Faith Draper

Faith Draper

Faith s writing experience includes a weekly women s newsletter, published in a contemporary issues book, as well as 100s of content articles and several e-books as a ghostwriter. She has lived all over the US but is now back home in Jackson, Michigan.
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  • Blizzard of 2011 and Blizzard of 1967 No Comparison
    On February 1, 2011 the snow started falling in Jackson, Michigan. For several days before the National Weather Service had predicted Michigan along with many other states would be hit by the worst blizzard in history.
  • Review of the E-book Faith: The Final Frontier
    This e-book may be short but it is jam packed with information, Schortgen's own learning, insights, and experiences and covers what is the basis of most Christian's beliefs, our faith.
  • Gone the Innocence of Halloween
    There was a time I loved Halloween. Not the same as Christmas or my birthday but each year I looked forward to the holiday. For weeks before the special day my friends and I would discuss what we were '˜going to be for Halloween'.
  • Looking to the Sky for Autumn Colors
    Being trapped in the city it's impossible to get spectacular fall foliage photographs but by looking to the sky you can still enjoy the beautiful autumn colors in Michigan
  • PJ the Beta Fish and the Black Cat
    PJ, named for friends Pat and Julie who suggested I needed a pet, is happy in his home the fish bowl. The black cat came to visit for a few days and it didn't take long to learn just how smart cats are...
  • The Lighter Side of the Military Henry the Goldfish
    There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when making the decision to join the military. It is sad to say but often pets are affected by the choice of its owner.
  • Michigan Wildflowers Hoary Vervain
    Hoary Vervain is a Michigan wildflower that many Michiganders see but visitors to the state may easily miss. Hoary Vervain flowers from June to September but the flowering is short lived '" a clump will bloom all at one time.
  • The Work Beyond the Photographs
    Sharing my process for creating a photographic slide show for Associated Content from the picture to the internet. There is much more involved than just taking the picture and throwing it online.
  • Michigan Wildflowers the Cup Plant
    No, it's not a Black-Eyed Susan and it's not a Daisy although the flowers of the Cup Plant are very similar to both. The Cup Plant gets its name from the 'cup' formed by the leaves where they attach to the stem of the plant.
  • Michigan Wildflowers Milkweed
    Milkweed is a wildflower found in Michigan that has many uses and is grown commercially. Because the common variety grows well in dry soil, is resistant to pests, and is attractive the Milkweed is popular today in many gardens.
  • Kayaking on Clarklake
    Grandma (Mom) purchased a kayak for her own enjoyment but several other family members have great fun with it too. Four generations took turns paddling on Clarklake this day.
  • Michigan Wildflowers Black-Eyed Susan
    The Black-eyed Susan is known by several different names including Blackiehead, Brown Betty, Brown Daisy, Brown-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy, Golden Jerusalem, Poorland Daisy, Yellow Daisy, and Yellow Ox-eye Daisy.
  • Purple Haiku: Associated Content and Yahoo Together
    A first attempt at Haiku celebrating the new Associated Content Yahoo!
  • Michigan Wildflower the Arrowhead
    The Arrowhead plant or Sagittaria latifolia is one of hundreds of wildflowers found in Michigan. The Arrowhead is commonly found along the shore lines of the numerous lakes, rivers and ponds in Michigan.
  • Happy Birthday ByFaithOnly
    I have been blessed a million times over by the opportunity to work on this web site and hope you will join me in celebrating ByFaithOnly's ten years online.
  • Lovely and Amazing Iris
    My goal was to see how many different irises I could find on my way back and forth to work last week. Iris plants are I feel among the most lovely and spectacular flowers in our area.
  • Booth Brothers Bring Southern Gospel to Southern Michigan
    The Booth Brothers will be gracing the worship center at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor (SAFMC), Michigan June 11th, 2010.
  • Living for the Lord Single
    God wants to give us a fulfilling life, Satan wants just the opposite. Some Christians feel their life will not be complete without a mate. This is Satan's lie.
