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Rambling by Jinx - [584 words]
Msflights: The Article by Nathaniel A Miller An in depth grievance and warning to all about the shady practicves of their site. [748 words]
Once Indistinguishable Wasting, Sources, Brother Replaced, Unite. by Uxuxocuke Inaridoo http://buyfinasteride-propecia.com/ - Buy Fin... [8 words]
Nutrition For Overall Well-Being by Joseph Albrecht Key information on how our choices of food/beverages/herbs & spices affects ou... [949 words]
Memoirs Of A United States Navy Soldier by Nathaniel A Miller The journey to and first night at Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Fo... [1,687 words]
Gaining Maximum Worms; Rag Age-Related. by Arumvowitbuj Ihaceconava http://buyfinasteride-propecia.com/ - Propecia Online Ventolin http://z... [7 words]
Dark Castle Mud Game: An Article by Nathaniel A Miller My first article in over eighteen years about a text game called a MUD that wa... [819 words]
Hazards Of Coconut Oil (And Little Brothers) by Tanisha Thanuj A short paragraph on typical day with my younger brother who seem... [195 words]
Middle Of The Night by John Lauda Being in your cell alone in prison in the middle of the night. [1,055 words]
Lockdown by John Lauda Sitting in prison cell during lock down with the temperature well past 100 degrees, and time moving at... [1,138 words]
The Thing(S) by Rube They're everywhere [164 words]
Passionate Appeal To Dstv Concerning Big Brother Africa (Bba) by Kennedy O Obohwemu It's all about recognising the need to preserve t... [389 words]
Media Commentary And Invitation To A Different Life by Joseph Albrecht Living the life of sustainability which many just preach ab... [295 words]
Letter To Nyc Mayor Bloomberg by Joseph Albrecht A call to action on behalf of struggling NYC workers. [241 words]
Book Review: Re-Made In The Usa-Todd Lipscomb by Joseph Albrecht Americans wanting to help heal their nation should read this insp... [156 words]
Margaret Thatcher's Funeral by Colin Baker - [270 words]
Military Mighttaxpayer Fright by Joseph Albrecht How those outside the beltway view America's militarism and imperialistic policie... [789 words]
Conversations With Glenn: Relaxed Engineer by Shelley Alongi Or, maybe it's me who's relaxed? Train talk. Sweet. [2,841 words]
Climate Change: Alarms And Silencers by Joseph Albrecht Where the most insightful voices are coming from to weigh in on climate ch... [448 words]
Fruit Of The Earth: My Joy Of Homesteading by Joseph Albrecht About gardening from scratch. [442 words]
Withdrawn Loners And Sparkling Drops by Colin Baker The recent shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut USA is tragic beyo... [856 words]
The Right To Work For Less by Joseph Albrecht A piece about the current state of American working conditions. [422 words]
The Power Of Nonviolence by Joseph Albrecht A speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. clarifying what nonviolent resistance is and wh... [207 words]
Benefit Cutting For Dummies by Colin Baker Benefit cutting is politically and ideologically motivated. [2,411 words]
Shoot For The Moon: If You Miss, You Need A Bigger Gun by Joseph Albrecht A piece on America's fervent addiction to the second ame... [549 words]
Rocky Anderson's Speech On Political Duopoly by Joseph Albrecht A speech by this year's Justice Party Candidate and former Mayor o... [1,398 words]
Pregnancy And Politics by Colin Baker An argument against capitalism [1,096 words]
Pakistan by Muhammad Umar Asif About Pakistan [38 words]
Ends And Means by Colin Baker The world we currently live in is a topsy turvy place. [215 words]
All Clear For Nuclear by Joseph Albrecht A paper on the benefits of nuclear nonproliferation. [1,005 words]
Social Inequality Is Not One-Sided by Colin Baker - [1,035 words]
Why Bother At All? by Colin Baker Why bother struggling to save a decaying economic system like capitalism? [483 words]
The Majority Of The Mentally Ill Are Harmless by Randy Johnson - [216 words]
