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Hello, my name is Brooklyn, and welcome to my little corner! 

This place is meant to be a refreshing pause for readers who seek a new and spiritually-uplifting flair to traditional prose and verse. It is also a nook where I will share the occasional book review of a literary, spiritual, or historical work that I feel would be of particular interest to my readers. During your stay here, my hope is that you will find something special that will bless, inspire, and edify you on your journey.

My latest work is posted regularly on the blog. Scroll it to see posts in chronological order. To view some of my previously published poetry, short stories, and articles, visit the respective “Selected” options on the menu bar and scroll down the page… And check out “Book News” to view signpost throughout the publishing journey of my debut novel, Through These Dark Gates that released in September 2022. The book is available for purchase on Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, BAM!, Kindle, IndigoKobo, and Amazon, and other retailers. Autographed copies are available HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your stay, and (if you are so inclined) drop me a line in the comments – it’s always a treat to hear from my readers!

Recent Posts:

In Remembrance of Our Troops

Dedicated to the memory of WWII Veterans Mr. Roy Wingfield and Mr. Alex Grotkowski; And to the known and unknown soldiers of today who lay down their lives in loyalty to truth, justice, and freedom. The wind is cold and bitter is the blast That bows across these desolate plains, Where the Grim Reaper in … Continue reading In Remembrance of Our Troops

The Rod and the Lamb

It has been said that sometimes the loving shepherd must break the leg of his wandering lamb, and then carry him on his shoulders, that the lamb may bond to the shepherd, and learn to not stray again from the safety of the fold. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every … Continue reading The Rod and the Lamb

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  1. Your blog is very well prepared with a beautiful picture; I like the way you got your name in there as well. the poetry is good also! I am a columnist for two newspapers in central PA.I am also on the web at -google “Common Thoughts on the Word” Lewistown Sentinel.I also have three books on Amazon. I noticed your family in the “Freedom Convoy” and then youtube. Look me up on youtube at “big tree falls hard”. Lyndon B Stimeling–Best Wishes to your entire family!

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    • When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service? Thank you!

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        • Hi Del: to turn off the notification option you can go to the post/page where the setting was enabled, uncheck it, then save the changes by clicking “post comment.” Or you can check the email message itself and click the option to “unsubscribe” to email notifications.

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  2. Greetings, Lyndon: Thanks for your kind message and the info on your published books. What are the names of the newspapers you write for in Pennsylvania? I’d be interested to learn more. Great to find a connection this way through the Freedom Convoy 2022!

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  3. Brook, the two papers are “The Times” at Port Royal PA, and ‘The Sentinel” at Lewistown PA. If you type in “Big Tree Falls Hard” on youtube it should bring up the video. If you type in my name on youtube, it may bring up a book video. Try to stay warm, safe, and happy. I hope God blesses your efforts in all you do. LYN

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  4. Brook, Please send me a note to my email, I can’t seem to get through. I have lyrics for a song that your family might want to try. If you have any questions just send them down. LYN—THANKS

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    • Ah yes, found them, thank you. Indeed, a big red oak to fell! Congrats on your indie published book. Romans 9:13 – a good one to tackle.

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  5. I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your Feed too.

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  6. Brook, I have a stupid question. You have used the word “indie” (I think) when referring to a book you are going to do. And maybe one I did;what does that word (indie) mean? Sorry ,Ignorant Lyn from Pa

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  7. Great question. In the publishing world “indie” stands for “independent.” Indie authors are professional, independently published authors. If you’re interested, more info on the current book publishing industry can be found at janefriedman.com.

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  8. Brook, I signed up for Jane Friedman’s free info, but I feel like I am outdated. A friend of mine was a college English teacher, she was much to hard, difficult, and old fashioned. Neither do I fit into the modern writing style and technique. I began to form my own writing style from what people have told me, The editor at The Times told me to keep the paragraphs short with one thought or two (people have a short attention span). The editor at the Sentinel goes a lot by looks, so I began to write the way I wanted too. Sometimes I mix numbers and spelled numbers along with other thing that are a no-no. I guess I am too old to learn all the new stuff, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. I am willing to read and consider new thoughts, especially yours. That doesn’t mean I am ready to change. Thanks for your insight. PS Let me know when your book is coming out; maybe I could get a autographed copy, (who knows)?

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    • “Immersion” is a great way to learn good writing skills and develop good taste. By this I mean read good literature – “listen” closely, observe the techniques, the choice of diction, long and short sentence construction. What works? What doesn’t work? Etc.. Observe, too, how the voices of some of the great writers of past centuries (John Milton and Dickens, for example) have echoed the 1611 KJV Bible – the greatest piece of literature out there. As Strunk and White say in their small (but excellent) writing handbook, The Elements of Style: “take pains to admire what is good” and then “cock your ear” when you take up your pen. It’s never too late to learn new things. Yeshua says, “become as little children.” If we walk in a child-like mindset, shouldn’t faith expect that we will never be too old to keep improving ourselves and our skill sets?
      Thank you for your kind interest in my work. I will certainly keep you posted on my book’s upcoming release.

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  9. Brook, I am a little surprised at your evaluation of the King James Authorized Version of 1611. Have you studied the background of it or compared it to other versions? I have some info on it; but let me suggest that you read I Samuel 25:22 and I Samuel 25:34 as devotions for your entire family in the morning. Forty years ago I would have agreed with you; As A literary work I would still agree. But there are versions available today that are easy to read and slightly more accurate to the original Greek and Hebrew. If you have any interest in that info, I would share it with you. LYN

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  10. Comparing and studying other versions always interests me. Intriguing, too, are the Cepher and Apocrypha texts. In some ways, versions are a matter of taste, although the most important point in the translation debate is trusting that Yeshua has sent his Holy Spirit to teach us and lead us into all truth. I know the KJV has been bashed in heated criticisms, but it’s interesting that it’s not copyrighted, and has been the standard by which other translations are measured. For seven years, the forty-seven of Europe’s best scholars commissioned by King James translated and refined that text, and owe thanks to the Textus Receptus preserved by the Waldenses (quiet, god-fearing people in the mountains of Europe and Northern Italy for whom the Pope’s bloody and centuries-long Inquisition knew no mercy). Sure, feel free to send me an email with the additional info you mention.

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  11. Brook, I am surprised that you have given me this freedom (that I can send this information).Some people can be very dogmatic, I was curious to see how you would react. You are very gracious and willing to at least listen to another viewpoint. I believe this shows maturity on your part (that was meant to be a compliment). I will send you the info as soon as I have time. Thanks for getting back to me. LYN

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