There were many memorable moments about growing up in South Florida. Like that one morning my house violently shook from the Midas Muffler shop explosion that occurred in Davie, to visiting the aftermath of the explosion and ensuing fire from the Amtrak train that hit a Hess gas truck on the tracks on Cypress Creek Road in Ft. …
This article will not a be a long-winded diatribe, but instead, a quick and to-the-point itemization pointing readers to the reasons why those, who are still able to think critically, are no longer buying into this contrived pandemic.
When you passed edicts demanding that we social distance and wear masks, but you were caught not social distancing and not wearing masks . . . you lost all credibility.
When you paraded before us every doctor and “expert” in a lab coat who parroted the official narrative, but you ignored, censured, shadow banned, and removed the videos of the doctors and experts who contradicted the official narrative . …
There are three guarantees in a writer’s life:
3). No one will care you wrote a book
I know, I know. I’m a killjoy, but someone has to be the indie publishing equivalent of the little boy announcing the emperor is parading around without clothes.
Like you, I love to write and hope to be wildly successful at it one day (i.e. be able to quit my day job), but oftentimes discouragement creeps in faster than water through a screen door on a submarine. …
What’s the quickest way to suck the joy out of life? Politicize everything. And I mean everything. Having a conversation about strawberries at the local farmer’s market? Politicize it. Enjoying a nice cruise down a slow moving river with a group of kayakers? Politicize it.
When everything is politicized — from Christmas songs to Star Wars to football — you know the Frankfurt School’s offspring of Critical Theory has been a success.
After I joined Medium in August of 2018, it didn’t take me long to realize I was in the middle of a political echo chamber. And within a few months I had enough of Medium’s algorithm constantly recommending articles to me that promoted racism (bashing white people for being white), sexism (militant man-hating), and abhorrent political ideals that have historically oppressed, imprisoned, robbed, starved, and murdered millions (Marxism). …
Like every parent, my life is filled with making choices for my children. I just never imagined willfully disfiguring my son would be one of them.
It all began last summer when my wife and I noticed our five-year-old son was experiencing pain in his leg whenever he walked and played. We dismissed it as growing pains or just a minor injury that he would promptly recover from. However, when his discomfort—and his limp—didn’t go away, we took him to get checked out. It was supposed to be a simple doctor visit.
It turned out to be cancer.
Our son had an aggressive tumor in the upper portion of his left leg. The cancer, known as Ostesarcoma, would require surgery and a total of 28 weeks of chemotherapy. But since the tumor had eaten away so much of his femur—and because in order to remove it properly would require extraction of the surrounding areas to create safer margins—there were only five options available to us. …
“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus
This article intends to highlight ten observations about the global Covid-19 event that not enough people are talking about. Six of these observations are positive (what I consider silver linings) and four of them are negative (grey clouds). And to be honest, some of the grey clouds terrify me and should terrify you . . . if you’re paying attention.
Let’s begin with the good news.
This is definitely not what I’d call a fair trade-off under these circumstances, and I would go back to crowded supermarkets and traffic congestion if it meant this whole virus thing went away, but during this time of looking for some positives, I consider less crowds and less traffic a silver lining. …
“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.”
- Albert Camus
In spite of all the pandemonium surrounding the reported Coronavirus pandemic, the following three coincidences haven’t escaped the notice of those who are paying attention to the man behind the curtain.
In 2019, a little gathering known as the Hong Kong protests had been raging in China for months (you may have heard about it). …
Behind a Frowning Providence, He Hides a Smiling Face
“Ministers never write or preach so well, as when under the cross.” — George Whitfield
I don’t know why, but I’ve always gravitated toward those who’ve endured suffering—far and above those whose lives are generally considered perfect.
Whenever I’m in the presence of anyone who’s been forever altered by a life of suffering, I am inexplicably drawn to them. They are beautiful and they possess a depth to their souls that causes them to stand out in the midst of everyone around them—a depth that only profound suffering can produce. …
Although I do believe the officiating in Super Bowl LIV was suspect, I’m not saying the San Francisco 49ers would have pulled off the win, because no one can truly know for sure how the game would have turned out if all things were equal in the area of officiating.
