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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

(inspired by a true event)

“It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old.

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold.

‘Peace on the earth, good will toward men’,

from heaven’s all gracious King!

The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.”

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“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 1  Carrie ©
 

Christmas music gently filled the little coffee-house. Unlike the carol heralding a ‘midnight clear’, this night was everything but. Snow fell fast and thick.

In the corner, a young man sat alone. He looked out the window and watched as the last patron of the night plowed their way out of the parking lot.

“Young man, we’re closing.”

He nodded, put on his coat and made his way to the exit. He looked to be about fourteen, fifteen at the most.

As the door closed behind him, the cold quickly bit into his face and hands.  He pulled his collar up close to his face.

“Do you have a ride?” a voice called to him.

The young man turned to see someone standing in the shadows of the building.

”No, I’m good,” he answered firmly.

The man persisted. “I’m not so sure about that. It’s Christmas eve. Shouldn’t you be home with your family, sitting by the fire and enjoying hot chocolate, or something?”

The lad shrugged his shoulders as if to say… yah, so what. Who cares anyway.

The man stepped out of the shadows.

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" 2 - Carrie ©

 

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 2 – Carrie  ©
 

The young man saw that he was an old man. Old enough to make him wonder what someone this old was doing out in a snow storm at this hour of the night.

The old man continued. “Where you’re headed… it is not worth it… You do have options you know.”

The young man was beginning to feel somewhat uncomfortable. He stared at the old man not sure what to make of the encounter.

“How do you know where I’m headed?” he finally asked.

“I know that place, under the bridge.” The old man continued.  “You won’t find what you’re really looking for out there. Running away isn’t the answer.”

Now the young man paused.

How did this old man know that he was going to that “homeless place” where he might make it through the night?

Maybe if he was lucky someone would share their Christmas “Spirits” with him.

And how did this old man know that he was running away?

The old man smiled knowingly and said. “I’ve been young and now I am old…but I have never seen God’s children forsaken”… The old man talked so strange…and yet he was most compelling.

“I know a place.  A place where you can get a hot bowl of homemade soup, and a good night’s sleep.”

“Follow me,” the old man continued.

 

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" 3 - Carrie ©

 

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 3 – Carrie  ©
 

The old man began to make his way through the deep drifts of snow. The young man hesitated but only for a second or two. “Man…what do I have to lose,” he mumbled.

He began to follow in the old man’s footsteps.

After some time, the old man stopped at a building with a sign that read, “The Welcome Home Centre”.  He turned to the young man. “They will take care of you.  You can stay as long as you wish.” Then he paused, looked the boy in the eyes and added, “God loves you, you know. He’s got plans for you”.

The young man did not know what to think. No one had ever talked to him like this before.

They stood in silence and waited.

Eventually a pleasant sort of man answered the knock on the door. The young man’s last bit of resistance melted away as he breathed in a blast of warm fragrant air. He smelled something wonderful.

“Come in… welcome,” the man said sincerely.

“I…ah..need a place to hang till this storm’s over,” the young man said, hesitantly.

“You’ve come to the right place then,” came the reassuring answer.

The young man sighed.

He turned and started to thank the old man but no one was there.

“That old man, who was here with me. He brought me here. He was just here,” the bewildered young man exclaimed .

“I didn’t see anybody but you, lad,” came the answer.

“But he was here, I followed him here. He told me about you…he knew stuff about me…he…”

Bewildered, the young man took one last look out into the white night. He saw only lonely, empty streets and a fast disappearing, single set of footprints that lead to The Welcome Home’s front porch.

Putting a kind hand on the young man’s shoulder the man at the door said, “It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened son. “I do believe you.  Come…I want to hear all about it.”

It’s now midnight and that brings our 2010 Christmas eve story to an end.

Yes, this young man’s life was changed forever that Christmas eve.

What will this Christmas bring you?

Will you let God’s love bring you a miracle this Christmas?

I wish for you, a life-changing kind of Christmas.

One that you will remember forever because it was…well…life changing.

 

For more inspiring stories check out my author’s Storyteller site, carriewachsmann.com/blog

Chickadees and snow – two of my favorite things – besides celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus.

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Love this scene by Nancy Landry.

If you like to read stories that inspire and give hope, check out my author’s Storyteller site .

Roadblocks to Hell KINDLE version is available for FREE November 25 – 29 th.

