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April 30, 2021 at 8:49am
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I have the distinction today of getting to accompany West Virginia Secretary of State and other cabinet members on a tour of our facility. I do not know when they are arriving so I was told to wait here at my desk and they would call me down when the entourage arrives. I am designing a newsletter for the West Virginia Veterans Home called Bugler. The director thought I'd make a good addition to the tour group.

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In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

What does it mean to do what is right in your own eyes? Is this something you do personally?

I do not do what I feel is right in my own eyes because there are many times that God and I disagree on what is right. For example, I could not care less what individuals do when they are not in my presence, yet God says some behaviors are sin. I have friends who are homosexuals. I tell them that what they do with their lives is none of my business personally. However God clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. I have friends who co-habitat with their girlfriends without marrying them. I do not care what they do personally. If they love each other so what? God on the other hand says that such behavior is sin. So when it boils right down to it, my opinion does not matter. God's opinion does!

For my blog I was cruising through the WDC galaxy and found a star I've never seen before. Angel writes

 
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A Time to Breathe  (E)
A Biolet describing a man's discovery of nature
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Tell us about a special place and moment in your life.

I do not know much about biolet poetry. I will have to check it out. I love meter in any form.

A special time in my life would be my very first memory. I must have been about 3 and barely remember it. My dad took me to an old country store where we bought ice cream and toys. I remember playing with those toys. It was special.

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I didn't know we had a President and First Lady right now.

Blog City image small Prompt: "If you were to prepare dinner for the President and First Lady, what would you prepare? Would you be the host or let someone else be? Would you spring for table decorations for the table or leave it as is?"

I am trying not to be political.

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April 29, 2021 at 8:28am
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Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Describe what these verses mean to you.

Marvelous Friend"

I believe these verses mean that we are not to depend on ourselves when living a believer's life. We are not to try to manage our own lives. We are to leave the management of our lives to Jesus. We do that by simply doing the next right thing and allowing Jesus to decide our paths.

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Things have settled down for me some. The chemo is working well on my skin cancer. My stomach doesn't like the chemo very much.

I want to thank Princess Megan Rose for covering for me. She is such a sweetheart.

Today on my return trip from the star base, I saw a shining star and explored a planet there. Shaye wrote a beautiful poem with
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Stars  (E)
Shining bright
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. What do you think of stars?

I think stars are wonderful. I love going out on a cold winter night, when there is no haze to obscure the sky, and looking at the known universe. It is amazing to look at and reminds me of how incredibly small I really am.

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Did or do you have a writing mentor? Do or did you find it helpful? Would you advise others to get one?"

No, no, and no.


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April 28, 2021 at 7:58am
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Proverbs 3:3-4
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

How do we write mercy and truth on the table of our heart?

We write them on our heart by determining that we are going to practice them.

For my blog Prompt: I was cruising the galaxy and found this planet:
 When Day Becomes Night  (E)
the magic hour
#2210921 by Lou-Here By His Grace


Write about this item in your Blog entry today.

I liked this poem. There is a name for poems that describe a scene like this but I cannot think of it right now. It refers to a quiet, country and natural setting and is very similar to a ballad. The imagery here was wonderful. I could see night meeting day and the two becoming one as Mother Nature smiled on.

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs "Prompt: Use these words in your entry: lilacs, honey-sweet, birds, delight, and beauty."

Lilacs are blooming along the road. Honey-sweet smell permeates the air. Birds nest in the trees branches. What a delight to the senses! Beauty for all to behold.

Blog City image small "Prompt: What are your plans for May?"

I have no real plans for May. Several of my colleagues are going with the recreation department for a camping trip to TN. I am covering for them while they are gone.


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April 27, 2021 at 12:00pm
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Image #2249234 over display limit. -?- "Prompt:
James 2:14-17
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Does your life reflect your faith in Christ? Why or why not?"

I believe my life reflects my faith in Christ. I am the chaplain of the WV Veterans Home in Barboursville WV and I try to show Christ in everything I do. I tell the guys in my congregation that we may be the only Bible a sinner ever reads. I want my life to be different from the world.

I was walking up the hill the other day. Our compound is on a small hill so we refer to home as "the hill." As I was walking back from taking care of some business a police car went rolling by running lights and siren. I put my hands in the air and told one of the residents that the police had caught me. The man looked at me and said "Chaplain, the day you go to jail for anything is the day I will confess every sin I ever committed."

I asked him why he said that. He replied "Your as pure as the driven snow and we all know that. I can't picture you having enough of a past for them to lock you up."

