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Inspirational Writing for May 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 25 May 2019
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In life, wherever we go, we leave a positive or negative impression. The way we treat people, speak to people, and conduct ourselves is what creates our impression on others. We can try to explain who we are, but it’s what people see and hear is what speaks the loudest.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 24 May 2019
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In life, we should embrace words like hope, respect, compassion, and gratitude. Building our life on words of strength is better than word of weakness like hate, greed, and prejudice. We don’t build our own life up by tearing down the life of others.... Read More


inspirational Writing for May 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 23 May 2019
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For someone who needs to know this: Every day, you succeed at something and change the world around you. What you say makes a difference, even if you never realize it. Without you, many would be less loved and appreciated. Never doubt your worth to this World, because you mean the world to me.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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Though height may allow us to look over people, our compassion keeps us from overlooking anyone. Our sight allows us to look at what’s around us, but our caring heart gives us the ability to see it more clearly. Life is filled with chances to make a difference. Don’t miss yours.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 21 May 2019
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In life, anything that touches us leaves something behind. From the tenderness of a kiss; to the tightness of a friend’s embrace; to the cruelty of words spoken in anger, every touch leaves something behind. Make sure your touch doesn’t leave a bruise on someone’s heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 20 May 2019
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In life, there’s a difference between believing someone and believing in someone. If you believe someone, their words may help you in life. But if you believe in someone, it goes beyond what they say. It’s about who they are, what you see in them, and how you can encourage them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 19 May 2019
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Today, I want you to do something very simple. Turn your hands with your palms upward. Now with your hands turned slightly sideways, put your palms together and clasp your fingers around the back of each hand. Now squeeze and feel the embrace. What you see and feel is your “God Hug”. He is embracing you and you're embracing Him anytime you need Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 18 May 2019
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Though anger can make us say things we don’t mean, a person’s true feelings are not as deeply buried as we think. For some, all it takes to hear them is to be confronted by a mistake or have a disappointment in their life. It’s hard to hide forever what you genuinely feel.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 17 May 2019
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For someone you care about: I wish I could send you sunshine every day and flowers that paint life with color. I hope I can make you happy with everything I do throughout your life. But, if I did, you would never know I will also be your strength when your life is filled with rain, sadness or problems.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 16 May 2019
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Some people seem to know what to say in any situation. This doesn’t come from knowing the right words to say, it comes from knowing the right time to say what they feel. No one knows what to say every time, but there is a right time to say what’s needed.... Read More


Podcasting of "Pushing Back" continues with Chap. 7

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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The newest installment of Boone’s story finds him taking the truck out on the road for the first time, taking stock of his meager assets, and trying to come up with a believable story when the inevitable questions about his father’s absence start coming. As always, this chapter along with the first six can be found at: housmountainviews.podbean.com or through one of the links on my web... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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Pursuing joy in life is sometimes harder than we think. With all we endure every day, we must look past what gets in the way of our pursuit and find those things that make us smile and lift our spirits. Often, the pursuit of joy requires overlooking what sometimes overtakes us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 14 May 2019
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Some people live their lives like they’re on a trip with no destination. Unless you know where you’re headed, you may enjoy the journey along the way, but eventually, you’re going to run out of gas and have no idea where you are in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 13 May 2019
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In life, we may give in, we may give out, but until we give up there is hope for whatever we want in life. Life is rarely a smooth road or a gentle decline that makes life easy. Hope is sometimes all we have and often all we need to make it through our next day.... Read More


