May’s Spotlight

Jezrei’s Justice

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Elderly and frail, Jezrei is tasked with the safety of more than twenty children when the City of Azraelis is attacked by an enemy bent on slaughter and subjugation. How can one old man hope to stand against an entire army?

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia_BitsThe inspiration for this story came from a comment by one of my sisters after our mother died (our father was already deceased). We were sitting at the kitchen table some time after the funeral and she looked at me and said, “You realize that we no longer have a generation between us and the grave.”

The comment hit home because I had never thought about it that way before. There is a certain comfort/security when your parents are still living, that isn’t there after they are gone. I started thinking about the elderly and considering how they might view/react to various situations. Those thoughts resulted in this story about an elderly man and his actions amidst death and destruction when the enemy assaults his homeland, and a non-fantasy flash fiction piece named ‘Time.’

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Sage Advice

Advice from an old farmer:

[Sage advice … and quite a few smiles.]

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

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11th hour, 11th day, 11th month (1918-2014)

I remember while growing up, the Sunday before November 11th everyone in the small town and nearby farms where we lived would buy a poppy and wear it. Everyone! The lack of such remembrance in our country today saddens me. England’s remembrance this year is awesome. Take a look. And another.

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american-flag-300x225For our veterans: “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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History of Veterans Day: [Not to be confused with Memorial Day which is for remembering those who gave their lives for freedom, this is to honor all who have served.]

Serve_thank youIn 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice or truce between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, saying the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.

On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11 a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but a few years later World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States. The Korean War started in 1950 and was followed by the Vietnam War, with more wars to come.

In 1954, the veteran’s service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, whereever and whenever they had served. It is a day mostly intended to honor and thank the veterans who are still living for their dedication and loyal service to their country, and for Americans to be “filled with gratitude for the victory”.

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