure. McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm to get them laughing, House of Sixty fathers to get them weeping.
    (“Not crying, Miss – just something in my eye.”)
  • The years spent with my dog, the Basenji I named Toffee, ‘cos he was brown and sweet.
    (This after asking my class to use the Internet for suitable names in the language of the breed origin – much glaring.)
  • Commuting between home town and uni city every week. 140 K on the straight listening to AC/DC. (And getting pulled up by the rural cop who’d seen me twice but stopped me on the third for a warning.)
  • Watching the cop fist-pump as he sang “Thunder!” on his way back to his patrol car.
  • Teaching – from five-year olds to sixteen-year olds, then tertiary-level students.
  • Breaking the secondary school’s rules, by not reporting the 16-yr olds who smoked. I mean, we gave them adult level responsibilities, so I gave them some “tips”.
    (“If you’re going to smoke when you’re driving in your car to school, hold the fag in your right hand, with your window open just a crack. The smoke will get sucked out and your hair won’t stink.”)
  • Joining the teens in the back shed when the ‘grown-ups’ were wining inside.
    (Better music, better gags, more fun.)

G up next for the ABC for 2018 Challenge


G-letter-gTime to gee up for writing a blog post, titled with the letter G.

As I;m ‘way behind schedule, I’m giving only a week to create a blog post.

Ideas at the moment include:
Gambling, Games, Geese, G I Joe, Ghastly Gifts, Ghosts, Gimlets, Giraffes, Gin, Goblets, Good news, Gorgeous Girls/Guys, Gratitude,  Gremlins, Grumbling Grandpa,
… and/or whatever takes your fancy.

 

I look forward to seeing how you respond, so ping-backs are welcome.

Feel free to leave your suggestion for a post within the comments to help us

Forgiveness


Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not easy. Forgiving someone for their unkind or harsh words or deeds is however important. True forgiveness lightens your heart and, if genuine, can brighten your life. It’s hard to forgive a harsh political policy that hurts families. It’s hard to forgive someone who you have only realised hurt you years ago, but time can be a healer – especially if and when you come to understand the motivation for that hurt.

“Forgive and forget” goes the saying. And, just as forgiving is hard, so too is forgetting. But if the forgiving of a past hurt arises from a new understanding of the one who has hurt you, my feeling is that forgetting is not necessarily needed, if you can recall the event with your new understanding.

I have fed an anger, a hurt, for too many years over a hurt done to me, until the day the words of my father came back to me: “Put yourself in {their} shoes.” I thought long and hard about the hurt I’d held for so long. I made myself consider the circumstances which had led to the hurt being inflicted on me. I made myself look at how I had allowed it to affect my life. I had made mistakes, bad judgement, poor decisions, and I had passed on the results of that hurt on to others. My bad.

Once I understood the position in which the one who hurt me had been in, and the circumstances which had put her in that position, that frame of mind, I found myself able to forgive. But…I choose not to forget the reason behind the hurt being placed within me; for remembering forces me to continue to forgive, and to learn to love again the one who, without intent, hurt me.


Forgiveness features greatly in the New Testament, of course, and I have collected the related passages here… drawn from different versions of the Bible.(NIV – New International Version; NRS – New Revised Standard version; GLT – George Lamsa Translation)


Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV) “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”
Mat 6:14-15 (NIV) “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Mat 6:12 (NIV) Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 18: 21-22 (NIV) “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”

Mark 11:25-26 (NIV) “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Luke 5:20-21 (NIV) “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?'”
Luke 6:27-37 (NRS) “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you… Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same… But love your enemies, do good… and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful… Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 7:49 (GLT) “And those reclining with Him began to say within themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?'”
Luke 17:3-5 (Phi) “So be careful how you live. If your brother offends you, take him to task about it, and if he is sorry, forgive him. Yes, if he wrongs you seven times in one day and turns to you and says, ‘I am sorry’ seven times, you must forgive him. And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘give us more faith’.”
Luke 23:33-34 (NIV) “When they came to a place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Eph 4:31-32 (Phi) “Let there be no more bitter resentment or anger, no more shouting or slander, and let there be no bad feeling of any kind among you. Be kind to each other, be compassionate. Be as ready to forgive others as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”

Col 3:12-13 (Jer) “You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.”

Heb 8:12 (NIV) “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

And of course, within the full text of the Lord’s Prayer…

Matthew 6:9-13
After this manner therefore pray ye:
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen”
And, continuing…
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

How Not To Write… A Novel


Great post, via Plaisted Publishing here at WordPress.

How Not To Writte

They say everyone has a book inside them (and we don’t mean in the ’embarrassing visit to A&E’ sense). We all have a story to tell, a journey to share or an idea that sounds like it could be worked into a passable novel.

But if you’ve just come up with the best idea ever for a chick lit flicker – featuring the forbidden love between a chocolate company owner and his down-at-heel cleaning lady – how do you get this blockbusting idea out of your head and into 100,000 words or tear-enducing literary prose?

Do:

  • Commit to writing, a LOT, and then some, and then some more, again… and wash, and repeat.
  • Learn the basics of editing skills. You don’t need swish software but you DO need patience and – in our opinion – rewards for getting your edits done. Chocolate works well (Ed: there’s a theme emerging here……

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What Happens When We Judge a Book by Its Cover?


Of interest to any Indie Author…
Thank you Kristen

Kristen Twardowski

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People usually respond in one of two ways to the phenomenon of judging a book by its cover; they mourn man’s shallowness, or they consider a book’s marketing potential. But how much does the look of a book matter? How do people feel about book covers? And how do those feelings relate to the scores that books receive on review sites like Goodreads? Several digital technology people went on a mission to find out.

A year and a half ago Dean Casalena and Nate Gagnon launched Judgey, an online game that let people rank book covers. The covers used were all modern editions of books, and all (or nearly all) of them were released by a major publishing house. The covers chosen did not belong to a single genre. Books by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee appeared alongside Twilight and The Hunger Games. Ultimately players of Judgey evaluated over 3 million…

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Longest Placename…


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Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu…

…is the longest placename in New Zealand, maybe even in the world with its 86 letters. It’s roadside directional signpost has been ‘nicked’ many times over the years. I found this sign among the exhibits in the British Car Museum (in Clive, Hawkes Bay, NZ) – obviously donated by someone who ‘found’ it.

What does it mean? The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.”

Of course, locals simplify it to Taumata Hill.

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Brought to mind by the photo challenge of the week: NAME