Boyer Writes wishes everyone a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving….whether it is in your culture to celebrate this day or not…we pass along love and thankful hearts to you our readers.
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It would be easy to listen and see the catastrophes in the world and become distressed…even asking “Where is God?”
Today we are going to focus on PEACE within our hearts. Take a few minutes to listen and reflect….and pray for those who have lost so much. The people of an American small-town, Sutherland Springs, Texas, are in our prayers.
GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU
In God’s Holy Word, a warning about harming a child:
Matthew 18:6 – But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea.
Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (International version)
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The couple you are going to meet has decided to meet life head-on. They have faith that could have been shattered, but they didn’t allow it to happen. Serving his country, the unthinkable happened. He would be blind for the rest of his life. Hear his story and the words of his beautiful wife. Be inspired and realize that at times the joy we receive in life has to be worked for. This is how they are finding their joy.
(Detroit Free Press)
Update: Irma has passed and now for Florida and Texas, as well as some other states on the East of the U.S. In Florida, it is in the 95-degree range…very hot and humid with no way to cool off. It is a major clean up time. Many are still without power which means that everything is more difficult.
This music and words are dedicated to our friends and family in Florida.
Have courage. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you as you recover.
May you be blessed.
from Boyer Writes
We must pull back and rest our souls.
How is this done one may ask? Because no one can do it for us, we have to find a way to limit what we see and hear, especially through the internet, from those who would deliberately harm our peace of heart and spread their evil thoughts.
Example: The hateful messages sent over the internet concerning Senator John McCain’s diagnosed brain cancer…and those attributing it to God’s wrath for McCain’s political views. How insane!
God does not bring illness or evil to the people of the world that He sent His Only Son to die for. We have natural causes for illness…whether it is the environment, disease, genetics, or things about which we know nothing. We must put our entire lives in God’s hands and do our best to correct, through medicine and prayer, what we can of human sufferings.
Years ago so many died of the black plague and other diseases. Thankfully God has given us the intelligence to research for cures still unknown. We at Boyer Writes wish Senator McCain the blessings and peace of God.
( Shown above is McCain when he was released after 5 years as a prisoner of war and Senator McCain today. )
Those physical afflictions, not caused by natural causes, would be wars or individual decisions that bring pain, not only to the body, but to the spirit and soul. These are caused by human beings, which usually starts with the words that come from the mouth or hatred in the heart.
For all the good technology give us and the ability it gives every human being to spread quickly words of evil or encouragement, we may once again be reminded of what one of the greatest geniuses of our time had to say. Human kindness and interaction is one of our most important qualities.
The Holy Scriptures remind us of this in 1st Peter 3:9. “ Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
Miserere Mei Deus (Allegri) – King’s College Choir, Cambridge
Happy 4th of July from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
There was nothing HAPPY for the 56 men who signed the American Declaration of Independence at the birth of our nation. Do you know what happened to some of them?
It was brought to my attention today in our church service that there was a price for freedom that these men paid. Some suffered right away when they were captured by British troops and others suffered later through loss of fortune or brutal acts against them. They may have known that they were risking their lives to take such a public stand. Counting the cost is difficult to do before one acts. Regardless of how their contributions in becoming signers of the Constitution effected them and their families, we know from history that their lives were not a bed of roses.
Standing up for freedom and democracy is not popular, even today, with those who would be against it and wish to destroy it. The following gives us an account of a few of these men who made the choice to stand up and be counted:
- Five signers were captured by the British as traitors They were considered prisoners of war while actively engaged in military operations against the British. George Walton was captured after being wounded while commanding militia at the Battle of Savannah in December 1778, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge (three of the four Declaration of Independence signers from South Carolina) were taken prisoner at the Siege of Charleston in May in 1780. Richard Stockton of New Jersey was the only signer taken prisoner specifically because of his status as a signatory to the Declaration, “dragged from his bed by night” by local Tories after he had evacuated his family from New Jersey, and imprisoned in New York City’s infamous Provost Jail like a common criminal.
