Now It Can Be Told

Reading this is like sticking a mixing device in your brain and setting the mixer speed to high. However, it made me want to revisit “Breakfast of Champions,” a book I found too non-sensical when I was a serious high school student. High School and taking things seriously was a long time ago.


by Kurt Vonnegut – a Kilgore Trout story…

kurt vonnegut kilgore trout Now It Can Be ToldThe premise of the book was this: Life was an experiment by the Creator of the Universe, Who wanted to test a new sort of creature He was thinking of introducing into the Universe. It was a creature with the ability to make up its own mind. All the other creatures were fully programmed robots.

The book was in the form of a long letter from The Creator of the Universe to the experimental creature. The Creator congratulated the creature and apologized for all the discomfort he had endured. The Creator invited him to a banquet in his honor in the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, where a black robot named Sammy Davis, Jr., would sing and dance.

And the experimental creature wasn’t killed after the banquet. He was transferred to a virgin planet instead. Living…

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Lest we forget

I tend to avoid most of the pomp and ceremony that tries to illustrate the depth of feelings on 11 November, Veteran’s Day, celebrated in the US and other countries under the names Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day. The overall idea is/was that the Great War, WWI, was to end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. And that was to be it. No more wars. Obviously, not.
The video here is not in celebration of that day; it celebrates instead ANZAC day, celebrated as a public holiday on 25 April in Australia and New Zealand. So why do I reblog this several days later? I believe it addresses the universality of feeling about the horrors and senselessness of war that is not tied to a specific day or nationality or time of the year. As a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, it is easy to place all the memories in the US experience basket and downplay the contributions made by the individuals, civilian and military (conscription) of other nations.
As I watched this I immediately defaulted to my experience in Vietnam and I remembered the Australian and New Zealand soldiers serving alongside the US. Also, the South Korean soldiers. Canadian Allies were there and stayed after the “end” of the US experience as their nation attempted to assume a peacekeeper role. The Philippines contributed components that included civilian support. The Thai and Lao governments contributed many types of forces that were involved in something today called a “shadow war.” The Republic of China (Taiwan) played a role as did Cambodia, always a fragmented nation that was to pay a heavy price after the US left the region.
Two other countries of the time contributed heavily; North Vietnam and South Vietnam. It amazes me that there are articles found on the web that ignore South Vietnam as a major contributor. North Vietnam is an acknowledged belligerent but when tallying the forces fighting with South Vietnam, I have noticed “the South” omitted. As a father of several Vietnamese-American children (and husband of their mother), I feel sad about this failure to acknowledge the contributions of a group of people, civilian and military, who died for an ill-defined cause.
All of this goes back to the universality of everyone caught up in this final, insane activity that occurs when diplomacy fails. Remembrances can occur anywhere and anytime. There is plenty of insanity to go around. And it continues.
So, I reblog this. Lest We Forget. Thanks, Angie Trafford.


We will always remember.

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My Comments On: Culling my lengthy TBR list – second attempt

This is a sad and anxiety producing post about a book junkie who has created a list of too many TBR novels. Sad because I am one of these junkies also. For the addicted, this post has to be read with caution because Fictionophile lists several links to the ten selections chosen for possible removal. And I had to follow each one. I won’t reveal how many titles migrated to my list.

Fictionophile’s list comes from Goodreads. My addiction is to a site called Instafreebies which further links to author mailing lists and other blogs which offer collections of free books. How can I resist free? A positive note is that many of the books I get from Instafreebee are novellas or short stories. A negative note as far as TBR list expansion is that this weekend I found nineteen titles to download. (But they were free!!)

This is an interesting post to read and commiserate with. Read to the end for a surprising conclusion which might make you laugh out loud.

Shame on you. You shouldn’t laugh at the addicted.


Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not?

I began using Goodreads in September of 2012.  I was not overly successful in my first attempt at culling my TBR list, so I hope I’ll have better results this time.

I’ve reread the Goodreads blurbs for each of the following and based my decision on the Goodreads rating and whether the blurb still piqued my interest.

My second ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR

The last winter of Dani Lancing” by P.D. Viner (Goodreads rating 3.34)

A psychological thriller that I could skip. REMOVE

You’re mine now ” by Hans Koppel  (Goodreads…

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Stand up

I am stuck on this theme for a bit. I am still in a state of shock. This writer expressed it more dispassionately than I can.


Everyone is posting Nazi stuff on Facebook. And the general feeling is one of shock and horror, as it should be.

How can this be, how could this happen, is what all the posts say.

It happens under our noses.

Many years ago I went to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. A beyond chilling experience.

The Jews must have asked themselves the same question.

This is not possible, how did this happen?

More recently I was in Rwanda, at the Nyamata Church. Over twenty thousand people were killed in this church, bludgeoned and burned to death.

‘It could never happen here’ is what they too must have thought.

Before they were murdered.

I remember the Bosnian genocide . I watched it on fucking TV.

I remember the Rwandan genocide. Same thing, live television footage.

And since then there has been Sudan and Yemen and Syria and war and death…

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Language Lover Alert: Cacoepy Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

I like languages and the clever use of them. In this particular case, we look at English. Blogger Kat Myrman writes that this language feature, mispronunciation, causes her to cringe when she hears it but out of politeness she listens while planning her escape. Although I agree in general, I am alert to the possibility that I might be in the presence of a struggling comedian.

This is a long post but be sure to scroll through to the fun part, the misinterpreted lyrics. These are followed by a scary politick le (sic) haiku and one more haiku to emphasize the new word learned.

like mercury colliding...

Happy Friday! Today’s Word of the Day is “cacoepy” [kuh-koh-uh-pee]. I had never heard this word before, but I have definitely heard more than a few cacoepies in my life.

They are like fingernails scraping across a chalkboard to those of us who take words, vocabulary and language seriously. They can also be amusing and goofy. Context is key. Cacoepy is defined as an “incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation. had a lengthy etymology summary:

“Cacoepy comes from Greek kakoépeia “mispronunciation, incorrect language,” made up of the adjective kakós “bad, evil, worthless, ugly” and the noun épos (also dialect wépos) “word, speech, song.” The adjective comes from baby talk or a nursery word widespread in Indo-European languages, kakka- “to defecate, poop, shit.” The root appears in Latin cacāre (Italian cacare, Spanish cagar), Slavic (Polish) kakać, German kacken, and English cuck(ing stool). The Greek noun épos (wépos)…

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The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

Admin note: There is this publication on Medium I really like, The Weekly Knob. This week there were 16 selections written in response to the prompt “Lightbulb.” Reblogged here, for more fun go to the Weekly Knob site. Although I subscribe to it (occasionally there have been “locked” stories) all the selections this week are free. These are “amateur” writers who create mostly because they are following their need to write but there are contributions by published professional writers as well.

There are two good points I want to point out for students in the English Department at Ma Chung University. 1) The stories are usually short. It will not hurt your brain to read these stories in your additional language: English. 2) They are free and they cover a wide area of subjects and writing styles.

OK, point two was really more than two points. I am not in the Math Department.

Enjoy the following story: The Light Dawns

Courtney Green’s new lamp had a leopard-print shade with a black ribbon tied in a bow around the middle and lacy black ruffles around its…

Source: The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

TLT: Wish

The flag says it all. The journey continues.

Source: TLT: Wish

photo by Andrew Neel via Unsplash

Written for three line tales

Exploring is all she wanted to do.

It was what she lived for.

As I dropped the flag onto her coffin I hoped that she would never stop.