Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Rapids in Green 3 | Life and Photos by Andy

Rapids in Green 3

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Free Painting… & Custom Shirts!!! | Ray Ferrer – Emotion on Canvas

Free Painting… & Custom Shirts!!!

Posted: May 31, 2013

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***Thank you to all of my fans and followers!!! As a special thank you I wanted to show my gratitude.

From now until the end of June ANYONE who orders a shirt from my Etsy store will be entered in a drawing to win an original painting by me valued at $500 or more and I WILL SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. The winner will be randomly chosen from a number generator. I hand made these shirts.

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I Weathered The Storm… I Was The Storm | GRANNY’S COLORFUL

I Weathered The Storm… I Was The Storm

I Weathered The Storm … I Was The Storm

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

The pain began ‘out of the blue’, making me hold the wash cloth to my face.  My tears became lost in the water from the shower.  I held my hand to my chest… the pain.

I stood there for several minutes, sobbing silently.  I wanted to cry forever.  I knew I couldn’t… I didn’t want anyone to see my eyes and ‘know’.  Especially… Skip.

Everything is going to be alright… it’s May… Tommy died May 29, 2010.  My brother, Rick-Rick, died May 19, 2005.

On May 19, 2009… Tommy’s life changed in such a way as to affect him until he died one year later.  A man stepped in front of his tractor-trailer… he was killed.  That began the ‘death‘ of my son…

May, 2010…. was the last time I got to be a mother… my only child died.  I became ‘motherless’…

There are more things… I just don’t want to remember them.  Remembering my son’s death is almost more than I can bear.  I can bear it … now.  I know everything’s going to be alright … now.

I, know there will still be times when the pain will become almost unbearable… my son, my son… my child died.  Can you imagine such a thing?

Today, I was showering… enjoying the scent of my perfumed soap.  I had my mind on what I wanted to pick up when going to town later.

A dark cloud hovered over me for several minutes… making me cry stormy tears.  I was the storm… when I finished, the sun brightened all up again.  I began smiling… everything’s going to be alright.  I weathered this storm…


P.S… I want to thank all my new followers on each of my blogs, for following me.  I’m most honored, and I treasure each of you.  You mean the world to me.

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Hades Screams | Black and Write

Hades Screams

Hades screams its torrid winds,

Bust of Hades. Marble, Roman copy after a Gree...

Scorching earth of bone and skin.

Desolate ground of sun bleached sand,

Reminiscent of lunar land.


Scrub brush torn from shallow root,

Crushed to dust while under foot.

Watching step for danger lurks,

From thorn and fang and stingers work.


Blistering flesh under cloudless sky,

Waterless fools most surely die.

So this goes for man and beast,

It matters not be most or least.


Call of hawk and vulture above,

Hades and Persephone Sculpture from Eleusis

No place for cardinal, sparrow or dove.

Unforgiving this land it takes,

Seizing on each and every mistake.


Birds of prey circle and wait,

For nature to inflict a certain fate.

A hearty meal in barren land,

Relying on the feast at hand.


Hades y Cerbero.

Wasteland though it seems to be,

There’s so much more than the eye can see.

It’s beauty lies not in pleasing flowers,

Nor in forests where great pine trees tower.


Instead it lies in stark contrast,

To seashores blue landscape so vast.

Inhospitable appearance its enduring charm,

In spite of all potential harm.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

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‘Rescue in the Philippines’  – The Frederick News-Post : Movies

by Katie Crowe News-Post Staff

Whether at an individual level or on a larger scale, everyone has the power 'Rescue in the Philippines' to take a stand or do the right thing, “from small acts of kindness to an intricate plan to relocate 1,300 refugees,” said Cynthia Scott.

Scott, CEO of the Frederick-based video production company 3 Roads Communications, and Russ Hodge, president of the company, executive produced the one-hour documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust,” which tells an important story that had gone essentially unrecognized until this point.

According to the film’s website, it focuses on the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making cigars in pre-World War II Manila, Manuel Quezon, the first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana and Army Colonel Dwight Eisenhower helped 1,300 Jews immigrate to the safety in the Philippines. Somewhat unconventionally, the men — all from different religious, political and cultural backgrounds — devised the plan over cigars and late-night poker games in 1938.

“It’s ‘Argo’ meets ‘Casablanca,’” Hodge explained. “This story had everything going for it — the poignant characters, the intrigue, heroism, all the historical facts … . As a filmmaker, you biggest job is to stay the heck out of the way of the story and let it tell itself.”

“Rescue in the Philippines,” which took about a year to make, was first aired on public TV stations in April, and has since been broadcast in 33 of 35 markets on 352 channels, with more than 900 broadcasts and growing, Hodge said. It has also been shown in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, he added.

via ‘Rescue in the Philippines’  – The Frederick News-Post : Movies.

