Dominion Dreams

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Tomorrow (July 1st) is a very special day in Canada. For not only is it our nation’s national holiday—Canada Day—(like the U.S’s 4th of July), but this year we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on this day.

I have been well aware of the specialness of this year for quite some time. Eighteen months ago our Fraser Valley Poets Society began working on an anthology focusing on Canada and timed to release just before July 1st. As associate editor some of the weight of that 208-page, 18-contributing poets book fell on my shoulders and so it was with great joy and relief that I saw the book launched just last Monday.

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O Canada: Celebrating 150 Years – back, spine, front cover.

At the launch, the editor and I explained some of the processes of putting it together, and several of us read selections from it. At the the break all contributors present assembled around a specially designed cake for a group photograph. Then we celebrated with cake and other goodies before an open mic time.

 

I wrote several Canada-themed poems for the book. The one I share, below, was based on an article I came across on the website of the gold rush town Barkerville (a very interesting place to visit if you love history).

The article, written from the British perspective, attempts to dispel the gloom of naysayers and convince Brits of the wisdom of colonizing this newly discovered land—which had monetary value too (and that should convince them, if nothing else did!).

Of course the fact that this wasn’t really their land to claim is a matter to explore another day. You could say that, to some degree, their confident assumptions still haunt us.

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This mural on the side of the Fort Langley Historic Site depicts the Hudson’s Bay Trading Post built on the Fraser River near the current site in 1827. Local First Nations Stò:lō people traded salmon, and furs for metals, ropes, and Hudson Bay Blankets, with guns being a relatively unimportant item.  (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly, Information from Wikipedia Langley National Historic Site and Fort Langley.)

Dominion Dreams

Based on an article published in the British newspaper The Cosmopolitan – June 10, 1867

The amount of earth’s crust to be ruled by our queen
defies European analogies!
No matter that more than half this vast land
is in a perpetual perma-freeze.

That all that grows there is pale reindeer moss
roam the musk-ox and wild caribou.
There’s still much land left not in barrenness’ grip
to claim on this land mass so new.

The climate and earth are not what you’ve heard
why, the song-sparrow sings first of April.
While the melons and grapes and peaches so plump
are ripe long before the first snowfall.

Now speaking of snow, you likely don’t know
it covers the land—a warm mantle.
So the Red River farmer welcomes early flakes
to blanket fall’s spring wheat so gentle.

And Isle of Orleans just below Quebec
navigators have dubbed Isle of Bacchus.
While cows overwinter to Fort Edmonton
—very bearable, that’s what the fact is.

A Governor General under our queen
will rule this vast new Dominion.
We’ve tallied the value of stocks, goods, and land
it comes to over $1 billion!

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All Rights Reserved)

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Happy Canada Day to all Canadians reading here. And to those in the U.S., Happy 4th of July (in a few days)!

poetryfridayThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Diane at Random Noodling.

 

Stop 2 on the John 3:16 book launch blog tour

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I’m excited to be STOP 2 on the John 3:16 Network’s spring book launch tour. This post features John 3:16 Network founder Lorilyn Roberts and her newest book Am I Okay God? It’s a companion devotional to her novel Seventh Dimension – The Door, A Young Adult Fantasy.
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GUEST POST FOR THE JOHN 3:16 BOOK LAUNCH BLOG TOUR

STOP TWO ON THE TOUR

Lorilyn Roberts

 

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Am I Okay God? Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension

By Lorilyn Roberts

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John Piper wrote a book titled Don’t Waste Your Life. It’s one of my favorites and I would encourage you to read it. But I want to take it a step further. Think about these things:

 

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From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
“People journey to the seventh dimension when something happens that creates a longing—so great that nothing else can fill it, except the king himself.”
—Astella, chapter thirty-seven.”

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Admonish Yourself

Don’t waste your life—work hard, train like an Olympian—and find your purpose in Jesus Christ.

Don’t waste your education—enrich your mind with the knowledge of God’s creation.

Don’t waste your talents—glorify God with your creativity—make kids laugh, dancers dance, and praise God, the Creator.

Don’t waste your health—you only get one body, one mind, and one spirit.

Don’t waste your time—you can only spend your time once. Spend it on activities that will draw you near to God.

Don’t waste your opportunity to do great things—Jesus died for you. Give him your best. He gave you his life.

