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Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

This week the topic is ‘Things that you want to see change in your industry’.

As I view writing as a hobby, I will write instead about the industry that I work in – the NHS.  I started working in my local NHS hospital in 2002, and so I’ll list the changes that I want to see happen there:

    • Two whole wards have closed since 2002, denying 72 patients a hospital bed.  I would like to see those wards re-opened again instead of being used for storage.
    • Car parking fees have risen substantially since I began working at the hospital.  I’d like for there to be no car park fees for staff or visitors.
    • Most staff have to park their cars a mile away (it’s free) and either walk in or catch the shuttle bus.  I’d like to see some of the original staff car parks reinstated, which have all…

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Quality Improvements   3 comments

October 16, 2017 – Things you want to see change in your industry.

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This is a hard post for me because I don’t consider myself to be much of a prophet and I subscribe to the “be careful what you wish for” philosophy of life. “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched” and “I really didn’t mean THAT” are cautionary for a reason.

So what changes would I “want” to see in my industry?

Oh, boy!

Related imageHigher quality books by independent authors would make my #1 spot on the list. Conversely, I’d like to see all the “quality doesn’t matter” crowd take an extended vacation. Go edit your books and learn how to format and come back in a year. That should leave the minority slice of the indie field free to really surprise people with the quality of our books. I don’t fear competition from high quality books. I fear being lost in a sea of poor quality, so that it is hard to break the surface and shine forth as a truly worthwhile author.

More collaborative marketing efforts. I don’t know how that would work itself out and there are certainly authors doing that now with bundles, freebies, samplers and collaborative ads. I’m always willing to cross-promote on my blog. I think there is power in numbers, especially for people who have limited advertising budgets. I am not a great idea person in the marketing arena, but I would certainly join with authors who wanted to do something. I just wish it were easier to connect and the quality was high enough that you could be assured of a good showing.

A reduction in social media. I’ve never been a social media warrior. I feel the huge time suck. Unfortunately, because everybody else is doing it, I sort of have to … but I think that social media mania may be waning. I hear of some authors reducing their social accounts. I see that as a good sign. Right now, we’re all shouting into the echo chamber and canceling each other out. Surely there is a better way to do this. What? I don’t know. Someone make a suggestion.

Getting away from paid review services. As a reader, I’ve never trusted them. An author/publisher paid for those glowing kudos. I’ve never bought a book on the recommendation of Publishers Weekly and I never will. I do, however, check out what readers have to say about the book.

Authors getting real about time lines. There are tons of books being published daily, so nobody should expect to be on the Times Best Sellers list two days later. Our books may sell well, eventually, but it’s going to be a more long haul affairs with a lot of work before it happens. Spend your budget dollars wisely. Don’t blow it all in the first week. Plan for the long haul. The converse of this is that advertising venues might want to come down on their prices a bit because it will now take two, three or four ads to get the same sales as one used to garner.

I’d love to see online editing tools for published ebooks, so typos can be fixed without having to re-upload files.

How about a place for matching writers with cover artists, editors, beta readers, and formatters?

The book discovery process could be refined. Amazon recommends titles once you have a buying history with them, but I remember the old days of accidentally discovering a great book while browsing the stacks of the local bookstore. Surely, something could be created to mimic that in the digital universe.

I want to see new genres. I’m not saying let’s get rid of the old genres, but that more choice is a good thing. I’m old enough to remember when fantasy was grouped with science fiction and marketed as science fiction because the Big 5 thought they had to trick people into reading fantasy. Now, it’s a standalone genre that has several subcategories.

I think that’s about it. No, I’m not offering any solutions to how we achieve these improvements. I think Amazon probably has some IT guys who can work on some of it.

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The Rule of Law   Leave a comment

Immigrant Children and the Rule of Law

Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that in six months, the Department of Justice will begin the long process for deportation proceedings against 800,000 young people who came to America as babies and young children in the care of their parents and others because those entries into this country were and remain unlawful.

Source: The Rule of Law

When President Barack Obama signed numerous executive orders attempting to set forth the conditions under which illegally immigrated adults whose children were born here could lawfully remain here, he was challenged in federal court and he lost. Sessions believes that the government would lose again if it declined to deport those who came here illegally as babies and young children.