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The Stolen Kiss – an eternal love saga: About Me – author ” Vamshi Krishna Vuppula”

Vamshi Krishna Vuppula

Hey everyone! thank you for your tremendous response for my

pebble “Stolen Kiss- an eternal love saga”, each one by name and name. Am Vamshi Krishna Vuppula, ( born on January 18th 1992, am a capricorn) pursuing my engineering, avionics as my major. I prefer writing poems which take less time than the fictional stories, but this one ” stolen kiss” is something special to me in my life; as it gathered many people to flock in. Every line in this blog touches me, when I read it after writing and wonder has it come out good?? Life is complicated they say, dear elders Life is never complicated, its always simple; we make it complicated and fight for the air to breathe. Other than poetry, am a software as well as application developer @ Ubuntu.

Thank You everyone! for our amazing response! 🙂

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via The Stolen Kiss – an eternal love saga: About Me – author ” Vamshi Krishna Vuppula”.

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Hi, am Shyam Krishna, a software engineer in an MNC. I’ve seen life’s only 25 pages, every page is dear to me, every time my looks haunt back to see the graph of 25 years of my own life, and I stay confused and loose myself into depression. Roots of my family head at the Brahmin race, so basically from my childhood I was more into the rituals and family bonding. Our family was just of 3 members, me, my dad Mr. Krishna Mohan and my little cutie pie mom, Mrs. Krishna Mohan a.k.a Avni. Am a graduate in Computer Science as my major, I was nicknamed as “Uber Geek” for my expertise in programming and networking domains.
                                    Do you believe that you can change yourself for the person’s you love??? Difficult question to answer and a difficult task to do. It was a herculean task for me to do, but yes I’ve changed. The transition from an adamant headstrong “SHYAM” to the present one was literally a new life to me. Optimization of thoughts was never in my context, I was completely pessimist. Never did I accept which any other person great and never did I have any friends, I was living a dry life in the deserts of feelings. Even I had in the nook corner of my heart, there will be someone born for me for whom I will bestow myself and surrender this pride to her feet. Time had its own plans so did the lord, he wanted a fire to burn the pride in me but I wanted a camphor where I can dissolve myself.
                                    Life doesn’t give opportunities to correct the mistake what we have made in the past. I sound a bit philosophic but experience turns a man into philosopher not books or sayings. I still remember the cute smile of the one, when I looked at her. Her cheeks turning out to a mixture color of crimson red and the baby pink. Her lips were never narrow when she received a text from me, she has never shown her anger on me, and she just wanted me by myself. Even now these pebble water droplets roll down from my eyes thinking she is not with me. Why do we fall so madly in love?? We think to see the person for every second just for one look from our love. Why do we smile unconsciously? Why do we want the person with us in our arms?? Questions doesn’t have any answer. If you have stepped on Venus with the lovely arrow hits from Cupid, these questions will lead to a blush on your face as they all remind you of your love.
Can anyone say me why do we love a person? I guess the answer might unanimously be “NO” because if you need a reason to love your girl / boy then yours is not love. Love is just the unconditional care and feel which flows with the speed of light to compete with the parents of your love. How many of you can assure your love can be the first runner up to show your love to you partner?? I do. Indeed more than anyone else in this world.

I ____ a love of my life, her name is….



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JIMROMENESKO.COM – No Dogs or Old People

The reader who forwarded this Craigslist ad writes: “I guess the days of ‘will offer employment for food and board’ are now upon us. And notice that they require applicants be between 20-35 in age. Isn’t that illegal?” ( | Read the reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers. | UPDATE: The ad has been deleted, but I’ve posted the text.

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This Craigslist was deleted by its author, but the text was saved by Romenesko.CL new york brooklyn all jobs writing/editing jobsUnique Startup Opportunity

You and four other applicants will be invited to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY with an exciting new tech startup based out of a beautiful property on one of the nicest blocks in the Hamptons.

Our team is in the process of building a transparent e-commerce platform that’s going to change the world. To do that we need designers, programmers, content creators and just about every other talent you can think of. . .

Chosen applicants will be given a large bedroom, three delicious meals a day and the possibility long-term employment with potential equity option ownership – in exchange for 50 hours a week of hard work.

You will be working side-by-side and living with a team of young executives who share a combined 30 years of industry experience.

Your free time is yours to do with what you please, whether that be taking a night job, traveling away for the weekend or enjoying what could quite possibly be the best place on the planet to spend one’s summer.

High School Degree

Must be between the ages of 20 and 35

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But Dude, Like I’m only 23. Seriously, I have this rare medical condition where my hair went gray when I was, like, five. And I can so definitely do the work, man.  And being in the Hamptons would just be radical. Work all morning and surf all afternoon, right? I’m telling you, I’m 23..ok 24 in a bad light. I’ve still got a motorcycle and all the latest Pearl Jam recordings.  Oh? They’re too old to work here? Really? I went to see the Rolling Stones last week…OK, they’re all grandfathers but they’re still cool, right? Oh, the word ‘cool’ isn’t cool any more? How about ‘Shiny’? Well, yeah, that ‘s from Firefly but that’s like in the future and all.  Look, I can do push ups and … OK, I can do A pushup. Whew, it’s hot out here. Really, dude, I’m a young dude, dude. Oh, you don’t want to be called dude? Why not? Yeah, but there are like Woman Dudes, right?  Not since the 80’s, huh?  Well, OK, if you don’t want me, I’ll take off. Hey, I hate to ask but you don’t have money for the bus, do you? A bus? Well, it’s like a big car except lots of people can ride in it. No, it’s not a limousine.

