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Review by Steve McLean
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Rated: E | (5.0)
WOW!, Maureen!

What a great way to get your readers hooked and interested in finding out more about your characters and what's going to happen next for them! Loved reading this portion of the novel you're working on. I know you've been having creative fun imagining all the possibilities and putting them down to work and expand on as you develop your initial ideas further.

This little preview of your scenario made me look forward to reading your completed love story when you've finished it.

Steve
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Review of Loves Shelter  
Review by Steve McLean
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Patrick!

Another's love can indeed be a wonderful shelter filled with beautiful and precious blessings like those God created for the first man and woman to share in their holy union as the first husband and wife to know romantic love and physical pleasures together, truly "helpmates" in every way.

Your poem reminded me of "the Song of Songs" book of God's Holy Word, Patrick, with its expressions of two lovers' feelings for each other.

Great job, Patrick!

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Review of Waiting for Love  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
How well I know the longing you express in this poem about waiting for a future love, Tess! I am living it out every day right now.


I was blessed to be married for 23 years of my life, and even though some of those years were filled with heartbreak because of unexpected events and differences between my precious wife and I that resulted in a final dissolution of our marriage for "irreconcilable differences", we shared many wonderful years of taking care of each other's longings for and needs for the physical joys of marriage that the character of your poem yearns for too. And really miss sharing those with someone new, someone whose love will last and bless the rest of the life our Lord has for me in this older time period of my life.


Another great job of expressing the feelings of someone's heart, Tess!


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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Tess!

What a beautiful letter you have written from your heart to our Father's heart! LOVED READING IT! It expresses so clearly how dear and precious it is to know the truth of His Agape Love for us and His ever-present care throughout the good times and bad times of our lives.

As you know, I've experienced similar blessings and revelations of just how deep and faithful our Father's Agape Love is, as well as, His Son's, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ's, and our Helper, the Holy Spirit's Agape Love is too!!!

Great job, Tess, composing this loving letter!!!
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with Spiritual Talk Place Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Crystal!

How right you are about the perpetual transformations we all go through in our lives, from childhood through adulthood! Loved how you brought out this truth in your observation. The situations encountered in life transform some people for the better, others for naught, but transformation is one of the facts of our lives that we cannot escape from. If you're a Christian, you know that after salvation comes through your faith in your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you'll be going through another transformation period in your life as, through the sanctification process, you become more and more Christ-like in character, until your final, most exciting and wonderful transformation occurs, a permanent transformation in which you receive a perfect, sin-nature free, glorious-type body like Jesus' transformed body and you live happily forever with Him and the Father and the Holy Spirit in a "new heaven and new earth".

Good job, Crystal!
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Review of GI Turkey  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hi, J.L.!

WOW! What a great war story! You really brought out the problems encountered by soldiers in a war zone, and the emotions they feel as they deal with the situations they experience. I have never been in the armed services because of the physical challenges I've had to deal with since I was 16: "young people's arthritis" and its effects on my body throughout the rest of my life, but around the time this "enemy" entered my life, J.L., there were several popular WW2 series on TV: COMBAT!, THE GALLANT MEN, 12 O'CLOCK HIGH, and THE RAT PATROL, each of which became favorite series of mine to watch each week. COMBAT! and THE RAT PATROL were the two series I loved the best, and I still love them, enjoying watching reruns of them on YouTube and DVD copies I have. Did you ever watch these GREAT WW2 TV series? They too, like your story, presented what it is really like to experience the rigors and emotions of being in a combat situation. Each of these series had great actors, writers, directors, soundtracks, and all-around production values.

I loved the true-to-life ending of your short story too, J.L. GREAT JOB!!!
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with disABILITY WRITERS GROUP  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I can definitely relate, Roxanna!

Sometimes you just can't resist putting your work plans or needs aside to attend your "clickin' addiction" lists. Though I don't have a boss, except our Lord, to answer to, there are times when I start out to do one thing on the laptop only to become distracted from that goal by seeing something interesting on my home page that entices my curiosity into checkin' it out, which either delays my original intentions or prompts further distractions that cause me to decide to set aside what I was going to do until later because I wasted too much time "clickin' around" and now needed to get off the laptop to do other important things.

Great poem about this problem, Roxanna!

Steve
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Review of Weather Cat  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with Spiritual Talk Place Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Roxanna!

What an amazing cat the Lord has blessed you with! And what a great, humorous poem you've created based on Mariah's storm sensibilities! Loved reading every line!

