This is my pretty, red Ford Escape before yesterday afternoon; before we were rear-ended at a red light by a great big suburban and pushed into the back end of an equally big pick-up truck.
Now my little red car is crunched at both ends and is in the auto hospital to be repaired. Since we've only owned this vehicle a few months, it comes as quite a disappointment to have it banged up so soon. However, I expect that in a couple of weeks it will look as good as new again.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident. Even though it happened in another town, everyone involved in the accident lives in my town. All of us were heading home after attending church. In spite of the frustrating event, everyone was patient and cooperative. We even gave a ride home to a couple of the young people who were passengers in the vehicle that crashed into us.
Picking Up the Pieces by Wendy Dewar Hughes awarded an INDIE 1st Place Blue Ribbon – Inspirational Romantic/Suspense Category By chanti On January 13, 2013.
In News Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media is pleased to announce that Wendy Dewar Hughes has won 1st place in the INDIE Awards, Inspirational Romantic/Suspense Category (a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Writing Contests).
Picking Up the Pieces by Wendy Dewar Hughes
[Editor's Note: This gripping novel is well-crafted, well-plotted and suspenseful. It is not your typical "inspirational" novel. Hughes successfully blurs genres with her well-honed storytelling abilities. ] Chanticleer Book Review Blue Ribbon Awards Writing Contests recognize outstanding books and manuscripts. We are honored to announce the INDIE Awards First Place Blue Ribbon winning novels and their authors. Each winning INDIE novel was judged for the following qualities:
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
Your house can burn up as it burns down, you fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick?"
Why do we say something is out of whack? What's a whack?
Why do we drive on a PARKWAY, and park in a DRIVEWAY?
No matter what's going on in life on any given day, whether big or inconsequential, there is always something for which to be thankful.
When we switch our focus from the negative to the positive for even a few moments good things happen. The Bible says that a merry heart does good like a medicine so happiness, even in small doses, is good for our health.
Today I'm thankful that when I got up this morning the sky was filled with a beautiful apricot glow streaked with lavender. A show just for me. I got a couple of projects finished and sent off to their respective next steps this morning so I'm gratified that those are complete. My house is warm when it's cold outside and if I get chilly I just have to nudge that thermostat up and the whole place warms up a few more degrees.
I didn't have to cook supper tonight because my sister invited my husband and me over to her house. Did I mention that she's a gourmet cook (I'm talking Five Star)? A lovely time was had by all.
I'm nearly finished my new Book Cover Magic website and I'm thrilled with how it's turning out. There is so much satisfaction in doing a job well and creating beauty.
I'm thankful for the beautiful daughters that God gave me to raise and who have turned into wonderful, caring, successful women.
Once you get started it's hard to stop. A positive outlook and a heart of thanksgiving change everything.
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