Chocolate for Christmas – Day 5

HERSHEY BAR - Janeb13 -- PX

It’s probably safe to say that the ‘first family’ of chocolate in the U. S. A. is Hershey. And ever since they created the first “Hershey chocolate bar” for WWII soldiers on the battlefield, they’ve held a special place in the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. The bars created for the soldiers didn’t taste nearly as good as the ones we eat today. Their purpose during the war was to provide nutrition in emergency situations, and they were made to hold up under extreme conditions so that they lasted for entire campaigns. You can read more about the history of Hershey’s chocolate bars HERE.


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Chocolate for Christmas – Day 2


An early Christmas gift from my sister. We share many wonderful chocolate memories.
Hint: The Orange Cremes are the rectangular pieces covered in dark chocolate. They are the very, very, very best pieces in the box —- although each one of the others has its own merits as well. I promise you not one piece will be thrown out.




Chocolate for Christmas – Day 1

I enjoyed doing the coffee quotes so much in October that I decided to take Christmas week to focus on chocolate in a similar way.  So here’s my offering for Day 1: a chocolate cinquain.


It’s bliss
To think about.
Even more bliss to taste.
I just can’t seem to get enough:



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Daily Post Prompt: Bliss




20 Things the Well-Prepared Woman Has with Her at All Times

WINKING RIGHT EYE -BLACK(It’s been a little over 2 years since I first created this list. I thought it might be a good time to post it again. I’m also interested to know if any readers out there have suggestions for additions.)


  1. Chocolate
  2. Peanut Butter & Crackers
  3. Small package of Kleenex
  4. Individually-wrapped anti-bacterial wipes
  5. Bottle of water
  6. Dental floss
  7. A delightful book
  8.Two Pens
  9. Notepaper
10. Extra chocolate
11. Two Band-aids
12. A nail file
13. Two Safety pins
14. Two paper clips
15. Compact with mirror
16. Comb
17. $10.00 in immediately spendable currency
18. Cell Phone – for emergencies only (a phone held to the ear constantly is very unattractive.)
19. A big smile
20. Extra chocolate



Recipe for Creative Writing: A Quiet Corner, a Cup of Coffee, & Chocolate

What?  You don’t think I’m serious about this recipe? Well, I assure you that I am. In fact, I’ve been writing — very successfully, I might add — for many years now using these ingredients on a regular basis.

BLACK TYPEWRITER w. quiet1. A Quiet Corner:

I must have quiet when I’m creating.  If I’m simply relaxing — or doing housework — or eating — I often enjoy listening to music, a TV program, or a lesson on a subject that interests me. But if I am intent on creating something with words, I do not want any conversation or music whirling around me. I want to be closed into my own private world — just me and my words — until I have received conception of and given birth to that brand new entity that has been waiting on me to bring it into the world. So this ingredient is a must.

2. A Cup of Coffee:

COFFEE STEAMING - REDMy, there’s just nothing that quite equals the soothing, uplifting aroma of fresh-brewed coffee. And I’m tired of hearing all the uninformed critics out there who try to make coffee drinkers feel guilty because there is an element of caffeine in coffee. I have always maintained that, since the Lord told us in Genesis that He made the seed-bearing trees and plants for us to eat, then we should be able to partake of coffee with a clear conscience and a happy heart. And let’s not forget that God made the coffee bean with the caffeine in it. We human beings did not add the caffeine the way we add so many artificial ingredients into our food. That caffeine must have some good qualities in it, or the Lord would not have put it into the bean in the first place.

Furthermore, there have been numerous medical and scientific experiments done over the past half dozen years that prove coffee has many beneficial qualities for the human body — everything from quickening our brain function to eliminating headaches as quickly as aspirin to protecting the body against several kinds of cancer and heart problems. Naturally, nothing is good for our bodies if we partake of way too much of it, to the exclusion of other important elements. But in moderation, coffee is a great blessing. And considering the fact that, in my family, a good cup of coffee has always been associated with family togetherness, wonderful fellowship, and comforting relaxation, coffee is, for sure, a substantial ingredient in the recipe.

3. Chocolate:

BOX OF CHOCOLATESAs with coffee, the medical field has grown in its understanding over the past decade concerning chocolate. Researchers in the field have learned that chocolate has many helpful — and healthful — benefits for our bodies. Again, we remember that everything we ingest is most helpful when taken in moderation. But there’s one more quality associated with chocolate that we must add to our evaluation of it. We need to consider the connotations associated with that delicious treat — you know: mother’s love, romantic love, comfort, and a little extra surge of energy. Now, given all those positives, why would anyone want to leave chocolate out of the recipe?

Combine all ingredients in whatever ratios make you happy.

So there you have it folks. There’s just no other recipe quite so perfect for the dedicated, committed creative writer. And if you haven’t yet tried this particular recipe, you should. You’ll be surprised at just how well you write when you partake of these ingredients.



Share Your World 2016, Week 7

To take part by sharing your own world, hop over to Cee’s Photography and get the lowdown on how easy it is to share.


