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WELCOME, FANS OF SIDNEY ST. JAMES!

Sidney St. James abandoned his corporate career to become a digital nomad and full-time writer of fiction and creative historical nonfiction novels. He's an avid blogger, podcaster, and, of course, a teller of stories and writer of novels. Along the way, he’s an author helping other writers, bloggers, and podcasters achieve their self-publishing goals while turning out three to four new novels per year. Join him at BeeBop Publishing Group, where he shares tips, advice, and lots of inspiration to self-publishing authors with an independent spirit.

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WELCOME, FANS OF SIDNEY ST. JAMES!

Sidney St. James abandoned his corporate career to become a digital nomad and full-time writer of fiction and creative historical nonfiction novels. He's an avid blogger, podcaster, and, of course, a teller of stories and writer of novels. Along the way, he’s an author helping other writers, bloggers, and podcasters achieve their self-publishing goals while turning out three to four new novels per year. Join him at BeeBop Publishing Group, where he shares tips, advice, and lots of inspiration to self-publishing authors with an independent spirit.

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Merry Christmas - The Greatest Gift Ever Received

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Merry Christmas - The Greatest Gift Ever Received

    Season 4

    Episode 17

    The Best Christmas Gift Ever

    Finding Blessings When You’re All Alone

    Hello Everyone. Sidney St. James. I am recording a memory that I had when I was five years old. Yep, there’s something about times in our later years that Christmastime has a way to bring out some of those memories that have been buried for years. Today is one of those memories.

    Recently, I began reflecting on a time in my life I hadn’t thought about in a while.

    I began remembering the time when I was five years old and staying with my GRANDMA AND GRANDPA, better known as Grandma Ada and Pop Nelson, because my dad and mom needed some away time from the kids. We were dropped off near Evelyn, Louisiana outside of Coushatta and my parents went on their way.

    Having the opportunity to stay with my grandma and grandpa for a little while was a treat because they lived in an area out in the country near sugar cane fields, corn stalks and lots of places to go fishing.

    That Christmas she ended up being longer than she had intended because my father insisted that they extend their vacation.

    This would be the first time in my five years that I would be without my mom for Christmas. Of course, as any child would, I cried over it a bit, and eventually was assured that everything would work itself out.


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    • 19 min
    Season 4 Episode 12 - YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE

    Season 4 Episode 12 - YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE

    YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE

    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves… is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. — 1 John 4:7-8

    The Bible says God is love. Not just that God can be all-loving. He is love.

    And… because he is love, God created us to have a relationship with him.

    Because he is love. Our Father in heaven offers us his mercifulness.

    Hello everyone. Sidney St. James, on a few days before Christmas giving thoughts and prayers for a safe holiday season for everyone. We also offer our thanks to him for sending his only forgotten son down to earth to be born under a bright star on Christmas morning shining down from the heavens.

    I was eighteen when my Mother died at age 50 of a heart attack. Devastated, angry, and confused, I wanted to know why God took my mom.

    Without a strong relationship with Christ, I had been consumed by a storm of grief and despair. I longed for hope and comfort. Then shortly after her death, I happened upon the movie, Carousel, and heard the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” written by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers.

    The following is a portion of the song, that touched my soul.

    When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind; walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown…walk on; walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone; you’ll never walk alone.


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    • 33 min
    Season 4 Episode 20 - Christmas Memories - Once Upon a Time

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Christmas Memories - Once Upon a Time

    SEASON 4 EPISODE 20

    CHRISTMAS MEMORIES - ONCE UPON A TIME

    Hello Everyone. Sidney St. James here to say Merry Christmas and Good Tidings to All. The Christmas Season season is a  special time of year. It’s a season to connect with each member of your family, and create memories and traditions that your family and kids will remember when they are older. Creating memories as a family also gives your children a secure foundation and understanding of their identity in the family.

    MAIN NARRATIVE

    Once upon a time, a whole bunch of years ago, there was a wanderer. He set out on a journey. It was a magical journey that seemed very long when he began and very short when he got halfway through. He trekked along a rather dark path for a while without meeting anything until, at last, he came upon a beautiful child. So, he said to the little one, “What are you doing here?” And the child replied, “I am always playing. Come… come and tag along and play with me!” Our wanderer played with that child the whole day long. They were very cheerful. The sky was so blue… up in the sky, the sun was so bright, the water on the nearby pond was sparkling, the leaves on the trees were so green, and the bluebonnets were so lovely. They heard the sounds of numerous warbling birds and saw so many butterflies of many colors that everything was picturesque. This was in fine weather. They loved to watch the falling raindrops and smell the fresh scents when they sprinkled. When the breezes blew, it was wonderful to eavesdrop to the wind and fancy what it said as it came hastening from its home high up in the sky. Where that was, the two boys wondered!— whistling and wailing, driving the clouds before it, bending the trees back and forth, rumbling in the chimneys… shaking the entire house, and making the far-off ocean roar in a fury.


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    • 23 min
    Season 4 Episode 13 - My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

    Season 4 Episode 13 - My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

    SEASON 4
    EPISODE 13
    "My God,  My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"

    'Why Have You Forsaken Me?'

