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HOPE

No matter how this county is fuc#ed up, there is still hope.

Americans still care for each other even if those who pull the strings of our lives don’t.

August 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS

It is getting tiring.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-associate-moscow-presidency_us_59a44902e4b0821444c4ea4c?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

I have no doubt this will be labeled ‘fake news’.  All I can say is that our nation is in trouble.

August 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

PUBLISHING UPDATE

Some time ago I told you that I had a story accepted by Cemetery Moon. I recently received word that the story, He Flew Away, will be published close to Halloween. As a preview, if you remember our infestation of stink bugs on the east coast, you might enjoy this story. After the story is published I will provide a link to purchase the edition.

I also want to tell you that my good friend and published poet, Steve Kupferschmid, has had a poem accepted by The Aurorean, a magazine published in Farmington,ME. If you enjoy the poetry of Billie Collins, you are in for a treat. I will keep you updated on these publication.

I know, after promising to write about writing, I have let you down. It’s just that there is so much happening to this country, I cannot fail to have an opinion.

 

August 27, 2017 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS

There are still a percentage of the population of this country who still think our president is doing a good job. This is a frightening example of how many in this country have had lobotomies. Even more frightening, a percentage of this population have not.

This is a free country, for now, where thought and opinion is not regulated. But common sense should also have some value.l

August 27, 2017 at 2:03 am 2 comments

OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS

CIVIL WAR STATUES

 

This post may cause me trouble, but we old people are not always right but we do have opinions.

I am distressed about the current trend, due to compassion and sensitivity, to remove the statues of Confederate figures. I will not deny that they represent a terrible part of our history of slavery and the attempt to tear our country apart.

But it did happen, and for better or worse, it is part of this countrie’s past. Are we to deny the future generations of this country to know we were not always right, and through extreme bloodshed, righted a wrong? A wrong which still persists to this day with not accepting no matter who we are we are all citizens of this great country. But I feel, because of present day circumstances we a spiraling on a downward road.

We sanitize everything these days; what happened happened and there is nothing we can do to change the past. We owe it to our future generations to know we were not always what we should have been.

Lastly, I often think of the men who participated in Pickett’s charge. The goal they wished to accomplish was far from right, but who can deny the courage those men displayed. And look into that history. Would anyone of you reading this piece haAve the courage, the guts, to do what these men did?

Finally, whether it is right or wrong, you cannot erase history. And as is often said, if history is not known it will be repeated.

Hope I haven’t stepped on too many sensitivities of my reader, but this is something I felt compelled to day.

August 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Throwback Thursday: 10 Tips for Editing Your Short Story

Most of us need all the help we can get. I hope this information is of benefit to you.

A Writer's Path

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Writer in Wedges

So you have written your short story and cannot wait to release it into the world. But before doing that, it is important to take some extra time to make sure your story is properly edited, despite the fact that editing is nowhere near as fun as writing.

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August 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS: WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

                                                        PROFIT AND GREED

 

The solar eclipse will occur on August 21st and be visible across a great part of the nation.

This is a great opportunity to observe a magnificent spectacle. I am sure many children will take this opportunity to observe the event and maybe choose to study astronomy.

Taking this into consideration, I recently heard a report which sickens me. To observe this fantastic event, you must take caution. One of the devices you can purchase to protect your eyes, special glasses, for if you gaze at the eclipse with your eyes unprotected you stand the possibility of going blind.

I was a scientist and still enjoy reading about the unknown revealed by science. What sickens me is that I just learned that counterfeit glasses are being sold. Glasses which may render the unsuspecting buyer blind.

What is the profit gained by selling a pair of cardboard counterfeit glasses, when the cost to the unsuspected buyer may be blindness.

This is what we have become. A nation of greed, wanting to make money no matter what the cost to the individual.

   

August 3, 2017 at 11:37 pm 2 comments

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