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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Mental Floss

cj Sez: For the first time in a very long time, I spent most of last weekend reading best-selling author Susan Yawn Tanner’s Storm Out of Texas, book 3 of her Bellamys of Texas series.

   It’s free on kindle unlimited if you’ve a mind to join me… 
   I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I promise a review when I’m finished.


   One of the things about Facebook that drives me batty is when the FB algorithm gets an earworm of a subject, and I wind up getting several iterations of “suggested for you” posts on the same subject, yet all from different sources. The subject might be football, college sports, movies from the 50s and 60s, etc. Today it’s Placido Domingo, whose amazing tenor voice I love, but … Today I’ve hidden about twelve of those FB posts. Hiding them “forever” is never forever. You?


No reason for procrastination news item:

   All of my local TV meteorologists report that Arlene, the first named storm of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is struggling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

   I can now testify that the system poses no threat to my home here on the Gulf Coast because it's drifting South. The downside of that news is that now I have no preparations to attend to and no excuse not to get back to editing the story that should have been done aeons* ago. 

  This story has had me bumfuzzled, and I’ve changed the story line and title dozens of times. It’s like, “Oh, look. Maybe I should do that.” I need to discard all 45K words but can’t because I keep thinking there’s a nugget in there somewhere.

(* “Aeon” definition: A period of immeasurable duration.)


Blatant self- promotion:

  Released in April of 2021, THE DAWGSTAR is a suspense/thriller novel with a touch of romance. And I find that its international intrigue premise is still timely and relevant. I bet you will, too. 

   Amateur astronomer Mirabel Campbell happens upon a mysterious point of light in the night sky and unexpectedly becomes enmeshed in a covert world of international political intrigue where deception and lies are the norm. 

  When friends are murdered, she and the CIA ex-husband she still loves must race to uncover the clandestine threat behind The Dawgstar before she becomes the next to die at the hands of a psychopath.


   I didn’t find this special YouTube song in time to post it last week. It’s a sentiment I fervently support.


  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe summer…with lots of time for reading!


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Sunday, May 28, 2023

May 29, 2023, a Day of Remembrance

cj Sez:  Because I believe this info needs repeating . . . 

All sacrificed some; some sacrificed all.

   Many people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day and think of the two days as being interchangeably one and the same, but there is a difference between them. Do you know what it is?

   Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military—in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all who served—not only those who died—have sacrificed.

   Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who died in the service of their country, particularly the military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In England, it’s known as Remembrance Day.

   It wasn't always called Memorial Day…it was once known as Decoration Day. Then the name changed again and became Poppy Day. When I was little, we bought and wore little red, paper poppy flowers as a remembrance. I believe the flowers were made by disabled Vets back then. Whatever the name, it's a day to remember and honor all those heroic men and women who have died in service of the United States of America.

  Born of the Civil War, Memorial Day began as a holiday honoring Union soldiers. The date of the first Decoration Day, the 30th of May, 1868, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular Civil War battle. 

  Inspired by the rondeau poem “In Flanders Fields” (penned by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae while still at a World War I battlefront), Moina Michael, a University of Georgia professor, came up with this simple idea: Sell poppy flowers to raise money on behalf of soldiers killed and injured in World War I--the red of the petals representing the blood of heroes shed on those fields of war. Michael was the first to wear one, and she sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.

   In my original Lyrical Pens post a few years ago, Janie Delchamps Zetsch of Dauphin Island, AL, a veteran and member of AL Post 250, shared insights on how to honor our fallen heroes. Janie told me then that what follows here had been a Facebook repost and gave me permission to use the words. Please take a minute to read it all the way through. It says everything.

“Just a reminder of what we celebrate next weekend. I am but one of millions of proud veterans, however it is not about us. It is to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice during battle, and to honor those that served and have now gone onto their eternal rest. The following, pointed, reminders are provided for your use, knowledge and perhaps to teach a child what we celebrate and honor on Memorial Day. 

Here's some ground rules:
1. Don't wish me a Happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about brave men and women dying.
2. It's not a holiday. It's a remembrance.
3. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA, not Disneyland.
4. Don't tell me how great any one political power is. Tell me about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Mitchell Paige, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name. Attend a Bell Ceremony and shed some tears.
5. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I have carried the burden all too many times for my warriors who now stand their post for God.
6. Say a prayer... and then another.
7. Remember the Fallen for all the Good they did while they were here.
8. Reach out and let a Vet know you're there, we're losing too many in “peace”. God Bless those who fought and died and served this nation for our freedom.”

   cj Sez:  I owe an awesome debt, one which can never be repaid, to the thousands upon thousands of heroic men and women who died so that my family and I live in freedom. I pray God’s blessings and comfort rain down on the grieving families and friends they left behind.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


   The Haunted Book Shop has a few signed copies of my paperback books in stock and ships everywhere. To order contact:  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

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