Category: Good Fridays
I just have to say it – I appreciate every reader that finds his or her way to our blog. Thank you – you are the best, hands down.
Speaking of hands, do you like yours? I like mine’s. I wash my hands a lot, even when they are clean.
Have you ever thought how different your life would be without hands? Let’s write a fifty words or less story living without hands. Write with abandonment. It’s your story, and I’m interested in reading your piece of flash fiction. Here’s my fifty words or less story from the soon to be released book, “BLOWN AWAY.” Afterwards, leave your fifty words or less story in the comment box, along with a good hand-slapping high five.
My family, except my mother, woke one morning and found our hands missing. My father lost his job as a pianist; my sister lost her hand modeling job, and me, my life as a pro bowler, gone.
Frustrated, we blamed Mom.
“Hey!” She screamed, “Don’t go pointing fingers at me.”
If you loved this story, make sure to check out the soon-to-be-released book, “Blown Away.” And by the way, check out this funny video, A Short Story About Hands, by Casey Donahue. It’s the best…hands down.
The Tithe Is a Lie: The Untold Truth
The above clip is humorous, for obvious reasons. However, the untold truth that is preached to the masses is not.
Tithing, according to the Bible, is not a requirement in our day and thus a lie being imposed on the church for the profit of those in spiritual power.
For you to truly understand this misrepresentation, first, let’s examine tithing and its purpose.
1. What was the tithe? Tithing means a tenth and was established as an offering to God where the Israelites were required to give the first tenth or 10% of their fruit, grain, herd or flock to God. Leviticus 27:30-33 explains this requirement in detail.
2. What was the tithe’s purpose? The tithes was to support the Levitical priests and their families. When God divided the “Promised Land” for the children of Israel, the tribe of Levi received no allotment. The Levite priests were established…
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Julia Roberts: Cop A Squat
Over the last few months I’ve been wrestling with the decision whether to change Cop A Squat to another name. After a surge of recent readers on the page “Cop-A-Squat – What Does it Mean?”, I’ve decided to address it. Today, some kids have turned a cool, welcoming phrase into something dumb and disgusting. Unfortunately, many think the term now means urinating in public. I can assure you its original meaning never conveyed that kind of silliness. So what does Cop A Squat really mean?
In the 1970′s, when friends came over, you would say, “Come on in, cop-a-squat.” Even the Online Slang Dictionary defines cop-a-squat as inviting someone to take a seat, sit down, relax.
In some circles its still used today as its true meaning. That’s why the term Cop A Squat made its way into the movie Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts’ character invites Richard Gere’s character to “cop-a-squat” and relax.
Even TripAdvisor used the phrase in one of their recent ads. From the picture you can see people enjoying each other’s company.
We at Cop A Squat want our guest to feel at home when they visit. So come on in, take a seat, and let’s talk.
Smile, I’m An Angel In An Earth Suit Campaign
Look at the picture on these shirts – aren’t their smiles beautiful? We believe every child deserves a smile just as lovely. Every year more than 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate. They cannot eat or speak properly, and as they become older, they cannot attend school nor work due to speech problems and societal rejection.
Yet, the surgery needed to fix this issue only costs $250 and is completed in 45 minutes. We support Smile Train as they provide speech therapy, orthodontic care, and most importantly, cover surgical costs for families who cannot afford the operation.
With these t-shirts, we want to support this wonderful charity and show that every child just like our children are truly angels. For every shirt purchased, we will make a donation to SMILE TRAIN.
Please purchase a shirt or two today so you and your angel can wear the shirt that supports angels all over the world.
CAMPAIGN ENDS FEBRUARY 22
YOUR PURCHASE WILL HELP SUPPORT SMILE TRAIN
GIVE A SMILE THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME
PURCHASE YOUR ANGEL SHIRT HERE
One moment can change everything. The second installment of the ‘Life’ Series trains its eye on the fleeting snapshots of life, pictures that say a million words but are whispered in three hundred words or less. Our lives are stories in the making, and these twenty-one stories are haunting testaments of lives vivid and complex as our own, but more importantly, how these stories deserve to be told. Because if life decides to tear us apart, we can find the truth in what’s left over. This is the pulse of these short stories, these fragile lives. This is Dusty Remains.
What are people saying about Dusty Remains?
