Editor's Pick

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

“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 1 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 3 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 →

Politics

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 5 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 →
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 […]

Entertainment

Mary Fahl : LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE (Double CD)

Mary Fahl : LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE (Double CD)

  Mary Stretches Out Her Music with LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE   I guess it is ok to say by now that Mary Fahl has created her own musical style outside the band she joined and left more than two decades ago. Has it been that long? Time has made her bloomed […]

By September 22, 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 1 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 →

Columns

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 3 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 →
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 5 Comments Read More →
The Maniacal Echo Box

The Maniacal Echo Box

Do you remember when our only sources of information were written on paper, or came from the nightly news that you would watch when you got off from work? It was a time when reporters considered their work a profession and they had ethical standards about reporting the truth. The news came on the radio […]

By September 14, 2014 11 Comments Read More →

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!

Ten-Day Village Building Convergence Rocks Sebastopol

Ten-Day Village Building Convergence Rocks Sebastopol

Participants in the ambitious ten-day First Annual Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC) painted murals on streets in this small Northern California town and filled the Grange Hall, the Permaculture Skills Center, and other sites from September 12 to 21. On the final day, a colorful, active parade marched from the weekly farmers’ market in the […]

By September 22, 2014 0 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 2 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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