  • Monkey in the Tree
    What is a 19 year old, 6'4" young man doing still climbing trees? You may or may not have some ideas. You may also think this slide show boring but I got a kick out of catching the process with my camera.
  • Great Arbor Day Children's Tree Books
    OK, I admit it - I love trees. The following are short reviews of three of my favorite 'Tree' books for children and the family to share.
  • The Traveling Peanut Butter Cup
    The day in the life of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup rumor has it my new owner loves Peanut Butter Cups. "I'm not sure how long I will last but lets see how I get to spend a day just before Christmas 2009"
  • Fireworks Over Toccoa - Book Review
    An exceptional love story the reader will not easily forget, 'Fireworks Over Toccoa' is both tear-jerking and jubilant reflecting different types and levels of love.
  • A Bird in a Bathing Suit
    A note from the author, Dawn Mitchell, "I'd like to teach children that our differences provide diverse perspectives which often result in fresh ideas, designs, and changes that impact us all."
  • Pygmy Goats
    Pygmy goats were first found in West Africa but were imported to the US from Europe around the 1950s. The first pygmy goats were used for zoo exhibits and for research.
  • Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories - Book Review
    Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories by Pamela Ferris-Olson gives a unique look into the lives and history of three minority women. These women have endured hardships similar to many women in America.
  • Day on the Slopes
    For as long as I can remember Cascades Park has been the place to go for sledding, snowboarding, and even a little snow-skiing. The hills run along each side of the man-made waterfall which are closed during the winter months.
  • Twitter Tweeps Rants
    My Twitter rant is concerning some of the members of Twitter and how they annoy myself and in my opinion abuse the Twitter system.
  • In the Garden
    My lowest times in my life have been when I couldn't for some reason be in the garden. My highest times have been while in the garden, listening and talking with Our Father.
  • Snow Hit Jackson Michigan
    Heavy snow can evoke a multitude of emotions and situations. Michigan didn't get near as much snow as some areas but let's make the most of it and have some fun.
  • My Baptism
    I started to develop a relationship with Christ, when I truly started to know Him. When I stopped searching for something and started finding things in the bible.
  • Oddball Photographs 3
    Still more photographs the photographer has no idea why she took the picture but has a desire to share.
  • Full Moon
    Poem dedicated to the names of the full moons of the year from the Algonquin Indians. Both names and dates are included.
  • Relationship with God
    "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." (Isaiah 64:8 KJV)
  • Saint Margaret
    Lord, you gave Saint Margaret of Scotland a special love for the poor. Let her example and prayers help us to become a living sign of your goodness.
  • My Name is Faith
    My advice to parents preparing to name their children - think of all the nicknames or jokes that may come with the name and be prepared to help your child grow into the name you select for them.
  • Gifts for Writers
    Any or all of these are great gifts for writers. Not just for Christmas, do not forget Mothers Day, Fathers Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or just because you love the writer in your life.
  • The Poem
    A hidden gift because I have never attempted to write a poem and didn't intend to the night I wrote this. When I first wrote my testimony it was nearly 3000 words and someone suggested I "shorten it a bit".
  • Eleanor and Edward
    Try to imagine you are a ten-year-old girl living in Spain when you find yourself engaged to be married. Before your eleventh birthday, you become the wife of a young man only 5 years older than yourself from another country.
  • Alnwick Castle
    If you have seen any of the Harry Potter films where "Hogwarts" (the school Harry attends)is shown you have in fact seen Alnwick Castle.
  • Estee Lauder Color Spectacular Makeup Set
    The Estee Lauder 'Color Spectacular' Makeup Set comes in a beautiful red satin cosmetic travel case. That in itself would make any lady feel elegant but it does not stop there.
  • Favorite Christmas Movies
    My personal favorite Christmas movies for 2009 are A Christmas Miracle, Christmas in Canaan, The Christmas Shoes, The Note, and Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
  • Christmas in Ireland
    Christmas in Ireland includes the hanging of holly, candles in the windows, and whitewashing the house are a few Christmas traditions involved in celebrating Christmas in Ireland that go back to early years in Ireland.