Fruit And Vegetable Shortages by Colin Baker A spurious argument [269 words]
Ian's Gang - An Announcement by Ian Kidd Ian's Gang has entered a new dimension. Find out where! [210 words]
The Human Form Divine - Norman A. Rubin by Norman A Rubin Ancient sculptures, statuettes and figurines of wide-ranging artistic ... [2,659 words]
A Hand To Hold by Jared Barcelos A piece of creative nonfiction that I wrote for a class this semester. This segmented essay hig... [1,733 words]
Adventures In Darkness by Tom Sullivan This was a speech that was delivered on April 20th, 2011 in Indianpolis Indiana. [1,610 words]
Dandelion by Patience R Stojic-Somers Life. [1,964 words]
2011 Interview With Steve Alten by Owen J Hollifield An interview with the New York Times best selling author Steve Alten [869 words]
What We Are Not Told About War by Joseph Albrecht This is information that I have gathered from two books: 'Death of the Liberal C... [2,401 words]
!!!!!!!It's Not Wrong!!!!!!!!! by E-C MacKay NO I AM NOT A LESBO OR GAY- I AM STRAIGHT BUT I HATE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE THINK ... [574 words]
Now Mama Teach Me by Wanda Clark A creative non fiction writing a a twent six year old young lady asks her mother to teach her... [220 words]
Interview With Detective Steve Ainsworth by Leland Gaines An interview with Boulder County, Colorado Detective Steve Ainsworth, ... [1,623 words]
Interview With Chris Castillo by Leland Gaines An interview with murder victim survivor Chris Castillo, whose mother was murdere... [2,360 words]
They Call Me Mellow Yellow by Skyler Drevan Complexion [2,063 words]
Near Life Experience by Gregory W Burkett Near Death Experience [548 words]
Final Satori? by Gregory W Burkett Transcending the ego and the first phase of enlightenment. Release from karma. [428 words]
Caught In A Storm by Brad Lewkow Captivating non-fiction story of a time when things were not so bright. [765 words]
Looking Over The Berlin Wall: by Dave Springer Personal Memories of a Divided Berlin [993 words]
John And Juan: Colombia's Facebook Killers by Randall Barfield - [594 words]
Value Of A Relationship Based Approach To Autism by Dr Dan Edmunds relationship based approaches and autism and developmental dif... [1,066 words]
The Religion Of Bio-Psychiatry by Dr Dan Edmunds critical analysis of bio-psychiatry [290 words]
The War On Weed. Pt.1 How The High Became A Low. by Dream Rinsed - [139 words]
Rip Up The System! by Dream Rinsed Death to the Status Quo! (brutal industrial funk) [117 words]
Anarcho-Psychology by Dr Dan Edmunds - [1,519 words]
Love Junkie by Dream Rinsed and God created Love. (discojazzfunk) [175 words]
Taking A Closer Look by Joseph Albrecht Reinforcement of beliefs, values, and curiosity can help throughout life. [373 words]
Interview With Jack Ketchum by Iron Dave An interview with Bram Stoker winner Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Gir... [1,341 words]
A Conversation With Clive Barker - Part 1 by Iron Dave A phone conversation with Clive Barker conducted in 2008 [1,319 words]
Year Baby Died. by Terry Collett - [107 words]
The Double Cure: A Closer Look
Panic by Madeline Maddy Marie Keene My second panic attack [1,091 words]
The Ellipsis (The Loner And The Saint) by Josh Wroblewski A story about 2 friends of mine and how I perceived the events. [191 words]
Morning After by Dream Rinsed a song about waking up after a one night stand. (slow moody funk) [157 words]
Loser Wins! by Dream Rinsed Gamer gamed by the love game,yet da loser wins love! (late 70s Ashford & Simpson type disco) [173 words]
Let No Man Tell My Story by Piper Davenport - [1,274 words]
Before I Go Mad by Tamsin Butler Im sorry, I just needed to write this somewhere to get it out of my head. [286 words]
Steve Alten Interview 2009 by Owen Hollifield A new interview with New York Times best selling author Steve Alten [702 words]
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Near Death Experience Opens Doorway by Colleen Barnes- Jones A doorway to the spiritual realm was opened somehow following a near death ... [809 words]