Here is the back story.

Shortly after President Obama formalized two programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (commonly known as DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (commonly, DAPA), in a series of executive orders, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that DAPA — the orders protecting undocumented immigrants who are the parents of children born here — was unconstitutional.

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Before signing his executive orders, Obama tried to persuade Congress to amend federal immigration laws so as to permit those who came here illegally and bore children here and those who came here illegally as infants to remain here with work permits, high school diplomas, Social Security numbers, jobs and other indicia of stability and permanence. After Congress declined to vote on the Obama proposals, he authored his now-famous DACA and DAPA executive orders. He basically decided to do on his own what Congress had declined to do legislatively.

But Obama’s executive orders were not novel; they merely formalized what every president since Ronald Reagan — including President Donald Trump — has effectively done. Each has declined to deport undocumented immigrants who bore children here or who were brought here as young children. President Obama alone showed the courage to put this in writing, thereby giving immigrants notice of what they need to do to avoid deportation and the government notice of whose deportations should not occur.

Numerous states challenged Obama’s DAPA orders in federal court. The states argued that because they are required to provide a social safety net — hospital emergency rooms, public schools, financial assistance for the poor, etc. — for everyone within their borders, whether there lawfully or unlawfully, DAPA was increasing their financial burden beyond their ability or will to pay. Stated differently, they argued that the president alone was effectively compelling these states to spend state tax dollars against the will of elected state officials. The states also argued that DAPA was such a substantial deviation from the immigration statutes that Congress had written that it amounted to the president’s rewriting the law and thereby usurping the constitutional powers of Congress.

A federal district judge agreed with the states, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed that ruling (emphasis Lela). That court held that by increasing the financial burden on states against the will of the elected officials of the states, the president had violated the Guarantee Clause of the Constitution — which guarantees a representative form of government in the states, not one in which a federal official can tell state officials how to spend state tax dollars

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It also ruled that by enforcing his executive orders instead of the laws as Congress wrote them — those laws mandate deportation for all who came here illegally, no matter their age or family status — the president was failing to take care that all federal laws be enforced (emphasis Lela). That behavior, the court ruled, violated the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, which compels the president to enforce federal laws as they were written, not as he might wish them to be.

The Supreme Court declined to intervene by a 4-4 vote, thereby permitting the 5th Circuit decision to stand undisturbed (emphasis Lela).

When Sessions announced this week that DACA will not be followed after March 5, 2018, he said he is confident that DACA is unconstitutional for the same reasons that the courts found DAPA to be unconstitutional. Yet there are moral, constitutional, legal and economic arguments on this that will be an obstacle to the cancellation of this long-standing program.

Morally, most of the beneficiaries of DACA are fully Americanized young adults who know no other life but what they have here and have no roots in the countries of their births. Many are serving the U.S. in the military. Constitutionally, DACA has effectively been in place since 1986, and 800,000 people younger than 40 have planned their lives in reliance upon it. Legally, once a benefit has been given by the government and relied upon, the courts are reluctant to rescind it, even though the 5th Circuit showed no such reluctance.

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Economically, the summary removal of more than three-quarters of a million people from the workforce would have serious negative consequences for their employers and dependents and for delicate economic forces, and there would be negative economic consequences to the government, as well, as each claimed hardship case — each person whose deportation is ordered — is entitled to a hearing at the government’s expense.

Now many Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress want to make a close version of Obama’s executive orders with respect to immigrant infants (DACA) the law of the land — something they declined to do when Obama was president. Were this to happen, the tables would be turned on Trump. He would be confronted with the constitutional duty of enforcing a federal law that he has condemned.

Would he live up to his oath of office?

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October 9, 2017 – My favorite business resources.

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“Real” businesses have resources and business plans. For my husband’s maintenance company, the resources are, largely, his skills and licensing, his truck, and a Google ad. He asks me to do flyers for him occasionally and he has his business card pinned in places where people might be looking for companies that do maintenance. Above all, he tries to treat his existing customers well so they will keep calling him and let their friends know that he does good work.

Image result for image of writers resourcesA lot of people feel authors are not “real” businesses. I struggle with this concept too, because although my books (mostly) pay for themselves, I’m investing my own money in getting them going. Still, I am a business … or my books are. What resources do I have and use and which are my favorites?

