Before 105 AD, most documents had been written on parchment made from the skin of sheep or goats, or vellum, made from the skin of a calf. It has been estimated that a single book 200 pages long would have needed the skins of 12 sheep.
The technique for making thin, flat window glass was perfected in Normandy, France, in the 14th century. Known as crown glass, each piece was blown by a craftsman. An accomplished glass-blower could make only about a dozen windows in a day, making medieval window glass an expensive luxury.
There are four children in my family. Tim is the oldest, then me, Debbie, and my younger brother, Terry.
Tim and I are twenty-three months apart and as kids, we constantly fought. Now, we’re best friends – probably because we live in different parts of the country! I call him every Friday night and we talk for hours about politics, religion, the stock market, and everything in between. We usually end up reminiscing about our childhood.
“Why did we fight so much when we were younger?” I asked Tim last Friday.
“Cause you wanted to follow me around and do whatever I did. Like the time you climbed into the tree house after me, even though I said you couldn’t.” He grunted. “You’ve always been stubborn.”
“Even back then, you should’ve known not to tell me I can’t do something. Besides, as soon as I sat on the planks, you pushed me out. It’s a good thing I fell into the sand box below.”
“Yeah, and Mom gave me the whipping of my life.”
The next day, Dad built sides on the tree house.
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Romance Writers of America, 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist
Though today is not Wednesday, this message is true any day of the week.
I heard someone say recently that our emotions do not define us.
You can be angry without being an angry person.
You can be brave without thinking of yourself as courageous.
You can find peace in the rocky places of life.
You I can be kind to someone without forgiving them.
The point is that we are more than the sum of our emotions and actions.
Grief or feeling betrayed or hurt or angry is a fleeting thing. What matters is how we respond in the long run.
I’m trying to choose peace and kindness. Some days are better than others.
This is off my usual subjects, but there’s a great contest for published and unpublished authors if you’re interested. Here are the details.
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100% Electronic contest. Fee: $25.00 (U.S. funds) per entry.
Deadline: Entries must be received via upload at www.tararwa.com by May 1st, 2014. Deadline will not be extended.
Contents: The first 4,500 words of a qualifying manuscript (actual word count). First and subsequent chapters up to the maximum entry word count of 4,500 words. *Word count will be verified. Note: No synopsis required in the preliminary round.
Eligibility requirements: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; however, the entry must be the author ’s original work, unpublished and not contracted as of the time of the contest deadline. No entry can have been previously published in any format (on author’s website visible to the public, self-published, ebook, mass market, etc.) Manuscripts that have previously won the TARA Contest may not be reentered. Past TARA winners are eligible to enter a manuscript that has not previously won the TARA Award. (***Complete eligibility rules can be found at www.tararwa.com.)
Final editors Category Romance — Karen Reid – Harlequin Historical — Kerri Buckley — Carina Press Inspirational — Raela Schoenherr — Bethany House Publishers Paranormal — Leis Pederson — The Berkley Publishing Group Romantic Suspense — Amanda Bergeron — Harper Collins Contemporary Single Title — Sue Grimshaw — Penguin/Random House Women’s Fiction — Katherine Pelz — The Berkley Publishing Group
If you are a published or unpublished author, this is a great contest to enter.
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Wednesday morning my husband burst into our bedroom. “You’ve got a phone call.”
“Who is it?” I was groggy. I’d been up till three AM writing on my next novel.
“She said something about your book and a golden heart.”
I’m dreaming…or so I thought until he picked up my hand and slapped the phone into my palm. I transferred the damn thing to my other hand and rubbed my smarting palm on the edge of the bed. “Hello?”
“Congratulations. You’re a finalist in the Golden Heart contest,” said the woman on the other end of the line.
She continued, but I couldn’t comprehend her words over the buzzing in my ears. My body shook. I pounded my chest to make my lungs suck in air before I passed out. I must have responded appropriately, because she congratulated me again and hung up. I ran from the room screaming and crying.
My husband hugged me and endured my strange behavior for a few minutes. “This is unbelievable. I so proud of you, honey.”
I nodded. Totally unbelievable.
Oh. My. God.
What if they made a mistake? Called the wrong person? I rushed to my computer and signed on to the Romance Writers of America’s website.
This is what I read. I’ve highlighted the most important part.
Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the Golden Heart® Awards. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts with finalists in seven categories chosen from more than 1,200 manuscript entries each year.
Finalists in the category of Romantic Suspense
“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads
“Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal
“In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding
“Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre
“See Her No More” by Sharon Wray
Did you hear me scream again?
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Here’s one solution for the secret to a happy marriage.
The day they were married, the wife cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about the shoe box she had placed on the top shelf of their closet.
For over sixty years or marriage, they shared everything and kept no secrets from one another. The husband never thought about the box until, one day, the little old woman became sick with cancer and the doctor said she was dying.
The wife told her husband it was time he should know what was in the box and asked him to get it from the closet and bring it to her bedside. When he opened the lid, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He was dumbfounded and asked her about the contents.
“When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”
The husband was so moved he fought back tears. Since there were two precious dolls were in the box, she’d only been angry with him twice in all those years of living and loving.
“Honey, that explains the doll,” he said, bursting with happiness, “but where did all this money come from?”
“Oh, that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”
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When you stop chasing these Life’s Don’ts, you give the right things in life a chance.
Don’t run from your problems.
There’s no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. Face your problems head on. Learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
Don’t lie to yourself.
You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. The most difficult chance we take is to be honest with ourselves.
Don’t be scared to make a mistake.
Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every failure leads towards success. You’ll end up regretting the things you did NOT do, more than the things you did.
Don’t berate yourself for old mistakes.
Mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. You have the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
Don’t complain and feel sorry for yourself.
Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. Reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday.
Don’t try to make things perfect.
The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists; it rewards people who get things done.
Don’t be ungrateful.
Wake up each day thankful for your life. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
Don’t try to buy happiness.
The things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter, and working on our passions.
Don’t blame others for your troubles.
The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you give them power over that part of your life.
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