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The Political Hurricane Show: Struggle for the Senate, What’s really at Stake?

The Political Hurricane Show: Struggle for the Senate, What’s really at Stake?

  This morning, Larry Conley and I hosted a lively discussion on the stakes in the upcoming election.  After about 1 minute of technical problems with the theme music in the beginning of the program, Larry and I went right to business. The show really picks up speed as the podcast continues. Check out this […]

By November 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New York for Beginners

New York for Beginners

We approach each other cautiously at first. There are no hugs or kisses when we eventually find each other at the airport and I feel slightly disorientated, unsure about actually being here or what is going to happen over the next 10 days. “You look dazed.” “I just had the weirdest dream on the plane […]

Starting Over in Oz – What Would Darren Hanlon Say?

Starting Over in Oz – What Would Darren Hanlon Say?

Part of the continuing series of our adventures as expats, all cast in the light of a metaphor about what would Darren Hanlon say…. A fresh start – Moving from Canada to Australia This story isn’t about Darren Hanlon, his music or what he would say. This story is about my wife and I deciding […]

Straight From the Depths of Electric Hell!

Straight From the Depths of Electric Hell!

Through some planning, serendipity, and hard work, I was able to re-start my pottery studio after a 5-year hiatus.  Once again wild-faced characters are being born in the fires of… my garage. They beg to be filled with whiskey or to have daisies stuck in their brains. A red devil and flowers, the perfect romantic […]

The Star

The Star

  I have a Long-held fear ~ That one day I will Be found out ~ The word will Get around ~ That I am not The person they Expected me to be ~ Then those who Couldn’t wait To be my friends ~ Will be the first to Say ~ that they Could always […]

Creative

An Instrument for Change

An Instrument for Change

Music moves us. It moves us to tears, to joyous exultations, and now, it moves us to act on the greatest challenge of our lifetime. A single guitar, built from a pine tree killed by bark beetles in Colorado, a tree like billions more dying in forests around the world becomes an instrument of change. […]

Until You

Until You

This had nothing to do with you. I needed a flower. There was nothing but death. You were not on my radar. I looked elsewhere to no avail. And then there was you. And, for some strange reason, It was all about you. You are the teacher that bends, melts, and learns to become one. […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Like most things of importance, it started with a tweet. One lone tweet from Jon Meacham, or maybe it was from Jonathan Darman or Parnassus Books in Nashville. The tweet simply invited readers to the bookstore on Saturday, December 6 for a conversation with Meacham and Darman as they discussed Darman’s brilliant best selling novel, […]

From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

Recently I saw an article in the newspaper, on Page A19, beneath the fold. Intrigued by the headline, I began to read, and soon my attention was totally riveted. The print article was short, but there was a link to the paper’s online edition which elaborated on the tale. The story that captured my attention […]

They Hear Nothing

They Hear Nothing

“For that fine madness still he did retain, Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.” ~Michael Drayton~ (1563-1631) Talking Seriously “they hear nothing” They hear nothing Eyes wider shut An homage made A mysterious end Now evil enters Return to stage Know thy words Nano particles filter in Cinders sting the eyes Blinding in their […]

Politics

Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Like most things of importance, it started with a tweet. One lone tweet from Jon Meacham, or maybe it was from Jonathan Darman or Parnassus Books in Nashville. The tweet simply invited readers to the bookstore on Saturday, December 6 for a conversation with Meacham and Darman as they discussed Darman’s brilliant best selling novel, […]

Britain’s Real Hunger Games and the Champagne Swilling Political Elite

Britain’s Real Hunger Games and the Champagne Swilling Political Elite

You could perhaps make this stuff up as a futuristic dystopian tale or maybe a homage to the sort of grim Victorian poorhouse stories that Dickens produced. But the reality of Britain today as place where the elite ‘leaders’ force drastic ‘money-saving’ cuts on the struggling population while they refuse to even cut their champagne […]

By December 8, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

Recently I saw an article in the newspaper, on Page A19, beneath the fold. Intrigued by the headline, I began to read, and soon my attention was totally riveted. The print article was short, but there was a link to the paper’s online edition which elaborated on the tale. The story that captured my attention […]

Promises Betrayed

Promises Betrayed

www.funnyjunk.com Once upon a time there was a country conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition of human equality. This country was not perfect by any measure; it had a record of injustices both minor and major. Its people were not perfect either, but they had a habit of rising to the challenge and […]

By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Political Hurricane Show: Struggle for the Senate, What’s really at Stake?

The Political Hurricane Show: Struggle for the Senate, What’s really at Stake?