  • Christmas in San Antonio
    My most memorable Christmas continues to be the year I found myself a single mother of two young boys, two and four years old. We were living in West Texas at the time, over 14,000 miles from my parents and siblings.
  • Christmas in Afghanistan
    On military bases across this war-torn area of the world, you will find Christmas traditions brought to the country by military service men and women.
  • Christmas in Bolivia
    Christmas or Navidad (Spanish) in Bolivia is celebrated in the traditional ways. The main focus of Christmas in Bolivia is the Nativity or presebre.
  • Surprise Christmas Gifts
    Years later that nightgown remains one of my favorite Christmas gifts I ever got. The greatest gift I ever received is my salvation.
  • Christmas in Greenland
    There are a couple ironic facts about Christmas in Greenland. First, it is not green in Greenland right down to the fact that to celebrate Christmas in Greenland Christmas trees must be shipped in from southern parts of the world.
  • Christmas Gifts for Zero Dollars
    Yes, it is that time of year Christmas. It also means 1000s of people will go in debt purchasing gifts for friends and family. This does not have to be the case.
  • Christmas in Australia
    Unless you consider eating your Christmas dinner on the beach in shorts, Santa arriving on a surfboard, or holiday decorations including Koala's dressed in Santa hats and suits.
  • My Nick Name Snowflake
    The final farewell was graduation night as I walked up to receive my diploma 126 people; my classmates together murmured 'Snowflake, Snowflake, Snowflake' loud enough I could hear them. I knew it was the end of an era.
  • Sleigh Bells Ringing
    Sleigh bells were ringing in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Was I losing my mind?
  • Jr Bacon Cheeseburger
    While the Wendy's Jr Bacon Cheeseburger may not be the most nutritional meal in town the burger was juicy and the selection of vegetables made me feel like I was at least eating somewhat healthy.
  • Oddball Photographs 2
    More amature photographer pictures I just couldn't figure out what to do with except share with the world.
  • Two Letters to Santa
    Don't write something if you don't want others to read it. You never know when it's going to come back to haunt you!
  • The LORD is My Rock
    My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (KJV) I wasn't sure why I filmed this video but as I was watching it today this Bible verse kept going through my mind. While the water moves around this rock the rock remains unmoving, st
  • Support Our Troops One Mother's Story
    Across the nation we see and hear "Support Our Troops." While searching the Internet you will find thousands of results for groups, organizations, and individuals offering support for our troops or ways we can Support Our Troops.
  • Oddball Photographs 1
    As an amature photographer there are many times I take pictures just for the sake of taking pictures. I have a collection of picture that not only could I not explain why I took the picture but had no idea what to do with them.
  • How to Personalize Your Twitter Profile
    You can personalize your Twitter page a number of different ways. Twitter provides a selection of backgrounds and colors, hundreds of websites online offer thousands of different backgrounds, or you can make your own Twitter background.
  • Lavender & Cedarwood Candles: Candle-lite Essential Elements Candle
    Being both an avid candle lover and particial to lavendar scented anything ©Candle-lite's Lavender & Cedarwood Essential Elements Candle has become my favorite choice for candles.
  • Fall Foliage Fog
    These fall foliage photographs are not out of focus. The morning fog covered the park giving an errie out of focus appearance to everything. It was not thick enough to block out the red, orange, and yellow autumn colors though.
  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner
    Thanksgiving Day dinner was one of the best ever. The most important thing to remember was by not giving up, a little resourcefulness and a bit of determination thrown in we had a delicious Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
  • Relaxing Stream
    Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature as you set next to the stream at McCourties Park in southern Michigan. The soothing sounds of flowing water are relaxing and relieve stress.
  • Autumn in Michigan
    While the autumn colors are a sign of winter months with snow and freezing temperatures in Michigan it is fun to enjoy the splashes of color before the white coat of snow covers all. All over the county leaves are announcing Autumn is Here!
