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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are filled with poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

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Welcome Big Sky Buckeye readers!  In recent weeks, my writing journey has tried to share a variety of posts on Saturday.  Various features as well as short stories have found their way to this blog.  While most of my writing still crafts both Christian and secular poetry, my writer’s imagination needs an outlet for other creativity.  Today’s short story has been patiently waiting in a folder for quite some time, and now it is rescued.  You are invited to close your eyes and imagine dreaming along with “You Don’t Say!

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on October 23 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on October 23 from thoughts shared from the words of American music executive Allen KleinHis insightful remarks encourage and inspire us to value the precious gift of children.

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems, short stories, and feature writings can be found in the archives (found at the top of the page), which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

You Don’t Say!

Few people have heard of the famous naturalist and wildlife photographer William Xavier Knox.  His life has been one amazing adventure of finding the unexplored, the unexplained, and the unusual.  Billy’s dreams have become quite legendary.

A few winters ago, Billy survived a scrap with a polar snake up in the Great White North.  He had been hoping to finally capture a picture of the elusive Arctic snake crossing the frozen tundra.  Instead, he nearly fell to his death in a large crevice in the ice.  Fortunately for Billy, his pick axe held firmly while he pulled himself up to safety.

Emulating some of his shutterbug heroes, Billy harbors hopes of becoming a revered wildlife photographer.  With his treasured camera, he is still waiting to capture that “once in a lifetime” shot.

None of Billy’s photography has been published yet.  He relies on “word of mouth” to carry the message of his work.  After all, he figures this is the best approach because he doesn’t want people stampeding into nature’s quiet landscapes.

Unfortunately, few people have met up with Billy.  Even fewer people have ever heard of this almost forgotten wildlife photographer.  Nonetheless, he has huge plans for the future of his work.

A determined Billy is currently traveling across the eastern third of the “Cowboy State” of Wyoming.  The upper plateau and plains are home to many exotic animals. 

A freak of nature, this fearsome critter has never been captured on film.  A cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope has produced a mysterious creature called a Jackalope.  Unfortunately for Billy, someone else has successfully photographed this Jackalope a few days ago.  All Billy can say is, “Geez, another one got away!”

Billy’s next appointment takes him to the Pacific Northwest.  He plans to search the thick rainforests of the mountains for the elusive Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

As Billy arrives in the area, he is informed that a website already features his prized target.  When interviewed, Billy disappointedly explains, “Why am I always coming in second when trying to capture these prizes of nature?”

A young girl shows Billy the link to the website:  https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

Winking at him and smiling, she smartly asks Billy, “Do you really believe in these odd species of nature?”

Billy pauses and thinks for a second or two before smiling back, “Well, if I didn’t, there goes my photography career.  Right down into my musty basement, filled with old photographs.”

Billy’s mind is beginning to stir to semi-consciousness.  A gloomy vision clouds his mind, and he begins to wrestle with it.

He is busy photographing school children across the country for those dreaded school portraits.  Someone adds, “You’ll know when he has reached your school.  Just look for his personalized license plate:  CRZYPCS.”

Waking up from his long, overnight nap, a sleepy-eyed Billy wanders out into the kitchen of his family’s Wyoming ranch house.  His grandfather is browsing a book, and he welcomes Billy to their usual morning time together. 

Grandfather asks, “How did you sleep young man?” 

“Just terrible!” replies Billy as he rubs his ten-year old eyes.  “I had a horrible dream about being a school photographer.  You know . . . the one who takes those awful photos for school yearbooks and student portrait packets to send home.”

His grandfather pauses and places the book on the table, “You don’t say!” 

Billy glances at the book, and he smiles up at the author of the book, William Xavier Knox.  His grandfather is a world-renowned wildlife photographer.

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

The world definitely needs more heartfelt kindness being shared.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated October 23)

Curious Trivial Facts (10/23)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

One pound of tea yields about two hundred servings.

Techno-musician and singer-songwriter Moby got his pseudonym honestly–his real name is Richard Melville Hall, and he’s the great-great-grandnephew of Herman Melville, author of MOBY DICK.  Hall freely admits he never got through the book.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Life’s Messages (Elfchen Series #81)

Precious

Life’s

Lasting foundation

Steadfastly built upon

Holy Word of God

Unbreakable

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Perpetual 

Life’s

Darkening journey

God’s light filling

Our lantern of hope

Everlasting

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Pivotal

Life’s

Faltering trust

Sin’s empty promises

Driving us toward God

Redemptive

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Charles Stanley Quote

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Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers have the ability to endure difficultly and accomplish whatever the Lord calls them to do.

From 2 Corinthians 3:4-6:  “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Life’s Linchpin

From Isaiah 53:7:  “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”

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From Eden’s lush garden

Man’s sin corrupting all

God sees Calvary’s cross

Jesus accepts His call

 

God comes to earth as Christ

Son of God walks in light

Fallen world can’t crush Him

Darkness loses this fight

 

Jesus never wavers

Father’s plan never rests

World quakes under evil

His Son conquers each test

 

Like sheep, man has strayed

Lost in darkness and sin

Wheels of life falling off

Cross restores life’s linchpin

 

Do you truly believe?

Righteous Son pours self out

Sin’s death now defeated

Step forward, never doubt

 

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From Isaiah 53:11:  “Out of His anguish He shall see light; He shall find satisfaction through His knowledge.  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

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A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.  A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.  A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.

From Amos 5:23-24:  “Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

Mountain Retreat

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Waking from short overnight nap

Mind navigating through dense fog

Seeing Venus, shining above

Campfire went out, hearing bullfrogs

 

Experiencing nature’s gifts

From this lofty mountain retreat

Rubbing shoulders with Creator

Simple life, better than Main Street

 

Viewing twinkling lights down below

Village sound asleep, missing this

Flickering campfire heats coffee

Tranquility Base, full of bliss

 

Cooking up heartiest breakfast

There’s plenty for both me and you

Inviting Christ to take His seat

Mountain retreat, feeling brand-new

 

Breathing in nature’s harmony

Alone, never feeling that way

Taking in this heavenly scene

Lord, please allow this hour to stay

  

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