Don’t waste your money—many in the world need food and medicine. World Vision, Wycliffe, and Samaritan’s Purse are among my favorite charities.

Don’t waste your love—the world never has enough. Love until you grow weary and go to bed exhausted. The HolySpirit will renew your strength and passion. Your tank will never run dry.

Don’t waste your mind—it’s too precious. Think about whatever is beautiful, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, and whatever is lovely. Renew your mind with the daily reading of God’s word. God’s Hall of Fame is filled with martyrs who died so you could own a Bible.

Don’t waste this moment—if you haven’t done it, accept Jesus into your heart. Once you receive his salvation, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will help you to live a godly life. You may not have tomorrow. Yesterday is gone. Seize this moment—this nanosecond, and make a decision to follow Christ.

Once you have committed your life to Jesus, visit some churches and find one that meets your spiritual needs. You can also do a Google search to locate some places of worship near you.

Jesus is coming back again. He wants to receive you into his kingdom. An inheritance awaits you. In heaven, moths don’t eat your dreams, burglars don’t steal your wealth, and diseases don’t rob you of life.

Don’t waste your salvation—bring others into the kingdom. Be a witness so that others can hear the truth. Remember, eternity lasts a very, very, very long time.

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Lorilyn Roberts

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lorilyn Roberts graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1991. Her studies included spending two weeks in Israel at the start of the Gulf War and touring England, Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe. She later attended the Institute of Children’s Literature and earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College.

Roberts says, “If we fail to teach our children how to live out their Christian faith practically, we will have lost an opportunity to impact the world for good. It only takes one generation to forget the past. As JRR Tolkien said, ‘There is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.’”

Lorilyn’s website:
http://LorilynRoberts.com
http://LorilynRoberts.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LorilynRoberts
Facebook: http://bit.ly/Facebook_Lorilyn

 

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THE NEXT STOP!

John 3:16 Book Launch Blog Tour Schedule is as Follows:

Stop One
Monday May 5
Lisa Lickel
Featuring Author Randy Kirk

Stop Two
Tuesday May 6
Violet Nesdoly
Featuring Author Lorilyn Roberts

Stop Three
Wednesday May 7
Ashley Wintters
Featuring Author Laura J. Davis

Stop Four
Thursday May 8
Katherine Harms
Featuring Author Emma Right

Stop Five
Friday May 9
Kimberley Payne
Featuring Author Lorilyn Roberts

Stop Six
Monday May 12
Carole Brown
Featuring Author Randy Kirk

Stop Seven
Tuesday May 13
Barbara Ann Derksen
Featuring Author Laura Davis

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Wednesday May 14
Chris Weigand
Featuring Author Emma Right

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Take advantage of book launch goodies!

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Today  (October 16th) Tracy Krauss is launching her newest novel, Wind Over Marshdale. Buy it today and get all kinds of other great gifts – including books by award winning authors. Click on the link to find out where to buy how to collect those goodies: http://tinyurl.com/bmx6clh

I read Wind Over Marshdale this summer and quite enjoyed it. Here are my thoughts (previously published on Amazon.com).

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Wind Over MarshdaleReview of Wind Over Marshdale by Tracy Krauss

Wonderful characters–some of them quirky–people this contemporary tale set in small-town Saskatchewan. Prickly problems abound in the lives of these recognizable folks.

Rachel has accepted a position as a kindergarten teacher in an elementary school to flee her toxic family and a hurtful betrayal.

Thomas Lone Wolf’s dream is to honour his Cree forefathers by building a native centre, but he struggles with synchronizing the native spirituality of his people with his Christian faith.

Pastor Todd is being pulled in opposite directions by the outspoken and prejudiced Marni Hyde and his new parishioner Thomas Lone Wolf. Meanwhile ghosts of the past and his disintegrating marriage have him seeking escape in a dangerous place.

Rancher Con McKinley is the idealistic, dedicated sponsor of Marshdale Community Church’s youth group but also very attracted to the new teacher–who happens to be a stranger to all the beliefs he holds dear.

All the while Mirna Hyde, Marni’s twin sister and the town psychic, plays her own little games of power and control.

Krauss manages to weave these characters and their issues into a captivating story. The prairie setting as well as the staff room and classroom scenes ring true. All in all it’s a great package that entertains as it encourages and inspires with a strong and skillfully delivered Christian message.