Quotations on Leadership

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”

                                                               Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

                                                                       Lao Tzu

 

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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

                                                                      Theodore Roosevelt

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“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

                                                                     Michelle Obama

A Friendly Reading Challenge

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Reading is essential for writers. Reading stimulates our imagination and enables us to enter many others worlds without leaving the comfort of our homes. Reading is one of our lifebloods,the source for much of our inspiration and ideas. Without reading, writers cannot be successful.

Reading is also on of the great joys of life, and it is one of the most important activities that everyone can do, regardless of being a writer or not. Reading, for me, is one of the central parts of my life. It is why it is part of the title of my blog: charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com

So, I am issuing a friendly challenge to anyone reading this post: read at least two books this month, and at the end of the month, let us know what you read. There is no pressure in this little challenge, no competition, and no awards. I hope it simply encourages everyone to read a few books!

Even though it is the beginning of the challenge, I will tell you that I am currently reading: The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly and The Last Mile by David Baldacci. One is an historical look at the Great Irish Famine and the other a thriller.

So, are you up to the challenge? What will you read?

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3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge: Day 3

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Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge.  Thank you so much for including me!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotations for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My Quotation:

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

                                                                            Winston Churchill

My Nominees:

KC Redding-Gonzalez https://zombiesalmonthehorrorcontinues.wordpress.com

Tanya Cliff https://postprodigal.com

Kate M. Colby https://katemcolby.com

Please stop by, and visits their blogs!

And thank you once again to Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com .

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3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge: Day 2

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Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge.  Thank you so much for including me!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotations for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My Quotation for Day 2:

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“If you write books, you go on one page at a time.”

                                                                         Stephen King

My Nominees:

Mitch Teemley https://mitchteemley.com

Spearfruit https://spearfruit.com

Annette Rochelle Aben https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

Please visit their blogs!

And thank you once again to Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com .

 

Charles F French author of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

The trailer for the book:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

 

3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge: Day 1

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Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotations in 3 Days Challenge.  Thank you so much for including me!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotations for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

 

My Quotation for Day 1:

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

                                                              Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

My Nominees:

JDFisher  https://jfisher8404.wordpress.com

crazykatya https://ifmomscouldwrite.wordpress.com

Yinglan https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com

Please stop by, and visits their blogs!

And thank you once again to Unite Together in Peace https://utipblog.wordpress.com .

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Thank you to Spearfruit at https://spearfruit.com for nominating me for this award! I am always happy to receive recognition from other bloggers, and this is a wonderful blog. Please be sure to visit.

The Rules for the award:

1.Thank the person that nominated you.

2.Answer the 11 questions from your nominator.

3.Nominate and notify 11 bloggers.

4.Give them 11 questions to answer.

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My answers for the questions from my nominator:

1.) What is your best childhood memory?

It would definitely be having a holiday dinner at my Aunt Judy’s house with all the family and friends there.

2.) If you could learn a language, which one would it be?

Irish–which is a language I am struggling to learn!

3.) If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

A photo of my wife and I; a volume of the complete works of Shakespeare; my writing journal; a pen my parents gave me as a graduation gift from college; and the cast iron frying pan that had been my mother’s.

4.) Who do you most admire in life?

Since I am uncertain if this means a person living or in death, I will go with J.F.K.

5.) Scuba Diving or Sky Diving?

This one is easy–I hate flying and love the water, so scuba diving!

6.) Do you have an embarrassing moment you have never told anyone else, if so what is it?

No, I don’t.

7.) What age do you feel right now and why?

That is a very good question–I am 60, but I feel like I am in my late 40s. Except for some aches and pains, I can still do more work now than I did in my 30s.

8.) If you could live in a movie or TV show, what one would it be?

The original Star Trek.

9.) If you could see one person in the world the last minute of your life, who would it be and why?

My wife. The answer is love.

10.) Comedy or Drama?

Drama.

11.) If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?

Try to recognize the value of all people, try to understand the need for acceptance of diversity in all its variations, and work for human justice.

