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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

14 Nov

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 

― Confucius


Another glorious Sunday. This morning, two young girls were already greeting at the door. Instead of going to my seat, I decided to join them, saying good morning to all who entered. That’s my favorite part of Sunday. The two adorable sisters were eight and twelve years old. We chatted between greetings. The second Sunday of the month is the children’s Mass, with the children’s choir. Well, it turned out that these young ladies were also giving the first and second readings. The amazing part was that the cute little eight year old girl, Abbey, not only said her reading with precision and enthusiasm, but she said it all from memory without faltering. This was the first time I ever heard the congregation applaud anyone after a Gospel reading. Perhaps a first.

Today’s Gospel

Luke 21:5-19Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and warns his followers that persecution will come before the end, and that His followers may be tested, hated, or even put to death. “By your perserverance you will secure your lives.”


My take on it…we must be faithful, honest, loving,  and loyal, as followers and disciples of Christ. The road may be hard, we will be tested and tormented, but we can’t give up. I think that’s good advice for all people, regardless of faith, beliefs or politics. PERSERVERANCE.


The brief cool morning melted into a beautiful warm afternoon. My long afternoon walk had me in a short sleeved t-shirt. It’s mid November, for goodness sake. Mother Nature thinks it’s springtime.

Don’t forget to go outside and catch a glimpse of the super moon.


Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Never Give Up

24 Jul

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher
You know what’s almost as exciting as your own personal success? It’s when one of your dear friends accomplishes something fantastic. Mandy Griffith is a wonderful writer, but like most writers, it’s difficult to get published or recognized, even after years of hard work, determination, and stacks of rejection letters. But, she never gave up, continued to plug away, (or type a way) kept sending out those query letters, taking workshops, and rewriting and rewriting.

Our small writing group has been been meeting for quite a few years, everyone working on different types of stories, with very distinctive voices. What we all have in common is…we love to write, we support each other, and we refuse to give up or feel discouraged.

Here’s the long-deserved recognition for Mandy. Congratulations Mandy! I’m glad you’re obstinate.

McKinney native wins $2,000 in UNT writing competition
Staff report | McKinney Courier Gazette

Amanda Griffith of McKinney received the second-place award of $2,000 in the Reported Narrative writing competition sponsored by this year’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

Griffith received her award Saturday during the conference, which is hosted each July by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at University of North Texas’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Jounalism. The conference brings together approximately 300 participants interested in writing narrative nonfiction to learn from renowned journalists and storytellers in different genres.

Her reported narrative, titled “Iranian Women of Independence,” tells of an Iranian family fleeing their city after Iraqi soldiers invaded it in 1980, settling in a safer place, then returning to the city and living under the shadow of war.

From its first years, the conference has held its Personal Essay, Book Manuscript and Reported Narrative contests to recognize extraordinary literary journalism and creative nonfiction from writers of unpublished work. This year’s conference awarded $3,000 each to the first-place winners of the Personal Essay and Reported Narrative, as well as awarding the first-place cash award in the Book Manuscript competition.

Second-place winners in all three categories each received $2,000, while the third-place winners each received $1,000. The winners were announced Saturday at the conference’s Literary Lights Dinner, which featured Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker, as the guest speaker.

All six winning Personal Essay and Reported Narrative entries and four runners up selected from these two categories will be published in Ten Spurs, a literary nonfiction journal published by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. The edition featuring this year’s contest winners will be published just before the 2015 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.