  • Thanksgiving Turkey
    Thanksgiving and turkey seem to go hand in hand. My thanksgiving story involves not one but two turkeys or were they turkeys at all?
  • Meanings of Pink Roses
    Pink roses also depict grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Different shades of pink also carry their own significance; dark pink roses - gratitude and appreciation, light pink roses - gentleness, admiration, and sympathy.
  • Disastrous Canoe Ride
    Canoe rides can range from peaceful and relaxing to exciting and treacherous. Most people would not expect a canoe ride on a small lake in southern Michigan to fall into the 'treacherous' category.
  • Snapdragons
    Snapdragons are an old-fashioned garden favorite with a fanciful name. The Latin name is Antirrhinum, which means like a snout. Snapdragons are also known as: calves' snouts, lion's lips, toad's mouth and rabbit's mouth.
  • Marigold Flowers
    Marigold Flowers are easy to grow and will grow in every state of the United States. Because of this, there was at one time, a drive to have the Marigold be the National flower.
  • Autumn Colors and Prayer
    She had started her day with a mission in mind - to get the money needed to keep the electricity at her home from being turned off. For several days, she had attempted all avenues for assistance, only to be met with rejections.
  • First Fish Story
    We have all heard those hard to believe fish stories but this fish story is much different. It is my youngest son's fish story and although many years later is still a common joke with the family. This fish story is NOT about 'the one that got away'.
  • Morning Golf Course
    Even those who are not golfers can enjoy the peaceful beauty of a golf course. Courses such as Cascades Golf Course in Jackson Michigan consist of well-kept lawns, greens and flowers. These golf course pictures are a Sunday morning on the course.
  • Raccoons and Park Rangers
    Raccoons and park rangers are two things you would naturally expect to find in a state park while camping. What you would not expect is that the raccoons would get you, the camper, in trouble with the park rangers.
  • The First Camping Trip
    Most anyone who has gone camping remembers his or her first camping trip. You might remember this as a good experience or a nightmare but you will have some memory of it for years.
  • Mixed Flowers for Your Garden
    You may want a single variety of flowers or to see how many different flowers you can grow in your lawn or garden flowers serve numerous functions. Flowers naturally are beautiful to look at, are fragrant, and some develop into fruits or vegetables.
  • National Grandparents Day and My Grandparents
    On National Grandparents Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day) give your grandparents a call, send them a card or bet yet write them a note, or best of all why not spend the day or as much time as possible with your grandparents.
  • Jackson County, Michigan Golf Courses
    There are three things that are in abundance in Jackson County, Michigan: golf courses, parks and lakes. Except for Sarasota, Florida, Jackson County has more golf courses per capita than any other city in the country
  • McCourtie Park in Somerset Center, Michigan
    On the sign at the front of McCourtie Park in Somerset Center, Michigan are the words "At the height of the Great Depression, McCourtie offered his estate as a place 'Where Friends Meet Friends and Part More Friendly.'"
  • McCourtie Park Somerset, Michigan
    McCourtie Park is also known as 'The Bridge Park' in Somerset, Michigan. There are 17 bridges in the park: each a different bridge designs. On the last slide you will find the hidden secret behind the little known bridge park in Somerset, Michigan.
  • Ella W. Sharp Park Jackson, Michigan
    As you enter Ella W. Sharp Park through the main entrance you are first greeted with two impressive stone pillars made of Michigan stone. Just beyond the pillars stands the monument to the park's benefactor Ella W. Sharp.
  • Cascades Civil War Muster in Jackson, Michigan
    For two days out of the year the beautiful rolling lawns, rolling hills and meandering streams of Sparks County Park in Jackson, Michigan are disturbed by the sounds and smells of cannons, muskets, horses, and battles.
  • Tips for Chasing Hot Air Balloons
    One activity that is not 'organized' or planned but can be great fun is balloon chasing. What this entails is the balloons launching and then following on the ground to see where the hot air balloon lands.
