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Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression part 1 of 3

Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression part 1 of 3

 Part 1 of 3 in a series – Frenzy    www.crisismagazine.com The ferocious attack on Charlie Hebdo was symptomatic of much more than it is commonly recognized. The ongoing depredations of Boko Haram in Nigeria are even more indicative of a raging global derangement.  These brutal and dreadful actions are conspicuous examples of a ferocious reactionary war waged against […]

By February 1, 2015 4 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 →
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 […]

Creative

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

Indie ‘maverick’ writers setting the rules. The easiest way to stifle creativity –  just follow the rules. In actual fact, the title of this article should be, “You’re promoting your book using social media? What the hell? Let’s have no more of that nonsense, plus you’re doing it all wrong” followed by a strongly worded […]

Bye Bye Baby

Bye Bye Baby

Last week I ugly-cried at the nail salon. You know the ugly-cry; face twisted up in a monstrous grimace, liquid pouring from nearly every orifice in your face, and choking like a wounded animal with its head in a trap. It’s the kind of sobbing that is almost sub-human and makes you feel like you’ll […]

By February 24, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
#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. […]

Concord’s Comely Champion

Concord’s Comely Champion

    A blunder that must promptly and completely cease Is waging war instead of peace! As hatred takes a mounting toll Is amity not a better goal? Breathe there people with souls so dead That never once have thought and said “If there is but the slimmest chance, Must we not for concord take […]

By February 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Love as You Imagine

Love as You Imagine

    How come it’s never like you imagine? You imagine waterfalls and walks on the beach. You imagine milkshakes and banana splits, and then you get a suffering prickly bush.   How come when it rains the buckets opens up? You imagine singing and dancing with an umbrella. You imagine skipping around the puddles, […]

By February 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

Politics

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

(Sebastopol, California) Sonoma County’s premium wine industry in the San Francisco North Bay has become a magnet that attracts developers from around the country, across oceans, and nearby. They move heavy industrial operations into rural areas and expand them to become event centers and commercial bottling operations. Under the pretense that they are merely agriculture, […]

Trouble in “Wine Country”

Trouble in “Wine Country”

(Sebastopol, California)  Sonoma County, Northern California, used to be spoken of as part of the natural “Redwood Empire.” Then the bloated wine industry re-named it as the commercial “Wine Country.” A growing number of locals have had it with the expanding wine industry in both Sonoma County and the neighboring Napa County and are beginning […]

By February 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression – Part 2 of 3

Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression – Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3 – Females www.vectorstock.com The champions of Enlightenment ideals have a multifaceted challenge. First, they must recommit to these ideals and resume working for their implementation to the benefit of every member of society. Second, they must dispute and refute all propaganda put forth against Enlightenment ideals or in favor the sophistry […]

By February 2, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression part 1 of 3

Frenzy, Females and Freedom of Expression part 1 of 3

 Part 1 of 3 in a series – Frenzy    www.crisismagazine.com The ferocious attack on Charlie Hebdo was symptomatic of much more than it is commonly recognized. The ongoing depredations of Boko Haram in Nigeria are even more indicative of a raging global derangement.  These brutal and dreadful actions are conspicuous examples of a ferocious reactionary war waged against […]

By February 1, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
High Technology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Communication Tools

High Technology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Communication Tools

2015’s opening offers an appropriate time to examine high technology and its development of weapons of mass destruction and other threats to the Earth. My own background to write about these issues includes being raised in the Southern military family that gave its name to Ft. Bliss, Texas. I served briefly as an officer in […]

Entertainment

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

Indie ‘maverick’ writers setting the rules. The easiest way to stifle creativity –  just follow the rules. In actual fact, the title of this article should be, “You’re promoting your book using social media? What the hell? Let’s have no more of that nonsense, plus you’re doing it all wrong” followed by a strongly worded […]

Film Review: “Gone Girl”

Film Review: “Gone Girl”

The Best Film of 2014 I fully expected “Gone Girl” to be in contention for a best picture Oscar nod, if not a win. The film is convoluted and a wicked surprise from the moment the film begins until its closing moments. It is bizarre. You’re not sure what you should be routing for. The […]

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To…

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To…

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To… “Boyhood” Best Picture “American Sniper” “Birdman” WINNER “Boyhood” WANT TO WIN “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “The Imitation Game” “Selma” “The Theory of Everything” “Whiplash” ***** Benedict Cumberbatch Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” WANT TO WIN Michael Keaton, […]

By February 23, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Weirder and Better: Vulnicura by Björk

Weirder and Better: Vulnicura by Björk

I am not a huge fan of Björk Guðmundsdóttir. But I own several of her albums including Vespertine and Homogenic(which I love!). The albums were thrust to my direction either as gifts from friends or personal purchase. But one thing remains: Bjork has a huge impact in my world. Her style is something understand and […]