My Nominees:

Tricia at Never Less Than Everything at https://neverlessthan.com

Karen at Midnight in the Garden https://karendowdall.com

Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflections https://jenniefitzkee.com

Cindy at https://cindyknoke.com/

Tony Burgess at The Tony Burgess Blog https://tonyburgess1969.net

Laine at From Midnight to Dawnlight https://frommidnighttodawnlight.com/

Keene Short at Pens and Pencils https://jkeeneshort.wordpress.com/

Josh Gross at The Jaguar and its Allies https://thejaguarandallies.com

Tadhg  at Ask A Teenage Aspie https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com

Marc at Marc Alexander Valle https://mavtheauthor.wordpress.com

Send Sunshine at https://sendsunshine.wordpress.com

My Questions For My Nominees:

1.) If you could visit any country that you have never been to, where would you go?

2.) What is your favorite book?

3.) Coffee or tea?

4.) What is your favorite meal of the day?

5.) What do you think is the most pressing issue of the day?

6.) Are you a day or night person?

7.) What is your favorite snack?

8.) What is the time period for which you have the most interest?

9.) Movie or live theater?

10.) What is your favorite season?

11.) Dog or cat?

Blogger Appreciation Award: II

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I want to continue to send out thanks and appreciation to bloggers I have found through WordPress and to show support to them.  I cannot list or mention everyone I want to honor, so I will do it in various posts–the order of the posts themselves does not indicate any kind of hierarchy of importance or liking, more of my inherent disorganization.

There are many wonderful people who write here and who offer positive contributions to the world through their blogging. This is simply a small indication of appreciation to them.

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The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

My nominees: (If you have not visited these blogs, please make a trip to them.)

C. M. Blackwood https://cmblackwood.wordpress.com

KC Redding-Gonzalez https://zombiesalmonthehorrorcontinues.wordpress.com

Esther Newton https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com

Herminia Chow https://aspiringwriter22.wordpress.com

Cathleen Townsend http://cathleentownsend.com

Russell J. Fellows http://russelljfellows.com/

Khaya Ronkainen http://www.khayaronkainen.com

Zach Chopchinski http://zachchop.com

Linda http://fabulousfaresisters.com

Nurse Kelly http://nursekellyknows.com

R.S. Gullett https://rsgullett.wordpress.com/

Lea https://foundinfrance.wordpress.com

There are many more bloggers who deserve to be mentioned, so I will post another Blogger Appreciation Award in the not too distant future.

Again, thank you for all you do!

 

Quotations From Presidents

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To honor Presidents’ Day, I am offering a few quotations from presidents that can be applied to writing as well as life.

 

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“It is hard to fail but is worse to have not tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.”

                                                                       Theodore Roosevelt

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“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”

                                                                        John F. Kennedy

 

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“I cannot live without books.”

                                                                       Thomas Jefferson

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I am always honored when other bloggers nominate me for an award, and I often have to apologize, as I do this time, for taking so long to deal with the award. So, thanks and apologies to Alfa https://alfamshakya.wordpress.com for this honor and for taking so long to recognize it.

Here are the rules of the award:

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link to their page.

(2) Post the award image.

(3) Nominate and notify five other bloggers for the award.

(4) Tell seven things about yourself.

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Tricia http://neverlessthan.com

C. M. Blackwood https://cmblackwood.wordpress.com

Marc Alexander Valle https://mavtheauthor.wordpress.com

Khaya Ronkainen http://www.khayaronkainen.com

Linda http://fabulousfaresisters.com

Seven things about me:

(1) I read 3-4 books a week.

(2) I am a die hard Washington Capitals fan.  Maybe this is the year for the Cup!

(3) I am a confirmed Marvel Comics fan.

(4) I love chili.

(5) I make a great Texas style chili.

(6) I am very excited The X-Files is back.

(7) I just submitted my horror novel Evil Lives After to another publisher.

Again, thank you to Alfa https://alfamshakya.wordpress.com

 

More Reading and Writing Quotations

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“Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.”                                    J. K. Rowling

 

“I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.”                                         J. K. Rowling

 

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“Believe in yourself. Keep writing.”  Neil Gaiman

“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.”                                              Neil Gaiman

 

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“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”            Ray Bradbury

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

                                                                  Ray Bradbury