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The Big Picture

Published October 19, 2016 by Laura Crean Author

Hi everyone I am sharing my good friend Freddie’s first ever post on WordPress. Please welcome him to the world of blogging, like his post and follow his new site. It is a work in progress like most of ours – let’s share the love…

https://freddies2016.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/the-big-picture/

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Concluding series ‘Living successfully ‘.

Hello world of WordPress. Welcome to the bright beginnings of my new blog. I am a follower of Jesus and have decided to share my journey with you all. Please bear with me as I find my feet here on WordPress and learn all about you as you learn about me – looking forward to connecting and sharing with you all.

I’ve been so encouraged teaching through the book of Ruth in the Old Testament, concluding with the theme of ‘The Big Picture’ this Sunday at New Hope Church Eastbourne on 23rd October 2016.

Freddie

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My well of creativity hasn’t completely dried up…

Published July 14, 2016 by Laura Crean Author

Unfortunately I don’t have a laptop at the moment and the life of everyday work and family have taken all my energy and time this past year, so I haven’t been blogging on any of my site…

Source: My well of creativity hasn’t completely dried up…

My Peace of Mind

Published April 27, 2016 by Laura Crean Author

I have to reblog this because both the painting and the poem are just so beautiful.

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FullSizeRender (4)Original art. 20″ x 24″ Oil on canvas.

I painted this lovely scene in 2009, except it was much gloomier and quite depressing. Just last year, I decided it wasn’t finished and added colors that I believed my heart belted out if it wasn’t for joy. Then I decided it isn’t nearly done if I don’t add a poem. 🙂 I’m probably going to work on this again, because I already see some things I need to touch up on. Always happens after taking a picture. But anyway…..

There exists a beautiful place

Of a blue river flowing with grace

It’s nowhere found on Earth’s face

Not the sight of man can be seen or traced

I walk here when peace is hard to find

I lay here to have that peace of mind

I pray here when the world seems deaf and blind

I return here for a heart…

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Dream Blog – Indian tower illusion

Published November 26, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

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 A view of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
(Karim Sahib/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

This is a very quick post before I go out to work but I wanted to get it down and out there in case anyone wants to offer up an interpretation.  A very strange dream last night – I was in India and I was a little girl.  My mother was in a hospital in a city that was off of a square.  There was lots more to the dream before but I can’t remember it, but at the end I was standing in the square with lots of other people coming and going in there daily activities when my eye was suddenly drawn to this high tower that suddenly exploded and the explosion and the tower went up as if it was sucked up into the air.  Then it re-materialized and started morphing into different shapes.  There was absolute panic and confusion and fear as people started running around all over the place.  Another little girl playing in the square looked at me and said: “I know this technology” and she started pulling out a little electronics kit and started screwing together circuit boards and filling it with all the right components and in the end she had what looked like a little remote control.  She pointed it at something and it changed shape.  I can’t remember what things changed into and I didn’t know how it worked so I asked her and she said it was something about changing the very nature of the molecules.  I wasn’t sure.  Then these terrorists started chasing us and the rest of the dream was us trying to get away from them and us battling with these molecular or holographic technology weapons.  It was the strangest dream I think I have ever had.  Any suggestions as to what it’s all about – let me know.

 

Artificial Intelligence – The future is Nao!

Published September 4, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

AI The future is Nao…

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I have been planning this post for a few days now.  And now all of a sudden robots are all over the news, so I shall post it now.  I wonder where artificial intelligence is going?  Is the future now?  How intelligent are robots going to get and what will they be doing?  Will they really take over the world or are they actually incredibly useful for doing those dull, dirty and dangerous jobs humans don’t want to or can’t physically do?  Will there ever come a time when we won’t be able to tell the difference between a human and an artificial robotic humanoid?  Take a look at some of the technology out there and make up your own minds.

Personal robots are here already and the Nao robot is small and cheap enough to be bought by schools and individuals to interact with and he can be personalised…

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Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Published July 3, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Absolutely apalling. Also if you are just a self-published author who only has close friends and family buying your book at the start – how is it fair, if they can’t post reviews for you? I’m shocked! So if I am an author and I buy a book and like it – I can’t review it just because I’m an author and I might happen to know the author of the book I just read? That’s stupid! Just because you are a teacher, doesn’t mean you know all teachers on the planet or if you are a nurse you know all nurses etc. Utter abuse of power!!!

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A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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Baby-Talk, Babble and Baby Books

Published June 26, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Rainbow Rune Reading Room

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Have you ever noticed how babies and toddlers seem to love books but when you try to read to them they have such a short attention span that you can never finish even the shortest of stories?  They seem to love the bright, colourful pictures and the sound of your voice (and their own), especially when you are reading in rhyme, but they don’t seem to be very interested in the story.  They soon decide to either eat the book or wriggle off your lap to explore something else in their immediate vicinity. So is children’s literature relevant for babies and can they actually learn anything useful during story-time?

Firstly, what is baby-talk?  Baby-talk is sometimes referred to as motherese (a term coined by Elissa Newport in her studies in the 1970s), which so as not to exclude fathers began to be referred to as fatherese, parentese or caregiver language. …

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