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Sunday, 16 December 2018

The Soul's Slow Ripening 16.12.18




The SOUL'S SLOW RIPENING

12 Celtic Practices Seeking the Sacred

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~ by Christine Valters Paintner

Released September 2018
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Unique and useful insights shared for our growth spiritually as we pursue our faith life and journey.  Ms Paintner is adept at instructing new thought and practice, gently and creatively.  Which is essential to our comprehension and willingness to interpret life changes.
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Moving in these new directions of discernment the creative responses inspired by our
"soul's slow ripening" to sweetness is pure art.. 
The Celtic ways and practices presented resonate at deeper and creative levels than a sole focus of the intellectual discernment.
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I'm delighted to have these options and examples from early saints.
 As well as learning to hear and heed the seasonal calls and rhythms of God's Spirit.  Invitations to themed contemplative walks,  inspiring writing, art, poetry
 all influenced by God's creation in landscape and seasons,
 will undoubtedly influence a new way of seeing and being.
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I, for one, am grateful. 
And as a spiritual director, soul friend,
this also is an exploration of benefit to the blessing of others.   
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Welcome to the Christian Women Writers' Christmas Event Dec10 - 21.19



12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS !




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Thanks for Hosting this Christmas FuN,
  Christian Women Writers gals!

Authors of Books from Regency to Contemporary  -
something for everyone
and all easily located.

Party goes ALL day Each day
December 10 - 21 2018

Jump in to the conversations, games, book offers + freebies,
 and enter the giveaways.



See YOU there!
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Alphabet Soup Challenge 2018 + 2019 1.9.18


 Alphabet Soup Challenge 2019
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I'm Participating in both Titles and Authors Versions
for 2019

Challenges are hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas  for All the details . . .
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2019 until December 31st, 2019.  ~ You can join anytime. ~
**You do not have to review the book. Read books of any genre.
Read books that have titles that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

* The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting

**For those pesky Q, X and Z titles,
the word with the challenge letter can be 
anywhere in the title.
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~ All titles read are found on my 50 Book Pledge  shelves ~
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Tracking the authors I've read throughout 2019
by their last name initial A-Z





... discussion time !

Are you a reader who has taken
an Alphabet Reading Challenge before?
{ Either Title or Author Challenge }

How did you do?  Were you successful in finding each letter
or... not entirely ?

Was it method or madness in selecting books?
Did you pre-select or add them as you found them as the year moved on?
What motivated you in your choice of books / authors ?
Did you cross challenge ?  Was it helpful in fulfilling reading goals?

What ingenuity did you employ to discover titles/authors with the
" pesky Q X Z " letters ?
Any tips for readers who might be considering joining the challenge?
* [ I'm currently stuck on finding an "X" title ! ] *

Are you challenged to jump in for 2019 ?
Both titles and authors or just one ?
Which one? ...

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these challenging Challenges!
Any help you offer will be duly considered !

Comments are Open
We'd love to hear yours !


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2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge
Books read ...
Hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas  for All the details . . .
Reading one book per alphabet letter fills our bowl.
[Drop the 'A' and 'The']
Read books that have titles that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

* The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting

**For those pesky Q, X and Z titles, the word with the challenge letter can be 
anywhere in the title.
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018.
 
You can join anytime.
**You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.
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* Still Looking for an X title *
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As Bright as Heaven - Susan Meissner

By the Book - Julia Sonneborn

The Confectioner's Tale - Laura Madeleine

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
- Ann Cleeves

Emily's Quest - LM Montgomery

A False Mirror - Charles Todd

The Gate Keeper - Charles Todd

 Impossible Saints - Clarissa Harwood

Jane and the Wandering Eye - Stephanie Barron

Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl

Lady of a Thousand Treasures - Sandra Byrd
My First Book of Football - Sports Illustrated

Now it's Fall - Lois Lenski

Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen - Deborah Hopkinson

A Paris Year - Janice MacLeod

A Question of Honor - Charles Todd

A Refuge Assured - Jocelyn Green

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
A Tiding of Magpies - Steve Burrows

