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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God

“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.

God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.

You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”

This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.

If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”

Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.

He’s always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, you can’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.

Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. God loves you very much.
Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I posted this on another blog of mine. I’ve decided to combine them. I hope you enjoyed this. Good luck in all your endeavors.


Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Gospel Related items for Third Sunday in Advent – December 17, 2017. Adults will enjoy them, too.

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The Edge of Nowhere by C.H. Armstrong




The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.

After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades.

Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria came face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.

No matter what it takes.

To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.




C.H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota. A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, “Cathie”is a life-long lover of books, and staunchly outspoken on subject of banned and challenged books. The Edge of Nowhere is her first novel and was inspired by her own family’s experiences during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and The Great Depression. Her website is http://charmstrongbooks.com/ 








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This is an example of a Book Blitz or Book Blast. All of the above information is being published today, January 19, 2016 on a number of blogs to honor the release of C.H. Armstrong’s Edge of Nowhere. Catherine is a loyal follower of my blog. She sent me and the other blog hosts all the information necessary for the blog post in word format along with the images and codes.

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Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?

Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?

What would your main character do if he found one of the following in his bedroom at night? What would your main character do if he found himself in a forest with an animal he’d never seen before? What would your main character do if he was at the beach and found a dolphin on the sand? What would your main character do if he found evidence that someone was setting up dog fights for money?

Would it be a lazy, playful cat?

Would he be so afraid of dogs that he would hide from any dog he encountered?

Would he study, love, and protect a dolphin?

Would he kill a hamster?

Would he abuse horses by having too many, not caring for them, or worse?

Would he be so afraid of a mouse that he’d climb on the couch to get away from him? Would he chase it all over the house? Would he set a trap for it? Would the trap work or will the mouse keep pestering him?

Would he raise parakeets to sell for pets? Would he have a detective to check to make sure the new owners will care for them? Would he offer classes in how to care for a parakeet?


Would your main character find a lost sheep near the highway and load it into his truck and care for it until he could find the owner? Or would he kill it for food for his family who is starving?

Would your main character have a pet snake that gets out and creates a hilarious situation? Or would it lead to death of a person or the snake?

Thanks for reading my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite pet is and which animal scares you the most. Tell me what your main characters would choose for a pet. Thanks.

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It Is What It Is!

It is what it is - Acceptance, energy, love

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“It Is What It Is?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Have you ever had a severe case of CONTROL-i-tis? Do you want other people to be more like you? Do you want others to do things according to your rules? Do you insist that others follow your beliefs?

Oh my goodness! I have trouble letting go of wanting control. Do you have trouble letting go, too? Does your mind keep running videos of less than happy experiences? Each time you remember it, does it get more difficult to let it go?

There is a great phrase that says, “It is what it is.” Quotes in Your Dictionary.com mentioned that in 1949 J. E. Lawrence used it in his column for the Nebraska State Journal:

“New land is harsh, and vigorous, and sturdy. It scorns evidence of weakness. There is nothing of sham or hypocrisy in it. It is what it is, without an apology.”

They also said that the term is used in sports to explain a particular play in a game: “It is what it is.” At this very moment, you are what you are. No apologies necessary.

It’s time to recognize and accept that you are who you are. Accept that you along with your thoughts, words, and actions are a great human being. Yes, you have faults. Yes, you have flaws. But ultimately, you’ve been doing the best you can do. You’re doing the best anyone could do in your circumstances with your experiences, thoughts, and beliefs.

Celebrate the person you are now. Accept the person you are right now at this very moment. The more you accept yourself as you are right now, the better you’ll be able to accept others as they are.

There’s magic in accepting yourself, others, and situations as they are right now with no apologies. The magic is that it leaves you open to changing what you want changed in yourself. Acceptance fills you with energy and love.

You’ll be better able to let go of your unhealthy expectations that have not been reached. You’ll be able to see ways to improve. You’ll be able to navigate direct to your goals because you are not stuck in the resistance to accepting yourself as you are and the fear that you are not going to get to your goals.

One thing that keeps you RESTLESS and STRESSED is your resistance to things that happen or that you fear might happen to you or someone you love.

Accept that you are who you are right now. This is the first step to take if you want to change yourself. You have the right to be who you are at this particular moment in time.

Accept that others are who they are right now. That doesn’t mean that they are right. That doesn’t mean that they are wrong.  That doesn’t mean that they please you. That doesn’t mean that they displease you. It just means that they are who they are. They have a right to choose who they are. You have no control over other people. Other people have no control over you, either.

