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Inspirational Writing for December 16, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 16 December 2018
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In life, what makes one person do good things and another not? What must happen to change a heart from love to apathy or hate? We may never know, but we know what can change a heart from anything to love. Share your faith because no heart is beyond God’s ability to change it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 15, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 15 December 2018
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We all have giants in our lives who look out for us. They may be shorter than us, but we look up to them. These giants teach us much, protect us always, & often give us the strength to carry on. Who are your giants in life? Who do you look up to who has never looked down on you?... Read More


Angel on the Highway - By Carroll Helm

By: Sam Bledsoe on Friday, 14 December 2018

Angel on the Highway It was a cold Friday evening in February and I was traveling through the Smokey Mountains on Interstate 40 between Newport, Tennessee and Ashville North Carolina.  The sky was overcast although there was no forecast for rain or snow.  The highway was particularly crowded with tractor trailers, and cars whose drivers seemed to be late to some important event. I was drivin... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 14, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 14 December 2018
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There will never be a point in our life where we know more than we don’t know. It’s been said everyone lacks intelligence, just on different topics. So, when someone has an opinion about something, they know nothing about, it removes all doubt which topics are theirs.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 13, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 13 December 2018
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In life, some of our simplest gestures mean the most to other people. We never know the struggles others deal with. This is why it’s important to speak to people, compliment others, and smile. Our gestures of kindness may be what someone needs to feel they are not invisible.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 12, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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One of the things we must fight at all times is a feeling of apathy. The only thing worse than not doing something about an injustice we see is to not care about the injustice we see. When we quit caring is when we lose our ability to choose the person we are in life. ... Read More


My Fifth Book, Rooms In Our Heart, was published today

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Life is about finding that spark that motivates you. It's seeking your purpose and pursuing it relentlessly. Every day you want to be a little better than you were yesterday. Rooms In Our Heart is a collection of insightful, inspirational writings and thoughts about life, love, and other circumstances we all deal with in life. It will help you see life as something to cherish.... Read More


'Twas Two Weeks Before Christmas

By: Cheryl Peyton on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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'Twas two weeks before Christmas, but in my new house There weren't any candles or evergreen boughs. No stockings hung by the chimney with care; No sign that St. Nicholas would ever be there. Nor could I nestle all snug in my bed As I hadn't moved in yet; but worked there, instead. So, I in my kerchief, wearing goggles and mask Was scraping a ceiling to finish one task. Whe... Read More


A Sci-Fi Special Offer for January

By: Sam Bledsoe on Tuesday, 11 December 2018

For those who love Sci-Fi, I will soon be announcing a special promotion for my books in January.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 11, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Life is sometimes about learning to bend but not break. Learning to compromise without sacrificing yourself. It’s necessary to be steadfast at times, but realizing what you may gain later by compromising today is essential. Sometimes, losing a battle leads to winning the war.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 10, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 10 December 2018
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You never know the good you do until the good you’ve done changes someone’s life. Then you realize all you’ve done … was worth all you sacrificed … to see this moment of happiness in someone’s life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 8, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 08 December 2018
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Building your life is a lot like building your house. Without a solid foundation, it’s subject to the winds that blow, storms that rage, and shaky ground we all find ourselves on sometimes. Your foundation must be more than strong, though. It must be visible for all to see.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 7, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 07 December 2018
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If our purpose in life is to make money, acquire glory, and receive great recognition, then some of us will succeed. But, if it’s meant to spread kindness, give hope to others, and lead by example, then fulfilling our purpose in life should never be out of our reach.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 6, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 06 December 2018
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Sometimes, we feel our life is destined for average with no moments of glory. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Every day, without you knowing it, your life influences those around you, touches someone’s heart, or gives someone hope. There are no greater accomplishments.... Read More


