Ten Hour Nature Video – Wind in the Pines

Hello everyone! Below is a nature video I recorded behind where I live. I recorded it to gain visuals and sounds of nature and have finally published it just today. Listen to the birds, wind rustling trees and grass, flies, chirping insects, bees, distant cars, and more. I hope you enjoy!

Also, a quick note on my book Treasure on the Southern Moor that is now in the bookstore, I am currently waiting on my complimentary copies to be printed and shipped. As soon as I receive them, I’ll do a video showcasing the book!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Bookstore Back Up and Book Release!

First off, the Xulon Press Bookstore is back up! You may purchase my book The Williams House there directly at: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781498496216&HC_ISBN=

Also. . . .

Treasure on the Southern Moor is finally in print!

You can now buy this book directly from the Xulon Press bookstore as well! http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781545607206&HC_ISBN= I am currently emailing my production team regarding book orders and will be doing a video rundown of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor as soon as I have the printed book in my hands.

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

 

Harem Scarem Fife Tune – Music Room

Hi everyone! This is a well-known fife tune in the Fife and Drum Reenactor world. It is called Harem Scarem and is one of the favorites at the mid-west annual fife and drum event known as Freezer Jam. I hope you enjoy!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Children’s Hour

Here is my children’s hour weekend post. Enjoy!

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Pussy

I like little pussy, her coat is so warm;
And if I don’t hurt her, she’ll do me no harm.
So I’ll not pull her tail, nor drive her away,
But pussy and I very gently will play.
She shall sit by my side, and I’ll give her some food;
And she’ll love me because I am gentle and good.

I’ll pat pretty pussy, and then she will purr;
And thus show her thanks for my kindness to her.
But I’ll not pinch her ears, nor tread on her paw,
Lest I should provoke her to use her sharp claw.
I never will vex her, nor make her displeased-
For pussy don’t like to be worried and teased.
~Anonymous

 The Months

January brings snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children’s hands with posies.

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Fresh October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.
~Sara Coleridge

The City Child,

Dainty little maiden, whither would you wander?
Whither from this pretty home, the home where mother dwells?
‘Far and far away,’ said the dainty little maiden,
‘All among the gardens, auriculas, anemones,
Roses and lilies and Canterbury-bells.’

Dainty little maiden, whither would you wander?
Whither from this pretty house, this city house of ours?
‘Far and far away,’ said the dainty little maiden,
‘All among the meadows, the clover and the clematis,
Daisies and kingcups and honeysuckle-flowers.’
~Lord Tennyson

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Bookstore Down!!!

For any who have tried to make recent purchases of my book The Williams House, the Xulon Bookstore is currently down. I do not know the reason for this and am trying to get in touch with my production coordinator to see when/if the issue will be resolved. I know that the Xulon offices were evacuated because of hurricane Irma, yet they I do not think were damaged badly because they have been mentioning resuming work, and I do not know whether or not that is the cause of the bookstore being down.

Regardless, in the meantime, I am linking to where you can purchase my book on Amazon. Please visit this link to buy my book The Williams House: https://www.amazon.com/Williams-House-Joshua-Reynolds/dp/1498496210/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1486162225&sr=8-15

Thank you!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Russell Kirk on Centralized Government

But these United States, accustomed to territorial democracy, have no class of leaders and administrators competent to undertake the consolidated direction which the centralizers propose. I do not discern a class of men here competent to rule wisely this immense nation, once territorial democracy and the federal framework – both principal schools of national leadership – should be undone.

. . . I do not know how we could expect the most expert of statists to direct paternally and justly the concerns of this nation, once local volition and private self-reliance had been seriously weakened. A man has but twenty-four hours in his day, and can read only a limited number of papers. Such centralization defeats its own object, in persons as in departments. The man-killing job of the Presidency – to which the centralizers would add numerous fresh responsibilities – may be sufficient illustration of my meaning.

