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LITERATURE: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Honestly hadn’t heard of this novel by Ransom Riggs until I saw the trailer for the Tim Burton movie and of course, was fascinated by it. While well-written and plotted out, it was a bit of a disappointment to me … Continue reading

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REVIEWS: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

The surge in public outcry, fueled by journalists and social media has bothered me for quite some time. The public outrage and the ability to make your indignation known worldwide via such easy access on the internet which supplies everyone … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Go Set A Watchman

The much anticipated release of Harper Lee’s new (old) novel has been met with disappointment and, of course, outrage due to her in-depth revelation of Atticus Finch as a racist. Evidently this wonderful man’s motive in defending his client in … Continue reading

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REALITY: New Year’s Eve, 2014

Tonight I shall go out and howl into the blackness of the last of the year. I will summon up outrage and hatred, intolerance and annoyance, all that may threaten the peace of a new year. I shall get it … Continue reading

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John Timmons – December 12th, 2014

For a man is a moment like rain on a mid-summer day a white blinding Nor’easter the paintbrush of autumn and burst buds of the spring lilac tree Or a man is a moment like the flash of volcano washing … Continue reading

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REVIEWS: Utopia

I thought “Utopia”, TV’s latest reality show, would be different. No prize, no winner, a time span of a year. But once again, the media knows us better than we will admit about ourselves. Reality shows have the potential of … Continue reading

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WRITING: At Its Heart

Writers, artists, take in what others miss. The subtleties, the hints, the constancy of human nature, both the softness of the soul and the obvious and objectionable to the conscience. Then digest and regurgitate it into words, strokes of the … Continue reading

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REVIEWS: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

I of course understand that this book is coming from the viewpoint of a likely advocate of capitalism, but then all books are written mostly from an influenced and established point of view and therefore opinionated rather than presented as … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Some Reviews Coming Up

Happy to be reading again. I have two books finished and am over half-way through a third so I’ll be reviewing these three shortly. Though not in my usual span of several posts as something snags on my brain, I … Continue reading

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: Bullying

With the country all abuzz about the most recent and high profile case of bullying by Incognito of Martin, two players for the Miami Dolphins NFL team, it seems to me that we trend our outrage in cycles. To me, … Continue reading

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: Stereotyping

Ironic, how the same people who are so outraged by the Trayvon Martin killing as being solely racially motivated are somehow unaware of their own equally unfounded labeling of Zimmerman, the jury, and anyone who doesn’t agree with them as … Continue reading

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: Student Loans and Mortgages

I seriously cannot stomach this “they gave me all this money to go be a doctor and now they expect me to pay it back” attitude. Who applied for the loan? Would you be happier if they’d turned you down? … Continue reading

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: Thoughts on Law

I believe that the crux of law–and political controversy–is that in an evenly divided society, we must understand that a “can” law is very different than a “cannot” law, and that regardless of personal belief, one half cannot impose restrictions … Continue reading

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NEW MEDIA: Breaking Through The Fourth Wall

Technology has given us social networking and social networking has given the audience (of any medium: newspapers, internet, television, telephone, etc.) a voice. That voice of the reader/viewer has just broken through the literary fourth wall. Normally the fourth wall … Continue reading

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: Blame and Benefits

As a retail shop owner in a small town, and as a resident of Connecticut, I can sympathize with the storekeepers in Sandy Hook who lost some good holiday business because of the horrendous tragedy that occurred at the Sandy … Continue reading

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