Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nantucket Lightships

Nantucket is a picturesque island located approximately thirty miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is a tiny island-a mere fourteen miles long and three and a half miles wide. A major tourist destination, its year-round population of nearly 10,000 residents swells to almost 60,000 during the summer months. Yet mariners and fisherman avoid the island at all costs.

Why? The Nantucket Shoals: a dangerously shallow area of the ocean that extends for twenty three miles east and forty miles southeast from the island. The shoals, known as a “graveyard of the Atlantic,” lie just off a major shipping lane and were the site of more than one hundred shipwreck during the early years of America. As a kayaker, I can’t imagine what it’s like to navigate these tricky waters.

According to the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum website, a report was presented to Congress
in 1843 about the problem and indicated that “many a gallant ship lie buried in one common grave.” As a result of the report, Congress agreed to station a lightship in the shoals, but the ship didn’t arrive until 1854. And we thought the wheels of bureaucracy moved slowly nowadays!

Regardless of weather (including sleet, snow, sub-zero temperatures, hurricanes and tropical storms), crews were required to stay aboard the lightship where life alternated between utter boredom and sheer terror. The two-mast, wooden vessel, built on a schooner-style hull, was anchored at the South Shoal. At night, lanterns filled with whale oil were hung at the top of the mast that at best, could be seen for a few miles. On calm days, duties were minimal so time moved slowly for the crew. It was during the slow times the men began to make what are now known as Nantucket Lightship Baskets. The baskets were woven around wooden molds (often made from the ship’s masts) using rattan. In 1948 lids were introduced to create a lady’s handbag.

LV-112 was the longest serving lightship and served for thirty nine years. She survived Hurricane Edna, a storm that brought 110-mph winds and 70-foot swells. Other ships were not so lucky. The New South Shoal broke from her moorings twenty three times during her thirty six years of service. During one storm, she was blown eight hundred miles off station, ending up near Bermuda.

On December 20, 1983, the history of Nantucket lightships came to an end when Lightship 613 was relieved by a large navigational buoy.
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A freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Matchett also writes historical fiction. She is currently seeking a publisher for her series about war correspondent Ruth Brown. Visit her at www.LindaShentonMatchett.com

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekly Windup: We have a winner!

Congratulations to who Melanie Backus was the winner of our weekend surprise giveaway of A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. 

If you are a winner, please contact us here with your address to claim your prize. 


This Week's Giveaway is:

When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution forces her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Special thanks to Jennifer Slattery for offering her book as a giveaway! Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Visit her online at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com

This giveaway runs through March 8th. Comment on any post between now and then to enter, and remember, the more comments you make, the more entries you earn!

    Winners will be announced in the Weekly Wind-up.


Coming up this week:

Musing Monday: Work the Fruit with Caryl McAdoo

Tidbit Tuesday: Nantucket Lightships by Linda Matchett

Thoughtful Thursday: Book Review: A Heart Deceived by Linda Yezak

Fun Friday: Travel Abroad and View...Scaffolding by Terri Wangard

Sit-Down Saturday: Author Interview with Fay Lamb

We look forward to hanging out with you this week!
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Work the Fruit!

♪♫•✫♥✞♥♪*•♫♪♥ Back in the mid-80s when I was in my thirties, the Lord started giving me new songs and has continued through the years, sometimes three in a day or week, sometimes months without one, but without fail, when I NEED a new song…when something is going on in my life to where I need to keep singing…He always gives me one to help me deal with whatever’s going on.

Many are all about working through some problem I’m having, and He’s about making me look more like Jesus. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:18  Oh, I’ve just seen a whole new perspective on that scripture in my life. It’s because His Word is living! I love His Word!

So Phillipians 1:6 tells us “being confident of this, that He who began a good
work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  I believe He refers to Father God, and it’s my choice to capitalize even the pronouns referring to my awesome Creator. It is not capitalized in the King James Version which is my Bible of choice and the source of all scriptures I quote. That ‘good work’ referred to, in my humble opinion, is changing me into the image of His Son. I believe it began when I was nine years old and received Yeshua as my Ha Mashiach (in Greek – Jesus the Messiah). That’s when He saved my soul.

But through my life, I admit I have struggled with walking in ‘the fruit of His Spirit’ as Galatians 5:22-23 tells us is “…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Some are easier than others, right? Some, with His help and continuing grace, I believe I’m able to walk in, firmly…they’ve become a part of me, who I am. Because of His ‘work’ in me.

One of the most recent songs He gave me is a little chorus I call FRUIT OF YOUR SPIRIT. It goes:

      ♪♫•✫♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥✞♥♪*•♫♪♥  

Work the fruit of Your Spirit in me,
      cause me to be…
            longsuffering, Lord.
Work the fruit of Your Spirit in me,
fill me with Your peace, joy, and love.

Because I want to be like Jesus!
Full of goodness and kindness and grace.
Teach me, Lord, some self-control,
So that I can look into Your face 
            And.  Know.  That....

                You have worked Your Spirit in me
                You have caused me to be
                            longsuffering, Lord.
                You have worked Your Spirit in me,
                You have filled me with Your                                       peace, joy, and love.

                                    Because I want to be like Jesus!
                                    Faithful and true, that's what I want to do.
                                    So others can see Jesus in me,  
                                    Help me to be always like You 
                                    And.  Your.  Son....

♪♫•✫♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥✞♥♪*•♫♪♥  

        If only I was techie enough to sing it on a URL that you could go to and hear the tune, then you could sing it, too, when you have trouble being longsuffering or find it difficult to exhibit self-control like I do. It is His job, and I know I’ve not made it easy...as much as I love Him.
        I hate the repeated situations He lets me get into just to have the opportunity to react like Christ would. Sometimes I pass the test, oft I do not, but the sweet part, the part overflowing with His everlasting, never-ending love and mercy, is that He promises one day, I will get there.
        And as I now find it easy to walk in love, be joyful, and remain at peace…as I without difficulty daily practice faithfulness, goodness and kindness, I will be able to control myself no matter what the circumstances. I will be thoroughly longsuffering no matter what. I know this is true. He promised.

The moral of the story: Keep trying, Don't worry, Be Happy!

Simon & Schuster, Christian hybrid author, Caryl McAdoo is currently writing  three series: her historical Christian Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations,her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.