Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hand Me Downs: A Prairie Tale


Tamara and Manley have renovated this tiny prairie cottage seven miles south of the Canadian border in central North America.  Winter soon will take the leaves from the trees and lilac bushes and leave the slough in the background an icy flat wind blown surface.  Now is the most pleasant time of year here in North Dakota - cool nights and warm afternoons during which prairie folks harvest and prepare for the cold to come.


Monday, September 29, 2014

The Over Nighters: A Film About Boom Times in Rural America


North Dakota canola field surrounded by oil rigs

Director Jesse Moss talks to Salon about "The Overnighters," his haunting portrait of a fracking boomtown gone bust


"Many people have left Williston. Maybe that’s what makes Williston different than, let’s say Deadwood, is that there was a town here before, a town of 10,000 or 15,000 people with a very particular way of life. So that’s vanished. I think there’s a lot of mourning. Andrea, Jay’s wife, said that in the film. That desire to go back to the way it used to be. But for everyone who mourns that, there were 10 people who have come in. They don’t care. They just see, “Here’s a place where you find work. Here’s a place I’m going to build my life.” And if that displaces somebody, if there’s more traffic or more crime or what have you… That’s just progress, I don’t know."

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/27/the_roads_were_cracking_the_crime_rate_was_rising_what_
happens_when_fracking_takes_over_your_town/


reuters photo - a fracking site in North Dakota

A North Dakota Story - Winter in Boom Times


Sunday, September 28, 2014

MARS — A WOMAN'S PLACE

Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
Mighty Girl
This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet's orbit on Wednesday -- and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission's success.

The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women's rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?”

In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI's The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO's engineers are female.

This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is "why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve."

To read Chatterjee's op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ

If your Mighty Girl has dreams of space, we recommend books, toys, clothing, and even room decor for budding astronauts, astronomers, and astrophysicists from toddlers to teens in our recent post, "Mighty Careers: I Want To Be An Astronaut!" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=5812

To inspire children and teens with more stories of girls and women in science -- both in fiction and real-life -- visit our "Science / Technology" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/…/general-int…/science-technology

To spark your Mighty Girl's interest in learning about science in a hands-on way, visit our "Hands On / Science Kits" section for lots of fun science kids for children and teens at http://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Koch — Out-Koch the Electorate — Koch-a-cate the Environment


http://www.fragileandwild.com

"The volume of Koch Industries' toxic output is staggering. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute, only three companies rank among the top 30 polluters of America's air, water and climate: ExxonMobil, American Electric Power and Koch Industries. Thanks in part to its 2005 purchase of paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation's waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined. The company ranks 13th in the nation for toxic air pollution. Koch's climate pollution, meanwhile, outpaces oil giants including Valero, Chevron and Shell. Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year."

Voices in My Head


Don't you know that every writer ever has this issue?  Well, I know it is true for me.  The inhabitants of my mind keep me busy 24/7.  Well, almost.  I suspect that when I fall into deep sleep, they, too, may take a rest, but the remainder of my twenty-four hour day, they busily keep me informed of all the salient, nonsensical, ridiculous, harmful, helpful images of my life. 

I've been known to share out loud that I must not trust the voices after sunset.  Amazing how contradictory and creative they are in the dark.  I don't mean when the lights turn off.  I mean after the earth turns so that sunshine suffuses the skies of some other place on the planet.

Then the voices grow darker, scarier, more apt to create scenarios that, were I to follow their advice, could destroy my world as I know it or at least as I have known it.

Makes for good story creation though.  I need a tape recorder made just to copy the thoughts of my mind rather than the words from my mouth.  There is no end to the adventure available there, the conflicts non-resolved, the fears never mitigated. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lorraine Chamberlain - A Fine Australian Author





As the seasons began to change, the consistently dry weather took a dramatic turn. A few weeks after the Conference Centre event, my first Queensland thunder storm gently rumbled onto our mountain. Barely audible over the TV, the drum rolls gradually swelled to a deafening roar. A couple of empty plastic buckets took off from the back of the ute and disappeared over the valley.

