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I am a Freelance writer, poet, editor, artist & catoonist. My work is used by several OnLine companies to attract readers. Some of my writings have been translated into Chinese on the internet. I am posted on FaithWriters & Ezine and I edit the Harford County Christian Jail Ministry, (HCCJM) Newsletter, in Harford Co. Maryland. A follower of Christ, I work for the humane treatment of prisoners, the homeless and the disenfranchised

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Thursday, December 27, 2007


by J.A. Stratemeyer
Art Journal:
This is another Christ Mass piece which I Had To Do This Season!
I don't know why, I just had to, I've never done a Nativity before.
I mean except for grade school Christmas projects.
As far as I remember, I never believed in the Advent Miracle stories.
Even as a child in the 1950's & early 60's I was in a world so saturated
by materialism that I had become jaded to the concept of miracles.
And in my little no it all elementary school consciousness
I put them on the shelf with:
Mother Goose, Grimm Fairy Tales, Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny.
Today's kids not only have the materialistic saturation and
the accompanying conditioned responses,
they are also dealing with an openly secular world.
There were plenty of secular materialist back then too,
They were just in the closet, but hypocrisy is easy for kids to spot.

Again this piece it is totally experimental on my part.
I did a light fast sketch and shaded it with pastels and colored pencil.
I then scanned it and highlighted different color spectrums.
I'm not satisfied with the result. (Are artist ever?)
But the more I look at it the more it grows on me.
I hope you like it. Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 2007


The sand, by the God, the sand!
It never ends, there is no way out!
We must keep moving, that we may see,
having been appointed from our youth we three,
taught, prepared,
we know that He has finally come!
We of all the others get to see Him!
Just we three.

Art Journal
This piece I call "We Know"
pastel, charcoal, colored pencil
approx. 8"x10" on paper

It was something I had to do!
It happened fast.
It had to be pastel.
It had to be now.

Humble as a child,
He lives always, here, now.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Award Frenzy Strikes Again

This Good Buzzz Award was passed on to us by Colin, a.k.a.cotojo
The Good Buzzz Blog Award is for blogs that have generated a happy hum in the blogosphere. Whether it be for their blog in general, one outstanding, unusual or controversial post, or for something cool the blogger has done. Or even for recognizing some promising, brand-new blogs and Colin has
Awarded this GOOD BUZZZ to:
Aslan of Straight Truth
& to his partner
Colorado Baby of Los Dos Amigos,

To Him That Was Crucified, by Walt Whitman

To Him That Was Crucified
by Walt whitman
My spirit to yours dear brother,
Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you
I do not sound your name, but I understand you,
I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also,
That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession,
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
We enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade.
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The You're An Amazing Blogger Award

This award was passed to me by Allison a fellow blogger who I respect and maintains two of the most well done, informative and entertaining weblogs in the blogoshere:
"the Old Time Greatest Stars" http://oldclassicera.blogspot.com/ And
"Doris Day An American Icon" http://dorisdaytribute.blogspot.com/

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Monday, December 03, 2007


"Come now, and let us reason together"
Says the Lord
Isaiah 1:18

The following was written by Ben Stein
and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary***
My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Brad and Angelina and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Brad and Angelina came from and where the America we knew went to. In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:
This is not intended to be a joke;
it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter
was interviewed on the Early Show
and Jane Clayson asked her
'How could God let something like this happen?'
(regarding Katrina)
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound
and insightful response.
She said,
'I believe God is deeply saddened by this,
just as we are, but for years
we've been telling God
to get out of our schools,
to get out of our government
and to get out of our lives.
And being the gentleman He is,
I believe He has calmly backed out.
How can we expect God to give us
His blessing and His protection
if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events...
terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.
I think it started when
Madeleine Murray O'Hare
(she was murdered, her body found recently)
complained she didn't want prayer in our schools,
and we said OK.
Then someone said
you better not read the Bible in school.
The Bible says thou shalt not kill,
thou shalt not steal,
and love your neighbor as yourself.
And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said
we shouldn't spank our children
when they misbehave
because their little personalities
would be warped
and we might damage their self-esteem
(Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).
We said an expert
should know what he's talking about.
And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves
why our children have no conscience,
why they don't know right from wrong,
and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers,
their classmates, and themselves.
if we think about it long and hard enough,
we can figure it out.
I think it has a great deal to do with
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God
and then wonder why the world's going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say,
but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail
and they spread like wildfire
but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord,
people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles
pass freely through cyberspace,
but public discussion of God is suppressed
in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message,
you will not send it to many on your address list
because you're not sure what they believe,
or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about
what other people think of us
than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not then just discard it... no one will know you did.
But, if you discard this thought process,
don't sit back and complain
about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein
*** This an excerpt from third comment on this post:
While the text you entered is supurb, it is unfortunately mis-quoted. Ben Stein did not in fact write or speak all of that. Most of the quoted text comes from the following two locations: Ben Stein, Dec 18 2005:
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There are several other links in the comment
This piece came to me as a circulating email this Christmas season of 2007-08
I thought it worthy of reading and posting and I posted the email with text virtually unedited for Christmas.
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Blessings to all