Friday, November 16, 2018

Just Started Reading: The Gift of Fear

Even though I leave fear in the hands of Jesus, knowing He will take care of me - sometimes fear is a gift. That's the kind of fear that you get as a sudden knowing that you're in danger, even if you don't consciously know what the danger is. This is intuition, and this is what this book teaches us to develop and pay attention to.

I just started reading The Gift of Fear this week, and am sorry I didn't know about it sooner. It was published way back in 1997, and should be read by everyone, man and woman alike, but especially women, as we rely on intuition to save us because our muscles usually won't.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Idaho-Canada border crossings in Porthill, ID and Eastport, ID

Ever wonder what the nearest border crossing looks like? I never had a reason to drive to the Idaho-Canada border crossings because I don't have a passport, so I decided I wanted to go see them just for the sake of seeing them.

Well, it was more than that. I want to start a travel YouTube channel, and decided it made sense to start at the top of Idaho, and work south, for my first videos.

Unfortunately I've run right into winter at this point, so my travels will have to wait until springtime. I like to do this when the skies are blue. Right now they are white and gray.

This day, however, I had great weather. It was a beautiful drive.

My plan is to buy a van in the springtime and start traveling around quite a lot, so please, if you have any interest in travels, please subscribe to my newest YouTube channel: Travel Around.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

November 2018 Reading Update

My most recent Booktube video. Booktube is part of YouTube.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Creative Work and Blogging Plans

As much as I neglect it - this blog is still a living, breathing entity. So long as I am.

I'm considering the future of this blog. It was my first-ever blog and since then I've gone through many other blogs via WordPress... but I kept this one blog because it is the first.

These days I call this my main blog: - it is focused on books and writing - one of my obsessions in life.

I'm getting older. 64 now. Looks like life is limited so I considered what to do with my blogs from years past. What I'd like to do is compile all my blog posts from all the blogs together with my compilation of "morning pages" (my journals) and other things I've written - and publish them all on Amazon as a series of books chronicling the life of Linda.

Anyhow, life goes on. This blog has been fun...

Here's a photo of me now, from earlier this year, in January, when I went to visit my mother in Texas.

And here's my latest video - from a hike up Mineral Ridge Trail, near Coeur d'Alene. When I did this video, I didn't get to the top of the ridge, but I've climbed to the top twice since then. I love this trail loop... 3.3 miles. Awesome climb! I'll have to do another video about it.

Here are a few of my most recent book reviews:
Hillbilly Elegy – Book Lady’s Review
Book Review: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Abusive Men: Why Does He Do That? – Book Lady’s Review

I also wrote this recently:
Baptism of Jesus Location: Jordan River

And a couple of prayers:
Gratitude for Salvation
Release From Sin

Here's something I wrote a while back but recently re-posted to my main blog:
Finding Your True Writer's Voice

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Still Breathing and Blogging

This is an update posting.

Hi everyone. I want to post a quick update on what I'm doing these days.

I'm working on transforming my main blog into a book review blog - It is here: Linda Jo Martin. This means I'm reading a lot and I need to start posting book reviews there.

I've been inventorying all my books - to see what I can review, and what I need to read. I have less than 500 books - in fact, it is looking more like around 300. I'll know the true count soon.

I have had a problem with paper clutter for years. I tossed out a lot of my paper clutter in 2013 when I moved from Happy Camp, CA to Northern Idaho. However - I am collecting more. I've set up a table in my office for filing, and am making progress on battling the paper tiger. (I love that book.)

Every morning I get up and make coffee then pray and read the Bible. Then I move into my home office and vote, vote, vote for people on the Free Charity Cars website. I am desperate for a car and it has to be donated from someone in my local area... so I'm devising ways to advertise. This is somewhat hindered by my lack of a car. There are a lot of needy people, families, students, seniors, workers, disabled and sick people, and more, who are unable to buy a car and have therefore fallen out of society, in many ways. If you have an extra car you don't need, please consider a donation at 1-800-Charity Cars, where 94% of all donations are passed along to the people who need cars. They use 3% for administration and another 3% for advertising.

