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Mourning a season’s passing


Green and gleaming
Take my jewels from me and I’ll still be
Your season’s tree.

Backyard lying
Do you think me dying? This
Is more than eye can see.

Carved and broken
See my heart’s a token of the time

When you’ll be free.
Love lies bleeding;
Healing hangs on me
The season’s tree.

A New Year Gift

Smashwords just gave my publisher and me a really nice New Year gift. They finally approved The New Testament set of Five Minute Bible Stories for premium distribution. Look out for them soon on Barnes and Noble and Kobo as well as Amazon, and click on the image below to follow from Christmas to Easter and beyond.

New Testament Five Minute Bible Stories
New Testament Five Minute Bible Stories

Meanwhile, I’m working on stories of Peter and Paul, so perhaps I ought to make them my New Year Resolution. Can you suggest a title (or two)?

Happy New Year!

And may Christmas bless and inspire each day of it!

Photos look good in print too

My Mum had three Christmases this year

  1. In November, with my brothers and my sister-in-law (and greyhounds!)
  2. In December, with my husband and me, and two of our sons, and
  3. In January, with oldest son and his (wonderful) girlfriend.

By the end of that visit, Mum’s camera was heavily laden with Christmas photographs, but we hadn’t bothered to load them onto the computer. Then, just as oldest son departed, we found an online deal for a photo book. One day only, the offer said. So we stopped procrastinating.

And here’s Mum’s book!20140121_175026 blur

And here’s my book!20140117_135350

I’d have to say, photos look good in print too.

New Ebook Released, just in time for Christmas!!!

Nazareth Neighbors has just been released by Cape Arago Press, and I’m dancing on the moon–well, I would be, but it’s cold outside, so I’ll dance around the living room instead. Then I’ll decorate the Christmas tree that’s scenting the room with festive hints of pine.

Here’s where you can find it–the ebook, not the tree!

on Amazon kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Nazareth-Neighbors-Five-Minute-Bible-Series-ebook/dp/B00HFY2KIE/

and on  Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/390204

And here’s what the publisher has to say about it:

Readers say: “Deeth’s young Jesus is delightful”…“her well-developed stories seamlessly meld with the Gospel narratives”…“an encounter with a Jesus I never imagined”… “true to life and thoroughly believable, your kids will love them.”

Welcome to Nazareth Neighbors, the Seventh installment in the increasingly popular Five-Minute Bible Story™ Series. Author Sheila Deeth extends her exploration of the New Testament period with this artful examination of the so called hidden years in the life of Christ.

Matthew’s Gospel narrative brings the Holy Family back from Egypt and home to Nazareth in Galilee. He then leaps ahead over twenty-five years and begins his next chapter with John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness. Likewise, Luke sends them to Nazareth assuring us that “the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom…” In the very next verse, Jesus re-appears as a twelve-years-old heading to Jerusalem with his parents for the Passover. Chapter Three makes a second leap forward, telling us it’s now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar [i.e.: AD 29], Pontius Pilate is governor of Judea, Herod Antipas is tetrarch of Galilee, and Caiaphas is high priest.

So what happened in those hidden years, those intervening decades between the return to Nazareth and the time when Jesus began his public ministry? Ms. Deeth fills this gap using logic, imagination and a subtle sense of humor. In so doing, she presents everyday life in Nazareth for the boy Jesus. Throughout the book’s fifty-plus chapters he assists Joseph in his carpentry work, interacts with friends and neighbors, and experiences the wider world beyond his hometown. The reader meets a young, but self-aware Jesus filled with boyish curiosity yet often wise beyond his years. Ever alert to the world around him, he catalogs the ups and downs of First Century life compiling a treasure trove of memories. And it’s from those memories and experiences that Jesus extracts the nuggets of wisdom for his parables.

I think I’m blushing while I dance, and I’m thrilled to know how much his readers like it! Here’s hoping my readers will like it too 🙂

Happy Christmas !

How much does a $1.10 stamp cost?

I’m late, I know, but I finally wrote our Christmas letter, printed it out, stuffed it into envelopes, and glued on those 50+ addresses ready for mailing. Now it was time for that yearly marathon visit to the Post Office.

We send lots of mail to England so we know it costs $1.10 for the postage stamp. Sadly, the Post Office sold out of such stamps last week. But surely they’d have more now, I thought, and surely our cards would soon be on their way.

So, just how much does a $1.10 stamp cost?

The Post Office was still sold out. They didn’t even have $1 stamps, or 10cent ones, or 5cents, so we couldn’t wallpaper the envelopes with pictures to make up the price. “Try over the road.”

At the UPS store, they’d happily frank our mail at $2.20 each. And the next place we tried was the same. $2.20, it seems, is the going rate for a $1.10 frank. I headed back to the Post Office.

“We don’t have the right machine,” they said, so they couldn’t frank my mail, whatever I paid. But they could tell me, three “forever” stamps each would send my cards on their way.

Unless my math is failing, that’s $1.38 per $1.10 mailing, but it’s the best offer I got, so I went with it. And now you know, a $1.10 in postage costs 25% more if it happens to be Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!