The world is stunned by the deaths of Carrie Fisher at 60 and her mother Debbie Reynolds just one day later.
And it should be.
Carrie’s death was undoubtedly hastened by a combination of mental illness that led to addictive behavior that led to physical damage that made her a likely candidate for the early heart attack that took her life.
Each of those contributory factors run amok in our society-often undiagnosed or untreated because of the stigma attached to them. She was rich, famous and had lots of resources available to her yet was still unable to escape the clutches of addiction until late in life.
Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart. The cause of death may be declared “stroke” but any mama who has buried a child knows full well that the moment they told her about Carrie, her heart gave up.
Mine did when…
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To all fiction writers, and even nonfiction writers, one of the most discouraging issues encountered is to find a suitable voice for their writing. Often times when reading the work back over they’ll find that it is too dull or or that it is unmemorable. This is a simple issue but it is also a crucial issue. Some writers are so outright with their voice that just by a single excerpt readers will know who’s work it is. Other writers are more subtle with their voice. Just to get a general idea of what voice is, this video nicely explains.
The first thing to do is it actually identify what you’re trying to say. Take fiction for example. When crafting a story the writer has to consider what point of view would fit best and what tone the story should have to be the most effective. Some writers will…
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Why is it all these best seller guys like Beck, O’Reilly and others talk about their team of people who helped them ghost write their books? Why are they even touting that they have these best sellers by their own names? Well, I wrote four books and had no ghost writers, no one to blame for anything I said or did not say….on my own merit. So did the authors of old. I say, what is wrong with this picture? You either authored something on your own or you did not. Geeze…where has the literary world gone? In the trash or the can of everyone’s opinion approved by the author? Get real people….why are you reading ghost written garbage?
Dianne Marshall, Real Author
UN transforming our world by 2030 with new sustainable development goals.
The establishment elite are working in hyper speed to bring about radical changes nationally and internationally. At the recent U.N. meeting, the establishment announced their new sustainable development goals to be achieved in less than 15 years from now. Are you all ready for these radical changes?
These elitists have their agenda all figured out and they need their political puppets in place to carry out their wishes. When you decode the agenda you see it is very dark and very evil.
Pope Francis is the new point man for the agenda for sustainable development. At the Recent U.N. talks, the Pope gave his blessing on their new global movement for the benefit of all mankind and encouraged the world to participate in the new U.N. goals to rid poverty. Millions of people are now thinking this is a great thing to do to…
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“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5
If you tune into enough Christian TV these days, you might be led to believe that we can buy our way to health, wealth, happiness, and success. When you listen to many of the televangelists, it would appear that Jesus is the key to being set free from all that is difficult and hard about life.
Word of Faith, Health and Wealth and Name It and Claim It are just some of the names the prosperity gospel goes by. These “gospels” teach that God provides rewards, including personal happiness, financial wealth and physical health for believers who have sufficient faith. Sufficient faith – who or what determines that? Why your level of success of course! The greater your success, the greater your faith must be, or so they say. And for them, your faith is on a sliding scale – the bigger your “faith” the larger your expected monetary gift should be. The “prosperity theology” in America grew in the last century and has been called a “baptized form of capitalism.”
The doctrines of the Word of Faith are typically acquired by either taking biblical passages out of context or appealing to a “new revelation” from God that “clarifies” or expands what the Bible says. Preachers associated with the movement are some of the most popular with some of the largest mega-churches, best-selling books and television programs. They include Kenneth Copeland, T.D.Jakes, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Frederick K. C. Price, Jesse Duplantis, Marilyn Hickey, Robert Tilton and the list goes on.
So tell me, exactly which verses grant hope for new cars, job promotions and good health? I know there are a staggering number of Bible translations out there (which may be part of the confusion), but my Bible tells me that as followers of Christ, we are assured persecution (2 Tim. 3:12) and suffering (Acts 9:16) and are admonished toward self-denial (Mark 8:34).
According to the Obama administration, more than 94 million working age Americans are “not in the labor force”, and so they don’t count as being unemployed…
That people actually believe this crap is alarming.
The Obama administration is telling us that the unemployment rate in the United States has fallen to 5.1 percent, but does that number actually bear any resemblance to reality? On Friday, news outlets all over America celebrated the fact that the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August. We were told that the unemployment rate has fallen to a seven year low and that wages are going up. So everything must be getting better for the middle class, right? After all, isn’t that what the official numbers are telling us?
