Love Your Parents

Ellen J. Barrier

This wall photo, is shared by my good friend, Ethel Mae Nelson.
I told my friend, Ethel, that these few words says a lot. There is a lost connection between many of our parents and their children.  Without love, there can never be a connection. Some children talk to their parents as if they were their children. They have no respect, for their parents. I heard one young man say, that he seldom visit his parents, because he doesn't "have anything in common with them."

I know of a family who wanted their elderly mother to hurry up and die, so they could go on their vacation. She was very ill. She had spend all her time caring for her disabled husband, with the help of nurses, until he passed away.

The grandson, had attacked his grandfather, and beat him. His grandmother told me, their grandson, got angry at his grandfather, because he wouldn't give him money, and he beat him. She said with sadness, "We had to put a restraining order on him. He can't come here anymore. Our grandchildren used to visit us a lot, but they don't come anymore." She told me about how they enjoyed the times they spent with their grandchildren, when they were very young.

We have to know that, if children don't respect their parents, how are the grandchildren going to behave toward their grandparents?

"Love  Your Parents. We Are So Busy Growing Up, We  Often Forget They Are Also Growing Old."

Shared by: Ethel Mae Nelson
"This is profound. Wish I had thought of it when my parents were still living."

Philippians 4:4-7

4. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with 
    thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

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You Are Not Alone

Ellen J. Barrier

My son, Keith, gave me a beautiful box, with this inspirational writing on the top. It is very special to me. I have had it, for several years. I would like to share it, with you. There are times in our lives, when it seems that our burdens are too heavy to carry. And that we are alone, and no one cares.

 My hopes are that, this inspirational writing will uplift, and give hope, to those who are feeling alone, and that no one cares about them. Below, is a scripture to help add some sunshine in your day. May God bless you much!


On night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it: “Lord you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

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Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes  unto the hills, from whence cometh  my help.  
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will
not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy
right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve
thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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Facts of Life

Ellen J. Barrier

I am so impressed with the wisdom behind these writings, shared by Tee Turner. I want to give many others the opportunity to view them. Also, this young man is very talented in writing. I hope you will enjoy these writings as much as I have.

Tee Turner

I'm at a very pivotal point in my life where I'm starting to be ok with some people not being in it or so important to me as they used to be. I believe when you start to mature and grow to a higher place in God some people aren't meant to go to the next level with you. Maybe its cause they are hanging on trying to help me fall or speculating when am I going to fall lol. See at every new level there is a new devil with new tactics and new tricks. And I don't need any distractions. So I'm sorry to inform you but "News Flash" my steps are ordered and I'm taking each step carefully. So if it seems as if I have began to distance myself from you, believe its not you (well maybe it is); but really I'm just going down my to do list....
#SearchingForGreater GN FB

When you begin to say that your situation is hopeless, you are slamming the door of opportunity in the face of God. When you begin to give up on yourself you begin to give life to your problem. At this moment your situation has become victorious over you. Don't let your situation overtake you this is not the purpose of your problem. The purpose of your problem is to build your spiritual character. So understand God is doing more for you than that problem can do to you......
.# YourGreaterThanYourIssues

Never allow someone to become your Priority when to them your only an Option! This to me is a form of Manipulation. If someone Truly Loves you the option to manipulate you doesn't even exist in their heart. See True Love shows itself when Manipulation leaves the room. So instead of making them your Priority you have the Option to Prioritize your own Destiny. Just a little background scripture for The Bible readers Matthew 6:33....
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Be Proud of Who You Are

Ellen J. Barrier

Too often, most people, work hard at being who they feel, someone else wants them to be. To be proud of who you are, is to like who you are. Don't change who you are, for someone else. It is impossible to please people. Either they will like you, or they will hate you. Most people spend their time criticizing others any way, rather than examining their own faults. So, I agree with this writing, shared by Cecilia Smith. "I am proud of who I am. And, therefore, I am proud of being me. If you are proud of being you, let others know."