Waiting until the last minute, John dashed out to turn the generator off. I unplugged the phone. Jagged forks of lightning ripped the darkness at times spearing the valley far below, at others piercing the trees on the peak of Mt. Goolman behind our home. In the stroboscopic light I could see 30 metre trees a stone’s throw from the cabin waving like seaweed in a tide. Rain pelted angrily on the tin roof. It was heavy; it was persistent. One day. One night. The next day. We ran out of petrol for the generator. That night, the rain stopped. There was no electricity. No television intruded. No one rang. A delicious velvet silence descended. We seemed the only two people on earth.

In the morning, the birds started up again as if refreshed by their two days of silence. Belligerent Kookaburras hurled deafening insults at each other just inches from our pillows. It was 4.30 A.M. I slipped out of bed trying earnestly if pointlessly not to disturb John. How could you not disturb the other occupant of a single 12 x 12 foot room? In underwear and Wellington boots, I explored a fresh-washed morning. Debris lay all around; flooding rain had sluiced the dust from the grass and rocks and left rippling tracks in the clay.

Within moments the approaching sun began to tint the ghostly morning light. The air shimmered, suffused with reflections from invisible vapour. Pink-trunked gum trees lit up in vivid salmon draped with hanging shards of chocolate bark. In clumps of grass, cobwebs twinkled with jewels. A sliver of sun appeared over the distant horizon enveloping the scene in instant warmth. The highest tip of Mt.Goolman hovered theatrically over a forest of tree tops, an impossible honey-gold. The valley slept on under a blanket of mist. Six feet from me a wallaby patiently nibbled fresh-sprung shoots of yellow-green grass. The perfection of the scene astonished my soul. I drank it in and had nothing to add. Tiptoeing away, I crept back into bed with John and held him close.

By the time we had practised and eaten breakfast, it was late morning and the increasing humidity drove us from the cabin. Delighted that it was still too wet for John to go to work, I persuaded him to take a walk with me. I had noticed an unusual rushing sound earlier and we set off in its direction. John was inclined to write the noise off as wind in the trees, but observation skills from my country childhood were returning, like fingers finding the keyboard after a long absence. With nowhere to go but around our cabin, I had absorbed the details of our immediate surroundings. I was convinced this sound was something new; it was constant, unrelated to the occasional sinuous motion of the treetops.

I led the way as we crossed the clearing into rougher country. Before long the land fell away abruptly. I eased myself backwards down an overgrown bank avoiding cobwebs guarded by wicked-looking spiders, watching carefully where I put my feet and hands. Lantana cloaked the higher slopes, hostile as brambles, prickly and tangled. Progress was slow required concentration.

The sound grew louder behind me. Now we were descending past trunks of gum trees whose canopies swayed 15 metres above. Stopping to catch my breath, I suddenly glimpsed water only yards away; a narrow tumbling stream. Obscured from above by the patchwork of grasses, fallen trees, and rocks: here was water; rushing over boulders, gathering in shadowy pools, chattering through shingle, glimmering in syrupy streams, bouncing and rushing away down this secret rocky gully barely 500 metres from the cabin. How to adequately describe the delight of water to those who might never have suffered from the lack of it? If I had found money, I couldn’t have felt richer.

Lorraine Chamberlain, Two in the Bush, 2009

Harper Lee - Best on Any Book List


In my ongoing support for  Harper Lee, I ask you to check out #13. 
Please note the dates of the banning.

Kudos to Buzzfeed for allowing this list.  

15 Books Banned For The Most Absurd Reasons Ever

Can you guess which book was banned for depicting women in strong leadership roles? Hint: it’s a children’s book. posted on Aug. 13, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.

1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“In 2006, some parents in a Kansas school district decided that talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural; passages about the spider dying were also criticized as being ‘inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.’
According to the parent group at the heart of the issue, ‘humans are the highest level of God’s creation and are the only creatures that can communicate vocally. Showing lower life forms with human abilities is sacrilegious and disrespectful to God.’”

