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Review of My Prayer  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Your response that you write for other believers
blessed my heart
Overall impression of piece: This is obviously an open and honest prayer. We are told to keep our eyes on God's Kingdom and what it means to live there

Grammatical and spelling errors: Seems ok

What I liked?*Smile* Biblically, you are right on. Do I believe this honest and unpretentious? Yes

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Is a prayer the way to change someone's world view. I am not sure. I don't believe that most Christians know this, the most basic of doctrines. They might need some scripture to nudge them the right way

How the piece made me feel Maybe a case report (with no names) where this happened. I bet we have all done this. You know your word

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Gray Smoke  
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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Why I chose this piece Wow! You have emotionally and image wise hit the nail on the head.

Overall impression of piece Very descriptive piece

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* Not only did you guide us through the images of what is going on, you described the reactions. I felt some of the same tightness myself

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Can't think of much. You might put a note as to what a vilanelle is

How the piece made me feel

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter.

Overall impression of piece I have had some of the same behaviors and thoughts. I have written some of them

Grammatical and spelling errors: No errors. Reads well

What I liked?*Smile* This is personal and very easy to identify with. I would be embarassed how many of the SG-1 series I watched. Maybe I want to be brave too.

Points to Ponder:*Idea* This is centering around light, but you never really develop the idea. We can find rest almost anywhere. Maybe vacation is easier.

How the piece made me feel Rest is a promise from God. It was the whole purpose of Sabbath

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Review of Destination  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter

Overall impression of piece: I am impressed by your way of looking at the world. I can imagine a world where everyone is motivated. It would be quite different

Grammatical and spelling errors Sufferation I thought not a word. I was wrong. It is kind of obscure

What I liked?*Smile* I like your attitude. I can do many things, if I put my mind and heart to them. I like introducing meditation. I do think it is key. I like all the I's.

Points to Ponder:*Idea*

How the piece made me feel I did buy this. Thanks for writing

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Part of a spiritual newsletter.

Overall impression of piece: You have hit on a thorny topic. We can do much more than we realize

Grammatical and spelling errors Simple numbers generally spelled out

What I liked?*Smile* Are we our brother's keeper? Your argument comes out of your own experience, which is powerful. You are a good observer of human nature. We really are like that.

Points to Ponder:*Idea* I s most of our money going to social problems? I would think probably medicare and military. Do we pay people to be poor? If they are desperate enough, would they work? The best help is person-to person, but I am not sure if we can be bothered

How the piece made me feel
We want to have people who do the right thing. There are consequences of doing the wrong thing

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Review of Will I Turn Back?  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter.

Overall impression of piece: Your words say that you have wisdom

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well No errors.

What I liked?*Smile*: I am not a rhyming poetry fan, but this has an interesting pattern and rhythm to it. We are often built by our mistakes. I like the changing rhyme patterns

Points to Ponder:*Idea* A step towards making it more personal would help. You start with an "I" but often talk of yourself in the third person

How the piece made me feel Obviously, you have done some work on yourself

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Previosly reviewed. Received nice note back

Overall impression of piece: Tombs are cold austere places. Life can put us in a tomb, sometimes before our time

Grammatical and spelling errors Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* You hit all the main points of Christian dogma. It is well said

Points to Ponder:*Idea* We were in the tomb with Him--sometimes figuratively other times in actual death kind of death. It is kind of slow and methodical. The question is, "What does it mean to me?"

How the piece made me feel You have inspired me. What does this all mean?

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Review of Trusting God  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter.

Overall impression of piece: Who hasn't gone through something like this as a believer?

Grammatical and spelling errors Have an or statement in paragraph 3 and then tag on another clause. Or kind of means two. Maybe a semicolon there--not a comma. Quotes start with a cap ok in Ok...

What I liked?*Smile* Conclusion of not asking why is probably warrented. We have things to do. We should do them--not necessarily understand them

Points to Ponder:*Idea* No major thematic issues

How the piece made me feel There is truth here.

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Interesting. I have a medical background, even if it is Pathology.

Overall impression of piece There is a lot of life you do understand. You seem to know older people and medical pretty well

Grammatical and spelling errors it's as a possessive no apostrophe.

