20 October 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. If I was a ghost, I would haunt ___________________.
2. I always __________________ when __________________.
3. My favourite scary story is _______________________.
4. I will be so glad when ____________________________.



Here are my responses:


If I were a ghost, I would haunt the bathroom. Folks would know it was me due to the constant flushing. Why not haunt the place where I spend the most time?




I always tingle when David hugs me.


My favorite scary story is Crybaby Bridge and I enjoyed very much writing a derivative work. David made a video of my adaptation of the story. You can view that video here


I will be so glad when I can get the time to practice cake decorating again. I used to bake and decorate cake years ago when David’s daddy was still alive. After he died, I started having problems with shaky hands and stopped decorating cakes. My hands are still shaky, but it is something that I want to do anyway, as well as have a YouTube channel chronicling my baking/decorating adventures.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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18 October 2017

Book Review: Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career By Elizabeth Hyde Stevens


Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
By Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

We purchased Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens in the Kindle format.

This is a very interesting read and very informative as far as learning more about the Muppets and Jim Henson.  

Readers learn a little about what decisions Henson made along the way. Although this book is an interesting read and entertaining, we are not sure that it will be incredibly helpful to aspiring artists. That really remains to be seen.  Most likely this will depend upon the takeaway that each reader gets from this book.

One of the biggest concerns we have is the mention several times of a certain board that is used to delve into the occult.  The illustration is not needed and it takes it out of the realm of being “Christian Friendly”.

We give Make Art Make Money four stars.  We could not give it all five stars because we just don’t feel that the lessons the author is trying to teach are readily apparent.

As a biographical book, this is a good read.  As an artistic “how to” book, it comes close but doesn’t quite make it.  As a business book, it is helpful but misses the mark slightly.

We suggest this book would make a fair companion book with Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins.



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Book Review: When You Lose Someone You Love written and illustrated By Joanne Fink

When You Lose Someone You Love 
Written and Illustrated by Joanne Fink



Get out the giant size box of tissues and grab your copy of When You Lose Someone You Love, written and illustrated by Joanne Fink. Prepare for a roller coaster of emotions.

This little book is designed to help one deal with the loss of a loved one.  

On our How to Manage Your Monkey website, we talk about preparing for retirement and making pre-need funeral arrangements.

But, it is impossible to plan emotionally for the loss of someone you love.  Even if their death is not a surprise, it is still hard to deal with their loss.

Perhaps When You Lose Someone You Love will help you, or someone you know, deal with a loss. There is no way to tell.  Each person is different and each loss is different.

That being said, we need to say that this little book is very well-written and helps reach those parts that are hurting and maybe helps someone who is grieving realize that their feelings, no matter what they are, are normal.

We give When You Lose Someone You Love all five stars.  We think for some people this will act like a salve to help soothe the hurts.  For others, it might not do anything.  

We suggest you buy a copy and read it before a loss takes place.  Keep a copy on hand and offer it to those you know who are going through a recent loss.

Like chicken soup when you are ill, it just might help and it probably won’t hurt. 

Note from Suz: I could relate to some of the issues and feelings Mrs. Fink shared in this book, though her loss was her husband. We are approaching the fifth anniversary of my daddy’s death. She shares some of her daughter’s words on the loss of her daddy. The wounds are still so raw from my own experience. I cried buckets reading parts of the song this girl wrote to her daddy.

This book doesn’t erase the pain. Nothing can ever fully do that, really. But, it offers understanding and a chance to not feel so alone in one’s grief.


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.


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17 October 2017

Press Release: A Medieval Voice of Faith Speaks to the Modern World

A MEDIEVAL VOICE OF FAITH SPEAKS TO THE MODERN WORLD
                       
New online resource explores the life of Hildegard of Bingen,
                       
12th century German saint regarded as most influential woman of her time


                       
                       
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 17, 2017) – For many, modern life is busy and filled with distractions, but what if we could turn down the noise and listen to a voice from a quieter age, one with a worldview in which faith, reason, nature, humanity, and God are harmoniously interconnected? That voice belongs to St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th century German writer, composer, healer, prophet, visionary, and leader, regarded as the most influential woman of her time.       
                       
Hildegard's holistic message of spiritual truth, natural healing, and caring for the earth has never been more relevant than today. As St. Hildegard herself said, "the light you are seeking longs to shine forth from within you." If we listen closely, she can not only teach us about the Middle Ages, but show us how to overcome the frustrations of our own modern world.       

While women played critical roles in medieval society, individual women rarely had influence as public figures or the leaders of visible institutions. Those who did were usually noblewomen who had political significance because of family connections or the alliances their marriages could create.       
                       
St. Hildegard was unique because her influence came from her professional accomplishments, already recognized in her day. There were other women who ran convents of nuns, but Hildegard's writing, composition, and public speaking gave her visibility and earned her recognition far beyond other women of her era. Nearly 500 years before Gutenberg's press revolutionized book publishing, Hildegard's prolific writing on theology and natural science, as well as her musical compositions, were widely copied and read. She was also a popular and widely traveled public speaker on a variety of topics.   

International mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell brought the saint's writings and music to life for the 21st century. Now a new online resource, www.hildegardofbingen.net, has been created for others to explore the life and lessons of St. Hildegard of Bingen and the issues she addressed that are even more relevant in the 21st century, including the environment, natural medicine, the role of women, and the church.
                       