- Twelve of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had their homes ransacked and burned. Their property was subject to seizure when it fell along the path of a war being waged on the North American continent.
- Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Abraham Clark of New Jersey saw two of his sons captured by the British and incarcerated on the prison ship Jersey. John Witherspoon, also of New Jersey, saw his eldest son, James, killed in the Battle of Germantown in October 1777.
- Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts.
- Properties of William Ellery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Thomas Heyward, Edward Rutledge, and Middleton were looted. The British needed supplies and these stately homes were a good source. Little concern during war time is given to the family that dwells therein.
- Some homes of the signers, such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, Benjamin Rush and Robert Morris were occupied by the British during the war. They also were unfortunate victims whose property fell in the path of an armed conflict being waged on American soil.
- Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died of poor health. Francis Lewis represented New York in the Continental Congress, and shortly after he signed the Declaration of Independence his Long Island estate was raided by the British. While Lewis was in Philadelphia attending to congressional matters, his wife was taken prisoner by the British.
- John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children, who were adults at the time, fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead. John Hart of New Jersey, had been Speaker of the Assembly.
Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Lewis Morris saw his Westchester County, New York, home taken over in 1776 and used as a barracks for soldiers, and the horses and livestock from his farm commandeered by military personnel of the Continental Army. Shortly afterwards his property was appropriated, looted, and burned by the British when they occupied New York. Morris and his wife were eventually able to reclaim their property and restore their home after the war. Philip Livingston lost several properties to the British occupation of New York and sold off others to support the war effort, and he did not recover them because he died suddenly in 1778, before the end of the war.
For your further knowledge: FIFTY FACTS ABOUT THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and the listing of all the signers by states.
All of our country celebrates today the wonderful independence that we have as a nation. It is by God’s grace that we can enjoy all that is part of our United States today. We must never forget the founding fathers who risk everything to make it happen and those who have come afterwards to fight for and preserve that independence and freedom.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from BOYER WRITES to ALL OUR READERS
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Ever think to photograph some neat, formation of the simplest of things? Ask someone to guess what it is…and then share with them that it is only the foam in the bottom of your blueberry shake. To their surprise, an abstract is born…and it was fun creating it as I did with my morning drink. Our imagination can create many things, but only God and His wonderful nature can create the beauty shown below. It’s summer and the flowers are showing what they have waited all winter to display…their beauty and elegance.
Today I share with you my photographs taken of flowers from the deck of my home and one of God’s creatures that strolled through my yard. She looked very surprised to see me, but quickly went on her way.
As I looked out over the flowers, the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and Virginia stay true their name… for they are a true -blue ridge.
Look around you today. See all the wonderful things God has made and rejoice.
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Take out your flag and raise it high for all to see, for today is Armed Forces Day.
“ARMED FORCES DAY. … On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.”
We must never forget those who serve and the price they and their families pay.
VIDEO: Passengers witness bringing home one of our bravest and finest.
IN HONOR OF Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas
The Angels for Armed Forces® program provides free flights to military personnel and veterans, who need to access medical care. It also provides flights for military family members who need to travel to visit injured service members and whose financial resources do not permit them to travel by commercial airlines.
These flights are conducted by AFNE volunteer pilots, many being veterans themselves, who share not only a love of flying, but also have a deep commitment to helping others. They donate their time, their airplanes, all expenses of the flight, and mostly, their hearts to serve their community and those in need.
Angel Flight NE entered into a memorandum of understanding with the USO in 2010 to mutually promote the Angels for Armed Forces® program.
Training of U.S. Navy Seals
Life is extremely hard at times. As shown above, the training of U.S. Navy Seals is some of the toughest in the world. Most people will not have to endure this type of hardship, but some things in life could parallel to what one has to do to survive physically, emotionally or mentally. Sadly, we find out too often that one of our Seals has been killed. All the training in the world can’t prevent such tragedies…whether Seals or other branches of military service.