Ah, never mind.

A Strange Man in my Bed | The Accidental Cootchie Mama

The Accidental Cootchie Mama

A Strange Man in my Bed

by Andra Watkins on May 31, 2013

English: Rotary International emblem

Four hours. That is how long it took me to drive the boring interstate highways between Charleston, SC and Raleigh, NC. I even got up early, because incoming Rotary Grand Poobah Lou Mello summoned me to have lunch with him before Rotary Zone Training….(otherwise known as Where Former Rotary Club Presidents Go To Drink Kool Aid and Die.)

Kool-Aid Man

Lou could convince a diabetic to drink buckets of Rotary Kool Aid.

I digress.

Before lunch, I checked in to my room. Got my bag. Hauled it up to the fourth floor with my key. Inserted said key into slot. The door opened to the usual Rotary hotel room view (the rooftop air conditioning units), and just as I was about to dump my bag onto the dresser….

“Wait. I’m not ready yet.”


The voice of a strange man.Coming from the general vicinity of the bed.

I stood there, gripping my bag like a bludgeon, and squinted at the bed. The empty bed.

“Um. Hello?”

“I said, I’m not ready yet.”

And a man’s head shot up from behind the bed.

I screamed. Ran out into the hall with all my stuff. A Rotarian was out there. Another man. Also a stranger.

“What’s the matter?”

“There’s a strange man in my room, and he’s not ready yet.”

The poor Rotarian backed away from me and pushed the elevator button. “Um. Ah. I’m not sure I want to be involved in whatever it is you’re doing.”

“But, I’m a Rotarian. Just like you.”

“I don’t know….”

“Lou Mello is my……”

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“Oh yes. I know Lou. Everybody knows Lou………LOU isn’t involved in this man in your room business, is he?”

About that time, my door opened, and the strange man came out into the open

“You can go in now. Your bed is fixed.”

I still don’t want to know why my bed had to be repaired before I could sleep in it. Perhaps another Rotary group was here before me.

via A Strange Man in my Bed | The Accidental Cootchie Mama.

Spotlights, Finds, WIPs and Extras | Imagineer-ing

Spotlights, Finds, WIPs and Extras

Posted on 31st May, 2013

Stage_vector3 I Was Placed Under The Spotlight – Twice!

I have to thank M C V Egan, author of The Bridge of Deaths, for putting me under the ‘spotlight’ on her blog! You can find the post here. I also have to thank Kat at Indies Unlimited for another spotlight feature, for my book Shade of Evil. The book is also featured in the Indies Unlimited Bookstore. With Wednesday’s release of The Sigil of Ahriman, that’s pretty good timing! Please support both these blogs by popping over to visit and leaving a ‘Like’, or even a comment, if you feel moved to do so.

Delightful Finds

A few days ago, my wife (Jenny) found two books in a local charity shop. One will prove to be wonderful for entertaining the grandkids, I’m sure. It’s The Pagemaster by David Kirschner & Ernie Contreras, illustrated by Jerry Tiritilli, published in 1994 by Kingfisher (ISBN 1 85697 276 3). I’m sure many of you will know it, and/or the movie of the same title. The other book is The Trivia Lover’s Guide To Cricket Stories, Facts & Feats, published in 2007 by Complete Editions (2009 reprint). As you might guess, this little book is a highly amusing, and informative, guide to the great game of cricket, including some fascinating, and sometimes hilarious, facts about the history and practice of the sport. Considering the original cover prices, the shop sold these at a stunningly low price each! The first book is just as it should be, with beautiful illustrations that make the words come alive. The second is one of those books that any enthusiast of cricket will delight in dipping into whenever the mood strikes, or they just need something of a lift.

Works In Progress

I’m currently working on two writing projects. First, I’m writing the fourth instalment of G1: The Guardians, as I mentioned in a previous post. The second project is in response to a recent review, on Goodreads, of the fifth short story in the Thief series. Not wishing to frustrate a reader, especially one who has taken the time and trouble to write reviews of my books, it seems only fair to write another instalment of the series, though whether it will remain a short story, like the others, remains to be seen!

While not a book of any length, Kat of Indies Unlimited (see above) is encouraging me to write a guest blog post for their site. I’ve thought about this and I decided to go with a subject that I have some strong feelings about. Needless to say, I am honoured to be asked! If the post I submitted isn’t accepted, then it may appear here at some point.

