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Happy Birthday Kate!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I haven’t posted in quite a while, and I’m not going to apologize for it.  I’ve been busy with other things.  Last time I was away for a while it was not due to being busy, especially, it was more due to procrastination, but when I apologized for it I was told by a lot of my readers in comments, to not apologize and beat myself up, but to write when I felt the inspiration to do so.

 

Well, I felt inspired for several reasons today.  The first and foremost of those reasons is that today is my wife, Katrina’s, birthday.  She turns eighteen…again!  I’m amazed, truly, because I didn’t realize she was that young when I married her…

 

I also need to get a blog started for her.  As I mentioned before, she writes most of our missionary newsletters and updates, and up until recently, I was simply emailing those out to all our friends and supporters.  While on furlough a few months ago, I realized that a blog would be the perfect medium for her newsletters.  So keep an eye opened and we will be letting you know when and where you can begin to read those.

 

Without further ado, I’ll post my most recent poem.  It’s all mushy and such.  I just wanted to express some of my feelings toward her in verse.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

Eighteen Again

 

Eighteen AGAIN?  How do you do it?

 

You look the part as always.

 

I’m afraid God might have blessed me too much,

 

with a wife that perpetually stays,

 

as young as a spring chick

 

in earliest May

 

with the spirit of a foal

 

in the meadow to play.

 

You revitalize me with your ever flowing fount

 

of energy, joy and grace,

 

and I give thanks to God for the heart that you have,

 

and I’ll do so for all of my days.

 

I wish you, this year, on the very first day,

 

that you’ll not falter in your pace.

 

But, I will be by your side should you wish to lean

 

on my arm or to seek my embrace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Blog Management, Blogs, Challenges, Christianity, Inspiration, Life, Poetry, Prompts, Religion, Social Media, Writing

 

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My Momentary Lapse of Postings

 

Well… I haven’t posted anything for quite a while.  I’ve been busy, to be sure, but not too busy to post anything. I guess I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder on a large-scale.  Forgive me if you were looking forward to hearing from me more often.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a missionary in Honduras, and although I don’t always write about that, it is the defining criteria in my life.  Yesterday my wife brought a group of visiting church members from a church interested in what we are doing over to our house from House of Hope, where they are staying in the guest house.  Although I had been very busy throughout the day, at the moment she walked in I was sitting at the computer trying a flash game online that my son was playing.  I had literally walked in the door not five minutes before, but since I was checking emails when she left in the morning, and she returned to find me sitting at the computer playing a silly pirate ship game, to her I had probably been sitting here playing games all day.   Add that to the fact that I hadn’t had any time to even make the bed or straighten up my mess and I can understand why she was miffed.

Anyway, one of the young ladies she brought over was asking me about my blog and wanted to know if I ever update it.  That, of course, made me feel guilty and so here I am, updating my blog.

I think I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to for the past few months.   I’d like to say that my time has been taken up with tirelessly walking from house to house, winning soul after soul to the kingdom of God.  I’d love to tell you that, but I’d be lying if I did.

Some of my time has been taken up with sharing the word of God.  I have started a bible study/work program at the local prison.  It’s called Fishers of Men, because if they attend the bible studies with me regularly they also have the privilege of using the materials, provided by a fellow minister from Alabama, for making fishing nets.   These fishing nets can be sold for a nice amount of money locally to fisherman and the proceeds are to be split three ways.  One third goes to Katrina’s craft store, Artesanías Esperanza, one-third to the prison for improvement projects and finally, one-third to the maker of the nets.

It’s a  good opportunity for some income for all three interested parties and the bible studies seem to be something they’ve been craving as well.   We started with John 1:1 and we’ve gone through the first seven chapters so far.  There are a lot of mistaken, legalistic  doctrines and beliefs among the Christians in this area, and I’ve been using this opportunity to address some of those.  Word upon word, precept upon precept, little bit by little bit.  It’s a work in progress but I feel like the guys are really enjoying it.  I’ll see if the Comandante of the prison will allow me to get some pictures of the guys and then I can post them here.