  This morning, Larry Conley and I hosted a lively discussion on the stakes in the upcoming election.  After about 1 minute of technical problems with the theme music in the beginning of the program, Larry and I went right to business. The show really picks up speed as the podcast continues. Check out this […]

By November 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Entertainment

An Instrument for Change

An Instrument for Change

Music moves us. It moves us to tears, to joyous exultations, and now, it moves us to act on the greatest challenge of our lifetime. A single guitar, built from a pine tree killed by bark beetles in Colorado, a tree like billions more dying in forests around the world becomes an instrument of change. […]

Film Review: “Take This Waltz”

Film Review: “Take This Waltz”

Take This Watlz. Written and Directed by Sarah Polley. Starring: Michelle Williams as Margot, Seth Rogen as Lou, Luke Kirby as Daniel, and Sarah Silverman as Geraldine “Gerrie”. (A romantic drama who’s title “Take This Waltz” is named after the Leonard Cohen song.) The film, “Take This Waltz,” that Sarah Polley has created, is a […]

By December 15, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Saturday with Meacham and Darman @ParnassusBooks1 #Nashville

Like most things of importance, it started with a tweet. One lone tweet from Jon Meacham, or maybe it was from Jonathan Darman or Parnassus Books in Nashville. The tweet simply invited readers to the bookstore on Saturday, December 6 for a conversation with Meacham and Darman as they discussed Darman’s brilliant best selling novel, […]

Betrayal

Betrayal

The film opens in the present then continues going backwards, told completely in reverse. Harold Pinter wrote a brilliant play which has been adapted into this perfect & significant film adaptation. The story begins with people existing a party scene. And almost immediately from this place to the beginning of the end scene in a […]

Film Review: “Into The Woods”

Film Review: “Into The Woods”

All of our fantasy stories from childhood built around an original take on fairy tales as told by Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods started out on the Broadway stage and now is on the huge screen opening Christmas Day 2014. It’s a divine story for all ages. As you have noticed Once Upon A Time […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Columns

Until You

Until You

This had nothing to do with you. I needed a flower. There was nothing but death. You were not on my radar. I looked elsewhere to no avail. And then there was you. And, for some strange reason, It was all about you. You are the teacher that bends, melts, and learns to become one. […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
99 ½ Won’t Do!

99 ½ Won’t Do!

http://tempibones.blogspot.com/2012/06/response-to-anti-choice-brain-on.html “The Crusades rage all over again, only this time the Holy Lands are not in the Middle East, but in the nether regions of females in America, the zealots are mobilized not by the pope, but by a misogynist named Keith Mason, the fanatics practice the cult of personhood, not Catholicism and the enemy […]

By December 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Britain’s Real Hunger Games and the Champagne Swilling Political Elite

Britain’s Real Hunger Games and the Champagne Swilling Political Elite

You could perhaps make this stuff up as a futuristic dystopian tale or maybe a homage to the sort of grim Victorian poorhouse stories that Dickens produced. But the reality of Britain today as place where the elite ‘leaders’ force drastic ‘money-saving’ cuts on the struggling population while they refuse to even cut their champagne […]

By December 8, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

From Gethsemane to Guantanamo

Recently I saw an article in the newspaper, on Page A19, beneath the fold. Intrigued by the headline, I began to read, and soon my attention was totally riveted. The print article was short, but there was a link to the paper’s online edition which elaborated on the tale. The story that captured my attention […]

Prosecutorial Abdication

Prosecutorial Abdication

  abc7chicago.com   “So when a District Attorney says, in effect, “we’ll present the evidence and let the grand jury decide,” that’s malarkey. If he takes that approach, then he’s already decided to abdicate his role in the process as an advocate for justice. At that point, there’s no longer a prosecutor in the room […]

By November 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Short Stories

AWAKENED

AWAKENED

 Tales of Erotic Discovery Awaken your desire… Discover your destiny.   Nine sensual, steamy tales take readers to the limits of discovery in Awakened: Tales of Erotic Discovery. Filled with stories of firsts, Awakened is a journey through  submission, swinging, shifters, strip clubs, and spontaneity that you won’t soon forget.   Pictures by Mica Rae […]

What Better for #DiadeLosMuertos than Masquerade?

What Better for #DiadeLosMuertos than Masquerade?

What better way to celebrate the US time change and end the Halloween weekend than to curl up with a hot read on Dia de Los Muertos? Even better, what about a paranormal erotic romance anthology named Masquerade? How great would that be? You’re in luck because this book has launched today. Let’s find out […]

New York for Beginners

New York for Beginners

We approach each other cautiously at first. There are no hugs or kisses when we eventually find each other at the airport and I feel slightly disorientated, unsure about actually being here or what is going to happen over the next 10 days. “You look dazed.” “I just had the weirdest dream on the plane […]

The Days that Don’t Disappear

The Days that Don’t Disappear

The Days That Don’t Disappear ©Garrycrystal 2001 A tale of violence towards children from teachers. *Names have been changed in this story When I was a kid all I wanted to do was live on a desert island and now, twenty years later, I sometimes still want to escape to that island but the reasons […]

The Country

The Country

I see the woman next to me looking at me so I offer her a stick of my gum. I chew gum, I took an anti-histamine — the things they suggest when you’re flying, although in my case they’re little more than parlor tricks. They won’t help my ears and I know that, but I […]

By January 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Write Here, Write Now!

