“The Street Sweeper” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

Today is a bit late in the day (yes I will be getting a post out next Tuesday), but it’s a good one. A few friends and I are going through the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris ( http://therebelution.com/ ), and they quoted Martin Luther King Jr. Here it is:

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures,  sweep streets like Beethoven composed music…Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

There was also a verse that went along with it, at the moment I have forgotten it…Anyway. This is a great quote, whatever you are doing, big, small, monotonous, do it well, do it for the Glory of God, do it to help out those around you.
And with that, I will leave you to contemplate this unusually long quote (for me anyways).

Have a great week! It’s really quite hot, summer is very much here. One good this is, VBS starts next week!! Till next week!


The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)

This week comes from the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (and movie titled, “Hugo”)

“I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.”
-Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Love this quote! It sounds very, mystical and imaginative. With your imagination, you can create, dream up anything you want. And Brian Selznick addresses the audience in a way that tells you the character believes in you, the audience.  The book is great, filled mostly with pictures (awesome art) and a few pages of words (I hear that’s his style for all his books, or most of them), the movie is great as well, although it may seem slow to some.
Have a great week (and Father’s day)! I shall be back next week, if not before!

Coffee Shop Encounter

Liam read the text message, disbelieving what it held. He sat in the coffee shop loft/library. For minutes his thoughts flew around, trying to make sense of what he was reading. “Is this true? Is it a scam? What should I say? Should I just leave it?”
Finally, he decided to reply with, “Ryan…? Is that really you?”
And then to try and alleviate his own mood he added, “You still have my number, huh?”
He pressed ‘enter’ and waited. His friend’s message had been sent nearly twenty minutes ago.
He must have been too busy writing, with his headphones in, to notice the phone vibrating.

Liam paced the floor, stopping at the railing to gaze down at the people below. Some sat just as silently as he had been, some sat in groups and joked around. While others just stood in line and left without another word, coffee in hand.

Brow furrowed he listened for a sound, any sound to come from his phone.
When a sound did come he nearly jumped out of his skin.With a sigh of relief, he realized it was only someone come up to the library.

He stopped. Hang on. He looked again at the figure.
The figure looked back at him with a  somewhat wary expression.
Liam was speechless. Both stared at the other.

Gulping, he gave talking a shot, anyway. “How…? You, 11? They…You were…”

The man opposite him sighed.”Yeah, it’s me.” He spoke as he raised his phone, “never thought I’d be able to make it back.”

That was it for Liam. “They said you were dead!”

Ryan glanced down at the cafe customers. Moving to the other side of the table, he sat down. Frowning, “Who said I was dead?” he asked.

Liam’s mouth opened, as he tried to make sense out of…Everything.

“Your whole family. They all said you were dead. Everyone thought you were…?”

Liam sat down as well, trying to recall everything that had happened all those months ago.

Ryan looked back at him. “That’s…Bizarre. I’ve been sending them letters…All year…”

“What have you been doing all this time?? Sending letters that never made it home, while on a beach in the tropics? Obviously, you haven’t been spending your time underground, so you must have something to say for yourself.”

“It’s quite a long story.”

Liam refused to budge,”I was made to think you were dead for eleven months, not to mention the whole entire community, I think we both have time.”

Ryan gave in, “I was called away on a job.”

When he didn’t elaborate, Liam raised his eyebrows, arms crossed.

“Piloting for a private company. They wanted me right away. I told my family and went. You canceled our lasting meeting, remember, so I suppose you never heard.”

Ryan stopped as if a light bulb had come on in his mind.

“There was an incident. My family must have heard about it. Did you?”

“No, I never heard.  Except there was some sort of accident. Nothing beyond that. They made it seem as if the details hadn’t exactly been found out. ” Liam explained.

“There was one. A crash just after I started flying, it started in the engine, somehow. They couldn’t find us for days.”

Liam’s eyes widened.

“That explains, everything.”

“I’m glad. It would be terribly boring to recount every single daily detail that had passed over eleven months.”