Extra Features

You may have already noticed, but you may not, so I thought it appropriate to mention a couple of extra features. First of all, the top menu now includes eBook Reader software/Apps. This takes you to a list of software/apps that allow you to read virtually any kind of ebook. I included it because there are still many readers who don’t know about these eReader substitutes. If you use anything else that’s not listed, I would love to hear from you! Secondly, there’s a new ‘badge’ for the blog, that serves a specific function. It advertises the Book Promo Day. Beneath the badge itself is a text box containing code. By copying this code and pasting it into a page on your own website or blog, you can help spread the word! The more authors availing themselves of the offer, the wider the range of books featured – which has got to be good.

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Celtic Woman | Poesy plus Polemics

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They stir my soul, they purr my whole,

They shiver me with cries.

Angelic voices give allure

To plaintive earthly song

With rhythmic Gaelic tribal sighs.

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Their fiddle starts my middle parts,

Their folk harp sweet surprise.

Each solo rings with tones bell-pure,

Notes hung where they belong.

And they’re most easy on the eyes.

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The Herezoth Trilogy is finally complete! Start your weekend with a sword and sorcery giveaway. | Creative Writing with the Crimson League

The Herezoth Trilogy is finally complete! Start your weekend with a sword and sorcery giveaway.

Posted on May 31, 2013

The big day is finally here! The King’s Sons is available in ebook format from (with paperback to come within the week.)

This means the Herezoth trilogy–classic sword and sorcery fantasy–is now complete! The end of an era for me: seven years between the time I wrote the first word of book I and hit the publish button on book III.

Here they are: with the amazing covers Brad Covey designed for them.

New Ebook Cover, designed by Brad Covey,


New Ebook Cover, designed by Brad Covey,



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Uh Oh….are they lost? « The Culture Monk

Uh Oh….are they lost?

By culturemonk on May 31, 2013 • ( 1 )

lost your way

by Kenneth Justice

~What do you do when you are lost?

I’ve noticed a growing trend in Western Culture lately in which people have gotten lost and they don’t know what to do.

For many people, they woke up in bed this morning (or one morning recently) next to a spouse they no longer love……they look over at this sleeping stranger who they haven’t had a real conversation with in year and think to themselves, “how did I get here?”

For other’s, they got out of bed this morning, shuffled off to work and realized, “I thought this job was going to be so much more, I thought it was going to lead me to the next plateau in life where I’d really begin to enjoy things… did I get lost so quickly?”

Although studies show that most Americans work at jobs they don’t enjoy……there are those people who do enjoy their jobs; but many of those people aren’t making as much money as they hoped for………very often the jobs we love do not pay very well.

English: Lost in a Snowstorm

English: Lost in a Snowstorm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

~What do you do when your lost?

Sadly, many middle-aged men think suicide is the answer to feeling lost and lonely

They’ve worked many years and they don’t feel like they’ve gotten ahead…….

They’ve worked many years and their social life is fulfilling enough…….and so they feel like the only way out is death.

Much more at  Uh Oh….are they lost? « The Culture Monk.

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Welcome to new friends: Sarina & Binyamin | The Cosy Kitchen


My husband and I created this blog to post, share and discuss all things food. This includes food that we have made ourselves or friends to places we really enjoy eating at! This is an opportunity for us to share with you the things we love….FOOD!

Sarina & Binyamin

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Vegetarian Pizza

My husband made this delicious home-made vegetarian pizza last night. Pizza Dough Ingredients 650g plain white flour 1 tbsp salt 2 dried yeast sachets 1/2 tbsp golden caster sugar 50ml warm milk […]

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This is a great meal to make for those busy days when you’re on the go. It is quick and simple to put together and takes no time to cook! […]

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My friend and I went to a lovely Lebanese restaurant in White City Westfield. The place looked amazing with its Arabian decor and dark wood interior. The food was equally as amazing if a little pricier than the other restaurants in the area. We ordered a bowl of olives and garlic prawns to share. My friend being a guy ordered the usual mixed grill that consisted of big chunks of chicken and lamb (Lamb, Shish Taouk and Kaftah) served with a side of chips. I decided to be a little more adventurous rather than play it safe.


I ordered the King Prawns which consists of delicious grilled prawns marinated in olive oil, served with special chef sauce and Lebanese rice.


The presentation was beautiful and the prawns went very well with the tomato-y sauce and the rice.


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Welcome to new friends: jcurtis83 & Jag — A Diabetic Girl

Welcome to our site! Jag and I are very excited to share our knowledge and experiences with the diabetic and non-diabetic community amoung us. My goal is to start sharing my wealth of knowledge with others and share my experiences as Jag becomes a Medical Alert Service Dog.

I have been a diabetic since I was about eighteen months. I say “about” because my parents will likely give you two different answers, but I go with what my mom has always said. At the age of six years, although I had been given multiple daily injections for more than four years, I finally got the gumption to administer my own insulin. At this age, most children learn to ride a bike or catch a ball. Not long after beginning injections, I started taking care of my blood sugars and diet on a regular basis. These experiences have given me an incredible amount of knowledge on diabetes, diet and exercise which I hope to share with those who are willing and ready to learn. My goal is to explore prosperous pathways to health.

