Lingayen Gulf | January 1945

Pacific Paratrooper

The USS Louisville is struck by a kamikaze Yokosuka D4Y at the Battle of Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945

On 2 January, the US carrier, USSOmmaney Bay, was severely damaged by a kamikaze aircraft and would later need to be scuttled. Three days later, the cruiser, USSColumbia, was also damaged when she was hit by 2 of the Japanese suicide planes. US shipping received relentless kamikaze strikes that cost the Navy more than 1000 men due to those 30 hits.

Beginning on 6 January, a heavy naval and air bombardment of suspected Japanese defenses on Lingayen began. Aircraft and naval artillery bombardment of the soon-to-be landing areas occurred, with kamikazes attacking again on the 7th.

USS Columbia, hit by kamikaze

On the 8th, it was observed that in the town of Lingayen, as a response to the prelanding shelling, Filipinos had begun to form a parade…

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Alpine Divine

Peacock Poetry

As we approached Thun yesterday the skies were grey and it was chilly. Incredible to think that just one twenty minute bus minute away from there and we were above the clouds surrounded by sunshine and walking in the snow. The scenery was beautiful and we found the perfect spot beneath a tree to have our packet lunch whereupon I wrote!


We found the perfect sunny spot beneath an ancient tree

and watched our packet soup get hot, pure nature, you and me

The kindly trunk, a comfy bunk into which I reclined

A peacefulness quite fit for monks towards our lunch inclined

Oh mountain air, I’m so aware of energetic clearing

You’re beautiful beyond compare, enchanting and endearing

Look for the good, untie the knots, simplicity’s the key

The message in that sunny spot beneath the ancient tree

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I Pray Your Today ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I pray your today,
will be a victorious
I pray it will not be
in vain or laborious.

I pray it will be,
one serenity filled
I pray your heart
in trust will be stilled.

I pray your faith,
grows abundantly
I pray God’s Word
you follow hungrily.

I pray your hope,
keeps you in the fight
I pray you reflect
the salvation of His Light.

I pray your today,
will be a faithful one
I pray you will be courageous
so your crown can be won!


1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:4

For whatsoever is born
of God overcometh the world:
and this is the victory that
overcometh the world,
even our faith.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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The Big Nasty Sea Monster

It was a very quiet afternoon in a small beach town.  I was taking a little walk near the beach.  I looked out and saw Holly, a very beautiful red-haired lady wearing her flowery dress taking a leisurely walk along the beach.  I began to approach her, but in a quick flash, a big nasty sea monster jumped out at Holly, and he was about to eat her.  Holly screamed out in total chaotic fear.

            “What are you doing?” I arrived just in time as his mouth surrounded her.

            He glanced back.  “I am the big nasty sea monster.  I eat people.  She is a person.  Therefore, I am eating her.”

            Holly cried as he turned to eat her.

            “Now why do you want to eat a very nice beautiful lady like her?”  I asked the big nasty sea monster.

            He turned at me again.  “Why is it your business?”  He growled.  “I am eating her.”

            Holly was terrified as he quickly opened his month to swallow her.

            Later that night, the moon was shining on the beach.  Holly was sitting on a lawn chair next to a table drifting her toes through the sand.  I came out to her from a nearby grill carrying a very large plate.

            “Mmmmmm!  Smells good,” she glistened.  “What are the choices for tonight?”

            I set the plate down in from of her.  “We have many choices,” I said.  “We have Sea monster roast, sea monster a la king, sea monster dumplings, roast of sea monster, barbecue sea monster, southern fried sea monster, cream of sea monster soup and sea monster on a stick.”

            We ate well that night.  We reminisced about that sea monster.  He was big, he was hasty, he was bad, he was horrifying, and, most important of all, he was very delicious.

Down In The Valley ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Lord, You have me in this valley,
for reason that are unknown . . .
but, I know deep in my heart
I am not down here all alone.

For, I know You are with me,
every step of the way . . .
and I know deep in my soul
there will come a better day.

Lord, I don’t know how long,
in this valley I will be . . .
but, I am prepared to stay
as long as Your here with me.

For, You have always promised,
from me You would never leave
and I know deep in my spirit
these words I now must believe.

Lord, I thank You for this valley,
though it has me feeling low
but, I know I am down here . . .
so my faith in You can grow!


2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace,
and in the knowledge…

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Set Apart For Jesus ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Set apart because,
He first loved us . . .
are those who have
in God faith and trust.

A life separated,
from worldly ways
devoted to Jesus
for all our days.

His Spirit within us,
now with Him we abide
no longer is there
an emptiness inside.

A life to God submitted,
holy and consecrated
now understand why
they were even created.

Set apart all because,
we were first loved . . .
now we are the children
of the One who’s Beloved!


1 John 4:19

We love him,
because he
first loved us.

Matthew 3:17

And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Be a mug 😆

Peacock Poetry

At the weekend Andy and I decided to go shopping for some new mugs. We thought that it was about time that we actually had a matching set especially for when visitors come! In the first shop we stumbled upon the mug featured in today’s post. We loved its simple message so much that we even drove to another shop so that we could have the full set and its message inspired me to write!

Mug Magic

Enjoy today, it’s all we’ve got, the message is quite clear

It’s who we are, not what we’re not – our joy is found right here

Enjoy today, embrace the yes, make love with what is present

Give your all, assume the best, smile at the hints and lessons

Enjoy today, its subtleties, its strengths and all the colours

Look on with curiosity, without this life is duller

You sat there just as…

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A Fresh Clean Start ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

A fresh clean start,
new beginnings too
not just for today . . .
but, all year through.

Putting behind the past,
pressing into the goal
loving God with all . . .
your heart, mind and soul.

New beginnings,
a fresh new clean start
when Jesus becomes
the beat in your heart.

Letting Him change you,
from the inside out
pushing back your fears
giving Him your doubt.

A fresh clean start,
is waiting for you . . .
oh, the mighty things
in you God can do!


Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart,
O God; and renew
a right spirit within me.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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