Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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When sabotage threatens the Rudin Sugar Factory, Detective Jasper Hollock believes this will be his first real case. But dear Mr. Rudin—the only father Jasper has ever known—holds a different assignment for his private investigator.

“I’ve struck a deal with God, Jasper, and you’re my angel.”

Mr. Rudin charges Jasper to build a “case” of reasons for his employer to continue his life. If he fails, Mr. Rudin will end it in suicide on Christmas night.

As the incidents at the factory become life threatening, Jasper’s attempts at dissuading Mr. Rudin prove futile, and Jasper is left staring at the stark reality of his own soul. Time is ticking. Jasper must solve both cases by Christmas before Mr. Rudin, the company, and Jasper’s faith, are dragged to perdition. Will this be the Christmas Jasper truly discovers what makes life worth living?

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Coming up this week:

Monday, 12/11: A Devotion by Norma Gail
Tuesday, 12/12: How One Man Changed the War, by Linda Shenton Matchett
Wednesday, 12/13: Guest Post by Rose Allen McCauley
Thursday, 12/14: A book review by Heidi Main
Friday, 12/15: Seasonal Safety Tips
Saturday, 12/16:TBA

How One Man Changed the War

Chicago Pile-1
Without the help of my high school lab partner, I would have flunked out of Physics class. Despite my ineptitude for the topic, I was fascinated by the concepts that my teacher, Mr. Baum, would impart while sitting on top of his desk. He was excited about Physics and wanted us to be too. I still understand very little about Physics, but appreciate those people whose mind can grapple with science and ask lots of “what if” and “why” questions (kind of like authors do when they’re making up stories!).

One such man who, credited with creating the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction and awarded the Nobel Prize in 1938 for his work with neutrons, was Enrico Fermi. Born in Rome, Italy, he was the son of a railroad executive and a schoolteacher. His older brother, with whom he was very close died at a young age, and Enrico threw himself into his studies to cope with the loss.

Physicist Enrico Fermi
Initially a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Rome, Enrico used the opportunity of his Nobel Prize trip to immigrate to the United States to escape Mussolini’s recently implemented Italian Racial Laws that impacted his Jewish wife, Laura. He joined the faculty at Columbia University and then became a member of the Manhattan Project. Transferring to the University of Chicago, he led a team of experimental physicists who were tasked with creating the first nuclear reaction, without which a bomb would not be feasible.

Built on the squash court under the school’s football stadium, the nuclear reactor was originally referred to as an “atomic pile,” then later dubbed “Chicago Pile-1.” Fermi himself described it as “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers.” The last of twenty-nine attempts was assembled in November 1942 and was comprised of 45,000 graphite blocks and fueled by six tons of uranium metal and uranium oxide. Because it operated at a low level there were no shielding or cooling systems included.

Members of the Manhattan Project
Fermi determined that critical mass could be achieved without completing the pile, and on December 2nd the first human-made nuclear chain reaction occurred. The success of the reactor made crucial progress in The Manhattan Project in their efforts to create an atomic bomb. Fermi moved to Project Y where he was named assistant director of the laboratory at Los Alamos, NM. After the war, he served on the Atomic Energy Commission and returned to teaching at the University of Chicago where some of his graduate students became the leading physicists of their time.

A freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Shenton Matchett is the author of several romance novellas. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about WWII War Correspondent/Amateur Sleuth Ruth Brown is available from eLectio PublishingAmazon, or your favorite independent bookstore. Visit Linda at www.LindaShentonMatchett.com.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Candy Cane's Story

The simple little candy cane
Has a wonderful story to tell.
The story of our Savior’s love___
Perhaps you know it well.

Long ago on a wintry night
A star shone in the sky.
And angels came to sing the song
Of praise to God on high.

They sang their song where shepherds
Guarded flocks near a babbling brook.
And you can see in the candy cane,
The sign of the shepherd’s crook.

The red stripes stand for the Savior’s blood
Which was shed for you and me,
As He paid the price for all our sin
When He died on Calvary.

The white part of the candy cane
Shows the purity God imparts
To each new believer when he invites
The Lord Jesus into his heart.

Now turn your candy cane upside-down,
It forms the letter “J”,
Which stands for the name of Jesus Christ
Who was born on Christmas Day.

Ó Copyright 2001, Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, December 1998

About the author:
Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, you’re to follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon