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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with The Newbies Academy Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Sorji!

The Inspiration Gnome Strikes Again! It is quite a miscreant, isn't it?! We can all relate to being visited rudely sometimes by this insistent and, usually, welcome fellow. What a joy, though, it is to have him visit and prompt us to set his inspiration down on digital or other paper to work on and develop into something GREAT for our readers to enjoy reading, like this very poem about this gnome you've written, Sorji! Great job!!!

Steve
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Review of Be Thankful  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with The Newbies Academy Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, jordyleigh18!

What a beautiful reminder to all of us about the reasons we should always feel thankful in our hearts and express this thankfulness to God, not only at Thanksgiving time, but daily in our prayerful communications with God. I do this every day, joyfully, knowing that though there may be many things I don't have in my life right now, there are just as many things I DO have that others don't, and I am blessed in having them. Great job, jordyleigh18, in presenting this truth poetically! I don't have any "helpful criticism", except to suggest you change the last line of your poem to just "as Americans have", leaving out the awkward sounding "as us Americans have". But, perhaps that has been simply a typo to correct, anyway.

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with The Newbies Academy Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, Lisztgrieg!

LOVE this poem! It is so beautiful and poignant, reminded its readers that it's alright to make mistakes, that it's the joy in your heart that matters more than having to be always perfect in what you're doing in this life. I can really relate to that, as I'm sure most people can. If we only knew how many mistakes professional musicians have made as they composed and played their compositions on the way to creating the best sounding arrangements for their songs, we'd all be comforted in our own efforts to play and compose a musical piece perfectly. Great job, Lisztgrieg! You have a special gift too, for creating lines that rhyme, which adds to the joy in reading your work!

Steve
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Review of A Box  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with The Newbies Academy Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi, C.M.!

Enjoyed reading your Concrete Poetry. I've never encountered a "Concrete" poem like this before. It's very unique and a pleasure to see and read. It's just a simple expression of a brief discovery by its character, yet it grabs your attention right away and holds it all the way through. Great job, C.M.!

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

This a very beautiful poem. I enjoyed reading it, becoming absorbed in its expressions of emotion, of feelings we all sometimes feel and can relate to personally. Thank you for writing it, "Gab". It was a blessing to my heart to experience it with your heart as you composed it.

Steve
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Review of PoeTry  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi, Drago!

Loved the pun title you chose,
Can never get enough of those;
Your poem delighted me in its wonder:
How to write a poem without blunder.

Poets find many ways to go about it,
Knowing whichever way, they must not doubt it
Is worthy to share, worthy to tout it.

Green bean now you may be,
But a beautifully proficient future for you I see;
Choose a topic you find fun
And rhyme away 'til you feel your poem is done.

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

WOW! What a great start for a fun-filled children's story! I hope you feel inspired one day to write the rest of it. Purple is my favorite color, so I was especially drawn to your story about a purple POLAR BEAR!!! A great graphic of it to accompany your story. Taking photos is a LOT of fun, so I could definitely relate to all the excitement in your first chapter about DOING that! Great job on coming up with this unique idea, Maryann, and bringing it to life for your readers!

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

WOW! Speaking of ideas, great and not-so-great, you sure come up with thoughtful, interesting ones for your essays. Our Creators (aka God in Three Persons) had the Greatest Idea of All Time in creating you and me and all of Creation to share in a beautiful, loving, sin-free existence, if only we would freely choose to continually do so, listening to and trustingly accepting and following their "words of wisdom" concerning the "knowledge of good and evil" and the one forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. We know what happened with our ancestors when Satan presented Eve with his "not-so-great" evil idea that God was NOT telling her and Adam the truth about the forbidden tree, and mankind has suffered from their lack of trust and bringing the knowledge of good AND evil upon themselves and into the world. And because of this, men and women just as easily think of evil ideas as they do good ones. We need to encourage our hearts to follow the good idea examples of our Creators in the things we create, knowing that these are in their hearts and are their desires for us.

Your essay on "The Power of an Idea" challenges its readers to note and consider following "what's in God's heart", Mike.

