The Write Stuff

Looking at life from a different POV.

Books Published

I edit, design, and publish books when I’m not writing. I’ve created a new page in the menu to tell you about these books. I hope you’ll read a few of them.

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I Heard the Bells

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas DayTheir old, familiar carols play, and mild and sweetThe words repeatOf peace on earth, good-will to men!And thought how, as the day had come,The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled alongThe unbroken songOf peace on earth, good-will to men!Till ringing,…

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A Civil War Poem

Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,Any wrongs lad up from a bygone day?Gather them now and lay them awayWhen Christmas comes.Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,And life is short from beginning to end;Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mendWhen Christmas comes.William Haines Lytle I ran across this poem…

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Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fatPlease put a penny in the old man’s hatIf you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will doIf you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!Unknown “Christmas is Coming” is a Christmas carol traditionally sung in the round. It’s origin is unknown. The traditional version of this song uses…

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The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the sixteenth century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape, thanks to German protestant pastor Johann Hinrich Wichern (1808-1881). Along with Wichern’s wreath came the tradition of lighting candles during the Advent worship services.  The wreath consisted of a…

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Sweet Treats for You

Here & Now Advent Blog Seasons’ Greetings! I’ve been busy since before Thanksgiving curating, editing and hosting a daily blog for Advent for Selah Center. Selah’s blog Here & Now, publishes contemplative writings from its community in the Pacific Northwest. As a member of the Selah Community, I edit their weekly blog. But, for Advent…

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Anticipating the Christ Advent.[ˈadˌvent] (noun).Old English, from the Latinadventus ‘arrival’and from advenire,from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’.Synonyms: arrival, birth, approach, nearing. For Christians, Advent is a time spent preparing for Christmas. For many of us, this can include decorating our homes, putting up a Christmas tree, creating an Advent calendar, writing Christmas cards, gathering with…

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