A new life is in our arms, new hopes and dreams unspoken,
New love, responsibilities and promises unbroken.
A finger placed into her palm is gripped with tiny strength;
When faced with such sweet innocence, we can but gaze at length. Continue reading
There was once a tiny nation, at the green and pleasant crossroads between history’s great powers, constantly buffeted this way and that, kicked around, conquered and swamped again and again by this side or that throughout its history, and now firmly in the iron jaws of the greatest of them all. This power was used to dealing with and crushing all rebellion against its might. Every proud voice was silenced, every upraised head was beaten down into the dust. Everyone left standing was cowed and compliant. This was a conquered, beaten people.
And yet a spark of hope remained. Continue reading
This is Lydia Anna, aged four (hours), born today at 12:27 GMT measuring 51cm and weighing 3.69 kilos. Isn’t she beautiful? As a result, my schedule is pretty hectic right now and there will most likely be no poem this week. I hope you can all forgive me.
Edit – new daylight pic of her aged a full day! Look how she’s grown!
And now in daylight!
The Kindle ebook list price for Nobility Among Us has been reduced from $6.49 to $3.99 (£2.45, €2.90, depending on your location). Take a look, if you like it, there’s even more reason to get yourself a copy. If you have a copy, read and liked it, recommend it to your friends.
My wife is in the last month of her fifth pregnancy, so this one is for her:
My Wife, the Hero
Each day you do so much for us:
Driving our own family bus,
Cooking for our countless horde
Of boys who like to claim they’re bored.
Cleaning, sprucing, beautifying
Our home in all its calm-defying
Noise and bustle, schedules packed
Are somehow managed, well, in fact. Continue reading
When for our land we sing a dirge
When threats appear and clouds converge;
When news of foul deeds meets our ears
And cowards try to grow our fears,
Our leader’s eyes will fill with fire,
He calls us to direct our ire
With wisdom, honour, valor, might;
Defend our last faint glimpse of light.
I just received this notice from the publisher:
Please find below the final Christmas order dates for direct site order through FeedARead. To assure delivery of your books before Christmas, please place orders no later than:
Paperback Books – Direct Site Order
In the US – December 10th
In the UK – December 10th
In Australia – December 10th
In Europe – December 7th
• Please note that books are processed for print on the print line first, and any orders placed after the noted cut-off dates above cannot be guaranteed for Christmas delivery.
• Please order early! Countries internal postage systems will have the largest workload on their infrastructures in the holiday season so please order early to avoid unexpected delays
We will be working up to Christmas, and all orders past the above dates will be processed as soon as possible by the printers.
Ordering books at booksellers
Final Christmas order dates for books at booksellers such as Amazon will be as listed on the various booksellers websites.
So if you are wanting to order a paperback copy for someone for Christmas, please do so by the above dates. Of course this doesn’t apply to buying the Kindle ebook version, or to customers in the Czech Republic ordering copies direct from the author.
What captivates a young man’s heart,
Grows his stature, inspires art;
Awakens and matures his soul,
Breaks his heart and makes it whole?
What drives him to complete despair
Or hope of castles in the air?
What turns a youth into a man
Forms and overturns his plans? Continue reading