The older I get the more I realize how much I, as a human being, want to control things. Oh my! It is silly because it zaps my energy. It is a reminder that I have no control over many things.  You and I do not have control over other human beings. At times this is frustrating.

Accept that an experience is what it is. You can’t change what happened in the past. Try to let it go. It will energize you. It will help keep you from spinning your wheels in place.

It is very comforting to have people agree with me.  I have come to realize that sometimes I get uneasy when no one agrees with me.  The greatest feat of wisdom is when you realize that you have the right to your beliefs, even if no one agrees with you. People’s opinions are not necessarily facts. They are what seems to be true according to their experiences and beliefs.

Letting go means to relinquish your grip grip on someone or something.

Letting go means being okay with leaving things as they are right now: http://www.buddhanet.net/4noble14.htm

Here are my unreasonable goals:

I always want me, my family and friends to be healthy.

I don’t want bad things to happen to me, my family, friends, or acquaintances.

You can see how unreasonable these wishes are. You’re probably saying, “Come on. Joan. Be reasonable. Get a life.”

Gabby Bernstein says in her article, “3 Spiritual Steps for Handling Your Feelings:” to pray, talk,  and forgive. I think there’s a step missing. Acceptance.

Think about how you’ve been handling negative emotions or unrealistic expectations. Continue to use what works for you. Let go of what doesn’t work. Accept things as they are. Enjoy the present.

Are you stuffing your negative feelings? Bring them up to the surface one at a time.

When you accept situations as they are, it releases a wonderful energy. If you can’t forgive yourself or others right now, it’s okay. Look inside yourself. If you can at least accept the situation at it is, your willingness to forgive may come later. Hatred and unforgiveness is baggage that hurts your body and mind. Acceptance is a form of love. Letting go releases the negative emotions and helps your body to relax. Relaxation gives room for more good things. It is healing.

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate each of you. May you be able to accept things as they are and say, “It is what it is.”


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Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood

“Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here is a new Remote Control to Set Your

Mood. I know you’re gonna love it.

“Remote Control” image                  © Photoeuphoria

Just hit the button for any mood you want to create:


Want to feel angry, but quite afraid of what you’ll do if you face the fact that you’re really ticked off, hit button number 1.

2. Resentment

People have bugged you for days about something. You can’t forgive them. That would be too easy.  So if you want to send daggers to others and also send daggers to you for at least 12 months, hit button number 2.

3. Acceptance

Want to be able to accept things as they are. Want to say, “It is what it is.” “That’s the way the ball bounces.” “That’s the way the mop flops.”

4. Joyfulness

Want to be happy and full of excitement, hit button number 4.

5. Fear

Want to be afraid, hit button number 5.

6. Love

Want to be able to love all the people and events, and situations that bug you, all the people who just hit your last nerve, hit number 6.

7. Courageous

Want to be able to have the nerve to try new things or stand up for yourself or others, hit number 7.

8. Surprise

Want to be surprised, feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated., hit number 8.

9. Lust

Want to want what you can’t have. FOOD, MONEY, CONTROL. Want an abundance of what you can’t have. Even after you’ve had enough, you want more, more, more, hit button 9.

10. Peace

Want to feel at peace with yourself and everyone and everything in your life, hit number 10.

11. Grief

Want to be sad, cry, or feel sorrow any time of day for no reason at all or for thousands of reasons at one time, hit 11.

12. Apathy

Want not to care one way or the other what happens to you or anyone else in the world, hit number 12.

13. Disgust

Want to feel profound disapproval of yourself or someone else, hit number 13.

14. Awe

Want to feel a great respect for someone or something, hit 14.

15. Laughter

Want to enjoy the healing effects of the physical act of laughing which is a cure for confusion and sadness, hit 15.

16. Compassion

Want to show compassion and do something to lessen your own or another’s suffering, pain, and sorrow, hit 16.

17. Distress

Want to feel hunger or discomfort over every little thing and each big thing that happens to you or around you, hit button 17.

18. Hatred

Want to feel hatred toward yourself or someone else or a group of people, for good reason or for some reason with no true basis at all, hit 18.

19. Satisfaction

Want to feel satisfied with yourself or others in jobs or the way you or someone else handled a situation, hit number 19.

20. Pride

Want to feel proud of joy be proud of your accomplishments and increase the value of who you are, the group you are a member of, and realize the powers you have to do good, hit 20.