2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“In 1980, it was removed from classrooms in Miller, Missouri, for ‘making promiscuous sex look like fun.’
In 1993, a group of parents attempted to ban the book in Corona-Norco, California, because it ‘focused on negativity.’”

3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“A boy throwing a tantrum was considered dangerous behavior and Sendak was accused of glorifying Max’s anger, prompting psychologists to condemn it as ‘too dark and frightening.’ In a March, 1969 column for Ladies’ Home Journal, child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim called the book psychologically damaging for 3- and 4-year-olds. He thought the idea that a mother would deprive a child of food was an inappropriate form of punishment, and that it would traumatize young readers. Thus, it was banned heavily in the American South, and by libraries nationwide in the first years of its release.
Where the Wild Things Are has also been challenged over the years for images considered to promote witchcraft and supernatural elements.”

4. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“It has been challenged on sexual grounds, and has been called ‘pornographic’ and ‘obscene’.
It should be noted that there are no sex scenes at all in the book, and no sexual language.”

5. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

“In 1985, challengers at Cunningham Elementary School in Beloit, Wisconsin, said that A Light in the Attic ‘encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.’”

6. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

“Ministers and educators challenged it for its ‘ungodly’ influence and for depicting women in strong leadership roles. They opposed not only children reading it, but adults as well, lest it undermine longstanding gender roles.
In 1957, the director of the Detroit Public Library banned The Wizard of Oz for having ‘no value for children of today,’ for supporting ‘negativism’, and for ‘bringing children’s minds to a cowardly level.’
In one of the most noted cases of censorship efforts against the book, seven Fundamentalist Christian families in Tennessee opposed the novel’s inclusion in the public school syllabus and filed a lawsuit in 1986 based on the novel’s depiction of benevolent witches and promoting the belief that essential human attributes were ‘individually developed rather than God given.’
On the charge of including good witches in the story, they argued that all witches are bad, therefore it is ‘theologically impossible’ for good witches to exist.
The book has even been used on the political spectrum, with some claiming that it promotes socialist and Marxist values due to its perceived lack of a divine presence.”

7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“In a real head-scratcher of a case, a Texas school district banned the book from its Advanced English class lists because it ‘conflicted with their community values’ in 1996.”

8. The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams

“In Williams’ story, a rabbit with white fur entered into a marriage with one with black fur – a plotline that did not please some in Alabama. The state library system removed the book because it was believed the book was attacking segregation policies.”

9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

“At issue with censors are death being part of the plot, Jess’ use of the word ‘lord’ outside of prayer, offensive language, and claims that the book promotes secular humanism, new age religions, the occult, and Satanism. Some critics also proclaim that Leslie is not a good role model simply because she doesn’t attend church.”

10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

“The controversy over The Giving Tree is mostly due to debate over its interpretation. Was the tree selfless or self-sacrificing? Was the boy selfish or reasonable in his demands of the tree?
Some psychologists claim the book portrays a ‘vicious, one-sided relationship’ between the tree and the boy; with the tree as the selfless giver, and the boy as the greedy person who takes but never gives.”

11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“In the late 1970s, The Bell Jar was suppressed for not only its profanity and sexuality but for its overt rejection of the woman’s role as wife and mother.”

12. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

“Why it was challenged: A female dog was referred to as a ‘bitch’ in the text.”

13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Challenged in the Vernon Verona Sherill, NY, School District (1980) as a ‘filthy, trashy novel.’
Banned from the Lindale, TX, advanced placement English reading list (1996) because the book ‘conflicted with the values of the community.’”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rotten to the Core? - The Publishing Industry


The next time the Wall Street Journal runs an article claiming the judge in the price-fixing trial was biased and calling her “a disgrace to the judiciary“, ask them why they didn’t disclose that the Wall Street Journal is owned by NewsCorp, which also owns HarperCollins – one of the five major publishers who illegally colluded to fix the price of e-books.

