Down the Road
Down the Searsport Road a Piece
We're settling in at our new "rent" in Searsport, an apartment about a half-mile off the nearest road, Routes 1 and 3. I used to live in Swanville a hundred or so years ago, while I was teaching in Thorndike. That's how I got to know the area. Belfast, about five miles away, has a nice system of parks within the city. Yesterday we stopped at one of them and watched a white cruise ship docked at the town dock. We know nothing about the "American Glory," except it made a peaceful background as we visited one of the city's parks.
Jun 28, 2015 - 9:55:46 PM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No 22
We have links to Three Book Reviews and Two Author Articles in this week's book basket as well as the publicity material for 12 book releases. These books are: "Ordinary Evil" by Gene Ferraro; "Retribution (Col Sec series Book 4)" by Jan Domagala; "New Beginnings" by J. Gawlik; "Precocious" by V Leigh; "The Cosmic Microwave Background: How It Changed Our Understanding of the Universe" by Dr Rhodri Evans; "Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley; "Petronella and the Janjilons" by Cheryl Bentley; "The Whispering Voice" Dr. Maduka, Sunny Oby; "Spaniels Rock" by Andrea Bryant; "The Lean Product Playbook" by Dan Olsen; "The Chateau" by Irene Taylor and "Black Witch" By Steve Scott
Jun 26, 2015 - 11:05:33 PM
Win at Work
Winning at Work--Perpetuated Myths
Myths. Beliefs. Conventional wisdom. Even our own eyes get in our way. Consider what happened to Galileo. In 1589, he gathered the world's most learned professors to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a demonstration to disprove a 2,000 year old physics principle of Aristotle's: the heavier an object is, the faster it will fall to earth.
Jun 25, 2015 - 1:10:33 PM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Doctor's Stories" by Dr. Charles T. Chase
Dr. Chase, through his well-written stories, cited many examples of how a caring doctor can help others in dire medical need and even when circumstances were not as expected, this well-educated caring man, stepped up and did what was expected of him and more. Dr. Chase can go into his twilight years in peace.
Jun 24, 2015 - 7:15:20 AM
Big Problems with the Big Bang
Comparing 1959 four digit red shift data and the 2009 data clearly shows on the average galactic clusters were/are decelerating; This is decisive direct proof there is no dark energy, the universe could not have originated in a central eruption, and strongly supports the "New Universe Theory with the laws of Physics", (described in Ref 1, Ref 2, and Ref 3.. The author is a Retired engineering physicist whose book "Big Bang Problems" refutes the Big Bang theory. Each chapter in that book presents proof that the formation of the universe did not take place in the way currently supported by the status quo of astronomers and cosmologists. The following article is taken from his 7th argument.
Jun 24, 2015 - 7:13:11 AM
Down the Road
Down the Same Old Road
Years later at a ministers' conference, another minister declared that I was a communist because I didn't like softball. He was half right. I didn't like softball. But I loved volleyball, which apparently didn't prevent me from being a communist. (Volleyball didn't require any skills, just jump up and down and holler and take an occasional swat at the ball as it went flying past my ball-avoiding head.) I may have -- actually not -- been a communist, but it was that preacher who said I was who a few years ago was caught "running around" (without a ball) with a deacon's wife. I don't know what happened to the wife, but the preacher ended up leaving the state -- and I hope the ministry.
Jun 20, 2015 - 8:17:30 PM
Milt Gross Book Review: "House of Earth" by the late Woody Guthrie
Singer Woody Guthrie apparently wrote this book to promote building houses in Dust Bowl-era Texas from mud bricks, an improvement over the rickey wooden shacks most residents called home. Guthrie, who lived from 1912 to 1967, was an American folk song singer, whose best known song was the well-known "This Land Is Your Land." The back cover of the book states that Guthrie's "legacy" included over 3,000 songs with themes of history, politics, culture, spiritual, narrative and children's interests.
