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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 […]

On A Dark Rendezvous with the Music of Strap On Halo

On A Dark Rendezvous with the Music of Strap On Halo

Strap On Halo is part of my interview assignment for Subkulture magazine but before interviewing these guys I prepared a post. Members: Layla Reyna – Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Arrangements, Programming & Graphic design Seán Rial – Guitar & Keyboards Marc Rhön Jones – Bass & Keyboards Genre: Gothic, Darkwave, Post punk Red wine and dark chocolate. […]

Creative

Who Wrote The 1st Song Recorded By Jon Bon Jovi?

Who Wrote The 1st Song Recorded By Jon Bon Jovi?

DON ORIOLO is an enthusiastic man of many talents. Many know him as CEO of Felix the Cat Productions, Inc., others know him through his triumphs in the recording, film and animation industries. He is a gifted artist, musician, writer and business man. He plays many instruments, especially the guitar. He has written a ton […]

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 up 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 who captures the ozone. She lifts trees out of the earth, And plants them on […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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…I never wanted to write these words down for you With the pages of phrases of all the things we’ll never do… – ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ Temple of the Dog Here was grief All along Latent beneath the unturned pages of A story that concluded too quickly When none of us knew the ending […]

By October 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Politics

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 →
Mammal Vibrations: An Interview with Allen Ginsberg

Mammal Vibrations: An Interview with Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg’s name is synonymous with every stereotype that came from the 60s. And since Ginsberg’s disappearance in 1997 there has not been a single interview granted to any member of the media until now. Why this poet, beat, Buddhist, Jewish, homosexual, savant druggy had anything to say to me sure does leave this humbled […]

By September 29, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
A Personal View on Scottish Independence: The Journey from ‘Don’t Care’ to Yes

A Personal View on Scottish Independence: The Journey from ‘Don’t Care’ to Yes

I’m hoping that it isn’t the case that we’ve become so expectant of being screwed over by the political elite that we’ve become used to it, that we’ve become complacent, that we have succumbed to a form of political Stockholm Syndrome. At first I thought it was a joke. Not the issue of an independent […]

By September 14, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
The Highest Patriotism

The Highest Patriotism

This is a lengthy and complex analysis of a knotty and complicated issue. If you can read it through, rest assured you will be far more informed than you were when you began.  War is too important to be left solely to the military and the politicians. An informed, involved citizenry must demonstrate the highest […]

By September 12, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Maysoon Zayid: Stand Up and Speak Out

Maysoon Zayid: Stand Up and Speak Out

This interview was originally published at Expats Post in February, 2012. I am re-posting this article because I have been appalled by the demonization of Palestinians by some of my so called “Christian” friends. Their anti-Islamic bigotry and hatred for the Palestinians is sad and scary. I’ve seen some attempt to link the plight of […]

By August 24, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Entertainment

Who Wrote The 1st Song Recorded By Jon Bon Jovi?

Who Wrote The 1st Song Recorded By Jon Bon Jovi?

DON ORIOLO is an enthusiastic man of many talents. Many know him as CEO of Felix the Cat Productions, Inc., others know him through his triumphs in the recording, film and animation industries. He is a gifted artist, musician, writer and business man. He plays many instruments, especially the guitar. He has written a ton […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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. […]

Columns

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 up 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 who captures the ozone. She lifts trees out of the earth, And plants them on […]

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 →
Mother Lode

Mother Lode

  On Real Time with Bill Maher, Sam Harris asserted Islam is “the mother lode of bad ideas.” One such bad idea is blasphemy, but as the definition shows, this is not confined to Islam.  Blasphemy – (law) – also called blasphemous libel. The crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Short Stories

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 →
Alone in a London Club

Alone in a London Club

She and I climbed out of the taxi and stumbled towards the entrance. Once in, I just stood there, not really looking at anything in particular. There was actually too much to stare at, but the strobe-lights, neon tubes of numerous colors splattered around the black box room, and the bass turned up beyond a […]

By December 5, 2013 10 Comments Read More →
The Route

The Route

I truly hated this paper route. I hated it but I knew that suffering this route was the price I would have to pay until someone else gave up one of the better routes, the ones in the areas where you were actually given tips from the customers. The customers on this route didn’t tip, […]

By September 8, 2013 15 Comments Read More →

Write Here, Write Now!