First, there are the resources I really can’t stand. Twitter. Ugh! But it does sell books, so …. I am marginally less turned off by Facebook, but …. It’s not that I hate the people I interact with on social media. I actually enjoy interacting with fans and friends when there is interaction. It’s that I hate the time sucks both represent. But they are necessary for marketing books in this day and age, so ….

Amazon is probably my most useful resource. KDP allows some promotion and, hey, self-publishing is the greatest resource an independent author has. I try to ignore the exclusivity required of KDP. I would like to be all over the self-publishing spectrum, but I’ve discovered it is harder to sell books that way than it is to be exclusive to KDP. If I ever have a book that doesn’t sell through Amazon though ….

Anthologies are a great resource. Rather than look at them as time sucks and distractions, I see them as marketing tools. Write a short story, get it accepted into an anthology and sometimes other authors’ fans will discover you next to their favorite author and now you’ve made a few new fans who might come buy your full length books.

Thunderclap.it – I don’t have a big advertising budget. I have to do it myself with limited funds. I’ve built my social media network up to 18,000 now, but with Thunderclap.it, I can borrow the social media networks of hundreds of other authors and market my books to many, many more potential readers than I can alone. All it requires is that — ugh — time-sucking interaction. But it’s worth it.

My local writer’s guild. I get great ideas from them because some of the writers there have been self-publishing for decades and know a thing or two about how to market in ways I have never even thought of. And, we hold our monthly meetings in a local art gallery, so it’s a visual feast as well.

That’s probably about it. I could list a bunch of little stuff, but those are the big resources that I use.

Non-Negotiable   Leave a comment

There were folks in the Corinthian church who doubted Paul’s gospel message. They weren’t sure he was an apostle. At some point, Paul needed to address this.

Image result for image of the non-negotiability of the gospelA lot of people spend more time thinking about destinations where they’re going to spend two weeks of vacation than they do their eternal destination. We pack more carefully for a weekend in the woods than we do for our trip to eternity.

Some useless, but interesting trivia – 1 Corinthians is the longest epistle in the New Testament and Chapter 15 is the longest chapter in this letter. Yeah, a monk riding a balky mule set out the chapters and verses of the Bible, but in the case of 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, the segregation falls neatly around a carefully selected subject – the resurrection. Paul’s words can be divided into two sections – the first addressing the reality and certainty of the resurrection and the second explaining how the resurrection is possible and the nature of resurrection bodies.

The Corinthians had come to believe in life after death without a bodily resurrection. Yet, Paul didn’t try to prove the resurrection of Jesus so much as argue from it that Christians will be resurrected. The Corinthians evidently believed in the immortality of the soul but had bought into the popular Greek view that once a person takes his last breath, it was curtains for the physical body. Paul argued in great detail from Scripture and from reason that there is a future for our physical bodies, as well as for our souls. Before he could adequately defend the believer’s resurrection, he had to deal with Christ’s resurrection, for His paved the way for ours.

The gospel is trustworthy 

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, 1  brothers and sisters, 2  the gospel that I preached to youthat you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being savedif you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance 3  what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 15:4and that he was buriedand that he was raised 4  on the third day according to the scriptures, 15:5and that he appeared to Cephasthen to the twelve.

In this first section, Paul explained our relationship with God with regards to the resurrection. Paul didn’t try to prove that the resurrection of Christ actually happened. He assumed the resurrection as fact because no one can deny the resurrection of Jesus and count themselves a believer in Him, and remember, Paul was speaking to Christians.

As with some of the other topics dealt with in this letter, Paul starts answering the problem even before he defines it in 15:12. I’m told this is a common Jewish rabbi technique. What Paul says in this passage is no different than what he shared with the Corinthians previously. This was not the first time the Corinthians had heard this truth. Paul was reminding them of something they had forgotten, that he had taught to them when he lived in Corinth. Frequently, the sermons I hear and the Bible passages God directs me to are merely review. As Christians what we really need is to be reminded of what we already know. We need to preach the gospel to ourselves every day. When we do this, we experience a new surge of life and love for Christ.

