for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Support Your Local Sheriff
McCullough is "passing through on my way to Australia" when he takes a job in a gold rush town. After a startling display of marksmanship he immediately arrests the youngest son of the evil landowner (Danby). A battle of hired guns begins as McCullough continues to tame the town and defeat the gunslingers with a combination of skill and wit.
If you like comedy and you want to watch a western, Support Your Local Sheriff would make a great choice. No matter how many times I watch this movie I can't help but laugh at the sheer craziness, from Prudy's antics in a mud fight to Jake's catching fish with dynamite. If you are looking for a serious western better skip this one, the one liners and sight gags are just too much.
I'm a fan of Walter Brennan's and have been since I watched Rio Bravo on VHS when I was a teenager. Usually he plays a good guy or even a goofy sidekick but in Support Your Local Sheriff you kinda love to hate him. He is so likeably despicable.
Which brings me to another one of the villains, Bruce Dern. Usually I hate the guy, I mean he DID kill John Wayne in The Cowboys and that's pretty much unforgivable. But he is just so hilariously nasty in this film that Support Your Local Sheriff is my favorite of his movies.
Fans of old movies will recognize several of the other characters including Harry Morgan from M*A*S*H and Disney films, to Jack Elam who could play evil villains and goofy sidekicks equally as well.
Support Your Local Sheriff is the first movie, Support Your Local Gunfighter is the other, and in my opinion is by far the better of the two. Both movies do star James Garner but.....
Some of the jokes and gags will fly over kids heads but this is one movie that you don't really need to turn off if the kiddies are present, in fact they'll probably find the movie just as funny or even more so than many adults.
So, if you get the chance, stop and take the time to watch this rollicking good western and enjoy a good laugh out loud.
1 hour 32 minutes
James Garner ... Jason McCullough
Joan Hackett ... Prudy Perkins
Walter Brennan ... Pa Danby
Harry Morgan ... Olly Perkins
Jack Elam ... Jake
Henry Jones ...Henry Jackson
Bruce Dern ... Joe Danby
Willis Bouchey ... Thomas Devery
Gene Evans ... Tom Danby
Walter Burke ... Fred Johnson
Dick Peabody ... Luke Danby
Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
1970 Golden Laurel Awards
2nd place Comedy Performance, Male - James Garner
Jason McCullough: Oh, it's an old trick. You did it pretty well - not real well - but pretty well. You feinted with your left shoulder, getting him to go for his gun, while you were goin' for yours with your right hand at the same time. It's an old Arizona trick; but I... I have seen it used as far north as Montana.
Jason McCullough: Well, you see, actually I was on my way to Australia when I heard about your gold strike and I decided to, uh, travel through here and see if I couldn't pick myself up a little stake.
Thomas Devery: What do you want to go to Australia for?
Jason McCullough: Well, it's the last of the frontier country. Thought I might like to do a little pioneering.
Fred Johnson: I thought this was frontier country and we was pioneers.
Henry Jackson: So did I.
Jake: You want me to tell Joe Danby that he's under arrest for murder? What're you gonna do after he kills me?
Jason McCullough: Then I'll arrest him for both murders.
Pa Danby: If that gun had gone off, it'd of blowed right up in my face.
Jason McCullough: Now it wouldn't have done my finger a hell of a lot of good either, would it? What can I do for you, Mr. Danby?
Jason McCullough: [after Prudy shoots and kills 2 men] Ain't you ever heard of just wounding them?
Prudy: I only know ONE way to shoot, and that's to kill.
Jason McCullough: After we're married - no matter how many kids we got - when I say we're off to Australia... we pack up, kids and all, and off we go.
Prudy: What do I wanna go to Australia for?
Jason McCullough: Because that's where your husband would be. And girls usually go where their husbands are.
I am by no means done with reading for this year, couldn't stop even if I wanted to, which I don't, and I may even up my goal eventually, but for now I am basking in my accomplishment. A job well enjoyed and well done.
Started: January 1st
Completed: June 24th
Number of Books Ahead of Schedule: 40
Total Pages Read: 19,410
Fiction: 69 Non-Fiction: 5 Humor: 1
Print Books: 57 E-Books: 17 Audiobooks: 1
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Random Acts Of Malice by Christy Barritt
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
Curio by Evangeline Denmark
My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
(June 12th, 1978)
date (1934) but the copy I read was printed in 1978, after My Brother Michael.
A Walk Through The Waters by Lynnette Bonner
(June 21st, 2016)
of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
My Mother's Quilts
Devotions Of Love, Legacy, Family And Faith
by Ramona Richards
-From the back cover-
A quilt is love that serves a purpose
Inspired by thirty family heirloom quilts, each devotion depicts the enduring legacy of faith, family and tradition. Rich, personal, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, each reading provides a lesson and encouragement from the faithful women who crafted the quilts.