Feel free to look around and check everything out. Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I love feedback.

via About Us | A Diabetic Girl.


Jag is a black lab who I encountered by chance, or maybe fate! My mom originally gifted Jag to a friend who was unable to care for him, so he found a home with me. He is the best thing that could happened to me. We started training almost immediately and Jag took very well to obedience, he is very smart! The plan is for Jag to be my medical alert service dog and we are currently working on scent training for when my blood sugar levels are out of whack. I’m excited to keep you all updated on our progress and adventures.


Scent training

Good question from Nicole: how do you train a scent dog? Well, I used scent boxes. The process starts by acquainting your dog with scent boxes by getting them to stick their nose in a box with a hole in the top and rewarding them for success. I used treats and verbal praise.

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English: Australian Cattle Dog doing the “scent articles” obedience exercise in competition Photo by Kathy Buetow. Submitted by User:jimhutchins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once they have that down use the scent you want them to alert to, for example, a q-tip with the scent of high or low blood sugar on it. Again, reward him for completing this task and request an action. For example, you may ask him to sit or speak, ask for an action you will use as an alert.

Now, increase the number of boxes one at a time. As you increase the boxes, lead the dog to the correct smell/box by having them sniff each box and rewarding him at the correct one after asking for the alert action.

After they have this figured out, don’t worry dogs are really smart and they have great scenes of smell, guide him along each of the boxes and have him smell each box. Don’t give any clues and don’t let him fake an alert. For example, once Jag had it figured out he would alert at any box for a treat. I found going back a bit to a prior step, or a firm NO and redirection would help this. Follow the same rewarding techniques from the prior steps.

The final step before full on action is to use the scented q-tips on your person and follow the same methodology. I began testing Jag before we completed all of the steps and to be honest we haven’t done the last step–and we need to–but he’s been very successful in alerting.

As a last note, we started this process once we had at least some obedience under our belts, and it takes a lot of time and patience. The energy you have while training is very important too because that’s the language of dogs, so stay calm and don’t use any negative body language.

Week 3 Training: How do we get a Diabetic Alert Dog?

Deceased hypo alert dog 'Tinker' and his diabe...Ok. So we’ve gotobedience down and we have talked about the regulations but we still have a dog that isn’t completing any assistance to your disability. This step should be included when you begin obedience training, but will require some of the obedience pieces to work. For example, depending on your alert, you dog will likely need to be able to sit and bark to begin scent training.

Diabetic alert dogs function alot like Epilepsy Alert Dogs. They smell a difference in their handlers and are able to alert them of this.




Welcome to a new friend: | Aewl’s Abode

Aewl’s Abode

I’m just an old fart who is almost a half century old. Spent almost half my life in the Navy and most of that was out to sea. Now I’m a farmer, carpenter, technician and general handy-man. I love reading books and I like writing, which is good if I’m writing a blog.

I have strong opinions on a lot of different things. Keep reading this blog and I’ll share some of them from time to time.

One of my all time favorite songs is “The Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie

I don’t want a pickle, just wanna ride my motor-sickle…….

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Messing with Peoples Minds

Here’s a fun and simple thing to do the next time you go to someone’s house you haven’t been to before.

Right after the obligatory introductions, respectfully ask, “Where is your bathroom?”

They will tell you that it is just down the hall, first or second door on the right or left and may even point fingers toward the way.

Then, and this is the messing with their minds part, simply say, “Thank you”, and act like you never asked where the bathroom is located.

It might get a bit awkward on their part as they wonder why you asked where the bathroom is. Also they may wonder if you are going to piss your pants on their $900 sofa.

Eventually, when you really do have to go to the bathroom, simply get up and go. If you are lucky, you might catch your hosts sighing in relief.

If by some chance they ask why you asked where the bathroom is located, just reply, “Future reference” and leave it at that.

Memorial Day

2008 Memorial Day Poster #2Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

This is a day to honor the sacrifice by our troops, both in peace and war. A day to remember why America is free. A day to know that only by those who are called to duty, for whatever reason, are why we are free. Every member of our Armed Forces say an oath and then whenever they re-enlist, they say it again. It is worth noting those words and what they mean. A full explanation of each part of the oath can be found here:

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Our Armed Forces live this oath every day of their service. They give up basic rights that most Americans take for granted in order to preserve the rights of all other Americans. For this alone, we should honor them. But in addition to that, they are the ones that go in harm’s way. They are the ones that sacrifice their lives in order that we may live as a free country.

the-battle-of-the-crater-a-novel-fortschen-gingrich-330x500 Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen and Albert S. Hanser wrote “The Battle of the Crater”, which everyone should read. In the book, there is a scene that is memorable and a speech that sums up not only this day but all other days that our Armed Forces defend our freedom. In it, the 28th United States Colored Troop are on burial duty in Arlington, Virginia on the site of General Robert E. Lee’s former plantation. Due to the government not wanting the public to know how bad the war is going in the summer of 1864, all digging of graves and burials are done at night. On this rainy night, there are 75 men to be buried. The Colonel and Chaplin assigned to the Troop make a brief appearance in the rain and conduct a short brief service and then quickly retire to their dry tents.