Cecilia Smith

I might not be someone's first choice, but I am a great choice. I may not be rich but I am valuable. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not, because I'm good at being me. I might not be proud of some of the things I've done in the past, but I am proud of who I am today. I may not be perfect but I don't need to be. I am me. Take me as I am, or watch me as I walk away!!! Post this on your page if you are proud of being you..                                 Barrier's Books & Associates                              

Music & Sound

by Ellen J. Barrier
Author/Musician/Recording Artist/Songwriter                                                                                                                                                                  
We are surrounded by the sound of music. When we are out side in our yards, we hear the sound of birds chirping musical notes, squirrels on an electrical wire, running back and forth, making their merry sounds. We hear the sound of music being listened to, by drivers, in our communities and neighborhoods.

Music brings to listeners something that is wonderful and special. It has a way of relaxing or bringing excitement. There are many different kinds of styles of music. We each can choose our own preference: Contemporary, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Pop, Inspiration, Spiritual, Soft,  Latin, and others.

I love the sound of musical instruments such as; guitar, drums, clarinet, flute, organ, piano, saxophone, and some others. The keyboard is a ‘must have’ musical instrument, because of the special sound effects it has.

Music and sound have been in the world, from the beginning of its existence.  Beginning with hands clapping, and feet stumping, using what ever item or method, to make sound with rhythm- automatically brings a response of excitement, giving the desire to move with the rhythm of the beat.
We dance, use music in our exercise routines, and to workout.

On rainy days or nights, relaxing and reading a good book, while listening to favorite music and songs, are unforgettable.

“Music is like medicine.  It can bring relief to the aches and stressful situations that life brings. We live in a world of music. There is sound and rhythm everywhere we go!”
__ Ellen J. Barrier


Ellen J. Barrier

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The picture below was taken by my daughter Miranda, at the Horseshoe Lake in Wichita, Kansas. The signs of Spring is here; Temperature is very warm, and lots of visitors are at the lake in the early evening.
It is a beautiful sunny day. I decided this picture would work well for this poem.

The Late Singer

Here it is spring again
and I still a young man!
I am late at my singing.
The sparrow with the black rain on his breast
has been at his cadenzas for two weeks past:
What is it that is dragging at my heart?
The grass by the back door
is stiff with sap.
The old maples are opening
their branches of brown and yellow moth-flowers.
A moon hangs in the blue
in the early afternoons over the marshes
I am late at my singing.
____William Carlos Williams

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Ellen listens to music is all genres. 
She is currently working on a new album.
The release date will be in 2014 or shortly thereafter. Ellen registered 9 titles for copyrights in 2013 and has written several songs for her album.


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Poem: by William Ernest Henley

Artists and Poets, speak through their poems and songs. Their emotions can be felt in many instances. 

In this poem, William Ernest Henley, had some health problems.
He was diagnosed with Tuberculosis of the bone, at the age of 12, which later spread to one of his feet. Despite his illness, he completed the Oxford local exam as a senior. And was able to live a successful life.

He had been told by physicians, he needed to have both feet amputated. He received a medical procedure that enabled him to avoid amputation of his feet. In his poem he expresses determination to face challenges unafraid.
* Invictus is Latin for unconquered


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gait,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

___ William Ernest Henley
English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).

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Send Me an Angel

Ellen J. Barrier

Send Me An Angel
by L. Dianne Malone

Merciful Father, hear my plea
Send an Angel here for me
One to take charge everyday
to guide me as I walk your way

Send me an Angel from on high
from far beyond the clear blue sky
For sometimes Father - you know the day
The color changes; sometimes its gray

In his hands he'll bear me up
while I drink from your cup
If my foot dashes against stone
He'll remind me I'm your own

My Angel's truth will be my shield
as he leads me to waters still
When I seek a hiding place
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Poem of Courage & Strength

Ellen J. Barrier

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Still I Rise    
by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

About This Poet:

Angelou, Maya
born April 4, 1928, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.
Name original:  Marguerite Johnson.
   Maya Angelou is an  American poet  whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.  She is a very dear friend of Oprah Winfrey, and many others. Ms. Angelou, is a well know poet. Her work is most appreciated by many who have read her poems. They offer hope, courage, and strength.  I am among those who appreciate and  value her work. 
Still I Rise, is one of my favorite poems.

 Maya Angelou 
Other Well Known autobiographical work

 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Subsequent volumes of autobiography include Gather Together in My Name (1974), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976), The Heart of a Woman (1981), and All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986).       Barrier's Books & Associates