Quotes and Questions · whatever!

Quotes and Questions #12…


“You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is like an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.”
Mahatma Gandhi

In spite of some dirt what keeps
you from losing faith in humanity?

Though the media spreads a lot of ugly stuff about folks I believe most folks are good. I have wonderful friends who share my life that make my life better just by being themselves. There are also the strangers who cross my path with a smile and a hello or nod. I have met delightful people on the bus. Sometimes I enjoy the conversations too much and miss my stop. Sadly, bad news spreads through the media faster than the good news that happens every day. I am not sure why that is but it needs to change and only we can do that by sharing with others good news we hear and see. Let’s start today!

Here’s my
I saw my dentist yesterday…
an hour and forty-five minutes in the chair!
He filled two teeth and did some preventative repair on two others.
He didn’t charge me for the repair and
gave me a discount on the two he filled.
Saved me about $200.00!
A good dentist and a good person.


Five Sentence Fiction · In Other Words (Quotes) · Stories

Faithful abandon…

I am linking today’s post to,
In Other Words,
the prompt this week is

“Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

and to
Five Sentence Fiction,
the prompt this week is


She laughedgirl-570832_640 when they told her how shocked they were at what she was about to do.  Yes, she had worked long and hard  achieving a status with the company few of them  would ever attain.  And yes, she was walking away from everything and everyone. Leaving it all  behind to take the first step to living her dream, the dream she had been  dreaming for  as long as she could remember.  Besides, she wasn’t really abandoning  everything…she was definitely keeping her faith.

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In Other Words (Quotes) · quotes · someone said

January 21 In Other Words… Martin Luther King, Jr

In Other Words

The quote for January 21

“Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

Use the quote or the author as inspiration for a post;
a picture, a story…fiction or non-fiction, a poem or memory, a commentary or opinion.
Write something new about 250.-300 words.  No reposts of earlier writings.
Add your post’s link (for this prompt) to In Other Words.
Somewhere in your post add a link back to In Other Words.
Doesn’t matter where…it can be text or logo at the end.
The link will start Wednesday soon after midnight EST and close the following Tuesday.
Visit other contributors.  We all love comments and encouragement for our efforts.

Be creative and have fun!

Black Cat · books · fiction · Thursday

Thursday, realistic cops and criminals…

Black Cat Book Review


Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore

When she was a child Brinna Caruso was kidnapped, abused, tied to a pole in the desert and left to die.  Her dramatic rescue is what eventually leads to the career she now has as a cop with a search and rescue dog, Hero.  Her mission is to find missing children; she will do whatever it takes to find them.

Because of a recent successful search and rescue of a child the media wants to know more about her and Hero.  A journalist is given permission to ride along with them during one of their night-time patrol shifts.  During this shiftcrit Brinna is involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect.  She becomes the focus of an investigation by a high-profile attorney known for her cases against the police department.  The investigation is fueled by the less than flattering article written by the ride along journalist.

During this time Brinna is teamed with ex-homicide detective Jack O’Reilly who is fighting his own demons since the tragic death of his pregnant wife.  Neither of them are happy with the pairing but it is only for two weeks and they decide to make the best of it.  While they are partnered the twin granddaughters of a friend of Brinna’s are kidnapped.  The MO of the kidnapper is much like the man who took Brinna 20 years ago, a man believed to have died years ago.  What ensues is the reliving of a nightmare for Brinna and the reawakening in the spirit of Jack.

This is an exciting story without unrealistic stunts and heroism often found in police dramas.  The author is a retired police officer and writes from experience with a realism that is refreshing.  There is also the back story of faith lost and regained and the struggles of both Brinna and Jack to reconcile with the God they don’t want to acknowledge but desperately need.


This book was sent to me without charge by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.


books · Christian · Monday · non-fiction · Uncategorized

Monday, no secondhand faith…

A Black Cat Book Review


Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook

Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook were raised in the Church, sons of a preacher.  All they knew was their family’s Christian faith.  Somewhere in their teens they began to question the authenticity of their personal beliefs.  Did they really believe or were they simply worshipping  God with their parents faith, a secondhand faith?

What followed was a time of searching, doubting, drifting, and lots of questions.  They tell some stories about themselves duringfirsthand the time they were sort of wandering in the wilderness that are open and honest.  They  realized they were not going to be satisfied with anything but firsthand faith.  Not just the faith of their father but faith they owned, firsthand faith.

The book is written primarily for teens and young adults that are Christian but questioning the validity of their beliefs and the basis of their faith.  The book asks the questions young people, and many older folks, are asking themselves and gives insight on how to find the answers.  With personal reflection and comments from other young people the brothers don’t  answer the questions directly.  They do point the reader in the direction of the answers with “Think about It” and “Might Try This” sections of the book.

This is a good book for anyone looking for faith that is not just a mask but one that is real from the inside out.   Personally, I liked chapter 5, “Trashing the Checklist” and chapter 6, “Question Everything” the best.  The Shook brothers make what may seem to some  like radical suggestions.  But if read to the end none of it is really radical but it is really solid.  The key is to not stop reading; you must read the whole to understand the parts.

I think this would be a good book for a teen group study.  It is written in an easy conversational style that will lead to discussion.  It has good honest feedback from young people who looked for answers to their questions and doubts and found what they needed.  Overall a book worth reading.


This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Multnomah, as a gift, for participating 
in an online survey before the book was published.