I took that as a compliment. Apparently my policy of witnessing by my behavior rather than empty words is working. The administration here tells me that they hear the guys talking about how much they appreciate me. I don't do anything that Jesus would not have done. Well, I'm sure I do things Jesus would not have done but I try to live a godly life.

I want to apologize for getting my entry out late. I had a business meeting first thing this morning. I am in the process of starting a business called Rehab for Vets. It will be a long-term residential rehabilitation and treatment center for military veterans. I am going to use a different approach however. My facility will combine equestrian therapy with addiction rehab. Horses are sensitive animals. They can sense change in people and can be taught to respond appropriately when an addict is having issues. It has been done before in several places across the country with good results. The difference in my business is that we will specialize in the treatment of military veterans. 3/4 of my staff will be combat veterans. The other 1/4 will be veterans with small exceptions. We may have to hire non-veteran staff to help with the horses. It depends on whether we partner with a stable or run our own.

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- Prompt: I was cruising the galaxy with Garfield and we found this planet:
 May Day Limerick  (E)
For a Contest
#2083087 by Twiga

Write about this poem in your Blog entry today.

I love Limericks and I love May so this Limerick is perfect for me. The syllable count is right and the subject seems appropriate. Good job Twiga !

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Write about April showers."

April showers is a wet subject. I'd have to say it's saturated. Chance of precipitation 100%! I prefer April showers over January snow. I just wish everybody believed in April showers. Some people don't believe in showers at all.

{imaage:1971183} "Prompt: What do you think of assumptions? Are they avenues into which we pour our fears, wishes, or fantasies? Or are they results we gather from reliable and unreliable facts?"

I believe they are often wrong.


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April 26, 2021 at 9:49am
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "Prompt:
Hebrews 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

What is your favorite way to praise and Worship God? Make a list of ways you can give God praise."

I can praise God for this past weekend and the upcoming weekend. I had the privilege of being a panelist for one of the author of the hour slots on the Festival of Storytellers on Reader's Magnet.com. It was a huge event with over 4,000 registered viewers. I was there for an hour as a panelist. The video is now available on You Tube and I will be adding it to my You Tube channel as well. That gave me some exposure to the public. This coming weekend I am scheduled to do two more author of the hour panelist spots. They will be at 6:00pm Friday and Saturday I believe. If you are interested in watching hit me up and I will send you a link.

God is constantly good to me. Some people would say that I have good luck, but it isn't "luck" at all. God blesses me each and every day. I know He does.

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Read this item:
what this poet needs (13+)
a rondeau: I admit no contridiction
 what this poet needs  (13+)
a rondeau: I admit no contridiction
#2008355 by Rhyssa


What do you think poets need?"

I think the most important thing a poet needs is education. They need to learn about poetry. Poetry is an art yes, but it is also a writing discipline or science. Poetry has measures called iambic measures. These measures have a certain beat that poetry must follow to be true poetry. A lot of what is written is beautiful expression but it follows no particular pattern. Therefore it is not poetry. This includes much of my own poetry.

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April 24, 2021 at 1:32pm
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- What is your favorite Christian song? Why?

I have a lot of "favorite" Christian songs. My all time favorite though has to be "Because He Lives." Why? I'm a Christian because He lives. I'm alive because He lives. Everything about me is Because He lives. I think the lyrics say it all. It is one of the few "contemporary" Christian songs that has doctrine. Most Christians anymore are too busy being "inclusive" and "politically correct" to care about doctrine. Christian worship songs aren't about doctrine. They are all about praise and the goodness of God, but there is nothing in them that denominations might disagree on. This is because the singers are out to make money and they want their songs to not go against the beliefs of any group. I like "Because He Lives" because the words are doctrinal. There is more doctrine in "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Because He lives" than in any song published in the past decade!

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Dear Old Santa  (E)
Santa has to improvise.
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Write about this in your Blog entry today."

I wouldn't object to going on a space voyage with Xena, Princess Warrior! Of course, I suspect most men would enjoy her company.

I love Villanelle poetry! This one is no exception. I think the author did a fine job of telling this story about Santa Claus. What child does not look forward to Santa Claus? I'm sure there are children who are not taught about Santa Claus, but most kids look forward to Christmas. This poem tells about Santa seeing a group of children in the streets. It reminded me of the homeless children in our country.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "What would you do if you were invisible for a day? Imagine all the possibilities..."

