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LINDA SAMMARITAN

When God says no to my shortsighted demands, He shows me the beauty beyond.

Linda Sammaritan

Worthy of our Praise

Do you ever feel God doesn’t hear your prayers, that He doesn’t care? Have you been praying a specific prayer for forever, and nothing has happened?

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I’m not promising easy answers to those questions. I’m still seeking answers myself. Once a month, I post an article related to thoughts on God and people and the universe–spiritual metaphors. No cookie cutter solutions, which I’m sure you’ve already given up on, but I hope this blog site and author website can provide hope while we both wait for the God of the universe to finish His work behind the scenes.

My books are peopled with characters much like you and me. In my World Without Sound series, Debbie and her family are waiting on God to help them through their struggles of adapting to a new baby with disabilities. 

I trust He has a perfect plan for me–and for you. Plans to make us better than we ever dreamed. The God who set the galaxies in motion and who put together all the parts of an atom is more than worthy of our praise!

My Blog

Want To, Will Do

Want To, Will Do

January. New year. Blank new page. For the family. For the job. For life.   Now is my chance. I...

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Books

World Without Sound
Series

World Without Sound is a fictionalized version of our family’s struggle to communicate with my deaf sister. Tricia was a “German Measles” baby, born at the end of 1964 in the middle of the rubella epidemic. Hundreds of thousands of children were born with severe disabilities.

Tricia is profoundly deaf. She is also blind in one eye and has a mild case of cerebral palsy. At three months old, she underwent pioneer open-heart surgery to close a hole in the aorta.

What was it like to grow up with a sibling who couldn’t hear or speak? How did she learn our language? World Without Sound shares those answers with all who are interested.

Short Stories in Anthologies

While I enjoy reading all genres of fiction, my writing portrays real life, and each of my published short stories is grounded in a true event.

However. You’ll see that, Always Beauty” made it into the winners’ print anthology for Havok, a fiction/fantasy ezine. 

“Right 232” in Light Bearers is nonfiction. My father never told us what happened until years after his miracle. 

The idea for “Save the Last Dance” in Dancing Up a Stormcame from my high school years. However, the main character is a vague (and better) version of me at that age!  

In the anthology, Faith Like a Mustard Seed, “Do Not Pass Me By” originated with a family member who was a refugee from Vietnam.  

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Fifty years ago, most schools for the deaf believed teaching deaf children to speak was the most helpful form of education if they were to get along in the hearing world.  So I never learned sign language when I lived at home with my sister. Times and attitudes have changed.

Do Not Delete Notes

The “Do Not Delete” page is my little way of preserving history. Too often, the authors of “news” articles in America, whether left-slanted or from the right, only present “facts” that suit them. They leave out (delete) valid information that doesn’t fit their own agendas. 
The result: a loss of knowledge. 

Some of Us Forgot

Some of Us Forgot

The graduating class of 2023, high school or college, has no memory of towers collapsing in New York City. Either they were still twinkles in their parents' eyes or totally unaware of the world beyond home and daycare. The only interest of those who were already born...

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The United States and China Over the Last 75 Years

The United States and China Over the Last 75 Years

A short recap of modern U.S.-China history:   The United States and China had been allies in World War II, but once the war was over, America offered friendship to Japan and helped them rebuild their devastated land. While Americans were aware of what our own...

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I entered first grade in September of 1960. Aside from my fascination with the letter M card, the thing I remember the most was the beginning of each day. We stood, faced the flag, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. I had memorized it in kindergarten, and in my...

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Prepared and Armed, Strong and Determined

Prepared and Armed, Strong and Determined

"It is the fate of our generation that our life requires that we be always prepared and armed, strong and determined, for if the sword be struck from our grasp, we shall die." Israeli leader, Moshe Dayan, stated those words in 1956 during the Suez Crisis. He had...

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Negotiations, Appeasement, and the World Watches

Negotiations, Appeasement, and the World Watches

In 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Britain negotiated an agreement with Hitler in order to halt Nazi aggression. Negotiations. Appeasement. And the world watched. The result: World War II. The world has been watching with bated breath as Russia invades...

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Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce

Mustard gas.       Muddy trenches.     No Man's Land. In 1914, Britain, France, and Russia united to stop the greedy German kaiser. Surely, they'd have him running for home, his tail between his legs by Christmas.  But Christmas found both armies weary, wet, and cold....

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Hard times make hard men. Hard men make soft times. Soft times make soft men, Soft men make hard times.   I wish I could credit the four lines above to the person who created it, but I heard it on some talk show and didn’t know the man who spoke them. Nor do I...

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Disinformation: A Web of Distortions

Disinformation: A Web of Distortions

The Name of the Game During the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union and its satellites, disinformation was the name of the game. On all sides. Below are a few quotes from a 2002 Reuters report. "You would try and recruit a journalist and he would...

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The Worst Attack On the Capitol

The Worst Attack On the Capitol

On July 21st of this year, Nancy Pelosi stated that the January 6 insurrection was the “worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812…an attempt to overthrow the government.” By taking selfies with their cell phones? I watched the footage of that day. In one...

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