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The Falliest Post Ever! πŸ‚

Falliest? Surely, there is no such word now!

I love Fall. It’s my favorite season of all the 4 although I don’t get to experience it as most countries do. I live on an island, so Fall for me is when trees start shedding, and leaves start changing in March/April.


I was not inspired to write any new material this Fall, but back in 2017, I wrote a short story and poem for Falltober. Here’s an update of that poem:

Recently, I sat down to sketch a Fall setting, but I ended up on Canva with a blank template and I ended up with this…

…that is now my header. I just wanted to pay tribute to Fall with this little post.Β 

Happy Fall everyone!

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✈ Travel Tuesday ✈

We breathe love πŸ’™

At first glance, this shot could be easily mistaken for the shoreline of Maracas or anywhere in the beachy Caribbean, but lo and behold, this mesmerizing shot comes from Lac De Maguide, France.Β 

Via @hello_franceΒ (Instagram). Follow this account for beautiful wanderlust photos of France, the place that has something for everyone.

Also, credit to Yohan Espiaube for this exceptional shot! He’s an amazing photographer, and he captures the essence, beauty, and poetry that is France splendidly.

#amwriting ✍

What do you hear?

When you see clear blue skies

Listen to how sweetly a kiskadee sings

Marvel at how lilies toil and spin

Delights in a puppy chasing her tail

Struck in awe at a gorgeous  sunset

That no words can describe it from the alphabet

 

Did you hear the whispered words

on the wind through the tree boughs?

Did you listen closely?

That’s God saying “I love you.”

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God’s creation serves as an inspirational driving force when it comes to writing. Lately, I’ve been scribbling down thoughts, ideas, songs, and little poems that come to mind and blessing and thanking God for them. When I was young, I filled books with poems and songs dedicated to Him and I’m happy that I can do this again. This piece was inspired by Psalm 8:3-4, verses that were etched on my heart when I first heard them.

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πŸŽ‰ Confetti! 🎊

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.

Joy blossomed inside me

And all I wanted to do was

throw confetti at the world!

Barcelona va Betis | Antoine griezmann, Camp nou y Betis

Throw it up anywhere

Watch it fall everywhere

Confetti!

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I love confetti! While coming up for the new signature for the blog (which you’ll see shortly), I got led to use confetti, and I was very pleased with the outcome (although it may be subject to change in the future). I bless God for the new signature.

May God’s peace and grace be upon you in 2020. πŸ’™

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✈ Travel Tuesday ✈

“Have you seen her dressed for winter?”


Powered sugary dust covered the city

Giving Paris an otherworldly glow.

When they boast about seeing Paris in full bloom in Spring,

I shrug and go, “Have you seen her dressed for winter?”


Beautiful photos via @beautiful destinationsΒ (Instagram).

Follow this account for beautiful travel destinations!

Click on the link to view the other photos from this ethereal set!

#parisinwinter


Entertainment

Thank you, Alex Trebek!

I’m curious about everything. Even subjects that don’t interest me.

Alex Trebek

β€œThere’s a certain comfort that comes from knowing a fact,” Alex Trebek said.

“And here’s your host, Alex Trebek!”

Alex Trebek GIFs | Tenor

I found out that Alex Trebek passed away earlier today after his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was 80. Trebek has been a part of my life since childhood when I discovered Jeopardy and it became my all-time favorite game show. Back then, I watched the show every night without fail. At present, I’ve been watching the show in-between and Trebek has been filming throughout his diagnosis. Although he was last in studio on Oct 29th, he has filmed episodes through to December 25th.

For more than 3 decades, Trebek has educated the world with fun and serious knowledge, instilling in us a love of trivia. And not to forget his sense of humor and witty sarcasm!

Alex Trebek Was Quick To Correct Someone Who Incorrectly Defined  Selenophobia

And now for one last clue: I’ll take “Great TV Personas” for $1000.

QUESTION: He was the most beloved game show host and a national treasure. Who was he?

ANSWER: Who was Alex Trebek?Β 

2020 gives, and 2020 takes away. RIP Alex Trebek - Album on Imgur

1940-2020

Thank you, and farewell, Alex.

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Une petite pause βΈ

Salut mesdames et messieurs!

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I’ve come to the decision to take a hiatus of sorts from WP until next year God’s willing. It’s not that I’m uninspired or have run out of ideas, but I have a lot of things going for me right now in terms of the creative process, online classes, health, and just life in general. I’ve decided to step back a bit to access the various situations and see how best to proceed.

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However, I still have to log in to post my daily gratitude blog, so if time permits, I’ll read a blog or two – I tend to read the first 8-10 that pops up in the Reader. I already have a few posts scheduled, and I’m currently in the process of revamping the blog once again by getting rid of certain categories and color coding certain posts.Β 

Before I can throw myself into the thick of things, I’m going to take my jacket off…

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…and just relax for a bit. I’m going to miss you, but I’ve been inactive lately, so I need to do this for myself. I hope we reconcile soon. May God’s peace be with you.

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Adventures of the invisible ‘like’ button

Salut mesdames et messieurs!

