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Great American Who? Hubert Selby Jr. | Flashback | OZY

Last Exit to Everywhere

February 28, 2014

By Will Humphries

Hubert Selby Jr. may not be a household name (and never was), and it’s unlikely that you’ll find him on a list of the greatest 20th century American writers. But if one of the hallmarks of the “Great American Novel,” from Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, is its penetrating vision of the people and nation that formed it, then Selby belongs in the conversation.

Selby’s portraits of a broken society are merely a reflection of the broken body in which he was forced to live.

In the same way that The Great Gatsby offers up an unyielding vision of America’s high-flying elite, Selby’s masterpiece, Last Exit to Brooklyn, is a searing rendition of the dark underbelly of a nation whose have-nots are fighting not just for power but for survival.

In many ways, Selby’s portraits of a broken society are merely a reflection of the broken body in which he was forced to live. Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Selby left school at age 15 to become a merchant sailor. A few years later he was diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis and given a year to live. To his doctors’ great surprise, however, after an experimental drug treatment and operations that removed 11 ribs and half of one lung, Selby outlived his prognosis and in fact lived to see his 75th year.

But Selby endured chronic pain for the rest of his life, often relying on painkillers and heroin to relieve the agony. He may have beat the tuberculosis, but he was bed-ridden, unable to work and frequently hospitalized for the better part of 10 years.

Encouraged by a childhood friend, the writer Gilbert Sorrentino, Selby — who could barely read — decided, “I know the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.” Many if not most writers spend decades honing their craft, but Selby’s late start and lack of formal training proved to be an advantage in his portrayals of the bleak and violent world around him. The threat of death is ever-looming in his work — a nightmarish fear that sprang directly from the author’s own existence.

The novel broke like a vial of dope on a Brooklyn pavement, some readers crowding round to soak up the vital dynamism of the prose, others barely able to hide their disgust.

For Selby, writing was a means by which death could be postponed, the very act of putting pen to paper being reason enough to keep on living. He published his first novel, Last Exist to Brooklyn, in 1964 when he was 36, and it is the one for which he is best remembered.

The novel broke like a vial of dope on a Brooklyn pavement, some readers crowding round to soak up the vital dynamism of the prose, others barely able to hide their disgust. Beat poet and spokesman for the disaffected Allen Ginsberg was among the loudest voices of praise, describing the book as “a rusty hellish bombshell that should explode all over America and still be read in a hundred years.”

The novel’s unflinching depiction of drug use, prostitution, gang rape, homosexuality, transvestitism and domestic violence soon caught the attention of the authorities, and it was banned under the Obscene Publications Act until 1968.

After a separate brush with the law, Selby finally kicked his heroin dependency around the same time, and for the rest of his life used neither drugs nor alcohol, even refusing morphine on his deathbed. But in his writing, Selby never shied away from controversial topics, such as heroin addiction in Requiem For a Dream and delusional psychosis in The Room.

But more than subject matter it’s Selby’s style that makes him an enduring writer. For example, his mastery of voice allows him to reject formal notions of dialogue, instead blending the characters’ words into the language of the narrative. By clearly differentiating characters not simply by their accents but by their language patterns, it is possible to distinguish the source of speech even in the hazy confusion of his prose.

Here, in the opening to arguably the most famous chapter in Last Exist to Brooklyn, Selby introduces us to the prostitute Tralala and we are drawn into the raw world of his protagonists:

”Tralala was 15 the first time she was laid. There was no real passion. Just diversion. She hungout in the Greeks with the other neighborhood kids. Nothin to do. Sit and talk. Listen to the jukebox. Drink coffee. Bum cigarettes. Everything a drag. She said yes. In the park. 3 or 4 couples finding their own tree and grass. Actually she didnt say yes. She said nothing.”

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D’s “Perspective” |Welcome to a new friend: The Machinehead Chronicles

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D’s “Perspective”

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The truth is starting to unfold…..we will unite together no matter what!! we have to we have no other choice… D

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Some of the History of the Irving Mills

[Terry: The last of these mill buildings is still standing in Irvington–which is between Swarthmore and Chester on 340–currently occupied by a contractor with some nasty dogs. I did go and visit when I was about 10 and can remember the looms and all the dust and being shown how to comb wool.]

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In that year James and David Irving, who had established the Irvington Mills in Philadelphia in 1842, leased the Crosbyville Mills and removed their business to that location, where they remained as tenants of the Crosbys until 1857, when they purchased the property. The business had so increased that in 1860 the firm erected Mill No. 2, a building one hundred feet in length by forty feet in width. In 1862, David Irving died, and his interest in the business was purchased by James Irving, who continues manufacturing at Irvington, the old mill seat being now known by that name. On Jan. 1, 1866, Washington Irving was given an interest in the business, the firm being James Irving & Son. The son, however, died the following September, but the firm remained unchanged in title, and in 1879, James Irving’s son, William A. Irving, was admitted to an interest in the mills. In 1873 the old grist-mill building was removed, and a four-story stone structure one hundred and seventy-two by fifty feet erected on its site by James Irving, and Mill No. 3, a stone factory forty by fifty feet, two stories in height, was built in 1880 by James Irving. The machinery in these mills consists of one hundred and six looms, two thousand one hundred spindles, and six sets of cards, the goods manufactured being woolen doeskins and tweeds.