Take a few minutes and listen to some excellent advice on how to face “the sharks” that come your way. It will not be easy. Life is not easy. Nevertheless, the rewards can be great. The character that is built can last a life time.
So…what does “making the bed” have to do with it? Listen to an excellent speech and find out.
Naval Adm. William H. McRaven
Mozart Statue in Vienna… It was erected in 1898 and moved to its current location in 1953, reflecting Vienna’s love of the music of Mozart.
Some of the world’s most beautiful music has been composed to bring us into a worshipful place. Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart is one of those compositions.
Mozart died less than six months after writing this music. He composed the motet while in the middle of writing his opera, Die Zauberflote, and while visiting his wife, Constanze, who was pregnant with their sixth child. The motet, which is a short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic and unaccompanied, foreshadows “aspects of the Requiem, that is a mass for remembrance of those who died. The best-known part of the requiem mass starts with these words:
“Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” or “Give them eternal rest, O Lord”
At this time of Lent, music played before Easter is usually mournful or sad because Christians are contemplating remembering the death of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Often a black cloth is draped across the crosses…to be removed on the glorious day of resurrection…Easter Sunday.
Turn on your sound and enlarge the picture for the best of King’s College choir at Cambridge and the Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart.
Blessings and peace to you from Boyer Writes
For anyone who reads my blogs and wants God’s help for living another day, this is my prayer for you. (by Phillips Brook)
Give me strength to live another day. Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties. Let me not lose faith in other people. Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery or meanness. Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them. Help me to keep my heart clean and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity. Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things. Grant me this day some new vision of Your truth. Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls.
In the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
Let me introduce you to one of the world’s greatest pianists…
Despite his great talent, Vladimir suffered from insecurities. Let his story be an inspiration to you, the reader.
Sometimes life gets rough along the way. We are not certain what the future will bring or if we have the courage to face it. Yet God knows and all He wants is the best for us. He wants for us to use the talents that He gave us. We were never promised life would be easy, but did promise that his Holy Spirit would lead, guide and comfort us. He gives courage to continue on.
The family moved to New York City in 1940, and four years later, he gained U.S. citizenship. Horowitz completed his last recording for Sony Classical four days prior to passing away. He died of a heart attack on November 5, 1989, in his adopted city. His body resides in the Toscanini family tomb in Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy.” Shown below (info taken from Bio)
One of his most memorable performances took place in Moscow in 1986. Horowitz had overcome so much and lived another day to be his best. He played a full concert to a packed house, but one of the pieces he played, Schumann’s Traumerei , struck a cord with the audience. One can see on the faces memories of the suffering that so many had endured during WWII. Being a Jew, Horowitz knew only too well the horrors of the Jews who lived and died during this time. He tenderly plays…perhaps for them.
Notice, on the following video of the Moscow concert, a man in the audience with tears running down his face. One comment about the performance and the Russian’s tears speaks of the history of what the audience may have been thinking:
“This piece of music was played on the radio at the end of WWII. The studio didn’t know what to play…it was over. Millions were dead. The guns were silent. So they played this piece. I’d guess from the date of this performance, and the white hair of that gentleman, that he might have been one of the young soldiers or just kids, who heard that silence, then this piece on the radio. I’m old enough to remember the silence in the US, and we were LUCKY, just 250,000…so I know why he was in tears.”
As a Christian who worships in the Episcopal Church, (that’s Anglican to you Brits), I am used to quiet, reverent worship and more traditional Christian music. My readers have probably noticed that I often post choirs from England because it is the music I love. When I heard this praise music and it being sung in so many languages, I felt it was time to think about being ONE voice…together...in a world that is so divided and torn.
The Holy Scriptures says in Philippians 2:9-11
“Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Someday politics will not matter… presidents, kings or queens will no longer rule but bend the knee like the rest of us. We will all stand before the throne of God and His Son, Jesus. He will hear us in our own language… or the language of heaven…whatever that may be. In His love and presence, we will be ONE with no more tears, sadness or evil ways. It is definitely something to ponder.
