By now, Colleen has hopefully shaken off the long road trip, had time to stretch her legs, and started to put things in order. It’s an exciting time, starting a new adventure.
Source: Busted – A Short Story
The silence and the sea.
A Poem by Coyote Poetry
We need to listen to the sea, the wind and rebirth each day hopeful and ready.
The silence and the sea
Blessed is the man that knew regret and he learn from it.
Lucky is the man who loses the emotion of rage.
Learn to live in the splendor of celebrating each new day.
Old man baking in the hot sun by the Seaside beach.
Watching the glistening sea dance upon the morning shore.
Drinking coffee and waiting for a reason to write.
He watches a young man walking alone.
His head lowered, eyes detached to another place and time.
Roaming the beach looking for answered that can’ t be found.
Source: –The silence and the sea
This is truly frightening…
When the second group came past, a reporter finally called out, “What happened at the front?” and another asked, “Tell us what happened on Hill 875.”
The soldiers just kept walking past without the slightest reaction and didn’t say a word. We were surprised when a few turned around and walked back to where we were standing. They faced the cameras and the massed microphones and began to tell us what had happened.
It was an eruption of anger, frustration, and sorrow at the hell they had gone through for the past days. In the beginning, the soldiers spoke one by one but soon they began to talk over each other, shouting and even weeping as the terrible memories poured out. I had covered these units before and I knew that they were some of the toughest troops the Americans had. It was a scene of raw emotion.
The military press officials tried to stop the men from speaking by pulling them away from the press but the soldiers ignored them and continued to tell us their stories of hell. We all stayed behind the rope but the soldiers came closer and their stories became more intimate. Everything they said was a testimony to the shocking, brutal, bitter and cruel nature of the fighting on that hill. They were so angry that curse words and slang came pouring out; i knew we couldn’t broadcast that sort of language back in those days but they were speaking from the heart and they were probably the only words that could begin to express their feeling. It was the reality of war being told in a truer way than I had seen in all the time I’d been in Vietnam.
(Tony with Don North – Not at Hill 875)
IN ICELAND THEY have this delicacy called hákarl that recently initiated diners describe as “the worst tasting food on Earth,” “the world’s foulest food,” and “the worst thing I have ever had in my mouth.” To say it smells like a urinal would be generous. Not that anyone should be surprised, considering hákarl is rotten shark meat fermented in the dirt or open air for months on end.
With WONDERLAND, Ace Atkins flawlessly captures Parker’s narrative voice and has written the best Spenser novel in his years. It reads like Parker in his prime, and even without Hawk appearing in the book. There isn’t a single false note in the plotting, character, pacing or prose. It’s an astonishing feat, it’s like he’s channeling Parker from the great beyond. It’s actually better, and truer to Parker and his characters, than the last few Spenser novels that Parker himself wrote. It’s a shame Atkins can’t take on Jesse Stone and Virgil Cole, too.
And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held “the largest lake in Texas,” but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.
The trouble started when Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated by basketball great Clyde “Sweetfeet” Livingston to a celebrity auction. In court, the judge doesn’t believe Stanley’s claim that the shoes fell from the sky onto his head. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Oddly, though, Stanley doesn’t blame the judge for falsely convicting him. Instead, he blames the whole misadventure on his “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.” Thanks to this benighted distant relative, the Yelnats family had been cursed for generations. For Stanley, his current troubles are just a natural part of being a Yelnats.Source: Passion for Novels: Holes – Louis Sachar
“I’d act like I were trying to ride it, and then I would strangle it from behind.”
LOOK ALIVE EVERYONE, because we’ve got a lunchtime poll. Do you like: A) Vin Diesel B) Elemental Magic C) Flaming Swords or D) Ygritte from Game of Thrones? If your answer is “All of the Above” then have we got a movie for you.If you’ve watched a trailer for The Last Witch Hunter the movie is exactly what you think it is. The story follows a man named Kaulder—played by Diesel—who has been, yes, hunting witches ever since he was cursed with immortality by their queen. That was about 800 years ago, and if you couldn’t tell from the title, he is now an army of one.Kaulder, known among witches as The Weapon, has spent centuries seeking out those who would use magic on humans—the ultimate sin. Now in the present day and the presumed-dead Witch Queen who is trying to come back and kill everyone. Kaulder has to stop her, and with help from Elijah “Frodo” Wood and Rose “You know nothing Jon Snow” Leslie, he stands a fighting chance.