Liam rolled his eyes, then added, “But what about the reports, they were never updated. And the letters you sent?”

“Let’s just say, it wasn’t the best company to work with…”


Mary Poppins Quote (Bert)

I grew up with Mary Poppins, as one of my favorite movies. So today we’ve got an awesome one. Okay, all the quotes in Mary Poppins are awesome, as well as the songs. Today I’m quoting Bert. A mysterious, exciting, adventurous quote.   “Winds in the east. Mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’, About […]

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Fiction Tuesday: Duncan’s Plight

(Note: This came from a prompt a fellow YWW student suggested *THANK YOU*) Enjoy! Sorry about the late hour. See ya Thursday!)



Duncan galloped as fast as he could. He couldn’t believe it. Were these people so frivolous to think he had been the one to save the people?

He had nearly been the one to cause its destruction.

Angus was the one who should have received all the praise. He galloped faster, grinding his teeth, and staring intently ahead of him, searching for his destination in the gathering darkness.

He spotted it and came to a sudden halt. He had to reach Angus and Adlen, before it was too late.
When he had left the castle, he barely had twenty minutes. The King had informed him of the settled matters, as soon as he had returned from his errands. He had been petitioning to the nobles in authority. Who wanted the town for their own purposes.

Duncan had gone to the town with the buyers, became separated and met Angus and his sister, Adlen. Convinced to keep the town, he immediately took action. Apparently, upon his return days later, the capital of the kingdom took it upon themselves to build a monument to him.  The worst part? Those buyers, they petitioned for the sibling’s isolation. They were not allowed to step foot inside the capital. Nor come into contact with any royals of any sort.

Hopping off his steed he ran to the door, restraining himself from wildly knocking, and waited…


I challenge my fellow bloggers to continue the story, OR write something off of this!


A Quote from Inkheart (and Francis Bacon)

Today’s quote is from Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, and coincidentally, Francis Bacon (I haven’t read any of his books).

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured,  but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

Of course, we don’t literally eat any books (all avid readers sigh with relief), I thought I’d share this, well, because I like it. And my sister and I are reading it (aloud) in the evenings, which slows it down quite a bit. For 1. If I read it fast, it won’t make sense.
and 2. We don’t always have time to read a few or even one chapter. We’ll get there. Happy Thursday and first of June! The weekend’s almost here (hang in there)! Hope you enjoyed today’s quote.

Brace yourselves Summer is inevitable. Bring on vacation, summer camps, VBS and massive Summer reading!

What are you reading this week?

The Adventures of Tammy Poe, As Told by L. Finley: The Adventures of Tammy Poe (letter sixteen)

Mr. Poe,

We narrowly made it out last night.

Thankfully, the Islander was very helpful and is rowing our boat to the mainland as I write. We had to wait for hours until it was dark (indeed it still is). It was a difficult time coordinating everything, I, however, was not in charge of any of the planning (on account of not having any information to help the situation).

All was quiet, everything (even the water) is running smoothly. I am confident once again ( surprising, I thought that would never come back to me), that our plans will swiftly move us forward in our journey.

Ever hopeful,

L. Finley

A Decision

Yay for decisiveness! What? Two updates in three days!! Well, I couldn’t wait till Saturday. This is a last minute decision, so I wanted to tell you as soon as possible.

I will not be posting The Adventures of Tammy Poe on my blog anymore! :/ I know, I know, last minute, it’s going really well. etc. I will post the sixteenth letter tomorrow, Fiction Tuesday will not disappear, I definitely intend to keep posting every Tuesday, just not the story of Tammy Poe.

I will however (gosh, why do I keep starting paragraphs with those same words???), be continuing to write the story of Tammy Poe and fully intend on putting it together as a collection, maybe as an ebook or physical copy, that part will come after I finish it, of course.

ALSO! Thank you soooo much to ALL of my followers! I am extremely grateful for all of you who take the time to my posts every week!