Then, before the men start to lower the bodies in the graves and cover them up, Sergeant Major Garland White, a black parson before the war says the following:

“Battalion, attention! Hats Off!”

Garland let a long moment of silence pass.

“Men of the 28th. Look upon our comrades. Did they want to die for you?”

He paused.

“I do not think so. They were men just as are, men who wished to live, to have families, to grow old, to be placed to final rest with dignity, with children and grandchildren by their graves. They wanted to live as much as we do.”

“Look upon your comrades. I doubt, though, if many of them would have called us comrades, though some might have indeed gone to this war believing in our freedom. Perhaps only a few, but that does not matter now, for they are dead. Their war is finished forever; they rest with God.”

“They died and you are alive, and I now ask you, my brothers: What do we owe them in return?”

There was silence for a moment.

“What do we owe to them?”


That passage above, written so beautifully, can be said of all of our Armed Forces that have made the supreme sacrifice. We owe our freedom to them. No matter if we are conservatives, liberals or apolitical. No matter if we are Christian, Agnostic or Atheist. WE OWE THEM OUR FREEDOM!


Remember the fallen today and thank them in your hearts for making the supreme sacrifice for the life we have today.

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I Am Certain | Poetry on a Roll

I Am Certain


I stated my intentions,

loud and crystal clear,

and I intend to have my food on a silver platter.

My word is my bond;

I will not renege.

I am certain that my holy grail is coming to me.

No room for bitter doubts and assumptions.

I am deserving of this great blessing

and many, many more shots of grateful, happy_happy, joy_joy moments.

I am happiness bound.

My thoughts and actions will remain positively charged.

I will strongly continue to live my life

as a mirrored image of my cleared intentions.

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Rain | Your Love Pills | J25code2


May 31, 2013 · by j25code2 · in Poems & Stories. ·

The air was still as though a greater power had pressed the “pause” button on the world. An annoying bunch of mosquitoes buzzed in our ears, hungry for sweet blood. Something had changed; maybe it was the clouds transforming into a deadly swirling funnel, or just that the sun had stopped smiling down upon us. The soil and earth’s odor was so powerful, a bulldozer must have paraded through the backyard, lifting up every piece of clay and mud it could find.

hen it happened! A surge of fresh liquid burst through the dark and puffy clouds. Just a sprinkle at first, then angry sheets of pouring rain. It penetrate the ground and housetops, plunging down the sides of the gutters like rapids in a river.


This was our chance. Snatching up the used ice cream bucket and other supplies, my best friend and I scampered out the garage door. The rainbow colored umbrella would hardly be used as a shield. We sang and danced with it, making it a prop in our performance, fighting the gigantic droplets with our own might. The Kemps ice pail was a grand noisemaker. The tears streaming from the clouds’ eyes onto the plastic container celebrated the rain with a THUD, THUD, THUD!


The earthworms must have been falling from the sky! Bare feet that had turned into prunes were forced to dodge the slithering, pink creatures, as they were not fast enough to escape the hopping feet. Lakes huddled in the gutters, and when we galloped through them, we felt invincible. The oozing mud invited us to plod through it. It’s stickiness and grip yanked at our ankles, trapping our innocent feet in its wrath.


Pushing the wet hair that had matted itself to our faces away, we leaned our heads back, opened our mouths, and allowed the refreshing water to trickle down our throats. The clearness of our sights was blurred by the abundance of moisture, causing us to squint. Our clothes, now darkened and dripping wet, didn’t seem to mind as we dumped the old bucket full of crisp, cool water down our backs. When a car whooshed by through the deepening puddles, we were drenched with more water as we squealed in delight.


For a moment, time stood still. The only sign of life was the constant whirling of water around us. And then, as suddenly as it had begun, the clouds opened up to expose a shining, colorful rainbow. The sun would be peering through the clouds shortly, postponing our special adventure in the rain.


But we would wait, and look forward to the exhilarating feeling that could transport us to a place where fears and worries were washed away, and hopes and dreams were brought to life.


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The Gift Part Two Got E-Booked! | Novel Ideas

The wait is over! The second volume of Mike Trahan’s highly acclaimed biographical series is now available on Kindle!

Have you been waiting for this moment?

I know I have! E-readers around the world can now travel with a copy of one of the most interesting books written about the Vietnam War…

You can get your copy right NOW right HERE!

A Note From Mike Trahan:

“This book covers my Air Force years from October 1966 to April 1970. It begins where my first book “The Gift” left off. I have just graduated U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and am on my way to my assignment in C-141 Jet Transport Aircraft. I will take you along as I fly the C-141 all over the world for two years. Then we will go to Vietnam and fly combat missions in the AC-47 “Spooky” Gunship and the EC-47 “Electric Goon” during my last year on active duty.