“Dusty Remains is fast, powerful, and just damn good.” – Some Guy on the Street
“I read ‘Inside’, one of the best stories in this collection. I will never hate my inner child again.” – Definitely Not my Mom
“Want to know the meaning of life? Read the second to last story.” – Truly not my neighbor
“If you want to be challenged, disturbed, and awaken, this collection will rocket you to new heights” – Magic Man of Mars
“Dusty Remains is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get, but every bite is soooo delicious.” – Paul Worthington
Read About the Author, I share a personal account on how I came about writing short stories:
Take a Look Inside the book – enjoy Ponytail and become hooked with the story Inside. Purchase your copy today – enjoy short stories that are bold, complex, some humorous, others sad, but most of all engaging and are (probably) the best you have read in a long time. Please spread the word and be sure to share what you think.
Snaggy Tees – The Best T-Shirt Company You’ll Ever Find
Cop-A-Squat has been quiet for a while now, but I’m very excited to present our latest venture.
I present to you all:
SnaggyTees is our new t-shirt company, and we are dedicated to providing the most interesting, funniest, and most thought-provoking t-shirts to our customers nationwide.
Not only do we hope you love our t-shirts (and we’re sure you will), but we would like you to join us in our plan to become a t-shirt company that doesn’t only provide funny sayings, but makes you think. (It’d also be cool to become as big [or bigger] than the Life is Good brothers.)
Of course, there’s much more to come. We’re currently creating the best quality t-shirts, both in style and comfort.
Come on over, take a look, snag a great deal! We’re happy to welcome you into the SnaggyTees family.
Every Lego builder owes a word of thanks to Ole Kirk Christiansen (born 7 April 1891), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932.
In 1934, his company came to be called “Lego”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means, “Play well”.
It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947. In 1949 Lego began producing, among other new products, an early version of the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”.
Since the 1960s, the Lego Group has released thousands of sets with a variety of themes, including town and city, space, robots, pirates, trains, Vikings, castle, dinosaurs, undersea exploration, and wild west.
In 1978, Lego produced the first minifigures, which have since become a staple in most sets.
Today, Legos are everywhere, in theme parks, video and board games, retail stores, clothing, film and television, movies, etc.
So when a Legos Convention came to our town, my son an avid Lego fan wanted to go. So off we went with camera in hand and snapped up these wonderful photos of the hard and wondrous work that many men and women put into building these outstanding works of art.
So next time you snap two Lego pieces together, think of Ole Kirk Christiansen and “play well.”
May the force be with you.
Welcome to Cop-A-Squat’s First Writing Contest!
There is a need for stories with strong morals; morality has been on life support for years.
Our goal is to give the reading public a fresh dose of stories devoid of the normal fare of drugs, sex, and violence. There are other ways to tell stories. And we know there are those who share our sentiments. Storytellers come forward – write a story that will sweep the world.
1st place winner: $100.00 Amazon Gift Card
2nd place winner: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card
3rd place winner $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Contest: Begins February 4, 2013. Ends: February 22, 2013.
Winners will be announced on February 25, 2013, by posting their stories and a link to their website.
Please Post All Story Entries Under This Post Comment Section or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Writing Contest!
1. We encourage you to copyright your story. It only takes about an hour and costs $35.00 to copyright several stories.
2. Your story must be 300 words or less, minus the title of course. Anything more will be disqualified and deleted.
3. Feel free to comment on others’ stories. Give constructive criticism. We are here to encourage each other.
4. No sex scenes, nor rude, crude sexual jokes.
5. Keep cursing to a minimum. Make it as PG-13 as you can.
6. And of course…
Have fun and DO YOUR BEST!
By the way, this post is 234 words!
(Photo credit-Ella’s Voice)
Gordon Parks, the famous Life Magazine photographer, composer, and film maker once said, “I think people can do a whole awful lot more if they just try.”
Powerful words from a powerful man.
When I read his quote, I asked myself, what about your life, Paul? What are doing to really make a difference? Sure, I’m busy, just like everyone else. But how long was I going let my life go on without fulfilling what I truly wanted to do?
For too long I allowed my goals to be pinned up, pushed back, and put on the back burner. NO MORE!
According to Parks, the reason why people don’t do more is because “they just don’t have the confidence that they can write a novel, or they can write poetry, or they can take pictures, or paint, or whatever, and so they don’t do it.”
Wow! After reading that, I began my lifelong dream to publish my novel, LIFE: AS FRAGILE AS DUST, which I did this year. Bitten hard by the bug of effort, I invented a new board game. This year, I trademarked numerous phrases and started an office supplies and T-shirt business and we produced a short film.
If I hadn’t done this, I would have continued to put my life on hold. And I would have, as Mr. Parks said, been one of the many people who “leave the planet dissatisfied with themselves.”
For our GOOD FRIDAY, start the dream that burns in your heart today. We need your paintings, your novels, your inventions, your poems, your view of the universe.
Your life matters. I believe it and so must you. And as always, keep your head up.