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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Creative

Dog Days of Summer #SummerMustReads

Dog Days of Summer #SummerMustReads

Would it really be summer without a hot romance? How about a hot summer read as one of your #SummerMustReads? Allow me to introduce you to Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala. Jeremiah is a bike shop owner with a heart. He served in the Marine Corp. during Desert Storm, where he suffered loss. […]

Everyone Has A Story

Everyone Has A Story

I’m riding the train ~ Listening unwillingly ~ To overheard slices of Other people’s lives ~ Hearing a painful Private conversation ~ Played out in the Only time he can make His collect phone call ~ I learn against my will ~ That ‘cause of him she’s Out six thousand bucks ~ And her ten […]

IF – Inclusive

IF – Inclusive

  www.brainyquote.com ================================================================================ This is among my favorite poems, but it was written in the nineteenth century and the language was not inclusive. Therefore, this magnificent message was treated as pertaining to males. A trifling few adjustments, however, make it obvious, IF is not applicable only to males. The message it conveys is pertinent to […]

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 […]

What’s Wrong With Being Indie

What’s Wrong With Being Indie

It seems that every time you read a review of an indie book publication, somewhere you will read it needs to be edited…or…could use correct punctuation…or…I didn’t like the ending. Why? First of all, when you find a mistake, PLEASE let us know so that it can be corrected, like immediately. When anyone writes, we […]

Politics

“Hate-Riots vs The Promise-Land”

“Hate-Riots vs The Promise-Land”

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Alexis de Tocqueville   https://www.facebook.com/dallasmorningnews   “Give us your tired and weak And we will make them strong Bring us your foreign songs And we will sing along” Precisely the opposite sentiment is demonstrated by […]

Opposite of Progress

Opposite of Progress

  A joking, anonymous quote, asks “If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?” As often happens, things said in jest convey a good deal of truth. The only problem is flippancy is not a guarantor of accuracy. Congress has institutional and procedural characteristics that make it susceptible to paralysis, […]

LOVE, HONOR & HOPE – A Benefit for US Veteran’s PTSD Foundation

LOVE, HONOR & HOPE – A Benefit for US Veteran’s PTSD Foundation

  Love, Honor, & Hope – A Benefit for the United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation Eight authors are joining forces to support one fantastic cause. Beginning June 24, 2014, Love, Honor, & Hope, an anthology of eight full-length novels, will be available for 30 days at the low price of $0.99. That’s right, just […]

Somewhere along the way

Somewhere along the way

As the Academy Award winning movie, Witness, moves toward the climatic confrontation, John Book [Harrison Ford] calls his former mentor: “Chief Paul Schaeffer: Calling me at home. I can’t trace the call. That’s smart, John, very smart. John Book: Lost the meaning, did you, Paul? Chief Paul Schaeffer: What? John Book: Isn’t that what you […]

Cliven Bundy’s Historic and Strategic Racism

Cliven Bundy’s Historic and Strategic Racism

www.policemag.com The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed by the Forty-Fifth Congress on June 18, 1878. This came one year after the end of Reconstruction and was updated in 1981. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) […]

Entertainment

Dog Days of Summer #SummerMustReads

Dog Days of Summer #SummerMustReads

Would it really be summer without a hot romance? How about a hot summer read as one of your #SummerMustReads? Allow me to introduce you to Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala. Jeremiah is a bike shop owner with a heart. He served in the Marine Corp. during Desert Storm, where he suffered loss. […]

Who is Michael Pitluk?

Who is Michael Pitluk?

    Producer of pop/dance music and owner of Azafran Music,Michael Pitluk  is worth checking out. Hi there. How are you this week? I just recovered from flu and I am back to work. But blogging is my energizer. It is my battery that I think as long as I maintain it, it’s going to […]

Eve Williams: Postcards from Eden

Eve Williams: Postcards from Eden

Eve Williams has written a book about how to stay sane in the midst of diabetes,  rheumatoid arthritis and yes singing and writing songs!   I’ve known singer/songwriter Eve Williams for a year and now. In the course of that friendship, I have listened to many of her beautiful songs. With all the music reviews […]

Film Review: The Americanization of Emily

Film Review: The Americanization of Emily

This is my favorite film next to “The Sound of Music.” I was in love with Julie Andrews as a young kid and she brought James Garner into my house as a True Movie Star. This is also James Garner’s favorite film. I chose to review it to pay Tribute to a Great Actor and […]

The Strain: For those who are into the Science of Vampirism.

The Strain: For those who are into the Science of Vampirism.

