THE BIG RED CUP-A #BeWoW post. Kind of.

I felt a need to share today. #BeWoW, Writer’s Quote Wednesday #LinkYourLife? Whatever you choose. This really has nothing to do with those link shares I’m involved with that normally go out today. But it can apply.

Today I want to talk about the most idiotic thing ever. THE BIG RED CUP.

There are some vocal people out there who like to get their voices heard either through social media or actual media. So what do they do? Go after anything they can to be heard. Some even think this is doing some good. They are proud of themselves.

What does that do?

Makes them look, I’m trying not to say idiotic, they look like some ill informed fanatic and makes those loosely associated with them by a word be hated and ridiculed. When the truth is, the behavior of said people is about as stupid as it gets and does nothing to represent those who do truly live and act according to what is being spoken about.

I’m a Christian. Full blown, full force, faith believing, Bible thumpin’, Christian. But I could care less what a stimulant addict pusher does with their cups to push more of their product during the upcoming various holiday seasons. Christmas season in particular.

Don’t like the red cup with no pretty snowflakes and snowmen that have nothing to do with Christmas, then don’t buy Starbucks. But if you really care about your faith, your belief in Jesus that much then you may want to examine where you are spending your money in every way. Where is your money going? Who and what are you supporting by spending that money wherever you spend it?

But back to my rant. I hope that those reading my blog get a good idea of how a true Christian should act, or at least MY opinion of what one should be.

  • I share my faith at times.
  • I share my faith through all I say and do by not crossing certain lines I have set.
  • I try to maintain who I am at all times and what I believe.
  • I treat everyone the same, regardless of their beliefs. It’s your beliefs, not necessarily mine, so it isn’t bothering me.
  • I am honest in all I do here on my blog and other communications. It makes things so much easier in life. You ask, I tell. If you don’t want the truth, don’t ask. But I do answer in a nice way.
  • I respect everyone that shows up here.
  • I don’t force anything I believe on anyone.

Those of you out there who do more yelling about Red Cups and not even whispering about God and Jesus, I think you lost your priorities.

  • What are you representing?
  • Who are you representing? Support who supports you and your beliefs.
  • Do you know how much money Christians have? Do you know how much they should act what they preach
  • Do you think Christians shouldn’t support pornography? Do you purchase anything at a business that sells it behind the counter? Do you got to movies that have nudity and awkward scenes in it?

So which is worse?

Your yelling about a Red Cup and disgracing the teachings of Jesus Christ?

OR

Your disgracing the teachings of Jesus Christ by supporting other business endeavors that are blatantly against those teachings?

Or is it both?

My Writer’s Quote Wednesday this week on Colleen Chesebro’s blog SilverThreading.com is about Character. I had no idea I would be doing this particular post here today. But I’m going to share that quote here as well. If you would like to read what I originally said about the quote, click the link above.

Mark Twain on Character

To all of you that have seen the negativity about how Christians are reacting to the Starbucks issue, ignore it. The way a true Christian handles something like this is to simply not buy the coffee, if they even consider this a true attack on Christmas. Which I don’t believe it is. Personally, I think it’s cheaper to use a plain red cup than to put all those designs on it. And you can always use any leftover after the holidays. To me it’s economical. And if you know me, you know I wouldn’t say something like that about something that I truly believe was wrong in some way. I would have just left it at the don’t buy it part.

So please, any non-Christian readers, any on the fence about becoming a Christian readers, don’t let squeaky wheels sway you away from what Jesus says about how to treat things that are not willing to listen to his teachings.

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.“-Jesus Christ, Matthew 10:14 NIV

Much Respect and Much Love,

Ronovan



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Comfort food? Maybe not.