To destroy territorial democracy and the federal system in America is quite possible . . . but it is less easy to provide some alternative satisfactory scheme of politics. Once the principle of volition, with the sense of participation and local decision, vanishes from American life, Americans are liable to become an unmanageable people.
~Russell Kirk in The Politics of Prudence

In short, Professor Kirk’s argument is that no bureaucracy could handle the extent of America’s issues on a minute scale. He was not in any regard speaking against having a federal government in general, as he was an avid proponent of the Constitution. Yet, that Government should be limited to federal decisions. He quotes several examples of government decisions that should have been kept to local authority, and generally, as we should expect, those decisions usually ended in failure. The Professor goes on to state that centralized government, if pursued and carried to its end, will always invariably lead to a socialist and communist state, such as Russia was or Vietnam is now. And being conservatives as the Professor was and I am, we would agree that such would be disastrous.

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Pine Tree – Nature Blogging

Here are several pictures of a pine tree in a field off our backdoor that I took today. The sky was sunny and clear. (I was glad that it didn’t rain because I’ve been chainsawing dead trees to prepare for our winter storage of firewood.) I hope you enjoy!

Also, a quick update on my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. My publisher has completed the e-book version for it! It should be popping up on amazon and other sites shortly, and the paperback version (as I like to call the real version) should be available within a few weeks or less. Part of the delay is due to the national news hurricane Irma. It just so happens that my publisher’s offices had to be evacuated, yet they are planning to resume normal work soon.

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Working on my Victorian/Edwardian Book

Hello everyone! The below video is a very brief announcement on what I am currently doing in my writing. My third book is set in the time of the Nineteen Aughts and will be about a family living in England. Their home is right outside of London, in a fairly well-to-do place, yet they travel and end up all over the country. It will focus around the six main children and many adventures that they have. . . .

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Children’s Hour

Here is my Children’s Hour Weekend post. Enjoy!

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Nonsenses

i
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!-
Two owls and a hen,
Four larks and a wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

ii
There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,
Who made a remarkable curtsey;
She twirled round and round,
Till she sank underground,
Which distressed all the people of Chertsy.

iii
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!
It’s a regular brute of a bee!’

iv
There was an Old Man who said, “How
Shall I flee from this horrible cow?
I will sit on this stile,
And continue to smile,
Which may soften the heart of that cow.’

v
There was an Old Man who said, ‘Hush!
I perceive a young bird in this bush!’
When they said, ‘Is it small?’
He replied, ‘Not at all!
It is four times as big as the bush!’

vi
There was an Old Person of Gretna,
Who rushed down the crater of Etna;
When they said, ‘Is it hot?’
He replied, ‘No, it’s not!’
That mendacious Old Person of Gretna.

vii
There is a Young Lady, whose nose
Continually prospers and grows;
When it grew out of sight,
She exclaimed in a fright,
‘Oh! Farewell to the end of my nose!’

viii
There was an Old Man of Dumbree,
Who taught little owls to drink tea;
For he said, ‘To eat mice,
Is not proper or nice,’
That amiable Man of Dumbree.

~Edward Lear

Evening

(In words of one syllable)

The day is past, the sun is set,
And the white stars are in the sky;
While the long grass with dew is wet,
And through the air the bats now fly.

The lambs have now lain down to sleep,
The birds have long since sought their nests;
The air is still; and dark, and deep
On the hill side the old wood rests.

Yet of the dark I have no fear,
But feel as safe as when ’tis light;
For I know God is with me there,
And He will guard me through the night.

For God is by me when I pray,
And when I close mine eyes in sleep,
I know that He will with me stay,
And will all night watch by me keep.

For He who rules the stars and sea,
Who makes the grass and trees to grow,
Will look on a poor child like me,
When on my knees I to Him bow.

He holds all things in His right hand,
The rich, the poor, the great, the small;
When we sleep, or sit, or stand,
Is with us, for He loves us all.
~Thomas Miller

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

View my Book Articles on Literary Titan

Please check out the presentation of both my books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor on Literary Titan! The information I gave him was compiled well.

The Williams House Literary Titan article: https://literarytitan.com/2017/09/13/the-williams-house/

Treasure on the Southern Moor Literary Titan article: https://literarytitan.com/2017/09/14/treasure-on-the-southern-moor/

Thanks again Literary Titan for letting me guest blog, and I hope everyone enjoys! Please comment below to share your opinion.