Exhibit A: Harlequin

Exhibit B: The New York Times

Exhibit C: LA Times Festival of Books 

  read the rest of the article at:
 http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/publishing-is-rotten-to-the-core/

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Please take note that both of these newspapers are now owned by very, very rich, conservative entrepreneurs who are part of the cabal attempting to buy and own the U.S. Government

FREE on Smashwords.com
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hunter S Thompson


Oh, Lord, but I have a lot to learn!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nemophilist - Patagonia

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Patagonia, the massive piece of real estate stretching from the Brazilain border (Mendoza) to Ushuaia at the tip of South America, a variegated desert with a boundary filigreed with glacier-melt mountain lakes splendid with shimmery deep ice blue colour , mountain greenery and sharply pointed peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre  The Argentinian alps surrounded by some of the roughest mountain terrain in South America.  Straddling the border between Chilean and Argentinan alpine territory, this is the home of a nemopilist

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prairie Life at Seventy




  
  

      Yesterday, when she came to a stop on her mountain bike, it was on the front lawn. She fell to the grass. There was just enough time between her awareness that she was falling and her actual connection with the ground so that she swiveled her knee away; her hip hit first and she rolled onto her back beyond where the bike landed. 
     Today she felt confident as she pushed the bicycle out of the garage onto the pavement. A five mile ride sounded perfect. She pushed off with her left foot on the pedal and swung her right leg over the middle bar. Alarm! Her balance was off; the pocket of her jacket caught on the point of the bike seat. 
     Almost panic - she dropped her foot, stopped and released the fabric. Looking around to see if there had been an audience, she sighed. Alone on the road. Nothing new about that. In this little prairie town of eighty, it was unusual to run into someone on a late Saturday afternoon; no school bus full of tykes waving as they rounded the corner on their way home. 
     Try again. She zipped the pocket closed, pushed off, swung her leg and pedaled off towards the farm. Two and a half miles closer to Canada than her prairie house in the town of Flaxton, the farmstead was closed down for the season. Her friends had fled the oncoming blustery winter weather to soak up the sun in a warmer border zone – Arizona. 

Available free on Smashwords.com and Amazon kindle
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Almost French - Love and a New Life in Paris

 
--> Airport meetings are rife with surprises!
"A slightly absurd sense of humour flashed through his well brought up politeness"

Sarah Turnbull, 3 March 2011 
A Fine Travel Memoir


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Writer - transforming caffeine

Cradle Mountain: A Tasmanian Adventure
Death of a Mother 
Hand Me Downs: A Prairie Tale
The Great Barrier Reef
Oaxaca - Land of Color
Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure
Watarrka
Christmas Poem,
Lost Glasses
notes to my daughter


All have been written under the influence of a double-shot flat white, latte, or just a weak cup of prairie coffee

What writer manages to pique imagination without the aide of caffeine?
None whom I know.

Reader, beware!
The words are powered by magic.
Let your imagination join in the art
and creation of powerful images
mysterious plot twists
and endings that confound as well as wrap up  plot lines.

available Smashwords.com and Amazon kindle

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hand Me Downs: A Prairie Tale (Pelicans)


 Pelicans - Can you see them?..over 100 white feather, black wing-tipped pelicans dropping in for a visit. A flotilla of birds settled into the little cove near Tarmara's back garden on Stoney Run.



The long necked, huge beaked community noticed Tamara snapping happy shots of their chatter and took wing; leaders first, hatchlings following, protective parents bringing up the rear


Saturday, September 13, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird - Front and Center

http://www.amightygirl.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird
Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" remains a bestseller 54 years after its publication and, in a poll by Library Journal in 1999, it was voted the "Best Novel of the Century." It also stars one of the great Mighty Girls of modern literature, Scout Finch.