What I liked?*Smile*This has a lot of personal interest type things. It is hard not to identify with

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Doesn't make it as a horror story. It has more of the tenor of James Herriot, the Scottish veternarian

How the piece made me feel. This brought back memories. I spent time as a Navy corpsman

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Review of Original Sin  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter

Overall impression of piece: I get this is a rebuttal type of piece. It sertainly is a prevalent thought in faith today

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* This does seem like a conversation, even with the poetic things of rhythm and rhyme

Points to Ponder:*Idea*. I guess I need an answer. God delighted in us. He wants us back, even after the garden. We do have roots in Judiasm. But with Jesus, we went beyond that. Sin doesn't corral the herd. Far from it. Look at us. There is no such thing as Godly rioting and pillaging

How the piece made me feel Love is what God is about. He wants us back--imperfections and all. Love works everything out

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Family  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
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Why I chose this piece

Overall impression of piece: You believe this and it is important

Grammatical and spelling errors At least 10. See points to ponder

What I liked?*Smile* This is massively important. We are defined by the people who love us. Those that are loved do better. The family is instrumental in the process. We are trying to redefine family, but it is definitely what we need.

Points to Ponder:*Idea* I've read your unkind reviews essay. You have a lot of little grammar mistakes all over. I would recommend putting grammarly on your computer. It is free and would catch all of these

How the piece made me feel It is kind of like poetry. Don't just tell us. Show us.

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Looking through philosophy

Overall impression of piece I like to think. How can we say we don't have enough of what we can't define?

Grammatical and spelling errors Reads well No errors

What I liked?*Smile* You had time for just about all the times. We are so complex. Maybe it was easier when we were just patching up wheels

Points to Ponder:*Idea* You had so much in terms of time, you missed relative time--like Einstein. This is a lot to take in and perhaps there wasn't a grand purpose here.

How the piece made me feel Maybe I am out of time, if I can define it.

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of My fairy  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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Why I chose this piece I saw the physical badge you sent me. What a kind thing to do. I consider myself an encourager in real life

Overall impression of piece This definitely rates a wow in my rating.

Grammatical and spelling errors Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* You didn't necessarily say what things were, but, by the use of imagery, you showed us what they looked like. Mother as fairy is a nice twist. There is fairy God-mother from Cinderella

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Wouldn't change anything

How the piece made me feel A loving home is the main determiner of who will do well. We know that, but how many recognize it as truth

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece It may be hard to do justice to such a big thing as nature in a short little piece

Overall impression of piece: We are part of God's creation too. We like to think we are not , but, according to creation, we were one day. We all had a spot and something to do and be.

Grammatical and spelling errors Seems ok

What I liked?*Smile* You have focused on many things given a reasonable and credible overall picture

Points to Ponder:*Idea*: Most of what you have said has been written of many times before. You have a lot of cliches in here like point of no return. Glacier National Park has no glaciers.

How the piece made me feel If we paved everything, why would we suffer. I believe we would. Reader needs to feel the story too

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece What a cool piece. I grew u p in the life sciences and have had most of my jobs here

Overall impression of piece: We are a massive construction and deconstruction operation. It is true.

Grammatical and spelling errors: Seems ok

What I liked?*Smile* You have more than a basic understanding of what is going on. Our little cells are a wonder. Malignant cells would be like the thugs in the neighborhood/ They want a piece of the actionand our a mob for hire. Love the picture you included.

Points to Ponder:*Idea* WE have a microscopists view of what really is happening. We can see things on so many levels

How the piece made me feel This is fun and enjoyable

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Return of review

Overall impression of piece: Obviously, this had an impact. The sixth sense movie coveyed the fact of, "I see dead people. "

Grammatical and spelling errors: Seems ok

What I liked?*Smile* You really do see dead people. I am hopeful it is not too often. You have a good insight that this life is not all there is. Thank God!

Points to Ponder:*Idea* ESP is more like perceiving things like cards. This could be a spiritual intervention. We are not as separate from Heaven as we think. I think I need more of what the experience meant to you

How the piece made me feel This is a spiritual poem. It is always bigger than us.

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Peace and beauty in freefall
MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece Have a military background andkind of get this. I needed a job and took up military for a time.

Overall impression of piece: Thse people have been around for a long time. Inoticed you photo is probably World War I (by the helmets) although sometimes they trot out the old ones

Grammatical and spelling errors Reads well no errors

What I liked?*Smile* This is probably morepertinent then you think. Everyone is not John Wayne.Givbving up our individuality for the sense of the unit is not natural

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Why is this one here? Don't really know. Many were drafted.