A Battle Worth Fighting #1

A Battle Worth Fighting #1

www.anonymousartofrevolution.com   Ending biased and overzealous law enforcement toward minorities is a battle worth fighting! Every American of goodwill and true patriotism should be outraged by the alarming number of unarmed minority men [especially young Black men] who have been killed by state and local police. Likewise we the people must rise and denounce the […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Twenty-Five Things About Me

Twenty-Five Things About Me

• I used to be 5’2” but I’ve lost an inch (and don’t know where it went) • There is No truth to the rumor about my affair with George Clooney (if you ask him, he’ll say the same) • I’m ineligible to ride a Unicorn (if they ever find one) • I’ve been to […]

Winston Churchill: The Art of Diplomacy #Atlanta

Winston Churchill: The Art of Diplomacy #Atlanta

  Friday evening, I was part of a private art exhibition at The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. Why was that so great? Well, the art on display is that of Winston Churchill. History remembers him as a great leader and one of western civilization’s most admired statesmen. Did you know he was also a […]

Film View: New York Film Festival Award Contenders

Film View: New York Film Festival Award Contenders

New York Film Festival Picks for Possible Oscar Contenders Here is my list of films I feel all have chances to be contenders for Award Season in 2015 List of New York Film Festival 2014 Possible Contenders for Best Picture in 2015 Gone Girl – Ben Affleck Inherent Vice – Joaquin Phoenix – Her [is […]

By November 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

Statements and actions by officials responsible for governance in Missouri and the administration of the legal process appear to foreshadow a gross miscarriage of justice for slain teenager Michael Brown, his family, and the community of Ferguson. If no indictment is returned for Officer Darren Wilson, trouble of unprecedented magnitude may afflict Ferguson, MO, and […]

By November 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Seattle, The Underground and PM Briede

Seattle, The Underground and PM Briede

Blurb In 1889, most of the city of Seattle burnt to the ground. The residents rebounded by using the ruin remnants to create the foundation for the new and improved city.In 1965, Bill Spediel struck a deal with the new metropolis to turn a profit on the tragedy from almost a century earlier. Thus, The […]

A Veteran Reflects

A Veteran Reflects

  www.firearmstalk.com When the call to arms swept over the land, We stepped forth to lend a hand. Through training that lasted a grueling while, We learned to go the extra mile. We sought to do our very best, And pass each and every test. We served while others stood aside, We fought on though […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film View: Robin Williams in Motion

Film View: Robin Williams in Motion

A glimpse into the workings of Robin Williams, his behavior and movement. He was a genius who left us with so much material to study the magic of his acting and physical reality in film. This is a short review. This short film speaks for itself. I give you “Robin Williams in Motion” Robin Williams […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film View: “RUIN”

Film View: “RUIN”

An exciting chase scene of post-apocalyptic proportions. Held me to the very surprising outcome. There are not a lot of words to say about this film. It is exciting & curiously thrilling. A wonderment in seeing the destruction or the allowance of decay of our infrastructure. We think it is in awful conditions now. Take […]

I’m Your Baby Tonight

I’m Your Baby Tonight

Today, we’re visiting with author B.L Wilson. She is celebrating the release of her latest book, I’m Your Baby Tonight.  Before we get to the new book, here’s a little about this extremely talented and very reclusive author. B.L. Wilson lives New York City with Lucy Lou, an elderly cat, and a fifteen-year mellow yellow […]

10 Facets of a PA Teapublican

10 Facets of a PA Teapublican

cancelthebee.blogspot.com The website: http://ontheissues.org/default.htm provides extensive information about politicians and political candidates in regard to various issues. Too many political candidates present a smiling face to the voters which hides their power lust and ferocious desire to impose their ideology on those they woo for votes. In the PA 12th district, a man named Keith Rothfus […]

By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film Review: Words and Pictures

Film Review: Words and Pictures

An unexpected joy to find a film that actually is brilliant and exceeds the expectations. A high school literary teacher vs the new art teacher. Clive Owen is excellent in his performance as a disappointed alcoholic who feels his flame for writing has gone out. He takes it out on his students at first. But […]

If Voting Does Not Matter …

If Voting Does Not Matter …

annemholmes.com “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”  ? Abraham Lincoln In one of the most scurrilous articles I have ever read was published in National Review by Kevin D. […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Boycott Black Thursday!