Come along with me. I think you will enjoy the ride!”

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Hoist on my own Petard


I read and recommend blogs all day and, while I enjoy the poetry and the books, I’m the usual starving artist and can’t afford to buy anything.

So what happened when I Welcomed Rhian Ferrer to this little community?

Yep, I bought this piece….Explanation below.

DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental

Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20

DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20
DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20DECAY by Rhian Ferrer Artgland 2009 Vintage Mental Health Documents Painting Canvas 16 x 20

“Decay” by Artist Rhian Ferrer, 2009
Vintage Hospital Documents from Letchworth Village (NY) dating back to the 1940s, old carnival tickets, old USPS stamps, and acrylic on a 16 x 20 inch Canvas.

Here’s what I wrote to Rhiann when I received the work and hung it proudly on my office wall.


“I may be a strange guy but I love that painting.

I spent 18 months going through old documents and carbon copies of typewritten originals to research a story on how Jews were saved in the Philippines and, at one point while I was sitting hunched over a microfilm reader in New York, I realized I was really, really happy. And the collage brings that day right back to me.

On it’s own terms, it’s beautiful as well–the textures, the colors dimmed by time, the contrast between incarceration and winning / financial freedom. It reminds me of old small Italian churches where the records of yearly trips to Lourdes are tucked away in corners–slowly aging but still with a breath of the urgency and sorrow from those long-ago quests for healing.

Shopping Strategies Compared | Playing in the World Game

Shopping Strategies Compared

osted on May 30, 2013 by The Old Wolf


Men’s and women’s shopping habits have long been grist for the humorist’s mill.

  • Men shop until they have what they came for; women shop until they’re tired.
  • Men would rather rake their eyeballs out with a cat brush than go shopping; women shop for entertainment.
  • Men shop for what they need; women shop to find out what they want.

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Pan Fried Salmon with Warm Samphire and Tomato Salad, a Salmon Scotch Egg and Dill and Caper Mayonnaise | Homemade With Mess

Pan Fried Salmon with Warm Samphire and Tomato Salad, a Salmon Scotch Egg and Dill and Caper Mayonnaise

Pan Fried Salmon with Warm Samphire and Tomato Salad, a Salmon Scotch Egg and Dill and Caper Mayonnaise | Homemade With Mess.

May 30, 2013 · by homemadewithmess · in British, Fish, Food, Main Course, Photography, Salmon. ·

I have always thought I have a relatively healthy ethos when it comes to food; I will always get my 5 a day, often try alternative options to frying and will avoid ready meals and processed food like the plague, but this was one occasion that I longed for a deep fat fryer. I love scotch eggs, and think they are especially good if still slightly gooey in the middle, however I think the gooeyness is near to impossibly when baking scotch eggs, as they need to be cooked for so long that the egg totally cooked. I therefore thing I may have to convert to the fryer club, just to be able to broaden my cooking techniques.

Hard centre scotch egg aside, this was a pretty special meal. It is the first time I have eaten samphire and I can honestly say that I have been missing out for 26 years. It is absolutely scrumptious and is very much in season right now, so should be easy to find in the supermarket. Sam also commented that this meal was one of my very best, and he eats my food daily! The flavour combination works really well, and even though the scotch egg kinda looks a little out of place (small quails eggs may have been better), all together it is a huge flavour explosion.

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Welcome to a new friend: Christy « Philosophy By Christy

Philosophy By Christy

To be a writer, you have to write

via What is next after winning? « Philosophy By Christy.

I promised that I would start a blog up again, and use it to write my experiences about writing and struggling to find a job… plus any thing else that’s on my mind. I’ve got a Tumblr, but I don’t write much on it like I used to. I think this page might give me a more formal setting to write frequently.

  Positive feedback is greatly appreciated, and I hope you enjoy my posts. Thanks.


Sherlock happens to be wearing my favorite color. How did he know? Just science of deduction.

Much thanks to my friend Tabitha who started her blog again, the BBC TV show Sherlock (for bringing the love of blogging back), & my friend Jennifer who started up a blog as well about her experiences in teaching. They caused me to start this blog. Though all my friends inspire me in so many ways.

I’ll always thank them for that.

My first job ever was being the news editor/reporter of my university student newspaper. Then I worked for the university library. After that I worked as an office assistant in the university tuitoring center. My university taught me more than just lessons in the classroom, but through my jobs as well. I’ll be forever thankful for all the learning experiences and memories.

I’ve graduated college in December of 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts (Major: English, Minor: Journalism). I almost had a creative writing minor with all the creative writing courses I wanted to take. Since I graduated, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’ve worked on a successful mayoral campaign. It was an amazing experience, and it gave me a unique perspective on local political campaigns. Now I really want to focus more on creative writing. Also it’s very likely I’ll start Grad School in the Fall of 2013.

