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Her Beloved Ukraine

Her Beloved Ukraine

  I can see her standing over the stove, stirring a pot of her homemade soup. She stood about 5’4” and wore colorfully printed dresses, invariably covered with a heavy white cotton apron. Elastic stockings that looked like Ace bandages were rolled tightly just above the knees; her feet held sturdy by thick-soled black shoes […]

Lessons and Sorrow: Mudslide in Washington

Lessons and Sorrow: Mudslide in Washington

It is fair to say that most of the country has been grieving over the mudslide that hit in the state of Washington. The tragedy of this is almost unspeakable. People were ripped away from the living without warning, and rescue efforts, while valiant, have been severely hampered by the density of the quicksand-like mud. This […]

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. […]

Mothers in White Demand Justice for Slain Teenager Andy Lopez

Mothers in White Demand Justice for Slain Teenager Andy Lopez

  (Santa Rosa, California) Christmas Eve is when many families gather to celebrate and exchange gifts. But what would you do when a beloved child of your immediate or extended family had been killed two months before? This Christmas Eve a committee of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez met to plan a peaceful, dignified […]

By December 29, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
An Indiegogo Campaign For New Children’s Book: Lighting Up The World

An Indiegogo Campaign For New Children’s Book: Lighting Up The World

In later years, one of the most enduring childhood memories is snuggling into bed and waiting, not so patiently sometimes, for a mother or father to come in and read a bedtime story. When the parent arrived, each child knew the book they wanted their parents to read, instantly. And it made no difference if […]

By November 12, 2013 7 Comments Read More →

Creative

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 […]

A Second Chance – 25 Years Later

A Second Chance – 25 Years Later

  A “Second Chance,” after 25 years of absence and silence, was recently offered Shepherd by Assumpta. Her email arrived from Europe to his farm. We met in Barcelona in l988 and have had no contact during the last quarter of a century. I answered her email within 15 minutes of its sending, without thinking, […]

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Some people are satisfied with swimming in their own backyard with a comfy and reliable pool heat pump and a cocktail in hand. Others are ready to fork out the big dollars for an off-beat swimming experience in an exotic location. Here are seven swimming experiences that water lovers all over the world would swim the English […]

Her Beloved Ukraine

Her Beloved Ukraine

  I can see her standing over the stove, stirring a pot of her homemade soup. She stood about 5’4” and wore colorfully printed dresses, invariably covered with a heavy white cotton apron. Elastic stockings that looked like Ace bandages were rolled tightly just above the knees; her feet held sturdy by thick-soled black shoes […]

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Original Ann States Prints Donated From Archive Of Artist To ARA2014 Kickstarter The photographer famous for the back cover to The B-52′s Rock Lobster single has generously donated original prints (prints made at the time) to the Art Rocks Athens Kickstarter. These three gems include a portrait of band Oh-OK, Keith Strickland of The B-52′s […]

Politics

Are the Bundy Ranch Supporters Terrorists?

Are the Bundy Ranch Supporters Terrorists?

  Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) found themselves withdrawing from federal lands in Nevada after an ad hoc militia started setting-up snipers and threatened to kill federal employees to support anti-American rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight to keep the BLM from seizing his cattle due to illegal grazing and $1 million in unpaid […]

Ray Gun Republicans

Ray Gun Republicans

cheezburger.com Although they are largely posturing in this as in so much else, 21st century Republicans profess to be the heirs of Ronald Reagan. In their fables and folklore, the Reagan Years were halcyon times characterized by peace, prosperity, and joy. Like most recollections of times past these are inaccurate to the point of caricature. […]

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

“You don’t need to be a Christian to know the difference between right and wrong.” The above line popped into my head last night after reading yet another article on politics. UK Prime Minister David Cameron was bleating on about how he was ‘evangelical about his faith’ in yet another desperate bid to hang onto […]

Radical Right-wing Incites Ranch Violence

Radical Right-wing Incites Ranch Violence

  Over the course of the last couple weeks, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has become a cause célèbre for the radical right-wing media and militias. The Bundy Ranch dispute with goes back to 1993 when Bundy claimed he “fired the BLM” because the federal lands his cattle […]

Phoney Patriots and False Prophets

Phoney Patriots and False Prophets

themoderatevoice.com In contemporary America, a diverse, mostly liberal, largely rationalist political party is vehemently opposed by a highly uniform, purportedly hyper-patriotic, militantly Christian party. This is a novel situation in America which has had competing political parties that shared a powerful consensus on proper political principles, priorities and processes. At least one scholar of American […]

Entertainment

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Some people are satisfied with swimming in their own backyard with a comfy and reliable pool heat pump and a cocktail in hand. Others are ready to fork out the big dollars for an off-beat swimming experience in an exotic location. Here are seven swimming experiences that water lovers all over the world would swim the English […]

“Prospect” – A Short Film

“Prospect” – A Short Film

“Prospect” – A Short Film Science Fiction WARNING: VIOLENCE Have you ever walked through a woods? Have you ever walked through a woods alone? I loved “my woods” when I was a kid. It was pretty extensive with surprises on every visit, during my regular escape. Running away to the woods was safe. Staying where […]