Jun 20, 2015 - 8:14:45 PM
The Great Waterfall of God's Love
Consider the phrase, 'there's nothing you can do to make God.' This is true: no one can 'make God' do or be anything other than what God is. God loves us with an infinite love, because God IS love ... but nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can constrain God to love us or not love us. His love is what theologians call a 'self-donation.' We don't seduce God's love by being either adorable or pathetic -- his love flows entirely from his nature and is utterly voluntary. God is "moved to compassion," not because we manipulate him with our pleas, but because God is compassion itself and his love flows without ceasing wherever it is received. My experience of God's love may fluctuate as I welcome it or rebuff it, but God himself cannot love us more or less. His love, by nature, is not dependent on our behaviour or jerked around by our emotional rollercoasters.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:20:03 PM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Choosing to Live" by Jerry D. Campbell
"Choosing to Live" though small in pages, contains life changing information that all human beings should read because what Mr. Campbell experienced in the loss of his wife, can and will help prepare all those left behind in knowing what to do next. One never wishes to be "blindsided" by a sudden death as so many of us are. I was brought to tears upon reading the love-filled passages of a couple's love for one another the writer's agony in dealing with the loss of his beloved wife Veta.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:15:21 PM
Saluting a "Great Charter" of Liberty
"It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty," John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." It's even more fitting that we do so this year, as we mark the 800th anniversary of another landmark document in the annals of liberty: England's Magna Carta, which preceded our Declaration by 561 years. In fact, the name, "Magna Carta," means "great charter" in Latin, and how appropriate that it be called this, considering its role in curbing the excesses of tyrannical monarchs. Both King Richard and his brother-successor, King John, were levying crushing levels of taxation on their subjects and seizing property virtually at whim.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:12:41 PM
The nature of the Mahmoud Abbas regime
Bassam Eid, the founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, concludes that "the Palestinians need strong democratic institutions and an end to human rights violations.... [However,] Abbas runs a corrupt dictatorship, using international funds to consolidate his own administration, rather than to develop the Palestinian economy. In East Jerusalem, the PA is so mistrusted that most Palestinians would prefer to live under Israel rule...."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:10:45 PM
Why The Patriot Act is Tyranny and Rand Paul is a Hero
The fact is Rand Paul is a defender of American security unlike any other candidate currently running to lead this nation. He's one of a very few to openly stand for the Constitutional rights of all Americans to be secure in their homes and free of government snooping into their private business......All of this is what Senator Paul was objecting to. This massive growth of government and the obvious loss of liberty that comes with it is what he was trying to stop. Does it then come as a surprise that Senator Rand Paul has become public enemy #1 by establishment Republican hawks, big money Republican fund raisers, all big government proponents and their Patriot Act-dependent industries? As said in the landmark movie "Network," he has messed with the natural order of things."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:07:22 PM
Legacy of Father Edward Flanagan Boy's Town Omaha, Nebraska
On June 21st the world celebrates Father's Day, and yet, I have no memories to remember it as being any different to all the other days of the year. I have two children who will not be there, by choice, because they have been emotionally poisoned, but that is the story of life itself. I have no regrets for having lived as an honest hardworking father, who cared for his family more than himself.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:05:25 PM
Being a Jew Trumps Assimilation
The biggest mistake many of our rabbis and Jewish community leaders make is by insisting that Jewishness is the religious observance only. Being a Jew has always meant, for Jews and our enemies - the peoplehood, belonging to the tribe, ethnicity or nation - whichever term you feel comfortable with - combined with Judaism when it was possible! We also have the unique and advanced religion, deep seated spiritual tradition, common history and aspirations that bond us all, observant and secular Jews.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:03:02 PM
Magic CIty Book Basket 2015 No. 21
In this week's Book Basket is provided the link to the one book review published this week and two links to the articles that book authors submitted for publication. Additionally we have a total of 12 books listed with accompanying publicity material. These books are: "Life Savers" by Tunde Alaofin; "My Journey: West Virginia to Korea and Back to WVU" by Jack Elbon; "Power of Pronouncing Blessing" by Georgina Boye; "Justin and the First Amendment" By Verna Safran; "The Executioner" by Artie McFerrin; "Night of All Evil" by J.M. Shorney; "The Bugs Doctor with a Passion for Music" by Emmanuel Ndawula; "Idolatry of Blood: Religion for a Post-Modern World" by Frederic Zurcher; "AKs and Lollipops - Inside The Syrian Conflict" by Paddy Vipond; "Master Your Brain: Training Your Mind for Success in Life" by Phillip Adcock; "The Reluctant Warrior: An American Airman's Story" by Barry Rickson and "God Does No Wrong" By Jan Wooden Howse
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:00:22 PM
Embracing the Life Changing Power of Africa: My Travels with King Kong
Our group of 20 fellow travelers was divided into teams to handle the daily chores of cooking, cleaning, loading and unloading of gear, and setup of camp, which included the task of gathering firewood and making the fire for cooking. (So how do you find firewood in the middle of the Sahara Desert? You don't -- but you do find camel dung which makes a pretty good fire.) I was given the job of mechanic, being responsible for checking the fluid levels, tires, and general mechanical condition of our two vehicles, one of which was an old British Army bus named "King Kong". What began as a simple daily routine of checking oil and water levels became a nightmare of mechanical breakdowns. There were broken springs to replace, clogged fuel lines, flat tires to fix, and finally the big breakdown came when a valve dropped through the top of the piston, leaving us stranded in the middle of the Sahara 200 miles from the nearest town!
