Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Demi Tryon Explores Chile in "Sunset Over Watarrka", the Sequel to "Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure"


The Alerce forest overlooking the Chilean Pacific Coastline promises adventure 
in South America, Demi Tryon's next wilderness journey.




Soon to be released.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Truth Told


Words, Words, Words —It's How They Are Combined That Counts — Sometimes








http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/26/supreme_court_legalizes_gay_marriage_here_is_the_beautiful_last_paragraph.html
kennedy_2

Friday, June 26, 2015

Information to the People


If every teacher in America were to steadfastly support Jefferson's assertion, our nation would be in a very different place than it is now. Home schooling would not exist, excellent public schools would educate all our children until they reach age 18; we would have strong problem solvers who make decisions based on a balanced combination of compassion and rationality..and the NRA would have been defeated in their attempt to amass billions of dollars from purchases made by frightened Americans.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Love, Love, Love Language


These syndromes, coming down with them in any other language just won’t do.


1. KEVINISMUS

At some point in the last couple of decades, parents in Germany started coming down with Kevinismus— a strange propensity to give their kids wholly un-German, American-sounding names like Justin, Mandy, Dennis, Cindy, and Kevin. Kids with these names tend to be less successful and have more behavior problems in school. Studies of the Kevinismus phenomenon attribute these effects to a combination of teachers’ prejudices toward the names, and the lower social status of parents who choose names like Kevin.


2. FÖHNKRANKHEIT

Föhn is the name for a specific wind that cools air as it draws up one side of a mountain, and then warms it as it compresses coming down the other side. These winds are believed to cause headaches and other feelings of illness. Many a 19th century German lady took to her fainting couch with a cold compress, suffering from Föhnkrankheit.


3. KREISLAUFZUSAMMENBRUCH

Kreislaufzusammenbruch, or “circulatory collapse,” sounds deathly serious, but it’s used quite commonly in Germany to mean something like “feeling woozy” or “I don’t think I can come into work today.”


4. HÖRSTURZ

Hörsturz refers to a sudden loss of hearing, which in Germany is apparently frequently caused by stress. Strangely, while every German knows at least 5 people who have had a bout of Hörsturz, it is practically unheard of anywhere else.


5. FRÜHJAHRSMÜDIGKEIT

Frühjahrsmüdigkeit or “early year tiredness” can be translated as “spring fatigue.” Is it from the change in the weather? Changing sunlight patterns? Hormone imbalance? Allergies? As afflictions go, Frühjahrsmüdigkeit is much less fun than our “spring fever,” which is instead associated with increased vim, vigor, pep, and randiness.


6. FERNWEH

Fernweh is the opposite of homesickness. It is the longing for travel, or getting out there beyond the horizon, what you might call… awaysickness.


7. PUTZFIMMEL

Putzen means “to clean” and Fimmel is a mania or obsession. Putzfimmel is an obsession with cleaning. It is not unheard of outside of Germany, but elsewhere it is less culturally embedded and less fun to say.


8. WERTHERSFIEBER

An old-fashioned type of miserable lovesickness that was named “Werther’s fever” for the hero of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Poor young Werther suffers for the love of a peasant girl who is already married. Death is his only way out. A generation of sensitive young men brought made Werthersfieber quite fashionable in the late 18th century.


9. OSTALGIE

Ostalgie is nostalgia for the old way of life in East Germany (“ost” means East). If you miss your old Trabant and those weekly visits from the secret police, you may have Ostalgie.


10. ZEITKRANKHEIT

Zeitkrankheit is “time sickness” or “illness of the times.” It’s a general term for whatever the damaging mindset or preoccupations of a certain era are.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61140/15-unique-illnesses-you-can-only-come-down-german

Sunday, June 21, 2015

First Nation Art from Canada


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/06/19/aboriginal-art-canada_n_7539490.html

The pieces displayed in the Huffington Post article 
are worth a look.  
Amazing pieces.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Myers-Briggs Charts for Pop Characters


In case you didn't realize 
why you resonated to particular characters 
in television shows and the movies, 
take a look at the charts on 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/65218/10-myers-briggs-type-charts-pop-culture-characters. 



It's fun and you may disagree, 
but take a look and see what you think. 
Below is the example from Game of Thrones. 
Others follow.  
Check out the web page.