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Original Ann States Prints Donated From Archive Of Artist To ARA2014 Kickstarter The photographer famous for the back cover to The B-52′s Rock Lobster single has generously donated original prints (prints made at the time) to the Art Rocks Athens Kickstarter. These three gems include a portrait of band Oh-OK, Keith Strickland of The B-52′s […]

THE SCARY, Improvised Stephen King

THE SCARY, Improvised Stephen King

  THE SCARY, IMPROVISED STEPHEN KING, AT THE PRODUCERS CLUB IRTE Announces its 2014 Season of Improvised Comedies Beginning with The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, is BACK with its third season of improvised shows. After another highly successful season of full houses, stand-out fest appearances and glowing praise, the NYC-based ensemble of comedy actors and […]

Film Review: “Wuthering Heights” [1939]

Film Review: “Wuthering Heights” [1939]

“Wuthering Heights” Adapted to the Screen from the Novel Written by Emily Bronte “Do Not Leave Me Here In This Dark Alone” Lovers Last Scene – Wuthering Heights [1939] For anyone who has felt the passions of love only to lose them through an unexpected death at an age far too young to have really […]

Columns

Ray Gun Republicans

Ray Gun Republicans

cheezburger.com Although they are largely posturing in this as in so much else, 21st century Republicans profess to be the heirs of Ronald Reagan. In their fables and folklore, the Reagan Years were halcyon times characterized by peace, prosperity, and joy. Like most recollections of times past these are inaccurate to the point of caricature. […]

Her Beloved Ukraine

Her Beloved Ukraine

  I can see her standing over the stove, stirring a pot of her homemade soup. She stood about 5’4” and wore colorfully printed dresses, invariably covered with a heavy white cotton apron. Elastic stockings that looked like Ace bandages were rolled tightly just above the knees; her feet held sturdy by thick-soled black shoes […]

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

“You don’t need to be a Christian to know the difference between right and wrong.” The above line popped into my head last night after reading yet another article on politics. UK Prime Minister David Cameron was bleating on about how he was ‘evangelical about his faith’ in yet another desperate bid to hang onto […]

Radical Right-wing Incites Ranch Violence

Radical Right-wing Incites Ranch Violence

  Over the course of the last couple weeks, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has become a cause célèbre for the radical right-wing media and militias. The Bundy Ranch dispute with goes back to 1993 when Bundy claimed he “fired the BLM” because the federal lands his cattle […]

Bohemia After Dark: Artist Piera Gemelli

Bohemia After Dark: Artist Piera Gemelli

I’ve always said that the best thing about social media was its ability to open the world up to amazing, talented artists from across the globe in a way that would have been impossible twenty-five years ago. Then, you had to either have already been a well established artist or at the very least have […]

Short Stories

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 8 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 14 Comments Read More →
Angels in Waiting

Angels in Waiting

Samantha was four years old with long dark hair and big dark eyes. Her pale skin flushed with the slightest hint of soft pink like the peonies in her mother’s flower garden and when she slept her long dark lashes gently brushed the cherubic curve of her small cheek. Sabrina had a hard time pulling […]

Write Here, Write Now!

“The Dark Cave Between My Ribs” by Loren Kleinman plus An Interview With The Author

“The Dark Cave Between My Ribs” by Loren Kleinman plus An Interview With The Author

Poetry – for me – has always been a very different beast from fiction. With fiction, particularly novels, you have a lot of space to breathe, a lot of room to meander a little if you want to, indulge, stretch. Poetry is a more concise art, where one could say in just a few lines […]

“Hurricane: A Collection of Poems” by Dean Walker plus An Interview With The Author

“Hurricane: A Collection of Poems” by Dean Walker plus An Interview With The Author

It’s been a long while since I’ve read any poetry so it was with great interest (and pleasure) that I happened to read poet/activist Dean Walker’s debut poetry collection Hurricane: A Collection of Poems. According to the author, these poems were written over the course of dealing with his divorce so many of the poems […]

“Dark Noir” — A Short Film

“Dark Noir” — A Short Film

“Dark Noir” is an animated short film. Fictional. A dark story about a thief. One who steals priceless possessions of the intangible kind. Technically, not completely intangible. A detective of mysterious qualities takes on the case of an artist who claims someone has stolen something of his that was priceless beyond money. You need to […]

Award Winning Country Pop Artist, Eileen Carey Releases 4th Album “Let It Go”

Award Winning Country Pop Artist, Eileen Carey Releases 4th Album “Let It Go”

For over three decades, Country Sweetheart Eileen Carey has continued to make a splash in her local entertainment community; this year she is headed to Nashville! Her latest single “Let It Go,” has received an early nomination for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, and has captured the attention of radio personalities, music executives, DNT […]

Film Review: “Saving Mr. Banks”

Film Review: “Saving Mr. Banks”

The opening takes us across the blue sky, Mary Poppins tune being played over piano keys. Drifting in from above, we descend upon Palm Trees, thinking we might be in Hollywood. We are proven wrong. We are in Maryborough, Australia in 1906. The place where P.L. Travers spent part of her childhood. The opening words […]

