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The Paradoxical Commandments

Ronovan and Colleen invite bloggers to share quotes that influence us each week. Click on their names to read their posts.

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Dr. Kent Keith  “is a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world.”

Ronovan shared quotes about respect. I recall it is a character trait that teachers try to instill in our students; self-respect and respect for others.

Aretha sang an unforgettable song about respect. Every one was singing it.



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Ronovan and Colleen sponsor quotes on Wednesday. This is an opportunity for me to think about writers who have influenced me and select a quote that supports my philosophy of life and writing.

The author is unknown for both of the quotes.


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I’m slowing down on my posts. The fear is gone that bloggers and friends won’t enjoy what I write or how often I write. Just give it up, Meredith. Oh no, I would miss my friends. I’ll blog when I can try one more time. There doesn’t have to be a stop time just yet. What would I do with the ideas that come to me. Dreaming isn’t enough. I love sharing with all of you far too much to quit.

It is what you do when people from urban dictionary keep your definitions off.

Quit: I’m quitting it now, for sure I’ll come back to read definitions, but I’m not coming back to create and I hope that they get bankrupted and that they all fall from the tenth floor with their asses upside-down.

Quit 2: I have not that much time though.

Quit 3: I guess they’re haters or trolls, peace! Orr, aussie-ass democrats hahaha, stupid people! hahahhaaaa!

by MrGui April 02, 2015

Meredith says, “When I get a new name from God, it’ll be hope.

Frank knows.


Colleen at silverthreading and Ronovan at ronovanwrites write about favorite quotes that are inspiring them to work on their fiction pieces, and invite us to do the same. Visit their pages by clicking their highlighted blog names.

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Zadra is:

  • Best-selling author
  • Award-winning editor and book mentor
  • Founder and former CEO of Compendium Publishing
  • CEO & Creative Director of Zadra Creative
  • Strategic consultant for Fortune 500 companies.

Think about imagination, it is that part of the mind that creates, that form new ideas or images not present to the senses. I enjoyed the Wiki article  How to Have a Big Imagination helpful.

My personal feelings about magic for authors is that it takes a big imagination and “time to relax and let your thoughts go free,” as Ronovan said in the BeWoW post. What  I’ve learned from my own personal experience writing a book takes time and hard work.


How I Adjust My Attitude.

I’m writing today for Rononvan’s BeWoW, be wonderful on Wednesday. I’m looking for something to help me overcome the blue funk that is trying her  best to infringe on my joy.

Colleen is working on her novel until the end of the month. GO! Colleen, get it done!

Many people are conflicted with this time of the year because of the gross amount of commercialism that invades and causes everyone to crowd the parking lots of stores, and don’t forget the grocery stores, in an effort to bring happiness. The struggle is to keep it simple and my  mind on what I celebrate. Oh yes, not you, right?

Whatever it is,  I’m singing:

I knew intellectually and by the Spirit’s nudging that I needed to change my attitude. I head for the scriptures.

Jonah 2:5-7New Life Version (NLV)

Waters closed in over me. The sea was all around me. Weeds were around my head. I went down to the roots of the mountains. The walls of the earth were around me forever. But You have brought me up from the grave, O Lord my God. While I was losing all my strength, I remembered the Lord. And my prayer came to You, into Your holy house.


2 Timothy 1:7New Life Version (NLV)

For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.

The scriptures are my lifeline. sinking

Now I’m singing:

Steve Maraboli

Colleen of silverthreading and Ronovan of ronovanwrites invite us to join them on Wednesdays to post quotes that have an impact on us, especially for writers.

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From Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Dr. Steve Maraboli is a well-known speaker, author and behavioral scientist. He writes a message about how to change your life with positive, inspiring and active living.

Mark Lowry

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Inspired by Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday and Ronovan’s BeWoW,   as well as December’s traditional observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, I chose Mark Lowry singer, song writer and comic to quote.

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I know, this doesn’t mention Christmas. Here Lowry talks about the foundation of our belief, love for one another, and the principle of minding our own business, not judging. Jesus came into this world because he loved us so much.

Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry preformed by one of my favorite group The Pentatonix

The story behind the song:

“In 1984, Jerry Falwell called and asked me to write the program for their next Living Christmas Tree.

As I wrote the ‘speaking parts’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth.

In a conversation with my mother, I remember she said, ‘If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born — Mary knew!’ That was a profound statement that stuck with me.

One thing they couldn’t take from Mary was that she knew her Child was not ordinary…

As my mind went back to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips that had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom. Even now, he was the very one who had given life to his mother, Mary.

I began writing a list of questions I would like to ask Mary if I could sit down with her — questions such as, ‘Mary, do you know who is in your arms?’

‘Did you know the one who holds creation together, and the one who holds you together is lying helpless in the manger?’

‘Did you know that your baby boy will walk on water, give sight to a blind man and calm a storm at sea with his hand?’”

Lowry carried his lyrics with him for the next seven years. In 1991, he asked his good friend, Buddy Greene, to write suitable music for his poem.

Greene told me in an interview, “Mark handed me his lyrics, and I held on to them for about two weeks. One day I pulled them out and looked at them. They seemed to suggest a minor key approach to writing an accompaniment. I completed the musical setting in about 30 minutes. I called Mark at his home in Georgia and on the phone played and sang the song to him. He was ecstatic! He said, ‘That’s it!’

Two weeks later. we met in Mark’s hotel room in Nashville where we recorded the song on a small portable machine. It was then taken to Michael English who was preparing to make an album. He was the first person to record “Mary, Did You Know?”

Many other popular singers have since recorded it. Kenny Rogers, the country artist and Kathleen Battle, the opera star are two singers that have carried it to the studio. Kathy Mattea sang it at a gathering in the White House.” From The St. Augustine Record interview with Mark Lowry.

Joseph Campbell

r & CRonovan and Colleen joined their Wednesday challenges so we can cover both in one fell swoop, or in a single swift action. They give me the opportunity to share a quote from a writer that will help me to have a positive attitude and to do the best I can to entertain and inform you, and to pass that positive attitude on.

I’m crazy about the combo cartoon featuring Colleen and Ronovan!!! Perhaps it will become part of the Wednesday blog.


Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is and American author and teacher. I like to see a picture o the person I’m quoting, and to hear the voice is an extra treat. Here he is on YouTube:

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