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:33:46 AM
Kebekois Youth found guilty of killing Cuban-born girl
Such was the case of 18-year old unarmed Honduran immigrant Fredy Villanueva, who was shot in cold blood by a Montreal Urban Community Policewoman, and justice was pushed to the sidelines by the courts to protect the guilty, since they were Kebekois. These people and sycophants in Kebekois society have made the halls of justice a laughing stock by having the gall to accuse South Africans of apartheid crimes.
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:29:28 AM
America, land that I love! Born and bred in the U.S.A.!
No matter what "political party" takes up space in D.C., this land is your land, this land is my land, and I shall call it beloved, and blessed by God, and shall never be anything less than humbled and blessed to have been born here and live here. I shall never, ever take it for granted.
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:25:20 AM
Down the Road
One of two phones that didn't work, but now do -- we hope.
I spent two and a-half hours on the phone at the cable company's somewhere-in-the-South headquarters, trying to get what was broke fixed. That was yesterday. Today it got fixed. Turned out that one of the "boxes" chuck full of electronic signals and circuits was worn out.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:27:10 AM
Iran and ISIS. High Moral Ground or Bloody Trenches?
If we are to win the battles against nuclear proliferation and against Islamic terrorism we must change the diplomatic narrative. We must take the conversation to where it can change the course of history without adding to the violence. To do this, we must stake out the highest possible moral ground, and not be naive about how strong we must be or how long it may take. Our strategy to deal with the dangers of ISIS and Iran should be one strategy, and contrary to our President's claim, it should not depend on Iraq or any other nation. Five simple principles should guide us.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20:45 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Hound-dog Man, a novel", by Fred Gipson
This fiction novel covers a raccoon hunt by Blackie Scantling and two boys, one of whom, Cotton Kinney, is the hero of the story. It also covers home life in the Texas outback, the threats and defeat of a bad guy, a baby being born, and other typical incidents of early-twentieth-centure rural Texas. Gipson wrote it in first person...Years ago when I was teaching, I read Gipson's books, and I highly recommend this one if your sense of adventure has remained youthful.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:10:15 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 20
This week's book basket contains links to two author articles published this week at Magic city, as well as the header for a book review written by Milt Gross. Naturally there is publicity material for book releases. This week there are 11 of them. They are: "Charlie's Cream Tea" by Victoria Hart; "Adventures of The Great Marlo & The Blue Pearl" by Gary Markwick; "A Touch of the Underworld" by Dr. David Trucker; "God is NOT Happy" by Flo Taber-Brown; "A More Christlike God" By Brad Jersak; "An Unconventional Leader" by Neill Wallace; "The Tree of Young Dreamers" By Frank Sousa; "Much Ado About Shakespeare" by Jimmy Hartley; "Spirits In The Classroom - A True Story Of A Teacher's Adventures From Beyond" by Jonny Angels; "The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes" by H.R. Jakes and "STABLE: The Keys to Heaven on Earth" by April Michelle Lewis
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:50:35 AM
What's my motivation here? by Patrick J. Fornari
Will we stand or fall? Honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility are just a few of the disciplines no longer taught at our institutions of higher learning. Is it any wonder why our military almost unilaterally has taken on the responsibility of defending our country? Values are still taught in military organizations, but not in the majority of our colleges and universities....As I walk through this world I often encounter electronically obsessed Americans that look up at me briefly from their electronic device in order to avoid the possibility of me knocking them over. I admittedly hold little regard for their safespace if they refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Their deer in the headlight facial expressions sometimes make me feel as if they are about to utter aloud what a Stanislavski trained actor might say as they look up from their screenplay or movie script.
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:44:25 AM
Let's Put the "Ex" in "Ex-Im"
"The winners should prevail by playing the game better than others, not by forcing taxpayers to give them an advantage," Garett Churchill, owner of Fluxeon Inc., told The Daily Signal. "The winners should be judged by the success they have, and that's not achieved on the backs of his fellow countrymen." Moreover, there are more than 31 investigations into alleged fraud at the Bank. At a recent hearing, members of the House Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees were told these will likely lead to indictments. There's also an alarming lack of transparency, with the Bank failing to account for $25.8 billion in transactions, according to the Heritage-Mercatus report.
