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CLOUDY June 6 2019 (2) quoteI came across “Desiderata”, an early 1920s prose poem by the American writer Max Ehrmann, sometime in the 70s. I was astounded then by its beautifully written, simple, yet profound message, and remain so today.


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927
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“JULI” ~ How Low Can It Go??

Despite the overwhelmingly positive reviews on my new book, JULI, we’ve dropped the price of the Kindle version to a rock bottom $2.99! If you haven’t read it yet, you best git with the program! JULI - COVER

It will also be available soon in “autographed” paperback at Texas Trading Post-Fun Texas Stuff–the best on-line store for EVERYTHING Texas! I’m not kidding, Linda sells all things Texas, and she has some cool stuff! If your a displaced Texan, or just a fan of our great state, take a look at her site. (You can also buy signed, paperback, copies of my book of daily encouragements, Be Still, from Texas Trading Post-Fun Texas Stuff.

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I walk beside the river most days, and on many of those days I stop at the place where I’ve watched some folks walk across it to the other side—the side where God waits patiently for us to come and join Him. Over the past few years, I’ve begun to notice things—things that had somehow slipped past me before—and one of those things is that the river is never the same. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s different for each of us, and the reason is we fill it with our own thoughts and deeds, hopes and dreams, fears and confusion. The river can be peaceful and serene, it can be raging and angry, or it can be something in between or on either side of those things. In a nutshell, it is what we allow it to be, because in the end, it’s all about choices, and we’re the ones making them. And the biggest choice we will ever make is whether or not we cross that river.

I’ve got a lot more to say about “The River Between”, and you’ll find some of it in the first book in the series, “JULI”.

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JULI isn’t available on Kindle yet, but should be available soon!

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“JULI” IS HERE! (It’s about time!)

I wrote the first two installments of a series of novellas I call “A River Between” several months (maybe longer) ago, and due to many factors, was unable to get them published. But, at last, here is the first in the series, “JULI”!

JULI is available through AMAZON for the super low price of $6.56!

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JULI isn’t available on Kindle yet, but should be available soon!

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I Don’t Know Alan Jackson

I have an Alan Jackson CD called Precious Memories which, in my opinion, is one of the best CDs he’s ever put out. On it, he sings some of the best old gospel hymns, and does them in a beautiful way only he can do them. The album inspired the following poem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inspirational Poet of the Week!

The talented and awesome folks at Thursday Poets’ Rallyhave seen fit to honor me and my poem, Like a Pearl Set in Gold, with their Inspirational Poet of the Week award. Read the rest of this entry »

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