NYCTOPHILIA


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; 
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; 
only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.



Hope is being able to see 
that there is light despite all of the darkness
Desmond Tutu



Knowing our own darkness 
is the best method 
for dealing with the darkness of other people.
Carl Jung


Note To Self





Being an American has once again become an embarrassment. If I lived in the USA, the recent events in Charleston would leave me feeling great sadness while at the same time looking for ways to 'act locally while feeling globally' in an attempt to help my community avoid the despair and the sense of dis-attachment that serial killers seem to experience.  I would be busy attempting to create a sense of inclusiveness in the community in which I live.

However, I live in Australia these days, a place where I feel included, heard, and involved with my fellow humans to the extent that I do not look over my shoulder to see if someone is about to point a gun in my direction.  This is not to suggest that Australia is doing 'so' much better than the USA generally, but it is to say that this 'sunburned country' is currently (even with a liberal government that mistreats refugees in the extreme) treating citizens and legal immigrants more politely, more considerately, more compassionately than the country of my native birth.  And so with considerable sadness and compassion for the families of Emmanuel Baptist Church, I want to echo the visual above: Let us be kind to one another; unload our weapons of massive destruction; reach out to welcome persons who seem different and be welcomed into the lives of those we believe to be different despite the on-going attempt by big munitions corporations to beguile us with fear and the need to protect ourselves with deadly weapons.






Monday, June 15, 2015

How Long Is Your Index Finger?

Okd
Another silly little quiz 
about as reliable as 
my horoscope 
or 
my tarot reading,
but fun nonetheless.
Wouldn't you know 
—I'm B—
Confident, get-it-done type
except
I have to admit
The get-it-done part
depends entirely on my Aussie partner
who knows how to fix, repair, create, and complete
every single problem that comes in our direction.
thanks, Bloke!
I loves you
I loves your problem solving
and your smile. 


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hand Me Downs — Prairie Author Publishes On-line


How to Write the Perfect Fiction — Words That Sell

What does the protagonist want? 
And the supporting characters, do they have needs just waiting to be met?
How does the author come to a place where desire moves the action, creates the theme, intrigues the reader?

and building a scene, just how does an author go about that task?
Which questions are most important?


Ah, and the Seduction — Just how is a reader seduced?



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Meyers/Briggs * * * Here We Go Again!

Meyers-Briggs Personality Sorter, one of my favorite box-producing-theories about human behaviour, can be so confusing, so abstract and yet so concrete on occasion. I suppose the reason I enjoy delving into its inner core of the theory lies in that very complexity and ambiguity.  Below is a page that may well be a treat.  Do check it out if you, too, are intrigued.



http://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/06/if-youre-confused-about-your-myers-briggs-personality-type-read-this-an-intro-to-cognitive-functions/

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The Soul Purpose


Hands


I have always thought that hands were the window to the real life of people, but have never understood how to explain that belief with others. Below is a perfect story on how our hands tell our stories. Thank you, Deb Kramer, for posting on Facebook.


A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, '- Have you received a scholarship for school?' 

The boy replied, " No '.

-' It was your father who paid for your studies? '


-' Yes.'- He replied.


-' Where does your father work? '


-' My father is a Blacksmith'


The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.


-' Have you ever helped your parents at their job? '


-' Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.


The director said:-' I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.'


The young felt his chance to get the job was high. When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.

His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father's hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.

This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his father's hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director. The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -' Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?'

The boy replied: -' I washed my father's hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop '
-' Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.

The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life". ' You are hired '.

A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of " I have the right ' and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?

You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you're washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too.

After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it's because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.

The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. "

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents

Huffington Post - two hours ago!

WASHINGTON -- The latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by the Obama administration more fodder to show that such agreements can impact United States laws and regulations.
The latest leak purports to include 17 documents from negotiations on the Trade In Services Agreement, a blandly named trade deal that would cover the United States, the European Union and more than 20 other countries. More than 80 percent of the United States economy is in service sectors.

According to the Wikileaks release, TISA, as the deal is known, would take a major step towards deregulating financial industries, and could affect everything from local maritime and air traffic rules to domestic regulations on almost anything if an internationally traded service is involved.
The pact would be one of three enormous deals whose passage through Congress could be eased with passage of Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast-track authority. The Senate has passed fast-track, and it could be taken up in the House this month.

