My longtime good friend, Dale Triplett, tweeted me just a few minutes ago to announce that he is offering his new children's book, Benjamin Oliver Flanagan, at zero cost--as in FREE--for just a couple days.
I immediately downloaded the book to my Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader and read it in a jiffy.
Benjamin Oliver Flanagan is a heartwarming story, delivered as a fun and rhythmic poem and accompanied by playful illustrations from Kevin Scott Collier, that tells us about a boy, his toys, his almost tragedy, his rescuer father, and his newfound trust.
The father in me was touched by the words of Benjamin's dad...
"Just respect the things you love, And trust in your Father."
There's a lesson here for the child in each of us.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts about Benjamin Oliver Flanagan below.
Those who know me best would never describe me as a dog person, so I was surprised when I stumbled on and read the two reflections (below) I wrote during our dog's final days back in 2005. They offer praise to God for his furry gift and gratefulness for our time with Cody.
I am not a dog lover, but I guess I loved Cody more than I realized and my heart hurt as he spent his final days with us.
Oddly enough, it still aches.
[Originally posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005]
Thank You God, for Cody
According to Christie's announcement, the drawing is expected to sell in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. Which begs the question:
Why won't my simple black-and-white drawings fetch similar rewards?
The simple answer is, of course, I'm not Andy Warhol. Hey, I could draw the same thing, but its worth in the market would be less than the paper I used...because I am not Andy Warhol.
You aren't Andy Warhol either, are you?
I've heard it said.
Maybe you've said it yourself.
To be honest, I know I've said it!
"That's the best I can do."
If you're like me you know that whatever it is, it really isn't the best you can do, right?
The fact is, the best we say we can do isn't really the best we can do, is it?
What will you do better today? (I've made it simple to Tweet - Just click HERE!)
Hurricane Sandy has passed, but the devastation remains.
There's a big mess to clean up and millions of people who need help.
You've decided you want to step up to the plate and donate to the cause.
Good on you!
Good people from around the world are stepping up to the plate to lend a hand.
Sadly, when disasters strike, bad people rise to the occasion along with the good, looking for ways to add to victimize those who've come to help.
Miserable circumstances, indeed.
No parole date.
No guarantee of a tomorrow.
Yet, Paul wrote with great confidence:
"Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear." (Philippians 1:12-14, NASB)
You have a cluttered TO DO list, don't you?
So much to do, but no time left for the things that are really important.
For getting closer to your Creator.
For connecting with your spouse and children.
For getting lost in your own thoughts.
For learning something new.
For pondering life's mysteries.
Does that sound about right?
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Each of the 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence made an extraordinary promise, penning their names below this affirmation, "...for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
They risked everything--their lives, possessions, and honor--to declare independence from the tyranny of the King of England.
They withheld nothing, because life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, given not by man, but by the Creator of all things.
Even those who are crowned as monarchs or elected as political leaders can neither give nor take these rights.
[Dear Reader: This is a repeat of a post I wrote last year to commemorate the passing of my step-father, who passed away on July 4, 2011. I still miss him and his impact on the world is no less important today than it was then, so I thought I would share my heart again. Thank you for your kind understanding. Remember those whom you love and love them while they're with you.]
Big Rick passed into eternity on July 4, 2011. Although he wasn't famous, infamous, or even well-known, he was very special to me and played a major role in creating the guy who is sitting here typing this.
You see, Big Rick was my step-father for nearly half a century. I haven't lived under his roof since the late-70s when I joined the Air Force, and the miles between us as my wife and I have moved around the world have made our visits with him less frequent than I would have liked, but I still miss his presence more now than ever. Somehow, things just seem different knowing he is no longer there, at home and with my mother.
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