Happy Mother's Day - May 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 12 May 2019
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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers. My mother has been in Heaven since 2006, but that doesn't make this day any less of a day to honor her. My Mom was the backbone of our family. She never worked a job, but never stopped working at home. I miss her and honor her every day. I hope your Mom is still with you to hug today. But if not, I know you can remember many hugs you received from her and that is... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 11 May 2019
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Sometimes, it’s not what we fail to obtain in life that disappoints us. It’s what we chose to settle for in place of it. It’s may seem late to try to fulfill your dreams, but if it’s something you have never quit wanting, then it’s not too late to try to reach for it again.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 10 May 2019
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Sometimes, we want to say something to someone but don’t know if we should. A compliment is always appropriate; Compassion is often appreciated; Sarcasm is unnecessary, and Cruelty exposes who you are in your heart. Unless you’re doing one of the first two, keep it to yourself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 09 May 2019
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In life, there are people who touched our heart, and there are people who embraced our heart. These are the people who will live within you for a lifetime. Hang onto these persons and their memories because without them you would have never been the person you are today.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 08 May 2019
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Sometimes, life is like being on a treadmill. We constantly move, run at times, and exhaust ourselves only to discover we’re still in the same place. Life isn’t about how busy we are, but how we spend our time. Unless life is about improving ourselves, the scenery changes little.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 07 May 2019
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Life is better when we concentrate on building more bridges than walls between us. Friendship should see no color, creed, religion or nationality. A smile, a kind word, or a handshake has never been more important than it is today.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 06 May 2019
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Changing in life is like digging a hole in the sand. Unless you have something to fill the hole, the sand will fall back into it. Change is great, but it can’t last unless you have something to fill the void. Be sure it’s something you can be proud of and can live every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 05 May 2019
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In life, the best teaching tool is living what you preach. No one goes to a fat personal trainer. Few people ask cooking tips from someone who can’t cook. So, if your life doesn’t display your Christian beliefs, it’s going to be hard to convince someone to follow Jesus.... Read More


Inspirational writing for May 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 04 May 2019
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Moments in our life that change us forever are called many things. The three we never seem to get over are guilt, rejection, and regret.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 03 May 2019
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In life, speaking from your heart can be a surprise to others. What you say may not be what they want to hear. It’s never wise to intentionally hurt someone with your honesty. But sometimes what needs to be said is what someone needs to hear.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for May 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 02 May 2019
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Three things we owe those we love are hope, inspiration, and peace. Hope never to stop believing in themselves; Inspiration to look beyond what they see; and Peace from anything that limits their happiness. When we live these words, our example can be our greatest gift to them.... Read More


Great News!

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 02 May 2019
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Thought I would finally post my good news. I have had my kid's story, The Legend of Billy Bob Flybottom picked up by Doodle and Peck, a publisher of picture books and other kids and young adult fiction. Excited, but picture books don't get published quickly. It will be a couple of years. I was invited to be a participating author in the Oklahoma Book Festival in September, highlighting Re... Read More


Inspirational writing for May 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 May 2019
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Some mistakes we make in life seem to never go away. They are like footprints in the sand that never get washed away. Though we cannot change the past, we can affect the present by proving, through our behavior, we are no longer the person who made those mistakes.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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Sometimes, the obsession someone may have with something can blind them to a problem that others can clearly see. The opinions of those who care about someone are not always wrong and could be considered a warning to a problem a person can’t see for themselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 April 2019
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If, at the end of every day you were able to know how many people you have blessed and how many opportunities you had missed, which number would be higher? We can’t see all our opportunities, but being more aware might increase our chances.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 April 2019
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Sometimes in life, we are forced to find a new normal. What we had for years or taken for granted is suddenly gone. This is when our memories become our greatest comfort. Through them, God helps us realize it’s not what we lost, but what we were blessed with for so long.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 April 2019
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In life, you must learn to believe in you. Constantly comparing yourself to those you admire can create doubt in your self-confidence. Don’t question if you’re good enough to succeed, because you are. Successful people are those who do their best and believe they will succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 April 2019
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In life, we may not know what’s wrong all the time, but we know when something isn’t right. Our experience tells us when something doesn’t sound right, feel right, or seem right. Don’t ignore these warning signs. They are there because you paid attention in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 April 2019
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In life, we learn a lot of things. We develop skills, talents, and knowledge. But, one of the most important things we learn is about ourselves. We learn how we think and react to life events. Knowing this helps us decide what situations to avoid and which we will thrive within.... Read More


