WREN Radio – Wave of the future

I had an opportunity to see what internet radio was all about when WREN Radio invited me to visit their studio. I was so impressed, since the last time I had visited a radio studio, things fit in a much larger space. The thing that impressed me most was the ability of internet radio users to have an uninterrupted broadcast en route from one destination to another.

FM changes according to the distance a signal can pass through the air. AM is ancient, by comparison.

Should you be using Internet Radio? Now all I have to do is get an Internet ready car!

Check out the Oldies on WREN Radio!wren-logo-large-300x86

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“Au Revoir”

When Jim and I decided that our lives would intertwine, we both agreed that “goodbye” was something neither of us wanted to ever say. It’s too “final.” It doesn’t say what we believe.

So, if you overhear us talking on the telephone, or parting from each other in public to do separate tasks, you’ll hear “Au Revoir.” 

French for “Until we meet again,” this phrase has a wonderful way of affirming, each time we talk, that there will be another meeting. Yes, we both know that life intervenes in ways that can interrupt our expectations for today, or tomorrow. We may be sad tomorrow because we must wait for that next meeting a little longer. The blessing in “Au Revoir” affirms life. Life goes on, and it’s a journey that takes us beyond what we can see.

The bible speaks over and over of life, before and after our earthly journey.

Psalm 139 speaks of God knowing us before we lived on earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

In the gospels, Jesus tells us that we can expect eternal life, and its our choice how that eternity exists.

Science has proved that life exists beyond our perceptions. A rock may appear lifeless, or even useless, but within its makeup is life.

There are countless people that have come through our lives that we look forward to seeing again. There are people who have moved across the divide before we could say “Au Revoir,” and we will joyfully hold them in a huge bear hug once we see them again.

To my friends, even if I have not met you yet, Au Revoir! We will meet again!

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“Liquid Love” By Penguino As seen on Deviant Art

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“Creativity is the ability to see that which is waiting to exist.” Anonymous

“Creativity is the ability to see that which is waiting to exist.” Anonymous

Topeka Artist Oshara Meesha is our featured artist for November!

Her interest in art was sparked with a Shakti Gawain CD on Creativity. After she finished a guided meditation on the CD, she got up and drew her depiction of “Creativity.” She never looked back.

She took a certificate in Graphic Design Technology in 2002. Now she is a student at Washburn in Technology Administration with a Visual Communications emphasis.

Her motto is “Art is Healing Art is Life.” Because of art’s healing place in her own life’s journey, she will always incorporate art in everything she does. When you meet Oshara, you will realize how seriously she takes her “Healing Art.” She wears her art, too! She has recently shown her work at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, and the Quincy Street Conference and Event Center. She is thrilled and eager to show her work at Creative Corners Gallery!

Her favorite piece of work is the first acrylic pastel she made which she calls “Creativity Goddess.”

Meet Oshara Meesha at Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts on November 7th from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm!

Meet Oshara Meesha at Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts on November 7th from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm!

Oshara’s healing art gives her so much pleasure that she placed “Creativity Goddess” over her Grandmother’s bed until 2008.

Oshara tells us she finds great joy and making and sharing her healing art.

Come meet Oshara at Creative Corners Gallery. Perhaps you, too, will find healing in the art of Oshara Meesha!

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Roads of Yesterday – by Linda Colvin Funk

You will enjoy the memories of growing up in the fifties! Linda Colvin Funk has written down 40 years of stories about Topeka, Kansas and farming near Nortonville, Kansas into one book. Some of her work has been published in Washburn’s “Inscape,” The “Kansas City Star Magazine,” and Reminisce and “Reminisce Extra.” Inside, among other photos, you’ll see their personal photos of Topeka and farming, Clay Street, the ’51 flood, and selling vegetables on the curb. The names and subjects of interest are: the Santa Fe railroad strike, Hayden High School, Holy Name Catholic Church, Mrs. Konrade, Mr. Walker and Jimmy and Tammy Miller of Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoyed my own memories of childhood for the few years I lived in Topeka as I read her book. It is bound well for many generations to understand Topeka in the fifties from the eyes of a child now grown. I bought one and will keep it for a long time! Five stars for the writing and the memories!

Linda Colvin Funk's book will last for years to come!

Linda Colvin Funk’s book will last for years to come!

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Meet Mark Bouton ~ Thursday, October 16th from 3pm to 6pm, at Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts in Topeka, KS

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Buy How to Spot Lies Like the FBI from Amazon.com, or meet Mark Bouton at Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts, Thursday, October 16th, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm.

I read Mark Bouton’s book, “How to Spot Lies like the FBI.”

Mark does a great job, discussing not only the tells that have been on countless TV shows and interviews, but reveals tips from his own experiences as an FBI agent. He explains the situations that got him out of trouble and the situations others have used to reveal the truth.

Mark’s book is a great read for writers wishing to expand their descriptive ability when it comes to fleshing out a character. He describes nuanced physical reactions that may indicate someone’s not telling the whole truth.

I’ve decided to buy a copy of this book for the Jim Overturf Writers’ Reference Library to be opened with our Writers Workshop Space in Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts at 115 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. It is worth every penny for those who wish to improve their observational skills.

Karen Overturf

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The Child in your Heart will love this just as much as the children in your life!

Tex

Click the image to get to the Amazon page! Tex the Turkey’s Jiggly, Jaggly, Wiggly, Waggly Thing

I had the opportunity to read about Tex this morning! Newly available on Amazon.com, Tex the Turkey’s Jiggly, Jaggly, Wiggly, Waggly Thing Is a fun little story that gets to the heart of what it’s like when one feels like a statement is a criticism, but turns out to be the truth. Graciousness becomes the norm for Tex the Turkey. Read this to the children, and enjoy the beautiful Illustrations! Author Sheila Dalrymple and Illustrator Jennifer Perrin are stars in their own right, and I look forward to more stories from these two!

