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“So Let Us Begin Anew”

“So Let Us Begin Anew”

      http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2014/04/17/the-iran-nuclear-deal-is-too-important-to-undermine A sound knowledge and fair interpretation of history give the proper context for evaluating the pending agreement with Iran. Fareed Zakaria provides just what is required. “Think of the mistakes the U.S. has made when it acted out of fear, convinced that its enemies were 10 feet tall and about to […]

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Unless something is seriously done to curb or stop this continual onslaught, where everything in this world is for sale and people are seen by the ‘elite’ as mere commodities, we will be complicit in herding future generations down a dead-end road in order to continue fulfilling the desires of a few.   One of […]

Yes All Lives Matter(And Worth Fighting For)

Yes All Lives Matter(And Worth Fighting For)

This is not going to end with a happy note…. What is this thing inside us that drives compassion? Why do we feel bad when we see other people or animals being harmed? Why do I feel guilty eating animals? What is this fire that rages at the sight of pain? A few days ago I […]

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

During the last nine days of July, 2015, my girlfriend Nina and I went on our first “an adventure of lifetime” trip to China. Now that her kids are grown up and out of the house, and we both near fifty years of age, it’s time for both of us to truly enjoy our lives. […]

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

Creative

Doing Laundry

Doing Laundry

      I haven’t aired out all my dirty laundry. There are certainly more soiled sheets. But, they have nothing to do with love.   Domesticated, we met online and thought, There is a possibility we can press, into each other’s arms and discover love.   I have a lot of washing to do. […]

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The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher Blurb: “In this crackling, highly imaginative thriller debut in the vein of W.E.B. Griffin and Philip Kerr, set in German-occupied London at the close of World War II, a hardened, dispirited British detective jeopardizes his own life to save someone else and achieve the impossible—some kind of redemption London, 1946. […]

Yes All Lives Matter(And Worth Fighting For)

Yes All Lives Matter(And Worth Fighting For)

This is not going to end with a happy note…. What is this thing inside us that drives compassion? Why do we feel bad when we see other people or animals being harmed? Why do I feel guilty eating animals? What is this fire that rages at the sight of pain? A few days ago I […]

ROGUE

ROGUE

Blurb: There’s something about evil that I want inside me… By any measure Sean Tyler has the perfect life. He is a rising star in the FBI; he has a fantastic apartment in New Orleans and the pleasure of being one of the sexiest men alive. New Orleans is the ideal city for a man […]

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

During the last nine days of July, 2015, my girlfriend Nina and I went on our first “an adventure of lifetime” trip to China. Now that her kids are grown up and out of the house, and we both near fifty years of age, it’s time for both of us to truly enjoy our lives. […]

Politics

Wine and Water Watch Challenges Nor. California’s Invasive Wine Empire

Wine and Water Watch Challenges Nor. California’s Invasive Wine Empire

Activists objecting to the over-growth of the wine/hospitality industry in rural areas of four Northern California counties have met monthly for half a year. At their August 15 meeting in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, one of the wine industry’s epicenters, they agreed to name themselves Wine and Water Watch (WWW). They ratified the following mission statement: […]

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

(Santa Rosa, CA) An overflow crowd spilled into the lobby at California State Senator Mike McGuire’s August 13 promised Town Hall. Many were alarmed by an article at the top of the front-page of the prior day’s pro-wine industry local daily newspaper.  “Wine Industry’s ‘Water Grab’” headlined the Press Democrat (PD) story. It described legislation being drafted that would […]

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Unless something is seriously done to curb or stop this continual onslaught, where everything in this world is for sale and people are seen by the ‘elite’ as mere commodities, we will be complicit in herding future generations down a dead-end road in order to continue fulfilling the desires of a few.   One of […]

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

  (Sonoma County, Northern California)   “Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers. Selling eggs directly to people for […]

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

Entertainment

Film View: “A Better Tomorrow”

Film View: “A Better Tomorrow”

“A Better Tomorrow” is a short film taking place in a future world, where water is in limited supply. Everyday the young and old most retrieve their daily ration of water. They are only able to receive a small amount. Sometimes barely filling a half gallon plastic bottle. Shin, one of our hero’s, his sister […]

