The book of Galatians

Again, I have no authority to teach you anything from the Bible, I hope you might find something useful from it, and if you disagree with my interpretation that’s OK! “…the gospel I preach is not of human origin.” —Galatians 1:11

I was given the order in which to read the Bible my a priest friend of mine. He said some books tend to reflect each other and juxtapose each other. Once and a while I understand what he means. Reading Leviticus like we did last week, then moving on to Galatians is a great example. In Leviticus the Israelites learn laws they must follow to get close to God, and at that point they can only go through a holy teacher. But in his letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches us that following strict rules is not the way. That we have access to God ourselves through prayer and that the teachings of Christ (loving your neighbor and loving God) is what we must remember instead of the strict rules from the Old Testament. .

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Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley …. HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🎃

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Mary W. Shelley was much different than any film adaptation I’ve ever seen. To be honest I didn’t really like the book at all. I was very bored and restless throughout. I think I’ll stick with my favorite film adaptation, Young Frankenstein, where Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein, (he pronounces it Fraunkensteen) and Marty Feldman plays Igor, famed for his crooked eyes, he pronounces it Eye-gore. “Do you also say Frodrick? “No, I say Fredrick.” .

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My favorite scene in the film is when Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancé, Elizabeth (Madeline Khan) shows up unexpectedly. Dr. Frankenstein, Inga(Teri Garr) is beautiful assistant, and Igor stand on the porch of the mansion greeting her. They had to take this scene over and over because Feldman and Wilder kept laughing and ruining the serious awkwardness of the moment. They were not successful however, in the film you can still see Wilder holding back his laughter when Igor pretends to attack ( for the 100th time) Elizabeth’s mink stole with his teeth. If you haven’t seen it yet definitely give it a thorough watching! Happy Halloween!! 🎃

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.Pictured is the 1931 hardcover edition printed after the first film was produced. Second picture is Hollywood’s first rendition of The Monster. 😱

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Poetry & Prose by Edgar Allan Poe

Who’s ready for Halloween?? 🎃 I think I’ll cozy up under the covers and read some Poe tonight. Love the poem of his entitled, ‘Alone’. Give it a read and tell me what you think!

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.Pictured is a 1951 Modern Library edition set inside an old clock my artist neighbor gutted and I snagged from her garbage. 😬 I do that a lot. Your garbage is my treasure. Behind it is a table I refinished. .

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I’m published in a literary review!

Pleased to announce one of my short stories was chosen for the last issue of The 3288 Review! The Legend of Adam Young is the story of platonic love between Adam Young and his friend Meg.

So geeked right now!! .

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Desert Islands by Walter de la Mare

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If any of you would like to read an interesting book (which I’m sure you do), please try Walter de la Mare’s Desert Islands. I have a rule to buy any work of Walter de la Mare’s that I don’t already have; I like him a lot.

Desert Islands is sort of a collection of essays (that’s what I would call it because no two chapters seem to flow together) that not only examine themes of isolation in stories like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, but also Mare documents accounts of isolation in stages of Morphine-induced hallucinations from famous writers and letters written by scholars on the subject. It was a wonderful discovery. Every page was like a candle lit in some dark corner of a history forgotten. I can’t imagine there is another book quite like it out there.

This hard cover copy is a 1930 illustrated edition set against an old 1909 postcard and some shells and sand from California.

The book of Leviticus

*Disclaimer: Again, I have no authority to teach you, if you disagree with my thinking that’s OK!

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It’s Friday which means I’m sharing our next book of the Bible! I will say Leviticus and Numbers (I will talk about Numbers in two weeks) are two of the hardest books to get through because they, to me, are a bit boring. But the book of Leviticus, written by Moses, shares with us one of the most important and relevant verses. One which speaks profoundly to our present time and political atmosphere:

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” –Leviticus 19:33-34

Not only can this be applied to our own U.S. border, but also to when you get introduced to your future in-laws, or a newcomer in the neighborhood, workplace, or religious organization. It is one of two important verses I have noted from this book. Most of the book is filled with strict instruction on how to keep the sabbath holy and ourselves holy. It feels very primitive to me. Some might find this interesting, but I was rather bored. Yet I see where it is an incredibly important addition to the Bible itself. Next week I’ll share thoughts on Galatians.

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Proper Mourning by Brianne Turczynski

I can’t do a book review today, but I wanted to share my little work of fiction is up on amazon and Barnes and Noble. http://bit.ly/ProperMourning

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I continue to pursue an agent and publishers for my other fiction and poetry, but a few years ago I felt my first novel should get off my flash drive and come alive on the market, because I come alive every time someone reads it—and I need to be alive!! Self publishing is no joke. It is hard work—you have to learn many new skills—and to be successful you must go all the way with it.

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LOST STORY: 🤫 There were so many grammatical errors that it was impossible to find them all. In my last round, the computer read it aloud to me, but I kept falling asleep—not because I was bored but because I have read it 1,000,000 times!! So if you find a little error it is because I dozed off right there, which makes for a more intimate reading experience for you because you know this fact, don’t you think? Now don’t tell anyone I told you that! Mum’s the word! 🤭😉

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Many authors are ashamed of their first novel, including Stephen King. W. Somerset Maugham actually tried to sue his publisher because he wouldn’t take his first novel off the market. 😂 So, am I ashamed? No. Although my art and skill has advanced, of course, and will continue to do so, this work is very precious to me, because it is where I found myself and my life renewed. I could curl up with this book and sleep with it every night I love it so much!

.Plus—my husband drew the owl and he’s so cute!

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