Feel Like Going On

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 31•14
Aspiring Photographer

Photo by Foster Owens

It seems I have become the regular poster for the Feel Like Going On Community Blog through the Post Gazette. The fun part of that is that the students we are mentoring in the Still Feel Like Going On project are now contributing. Take a look at our blog and see their photos (and some from the mentor photographers as well).

Feel Like Going On Blog

 

The Jesus Diet by Robin Merrill

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 29•14

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The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss

By Robin Merrill

About the Book:

In The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss, Author/Poet Robin Merrill shares her weight loss experiences through 30 Bible devotions designed to inspire others to join her on her journey toward improved spiritual, and physical, health.

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robin 12 web (2)Robin Merrill is the author of several books, including The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss (30 Devotions), two collections of poetry from Moon Pie Press, and five Scholastic Book Fair books.

Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston.

Robin is also a performance/slam poet who has competed at the national level. She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels.

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Wordless Wednesday

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 23•14

Okay, I cheat today.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” These dahlias were being discarded by workers at Phipps Botanical Gardens today.

Dahlias

Goodkindles

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 21•14

My book, “Unfailing Love“,  was  featured yesterday on Goodkindles.  It may still be there when you view this, if not, click the button and you should see my page.

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A Blessed Carol Delights and Exhales

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 20•14

In spite of having some crazy virus and madness with all four of my fountain pens, I finished the first draft of Psalm 119. More than some of the others, it’s really a first draft. Oddly enough, the first three stanzas are the worst ones because I didn’t really have my groove at that point.  If you aren’t familiar, here is what the challenge was:

1. Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem in which each 8 line stanza begins with the same letter of the alphabet.

2. All 22 letters of the Hebrew letter were used. One for each stanza

3. Each stanza includes one of the following 8 words (translated of course) for law: law, precept, testimony, commandments, judgement, decree, ways, promise

 

I took on that challenge with the following adaptations:

1. I used the English language, of course, meaning I used 26 letters instead of 22, making it even longer.

2. With a few exceptions, I chose to challenge myself to use alliteration (using the same sound for two or more words). That made it for fun for me, so instead of finding eight words that fit the psalm for each letter, I had to find sixteen or more. That didn’t work so well for z, and a few others are short of that goal.

3. Believe it or not, J was the hardest. I took a completely different approach. There are some VERY powerful biblical men whose names begin with J. I began each stanza with their names instead. I also had to forgo the alliteration.

3. No, I didn’t find even eight words that begin with x (I did find two though), so I did what any poet would do in that situation. Ex words sound like X, so I spelled them eX  (eXample).

4. For W-Z I didn’t have a theme from the actual scripture, so I free-styled. :) I enjoyed writing those the most.

5. In terms of the synonyms for law, I chose not to use decree, precept and statute,  and rarely used judgement and testimony. Decree, precept and statute are not words that are used commonly today. Judgement and testimony often have different meanings. I chose, instead,  to use direction, plan, teaching, learn, obey (which was often used in psalm 119 translations-esp. Living Bible) and rules.  Some stanzas contain none of those words. I was going with the flow. I may or may not add them later.

6. Because many of my readers have told me that they appreciate the fact that my writing is accessible (as in easily understood), I only permitted myself to use words I didn’t have to verify the meaning of. That meant less words to choose from. That being said, my vocabulary is still rather high as I have a master’s degree.  I also opted for short words to keep the verses on one line. That won’t work for the electronic versions, but at least there will be no line overruns in the physical book.

Here’s my stanza for V. I share this one because I expected to be extremely difficult, but it was fun. You will notice that I didn’t use a synonym for law on each line. That may change. It might not.

 

Visit me. Be vigilant. Make my vision clear.
Verify that you hear me. Validate your plan.
Vocalizing praises with various verses as promised.
Violins, vibes, voices make vibrant music. Virtuosos in praise.
Vigilant, I am ready to volunteer. Venturing to vast vista and valley.
Valiant one, save us from vile men who don’t value your law.
Vitality comes from praising you and vowing to be obedient.
Very lost and on the verge of giving up, starving for your direction.

 

And here is J:

 

Jehovah, you who molded me, help me learn your laws.
Jews wrote down your words. Gentiles can study them too.
Jacob told us your judgements were fair.
Joseph flourished in your kindness and mercy.
Jonah learned of your mercy when he disobeyed your commands.
John was persecuted by the unjust who did not know your ways.
Jesus was The Word and proof of your promises.
Judas knew the shame of turning against your Word.

 

Book Reviews

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 18•14

Destiny UnlimitedDestiny Unlimited by Vanessa Davis Griggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I started reading it when I was looking for something to share with my twelve-year-old niece. I continued reading it because my middle-aged inner child loved it. Vanessa Davis Griggs took me on a journey that reminded me of Alice in Wonderful or the Wizard of Oz. The characters were each very entertaining, but each one also taught Destiny a valuable lesson. It was very inspirational and a joy to read. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

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Axis Quest, Take FlightAxis Quest, Take Flight by Shane Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It picked up right where the first one left one, and left me wanting more at the end. Lily is so human and real. Her grandmother is charming and cute. I wish I could visit her myself. The twists and turns kept me moving through it quickly. It’s an easy, but engaging read. Although there are Christian themes, it is not preachy, something else I appreciate. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

 

 

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The Kill Zone: Writing Doesn’t Make You a Better Writer

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 17•14

The Kill Zone: Writing Doesn’t Make You a Better Writer.

 

So many believe seem to believe that all it takes to be a great writer is to write a lot.

This author sees it differently, and makes some great points:

1. You learn to write by learning how to write.

2. Creativity and craft go together.

3. Passion, precision and productivity make for writing success.

 

Read the article (linked above). It’s well worth your time.

Wordless Wednesday

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 16•14
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Mating Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies

Awesome New Review

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 15•14

Another review from my Story Cartel venture was posted by Shannon Lee Williams:

(http://shannanlee126.blogspot.com)

 

HePsalms in the Key of my Life, Amazon linkre’s her review:

 

“This was an absolutely beautiful and amazing book of poetry related to Psalms 1-50 in the Bible.  The author took each psalm and made it into a poem.  I read through the book real quick, although I am going to go back and read it slower next time so I can absorb more of it.

 

I had many favorites and finally had to stop writing them down.  A few are Psalm 5, He’s Working it Out; Psalm 6, Just When I Need You Most; Psalm 11, Faith During The Test and Psalm 13, When I Feel Forgotten.  Like I said, there were so many I liked and that I could relate too.  Sometimes I felt as if the author was writing the poem just for me.

 

This is a book of poetry that will bless you and is an absolute delight to read.  I recommend it to anyone and everyone.  I give this book 5*****

 

I downloaded this book from http://storycartel.com/ in exchange for my honest review.”

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Written By: carolmoye - Jul• 09•14

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