“There is no more useful and rewarding exercise than to spend time in your own kitchen preparing your own meals.”-Ronovan
Last week I got to thinking about comfort foods. I’m not certain if that was because I’m on a no or at least very little processed foods nutrition lifestyle right now or not.
This past weekend I did an indulgence day and ate something, I can’t remember what, I know bread was involved and some sort of sweet.
Oh, I’ve stayed off sweets as well with this new lifestyle.
I’m glad I indulged.
I ate those foods Saturday and had a Diet Rite drink and very shortly afterwards my body was complaining. It didn’t like the chemically formulated drink, or the run to Google to research ingredient meanings processed foods.
The entire week I’d been on my new nutrition lifestyle I had no problems at all with anything. Well, except for maybe being a little hungry at times because my body was growing accustomed to a little less food and no bad foods it seemed to like before. Yep, IT was craving, and oddly, I was not. I was perfectly happy with my foods.
Of course I began to think about those comfort foods and how they are called ‘comfort’ foods. Yeah, they feel good going down and taste great. They give you emotional well being. And then, Boom!
“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”-Mark Twain
I think that quote from old Sam somewhat says it like it is. Especially the last part. Our foods are fighting it out inside of us, but usually it is with us, not with each other.
Maya Angelou was pretty close with her thoughts on comfort food, especially for those of us in the South.
“The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.”-Maya Angelou
I can still taste my Maw Maw’s fried chicken, you know the kind where you have the big cast iron skillet, a lid and she stands there making sure it all turns out just right. Taking each piece off at the right time, ’cause she knows not every part needs to cook the same amount of time.  And for a treat, the bacon grease from that morning was used instead of Crisco. If you’ve ever had that above combination, then you know at some point, not long afterwards, Mark Twain’s quote will inevitably come true.
If there is one celebrity in the world that could influence me to do anything it would have been Audrey Hepburn. Goddess of everything amazing. Well, she was that first classy, innocent but not woman I guess a lot of knew of, and actually believed from the movies. She wasn’t a sex kitten, or obvious, or even had the killer body of some of the time, and I think she proves what I consider about what sexy is. It’s what the woman has going on between the ears, that shows through her eyes and connects through your eyes and into your brain.
I do believe what Goddess Audrey says will be appreciated by a lot of people.
“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”-Audrey Hepburn
But again, Mark Twain wills out. Minor exceptions can be okay but beware. I think perhaps women don’t have as much problem with chocolate than men do for a reason. God gave the earth chocolate for women to enjoy, because God made the mistake of giving the earth man in the first place. Yes, it’s the one thing God may have gotten wrong the first time around and had to perfect the second time. The gloriousness that is woman was God’s do-over.
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”-George Bernard Shaw
This is perhaps my favorite quote here today. Notice the use of the word ‘food’. When you look at what you’re eating, is it food, or a science experiment prepackaged for ease of use? Did the person or team creating it where white lab coats or white aprons?
Don’t get me wrong, the stuff tastes good at times, but then you eat real, homemade food and you discover what Food is. When you eat a burger made at home and compare it to one made at McDonald’s you can see what I mean.
“But I need my salt because it’s a flavor enhancer.” If you need the food you are eating to be enhanced, then eat something else.
I know, there are times and situations that necessitate the eating of whatever is available, I’ve been there and I am not a food snob, Nazi. But if you can choose good, healthy, home cooked meals, then why not do it? If you can teach your kids now what food is, then why not do it?
“Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food.”-Andrew Weil
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Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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Unbearable? I’m Positive.

Drawing of Mark Twain with Quote“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”~Mark Twain

 

“Dwelling is a house you live in, not a situation to waste your life on.”~Ronovan

 

I had great plans for writing today. I ended up with something else. Great or not is not for me to decide. I write, you read. Opinions are made. Words are put down in either situation, planned or not, the results may end up the same. I personally am okay with whatever happens.

A day meant for creating a biography of my inspiration for wanting to become a teacher, Sidney Poitier in the movie To Sir with Love, along with quotes from his autobiography lying next to my notebook and me, turned into a day of pain that many would call unbearable. I can laugh at that phrase.

People say they went through unbearable this or that. I like to ask, “If it was so unbearable, why am I am speaking to you standing up, instead of speaking over you lying down?”

