Thursday, January 19, 2017


St. Paul's Chapel, in the shadow of what used to be the world trade center, survived and provided succor to the victims and responders of the 9-11 disaster. It survived and provided succor to the victims and responders of the 1776 burning of New York City.
Their current pastor called that "a horrible opportunity."

As Americans, we now have a horrible opportunity to show the world, by our actions, what the majority of Americans are and are not. In the midst of chaos and confusion, remember the words of Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who survived torture and medical experimentation in the Nazi extermination camps. And then produced some of the most spiritually oriented, positive psychological philosophy the world has ever seen.

No one can make you think or do anything. You always have the choice to think or do what you choose to do, regardless of the consequences. Do not focus on the things that concern you over which you have no control. Focus on those things over which you do have control.

Then choose to do what you would want others to do to you. And do it.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lucky Friday The Thirteenth

This Friday the thirteenth may be your lucky day. 
The Goodreads Support Indie Authors group will be putting on a special 
featuring 125 books by indie authors.
Many of these featured books have won prizes. 
Many are either free or discounted. 
Here's the link:

And yes, my award winning novel, Dancing With The Dead is featured and discounted.
For the next seven days you can obtain an e-version for the grand total of 99 cents.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

They Been On The Job Too Long

The first thing Congress did in 2017, the first thing on their agenda, priority numero uno, was to revoke the independent ethics committee’s ability to operate.  The independent ethics committee investigates unethical acts of congressmen and women, and has the ability to report their findings directly to the public.

They been on the job too long.

There’s an old folk song, called “Duncan and Brady”, that was sung back in the sixties by Judy Henske. It’s about a cop who thought he was King of his beat and could do anything he wanted. It goes something like this:
“Duncan, Duncan, was a-tendin’ the bar,
Along comes Brady with his shiny star,
Brady says to Duncan, ‘you are under arrest.’
Duncan shot a hole in Mister Brady’s breast.
Well, he been on the job too long,
I say he been on the job too long.
Women all heard King Brady was dead,
They go home and they re-wrap in red,
Come a slippin’, come a slidin’,
Come a shufflin’ down the street,
In their big mother hubbards and their stockin’ feet.
Well, he been on the job too long.
I say, he been on the job too long.”

But this is the age of social media. And the Congressional phone lines went into overload from the protest raised. In this day of cell phones, we may forget that land lines are still very much in use—and in Washington D.C. in the Congress, that’s where most of the business gets done.
So they “walked it back.” Dropped it like the proverbial hot potato.

They been on the job too long.
Oh yeah, King Congress been on the job too long.

And today, I’m wearing red.