The song that is being sung is Revelation Song written by Jennie Lee Riddle. You may want to know the story behind the song. (Every country and the written language of the singers is shown. Turn on the sound. ) If this touches you, pass it along to others.
It is a bright, sunny day in Virginia and the tractors are moving slowly by our home loaded with pumpkins for the market. Yes, it is almost Fall…and one can feel it in the air. Soon the leaves will begin to radiate their yellow, orange and gold. The little yellow finches have long flown away where their tiny bodies will not feel the cold to come. The mountain people have canned their fresh fruits and vegetables for those long winter months. The sky is blue…blue…blue…for the rain has driven away the mist and fog. It is soon going to be Fall. The little bears that we saw walking down the road are finding their place to hibernate and the coats on the deer that cross the Blue Ridge Parkway are changing from a gold to a spotted grey…winter coats provided by Mother Nature. As I was writing this, a tractor drove by with people loaded on it… going to the pumpkin patch. Yes, everyone is enjoying a new season.
A few years ago, Bill and I flew to Japan in the Fall. The red of the Japanese maples was beyond belief as they glimmered against Mt. Fuji. It was a time we will always remember. This is why I’d like to share these beautiful scenes of Japan. Wherever one is in the world, if Fall is part of your seasons….enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! You are blessed of God to witness the cycle of life.
During Christmas 2012, I cooked and cooked. While I was cooking, I ate and ate. So I felt it would be appropriate to reproduce a writing that left me with inspiration, fun and ready for a New Year! Hope you enjoy it and the wonderful video at the end.
“It’s a new year and we wonder where things or time will take us. Life is not limited. We do not know the path or the road we may take. A new avenue may be opened to us. We could choose the busy life or perhaps take the “path less traveled”. The challenge may be to select something that we have never sought before.
I love the movie Julie and Julia and all the actors who played in it. Maybe because part of the story is about a blogger (writer)…and I am a blogger….but mostly because it portrays real life and the search to find one’s place in life. Talents that we don’t know we have can be found. Triumphs in one’s accomplishments can be felt and become a source of growth and joy. Often historical figures, old and new, give us the insight and inspiration for this new journey. Also we learn that mistakes happen and can often be fixed or made right. God has a plan and we must not be afraid to reach out to something new.”
Below is a clip from the movie and the real life young “Julie”. For all the cooks, who read Boyer Writes, I have also included at the end, Julia Child’s favorite and most famous recipe
- One 6-ounce piece of chunk bacon
- 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy)
- 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups brown beef stock
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cloves mashed garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- A crumbled bay leaf
- 18 to 24 white onions, small
- 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
- Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
- 1 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered
Remove bacon rind and cut into lardons (sticks 1/4-inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). Simmer rind and lardons for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts water. Drain and dry.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sauté lardons in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.
Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the lardons.
In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the excess fat.
Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.
Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and coves the meat with a light crust).
Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.
Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs and bacon rind. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 3 to 4 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.
While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with one and one-half tablespoons of the oil until bubbling in a skillet.
Add onions and sauté over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, rolling them so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect them to brown uniformly.
Add 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper to taste and the herb bouquet.
Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but hold their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet and set onions aside.
Wipe out skillet and heat remaining oil and butter over high heat. As soon as you see butter has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add mushrooms.
Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. As soon as they have begun to brown lightly, remove from heat.
When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan.
Wash out the casserole and return the beef and lardons to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms on top.
Skim fat off sauce in saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute or 2, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.
If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons stock. Taste carefully for seasoning.
Pour sauce over meat and vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times.
Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice, and decorated with parsley.
Click on OPEN YOUR EYES BELOW. You will be amazed at the blessings of life. Happy Thanksgiving from Boyer Writes
We may live in a troubled world, but God knows the troubles and loves us still.
Enjoy a concert of Andrea Bocellia singing The Lord’s Prayer with the Tabernacle Choir.
May the blessings of Christ be yours today.
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