21. Forgiveness

Want to forgive yourself or someone else for something they have done wrong, and have the peace cover them and you, hit 21.

If you want to feel more than one emotion at a time,

hit the first number,

then hit the + sign and punch in the next number.

If you don’t have this particular model of remote control, you can use the one for your television set. Check the batteries. Make sure they are good.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope I gave you a chuckle.  That was my intention. I needed a chuckle myself. I hope that chuckling is contagious and you catch it, too.

Punch a number to give your characters one of these remotes and see their moods activate in front of you.

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It’s an honor to have you as a reader. I treasure your comments. I hope you’ll tell me what you would like for your remote control to do for you.

Laugh your way to success.
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Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story

“Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story” by Joan Y. Edwards

Editors ask: What is the universal theme of your story? information book? article? poem?

What do you answer? Are you clueless? Perhaps I can help.

I went to the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop in Oceanside, Oregon from July 12-16, 2010. I was sharing a poem I wrote. The editor wanted to know what was my poem’s universal theme. What I had thought was a universal theme was really not universal. It was regional or subjective. Therefore, I did research to find out more about the subject of universal theme.

But first you have to know what your conflict is. To gain more readership, make your conflict one of the universal conflicts listed below.
What does the main character want that he cannot get or have?
Conflict adds excitement and suspense to the story.
What disturbed him beyond belief? What is the cause of distress for the main character?
What disrupts the business as usual of the main character?
What happens that the main character may try to ignore but cannot? He has to deal with this problem, internally and externally.

The internal conflict comes when the main character has to choose between two solutions to the problem: one moral, one immoral; one against his family rules; one against club’s rules; one that might hurt his friend, one that might hurt himself; one that might win the trust of his friends, one that would make him untrustworthy, one that makes him a liar, one that makes him tell the truth; mixed emotions add the tension to the story and make people want to read it to find out what the main character decided to do and what the consequences were for his actions….did it bring him closer to the goal, or bring him to his last breath.

Universal Conflicts
In a story you have one of the following universal conflicts played out:
Man against Man
Man against Self
Man against Nature
Man against Society
Man against Family
Man against the Universe
Man against Machines
Man against Institutions
Man against God
Man against Time
Man against Destiny

Never fear: Your story will probably fit into one of the universal conflicts listed above.

Goals Main Characters Struggle for, Search for, Need, Want
Acceptance, Admiration, Ambition, Approval, Attention, Authority, Awareness, Beauty. Belief, Belonging, Choices, Commitment, Community, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Dedication, Dream, Education, Equality, Experience, Faith, Family, Friendship, Godly love, Good, Gratitude, Heroes /Heroic Figures and Actions, Honesty, Honor, Hope, Human Relationships, Humor, Identity, Independence, Individuality, Innocence, Justice, Laughter, Law and Order, Live forever, Love, Loyalty, Marriage, Money, Morality,
Nature, Nonviolence, Passion, Peace, Perseverance, Possibilities, Power, Principles, Rebirth, Redemption, Religion, Respect, Responsibility, Romance, Sex, Spiritual enlightenment, Success, Taxes, Time, Trust, Truth, Understanding.

Forces Opposing Main Character, Keep Him from Reaching His Goal, Struggle Against, Has to Triumph Over, Doesn’t Want, Opposite of Goal, Perils of, What the Main Character Doesn’t want:
Accusation, Alienation, Ambition, Authority, Beliefs, Betrayal, Blame, Challenge, church, Coming of Age, Competition, Corruption, Country, County, Court, Crime, Death, Deception, Despair, Destruction, Disallusionment of adulthood, Disapproval, Distrust, Envy, Etiquette, Evil, Faith, Family, Fate, Fear, Forbidden, Freedom, Future, Government, Greed, Grief, Guilt, Handicap, Hatred, Hospital, Initiation, Injustice, Institutions, Jail, Jealousy, Justice, Lack of compassion, Lies, Loss, Materialism, Nation, Nature, Nature as dangerous, Oppression, Past, Power, Persecution, Poverty, Prejudice, Pride, Prison, Problems, Punishment, Rebelling, Rejection, Religion, Responsibility, Revenge, Rules, Sacrifice, Schools, Self-Doubt, Shame, Society, Taxes, Time, Town, Tragedy, Vengeance, Village, Vulnerability, War.