I would have written three more TV shows in one post but then again I don’t want you to have difficulties swallowing and regurgitating the slab of bloody meat which is our TV show of the day, so I chose something which is on top of my list. Why is this on top of the […]

Columns

“Hate-Riots vs The Promise-Land”

“Hate-Riots vs The Promise-Land”

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Alexis de Tocqueville   https://www.facebook.com/dallasmorningnews   “Give us your tired and weak And we will make them strong Bring us your foreign songs And we will sing along” Precisely the opposite sentiment is demonstrated by […]

Everyone Has A Story

Everyone Has A Story

I’m riding the train ~ Listening unwillingly ~ To overheard slices of Other people’s lives ~ Hearing a painful Private conversation ~ Played out in the Only time he can make His collect phone call ~ I learn against my will ~ That ‘cause of him she’s Out six thousand bucks ~ And her ten […]

The Horrid Haters on Facebook

The Horrid Haters on Facebook

  www.facebook.com A very benevolent friend of mine is greatly troubled by what she characterizes as “the horrid haters on Facebook.”  These purveyors of ill will, hostility, and bigotry have taken much of the joy from her social media experience.  As she is a radiant being, her departure from this venue would be a loss […]

IF – Inclusive

IF – Inclusive

  www.brainyquote.com ================================================================================ This is among my favorite poems, but it was written in the nineteenth century and the language was not inclusive. Therefore, this magnificent message was treated as pertaining to males. A trifling few adjustments, however, make it obvious, IF is not applicable only to males. The message it conveys is pertinent to […]

Injudicious

Injudicious

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Benjamin Franklin                                                         cartoonblog.nbcnews.com “Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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!

Under the Dome has now reached the second season.

Under the Dome has now reached the second season.

For the past three years there is a rise of quality TV shows. And I am talking about those involving a story with characters-not reality shows. Sometimes real life can be strange and horrifying. Television takes us away from that reality into a world where we have control. Yes we see vampires, zombies and aliens […]

Neil Young’s Pono player is launching this October.

Neil Young’s Pono player is launching this October.

FLAC files have six times the density of MP3s and that is why they sound clearer and thicker. But they are also huge files to carry. It seems that the advent of digital downloads gave rise to quantity over quality when it comes to music appreciation. Yes you can buy a good album via iTunes […]

My Tribute To Elaine Stritch

My Tribute To Elaine Stritch

  My Tribute to Elaine Stritch Created Saturday 19th July 2014 ELAINE STRITCH February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014. Age 89. An Actress. A Singer. A Broadway Star. A Five Time Tony Nominee & Tony Award Winner. [One Woman Show: Elaine Stritch At Liberty] A Three Time Emmy Award Winner. [Elaine Stritch At Liberty, […]

Arise My Sisters!

Arise My Sisters!

    I make no presumption, but I cannot be silent in the face of evident foolishness, duplicity, and apparent betrayal.   “Buzzfeed recently featured women holding signs that explain why they don’t need feminism.   Some of the reasons these women stated they don’t need feminism: – They are not victims. – They don’t […]

Confessions #SummerMustReads #NSFW

Confessions #SummerMustReads #NSFW

Confessions of a Sex Addict is now available on Amazon for only 99c.  #1 Amazon Best Seller in three categories for Artistic Erotica Four sexy stories of love, magic, surprises and secret trysts by four hot writers Jinni James, Elodie Parkes, Electra von Drego and Hunter S. Jones. What’s your secret? One hot summer, four […]

O’er Maracanã Field

O’er Maracanã Field

https://www.facebook.com/ArgentinaMuntasir O’re Maracanã Field the breezes blow Through the seats all empty row by row, They stir the pitch where in their prime The lads, bravely sought with speed and skill To achieve their nation’s dream this time We are the young. One day ago We ran, we passed, and we strove to flow, Crowds […]

Film Review: “11 Paper Place” A Short Film

Film Review: “11 Paper Place” A Short Film

It fascinates me how creative material, even though animated, will cause the awakening of emotions on the full spectrum. And in the short time of watching “11 Paper Place” I cared for the animated objects and felt what they were probably feeling. Don’t want to give away any SPOILERS so I will just say, “11 […]

Tech Satire: Silicon Valley (TV series)

Tech Satire: Silicon Valley (TV series)

Now that season 1 of Silicon Valley has ended, fans of the show are crossing their fingers, hoping that season 2 will be soon. I admit I heard about the show but did not pay attention because I was hooked on other shows like Continuum and Crisis. But then there is something about the story arch that […]

