Probably right now there is someone reading this blog that is thinking about making a change in life. It could be a new direction within a job, or a place to live, or even in an attitude. New directions are often the start of something good, challenging, and even inspirational. Change is not always easy because we are comfortable with the routine…ever the need to feel stable. Nevertheless, stability, while is good, leads to boredom and boredom could even lead to depression. We know that is not a good thing.
So what the heck…go for it and see what life brings you! The old saying, “Nothing ventured…nothing gained” may hold true for you today. For me, I have already made a decision to move along and try to use some of the talents I believe God has given…as well as some of the opportunities I’ve had in life thus far to share with others. I read recently that a good blog is not filled with “self” so forgive that fault today for I’m going to share with you, my readers, and in many cases friends…the move forward I plan for the next year. In no particular order, here goes:
- I plan to continue blogging on whatever hits my fancy.
- I do not plan to become rich on anything, but want all that I do to have a purpose for myself and others. Since I have enjoyed in the past some of these things, I plan to make myself and interests available as follows:
I WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
I PLAN TO WRITE MORE BOOKS:
I WANT TO CREATE GIFT CARDS
WORKING ON IMPROVING MY PAINTING WILL BE A GOAL
PIANO MUSIC…I PLAN TO LEARN MORE NOTES, CHORDS AND RUNS
Becoming a concert pianist is not my goal, but I could learn more for pure pleasure. When I was in boarding school, Mrs. Tollison taught me piano. I was about 10 years old. After leaving the school, my Mother could not afford a piano that would go up a flight of stairs to our apartment. When my husband thought I should try to revive my lost art at a much…much older age, he made it possible for me. He bought me one for Valentine’s Day. So the promise to him is that I will spend more time playing it! (Thank you, Honey!)
There you have it… a long list about my plans. Oh, I forgot an important part…my emotional, spiritual and mental health. This should have been at the top of the list. I wrote a previous blog about listening to, reading, or being consumed with the “evils, sadness, and all the things that make one wonder ‘What is the world coming to?’…. which has led me to turn off the TV more, don’t read the internet headlines, and take care of my own brain, emotions and welfare. They belong to me. They were GOD- given and I should be furiously protective of them. I will have to admit that I cringe when I see a four-year-old…or older with a smartphone entertaining him/her when it should be around- the- table conversation that is training their little brains and enjoying moments with the family. Protecting our minds and hearts is an important part of life, especially with those whose brains are growing and forming.
I WILL LOOK MORE AT BEAUTY AROUND ME
- In God’s Words of wisdom through the Holy Scriptures if I spend more time reading it.
- In Nature…all about me if I will pay attention.
- The good and beauty in people (Spend less time with negative people)
- Eat good foods that don’t upset my stomach or keep me awake all night!
- Look for someone who might need a helping hand, a thank you, or a bright spot for their day. (How about the hard-working waitress who would just like for people to be pleasant?)
- Feast on the stars, sunrise and sunset more often. I like clouds too. Even the winds flowing through the trees and rain have their own beauty.
- Listen to more up-lifting music
I’m certain you have your own list.
One other thing:
I WANT TO REACH OUT MORE
If I know someone who is sick, terminally ill or going through a hard time, I would like to have the courage to reach out and ask if they would like me to pray with them. Perhaps that is something you can try to do also if it is not a normal direction that you would take. (I know, I can hear it now… “I really don’t feel comfortable getting into someone else’s space and faith. Isn’ that only for a priest or minister to do?”)
Well, that is up to you, but you never know how God will want to work through you or me to give hope to someone who needs it. Being a minister of the Gospel is a calling and a profession, but if you know Christ as your Savior, then you are His child and He wants to work through you also. If that little inner-voice prompts you to do something…you better do it because God has His purposes. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the blessings…even if you never know them until eternity. Here is an example to what I mean. When I was in college, I was short of money. Going to my mailbox one day I found an envelope with $10 in it and a note that said, “Something for one of God’s children.” I have never forgotten about this and believe me, it has been a long, long time since college days. I never knew who was reaching out to me…but God does.