I’ve also been working on a mosaic table for our dining room.  It’s actually the same old ugly pine table we were eating on before I started the mosaic project.  I’m done gluing the tiles on the top and now I need to finish the lateral edges and I will grout it.  I think the legs need to be sanded and oiled too.   We’ll see about that.  Here’s a picture of the (almost) finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…those are two of the projects I’ve been working on in my absence of posts.  What do you think?  Should I start making more mosaics?  Should I make them for my wife to sell at her craft store?  It’s an idea I’ve had but I’m still mulling over the details.

 

 

 

 
 

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Liebster Blog Award

For Excellent Blogging

Yesterday I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the wonderful Kourtney Heintz.  I’m not sure but I think it has something to do with the German word for love – liebe, and I assume the reason she awarded me this is the Valentine’s Day theme of many of my posts this past week.  Thank you so much Kourtney!  I appreciate it!  As soon I figure out how to pass this on and to whom it should be passed on to, I will do so with honor.

Update February 8, 2012:  Okay, I have found more information on the award from Colline’s Blog

What is the Liebster Blog Award exactly? Leibster is a German word meaning dearest. However, in the context of blog writing, it can also mean favourite. The award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in acknowledgement of the good articles and posts they have written. In presenting a fellow blogger with the reward, the nominee is encouraging him/her to continue creating interesting and inspiring posts.

The rules fo receiving the Liebster Blog Award are as follows:

  1. Thank the fellow blogger who nominated you. (Thank you once again Kourtney)
  2. Link back to the person who awarded you.
  3. List five blogs that have affected your writing in a positive manner.
  4. Leave comments on those blogs to let them know of the nominations.
  5. Post the award on your blog.

My Nominees for the Liebster Blog Award


Tiffany at Details in the Fabric..

Sajib at AIS Journal

Gilly Gee at Lucid Gypsy (But she already has one)

Angeline at Angelinem’s Blog

Technospunky Blah Blah Blogging Around The Internet

Laura at The Right Mood

Nick at Mad Hatter Miscellany

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Authors, Awards, Blogs, Valentine's Day

 

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Trifextra: Week Two

I found this blog today and figured I’d try their Trifextra Challenge.  I’m always looking for some good writing exercise in which to engage.  The challenge is to “give [us] a complete story in three sentences.”

I attempted to make this an ode to the approaching holiday; to honor lovers everywhere, while bringing to mind the euphoria that accompanies the reward for having bested every obstacle in the path of young love.  This is entitled “First Kiss”

 

 

First Kiss

Peter waits as Kelly’s lips, poised in a perfect kiss, hesitate just fractions of an inch from his.  He braved the torturous deriding of his competition, even a thrashing from her strongest pursuer, Bill Simmons, and conquered the fears and insecurities within his own heart to be under this apple tree, on this secluded hill on the backside of Mr. Hastings’s orchard watching her as she brings her lips to his to reward him.  Now his senses explode as his head swims, his heart pounds and he, lost in time and space becomes nothing but lips, tongue, the smell of blossoms and co-mingled bliss!

 

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How To Create a Hyperlink in Your Blog Post

Roger Engle's new short story, The Lost Flip Flop, begins a series of true stories about his life in the Mosquito Coast region of Honduras.

This short story, available on Kindle for only $.99, is the first in the series Misadventures In La Mosquitia

I have not been blogging on WordPress for very long, but one of the things I made sure to learn quickly was how to do a hyperlink in my posts.  The reason for this is probably obvious to most people, but there are some who don’t even realize what a hyperlink is.  For those of you who fall into that category, I’ll explain it now, so that never again will you be able to say that.  A hyperlink is a word, phrase or string of characters that, when clicked on, will cause your browser or app to take you to a different place in the document, open another document, or navigate to another website on the internet.  The web address or path will not show unless you look for it.  It is hidden behind the text of your document, if you will.  What I mean is this:  If I want people to see the words “The Lost Flip Flop by Roger Engle” and be able to click on those words and go directly to the website, (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0071I3JN4), where they can buy my new short story.  I should put a hyperlink behind the words “The Lost Flip Flop by Roger Engle”.