Jun 10, 2015 - 9:46:29 PM
Down the Road
Down the just-moved Road about 30 miles from where we were
Nor do I recall how Mike, one of their nine kids, and I became friends. What I do remember is Mike helping me onto Little Guy, who was anything but little. Looking back, I think he stood about 16 hands tall, a hand, I believe being four inches in length. He was a giant to me with Mike teaching me how to ride. Little Guy and I rode all through the woods, which I'm guessing must have been about 20 acres or so between Suburbia and the Great Valley. The Great Valley had once been farms, and there still were some. But Suburbia was quickly moving in to where the farms had been.
Jun 9, 2015 - 4:56:35 AM
The so-called French TRICOLOUR is a flag that represents three nations not one
The French kings always called themselves kings of France and Switzerland. After her marriage to the Dauphin Mary came up with the idea of designing a flag for the day when she would be Queen of Scotland, Switzerland and France, The BLUE was for Scotland, the White was for Switzerland, and the RED was for France. Thus the pattern that she chose was the present day French Tricolour (Flag), but history was to change all that when the Dauphin went to his grave, before ever becoming King of France, and so the Tricolour flag was shelved in the French palace.
Jun 9, 2015 - 4:53:28 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Running with Scissors, a memoir" by Augusten Burroughs
The book is kind of quirky, weird, about a young man, the author, Augusten Burroughs, and his years as a teenager. Actually the book is a memoir, not fiction, and it is crass, describing many indecent scenes -- according to me -- of how Burroughs mother was mentally ill, his living a good part of the time in the house of the psychologist who is treating her, and the weird occurrences that took place.
Jun 9, 2015 - 4:50:13 AM
My experience in nursing vs. holistic nursing
As a nurse working in hospitals I followed the usual routines caring for my patients. I enjoyed the work and did this for many years. There was always something new to learn, and I joined nursing organisations in order to keep up with the latest trends. But then, all this changed when I attended one particular meeting. The subject was "diet," so I expected the usual recommendation of "meat and two vegetables, fats, dairy and carbohydrates." Instead, the presenter introduced us to something called "Applied Kinesiology" and showed through muscle testing that certain foods were not appropriate for certain individuals.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:25:30 AM
Terms that are meaningless today
In the early days of French settlement in North America and the foundation of New France began, there was a way for people to claim being French by word DE SOUCHE, or old stock being only of French background. After this came the term PURE LAINE, pure wool or true blue, of dyed in the wool, as opposed to those who were born in New France and those whose backgrounds were of mixed origins.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:22:43 AM
Vote "No" on Fast Track by Franciscan Action Network
Stopping the fast track of the Trans Pacific Partnership deal has become the priority of many non-profits due to questions it raises when it comes to important issues such as labor, the environment, human trafficking, and immigration. Trade deals this big are too important to be done in secret--especially when potential partner countries do not have the same standards as the United States. Signing off on such a deal could even look like the United States is condoning bad behavior.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:20:33 AM
Deaf Ears and Blind Hearts Ignore the SIgns
The Clarion Project recently released a 3 minute video warning the USA to listen to and BELIEVE what the Muslim world says. It provides some footage of historical situations in which the West failed to heed the warnings and paid dearly. There is a growing number of westerners joining ISIS. These people will return home if they are not killed. These people have been told to rise up against and DESTROY the infidel wherever they are found.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:17:35 AM
Global kudos to Israel's long term viability
Some 280 global high tech giants (mostly from the US) have given kudos to Israel's economy, in general, and Israel's brain power, in particular, by establishing research and development (R&D) centers in the Startup Nation. Thus, Intel operates four R&D centers, Microsoft - 2, IBM - 3 R&D centers, etc.. A few scores of these high tech giants are major bio-med companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Philips, General Electric, Abbott Laboratories, Merck Serono, Foson Pharmaceuticals and Samsung, reflecting global appreciation of Israel's unique capabilities and contribution in the areas of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and digital and mobile healthcare.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:15:13 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 19
We have one book review link in this week's book basket and publicity releases for 12 books. These are: "Captain Hawk" By SJ Garland; "Dogs Don't Talk" By Nancy May; "50! The Life, Loves & Psyche of a Male Mid-life Crisis: Vol 1 - The Journey" by Cory Y. Standby; "Rings of Smoke" By Diane O'Toole; "The New One Minute Manager" By Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson William Morrow; "A Forbidden Boundary" By Shauna Springs; "An Interview with the Devil: Prophecy and Thy Dead Script" By Raymond Burt; "l hope they all manage to get a small plastic toy from the cereal box" by Gareth Morris; "Science and the Soul" by Mike Pitman; "The Last Road Rebel--and Other Lost Stories" By Robert Gilberg; "Through the Eyes of Guilt" by Alvin Epp and "The Masterpiece Within" by Claudia Church
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:12:31 AM
Scheme of Things
Planting Seeds of Possibility
As the school year ends, I'm reminded of the teachers, in various roles,
who positively impacted my life far beyond our encounters. These
thoughts are for them, and people like them, who touch our lives and
never know the lasting impact they have. Often, we don't even know
ourselves until years later.