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

A very fascinating observance on "Defining and Redefining Time". Lots of historic information that I wasn't aware of before: how people related to time in 1882; how it became necessary for time to become standardized; how inventive entrepreneurs saw opportunities in the need for knowing exactly what time it was and, in the process of providing for that need, made fortunes for themselves while inspiring similarly-minded men to benefit from their example. Another great writing job, Mike! I thoroughly enjoyed learning your history lesson on time!

Steve
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Review of love  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
WOW!, Rhyssa!!!

What a BEAUTIFUL poem about love!!! Love is indeed a treasure from God, expressed throughout the many functions of His Creation, as well as, in the awakening of true love in two people's hearts for each other.

I loved how your word pictures demonstrated this. GREAT JOB, RHYSSA!!!

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

Another GREAT TITLE for another thoughtful refection on life and how it is and how it can be properly perceived, if only one will take the time to do so, with God's help.

God reveals so much TRUTH to us about life, in His Word, and throughout the observance of His Creation. It's a blessing to experience everything God reveals, when you seek to experience those things, and come to understand them in the process.

Another GREAT ESSAY, Mike!!!

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

WOW!!! I really enjoyed reading "SILENT SENTINELS"!!! And what a GREAT title you chose for this reflective prose!!! I LOVE GREAT TITLES like this!!! They grab your attention right away, giving you a preliminary idea about what you will be reading. I seem to have a gift, a "knack" for creating GREAT titles for the things I write too, and always feel blessed whenever another one pops into my mind and out onto the page.

I love how you connected the life of the trees with your own life, Mike, and your musing on how you will effect the environment where God planted you when you are gone, where changes will occur because you were there. I'm sure many people, especially, writers and other creative types, consider and wonder this too.

Overall, GREAT PROSE, Mike!!!

Steve

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

Thanks again for your review of my essay: "WHAT I LOVE ABOUT: THE FUTURE". So far, I see, you have a LOT more writing content in your folders than I do, outside of my Word Search Puzzles. So I have a lot of choices for giving you review feedback.

I enjoyed reading this essay on THE REALITY OF CHRIST. It was very thoughtfully written. I particularly liked what you noted about Jesus being beyond our circumstances. We know he certainly is! Along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He created us, knows us intimately, and understands our weaknesses and strengths, having taken on human form for a period of years so that he could uniquely relate to them, as we do. One of the BEST blessings we have, as members from salvation on of the Body of Christ, is knowing our Savior understands everything we are going through in our life, because He experienced similar, if not our exact circumstances, and perfectly overcame every physical, emotional and spiritual problem, so He could guide, encourage and inspire us in following His understanding example.

Like you, and every one of our fellow brothers and sisters in the adopted family of God, I rejoice and enjoy daily being at peace with our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, and our Helper, the Holy Spirit, and sharing a wonderful close and growing relationship with each of them.

Great job, Michael, on this essay. I look forward to reading and reviewing more of your writings. We have a LOT in common, being older writers, who know God in ways non-Christians don't, and who have age and physical problems to deal with that other people, young and old, don't. I've been saved since I was 12 years old, and I'm 70 years old now. I became physically-challenged when I was 16 years old, as a result of "young people's arthritis" entering and becoming a part of my life since then, that I deal with, with God and others' help. I feel blessed to know God as I do and to have Him, and others He provides, to help me with my various challenges because of the arthritis, and to be able to live on my own, as an independent adult male, in a handicapped-equipped apartment.

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | N/A (Review only item.)
Hi again, Megan!

WOW! What a romantic husband you are blessed to have! I LOVE reading about the romantic ways couples express their love to each other! My parents, grandparents, and other relatives were always providing examples, such as you've shared, to encourage and inspire their children and grandchildren in how to express love to their future husbands and wives. And I did my best to learn from and follow their examples in my romantic relationships and marriage.

It was a joy to read what you wrote about your romantic husband, Megan! Great article!!!

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | N/A (Review only item.)
Hi again, Megan!

Yes, you need to get going on all the possibilities before you for your writing and other goals this year! Me too. I haven't written a Dear Me 2017 letter to myself for that contest (I know its over) but I should make this one of MY goals for 2017. It's always fun and profitable to encourage and inspire yourself in this and other ways.