I hope you will let me know if you are making some changes in your life for I would love to pray for your “NEW DIRECTION.” I would ask that you do the same for me. (email@example.com)
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The mountain churches of the Blue Ridge have some extremely interesting history, especially the Rock Churches that were built by the dedication of one rugged man who found Jesus Christ as his Savior and went on to make the Blue Ridge Mountains his mission field.
The following video tells the story of Bob Childress as told by narration and his Grandson, Stewart Childress, who carries on the ministry in these hills. My husband, Bill Boyer, has been privileged to be a part of the ministry here as needed and called on when we live here for a few months of the year.
You are invited to come and see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on your next trip to Virginia in the U.S.A and worship in one of the six churches called Rock Churches because each one is built from the rocks of the mountain. You will be given a warm, southern welcome.
- Bluemont, in Patrick County, built 1919, rock-faced 1945-1946.
- Mayberry, in Patrick County, built 1925, rock-faced 1948.
- Buffalo Mountain, in Floyd and Carroll Counties, build of fieldstone in 1929.
- Slate Mountain, in Floyd and Patrick Counties, built of fieldstone in 1932, expanded in 1951.
- Dinwiddie, in Carroll County, built of fieldstone in 1948.
- Willis, in Floyd County, built of fieldstone in 1954.
Here is the story in brief form to wet your appetite to read the full story in The Man Who Moved a Mountain. by Richard Davids.
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Another book about the Blue Ridge Mountains Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More by N.W. Boyer
Coming out this Fall will be a new book by N.W. Boyer Spencer’s Mill
September 6, 2017 | Categories: Boyer Writes, Christianity, Community, Inspirational, Leaders, Over-coming Life's Problems, Religious Faith, Travel and Cultures | Tags: Author N.W.Boyer, Blue Ridge Mountains, Bluemont Rock Church, Bob Childress, Buffalo Mt. Rock Church, Christianity, Dinwiddie Rock Church, inspiration, Mayberry Rock Church, Missions, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, religion, Richard C. Davids, Rock Churches of the Blue Ridge, Saving Grace, Slate Mt. Rock Church, The Man Who Moved a Mountain, travel, Willis Rock Church | Comments Off on A Rugged Man becomes a Building Block
This has been a summer of writing. My home in Virginia, USA, is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a couple goals in mind for the six months we spend here before returning to Florida for the winter. The first was to finish my historical novel based on “Whatever Happened to SS General Hans Kammler?” The creative juices began to flow and finally it was a reality.
The next thing I wanted to accomplish was to write a second book in a series I had started on the Blue Ridge Mountains. This time, I wanted to know some real people with real lives whose families had settled in these hills many generations ago. I found not only a person whose farm land actually belonged to General Robert E. Lee’s father, but others who had five generations of farmers in the area going back to the Civil War.
Most had vivid memories of the past and wanted to share them. I rode my Ford truck down the mountain and into rolling farm areas to meet with them over their kitchen tables and in their small businesses. One family grows apples on one hundred acres of a steep mountain and has been doing so for a very long time. In the Spring, the apple blossoms lay a blanket of white over the hillsides.
The ride to and from these places brought unusual moments of peace as I watched the farmers bailing their hay, horses and cows grazing in the pastures and the occasional vehicle (usually a truck) ride passed me and give me a wave. Up here, it is the one index finger wave without taking the hand off the steering wheel. Thus, my new book became a reality and is now published, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More. The best part was getting to know the wonderful people of the Blue Ridge. Now, the trees are turning gold, red, and yellow. The colder winds are beginning to blow. I will pack up soon and head south…but my many memories and photographs will go with me to start a new book in the series. (See the books mentioned in this blog below with a link to see more. )
I hope you will take a moment to look at these links and pass this blog on to anyone who has a love for culture, travel, and history.
