The State of Our Union - Taken from Blogger Hurl Ramone

Last night my kids had guitar lessons and a basketball game, so I was unable to watch The State of the Union address. Once we got home, I checked my emails and found a notice that one of my favorite bloggers, Matt Walsh, had posted his take on the address. In the comments was a link to another blog. Once I clicked on that link, I discovered Hurl Ramone. The night before the State of the Union Address, he'd posted his own take on the state of our union.

With his permission (thank you, Hurl) I'm going to share some of the highlights with you. It's well worth reading.

Tomorrow night the president will be giving his state of the union speech.  Odds are, it won't be watched by many.  Who wants to watch a pep rally where the head cheerleader  tells lie after lie   talks  for two hours? 

Because tomorrow's state of the union speech is predictable and because we know that this current president is going to read his teleprompter stating dishonest patriotic platitudes, I thought of something wiser and different for this president to do: 

Just replay last night's Grammy Awards instead of making a speech.

If you really want a true test of the state of our union, refer to pop culture.  Economics, war, social issues, health care... none of it matters if the state of the family and the spiritual state of our country is a mess.

There I said it... If the spiritual state of our country is in disarray, nothing else matters.

Certainly, we are being led by a  wolf in a sheep's clothing  questionable president but one man alone cannot destroy a nation. 

Pop culture is a reflection of our values.

I imagine if Rome had a Grammy's ceremony right before their fall, it would have looked a lot like last night's show.  I don't really need to breakdown every performance nor the lyrics to the songs that won shiny golden trophies.  Nor do I need to mention the countless times, words were muted by certain artists.  Nor do I really need to mention the celebration of promiscuity, drugs, drinking and every other indulgence known to man that is communicated to us through catchy songs ready to be digested by impressionable young people. 

I don't even really need to state the obvious force fed indoctrination that was being done during the awkward gay and straight wedding ceremony part of the show.  I could say how I found it disturbing to watch man marry man and woman marry woman during this SINGING award show but really, I would be wrong because the fact anyone was getting married during this show IS and was one of many things that personally bothered me.

Marriage is a union between two people in love under God.  It is cheapened when this holy union is used as a pawn during an awards show.  Say whatever you think about gay marriage.  I have my own views.  Last night, marriage as a whole was cheapened.

Certainly, the atheists probably prefer seeing people get married on a TV awards show that glorifies the ills of society versus being done in a church where a God fearing man pronounces the couple as one.

But before, I get into the atheists, I should mention that once again, another music awards ceremony attempted to condition us with these images and satanic symbols of the all seeing eye and baphomet (the goats head).  Believe what you want about these images but the fact remains, they are rooted in evil.   Refer to Jay Z's hero, Allister Crowley, if you don't understand the deep dark undertones and meaning of these images. 








Remember, nothing is a coincidence.
Nothing is an accident.

From the Grammys to the MTV Music Award Show to simple three minute music videos, we are being flooded with Satanic imagery.  There is no denying it.

The question is why?

My other question is where were the atheists?  Atheists spend a lot of time denouncing the existence of God and those who believe in Him.  They even make efforts to eliminate crosses, manger scenes during Christmas and replace Christ with  an X in the holiday known as Christmas.  Atheists spend a lot of energy trying to silence something they don't believe in and those who believe that very deity they don't believe in.  Why are they trying to silence something good but ignoring the enemy of God, the devil?

Certainly, if you don't believe in God, then you don't believe in Satan.  Why aren't atheists trying to silence the Satanists?  They desperately want to remove all Christian images and symbols from the public arena; all the while, they remain silent as Satanic images and symbols are flooding the Grammys and other awards shows.

It's ironic to me that two years ago, a Christian singer was one of the finalists on American Idol.  He was told by the producers to stop thanking Jesus because not only may it offend some people but turn them off from voting for him.  Colton Dixon ignored their demands.

So, one man on a singing audition show is told not to say Jesus while professional singers on an awards show are donning the goats head and no one says anything.  The atheists remain quiet.

Atheists like to blame religion for wars, Catholicism for pedophilia, and every other ill of society on believers.  I will say this:  Joseph Stalin killed three times as many people as Hitler.  He was an atheist.  That doesn't mean, atheists are murderers.  It means, Stalin was a bad guy.  Catholics don't molest children.  Bad people are placed in positions of power within the Catholic church and then abuse that power to take advantage of the innocent.