The novel tackles complex issues from the perspective of six-year-old Scout who doesn’t think much about the differences between people in her small 1930s Alabama town -- until a black man is accused of raping a white woman, and Scout’s lawyer father, Atticus, takes on his defense. Over three years, Scout finds herself swept up in events far bigger than herself and learns about her father’s heroic heart and gains new insight into racial inequality, compassion, and courage.

Lee depicts a world full of both beauty and savagery, but through the eyes of a child, struggling to understand why people are behaving in ways that seem, at times, like madness. Even fifty years after publication, this novel remains one of the most frequently challenged books in schools: first accused of undermining the justice system by depicting the racism within it, then decried for the use of racial slurs and hateful language, and, more recently, declared too forgiving and mild in its depiction of the injustices of the time.

At its core, however, this classic novel, starring a warm and loving family, is an astounding exploration of race, class, and justice, all superimposed on the challenges of coming of age. Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.
To learn more about "To Kill a Mockingbird," visit
http://www.amightygirl.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird

The story was also adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck and Mary Badham -- to learn more, visit
http://amzn.to/1uKQ6jJ or watch it instantly on Amazon, visit http://amzn.to/1uKQ9vM

To discover more Mighty Girl books that have been challenged or banned because of the difficult issues they tackle, check out our blog post,
"Dangerous Words: Challenged and Banned Mighty Girl Books" at
http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=4611

For stories of girls and women confronting prejudice in many forms - be it due to gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, or religion - visit our
"Prejudice/Discrimination" section at
http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/prejudice-discrimination

For more thought-provoking Mighty Girl books for all ages, visit our
“Social Issues” section, and choose your area of interest from the left menu, at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues
Thanks to We Are Teachers for sharing this image!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flee to Wilderness - A Mountaineering Adventure


Demi Tryon flees to the mountains to escape memories of her absent mother and abusive father in Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure, an 80,000 word literary fiction. After all, death defying sport can you make you forget most anything.

After facing down a 300 pound bear salivating over her food, she’s decides there’s safety in numbers.  Scouring the Internet, she meets Sy, an Australian mountaineer who loves the back country almost as much as she does.  And god help her, she likes him, too.  Not as a safety-buddy, but for his ridiculous smile and his no-nonsense approach to the world.  Sy’s never run from anything.  Including her.

The two spar. She accepts his invitation to join him in Australia where her crisis over abandonment creates turmoil. Like the Greek goddess Demeter, her namesake, Demi needs to heal her inner child, the Persephone within, or spend the rest of her life in the dark.

Readers who enjoy midlife-coming-of-age stories that focus on descriptions of natural beauty and personal transformation such as Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak (Nov 1, 2004)   and Holly Morris’ Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World (Oct 31, 2006) will find themselves engaged in Demi’s journey.
available from Amazon kindle.com smashwords.com  barnes and noble.com



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hand Me Downs: A Prairie Tale

Tamara and Manley face the beginnings of a windy snow-filled prairie winter in this story of Flaxton, North Dakota and the great insect burl of southern Montana.

Hand Me Downs, a free chapbook, is available in pdf, kindle, and nook and can be downloaded from Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, as well as smashwords, and kobobooks.com

After you read, do stop back and leave a comment here or jot a  review on Goodreads.com.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Gyoja Busho of Seikaken - Drawn by Kuniyoshi

 As interpreted by Matt Shamah as a tattoo. 
I am always impressed and surprised at Matt's work, but this particular piece is especially evocative.
I thought you might enjoy.
http://www.kuniyoshiproject.com/108%20Heroes%20of%20the%20Suikoden,%20One%20by%20One.htm    

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Trouble with Writing - For Meyers-Briggs Personality Types INFJ

http://laurensapala.com/?p=897


Do Consider reading the rest of Lauren's blog post.  It is most interesting and from my own INFJ point of view valid in the extreme.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Death - A Common Literary Tool

Is there another American poet who captures the 'emotional' moment better than Frost?  Perhaps, but Frost, for most of his career not appreciated by Americans, is one of the best. Stopping By Woods
forever catches me unaware. Is suicide on most of our minds more often than we admit? Is it on mine just now as I am recalling my favorite of Frost's many poems? No.  But winter will soon be upon us and I live in the northern tier of American states where frigid winter winds have a habit of overwhelming the most determined life force.

In Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure, Demi is constantly faced with a decision about whether to go on, whether to push forward, whether it might be easier to take a nap in the snow rather than trudge through the drifts of life.

Demi reminds me of the old woman in  the Sherwood Anderson short story, Death in the Woods.

An excerpt: “The old woman was nothing special,” the narrator remembers. “She was one of the nameless ones that hardly anyone knows, but she got into my thoughts.” In her youth, the woman had been a bound girl, practically a slave to a harsh German farmer and his wife. Her job was to feed the stock and to cook for the couple. Her life with them was very unhappy. “She was a young thing then and scared to death,” the narrator says. In addition to the demands of her work, she was sometimes the victim of the farmer’s sexual advances. One day he had chased her into the barn and torn away the front of her dress before he was stopped by the sound of his wife’s returning. In such a situation, the girl looked desperately for any means of escape. Thus, when Jake Grimes, the wastrel son of a failed sawmill owner, offered to marry her, she accepted."

Available on Amazon kindle and Smashwords.com

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fairy Dust

I tend not to read much fantasy unless it is mythological fantasy..bringing the ancient stories into the modern world fascinates me.  And it is in those imaginary worlds, those mythological spots in the universe, that I find the 'dust' of everyday life washed away.  Without meaning to create metaphors the myths utter the greatest of all statements about what 'real' life means.  Do you agree or disagree with me? Thrones...Wizard of Earthsea...Cloud Atlas... The Odyssey...all give me pause and joy as I come to understand that there is another human being out there, a writer, who sees the world the same way I do!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Dragon Ring



 I don't usually tout fantasy, but here's an exception

Five Star Amazon Review for The Dragon Ring by C.Craig Coleman

"As a fan of fantasy fiction, I am always looking for something new. I like action and complexity in a novel, and I found these things and more in Coleman's book. The story is easy to follow and I didn't have a lot of trouble keeping up with the characters as I do with some fantasy fiction. Still, as I progressed through the book I found it to be more complex than at first glance. I was fascinated by the names of places and people and happy to find a dictionary of names in the back. I found that once I had pronounced these words a few times they would roll pleasantly off of my tongue. The protagonist and his friend had many frightening adventures for their young age but grew and matured with each confrontation. These boys came of age in this book and I anticipate that the challenges they will face as grown men in an age of increasing turmoil will make their past adventures seem tame by comparison. Book one of The Dragon Ring has set the stage for the rest of this series. It was most enjoyable on its own and I will read it again soon, but I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next book in the series!" Fantasy Fan on Amazon

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Vonnegut Understands - Do You?

Vonnegut has been speaking my mind for decades.  How lucky can one reader be to find a writer who understands the sometimes unique and always 'missing from the mainstream' way of perceiving the universe? I love lousy poems written by folks I love especially if they are shared with me clandestinely with a simple need for recognition.

Often those valentines, no matter what month they arrive, are the very best sorts of communication.  So write me a story, share a poem, nibble away at a vignette of your life and send it off for friends or publishers to enjoy. I promise they will!
We are all well served by that sort of creativity. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Ten Most Underrated Responsibilities



Following our passion sounds bigger than it is. Our sincere passions – our positive contributions – are not bound by record books or compared to anyone else. It is what we have to give. It is what makes us happy or whole or comfortable in saying, this is my legacy. This is my contribution to humanity. Being a loving, supportive parent. Finding the cure for lupus. Making sure the children in our community have  school supplies. Building a clinic. Volunteering to visit the elderly. Bringing a championship ring to our city. The meaning of life is an accumulative endeavor. Each piece builds, supports and enriches the earth. Discovering our passion may not take long, we may have already found it, but our eyes are still closed.
- Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger
http://thepublicblogger.com/2014/08/20/the-ten-most-underrated-responsibilities/