A Special Offer from Tilmer Wright

By: Sam Bledsoe on Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Tilmer ran a free promotion for 3 days on the Kindle version of The Bit Dance for our members. From Friday the 23rd through Sunday the 25th, the book was free on Amazon. He asked our members to do him a favor by downloading a copy and that we share it with anyone we thought might like to read a fun story. As always, he asked for reviews. Let's hope it was a successful promotion and that he will sh... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 4, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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Don’t allow the shortcomings of others to lower your standards and compromise what you spent a lifetime creating. In life, establishing strong values is not the hard part. It’s maintaining them in the face of all the challenges that try to make you question them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 3, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 03 December 2018
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Life is often not about what we’re willing to do, but what we’re willing to accept. Sometimes, we have no choice in what we can do, but accepting a lesser effort from ourselves can eventually become a habit that’s hard to break. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 2, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 02 December 2018
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Sometimes, we meet people and instantly see things within them we like. We see happiness in their smile, joy in their eyes, and confidence in their presence. But what we’re seeing is often more than just them. Chances are, we’re also seeing a love for God in their heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for December 1, 2018

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 01 December 2018
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If every day, you heard something positive about yourself, your self-esteem would improve. Likewise, if you heard something negative, it would suffer. This is why it’s important to speak to people and smile because you never know which they last heard before you saw them.... Read More


New AGT member at Knoxville Christmas Fair

By: Cheryl Peyton on Monday, 12 November 2018
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Those of us at the fair were delighted to meet and visit with our new Authors Guild member, Jon Dalvy, and his wife, Brandii. Jon has written a Y-A fantasy titled THE BALLAD OF TITHA MAE.  His favorite book as a child was THE HOBBIT, by JRR Tolkien, which has been a major influence on his own writing.  Jon also relates the genre of his book to the Harry Potter series. Jon and Brandii are from... Read More


Reflections on the Knoxville Christmas Fair

By: Cheryl Peyton on Monday, 12 November 2018
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Some moments at the Knoxville Christmas Fair Nov. 9-11, caught on camera. Jim Hartsell came early the first day and stayed late on Sunday helping to set up and tear down. In between, he found a little time to just play around. It was a well-attended fair boasting about 200 vendors offering a nearly unlimited selection of Christmas decorations, gifts, clothing, jewelry, and health-care produc... Read More


“Little Lord Fonzelroy” by Kaye George

By: Kaye George on Friday, 09 November 2018

Beautiful spring day in Ohio. Laundry room in the basement. Hanging clothes on the inside line from the dryer so they won’t be a wrinkled mess. My son, as usual, hungry for a snack. How does he always know when I don’t want to be interrupted in the middle of a task? Demanding a snack. Right now. A snack. “Did you hear me, Mommy?” Son, who skipped Terrible Twos, now four. Fearsome Fo... Read More


Daily Inspiration from Randall L. Carpenter

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 09 November 2018
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For harmony to exist in this world, we must form respect for each other that is greater than the differences between us. If we can build that bridge of respect, our differences become the water that passes beneath it. By Randall L. Carpenter, AGT Author.... Read More


Dandridge Mercantile: our latest store

By: Cheryl Peyton on Wednesday, 15 August 2018
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Owners Tracey Bommarito and Sue McCall met each other several years ago and bonded working on Santa shops, art projects, and later on, Sweet Repeats (Tracey’s twice a year children’s consignment shop). It was during the preparations for Sweet Repeats that they visualized the top floor of the old Gass building in historic downtown Dandridge as a shop where they would carry only items handmade o... Read More


Social inSecurity, the Sequel

By: Cheryl Peyton on Saturday, 09 June 2018

I returned home from the Social Security office brimming with optimism. I had been treated courteously, taken seriously, and given a pathway to determine whether I was owed thousands of dollars in back retirement benefits. With my new-found hope I had to remind myself that my record still showed a zero contribution toward FICA (Federal Insurance Retirement Act) for the first four years of the 1970... Read More


Social inSecurity

By: Cheryl Peyton on Saturday, 26 May 2018

I sat in the car dreading to go inside. I was overdue by ten years, so why go in now? Worse yet,  I wasn’t any more prepared to be there than I had been a decade earlier. For years I had regularly passed by the neo-classical grey stone building set behind a car dealership on Kingston Pike, often thinking I should stop. Now I was parked in front of it. The two-story structure looked more like th... Read More