Jun 5, 2015 - 12:29:26 AM
Minimum Wage, Maximum Hypocrisy
Labor expert James Sherk, for example, found that raising the minimum wage to $15 would cause a 36 percent drop in hours worked in fast food.....As Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, told the Times: "With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them. This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."
Jun 4, 2015 - 5:31:20 AM
Death of the Ethnocentric Bigot Jacques Parizeau, but will his PIPE DREAM Continue?
Most of Kebek's upper crust society sent their children to this elitist brainwashing Institution, and from it came others like Pierre-Elliott Trudeau and a host of present day separatist elites that have all failed at the creation of a pseudo French state in North America, because they were never French to begin with, but Franco-Amerindians by origin, who for ages clung to the false premise that they were French. Because even France refused to recognize them as French, and false claim do not a Frenchman or Frenchwoman make.
Jun 4, 2015 - 5:28:33 AM
Children's Deaths Don't Matter to Domestic Violence Activists
Statistics are a tool for measuring various aspects of any given situation, but as a weapon, they can be used to promote any desired agenda, simply by pulling them out of context. I mentioned above that Female domestic violence deaths equated with 0.00001% of males between the ages of 25 and 54, whilst the number of children at risk was ten thousand times higher and the number of deaths in one state alone was Nine times higher. To deliberately project onto society an ideology that is biased, disproportional and/or false, is to impact generations of impressionable young minds whose every relationship will be infected with a cancerous untruth.
Jun 2, 2015 - 6:35:55 AM
Three Questions to Change the Election
Agenda 21 is designed to change our nation; our way of life; and our form of government. These candidates want to allow those changes to quietly take place, unseen and unnoticed by the public, while they remain silent. If the candidates want to drastically change our nation, then it's time we have a national debate about it. Starting today, ask the questions that will fire that debate. The term social justice is used more and more in today's official society. The actual meaning of social justice is redistribution of wealth, much of which is imposed through the tool of political correctness. Social Justice is used to create class warfare and divisions in our society. It is now widely used in our public school curricula to replace actual academics with behavior modification methods designed to change the attitudes, values and beliefs of the children.
Jun 2, 2015 - 6:21:01 AM
Down the Road
Down the Road some distance
Summer in Maine I find interesting, unlike the hot summers of my childhood in suburban Philadelphia, where it would become hot and stay that way. I remember standing in the back yard as a kid, dreaming of our annual August trip to Maine. It was okay in Maine in the daytime, not as hot as Pennsylvania but hot enough to be comfortable. It was the evenings when things turned arctic. On would go the sweaters and even jackets to stay warm. This, if I remember, was part of the fun....different than Pennsylvania.
May 31, 2015 - 6:38:10 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Backpacks, Boots and Baguettes" by Simon Calder and Mick Webb
My understanding is this trail along the Pyrenees crossed many roads as well as rough places including hard climbing. Many times the two described their coming down a trail to a road and walking along the road. Their overnights were far different from the Appalachian Trail, as well. They seldom camped and spent most nights in hotels or inns with adequate meals.
May 31, 2015 - 6:35:40 AM
Giving "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"
Freedom requires hard work and skilled diplomacy, but there are times when it also demands blood. And if we don't thank God often for those willing to walk toward the guns aimed by those who would take our freedom away, do we deserve to enjoy the fruits of their victory?
