Delia Latham

Delia in FlowersToday we welcome Delia Latham, inspirational romance author, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]

Delia: Well, at the risk of being pelted with rotten tomatoes, I have to admit my favorite book is not an inspirational…although it is an epic tale of good vs. evil. That book is Stephen King’s The Stand.

Jennifer: We throw no tomatoes here :)

(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Delia: On a serious note, I’d go with Jane Eyre. On the lighter side, wouldn’t it be fun to romp with the forest creatures and be cherished and protected by those adorable dwarves as Snow White? :)

(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Delia: That would be a toss-up between Ireland and New Zealand. Depends on which place I win an all-expenses-paid vacation to first… lol

Thank you, Delia, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of LOVE IN THE WINGS and a pair of pink mother-of-pearl angel drop  earrings. [The earrings will be available to U.S. winners only]Pink MOP Angel Earrings

 

 

perf5.500x8.500.inddChurch secretary and praise team leader, Aria Robbins isn’t happy when she  has to work with the new youth minister. She also has to grin and bear it when he moves into the cottage next to hers at Heart’s Haven…but she doesn’t have to like him. Truth is, she’d be much happier if Corbin Bishop would take his charm and his big, fancy ideas right back to Austin where he belongs.

When a spiritual attack on Angel Falls lands Aria and Corbin on the battlefront as part of a team of prayer Warriors in God’s Service (WINGS), they must fight for their town, their church, and their pastor, and Aria sees Corbin in a whole new light.

But emotional scars from an unspeakable childhood have distorted Corbin’s acceptance of certain Scriptural truths, and Aria won’t trust her heart in the hands of a man whose faith is unsure. Aria wraps her prayer wings around him tightly. Will Corbin finally trust God to heal his soul?

 

Delia Latham is a born-and-bred California gal, currently living in the beautiful mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband Johnny and a Pomeranian she calls Boo. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—but above all, she treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She’s got a “thing” for Dr. Pepper and absolutely loves hearing from her readers. You can contact Delia at an of the following locations:

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1964: The Radical Idea

“Feminism is the radical idea that women are people.” This is a quote attributed to two women, Kamarae & Treichler, that expresses the ideas that took hold in the second-wave feminism movement of the 1960s. In the 1800s, women in temperance leagues across America marched and protested for the right to vote. In the 1960s, women took feminism one step further and gained the right to work at jobs of their choice, rather than be restricted to traditional female careers.

Nineteen sixty-four was when the famous second-wave feminism book, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, came out in paperback. It was the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act that prohibited gender discrimination. And in 1964, the first woman (from a major political party) ran for President.

American women have many more freedoms today than fifty years ago. Thanks to activist women like Betty Friedan, women today are doctors, lawyers, scientists, and soldiers. But another movement also surfaced in the 1960s. The Free Love Movement of the 60s and 70s promised sexual pleasure without commitment. And so an entire generation of women decided to abandon the traditional sexual wisdom expressed in crass proverbs such as, “Why buy the cow, when she’s giving the milk away for free?”

Instead, this new generation of women enjoyed sexual encounters with no expectation of marriage or commitment. Men have sown their wild oats for millennia without being ostracized, so the reasoning went. An empowered woman should have that same right over her body.

But is “free love” truly a pro-woman principle? I understand the feminist movement’s push for no-fault divorce. Even in the ancient world, men could always get a divorce if they wanted one. But only a little over a hundred years ago in this nation, women who were being beaten black and blue by alcoholic husbands struggled to secure a divorce. If they did obtain a divorce, they were scorned like President Andrew Jackson’s divorcee wife.

I also understand the push to treat men and women’s sexual activities equally. Previous centuries painted a scarlet “A” on unchaste women, but allowed men to father as many illegitimate offspring as they liked—no child support required.

But who decided that “free love” would empower women? The majority of birth control options are the woman’s responsibility. If birth control fails, the woman is the one left pregnant and scared. While child support enforcement has dramatically improved since the 1800s when slave owners sold their illegitimate offspring at the auction block, many boyfriends still disappear before their child is born. Being a single mom is a strong predictor of poverty. While many cases of single motherhood are unavoidable, a surprise pregnancy from a casual sexual encounter is avoidable.

Men and women enjoy the “free love”; women pay the price. How feminist is that? While we’re on the topic, STDs exact a higher toll from women as well. Women, because of their basic anatomy, are more likely to receive STDs than pass them to a male partner.

The two forces that were emerging in 1964, second-wave feminism and “free love”, worked together at first. But now, forty years later, the diametric opposition between these two forces is being revealed. Herpes and a crash course in single motherhood from an unplanned pregnancy with a boyfriend limit a woman’s dreams and potential, not expand them. Second-wave feminists would have been wiser to create gender-equal sexual mores by pressuring men to remain chaste before and after marriage, rather than to encourage women in casual sex.