Boycott Black Thursday!

https://www.facebook.com/boycottblackthursday   Once upon a time in America, we were citizens and patriots. Now some would have us content ourselves with being consumers and patsies. We live in what was once called the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Have we so forgotten our heritage and the premises and promises that […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Witch

Witch

  I woke to the smell of sage. She was holding the air. She danced above the flowers and defied gravity. I grabbed one of Saturn’s rings, In order to give her a gift worthy, Of a soaring witch capturing the ozone. She lifts trees out of the earth, And plants them on the moon. […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Fallacies of Personhood

The Fallacies of Personhood

    piedtype.com In spite the defeats of “personhood” measures in 2008 and 2010, Colorado voters will once again vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to grant all the rights of born persons to zygotes, embryos, and fetuses in November 2014.”  http://www.seculargovernment.us/ In the second decade of the 21st century, it is alarming that millions […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film View: The Crush – Short Film   [2010] Oscar Winning Film

Film View: The Crush – Short Film [2010] Oscar Winning Film

The film opens with the teacher writing on the blackboard three words the kids need to learn by Monday: Real Pretend Love. An Irish lad, Arnold, gives his teacher, Ms Purdy, the second grade teacher, a red stone ring. He, of course, is the one with the crush. He’s in love and she’s pretty and […]

Now That’s Shameless Self-Promotion

Now That’s Shameless Self-Promotion

I have been asked, nay begged, by some of my adoring fans, to give you an example of how I have grown as a blogger, since September 5, 2009, a day which will inevitably find its way into the history books. Looking back at the phosphorescent trail of my ascent, I too am rather astounded […]

“All Of Us With Our Pointless Worries and Inconsequential Dramas: Short Stories” by Garry Crystal plus An Interview With The Author

“All Of Us With Our Pointless Worries and Inconsequential Dramas: Short Stories” by Garry Crystal plus An Interview With The Author

Coming off the heels of his brilliant novel Leaving London, author Garry Crystal presents this new work, a collection of short fiction and plays. Some of these works have been available for some time, via short story eBooks or in various literature websites around the internet but here you can get a taste of Garry’s […]

By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Immortal Rapture Series #MustReads #ParanormalRomance @lilian3roberts

Immortal Rapture Series #MustReads #ParanormalRomance @lilian3roberts

Lilian Roberts joined us on Expats a few weeks ago with her Arielle Immortal Journey, Book 5 in The Immortal Rapture Series. Today, I would like to welcome her back so that she can share some insights into the series as she releases Book 6 in the series – Arielle Immortal Fury. As October fades […]

Giving Up to Move On

Giving Up to Move On

I’ve been hearing from friends lately either by phone or online about how hard it is to simply make ends meet today. Money worries are the main complaint – there’s never enough of it or the tax man is hammering at the door with outrageous demands for tens of thousands or that it doesn’t matter […]

By October 14, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Controlling my Outrage with Hypnosis Recordings

Controlling my Outrage with Hypnosis Recordings

I was in a sore mood a few days ago. It involved someone telling me to take down whatever articles I wrote for my blogs  or in Expats Post. The logic: I am a blogger and that whatever hurt I might be feeling the process was the result of my ego. And also that I was […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman talking about Life, Death, and Happiness

Philip Seymour Hoffman talking about Life, Death, and Happiness

PSH has a great deal to say. It may bring you to tears knowing he cannot enjoy what he so enjoyed. His words are brilliant as he is always. I miss him & want him to come walking back on a stage or set somewhere. But my dreams aren’t going to happen in this case. […]

Film Review: “Marilyn Myller” A Short Film

Film Review: “Marilyn Myller” A Short Film

Animation Marilyn Maketh and she taketh awayeth. Now to watch the film. As I do that I will see animation and the explosion of the Universe into creation. What happens after that has been a debate since humans could think and reason with reasonable and irrational thoughts. No judgments as to what is who and […]

Sleep-Injured

Sleep-Injured

We are whipped out of Wispy mist, pretending we have Substance We are floating through the Transience Pretending we have a home We are weighed down by the Absence of certainty Making facts out of conviction We are desert Pretending our hearts are Oases We are dreamers of Epics pretending We are awake 22 March […]

By October 2, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Venus

Venus

I asked the world about Confidence in women and it gave Me replies about how to pick me up With lines that never fail All human life begins As female, but to end that way Is the greatest tragedy Because to assume the masculine Makes me a bitch Copyright protected by DigiproveAll Rights ReservedOriginal content here is published […]

By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Film View: “Cork’s Cattlebaron” A Short Film

Film View: “Cork’s Cattlebaron” A Short Film

Be prepared to be irritated at the beginning of the film. Disregard the urge to change the channel. It is well worth the wait to get into the heart of the story. Be patient. Bear with the supposed protagonist. He really is a “jerk.” It is obvious from moment one, so no spoiler here. It […]

By September 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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