The financial markets are buzzing over this news because the unemployment rate has fallen into a range that the Federal Reserve has typically considered to be “full employment”, so there is an expectation that the Fed may raise interest rates shortly. The following comes from Business Insider…
The unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in August, the lowest since…
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There you stood speaking your oath out loud
With all the others so tall and proud
Swearing the Constitution to uphold
Pledging your allegiance fearless and bold
You left for boot camp raring to go
To get the training to beat the foe
You did not know what lay ahead
Only what you heard, what others said
And then came the day I dreaded most
Your orders to leave your beloved coast
You were headed for danger, into harm’s way
I wanted so badly for you to stay
The morning you left there were stars in the sky
I wanted to hold you, I wanted to cry
But I had to remember you were no longer my pup
And like you, I would “suck it up”
They sent you to a land far, far away
A place called the “sandbox,” a place not to play
They gave you a gun, put it in your hand
Then issued the order to conquer the land
New Rules of Engagement tied your hands
How would you fight upon these sands
You saw your brothers killed in battle
But did not allow your mind to rattle
Through every deployment I was there
Always on my knees, always in prayer
Hoping for safety from place to place
Trusting in God to return you home safe
You did your best, you fought with heart
The time had come for you to depart
Returning home, a dream come true
To the ones you love, and who love you
You look unchanged, yet not the same
The question is, who is to blame
Your lips may smile, but your eyes do not
They reveal the wounds of battles fought
Time lessens the horrors of the war
Memories that remain help soften the scar
What you have done should bring no regret
You did what you had to, we will never forget
© 2015 Sylvia Van Peebles
A boondoggle is defined as work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value. Such it is with Bowe Bergdahl.The White House would have you believe that one of ours was captured, held against his will and mistreated for five years by the Taliban, and that the president lived up to the sacred motto of “no man left behind” by rescuing a hero, thus giving the appearance of value. The wasteful part is the loss of six lives searching for a soldier who left of his own free will.
There are many oddities. According to Fox News, Bergdahl’s team leader, former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl asked for help mailing his computer and belongings home, and asked what would happen to him if his military gear turned up missing. Bergdahl left his rifle, helmet, body armor, and web gear, however, he took his compass. He also expressed disillusionment with the war in emails to his parents. He said he was ashamed to be an American and expressed sympathy for those we were fighting.
Everyone, is asking questions-a lot of questions. But are they asking the right questions? Why would a soldier send all the things that he would need on deployment home? Why would he head into a dangerous area armed only with a compass? Why was he looking for the Taliban? Either he was enormously brave, crazy, or he knew he had nothing to fear. Had his departure been premeditated? It is a huge stretch to believe that the Taliban “held” someone for five years. They brutally kill their captives. Why now? Why is he brought home now?
One must ask how the release of Bergdahl benefits the White House, for nothing is ever done for purely benevolent reasons. Obama has been under pressure to close the Guantanamo Detention Camp as he had promised at the beginning of his presidency. It has been said that his leadership style, lack of understanding, errors of judgment, and hesitation in facing growing congressional opposition are the reasons why he has failed. And of course, he has blamed the republicans instead of admitting that the administration couldn’t come up with an acceptable plan in the agreed upon time frame.
To find the answers, we have to remember that this administration is adept at the art of illusion, and masters at distraction. For all intents and purposes, it appeared that the president had resigned himself to the fact Guantanamo would not close during his term in office. He then appeared to throw himself into his other legacy objective, health-care reform. Obamacare became all consuming. But while our attention was diverted by all of the scandals that plagued White House, something else was taking place. The truth was Obama was hell-bent on getting Guantanamo closed before he left office. Enter PFC Bowe Bergdahl. Whether he was with the Taliban by force or by choice was immaterial. Here was the opportunity the White House had been looking for.
Bergdahl could have been brought home a lot earlier. Ed Morrissey writes that according to a Pentagon official there were numerous opportunities to rescue Bergdahl but were ignored because Obama was looking for a diplomatic, rather than a military scenario for releasing detainees from Guantanamo. Kind of like a “good faith” pledge. Political benefits for the White House would take precedence over military considerations when it came to the Bergdahl trade. Guantanamo was going to be closed one way or another, and using Bergdahl as an excuse to start releasing prisoners was just the ticket.
The fabricated story about the serious state of Bergdahl’s health was an excuse to get around Congress. The pictures and videos have all shown Bergdahl to be pretty healthy looking. The Taliban were not about to let anything happen to their golden goose. Gag orders were issued and everyone brought on board to facilitate the charade. Glenn Beck lays it out pretty well in his article from June 5. Prisoners were going to be freed regardless, Bergdahl was a bonus, not the reason.
So once again we are victims of Obama’s slight-of-hand. Don’t hold your breath for any real disciplinary action against Bowe Bergdahl, the president won’t allow it. There will only be the illusion of an investigation. He has presented Bergdahl as a prisoner of war, a captive held against his will for five years, a hero. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
What is this odorless, tasteless, colorless liquid called water?
Is it a mere provision for quenching thirst or is there more?
From its abundance, it forms the seas, lakes, rivers and oceans.
It falls from the sky as rain and nourishes all living things.
Water can reveal our soul and is where our dreams reside.
It is a glimpse into the feelings and emotional state of one’s mind.
Oceans reveal the limitlessness of the spirit, peace and meditation.
Rivers are life’s journeys being either supportive or hindering.
Often a symbol of sadness, Rain can also be grace and forgiveness.
How odd that this giver of life can also bring such destruction.
Floods and hurricanes demonstrate water’s anger and wrath.
Was it abuse and neglect that brought about this fury?
Will it show forgiveness with mirror-like calmness once more?
Or will it hold its grudge until all is gone forever?
Water can present itself in variegated forms and substances.
An expert shape-shifter, constantly changing appearance and mood.
From freely flowing water, to frozen tundra, and delicate snowflakes.
To a forceful element powerful enough to supply energy to the earth.
Yet it is beautiful enough to arouse the passions of those in love.
It inspires some of the greatest works of art, music, poetry and dance.
How does one define something as mysterious as water?
One cannot, it laughs at the hubris of humankind to do so.
Immortal, water is a regenerator from the beginning of time.
It was here before we came; it will be here when we are gone.
Ⓒ 2013 Sylvia Van Peebles All rights reserved