The other giant pacts are the Trans-Pacific Partnership covering a dozen Pacific Rim nations and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership targeted at Europe.

Among the staunchest opponents of the deals are unions, whose members point to job losses sparked by previous free-trade agreements, and to the excessive secrecy surrounding the measures.
"Once again Wikileaks reveals what we cannot learn from our own government, a government that defaults to giant trade deals that affect generations of Americans shrouded in secrecy until they are virtually adopted," said Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen.

"Today's leaks of TISA (trade in services) text reveal once again how dangerous Fast Track Authority is when it comes to protecting citizen rights vs. corporate rights," he added. "This TISA text again favors privatization over public services, limits governmental action on issues ranging from safety to the environment using trade as a smokescreen to limit citizen rights."

The Office of the United States Trade Representative and top European officials have repeatedly denied that TISA or the Transatlantic deal would impact local laws, releasing a joint statement to that effect earlier this spring.

Still, the Wikileaks documents suggest that World Trade Organization-style tribunals would be expanded under TISA, and that such tribunals convened to resolve trade disputes can impact local laws. One such WTO tribunal ruled last month that the United States must repeal its laws requiring meat to be labeled with its country of origin, or face punitive tariffs on exports.

The USTR declined to confirm whether or not the Wikileaks documents were genuine, calling them "alleged leaked negotiating information," but insisted that the agreement was especially important to the United States and its expansive service sector.

"It is important to underscore that American services exports are at all-time high of $710.6 billion, and those exports support 4.6 million well-paying jobs all over the country," USTR spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. "That is why President Obama has made opening markets for U.S. services exporters a chief priority of his Middle Class Economics agenda. The TPA legislation that passed the Senate last week with bipartisan support contains first-of-their-kind provisions to strengthen the President’s hand when it comes to expanding market access for American services exporters, including through the TPP, T-TIP, and TISA.”

Similarly, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), pointed to the fast-track bill as a way to ensure people get to see what is in the deals before they pass, noting that under fast track, the president would have to unveil each proposal and wait for two months before Congress could vote on it.
"If secrecy is a concern, TPA is the solution," Buck said. "For the first time, it will ensure a trade agreement is public and posted online for 60 days before it can be sent to Congress."

However, fast-track authority also removes Congress' ability to change the trade deals in any way by barring all amendments to them. It also bars filibustering or other procedural hurdles that lawmakers in the minority can typically use to slow legislation, and requires a simple up-or-down vote to be held on the deals.

Fast-track opponents like Cohen warn that a corporate-friendly Congress -- especially a GOP-led Congress that is already hostile to regulations -- would be extremely unlikely to block any of the looming trade agreements, regardless of the details released Wednesday.

is as big a blow to our rights and freedom as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and in both cases our government’s secrecy is the key enabler."

Wikileaks has also released several parts of the TPP, and announced Tuesday that it is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can fork over the still-secret chapters.

During his Wednesday briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the idea that the release of those documents would amount to much, saying the trade deal hasn't been finalized yet.
"Our reaction is just simply that there is no TPP agreement right now. When we have one, it will be made public," said Earnest. "The president continues to be confident that if we're able to reach an agreement, it will be consistent with the TPA legislation that has already passed the Senate and hopefully will soon pass the House."

Jennifer Bendery contributed reporting.
Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to him on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Another Excellent Blog - Self Publishing


https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/staying-sane-in-a-crazy-self-publishing-world-2/#more-3911

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Norma Rudolph





http://normasnovels.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/goodnight-dear-void.html

Monday, June 01, 2015

BOREDOM - A Dangerous Condition

 Interestingly,
this is seldom the case.  
Boredom is not a state in which I find myself often. 
Life is immeasurably fascinating. 
People, 
other fauna, 
the wilderness of cities and the outback or ruralli fe 
entertain endlessly. 
The only times I recall being so bored as to say what is verboten 
occurred 
in the midst of a doctor's office - 
white and clean with lined chairs along the walls.
Magazines like Australian Home Decorator 
or Movie Stars and Their Baby Bumps  
nobody in her right mind might choose to read 
leave one alone with the hidden ailment 
from which one cannot escape 
forcing me 
to sit quietly in this environment.
That moment does leave me bored.  



TRUE!