Isn't it a joy from the Lord to learn how much more sensitive they are than we are about some things and having those sensitivities be of benefit to us? On one of my favorite modern classic doctor TV series, ROYAL PAINS (which I enjoy watching reruns of on Netflix), there was an episode where a little terrier dog was able to sense when his owner's sugar levels from his diabetes were a threat to him and bark and let the owner know that he needed to do what diabetics do when that happens before it's too late to help himself. What a gift from God loving service animals like these are to those who are physically-challenged in whatever way they are!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Elle!

A beautiful expression of a mother's joy in seeing and feeling her daughter's delight in receiving, opening, playing with, and appreciating each of her lovingly chosen presents!

You've created a wonderful word picture that catches its readers attention right away and keeps it flowing on down each line to its thankful conclusion.


Great job, Elle!


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Review of Christmas Cards  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, D.B.!

What a timely reminder your "Christmas Cards" is. So many people nowadays have given up the practice of sending "snail mail" Christmas cards, citing the more expensive costs of doing so, and the availability and covenience of selecting or creating your own e-mail cards to send over social media to relatives and friends. For the "younger generation" an e-mailed card or simple Christmas greetings and wishes have become no problem, but us "older generation" guys and gals still enjoy getting our Christmas greetings and wishes from family and friends through regular mail, as our generation have done since we were little ones and watched our parents and grandparents use all of the Christmas cards they received as part of their Christmas decorating on walls, doors, and upon mantelpieces. Plus, ususually, a note or longer letter would be included in the card, updated us on what's been happening in the sender lives since the last we communicated with them, which is always nice to learn. I loved the way you structured you poem and its rhymes, D.B., as you expressed these differences in sending Christmas greetings.

Great job, D.B.!

Steve


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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Rhychus!

Really enjoyed reading "The Christmas Tree",
Seeing how you shaped it joyfully
Into a form that filled my heart with glee
A form so familiar and dear to me.

Thank you, Rhychus, for the pleasure
Of reading a poem I'll remember and treasure;
As Christmases present and future unfold,
A memory of your poem will join all I behold!

Great job, Rhychus!

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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Bill!

Reading, reviewing the words you have written,
Made me feel joyful like watching cute kittens
Romping and playing with balls of soft string,
Your poem's now one of my favorite things.


When I'm looking,
When I'm seeking
A reason to feel glad,
I'll simply remember this wonderful poem
And then I won't feel so bad.


GREAT JOB, BILL!!!


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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Bubblegum!

Thank you so much for writing this article which clarifies how the use of "Xmas" started being used by those who didn't believe in the truth about God, His Son, our Lord and Savior, and why Christmas is a special time of celebration of the birth of Jesus in human form to live a holy, perfect life and pay the necessary price for our individual, inherited sin natures for us, dying and rising from the dead to conquer sin, hell, and death for us that we might be freed from knowing each through our faith alone in Him, by God's loving grace. I had often wondered about how the use of "Xmas" had begun, suspecting that it had begun as you reveal in this article. It's sad that so many people since those beginning days of its use, have been using it instead of the full word "Christmas", unaware of, or not caring, that they are doing something that is offensive, heartbreaking to their Creators (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and sinfully wrong!

A great job, Bubblegum! And thank you again for the enlightenment!
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Deb!

I LOVE HORSES and all of God's animal creations, too! And I love, love, LOVE this Christmas memory you wrote to share a part of your heart and loving life experiences with me and others! What a beautiful expression of caring and sharing God's love with those He has brought as gifts into your life! I was so touched and blessed to rejoice with you as you tenderly conveyed the events of your Christmas memory with joy and thanksgiving. GREAT JOB, DEB!!!
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Review of Christmas  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Victoria!

Love your spur of the moment poem about the joy of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Christmastime! It's great to get together with family and friends during the Christmas season to rejoice in the blessings of our feelings, our love for one another, and to purchase gifts that express that love to them. There are so many Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and other media that take the true reason Christmas celebrating was begun away from our Savior and place it upon Santa Claus, or just "having the spirit of Christmas" in your heart without mentioning that that "spirit" comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, having a personal relationship with Him and our Heavenly Father and our Helper the Holy Spirit, having the Holy Spirit living in our hearts as Christian brothers and sisters, and loving God and others as we are called to do by God, inspired and encouraged in doing so by God's love for us, following the examples of true caring and giving demonstrated to us by our Heavenly Father, His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus, and our Helper, the Holy Spirit! So ...it's a joy to read a special poem like yours that remembers and notes why Christmas was really designated as a special time of rejoiceful celebration, Victoria! GREAT JOB!!!
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Review of Book of Life  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Katie!

How true, how true, every observation your poem so astutely makes! I love to read biographies of famous people, enjoying the reflecting back upon their lives with them, as they reveal the various events of the chapters in their personal "book of life". Your poem reminded me of this love of mine and how much fun it is to learn about others and how events, good and bad, happy and sad, have shaped and formed their personalities and characters. Thanks for this reminder, Katie. Great job!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with Spiritual Talk Place Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Leo!

