N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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When you HESITATE…think on this thought from a wise man:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did do. So THROW OFF THE BLOW LINES! SAIL AWAY from the safety harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER!”

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 to 1910), known by pen name Mark Twain.

Excellent writing is a talent. For some writers it is a pastime of enjoyment. Most likely I fall into this last category. Yet, it is always my hope that somehow, with practice, I may eventually find my way into a “talent.”

Mark Twain is a man who had talent although he didn’t know it at first. He had many words of wisdom, with a touch of humor and a home-made flare.

He started out poor, living in the South of the United States with all its history of racial inequality, but it didn’t keep him from making his own friends regardless of color.

Twain was a product of his times with a mind for writing that eventually brought him fame and fortune. Best known for his books about the adventures of young boys, which reflected his own upbringing. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were among the best known works in children’s literature.

What makes a truly, outstanding man? He usually never starts out to be anything but what he is at the time. God has given men and women minds that can be used to discover the world and learn from it. This is what Twain set out to do…even when he was challenged by a man with a duel, which could have taken his life. The wise thing to do was to walk away…and he did…to live another day…and another…and many years to come. Perhaps even this part of his life is a lesson for all to learn when the odds are not in our favor.

The 70th birthday of Mark Twain was a lavish affair held at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City. In introducing Twain, friend William Dean Howells, in quoting Twain, said, “Now, ladies and gentlemen, and Colonel Harvey, I will try not to be greedy on your behalf in wishing the health of our honored and, in view of his great age, our revered guest. I will not say, ‘Oh King, live forever!’ but ‘Oh King, live as long as you like!’” (PBS Ken Burns)

His life story proves that he lived what he wrote in that he did EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

Perhaps as we look into the life of Mark Twain who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, we can learn something for our 21st century.

BELOW ARE 2 VIDEOS: Twain’s Life and His Famous quotes



It really didn’t matter to Twain whether he was sitting with the poorest of the poor or in regal company. He was always totally down to earth. Here are a few of his most famous quotes:



Palmetto Specialty Group LLC “New Prints of Low Land Country Plantations and Historic Slave Houses”

IMG_0770They stand under the great oaks with moss blowing in the wind.  These are the old, historic slave dwellings.  Life was difficult, but they found a strength to carry on.  Some fled to the north through the Underground Railroad…with help from the white and black population. Most stayed on until the United States of America  passed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves.  Even then, some did not know what to do outside of these grounds that had Masters who told them what to do.  To see these run-down places, we remember how precious freedom really is….especially to those whose ancestry never knew it.

History, whether good or bad, is important to protect.  Our future generations need to understand its meaning.  That is why we have added many of the photography taken in the low country of South Carolina to our list of available prints.  See these at    Old Slave Dwellings.   (Scroll down the page of prints)

Also, if you missed the in-depth blog about this area, click back at the bottom of this writing  to see what life was like in the “Old South” low country of the USA  “Gone with the Wind”IMG_0839


Crab at Cedar Key

Every so often, my husband and I like to venture into a part of Florida known as Old Florida. It is entirely different from the commercial Disney World type  places that most people of the world think of.

 It is  quiet…a  laid-back part of country life that appeals to us. Often it is a place with large live oaks, palmetto bushes, winding trails and the country folk that are the down- to- earth backbone of our nation. Such a place we visited a few days ago.

Traveling through Ocala; on to Rosewood (the subject of another writing soon), and over the Gulf of Mexico is a non-changing little town of Cedar Key.

 Nothing is spectacular there. The buildings date back to earlier days and lean a little to the side. The newer places have not had the experience of a Florida Hurricane to give them the falling over appearance, but give them time!
If you are an adventure seeker, looking for the bright spots and excitement of a large city, you will not find it at Cedar Key. You will find nature, the wide blue waters of the Gulf lapping gently at the shore. The sunsets are pink and the country music fills the air from the local tavern. It is a place to bike or walk and to say, “howdy”.

The following slide presentation will give you a better understanding of this Old Florida town, if you have never been to Cedar Key. Don’t be in a hurry…they aren’t.           Click on the presentation below.

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