While voting, I listen to podcasts. Right now I'm listening to all of ProBlogger's podcasts. They are so inspiring for those of us who blog.

Today, Thursday, I have a group of friends coming over for our weekly women's Bible study. Always a wonderful time... We're currently studying a book called Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets.

I walk. I ride my bicycle.

I took my A to Z marketing articles off this blog and am reposting them over at Write Web Now.

Well, that's enough for today.

The photo at the beginning of this post is one I took while out walking.

Until later - happy blogging!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Some Recent Articles I've Posted

I haven't written here lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been writing.

Today I wrote about how God takes care of us:

When Things Don't Go Right

The past two weeks I've been working on the 2016 rebuild of my Literature For Kids website, posting some of my inventory of articles about how to write for children.

Place Children's Story Characters in Unusual Settings - Literature For Kids

Themes in Children's Fiction - Literature For Kids

And more.

I also posted three new articles at FightCPS last month, and three at Klamath Design.

There are others....

At I wrote: Mocha Coffee Fashion and Basic Blogging Instructions.

At my River Girl site I wrote The Chinese Prospectors of Happy Camp and River Girl by Kelley Mickwee, A Song.

I wrote other places too. I started an archive of art products I like at Artista

Well, this is the work that I do. Writing is apparently my "passion" in life... that and my savior, Jesus Christ, who keeps me happy and provides all I need.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Two articles I wrote today

Today I wrote two articles. I know, I know.... will miracles never cease?

I just finished this one:

How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Webdesign Business - Klamath Design

While doing that I made a Pinterest business page for my Klamath Design site.

Visit Klamath Design's profile on Pinterest.

Earlier today I wrote a somewhat whimsical article on my Antediluvian Adventures blog. The blog is for the book series I wrote, with that title.

Today's blog post was ostensibly written by the main character of the the first book, Raoli. I'm using his voice on the blog to help myself get back into character, as I'll be working on these books this coming year.

It was kind of fun and I'll probably do it again.

Monday, December 28, 2015

On Changing Churches

I've been a Christian only two and a half years at this point. I was saved two weeks after moving to Idaho. During this time I was loyal to the church I went to the day I was saved. I never considered moving to another church even though one was available to me. I liked my pastor's sermons and enjoyed going to the church to see a lot of familiar, friendly faces.

A few weeks ago, something happened to change my mind. I was at home, listening to the sermon which streams live over the internet. I wasn't at church because the woman who usually gave me rides there was sick. I do not own a car.

The pastor started talking about how many articles on the internet contain erroneous information. While this is true, the discussion of it from the pulpit gave me a heads-up feeling for several reasons. You see, I'm a person who makes a living by writing articles on the internet. I'm a blogger and affiliate marketer.

I wondered if he was talking about my websites. I don't know if he ever reads any of my articles, but he's so critical of things he reads on the internet, I realized he'd probably find something to criticize in my internet writing efforts too, if he ever reads them.

Even if it wasn't my articles being read, I thought it was inappropriate to cast doubt on all people who write on the internet, especially coming from a man in a pulpit. Then I realized that at a recent church meeting for seniors, I'd gotten up and introduced myself as a person who blogs for a living. Now were all those people going to think less of me because our pastor stated that internet writers can't be trusted?

I thought my reaction was ridiculous, but at the same time, I thought, "I'm tired of hearing this." I realized he'd said many things about what he'd read on the internet by other Christians whose work he didn't agree with or respect. I'd also heard before that he didn't like blogging.

This thought came to me: "I've sent my money into this church for months, for this?" Of course, the money is a donation to Jesus, not just to an individual church, so that thought is off base as well, in some ways. But it did make me want to re-evaluate what I'd been doing.

I seriously felt like someone who had just been through an earthquake. My paradigm for Christian living had just been shaken. I was unhappy with my pastor and my reaction was something I was questioning and re-questioning.

I went to the contact page of the church website and sent the pastor a very short email to let him know I'd been listening and wanted him to know I'm a professional blogger and that we all would like to have some respect for our professions.

I waited ... but there was no email response. This didn't surprise me too much. I'd emailed the church at least twice in the past without receiving a response. I wondered if my emails had gone into a black hole. I wondered if they had been read.

