Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review - NKJV Foundation Study Bible

 Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The New King James Version® - More than 60 million copies sold

The perfect foundation for Bible study and the Christian life. Build your life on it! The Foundation Study Bible is a thorough, portable, and affordable Bible for students of God's Word at any level. It has the most important helps for basic study, whether you're just beginning or brushing up on essentials. 
I have owned several Bibles throughout my life, but as far as independent study and devotions are concerned, I think I have finally found "The One" - and that would be the NKJV Foundation Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishing. 

The distinguishing features of this sturdy, hardcover Bible include:
  • Trustworthy NKJV text 
  • Cross references and translators' notes 
  • Verse-by-verse study notes and theological notes 
  • Words of Jesus in red Index 
  • Concordance 
  • Full-color Bible maps
For someone who has always had issues getting motivated to do independent Bible study and daily devotions, there is so much for me to love about this Bible! First off, having been a long-time NIV person, I could appreciate that this New King James text is much easier to read and understand than the regular King James text I remember from Sunday School as a kid. But what I truly can appreciate the most about this Bible is the extra little assistance it offers for someone like me - The beginning of each book of Scripture includes an introductory section with details about the author, time period in which it was written, and the theme of the book itself. The bottom of each page includes wonderful study notes that correlate to different verses, as well as a separate box of cross-references. 

What also impressed me about this NKJV Foundation Study Bible was that it's a good, portable size - not too big and not too small - and it's a sturdy hardcover edition with dust jacket that isn't too bulky but rather ideal for taking to school or church. If you're looking for a great study Bible that will help you unlock the Word of God, the NKJV Foundation Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishing is the one for you!

You can find the NKJV Foundation Study Bible on Amazon.
Note: This book was provided free of charge to me from BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest review of the text.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Meet Barbara Puccia, author. 

Mrs. Puccia has done something very positive with something that is very negative - bullying. It affected her growing up and she has seen it affect her own daughter. She then channeled this into creating the world of Samantha Smartypants.

And now, Mrs. Puccia is sharing the stories of Samantha in fun and entertaining ways and hopes to get kids to think how they treat each other. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mylo's Vacation Journal: Day 6

Woof! It's me again, Mylo the canine blogger, here with more tails of adventure!

Our routine this morning was a little different because although we woke up at our usual time, grandpa took us on our first walk but it was auntie who fed us! Lucky made sure to keep both auntie and grandpa in close view when we got back, because he said he could tell something was up. I told Lucky I bet that auntie has to do that thing she calls 'work' again, because she wasn't paying as much attention to us as she usually does, and whenever Lucky would look at her she'd say, "You know, don't you?" Know what? I wondered. But then later, she left the house and didn't come back for a long time - just like the other day! At least grandpa was around to feed us, take us out to do our business, and play with us until she came home. We spent most of our day inside again because it was really hot, which was OK with us! Later on, auntie finally came home and Lucky and I got super excited! We got so excited that both of us were jumping in the air, which made auntie laugh.

Not only are we dogs, but we're comedians too! Hey..."canine comedians" - I like the sound of that! I should write that never know when something like that might come in paw-y!

After auntie got home she helped grandma and grandpa get their supper ready. And even though Lucky and I had already eaten our supper, auntie and grandpa slipped me some bits of carrot from their bag of salad. Lucky says carrots disgust him (sometimes he can be such a drama dog), but after supper grandpa was making a sandwich in the kitchen and he slipped Lucky a piece of tuna fish...and Lucky LOVED it! Now we both have a favorite food treat that makes us happy. :)

8:30 PM - Woof! Woof! Our moms came to pick us up early! We love grandma, grandpa and auntie, but Lucky and I have to admit that we are SO HAPPY to be going home! This is Mylo, officially signing off! Goodbye, and thanks for reading our tails of adventure!

How to Write a Ghost Story - INTERVIEW: Linda Zimmermann

One need not wait until October for a good ghost story. Turn on the Discovery Channels, surf the podcasts and we see everyone loves a good story about something that goes bump in the night.

A friend of this site is Linda Zimmermann and she is the Ghost Investigator!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lucky's Vacation Journal: Day 5

Welcome back, human readers! Lucky here, hoping you're having a good day and keeping cool! Here where I am, it's SUPER hot! Thank my lucky paws there's air conditioning to keep us comfortable.

Are you ready? It's time for...

of our vacation journal!

