Archive for August, 2010

Alex Jones: Showman, Charlatan and Huckster

Alex Jones: Showman, Charlatan and Huckster

| August 22, 2010 | Comments (1)

Maybe it’s not such a coincidence that Alex Jones shares the same last name as that notorious, faux Christian sicko who led over 1,000 core supporters to their death (including 280 children) in the Jonestown Massacre. Victims of their own blind devotion to a madman, Jones’ cult followers inadvertently created a now ubiquitous term in the [...]

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Ron Paul: “I don’t believe for a minute that the religion of Islam is our enemy.”

Ron Paul: “I don’t believe for a minute that the religion of Islam is our enemy.”

| August 20, 2010 | Comments (0)

As if we needed anymore proof of Ron Paul’s anti-American treachery — and no, I am not speaking of his inclusion in the Democrats’ list of favorite Republicans(though it’s also quite telling), — he’s finally waded into the Ground Zero mosque controversy where — unsurprisingly — he’s chalked it all up to yet anotherconspiracy theory, fomented by those [...]

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An Appeal to an FB Friend and the GOP on Palin, Conservatism and Moderation

An Appeal to an FB Friend and the GOP on Palin, Conservatism and Moderation

| August 18, 2010 | Comments (0)

Recently, a Facebook friend (someone I’ve known in real life from the time he was in high school), posted a status update warning the Republican Party not to even attempt to rid the country of Obama by putting up a “right wing extremist” like Palin as a presidential contender. There were so many inaccuracies contained [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Regional Brands

The Food of Water Signs: Regional Brands

| August 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

In attempting to evoke a palpable experience of the culture and atmosphere of the Philly, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and South Jersey areas, I purposely peppered Part One of Water Signs with references to popular brands enjoyed by residents of the Delaware Valley. Complemented by the addition of ethnic favorites like Italian wedding cookies, provolone cheese and [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Provolone Cheese and Tomato Pie

The Food of Water Signs: Provolone Cheese and Tomato Pie

| August 15, 2010 | Comments (0)

In Water Signs as in life, regional foods were an integral enhancement to every celebration and sporting event. My mom was the party planner extraordinaire, the hostess with the mostess — the family organizer and Philly sports fanatic who would create well-thought-out or impromptu gatherings centering around every milestone. Whether it was a First Holy [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Italian Wedding Cookies

The Food of Water Signs: Italian Wedding Cookies

| August 14, 2010 | Comments (0)

I thought it would be fun to take a break from some of the heavier themes and plot points to focus in on another aspect of Water Signs — the various foods specifically mentioned, especially in Part One, to help evoke the culture and atmosphere of the Philly/suburban Philly/South Jersey area. When I wrote about [...]

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Water Signs' Real Life Back Story: Six Degrees of Separation

Water Signs’ Real Life Back Story: Six Degrees of Separation

| August 5, 2010 | Comments (0)

After the LinkedIn incident, I decided to leave well-enough alone. Thanks to another social media site, I’d figured out who’d been responsible, and though I was tempted to follow up my email to “Ken” with a phone call, better judgment prevailed. But a curious thing did take place soon after. Before I get into that, [...]

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Water Signs' Real Life Back Story: LinkedIn Deception

Water Signs’ Real Life Back Story: LinkedIn Deception

| August 4, 2010 | Comments (2)

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and to a much lesser extent, LinkedIn, have mostly proven an invaluable resource for me, not simply for promoting my book, but also for political activism, networking and even hosting internet radio programs like Conservative Republican Republican Forum (which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary) and The Liberty Belle Hour [...]

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The Daunting Task of Writing a Tasteful, Compelling Love Scene: Chapter 34 of Water Signs

The Daunting Task of Writing a Tasteful, Compelling Love Scene: Chapter 34 of Water Signs

| August 3, 2010 | Comments (2)

Or, as my lovable smart-aleck writer-friend Don calls it, Chapter Fornication. He kids of course, being one of the book’s staunchest fans as well as someone who understands the novel’s underlying themes and ultimate championing of traditional values. Having been raised with similar values as an Evangelical Christian, Don (like so many other readers) relates to [...]

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Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

| August 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

Aside from a devoted family, there is nothing quite so precious as a loyal, trusted friend. I’ve heard the saying many times, that if you have one good friend, you are truly blessed; I have been blessed infinitely in this area, since I have many dear, loyal friends whom I know have my best interests [...]

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The Seen Versus The Unseen in Water Signs

The Seen Versus The Unseen in Water Signs

| August 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16 I’d posted a cryptic Twitter update the other day alluding to the fact that I’d received confirmation on the accuracy of my intuition, pertaining to a character in my book. I’d [...]

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Character Study: Madeline Rose in Water Signs, Part Two

Character Study: Madeline Rose in Water Signs, Part Two

| August 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

In my last post, I discussed Madeline’s “weighty” insecurities, and their detrimental effect upon her relationship with Ken. Intertwined with other fears and hang-ups about the opposite sex, these insecurities will ultimately lead to a formidable bout with panic and anxiety disorder (from which she eventually emerges victorious) as part of her own personal growth and spiritual development. [...]

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