Furthermore, this article is not for the purpose of lamenting the officiating, although I would be doing a disservice to my overall point if I were not to at least touch on it.
I’ve watched countless games over my lifetime of being an NFL fan, and I’ve never seen as many games decided by clear bias in officiating as I have in the past decade. …
The Thirteen People Who Knew About President Kennedy’s Assassination Before It Happened
One of the many fascinating discoveries uncovered by independent researchers in the nearly 60 years of investigation into the murder of President John F. Kennedy, is the revelation that numerous people had foreknowledge of the assassination.
Why this is so remarkable is because we’ve been programmed since grade school to believe that President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald and no one else was involved.
But what you’re not told is that Oswald had no motivation to kill the president and he denied killing the president. He was also the first person to publicly reveal there was a conspiracy involved in the assassination when he forcefully declared, “I’m just a patsy.” …
As an author of indie books—and an occasional reader of indie books—I felt compelled to write this brutally honest, open letter to indie authors, even if I receive hate mail for it.
There are three failures that keep rearing their ugly heads in far too many self-published books. And as long as authors insist on committing these three self-publishing mistakes, they will keep hurting their book sales, their potential writing careers, and the indie publishing community as a whole.
If you’re an indie author who’s committing any—or all three—of the following self-inflicted wounds, the good news is they can all be remedied. …
Yeah, you. The struggling writer who is once again surfing the web and reading articles on Medium when you know you should be working on your book.
Since you’re already here and I have your attention, will you oblige me for a moment before getting back to what you should be doing?
Now read this carefully: If you’re not looking at your writing as an investment in the future, you’re looking at it all wrong.
I recently read an article by Mark Coker entitled Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult From Here: How Indie Authors Can Survive and Thrive. …
Believe it or not, there aren’t as many country songs about fishing as you would suspect.
I know, I know. You’d think fishing would be a staple of that particular genre of music, but although there are many that make reference to fishing, whole country songs devoted to this great American pastime are not so common.
In spite of that drought, however, fishing is still more prevalent in country music than any other genre of music. And for many of those who fish, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
But before we get to our top five list, I’d like to offer a sampling of honorable…
Congratulations! You finally got your book published, it looks superb, feels great in your hands, and it has that wonderful new book smell. You’ve even scheduled your first book signing at a local bookstore. But now what?
Since you’ve never attended a book signing you probably conducted some research only to find countless articles on the writing craft but not many dealing with the subject of book signings. That’s when you began to panic.
I’ve attended several book signings over the past few years and even attended my first one without any knowledge or experience on the subject (yeah, I winged it). But you won’t have to wing it because this article will cover the fifteen things — some obvious, some not so obvious — you will need at a book signing event. …
Recently my wife and I encountered an issue with the shower in our master bathroom which necessitated us using the kids’ bathroom to shower.
It’s an inconvenience, to say the least, as it requires several trips across the house to bring the various toiletries we need to practice proper hygiene. And inevitably, a towel or some article of clothing is always forgotten, requiring a trip back across the house.
But since becoming a shower vagabond in my own home, I’ve had the opportunity to experience something I wouldn’t have otherwise—an unexpected epiphany that’s given me a new perspective.
The kids’ shower is not like my shower at all. Their shower is a tub/shower combo, and instead of containing such things as adult shampoos, conditioners, and razors, the kids’ shower contains fruity scented and tear-free soaps, big-wheeled monster trucks, and plastic boats. …
There’s an unwritten rule that says the literary world possesses certain books all authors must love and laud (even if secretly, they’ve never read them).
Just like a painter who doesn’t like Picasso or Monet, or a classical musician who doesn’t like Bach or Mozart, if an author doesn’t like a book that’s been deemed a classic, then he must be unrefined, or worse . . . uncivilized.
In my case I’d been wanting to read a particular book for a few years, not just because it was a book that I was interested in, but also because I heard other readers rave about this literary work, and it was oftentimes referenced by other authors in their books, articles, and essays, especially as it related to the current times we live in. …
I’m not exactly sure when my dream of owning and operating a coffee shop began, but I know the seed had been germinating for years.
