The Road Ahead

Scripture tells us to forget those things which are behind, and press on toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it. Once the lesson is learned, move forward and become a better person, striving to continually be your best to everyone around you. Depression comes from regrets and too much attention to the past. Don’t let your past hinder you from attaining the joy and happiness ahead.

Tony A. Smith

Fort Gibson Lake

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Re-blog: Interview with Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer has written another historical novel that takes the reader into the very heart of a real family that suffered through the holocaust. If you like history and have an interest in WWII Germany, this book is a must-read.


Thanks Uvi at for this Interview

Christoph Fischer
Author of
And other books
How did you have the idea for Ludwika?
I was contacted by Ludwika’s family to help them with their ancestry research. I learned a lot about the woman through contact with her children and through the documents my sister and I came across. My sister suggested I could make this into a novel but I was not convinced. Re-telling a life story seemed like painting by numbers.
The tragedy of Ludwika’s life, however, stuck with me the longer I engaged with it. The gaps in our knowledge about her life continued to bother me and eventually I felt the story within the story.
You could say I fell in love with a woman so devoted to her children and so full of determination.
What is the tragedy of Ludwika’s life?
Ludwika was one of many…

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History in Corinth, MS

When we left Tennessee to head west for the winter, our first overnight stop wasn’t far from where we left. We stopped in Corinth, Mississippi and spent a couple of nights (due to bad weather) in the Walmart parking lot.

My husband and I both like history and Corinth has a wealth of Civil War information. We went to the Civil War Interpretive Center and I, at least, was blown away by the sheer volume of information. The center is maintained by the Department of the Interior and has two films and room after room of interactive displays that dispense more information than I could possibly take note of in just one day.

Most of the displays are wall boards with buttons underneath that, when pushed, give more information than just what is printed on the board. Most of them have three buttons, offering you different categories of information so the patron can choose the part that pertains to that individual’s interest.

The walkway outside is lined with embedded bronzed articles of the Confederacy: a cap, jacket, canteen, musket, bayonet, a boot, etc.

There is information about the railroad and the part it played in the strategic placement of troops and transporting supplies. It also tells about the occupation of Corinth by Union troops, and the response of the citizens left behind.

All of this information is available for a donation. There is no entry fee, only a box set by the bathrooms in which to drop a donation, the amount determined by the patron. Please visit this amazing museum and give it as much support as you can. We need to keep our history alive, else we will not learn its lessons.


Free Book by Nicholas Rossis

This is such a generous offer by this great author. Nicholas Rossis is offering his children’s book “Runaway Smile” for free on Amazon. I can’t imagine anyone who has young children in their family not wanting to read them this story. The drawings are sure to delight any child and reading it aloud sure to bring giggles of laughter and joy. If I had a child in the hospital, or dealing with a sad situation, I would definitely read them this book. Here’s the link:

My book is here!

Here’s your chance to check out a book of poetry by Marianne Eloise.

february stationery

My book finally arrived today, which means the first orders have been shipped! With notes and love. If you would like a copy of my book, which includes poems you will never see on here, then you have some options!

Kindle: here

Blurb (best for US): here

Bigcartel (best if you are UK or want a note from me):

Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered already, I can’t wait for you to read it! Let me know if you have any questions/if you want to review it/interview me/etc etc x

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Trust God-not man

This is so true. As humans, we tend to put some people on pedestals (which they usually don’t ask for), then rip them to pieces when they fall. It bothers me a lot when people say they don’t need to go to church. Yes, you can worship God anywhere, but chances are you don’t. Scripture tells us plainly not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, especially as the world gets colder towards Christ and Christians. We need each other. We need to pray for each other. If you aren’t in church you’re not praying for your brothers and sisters in Christ who need your prayers. You are also not giving them an opportunity to pray for your needs. Especially at this time of year, remember what Christ gave up (heaven and all its glory, a life with no suffering, or pain, or heartache) to come to earth as a baby, to suffer as we do, to identify with us, that He could and would take our penalty for sin, and offer us the free gift of salvation. Is it really too much for Him to ask that we worship Him, not just in church, but in our daily lives?

Trust God and not man. Easier said than done. The convenience of confiding in an individual with five senses, rather than a Father who at times is silent-inevitable. Trust in the unseen has to mastered in order to avoid misunderstandings, disappointments and paintotal surrender.

We place unrealistic expectations on humans, in particular vessels of God and are ‘stunned’ when they do not meet our “godly standards”. “If only the pastor could touch me, that would be the end of my problems”. “Did you hear about the pastor who slept with a member of the congregation?”. We thank God for pouring His spirit upon man and for the gifting’s He has blessed us with(Acts 2:17). However, just like the rest of us, vessels of God fall short and also have struggles. In fact, they need more prayers than we…

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