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Everything But His Faith

This week Mary and Olive encounter a homeless man who is holding a sign that says, “Lost Everything But My Faith.”  I was inspired to write this after seeing a homeless man on the street who held up a sign with those words.

Perhaps you have encountered a homeless person and felt the same tug that Mary and Olive did when they saw him.  Perhaps you were compelled to help.  Help can come in the form of a kind word, an offering of food, or an article of clothing…not just money.
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Art Outside Of Mary Worth

Over the years, Joe has done some beautiful oil paintings outside of his Mary Worth work.

When he was growing up, his father didn’t want him to become an artist.  He was worried his son wouldn’t be able to make a stable living out of it.  But the fire to create art was inside of Joe and could not be contained.  He drew all over his schoolbooks during class making his teacher scold him again and again.  Finally his principal spoke to his parents and told them, you better send Joe to art school.  So his father relented and Joe eventually went to the High School of Industrial Arts.  Years later when his father became ill, Joe wanted to do an oil painting of him.  He would visit him and steal secret looks at him to gather details.  His father would ask, “why are you looking at me like that?”  But Joe wouldn’t say.  When the painting was done, Joe gave it to his father which made him do something Joe had never seen before.  It made his father cry.
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Too good to be true?

Someone who read the book, “Searching and Others Stories of Mary Worth” made a recent comment that the stories have “endings too good to be true.”  To that I say this.  Why do you read fiction?  When I read fiction, I like to be entertained and also shown some light and hope.  Otherwise, I read the news.  I like to read and write stories that have a premise based in real life, and have an outcome that is either ideal or that offers a glimmer of hope.  Sometimes the premise is bleak enough as it is, mirroring the darker side of real life.  Do people really want to read an equally bleak outcome?
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