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher Blurb: “In this crackling, highly imaginative thriller debut in the vein of W.E.B. Griffin and Philip Kerr, set in German-occupied London at the close of World War II, a hardened, dispirited British detective jeopardizes his own life to save someone else and achieve the impossible—some kind of redemption London, 1946. […]

Film Review: BiRDMAN or (THE UNEXPECTED ViRTUE OF iGNORANCE)

Film Review: BiRDMAN or (THE UNEXPECTED ViRTUE OF iGNORANCE)

Magic realism. Flights of Fantasy. A career lost as a superhero. An attempt is being made too actualize his status as an actor by using a Broadway stage. A play written, acted in, and directed by our former superhero, The Birdman, Riggan [Michael Keaton]; based on the Raymond Carver story, “What We Talk About When […]

Film Review: Maps To The Stars

Film Review: Maps To The Stars

“Maps To the Stars” is ‘viciously delicious.’ David Cronenberg, the director of two films I really enjoyed, “eXistenZ” and “The Dangerous Method,” put together the most unusual film in “Maps To the Stars.” It takes place behind the closed doors of Hollywood, showing the weird, bizarre, strangeness of an odd assortment of people interconnected to […]

ROGUE

ROGUE

Blurb: There’s something about evil that I want inside me… By any measure Sean Tyler has the perfect life. He is a rising star in the FBI; he has a fantastic apartment in New Orleans and the pleasure of being one of the sexiest men alive. New Orleans is the ideal city for a man […]

Columns

Doing Laundry

Doing Laundry

      I haven’t aired out all my dirty laundry. There are certainly more soiled sheets. But, they have nothing to do with love.   Domesticated, we met online and thought, There is a possibility we can press, into each other’s arms and discover love.   I have a lot of washing to do. […]

By August 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
“So Let Us Begin Anew”

“So Let Us Begin Anew”

      http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2014/04/17/the-iran-nuclear-deal-is-too-important-to-undermine A sound knowledge and fair interpretation of history give the proper context for evaluating the pending agreement with Iran. Fareed Zakaria provides just what is required. “Think of the mistakes the U.S. has made when it acted out of fear, convinced that its enemies were 10 feet tall and about to […]

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Unless something is seriously done to curb or stop this continual onslaught, where everything in this world is for sale and people are seen by the ‘elite’ as mere commodities, we will be complicit in herding future generations down a dead-end road in order to continue fulfilling the desires of a few.   One of […]

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

Adventures in China: A Photographic Essay, Part I

During the last nine days of July, 2015, my girlfriend Nina and I went on our first “an adventure of lifetime” trip to China. Now that her kids are grown up and out of the house, and we both near fifty years of age, it’s time for both of us to truly enjoy our lives. […]

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Fans of “The Duke,” John Wayne will find some great information here on this podcast!  John Wayne, who died in 1979, remains one of the ultimate Hollywood film stars.  Author Scott Eyman has turned his life-long interest in the actor into perhaps the best book ever written about this cultural icon.  Mr. Midnight Movie interviews […]

Short Stories

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Welcome Beth von Staats to ExPats Post! Here’s a little insight into this erudite author. Beth is a history writer of both fiction and non-fiction short works. A life-long history enthusiast, Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is the owner and administrator of […]

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

The Confession Box   Gorgeous Rupert Vass is a bartender at Club Coven. He’s seen some things since he started work there, but Rupert isn’t easily shocked, after all he’s a little supernatural himself. Rupert thinks he’s immune to love and as a lead member of Deep Dream a rock band that often plays at […]

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

Who wants a free read? Get the fun novelette, FORTUNE BRAWLING via Amazon February 22nd for free . “A 5 shot, LOL read.”   AMAZON LINK: myBook.to/Fortune2 Two guitars. Two wild women. One crazy honky tonking night in Georgia. The Ace is high and the Joker is always wild. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E. […]

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

Today, I am super>uber excited to feature the order link for the novellette, FORTUNE BRAWLING. This is story 2 in The Fortune Series, the life and loves of country musician Dallas Fortune. This story is co-written by best selling authors Hunter S. Jones and Jennifer Theriot. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Fortune […]

