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A Step in the Write Direction--June 29, 2015--Writing for Newspapers

A Step in the Write Direction

June 29, 2015

Update: Things you miss when a spouse is gone: Not only things they did (dishes, laundry, cooking sometimes, running errands) but sharing things you read in the paper, see on the Internet, watching TV shows together—like the Gaither Homecoming special. Hearing a favorite song and turning to him in his recliner to see if he is enjoying it, then realizing that, of course, he’s not there. Hearing Howard Goodman give a reading that your husband painstakingly copied word for word and then read it at your 50th wedding anniversary. People say it gets easier with time, but I’m not so sure!...Having physical therapy 3 times a week for 3-4 months; hoping to avoid surgery. The words of the song below came to me the other morning when I awoke, and it’s so true: “He gives me strength far more than my share”!

Thought for the Day: “If I expect specific responses from others that I don’t get, I become angry. Or I can change my expectations” (Cecil Murphey, used by permission).

Song for the Day:
In this world of fear and doubt—On my knees I ask the question
Why a lonely heavy cross I must bear
Then He tells me in my prayer It’s because I am trustworthy
He gives me strength far more than my share.
Known only to Him are the great hidden secrets
I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
I know not what the future holds, But I know Who holds the future
It’s a secret known only to Him.
            “Known Only to Him,” Stuart Hamblen, 1952

Laugh for the Day:
"You want to marry me?" the girl asked in surprise.  "You've only known me three months." 
"Oh, I've known you longer than that," the young man replied.  "I've worked two years in the bank where your father has his account."

Writer’s Tips:                       Writing for Newspapers

Letters to the Editor
How often does conversation among family members and friends turn to current events? You complain about what is happening in the world, each of you offering your opinion of what should be done, or you praise someone in the community or in politics for doing a positive deed. Then you go home, and what happens? Probably nothing.

Organize your thoughts in a Letter to the Editor. State how you feel about an elected official, a law that’s been passed, or a school event you attended. The tone can be laudatory or critical, but the letters usually have to be within a certain length. It’s important that you stay within this length! If you send it in longer than acceptable, the editor may delete a paragraph that contains the crux of your letter. By following the rules, you maintain control.

These letters are a great way not only to share your faith, but to get your name in front of readers and also the editor. After a few well-written missives, he may call you with assignments.

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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