Heaven’s View

The moment finally came, their King approached the gates of Heaven with a multitude of people. The angels rejoiced and trumpets rang as the people were welcomed into Heaven. As the souls entered the heavenly realm, the Trinity spoke to each other for a little bit.

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Happy Easter

He is risen, alleluia!! Have a blessed Easter season! From all of us at LSM

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Living for Old Stoney

Jest as soon as we got our kits settled, an orderly ordered us to a drill area where we proudly showed off our new fightin’ skills to General Abner Stone, the base commander. He looked grim at our display, but we quickly decided that he always looked this way.

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Everything for Portugal: the Life of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar Part 4

The remainder of Salazar’s career would focus on his efforts to retain the Portuguese Empire. Salazar clearly saw that granting independence to Angola and Mozambique would more than likely result in nothing but an even greater influence for Communism in Africa. Accordingly, he jealously guarded Portuguese Africa until his death.

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Everything for Portugal: the Life of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar Part 3

Many critics, both during Salazar’s life and after his death, accused Salazar of being a fascist dictator. But there were significant differences between the Portuguese nationalism that Salazar encouraged and the German nationalism that Hitler manipulated. Portuguese nationalism was never aggressive…

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Evening – Palm Sunday

The waxing moon knows nothing of Holy Week
And stars care nothing for sacred liturgies
Nor do the fireflies flitting among the trees
And ‘round the darkening lawn as evening falls…

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Everything for Portugal: the Life of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar Part 2

Salazar approached all three generals directly and demanded that he be given control over all spending as Minister of Finance, and that any legislature which concerned finances have his approval before it became law. The generals refused, and Salazar resigned. He only spent five days in office, from June eleventh to June sixteenth…

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Everything for Portugal: the Life of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar Part 1

As soon as Dr. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar assumed his role as Minister of Finance, he devoted himself to working for the benefit of Portugal. His budgets were balanced, he paid off the debt Portugal owed to England, and he modernized Portugal’s infrastructure and military. On the global stage, he solidified his ties with Great Britain and Spain, while also struggling to keep Portugal and Spain out of World War II.

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Fleur D’espoir (Flower of Hope)

The deep blue spiderwort – she does not know
An epidemic now has been declared
And all the world beyond her cobalt glow
Has found itself panicked and unprepared…

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