Paul reminded his readers of what the gospel is. The term “gospel” means “good news.” This is the message that Paul preached to the Corinthians for the 18 months he served as their pastor. Paul wrote with the confidence that the Corinthians were bona fide believers.

  • Paul stated that they had “received” the gospel as a past response. Salvation is once-in-time miracle. If the gospel worked for you when you believed in Christ and it’s not working for you now, you changed, not the gospel.
  • Paul stated that the Corinthians “stand” on the gospel. The verb “stand” indicates present stability on the basis of past action. The gospel gives us a place to stand. Jesus Christ is our stability and security.
  • Paul affirmed that the Corinthians were “saved” by the gospel he preached. To be “saved” means “to be delivered or rescued.” The words “are saved” should be translated “are being saved” to reflect the present tense verb. There are three phases to salvation: past, present, and future. Having received the gospel at a point in the past, God begins to work on us so that we become more like Him. If we hold fast to the gospel we initially received, we will experience spiritual health. The phrase “unless you believed in vain” is referring to the hopelessness of our faith apart from Christ’s resurrection.

Paul had great confidence in this gospel message because Christ’s death and resurrection is prophetically and historically verifiable. In 15:3-5, Paul clearly and succinctly shared the core elements of the gospel. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buriedand that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephasthen to the twelve.” An important phrase immediately jumps out because it is repeated in 15:3-4: “according to the Scriptures.” In the Old Testament, God predicted that Christ would die and rise again. One of the strongest arguments that Jesus is the Christ is how He fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. In 15:3, Paul stated he delivered to the Corinthians the gospel he had received from other apostles. This gospel was “of first importance” and foundational to everything else in the Christian life. We can debate the charismatic gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-14 and other non-essential issues, but the gospel is “of first importance.” The gospel is non-negotiable. Without it, we are not saved. The gospel did not originate from Paul or any other man; rather it was received from God and then delivered to people. It is God’s gospel, not ours. No one would have ever devised a plan of salvation like this one. We prefer to earn salvation, but the good news of the Christian gospel is that salvation is a free gift—costly to Christ but free to us. Paul provided the basic facts of the gospel in a nutshell.

Fact 1: “Christ died for our sins.” The gospel centers on Jesus Christ, not Buddha, Mohammed, not even God, and certainly not Paul or the other apostles. Do you believe in God? That’s special! But God wants to know: what are you going to do with Jesus Christ? Responses such as: “I go to church every week and I’m a good father or mother” have nothing to do with the gospel. The gospel centers on Jesus Christ, Who died. One quarter of the gospel accounts focus on the death of Christ. Plenty of other information was left out so that we would grasp the death of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the issue is what happened on the cross and why did it happen? Jesus did not die as a good example; He did not die because He was a nice martyr; Jesus Christ died for our sins. Sin is kind of a taboo concept in American culture today. We hear about illnesses, addictions, and disorders, but we don’t hear much about sin. But there is no way to come to salvation without admitting that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of every man, woman, and child that has ever lived. Sin is the reason Jesus went to the cross.

Christ had to die because you and I were in trouble with God because of our sin. Let’s define that term “sin”. Sin is anything contrary to the character and commandments of God. It’s merely leaving God out and failing to worship Him properly. If you have ever done this, you’ve qualified yourself to be a first-degree sinner. Me too. I’m standing right beside you. The only reason God made us was to have fellowship with Him, but you and I have continually rejected His affections. Therefore, we are sinners.

The word “for” in this passage means “in the place of, because of.” This is substitution. A substitute is a person who takes the place of another. We should have died for our sins but Jesus died in our place. Jesus took your place that you might have His place. He took your hell that you might have His heaven. That is His substitutionary death. It is the heart of the gospel. Jesus’ life does not save us. His teachings don’t save us. He saves us by His death on the cross. There is no other way to get rid of our sins. The good news of the gospel is that when Christ died for our sins, He died for our past, present, and future sins. He covered all of our sins for all time. Are you having trouble forgiving yourself for sins you have committed? Remember, Christ’s death was sufficient for your sins. His death satisfied God’s wrath against sin.28