The Dish Star: Stories From Bay St. Louis, 2005 by Shelley Alongi In December 2005 I had a chance to work at a relief kitchen in ... [8,310 words]
How To Have Money In Your Life by Randall Barfield - [423 words]
Metrolink111: Icecream And The Umbrella by Shelley Alongi Three trips to the Fullerton train station all have these things in com... [3,107 words]
Three Words by Adam Bradley How I got sober [579 words]
Somewhere Near The Maricopas: Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor Interview by Randall Barfield Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor, Arizona writer, poet, se... [4,700 words]
My Dream About The Chatsworth Train Wreck by Shelley Alongi You know how dreams are. No revelations, no judgement calls, just a s... [1,082 words]
How My Cell-Phone Made Me Spend A Night In Jail by Philip Matthew Alarie - [8,700 words]
Why Is He Calling? Or (Pass Me Not) by Randall Barfield She's dead (Frances Jane or Fanny) but she isn't. Right? [706 words]
Myths About Essay Writing by Denise Hurst Essay writing myths debunked. Learn how to write effective essays without these misco... [369 words]
Metrolink 111: Love A New Rail Fan by Shelley Alongi On this journey to Santa Barbara I pass through the Metrolink 111 accident s... [3,285 words]
Kitty Kisses: Adventures With Pearl The Cat's Meow by Shelley Alongi Confident little Pearl knows she has nothing to worry about ... [939 words]
Freelance Writing Perks by Erika Turner Freelancing perks to enjoy on your writing gigs. [331 words]
Exploratory Essay: Start To Know by Amy Sue Exploratory Essay writing is limited for the brave hearts. If one is not whole... [361 words]
Kitty Kisses: The Brandy Police by Shelley Alongi Even if I bring home the bacon, Brandy insists on running the house her way or ... [1,254 words]
Liliana's Decision by Randall Barfield - [488 words]
Ralph Carmichael: A Great American Musician by Randall Barfield - [463 words]
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Friday 18th January 2008 Some Sexual Content by Sooz *Decency warning* contains some sexual reference [2,151 words]
Bill Gaither: True Follower by Randall Barfield - [641 words]
About Respect And Prestige by Randall Barfield - [352 words]
About Daddy Series by Randall Barfield - [4,424 words]
Wednesday 16th Jan 2008 by Sooz - [1,252 words]
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Thursday 17th Jan by Sooz Ructions [1,252 words]
Saturday 12th Jan. by Sooz Muses on writing and ponderings on life... and almost no lizards! [1,296 words]
Jane Doe Seven 2008 by Sooz New year, new book, here we go again. [976 words]
Friday 11th Jan 2008 by Sooz New lizard arriving today. [2,828 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
The Double Cure: A Closer Look
DESCRIPTION
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[1,118 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Spiritual
AUTHOR
Randall Barfield
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
-US citizen living and working in the capital of Colombia, South America. Teaches EFL and IELTS, and TOEFL (any test prep). Proofreads English essays, theses, and books, etc. Private classes accepted. Also writes at abctales.com; microhorror.com; postcardshorts.com; authorsden.com. Contact: www.officeteachr.com
[May 2010]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
booksdavids@gmail.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (281)
2nd Interview With The President (Plays) It's Barb again and President Branch. I'll try. Hope somebody likes it. [1,300 words] [Humor]
A Colombia Hatred-Free (Poetry) Of course, it isn't just Colombia, is it? [52 words] [Writing Resource]
A Dream Comes True (Non-Fiction) This is nostalgia and reflection. It's a short piece of writing dedicated to young Rodger Wesley Beaver of Georgia who was killed by a "sheriff's deputy"(God protect us from those like him.) on Valen... [951 words] [Biography]