How Do I Do That?

Now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty.  You’ll need the web address or the path of the place you  want to go, (I keep a bunch of my most common links on a post it note on my desk top.  Onenote also works, or just open a new tab and go to the page you’re wanting to hyperlink your text to) and you’ll need some text to work with.  So before we start this, open your blog on another tab and start a new post.  Type some text and highlight something you want to put a hyperlink in.

Like this:

The text I'm highlighting for the hyperlink

Here I am about to add a hyperlink for the "buy-link"to my new short story...

Next, you’ll need to highlight the address I told you to get ready, the one to which you’re planning to hyperlink your text.  (Be sure to include the “http://” part of it.)  Once it’s highlighted, copy it.  You can use ctrl+c or use the right-click menu to copy it.

Only the actual web address or path is highlighted

I've highlighted the buy-link for my short story...

Now we’re going back to the post edit page and verify that our text is still highlighted.  If it’s not we need to highlight it again.  Then we go to the top of the editing window and look for the little square button with a picture in it resembling a chain’s links.  That’s the hyperlink button.  Click it.

After highlighting your text you want to click on this button...

It’s going to open a hyperlink editing “wizard” that looks like this.

When you open the wizard it will already have the "http://" highlighted.

Now you need to right-click on the highlighted text in the top field and click paste. (as plain text)  Then you can name the link and decide how you  want it to open so that your dialogue box will look something like this:

I always try to remember to have it open in a separate tab or window so the person reading my blog will be able to return there by clicking on the tab instead of having to remember the website it was on and navigate back there.

Once you’ve done all that, click on the blue button at the bottom of the dialogue box that says “Add Link” and you’re done!  You should now have a hyperlink in the text of your blog that looks something like this:

Now when you publish your post, click on the colored text and it should take you directly to the address or site you linked it to.

Have fun doing hyperlinks.  Please comment here if you like this article or have any questions.

 
 

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How Do You Not Respond to Comments?

I like this article. I try to respond to every comment that comes in here. It’s nice to receive your feedback. If I comment on someone else’s blog, I expect them to do the same. What do you think? If you like this article you should stop by the AIS Journal and comment there too. I’m just sayin’…:)

AIS Journal

When celebrities do this, they have a reason. When an ordinary blogger does this, it’s just not right.

This totally drives me crazy. I know and I admit that different people have different reasons to blog. But most of the bloggers out there, who post publicly and leave the comment form open, have a common goal of being read and commented on. It really feels good when you receive comments from your blog. When you get to know that someone spent time on your blog reading about your ramblings which would do no good to them, and then cared enough to leave a comment and even follow your blog for future posts, it must feel good. But then, you don’t respond to his comments. I mean, how cruel is that?

Imagine yourself being in the middle of a crowd where no one really knows anyone. You feel lonely, you’re talking…

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Authors, Blogs, Writing

 

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Wednesday

This is my entry for the 100WCGU challenge Week #29
I also want to mention that I think this is patterned after 100wc.net, which is for children 16 and under.  They really need us adult writers to go comment on their entries each week. So if you have the time, please make a visit to that site a regular part of your routine. Thanks!

Here it is:

A Wednesday morning it was, that I was born
and I learned what life was about.
Ripped from my shelter, where I’d been so warm,
to a slap on the rump I cried “Ouch!”
There were pleasant times, yes, like a warm suckled meal
or a silky dry bottom for my nap,
But the general theme was to cry with full zeal
Until mother thought that I was a brat.
Growing was fun because then I could walk
And grab things I before couldn’t reach.
I can now use my mouth to repeat all the things
she never would knowingly teach.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Authors, Blogs, Challenges, Poetry, Prompts

 

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