Jason FarrarThe Federal Communications Commission is about to face another lawsuit, this time over a vote to cap the prices prisoners pay for phone calls.Yesterday’s vote came after complaints that inmate-calling companies are overcharging prisoners, their families, and attorneys. Saying the price of calls sometimes hits $14 per minute, the FCC has now capped rates at 11¢ per minute.FURTHER READINGPRISON PHONE COMPANIES CHARGING “ENDLESS” FEES TO FAMILIES OF INMATESFCC says it will put a stop to price gouging.”None of us would consider ever paying $500 a month for a voice-only service where calls are dropped for seemingly no reason, where fees and commissions could be as high at 60 percent per call and, if we are not careful, where a four-minute call could cost us a whopping $54,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said before yesterday’s vote.Those are the kinds of prices that the two major inmate calling companies, Global Tel*Link (GTL) and Securus Technologies, want to keep charging. Both vowed to take the FCC to court over the decision.The FCC’s decision “create[s] significant financial instability in the industry and will pose a threat to service at many of the nation’s smaller jails,” GTL said. “Consequently, GTL is left with no choice but to seek judicial review of the FCC’
Source: Fallout Beer is a real thing
Miss out on the special edition of Fallout 4? You know, the one that comes with a real-life, smartphone-enabled Pip-Boy? Never mind, you can always drown your sorrows with some Fallout Beer instead. That is, if you live in the UK anyway. Developer Bethesda has teamed up with Carlsberg for the promotional beverage, which it says is inspired by Vault-Tec Industries and the rest of the post-apocalyptic game franchise. A 12-pack will set you back £29.99 on Amazon, with delivery expected around November 5th. Fallout 4 arrives five days later, meaning you should have the perfect brew ready for your inaugural adventure in Boston. Bethesda describes it as a “pilsner lager, with a refreshing zesty hoppy taste and a floral aroma” — we’ll let you decide if that’s better than an ice-cold Nuka-Cola.
This is the best review (meaning the one with the best understanding of the book) that I’ve ever read. It’s Fantastic
“His face twisted slightly with irritation. The courier should have been dead – records destroyed, history altered, the past ended. It should have been easy. Just as easy as all the other lives, so many other souls erased from the world in the years since that hot July day.”
A former Vietnam veteran, CIA operative and self-proclaimed “Restorer of Silence” has gone rogue. Killing people associated with a piece of information that has the potential to hinder foreign relations, but more importantly has the ability to send America into a national frenzy. The man with many names is knocking people off one-by-one until a piece of invaluable information is obtained or everyone around him is dead, which ever comes first. Because in the end, you know, I know, and he knows that once you know something, there really is no way to make it unknown.
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“one of the realities of my life, which is that when I was a kid there seemed to be all of these funny things I could buy and read but now I can’t find anything. There are some funny movies, TV shows, and websites, but I want a funny magazine, and there hasn’t been a funny magazine in America for a long time, and there probably will never be another one again.”
10 Signs You Need a New Therapist By Courtney Stivers, PhD ~ 3 min readIf you are in counseling now or consider seeking a therapist in the future, it is important to choose a counselor who is the right fit for you. I am always saddened to hear of an individual or couple giving up on counseling after one bad experience. Therapists are each unique in their specific approaches and you deserve one who is qualified to meet your needs.Here are a few signs that you may need a new therapist.
Childhood is life, not preparation for life
There is a large industry in America devoted to making parents anxious, mainly so they will spend money on products and services that temporarily ease their anxieties. One recurring theme in that industry’s messaging is preparation.
To pick an example out of a hat, one popular recent parenting book is called How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Yes, after years of pressuring parents to do more, the parenting industry is now pressuring them to do less. Either way, the goal is the same: Prepare Your Kid for Success. Your child must be carefully tended to, exposed to the proper amount and intensity of stimulation, challenged but never discouraged, socialized but also individuated, taught the right skills and sent to the right lessons and schools but definitely not overparented … all to maximize her chances of Adult Success.
Remember the research, though. Most of your parenting choices pale in significance to who you are, how much money you make, and where you live. Within those parameters, your choices are unlikely to substantially affect your kid’s Adult Success at all. Whether she succeeds as an adult has to do with her genes, her friends, and a whole boatload of luck and circumstance.
(The image has nothing to do with this. After 20 minutes of searching, I picked a random thing in the Yahoo image search that made me smirk.)
I’m not sure where the change happened with Legends of Windemere. Not with me picking random books from the series to put behind the vague links. The focus of the series diverted at some point and I think some people have picked up on it. Yes, there’s an epic quest for the champions to gain their full power in time to defeat their enemy. Yes, they are traveling along a path of destiny that is still a little vague on the details. All of that remains the same with each book having the main plot carried by a contained story. Yet, I think my focus has hoped to another rail.
That would be a big concentration on character…
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There has probably been no greater investing mantra placed upon an industry in recent memory than the now reflexive, as well as defensive response of “It’s different this time” when questioning anything Social. Trying to understand the business model along with its metrics, valuations and more is not only arduous, the response seems more akin to pulling teeth without anesthesia for those selling it, defending it, or both.
Those that have been with me for a while know I have little use for the whole “social media” thing. Although, while I don’t use any of it myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t see value and innovation in many of them. Again, I don’t use them, nor have accounts. However, I do have share buttons on my own site for those that do. So let me be clear:
It’s the valuations along with the metrics of their underlying business models and…
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Most people don’t understand how technology works. When they flip a light switch, or tap their phone, what happens next is essentially magic to them. Oh, they may be able to handwave a bit about electrons and volts and microprocessors and radio waves and packet-switched networks, but they’re just mouthing the words. They don’t actually understand any of those things. They’ve never done the math.
Which is fine! Not everyone can or should be an engineer. And as Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Our collective network of pocket supercomputers, communicating almost instantaneously across the globe, comes pretty close to “sufficiently advanced” on its good days.
But “technology is magic” is a dangerous meme. It makes non-engineers begin to believe that technology really can do anything its wizard-engineers desire. It causes them to not understand that they don’t understand. And so it leads…
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