Wednesday to Sunday. 

The Kindle version is available from Amazon.com herehttp://amzn.to/21d4nat

Our Canadian family and friends can get it from Amazon.ca for free here from Wednesday ’til Sunday
http://www.amazon.ca/Roadblocks-Hell-Dr-Carrie…/…/B017PB8FUI

If you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can still download an app from Amazon and read it on your smart phone or desktop computer.

Get your copy today –  download it and then – would you please write and post a Verified review? (at your convenience)

NOTE: For a verified review, one must turn pages –  Amazon keeps track of the pages you read to make sure reviews are based on reading the book.  That’s a good thing from my perspective. :)

Thank you and

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day – to all my US friends. 

2016 11 x 17 LION calendar and art cards available on my author’s Storyteller blog.  

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11″ x 17″ calendar above

Set of 3 art cards below

 

Rblocks card B

Rblocks card A

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Here’s a short teaser for 

ROADBLOCKS to HELL

my website: carriewachsmann.com/blog/about

Fiction tightly based on a true story. (Category – Fictional/biographical)

So… “What’s this book all about?” you ask.

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Convicted of trying to kill the police chief at age 15, Walter faces years in adult prison. His only friend, a young Mennonite girl from a strict religious background.

Yes, that would be me. We met when we were teens, and our friendship lasted his lifetime.

What are people saying about the book?

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 “I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I read until I was finished. Carrie is such a good writer and this is a very interesting story.”  Bev S
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 “Love your book! Half way done! Very intriguing and very good.”  Alicia D 
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“I could hardly put it down. I talked to a few friends who are waiting to read it.” Sharon S 
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More REVIEWS on Amazon –  Available on Amazon  here

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Walt’s wife, Peggy and I reminiscing. Here’s what she has to say about it.

“Eeeek!! The book is here! It’s called Roadblocks to Hell and it’s a fictionalized story of my husband’s life. This is me with author and friend.
 
 This book is well written and very accurate. The fictionalization involves names, some dialogue and dramatization. The core facts of story are true. I highly recommend this book, it has brought back a lot of memories.”  

Patricia and Carrie 2015 oct.

Walt experienced life in a way few can imagine… and yet… as prison chaplain Madsel put it, “I am so proud of Walt… over the past 14 years I have worked with so many like him, and only 2% of the people with histories like Walt ever make it at the end. Most die violently or alone in prison in their lost state.”

Walt’s story is intriguing and compelling,  but most of all it is redemptive.

I am honored to be the one to tell his story, and I am honored to have had him as a friend for over 40 years.

I believe this book will give hope and encouragement to many.

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Below: one of the 60 plus images in the book – Walt and Cali climbing a Manitoba Maple tree.

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Looking for a healthy lunch idea?

This is one of my favorites:

 Tuna, Corn & Sun-dried Tomato Recipe

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

 Mix the following: 

1/4 cup cooked non-GMO corn (cold)

1 can flaked tuna – drained

2 tbsp chopped red onion

1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil

sea salt to taste

In a separate small bowel mix:

1 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

2 tsp olive oil

juice of 1/4 lemon

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp garlic powder

pepper if desired

Mix the tuna blend and dressing blend together

Butter the 100% Rye Crisp –  if you like

Spread the tuna – corn mix on the Rye Crisp crackers (or crackers of your choice)

Top with a few sun-dried tomatoes

Serve with a few carrots sticks and cucumber slices

Makes a great lunch – Serves two

carriewachsmann.com/blog – StoryTeller

Elderberry Attacks Colds and Flu

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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.

Are you fighting the flu bug? Dealing with  bronchial congestion, sore throat and cough?

Check out Elderberry Concentrate.

The extract taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) is known to help the body resist infection.

and here’s the interesting part…………

the berries have been found to interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate”!. Or said in another way, “Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” Now that’s information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try. “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections” was what I was told.

Within the week the bronchitis was under control.

Another delicious alternative is the Elderberry and Zinc lozenges (NOW brand) I keep these in my herbal medicinal cabinet. I usually find my Elderberry concentrate or lozenges at the local health store.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH – as all parts of the plant in the fresh state can cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard like I do, you best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry carries significant healing power and the juice is delicious. This is one medicine anyone can swallow.

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Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

 
disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

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Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

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(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

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He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

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