Chapter Four of "Pushing Back" released today

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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The fourth chapter of my podcast of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series, can be found along with chapters 1-3 here as well as in the iTunes podcast section. Look for this graphic in iTunes: Hope you enjoy it, Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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Today, you will make mistakes, make someone mad, or be disappointed in yourself due to something you say or fail to say. In other words, you will have a day just like everyone else. Try not to expect more from yourself then you would be willing to forgive in others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
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A FRIEND’S PROMISE: Every day, as my friend, I don’t owe you only words of encouragement. I owe you hope, love, and strength through my caring for you. You mean more to me than words on a screen. Thank you for caring for me as much as I try to care for you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 April 2019
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In life, your influence can change someone’s destiny. The confidence you give them and your belief in who they are can mean the difference in their willingness to persevere or stop in the face of challenges. You may become their foundation for all they do the rest of their life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 April 2019
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Many things in this world change and it’s because they need to. But the need to care about each other isn’t one of them. The world says trust no one and fear everyone. This isn’t working very well. Maybe we need to go back to the days when we trusted everyone and feared no one.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of promises we make, but the number of them we keep. Fulfilling our promises is a sign of respect. A promise should be seen as a verbal contract that others can depend on. If we break our promises, it affects more than just us.... Read More


Friendships And Opportunities

By: Danielle Asher on Friday, 19 April 2019
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Friendships And Opportunities Getting involved in the Authors Guild of Tennessee has given me new friendships, opportunities and options. We members are comfortable emailing or calling each other about anything that concerns or entertains us. We share requests for encouragement, such as when we’re promoting our books, and for prayer, such as when health issues arise. At the first meeting I at... Read More


Chapter Three podcast of "Pushing Back" released

By: Jim Hartsell on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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Good morning, all . . . The third chapter of “Pushing Back” was released yesterday and can be found here: http://housemountainviews.podbean.com/ along with Chapters One and Two, so you can listen to the newest installment or catch all three chapters and be ready for next Wednesday’s release of Chapter Four. The podcast is also available on iTunes now, if you would prefer that. Just ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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The things we make ourselves vulnerable to are often the things that determine our attitude in life. We cannot surround ourselves with negativity and expect none of it to affect us. Negativity is as addictive as any other poor choice in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
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Our goal in life should be to get all we can out of life … not let life to take everything out of us. When we concentrate more on the positive things in our lives and less on what we wish we could change, we should find more happiness to enjoy.... Read More


Event Commitment Policies

By: Danielle Asher on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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Event Commitment Policies Events Coordinator (EC) shall email details of potential book signing events to all AGT members. Event information and deadlines shall also be posted on the AGT website by EC. Each author shall determine if his or her book(s) would sell well at any particular event. Each author shall reply via email to EC, expressing “Interest” and maximum fee he or she would pref... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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In life, we develop things about us that clarify our life. It may be the depth of our faith, our character and integrity, or our willingness to think of others before ourselves. Whatever it may be, having something that clarifies who you are will become your foundation in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 April 2019
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Don’t worry if the things you reach for in life are too high. It’s when we set goals higher than our reach is when we force ourselves to push past our limitations. You’re more capable than think, more resilient than you imagine, and possess strength you never realized.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 April 2019
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If you knew you were living your last week and it began with your friends praising you, but would end with them cheering to kill you, how would you feel? Jesus knew He would die soon but still loved us. If He was willing to die for us, we should be willing to live for Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 April 2019
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Sometimes, inspiring a crowd of people will have less effect on the world then someone who speaks to one person changes their heart, and they spread the love. Touching someone's heart may last a minute, but changing someone's heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" released on podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Good afternoon, everyone . . . Here's a quick reminder that on Wednesday I released the second installment of my podcast. Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" is available here  along with Chapter One in case you missed it the first time around. I hope you enjoy the listen. Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Three ways to form a friendship are to be the first to smile, first to speak and call someone by their name. A smile is usually greeted by a smile; saying hello solicits a positive response, and calling someone by their name shows respect. All promote friendship.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 April 2019
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Sometimes, things we occasionally do can become a future problem. What starts as something casual can become an obsession. Having the insight to see this before it happens can prevent a life of sadness. Doing something because others do it can leave you all alone in a nightmare.... Read More