A Flower Today In Words (Poetry) - [40 words]
A Georgia Crossroads (Non-Fiction) Where does it lie? [325 words] [Writing Resource]
A Little Poem My Child (Children) - [79 words] [Humor]
A Matter Of Timing, Frankly (Short Stories) - [736 words] [Literary Fiction]
A Million Times Plus One (Poetry) I have never stopped loving the tune "A Whiter Shade of Pale." I heard it the first time at age 16 or 17. Here is a little piece I completed recently while listening to the song over and over. So, ... [234 words] [Relationships]
A Monster Of Monsters (Non-Fiction) Why did we ever let him get this far? [208 words] [Horror]
A Parent's Lament (Genres) Some say it's never too late. [260 words] [Teenage]
A Perfected Perpetuation Plan For Today's Young Yahoos (Poetry) No one has the right to rob a bank, but each has the right to draw up her/his floor plans for life. [219 words] [Writing Resource]
A Purple Jacket (Short Stories) - [494 words] [Motivational]
A Quiet House (Short Stories) - [257 words] [Teenage]
A Red May Rose For Thee (Poetry) - [45 words] [Motivational]
A Royal Ring Up (Plays) Is this anger on my part? What should I care? But anyway, here it is... [808 words] [Drama]
A Soldier's Letter (Poetry) Far from the familiar our words are often sweeter, are they not? [109 words] [Romance]
A Songbird's Intellect (Poetry) - [4 words] [Spiritual]
A Troubled Nation In Need Of Prayer And Soul-Searching: How To Repair It (Non-Fiction) Send you suggestions/contributions in 40 words or less to booksdavis@yahoo.com Thank you. [89 words] [History]
A Visit (Short Stories) - [245 words] [Teenage]
About Daddy (1) (Non-Fiction) Daddy had his own emotional problems... [359 words] [Biography]
About Daddy Series (Non-Fiction) - [4,424 words] [Biography]
About Respect And Prestige (Non-Fiction) - [352 words] [Psychology]
Abrakadeebra: A Celebration Of Children's Verse No. 1 (Children) More fun little poems/verses for those special readers of mine. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know which ones need a bit of modification. Cheers. [2,799 words] [Humor]
Abrakadomebra: A 2nd Celebration Of Children's Verse (Children) More exciting(some are, anyway) little poems/verses about Frosty, Benny the Blackbird, Jack and Jill, etc. for children's laughter. Cheers. [2,349 words] [Humor]
Abrakadoobra: 100 Short Poems For Children (Children) Sometimes I enjoy writing or trying to write poems for children moreso than for adults. Would that be bad or good? Maybe neither. Please let me know which ones you or your kid likes or dislikes. I'... [3,527 words] [Fantasy]
Abrakadyebra: A Third Collection Of Children's Poems (Children) See, read and hear new poems about Frosty and Jack and Jill and others now! Cheers! [1,464 words] [Humor]
Abstinence (Poetry) - [18 words] [Psychology]
Adestes: Little Christmas Poems For Children (Children) Father Christmas/please be so kind/bring me a toy/one doesn't wind. [392 words] [Humor]
Advertising The Devil (Non-Fiction) "Serve the Lord with gladness..." not sadness, you dummy! [491 words] [Spiritual]
Aletha (Short Stories) . [330 words] [Teenage]
Ann Dunham: Busy Serving Others And Educating Her Kids (Children) If only she could see him now. [506 words] [Biography]
Ann Rule: The Lady Who Writes About Killers (Children) Talk about a busy life! Here's an example. [360 words] [Biography]
Another Prince Charles (Children) - [391 words] [Biography]
At Clarence's (Short Stories) - [290 words] [Teenage]
Back Through The Trees (Poetry) This evil took place both day and night. [50 words] [Motivational]
Bad Señorita (Songs) Am I a "real" songwriter? (Looking at this one, I hope not!) [103 words] [Humor]
Because His Skin Is Dark (Poetry) - [19 words] [Mind]
Bill Gaither: True Follower (Non-Fiction) - [641 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham: Man After God's Heart (Children) Who can count all his awards? [375 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham's Death (Non-Fiction) . [633 words] [Spiritual]
Blood (Poetry) - [30 words] [Horror]
