The Book of Ruth

The book of Ruth is one of the shortest books in the Bible. It is only 4 chapters, but it is essential to the lessons we learn through scripture. In Ruth man-made prejudice and rules are broken down and defied in the relationship and love between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. They come from different religions, and there has been much hatred between their two civilizations. God doesn’t love and accept based on age, gender, sex, race, or religion. Anyone can come to God, we are not defined by man-made expectations and rules. Let us remember that the difference between what God accepts and what man accepts can be much different. Even some of the rules churches make as far as who’s welcome should be questioned if they are not welcome to ALL. Are we seeing the world through man’s eyes or God’s? Ask this often.

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Proper Mourning by Me 🦉

One more year brings a greater distance from those with whom I spent so much time. .

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My little creation was completed in 2017/2018 and received a 5/5 for reader appeal, plot structure and pacing from a Writer’s Digest judge. As with other art forms, writers grow and perfect their craft over the years. I have learned so much since I clicked the publish button on this work. If anyone out there is considering writing a book, just do it! …And I would love to answer your questions! .

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I have placed a copy in the free library on the paint creek trail park entrance. If you live in the area and happen to pick it up please consider writing a review on Amazon and kindly pass it on. The more reviews the more readers will find my book based on how the algorithm works. Thank you all for following my blog thus far. Have a wonderful new year. Yay to a fresh start!

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.her is a link to its amazon page if you’d like to check it out! Proper Mourning by Brianne Turczynski

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The Complete Book of Etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt

I love having fancy dinners. Tonight for New Year’s Eve my husband’s cousin and I will be serving Cornish game hens, potatoes au gratin, scallops, and green beans with red pepper flakes and garlic for a small party at me casa. When it comes to setting the table I have always consulted my book of etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt—very fancy! May I dream of a life such as hers with servants!? Whoa! I almost feel like the book is too good for me, haha! I’m working on a budget ya’ll, and lack of space so as far as the correct place to of silverware I do what I want now–I made the centerpiece with random plants found on my walks and in my backyard. This makes it more special I think. No servants here!

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The Railroad Question by William Larrabee

The Railroad Question by William Larrabee is a book I purchased not only for its beauty but for its subject matter. The question tossed around in this book, which was written in 1895, was whether railroads should be privately owned or owned and regulated by the government. The author declares from the start that they should be owned and maintained by the government. That if privately owned they will eventually lose their main purpose as being a service to the people.

I’ve had this book for a while now, and I’m realizing that I think it might be signed by the author himself who was once the 13th governor of Iowa. I compared the ink to a receipt I have from around the same time (1890’s) and the ink is in the same condition. If it’s not signed and noted with a personal dedication page (pictured) then why is it signed twice under his picture—eh?These are little mysteries I try to solve in my free time. 😁

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Need advice!!

Help! I think I’m going to give up on this. Should I or no? I made it 183 pages, and I just don’t care about any of the characters and James is not articulate enough for me to really know what is going on 100% of the time—I don’t like his writing style, if it’s a tree say it’s a tree for gosh sake. I need advice—What do you think?? Should I stick it out another 200 pages? I’ve been trying to choke it down for a month!

The book of Psalms

With my Bible readings I also read one psalm every day. For an introduction to the Bible this would be a good start—just read one psalm every day. The book of Psalms is a collection sacred songs and poems glorifying God. Most of them are written by King David, but my favorites are those written by the Sons of Korah. The Sons of Korah only wrote 12 of the 150 psalms. Their psalms are that of pure, genuine, humble, and beautiful praise of God. They rarely ask for anything from God except a call for Him to rescue them from an unjust world—much different from David’s psalms which, many times, ask for vengeance and violence against his enemies. I noticed the change in tone right away as I’m sure you would too. These speak to me and give me great comfort and my soul feels great peace.

My favorite verse…

“As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.”

-Psalm 42:1

Also this…

“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble

therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.” -Psalm 46:1-3