My faith as always been a part of my life, but I’ve grown in the past few years to be more active. It makes me happy to help out through out my church (St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church) with Choir, ACTS, the Catholic Daughters, and RCIA.


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During the summer of 2012, I got a chance to go to my second Harry Potter conference in Orlando, Florida which was Ascendio (the first one was Infinitus 2010). This was a wonderful experience to not only be around other awesome fellow Harry Potter fans, but also learn more about writing from actual incredible authors who were fans of the series. They really inspired me to push to my dream of writing a novel.

Participant-180x180-2In November of 2012, I was willing to take the plunge and participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The experience was incredible. Even though I didn’t get to the goal of 50, 000 words. I still felt like I winner because I wrote 37, 042 words. That was more than I’ve ever written for one story. I also got an opportunity to meet some wonderful local writers through the South Texas Scribes.

I don’t know what this year holds for me, but I’m ready.



What is next after winning?

Winner Camp NaNoWriMo April April is over, and I was able to complete my goal. Not only did I complete my goal of writing 30,000 words in April during the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I also finished writing my novella. It still needs revision, and editing, but at least I was able to write the beginning, middle and end. For me this is a great accomplishment. I’ve written short stories, and poems. I tried to write a novel last year in November, but I didn’t reach my goal in finishing the story, though hopefully some day I will. So what’s next? Well, it didn’t help that I got sick recently. I have sent my novella to some of my friends so I could get some feedback about it. I’m sure it will help me figure out what I need to work on to improve the story. I am planning to participate in the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo in July. Now through June, I will have to figure out what I’ll do then. I’m leaning towards writing a sequel novella, but I might try to write short stories, or another novella. I’m not trying to rule out trying to write a novel, but I want to make sure I have an idea that I can write as a novel. I’ve realized that it’s important to have a story that will fit the size, otherwise you’ll work too hard on writing to write more than what the story holds. Or it might mean that you need more research to write more. Every time you write, you learn more about writing, just as much as reading. It’s the process of writing that we are able to improve.

While writing a novella in April, I figured out a few things. It felt more comfortable writing with familiar setting. I’ve heard that it’s better to write stories from where you live, than trying to write a setting from a popular location, especially if you might not know it well. This goes well with writing what you know. Sure, it’s good to learn to find out things that you didn’t know. Which adds more to your stories. That’s why it’s important to read, non-fiction as well as fiction, to improve in your writing. I decided to write my novella with the literary genres of Mystery, and Romance. Which are genres I love reading, and watching, so it’s familiar to me as well. Though I didn’t know the end of the story at first, I was able to create a basic outline of where the story was going before I started, as well as while writing the novella. It kept me focused on where I wanted to go, but it wasn’t too outlined so I was still open to other possibilities that the story could go. Close to the end of the month of April, I figured out a basic outline for the end of the novella which helped tremendously because it reassured me that I could get to the end. I believe having the writing goal be a novella size, that I knew I could do, gave me an reassurance that I could do it. I was able to write a bit over 30,000 words in November last year. So I knew I could write at least 30,000 words again in a month. Plus it helps when you have the motivation from Camp NaNoWriMo, and writing buddies. I’m so glad that I had such great support for my writing.

Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I’ve gotten a chance to explore writing in a completely new way. I’m sure it’s just a snapshot of how authors feel every day when they write. I’ve decided writing is about being determined to tell a story. Inspiration helps, but we have to work on trying to read, and write as much as possible. If we don’t, then our skill begin to fade away. Only by keeping up with our skills, and learning, do we progress forward. I know that these learning experiences will help me not only in my writing in the future, but also during Grad School (which I’ll start in September).

Life is about stories, and that’s how we remember most of life. Those who write stories have many reasons why they do so, but we all want to tell stories. As long as we keep on writing, we can keep on exploring the great things about life, and complete the circle. After you win, you can’t stop. You have to keep going, growing, and never stop.

P.S. I recommend checking out the blog of The Office of Letters and Light (who organizes NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo) for great writing and revising advice.

Struggling at Camp NaNoWriMo? Keep calm and soon you’ll write on…


Letting Go Is More Than SciFi

doctor-who-ep7c This post is different from the other things I post on this blog, but I felt like sharing it here. Today I was drawn to write what is written below, and the show Doctor Who just helped. If there was anyone in the Doctor Who universe the most like me, it would be Clara Oswald. Some times really good books, shows, and music can bring something to you that would have taken a bit longer for you to realize. God loves to guide me to these things, because He knows it will help, not only in my writing but also in my life as well.
Clara Oswald let go of something
That was valuable to her
She knew it was important
Life is all about letting go
Of things that aren’t meant to be
That are only for a season
Nothing truly stays the same
This is some thing we have to learn
I made a decision to let some thing go
God reassured me that it would help
With the future He has layed out for me
For letting go would open my heart
To remind me of all that I have
And what I still need to do
To make the world a better place
There’s a bright future ahead
He wants me to be open for everything
That will help me get to where I need to be
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