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James Irving, the subject of this biographical sketch, was born in 1817 in New York, where his parents, John and Jeannie B. Irving, emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland, and settled in the year 1811. The family subsequently removed to Montgomery County, Pa., where the two sons, James and David, were apprenticed to Bethel Moore, then one of the largest woolen manufacturers in the State, and with him learned the trade of which he was master. In 1842 they began business in Philadelphia County, and remained until 1846 in that locality.

James Irving the year previous removed to Delaware County and established woolen-mills at Irvington, under the firm-name of J. & D. Irving, which continued until the death of David Irving, in 1862, when James Irving & Son succeeded to the business. James and David Irving and Thomas I. Leiper also established in Chester, Pa., a mill for the manufacture of cotton yarns, under the firm-name of Irvings & Leiper, now the Irving & Leiper Manufacturing Company.

James Irving, in May, 1839, was married to Christiann, daughter of John Berry, of Chester County, Pa. Their children are Jeannie M. (wife of Hugh Lloyd, of Darby, Pa.), E. Matilda (wife of William H. Starbuck, of New York), William A., and D. Edwin. Both the sons are interested with their father in business. Mr. Irving was in politics formerly a Henry Clay Whig, and actively participated in the political issues of the day. He later became a conservative Republican, and indorses the platform of the party in general. He is a director of the First National Bank of Chester, and has been for a long time one of the active trustees of the University of Lewisburg, Union County, Pa., one of the best educational institutions of the State. He is in his religious views a Baptist, and member of the North Chester Baptist Church of Chester, Pa.

Shaw, Esrey & Co.

Chester Rural Cemetery. –  The plot was immediately laid out for the purposes of a cemetery, the first interments within its lines being the Confederate soldiers who died at the United States Hospital (now the Crozer Theological Seminary). Over one hundred and fifty of these men were buried within the grounds. The first lot was purchased by Bennett Dobbs, Sept. 26, 1863, and his wife, Nancy, was buried therein two days afterwards, September 28th. No deed was given for this lot until two months had elapsed, the first conveyance bearing date Dec. 7, 1863. Nearly in the centre of the cemetery an artificial lake was made, the water being supplied by a run which passed in a northwesterly course through the grounds. On Dec. 10, 1869, a sad accident occurred at this lake, on which Herman L. Cochran, son of John Cochran, and Mattie H. Irving, daughter of James Irving, both about sixteen years, were skating when the ice broke and they were drowned. “The Soldiers’ Monument,” a tribute to the soldiers of the civil war enlisted from Delaware County, stands on the highest point of land in this cemetery. Although this testimonial was erected in the name of the citizens of the county, the funds necessary to procure and put it in place were contributed by a few persons. Much credit was due to Mrs. Mary B. Leiper, who was untiring in her efforts to procure the means required. The Soldiers’ Monument, a bronze figure by Martin Millmore, representing a private soldier standing at rest, and elevated on a massive granite pedestal, was dedicated Sept. 17, 1873, Shaw, Esrey & Co.

Ramble | Stories about Crum Creek

 [Terry: The Pink house right past the bend of Harvard Avenue after it passes the Strathhaven Inn is where I grew up. I never knew there was a whole damn lake there. Also, and fairly accidentally, a number of the Lieper Mills were either in partnership or in competition with mills owned by the Irving family. ]

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Strath Haven Lake, its dam (the falls), and Leiper Pond are all visible on this 1910 map (Kiser, Plate 21). The inset shows a spring water company just below Leiper Pond.

 

 

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History of Activity on Little Crum Creek       

 

Leiper’s enterprise stretched all the way down Crum Creek to its meeting with Little Crum Creek, just downstream of Leiperville (presently Crum Lynne).

 

This is a good place to start tracking the history of Little Crum Creek as we travel geographically upstream.

 

In 1797, Caleb Davis and Isaac Culin together built a saw mill and water-works at the confluence of Crum and Little Crum Creeks.  Here they built a dam and channeled a race from Little Crum Creek to feed the mill.  For all this effort, the short-lived enterprise was sold in 1806, changed hands a few times, and was abandoned by the middle of the 19th century (Ashmead 743).

 

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Little Crum Creek (here called “Crum Lynne Creek”) meets Crum Creek on its way to the Delaware River in 1889 (Smith, Plate 22).