1964 – Memories of a Summer’s Day

img_9412 copyMidsummer, 1964

In the summer of 1964, I lived in Trenton, Tennessee. West Tennessee was hot in July. How hot was it? Like my favorite aunt used to say, it’s “sitting on the front porch sipping iced-cold lemonade hot.”

I love to sit on a limb halfway up the willow tree. It’s a great place to read my library books. My long legs dangling, I watch my older brother play baseball with his friends.

Next door, a teenaged boy works on his car while the Beach Boys sing “I Get Around,” on the radio. Pilots from a nearby airfield fly test flights overhead, often breaking the sound barrier. Though initially quite shocking, we’ve grown used to the interruption.

Below me, my little brother and his best buddy sail a handmade boat in a drainage ditch. Using sticks, they push and prod the little vessel till it breaks free and begins a solo journey through the runoff toward a semi-stagnant pool at the bottom of the hill.

After a few minutes’ chatter on the neighbor’s radio, and a plug for Crest toothpaste, Jan & Dean launch into “Surf City.”

My mother appears on the other side of the screen door. “I could use some help in here.”

I drop down from my perch among the willow limbs and skip across the lawn to the front porch. Inside the house, an electric fan drones, cooling Dad’s face as he watches the news. Walter Cronkite reports that Republican Barry Goldwater has won the nomination to run for president. Race riots continue throughout the nation.

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The Beatles*

As I walk through the small room, Dad doesn’t look up, just stays glued to the black-and-white television screen. Mom has a sink full of dirty dishes for me to wash while she finishes preparations for dinner.

Dad turns off the television when they start talking about The Beatles. He can’t stand the ridiculous music—the long-hair—the screaming girls. What is the world coming to?

In many ways, the early sixties were glorious. The United States was recovering from the bad years. The Depression, the Dust Bowl, World War II, the Korean War. There had been a thing called the “baby boom,” when so many children were born, following the wars. We’d entered a time of peace, but not for long. The escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam loomed large in our future.

Closer at hand, race riots burgeoned. It was time for equality in America. As a soon-to-be sixth grader in the South, segregation was still a fact of my life. I didn’t understand the need for it. I’d attended first and second grade in Southern California. My first grade class in San Diego included several races.

In July of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. I wasn’t sure what all that meant, but I knew it was important. Soon, the schools, even in the South, would be desegregated. Integrated, we’d all attend the same schools. There was bound to be trouble.

I was more interested in the rockets being launched to take close-up pictures of the moon. I’d stand in the front yard after dark and gaze up at the small white orb, imagining the Ranger circling it and snapping photos. Living on the outskirts of a town of little more than five hundred residents, and few streetlights, there were stars aplenty.

It’s been fifty years since that golden summer spent in small-town America. It seemed such an innocent time. But was it really? When I think of all that was happening—the violence, the war—I wonder. We’d so recently suffered the loss of a beloved president to assassination. The race riots, as African Americans fought for equality. And Vietnam. Memories of that long and deadly war still haunt many Americans.

Owens GKs-1964Looking back, we can see the patterns of life beginning to shift. The changes came fast—a transitional phase—as America grew up. I smile as my sons speak warmly of the golden eighties, the days of their childhood, when life was simpler. Their children laugh as they dart across the lawn, playing kickball, enjoying the golden days of their youth.

And so it begins again, fifty years after 1964.

 

 

Betty Thomason Owens


*”Paul, George & John” by Omroepvereniging VARABeeld en Geluidwiki – Gallery: The Beatles. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl via Wikimedia Commons.

Mary L. Ball

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Today we welcome Mary L. Ball, Christian fiction and romance writer, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]

Mary: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. I know it’s not a classic, but I love to read it.

(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Mary: I could fake this question, but I won’t. To be honest, I don’t enjoy literary enough to remember the few I have read. Literary for me is a “have to” read, which I did in school.

(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

Mary: Hawaii, perhaps one day I will.

Thank you, Mary, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Mary is giving away an e-copy of Stone of Destiny so leave a comment to be entered.

Stone of Destiny

TStoneofDestiny bigger (1)aylor Harrison has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete–until her grandmother asks her to oversee the renovations of the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom. Her first contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Unexpected feelings surface that she doesn’t understand. Thoughts that should remain unspoken are voiced. Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself and forcing her to question everything she believes. Is this a fairytale, or simply her soul reaching out for a different world–a life she can only find through faith and a divine trust in God?

Mary L. Ball writes Christian fiction novels blended with romance. She lives in North Carolina and weaves together stories that she hopes will encourage people to see the wonder of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found.

When she’s not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, hiking, and singing with her husband at church and other places.

Readers can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter:

https://twitter.com/inspires4mary

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspirational-author-Mary-L-Ball/200478210087932?ref=hl

http://marylouwrites.weebly.com/

Link to her books – Mary L. Ball

1964: Year of Political Change

lbj50 years. Everything has changed, yet much remains the same. How does 1964 compare to 2014?

