Monthly Archives: February 2014

St Francis Coloring Page – by permission

This is a free coloring page featuring St. Francis of Assisi. I’ve also included one of my favorite prayers.

One of the English translations of this famous prayer attributed to him is this:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
You can also find the french version of this prayer online… If you or your children are learning french, what a wonderful way to share the history and beauty of the language!

Please don’t try to copy from here: A good download of this coloring page is at:

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What seasoned daily travelers know…

Carrying something along can make a long time into “already?”

I’ve had the opportunity to watch a lot of people, and I know what it’s like to wait.

Having nothing to do when waiting is terrible for me. Two minutes passes so slowly it seems like ten when you’re waiting for the bus, or an elevator, or the light to turn green so you can cross the street. When it’s really cold, inside or out, the time moves even slower.

Next time you’re doing one of these things, have a ball “people watching.”  More often than not, the normally short wait (90 seconds to 2 minutes programmed into schedule or computer) will frustrate the person who is not prepared and they will be looking at a watch or punching the button repeatedly.

The calmer people around you will have something with them. Reading, writing, computing, music. They may decide to pay bills or plan their day.

There is something else they do. They make sure they are well-planned enough to not wait too long. For instance, Will it snow tomorrow? If you must catch a bus, train or plane, consider making a plan B. I often had to park my car closer to the arterials to avoid getting “snowed in” and missing my “must do” job.

What seasoned riders do when they walk or ride in the dark –

One of the things I’ve seen is such a wonderful timesaver and a brilliant idea. A flashlight umbrella!

Not only does a person who often walks need an umbrella for those surprise rain showers, but also can use the flashlight to light their way or alert a bus driver to stop for them.

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My review of “Redemption Tales”

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I bought “Redemption Tales” at

I gave this book four stars, as I found George McVey to be a wonderfully gifted storyteller in this enjoyable series of three books. Each one was a portion of a story about a pastor who traveled west to become a circuit rider. Having been taught by his very world-wise grandfather, he finds himself being immediately challenged by various outlaws, and because he finds himself in a position to protect others each time, he picks up guns, which his grandfather taught him to use.

McVey describes the very difficult positions people must sometimes face in life, sometimes picking up responsibilities that fly in the face of biblical wisdom. The Preacher, as Nathan Ryder is called, becomes a man with a reputation he does not ask for, and continually tries to avoid.

We are allowed to “look over” Nathan’s shoulder as he reads the bible and understand things he learns on his travels to his new position in Redemption, New Mexico. The most satisfying to those of us who love God is the changed lives.

It helped a bit that these books were westerns and especially helped that these stories were told by someone who has an innate sense of great storytelling. There were errors in each that may be difficult for readers with sensitive English skills to handle. I was able to rationalize the story as something possibly written by a western pioneer untrained in such things. I continued to read, and I did write the author about the difficulty with the editing. He assured me by return note that a new edition is in the works and will soon be available.  Karen

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Global Barnyard

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is promoting this fundraiser. It is amazing how little is needed to create a livelihood for families around the world.

Yes, I know it’s not Friday. I did get a blessing today, not only for myself, but for those of you who want to teach your kids while they color!  This insert was in my bulletin at church today, and I was impressed at how much we can do with such a little bit. I thought it was worth sharing both sides of the bulletin insert. You can reach the ELCA by clicking the Blue side of the insert or this sentence. The other side was a (bulletin size) coloring page (below). If you copy it to a page, it will also be a partial sheet.

Hence it’s inclusion in this category! Not only do you get to see children and grandchildren have some fun, They can learn, too!

Blessings and Hugs!  Karen

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Dessert for Breakfast – Breakfast for Dessert – Only 10 steps

no cinnamon roll

Are Cinnamon Rolls something you can’t resist?
Me Too!

I looooove cinnamon rolls. Sinful, sweet, gooey, yummy and calorie laden. I am able to curb my craving to one batch every two weeks.  When I asked of myself what I could do to have a more wholesome meal than the cinnamon rolls I was prepared to bake, I came up with this…

I loved this! Serves 4

(Alisa Sharpe, our heroine in Dead Man Talking who also can’t pass up a cinnamon roll when one calls her by name, would love this recipe, too!)