 

Ramble | some little crum creek.

An Interview With “The Cruise Ship Killer…” Author Don Michael Fess! | Novel Ideas

Here we have it! An interview with a man many of you have already heard of. For those wondering who wrote “The Cruising Serial Killer” I am here to tell you that his name is Michael Don Fess. I caught him for an interview and you will enjoy it. Indulge, enjoy and learn from a writer who has a lot to say.

Q) What does writing give you?

A) It’s one of the creative outlets I enjoy. I do sculpture, paintings, music arranging, etc.

Q) So, what is so creative about writing?

A) You get to invent characters, situations, adventures, and just explore many fictional adventures

Q) I wonder– have you always been an adventure seeking kind of guy?

A) I’ve spent a lifetime enlarging the envelope, trying new things, and to use a trite expression, going where no man has gone before.

Q) What is the most extreme example?

A) Probably, as a developer, buying old buildings and changing the use with creative remodelling. It was the most challenging and profitable.

Q) Let me ask you this: Are books profitable?

A) Not yet, in monetary rewards, but a bonanza in reader responses and feedback.

Q) What do you like to write about?

A) My favorite subjects are the mystery tales in the Caribbean. I had fun writing about the wild Louisiana politics during the 1964 period, but that doesn’t have a wide appeal. My non-fiction work is also a little controversial and appealing. I’ve had some great response from readers.

Q) Mystery tales? Are your tales more “Murder She Wrote” or “Law and Order?

A) The Caribbean tales are more like adventure, high-tech mysteries, and I like to end them on a happy note.

Q) Do you believe readers react positively to happy-ever-after endings?

For the rest click here An Interview With “The Cruise Ship Killer…” Author Don Michael Fess! | Novel Ideas.

The sins of our father | johncoyote

The sins of our father

 

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Sins of our father’s.

A Poem by Coyote Poetry

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We can learn kindness from living and seeing hate and violence.

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Father’s eyes and anger

Is my Father’s eyes and anger.
Are they mine now?

I told you.
I love you.
I need you.

Love should bring calm and peace.

Violence.
A hidden demon.
Can strike without thought.

Sweet friend.
Kind lover.
Did you see the monster?

I tried to lock the demon up.
He tried to escape.

I must walk away for a moment.
Deep breathes and counting to ten.

My world is falling apart.
Like my Father’s world did.
He took the bad road.
Pissed off and violence.

I will keep quiet.
Do my best to stay strong.
Ain’t easy when your world is falling down around you.

We need kind words.
We need a lot of patience.
A lot of love and forgiveness.

I will pray to the God of life and death
Give me wisdom and strength.

Coyote
7 Feb 1989

My Father

When I look into the mirror.
Do I see you my father?

Have I become what I despised all my life?
Have my eyes.
Your violence become mine?.
Everyday I learn more loss.
Loss of dreams.
Lost of desires.

Will I become like you?
Give up.
Show spirit only when I’m violence or excited?

Can I stop my journey to man-hood?
My eyes from hiding tears.
Gentleness.

Have I travel too far?
Is the blood too strong?

Am I destine to hurt everyone?
I have loved.

If I chose my own road.
Why do I follow my father sadness.

Coyote
27 April 1989

Sins of the fathers

My father fought in wars.
Killed in battle that expanded to the real world.

He was a Mexican/Ojibwa man with no place to go.
Hated for his color and race.

He demanded respect and never allow anyone to
look down at him.
His anger and violence controlled his mind and heart.

He told me. “You will get a education and make them respect you.
I won’t allow you to live my life.”

My father watched me succeed.
He told me often. “Don’t allow my sins to become your sins.
I have killed, done bad things. You must overcome the sins of
your father.”

Now I have lived a good life. “My father’s sins made me go in the right
direction. Sins of our father’s need to teach us a better way.”

He asks me once. “Remember son. You must pray for me. Children must pray for
their parent to be allow to find peace.”

I pray he is with his Soldier brother’s in paradise. Drinking to a good day. I believe a kind God forgive the sins of men lost in the turmoil of hate and prejudice.

The sin of our father’s must teach us the better road.

Coyote
5 Jan 2011

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keithgarrettpoetry | Soft as a gentle kiss, a touch on the skin of a memory In the wind,

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ZEPHY

 

 

 

Soft as a gentle kiss, a touch on the skin of a memory In the wind,

A soft breeze, a West wind blowing through the trees, across the sea.

Travels through the years, not a face does It wear as It whispers,

It can only be seen with eyes that dream, soft as It speaks.

It changes tides, moves past and around what In nature exists,

Night and day It will go from here and there, place to place.

It Is the Zephy, has been since the time of man,

Energy without form, created by god In heaven, when and how long ago.

For It no beginning, no ending as It howls through time, not seen but why,

Powerful as It Is with no body or soul, why does It know just where to go.?