Our morning was not the most exciting today, if I do say so myself. First, we got up with auntie around our usual time and did our business, although we kept it short because boy was it hot outside! When we came back inside to have breakfast, auntie and grandma acted surprised that the weather report on TV said today was going to reach 92 degrees! I'm guessing that's really hot because grandma kept telling auntie to make sure Mylo and I stayed cool, and to keep our walks short. I wasn't worried, though, because I know auntie (and grandma and grandpa) always takes good care of us! I certainly didn't mind spending time inside, relaxing in the air conditioning, because I don't like sweating through my fur!

When we came in from our after-breakfast walk, Mylo and I wrestled with each other for a little while, which is always fun. At one point after that auntie went outside, and she said she'd be right back but to me and Mylo she was gone for a really long time! When she came back inside again I showered her with licks and love bites, and she kept telling me I was being silly but I couldn't help myself! Auntie finally managed to calm me down, because even though I don't always understand what she says to me, when her voice is quiet I relax.

Since it was so hot out today, Mylo and I didn't go for our usual walks around the neighborhood with auntie. Anytime we had to do our business, we went in the backyard instead, and we didn't stay out for long. Mylo and I still enjoyed ourselves, though, because the backyard still has plenty of interesting places to explore! At one point Mylo and I heard a weird bird chirping and we tried to investigate but auntie wouldn't let us get too far so we just barked at the trees instead and eventually the chirping stopped. 

Because it was so hot today, auntie spoiled us by keeping two bowls of water in the house so we could always have a nice cold drink wherever we were. Her bowl wasn't silver like our other one in the kitchen; this bowl was really strange because it had a pig inside of it! The pig didn't bother me at all, but Mylo didn't like how it kept staring at him every time he went to take a drink, and a couple times he tried to grab the pig but when he put his paw in the bowl, there was nothing there - just the water! I think the pig is what auntie calls a "picture" which means it's not a real pig. But why would anyone want a picture in a bowl that they drink their water from? Humans can be really strange sometimes.

Tonight we got a special treat while auntie and grandpa were making supper - auntie gave us bread! She cut it up in little tiny squares so we wouldn't choke. It tasted good! She gave Mylo and me two little pieces each. We wanted more, but she said no, and we didn't want to make her mad at us so we didn't beg. That made her happy. After we'd all eaten our supper and Mylo and I did our business out in the backyard, we watched TV with auntie and grandpa. It was nice to stay inside in the cool air conditioning and just relax. It really is a dog's life sometimes, you know?

Well, it's nearly bedtime so I'd better stop typing. But come back tomorrow for another installment of Mylo and my "tails" of adventure!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mylo's Vacation Journal: Day 4

Hello human bloggers! It's me, Mylo! Guess what time it is?!

It's Day 4 of my and Lucky's vacation journal!

Today was different than usual because we woke up earlier than usual, around 8 'clock. And instead of auntie, it was grandpa who took us out for our first day's walk this time. 

Anyway, auntie said something about going to "work," whatever that means. She gave us our breakfast when we came inside from our walk and then, after we'd eaten, she left and was gone for a really long time! She missed out on all the excitement, though, when the house started beeping! At first it was kind of quiet, but then it got loud! Grandpa called the noise the "smoke detector." Whatever it is, it scared Lucky so badly that after the noise finally stopped, grandma and grandpa couldn't find him! They eventually did find him, shaking like crazy, hiding so far back inside his crate that he was almost invisible. When Lucky felt brave enough to come out of his crate, he stayed close to grandpa for the rest of the day - until auntie came home, of course. Lucky went out for a walk with grandpa (I didn't want to go, so I waited for them inside) and when they came back, auntie was with them! It was like magic! Lucky and I were both happy again after that, and gave auntie lots of hugs and kisses.

After Lucky and I had our dinner auntie took us for our after-dinner walk, but we didn't walk far because it was really, really hot outside! It was too hot to go exploring, so we just did our business and then came back inside. Then, after grandma, grandpa and auntie had their dinner, Lucky and I relaxed with auntie for the rest of the night. We sat on the porch for awhile, all three of us sharing one chair, which was fun. Auntie read a book and gave Lucky and me belly rubs. Then we went into auntie's room and napped in the air conditioning while she watched TV. She kept telling me "This is good TV" and seemed to really enjoy whatever she was watching, but there were no dogs in it so I wasn't interested.

Well, it's time for bed, so I'll be signing off now. Come back again tomorrow for still more "tails" of vacation adventure with me, Mylo, and my brother Lucky!