Uniform Justice - Donna Leon

Victoria Intimate Home

The Weaver's Daughter - Sarah E Ladd

X

You're Doing That in the Talent Show?! - Lynn Plourde

Mr. Zinger's Hat - Cary Fagan
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~ All 2018 titles read are found on my 50 Book Pledge  shelves ~




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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Second Advent Sunday 2018 9.12.18


Second Advent Sunday 

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Hammered Dulcimer performance of

Timothy Seaman

with
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
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Come, thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.  

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 Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.  

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Words by Charles Wesley
Based on Haggai 2.7
published as a prayer
adapted as a hymn in 1744

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Longing, hope, expectancy and gratitude in our waiting.
May we embrace them as we anticipate Emmanuel's coming
in our lives and in our world.

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Find your FREE download ebook offer from 
Spiritual Director and author , Teresa Blythe,
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PRAYING THROUGH ADVENT

23 Meditations for the 23 Days Before Christmas
for your Advent journey

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May you be blessed in your Advent Journey !



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Shared at Inspire Me Monday!  and The Book Nook 


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Sunday, 2 December 2018

First Advent Sunday 2018 1.12.18


First Advent Sunday 

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

piano cello performance of
The Piano Guys 


O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. [Refrain] Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. [Refrain] O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave. [Refrain] O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. [Refrain] O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. [Refrain] O come, O come, great Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai's height In ancient times once gave the law In cloud and majesty and awe.

[Refrain]

O come, Thou Root of Jesse's tree,

An ensign of Thy people be;

All peoples on Thy mercy call.

Before Thee rulers silent fall;
[Refrain]
In one the hearts of all mankind;
O come, Desire of nations, bind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace

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Looking for Advent meditations for this year ?

 Spiritual Director , Teresa Blythe,  offers
PRAYING THROUGH ADVENT
for your Advent journey
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FREE eBook of ADVENT Meditations

{ click for your copy }

based on her comprehensive book 50 Ways to Pray

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May your Advent be Blessed and Peace Filled 



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Friday, 30 November 2018

Journal Expressions by Ellie Claire ... 30.11.18


Absolute delight,
I have had 3 journals to explore this past month
from Ellie Claire

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 I have been excited to choose features
to photograph and introduce
 these journals to you,

unfortunately,
I am beyond belief
with my laptop failing me on this venture!

My instagram intro worked
HERE

and 0 is doing its job since . . . 

I have photo examples for each book,
yet somehow, they won't transfer over for me to post them.


I am posting this apology publicly as my instagram post
assured followers there'd be a following blog post
with details and photos of each of the 3 journals.
Which  was fully intended and extensive effort engaged in doing so.

Please accept my apology - I will continue to work on this
and get a post up as soon as the kinks get worked out
of whatever is stopping the production!

Thank you for your interest and patience . . .

I leave you with a beautiful quote from the
Illuminate Your Story
Journal
Just as one candle lights another and can light
thousands of other candles, so one heart
illuminates another heart and can illuminate
thousands of other hearts.

LEO TOLSTOY
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If you are a follower, you will receive a blog posted notice
via email.  Otherwise it will be a matter of checking back in for its posting.

Thanking you for your patience!
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Thursday, 29 November 2018

I SPY Reading Challenge 2019 Begins Now! 29.11.18


I SPY READING CHALLENGE 
2019

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Year 2 ! Ready to begin
as of Saturday December 1st 2018  through to November 30th 2019
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The I SPY Reading Challenge
is all about discovering books to read which match I SPY clues.
Adding FuN to our reading is the intended motivation!
Each participant chooses how many they wish to find
of the 50 options listed.
Participation can be via blog, tweeting, pinterest,
or the I SPY goodreads group.
Copy the list of clues, find, then add the books you've "spied"
that fulfill that challenge.  Spying a book you wish to Read is the intention !