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It has come to my attention that the ‘Like’ button on this blog after a post is somewhat invisible to some readers, and they assumed that I disabled the button for certain posts. To set the record straight, I did no such thing. I don’t know if this is a glitch of some sort from WP, but I haven’t been able to leave likes on certain posts unless I open up the blog in Reader, which I now prefer to use when it comes to catching up with my blogging family.

For some reason, the invisible like button reminded me of walking by faith and not by sight. I did not set out to become any top blogger, so the invisibility doesn’t bother me at all. I’m sorry that the button is invisible to some of you, and I hope this issue resolves soon. With WP, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. 

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Bible Lessons/Reminders

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦― The spiritually blind πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦―

Spiritual blindness is when we’re unable to SEE God or to comprehend His message. This is a grievous condition that affects not only the spiritually blind individual but also his followers. Look at the condition and state of many churches today! The Gospel has been watered down so much that preachers are now preaching chocolate-coated lies thus weaving a sinister deception.

We’re in serious trouble if we don’t sit and read/study the Word. We’re in serious trouble if we wait for the preacher to tell us how to act, think, or feel. We’re in serious trouble if we continue to follow along the yellow-bricked road with this sweet-tongued preacher, for a spiritually blind person cannot lead God’s sheep into a spiritual relationship with Christ.

It’s time to wake up and open your eyes to deception, for Jesus is returning soon.

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 15:14

Books & Reviews πŸ“š

10 books with long titles πŸ“š

Ciao! I hope everyone is doing good. I had a different post planned altogether as I’m behind schedule with new material, but I couldn’t resist doing this fun post after seeing areadingwritr do it this week. It’s not going to be an every Tuesday thing, but I’ll love to do a few more at some point.

The Artsy Reader’s Top Ten Tuesdays theme for the week is all about Super Long Book Titles. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of loooonngggg book titles, but most of them are probably forgotten by now. I’m going to share 10 long titles that are on my TBR (most of them are Paris-based).Β 

1. Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser

Every year, I keep saying that I’ll get to this book, but I’m yet to pick it up… sadly.Β 

2. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared: Jonasson,  Jonas: 9781443419109: Books - Amazon.ca

Another book that’s been collecting dust on the TBR.

3. We’ll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to Be French by Emma Beddington

We'll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to Be French by Emma Beddington

I’m actually close to reading this memoir!

4. Eiffel’s Tower and the World’s Fair: Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes

Eiffel's Tower and the World's Fair: Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists  Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes

This is probably the longest title I own!Β 

5. The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

Can’t wait to read about this iconic street!

6. The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by Deborah Cadbury

The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis  XVI and Marie Antoinette by Deborah Cadbury

I was going to add this book to the wishlist when I realized that I already have it in my TBR!

7. Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live…Parisian Style by Angie Niles

Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live...Parisian Style: Niles, Angie:  9780425280706: Amazon.com: Books

Ah, Paris, the capital of everything! I look forward to probably breezing through this book soon.

8. The knowledge of the holy: The attributes of God, their meaning in the Christian life by A.W. Tozer

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I can’t wait to read this book, but I have to be in a good headspace to start.

9. Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas J. McBride

Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University by Nicholas  J. McBride

I got this book during my law phase and although it’s cooled now, I still look forward to reading this book.

10. Learn Japanese: Discover the right approach to Japanese, forget phrases learn how to form your own sentences by Languages World

Learn Japanese: Discover the right approach to Japanese, forget phrases  learn how to form your own sentences.: World, Languages: 9781095362976:  Amazon.com: Books

This book – and several other language books – is for special hoarding purposes.

Well, that was fun! How about you? Do you have a book with a super long title to share? Let me know in the comments.

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Football ⚽

Congrats Giroud and all the best Cavani!

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Today was a good day for Olivier Giroud! He played his 100th game for France becoming only the 8th player to do so for Les Bleus joining the likes of Hugo Lloris, Lilian Thuram, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, and current Les Bleus manager, Didier Deschamps. It was only a friendly against Ukraine in which Les Bleus won 7-1, but it was brilliant!

Welcome to the 100th club, Giroud.

Ollie is a World Cup winner and France’s second-highest goalscorer at 42 goals. Only Henry stands in his way with 51 goals. I’ll love to see Ollie beat that. Only today I was reading an interview about Ollie talking about his new book, ‘Always Believe It’ and he said something that stuck with me, so I’ll share that here:Β 

“I am a very religious person who asserts his Christian faith more and more in recent years. It allowed me to overcome trials, to put things into perspective and to always believe in my chances, in his destiny and in Jesus, who is there, at all times, to watch over me.”Β 

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And Edinson Cavani is a new-mint Manchester United player. I’m no fan of anything Man U, but all the best, Cavani… even though that red shirt is going to hurt mi eyes. Show the English why we call you ‘El Matador’! I’ll also leave something from Cavani’s interview that resonated with me:

“I believe that in life things come when they are meant to and sometimes, no matter how much you want something, if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”

The 33-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year deal on around Β£210,000 per week after tax

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