Keith Garrett

 

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‘Fess Up: Do You Understand ANY of these Terms?

A list of 10 words your graphic designer wishes you knew by Rebecca Swift, on iStock.

  • Swipe file or tear sheet
  • Proof
  • Negative space
  • Alignment
  • Serif
  • Copyfitting
  • Resolution
  • Raster image vs. vector image
  • Hero graphic
  • Color

This was pulled out of an excellent article on Crappy Covers.

How to Avoid Cover Design Pitfalls for Indie Publishers

on Writer UnBoxed.

 

One Man Has Written Virtually Every Major Pop Song Of The Last 20 Years. And You’ve Probably Never Heard His Name | Celebrity Net Worth

[Terry: I can’t decide if this is cool or INCREDIBLY DEPRESSING]

By on January 26, 2014

Pop quiz: Who has been the most influential and powerful person in pop music over the last 20 years? Britney Spears? Madonna? Michael Jackson? Beyonce? Simon Cowell? Sure, these people have all been extraordinarily successful, but what if we told you that there’s one man whose musical accomplishments easily trumps all of these artists? And what if we told you that most people have probably never even heard of this person and definitely wouldn’t recognize him walking down the street? Sounds impossible right? Well, if at any point in the last 20 years you’ve heard a song from The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, N’Sync, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Ace of Base, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Justin Bieber… then you’ve unwittingly been subject to the creations of a Swedish born musical genius who goes by the name of Max Martin. Believe it or not, over the past 15-20 years Max Martin has been the brains, ears and talent behind virtually every hit pop song that has been released to the screaming masses. He’s personally responsible for churning out more Billboard singles than Michael Jackson and Madonna COMBINED. And since he is essentially unrecognizable to the average person, that might make him the most famous, non-famous person on the planet. This is his story.

Who is Max  Martin?

via One Man Has Written Virtually Every Major Pop Song Of The Last 20 Years. And You’ve Probably Never Heard His Name | Celebrity Net Worth.

Katy Perry: “I Kissed a Girl”, “Teenage Dream”, “California Gurls”, “Roar”, “Dark Horse”

Britney Spears: “Oops!… I Did It Again”, “Stronger”, “…Baby One More Time”, “Till The World Ends”

Backstreet Boys: “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, “I Want It That Way”, “Larger Than Life”, “As Long As You Love Me”, “Shape of my Heart”

Kelly Clarkson: “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “My Life Would Suck Without You”

N’Sync: “Tearin’ Up My Heart”, “It’s Gonna Be Me”, “I Want You Back”

Taylor Swift: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “22″

 

Rock n Roll: The Most Brutal, Ugly, Degenerate, Vicious Form of Expression | Quote Investigator

Rock n Roll: The Most Brutal, Ugly, Degenerate, Vicious Form of Expression

Frank Sinatra? Apocryphal?

Dear Quote Investigator: I greatly enjoy the singing of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, so I was surprised to hear that Sinatra once attacked the type of music that Elvis popularized. Supposedly Sinatra said:

Rock n Roll is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.

Is this quotation accurate? When was this said?

Quote Investigator: There is strong evidence that Sinatra made a remark very similar to this. The wording of the modern version has been altered somewhat. QI has located an Associated Press article from October 1957 that reprinted an excerpt from a magazine called “Western World” published in Paris. Sinatra denounced rock music and musicians using hyperbolic language [FSWW]:

The famed crooner, writing in the magazine Western World published here, praised the influence of American jazz and popular music as a way of winning friends and influencing people throughout the world.

“My only deep sorrow,” he said, “is the unrelenting insistence of recording and motion picture companies upon purveying the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear—naturally I refer to the bulk of rock ‘n’ roll.

“It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd—in plain fact dirty—lyrics, and as I said before, it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.

“This rancid smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. But, in spite of it, the contribution of American music to the world could be said to have one of the healthiest effects of all our contributions.”

Elvis Presley’s debut album was released in 1956, and by 1957 he was a star and a cultural sensation.

This article continues with Elvis Presley’s response to Sinatra.

Elvis Presley did wear sideburns, but the description “cretinous goon” does not fit. The INS news service distributed a newspaper story presenting the reaction of Elvis. The story modified the Sinatra’s quotation by replacing “displeasure” with “misfortune” [EPFS]:

Presley called a news conference to express righteous wrath over Sinatra’s description of Rock ‘n’ Roll as “the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression, it has been my misfortune to hear.”

Presley declared: “It’s the greatest music ever, and it will continue to be so. I like it, and I’m sure many other persons feel the same way. I also admit it’s the only thing I can do.”

At least 10,000 fans agreed with Presley last night as the ‘Whirling Hypnotwist’ played Svengali to the crowd in his first Hollywood personal appearance.