Last summer my wife and I decided to turn that dream into a reality, beginning with owning and operating our own mobile coffee business. And that dream began to take form in July when we took our first step by purchasing the trailer we would need to sell great coffee to happy customers.
At the same time we purchased the trailer I also had an epiphany: how cool would it be to journal the experience? I could document our journey and later share it — metering it out in a series of weekly posts — with the hope it would help and encourage other aspiring coffee business entrepreneurs. …
It was 2011 when I held my first Apple device (a used 8GB iPod). The design, feel, interface, and intuitive features were amazing.
And then there were the apps. So . . . many . . . apps. I spent untold hours (months, really) scouring the App Store for all the resourceful, innovative, and cool apps available. I was an app junkie.
Fast forward to today. A couple iPhones, an iPad, and an iMac later, apps have lost much of their luster because I’ve seen so many of them.
There’s an app for just about everything but rarely does a new one come along that wows me. Because of this, whenever I stumble upon one that stands out, I’m taken back to that wonderful and wide-eyed time in 2011 when I first cradled that iPod. …
They’re awful. They’re popular. They’re back.
Behold my list of the worst Christmas music we’re all forced to endure every December. But what makes my list of worst Christmas songs unique?
The train wrecks on my list are songs you know; songs you grew up listening to and can’t avoid hearing between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Most of the worst Christmas song lists you find on the Internet include songs you will never hear in the mall—songs so incredibly obscure you’ve likely never even heard them before. …
There are so many songs from the 80s and 90s that transport me back in time, but Mariah Carey’s Vision of Love takes me back like few others do.
I was much younger then — somewhere between a man and a wee lad — when I went through my Mariah Carey phase.
I was living in Florida when her first album debuted, and in California when her second album released, but whenever I think of Mariah Carey (which honestly, isn’t very often these days), I can’t help but reminisce about a unique experience I had one night in Simi Valley, California. …
The great American memory hole has a way of swallowing up inconvenient facts like Hungry, Hungry Hippos swallow little white marbles.
But thankfully, not everything stays hidden. Here—in order of chronology—are ten facts about George HW Bush that have been salvaged from the dank recesses of the memory hole.
George HW Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was one of the financial backers of the 1933 attempted coup d’état of a United States president.
The plan, known as “The Business Plot,” was a bonafide conspiracy to take down President Franklin D. …
I have a unique writing problem.
It’s an ailment not shared by many other writers and there’s very little discussion about it in the writing community.
But it’s time to change that. It’s time to bring awareness to this affliction.
The condition I’m talking about is Writer’s Flood.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not proclaiming December as Writer’s Flood Awareness Month, and I’m certainly not interested in coordinating a Writer’s Flood Anonymous support group. …
It doesn’t matter the relation. Biological, adopted, foster, or guardianship, the question remains the same: have you hugged your kids today?
Not like it’s an obligation and they’re an inconvenience, but like it’s an honor and they’re a blessing.
And I’m not talking about the usual fleeting hugs you give them as you rush off to work, I’m talking about hugs that remain with them long after you’ve left.
Do you hug them with such singularly focused determination that they feel safe, loved beyond measure, and blissfully unaware of their own mortality? …
5 Rule Modifications For Catan.
I reluctantly began playing Catan four or five years ago (back when it was known as Settlers of Catan). I say reluctantly because when my wife brought it home for our family to play on Thanksgiving, I remember rolling my eyes thinking it would surely be a dumb game. After all, I was a strict Castle Risk guy and this ugly, hexagon-shaped game — comprised of little hexagons within — had “no-fun” written all over it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I’ve played Catan approximately 200 times since that Thanksgiving. …
We’re only a week away from the start of the highly anticipated annual writing project known as National Novel Writing Month. Right now thousands of writers are preparing to begin this project that officially commences on November 1st.
The month-long writing event—most commonly referred to by its abbreviation, NaNoWriMo—challenges authors to write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days. This annual project is quite popular and has helped launch the careers of several authors as they ended up publishing the novels they wrote during NaNoWriMo.
Another positive byproduct of NaNoWriMo is that it promotes discipline, dedication, and perseverance to the craft of writing as authors must maintain an approximate 1,667 minimum daily word count in order to complete 50,000 words by the deadline. …