In 1964, John F. Kennedy was dead.

He had been assassinated on November 22, 1963, and Lyndon B. Johnson had been given the title of Commander-in-Chief. American involvement in Vietnam has escalated as well as the internal conflict of racial discrimination. Presidential elections would be held in November. Thus began a year of political change and unrest in the United States of America.

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January 3rd-Barry Goldwater announces his candidacy for president of the United States.

March 16th-President Johnson submits a proposal to Congress to fight poverty. He helped establish federal programs still in use today, including food stamps, Head Start, Medicare and Medicaid.

May 12th-First publicized instance of “draft card” burning, protesting Vietnam.

May 22nd-Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech calling for the end of racial injustice and poverty, outlining his plans for the next four years.

martin luther kingJune 21st-Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, three civil rights workers for Freedom Summer, a program to educate and register African Americans to vote, go missing in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

July 2nd-President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

July 16th-Black teenager, James Powell, is killed in Harlem, NY by an off-duty white police officer. Peaceful demonstrations escalate into violence for six days causing over $1 million in damages.

August 7th-Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing President Johnson to launch war against North Vietnam without a formal declaration of war from Congress.

October 1st-Student activists at the University of California at Berkeley begin to protest perceived violations of their First Amendment rights, setting up a model that inspires other student activism around the country.

October 27th-Ronald Reagan launches his political career.

November 3rd-President Johnson wins a landslide victory over Goldwater.

All this in the span of 365 days. When we look back, we see it as a pivitol year of change. In fifty years, what will the next generation say about 2014?

2014

social mediaSocial Media. This powerful tool has changed the face of politics forever. Little is hidden and all is heard through the mediums of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, and many others.

January 28-President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address focusing on the country’s environmental policies, jobs, and immigration reform. Special attention is drawn to his willingness to circumvent the decisions of Congress, which critics believe would overstep his power and undermine the system of checks and balances.

Same-sex marriage is being ruled on throughout the country, with mixed results as to whether it is constitutional or not.

February 24-The Obama Administration proposes to reduce the military budget and shrink the army to levels not seen since prior to World War II.

April 3-Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi signs a bill that will allow individuals and businesses to deny service to anyone if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

April 23-Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signs the Safe Carry Protection Act, expanding the right to openly carry firearms in more public locations such as churches, government buildings, and bars.gun

June 25-The Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous ruling, declares that police must obtain a warrant in order to search through a phone or digital device. Also, the 10th Circuit Federal Appeals Court rules against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, becoming the first appeals court to rule in favor of same-sex unions.

July 8th-Washington becomes the second state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, following Colorado.

The year has not ended and I only chose facts within the United States. What of the Israeli-Gaza conflict? With ten wars and eight serious conflicts happening in our world, the next generation is sure to remember the political change and unrest in 2014, possibly as much as the year called 1964.

 

What the Arnold Palmer?

apliteIn honor of the season (PGA tournament season, that is), I would like to ramble on about someone who very well may be considered a pioneer in the world of sports and a revolutionary in his own right. Do you know who Arnold Palmer is? If you’re a golfer, you certainly do. I know his face, but that’s only because it’s on the label of a beverage I enjoy. You know, that ever-so-refreshing drink that’s part sweet tea and part lemonade? I’ve heard some varying opinions on the tea to lemonade ratio. Some like it 80/20, and still others insist on 50/50. I like it the way it comes in the can.

Ok- so as I was no more than a blip on the screen in 1964, I have learned by way of the Interweb, it was a good year. The Beatles came on the scene, great train robbers were sentenced for a collective total of 307 years and Arnold Palmer won the 28th Golf Masters Championship. From his early days, Arnold came to win and claimed the victory in his rookie season at the Canadian Open. He started out tagging along behind his father; a humble greenskeeper, and grew into a full-grown legend, winning 92 tournaments during the entirety of his career. History nicknamed “The King” for good reason. Apparently, Palmer is responsible for gaining golf much attention as the televised sport that it is today.

Don’t shoot me, but I’m not much of a golf fan. Growing-up very close to Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, I can tell you that I dislike PGA traffic even more. Luckily, for superficial snobs of my generation, ole Arnie was supposedly ‘easy on the eyes’ and possessed a charisma that only further set him apart from his contemporaries. I guess it was only fitting that he be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (1974). I mean, at age 84, he is still known for being one of the greatest golfers in history and, we’ve established this, but he does have a drink named after him. (Tiger Woods doesn’t have his own drink.) Oh, I almost forgot, he was buddies with Mr. Rogers! How neat is that? +10 awesome-sauce points from this 90’s kiddo! Yes, I’m sorry. Tiger, who?

Three of my favorite Arnold Palmer quotes that double as great advice for writers —
(1) “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
(2) “The more I practice the luckier I get.”
(3) “You must play boldly to win.”

Thanks, Arnie!

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