By February 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
#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. […]

Columns

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

Indie ‘maverick’ writers setting the rules. The easiest way to stifle creativity –  just follow the rules. In actual fact, the title of this article should be, “You’re promoting your book using social media? What the hell? Let’s have no more of that nonsense, plus you’re doing it all wrong” followed by a strongly worded […]

Concord’s Comely Champion

Concord’s Comely Champion

    A blunder that must promptly and completely cease Is waging war instead of peace! As hatred takes a mounting toll Is amity not a better goal? Breathe there people with souls so dead That never once have thought and said “If there is but the slimmest chance, Must we not for concord take […]

By February 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Love as You Imagine

Love as You Imagine

    How come it’s never like you imagine? You imagine waterfalls and walks on the beach. You imagine milkshakes and banana splits, and then you get a suffering prickly bush.   How come when it rains the buckets opens up? You imagine singing and dancing with an umbrella. You imagine skipping around the puddles, […]

By February 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Frenzy, Females, and Freedom of Expression, Part 3 of 3

Frenzy, Females, and Freedom of Expression, Part 3 of 3

  “Of all the religions in the world, perhaps the religion of liberty is the only faith capable of purity.” Tiffany Madison thebilzerianreport.com “The champions of Enlightenment ideals have a multifaceted challenge. First, they must recommit to these ideals and resume working for their implementation to the benefit of every member of society. Second, they […]

By February 13, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Writer Julian Gallo Explores Creative Posterity, Doubts and Second Chances in New Novel Rhombus Denied

Writer Julian Gallo Explores Creative Posterity, Doubts and Second Chances in New Novel Rhombus Denied

  “All creative people, at some point in their lives, dream of stardom, fame, importance, what have you. Then you get on the path and pursue your dream and little by little the reality of what it actually is slowly begins to sink in – and it’s absolutely nothing like you imagined it to be. […]

By February 7, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

Short Stories

#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 […]

By February 7, 2015 Read More →
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 […]

“Love Wears A White Stetson”

“Love Wears A White Stetson”

Here we are, getting prepared to jump head first into 2015. The promise of new beginnings has an allure that few of us can resist. For many of us, the last few years have held too much pain and many sorrows. There is always the dream that maybe…just maybe…dreams do come true. A new year […]

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 […]

Write Here, Write Now!

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

    March 3, 2015   Dr. Sid Credle Hampton University Hampton, Virginia  23668   Sean Crane Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer The Fresh Market 628 Green Valley Road Suite 500 Greensboro, NC 27408         Re:  Historically Professional Looks   Dear Messrs. Credle and Crane,   As an African American woman with very sensitive skin, […]

Film Review: “Horns”

Film Review: “Horns”

 “LOVE HURTS LIKE HELL” The film “Horns” tells the story of a young man named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) who is accused of murdering his girlfriend (Juno Temple). Ig is furious and frustrated when he tries to prove his innocence. One morning he wakes up with what appear to be devil’s horns growing out of his […]

By February 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Film Review: “Today’s Special”

Film Review: “Today’s Special”

“Life Has No Recipe.” TODAY’S SPECIAL starts with a chef, who is looking for his life. This comedy is inspired by Aasif Mandvi’s Obie Award winning play “Sakina’s Restaurant.” It is a culinary delight about the chef Samir, (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart). Where Samir begins his journey, wanting to be a […]

Blaze of Glory: A Tribute to the Heroism of Muath al-Kasasbeh

Blaze of Glory: A Tribute to the Heroism of Muath al-Kasasbeh

www.excelsior.com All people of goodwill and humane outlook must stand in solidarity with the Government of Jordan and the Jordanian people. The viciousness of ISIL must not be allowed to distract all civilized nations and people from the utter bankruptcy of their ideology and the flagrant barbarity of their methods. These monsters in human guise must […]

By February 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Film Review: “Mental”

Film Review: “Mental”

The movie “Mental” is a cross between “The Sound of Music” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” It may not be everyone’s sort of humor but it is extremely funny. The mother of the family is losing her grip on reality. It’s more she has lost all confidence in herself. Her worthless politically ambitious […]

“She Blew My Mind”

“She Blew My Mind”

Today is the last day to download the award winning, independently published SEPTEMBER ENDS for only 99c, or free with Kindle Unlimited. Look at this… *Best Independently Published Romance of the Year Award, eFestival of Words, August 2014. *AMAZON # 1 Best Seller – World Literature, British Poetry, Contemporary Poetry & Artistic Erotica *Goodreads Book […]

