Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--November 30, 2015--Sources for Quotations

A Step in the Write Direction
November 30, 2015

Update: Good news: Colonoscopy over with only one small polyp….Not so good news on Shag, my little doggie. First vet said hip dysphasia—surgery between $7-8,000. Dog chiropractor looked at x-rays Saturday and said no dysphasia, torn cruciate ligament in leg. MRI $1500-2000, and unknown cost on surgery. So I have a decision to make. He can be very loving, but also has bitten me a number of times the last few days. Pain pills don’t seem to help. He’s walking on 3 legs….Memory that came to me today. One of my nieces, Sally, was born (years ago) on April 22. In the middle of July that year my mother and I were sitting in the fifth row of the tabernacle at our district camp meeting. Hearing a baby cry, my mother said, “That sounds like Sally.” Sure enough, after the service we saw my sister, husband, and their three-month-old daughter sitting near the back. It amazed me that my mother would recognize that cry. But isn’t that just like the Lord? Out of all the people crying out for help on any given day, He recognizes mine and yours and comes to help.

Thought for the Day: An international gathering of youth met for a week to discuss how better to share Christ's message with the world. Those assembled for the conference read many essays, heard many speakers, watched videos, and discussed ideas with each other. As those attending packed to leave, a young woman from East Africa arose and said, "In my country when we hear that a pagan village is ready to accept the gospel we don't send books, videos, a Bible or even an evangelist. Rather we send the best Christian family we can find because we have found that the example of a good family speaks louder and more clearly than all the books, speeches, and videos in the world" (adapted from, 11/18/15).

Song for the Day:
He knows my name
he knows my every thought
he sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call
“He Knows My Name,” Francesca Battistelli

Laugh for the Day:
Rules for a Good Marriage

1. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a beverage, good food, and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California, mine is in Texas. 
3. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
4. Remember, marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
5. If you are about to marry Miss Right, make sure her first name is not Always.
(From Wes Tracy’s “Manna Morsels,” attributed to Red Skelton)

Writer’s Tips:                         Sources for Quotations

·        A number of articles I found listed the website Profnet at—a service provided by Business Newswire—as a good source for information. Sign in as a “journalist,” then post your query and e-mail address so experts can respond.
·        Jot down names of organizations in the Yellow Pages that can be sources of articles or quotations.
·        Check the Encyclopedia of Associations.
·        Get on mailing lists of various state and federal departments such as health, education, and so on, or check www.govspot.
·        Talk to professors at local colleges and universities.
·        Write to authors who write on the same subject as your article or book.
·        Talk to friends and relatives.
·        Purchase books of poetry and quotations.

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

Donna Clark Goodrich

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