I almost always read Christian fiction but I’m not very good at finding what I want on my kindle. A few days ago, I finished the triology, Mark of the Lion, and put a hold on another. Last night I wanted to read and didn’t want to wait for an author known to me, so I picked an unknown that looked wholesome, got it immediately and began reading. Within a few pages I ran into to a word that used to be a “no-no” but decided it was really not so bad in this day and age.

Going on I came on to a word I consider vulgar. I was interested in the characters at this time and drifted by. Whoa, now! I finally came on to a very (what do they call it? Graphic?) ok, graphic sex scene. At that point I stopped. Tried to remove the book from my kindle. I didn’t want it in my kindle or my cloud. After some time, I found a way to “delete it from devise,” so I did that.

Went back to my borrowed books and discovered it was still there. I could not remove it from my library account.

Just thinking how many times we take a peek at something from curiosity, on purpose, or accidentally and it’s effects cannot be removed.

I still remember the first real pornographic book I picked up, must have been nearly fifty years ago. It was in an old house we were cleaning up for some reason. I flipped it open, read probably less than half page. Found words I didn’t know the meaning of, but some I did. I quickly trashed that thing.

SO ANOTHER MEMORY. I learned to read while quite young and indulged in many books from the county library— Zane Gray, Nancy Drew,. Hardy Boys, and Cherry Ames.

In high school I was encouraged to broaden my horizons so I read “The Wall” (I think by John Hershey) and “Gone with the Wind.” My Gone with the Wind book was at my house when Aunt Gladys came. She picked it up and expressed shock to me that I was reading that. I didn’t realize at that time how the break through on that “word” would result in such evil, prolific, and profitable industry!

“Lord, forgive our land. Make us soft and pliable to quickly bend to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Make us sensitive to the things we support when we slide on the downward path.”


I first wrote the article above several years ago; I see nothing about it that needs to be edited. It is still true.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    I feel the same way, Oneta. I grew up on the same kind of books you did. Words that are bantered about as fillers now were unknown to me. I wonder if they use those words to sell more books or because of a limited vocabulary.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I briefly considered becoming a nurse after reading Cherry Ames: Student Nurse. How those early books do stick with us!

    • oneta hayes says:

      She was a model for many of through those years. My sister who is about your age enjoyed them also. She loaned them to a friend to read. They were in her house when it burned. I have bought some replacements in recent years but I haven’t taken time to ream them again. I intended to. I’d like to know what I think of them now. I wish my granddaughters would read them. But, they, like many others now, do not read books.

  3. True, Oneta.
    FYI, my books are available on Kindle, and I promise, no obscene language! If you’re interested, I have an author page on Amazon. (Ann Aschauer) Note that “Counselor,” “Vision,” and “Sparrows” are a trilogy, best enjoyed in that order. 😉

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    We all need to be sensitive to the things we support often without realizing it.

  5. Faye says:

    I determined when I knew God had given me a writing gift to only write with His heart of redemption. The natural world is carnal so truth in writing reflects the culture without focussing on its deeper darkness. But the light of REDEMPTION must shine in love and beauty.. I’d love to know Oneta from your perspective if I have succeeded. My books can be found on Kindle. Beyond the Ashes is my first and some hurting folks through the years have found the heart, Marranga-limga and Legacy of Limga,,,,,,,,through war and horror , are true to the culture, natural to the opinions and attitude of the day, BUT I pray reflective of the GOD who was there.
    Thank you for your ever thought provoking blogs.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Faye, I read your book, Beyond the Ashes. Surely I told you. At this point I don’t remember many details. Wasn’t it about a girl whose father had died? She was camping or caretaking children maybe. I do remember having warm thoughts of it p

      • oneta hayes says:

        Ooops, I didn’t mean to stop in the middle. I must have thought you accomplished a good message that would help people who had faced tragedy. Sorry I can’t remember more. I didn’t know you had written any others. Are you writing now? Also on a personal note – I am wondering about your daughter? A few weeks ago I know you were very concerned about her health and desiring prayer for her.

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