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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 […]

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 […]

Creative

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 […]

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 […]

Poem “Depression Passing [The Open Windows]“

Poem “Depression Passing [The Open Windows]“

“For that fine madness still he did retain, Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.” ~Michael Drayton~ (1563-1631) “Depression passing [the open windows] ” By Madison Taylor 17th March 2009 Depression I have forgotten the feeling It has been silent so long For me time’s length Is unmeasurable It could be a moment One hour […]

I say, We Need a Revolution

I say, We Need a Revolution

    rt.com   Following the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy by a Ferguson, MO police officer on Saturday 9 August 2014, authorities have chosen an approach that seems designed to provoke anger among the African-American community. It is conceivable they hoped a riotous response would divert attention from the excessive force used against […]

For Robin Williams – RIP

For Robin Williams – RIP

www.tumblr.com After the cheers, and apart from the fame, After the appearances, and beyond the acclaim, After the torrent, then, the rainbow appears, For living is a challenge that often endears. After the darkness, the light shines forth, Bidding adieu to despair and revealing true worth, After all of the sorrows and amidst all of […]

Politics

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 […]

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Resolving Conflicting Reports on Israel and Gaza

Resolving Conflicting Reports on Israel and Gaza

  After several obsessive weeks of helplessly absorbing news from an array of confounding perspectives about the Israel-Gaza conflict, this admittedly overpriveleged and far-removed US citizen camae to an ultimately exasperated conclusion… Respectfully, fuck both sides of aggression. Also, fuck the current US government – or govercorp inc. – and American corporate media. However, after […]

Dishonorable Members

Dishonorable Members

King’s fair mindedness can be assessed by his assertion to the House of Representatives that undocumented immigration is “a slow-rolling, slow-motion terrorist attack on the United States.”           crooksandliars.com On 1 August 2014, several Republicans in the House of Representatives brought themselves and their chamber into disrepute. They abandoned all pretentions […]

“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, […]

Entertainment

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Columns

Officer Involved

Officer Involved

www.myfoxorlando.com 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 […]

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 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Maelstrom in Missouri

Maelstrom in Missouri

https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/photos/a.517901514969574.1073741825.346937065399354/685955828164141/?type=1&theater “I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished […]

I say, We Need a Revolution

I say, We Need a Revolution

    rt.com   Following the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy by a Ferguson, MO police officer on Saturday 9 August 2014, authorities have chosen an approach that seems designed to provoke anger among the African-American community. It is conceivable they hoped a riotous response would divert attention from the excessive force used against […]

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 […]

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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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Film Review: “Hands of Bresson” A Short Film

Film Review: “Hands of Bresson” A Short Film

A look at hands in films. They are so different one pair to the next. When focusing on one item we often forget to notice others more fully. But in Hands of Besson the Hands tell the story, positive or negative, black and white and in color. In this collection of running images from scenes […]

Film View: Lauren Bacall Was & Is a Gift of Beauty, Brilliance, Truth & Love

Film View: Lauren Bacall Was & Is a Gift of Beauty, Brilliance, Truth & Love

This is an outline story of Lauren Bacall’s life. I hope presented in an unique & intriguing way. She lived the fullest of lives. I’ve known her since I first was able to watch TV & to see her movies especially the early ones with Humphrey Bogart. I love everything thing I have seen Lauren […]

Video Essay Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

Video Essay Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

I am sharing wit my blog the secret keeper with the fast breaking news. Lauren Bacall has been added to the too long list of those wonderful actors & entertainers who have given us hope in our own life and now passed into a new realm. Here is a video as a Tribute for Robin […]

Robin Williams on Graham Norton Show

Robin Williams on Graham Norton Show

A Special Treat I Posted on the secret keeper today & I wanted to share with Expats Post Viewers with Love Robin Williams on Graham Norton Show Post by Jennifer Kiley Post Tuesday 12th August 2014   In Memory of Robin Williams     Graham Norton’s show is always hysterical, so I am fully expecting […]

Oliver is driven to stop crime without killing criminals in CW’s Arrow.

Oliver is driven to stop crime without killing criminals in CW’s Arrow.

  The more I watch Arrow, the more I am convinced why actor Stephen Amell is Anne Rice’s bet to play the legendary vampire Lestat of Interview with the Vampire. If you look closely, he has a little bit of that Lestat thingy. Just lose those pounds, let him grow his hair long and then […]

Film Review “How To Do Visual Comedy” Short Film [R.I.P. Robin Williams]

Film Review “How To Do Visual Comedy” Short Film [R.I.P. Robin Williams]

Comedies in the states are mostly skits with people talking. The originality is too lazy with few exceptions. Watch this Short Film & see which direction your comedy sense of humor goes. I have always preferred British Humor over most American humor. It’s funnier. I laugh harder. Edgar Wright is one of the comedy geniuses […]

Stargroves: Unique, Melodic and Original Songs

Stargroves: Unique, Melodic and Original Songs

  Have you ever felt that moment when you listen to a song and you know that it’s going the right way because you hear it in the notes, chords and beats? That is what I felt when I heard Little Island and Mechanically Round by the band called Stargroves. pushed me research about the […]

Must Hear: Irish Singer/Songwriter Rachael McCormack

Must Hear: Irish Singer/Songwriter Rachael McCormack

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO(EVERYTIME) FROM IRISH SONGSTRESS RACHAEL MCCORMACK TAKEN FROM HER DEBUT ALBUM :THIS IS MY IDENTITY AVAILABLE ON ITUNES JUNE 22 2013. DIRECTED BY AIDAN FARRELLY (BADAPPLEFILMS.CO.UK) Rachael McCormack started out performing with Dublin’s local artists for years. I remember an essay she wrote a few years ago about  how she loves her city […]

SPILT MILK by D.K. Cassidy #SummerMustReads

SPILT MILK by D.K. Cassidy #SummerMustReads

Looking for a short read? One which will make you laugh and cry? Sigh and remember? Look no further because I have just the book for you. SPILT MILK: A Collection of Stories by D.K. Cassidy is one of those lovely little books that you cannot put down. It is perfect to read on the […]

Film Review “Reflection” A Short Film

Film Review “Reflection” A Short Film

A meal is supposed to be comforting but it’s not meant to lead you from a comfort zone into a confusing situation that is confounding as well as WTF is happening. STOP!!! Don’t want to reveal even cryptically at what happens in the scary Ut-OH!!! kind of moments our couple find themselves. Watch with caution. […]

Update 8/4/2014: Layne Greene Debut Album Recording Sessions.

Update 8/4/2014: Layne Greene Debut Album Recording Sessions.

  It is like a cyber party prior to the release of the much anticipated album of Canadian singer/songwriter Layne Greene. I say cyber party because I could not make it to New Glasgow Nova Scotia. So I am just getting updates directly from him time and time again. The album is backed by long-time […]

October Project Covered: the songs of Emil Adler and Julie Flanders

October Project Covered: the songs of Emil Adler and Julie Flanders

I am currently listening to October Project Covered ( the songs of Julie Flanders and Emil Adler). I know in my heart that without the voice of Mary Fahl the group will always be missing an integral part in shaping the unique sound that is October Project and that is true with Covered. The album […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Canadian singer/songwriter Layne Greene to release a debut album.

Canadian singer/songwriter Layne Greene to release a debut album.

After several EPs and songs recorded with fellow artists, Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Layne Greene is stepping out of the amateur indie status to pursue a serious musical career. The debut album is in the works and it involves several talents. It also be crafted by the expert hands of singer/songwriter/producer Dale Murray. For this project, […]

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