This is Why We ALL Need to Support Ukraine, in any way possible, if only to take a few minutes each day for the transfer of a supportive thought, some positive energy or a prayer that resilient strength fill the spirits of every person standing firm against an onslaught of horrible Tyranny. The consciousness which allows the simple acknowledgement of such sweet beauty in the midst of devastating evil, as is evidenced in this clip, is amazingly deserving of our focus, however fleeting, if determinedly consistent.

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“OI, U LUZI CHERVONA KALYNA” (“Oh, In The Meadow Red Guelder-Rose”)

The song "Oi, U Luzi Chervona Kalyna" (engl. "Oh, In The Meadow Red Guelder-Rose"), was played on the Bells of the Cathedral of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. 💙
This melody raises the battle spirit and sounds on the lips of many Ukrainians.
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Light Will Overcome Darkness. Save “Azovstal”! 💔
16.05.22 “Azovstal”


‼️We have no right to forget about Azovstal. There are our people, our soldiers who still dream of such ordinary things as returning home, and hugging relatives.

Here are the words of one of them, Davyd Kasatkin:

“I hear a lot from the guys that when they come out, they will get married and have children. Apparently, these are the main plans of all those who have not yet had time to do it.
Guys who already have wives and children, when they see videos with their children, they cry and smile at the same time… It is interesting to watch this; indescribable feelings, how life flows. I’ve always been a person who sits in the corner and watches everyone from the side…
We are still full of courage and keep the defense, the defense of the whole country.
Every day the enemy tries to capture Azovstal, bombing by aircraft and artillery (everything they have). But even in the most terrible conditions, we give them a fight, and they, like cowardly dogs, run away from their positions.”

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🇺🇦 Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, posted a video of the Ukrainian flag flying over the Azovstal plant, where the defenders of the city have been fighting back the enemy for more than 70 days. Against All Adversity, the Ukrainian Flag Still Flies Over Mariupol, because Azov & Comrade Warriors Continue to Stand Strong! THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT & IMMEDIATE RESCUE!

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The Strength of Heart of Defenders Trapped in Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupul, Ukraine is almost beyond comprehension!!

💙💛Ukrainian songs sounded at the “Azovstal” this night! During the explosions, under shelling, under the attacks of the Russians. Male and female defenders continue to fight! They hold on, and so do we!
Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the defenders of Mariupol!

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Evening Prayers ~


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Evening Prayers ~ — Ramblings Of A Zealot ~

Sovereign God, thank You for guiding me through yet another day. You have kept me safe, and I will praise You for having mercy for a sinner such as I. As the sun sets across the world, and night begins to fall, I ask Your grace and provision, and I pray for peace for all […]

via Evening Prayers ~ — Ramblings Of A Zealot ~

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Caffeine Ballet

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A Weather-Eye Watch Steadfast We Keep on a Charted Course You Follow, Like High Water Over Low Land Does Flow, Roll On-Roll On Wayfaring Traveler, Machete Blues-Man Music Master & Nature’s Kindred Spirit; MICAH!!  Live Large Life’s Grande Adventures, Strong Always As a Force for Good, so Fare Thee Well, My Wayward Son, Remember What is Yet to Learn & Truly Own What Will Be Done! Unwavering Faith, Love Unconditional, a Surrounding Unseen Ally Shepherd, a Granite Stone & Rock of Shelter,  My Never-Ending Belief in You.

Micah "Machete Blues-Man" Barron


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Dickie Joyce R.I.P.

I haven’t seen “Dickie” for many years, but he had been an extremely close friend to me and both of my late husbands, Bootie Cranford and Worry Smith,. in the years before their deaths. Although I never had the opportunity of personally meeting the family, “Maynard” and “Gracie” were so often mentioned by Dickie that they both became synonymous with him and I felt as if I had known the family for years. Being unable to reconnect with Dickie throughout these past years has weighed heavily on my mind, but the realization that my chance has slipped passed is a burden I now must bear. My heart goes out to Maynard, the entire family and the myriad of friends that were so easily drawn to Dickie. He was truly unique and a “one-of-a-kind” human being, and his personality colored my world with a spirit of adventure and an energetic laughter like none other. I am privileged to have had his friendship in my life and his memory will live with me forever. May God strengthen and quickly heal the pain of this loss for all. Sincerely, Nanci M. Lamb-Cranford-Smith


Mr. Ronald Dixon “Dickie” Joyce

Stoneville- Mr. Ronald Dixon “Dickie” Joyce, 67, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015.

A 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Ray Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Jessup officiating. Inurnment will follow at Buffalo Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Sandy Ridge.

A Rockingham County native, Dickie was born February 11, 1948, the son of Maynard Dixon Joyce and Gracie Smith Joyce. He was a 1966 graduate of Madison Mayodan High School and attended Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs. Dickie proudly served his country in the US Navy in the Vietnam War. He retired from Ponderosa Golf Course as a greens keeper. Dickie was a member of Mayodan First Baptist Church.

Dickie was preceded in death by his mother, Gracie Smith Joyce.

He is survived by his father, Maynard Dixon Joyce of Stoneville; sister, Nancy Joyce Miller of Williamsport MD; two nieces , Maggie McDaid and daughter Caroline of Williamsport, MD and Jennifer Lopp and husband Chuck of Glendale, AZ; nephew Josh McDaid and wife Brittany of Martinsburg, W.VA.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday, March 28, 2015 and other times at the home of Maynard Joyce.

Online condolences may be sent to

Ray Funeral Home in Madison is serving the Joyce family.


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