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We're still being controlled by the Germans and the French!


The town of Falaise in Normandy was invaded by the Germans during the Second World War. From accounts of townspeople, three German trucks rolled in, a number of German officers dressed in black descended and declared they were now occupying  Falaise. The surrender was immediate.Ironically, the castle overlooking the square in Falaise is where William the Conqueror grew up. William became Britain's first Norman King.And more ironically, The 'Falaise Pocket' was instrumental in ending the war and liberating France. This time, the Germans were forced to surrender.Like William the Conqueror and Hitler before them, the present leaders, Macron and Merkel are intent on controlling us.The white dove...
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Life goes at 4 miles an hour...


...in a narrow boat. I've seen ducks swim faster! We stopped at this pub last Sunday which was right on the canal and watched in awe as two boats entered the lock, sealed off one end and opened the paddles at the other end to fill the lock with enough water so they could sail on. For the record, this particular lock is inscribed 1856. The occupants of the boats were two retired couples who informed us that they will be living on their boats until the Winter, exploring England's waterways (and keeping the ducks company).Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Mother Power

Mother Power
The womb was room enough. Cozy, warm, assuring. Then…. No more pain for mom…. Or… has it just begun? Mother is the power that fills the young inquiring eyes with Truth. Her affirmation is always there. We feel her pride. Life does all it can to dismember the family. Parents must be assertive to protect their growing child. You always listen even when you pretend you are not. You care that she cares. She is your power. You are hers. Both should be proud that each is proud. This is important. The power of the womb should be respected by all. Conceived in love, born in love, and lived in love….. Mothers served us. All world leaders must serve us better. With humility and appreciation. Isn’t tha...
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Bayeux Cathedral


We managed to see the Bayeux Tapestry on our recent trip and found the experience incredibly moving. A pictorial description of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, I would urge parents to show their kids this masterpiece of nearly 70 meters of cloth embroidered in wool and which is almost 1,000 years old! Today's fads and fashion will not endure as long, of that you can be sure. I wonder if computers and technology will be here in another 1,000 years; think about the detritus of obsolete computers and smartphones and where they will end up. Eventually the world will be a garbage dump and many species will become extinct. Seeing ancient works of art reminds us of the inevitability of...
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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Photo Blog of Santa Rosas


 I wrote about hiking in the Santa Rosa mountains five years ago, during a drought. Here's the link to that post: https://evegaal.blogspot.com/2014/11/hiking-preserving-good-ideas-praying.htmlImagine how lovely everything is after the recent rains. Here's our April hike. Snow in the distanceCalifornia poppiesCrazy wild cactiThe adobesPoppiesThe road less traveled.Original link
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You lost, Rikki and Sita.


In France with not a care in the world.Original link
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The country where my soul will always belong.


Beautiful, poetic, delicious France. The greatest love of my life. And here I am currently on a well deserved break.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Finding The Meaning of Life

In a person's lifetime, there are many opportunities to grow, and attain "self actualization," a term coined famously by Abraham Maslow, in his theory called the Hierarchy of Needs. Essentially, a person seeks to find the meaning of life, maximizing their growth potential to experience an ideal lifestyle. However, how can one truly know what the "ideal lifestyle" truly is if there is no blueprint to pattern after? Is there such a blueprint? In the Creationist Worldview, which documents the creation of the universe and the world we live in six days. We are introduced to the Supreme Being, Almighty God "Yahweh," the Creator of "Heaven and Earth, the stars, all living creatures, and mankind. Th...
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!


Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale:The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day! You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to fa...
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Better than TV


I've lived without a TV for over a decade. Apart from refusing to contribute to the outrageous salaries of BBC staff, I object to being told what to think. What and how I think is the last true freedom I have. Not being glued to a television means I can read, cook delicious meals from scratch  walk my dogs for hours on end, listen to some snappy guitar playing and enjoy after supper scrabble. We argue and laugh a lot playing scrabble and we're happier for it.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Marriage Is Not A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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The Marriage Fixer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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Beautiful England


A day of point to point with the Bicester Hunt with the Whaddon Chase.Playing with the hunting hounds.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Brrrrr...


Frosty nights these days. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Happy Easter Anyway!


I’ve heard stories about how the crocus flower peeps through the snow. Daffodil bulbs with an innate desire to grow. Tulips that thrived in the cold, withering when shipped to be sold. Fiona spots one of our tulipsThis one has blown away.I’ve read Eliot’s poem about April being cruel, especially noting the price of fuel. I see the icy highways on the news, wild seas and the unpleasant cruise. Watched our petals take to the sky, like butterflies waving a brief goodbye. Though things seem bleak, the way many speak, we cannot mope. We must understand this visual depiction of hope. The promising end to winter storms, as a time to be reborn. Easter-time. Original link
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Tis Of Thee

Tis Of Thee
My country… is facing challenges greater than ever. Who would have believed…? Elections were chaos… media lost leadership. Nobody knows what to believe any more. So we turn away. Never from our flag. Patriotism is going underground. The flag has been singled out as a symbol of distorted conservative religious propaganda. The left cries foul. Red, white, and blue is still waving in the mind. Only veterans and police now salute her. All schools used to. No more. Betsy Ross has shed a tear. There has to be a symbol of what we stand for other than a nuclear submarine. The flag will remain that. Too many have given their blood defending her. We must stand up to the forces of denial and salute aga...
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Because You Care

“Because You Care,” was written out of the over-arching need for us as human beings to prioritize better, and take care of our mind, body, and soul to keep on caring for others and the world. Many are stricken with sickness and disease because self-care is no longer a priority. I desire that this poem resonates with many; we all can use a word of caution now and then. I wrote this poem just because, I care! Love and Light, Crystal Elizabeth Melville Certified Relationship Assessment Facilitator and Coach www.crystalemelville.com Pre-order my new book “Surviving Me,” a Spiritual Journey Guide: Discovering God’s Grace Through Life’s Trials. #VOCALNPM #POETRY #NATIONAPOETRYMONTH #POEM #SELFCARE...
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Why Should You Get Married?

Why Should People Get Married? MARRIAGE IS GOD'S DESIGN. It was God’s desire to create a family after his own heart to live here on earth to have as a perpetual blessing for all generations to come. THE REAL REASON WHY MARRIAGES FAIL: But what happened? According to Genesis 1-3, [1] “God created male and females in his image and designed them to complement each other. Each sex possesses unique strengths. Males and females are capable of far greater good together than they can achieve in isolation from one another.” Further, [2] God created male and female to function as a team and share the joys of God’s creation. Satan drove a wedge between them, and over the centuries males and females hav...
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