Bad people are to blame for the crimes against humanity.

Tomorrow night, President Obama will be giving the state of the union address.  I doubt, like every president before him, he will even mention God but if he does, it will just be a buzz word for this annual pep rally.

The state of our union is divided, weak and sick.

Don't believe me?  Watch last nights Grammys. 

Review

 
Love spell updatedLove Spell Clint Christopherson’s love life is a running joke. When a crazed gypsy curses him with the best wish he could ever ask for, the punchline stops being funny. Now, even his barest touch drives girls mad for him. Desperate to reverse the curse, he turns to his last hope: an attractive private investigator who may be able to locate his missing gypsy. If only Clint knew who it was he just hired...

stan croweAuthor Stan Crowe Stan had a pretty normal, middle-class American youth. He was lucky enough to change that by convincing an exceptional woman to marry him in 2000, setting him on a much more fulfilling life course. Four years later, Brigham Young University awarded him with a Bachelors of Science in civil and environmental engineering. He then he spent several years designing homes, prescribing work for bridges, and even exploring the mortgage industry. In the midst of all this, he produced two science fiction anthologies in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, Breezy Reads Publishing picked up his romantic comedy The Cinderella Project. And thus he transformed himself from Captain Kirk into Don Juan. Stan lives with his wife, children (final count to be determined) and two cats in Utah.

MY REVIEW:

I found it funny that a book about a guy who's been cursed to be irresistible to women would be written by a man. Sounds like a guy's dream come true. Except it wasn't handled that way, which was nice. That would have been too predictable.

I really enjoyed Love Spell. It was pleasant, easy to read, and kept my interest. The characters were well-written, especially Clinton and Lindsay. Oh, and I thought the gypsy was pretty funny.

This was clean with some fun suspense and a leading lady worth cheering for.


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An Audiobook Extravaganza!! Giveaway


 
Some of you may have noticed that I have a link for the Audible version of My Own Mr. Darcy on the right side of this blog. I was fortunate to have some incredible talent audition for audio version. I think when you hear the voice talents of Heidi Baker, you'll see why I thought she was such a good fit for Lizzie. She's got quite a resume and she was incredibly professional. I feel very fortunate to have worked with her and I LOVE the way the book turned out.

To celebrate this release, I'm giving away 3 audiobook copies of My Own Mr. Darcy! I'm also super excited to be collaborating with a few other fabulous writers who are also giving away 3 copies of their audiobooks as well. So scroll down, check out the books, and enter to win the ones that interest you!
 


My Own Mr. Darcy | [Karey White]
My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth's life changes when Matthew Macfadyen's Mr. Darcy appears on the screen.
Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren't Mr. Darcy enough.
Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she's dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she's forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.
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The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson


Luke Carney has no idea what possessed him to move back to Shelter Springs, Colorado, to set up his veterinarian practice. His parents had long since left, the small farming community is on the brink of extinction, and only one close friend from his childhood remains--Taycee Emerson, his best friend's little sister, who isn't so little anymore. Then there's the matter of Shelter's Bachelorette, an online reality dating show created to raise some much needed funds for the town. 

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town's charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go. Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke's good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

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The Broken Path | [Cami Checketts]The Broken Path by Cami Checketts

Can a determined three-year-old inspire them to love again?
Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He's tried love before. He won't again. He meets his match in a precocious three-year-old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan.

Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can't make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn's daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn's best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter's example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won't submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.
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Brownies & Betrayal: A Sweet Bites Mystery, Book 1 | [Heather B. Justesen]
Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justeson

Pastry chef Tess Crawford thought moving from Chicago to quiet Silver Springs, Arizona would simplify her life. That was before she found the body of a woman with whom she had traded heated words the previous night, left her fingerprints on the murder weapon, and came under attack for trying to clear her name. When her cheating ex-fiance shows up, intent on convincing her to come back to work for him, Tess - armed with an extra batch of eclairs - decides to take control and solve the mystery herself, with the help of friends and frenemies alike. But will that be enough to save her when she gets too close and the killer decides it's safer to get her out of the way?
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Pistols & Pies: Sweet Bites, Book 2: Sweet Bites Mysteries, Volume 2 | [Heather Justesen]Pistols and Pies (Sweet Bites Mystery, Book 2) by Heather Justeson

The gigantic cake for the new city rec center opening is going to be great advertising for Tess Crawford's new bakery, until she finds the city councilman who oversaw the project dead.

