The Unmade Bed – A Discovery

Mussed 3I was running a little late the other day and rushed off to the ceramic studio without making my bed. Now that may not come as an earth-shaking dilemma to you, but then you were not brought up as I was.

Now I want to explain right now that this is not a complaint about a hard childhood, so don’t expect there will be anything you can cry about. No! No! Discoveries are happy things. Think of how happy Columbus was when he discovered the New World. The Indians may not have been too happy to see him, but I digress… Continue reading

Bi-carb and its amazing qualities

Paul J. Stam:

Worth looking into. – All the best and Aloha – pjs/

Originally posted on agree to facts:

taken from http://www.worthytoknow.com/baking-soda-nightmare-pharmaceutical-industry#

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By Joanna Ocean

According to the result of research findings, cancer is a lactic acid, which is formed when a certain kind of fungus or moldlives in an environment devoid of oxygen. It was also discovered that by passing a very high concentration of oxygen molecules through cancer cells, it could destroy them completely.

It is really very difficult for anyone to wrap their head around the idea that a substance as common as sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can offer much more benefits than most of the pharmaceutical drugs that cost so much. There is however fascinating evidence that proves that sodium bicarbonate can indeed cure a lot of serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Medical practitioners have also been advised to use it since it offers amazing benefits.

Sodium bicarbonate, it must be noted, is a very widely researched substance, which has been used for several…

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Relationship Problems

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Looking me right in the eye with a surprised smile on his face he says, “You know Johnny Scarsdale? He’s related to me. He’s my third cousin once removed.”

Third cousin. What the hell is a 3rd cousin. Does that mean the third one born after he was or what?

And what is this once removed bit? Who removed him? How was he removed? Should the police be notified? If he was removed from one place is he in another place? Continue reading

Daylight Savings or Woman’s Day

Blue LadyAccording to my handy-dandy desk calendar, today is the beginning of Daylight saving and also Woman’s day. So, what the hell should I blab about? Well, seeing as how here in Hawaii we don’t have the idiocy that is daylight saving and we do have women, marvelous women, wonderful women, all kinds of women; I guess I’ll attempt offering an opinion which will be considered lauding, or critical, or extolling, or demeaning, and most certainly one-sided. Of course it’s one-sided, after all there is only one side to me. But I digress— Let’s get back on track here, didn’t know we were on a track, well anyway, it is not possible to engage in a discussion about women without stirring up some controversy.

Having said that, let me say this. I have always had a greater respect and love for women than I have for men. Don’t read anything into that that isn’t there. But lets face it; women are more resilient, generally more honest, kinder, more considerate and absolutely more attractive.

Now up until puberty boys and girls are pretty much the same. Oh, I know, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” But really it is pretty much screaming at each other, pulling hair, whether short or long, having secrets, which are no secrets at all, and “I’ll tell Daddy (or Mommy whichever) if you do that.”

Then comes puberty. Girls become women and have the trauma and pain of their first menstruation. I don’t know what the hell that is like, but I sure don’t want to experience it. It is at that time that girls really do become women because, I think, they are aware, if not consciously at least subconsciously, of the responsibilities of being a mother. Besides, just the mess and the pain, and sometimes the embarrassment, is more than any boy at that age, or any other age, could bear.

Boys on the other hand reach puberty and what do they have to mark that event? A wet dream. Now a boy may not know what it is, and he hopes no one finds out that he wet the bed, but at the same time the dream of naked dancing-girls that accompanied that bed-wetting was so pleasant he thinks about it all day.

Then a buddy explains it to him and instead of becoming a man, he just thinks he is a man and that means he is ready for some fun doing the real thing. From then on his primary preoccupation is “doing the real thing” and since that is all he thinks about he never does become a man he just thinks he is a man.

Well, that is the way it starts. Now I could go on with example after example of how women are more imaginative, protective, considerate, intuitive, emotionally stronger, and sometime physically stronger than men, but why belabor a point that is so blatantly obvious.

So here’s to you lovely lady,
To you wherever you may be,
You’re a very special being,
As can obviously be seen.

We will always be in awe of you,
Wherever you may go.
You’re much the superior being,
Which is so unmistakably so.

I wish I could write humor, but I can’t so I write books. Some are serious reading and some are just plain fun, or so says the author, but check out which is which for yourself.

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Desperate Voyage, is a World War II story of courage, love, murder and an enemy attack on a British freighter. It is available from All Thing That Matter Press and on Amazon and the Kindle edition is only $5.99,

Final MSS Cover frontMurder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

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The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

To watch The Telephone Killer video click here.

The Telephone Killer is now also available as an audiobook.

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Mind-boggling or Mind-bungling

Can it be that somewhere in the brain is the key?

Glowing brain“Man, that is really mind-boggling!”

Not my mind, but then, maybe my mind has already been boggled and I don’t know it.

I don’t know what I said that got that reaction from her, nor do I even really know what she meant.

I kind of always thought of politicians not only being mind-boggled themselves, but trying to boggle everyone else’s mind. Considering my low regard for politicians I was somewhat upset when she suggested I was engaged in trying to mind-boggle.