May 29, 2015 - 7:10:55 PM
It's time for a reality check by the Franco-Amerindian Kebekois people
While the Kebek Agricultural Marketing Board regulates producers in Kebek, it had no jurisdiction to lay down its laws in other provinces. While the Kebekois Federation might advertise their product as PURE Canadian MAPLE SYRUP in the United States, it does not advertise the MAPLE SYRUP of other Canadian Provinces. So, the Appeal Court in New Brunswick has now cut off Kebek's right to foist its court decisions onto other provinces of Canada.
May 29, 2015 - 7:07:35 PM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 18
This week's book basket contains the link to one book review and the publicity material for 13 books, most of which are recent releases. These books include: "Jewels found along the path of life" by Michael Francis England; "The Manservant" by Michael Harwood; "Mommy, Was Grandpa a Nazi?" By Elisabeth Falcone; "A Dying Trade: Memoirs of a nursing home proprietor" by William Webb; "Report Writing: A Survival Guide" By Joyce Kupsh and Rhonda Rhodes; "God's Final Jubilee" by Dan Goodwin; "MODEL Coach: A Common Sense Guide for Coaches of Youth Sports" By Daniel L. Sedor; "The Doctor's Stories" By Charles T. Chase; "Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King" By Dr. Anthony Corbet; "The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships" By Tony Fielek; "Quality and General Welfare Codification" By Spiro V. Haxhi; "What in the World Is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time" By Penny Gill and "Embrace the Moment" By Bonnie Lee Mahler
May 28, 2015 - 8:23:15 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--The Next Essential Skill
"Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the
feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." Those
words from Olympic swimmer and author Sarah Connor capture the essence
of a skill those wanting to thrive in the new world of work need.
May 27, 2015 - 4:15:04 PM
Atikamekw First Nation declares its sovereignty over its territory
It can now be said that Pierre Karl Pile''O"dough was the founder of THE First Metis Nation in North America. Its main exports will be Tomahawks, Bow and Arrows, Feathered Headdresses, Buckskins, Cigarettes, Fire-Water and a few souvenirs, and a few other items. The New money used in the Kebek Nation will be Piastres, not American or Canadian Dollars.
May 26, 2015 - 5:59:25 AM
Down the Road
Down the Old Maine Road
But it stated something I found interesting, that all things in life turn out for the good, even though some things don't appear to be good while they're happening. So, I thought -- actually thought -- about my own life and things that have happened to me. Many of them turned out, if not good themselves, to be stepping stones to better circumstances. I didn't come to Maine in 1965 to work. I came to have fun, hike, canoe, ride boats from coastal towns, bird hunt, and otherwise enjoy myself. Once we live in Searsport, I'll have time with Dolores to do the things I came to Maine to do. And there is much to do not far from Searsport.
May 24, 2015 - 6:17:15 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Star Island" by Carl Hiaasen
I've been enjoying Hiaasen's books for years, and this one was no exception. Except for the story's becoming too complicated and some humor I found a bit below the good humor belt. This was typically Hiaasen amusing and a bit crude, a little confusing, but overall a good book. I've enjoyed Hiaasen's books more for the weird happenings than for the story plots.
May 24, 2015 - 6:15:14 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 17
In this week's book basket we have the links to one book review and two author articles and have listed 11 book releases which include: "Be the Alchemist of Your Life" By Stine Koppernaes; "Still the Cicadas Sing: A Boy Comes of Age in Nazi Occupied Athens" by Gregory Gregoriadis; "White is the Coldest Colour" by John Nicholl; "Aftermath" by Dyna; "Gold in Quartz" By Ronald von Freymann; "Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities" By Steve Lawson; "Face Value" by Ian Andrew; "Schicksal" By Merima Jackson; "Freddy and Mrs Goodwich" By Adena Trevor; "Lost Hierarchy" by Khurram Arman and "The Woman at the Well: A Rauch Elohim Parable" By Georgette Prime-Godwin
May 21, 2015 - 6:03:29 AM
Six Lessons I've Learned After Two Tragedies
I never would have imagined the path my life has taken. I have experienced the depths of sorrow and known the essence of true joy. I have come to believe out of the tragedy of losing my dear two sons within two short years, that it serves each of us to embrace every moment, because that is all that is certain. Every moment is a gift to learn from and gain insight from. Our moments become part of us and make us who we are.
May 21, 2015 - 5:58:50 AM
Giving Kids a Chance to Succeed
..the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It allows children from low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The DCOSP has helped more than 6,000 kids get a better start in life -- a chance to learn in a safe, challenging school environment where they can reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the program has come under fire from certain politicians who -- not coincidentally -- are beholden to teachers' unions that resent the competition.
May 20, 2015 - 8:17:50 AM