Two new podcasts now at findingmyway.libsyn.com

By: Jerome Morton on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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Podcast 67, "The Work," and podcast 68, "Year Two," are stories from my first two years as a school psychologist working in the inner city schools that were experiencing their first two years of integration (1969-1970 and 1970-1971).  I learned that kindness and the valuing of others carries us through the unexpected challenges life presents to us all.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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In life, a country road may not be the fastest route, but it’s often the most beautiful. A walk along a tree line path may not be the shortest way, but it’s usually the most peaceful. Take time to enjoy these paths in life, you may discover the longest way can be the sweetest way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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Sometimes, the steps we take in life are clear and easily seen. But there are times when our next step forward seems difficult, unclear, or uncertain. When this happens, taking a step back to calm the stress may be what you need to do and may end up being your best step forward.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 April 2019
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Caring for others is shown in many ways. Three that leave a part of us behind are a hug, a kiss, or a handshake. When we touch someone, we leave a loving impression that lasts until we see them again. Some of our greatest comfort to others comes from the love we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 April 2019
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Every day, the love of God surrounds us. It’s in the innocence of a child’s face and in the sunrise and sunset of each day. But where we should see His love most should be in how we treat others. If His love lives in your heart, then it’s His love you extend to others each day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 06 April 2019
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Often, our greatest inspiration in life doesn’t come from what we experience. It comes from the people we surround ourselves with and the relationships we develop with each. Moments of inspired brilliance come and go, but inspiration from our friendships can last a lifetime. My friends, today is another milestone for me. This is my 1800th inspirational writing since I started writing them nea... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 April 2019
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In life, it’s easy to live in the shadows of others, avoid challenges, and hide from a world we don’t understand. Some feel it’s easier to blend in than to stand out and risk being asked their opinion. If we allow others to make our decisions, we allow them to control our lives.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 04 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the quantity of the words you use to explain something, it’s the quality of the words. When you know how to say something in fewer words, it always sounds more like you know what you’re talking about.... Read More


New Podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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Good morning, everyone . . . Today begins my new podcast with Chapter One of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series. To hear the first installment, go to: housemountainviews.podbean.com There will be a new chapter every Wednesday morning, so stay tuned!   Thanks, and stay in touch.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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When you love someone, miles may separate your two hearts, but never the passing of time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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So much of life isn’t about what we know, but what we feel. This is why love is so important. We enjoy the gestures of love we receive, but it’s the feeling of belonging, being appreciated, and security is what makes love so special. I hope you have this love in your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 April 2019
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In life, we often receive back what we first gave to others. If we filled our life with friendships and sacrifices for others, then the love we showed is returned to us abundantly in our toughest times. Love grows strongest in the sunshine of a good friendship. Inspired by my friend, Margie Lucas... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 31 March 2019
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Life is about believing and having trust in something. It may be God, it may be others, or your faith and belief may only be in you. Whatever you place your trust in must be able never to let you down. There is only one place you can be sure of this, and that is a trust in God.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 30 March 2019
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Friendship is an essential thing. Though you may not think you are doing much for someone, you may be doing everything someone needs by caring. Never feel caring is not enough.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 29 March 2019
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Life is not always about what we want to do, but what we make ourselves do. If we lived our life doing only what we wanted to do, half of what we accomplish every day would never happen.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 March 2019
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Life is about how we interpret it. One person sees the beauty of a rose while another fears the thorns. We have choices in life to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us or fear the thorns that may hurt us. The one we choose may be more than a choice. It may be an example to others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 March 2019
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One of the keys to happiness is finding something you love and making it a part of what you do every day. It may be your faith, a hobby, or something that only you enjoy. Live what you love and love what you live. It will help you see the good and not the bad in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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One of the requirements for accomplishing anything is believing in it. Unless you believe you can do something, you’ll not put forth your best effort. Though we may not succeed at everything, we should not go into it expecting to fail and be surprised when we succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 March 2019
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In life, it’s easier to give advice than to follow it. It’s easier to see the problems of others clearer than our own. The best advice we give to others is often the one we should apply to ourselves. Before we try to change others, let’s make sure a change is not needed in us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 March 2019
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Sometimes in life, we look around, and all we see is our shadow. We feel alone with no one to talk to. We reach out and feel nothing in our darkness. Don’t be afraid, God is with you always, watching over you, and He felt your hand touch Him gently in the darkness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 March 2019
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In life, we will suffer disappointment that we won’t understand. It won’t be brought on by our actions, the actions of others, or anything we can control. It will merely be life. Often, what we least expect becomes what we must face. Don’t be dissuaded by these challenges.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 March 2019
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In life, one of the worst pains we endure is when we disappoint someone we love. We may not do it intentionally, but to our heart, it makes no difference. Disappointment is something we have a hard time forgetting, especially when it’s in ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 March 2019
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We all go through life the same way. One breath, one step, and many blessings at a time. How deeply we breathe shows our stress. The quickness of our steps shows how fast we live life. And, the blessings we remember to rejoice, keep us centered in our journey.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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In life, we should always strive to be first … first to speak, first to smile, and first to show understanding. We should look for opportunities every day to show those we love they are first in our life. Don’t settle for second when being first can mean so much.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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Life is filled with many things that knock on the door of our heart. Beautiful music or the innocence of a child, often touch our heart. If you know what yours is, embrace it. If not, never stop looking for it because it may be the one thing that lifts your heart out of sadness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 March 2019
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A positive attitude is when you think of more reasons to do the right the thing than excuses not to. The right thing may not always be what benefits you, but what will make a situation better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 March 2019
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There are some things that only our faith can explain. Why we easily forgive others, why we feel content in a world of chaos, and why we know we are loved in spite of our shortcomings are all explained by our faith. When you know God’s love has no limit, faith explains everything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 March 2019
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One of our greatest motivators in life is also one of our greatest fears. This fear will make us push harder, endure longer, and never give up. It’s the fear of disappointing those we love. In our heart, we can face any type of fear except letting down those we love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 March 2019
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In life, sympathy has a way of making us feel like the burdens of others should also be ours. We feel sorry for them and want to help fix their problems. Be careful of this temptation because what may be their burden today may become what they blame you tomorrow for not fixing.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 March 2019
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One of the hardest things to do in life is to hide our scars. Some run so deeply, they changed our lives. Others are superficial, but always remind us of the mistakes we’ve made. Everyone deserves to be happy. Don’t let your scars be the thing that’s standing in your way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 March 2019
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In life, it’s not always the person who says what needs to be said that people admire. It’s the person who says it in a way that everyone understands, accepts, and is inspired to follow.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 March 2019
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Sometimes, we feel like raindrops falling in the ocean. We make a small splash and then disappear. The truth is the sea needs those raindrops to exist. Like the raindrops, your friendship and caring make a difference and allow love to exist where it may not exist otherwise.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 March 2019
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Though it may be difficult, we need to remember just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should. And, just because we feel we should, doesn’t mean we need to. Our emotions often make us do things we shouldn’t. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best response.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 March 2019
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Sometimes, we’re going to say things that are not in our heart. This is why what’s in our heart means more to God than the words from our mouth. God knows the difference between what’s in our heart and what we may say out of emotion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 March 2019
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In life, it’s assumed that unless someone speaks up against something, they are for it. Other than this being an utterly ridiculous assumption, silence is sometimes our best response. Silence neither shows opposition or approval. It reserves opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 March 2019
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In life, we don’t always achieve the dreams we want, but we sometimes forget all we’ve accomplished. We take for granted the character traits we possess or the respect others may have for us. We may not be living our dreams, but someone may be dreaming of the life we’re living.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 March 2019
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The two biggest things holding us back in life are fear and guilt. Fear keeps us from attempting things we’ve never done, and guilt won’t let us forget the mistakes we made in the past. Until we overcome these two things, we’ll never get past our apprehensions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 March 2019
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Inspiration happens when you are aware of all that surrounds you, you look beyond the surface of what you see or hear, and then allow your emotions to expand all of this in your heart and mind.... Read More


