Go Vote This Tuesday!

Never grow a wishbone daughter, where your backbone ought to be. –Clementine Paddleford

Everyone wants to whine about the government. In the USA, we all swear the government is broken and our representatives have gotten out of hand and out of touch with the people. If you truly believe this then go vote! Vote the old guys out of congress. Vote out the people that have been in that chair for 10 years while your state has been suffering.
You will have between 3 and 5 people to vote for President. Take an hour to read up on them, then go vote.

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How to Learn and How to Live

Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.              –Mahatma Gandhi

I love this quote. It was my class motto.

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A Quote on Kindness

Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning. 

                -Frederick William Faber

This is so true. I have learned this, on a deeper level, within the last 2 years or so.
Also, this is my 1,000 post! Yay!

I have so many more that I want to share. I am still enjoying this.
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2 Quotes for Women’s Equality Day

Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who…drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!

-Susan B. Anthony The Revolution, 1869 (on abortion)

A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.   –Susan B. Anthony

Since it is the 45th Women’s Equality day, I gave you two quotes!

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of U.S. Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as“Women’s Equality Day.” This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment granted women the right to vote.  This was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups.  Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

You can celebrate this day in a number of ways. First, stop and celebrate the accomplishments made in gaining the right to vote, and towards equality for women. Second, be sure that you are registered to vote in your county before October! Third, sign a petition or educate yourself on a rights groups in your area.

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The quote about the 3 gifts.

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Life is the first gift, love is the second, understanding the third.  –Marge Piercy

Here is your quote for the weekend. I hope you can be understanding, in that I’ve gone through a lot this year. Please keep visiting my blog. It is my outlet and something that makes me happy.

 

Love & Madness

When love is not madness, it is not love. –Pedro Calderon de la Barca

 

I really like this quote. What do you think? After 9 years of marriage, I understand this quote even more.

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Love Binds

Love rules without a sword, Love binds without a cord. –Anonymous

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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A Quote about Great Men

Skepticism has not founded empires, established principles, or changed the world’s heart.  The great doers of history have always been men of faith.

-Edward Hubbell Chapin

 

Have faith, and have a great weekend!

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The Quote about being Strong

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. -Unknown

This is a quote that has been copied and shared all across the internet, but I would like to know who said it. It is very true. I have found out what strength really looks like this year.

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Half Way Through 2016 and I’m Back

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Hey guys, I’m back. I am really glad that I allowed myself to take this month-long break. It allowed me to take a much-needed breath. I hope you didn’t forget about me and I hope you have subscribed to me so that you don’t miss any of my new blog posts. Look on the left-hand side of the screen to find ways to stay connected to me, and learn more about me.

We are halfway through the year of 2016.

So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Comment below and tell me if you are accomplishing them. Feel free to leave a link to a blog post of yours if you have been blogging about your resolutions or goals for 2016.

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

You can find my post with my explanation of how I start my year here.

My word for 2016 is steadfast; which is interesting because it has been a year of changes so far. Most people I know would say this has been a year of transitions. It definitely has been for me. Which means that God knew I was going to be sent big challenges when he gave me Psalms‬ ‭112‬:‭7 He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord. (‭HCSB) to lean on.

I have gotten good news and had some really good things happen to me this year, it hasn’t all been bad. (click the bold words to get the back story) My part-time job (that I applied for on a whim last year) that helped us pay the bills turned into a full-time job with benefits. It is something that I could make a career out of, and I have extra money to buy more books. I have joined 3 professional organizations, became a Notary Public and hold 2 official titles. I am not going to say what they are because my blog is my safe place, and my artistic place. Work is where I have to professional and mindful of the image I project. These two places need to stay separate. 

Working a full-time job after 6 years of being a stay at  home mom, pretty much setting my own schedule and hours, was an adjustment. But I am glad to be a full-time working mom. I have to work a minimum of two nights a month, but I get all major holidays off with pay. It’s a good trade-off.

I am also glad I put my son in Pee Wee baseball. He has really enjoyed it this year. My husband was able to basically sit back and watch him play this season, instead of being a  coach. He has enjoyed that and so have I. But it had us on the run for about 5 days of every week from May to last week. The days we didn’t have a game or practice were the days we had to shop for our groceries or support other family members during their activities. 

I am glad that we got my son’s health issues straightened out. I think that had something to do with him enjoying ball so much this year. He is allergic to at least 6 different things, mostly trees, and the over-the-counter meds just couldn’t keep up. We got the test results in late April. We put him on new meds the night after his appointment with a Pediatric Allergist and after 3 weeks G was so much better. He didn’t have any colds or fevers after that.

I will admit that my writing has suffered amidst all of these changes and challenges. After National Haiku Writing Month was over, I didn’t write much. However, my relationship with God has grown. My prayer time was slacking for a little while but I am back at it. I did manage to read 7 books last year and I have already read 4 books this year. They have all been “Christian Living” or “Self-Help” but they have been amazing and have inspired me to push through all of my challenges these past 8 months. I tweet quotes from my favorites, so follow me on Twitter.

2016 has been a super hard year, I have even missed church services. But things feel more normal now, and I feel so strong and deep in my faith. I want to be inspiring others to be at church and to follow Jesus so I will be praying daily and going to church every week. I have been reading the Bible daily for over a year and that helps me so much. If there is one thing that I think every person on the face of the planet should do, it’s read the Holy Bible. I believe in that so strongly that I agreed to be Director of my Women On Mission group at church a year ago. Being the leader was different and more challenging than I thought it would be, but I do enjoy it. I refer to it as my other job, and I put a lot of effort and thought into our activities. 

Well, my posts usually aren’t this long. Rest assured that I am back to blogging and I will be sharing short poetry with you next week, and the posts will be much shorter!! I will also be sharing quotes on Fridays. I don’t know if I will be writing for Friday Fictioneers this month, as that group is kind of taking a break right now. But I will eventually write short stories again as well.

I hope your year is going well, leave me a comment below and tell me about it!

 

A quote on finding yourself.

Life isn’t about finding yourself, its about creating yourself.

– George Bernard Shaw

I found this quote when I was 18, and it has profoundly impacted me. I set out to create myself, and while I found out that it is an ongoing process, at least I know that I am responsible for myself and my actions.

 

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The Art of Progress

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. -Alfred North Whitehead

 

I hope you all have an orderly weekend!

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