2015 Oscars I Want To Win

2015 Oscars I Want To Win

2015 Oscars I Want To Win Boyhood Best Picture “American Sniper” “Birdman” “Boyhood” WANT TO WIN “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “The Imitation Game” “Selma” “The Theory of Everything” “Whiplash” ***** Benedict Cumberbatch Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” WANT TO WIN Michael Keaton, “Birdman” […]

Leading Lady COURTNEY TARPLEY Pop Princess at Vinyl|CenterStage #Atlanta

Leading Lady COURTNEY TARPLEY Pop Princess at Vinyl|CenterStage #Atlanta

Finding inspiration from a variety of places, Courtney Tarpley is a singer/songwriter whose voice has been compared to the powerhouse styles of Celine Dion and the smooth, jazzy sound of Etta James. She fell in love with singing on stage at the age of two.  Her passion for singing continued to grow by participating in […]

Disease of Deceit

Disease of Deceit

  The whole world is struggling tonight From the disease of deceit. Lots of people are suffering tonight From the disease of deceit. It comes right through the airwaves, straight into the home Smashes through all defenses and leaves nobody alone. No part of this plague is easy to beat. The disease of deceit There […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Film View: “The Last Time I Saw Richard”

Film View: “The Last Time I Saw Richard”

“In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide […]

Film View: “The Landing”

Film View: “The Landing”

“A man returns to the Midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960.” A description of the film “The Landing.” My response to the film created the following thoughts and questions. People cannot accept difference to such a degree that […]

Slow Motion

Slow Motion

I mistrust moving objects And the elastic habit of Time in those micromoments of fear and Impending death And my own Velocity – always hesitant Pushed back by thirty years of One voice and the pressure waves Of No Take your pick of reasons But I want you to know The swirling cascade of all […]

By January 10, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Admission of Impotence

Admission of Impotence

www.cotemaison.fr Once again fanatical followers of Islam have murdered while shouting: Allahu Akbar, literally God is great. This time the atrocity happened in Paris, France, and the attack was directed at editors and cartoonists for the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. By perpetrating this viciousness, the people involved and the movement in which they swarm, […]

Film View: “Lila”

Film View: “Lila”

Music No Speaking. She draws her world the way she sees it or wants it to be.  The certainty of reality is confounding. No one’s imagination should be called into question when determining reality sometimes i feel realityis what we believe it to be the young woman has the touch of magic and with her […]

Let Americans be Americans Again!

Let Americans be Americans Again!

lisazlandis.wikispaces.com   Let Americans be Americans again. Let them dream once more the dream that made us see. Let true patriots arise and renew America’s claim To being the home of the brave and the land of the free Let Americans recall the Framers’ aims— Let them build that bountiful land we swear to love […]

Film View: “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Film View: “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Cosmic Flower Unfolding HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD!!! love  Jennifer

VERNON FULLER – What Will You Do? .@FretJazz

VERNON FULLER – What Will You Do? .@FretJazz

Vernon Fuller started out playing guitar and singing vocals with reggae and funk bands in London, playing upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. Vernon has also played at Birmingham Jazz Festival with the Bean Machine.  Since moving to the Northwest in the UK, he has played regularly in several bands; Afro Blue, Twin Frets, So What […]

Call to Congress

Call to Congress

  hugelol.com America needs a Congress that can transcend partisanship and govern responsibly for the common good. While this has rarely been the case previously, in only a few times in our history has it been more sorely needed. Thus, I sent this appeal to the Senators from PA and the Representative of my district. […]

By December 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Across the Street from the Christmas Tree

Across the Street from the Christmas Tree

      The rain came down for days. The river flooded the entire park. All that was summer and fun, Went mucked under water with mud. We watched a mobile home float, Away with a half open blue cooler, A dumpster, canoes, coffee tins, A Big Wheel, and broken styrofoam. Yet, just days before […]

By December 22, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Holiday Romance and Magic from .@ElodieParkes NSFW 18+ Excerpts

Holiday Romance and Magic from .@ElodieParkes NSFW 18+ Excerpts

Today let’s welcome romance author Elodie Parkes to expats. Elodie is a very prolific erotic romance writer. She has two new stories available for the festive season, A FAIRY TALE ROMANCE and CANDLE MAGIC. Let’s hear more from Elodie, in her own words. Thank you for inviting me to your blog today with my new […]

Film View: Mike Nichols R.I.P. 1931 – 2014

Film View: Mike Nichols R.I.P. 1931 – 2014

“…Mike Nichols was always a filmmaker that kept surprising me. I never had him figured out. There was always a fascinating development or a piece of information about his life that was waiting to be discovered…” Full article: blogs.indiewire.com/pressplay/watch-for-mike-nichols-1931-2014-a-video-essay-20141123

By December 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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.  I was overcome by 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 3 Comments Read More →
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 2 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 4 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 […]

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