Question # 1: What are you a natural at doing?TEACHER AT GREEN BOARD

Teaching.  I used to say that I would never be a teacher, but as I grew into adulthood, I just naturally found myself teaching in all kinds of situations, and the next thing I knew I had a teaching degree. I’ve been a public school teacher, private school teacher, Sunday School teacher, Bible Class teacher, Seminar teacher, etc., etc.  I’ve taught English, History, Government, the Bible, Science, Math,Writing, Blogging, and Computer Basics. It’s been a wild ride and mostly very positive. I knew I must be a “natural” at it when a good friend told me once that I was always answering people’s questions before they asked them. He suggested that I would find relationships easier if I stopped doing that.

I might also add that I am a natural at eating as well. (Just want to stay honest.)


WINDOWS AND STAIRS FOR ART CENTER  SEPIAQuestion # 2: Would you prefer a one-floor house or multiple levels?

A.  To look at and dream about — or to give to characters in my novels: Multiple Levels.
B.  To own and have to clean and maintain personally: One floor only.



BOOKS - darkerQuestion # 3: What was your favorite subject in school?

English — both grammar and literature. I think I’m the only person I know who actually loved studying grammar. Diagramming sentences is therapeutic art as far as I’m concerned.



RAINDROPS AND A CLOUD - CLIPARTQuestion # 4: Complete this sentence: “If only the rain …”

This sounds like one of the writing prompts I give my creative writing students as an exercise in class.  I think I feel a story coming on.  So you all will just have to wait and read the whole story when it’s written and posted.


Bonus Question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?


My Mousepad

I’m grateful for a full pound of See’s chocolates given to me by a friend who lives in Florida, but who made a trip to San Diego, and while there, went to See’s Candies and chose a selection of fine chocolates specifically for me, and then delivered them to me here in Illinois.

Next week, I’m looking forward to another session at the healing school that I’m currently teaching. So many people in the school are growing in their knowledge of God’s Word and in their own personal faith, and it’s a great blessing for me to be able to help them.




Share Your World – Week 35

When I was a child, I bought a little banner at a community fair that said, “Slow But Sure.”  So, okay, I’m sometimes slow about getting around to stuff — like the “Share Your World” project that Cee hosts every week. I see a lot of my blogging friends responding, but I just never got around to getting started. You know what I mean?  Well, maybe you don’t because maybe you don’t procrastinate the way I do.

Anyway, I decided it’s time I at least jumped in and tried to get involved. In this project, Cee Neuner post an article every week in which she asks bloggers four questions about themselves or their lives. That helps all their readers get to know them better. If you’d like to take part just follow this link or the one connected to Cee’s name above, and you’ll find all the details.

Now, for question # 1:  Have your blogging goals changed?

No, I started blogging for three reasons — which is why I have more than one blog. My ministry blogs are there for the purpose of helping people get to know the Lord Jesus Christ and His love for them, and those goals are still the same.

My patriotic blog was born out of my desire — or maybe my need — to vent on a number of issues that are important to my country and its future.

And my author’s blog (the one you are on now) is my attempt to connect with other like-minded people from all over the world and share our love of writing and our desire to touch people with the deepest things from our hearts as we express them in those tiny little black marks on paper.

So my goals are exactly the same as they were in the beginning, and the nicest thing about all of it is that I am reaching those goals in a very satisfactory way.

Question # 2:  If you were to perform in a circus, what would you do?

That’s easy: NOTHING. I absolutely hate circuses, so I wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one.

Question # 3:  If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18, what advice would you give yourself? Or if you are younger than 25, what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 45?

The advice I’d give is to tell myself (or anyone else) that you can make it on your own, with the Lord’s help. It’s terrific to have good friends and family. And life can be sad when we don’t have those blessings. But it’s important for all of us to believe — to know — that we are not dependent on another person to make us valuable or to help us make something beautiful of our lives.

Question # 4:  What is your favorite comfort snack food?

CHOCOLATE.  Hands down, no questions asked, no mulling it over in order to make a decision.  It’s chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up:

I’m grateful I got through the grueling dental work I had to have done last week and that I am well on my way to being back to normal.

This coming week, I’m looking forward to the new fall term of my writing classes at the junior colleges. This fall I am starting a brand new class on writing poetry.




21 Items the Well-Prepared Woman Has With Her at All Times

WOMAN'S FACE1. Chocolate

2. Peanut Butter & Crackers

 3. Small package of Kleenex

 4. Individually-wrapped anti-bacterial wipes

 5. Extra chocolate

 6. Bottle of water

 7. A delightful book

 8. Dental floss

 9.  Two Pens

10. Notepaper

11. Extra chocolate

12. Two Band-aids

13. A nail file

14. Two Safety pins

15. Two paper clips

16. Extra chocolate

17. Compact with mirror

18. Comb

19. $5.00 in immediately spendable currency

20. A big smile

21. Extra chocolate