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Walk with me while God connects the dots of my life, bringing those dots collectively to the point where He wants them to be. Walk with me as I learn to listen to my heart as instructed by the Spirit within as I learn to trust the voice of God.

Walk with me after many morning cups of joe to help me ponder the day ahead, seeking answers to questions and problems that only God’s wisdom could provide. Experience the joy the heart gains from doing it God’s way. It cannot fail. I tried it my way, and it did not work so well.

Walk with me through all the good, and then into the valley of the shadow of death. Walk with me out of that valley into the light by the grace of God. Learn with me that when I lay my head down and pray in earnest for God’s wisdom, it is given. Learn the power in a simple phrase when taken from the heart, how “Not a problem” really works. Walk with me and learn how “when I have purpose in my heart” strengthens the resolve to do what we should be doing.
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The Blue Bottle - some humans have travelled to Mars to search for a special blue bottle which is filled with whatever the beholder most wants it to be filled with.One Timeless Spring - I really liked this one. A pre-teen boy is convinced that his parents are poisoning him and his teachers are brainwashing him. But then he kisses a girl and realizes that it's just puberty.The Parrot Who Met Papa - Papa being [[Ernest Hemingway]]. Hemingway used to go to a bar in Cuba and talk to this parrot there. He told him all kinds of gossip about other celebrities (which could be used for blackmail) and the rumor is that he told a story to the parrot that was never written down. The parrot becomes a celebrity because it knows everything Hemingway said, and speaks in his voice. Now Hemingway is gone (dead, I think), and someone has kidnapped the parrot. A reporter travels to Cuba to figure out whodunit. But the real challenge is getting the parrot back, and what to do with it. (I *loved* this one)The Burning Man - a woman and her nephew pick up a hitchhiker who is probably Satan.A Piece of Wood - A soldier tells his superior officer that he has created a machine which will rust all metal (i.e. guns) within a set radius. Good thing the soldier is merely a harmless psych ward resident who has been wandering around. Right?The Messiah - A particularly devout priest on Mars sees Jesus in his church. Or maybe it's a Martian who looks like Jesus. G.B.S - Mark V - G.B.S. being [[George Bernard Shaw]], who at this point is a robot living on a space ship. He is basically in a prison cell and is extremely unpopular with everyone except one crew member, who shirks his duties (and social life) to hang out with G.B.S. Then there is a meteor that kills everyone except robot G.B.S. and his friend, and they have a grand old time.The Utterly Perfect Murder - A 50-year-old man decides to travel across the country back to his home town and kill the man who was his frenemy when they were 8.Punishment Without Crime - An old man learns that his young wife is cheating on him. He decides that instead of getting mad at her he will go to a company where he can pay to murder a robot that is designed to look and act exactly like his wife, and thus avoid actually hurting anyone or doing something illegal and getting in trouble Getting though Sunday, Somehow - On a boring Sunday, a man is moping in a park in Dublin. He hears a woman playing the harp and it makes him un-mopey. He goes up to her and tells her how awesome her playing is for like 20 minutes, but somehow that makes her play badly. Then he leaves her alone.Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds - I did not understand this one at all. A man sees an interesting sign on the street and so he walks over to it and then he meets a witch who says she wants to give him everything he desires in exchange for his soul. Then she says just kidding, a person can't give away their soul, they can only lose it. Also she wants to marry him. Then the man goes to work and he thinks he's going to get laid off but he wishes his coworker would get laid off instead. Neither of them gets laid off. Then the man goes back to the witch and he will marry her, but she says she won't marry him because he doesn't have a soul anymore. Then many years later the man runs into his coworker, who now owns the company they worked for.Interval in Sunlight - This was really hard to listen to (I had to stop several times because I was too upset), and it did not have the ending that I needed to feel okay about it. A woman and her horrible awful abusive asshole husband are on vacation in Mexico. And he is terrible. He controls her with money (she has to pay him every time she "ruins" something, such as getting him a soda that is not cold enough) and by tearing down her self esteem at every moment. She tries to get free in several different ways, but she can't.A Story of Love - A 13-year-old boy is in love with his teacherThe Wish - A man wishes on the first snow of the year that his father would come back to life. His wish comes true, but it isn't quite what he wanted. But then it is.Forever and the Earth - 200 years in the future, a book publisher decides that the only author who could do justice to the majesty of the Space Age is [[Tom Wolfe]]. So he sends someone back in time to get Wolfe an hour before he dies, cure him, and bring him to the 23rd century. It is done, and the publisher sends Wolfe to Mars where he writes and writes and writes. And then they send him back to the 1900s to die so that they don't cause a paradox.The Better Part of Wisdom - A dying uncle visits his grown nephew. He's oblivious/in denial about his nephew's homosexuality, but comes to terms with it after recalling how he felt when he was young and in love. Darling Adolf - A really weird story about two Jewish men in the 70s who are directing/producing a movie about Hitler. After some choice comments by the lead actor about hosting and filming a real Nazi rally at Nuremberg to get Nazi supporters to be free extras, the producer & director are convinced that the actor wants to use his role in the movie to actually take over the world. The Miracles of Jamie - Jamie really wants to do well on his test, and then he does. Jamie really wants a girl to like him, and then she does. Clearly, Jamie must be able to perform miracles. But then one day Jamie really wants something that he doesn't have control over.The October Game - A creepy horror story about a really, really bad father who hates his wife and is throwing a Halloween party for his young daughter.The Pumpernickel - A loaf of pumpernickel bread in a deli reminds a man of a summer he had with some friends when he was young. He wants to send the bread to them to remind them as well, but then he remembers that after that summer, they all forgot about him. So he eats the bread instead.Long After Midnight - Some EMTs collect the body of a beautiful teenage girl who has hanged herself from a tree. They speculate on what she must have been like and what could have happened to cause her to do something so drastic. Then they take a closer look at her, and realize that all is not what it seems. Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You - A chocoholic goes to confession, which is very exciting for the priest who is tired of fornicators and masturbators. He eventually helps the young glutton, simply by talking with him every day for the whole summer. Then the man leaves to travel the world. Many years later he returns to thank the priest, and leaves him a gift brought from Vatican City.more
This collection of 22 short stories showcases the range and diversity of Bradbury's writing. There are, of course, science fiction stories set on Mars or aboard rocket ships---such as the opener, "The Blue Bottle"; "The Messiah" about priests on Mars and a Martian who appears to humans in the shape they want to see, similar to a few of the stories in The Martian Chronicles and elsewhere; and "G.B.S.--Mark V", about a robot George Bernard Shaw. There are also scary stories, such as "The Burning Man" and the shockingly horrific "The October Game", perfect for Halloween. Then there are humorous stories, such as "The Parrot Who Met Papa" about the kidnapping of a bird which has memorized Hemingway's final unpublished novel, and the closing story "Have I Got A Chocolate Bar For You!" And there are moving stories, such as "The Miracles of Jamie" about a young boy who imagines that he is Christ reincarnated as a means of coping with his mother's terminal illness, and the aforementioned "Chocolate Bar". And there are several other stories, some of which are difficult to even classify. But they all have in common Bradbury's trademark charm and magic.Most of Bradbury's short story collections contain one or two that fall flat, but this one, while it doesn't have any that really stand out, doesn't really have an clunkers as far as I can remember. It's just a solid set of work, not his best, but definitely worth reading.more
A collection of short stories. Some are better than others. Some are science fiction and others are of general interest. Ray Bradbury wrote some clever short stories and several that seem to have little value. I recommend it based on the fact that some of the stories are entertaining and thought provoking.more
a wonderful anthology!! a well earned five stars!! "The Blue Bottle" kicks it off, about a Martian-made blue bottle that, once opened, gives the opener whatever he mostly wants. This Hemingway fan was exhilerated by "The Parrot who Met Papa," and the stories "The Miracles of Jamie" and "The Messiah" deal with my favorite pre-puberescent fantasy -- that I was the second coming of Christ.more
