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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hotel/Motel (09/12/05)

TITLE: Don Czar
By BRENDA BEATTIE
09/12/05


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DON CZAR
In St. Petersburg, Fl., there is a gorgeous hotel called the Don Czar. It's architecture is exquisite, the location perfect, and there you are treated like royalty. There are several restaurants with the finest cuisine in house, and there are shops with the latest styles. But it was not always so. This opulent palace had a much different beginning. During world war ll it was a veterans hospital. It was stark, bleak, and barren. It was filled with young men, barely older then boys, who had lost arms, legs, and even their lives defending our country. The halls were lined with wheelchairs and gurney's, the smell of death was in the air. The thought of this being a place of relaxation and leisure was far from the thoughts of the doctors and nurses who worked there. After the war, the building sat empty for many many years. The windows were broken out, the roof leaked, it was an embarrasment to the business owners of down town St. Pete. Talk of condemning the building and tearing it down was the topic of every council meeting. But something wonderful happened, somebody dared to dream. A group of investors got together and decided that the Don Czar was worth saving. The rest is history.
We are alot like the Don in it's fallen state. We are lost, decaying and dying day by day. In our fallen state we are alone, abandoned, lifeless and hopeless. But just like the investors who saw life and promise in a fallen down building, God saw life and promise for us. He had so much love for us, that he invested the life of his only son to bring us back to the place of restoration with Him. We too are a new creation, built by the master craftsman, who brings glory to it's creator. There is hope for fallen man, as there was hope for a fallen building. How much more glorious is the end of a thing then it's beginning when God is in control.


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Kathryn Wickward09/19/05
Would be interesting with more specifics, if you know them, e.g. "the opulant registration desk was once the location of on the spot surgery"
Jan Ackerson 09/20/05
There is much good to be said about this lovely analogy. Try to be more aware of apostrophe usage and word choice: it's/its then/than gurney's/gurneys alot/ a lot. These little things sometimes make the difference between a fair piece and a really good one.
Lisa Graham09/20/05
Good analogies!
Deborah Porter 09/27/05
Brenda, I was judging for the hotel/motel challenge, and I really thought this entry had potential. I found it very interesting to read, and also loved the message. It just needs a little bit of editing and "tweaking" to make it very good. Be encouraged though - I enjoyed your article very much. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)