The website highlights St. Hildegard’s story and includes a list of films about her life: St. Hildegard: Trumpet of God, and Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light, a one-woman play created and performed by Maxwell. There is also a collection of music by the Hildegard Singers, featuring a number of Hildegard songs, medieval instrumentalists, liturgical chants, and Christmas carols from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
                       
Included in the online resource is a seven-part study guide to help others discover the Middle Ages through the eyes of the St. Hildegard. Topics include medieval worldview, monastic life, the medieval church, saints and doctors, medieval intellectual life, geography and chronology of St. Hildegard.
                       
                       
For more information visit: www.hildegardofbingen.net.




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16 October 2017

Press Release: North Texas Minister Publishes Coloring Book for Grieving Children

North Texas Minister Publishes Coloring Book for Grieving Children

Rev. Penny Stemley presents gentle approach to understanding, overcoming traumatic life events


FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) – A North Texas-based Christian minister has created and published an inspirational coloring book for children that can help them to understand and overcome grief and loss. In “Butterfly Wings,” author Rev. Penny Stemley provides parents and professionals who work with kids with a gentle method for teaching young people about emotionally challenging concepts, such as death and traumatic life events.

Stemley published her book after being inspired by a young girl in her church congregation who was grieving the loss of a close family member. Based on a dream Stemley had several years prior, the book chronicles a queen’s doubt and despair after the death of her king and her ultimate healing through the power of faith and love.

“In our world, there is much destruction and devastation,” Stemley said. “As adults, it’s difficult enough to deal with grief and loss. But how do we even begin to explain the subsequent emotions to a child? My prayer is that this book will offer a sense of hope and joy to anyone who reads it and that, even in the midst of sorrow, it will bring children to a place of peace and comfort.”

With simple illustrations and easy-to-understand messaging, “Butterfly Wings” reaches out to all young people experiencing heartbreak or going through a traumatic life experience. The book presents readers with a creative and compassionate approach to processing hardships and progressively moving forward to a place of peace.

“Butterfly Wings”
By Rev. Penny Stemley
ISBN: 978-1-5127-7317-0 (paperback); 978-1-5127-7318-7 (electronic)

About the author
Rev. Penny Stemley is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist church and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Service degree from Brite Divinity School. Stemley is the founder of the Tarrant County Restorative Justice Center, a faith-based prison reentry service provider, the 2009 recipient of Christian Women United’s Shalom Award and the 2005 recipient of the George W. Bush Point of Light Award. She currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more, please visit www.revpenny.com.

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Press Release: God and Donald Trump by Stephen E. Strang



With New Optimism, Christians Are Waking Up

Stephen E. Strang Says in New Book, ‘God and Donald Trump,’ That Christians Voted for Trump to Slow Down America’s Downward Spiral

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ORLANDO, Fla.—Over the past several months, Christian voters have had much to celebrate. From strides in religious liberties protections to bills defending the unborn, some of President Donald Trump’s promised agenda is being realized. And the optimism of those who put him in office is palpable.

Award-winning journalist and author Stephen E. Strang says that feeling is reminiscent of election night in November 2016, when Christians sensed the nation had turned a corner—given a window of opportunity and a reprieve from God with Trump’s election.

In Strang’s new book, “God and Donald Trump,” set for release on Nov. 7, nearly one year to the day after the historic election, the author recounts some of those election night scenes and Christians’ hope for the future. God and Donald Trump also reveals the strategies, behind-the-scenes activity and profound voices that helped shape the dramatic events of the election and presidency thus far.

“I believe that Christians are waking up,” Strang said. “The evidence we’ve seen tells me that there is a new optimism and a new spirit rising all across the land. Many Christians believed they had to vote for Donald Trump or the downward spiral of the past eight years would continue. There is no doubt things would have gotten worse under Hillary Clinton’s administration. Even though our own culture and all of Western Civilization remains in a downward spiral, there is hope. Two years ago, I would have never suspected that God would raise up a brash billionaire from Queens, New York, to undertake the transformation of America, not only politically but also spiritually. I expected to vote for Ted Cruz in November, but when he left the race, I had to reconsider my options. Now, I have a better understanding of why that reorientation was necessary.

“Could it be that this intersection of God and Donald Trump, or the simultaneous shifts in the United States of America and the kingdom of God, are much more than a random anomaly of coincidental occurrences?” Strang continued. “Is it possible that Donald Trump was raised up suddenly out of the obscurity of the business and entertainment environment with what Frank Amedia called a ‘breaker anointing’ that was activated to make a way for our nation to return to God? Is it the Creator’s plan that the diverse factions of the Christian church be united in a way to take back our country for God?”

A website and video for “God and Donald Trump,” which contains a foreword from presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, may be found at www.GodandDonaldTrump.com; view the video here. Visitors to the site can also download a free chapter and pre-order the book.

Strang is an award-winning journalist and successful businessman who began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Orlando Sentinel before founding a Christian publishing house and media company while interviewing and writing about nearly every Christian leader in the country over the past four decades.

God and Donald Trump is published by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 13 New York Times bestsellers.

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