Blubber, Blubber, Armchair Lubber (Essays) A short essay about the REAL truth behind dieting, etc. [870 words] [Self-Help]
Boy Child (Songs) These lyrics are new and go to the tune of 'Oh Danny Boy' or 'Londonderry Aire'. Something like that. I may do one more stanza. [99 words] [Spiritual]
Buenos Dias, Colombia (Not S Carolina!) (Non-Fiction) First-hand comments/observations of the country today and other days (with sugar, cream, and warts). This was a blog before anyone had ever heard of the term. [18,298 words] [Writing Resource]
Cam (Poetry) ...wound up twisted... [20 words] [Humor]
Carlos The Young Coffee Picker (Children) Carlos the young coffee picker Played a serenade Maria had just given birth Nine pounds the wee thing weighed! [564 words] [Humor]
Catch A Rising Star (Short Stories) "It's Luis, Jaime..." the old man stammered. [496 words] [Literary Fiction]
Cemetery Road (Short Stories) "What was that? There's someone out there," she exclaimed. [444 words] [Teenage]
Cindy's Fall (Short Stories) - [526 words] [Horror]
Colombia's On The Map (Poetry) How long is forty years, ma? [77 words] [Writing Resource]
Colombia's President Al Uribe (Children) - [493 words] [Biography]
Create, Create (Poetry) - [16 words] [Art]
Daddy And Me: Making The Rounds (Essays) A little wallow? [428 words] [Writing Resource]
Daddy, Can You Hear Me? (Short Stories) What would you do in this situation? [511 words] [Horror]
Daemons (Non-Fiction) Isn't British spelling more elegant sometimes? This piece of writing is about demons. We all have one or some of them inside us. They are the negative elements we cannot control very easily. The f... [2,678 words] [Psychology]
Daniel Coronell: Freedom Fighter (Children) He returned to his country determined more than ever. [420 words] [Biography]
Daring To Touch Saeed (Poetry) This piece is supposed to be about Flight 93. It's very hard to write about. If you've seen the movie, you've cried. Murderers, in my opinion, are spiritually or otherwise diseased, so, I think we ... [166 words] [History]
David's Letter--Bogota, Colombia (Non-Fiction) This is a true incident. It is not fiction. [551 words] [Self-Help]
Dear Detective Lovett (Short Stories) - [646 words] [Crime]
Decider (Poetry) This poem was composed after a slow reading of Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, the world's foremost crime writer. [169 words] [Crime]
Deleted (Poetry) - [18 words] [Literary Fiction]
Desire Of Flesh (Poetry) ...you're ferried by death. [41 words] [Mind]
Developed And Scary (Non-Fiction) . [400 words] [History]
Doctor's Orders (Poetry) A short poem about family camping. [198 words] [Writing Resource]
Don't Call Her First Lady (Songs) This is sort of a song-poem. It's not about the First Couple in Washington, in case you wonder. The rhythm is along the lines of Ray Charles' "Fool For Love". Have you heard it? [60 words] [Humor]
Don't Tell Anyone (Short Stories) - [258 words] [Horror]
Each A Star (Poetry) Dear Readers: This poem-story, sadly, is based on a true and recent incident near where we live. [40 words] [Spiritual]
Ephraim (Short Stories) - [443 words] [Literary Fiction]
Every Day We Pierce Him (Songs) The tune for this song is a Spanish church song titled "Llaga", which means open sore or wound. In the Spanish hymn book I have, the author is listed as anonymous. Anyway, here are some English lyric... [74 words] [Spiritual]
Everybody Loved Polly (Short Stories) I detest violence and violent people! [1,809 words] [Popular Fiction]
Find Myself (Songs) Tune: Largo from Dvorak's "New World Symphony". [57 words] [Romance]
Finding A Poem-Short Story Topic (Non-Fiction) What to write about? Where do I look? Who/What can help me? [552 words] [Writing Resource]
Fishing Obligations (Essays) A short essay about parental responsibilities and kids' obligations. [558 words] [Relationships]
Five Prose Poems (Poetry) Here are five prose poems for the romantic-minded, I hope. The titles are Looking Back, That Celestial Calm--the Moon; City Shadows; Seeking; and We Turned Off. [331 words] [Romance]