Redefined

Redefined

Swimming to create distance And find a contrasting hue Or maybe one that has Nothing to do with you at all I had a voice, and it breathed In the moment all those moments Ago, and then And then the moment came that I could never leave I hear him speak With pointed passion and […]

By March 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ReMoved – A Short Film

ReMoved – A Short Film

ReMoved is a touching story told in the form of a short film. Please continue to read a brief take by me analyzing my response to ReMoved. The film ReMoved revolves around Zoe, brilliantly portrayed by Abby White, about a young girl struggling with her world being taken away [ReMoved]. She is placed in the […]

Primal Thoughts

Primal Thoughts

I know we’re meant To take the journey ~ For the journey’s Sake alone ~ So is it weakness that I yearn to get ~ some Recognition or applause ~ For what I’ve wrought ~ And why should I care ~ I am no Leader of society ~ No one is hanging On my words […]

Or Face the Consequences

Or Face the Consequences

Once you destroy a thing You cannot undestroy it ~ Virginity cannot be given back ~ And there is only one first time For anything ~ I cannot comprehend ~ Rushing toward one’s Own destruction ~ As if toward some goal Devoutly sought ~ Are we in Storybrooke now ~ Or have we stepped through […]

Chad Paquet: Second Chances

Chad Paquet: Second Chances

    Accident isn’t the end of everything. Not when you know you can do many things. When Vancouver native Chad Paquet broke his back after a skateboard accident, life took a different turn. For others this could mean an end of a career due to the limitations set by rehabilitation and medication. But when […]

After Trayvon – A Short Film

After Trayvon – A Short Film

After Trayvon A Short Film WATCH  &  LISTEN.  THINK  THEN  REACT.  THIS NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT. IT  NEEDS  TO  BE  TAUGHT  IN  SCHOOLS.  TOLERANCE.  A  NEED  FOR ANGER MANAGEMENT.  FIRST  REACTION  IS  NOT  TO  KILL. THE YOUNG BLACK MAN IS  NOT  A  DANGER TO YOU.  THERE  ARE  DANGERS  BUT IT ISN’T FROM THE YOUNG  […]

Creating a Spark: Singer, Songwriter and Musician Vieem!

Creating a Spark: Singer, Songwriter and Musician Vieem!

Here is a new singer that has a strong soulful voice. Her name is Vieem. Great material backs her talent. The songs are beautifully crafted. These are not your typical ‘oh yeah baby baby love me’ kind of songs. Rather, they celebrate inner strengths and the questions about ones existence. Her profile bio states that […]

Diggin Daru Jones

Diggin Daru Jones

  Daru Jones is one of the most respected drummers of his generation. Born in Michigan to two professional musicians, he began playing the drums at the age of four. Though he got his start in the church, Jones has been influenced by musicians from a wide range of genres. These eclectic musical tastes have carried […]

Best Oscar Prediction Winners for 2014

Best Oscar Prediction Winners for 2014

The ACADEMY AWARDS Have Been Given Out for 2014 [two-zero-one-four]. WINNERS Have Been CHOSEN. It Really Is Okay To WIN. It’s An HONOR To Be CHOSEN By Your PEERS In The FIELD of WORK You Have Chosen. ALL the NOMINEES Were Amazing. Deep Down Even Though I Chose SIX [6] of the Top EIGHT [8] […]

By February 28, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
The Sermon on the Mount … GOP-Style

The Sermon on the Mount … GOP-Style

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. A warning to the “makers”, to watch out for the “takers”, or they’ll steal heaven right out from over you. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Tell that one to the Native Americans who thought they were better […]

Exiles: The evil that is DOMA

Exiles: The evil that is DOMA

I have known singer composer Gavern Lyall prior to the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that drove them out of their home. I have grown fond of his humor and passion for music. At that time, he was putting up an album that combines ambient and world influences. It was supposed to have […]

By February 24, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Marijuana: Let’s Have a Dialogue

Marijuana: Let’s Have a Dialogue

  ” I do love to eavesdrop. It’s inspirational, not only for subject matter, but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.”~~~Lynda Barry My friend Jennifer Kiley and I have had many discussions about medical marijuana and about marijuana in general. I had written an article here about legalizing marijuana http://expatspost.com/hot-topics/medical-marijuana-just-legalize-it/. After that article was […]

By February 23, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Dancing on the Line

Dancing on the Line

Somewhere between madness and motherhood. That’s where I am. The Toddler and I have had quite the journey. Our pregnancy was horrific (I had instructions not to stray too far from the hospital, traveled three hours away every other month to visit high-risk pregnancy specialists, and ended up with a planned C-section “just in case”). […]

By February 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
First Look At Chris Carter’s New TV Series The After

First Look At Chris Carter’s New TV Series The After

The New TV Show by Chris Carter takes place in The X-Files Universe a decade later.   Just saw the premier of Chris Carter’s The After. This is a much anticipated return of Carter after he disappeared from the TV radar when they wrapped up The X-Files. That show changed the history of television forever. […]

By February 18, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
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