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The Opinions of a Princess

Posted by rjagilbert on July 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I spent Saturday at a book fair for indie writers. Most of the tables were romance novels; there were a lot of jokes about lingering too long at the tables featuring an array of shirtless men. There was one or two other fantasy authors there—writing to more of the grown-up, teenage crowd—but I was pretty much alone in my genre and my age group.

 

A few hours into the event, two children ...

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What Do You Expect From a Map?

Posted by rjagilbert on July 18, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I grew up thinking that the world was full of buried treasure—that just about every town had its own secret shipwreck story or a hidden cache of gold somewhere up in the mountains just beyond the city limits. It was not so much because I’d read too many Hardy Boy mysteries or watched too much Treasure Island and the Goonies, but because, growing up in the mountains of Oregon, there were more local legends of buried treasure, lost mines, and sunken treasure-ships than a kid could e...

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The Way

Posted by rjagilbert on February 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the most harrowing sections of Interstate 5 is the Siskiyou Summit, a long, winding stretch of highway that rises up into the rugged mountains south of Ashland, Oregon. It is not uncommon for the summit to be covered in cloud, with mist so thick it is hard to see the taillights in front of you or the curving lanes in the road ahead until you are almost on top of them. It was one such ascent, into the thickest cloud I had ever experience, that I drove with white knuckles amongst the usu...

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Rice or Chow Mein 2

Posted by rjagilbert on September 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

How many of you know the story from the Bible where Mary and Martha invited Jesus over for a meal? Mary was listening as Jesus taught, while Martha was busy with other things. When Martha confronted Mary for not helping with the food, Jesus told her that what he was teaching was more important. Here’s the real question: what was Jesus teaching there? What did he say? It wasn’t written down. Why? Obviously somebody had the presence of mind to document the event. But what was impor...

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Rice or Chow Mein?

Posted by rjagilbert on August 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I pulled up to the drive-thru at the local Panda Express and spoke into the box. “I’d like an orange chicken bowl with fried rice,” I said, “And a second bowl of…”

 

“Do you want a panda bowl with rice?” the young woman interrupted from the speaker.

 

Confused by her question, I repeated my order. “Yes, a panda bowl with orange chicken.”

 

“Do you want a Panda bowl with rice or...

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If I Have No Breath In Heaven

Posted by rjagilbert on June 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

If I have no breath in Heaven, let these bitter words now be said.

For someday, I know, I’ll stand before the judgment of the dead.

And many will say, “Lord, Lord, did we not do great things on Earth for You?”

Yet I will stand in silence as He answers, “You are Who?”

Then, when it is my turn to stand before the mighty throne,

I will not speak, as to a friend, but as a wretched soul, alone.

“Lord, all my life I sought You,...

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Understanding...

Posted by rjagilbert on May 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I used to be GAY…

But then those who did not understand changed its meaning.

I used to be CHRISTIAN…

But then those who did not understand changed its meaning.

I used to love ART and the THEATER and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH…

But then those who did not understand changed their meanings.

I used to love my MISTRESS…

But then those who did not understand changed its meaning.

I used to be MARRIED…

But then, just las...

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The Book Thrown Across the Room

Posted by rjagilbert on May 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Many years ago I heard the story of a musician who had joined up with one of those Satanic rock groups that were so successful back in the eighties. For a time he went right along with the show, doing all those nasty things you might have heard those kinds of rock bands doing for the sake of “the show”. And he was successful. But one day, while he was away with the band, two Jehovah’s Witnesses stopped by his house and gave his wife a book. (It may seem odd to you that he ha...

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Men of Renown, an Author's Review

Posted by rjagilbert on March 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

(If the online publishing sites that feature my book would allow a message from the author, this is what I would say.)

 

Dear prospective reader,

 

I did not write this book to sell it. I wrote it because I wanted people to read it. It is a story about priorities—about two contrasting definitions of success. Saph must choose how to measure his success. Will he define himself by the wealth, power, fame, and glory like his kinfolk? Or will he join with an...

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The Sword of Condemnation

Posted by rjagilbert on December 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Part 6 of the "wrong" armor.

 

The Demon Armor I address in this work is based on the Biblical “Armor of God” as listed in Ephesians 6. Most Christians are familiar with this passage and the spiritual trends represented. Few Christians, in reality, adhere to these spiritual traits. One or more of them have been replaced by the cursed armor-pieces I discuss here.

 

The Sword of Condemnation.

 

Finally we come to the cursed weapon t...

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