The idea of mind-boggling raises a lot of questions: What is meant by “mind-boggling”? How do you boggle someone’s mind? Who are the mind-bogglers that are around us? Are they everywhere and are there a lot of them, or only a few? Are they to be admired or feared?

I have never met anyone who admitted to being a mind-boggler. Just how does someone boggle a mind? Does it take a lot of practice or special training?

In my search for an answer I went to a diction that said that “boggle” meant “to cause to be overcome, as with fright or astonishment.” I certainly didn’t mean to frighten her and I can’t imagine that I said anything that was astonishing.

Getting the dictionary definition does not really set my mind at ease. It only causes me to be more confused. Did she mean to flatter me by implying that I was capable of astonishing thoughts, or is there something frightening about me?

She did not endear me to her by saying that what I said was mind-boggling. First of all I don’t like insincere flattery, but nor do I want to say things that frightens people.

A thesaurus was even more confusing. It said, among other things, that boggle was to overwhelm with surprise, wonder or bewilderment, to bowl over, dumbfound or stagger.

However, that same definition said it could also mean to do irreparable harm through inept handling, make a mess, bungle, foul up, miss-handle or spoil.

Is boggle anything like bungle? I certainly don’t want to do irreparable harm, or even repairable harm. I really don’t want to do any harm at all.

Now that I’ve begun to worry about it, I’m beginning to wonder if she say “mind-boggling” or “mind-bungling”?

Lordy, Lordy, What was it I said? Nevertheless, if she said “mind-boggling” then maybe I wish I could remember what it was I said. Then I could go around saying it all the time and boggle everyone’s mind. But that would make me a politician and we have enough professional liars in this world.

I have done a bit of novel-writing and I hope that none of them is mind-boggling, or mind-bungling, but just interesting reading. Probably the thing to do is read them for yourself and you decide. Let me know what you decide.

Thank you and Aloha – pjs/

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DES VOY cvr

Desperate Voyage, is a World War II story of courage, love, murder and an enemy attack on a British freighter. It is available from All Thing That Matter Press and on Amazon and the Kindle edition is only $5.99,

Final MSS Cover frontMurder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

To watch The Telephone Killer video click here.

The Telephone Killer is now also available as an audiobook.

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R&R cover thumbC and G cov 1a smallTwo historical novels about colonial Congo where I was born and grew up are: Of Rulers and Ruled and Of Chiefs and Giants. The period covered is from 1885 when Leopold II of the Belgians claimed more than 900,000 million square miles of Central Africa as his private domain until independence in 1965. These books are available from Amazon. The Kindle  and Nook versions are only $5.99.
Since everything is copyrighted please feel free to re blog any of my posts but please repost in its entirety and giving appropriate credit.

Problem Thinker

I don’t know when, or where, I got this piece. It is not mine, but I just have to pass it on.

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It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone – “to relax,” I told myself – but I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t stop myself. Continue reading

Mangled Time

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I know, I know, we are supposed to be managing our time but from the way we think about time and use the word, “time,” I think we mangle time more than manage it. Now current understanding of the word mangle means to: severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing.

A Norahammars Bruk model 3005-2 mangle from 1934

But the Wikipedia tells us this, “A mangle (as it is called in the United Kingdom) or wringer (as it is called in the United States) is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers in a sturdy frame, connected by cogs and, in its home version, powered by a hand crank or electrically.”

Now as a kid I was familiar with the Mangle because I turned the hand crank when I helped my mother with the laundry. I thought it got the name because if you didn’t handle the material passing through it correctly it would twist, tear or break the button on a shirt, but I digress, I was going to talk about “time” wasn’t I?

TIME – we are obsessed with it. We let the time factor rule our lives. Even our moods are influenced by a time factor. Have you ever noticed that the person who is late is often happier than the person waiting for them? They may be full of apologies, but they are happier.

We say such things as, “Man, that was the best time of my life,” or “It was the worst time of my life.” I have noticed that for some people the worst time of their life is that time between graduating from high school and retirement.

Now there are some people who have so much to do that they are very careful how they allocate their time. They are the ones who talk bout having “quality time” with their children or something else and when they talk about quality time, they really mean just a little bit of time.

So I leave you with this thought, there are all kinds of people and reasons trying to school you not to waste time, but if you are enjoying yourself when others think you are wasting time it is not wasted time.

Now I sincerely hope that if you should look into one of my books and start reading it, you will not consider it wasting time. I have conveniently listed them below. Remember, if you are enjoying yourself, you are not wasting time.

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DES VOY cvr

Desperate Voyage, is a World War II story of courage, love, murder and an enemy attack on a British freighter. It is available from Amazon and the Kindle edition is only $5.99,

Final MSS Cover frontMurder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

To watch The Telephone Killer video click here.

The Telephone Killer is now also available as an audiobook.

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R&R cover thumbC and G cov 1a smallTwo historical novels about colonial Congo where I was born and grew up are: Of Rulers and Ruled and Of Chiefs and Giants. The period covered is from 1885 when Leopold II of the Belgians claimed more than 900,000 million square miles of Central Africa as his private domain until independence in 1965. These books are available from Amazon. The Kindle  and Nook versions are only $5.99.
Since everything is copyrighted please feel free to re blog any of my posts but please repost in its entirety and giving appropriate credit.