Haiku & Collage – “Tenderness”

Haiku & Collage – “Tenderness”

Posted Originally on ‘the secret keeper’ on 27th March 2013 Edited for Expats Post 1st Haiku Written 20th June 2014 for this Post Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley (Lyrics) “You know those little moments when an unexpected act or a spoken word affects your heart with sweet, satiating intensity – a simple gesture that […]

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 […]

Koryan Daniel Csernei:Earthling

Koryan Daniel Csernei:Earthling

  Humanity is the theme of Earthling by  Koryan Daniel Csernei It seems that the rain brings out the best(or worse) in us. I find myself writing more on a rainy day. I also find that artistic people tend to love the rain and are often productive during this period. I might be writing a series of […]

We Are American Girls! An Ode to Independence

We Are American Girls! An Ode to Independence

  www.tropicalbeachfashions.com We fell in together at a parking lot Sat on a car and talked and thought We spoke of our dreams and how we would make them all Come true one day, even if on the way, we had to rise after a fall We don’t need men or mommies getting in our […]

My Mother is a Milky Way

My Mother is a Milky Way

  My Mother is a Milky Way. A galaxy with a billion luminous stars swirling brilliantly around her heart. My father’s rocket has explored only one one-hundredth of her world. Like a rose her petals are deep and generous. She is magnificently fragrant and more profound than love. A flock of little birds rejoice whenever […]

Change Your Thoughts

Change Your Thoughts

Like George Carlin, a personal favorite, I have a list, but mine is made up of dirty words of a different kind: fear, hate, worry, problem and trouble. These are words I have done my conscious best to remove from my vocabulary and here’s why. There’s a popular saying, with which I concur, “You are […]

Ice Cream Castles in the Air: The Amazing Voice of Irish Singer Mark Power.

Ice Cream Castles in the Air: The Amazing Voice of Irish Singer Mark Power.

 A studio album is in the works. The human voice is a fascinating instrument. It has the power to make you laugh or cry. It forces the listener to feel despair or the depth of human suffering. But the voice is also a prayer that rises to heaven, invoking something divine in all of us.  After decades […]

ATTENTION MUSICIANS! Indie Scene Radio

ATTENTION MUSICIANS! Indie Scene Radio

MARATHON Indie Scene Radio was launched on July 2nd, 2013 to introduce and promote independent music artists from all over the world. It gives a global voice to those who would normally be overlooked and ignored by the mainstream industry. The station is doing a special 18 hour broadcast to celebrate the completion of their […]

Film Review: “The Trumbull Effect” – A Short Film

Film Review: “The Trumbull Effect” – A Short Film

Posting on ‘the secret keeper’ on the 4th of July 2014 “The Trumbull Effect”  A Short Film Tribute by Jon van der Horst Tribute to one of the biggest special/visual effects gurus of our time: Douglas Trumbull. This should be presented not just as a Tribute to Douglas Trumbull but to a collection of the […]

Cornwall’s Own Amazing Musical Family: The Astons

Cornwall’s Own Amazing Musical Family: The Astons

I was not able to catch the Sue Aston concert via Google hangout live due to time differences. In Cornwall, 10 pm is around 4am in the Philippines. But thanks to the recorded video I was able to catch up via youtube. As always the performance was hypnotic and fun. For the past 30 minutes, […]

Love letter to electrominds: Aura by MY.COSMO

Love letter to electrominds: Aura by MY.COSMO

http://mycosmo.bandcamp.com/album/aura-ep German electronic composer Sascha Simnovec released an EP in the midst of summer hopefully not triggering another sun spot. This delightful track retains the classic experimental sound of his previous recordings while incorporating a symphonic stretch that will leave you staring at the ceiling for longer periods than previously expected. Hypnotic and superbly atmospheric, […]

Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse heads Canadian-rooted alternative indie-pop band Komox.

Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse heads Canadian-rooted alternative indie-pop band Komox.

  It’s been ten years that Bryce Soderberg played bass for the best-selling alternative rock group Lifehouse. I admit I am a big fan of the band and I have all of their albums. The only sad thing is that I’ve never been to any of their concerts in the Philippines when they were here… […]

WILD FIRE #SummerMustReads & Surprise Reveal

WILD FIRE #SummerMustReads & Surprise Reveal

Are you looking for a beach read? Something paranormal? Heavier on the romantic than the erotic? Then, I have just the book for you. You will want to read WILD FIRE by PM Briede. This is one of those #SummerMustReads that you will place on your Kindle and never wish to erase. Yeah, it’s that […]

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