How the piece made me feel Peace broke out in 1914 where everyone decided they would celebrate Christmas. They had to be ordered to fire upone the enemy

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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Why I chose this piece I am an environmentalist from way back. I used to write a column in our paper.. We have a sea of plastic floating in the Pacific about the size of New Jersey

Overall impression of piece Definitely a pertinent piece

Grammatical and spelling errors: No errors

What I liked?*Smile* This is a big problems that deserves focus and attention

Points to Ponder:*Idea* People need encouragement when they are doing the right thing. Our cafeteria has no straws and then you can buy one for a nickel. It is paper. They are going to take some heat for this. Seattle has done away with free bags for anything. Know where those pesky plastic bags can be recycled

How the piece made me feel This is a world based problem. It needs attention and all the facts you can throw at it.

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of After the Storm  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter and for are raid

Overall impression of piece: There is poetry here, if not in form but in perception

Grammatical and spelling errors: Seems intact. Reads well

What I liked?*Smile*. I was there. I was part of your vision sitting there, wondering

Points to Ponder:*Idea* I am not sure of relationships with people. Where does all this come from? God is love from my spiritual point of view. You can't analyze it. It just is

How the piece made me feel How do we react to being loved? You catch some of it here. Who I am has much to do with my relationships

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Anticipating Dawn  
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of the spiritual newsletter and part of our raid

Overall impression of piece: You deserve to be raided. Perhaps this is not me, but I yearn to be that free and willing to step out

Grammatical and spelling errors

What I liked?*Smile* Very little telling of what things are. It is predominantly putting life out there and letting it surround us. I always kind of like free verse.

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Iam not sure what you are trying to do here. Those on the introverted side would stand back and say "What is this?" Is life you or what's an introvert to do?

How the piece made me feel Written in a tone like Greek dancing. Nobody said "Oppah," butt they could have

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Peace  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece part of our raid action. Welcome to WDC

Overall impression of piece This is pretty impressive for 19. I am not sure I had two thoughts to rub together though I did write.

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile*: Perhaps you are describing a party. In the Southern sectionss of our country, funerals are intense celebrations

Points to Ponder:*Idea* Perhaps your faith's view is different then our Western one. We need that. We can learn from each other. Maybe a note on what you are referring to

How the piece made me feel I have never thought of death in that way. I can see some validity

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Review of Spilled Coffee  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece Part of our raid protocol

Overall impression of piece> I am a dedicated Christian and have been married for 47 years. We have had hard times but bothof us expanded by God to get through it

Grammatical and spelling errors No obvious errors

What I liked?*Smile* This seemed almost real, It is listed as fiction. Could it be more? You havean enormous amount of detail in here. I amnot sure if the reader needs to know all of that. It is pretty long

Points to Ponder:*Idea* 2 cor 7 talks of divorce and remarriage. It is complicated. The worlds way and ours are different. Judaism says it is legal

How the piece made me feel God does work by happenstance. Mywife watched me long before Inoticed her

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Whispers  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece You had a piece in the spiritual newsletter and this also caught my eye. I have taught Revelations before

Overall impression of piece You know your book well. this is really how it is. I don't think many understand that.

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile*> It is all here. There is the antichrist or prophet of the antichrist. He will be convincing

Points to Ponder:*Idea*: I am afraid people are so far off this vision that they need convincing to read it for themselves. Maybe they need to be put into the story. I am not sure if the wind is whispering at this point. "He's coming!" There will be no doubt.

How the piece made me feel Your writing is interesting. Put something in your bio. It helps us reviewers to know to whom we speak. Obviously, well versed in such things

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Peace and beauty in freefall
MichaelFrom Mountains
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Rated: E | (3.5)
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Why I chose this piece Interesting piece. I saw this in the spiritual newsletter

Overall impression of piece: What is it we wish we could have done? Unfortunately, when you are dying, your thoughts kind of go elsewhere. (Not that I have experience in such matters.

Grammatical and spelling errors: Reads well. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* It has a rhythm and a rhyme to it. It does not appear contrived and forced. People who may offend seems a little Shakespearean,

Points to Ponder:*Idea* I think our entire life can be a slow death. I am older; I know somethings

How the piece made me feel Introspection perhaps is more for the living then the near dying

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MichaelFrom Mountains
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Review of Second Coming  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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Why I chose this piece I too am a Christian. My port says it all

Overall impression of piece: Wow! You know your bookof Revelations. I have taught this book on occasion. It is a book of worship. Who couldn't worship this?

Grammatical and spelling errors: In tact. No errors

What I liked?*Smile* Your accuracy is remarkable. You have caught specifics and the tone of the book

Points to Ponder:*Idea*This come off a little preachy (even though it is the truth) Maybe it could work a little better if you make it an eye witness account and puts some I's in it

How the piece made me feel This is encouraging and cool. We can get caught up in the humdrum of today and forget what is ultimate in today

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Peace and beauty in freefall
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