October 30, 2016 | Categories: Blue Ridge Mountains, books by N.W.Boyer, Boyer Writes, THE SEEDS novel, Travel and Cultures, Writings by N.W. Boyer | Tags: Author N.W.Boyer, Blue Ridge Parkway Beauties, Boyer Writes, creative writing, culture, historical fiction, novel, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, Photography by Boyer, SS General Hans Kammler, The Seeds, travel | Comments Off on New Book by N.W.Boyer
We are up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains…where it is carefree…peaceful…and a little music to make your feet tap and your heart happy. Here is some from a concert at my friend’s Poor Farmer’s Market in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Hope you enjoy it! They call it up here…”Picking and Grinning”. ( with a few little distractions). Hope you enjoy it.
On that note, I’d like to draw your attention to the right side part of this blog. You will see that I have published a new book called, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More. (Click on book cover to see the information.) It is second in my series on the Blue Ridge.
October 20, 2016 | Categories: Blue Ridge Mountains, Boyer Writes, Life Style, Travel and Cultures, Writings by N.W. Boyer | Tags: Author N.W.Boyer, blue grass music, Blue Ridge Mountains, Meadows of Dan, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, Poor Farmers Market, Virginia | Comments Off on A Little Blue Grass to make your day
Recently I have had readers write to me about suggestions for gifts for children or grandchildren…or even adults. They are looking ahead toward the holidays. Christmas seems far away, but we all know how quickly things begin to happen especially after Thanksgiving.
I’d like to invite you to take a look at the right side of this blog for some of my books that are on Amazon. There is a wide variety of children’s books. Some are available on Kindle, including my new novel, THE SEEDS and all are in paperback. Click on the picture.
Two new additions for Boyer Writes:
- A first of the month Newsletter called Boyer Writes News If you’d like to be on this newsletter notification, please return this email and say “Yes”.
- Guest Speaking I am available to speak to churches, clubs or schools in Virginia (May-late October) and in Florida (November-April) Contact me by email for this as well. Be sure to give your group name, location, phone number and suggested date for my calendar. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for being a follower and reader. Writing is my joy. Nancy
September 5, 2016 | Categories: Books by Nancy W. Boyer, Books for young people, Boyer Writes, Children, Family, fiction, Teaching Values to young people, THE SEEDS novel, Writings by N.W. Boyer | Tags: adventure, Author N.W.Boyer, books by N.W.Boyer, books by Nancy Boyer, books for children, Books for young people, Boyer Writes, fiction, historical fiction, holiday gifts, teaching ethics and values | Comments Off on Invitation to Browse Books
The Seeds, written by N.W. Boyer, is now finished. To those of you who like mystery, intrigue, love, and suspense, this may be your opportunity for the best “curl up with a book” or blog that you have found in a while. Each chapter is presented as the latest in the plot written around “What happened to SS Gen.Hans Kammler?” This is a new online experiment with publishing a book chapter by chapter. Because each post shows the last chapter and certainly one does not want to know the ending without knowing the story, you, the reader, may simply click on any chapter off to the side of the blog to start at the beginning.
Written amid historical pictures and videos, this novel unfolds with exciting places and people from around the world. The primary setting is The World Seed Vault in Norway. Sound interesting? Here is your chance to follow and enjoy THE SEEDS.
An example of the graphics used in The Seeds (chapter 31) is the amazing interactive view of the art recovered after WWII from the salt mines. Click to view. Run mouse over paintings.
Slide presentation of some of the pictures in The Seeds novel by N.W. Boyer
April 24, 2016 | Categories: Boyer Writes, fiction, historical fiction | Tags: Author N.W.Boyer, Blogging Authors, Boyer Writes, Christianity, Drama and Suspense, History, military, SS General Hans Kammler, The Nazi Bell, The Seeds, WWII | Comments Off on THE SEEDS historical novel by N.Boyer