My Masochistic Ritual

By: Jim Hartsell on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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I was performing my regular masochistic ritual of checking my book sales the other day and when I pulled up my Amazon author’s page, I found this listing for my first children’s book, “The Mountain Climber” (note the price):  The details are more than a little convoluted, but this particular book is in limbo right now and yesterday was listed (correctly) as out of print. When I che... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to learn from our mistakes. But we should also learn from the mistakes of others. Being aware of others mistakes and seeing their effect on them should also serve as a learning experience for us as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 March 2019
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One of the things we must try to be in life is approachable. Our attitude, our demeanor, and our appearance say a lot about us. If our mannerisms tell others to stay away, it may limit the love we receive. Building a wall around you also keeps those who care about you out.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 March 2019
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Prayer is like anything else in life. The longer you go without doing it, the more you forget to do it. Without prayer in your life, you may feel all alone. Don’t wait until special times to talk to God because the best time to pray is the moment you realize you haven’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 March 2019
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Everyone in life is a survivor. We’ve all been through things that may not have been life-threatening, but they were life-changing. We should keep this in mind as we interact with each other. No one is without scars from the personal battles they have fought in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 March 2019
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In life, we all hear voices. Some that have given us good advice and others out of love. But, the one voice we all hear and have in common is our own. It’s there to make us stop and think before we act. Don’t ignore the voice within you. It speaks from years of experience.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 February 2019
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Life is like a two-lane country road meandering its way through moments of shade and bright beams of sunlight. It’s a winding road with curves that gently sway you from side to side and others where you are blinded as to what is around the next corner. Like this beautiful drive, don’t fear in life what you cannot see. Just be more cautious as you approach the blind curves of your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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Sometimes, miracles in life are not easy to see. They are hidden within things that went smoothly or in something tragic that could have been worse. Don’t expect your miracles to be something miraculous. They are often quiet as a falling snowflake and subtle as a gentle breeze.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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In life, we can’t allow regrets to be something we dwell on. Allowing regrets to question if we would be happier had we followed another path is futile. Everything in life is a learning experience and there are no assurances life would be better had we done it any differently.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 February 2019
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In life, we sometimes wonder if our chances to help change this world diminish over time. Actually, it increases instead of decreases due to the experience we gain with age. Experience is acquired over time, and when we share it with others, it can change someone’s world.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 February 2019
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Sometimes, there are limits to what we can do, what others can do, or what more can be done. Our mind doesn’t want to accept this, but our heart knows it’s true. When you face these moments, don’t give up or give in, instead look up, and let God help you find your strength within.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 February 2019
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Some of our most beautiful moments in life have nothing to do with what we see or hear. Some of them are created by the simplest words we read. It’s amazing what the words, “Like” and “Love” can mean to someone who cherishes your opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 February 2019
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Every day, we should try to be a little better than we were yesterday. Sometimes, this requires we step back a step, regain our perspective, and then move two steps forward. Our greatest achievement isn’t always where we end up, but what we learn about ourselves along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 February 2019
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From our greatest disappointments can come our most significant changes. What may knock us down may also open our eyes and allow us to see changes we need to make. Whether the changes will be something positive or not depends on the perspective we have when we stand back up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 February 2019
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In life, you can’t walk forward if you keep looking behind you. If you try, you will miss what is ahead of you, walk past opportunities you never see and allow what you cannot change to affect what you can. Live for today and tomorrow … not to make up for yesterday.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 February 2019
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In life, most success is the result of great sacrifices that were made. Often, those sacrifices were not made by us. Sometimes, love requires giving up something, so someone we love can succeed. Don’t forget those who sacrificed for you. It was a gesture of love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 February 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to prove who we are every day. We do so through our choices, the strength of our convictions, and our consistency. How consist we are in what we stand for tells others who we are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 February 2019
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The greatest strength we possess is the one that lives within us that picks us up, props us up, and pushes us forward. It’s the strength that assures us we are not alone and never without hope. It shows us through our faith we can endure all things.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 February 2019
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Sometimes in life, we don’t know what to do, so we must rely on what we can do. Not every decision will be correct, and others may be criticized, but sometimes all we have in life is our experience, wisdom, and common sense to make our hardest decisions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 February 2019
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Sometimes, the only things that separate those who do things and those who don’t are the confidence to try and the courage to risk failing. Not everything we attempt in life will work, but those things we never try have no potential of succeeding.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 February 2019
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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.  Love knows no greater partner than understanding, devotion, and commitment. It’s not what we say that proves our love, but the place in our life we hold that special person. A touch upon their skin will fade away, but one upon their heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Article Last Saturday