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Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

  Blurb: Violetta is an executioner… of vampires. Famed for her fiery beauty and mesmerising personality, she has never failed an assignment. Monsieur Martinet is no ordinary vampire, though. He is a master at his craft and can control humans with the merest flick of his eyelids. The vampire huntress with the porcelain skin and […]

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Film Review: “Bandits”

Film Review: “Bandits”

“Bandits” is a film determined to be clever and whimsical and an admitted comedy. It also contains moments of pathos, suspense and insight. It supports all of these. Once Cate Blanchett joins the film, it begins bubbling up all over the place. The love triangle never develops. It’s more of a romantic comedy than any […]

Film View: “Keep the Change”

Film View: “Keep the Change”

Tricky but human. Trying to be “normal.” How is normal defined? It isn’t something I am familiar with. All of us are different. Just like snowflakes. In the short film “Keep the Change,” the story opens at what appears to be a collective of people participating in a Group Therapy or Interaction type of mode. […]

“A person without…

“A person without…

A PERSON WITHOUT A person without dreams Belongs to nothing Carrying light is heavy Darkness is no stranger Enter this world carefully Fallen doorways broken forever Great is the ruin left behind Hatred brought it down Identity matters too much Jaded those lacking understanding Killing has become too easy Love is slipping away Melting into […]

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

(Sonoma County, California) Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democratand in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West. The ad ignited a firestorm of protest with angry letters to editors and online comments from the community storming […]

Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

R.I.P Omar Sharif 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015 Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). A […]

Film Review: “Amy”

Film Review: “Amy”

Amy Winehouse Where Was Every One? “A shattering documentary about a silenced voice.” Where was every one? Where did everybody go? Why was she alone on July 23rd 2011, the date she died? [Amy died in the early hours of my birthday. That is why I remember the date so well. Plus, I was SHOCKED […]

Film View: ‘Left to Your Own Devices’

Film View: ‘Left to Your Own Devices’

Imagine someone breaking into your home. Now imagine what they might find. Is there anything you would rather they not see? What kind of privacy to you prefer and enjoy? Well, the short film you are about to see opens the doorway to some vital questions you might ask. How do I feel about personal […]

Prudery is a Plague!

Prudery is a Plague!

  Lesleypowers.tumblr.com In the third month of my ninth grade year, I shocked my CCD Teacher and classmates by disputing two ideas. First the contention that French Kissing was a mortal sin and cause for eternal damnation. Second that girls who dressed in a revealing manner were sinners others should shun. The classroom dispute promptly […]

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

Not so long ago, a literary phenomenon took place. Perhaps it was one that many writers and would be writers couldn’t understand but it was a phenomenon nevertheless. A woman wrote some “Fan Fiction”, presumably for her own amusement, and published it on her blog. It was so popular that someone — or perhaps many […]

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of my first official book – a poetry chapbook called Standing On Lorimer Street Awaiting Crucifixion (Alpha Beat Press). That was 1996. Was a very different world then. There was no such thing as social media: no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, Instagram, or any of the […]

Film Review: “State and Main”

Film Review: “State and Main”

“That’s a lie, it’s a gift for fiction.” David Mamet directed “State and Main,” a comedy about a film company that arrives in Waterford, Vt., escaping New Hampshire for a variety of reasons, the cover story being the town was lacking an old mill for location shots, but the more accurate reason for the sudden […]

There is Nothing Wrong With Falling in Love

There is Nothing Wrong With Falling in Love

There is nothing wrong with falling in love. Especially if you have failed before. I can tell you this with experience. I have failed and failed yet came back. I have seen my house flooded and ruined. Have seen the boards warp and rot. I have seen the doors fall off, And I can tell […]

Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

NIGHTCRAWLER is one almost continuous chase scene. An action thriller taking place in the present day for night of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, at first perceived as a self-educated young man seeking work of any kind. He studies his world as he calculates what is in it for him to exploit just […]

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

  I had just had it! Sneezing, itchy eyes, and feeling worn out. The yearly sinus infection was making my head feel like it wanted to explode! I had to figure this thing out, I needed to know what was causing my allergic reaction every spring. So there I was face down on the examination […]