My sadistic joy comes from the looks of puzzlement. Looking to the quotes I put forth at the beginning today, and my presence here in writing this article, what my opinion is on the unbearable pain I have gone through over the past few days, and specifically the past 24 hours should be apparent.

My Fibromyalgia is an ugly animal. It is one I have come to know and respect. Never become too comfortable with an animal, even a pet. Once you do, something will happen. A new trait comes out. Or maybe something totally unrelated. Hopefully to find out soon.

What have I done today?

  • I cannibalized the first few chapters of my book to create a new beginning.
  • Had a great surprise with one of my articles being selected for the KindnessBlog.com.
  • Dr. KO and I had an exchange in comments on a post that was enjoyable.
  • I have an author interview agreement with a very nice lady.
  • And every other moment I slept.

Why sleep? Sleep don’t hurt. But also, I need sleep. What I did today was make progress in many areas and rested as much as I could. Rest isn’t something I don’t normally do. Even while succumbing to Chronic Fatigue it isn’t rest I am getting.

Even now while writing this article I have stopped several times due to the pain. I rarely ever stop because of pain. An article that should have taken me 15 minutes has so far taken me over two hours.

I’ve enjoyed it. Thinking is a great pastime for me. I love to get thinky, as I like to call it. This past year and half has allowed for some great thinky times. Every day I have a thinky moment. At least one. Usually more. That’s one reason I blog. I like to use those thinky times as inspiration for articles. Be grateful I don’t put all those moments on the blog.

I mentioned earlier that I was happy with whatever the results of the article might be today. Why? I wrote. That’s why. Did I write well? Not really, but I wrote. And that is a positive day to me.

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18 Quotes to Inspire Writers, Bloggers–Everyone.

The guy that came up with the Positivity campaign has a problem as he sits here and begins typing. He needs to think of something to write about. Part of the beginning an article with an idea yet to be developed is 18-quotespressure to write an article that is specifically about a certain topic. I gave ideas for others involved to do if they wanted help thinking of something. I am contrary to myself at times. I wanted to do an article instead. I think I like to hear myself type. Now, here I am—writer’s blocked.

As I typed those last two words, the idea came to me. There is something that gets in the way of all of us at times. It keeps us from being positive as often as we could. Did you see the words be positive all of the time in that last sentence?

I may attempt to be positive all the time, but there are life’s lessons that will come my way I need to wade through. Those are the moments that make me healthier mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. They are the moments that make my positive moments stronger. And they help me be more helpful in a positive way to others.

There are things we need to keep in mind. Pressures are often things we put upon ourselves. In reality they are all put upon by us in that we choose to accept the pressure moments. Yes, we have responsibilities, but within those responsibilities there should be an acceptance of reality; things will happen we need to work through, work with, stay calm through.

As I write whatever piece I am writing, those moments of stress come to me quite often as I attempt to capture the perfect voice, word, or phrasing. The books I am an author of are filled with pressure moments I have worked my way thorough. Only recently have I discovered a way to deal with them that may actually be a breakthrough for me.

With that in mind I have several quotes to share, to keep in mind.They are in the order in which I discovered them. I felt an order would negate perhaps the reason I found them in the way I did. Enjoy.

 

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”~ Orson Welles

 

“We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing.”~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.”~ Mark Twain

 

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”~ Oscar Wilde

 

“Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.”~ Mike Ditka

 

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”~ Paulo Coelho

 

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”~ Anna Quindlen

 

“The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.”~Elbert Hubbard

 

“Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.”~Margaret Fuller

 

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”~Ovid

 

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” ~Bertrand Russell

 

“Stress is an ignorant state.  It believes that everything is an emergency.”~Natalie Goldberg

 

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”~Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”~John De Paola

 

“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.”~Terri Guillemets

 

“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”~Chinese Proverb

 

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”~Etty Hillesum

 

I hope you found a quote that made sense to you in a way.

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