During Frank Sinatra’s ascent to stardom he had mesmerized the young women, “bobby soxers”, of an earlier generation. Presley continued his press conference remarks by alluding to Sinatra’s path to fame [EPFS]:

“He has a right to his opinion, but I can’t see him knocking my music for no good reason. I admire him as a performer and an actor, but I think he’s badly mistaken about this.

“If I remember correctly he was also part of a trend. I don’t see how he can call the youth of today immoral and delinquent.”

In conclusion, QI has not obtained a copy of “Western World” magazine to verify Sinatra’s words. But the AP article provides solid evidence that Sinatra did refer negatively to rock in 1957. His opinion changed over time, and he later had kind words for Elvis Presley.

[FSWW] 1957 October 28, Trenton Evening Times, Sinatra Blasts At Rock ‘n’ Roll, [Associated Press: Dateline Paris], Page 6, Column 1 and 2, Trenton, New Jersey. (GenealogyBank)

[EPFS] 1957 October 30, Augusta Chronicle, “Frankie rags Rock ‘n’ Roll; Presley’s sideburns bristle” [INS News Service: Dateline Hollywood], Page 1A, Column 5 and 6, Augusta, Georgia. (GenealogyBank)

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Select the Best Sectional Sofa for your living room

Wow. That’s some sofa. Only in Texas.

Travel, racism and the importance of being Mexican | Welcome to a new friend: Raphael Zoren

Hello! My name is Raphael, a Mexican-born traveler and Marketing Consultant who started his epic journey around the world in January 2012. Ever since, I have visited 126 cities in 35 countries across 5 continents.

Before I started my journey to the lands beyond my home, I was a very ordinary person. I didn’t hate my life but I didn’t really like it either. I was afraid of change, I was afraid of the unexpected, I was afraid of what society might think of me. I was willing to conform, to never question authority, to finish my studies, work, get married, buy a car, get a house, raise children, die old and never do something remarkable to be remembered for.

Travel changed my life. I’m not that person anymore. I re-invented myself and completely changed my way of thinking, I found a personal meaning of what’s truly important in life and I’ve never looked back to the person I was before. You can read all about my new life in this humble blog of mine. Tell me, are you willing to conform or do you want to be someone else, someone greater?

This isn’t just a travel blog with personal experiences and amazing photographs, no. A Journey of Wonders is, in essence, a quest for a better global understanding among nations and individuals. Too ambitious? Yes, No, Maybe. Only time will tell.

My life calling is to give you the motivation and guidance to explore the many wonders that this world has to offer and to improve your life in a very positive way so please, DO send me e-mails with all your questions and criticisms. Let’s take this journey together!

Who am I? I’m Raphael Alexander Zoren and yes, I might not be the most interesting person you’ll ever meet in your life but hey, I’m sure I can make it to your Top Five ;)

Need help planning a trip? Want to meet up for drinks in a future destination? Interested in advertising or sending me on a Press/FAM trip?

For all these and much more, send me an e-mail to raphael.zoren@gmail.com or contact me via our Facebook page and I’ll get back to you within 48 hours!

Travel, racism and the importance of being Mexican | A Journey of Wonders.

A friend of mine recently asked me by e-mail: “Hey Raphael, don’t you ever feel discriminated because of your nationality?”

After two years of traveling to 35 different countries I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, people around the world have a lot of prejudices but…in the end, people of my country are the ones who actually benefits the most from those prejudices.Mexicans, The Master Race?

SAY WHAT? Yes, there are many advantages of being a white American/British/Australian traveler. BUT…being Mexican? That’s the biggest advantage of them all and here’s six reasons why Mexicans have the advantage in terms of traveling abroad.

Romance on the Road: Couples that travel together, stay together!

“Raphael, what is your best advice for traveling as a couple?” Well, I wish I could tell you, but the truth is that I’m fairly new to the game of traveling with a girlfriend so my information is definitely not up to date. But don’t worry, because I’ve prepared two amazing interviews that showcase the hidden life of nomadic couples.

Following from the first part of the “Romance on the Road” series, where we saw the art of international affairs and one-night stands, this article will focus on what happens after you meet The One and decide to travel the world with him/her.

Traveling couples

Our two traveling couples of the day: Amber & Steven and Samantha & Yeison

Share financial tips and work | Welcome to a new friend: TML Work Blog

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Life Insurance Ratings Explained

Life insurance ratings assess the strength of the life insurance company in question. Before you purchase insurance from a life insurance company or invest in the company’s stock, you should examine its ratings. While each rating company has its own specific rating system, the fundamentals of rating an insurance company are the same.