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 […]

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 →
Mending the Social Fabric

Mending the Social Fabric

“This is the only time for high ideals because those ideals are all that we have. We aren’t just fighting for our physical survival, but for the survival of our civilization. We don’t have the luxury of old-world pillars. We don’t have a common heritage; we don’t have a millennia of history. All we have […]

By September 28, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Wash Away Your Sins: #MAGDALEN #UnitedSolo

Wash Away Your Sins: #MAGDALEN #UnitedSolo

Riding on the success of sold out performances at FringeNYC 2012 and United Solo Festival 2013, MAGDALEN, an award winning play for Best Documentary Script, returns with an ENCORE performance for TWO performances at Theatre Row. MAGDALEN written and performed by Erin Layton, will be presented at the United Solo Festival on Friday, October 3rd, […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
“A Conversation with Ray Bradbury” A Short Film/Documentary

“A Conversation with Ray Bradbury” A Short Film/Documentary

Marvelous words from the heart & mind of Ray Bradbury. A Dreamer. A Reader. A Thinker.   A Librarian. A Writer. You Become the Authors Who Write the Books. Listen As You Read. You Become Emily Dickinson. You Become Ernest Hemingway. You Become Shakespeare. How Great Would That Feel. Get Inside of the Words the […]

By September 22, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Cutting the Ties That Bind

Cutting the Ties That Bind

Recently I did a balance transfer to escape my old credit card company. This is the text of my chat with an Account Specialist. It was like breaking up with the guy who doesn’t want to believe it. Hi and welcome to our Credit Monsters chat service! One of our Account Specialists will be right […]

By September 21, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
The Immortal Rapture Series #FallMustReads

The Immortal Rapture Series #FallMustReads

The seasons are changing and we’re all looking for something different to do, something different to read, right? It’s nice to simply curl up on the weekend with a book that takes you to another place and time. A place where you can pretend with a child like innocence and enjoy the experience of reading. […]

By September 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Stay Out of the Attic, Too!

Stay Out of the Attic, Too!

In my recent hard-hitting article, “Don’t Go Down in the Basement!” I enumerated the many and varied ways the human mind and body have of warning us of imminent danger. Little did I know that my words would arouse a groundswell of comment and debate (check the chat rooms, people). The most common argument was, […]

By September 19, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Don’t Go Down in the Basement!

Don’t Go Down in the Basement!

Why do people ignore their inner early-warning system? We are equipped with a sensitive array of detection devices. Our ears can pick up patterns in footsteps that tell us if we are being followed. Wind from the right direction brings our noses the scents of flesh, of sweat and tension and ill intent (with perhaps […]

By September 15, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Film Review: The Face of Love

Film Review: The Face of Love

Love Story. If you lose someone you love deeply and somehow they come back to life in that of a doppelganger, what would you do. Your a painter and he wants to teach you. They are drawn together. Her daughter doesn’t know how to take her mother being drawn to someone so close in likeness […]

By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Detours – A Short Story

Detours – A Short Story

Short story – A family gathering set amidst an ever-present, threatening atmosphere.   Detours   “You always wear those big boots.” Esme says as we finally jump into the street after descending five flights of stairs. “You always wear a permanent frown.” I shoot back. “If it was permanent I would naturally always be wearing […]

By September 12, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Film Views: P.S. Hoffman – A Tribute

Film Views: P.S. Hoffman – A Tribute

  This is a brilliant representation of the best of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the many characters he brought to life in his performance. It was more like seeing the real thing not a pretend character played by an excellent actor. Watch in awe and wonder & see the Philip Seymour Hoffman we all grew […]

By September 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Marriage Gone By Lives On

Marriage Gone By Lives On

It was still early and I had just watered the garden. Sitting down in the backyard, sipping coffee, I pulled out an old copy of Wendell Berry poems.   Randomly opening the book, two photos of you fell out. Marking a collection called, “The Country of Marriage”, Simultaneously, I felt both happy and sad.   […]

By September 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Carry It On!

