Abe’s Wisdom and Humor


One of our American Presidents that nearly everyone in any generation can remember is Abraham Lincoln. His humor and wisdom penetrated Congressmen, dignitaries, and the common man and woman.

“In the end it’s NOT the Years in you life that count. It’s the Life in your years” was one of Lincoln’s favorite pieces of advice for living right.

During a Cabinet meeting, discussion ensued on how foreign powers were interpreting the ongoing War between the States in America. Said President Lincoln: “…we must let other nations know that we propose to settle our family row in our own way…we don’t want any sneaking around by other countries who would like to find out how we are going to do it, either…Now (Secretary) Seward, you write some diplomatic notes to that effect.”

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Never Stop Believing

Seventy-three years passed since his final mission in World War II when Army Air Force pilot Robert Mains’ plane was shot down, along with his crew of nine other members. One member survived. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Mains did not.


But Robert’s family of Rochester, New York, never stopped believing that Robert’s remains would one day be located and returned to his native land for proper burial.

Did you know there are a number of organizations that constantly work to locate  missing and deceased warriors of world armed conflicts? That includes the Pentagon, which takes on the responsibility of informing families about the results of these on-going searches.

U.S. military officials announced in 2017 that Lt. Mains, 27, was one of those whose remains had been found. His plane, a B-24 Liberator that was part of a raid over Germany in April of 1945 during WWII, was shot out of the sky by enemy fighters. It crashed outside the town of Ludwigslust, Germany, killing nine of the 10-member crew.

Seventy-three years of hope and grief ended with closure for Lt. Mains’ family.

The poignancy of these recoveries was beautifully and emotionally portrayed by Betty White in her movie Lost Valentine. She plays a pregnant wife widowed by war at a young age. The script follows her journey in flashbacks and back to her present life when her husband’s remains are located 50 years after his war-time death on foreign soil.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Love and Horror The Second Time


If you like to be scared silly — and your reading batteries have run low, scurry over to Amazon books and look for Dark Visions

That’s the name of the new, amazing horror anthology from editor and best-selling author Dan Alatorre and over 20 other authors, some repeaters, who have collaborated to produce their second of two books together.


Charge up and get ready for excitement and thrills! Get Dark Visions today! And order the book, as well ! Hahahahahaha— eh-eh-eh!!!


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I contributed a short story called Normal Things to Dark Visions. I also was published in Dan’s first anthology with us titled The Box Under the Bed.


Through Dan’s writing contests at his WordPress blog, many of us have achieved commercial publication and self-publishing success, as we were winners, or placers, in those contests whom Dan invited to help produce his scary, horror anthologies.


All of us aren’t exactly genre-tight horror writers, but the contests, plus Dan’s generosity as an editor and best-selling author himself, helped catapult our work into the limelight. We wrote suspense and horror and macabre for his contests, and collaboration on his anthologies was a boost in recognition for us all.

Take a chance! Read us! Order Dark Visions and/or The Box Under the Bed today at Amazon!

Photos (first two and last) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



Notes On A Word of Wisdom — UP

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From our local church newsletter came some of these thoughts on a Word of Wisdom — “Up”.

Take time out for a laugh, or two, on wordage:
You understand the word “up”: it means toward the sky, or at the top of some list, according to the Dictionary.

But, why:
1)   do we wake UP ?
2)   do we speak UP ?
3)   are officers UP for election ?
4)   do we warm UP ?
5)   do we work UP an appetite ?

And, why:
6)   do we think UP excuses ?
7)   do we dress UP ?
8)   is the Earth soaked UP with rain water ?
9)   do we mess UP ?
10) do we wrap it UP ?

11) do we line UP ?
12) do we brighten UP ?
13) are people stirred UP ?
14) do we lock UP ?
15) do we talk it UP ?

16) do we button UP ?
17) do we clam UP ?
18) are people fixed UP for a date ?
19) do we vote it UP ?
20) do we add it UP ?

The wonder of words is my wonder, also. Is it yours?

I added some other UPs to the newsletter list. Add yours!

It’s all UP to you!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


National Parks and Refuges Guard American Treasures

white brown mountain during daytime

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Glacier National Park was the safe haven to 800 Grizzly bears in a 2012 count. That  group size doubled within the park confines. On the park’s East side, Grizzlies visit the lower aspen groves and meadows in the Summer.

More about animals at:
Horses and Animals Are Talkin’

American Alligators in the Everglades National Park can grow as large as sixteen feet long. Although they normally don’t bother human beings, it is wise to refrain from trying to fee them, or pet their young, which sport visible yellow bands of color.

Along the Central California coast, once-endangered sea otters live in growing numbers. They thrive on and play among giant kelp in an estuary name Elkhorn Slough.

dewgong on body of water

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Millions of Bison ambled the plains of the Old West: 650 of the animals living in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma represented a species recovery project that recorded their numbers in 2012. The refuge opened in 1907, creating a safe environment for America’s largest wildlife native that was nearly hunted to extinction in the 1800s.

The Grand Canyon is one of the homes of the Condor, rescued from impending extinction many years ago. In 2012, 70 of these birds resided in the Canyon. Nation-wide at that time, just 350 Condors total had been recorded as living in the wild.

Texas’s Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is home to the rare Green Jay, a blue, green, and yellow bird of tropical descent. Avian life is plentiful in this refuge, as a count of 413 different species has been recorded and maintained.


The National Guard in Fort Indiantown Gap keeps watch over the Regal Fritillary Butterfly. These insects can be seen at the Guard’s training facilities in Pennsylvania in their largest single population in the Eastern United States. They shed their cocoons in July and make a bee-line for the plant life on the base that sustains them.

Nature’s wonders are forever preserved in these refuges and in America’s 60 National Parks.

More about our National Parks at:
Lines of Gratitude Blog

Flower photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



We loved Franklin D. Roosevelt as American President because he always had his finger on the nation’s pulse.

How did we get to running the country with two thumbs?

Everyone today is tweeting, but is anyone listening? Our thumbs are misspelling words, giving into a new language that defies logic, creating distance from creative, worthwhile discussion, and making a mockery of traditional communicative skills.

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Back-to-Back Wins at the County Fair

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After a most successful year in 2017 competing in the Henry County Fair’s Photography Division, I wondered what I could do for an encore in 2018.

I changed things up and achieved back-to-back wins in Photography’s “Henry County Landmarks”, a class for ages 16 and Over. The required 5×7 up to 8×10 Prints could be presented in Color, Or in Black and White.

Here are my “Landmarks” winners — 2018, First Place, photographed in Color.


Fair entry snap after awards were presented



Original snap before entry at the Fair

and in 2017 (BELOW), First Place and BEST in CLASS, photographed in Black and White:


Fair entry snap after awards were presented


Original snap before entry at the Fair

More about county fairs and more Fair Photography, as well as continuing presentations of my Ribbon Winners and non-winners, may be viewed at my fair blog.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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