Full-color photographs of each quilt show the style and artistry of each beautiful work. The quilts, sewn by several generations over more than one-hundred years, are as unique and lovely as the hands that created them. The oldest was buried during the Civil War to keep it safe and the author's mother created the newest in the last years of her life.
Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.
I'm not overly into devotionals, despite learning how to read with a kids one and a Bible, but as soon as I heard about My Mother's Quilts I knew I had to read it. I was immediately attracted to this book by the simple word 'quilts'. I'm no good myself but I have quilting in my blood, both my grandma and great grandma have made many a quilt for various family members.
One thing I would like to say is just how beautiful this book really is. When I first opened the package with my copy I was totally impressed with the lovely cover/dustjacket, the quality of the hardcover binding, the glossy pages tinted to match the quilt in each little chapter, the gorgeous photos, and the easy to read text. This is a book that you'll want to leave out to reread and not just set aside like you would an average devotional once you are done with it.
On top of that Ramona Richards has put together an easy to read and interesting book tying in a Scripture verse, life lessons she has learned from the quilts and people in her life, a little prayer starter, and of course lovely photos of the quilts mentioned. I also loved how she would list the quilt pattern featured in each 'chapter'.
I actually read My Mother's Quilts straight through, going through two or three quilts in each sitting. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Ramona Richards shares her heart and heritage in this lovely little book that any quilter or quilt lover will be sure to appreciate.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards a 4.5 Bark rating.
because our days upon earth are a shadow:
Esther: The Belle Of Patience
The Adventures Of Rooney Cruz book 2
written by Erin Weidemann
The adventures of Rooney and Mari continue in Book Two of the Bible Belle series. With the help of her angel Mari, Rooney has learned that she has the power to talk to God through the amazing story of Hannah; now it’s time for her to see how the Power of Patience can help her to wait and trust in Him.
As she watches Esther and her struggle to save her people, Rooney learns how to handle her own conflict on the soccer field by allowing God to lead her in His perfect time.
Join Rooney and Mari on another exciting adventure to becoming the best kind of superhero—a Bible Belle!
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.
What a lovely way to bring the story of Esther alive to a new generation of little girls in need of some real heroes to look up to. When I was a little girl in Sunday School, flannel graphs were still the thing, but as fun as those were, the Bible Belles series goes far beyond those days to feature some really nice up-to-date illustrations that will appeal to today's girls. This book is also the perfect length for a bedtime story, just don't forget to do all the voices. Great story, great illustrations, great lesson to be learned.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Esther: The Belle Of Patience by Erin Weidemann a 4 Bark rating.
It's Time For A Giveaway!
About the Book
In our current digital world, the internet puts every entrepreneur and creative artist smack dab in the middle of social media and marketing. With an online tsunami of informational how-to’s, deciding which methods work best challenges the best of us. In Social Media Strategies: Discover Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul, uncovers the most relevant techniques, skipping unnecessary fluff by going straight to up-to-date tactics and tips used by experts.
One voice belongs to the Critic. This voice says, “Your friends or peers may not like your work? Worse, you know So-n-So will hate it!”
“Who do you think you are?”
“You could fail!”
“You’re putting yourself out there, why risk it?”
“You’re sloppy and lack analytical, time management skills.”
“Apologize ahead of time to those one-star readers you know are telepathically hating your words right now!”
The other voice belongs to the Encourager. This voice pushes you out of your comfort zones because you have that one reader in mind you want to help. This voice says, “Give words to lift their spirit.”
“Show them what you’ve learned so they don’t have to struggle like you did.”
“Help them see a better way.”
“Brighten their day and give them hope.”
“Provide practical information that’ll make their life easier.”
“Point them in the direction where peace and joy abide.”
We may begin with the Encourager, but it’s the Critic that stops us. It’s the Critic that paralyzes us with insecurity and inaction. And if we proceed with the Critic, we move with such caution we end up writing to the Critic instead for the Encourager. In fact, the Critic wrestles the pen out of our hand and so, we add disclaimers until our whole book is about placating the Critic.
We want the Critic to like us.
We want the Critic to see our good intentions.
They don’t care.
We want the Critic to know we understand.
He’ll only slap at our attempts, laugh in our face with pungent garlic breath, and still hate whatever we’re doing.
When I began writing my debut book about social media strategies, I wrote to help the struggling artist, writer, or entrepreneur take advantage of what’s available at their fingertips. I wanted to provide applicable information to improve their understanding and presence. My desire included helping them get ahead while also remembering where their true hope comes.
But that all changed when the Critic showed up.