The next week, the pastor mentioned during his sermon that people who have their feelings hurt should just not feel that way, and that we shouldn't be offended and that's a trick of the devil, or something like that. Again, I wondered if he was talking about me or some other situation he was dealing with.

In case it was about me, I thought that was a shoddy way to answer an email. Instead of having a real one-on-one communication with this pastor, all I was getting was pot-shots from the pulpit, possibly directed at me, possibly at some unknown other. I realized I had no real relationship with this pastor. It was all about listening to him.

There are two secretaries in his office. If he doesn't want to answer emails, couldn't he delegate that task to one of the secretaries so that people wouldn't think their emails had been ignored?

I realized that a lot of the problem was that I was having negative thoughts about the pastor. I realized it could be time for me to think about going to a different church.

This is a problem for me, because this one church is the closest to my home, and is within walking distance - only a mile from my apartment. Transportation is an issue as I have no car.

I started looking around for other churches, using Google Maps as a guide. This took me to several local church websites and I got a good education on what's out there in case I wanted to switch churches.

Nothing seemed to be a good fit - except for one church I already had a history with - a small church in Washington, four miles away. I started attending their women's Bible studies a few years back because my church had almost no women's ministry. My church's approach to women's ministry was to have a series of three or four meetings once a year if we were lucky, at which the pastor's wife would get up on the stage and talk as if she was the pastor. Really, it was no different than going to church, but with a different speaker.

(Keep in mind that my church has about 1500 regular attendees, no consistent women's ministry, and no home groups. The pastor didn't trust others to speak from his pulpit so we listened to him three times a week, and guest speakers only happened if he was on vacation, or at a conference, traveling, or something like that.)

The other church was much smaller - only about 200 members, but they had a thriving women's ministry. There were evening Bible studies for women once weekly, and also a Bible study for women one weekday morning each week. They offered real friendship and support for the women of their church, and for others like me, who came in from other churches. They also had annual women's retreats - and I've already attended two of them.

The pastor at the other church supported women's ministry so much that he allowed two women in his congregation to improve their ministry skills by speaking to his congregation on Sundays once in a while. I noticed that he also allowed his wife to speak to him from the audience on Sundays in a conversational manner, and it was just like being in their family room at times. I liked that they worked together as a team.

My first pastor is almost never seen with his wife at church and I've always found that strange. All this made me wonder if women are being suppressed at this church I'd spent so many months at. Why almost no women's ministry, and why is the wife never seen standing next to the pastor? Why does the male worship leader do most of the lead singing when the woman standing next to him sings so much better than he does?

Why do I have so many bad thoughts about these people?

Something was not right there. I blamed myself for all my bad thoughts - after all - these are Godly people, good people, and followers of Jesus.

I realized that the problem is that I needed to go elsewhere, despite the distance. I was being transplanted from one church to another, from a large congregation to a much smaller one. I realized that a pastor with a smaller congregation naturally will value his people more than one with more than a thousand to care for. I realized I had no real two-way relationship with the first pastor. I was ready to try something new. Maybe the pastor at the church I'm now starting to attend will talk to me like a friend rather than just another warm body occupying one of the chairs in his church on Sundays.

I went to the smaller church last Sunday. They have a wonderful worship team. The pastor was awesome, and his teaching style was different, and somehow friendlier. I am finally ready to immerse myself in their church, their sermons, and their activities. I'm looking forward to this change and am happy to be transplanted into the place where I've found most of my friends, nurturing, and shepherding during the two and a half years since I became a Christian.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My writing business, snow, and my son's visit

Sometimes it is better to write a little than not to write at all. I like this blog because I feel like I can write tiny posts without it harming anything.

Some of my other blogs are there for more important purposes, and so I write articles with a minimum of 500 words, and sometimes much, much longer. The pressure to write long articles is enormous because they do better in search engine results.

Today I've set before myself the task of writing 2 articles. One is a revision of an unpublished old article on what to do if your home business gets more business than you can handle. The other - I think will be on parental rights for disabled people.