Michigan is my home state, Detroit, my hometown. I've been to Holland, Michigan, too, Megan, years ago now, but it would be a joy to be able to visit it again, someday, with someone who would enjoy going there with me.

You wrote a very insightful and fun to read "Dear Me 2017" letter, Megan.

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

Loved your short story about LUCY!!! It reminded me of a male cat I've lived with at one point in my life named "Puddy" who shares some of LUCY's attitudes and behavior. Some cats are friendly in nature to everyone, while others want to dot their own thing and not be bothered unless its to give them food and water and change their litter box. I chuckled at how similar to "PUDDY" LUCY was in this attitude, from kitten age and onward. I know you really enjoyed writing this short story about LUCY, and I had just as much fun reading it!!!

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

What a great memory you've shared! THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER was such a goofy "oldie but goodie", like so many others that may have played a part in the start of a lifelong relationship of love and devotion. Loved the way you used this song to develop the relationship between the two main characters, deftly leading your readers along with them as the bloom of love began to blossom, and as we saw in your conclusion, had fully grown into a precious and treasured everlasting relationship. Great job, Shaara!!!

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

WOW!!! What a beautiful photograph, Elle!!! Do you take professional photographs? This photo could easily grace the cover or article for a magazine about flowers or landscaping, or even a magazine featuring articles on homemaking, gardening etc for women. Great job, Elle!!!

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

WOW!!! What a beautiful photograph, Elle!!! Do you take professional photographs? This photo could easily grace the cover or article for a magazine about flowers or landscaping, or even a magazine featuring articles on homemaking, gardening etc for women. Great job, Elle!!!

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

WOW!!! What a beautiful poem you've created! And its a great reminder of how our Creators: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (God in Three Persons), used the color blue to bring blessing to our eyes and our hearts, as we observe it in all of the things in Creation that are blue or have shades of blue in them, like some people's blue-shaded eyes. Great job, Neva!!!

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

WOW!!! What a beautiful love story you have written!!! I can see this being filmed and presented as one of the Autumn / Christmas-themed love stories that I LOVE to watch on the Hallmark Channels!!! It's THAT good and heart-warming. Have you ever considered rewriting any of your love stories in expanded script form and submitting them for consideration as a TV movie, espero? I really feel this one would make a PERFECT addition to the roster of popular romances featured on Hallmark.

As I enjoyed reading your love story out loud to myself (which I love to do, giving the proper inflections to the characters' dialogue, and the sentences' narrative), I found several words to use in a future Word Search puzzle: nonplussed, impressive, reciprocate, oblivious, arboretum, and frivolity. Thank you for those, as well as, one of the BEST love stories I've ever enjoyed reading!!!

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

A great contest entry that I easily captured my attention and keep me reading to the very end. Valley View Manor would be a great place to set more short stories, and even a future novel, if your writer's inspiration extends beyond this contest for this setting and these characters.

Steve
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Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Awwwwwwwwww ... what an imaginative and sweet story!!! Were you watching "Honey, I Blew Up The Kittens" again, for the UMPTEENTH time!!! (Ha! Ha!)

Seriously, wouldn't that be an incredible real life problem to find yourself and your neighborhood needing to have solved? Those cat food companies have certainly been doing a lot of experimenting lately to improve their products and increase that customer base.

I really had fun reading your "cat-ostrophic" tale!!! Another EXCELLENT supposition that adds to your "cat-alog" of humorous animal tales, espero!!!

Steve

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Review of My Critter Zoo  
Review by Steve McLean
In affiliation with WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi again, espero!

WOW!!! Do you know how to touch a reader's funny bone
With a poem that sets for him just the "write" tone
To bring forth the laughter along with the fun
You must have had creating this gem for everyone.

So how do I rate the work you have shared?
Excellent ... and THEN some ... in fact, beyond compare!!!

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

WOW!!! I LOVE THIS POEM!!! It's the type of poem that I would have loved including in an issue of the Christian writers group publication: REFLECTIONS when it was still being published. What great images of the way the seasons change, effecting our lives and the world around us as they do. And I love your penchant for creating rhymes that flow smoothly and naturally from one observation about the seasons to the next.

Great job, espero!!!

Steve
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