Sunday Song, etc. 11-20-16

Life of an El Paso Woman

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend and Sunday were great! Today was a good day to watch football especially if you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan (like myself)! The cowboys are currently 9-1! I can’t remember them having a record like this in recent years! I think the last time was in 1996, somewhere around there (give or take). It was also a great day because I won a bet. Fellow blogging buddy Tracy from A Joyful Process blogged about it. You can check it out here. 

Are you ready for Thanksgiving and more football on Thursday? I’m going to be baking this year and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m thinking of sharing the recipes here sometime this week. Who knows, you might be able to use them for your Thanksgiving dessert and/or Christmas? It’s been a few years since I’ve baked pies! I guess being unemployed sort of…

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The First of Three Days Three Quotes: Arthur Quiller-Couch

Tricia Sankey


The term “kill your darlings” is often attributed to William Faulkner, Allen Ginsburg, or Stephen Kingas a source. However, this quote can actually be traced all the way back to Arthur Quiller-Couch, who penned it in his widely reprinted 1913-1914 Cambridge lectures “On the Art of Writing.”

If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: ‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.

Personally, I can’t help but attribute this phrase to a writing instructor who drilled it lovingly into my skull while I attended the MFA program at Lindenwood University. So many hopeful writers make the newbie mistake of turning in what is called “purple prose” or flowery writing.

My instructor found great joy in trimming the fat from my writing, often leaving my words…

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The Time Tunnel

I have eight grandchildren of varying ages, living and growing up to be adults in several cities in this great United States. They all have different platforms, whether its beginning new jobs, attending college, high school or even preschool. They’ve had to deal with the bullying from their peers about mostly everything—from the way they look, to the clothes and shoes they wear—from their style and flair of dress, even to the cars they drive or don’t drive. However, in my view anyway, they are learning, to a certain extent, to deal with this kind of rhetoric and behavior.

Bullying has long been an issue in schools, though in the past year, something has changed. I’ve heard it from parents and my own kids. The say, “Kids are scared by the rhetoric they’re hearing.” What they’re hearing is now known as the “Trump Effect”.

Because of this rhetoric from Trump…

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The magnificent Colosseum of Rome

Still Current

Ron Current Ron Current

As you walk toward the Colosseum along the Via del Colosseo, with the crowds of sightseers and street vendors surrounding her, you can’t help but marvel at this ruined giant from a time long lost in history. Few ancient structures can identify a city and its founding people. However when you see these structures you immediately know where you are and who built them. The Parthenon identifies Athens and the ancient Greeks and the Colosseum with Rome and the ancient Romans. But very few of these sites have the same mystique of historically correct or incorrect facts as does the Colosseum of Rome. Even its modern name, the Colosseum is incorrect to what the Romans during its heyday knew it as.

Colosseum 2 The Colosseum from the side across from the Roman Forum.

To know what is correct, and what’s conjecture about this famous and inspiring amphitheater we must look…

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The Circus of Roman Emperor Nero: Where St. Peter was martyred

Still Current

Ron Current Ron Current

In my post on the Colosseum of Rome I stated that it wasn’t there that St. Peter and most of the other Christians met their deaths, but rather in another location in Rome. Most, including myself, were raised believing that it was within the Colosseum that the early Christians met their deaths. Now after visiting the Colosseum I found that story to be false. In fact most of the martyring was done before the Colosseum was actually built. So how did this story get started in the first place?

 What I’ve found is that this legend of Christians being martyred in the Colosseum had begun with Pope Benedict XIV in 1749; almost seventeen hundred years after those events took place. And over the centuries this decree by Benedict became taken as fact, even though it wasn’t.  

Today historians say that most Christians were martyred, including St…

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Honoring Roald Dahl

Cafe Book Bean

t2-dahl-4801196_210684cRoald Dahl born today September 13th 1916 in Llanduff, South Wales, of Norwegian parents. Dahl was educated in English boarding schools. In search of an adventure, the young Dahl took a job with Shell Oil in Africa. When World War II broke out he joined the RAF as a fighter pilot, receiving terrible injuries and almost dying in a plane crash in 1942.

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world’s best-selling authors.

Hehas been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”.His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th…

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