Instead, I added disclaimers before every chapter, like:
“Hey, if you don’t like this stuff, I’m so sorry, just skip this chapter, in fact, just skip this whole book. K? So sorry. Hate that you don’t like social media. I know it sucks. It sucks, right? Like big time? I know. So sorry. Social media can be the devil’s spawn. I totally get it. No, really I do. I’m a worm for writing that it can be used for good. So sorry to bother you with this. Oh look, squirrel!”
Yeah, true story.
Thankfully, I stopped doing that. I edited and rewrote. I got back to work and penned my book for the Encourager.
The most important part of this book is the writing under the word “Strategies”. It states: “Discover Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul.” I’m a social media manager who spent years, blogging and feeling like my soul was sucked out by all the platform-talk that I was told to focus on.
Add to that, the Christian publishing industry heavily relies on the number of followers you have before taking a risk on you, to the point, your whole worth as an author, a person can get wrapped up in a number. Sheesh. The pressure to be popular and viral can be defeating.
Also, I taught classes to local small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to maximize their social media presence. Essentially, I encouraged them (as a consumer myself) that clients, consumers, and community can’t find you if they don’t know about you. So this is as much as service to potential clients and community as it is for their business. But I found many business owners were overwhelmed by the deluge of information regarding social media.
That’s where this book comes in. I wrote it to be a help to others, but especially to Christians who feel like their souls die a little more every time they try to tackle social media, platforms, and latest changes in the social media landscape.
When I first read the blurb about this book I knew I had to read it. I'm not usually big into non-fiction unless it is about history...BUT...I am a blogger and I have my own little jewelry making business that I've been trying to get off the ground. Social Media Strategies is exactly what I needed and I know that I will be referring back to it FREQUENTLY as I try to correct my mistakes and expand my reach.
The book is laid out in an easy-to-read format with lots of great information, stats, links to articles, and plenty of how-tos. Social media is an intimidating force for those of of us who are active online but are not tech gurus. T.H. Meyer did a great job breaking the information down into words that all of us can understand. In today's fast paced tech hungry world some explanations and simplifications are really nice.
Another interesting thing is that not only did she summarize what you learn at the end of each chapter but she also adds a page or two with about not losing yourself in the social media frenzy. This isn't really an issue for me but I know those spiritual reminders of who we are in God and our identities not being in a bunch of computer code will resonate with many people.
Social Media Strategies has some great practical advice and is surprisingly a pretty short and fast read. T.H. Meyer's advice will definitely help those wishing to navigate the frenetic world of social media.
by T.H. Meyer a 4 Bark rating.
T.H. Meyer’s writing has been featured in online magazines such as C’est La Vie: THE MAGAZINE and The High Calling along with guest posting for Amber C. Haines, Jennifer Dukes Lee, and at The Gift of Writing to name a few. Besides her current employment as a social media manager and content writer, she founded Outside the City Gates and worked as a creative director for the Sunday Circle Group, a worldwide collaboration of talented artisans, poets, photographers, speakers, and writers.
She lives among Rye pastures on a farm in east Texas, far removed from big-city slickers. On any given day, eight resident ducks waddle under her bedroom window and quack like dogs when ready to eat. Her favorite pastimes are family, writing, juicy in-depth conversations, and unsweet tea. Connect on her blog Fear Not: Infusing Courage into Your Gifts & Talents, Facebook, or Twitter
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You're The One That I Want
A Christiansen Family Novel book 6
by Susan May Warren
-From the back cover-
Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start . . . maybe even a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain's daughter.
Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn't believe in happily ever after – especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama – and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.
But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts the brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she's brave enough to face it.
Lives and love are at stake...
Once again Susan May Warren takes into the lives of the Christiansen clan. The loving, messed up, Bible-believing, squabbling family from Deep Haven, Minnesota. And once again we are reminded of what a messy beautiful thing life can be.
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.
And you know, it didn't take me long to be totally immersed in Owen and Scotty's story. In fact, I finished this 340+ page book in a single afternoon. Every time I read one of Susan May Warren's books I find a little bit of myself in the characters, You're The One That I Want was no exception. This author has a real knack for understanding people and accurately portraying them on the printed page.
You're The One That I Want is another winner in Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family series, I'm only sorry to have to say goodbye to them...
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives You're The One That I Want by Susan May Warren a 4 Bark rating.
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
Bing Crosby ■ Grace Kelly ■ Frank Sinatra
C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy's heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that "safe" can mean "deadly dull" when it comes to husbands and life.
Normally I rarely watch remakes and almost never care for them...but...High Society is the exception for me. There is just something fun about this Technicolor musical comedy extravaganza.