And now, a prayer:

Heavenly Father, please help me with my writing. You alone know how hard this is for me. You are the only one who watches as I stumble and fall, and you know how much failure has become the norm for me. Please help me today and every day to get my work done and to write articles that are truly useful to those who need to read them. Let me do it all for You. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

It snowed all night on Thursday/Friday this week and we're expecting a lot more snow before Christmas. In the two years since I moved to Idaho, I've never seen deep snow. I saw deeper snow when I lived in Happy Camp, in California.

It gets a lot colder here, though, and the snow freezes to the pavement, whereas in Happy Camp the roads were usually cleared right away. People here drive on frozen, icy packed snow like it was just nothing.

This is what I saw when I woke up Friday morning. This is what Northern Idaho is supposed to look like in the winter... though too often I see no snow at all. The snow here is only four inches.

When I went into my office (a bedroom in my apartment) I saw that my window was iced over. I'm trying to train myself to take photos whenever I see something awesome... because I know it won't last long. Something will change. The ice melts, or light patterns change. So I snapped a few photos right away.

Once I settled into my office chair, which is a chaise lounge with a card-table desk that goes over it, I saw this sight out that window. The roofs, covered by white, and the icy window slowly warming.

That table is for filing. The little green-topped Truvia jars are what I keep little things in - like rubber bands, buttons, paper clips, etc..

Last week I decided to sponsor a poverty-stricken child in Mexico. I wrote about it on my Prayer-Power blog: Prayer for Children Living in Poverty. I love this little girl and want so much to be a blessing to her and her family, and her town. Her name is Brisia and she's eight years old, of Mayan descent.

A few weeks ago my youngest son came by to visit. I hadn't seen him in over a year so this was a wonderful event for me. I had to walk down to the truck stop on the corner, and he came rolling in with an 18-wheeler.

We ate dinner together at the Subway in the truck stop. This is how he gets his vegetables... something only a mom would spend time thinking about, I guess.

Okay, I'm ready for another visitor. Who wants to be next?

I'd better go do some serious writing now.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Emotional Setbacks and Unsafe Schools

I have to admit I'm not doing well right now. There have been too many emotional setbacks this month... including some things that are so personal I cannot even write about them on this blog.

My foot that has had pain since last winter has been better since I got the anti-inflammatory shot on the 21st of last month, but still sometimes the pain returns. That's a great disappointment, and I hope I don't have to go back for another shot because I have no insurance. (Long story... I don't even remember if I wrote about that on this blog already.)

Anyhow, I'm not getting as many pages written for my income producing blogs as I wish I was. I really need to do more on that.

I think I do better when I'm using my Synergy powder, but I haven't even had my act together to use that regularly lately.

There's just too much going on. The terrible news about the shooting at the Oregon college this week really upset me... that is part of the emotional tailspin I'm in. I love that area... and at one point was trying to move to that little town in the hills, upriver, where the professor lived, before he was killed in his classroom. It is so disturbing when something like this happens. I feel things deeply and internalize the pain of those who are grieving.

Then I found out that the day before, several boys at Summerville High School planned to do the same thing... but someone reported it and their plan was thwarted. That high school name jumped out at me. I immediately knew where it was because I used to live there in Tuolumne City. Summerville High School is on the hill just outside town, along the road to Sonora, CA. It is so disturbing that a group of small town boys living in a beautiful historic gold prospecting town were thinking of killing people at their school.

I am totally against the idea that more gun control is needed. I believe what's needed is more armed security guards at the schools. Either that, or close the schools down. Every time I saw that school administrator for Umpquah College proudly say it was a "gun free zone" I felt sick at heart. If there had been armed security guards nearby, the gunman wouldn't have killed so many people. But due to her idea of having a gun free zone, it went on and on until nine people were dead.

And people wonder why I didn't want to send my kids to school? It is obvious: the schools aren't safe. They weren't safe for my children when they were young, and it is getting worse all the time. Sending children to school is looking more like child neglect. If a school can't protect the kids, they shouldn't be there.

Taking guns away from honest citizens means that only criminals and the government will have guns. I can't see where that would be a benefit for the rest of us. Criminals would have a heyday preying on people then, knowing that nobody law-abiding would be armed.