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Ten Best Businesses to Start

You may choose to start your own business for a number of reasons, including losing your job and needing an income, wanting to be your own boss or having a brilliant idea that you are sure will make you rich. Choosing the right business to get into can make the difference between financial freedom and failure. There are plenty of viable business ideas out there for motivated entrepreneurs, according to Entrepreneur dot com

How to Learn to Be an Online Virtual Assistant

Becoming an online virtual assistant is a career path for individuals who enjoy working from home as well as stay-at-home moms looking to supplement their income. Skills required for the job vary from position to position but the basics include typing, data entry, scheduling appointments and making and returning phone calls or both. You need very little equipment to start this venture — a computer and phone are all that is required in most cases. With some persistent research both online and in your local area, find yourself well on your way to obtaining a stay at home position.

Waiting on a Word |Welcome to a new friend: Jess (the New Girl?)

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Funny Kid Story . . . 

Today I happened upon an old email in my Lotus Archives and remembered this funny kid story and thought I’d share.

About five years ago, my then-five-year-old, JC, loved to watch a television show called “How It’s Made.” I think it was on the Discovery Channel (it may still be). He loved the episodes showing how coffee is made, how pencils are made, and his favorite, how tape measures are made. He watched these shows, which we had recorded for him, over and over and over becoming an expert on the topics. That tape measure episode? We must have watched it hundreds of times, no joke.

Most of the children’s networks that the kids watched didn’t have commercials, so while JC watched this show, on regular cable, we tried to remember to fast forward through commercials. However, sometimes we were busy or just forgot.

One of the sponsors of “How It’s Made” was Viagra.

Back in the day, Viagra commercials portrayed a smiling, mature couple dancing and swimming, mountain climbing, vacationing, whatever, to a catchy tune. Doop-doo-do, do-do-do doop! The tune was as happy as the couple! Joe and I realized that JC watched the commercials but since they were rather innocuous, we didn’t think too hard about it. JC could benefit from watching gleaming old people dance around to fun music, right?

Then we got this email from JC’s preschool teacher:

Hi Jessica!

Haven’t written you with a FUNNY in a while so here it is….JC just
asked Kolette to play Viagra with him! Of course Deb [the assistant teacher] almost spit her soda
down the front of her shirt! I asked him if Viagra was a car and he said it was
something to make you feel better. Kolette had brought in Star Wars figures
and JC got one and said, “Hi, my name is Viagra”. We are trying not to
acknowledge it and hope he picks another character like Darth Vader or
something. Hope you’re having good day!

Yep. That’s my boy. Poor Kolette! I wonder if she went home and told her mom that she played Viagra with JC at school that day! Upon further conversation with the teacher, we learned that JC hummed the Viagra tune and tried to dance with Kolette, copying the couple in the commercial.

Ah, kids!

Hope you enjoyed! Have a nice night.

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Academy Awards Movie Madness- Captain Phillips 

 “Argh! Ahoy there me hearties!” – Captain Feathersword, The Wiggles. Not to be confused with Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, an Academy Awards Best Picture nominee.

Captain Phillips takes us back to 2009 and the Somali pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, a United States cargo ship off the coast of Africa. My three word review: Exciting. Thoughtful. Well-played. (Does a hyphenated word count as one word?)

In my view, Captain Phillips had a few things going for it before the movie even began. First, it’s available to rent On Demand, which meant I could enjoy the film from the comfort of my couch. Second, I already knew the story because I’d watched a documentary on the Navy SEALs’ involvement in the Somali hijacking with my son, a SEALs enthusiast. Third, TOM HANKS.

Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks)

Tom Hanks is one of my favorites. A glance through his IMDb credits shows a whirlwind of awesome roles and movies. Forrest Gump sits securely on my personal Top Ten Movies of All Time list, and he’s WOODY from the Toy Story franchise. (Which, since I need to include my irrelevantly relevant factoid, started in 1995. Yes, Toy Story is almost twenty years old!). Woody’s been a big draw in my house for the past ten years. “Reach for the Stars!”

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Kip dressed as Buffy (Tom Hanks), and Henry dressed as Hilde (Peter Scolari)

on another slight tangent– can we talk Bosom Buddies for a second? Hanks played Kip/Buffy Wilson, a man who dressed as a woman in order to secure housing in a female-only residence hall. I have to, HAVE TO include a pic here. Feast your eyes:

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Valentine’s Day Haters’ Club –  

 I adjusted my black scarf over my black coat and rubbed my cold hands over my thighs, covered by my black jeans. Maybe an outdoor protest on the coldest day of the year wasn’t the smartest idea, I thought, as I called the group over.

“Alright,” I said, as we huddled together. “Let’s circle again. The ‘love stinks’ chant. The bell’s about to ring so we’ll get an audience.”

“It’s too cold,” complained Robbie Madison. Scarred like me, Robbie declared himself my deputy organizer. “Let’s go inside.”

