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So You Want To Be A Writer?

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I saw this quote and thought it was so true, I wanted to share it with you all.

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“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

Neil Gaiman

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Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday.

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Poem - The House By the Side of the Road

The House by the Side of a Road 

(1890–1911) by Sam Walter Foss

  • There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
  • In the place of their self-content;
  • There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
  • In a fellowless firmament;
  • There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths
  • Where highways never ran — 
  • But let me live by the side of the road
  • And be a friend to man.
  • Let me live in a house by the side of the road
  • Where the race of men go by — 
  • The men who are good and the men who are bad,
  • As good and as bad as I.
  • I would not sit in the scorner’s seat
  • Nor hurl the cynic’s ban — 
  • Let me live in a house by the side of the road
  • And be a friend to man.
  • I see from my house by the side of the road
  • By the side of the highway of life,
  • The men who press with the ardor of hope,
  • The men who are faint with the strife,
  • But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
  • Both parts of an infinite plan — 
  • Let me live in a house by the side of the road
  • And be a friend to man.
  • I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead,
  • And mountains of wearisome height;
  • That the road passes on through the long afternoon
  • And stretches away to the night.
  • And still, I rejoice when the travelers rejoice
  • And weep with the strangers that moan,
  • Nor live in my house by the side of the road
  • Like a man who dwells alone.
  • Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
  • Where the race of men go by — 
  • They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
  • Wise, foolish — so am I.
  • Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat,
  • Or hurl the cynic’s ban?
  • Let me live in my house by the side of the road
  • And be a friend to man.

My WP friends, I have a deep love of poetry. Many speak to me in deep and enduring ways. I heard the above poem for the first time last week and wanted to share it with the poetry lovers out there.

Please feel free to share your thoughts or other great poems with me.

Thank you!

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Author’s Recognition Award

It is my absolute pleasure to accept this nomination for “Author’s Recognition Award”. I was very happy to receive this nomination from Beverly of becomingtheoilandwine.com/2020/08/01/the-authors-recognition-award!

Purpose of the Award (Background)

This Award was created by Beverley at Becoming the Oil and the Wine Blog to support fellow bloggers who have written and published books or who are in the process of writing a book. You are free to write as much as you’d like about your book and/or the reasons why you decided to write one

I am so happy and so grateful to receive such an award from my sister blogger who is an accomplished blogger and published author.

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Ms Beverly (the creator) in her generosity, always takes time out to celebrate other bloggers and authors, please see her links here (Celebrating and Supporting our fellow writers). Please visit, you will find a plethora of wisdom and information.

I am currently working on a book about my life and the ways I see God’s love and protection around me, it is not yet titled but I await the Holy Spirit’s prompting on the perfect name.

Nominate at least five bloggers who have published a book or who are thinking about writing a book. I am unaware of the published authors so this nomination is open to all published and prospective authors.

Here is another copy to a link to check out the books written by our fellow bloggers. Please check them out.

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This nomination is open to any blogger who would love to participate. I would like to mention two very wise and gifted young bloggers whose posts I always seek out;

  1. https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/blog/
  2. http://saania2806.wordpress.com/

Please go check out their blogs as well, you may never leave…