Fly Me To The Moon, Baby (Poetry) - [82 words] [Romance]
Four Of Them (Essays) ...nobody has eight kids anymore either. Right? [259 words] [Writing Resource]
Four Poems (Poetry) Titles are: Groundwork in Colombia, Poetry, I Saw My Granny, Carpenter [398 words]
Four Short-Shorts (Poetry) "Lite" fare again. Titles are: Trying to Create Beauty; You First Then I; Appetite; and Opening Night. [113 words] [Mind]
Frances Jane: God's Happy Servant (Children) They had a baby daughter but it died... [368 words] [Biography]
Funny Like (Short Stories) - [610 words] [Teenage]
Generosity (Poetry) - [15 words] [Spiritual]
Gone Is Our Lisa (Poetry) (Feeling Poe-ish today maybe?) [87 words] [Humor]
Goodbye Christmas, Goodbye Santa (Poetry) - [52 words] [Motivational]
Grandstand (Poetry) - [19 words] [Relationships]
Growing Up Among Racists (Non-Fiction) A look at some of us in retrospect. [635 words] [Relationships]
Haikus Erotiques (Poetry) -These represent an exercise that's fun. Steve Mount has some others at saltyrain.com but the best are by the Japanese old masters. Look in Google for them. [113 words] [Erotic]
Haley She Was Called (Children) - [397 words] [Biography]
Hanks (Poetry) The superstar. [67 words] [Movies]
He Keeps Me Humble (Poetry) It's just that sometimes we don't want to be watched! [22 words] [Spiritual]
Heteros, Homos, Celibacy And The Church (Non-Fiction) Are we going back to the time of the Crusades? [590 words] [Writing Resource]
Hi Mr Willis, Can You Explain What Wrong I Did? (Non-Fiction) Teaching school is always give and take. Will it ever be different? [462 words] [Literary Fiction]
His Heart (Non-Fiction) - [556 words] [Motivational]
Homeward (Poetry) Sans arrogance, this poem was written for Senator Byrd of W. Va. [20 words] [Romance]
Hospital Room (Short Stories) Sadly, it's another case of "who needs fiction?" [1,115 words] [Crime]
How In Colombia I Grew In Mind And Soul (And Nowadays Grow In Girth) (Non-Fiction) Where I grew up in Georgia we had practically no access to modern British prose or poetry... [654 words] [Biography]
How To Have Money In Your Life (Non-Fiction) - [423 words] [Self-Help]
I Fell In Love With You (Poetry) - [97 words] [Romance]
I Find My Sanity (Poetry) - [38 words] [Psychology]
If I Could Chat With You Again (Poetry) - [66 words] [Literary Fiction]
If The World Were More Like You (Songs) Isn't this self-reflection? [155 words] [Psychology]
I'm Dreaming Of... (Poetry) It's about a smile. [80 words] [Writing Resource]
I'm From Mars (Short Stories) Historical fiction. [513 words] [Teenage]
In My Mind I Cheat On You (Poetry) Throw the first stone. [74 words] [Relationships]
In Our Minds (Poetry) - [11 words] [Mind]
In The Outside Cold (Short Stories) - [440 words] [Literary Fiction]
Interview Of A South American Gay (Non-Fiction) Meet Miguel Rodriguez: Miguel Rodriguez, a colleague of mine, is one of Colombia’s elite citizens in terms of philosophy, education, cultural level, and societal contributions. In other words, he’s ... [2,066 words] [Relationships]
Interview With The President (Plays) Baraba Falters(Barb)finally interviews President Branch. The President is, like a typical politician, quite difficult to pin down. [1,319 words] [Writing Resource]
Is It Where We Write Or What We Write? (Non-Fiction) Just think--how many of us had heard of Annie Proulx before 2005 or 2006? [681 words] [Publishing]
It Was Raining (Short Stories) "Let's not talk about it right now, Mama..." [368 words] [Literary Fiction]
Its Christmas Joy (Poetry) What is priority this year? [71 words] [Motivational]
James Benedetti's Daughter (Short Stories) A surprise visit. [861 words] [Literary Fiction]
James Herriot: Dearest Vet That Ever Lived (Children) Could you bring a cow into the world? A horse? [430 words] [Biography]
Jesus, You Look So Kansas-Like (Poetry) - [328 words] [Teenage]
Jewish Mother (Short Stories) Trying to make Him and those near Him more alive, more real, and hopefully, with more exposure. [396 words] [Literary Fiction]