I don't think I would want to be invisible for a day. It would just get me into trouble. People would walk into me and that would make me angry. People would ignore me and that would be bad. It would just lead to too much trouble.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Write a journal entry from your favorite spot sharing enough details or hints that we would be able to guess where you are. Have fun being creative."

What if I don't want to be found?





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April 23, 2021 at 8:24am
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- Do you read the Bible and/or pray daily? Why or why not?

I do not always read my Bible every day because I am often doing a thousand other chores for the Lord. However, I do pray every day even if it is only a brief prayer. I try to say prayers of thanksgiving because God sustains me day to day and provides for me. I live at the West Virginia Veterans Home where everything is provides for us. I know God provides this place for me. Without it and with God I would be on the streets and lost. As it is I owe everything to God. So yes, I pray a prayer of thanksgiving each day. God has given me purpose. I am training to be an Emergency Disaster Services volunteer with the Salvation Army. I took my basic EDS course Wednesday night. I will be taking the Safe from Harm class next Wednesday. I also took ServSafe training yesterday for my national food handlers card. It is a class that allows you to work with children. Once I have finished that and my criminal background check comes back, I will be certified as an EDS volunteer. I am looking forward to working as an EDS chaplain.

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- Tobber writes about a world on fire in
 Planet Scale Heating  (E)
Short, 5 line free verse poem.
#2248129 by Tobber

What do you think?

I think the planet is heating and preparing for the end. Peter tells us that the world will melt with a fervent heat. Jesus is coming again and when he does the old world will be destroyed and a new one created. It is only natural that the world would be heating up now. It is preparing to burn.

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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- What has God done for you? What do you do for Him?

What hasn't God done for me? I am 59 years old and as far as I am concerned God has been responsible for every heart beat of my lifetime. God has done it all. He has brought me this far and He will not let me down.

What do I do for God? Not much. I'm the chaplain of the West Virginia Veterans Home and a soldier in the Salvation Army. I also an elder for the National Association of Christian Ministers. Aside from that I don't do near as much for Him as He has done for me.

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- Prompt: Chris Breva AKA Marvin Schrebe was called away to Venus so I will be doing the prompt today. I was cruising the galaxy and found this planet:
 Mount Whitney  (E)
Dreaming of a dream of being free
#2239337 by Lou-Here By His Grace


Write about mountains today.

I live in West Virginia, the Mountain State. The funny thing is that our highest peak is 4,280 feet. A mountain is at least 5,000 feet. So we have no mountains.

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April 21, 2021 at 8:16am
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "Prompt:
Philippians 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Do you have a plan ready to share the gospel if the opportunity presented itself? What would you do or say?"

I have opportunities to present the gospel every day. I present every time I sit here in my room with my door opened to prevent people from talking about what I am doing behind closed doors. I also present it every time I do the next right thing. The gospel isn't necessarily about how much preaching I can do. I'm like St. Francis. I preach the gospel every day. Sometimes I find it necessary to use words!

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- Prompt: I was cruising the galaxy with Luke Skywalker and found this planet: (188)
Read this item:
 
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Mars planet view  (E)
An astronaut reaches the Mars planet.
#2219489 by K.HBey

Write about Mars in your Blog entry today.

I don't want to go to Mars. I'm pretty much a homebody. I have never travelled far from home and doubt I ever will. Other places make me anxious.

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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "Prompt:
Write your favorite Bible verse? Why is this your favorite verse?"

I have several favorite Bible verses including "John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, and others. My go to verse typically is Philippians 4:13 which says "I can do all anything through Jesus who gives me strength."

I have proven this verse over and over. I am about to prove it again by conquering skin cancer. The dermatologist just told me yesterday that I have skin cancer on my face, neck, and scalp. I suspected that I did as I noticed it some time ago. They are going to treat it with a cream that will make my face turn orange and then peel like a photo negative when I wash my face. I can do this though because Jesus is my strength.

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S P A C E  (E)
Experimenting with deliberate excess space
#2233751 by Emily


Write about this item in your Blog entry today.

I agree with the author. Having parties is fun but after all the guests have gone and there is time to relax, is when the real fun begins.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Your thoughts on the quote and do you think your time is ever wasted on people or things you love?"

I think we often feel like our time is wasted on others, but in reality we are showing love and people will respond to it.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: “In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”
― Paulo Coelho, Aleph

Write about trees or journeys or how they relate."

We are all on a journey through life. Some of us struggle and make the journey hard. Others are kind, loving, and serving. This makes the journey easier.

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