After you finish writing your story or when you’ve finished your outline, what has your main character learned from his conflict? What did the main character learn in his battle against one of the conflicts listed above? This is the theme. Make it a universal theme shared by all mankind, so that all of mankind will want to read your book.

The Universal Theme
The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave. It is the statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition that the author wants to convey to readers. It’s an observation about life that can apply to any and everyone representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears across cultures and continents, and from generation to generation. It could be the moral to the story, a teaching, or an observation. It transcends race, gender, sexual preference, and creed. Some examples are love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life.

Universal themes exist because people worldwide go through the common human experiences of being born, experiencing anguish and joy, and dying come from emotions and that touch and can apply to any and all cultures, genders, ages, sexual preference, creeds, geography, historical periods, and genres.

The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave in a particular situation. It is a statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition through the author’s words and characters. The theme is universal when it transcends race, gender, sexual preference, creed. cultures, continents, and generations representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears such as: love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life that can apply to any and everyone.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Conflict of Nature against death
You do not have to worry about dying and death. It’s a natural thing.

Law and Order Television Series by Dick Wolf
Conflict of Good over Evil – Dick Wolf presents both sides of the issues
Even with the latest technology and evidence, police and district attorneys do not always win their cases against evil.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Love against society, family, death
Love can be so passionate that one would prefer death to living without the loved one.

Here are links I went to find information about universal themes:



Universal Emotions

Emotions Are Universal.

Put emotions in your story. It makes your characters come alive. One way to make your story have universal appeal is to add the tension of opposing emotions. We all feel mixed emotions every day. Should we do this? We shouldn’t do that. It’s smart to do this. How could I be so stupid? How could he be so naive? What’s the wisest choice? What are my choices? Do I get a choice? When a character has two or three choices and none of them are very good, it’s tension time for reading and living, and it makes the reader want to turn the page.

All people experience emotions. Putting believable emotions into your story will help it reach more readers.

Here are Paul Ekman’s Big Six Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions Robert Plutchik used the above six emotions and added two others below:

Ekman’s Eleven Other Basic Emotions
Pride in achievement
Sensory pleasure

The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin gives nine emotions
Nine Emotions

Nine States of Emotional Empowerment by Swati Chopra

Swati Chopra from New Delhi, India says the nine rasas are:
Distress (hunger, discomfort)


Here are websites with information about emotions:

http://library.thinkquest.org/25500/index2.htm Great gives text descriptions of body when feeling 6 basic emotions
http://www.clipartguide.com/_search_terms/feelings.html Great! Pictures matched with emotions

I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I hope I enlightened you, rather than confused you. Please let me know if I helped you make your writing appeal to more people, to make it more universally appealing. Capture this universal appeal and you’ll capture an editor’s heart!

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Griping by Joan Y. Edwards

James was stuck in the mood of critics. Nothing was right. Nothing was good. Nothing could get him out of this mood.  He griped to the left. He griped to the right. He griped so much he wanted to fight.  He griped in a crowd, he griped all alone. He even griped in the no-griping zone. He griped at the cats. He griped at the dogs. He griped at the alligators with the giant jaws.

At last his griping days were over. He was in the grave with daisies  growing over. When people visited his grave, they griped,  too.  Griping spread out among the people in the town. They set aside a griping corner – the best place to gripe in town. Everyone was allowed 15 minutes to gripe each day and then they had to be on their way.

“Get over it,” said the mayor.

“Get on with your life,” said the commissioner of new business.

“Forgive those who hurt you,” said the minister.

“Look at the bright side,” said the children.

“Be thankf ul for what you’ve got,” said the old woman.

“You can still reach your goals,” said the old man.

“Just ask God for help,” said the minister.

The people in the town took heed of this advice. They prayed to the left and prayed to the right.  Their prayers filled them with hope and love so they didn’t want to fight. They prayed in a crowd, they prayed all alone. They even prayed silently in the no-praying zone. They prayed for the babies. They prayed for the teens. They prayed for the people who were older than jeans.

When at last the townspeople’s days were over. They were in their graves with daisies growing over.  When people visited these townspeople’s graves. They were thankful. Their hearts filled with hope and love.  Before long they had added another corner in their town. It was a thankful corner.  When people went to the thankful corner first, they found they didn’t need to go to the griping corner at all. What a great day it was for the town. They decided to set aside 6:00 p.m. as a special hour each day to celebrate their thankfulness.  It grew to be the largest and the most successful town in the world.

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