Senior Woes

Whether you agreed with it or not, in the US a mandatory program called Obama care or the Affordable Health Care Act landed on the US population and gave us another example of chaos in planning. Then the Destroyer in Chief ascended with a mission to erase any program initiated and signed with the initial “O.” The end result is … no end. We are left with a percolating puddle of porridge that nourishes no one. In the rush to the benefit table, slower ones lose out; the very young, the very old, those with pre-existing conditions. My submission for this week’s Twittering Tale concerns one of those groups.

Twenty-four bloggers/writers contributed to last week’s tale. Kat collected them in her round-up post. Go to her site to read some interesting posts provoked by the picture of a (possible) well. From the round up you can also follow links to interesting blogs. As with last week, I reposted Kat’s instructions, her picture prompt, and her submission. I followed all of that with my post.

Join in, have fun, discover interesting blogs.

Don’t Believe the Video, Believe What I Say

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Shot to Pieces by Michael O’Keefe is a 414-page police procedural fiction novel I purchased on Amazon after I received an author alert about its availability. As a former law enforcement type, I like novels written by former cops such as O’Keefe. His career was much longer than mine and covered many parts of the job that I only heard about. That was only one difference. My experience was in California, he was in New York. Unless making observations at the federal level, which O’Keefe does, there is not a standardized set of terminology and procedures throughout the United States. There is a standard of training, known as POST (Police Officer’s Standards and Training) that is a goal of police academies but upon graduation, rookies are assigned to training officers where academy training is tweaked to the demands of municipalities and regions. All of this is to note that I learned things from this book.

Dorky Behavior?

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Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell is written for readers age 9-13 which covers grades 4-8. So what is an OWG (Old White Guy) doing reading this book? First, it is very good entertainment. I don’t generally read this genre and the only thing I have to compare it to is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I found this written with more of a sense of enthusiasm for life than I found in Wimpy Kid. My fascination with this read extended beyond this singular work. I found thirteen books in this series alone. The author is an industry unto herself. There are activity books, translations in French, Spanish, and Italian (and probably more but I got tired of the search). There are books outside this series with equally engaging characters. Although I was entertained by the story itself, through it I found a different resource for reading material at low cost.

Holmes in Wonderland

This book can be confusing from cover to 59% of the short story. The title is probably Deadly Curse by John Pirillo. The cover indicates it is a Sherlock Holmes mystery but that is only true in the loosest sense of what most people think Sherlock Holmes mysteries are. This is closer to a parody but not only of Sherlock Holmes. Imagine an environment in which Sherlock Holmes, Watson, and Harry Houdini are working together to solve a mystery involving William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll. The victims are all characters from Alice in Wonderland. Not to ponder too long, John Pirillo explains his constructs in an author note. Think of this as a break from overly serious reading. A short break.

To the Tunnels

Go to this address to read several stories from the previous week’s twittering tales. Discover new blogs and fun reading…

For Whom the Belle Tolls

Hell’s Princess by Harold Schechter is the well-researched story of the mystery of Belle Gunness, a butcher of men. I note that she was “a” butcher of men, not “the” butcher of men or even the title without an article. Belle was a serial killer, one of many in history and to date. She was notable for several reasons. She was “she;” female serial killers were and are disproportionately few compared to males. Women nurtured; they did not “knock people off.” Second, Belle was unusually cruel in her kill methods and selection of targets. They were not strangers; her victims were husbands, lovers, and included her own children. Finally, she operated in a time and environment that we look back upon from the present day as a time of innocence, a closely interactive environment where people trusted the common good in each other, where such things just didn’t happen.

Trust the Government … Or Else

Reflected Echo by Teresa Grabs is a Young Adult dystopian novel about the struggle for survival of a young girl, Echo, in a tightly controlled government state. In Bakerton High School, students were assessed by ever-present adult evaluators on their attitudes toward the State by the way they walked and the expressions on their faces. There were so many rules with accompanying negative sanctions that Echo and her friends came to accept that their very existence broke some rule. Therefore, there was nothing to be done but plod forward and accrue as few negative comments as possible.

Don’t Feel Sheepish

It’s the weekend and time for a bit of creativity that could not be expressed in classes last week.  Wait…

Whatif Whatif Whatif ?

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TRIGGER WARNING: There are descriptions of extreme horror that are not suitable for all readers. Not everyone is comfortable with humans consuming or killing other humans in explicit very detailed ways. Even when sometimes the humans are or might be demons. And what do demons look like? This novel has descriptions of demons that should not be read close to meal times although snacks during reading are up to a reader’s queasiness quotient. Sexual language is surprisingly minimal; horror, gore, and violence are at maximum throttle.

Sample Chapter Alert

The Unknown by Martha Henley is the first story in a series of suspicious tales and psychological shorts with an interesting cover blurb that proclaims: “Live Your Life, Die Your Death.” Stephanie has avoided most social events since the accident that left her with one prosthetic leg. One might think that at university level ridiculous demeaning comments would decrease. Stephanie had decided to re-enter social life by attending a Halloween fraternity party. She would be “coming out” with her disability. Friend Dani did not initially want to go but felt she needed to support Stephanie at this vital decision point.

The party at the fraternity house was held outside; Nick explained that his parents didn’t allow parties inside the house. Nick lied. It wasn’t his parents’ disapproval that worried Nick. It seemed the house was haunted in a very specific way. People with disabilities, those with prosthetic devices, heard voices. The voices delivered specific instructions to the special people that led to torture and murder of those around them. The haunted, singing voices took control of those with prosthetics; none had the ability to resist unless they were in the basement of the house.

Stephanie was not in the basement. She heard the voices. Eventually, so did others.