Film Review: “The Theory of Everything”

Film Review: “The Theory of Everything”

This was to be the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It fell far short of achieving that goal. Where was the brilliant mind of Stephen Hawking in this film. I saw one slim moment when, alas, I thought, the film is going to begin delving […]

Announcement via the Society of Authors and Hunter S. Jones

Announcement via the Society of Authors and Hunter S. Jones

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT For Immediate Release June 12, 2015 Atlanta, GA – Hunter S. Jones announced today that the prestigious Society of Authors based in London, England, has elected her into membership, effective immediately. Her membership is based on the recent success of her historical literary work, Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn, published by […]

Chief of Thieves by Steven W. Kohlhagen

Chief of Thieves by Steven W. Kohlhagen

Chief of Thieves by award-winning author Steven W. Kohlhagen is historical fiction, based on a factual group of 1862 con artists who successfully stole millions of today’s dollars, became cattle ranchers in Oregon and Wyoming, and ultimately met their respective fates at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Where They Bury You, Sunstone Press, was released in September 2013.  Chief of Thieves, […]

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Expats Post friend and follower, Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, received a tweet this morning from the U.S. Surgeon General on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in “extending preventative #MentalHealth services, making progress”. However, Dr. Mimi was having none of it. Instead, with a flutter of responding tweets, she schooled the U.S. Surgeon General on the state […]

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome Nancy Bilyeau to my Fear and Loathing in Tudor England blog. If you love all things Tudor, you will love these posts. Have a look around to see what else Nancy has contributed to the blogs. You’ll also find articles by Alison Weir, Susan Bordo, Adrienne Dillard, The […]

Watch the Lady #SummerMustRead

Watch the Lady #SummerMustRead

UPDATE: Elizabeth Fremantle will be hosting a Facebook Q&A next week, on 6/16/2015 from 7-9pm UK time (2-4pm EST). For easy reference, you can find her Facebook page here:  Elizabeth Fremantle Author From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction” (People), comes the mesmerizing story of Lady Penelope Devereux—the daring young beauty […]

Film Interview: Peter Sellers [RARE]

Film Interview: Peter Sellers [RARE]

Peter Sellers died when he was 54 years old, the day after my birthday on July 24th 1980. That was a terrible year. It was the same year Steve McQueen and John Lennon died, too. “Being There” (1979) was one of the best films Peter Sellers ever did. It should have been his swan song. […]

“Fall Into Focus”

“Fall Into Focus”

FALL INTO FOCUS Fall outward Expand dimensions Control surrenders Float in the chaos Circle the center Release what was A new act begins An unfamiliar story Needs to be written Release the fear Restrictions wall fails Go beyond the limits of Time And then go further © jk 2015 Copyright protected by DigiproveAll Rights ReservedOriginal content here is […]

Peace, Love & Romance Boxset: Women Who Have Loved, Lost, and Triumphed.

Peace, Love & Romance Boxset: Women Who Have Loved, Lost, and Triumphed.

For a limited time, ten of today’s hottest and bestselling authors bring you PEACE, LOVE & ROMANCE – a collection of full-length novels (some sweet, some sizzling!) all celebrating women who have loved, lost, and triumphed. 99 Cents for TEN FULL LENGTH Best selling romance novels.That’s less than the price of a grande coffee of […]

Film Review: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Film Review: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), two young Americans spend the summer in Spain. Their first adventure is meeting the passionate artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). He has romance overflowing in his blood. He approaches them while they are enjoying a conversation surrounded by the warm ambiance of a Barcelona restaurant. Vicky makes the […]

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

THE GAMBLERS Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings. He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. […]

Why? Why? Why? The Marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, 30 May 1536

Why? Why? Why? The Marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, 30 May 1536

by Hunter Jones When I started this blog, it was to research the symbols and motifs that surrounded Henry VIII and Jane Seymour on her presentation at his court as Queen on 4 June, the Whitsunday which followed their official marriage on 30 May 1536. I was going to begin at 29 May and build […]

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

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