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 14 February 2019
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I moved away and a year later get a call from the Cleveland Daily Banner. Colby Denton wanted to do an article. So we talked on the phone and this is what he wrote: http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/susan-kite-enjoys-writing-sci-fi-fantasy-fiction,94187 I think he did an excellent job and I am very grateful to him. Hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to share it!   sue... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
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Sometimes, those who display the highest amount of confidence, possess the greatest amount of fear. What they show to others is continuously questioned by themselves and must be reinforced every day by their behavior. Deep inside, we all share the same inadequacies.... Read More


Thrillogy, new from Kaye George

By: Kaye George on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

reblogged from Travels With Kaye http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/2019/02/thrillogy.html Don’t you love that word? I love the way it sounds, what it evokes, but even more, I love that I have one just now published at Wildside!       Mine is a collection of all three of my Imogene Duckworthyshort stories. It’s great to have them together in one place. If you g... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
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People that we cherish in life never leave us. They may not be where we can see them, but through our memories, they’re always close. Our love for them will never fade because our heart never forgets those who touched our lives in a special way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 10 and 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 February 2019
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In life, we rarely care about anything we don’t believe in. If we have no confidence in it, belief in it, or see any worth to it, it’s difficult to know the importance of it. Sadly, this is how some people feel about themselves. We never know who needs to be lifted up every day. Sometimes in life, we feel we’re not the person we want to be. We know the person we are, b... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 February 2019
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I was asked once if I had to give a young person one bit of advice, what would it be? My answer was: “It’s hard to change a first impression with a second attempt, so make sure you don’t have to rely on it.” What would have been your advice?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 February 2019
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In life, it’s not the battles we win, but the ones we have the courage to fight. We may face unthinkable odds of prevailing, but none the less, we take on the battle. Not every war will be won, but every conflict will prove we cared.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 February 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of days we live that means the most. It’s the number of days we didn’t sacrifice to anger, jealousy, or envy. It’s about living every day to its fullest without regret. Love and joy make a happier life than spite and revenge.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 February 2019
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Sometimes in life, it’s not the shortest route we take that gets us to where we need to be, but the longest one. Often, the journey is as important as the destination. You may be on that journey now, be patient, there may be something that you’re needing to learn along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 February 2019
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Sometimes, our greatest influence on others is not in our words or even our actions. It’s often in our decisions that affect others. How much we consider the feelings of others tells a lot about us. How kind, considerate, and empathetic we are, leaves an impression on others.... Read More