Fact 2: “Christ was buried.” Christ’s death was not an accident that left Him resting along some deserted roadway. He did not endure His agony away from the notice of the crowd. His death was the center of the city’s attention in a public execution by soldiers whose own lives depended upon their ability to carry out the death sentence. There were no heroic efforts to save His life. No emergency unit was called to rush His body to a trauma center where it could be placed on life support systems until vital signs returned. The evidence states that Christ actually died and spent three days in a tomb. His death was confirmed by His executioners, who didn’t take any chances but plunged a spear into His side. Then He was wrapped according to the embalming custom of the day, and placed in a tomb, sealed by a heavy rock. The emperor’s seal was placed on the tomb to warn grave robbers away, and a Roman guard was posted to make sure that no one brash enough to risk his life to steal a dead body would be able to do it. All of this is a reminder to us that what happened three days later was not just a physical resuscitation. Christ didn’t rally from a nonfatal injury. He was not buried alive. He died!

Fact 3: “Christ was raised.” Jesus Christ arose! Buddha died. Mohammed never rose from the dead. What makes Christianity distinct from other religions is that the Messiah of Christianity is no longer in the grave. His bones are nowhere to be found. He is alive! The firm foundation of the Christian faith is an empty tomb.

When you buy something at a store, the clerk accepts your money and gives you a receipt confirming that the bill was paid in full. If there is ever a dispute about whether the payment was made, all you have to do is produce your receipt. When Jesus cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), He uttered the Greek word tetelestai, which means, “Paid in full.” The payment for sin that God demanded has been paid, and the empty tomb is proof that the payment was received and the debt satisfied. The resurrection is our “receipt” from God the Father that He accepted His Son’s payment for sin on the cross.32

Fact 4: “Christ was seen.” Paul noted Jesus appeared to Peter and the apostles. This is evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. Yes, Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb, but His first visit to the apostles was to Peter who had denied Him three times. This ought to encourage you. God is a God of restoration. He has forgiven you for all of your sins—past, present, and future. All that He wants is for you to run to Him like Peter did (Luke 24:12).

15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters 5  at one timemost of whom are still alive, 6  though some have fallen asleep. 7 

Paul moved from the message of the gospel to a strong argument for the resurrection of Christ—historically verifiable witnesses. At the time of Paul’s writing, about 25 years after Christ’s death, there were still living eyewitnesses to the resurrection Paul invited people to check out the reality of the resurrection for themselves. Jesus had appeared to nearly 500 people some 20 years before, following His resurrection. His audience could go ask them to corroborate what Paul taught. This is very convincing proof of the resurrection, because Paul would never have challenged people like this in a publicly-circulated letter if these eyewitnesses couldn’t corroborate his story about the resurrected Christ. Paul was convinced that his witnesses would confirm the facts. Yeah, maybe the 12 experienced a group hallucination, but 500 people … it just strained credulity.

15:7 Then he appeared to Jamesthen to all the apostles.

Paul gave another convincing proof: Jesus also appeared to James. James was Jesus’ half-brother, who did not believe in Him until after the resurrection. He grew up in the same home with Jesus, but he rejected Him until after Jesus rose from the dead. After his encounter with the resurrected Christ, James became the leader of the Jerusalem church … not exactly the safest job at the time. What another great reminder that God is a God of grace.

The people that Paul mentioned were living too close to the time of Christ’s resurrection to effectively deny it. They simply could not explain away this great historical event any more than a person today can effectively deny the reality of the Holocaust. There are people today who try to deny the Holocaust, but they don’t get very far because there are still too many survivors of the Nazi concentration camps. You and I, of course, are almost 2,000 years away from the resurrection. We can’t talk to eyewitnesses like the people to whom Paul originally wrote his letter. Nevertheless, we have the testimony of Scripture and plenty of changed lives.

15:8 Last of allas thoughto one born at the wrong time, 8  he appeared to me also.

Paul referred to himself as “one untimely born.” The Greek term here is the word for a miscarriage or an abortion. Paul meant that, spiritually speaking, he was like an aborted fetus or a stillborn child, referring to his state of wretchedness as an unbeliever and persecutor of the church. Before his call and conversion, Paul was spiritually dead but he was miraculously given life through God’s grace.

2. The gospel is life-changing (15:9-11). 

15:9 For I am the least of the apostlesunworthy to be called an apostlebecause I persecuted the church of God.

The proof of the gospel is its inherent power to change lives. Paul demonstrated this by sharing three characteristics.