“We can’t. We only get a half hour.” The principal wasn’t thrilled with a Valentine’s Day protest. I convinced him that it would fit into his new anti-bullying agenda, mumbled something about the First Amendment, and made it a point to bother him daily during his busiest times. Eventually I wore him down. “Now’s the time. Remember why you’re here. Ready group?”

The Valentine’s Day Haters’ Club members reached into the center of the huddle and yelled, “Black Friday! Red Sucks!” as we lifted our hands and signs to the sky.

As I marched in the circle I noticed Maxwell Anderson, my chemistry lab partner, leaning against the tree just over the border of our protest line. He watched us as he lit a cigarette. The first time he waved me over I ignored him. On my second rotation, when he waved me over again, I handed my sign to Robbie and stepped out of the circle.

“If you want to join the protest, you have to take off that red scarf,” I said, crossing my arms over my chest. “No red allowed.”

“What are you protesting?” he asked.

“Valentine’s Day.”

“Why?”

I huffed. “Valentine’s Day is stupid and isolating and we are sick and tired of people flaunting it all over with their hearts and balloons and stuffed animals. It’s inconsiderate.”

“That’s a waste. You’re never gonna change people’s minds on love. There are tons of things you can protest that may actually make a difference. Illegal dumping, tax cuts for the rich . . . ” He took a drag of his cigarette.

“Tobacco companies?”

Max ignored me and nodded towards the Hater’s Club, scowling and pacing the cold pavement behind the school. ”What’s the real reason for the circle of hate, Mandy? Is this because your dumb boyfriend dumped you?”

Yes, I thought. “No,” I said.

“Well can you stop this?” Max asked. He looked down at me with big, brown eyes I never before noticed.

“What? No. We just started.” It took me weeks to convince the principal to let us do the protest on school property. The mass email to the student body cost me a day of in-school suspension since I used so-called profanity. I convinced fifteen or so broken-hearted followers that this was a great idea. “Why should we stop now?”

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Prizren, Kosova (the city I live in)

As the sun sets it’s flight,
slowly, drifting through the sky
you can can see a small ray of light
falling from the clouds,
penetrating the leaves
 stinging your eyes
and, you stay amazed,
as you’re walking along the riverside…
of this ancient city
full of culture and pride,
here, you could gladly take your final breath
here, you would be happy to die.

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Tonight, i wont write about love.

Tonight, 
I wont write about love.
No, not tonight.
Tonight I will write
about the silent sky
and the moon,
that on his chest he holds.
I will write about this fog
that got my city strangled
just like a tight rope.
Tonight,
I will write about my garden
and the frozen flowers there-
that show me that death
is a sight to behold!
Tonight,
I will write about life
and death
and how fast this fleeting life goes!

But, when i looked down
just like on every other night
tonight, I again,
on the spread page
“I miss you” wrote.

Tonight, i wont write about love..

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New York, 1950s

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Some photos of New York City taken by my father, found while scanning his collection of negatives. This is the city I knew as a child. Dad was not a great photographer, but was very enthusiastic, and did his own developing and printing. These pictures were taken between 1950 and around 1959, based on what the cars look like. All black & white photography Copyright 1950-2014 Old Wolf Enterprises.

Below: two views of 35 Carmine Street.

New York - Polichetti's Bakery

New York - Saltzman Tailor

History: No. 35 Carmine Street was constructed in 1877 by Bavarian-born brickmason and prolific tenement builder Peter Schaeffler, at a time when many of Greenwich Village‘s Federal and Greek Revival-style row houses were being replaced by tenements constructed to house the growing working-class and immigrant population. Featuring elements of the popular neo-Grec style in the design of the lintels, sills, and cornice, the building housed stores on the ground story and four families…

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Poetry on a Roll | “Free verse” poetry from the soul

[Terry:  It’s been a while but I thought I’d reinforce my recommendation of  Poetry on a Roll. Kimalee Jones’ work varies from Suicide Awareness Poetry to Haiku but it all shares the qualities of imagination and a serious devotion to her art.]

Forgiveness 102

Resentment used to run in my veins.
Once upon a time,
I felt poisoned with this thing
coursing through my body.
I resented certain people and things
that corrupted my perfect world.
Forgiveness was the love I used
to cleanse my heart from carrying grudges.

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[Terry:  I’ve got a piece from the Ferrers and it occupies a place of honor on my office wall. I wholeheartedly recommend them.]

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This is a huge discount for today…   If you wanted something now is the time.

Since I am snowed in I figured I would have a “I’m Snowed In” discount for you all!

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 We, the statues…

The Congress of the statues, agenda: the silence of the living,
serious sadness of the children and the rejection of the temptations of conspiring new sins,
as if things were somehow reversed,
people became a group of statues competitor…
nothing remains to be done to us, the statues, we take life in the chest,
we pass into the world to revive the virtues, the vices, until it is not too late
and in this park, we, the statues, not distinguish us more

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Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Suede

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Upbeat, happy, melodic and infectious – I love this song. Thanks to the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack I started listening to it last week in my car. What a track.