This is for everyone who thinks Bradbury is 'just' a SF writer and it cannot be serious literature. Ray Bradbury's a marvellous writer, a pure genius....more
Ray Bradbury is one of my all-time favorite short story writers. These stories range from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror or mystery. He's thought of primarily as a science fiction writer, but you will find that his stories run the gamut.more
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The Blue Bottle - some humans have travelled to Mars to search for a special blue bottle which is filled with whatever the beholder most wants it to be filled with.One Timeless Spring - I really liked this one. A pre-teen boy is convinced that his parents are poisoning him and his teachers are brainwashing him. But then he kisses a girl and realizes that it's just puberty.The Parrot Who Met Papa - Papa being [[Ernest Hemingway]]. Hemingway used to go to a bar in Cuba and talk to this parrot there. He told him all kinds of gossip about other celebrities (which could be used for blackmail) and the rumor is that he told a story to the parrot that was never written down. The parrot becomes a celebrity because it knows everything Hemingway said, and speaks in his voice. Now Hemingway is gone (dead, I think), and someone has kidnapped the parrot. A reporter travels to Cuba to figure out whodunit. But the real challenge is getting the parrot back, and what to do with it. (I *loved* this one)The Burning Man - a woman and her nephew pick up a hitchhiker who is probably Satan.A Piece of Wood - A soldier tells his superior officer that he has created a machine which will rust all metal (i.e. guns) within a set radius. Good thing the soldier is merely a harmless psych ward resident who has been wandering around. Right?The Messiah - A particularly devout priest on Mars sees Jesus in his church. Or maybe it's a Martian who looks like Jesus. G.B.S - Mark V - G.B.S. being [[George Bernard Shaw]], who at this point is a robot living on a space ship. He is basically in a prison cell and is extremely unpopular with everyone except one crew member, who shirks his duties (and social life) to hang out with G.B.S. Then there is a meteor that kills everyone except robot G.B.S. and his friend, and they have a grand old time.The Utterly Perfect Murder - A 50-year-old man decides to travel across the country back to his home town and kill the man who was his frenemy when they were 8.Punishment Without Crime - An old man learns that his young wife is cheating on him. He decides that instead of getting mad at her he will go to a company where he can pay to murder a robot that is designed to look and act exactly like his wife, and thus avoid actually hurting anyone or doing something illegal and getting in trouble Getting though Sunday, Somehow - On a boring Sunday, a man is moping in a park in Dublin. He hears a woman playing the harp and it makes him un-mopey. He goes up to her and tells her how awesome her playing is for like 20 minutes, but somehow that makes her play badly. Then he leaves her alone.Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds - I did not understand this one at all. A man sees an interesting sign on the street and so he walks over to it and then he meets a witch who says she wants to give him everything he desires in exchange for his soul. Then she says just kidding, a person can't give away their soul, they can only lose it. Also she wants to marry him. Then the man goes to work and he thinks he's going to get laid off but he wishes his coworker would get laid off instead. Neither of them gets laid off. Then the man goes back to the witch and he will marry her, but she says she won't marry him because he doesn't have a soul anymore. Then many years later the man runs into his coworker, who now owns the company they worked for.Interval in Sunlight - This was really hard to listen to (I had to stop several times because I was too upset), and it did not have the ending that I needed to feel okay about it. A woman and her horrible awful abusive asshole husband are on vacation in Mexico. And he is terrible. He controls her with money (she has to pay him every time she "ruins" something, such as getting him a soda that is not cold enough) and by tearing down her self esteem at every moment. She tries to get free in several different ways, but she can't.A Story of Love - A 13-year-old boy is in love with his teacherThe Wish - A man wishes on the first snow of the year that his father would come back to life. His wish comes true, but it isn't quite what he wanted. But then it is.Forever and the Earth - 200 years in the future, a book publisher decides that the only author who could do justice to the majesty of the Space Age is [[Tom Wolfe]]. So he sends someone back in time to get