  • How to Improve Your Call Center Phone Call
    Customer Contact Management, Business Process Outsourcing, Crisis Response Management, On Demand Contact Center Technology - no matter what the formal name, all are informally referred to as call centers and most all of us need to deal with them.
  • Ella W. Sharp Park Activities
    The over 530 acres of park offer a variety of activities for the whole family in Jackson, Michigan. Golf, fishing, softball, and hiking are but a few of the outdoor activites. Add to that museums and art galleries.
  • The Ella W. Sharp Park Flower Gardens
    Ella Sharp Park offers numerous well manicured flower beds that are maintained by the Jackson Area Career Center. The park is a wonderful place to spend the day in the gardens or other activities.
  • Ella W. Spark Park
    Ella Sharp Park offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages including golf, several types of ball fields, gardens, biking and hiking trails, museums, and much more. Why not come spend a day at the park with us in Jackson.
  • Friday Night at K-Mart
    While the title 'Friday Night at K-Mart' will normally conjure up thoughts of shopping there are occasions when a Friday night at K-mart could mean anything but shopping. One such night was the night of the Jackson Hot Air Balloon Jubilee.
  • Hot Air Balloon Landing and Loading
    There is much more to hot air ballooning than just floating around in the sky. Landing and packing up or loading is an interesting process to watch and be part of. This balloon is owned by High Flight Ministries out of Grass Lake, Michigan
  • Daffodils
    These daffodils were blooming in Cascades Park, Jackson, Michigan this past spring. There's no telling just how many daffodils were spread through the park they come up each year among the grass. It's a beautiful site as are these beautiful flowers.
  • Just Another Storm
    She was determined not to give up. The storm may have won this time, but some day before she died she hoped to come out the victor.
  • Clarklake, Jackson County, Michigan
    If you want fun in the sun on Clarklake in Jackson County, Michigan is the place to go. Pontoon and sail boats mix and mingle with row boats and jet skies. If you enjoy fishing, skiing, tubing, swimming or just cruising the lake you can do it here.
  • How to Keep Wild Animals Out of Your Garden
    So, you've worked hard tilling the soil, planting seeds, pampering them until the plants pop their heads out of the earth. You then spent hours upon hours weeding, watering, and dreaming of the produce to come, the fruits of your efforts...
  • Sunrise Over Jackson, Michigan
    One of the most famous yet depressing things Jackson, Michigan is known for is at one time was home to the worlds largest walled prison; much prefer to be known for our lakes, greenery, and sunrises.
  • Green Chili Enchilada Casserole
    This quick and easy dinner is made with hamburger, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, tortillas and cheese. If you like true Mexican food you'll love this recipe.
  • Peonies
    Peonies are beautiful to look at and give off a heady scent. A perennial plant that multiplies on its own this plant is a terrific addition to any garden. Available in a variety of colors you may want to start your own collection.
  • Up Close and Personal Fireworks Display
    No one was injured that night at Cascades Park but after that experience the kids in the family never again complained about watching the annual fireworks display from a distance.
  • Sunset over Big Wolf Lake, Jackson, Michigan
    Big Wolf Lake is on a chain of seven lakes in Southern Michigan. Other than breathtaking sunsets the lake also offers fishing, boating, skiing, and much more.
  • Hot Air Balloon Jubilee 2007
    Hot air balloons can be both peaceful and exciting. The greatest thing is they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors these days.
  • Hot Air Balloon Jubilee Jackson, Michigan
    For over 20 years one of the biggest events in Jackson, Michigan has been the three day long Hot Air Balloon Jubilee.
  • The Most Memorable Fourth of July
    As the family looked toward the house they were amazed to see a tall dark figure on the peak of the house. The figure seemed to almost 'explode' in time to the music. The silhouette against the dark background of the sky was none other than...
  • How to Be Found on Search Engines
    With internet searches being the most popular internet activity online being found on the search engines can be a major task. The following tips will get you listed and found on the major search engines.
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