Tess vows to stay out of this investigation, but then the victim's troubled step-son is fingered for the murder and Tess jumps in to prove he's innocent. Trouble is, someone else wants her to leave it alone and isn't afraid to take her out to protect their identity. Tess and her growing gang of amateur sleuths scramble to catch the killer before one of them ends up dead.
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A Perfect Fit: A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 1 | [Heather Tullis]
A Perfect Fit (A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 1)

Cami DiCarlo doesn't agree with her father that her life has been stuck in a rut, so she is not happy when he forces her hand into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel. The fact that he unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, and insists that they live together while they launch the new resort, only makes things worse. 

When she meets Vince Talmadge, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can't say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track - and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything she and her sisters are working to build.
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SEALed with Love: DiCarlo Brides, Book 2 | [Heather Tullis]SEALed with Love (DiCarlo Brides, Book2) by Heather Tullis

It isn't Sage Parker's fault that she mistakes former Navy SEAL Joel Watts as the stalker who has been sending her disturbing letters - he shows up every time she turns around. Too bad her father doesn't tell her he sent Joel to protect her.

When the stalker tracks Sage from LA to her new job in Colorado, she's glad to have Joel on her side. She didn't plan on falling in love with him though - now if he would see her as more than just a client. Joel takes his job as head of resort security seriously, but Sage is his number one priority, and the one woman he can't get out of his mind. He isn't sure if he believes in her precognition, or some of her other hokey beliefs, but he soon finds he can't live without her. He just has to catch the stalker before he or Sage end up dead.
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Reclaiming His Bride: A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 3, Volume 3 | [Heather Tullis]Reclaiming His Bride (A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 3)

Secrets rule Lana’s life. Her father’s death brought some out into the open, but she has a few of her own: 1) she’s been married to Blake for nearly a year - and trying to get a divorce for most of that time. 2) A moment of emotional weakness and too much champagne ended with her in her husband’s arms - and now she’s pregnant.

Blake hasn’t thought of another woman since they first met, though she believes otherwise. When Lana’s hotel-magnate father offers him the job of regional manager - and an office in the hotel Lana would be managing, Blake jumps at it. Keeping her attention when it’s split between her sisters, the ins and outs of running a resort, and the ‘ghost’ who’s been haunting the building isn’t easy. Learning about the baby convinces him to redouble his efforts though - he isn’t going to give up without a fight, and when someone comes after Lana, the stakes are raised again.
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Family Matters: DiCarlo Brides, Book 4 | [Heather Tullis]Family Matters (A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 4)

Rosemary Keogh considers herself pretty adaptable - she dealt with her father's death-bed edict that she moved across the country to work at his latest hotel with five half-sisters, (most of whom she hadn't known existed) hadn't she? She settled into the routine, even grew to like most of them, but when tragedy leaves her birth daughter parentless - and she is named as the guardian - her world spins again.

Trying to raise a nine-year-old who shares her spunk and determination isn't always an easy thing. When Rosemary starts having mysterious 'accidents,' though, her worries shift from being a bad mother to leaving her daughter an orphan yet again.

Adding to the confusion, Harrison Forest, head of the resort's human resources department, decides it's time to shift their relationship from semi-adversarial to something a whole lot more interesting. Can they get past the roadblocks she's been throwing in their way to make things work? More importantly, will she survive that long?
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A Few Videos that Made Me Happy!



This commercial makes me smile and a couple of times, it even makes me laugh. I wish there were more commercials like this. If there were, I'd stop fast forwarding through them. I really love this one and can't stop watching it.




Yesterday, trumpeter Jesse McGuire performed The National Anthem at the Carolina Panthers football game. It was fantastic. Perfect, respectful and beautiful. It gave me goosebumps. And that flag on the field is stunning!



And here's some super talented girl I found doing a pretty great Elvis cover. All right. She's my daughter. But she is super talented and it is a pretty great Elvis cover.

