Friday, December 02, 2016

Carnival Princess Cruises Cover Up on High Seas

Here is a reason why we need government oversight and a strong Environmental Protection Agency instead of the erroneous agenda of Trump and the GOP to weaken and dismantle government watchdogs. For eight years, Carnival's Princess cruises have been dumping hazardous pollutants into the oceans. They illegally altered the plumbing in their ships to send oil, etc into grey water tanks that include shower and bath water that can be legally discharged into the ocean. They did so to save costs. And when caught, they said they are sorry for their mistake. It was fraud not mistake.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Seamus Heaney Center, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland

I grew up in Northern Ireland and now I'm giving all lovers of poetry, especially lovers of Seamus Heaney's poetry, a superb reason to visit the town of Bellaghy in County Derry, NI where he grew up if you're planning to visit Ireland. My connection to Bellaghy is that it's the town where I learned to ride a horse--unbeknownst to my father. As a 16-year-old high school student, I worked for Dad one summer when he had a contract to do road construction in Bellaghy and I used to sneak off and take lessons from a girl I'd befriended who practiced gymkhana at her home farm. All went well until Dad came back early from a meeting in Belfast (he'd warned me to show the men a good example by working hard) and caught them, including hsi foreman, watching me jumping on a gray mare very proudly. I got fired until Mum intervened but lost a day's wages as punishment. As an aside, my youngest brother was lucky enough to have been taught by the poet's wife while at primary school, though of course he was far too young to appreciate her connection to the poet. Behold the Seamus Heaney Centre

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The wisdom of author Robert D. Putnam set forth in his book Bowling Alone has never been truer. I read it years ago for a novel I was doing research for a novel I was writing and was astonished. He predicted that intolerance and hate would rise because of our growing disinterest in getting involved in civil institutions, local government, etc. We're too busy on our cell phones and other distracting toys to get involved. Until that changes, nothing will change. https://www.amazon.com/Bowling-Alone-Collapse-American-Community/dp/0743203046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478967724&sr=1-1&keywords=bowling+alone

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Sexism and the different generations.

Pretty depressing reading. Donald Trump's rampant sexism is pervasive in every generation--babyboomers, Generation X, Millenials, and Harvard and other colleges are not immune. At least Harvard takes swift action. Will the electorate?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

On Paying it Forward

Just came across this great 2013 post by Caroline Leavitt in author David Abrams great blog, The Quivering Pen. She is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest novel CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD is attracting critical acclaim and buzz. But more than a successful author who has a penchant for chocolate, Ms Leavitt hasn't forgotten her long climb to the top and goes out of her way via her own blog and social media to encourage other writers on the path. In this feature, she talks about her serpentine course toward success in which she showed determination and grit. It should serve as a beacon of hope to other authors, published and unpublished. Here's the link.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Rut is on

The bucks are going crazy around the property this morning. They're chasing one another through the woods and clearings. Dried leaves are crackling and being kicked into the air. Antlers are getting caught in briars as they thunder through thickets. One massive buck, the oldest and most senior, is limping as they've probably all ganged up on him. I don't think he'll make it during the looming hunting season. Younger bucks with puny antlers are trying to get in on the act but are ignored. Yes, the rut is on and it's fantastic to watch.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arlene foster, Northern Ireland's monster

I am incensed and bewildered. This is the same kind of shit the minority population have been putting up with from the DUP under the guise of religion for generations and it is no loner acceptable. Why could't the Church of Ireland (Anglicans) be the largest Protestant group in the province? If they were today, Catholics and Protestants would be governing in unity. The DUP's ranks are filled with nothing but a bunch of paranoids who adopted the belief and religious system of Southern state evangelicals in the US. Their divinity degrees come from Bob Jones and other third-rate US universities, etc. The United States government must refuse Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster permission to enter the US when permission is caught to enter. She is a white Mugabe. She is a bigot and supports hate. Her position against LGBT rights is untenable and her speech is full of vengeance because they dare to seek equality. This woman is quite simply a monster and must be replaced with someone who is enlightened and human.