North-easterly: Sidetracked by saints

Sue often takes the reader through interesting journeys into Britain’s earlier heritages made all the more enthralling by the inclusion of beautiful photos. A blog well worth visting.
Here is one fine example

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Few churches named after a saint have a historical claim to have been built by their namesake, but St Aidan’s church in Bamburgh is one of the few who have that right. The original church here was founded by St Aidan himself in 635, shortly after he was called to Bamburgh by King Oswald.

Aidan was a monk at the monastery on the island of Iona where Oswald had been raised as a boy. Aidan, like most of those who served at Iona, was Irish and, in the early part of his mission to Northumberland, King Oswald was obliged to act as his interpreter. King and monk shared a mission to bring their faith to the region and must have become close friends.

After Oswald’s death in battle at the hands of King Penda, the king was hailed as a saint and many miracles were attributed to his relics and…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Youth

My good friend Jill’s blog is often political but she also make valuable contribution to feel-good and more importantly HOPE with her Once-a-Week ‘Good People Doing Good Things’.
Here is an example of the truly news worthy items she finds

Filosofa's Word

Yesterday, I was literally in a fit of rage, even my fingertips were spitting and sputtering, as the man-who-would-be-king did his best to send me to my ash bottle in a fit of apoplexy.  And then … I remembered that today is Wednesday and that I needed to start work on my weekly ‘good people’ post.  At first, I thought “No way!!!” … but then I remembered the words of several of my friends and fellow bloggers who, just last week, told me that this feature may be among the most important things I do – reminding us all that there are, indeed, good people out there who care about others.  And so, I picked myself up, dusted my knees, took a deep breath, and went in search of.  And today, I find my inspiration to be better, to do better, comes from young people, as it so often does…

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PorterGirl – Sinister Dexter Live Launch & FREE STUFF

Just spreading the word about a clever and witty series and Lucy, an author who deserves a wider audience

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The day is almost upon us, my friends! The third PorterGirl novel, Sinister Dexter, will land on Kindles all over the place at the stroke of midnight and I am rather looking forward to it. To welcome my new book into the literary world, I will be doing a series of live broadcasts on Facebook and Twitter between 7pm and 8pm (UK time) tomorrow (Friday 27th April) evening. I will talk about the books, the characters and my time at the real Old College. If there any aspects of Old College (or even my good self) you would like to know more about, or have any questions about anything at all (no maths ones – I can’t do maths) then please do drop me a line via Facebook, Twitter, the comments section here or email lucy@verticalrecordings.com.

By way of celebration, the first book in the series, First Lady Of The…

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Don’t lose sight of your dreams

Here is your invitation to take flight.

Jennifer Calvert Author

Life is busy and we all get stuck in the cycle of life, just don’t forget to take time to remember and reflect on your dreams…it’s important not to lose sight of what it is you want to achieve.

Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t or it’s too hard. Follow your own path and if it gets hard, take time out to reflect on ways you can further yourself. I think we’re all so busy just surviving our days, that we often don’t allow time for reflection. Even if it’s 30 minutes a day, that you can dedicate to working towards your dreams, do it. Once you start aligning yourself with your visions and hopes, things will start coming into fruition.

Be authentic

Follow your dreams

Believe that anything is possible.

That no matter, how much someone tells you, you can’t achieve something, for whatever reason, that you can…

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Knock-Knock … It’s Jolly Monday!!!

Jill writes a take-no-prisoners political blog while managing to combine some humorous and whimsical episodes out of Life. This is a fine example. Visit this site and start your weeks off with a smile.(and a chuckle or two)

Filosofa's Word

Welcome Friends!!!  I feel like it’s been more than a week since we had our last Jolly Monday … I’ve missed you all!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend, that everybody is well and happy, and ready to face a new week! I would like to pull a Rip van Winkle and sleep until about January, for the expensive time of year is coming up.  Daughter Chris’ birthday is the 26th, Miss Goose’s birthday is November 28th, and then, of course, there is Christmas.  I tried to convince the girls to have birthdays one year, and Christmas the next … y’know, just alternate and save a bundle.  Do you think they bought into that?  Noooooo… sigh.  Anyway, in the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I won’t worry about that today, I’ll worry about it tomorrow.”  So for today, let us grab a cup of…

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The Power of Influence

Lyrical and eloquent antidote to the negative and the spite we see too much of

The PBS Blog

I was browsing my archives and thought it was interesting that I came upon this post I wrote on the same day it was published two years ago, August 10, 2015.  I don’t believe in coincidences so I am re-posting this for whoever needs to read it. It is, after all, Throwback Thursday.


What if I told you that inventions were built on your smile? If I told you, that babies were made from your good morning? That because of you someone glided their way home today. Kissed sunshine into the arms of a loved one or sat down to give birth to their first poem. Trembling and afraid, they are virgin to this moment. Nothing to warn them of the Sanchez in their blood or the Maya on their skin but here they are because you loved them. What if I told you that inside the creases of your…

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New Feature: Writer Rants (with host Dan Alatorre)

Here is a gentleman who truly believes in writing and writers.
You can learn a great deal on this blog folks

Dan Alatorre

I’m gonna start doing a series of 3 MINUTE VIDEOS discussing writer topics you guys struggle with – and explaining mysolutions to common writerly problems.

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Dialogue, pacing, marketing – you name it, we’ll attack it here.

Together.

To launch the series, I did a longer than 3 minute interview with my friend Lucy Brazier, author of the PorterGirl series.

It’s about 20 minutes. Considerably longer than the 3 minutes the show will be from now on. But it’s a launch. That’s gonna happen here and there.

So here’s the LINK to HER site, where the video currently resides.

And starting soon we’ll have  weekly segment of 3 minutes by me (and occasionally with one of our writer friends, too.)

Enjoy, and be sure to comment below and tell me what topics you’d like me to tackle in upcoming rants! 

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