Assuming you’re still reading this, tell me, what kinds of things would you like to see? More of what I’ve got (sorry not doing any more Tammy Poe), keep doing what I’m doing? What kinds of things would you like to see posted on Tuesdays?

Thanks for reading!

Hope you all have a blessed Memorial Day, as we remember those who have fallen for our country.

Till tomorrow!

P.S. My apologies for not posting a quote on Thursday, I will be sure to get one out this week.

Awesome Blogger Award, Tagged

By way of an update, I will be doing the following “Awesome Blogger Award”!!
I will get another one up as fast as I can (hopefully by next Saturday, maybe?)

Thank you to Anna for the nomination!!  northernheartsalaska

Created by Maggie
This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.


Thank the person who nominated you.

Include the reason behind the award.

Include the banner in your post.

Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.

Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.

Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

The Questions:

  1. When did you start your blog, and why?
    About a year ago, to get better at writing, share my work as well as my novel (in the works), and get feedback.
  2. Where do you get inspiration?
    Any place really. Outside, when it’s quiet. In the middle of a large group of people. It really depends on what you’re paying attention to, and what you decide to take from your environment.
  3. Where is your favorite place to write?
    (At this point all my sentences have started with an “A”, this one is purely to satisfy that). Currently? My parent’s room. There’s a desk, a window, quiet. The doors shut. Just right.
  4. Do you procrastinate?
    Ah, well. Yes.
  5. What is the meaning behind your blog’s name?
    Father’s Joy. I chose this because it’s the meaning of my real name.
    Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 
  6. What are two reasons why you write?
    A way to think. Escape, or figure something out. A way to create something, as well as a career (working on that last one).
  7. What is your most embarrassing blog post? (Feel free to include a link 😉 )
    Oh, dear. Why must you do this to me??? I’m not actually sure, really. I deleted my old blog…Hang on. Lemme, check. Probably this one Meet A Spies Adventure ‘Cast’
    Because I didn’t have enough information about them, as well as the fact that my second draft will probably be drastically changed. And maybe this one, it doesn’t make any sense. Riddle Poem
           I’ve only had this blog for about a year…
  8. Who is your hero?
    Oh! Again with the hard questions. I’m not entirely quite sure…
  9. If you could be any age, what would you be?
    If I could just look my age whenever convenient that’d be great. That is all.
  10. What is your favorite season and why?
    Winter! Or a cool season. Cuz, it’s cool weather! That’s why! Long sleeves, sweaters, knee socks!!Well, that was interesting. On with the nominations.

I nominate Due to the fact that I don’t pay enough attention to all the bloggers I follow, I will just list a few…

Grace Abounds

Jordan Elisheva

AND The group blog I’m part of (more about that to come) W.E. I nominate y’all.
Writers of Elysian

Here are my questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite thing (genre, type of book, etc) to read?
  2. Is this the first time you’ve had a blog?
  3. What was the first dream job/calling/profession you wanted to pursue (ya know, the one when you were five)?
  4. Top books that changed your life?
  5. Favorite holiday?
  6. Favorite Bible verse?
  7. Favorite vacation spot?
  8. How many languages do you know?
  9. Favorite first name?
  10. Pet peeve


I guess that’s it! Until Tuesday!

-Father’s Joy

The Adventures of Tammy Poe, As Told By L. Finley: Finding Tammy Poe (letter fifteen)

Mr. Poe,

We are leaving tonight. A sympathetic islander told us the reason for the disappearance and eventual leaving (you remember Ms. Poe’s case) was that the person could not handle the way of the island (well the people), and began to rebel.

As I am writing this, I realize that’s not much more information on the reason than I had already figured out by simply observing. Except it’s perfectly reasonable to me, seeing as how I’ve been ‘confined’ here for quite a bit.

It would well, be quite helpful if you would send some help in the event I cannot make it out on my own (it seems very likely, although I am desperately praying for a miracle).

Meanwhile, my new crew members are safe, but I still haven’t been able to receive word from the captain.

This concerns me.

Your servant,

L. Finley