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|Posted on December 24, 2019 at 2:22 PM||comments (5)|
A Christmas message for all of us: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Rev John Watson
Response from The British Weekly: "No message is more needed in our days of stress and storm, of selfish striving and merciless competition."
This was first published Dec 25, 1897.
|Posted on November 30, 2017 at 6:16 PM||comments (37)|
I planned to drive to Pueblo today to meet with the writers down here. As it happens, some continuing education that I have to have was being offered in Pueblo, so I got here early for it. The training ended early, so I went to the NY Pizza place to get takeaway They have a TV on the wall playing a Samuel L Jackson movie on BET, something I would literally never have seen anyplace else.
So I'm waiting on my pizza and working on my story. My character has to speak at his father's funeral. What can he say?
And a character on the movie says this:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
(He quoted Mariane Williamson.)
...and it's absolutely the perfect thing for my character to say.
|Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:36 PM||comments (4)|
This is an actual story from an actual newspaper, our very own Gazette. I could not make this up, but I kind of wish I had.
ACCRA, GHANA A fake US embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the US State Department announced.
The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large.
Raids led to the recovery of 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the US, India, South Africa and the European Schengen zone.
Wow. Wow. What an incredible work of fiction that would make. But would anyone believe it could happen?
|Posted on February 24, 2016 at 1:32 PM||comments (0)|
So here's the latest gaff from a politico: Donald Trump wins Nevada and declares that "I love the poorly educated!"
Twitter explodes in response:
— Stress? Me?! Nah.
|Posted on August 10, 2015 at 12:57 AM||comments (4)|
I often write notes to myself to record interesting things I hear and want to remember. Sadly, I sometimes forget what the note means.
For instance I came across a note while I was cleaning the other day. It's in my handwriting, and I can only presume that it once meant something to me: "moves his tools" and "play with the hose" and "swimming."
I don't write erotica, so get your mind out of the gutter. I have no idea what it means, but it is kind of interesting to speculate.
|Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:15 PM||comments (8)|
Last night I watched a Nat Geo show called "Ghost Guns." Ghost guns are untraceable, unlicensed, illegal guns. Many of them are hand-made in the Philippines by artisans who create guns that are, for all intents and purposes, identical to manufactured weapons. The guns are even inscribed with fake numbers and manufacturer marks.
The guns are transported to the United States and purchased by criminals--gangsters, mostly, who use the weapons to rob drug dealers and to commit other crimes. As the weapon is used it leaves a trail of ballistic evidence. When it gets too "hot" the guns are often sold to criminals south of the border; Guatemala is a popular destination.
Fascinating stuff...and so many potential stories.