A forest can indeed be a wonderful, peaceful, quiet place to escape to for awhile to embrace its God-given beauty and reflect upon your life and the ways of the world you've temporarily escaped from; to consider your feelings and desires for the world to become a better place, as every believer in God's family of believers knows one day it will, after all the necessary events shared in God's loving Word have taken place and it's at last time for the creation of His new heavens and earth, where everyone who has been saved by their God-given faith in their Savior, Jesus Christ, will be blessed to enjoy love and peace and perfection forever, with no more possibilities of that being thwarted by the sin nature that used to thwart them after Adam and Eve brought that sin nature upon themselves and all of us after them, as well as, it affecting, in its degrees, all of Creation. Your "Forest Introspection", Leo, echoes the longings every Christian shares for this coming time that we know we'll see and rejoice in when it has arrived. Great job, Leo!!!


Steve
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Review of Senses  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Patrick!

Enjoyed reading your astute observations on the senses love evokes within and throughout us. How precious each of these senses are to those who are in love and share the joy of a personal relationship born and grown through a lifetime of romantic commitment and care! Great job, Patrick!!!

Steve
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Review of Free  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Willow!

Loved your quick short story about the freedom your cat enjoys everyday, the special freedom we know cats are blessed to experience in our lives. Reminded me of my friend Rose's cat, "Puddy", an affectionate but very independent calico male who spends his days mostly sleeping in various venues around his environment, when he's not running from window to window to keep intent eyes on any flock of birds that happen to alight in the yard. "The Pud" also loves to curl up on Rose's belly and nap while she's either doing the same or working on projects on her laptop or watching TV. Cats are precious to our hearts and you captured perfectly one of the reasons we so love them, Willow! Great job!!!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Celticsnow!

Enjoyed reading your poem about the fading of a memory as one gets older. I am older now too (71 and not counting), and I can relate to all of the observations your poem makes. Some memories remain clear as a bell, others not so, some even completely forgotten, until surprisingly rediscovered with the proper nudging from someone else's reminiscing with me about what we did.

Great job on this poem, Celticsnow! Thank you for writing and sharing it.
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Review of TIME  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Angus!

Enjoyed reading your short "flash fiction" story. It was very moving and encapsulating of one moment in time reflected in the heart of its main character, the old Indian squaw. I loved the way you wove her heart-breaking experience into a healing by time conclusion. This short "flash fiction" contains the seeds for a longer story, detailing what lead up to your heroine's heartbreak and how her heart was healed in time through other, kinder experiences happening to her.

Great job, Angus!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with Spiritual Talk Place Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Tess!

What a joyous, exhilarating expression of a heart and spirit filled with new life and enduring love your poem is! All of the emotions the Lord has evoked inside you pour out jubilantly line after line, inviting and compelling your readers to join you in sweet and thankful celebration.

Great job, Tess!
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Review of A Bride for Brian  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Sarah!

You know how much I love your Dr. Quinn fanfiction stories. This was another very special one among your growing collection. You know it needs work on how many times you write about Brian, Ruth, and other characters "smiling" and "blushing" in the storyline, being more inventive in describing in other words those "smiling" and "blushing" moments they are experiencing. And, of course, coming up with alternative words for "he said" and "she said", so not so many of these reply words are repeated after each other. These are only grammar improvements you need to make to enhance your otherwise beautiful, heart-touching storyline. It's such a well thought out and developed new relationship plot, Sarah, with funny humorous moments added that all fans of Dr. Quinn and her children's ongoing saga can relate to from seeing and enjoying the experiences her family has had in the episodes of the series. I loved how you brought the title of your story into its ending scene, Sarah, too! Great job, my talented niece!!!

Your Uncle, Steve
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Review of The Story Box  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, John!

What a sweet and heart-touching short story THE TOY BOX is! It reminds me of one of my favorite movies: "THE NOTEBOOK". You really have a gift for expressing feelings within an atmosphere of loving memories shared by your characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this special event in the life of your main character "Beth" and her father. Have you thought about expanding it into a longer story, perhaps even a novel about "Beth" and her family's lives?

Great job, John!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Angel!

WOW! You have a very observant eye, with a creative imagination to match! It would be fun for you, I know, to develop a fictional short story based on your imagined reasoning for why that little room is devoid of its recent occupants, where they are and whether something connected to that house with the red door seen outside from the room's left window has anything to do with it. I really enjoyed reading SLEEPING ON A SATURDAY because of your gift for descriptive observation and imaginative possibilities. Great job, Angel!!!!

Steve
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