It is one of my two favorite Grace Kelly movies and is my favorite Sinatra movie. The original movie is The Philadelphia Story but despite my love of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart, it just doesn't have the same sparkle as High Society. Not to mention, in my opinion, Jimmy Stewart was still just too wholesome in 1940 to pull off the jaded-but-still-innocent reporter Mike, however, Frank Sinatra is perfect for the character. And Katharine Hepburn just didn't speak rich, spoiled, Tracy Lord quite as well as blonde beauty Grace Kelly.
If you love the old classic movies, like I do, I definitely recommend watching both versions just for fun. One also can't help but love Bing Crosby, especially his interaction with the lively and adorable Caroline, his young sister-in-law.
High Society is a fun romantic comedy from the day and age when they really knew how to make a good movie. It's also a must see for any fan of these actors and especially musicals.
Bing Crosby ... C. K. Dexter-Haven
Grace Kelly ... Tracy Lord
Frank Sinatra ... Mike Connor
Celeste Holm ... Liz Imbrie
John Lund ... George Kittredge
Louis Calhern ... Uncle Willie
Sidney Blackmer ... Seth Lord
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Seth Lord
Lydia Reed ... Caroline Lord
Clarendon Court - Bellevue Avenue at Yznaga Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island
750 Bel Air Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, CA (studio)
Louis Armstrong: End of song, beginning of story!
Caroline Lord: Dexter, are you ever going to get married again?
Dexter: Sure I am, I'm just waiting for you to grow up.
Caroline Lord: Oh Dexter, for you I'll hurry.
Dexter: You're gonna have to.
Mike: Hey, Liz.
Liz Imbrie: Huh?
Mike: Look at all the loot they've collected.
Liz Imbrie: They must run a hockshop on the side.
Mike: [on telephone] This is the voice of doom.
Mrs. Lord: What?
Mike: This is to tell you your days are numbered.
Mrs. Lord: Oh dear. One of the servants has been at the sherry again.
George Kittredge: This is all your fault! You and your whole rotten class!
Dexter: Oh, class my...
Dexter: Uncle Willy, this morning you look like a tree full of owls.
A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel book 3
by Alana Terry
A rogue police officer can do a lot more damage than ruin a perfect evening out.
Kennedy Stern and her best friend Reuben drag themselves away from their grueling studies to enjoy a night off campus, but getting pulled over by a belligerent cop isn’t in either of their plans.
When the police altercation turns violent, the media notes Reuben’s dark skin and labels this instance of police brutality a hate crime. Those Kennedy trusts the most warn her not to get involved, but she owes it to Reuben to pursue justice regardless of the personal cost.
Nothing remains a secret when a frenzied media and an embarrassed police department delve into Kennedy’s and Reuben’s backgrounds. Some truths, unfortunately, grow increasingly more painful the closer they get to the surface.
Sometimes the day does just get worse...
Wow, once gain Alana Terry takes on the tough, and definitely controversial issues facing us today. And once again through her character Kennedy Stern we get to see the different sides of these issues. We also see the often gut-wrenching thoughts and struggles that we, as Christians, often try to hide away because we don't want people to think we don't have it all together and all figured out.
This Book received a 4.5 Bark rating.
If you are looking for fluffy clouds and wildflowers you might want to look elsewhere, but if you are looking for a very real and sometimes gritty look at the world we live in you should really check out Policed and Alana Terry's other books in this series.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Policed by Alana Terry a 4.5 Bark rating.
The Roots Of Irish Wisdom
by Cindy Thomson
This collection of classic Irish wisdom—in the form of stories, prayers, and proverbs—reveals the Creator in the natural world and highlights the importance of the Celtic spiritual heritage. Along with historical background on St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Columcille, and the Twelve Apostles of Erin, Cindy Thomson leads the reader on an enriching journey through Celtic learning and prayer.
Come away to ancient Ireland...
I don't usually read a lot of non-fiction but The Roots Of Irish Wisdom really appealed to me for three reasons; it features a lot of history, it's by a great author that I like, AND it is all about Ireland. Just Ireland is enough to grab me and get me to read it. This is a great book that explains much about early Christianity in Ireland. You learn more about the Irish saints, ancient learning and schooling, art, their books, and of course their strong belief in prayer. Cindy Thomson has presented a fascinating history where legend and fact come together and illustrated by some very lovely photographs of Ireland. If you are an Irish-nut like me you won't want to miss The Roots Of Irish Wisdom from Cindy Thomson.
This Book received a 4.5 Bark rating.
Reading and history have been my passion since early childhood when my parents encouraged both. I was introduced to Christian fiction around age 4-5 while listening to radio drama adaptations of books by great authors including Janette Oke. I have been a voracious reader and avid library patron ever since. I started Tell Tale Book Reviews in December 2012. I am also an active volunteer in the areas I hold most dear, library, museum, and pets. Hobbies include a small bead jewelry business, watching classic movies/ TV, listening to Irish/Celtic music, and autograph collecting.
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