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What can I say? I'm so pleased that you've come here. I've spent 5 years blogging, more than that building websites and have been writing "professionally" since 2003. I'm here to help writers with their writing, encourage people through this life, and point them to Jesus. That's the most important thing. So stay tuned. Check this site regularly as "some of the features" may change. I'll need help from time to time, because I'm not perfect. If you're perfect, please go to another site. I'm pretty sure you won't fit in here.

Unbalanced Scales

I'm sure everyone in the U.S. already knows that we are in danger. The problem is that so much of the rhetoric and the old rules are just antagonizing things.

For instance, only weeks ago all the media could do was talk about going over a fiscal cliff. Now, however, that cliff seems to have disappeared and they are talking about spending ceilings. I don't know about you, but this tells me that the people in Washington (D.C) don't know what they're talking about.

Then comes the IRS looming on the horizon. It's hard enough to get around with their hands in our pockets year round, but they expect an extra-special bonus via our Income Tax. We've been gritting our teeth and baring this for years, but now it's becoming harder and harder to find the forms to fill out, even if you can understand them, so you can send them in and pay that tax. I'm of the inclination that if they want my money they should come and fill out all the forms and make it easy. I'm not one of these people who expect freebies. It's just that the founding fathers didn't get paid, and if they did it was by their district, and probably in feed or livestock. I say we go back to that. You want to get out of our $15 trillion debt, then stop paying the people who aren't listening to us when we say, "No taxes."

I know, that's idealistic, but this country was built on ideals, and hard work made it work. That is until the government decided to pay for those who didn't want to work. Take a good idea and present it to Congress or the Senate and the first thing they do is appoint a special task force to investigate the problem. Oh, and all those tax problems we face, they do not face. How'd that happen. Whatever happened to "We the People..?"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


The Christian Fiction Review Blog has done it again, found a most interesting and wonderful story. Now to those who are somewhat skeptical of a vampire novel being Christian I can only tell you this, that Beth Rider, the main character of this work, is a Christian author on a book tour. She is met by a half-man, half-demon who turns her into a "rabbit", a toy to be played with until she is killed. Much of the standard elements of vampire novels are included, fear of sunlight, living to be centuries old, drinking blood. Yet she adds a few twists of her own, which I'll allow you to find for yourself. It's more fun that way. Do not get caught up in this "but it's a vampire novel" way of thinking. There is actually a very good way to preach the gospel using the vampire genre. I'm still waiting to see someone do it the way I have envisioned, but Ellen C. Maze has done a wonderful job telling a story that talks about compassion, resisting temptation, facing our own frailties, and spiritual warfare. Mostly it's about spiritual warfare. If for no other reason you should read this book for that reason alone. RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER is well-told, delightfully unusual, has the twists and turns in it a mystery writer can appreciate, and is very insightful. I was able to read this book in a little over 4 days, which is pretty good since my eyes tire quickly. Although I may have to speak to Ellen about some loss sleep during those days. This is one of those books that makes you want to stay up and read when you know you should be sleeping. Several stories are going on at the same time, and Ellen Maze does a wonderful time of not confusing the reader about which story line she's talking about in any part of the book. Something some better known publishers could learn a lesson from. She's not morbid in this book, nor does she romanticize vampirism. She talks bluntly, and yet with compassion. There can be no mistake that Ellen C. Maze is Beth Rider. I give her a 4.25 star rating on this book One of the things that you might find interesting s that you will probably find yourself in this book, whether it's Beth, one of the vampires or one of their "Cows". Read it and enjoy.

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