Wolfe an hour before he dies, cure him, and bring him to the 23rd century. It is done, and the publisher sends Wolfe to Mars where he writes and writes and writes. And then they send him back to the 1900s to die so that they don't cause a paradox.The Better Part of Wisdom - A dying uncle visits his grown nephew. He's oblivious/in denial about his nephew's homosexuality, but comes to terms with it after recalling how he felt when he was young and in love. Darling Adolf - A really weird story about two Jewish men in the 70s who are directing/producing a movie about Hitler. After some choice comments by the lead actor about hosting and filming a real Nazi rally at Nuremberg to get Nazi supporters to be free extras, the producer & director are convinced that the actor wants to use his role in the movie to actually take over the world. The Miracles of Jamie - Jamie really wants to do well on his test, and then he does. Jamie really wants a girl to like him, and then she does. Clearly, Jamie must be able to perform miracles. But then one day Jamie really wants something that he doesn't have control over.The October Game - A creepy horror story about a really, really bad father who hates his wife and is throwing a Halloween party for his young daughter.The Pumpernickel - A loaf of pumpernickel bread in a deli reminds a man of a summer he had with some friends when he was young. He wants to send the bread to them to remind them as well, but then he remembers that after that summer, they all forgot about him. So he eats the bread instead.Long After Midnight - Some EMTs collect the body of a beautiful teenage girl who has hanged herself from a tree. They speculate on what she must have been like and what could have happened to cause her to do something so drastic. Then they take a closer look at her, and realize that all is not what it seems. Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You - A chocoholic goes to confession, which is very exciting for the priest who is tired of fornicators and masturbators. He eventually helps the young glutton, simply by talking with him every day for the whole summer. Then the man leaves to travel the world. Many years later he returns to thank the priest, and leaves him a gift brought from Vatican City.more
This collection of 22 short stories showcases the range and diversity of Bradbury's writing. There are, of course, science fiction stories set on Mars or aboard rocket ships---such as the opener, "The Blue Bottle"; "The Messiah" about priests on Mars and a Martian who appears to humans in the shape they want to see, similar to a few of the stories in The Martian Chronicles and elsewhere; and "G.B.S.--Mark V", about a robot George Bernard Shaw. There are also scary stories, such as "The Burning Man" and the shockingly horrific "The October Game", perfect for Halloween. Then there are humorous stories, such as "The Parrot Who Met Papa" about the kidnapping of a bird which has memorized Hemingway's final unpublished novel, and the closing story "Have I Got A Chocolate Bar For You!" And there are moving stories, such as "The Miracles of Jamie" about a young boy who imagines that he is Christ reincarnated as a means of coping with his mother's terminal illness, and the aforementioned "Chocolate Bar". And there are several other stories, some of which are difficult to even classify. But they all have in common Bradbury's trademark charm and magic.Most of Bradbury's short story collections contain one or two that fall flat, but this one, while it doesn't have any that really stand out, doesn't really have an clunkers as far as I can remember. It's just a solid set of work, not his best, but definitely worth reading.more
A collection of short stories. Some are better than others. Some are science fiction and others are of general interest. Ray Bradbury wrote some clever short stories and several that seem to have little value. I recommend it based on the fact that some of the stories are entertaining and thought provoking.more
a wonderful anthology!! a well earned five stars!! "The Blue Bottle" kicks it off, about a Martian-made blue bottle that, once opened, gives the opener whatever he mostly wants. This Hemingway fan was exhilerated by "The Parrot who Met Papa," and the stories "The Miracles of Jamie" and "The Messiah" deal with my favorite pre-puberescent fantasy -- that I was the second coming of Christ.more
This is for everyone who thinks Bradbury is 'just' a SF writer and it cannot be serious literature. Ray Bradbury's a marvellous writer, a pure genius....more
Ray Bradbury is one of my all-time favorite short story writers. These stories range from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror or mystery. He's thought of primarily as a science fiction writer, but you will find that his stories run the gamut.more
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