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561. If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner


Bette A. Stevens:

Thankful! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

Above me and below me
Hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it.
I am immersed in it.
~Native American Saying

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I thank God for the ways of Creation–
For eyes to see Creation’s beauty,
For ears to hear Creation’s sounds,
For a tongue to taste Creation’s savory delights,
For a nose to smell Creation’s sweet aromas,
For arms to embrace others with a loving touch,
For a heart to understand the ways of the Lord,
For words to praise the triune God, Maker of heaven and earth.
~Edited and adapted from a Native American prayer

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. ~Psalm 69:30   ✝

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Calling All Authors


Bette A. Stevens:

Great opportunity for authors! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Book Promotion

Hi everyone,

Now that Halloween month is over I would like to promote authors for any of their works.

So if you would like to be interviewed or share a chapter or an excerpt with readers then email me at chkara.silverwolf@bigpond.com

Please put “Book Promotion” in the subject line.

Blessed Be!

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BETTE, GARRY, AND MARILYN — IN SKOWHEGAN


Bette A. Stevens:

A special day to remember with great new forever friends Marilyn and Gary Armstrong. We met on the net, but we’ll never forget that face-to-face meetings are far better yet! If you haven’t had a chance to meet my extraordinary new friends, yet, be sure to stop by SERENDIPITY Blog, that’s http://www.teepee12.com. You’re sure to find great post, pix and peeks into everything under the sun, where some say there is nothing new. They keep this Boomer (me) laughing and learning. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

And down the mountain we drove. Around 85 miles down, same mileage back. We met Bette Stevens, of 4 Writers and Readers. She’s in the middle of a round of editing her next book, but she took the time to spend the afternoon with me and Garry.

Bette Stevens

Bette Stevens

A great lunch and Ken’s Family Restaurant, a trip to the Magaret Chase Smith Library, and a brief sojourn to see the world’s tallest Indian (statue), created by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), a sculptor from Old Town who attended the local art school.

Marilyn and Bette

Marilyn and Bette

Garry and I were wearing our matched pair of Serendipity sweat shirts. You could hardly tell us apart!

Marilyn and Garry by Bette Stevens

Marilyn and Garry by Bette Stevens

Garry and Bette

Garry and Bette

We had great conversation at lunch, then spent some time taking picture of each other, visiting the library and admiring the statue, which is oddly located next to…

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SHADOWS, SHOES, AND A CHILDREN’S POEM


Bette A. Stevens:

MY SHADOW by Robert Louis Stevenson
TIMELESS POETRY: One of my all-time (since a kid) favorites too… So much so, that I taught it to my students and incorporated it into a science lesson on light and shadows! LOVE THIS POST & MUST REBLOG. THANKS, Marilyn Armstrong! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 30

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them. This week, I have but two little entries.


Me and my shadow … and my joyous happy-feet red Fit-Flop clogs. The poem has been one of my favorites since I was a very young child. The shoes are rather more recent, but favorites nonetheless.

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MY SHADOW

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing…

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Songbirds


Bette A. Stevens:

Lovely poem and pic! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Poesy plus Polemics:

"Songbirds" Painting by Susan Bourdet From wallcoo.com

“Songbirds”
Painting by Susan Bourdet
From wallcoo.com

singing their verses
perched upon figures of speech
passerine poets

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The Edge


Bette A. Stevens:

Great quote and a petal a perfect metaphor! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on SwittersB & Exploring:

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut

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Is This Your Son, Memorial Day


Bette A. Stevens:

Beautiful and poignant poem! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on terry1954:

Is This Your Son

There was a child

Who grew in height

He became a man

Who wanted to fight

To keep us safe

And speak for us

I cried as I watched

Him get on that bus

The days ticked by

Life seemed to stand still

I know my soldier

Is fighting over that hill

As a mama I must say

How proud I am

Of who he is

And how it began

I am standing here

Touching the photo frame

Tears touching glass

No I hold no shame

For this is my son

He is my only one

I give thanks today

For Memorial Day.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd

05.23.2014

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350. But I always think the best way to know God is to love many things. ~Vincent Van Gogh


Bette A. Stevens:

The wonder of it all! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

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Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

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The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

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The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

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The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

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The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;–

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He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
~Cecil Frances Alexander

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Your righteousness…

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300. Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison


Bette A. Stevens:

Gardens & Poetry… A perfect pair! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

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My Garden is a pleasant place
Of sun glory and leaf grace.
My lilac trees are old and tall;
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees.

I wish some power would touch my ear
With magic touch, and make me hear
What all the blossoms say, and so
I might know what the winged things know.
And I would sing them all for you!

My garden is a pleasant place
Of moon glory and wind grace.
O friend, wherever you may be,
Will you not come to visit me?

Over fields and streams and hills,
I’ll pipe like yellow daffodils,
And every little wind that blows
Shall take my message as it goes.

A heart may travel very far
To come where its desires are,
Oh, may some power touch my ear,
And grant me grace, and make you hear!

~Excerpts from a…

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“YES, I SAID IT!”


Bette A. Stevens:

READERS & WRITERS: Get your copy of Nonnie Jule’s latest book for FREE through March 8th. Then stop over to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and sign up… MEMBERSHIP is this fabulous new book club is FREE too! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Watch Nonnie Write!:

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I know I’ve been away for a while but you’ve gotten to enjoy some really great posts from other author friends of mine.  Although I was happy to introduce other authors and their work to you, I’m sorry you weren’t getting your usual dose of RANTING me.  The reason that I’ve been a tad bit absent, is because I’ve been spending so much time over at my new place (although, I still love you all here at my old place!).  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB has taken off and let me tell you, it’s been, and still is, a wild ride!  We are having so much fun over there and if you haven’t joined yet, you’re missing out on a lot.

My readers (you all) have been so good to me since I jumped on this social media scene.  I mean literally, some of you guys have been with me…

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