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Book Trailer for Courier

Actually, life in 1972 was a lot like this–black and white, hyperspeed motorcycles, crashing.

It’s a fairly accurate representation of Rick Putnam’s story.

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“Kudos to one of television’s best producers for writing the thriller of the year.”
– Sam Donaldson, White House Reporter

“If the phrase ‘a crackling good yarn’ evokes an era before Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, videotape, DVD’s or cable television, welcome to Terry Irving’s fast-paced thriller.”
– Ted Koppel, anchor for ABC Nightline

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Get ready for the ride of your life…

It’s 1972. The Watergate scandal has Washington on edge. Rick Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle courier for one of the capital’s leading television stations, is trying to get his life back together after his nightmarish ordeal in the war. But when Rick picks up film from a news crew interviewing a government worker with a hot story, his life begins to unravel as everyone involved in the story dies within hours of the interview and Rick realizes he is the next target.

Before Twitter and Facebook, the fastest way get a story on the news was on a BMW R50/2 motorbike. It was also the fastest way to get killed…

Courier is a political conspiracy thriller as exciting as Three Days of the Condor, with a lead as cool as Easy Rider, all set in Nixon-era Washington.

Written by a four-time Emmy award-winning writer and producer, this is a killer blend of action and surprise twists, certain to appeal to fans of James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane.

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Newton’s Apple: Science and the Value of a Good Story | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Newton’s Apple: Science and the Value of a Good Story

By Ned Potter | February 13, 2014 |

Search online for any list of history’s greatest scientists and you’ll find the same names: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Louis Pasteur, and so on. The order may change, but the name on top will almost invariably be that of Isaac Newton.

We can argue over such lists – they’re mostly harmless fun – but we can agree that Newton earned his place there. He quantified the laws of motion that govern our lives, and almost 350 years after he did his work, it is still useful.

Isaac Newton / Credit: ClipArtLord.com

But why is Newton better remembered than, say, Ernest Rutherford, who determined the structure of the atom, or Gregor Mendel, who brought us modern genetics? The difference, probably, is that Newton had a great story to tell.

[Terry: OR it’s the fact that he was a first-class alchemist and mystic who also invented calculus. If his alembic hadn’t burst in that lead to gold experiment, we’d be swimming in gold today!]

It’s the one about the apple. You remember it – how the young Newton, sent home from school at Cambridge to avoid the plague of 1665, was sitting under a tree one day, saw an apple fall to the ground, and, in a flash of insight, came to understand the workings of gravity.

He published his Principia Mathematica in 1687. In his spare time he designed the first reflecting telescope, laid the foundations for calculus, brought us the understanding of light and color, and in his later years – it would be disingenuous to leave this out – tried his hand at alchemy and assigning dates to events in the Bible.

But that apple! Oh, to have been a chronicler of science back then, having the chance to tell this wonderful story about the magnetic young physicist from Lincolnshire.

Actually, there was such a person. His name was William Stukeley, and in 1752 he published one of the first biographies of Newton, “Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s Life.”  Newton, as an old man, had told him the tale:

“After dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden, and drank thea under the shade of some apple trees, only he, and myself. Amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground, thought he to himself; occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood…..”

The Royal Society has called the apple story “the most famous anecdote of discovery in science.”  Students of physics may stumble over the math behind Newton’s laws of motion, but they’ll remember the apple.

Newton’s apple / Credit: LadyofHats via Wikimedia Commons

There are other stories in science, of course. You’ll probably recall Archimedes running naked from the bath shouting, “Eureka!” or Oppenheimer watching the first atomic bomb and thinking, “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” Einstein is remembered (wrongly) as the elementary-school failure who came to epitomize genius. But Newton somehow won the good-story sweepstakes.  His is simple, gives us a visual image of his work, and helps explain something from our daily lives.

Over the years, inevitably, the details have been embellished. Ask around today, and people may tell you that the apple bonked Newton on the head. But the point remains: if you have an important point to make, especially in science but also in other fields, there’s nothing like a good story to make it memorable.

Of course, Newton may have known that. Historians say he was both a natural philosopher and a natural self-promoter. A friend of mine, knowing I was writing about the apple, said, “For all we know, Newton may have embellished the story himself.”

Ned Potter About the Author: Ned Potter, a Senior Vice President at the international communications firm RLM Finsbury, is a former science correspondent for ABC News and CBS News.

[Terry: Dear Ned. We all benefit from creative writing. Just remember Parson Weems who not only created the myth of Geo. Washington and the cherry tree but “The New York Times has described Weems as one of the “early hagiographers” of American literature “who elevated the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion, into the American pantheon”]

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