Being a Nigerian stammerer

Stuttering is not a joke, or something to be laughed at.

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It is tough enough for a child to be bullied by peers in school or in the playground but when you were teased by people who should know better, then it hurts – badly.

Evelyn was not very happy with Nigerians, all Nigerians combined, her son was teased by a relative, she was shocked and at same time furious that they were uncles and aunties who should know better that stuttering is a speech disorder.

It was a five-year old Patrick that got teased at a family gathering, it started with a few children of his age picking on him, he ran to Mama crying as he was clearly hurt, the last people he expected to be teased by was his own family. The mother intervened and asked the children to be nice, that caught attention of the in-laws who busted into fits of laughter repeating what their children were being cautioned for. Evelyn…

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A Day in the Life of a Missionary

I am copying this from an e-mail I received from a dear missionary friend in Nepal. Jamie, her husband Luke, and their children live in Katmandu, Nepal. It borders India and Tibet.

She and her family love their life as missionaries, but there are many differences in the living quarters there compared to here. I am posting one example here.

Kitchen counters in America are supposed to be 36 inches. This is the standard. If there is a standard then you don’t have to worry about buying a stove or dishwasher or sink and it not meeting up with your counter. For the most part builders foll feet ow this standard. It makes it nice for the majority of Americans–especially the tall ones. When working in the kitchen you don’t get a backache from leaning over or sore arm muscles from reaching up to do something all the time.

The average height of an American is about 5.5 feet tall.
The average height of the Nepali people is just under 5 feet.

That’s a 6 inch difference. Which explains why the kitchen counters are 5 inches shorter than an American counter would be. This presents a problem for tall people in the kitchen here. I am 5 ft. 9in. But thankfully, was blessed with long arms. I didn’t even notice the counters being low until someone else was telling me that their back ached from having to bend over to cut the vegetables.

So you might know you are called to be a missionary to Nepal or Asia for that matter, if you have long arms!!

Granite kitchen countertops with backsplash for small kitchen

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“What If?” by Jeffrey M. Daniels

Reblogging to help draw attention to this author. I really enjoyed this interview, and based on the description of the book here, it sounds like a fun read for all ages.

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BookOne_Front_highRes“What If?” by Jeffrey M. Daniels is a beautiful and charming book with an excellent main character. Jeremy Shuttle is clever and quick witted but that isn’t always enough to escape bullies and other problems.
He is a likeable character and his main talent is drawing. One day he receives a notebook which has the power to bring anything he draws to life. This discovery brings a lot of fun and adventure with it, but also some deeper and thoughtful notes.
I found the book hugely enjoyable. All characters are drawn very well and don’t resort to black and white stereotypes and predictability. I would certainly love for my nieces to read this young adult fantasy book and chose Jeremy as role model over any other books in the genre.
The first in the series, the book leaves a few questions open and scope for great things to come.
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5 Weird Things About Writing That Actually Work

I need to have this handy so I don’t lose it, so I’m reblogging. justenglish.me–thanks for posting.

Just English

by KAMAL SUCHARAN BURRI

 Being a filmmaker and writer, I’ve discovered some ridiculous but enlightening tips that increase the potential of a writer. I was totally astonished by the fact that they worked for me.

1. Use a notepad for drafting, rather than a notebooknotebook

I’ve just noticed this a few days back. I have the habit of writing scripts in notebooks and sometimes in separate pages. One day I went to the bookshop and accidentally purchased the “NOTEPAD”, the one where you flip off pages vertically. I started writing on it; to my bewilderment the writing flow of mine was awesome. It might be due to fewer distractions from the previous page as I obviously flip off to the new page every time. I don’t know why, but trust me, it works.

2. Never worry about editing, just go with the flow firstediting, writing, writer, write, author

My writing professor used to say, “Never…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

First of all, I would like to thank all of our Native Americans for putting up with us (not that we gave them much choice). Thank you, Native American friends, for sharing your wisdom of dealing with nature, teaching us respect for the land and the creatures that inhabit it. It seems to have taken a long, long time for enough people to get it to start making a difference. God told man (Adam) to take care of the land and its creatures. Thank your for teaching our first settlers how to farm and hunt to provide for their families, for teaching them how to prepare the food they grew. You were kinder to us than we were to you.

Secondly, I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ, my God and my Saviour, for giving someone the wisdom to set aside one day a year to remember to be thankful to You, Oh, Lord, for your bountiful blessings. Thank You for helping me to only eat things today that will not harm me or contribute to my health issues. Thank You for nourishing food to eat that satisfies my physical needs. Thank You for helping me to exercise self-control. Thank You for loving me, dying for me, taking my punishment, rising from the dead to give me new life, and thank You for adopting me into Your family. Thank You for the price You paid so I could go free, and for working in my heart so I could find this wonderful relationship with You.