John And Juan: Colombia's Facebook Killers (Non-Fiction) - [594 words] [Crime]
Just (Poetry) Heightened sensitivity doesn't mean anything goes. It does, however, mean caring for others. [70 words] [Psychology]
Just Cry, Mama (Poetry) - [267 words] [Teenage]
Just Imagine (Poetry) Dedicated to the One with the scarred hands. [59 words] [Spiritual]
Keepsakes (Poetry) A poem about a special afternoon. [129 words]
Lassie: About A Pal (No Joke) (Children) ...thanks to British-born writer Eric Knight, who wrote the short story... [276 words] [Biography]
Leaving Colombia(On A Jet, Of Course) (Non-Fiction) - [974 words] [Crime]
Letter To Elvis (Non-Fiction) You were human, of course. Perhaps in the end you just couldn't take any more... [642 words] [Biography]
Lid (Short Stories) Beware of half baths. [376 words] [Horror]
Life On The Shelf (Poetry) - [27 words] [Erotic]
Like A Story (Poetry) - [130 words] [Teenage]
Like A Wave (Poetry) - [30 words] [Romance]
Liliana's Decision (Non-Fiction) - [488 words] [Crime]
Lions Young (Poetry) - [16 words] [Erotic]
Little Is Much (Children) - [85 words] [Animal]
Lonely Hunter (Poetry) - [17 words] [Literary Fiction]
Long Live Our Elephants (Children) Would you kill an elephant? A deer? A fly? [284 words] [Animal]
Lord Find A Place (Poetry) (For Luciano Pavarotti: R.I.P.) [70 words] [Spiritual]
Making Moves: Another Look At Victims And Choices In Ann Rule's True Crime Stories (Non-Fiction) Ann Rule gives the murderers a hell of a punch in each story. That's the way it must be. It is the angle from which she writes and no one, no one is going to condone the acts of a murderer, least of... [9,916 words] [Crime]
Marsten (Short Stories) - [408 words] [Horror]
Matchless Love (Songs) - [91 words] [Motivational]
May Mothers And Fathers (Essays) A short essay about those parents who want to push academic responsibility off onto others. [479 words]
Maybe To Pittsburgh This Time (Children) This is about a boy's best friend. Also, I've always loved Girzone's "Joshua". Here is my little attempt to imitate that, somehow. [479 words] [Literary Fiction]
Meet Mary (Poetry) - [39 words]
Michael (Poetry) About someone who left us some years back but who left an indelible impression on those of his generation. [82 words] [Biography]
Mine Eyes Have Seen (Poetry) No glory and no hallelujah. [55 words] [Horror]
Miniviews From Colombia (Non-Fiction) No special description. Basically, getting an idea of what different people think at present. [3,555 words]
Miss Sindee And The Candidate (Plays) - [361 words] [Humor]
Moors And Moors: Randall Interviews Portuguese Writer--Poet--Artist Alexandra Onelight (Non-Fiction) - [3,430 words] [Biography]
Morgan: An Actor's Actor (Children) Even though he's still living, here's a little bio. [362 words] [Biography]
Moron (Short Stories) - [374 words] [Teenage]
Mr. Nico's Monday A.M. Surprise (Plays) Thus it was decreed: Woe unto all those ethically challenged! [633 words] [Humor]
Mr Randy Sez (Non-Fiction) Expressed thoughts, musings, comments, etc. on whatever I please. [5,598 words] [Publishing]
My Big Toe Nicely (Poetry) - [23 words] [Erotic]
My Fan (Poetry) - [23 words] [Spiritual]
My Kind Of Christian: Barbara Curtis (Non-Fiction) "She lived to shock people, 'to be different and avant-garde'." [514 words] [Motivational]
My Men Are Full Of Vigor (Poetry) This is about crosses, isn´t it? [48 words] [Erotic]
Needed: Diversity In Education (Essays) Including More Studies In Distinct Cultures Needed Urgently: Give-A-Shit Parents Who Actually Monitor Their Kids If we won't listen to Jesus, then... [867 words] [Writing Resource]
No Better Galahad (Songs) About the best Friend in the world. [115 words] [Spiritual]
Normally A Gentle Man (Short Stories) This story was inspired by a story in the "Chicken Soup" series that I never can forget. [334 words] [Teenage]
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The Double Cure: A Closer Look
Randall Barfield