First, the gospel leads to the recognition of sin. All of the others to whom Christ appeared were believers, while Paul was a violent hateful unbeliever. He chased down the early Christians and sought to have them incarcerated or even killed. As a result, Paul never ceased to be amazed that, of all people, Christ would have appeared to him. I don’t think a dream about Jesus could ever have produced the kind of humble assessment of himself that Paul came to. It took a direct encounter with the living Lord, the very person he had rejected, to help him see his sorry state. Here, Paul called himself “the least of the apostles.” Elsewhere he labeled himself “the foremost” of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and “the very least of all the saints” (Ephesians 3:8). Paul understood that apart from Christ, he was nothing. Like Paul, do you see and feel your own sin? Do you grieve over your sin? Are you more concerned about working on your sin instead of other’s sin? It is so easy to be consumed with the sin of others (e.g., spouse, children, boss, neighbors), yet a mark of godliness is a concern with your own sin.

Like Paul, do you see and feel your own sin? Do you grieve over it? Are you more concerned about working on your sin instead of the sins of other? It is so easy to be consumed with the sin of others (spouse, children, boss, neighbors), yet a mark of godliness is a concern with your own sin.

Second, the gospel results in a total transformation of character.

15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I amand his grace to me has not been in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10a

Paul may have been a mess when Jesus found him, but Christ didn’t leave him that way. Because of God’s mercy and grace, Paul became a great missionary, preacher, and theologian. It is only the one who has experienced the power of the resurrection in his life who can experience such a thorough transformation in character and then give the credit to God. It didn’t change Paul’s past, but it certainly changed his present and future.

Lastly, the gospel produces a redirection of one’s entire life.

In factI worked harder than all of them – yet not Ibut the grace of God with me. 15:11 Whether then it was I or theythis is the way we preach and this is the way you believed. 1 Corinthians 15:10b-11

In response to God’s grace, Paul worked harder than everyone else. Paul didn’t believe he was repaying the divine grace shown to him with hard work. Rather, Paul was like a child who joyfully gives his mom a birthday present after having spent the parents’ own money to buy it.

All of Paul’s effort and energy was bound up in God’s grace. In the same way, we are saved by grace and we minister by grace. “Grace” is mentioned three times in 15:10. In a general sense, the word “grace” means “an undeserved expression of kindness.” Grace,  therefore, is an expression of the kindness of God that is given to those who do not deserve it. That involves not only the initial grace of salvation but every other expression of undeserved help we ever receive from the Lord. Don’t let this point escape you.

In 15:11, Paul reprised what he wrote in 15:1. “We preach” included all of the apostles, and the present tense conveys that it continued to be their message. Christ’s resurrection is the common denominator on which all were in accord. It is non-negotiable and cannot be jettisoned without gutting the Christian faith.

Posted October 8, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Strides for Life: #atozchallenge   Leave a comment

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I started volunteering at my local cancer support centre about 6 years ago. The centre has a large garden and I spend 3 or 4 hours each week assisting with its maintenance. A couple of years ago I was asked if I’d like to become involved in the Strides for Life programme. I readily agreed.

A group of people participating in Strides for Life Photo from Irish Cancer Society.

The programme was devised by Marie Murphy, in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society. Marie is a former Irish Olympic athlete who lived and worked for many years in California. She spent 14 years working with breast cancer researcher and author, Dr Susan Love, researching the beneficial effects of exercise for breast cancer patients. During the training she provided for those of us assigned to deliver the programme in Ireland, she related many inspirational stories about patients with whom she…

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Open Book Blog Hop – 2nd October   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

This week we’re talking about our favourite charity, and why it’s our favourite.

I think my favourite charity has got to be The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF).  It’s a charity dedicated to supporting people with thyroid disorders and helping their families and people around them to understand the condition. Since setting up in 1991 they have worked with medical professionals to ensure that the information they provide is reliable and evidence-based.  They also help with setting up local support groups so that people can meet and discuss their problems and fears.

I’ve been a member of the BTF on and off since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2005.  This year I’ve unwittingly let my membership lapse as I’ve had a lot going on, but fully intend to re-start it again in the near future.  I usually order some Christmas cards from them too when the order form comes around.

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