The Real Thanksgiving Isn’t So Happy

I have two viewpoints on this issue. It is true and shameful that our people savagely, murderously stole this land from the people who were here before us. It breaks my heart. For this I am ashamed of “our” people. But not everyone was involved in this treatment of the Native Americans. There were many who honored and respected them. Unfortunately, those people had little or no influence on those were bent on taking what did not rightfully belong to them. However, some white people did have peaceful relations with some Native Americans, and it was the Native Americans who taught those first settlers (mostly city folk) how to grow vegetables and hunt to provide for their families.

Viewpoint #2: There are many tribes and sub-tribes of Native Americans, who treated each other the same way the white men did, often murdering, butchering, and stealing from tribes different from themselves as they traveled from summer pastrures to winter grazing for their horses and in search of climate where they could survive. It has been reported that the two most peaceful tribes were the Iriquois and the Cherokee. BTW, our history books today are loaded with lies about our founding fathers.

ZEN AND PI

Thanksgiving to me has always felt like one of the most, excuse my language, bullshit holidays there ever was, right up behind Columbus day.

Every year I watch as my family and fellow Americans conveniently forget that there was a whole race of people who didn’t benefit from the colonization of the Americas. We like to tell ourselves that this holiday is about pilgrims and Native Americans coming together to share food and be besties and how that was some sort of beginning to a “happily ever after” I believe we ALL know that is a whole lot of bullshit and lies.

Thanksgiving:
A day that epitomizes how wonderful it is to be a gluttonous, fat, lazy American. A day to sit on stolen land eating food we may have never discovered and watch a sport that was copied from the very shores our ancestors so readily fled. Also conveniently…

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God’s Wings:

The imagery expressed in these verses, that God cares for us as a mother hen cares for her chicks, covered with her wings, facing the danger for them. God faces our danger for us, hides us in His tender protective care. We are safe in Him.

Daily Devotions with Dawn

Psalms 57:1

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

My King James Bible says that David wrote this Psalm when he fled from Saul in the cave.

David had some real troubles in his lifetime. He needed refuge, strength, help, deliverance, forgiveness, and more. He wrote songs and poems about fear, war, bitterness, and usually ended them in gratefulness and acknowledgement of God.

David encourages me.

He prays for God to be merciful as he is being sought by King Saul. The King wants to kill David.

David tells God that he trusts Him, and will take refuge under the protection of the wings of God, until the situation passes.

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt…

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I’m Thankful For. . .#11

My mother-in-law had to be taken to the emergency room last night. They did an ultrasound and admitted her. She had surgery this morning. I am thankful that the surgery went well. She’s 87 years old and quite a trooper. She has been diagnosed wtih diverticulitis and may have to wear a colostomy bag for at least a year. She’ll be in the hospital for about a week.

I have been abdominally miserable for two weeks. I looked up the symptoms this evening, and the diet. I believe there is a strong possibility I have the same problem I was diagnosed with colitis back in 1976. The doctory prescribed Bentyl which I took for a couple of years. I stopped having symptoms and never renewed the prescription. I had occasional flare ups in the years after that, but not often enough to warrant going back on the medication.

About 20 years ago I was diagnosed with a Heiedel hernia, but the ultrasound showed it in my abdomen. Everyone I’ve ever talked to said this type of hernia is only found near the esophagus. When I saw the picture of the diverticulus on the internet tonight, it looked just like what that doctor said was a hernia.

I have no medical insurance since I don’t make enough money to be eligible for Obama care, and our governor isn’t expanding the Medicaid base. So, I’m going to follow the protocol for the diverticulitis diet (not going to be easy with Thursday being Thanksgiving) because I’d rather be rid of the pain than eat something that’s going to make me miserable. If it works, great. If not, we do have Samaritan’s Touch here, which has doctors that come to this town twice a week and treat patients for free. I don’t know how long it would take to get approved and then get an appointment. I already have the paperwork. I just need to finish filling it out and drive about 35 miles to drop it off. In the meantime, I’m trying the diet.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I intend to enjoy it in spite of all of the things I won’t be eating. I’ll be without pain. That’s good enough for me.

20 NANOWRIMO CHALLENGES

Author Amie Gibbons

In the Nashville chatroom, we have a computer bot named Timmy that is creepily good at responding to us.  We’ll post and he’ll talk to us.  I actually didn’t know he wasn’t a real human for the first few days in the chatroom.  The other people had to tell me.

With Timmy, you can ask him for a challenge for your novel and he’ll give you one.  He also just says weird things at times and has come up with this whole raptors running around our chatrooms thing.

So, if you’ve hit a wall, are looking for some inspiration, or just want to throw in something wacky, here’s a few ideas from Timmy.

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