1)     Prepare your favorite crumble topping (usually made with oatmeal, sugar, butter and cinnamon – I add a tiny pinch of cardamom, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cloves and a pinch of curry)

2)     Prepare 2 servings of Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Hot Cereal (or any favorite hot cereal of your choice.) Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Hot Cereal boasts 8 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

3)     Stir in a packet of plain gelatin (flavorless and adds 5 grams of protein to the dish)

4)     Stir in ½ cup of dried blueberries.

5)     Sweeten and add cinnamon to the cereal to taste (your choice of sweetener)

6)     Stir together two whole eggs.

7)     Temper the eggs with hot milk (I heat water and stir in dry milk – more protein!) and stir the tempered eggs into the cereal. As you are stirring the eggs with a whisk, stir in the hot milk a few drops at a time to prevent the eggs from cooking and curdling in the hot cereal.

8)     Pour the cereal/egg mixture into a small baking dish (5×7 size) to create ¾ inch layer).

9)     Top with the topping.

10)  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes (the thin layer, already hot, will cook quickly) until the custard is set.

Enjoy! Karen

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Sunset blessings

Feb 19 2014 Sunset 11

A face in the clouds!

Feb 19 2014 Sunset 9

Still there, watching, a minute later!

Feb 19 2014 Sunset 7

Glorious color!

February 19 2014 Sunset 1

The darkening night

Feb 19 2014 Sunset 4


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What Are People Around the World Searching For in the Bible?

John 1

John 1:12 (from Inspirational Bible – click on the picture for the link to their website)

For today’s post, my eye caught this entry from…It seemed to me that Christians would be very similar in their “bible culture,” for want of a better term.

John 1, one of my favorites (A copy of John 1:1-18 is at the bottom of this post), isn’t in our list in the USA. It is in China, Brazil, Russia, and Japan. Nigeria has mostly Psalms.

Take a look at these… I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


John 1 (NIV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God andis in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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Traveling by Train… peaceful, beautiful, enjoyable, and inspiring

Mountain Pass on the Zephyr

Mountain Pass on the Zephyr

Traveling by train is one of the most enjoyable trips. It allows me and Jim to see sights that can’t be seen traveling by car. We did this trip in August of 2012, heading out to California on the Zephyr from Lincoln. This is one of my favorite pics that we took from the window of our cabin. It graces my Facebook page. We ended up in Sacramento, and took the Coast Starlight to Los Angeles.

Red rocks across the Desert

Red rocks across the Desert

I believe next time we’ll take a lot of photos from the Starlight. The coastline is beautiful, and the little towns along the way were redolent with flowers. After our stay in LA, we left Fullerton for Arizona, where we stayed to visit with my Aunt and Uncle. We stayed at the La Posada in Winslow. What a fabulous trip that turned out to be. Our trips always allow us to sit back and talk (no, gossip) about the lives of our characters. We discuss who they’re going to be, and what adventures we’ll be taking them on next. Hmmm… it might be time for a trip to the cabin for Alisa…

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My Review of “Becoming the Chateran”

S.J. Aisling

S, J. Aisling, writer and illustrator

“Becoming the Chateran” is a fabulous fantasy world written by S.J. Aisling. Her central character,

Becoming the Chateran Cover

Buy the Paperback at Life Sentence Publishing

Princess Rheulea, will serve young women well as a role model. Not content to just be pretty, prim and proper, Princess Rheulea takes on a role that is ingrained in her by previous royal women, valuing sword and adventure.

I found the writing beautifully done, however, I did wish for a shorter book as I could envision the general turn of events by the end of the seventh chapter. For younger readers, though, I believe this book has as much power to engage the young reader as do “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

With youthful impetuousness borne of being spoiled as a princess, reading about various escapades, and learning as she seeks counsel, the young princess finds herself in situations that most women today, strong as they are, would probably shun. I would be more than proud to have my teenage daughter, if I had one, read this book. The wisdom of creating a worthy reputation and conscientiously following the path of the truth gives this book its value.

S.J. Aisling is a skillful artist as well, having done all the illustrations in her book. This artwork is stunning, and I can imagine her work gracing the walls of many a mansion.


This was one of the drawings in the book, “Becoming the Chateran,” courtesy of Life Sentence Publishing.

This work will satisfy your thirst for good art and good literature.

I was provided a PDF copy of this book by the publisher for my opinion.


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Sunset Walk

Sunset Walk

Sunday Evening 2/16/2014

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