Mind Over Water - A Post About My Word


I was listening to an audio book on my way home from my parents yesterday. In the book, the author used an analogy about throwing a rock into the water. He said, "Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is: Totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input. Then it returns to calm. It doesn't over-react or under-react."

I had to turn the book off right there--don't worry, I'll go back to it--but, I had to think about that in relation to my word of the year. UNDRAMATIC.

A big thing--a death, a divorce, a major illness, among others--would be like a big, BIG rock thrown into the water. It makes a big splash, the ripples are significant and far-reaching and it takes a while for the disturbance to settle back to calm. But eventually, it does. As we learn to live with the big thing, we adapt, we learn, we (hopefully) make peace with it.

Small things like running late, a sink full of dirty dishes, a presidential news conference interrupting your favorite show, are like a small pebble being thrown into the water. It barely registers. It's just a little plop and then it's gone, the water back to normal in no time.

The problem with drama, as I see it, is this. The overly dramatic person thinks that little plop wasn't enough, so they head out into the water and stir it up, splashing and swishing and making waves for the rock, because the rock wasn't dramatic enough. Or if the rock was big, the dramatic person doesn't want the calm that eventually comes and so they trudge out there and pick up that rock and drop it again and again, looking for the big reactions from the water, never letting it become calm again.

The disruption of the water, or the drama queen (or king), might be the person most impacted by the rock (poor me, look at what's happened to me, my life is so hard, I'm so busy, and on and on and on) or it might be someone around them (you poor thing, I can't believe you have to go through this, I hope you didn't put up with that, you should sue them).

Please don't look at these examples and think that I think there isn't a place for grieving or sympathy. I absolutely do. The big rock caused a huge splash and lots of ripples, after all. I'm just saying that at some point, the water calms and we need to let it.

We need to be happy with the water so calm we can see our own reflection instead of so choppy that we can't see ourselves. Hmm. Maybe there's something to that thought. Maybe the more comfortable we are with ourselves and our circumstances, the more willing we are to actually see ourselves for what we are.

Anyway, I really liked the analogy, especially how I see it relating to my word for 2014.

May our waters be as smooth as possible! Have a great week.

The Word for 2014 - UNDRAMATIC


Okay, I was seriously torn between a couple of words that I wanted to focus on. I really felt like last year's word, DELIBERATE, was a good one for me. I thought about the word and put it to use as I made some important decisions about my family, this blog, and the direction I wanted to go with my writing. I'm hoping to have this year's word have an equally "dramatic" impact. (just a little joke)

Some words that define DRAMA: incident, scene, spectacle, crisis, disturbance, commotion, turmoil.

Okay, I know there are some positive definitions for the word drama, but as far as my word of the year, I'm using the above words. And since my word is the uneloquent sounding UNDRAMATIC, I'll tell you some of the words I found defining the word.

UNDRAMATIC: Boring, natural, unaffected.

And this is why I want to focus on this word.

I have discovered lately that when it comes to my family and my associations with other people, I want our dealings to be undramatic. I believe drama in marriages, sibling relationships, friendships and business relationships is unhealthy. Perhaps even of the devil. It sounds like I'm being overly dramatic about the word, but I have witnessed (and been involved in) dramatic relationship situations lately that have been frustrating and unhealthy. I've seen how drama can destroy friendships, can cause high blood pressure, can strain relationships and can cause serious frustration and hurt feelings. I've seen how drama feeds off itself and leads to more drama. I've seen how some people become addicted to drama and HAVE to have a crisis of some kind or they almost can't function.

And I don't want it in my life.

I want a marriage that from the outside looks boring. I want to react to difficult situations in a genuine, unaffected way. I don't want to be rushed and panicked. I want to be calm and cool and even-tempered. I don't want to see the huge, glaring flaws in those around me. I want to see people's goodness and their hearts. I don't want to be involved in the gossip that inevitably comes with drama. I want to be kind and patient. I don't want to feel the stress that comes with drama. I want to feel peace.

I want to stew less and smile more.

I want to steer clear of the drama. I want to minimize the effect of drama addicts on my life. I want to be an undramatic, stabilizing influence on those around me.

So my word for 2014 is UNDRAMATIC. I'm going to spend the year trying to make the only drama in my life be the drama I write in my books.

Happy New Year!