So...
Jump in with this list of clues for 2019's hunt when you're ready.
Link your participation post in comments or at goodreads
so we can enjoy your I SPY finds for 2019.
Include title + author + date you read the book you spied
[add cover pic if you're able]
that fits the clue.
How many different books can we SPY for each clue ??
Looking forward to discovering your I SPY books !

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1- Winter cover


2- Christmas 



3- Travel



4- Translated  ✔

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The Deal of a Lifetime
Frederik Backman

Dec 5 ~   2018
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5- Non fiction



6- Purple cover  ✔

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The Labours of Hercules - Poirot #27
Agatha Christie
Dec 6.2018
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7- Evergreens on cover
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Mistletoe at Moonglow 
Deborah Garner
Dec 7.2018

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8- New to you author



9- 1st of series



10- Destination



11- Fav genre



12- Buddy read



13- Found



14- Valentine read



15- Thrift store find



16- Book club read



17- St Patrick's Day 



18- Fav author



19- Colouring options



20- Pinned to the I SPY board



21- Library book sale



22- Little Free Library find



23- Coffee shop find



24- Freebie



25- Bouquet on cover 



26- Letter on cover ✔


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Peril by Post
 Sheri Cobb South

27- New release



28- New to you country



29- Bicycle on cover



30- Palm tree on cover



31- Seashore on cover



32- Snow on cover



33- Name of month



34- Number in title



35- One word title



36- Pumpkin on cover



37- Bookshop topic 
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38- Library topic ✔

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Summer at the Garden Cafe
Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Dec 2-5

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39- Mittens on cover



40- Recipes in book



41- Stars on cover ✔️


~ You're Doing That in the Talent Show ?!
Lynn Plourde

 Dec 1. 2018

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42- Tea mentioned



43- Read with a child



44- Atypical genre



45- Where you'd love to live


46- Author's initials match yours


47- Mystery



48- Romance



49- War



50- Free choice . . .




Start Date: December 01, 2018
End Date: November 30, 2019
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Let the SPYing Begin!


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Where in Canada are You Reading Challenge 2019 29.11.18



Where in Canada are You Reading?

2019

source
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Adding a new Reading Challenge to my commitments,
I've created this one
specific to my reading Canadian authors and locations,
and 
I'm happy to invite your participation if you're interested.

The link under the map below will offer you the option
to create your own for tracking Canadian reading.
Why these maps?
They are simple to create and update.
Plus, each time I read a province, the map begins to
fill with colour indicative of my progress.
Small reward, I know.  One that acts as goal and reward.
Perhaps that's the motivation that works for you as well?
It also adds interest for my participation in the annual
Canadian Book Challenge July 1st to June 30th

If you do choose to join me, and should that become "us",
please come back and comment with your participation link.
We can follow throughout the year and discover how each 
participant does by 2019 year end. 
Welcome !

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2019
Visited 0 Provinces (0%)
Create your own visited map of Canada

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An example of where in Canada I've been reading so far in 2018 ~
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Create Your Own Visited Provinces and Territories Map

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2018
I Visited 7 Provinces (53.8%)
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Prince Edward Island - Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne's House of Dreams
Emily of New Moon - LM Montgomery
Emily's Quest
The Way to Slumbertown
Marilla of Green Gables
- Sarah McCoy
Nova Scotia - Emily Climbs
Love at First Slight
- J Marie Croft
Quebec - The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny
Ontario - All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
Impossible Saints - Clarissa Harwood
A Tiding of Magpies - Steve Burrows
Mud Puddle - Robert Munsch
Manitoba - Bathroom Book of Manitoba Trivia - Lisa Wojna
The Introvert Writer - Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Saskatchewan - Christmas at Red Butte - LM Montgomery
British Columbia - An Old, Cold Grave - Iona Whishaw
It Begins in Betrayal  
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*PS - If you have children and would like the
Where in Canada Reading Challenge map at the top ,
it is available as a printable puzzle HERE via cbc.ca
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