    Hello Everyone. Sidney St. James. Today I search for answers on my show like I have done in many other scenarios. Again, I am not an ordained minister, and don't profess to me. But I'm a caring and believing man who asks numerous questions. Many years ago, I wrote my first novel, ADVERSITY. I asked so many questions that I became a Professional Genealogist. Then, I wrote the ROSE OF BRAYS BAYOU and found how women struggled with their FAITH when escaping the wrath of Santa Anna after the fall of the Alamo. Then, I still struggle with forgiveness when writing from the memoirs of the first ordained woman of the Presbytery in FAITH - SEVENTY TIME SEVEN. I have written two novels, GENESIS AND HALLELUJAH, and found so many mysteries or places in the Old Testament and New Testament that made me ask questions! Finally, I wrote SEEING THE POWER OF GOD, where I asked many of those questions again through my character Billy Bob Thornton. That brings me to today with my visiting the Old and New Testament. Today I quote to begin my show from Psalm 22: Verses 1 thru 8 of the Old Testament.

    "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you, they cried and were rescued; in you, they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm, not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; "He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"

    And then,

    From the New Testament, Matthew 27: Verses 46-51 - "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders, overhearing it, said, "This man is calling his God." So one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with some sour wine, placed it on a reed, and handed it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let's see whether his God will arrive in time to save him." And Jesus cried out once more with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the temple curtain was torn in two, from the very top to the bottom. The earth rumbled and shook, and the rocks were split."

    Also, from the New Testament from Mark 15: Verses 33-37 - "When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried loudly, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And some bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling his God to save him." And someone ran and filled up a sponge with sour wine, placed it on a reed, and gave it to the man to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether his God will come to take him down." And Jesus uttered a loud cry… and took his last breath."

    So, let me ask you this. Why did Jesus Christ feel forsaken on the CROSS? Well, that's my story for today.

    Since we are only two days from Christ's birth, I thought on this episode I would play one of my favorite renditions of Hallelujah for your listening enjoyment. It is called Christmas Hallelujah by Caleb and Kelsey. We will return after the song and try to answer our question for the day, "Why Did Jesus Feel Forsaken on the Cross?"

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    • 29 min
    Season 4 Episode 11 - The Christmas Truce of 1914 as Told by Sidney St. James (A True Story)

    Season 4 Episode 11 - The Christmas Truce of 1914 as Told by Sidney St. James (A True Story)

    SEASON 4

    episode 11:

    December 24, 2022

    A MEMORIAL COMMEMORATING THE 1914
    CHRISTMAS TRUCE IN ENGLAND

    Hello Everyone. Sidney St. James with you in the Holiday Season of 2022. And, in only four days one of the most amazing things happened that many are not even aware. As you probably already have experienced, it’s during the holidays that traditions happen. Driving around the neighborhoods looking at Christmas Lights. Little ones remaining in bed in the morning hours waiting and wondering if Santa had made a visit. Or, there’s my aluminum foil star and angel I made when I was six years old that we still hang in the tree. And then there’s Barbara Christmas Ball that is always hidden inside the tree somewhere where Santa has to really look hard to find it. Surprisingly, he has found it every year!

    But it was about fifteen years ago I was invited to speak to all of the veterans of foreign wars in World War II, Korean Ware, and Vietnam and Desert Storm.

    I worked on trying to find the right topic to give a talk of which I was given fifteen minutes to do ten days before Christmas. Well, as you probably already got figured out, I never throw anything away. I’m not necessary a pack rat… but maybe a packman, cause I got dozen of boxes on the shelves like many of you do. If this was a text I was sending, I would say “lots of laughs”

    But, anyhow, I found the transcript of that particular talk I gave and it was a hit and very few people knew about it.

    Back on Christmas Eve in 1914, God Began to work in his mysterious ways. I thought it would be an appropriate podcast for this time of the year for all the bad things happening in the world.

    Can’t we all just get along with each other around this entire globe. Well, for my story.


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    • 24 min
    Season 4 Episode 9 - Friendship On and Off the Pickleball Court in Georgetown, Texas

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Friendship On and Off the Pickleball Court in Georgetown, Texas

    Hello Everyone. Welcome to one of my specials during this Holiday Season. Sidney St. James with you today. Throughout my twenties, I’ve learned so much about genuine love, and in that, realizing the importance of cultivating relationships and surrounding yourself with people who get you on a soul level.  Over the last month or so, I’ve read a post or two from a couple of my favorite blogs on friendship and how to maintain those relationships.  Since reading those, I really started  thinking about the subject of friendship in general and how much my definition of it has changed over the course of the last ten years.

    Obviously, we all have people in our lives who come and go – seasonal friends, if you will. And in my case, Pickleball Friends!  But, the older I get, the more thankful I am for those few, genuine people in my life who I never have to question.  They just show up in every way – and it’s easy.  As I’m rounded out  my twenties, I not only learned a lot, but I was continually reminded that this was the age & stage of life where a lot of those life-long friendships are cultivated.  With this stage came so many highs and lows  – marriage and separations, careers taking off and others changing, some with infertility struggles and others with growing families, house closings and big moves, family issues and even loss.  It’s was then, more than ever, that we really needed our friends.

    That brings me to the sport of Pickleball and that’s such a special sport because of the community that surrounds pickleball. By picking up a pickleball paddle, you will undoubtedly make new friends and foster relationships that go far beyond the pickleball court. These relationships, founded on the sport of Pickleball, will have tremendous effects on your health, as people who have strong social connections and relationships (1) have better health, (2) live longer, and (3) are happier.

    Today, many years later, I will tell you an interesting thing that happened. As you know, we are only two weeks away from Christmas. My baby brother Warren called and I told him something very fascinating about this friendship thing Barbara, my lovely wife and I have with Pickleball players. And you know what, Warren said the same thing was true when he played in Burnet and now was playing in Fredericksburg, Texas.


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    • 28 min

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