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The Halloween Story

October 28, 2014

Halloween is the day before “All Saint’s Day,” also known as “All Hallow’s Day” — a hallow is a saint — which is where we get the word. But what about the rest of it? Candy? Spookiness? What’s that all about? Here’s the story: Halloween is a Christian holiday. It’s the day before the big…

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Justin Bieber — “Boyfriend” is a Horror Show

October 24, 2014

I joked about a petition that demands Canada apologize for Justin Bieber, but then I felt guilty. I try to keep an open mind, and I realized I have never actually heard a Justin Bieber song…. So I surf on over to YouTube and pick one that has a lot of views (hoping to get…

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot in New Novel

October 16, 2014

One of Agatha Christie’s most famous characters, Hercule Poirot, has a new story. The “Belgian upstart,” famous for using his “little grey cells” to solve crimes, was last seen in the novel Curtain. She wrote the novel in the early 1940s, during World War II. Christie had the novel locked away in a bank vault for…

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Phantom Limb: Draw the Line

September 25, 2014

If you were Frankensteining Yolanda Quartey’s voice in a lab, you’d take equal parts Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton, a dash of Tina Turner, and a spoonful of Janis Joplin. On a map, you might pick a spot south of Mowtown and north of Nashville — but you’d be off by an ocean. Quartey, and…

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Lily Bishop – No Strings Attached

September 17, 2014

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you come back to work on Monday and there he is — and now you have to work with him. Laura Todd has a consensual fling with the handsome and wealthy Fox Thornton. When she returns to work, Fox is there, investigating why her company is missing money…

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Zebrahead – Call Your Friends

September 12, 2014

When  Zebrahead throws a party, it’s time to call your friends. This band was formed in La Habra, California in 1996 when four friends who shared the same practice space decided to leave the bands they were in and start a new one. 15 years and 10 albums later, they’re touring the world and having as…

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J.T. Shepherd – Charlotte: A Haunted High School Adventure

September 11, 2014

J.T. Shepherd has never seen a ghost. But he seems to like them. He has five books available on Amazon, and all of them are haunted. Charlotte is the first book in his “Haunted High School Adventure” series. In all of these books, the heroine is named Lisa Donovan. She is accompanied by her ghost…

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10 Things to Do Before You Give Up

September 10, 2014

We have all been there, right? Nothing seems to be working, you’re not seeing any progress, and everyone, including you, has lost faith that you can do it. Maybe it’s time to give up. Okay, maybe it is. Life isn’t always rainbows and sparkles. Maybe you’re going in the wrong direction. Maybe your dream is not…

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Lazy Habits – Even Out

September 9, 2014

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown — well, no, that isn’t what happened, according to the band Lazy Habits. Jack was selling drugs, it turns out, and Jill was a gold-digger who whacked him on the head with a metal pipe. Lazy…

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William Lobban: The Glasgow Curse

September 8, 2014

There’s a notorious criminal following me! On Twitter, that is, and it’s former criminal, if you please. William Lobban, a gangster so vicious no prison in Scotland would take him, finished paying his debt to society in an English penitentiary in 1988. Now he’s a bestselling author. His gritty and brutally honest autobiography, The Glasgow Curse,…

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Kongos: Come With Me Now

September 5, 2014

I hear a radio announcer say “…from South Africa.” My ears perk up. There’s a Gideon Stevens in South Africa (but I’m in North America.) I don’t know him, but just knowing he’s there keeps South Africa on my watchlist. So when I heard about a band named “Kongos” — from South Africa — gaining…

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Tin Man and Rabbit

September 4, 2014

My first novel, a romantic adventure titled Tin Man and Rabbit, is now available as an ebook. The paperback edition will be available soon. It’s the story of Tom and Lisa, both a little gun-shy from previous relationships…. Tom is being coerced into selling his childhood home, and Lisa is the real-estate agent who gets the contract to…

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Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9

September 3, 2014

This will lift your spirits: a bass player walks out into a public square and puts his top hat on the ground. He stands, bow at the ready, waiting. A young girl walks up and drops some money into the hat. He begins to play. As he continues, a cellist joins him. A few moments…

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The Magic of Reading

September 2, 2014

When I was in first grade, six years old, one day, after much preparation, we went to the library. The whole class lined up, and we marched single-file down the hall and into (ominous music) The Library. I wasn’t particularly impressed. Big room, lots of books. Meh. We didn’t even have access to the whole room,…

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Hello World!

September 1, 2014

Every year around this time, I get the itch for a new project. I don’t know why, maybe it has something to do with weather, or planetary alignments, or maybe it’s just a holdover from my youth when this was the time to go back to school. In any case, I’m looking around at my…

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