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Psalm 95… where Blessings and Joy meet sin ~

The Old Rugged Cross Cedar Necklace

Welcome to The Cross Makers Etsy site. We have lowered the prices of the crosses to make them even more affordable. If you are interested in large quantities of these crosses, please e-mail us for prices. Quantities of 25 or more crosses are just $5 each making these a perfect gift for confirmation or for church fundraisers.
The Cross Makers of Seward, Nebraska are a group of men and women who give of their time to create these hand crafted wood palm crosses to extend God’s richest blessings to you. As of March 26, 2012, the Cross Makers have made over 10,000 crosses and shipped them all over the world.
Each cross is handmade to fit the hand. No two are alike. Each cross measures approximately 3.5″ by 4.5″ by .75″ high (exact sizes in cm are listed for each individual cross).
The Cross of Life brings comfort as it is held in the hand helping one to acknowledge the blessings and love of Christ. These crosses have brought comfort to those in the hospital, nursing homes, and in the military. They make a heartfelt gift to those suffering from cancer, heart disease or other affliction. Pregnant mothers hold them during childbirth and later give them to their children. Those who are depressed, anxious or worried find comfort in their contemplative nature.
The Cross Makers are all volunteers who meet several times a week to work on this mission. None of them are paid and all have invested. Any monies made from the sale of these crosses through this etsy site go strictly for the cost of materials and equipment. All funds that exceed the cost of equipment and materials will be donated to charitable organizations.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Disclosure: The Cross Makers would like you to know that your order will be shipped from Two Dog Pond in Seward, Nebraska. This Etsy site is also maintained by Rachel of Two Dog Pond. The Cross Makers are quite busy making the crosses and thus do not have time to take pictures and tape up boxes.

There were several lessons in today’s sermon on Psalm 95.

It is an unusual Psalm, changing the tone midstream, from the Joy and Exhilaration of praise to “Listen to God,” and “Don’t be like your ancestors who complained when they were thirsty.”

The surface lesson of the Psalm is about Meribah and Massah, where the Israelites, having been led from Egypt through the parting waters of the Red Sea; having danced with joy at the Pharoah’s defeat at the Hand of God; having complained of the lack of food and offered quail and bread from heaven and then they complain of thirst, asking “Is God with us or not?”

Enough to try any human’s patience, let alone God.

The message, a merciful and caring God who, in spite of his anger, was not angry with the people forever, but only for forty years.

And even Jesus, knowing his future of being betrayed, sent to death, and utter loneliness, offered to his followers a gift of forgiveness on the very night he would be betrayed. He broke bread, gave it to the disciples and said “Take and eat, this is my body.” He handed out the wine, and said “This wine is the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin.”

Jesus did this not only to demonstrate that he would die, but to demonstrate that he was the passover lamb. It was a yearly ritual sacrifice that required the shedding of the blood of an unblemished lamb. Now, once and for all, God was giving the sacrifice for sin to every man who would take it.

The gospels are clear. God is not a god of just one people. Jesus did not refuse to meet the poor, the downtrodden, or the sinner. The mixture of joy and sin in Psalm 95 accentuates this side-by-side glory of God meeting man. Where we may be afraid to tread, or refuse to visit, Jesus did. Jesus met the woman at the well, the tax collector, the centurion, and leaders willing to hear. God is the God of all. He has a gift, that which does not condemn, but that which says,

Yes, walk with Me, and listen to what I have to say, and accept My gift of Love, and I will be by your side, forever!

What a promise!

God is with you until that day that He meets you face to face and you tell Him that He is not your friend. My prayer is that the day YOU meet Him face to face is a day you can honestly say “Thank you for hanging in there with me, and I’m sorry I didn’t know You sooner.”

Jesus said in John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

What a sermon I heard today!

Blessings!

Karen

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Searching coloring pages you can use?

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Searching “.org coloring page” I found lists and lists of choices for free coloring pages to print. This one is from http://www.firesafekids.org/coloring.html

The question I posed was: Who would post coloring pages?

Answer: Those who most want to get their message across… Charities and Public service organizations!

So, I searched .org coloring pages! No limit to what your kids (and you?) can learn!

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Space saving idea for promotional venues ~

This one I'm using to promote our publishing company...

I’m using this to promote our publishing company…and it’s latest work

Buy yourself a four sided photo box.

I got this one at Hobby Lobby.

You can put your photo or a photo promoting your business in the lid, save your older works inside, and put your four latest works in the windows around the sides.

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Enjoying the beauty of God’s World

I love sunsets. I’ve always felt they were prettier after many years of driving at both ends of the day. Reorienting to a New Day starting at Sunset also gives me time to reflect. At this hour, I’m not in a hurry and can learn. I will rest, not from the day behind, but for the day ahead. In beauty…

Late Winter Milkweed pods. The pond has melted and the light is beautiful.

Late Winter Milkweed pods. The pond has melted and the light is beautiful.

I love it when an animal senses that all i want is a photo. Stock still, yet still cautiously aware of me.

I love it when an animal senses that all i want is a photo. Stock still, yet still cautiously aware of me.

Looking to the east gave me a surreal photo, As if cutouts of the trees were pasted onto a grey canvas.

Looking to the east gave me a surreal photo, As if cutouts of the trees were pasted onto a grey canvas.

The colors of the evening began to scatter themselves over the western horizon.

The colors of the evening began to scatter themselves over the western horizon.

Deepening color developed as the sun dipped lower in the west.

Deepening color developed as the sun dipped lower in the west.

The end of the day left such a  glorious range of color.

The end of the day left such a glorious range of color.

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