The Double Cure: a closer look by Randall Barfield

We’ve known these hymns all our lives nearly. In this case, Vestal Goodman kept singing on one of my DVDs about the double cure but I’d miss what comprised the double cure. The little mystery, as in “Pass Me Not”, wouldn’t let me go. So, this gives me a pretext for pulling the hymn out and investigating some. The lyricist was Mr. Augustus Toplady about the time of the American Revolutionary War.
Let’s take 2 lines at a time. The hymn starts out as follows:

“Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee;”

Jesus Christ is the Rock. He’s been around now for more than 2,000 years so this explains the ages. A cleft is a crevice or crack, so just as a fiddler crab or some other creature, we can hide in a rock’s crevice. Hide from many dangers that lie outside such a refuge. It’s 1763 so the author likes Thee for Christ instead of the You we commonly use today. Christ can and will protect us as a rock with a crevice.

“Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed,”

Here we have divine water and blood. We think of holy water as well as bodily fluids of the extraordinary kind. The riven side was caused by the atrocious acts of the Roman soldiers following orders as Jesus was nailed to the Cross on Calvary and poked and cut.

“Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.”

OK, here we have the request for both the water and the blood of the wounded Christ to be and act as the cure for our sin. The effect of sin the author says is two-fold: there is guilt and there is power. The sinner feels guilty when sinning and after sinning- who knows how often- and there is an effect of power that sin itself (the devil?) has over the human being (indeed, the ‘things of the world’ we were taught and warned about as kids in Sunday school or catechism).

“Not the labors of my hands, Can fulfill Thy law’s demands:”

I think this is rather clear. To me it means that works (read good works) aren’t going to save us or make up in any way for our transgressions.

“Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow,”

OK, zeal is enthusiasm for a cause. We don’t want to lose our zeal for Christ or for heaven and eternal life. By tears we want always to be sensitive toward Christ’s purpose, teachings, and sacrifice for us.

“All for sin could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone.”

Here, we learn that neither zeal nor the tears mentioned above can atone for our sins or save us. Only He- Christ- can save us and by His choice. Not mom, not dad, not the preacher, not the priest, not the church’s sanctuary, and so on. We know this, of course, because in the parable of the vineyard, the owner says it’s his vineyard and he’ll do with it as he pleases. Christ, Himself, in relating this parable, compares the vineyard with the kingdom of heaven.

“Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling;”

This is like “Just As I Am”, a hymn, of course, and the title of Billy Graham’s autobiography. It means coming to Christ ‘naked’ with no pretenses, no frills, no valuable gifts (which He doesn’t need, of course). The decision has been made to cling to the cross- to be a follower of Christ’s. It doesn’t by any means mean being perfect, which is impossible for the human being anyway. Christ knows this perfectly well or He would not have asked the crowd who among them was without sin.

“Naked, come to Thee for dress, Helpless, look to Thee for grace;”

We are metaphorically naked but Christ will “dress” us. We all know what new clothes, and especially nice clothes, do for us and our egos. Christ can do this for us and much more. We are a fairly helpless lot, we humans. We can’t keep from engaging in warfare among ourselves, from harboring petty envy, from hating, from cheating, and a host of other negatives; however, there are the positives too, of course. Thus, we are worth saving. By the grace of God- Jesus Christ- good things happen and we seek that grace of His, whether now or later or both.

“Foul, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, Savior, or I die!”

“For all have sinned…” St. Paul tells us, so that solves that mystery and any pretense some of us may harbor to the contrary. So we seek the metaphorical blood and water, to be washed in these precious and divine liquids for eternity’s sake. We cannot live eternally unless we are “washed in the blood of the Lamb.” Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, called Him the Lamb of God.

“While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death,”

Fleeting. This means we are here today gone tomorrow. We can take only the moment for granted. No particle of the future is guaranteed. We can only expect and hope. All our eyes one day will close in death here on earth unless we are here the day Christ returns. This is God’s will and, therefore, a mandate we must all abide by like it or not. This is the part the American Heart Assn. and the American Cancer Society never mention. [I know, it’s not their job to mention it] Yes, we must take care of our bodies (temples of God) but we must not dream foolishly that they will last forever here on earth.

“When I soar to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgment throne,”

Here the author gives us a glimpse of the glory of leaving this cruel and ill world for something better, although we have not and cannot see it with our own eyes. We get an image of Christ (not alone but with God) on Judgment Day the Bible tells us. The author is reinforcing the teaching that judgment will definitely occur.
The last line of the hymn (I have only 4 verses with me) is the same as the first- “Rock of Ages…”
I hope you enjoyed this little tour through a hymn. Sometimes we sing and sing but don’t actually stop and reflect upon what it is we are singing. What do the words mean? Why did the author choose a particular word, other than to rhyme, of course? If someone ever asks us about the double cure, we now can enlighten them. The double cure (for sin) is comprised of the water and blood flowing from Jesus Christ on Calvary.
 

   
 

 

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