Carry It On!

  We must revive the spirit of the 1960’s in updated form; the country we love is counting on us. If not us, then whom; if not now, then when? rt.com   New American Standard Bible                       Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of […]

By September 6, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Film Review: “The Rewrite”

Film Review: “The Rewrite”

“The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant a new trailer has been released by Lionsgate. Hugh plays a character playing the actor Keith Michael. At one time, he was a successful Oscar-winning screenwriter. He has reached the end. Electricity is being turned off & not by him specifically. He needs a job. Desperation has him take a […]

By September 1, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
AGENCY RULES: Never An Easy Day At The Office #FallMustReads

AGENCY RULES: Never An Easy Day At The Office #FallMustReads

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! The last few months I’ve introduced you to some fantastic new reads. We’ve traveled into the fictional worlds of suspense thrillers, happily-ever-after romance, living with a person who suffers from a depressive disorder, erotic romance…we’ve covered a lot of territory. Let’s look into something we haven’t read yet. How about […]

After 35 Years, Kate Bush is Back on Stage

After 35 Years, Kate Bush is Back on Stage

A long time ago, I watched this beautiful woman in white singing and dancing on tv. The song was Wuthering Heights. I thought wow what a voice. As my musical taste progressed I discover that artist as Kate Bush. I thought she did something amazing . She was ahead of her time. Back in the […]

Officer Involved

Officer Involved

  An officer arrives with haste and wrath, And scolds two youths for their chosen path; While the sun shines down on the placid scene, Events go wrong and the world turns mean. Like the large and bold young man he so seems to be, The teenager uses his strength to set himself free: He […]

Teen Wolf goes beyond the Werewolf Myth

Teen Wolf goes beyond the Werewolf Myth

  Sans fangs and glowing eyes, Teen Wolf is a TV series dealing with teenage woes and search for belonging. Around 2011, I suffered a massive emotional devastation that sent me on a trip to another island to lick my wounds-like a wounded wolf. In the span of a week, there’s this MTV sponsored series […]

Film Revew: “Orbitas” Animated Short Film

Film Revew: “Orbitas” Animated Short Film

Get past the BS in the minute part of the beginning. If you get attached easily, this film is for you. It is animated. Has two main characters and a plant that is quite special. It takes place in space. Not sure what part of the Universe but it may be near Earth or some […]

Breaking News via #eFestivalofWords

Breaking News via #eFestivalofWords

Atlanta, GA August 25, 2014 It’s official. The best selling novel SEPTEMBER ENDS by Hunter S.Jones & An Anonymous English Poet has won Best Independently Published Romance of the Year by eFestival of Words. eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair is the host of the annual Best of the Independent eBook Awards. You can access […]

Twilight Kingdom by Lisa Gerrard, Promises to Haunt and Bewitch.

Twilight Kingdom by Lisa Gerrard, Promises to Haunt and Bewitch.

The new Lisa Gerrard album “Twilight Kingdom” featuring Daniel Johns, Patrick Cassidy, Astrid Williamson and words by Russell Crowe is out now via iTunes. Maybe it’s age or the fact that I have listened to more than a thousand albums that I can no longer get that fanboy out of me and say ‘horrraaay!!!’ whenever a […]

We Must Overcome!

We Must Overcome!

www.cnn.com   Fifty years after the Summer of 64 – aka Freedom Summer – equality before the law is under siege in a town two and one half hours drive from the mean population center of the United States. If there is a heart land, Ferguson MO is close to it. One half century is […]

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