Smoke In Your Eyes

DSC02384A friend had seen some punk holders – you know, punks, those thingies you light and the smoke is supposed to keep the mosquitoes away. Anyway, she asked me to make some for her.

That kind of ceramic is not my thing, but one of the potters in the studio at Windward Community College where I do my work has a greenhouse and specialized in what I call, “garden pottery” and he made some for me.

DSC02383I got 3 for her, but one had a crack in the bottom; which was OK because I don’t think anyone would try to drink anything from it.

When she asked what she owed me for the three of them, I said, “Nothing. Please accept them.”

“No. No. I insist on paying you something. I wouldn’t have asked for them if I didn’t intend to pay for them,” she said.

“I see,” I said thinking. “Well, the one has a crack in the bottom so it is a ‘second’ if not a ‘reject’ so there will be no charge for that one. Now, let’s see, the other two are top-of-the-line punk holders. There’s storage, shipping and handling, and of course, taxes which comes to, one million, one hundred thirty-six thousand, seven hundred twenty-two dollars and thirty-six cents. We’ll forget the 36 cents. – Cash only please. No checks or credit cards.”   

“I see. Well, I don’t have that much on me right now so you’ll have to wait a while.”

“No hurry,” I said. “Whenever.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think it is kind cool to go to my grave knowing someone owes me $1,136,722.36. Fact is, I don’t know another person, can claim someone owes them over a million dollars, the government maybe, or some corporation, but not a person.

Oh well. Till next time – May your millions of happy smile pile up one on top of the other – Aloha.

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S&FL FrntIn the paper department I have signed a contract for another novel with Second Wind Publishing. The title is, A Short and Futile Life. Have no idea when it will be released, but you can bet your sweet boots I’ll let you know when I know.

It is a near future novel about life in the United States when most, if not all, the personal rights stated and the Bill of Rights have been revoked for the good of the whole.

DSC02361DSC02357In the mud department I am still doing pots, bowls, mugs and sculptures, but I’ve added a new line of platters based on Hawaiian quilt patterns. These platters a 16 to 18 inches across; probably a little big to serve a family of 4, but about right for that family luau.   

Well, that’s about it for a beautiful Sunday Morning and just to encourage me, why don’t you try one of my books. – Every good thoughts to you and Aloha – pjs/

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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. The Kindle edition is only $5.99,

It is based on my recollections of crossing the South Atlantic as a boy during WW II.

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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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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.

So What? It Don’t Matter

DSC01471Well, here it is a beautiful Sunday morning in Hawaii and it seems I’m back in operation. That does not mean I have been out of commission, just not really with it.

Now I could make excuses and say that I’ve had some problems; and I have: computer problems, car problems, writing problems, ceramic problems, and maybe even an attitude problem. Hell, no! Do you think I’m going to admit I might have an attitude problem? Actually I haven’t had any problems at all, just a “so what” perspective.

Well, my computer hasn’t been doing exactly what I wanted or expected, and it still isn’t doing what I want it to, but is that my problem? No! It’s the computers problem so let the computer take care of it.

Am I asking too much of a computer? It promised to do something for me if I would do follow certain directives. I did exactly what it told me to and it didn’t deliver. It is so disappointing when someone you’ve come to trust with your most intimate blog post suddenly turns around and betrays you. Aside from that emotion wrenching computer experience things have been pretty good.

S&FL FrntIn the paper department I have signed a contract for another novel with Second Wind Publishing. The title is, A Short and Futile Life. Have no idea when it will be released, but you can bet your sweet boots I’ll let you know when I know.

It is a near future novel about life in the United States when most, if not all, the personal rights stated and the Bill of Rights have been revoked for the good of the whole.

DSC02361DSC02357In the mud department I am still doing pots, bowls, mugs and sculptures, but I’ve added a new line of platters based on Hawaiian quilt patterns. These platters a 16 to 18 inches across; probably a little big to serve a family of 4, but about right for that family luau.   

Well, that’s about it for a beautiful Sunday Morning and just to encourage me, why don’t you try one of my books. – Every good thoughts to 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. The Kindle edition is only $5.99,

It is based on my recollections of crossing the South Atlantic as a boy during WW II.

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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.

Wittering on about Twitter by Sheila Deeth

Originally posted on Second Wind Publishing:

My sons used to complain that I “wittered on” about things. I thought of that this morning when my husband asked me why I “waste so much time” on Twitter. This inspired me to ask google for the meaning of “wittering on;” I learned it’s an English phrase, meaning “to talk for a long time about things that are not important.” Does that make Twitter a way to talk for a shorttime about things that areimportant?

Not knowing for sure, I decided to look at a file I keep of my random tweets. They don’t seem terribly important to be honest, but what do you think? This one comes fairly early in the file; I guess I was just learning to count my characters…

The twittering twerp has tweeted,

Work defeated,

Waits for twime,

While twiters twirl ‘n twype their twales.

This twit is falling off the rails.

Later there’s this:

I can’t believe you…

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Desperate Voyage – Introduction

Meet Captain Chipman. He’s a real nice guy with more responsibility than anyone should be asked to take on, but he’s about to take on a bunch of passengers who would try anyone’s patience and faith.

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The ship Chipman captains is new and fast, and although the German U-boat wolf-packs control the North Atlantic sinking Allied shipping almost at will, there are no German warships of any kind known to be operating in the South Atlantic. For Captain Chipman and the passengers and crew of the Port Jefferson it should be a safe and easy passage across the South Atlantic from South Africa to Argentina.

Things begin to go very wrong when they see a distress flare and go to help. The survivors have been adrift for two weeks. They claim to be Dutch, but when closely questioned it is discovered they are Germans from a decoy ship that sank when it hit a loose mine.

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DAY ONE
TUESDAY – 13 January 1942
Excerpt one

In the oven like heat of his quarters, Captain Jeffrey Chipman sat at a gray, steel desk. He was a large man. He had always been a large man, but now at the age of fifty-five he had added two pounds of weight for every one of his thirty years at sea. His light blond hair was beginning to turn gray but was not noticeable because he kept it cut short and the gray was not much lighter than his natural hair. In school he was called ‟Sandy” because of the color of his hair. No one called him ‟Sandy,” or ‟Jeff,” or “Jeffrey,” any more. Officers of equal, or higher rank called him ‟Chip.” Everyone else, including his wife, called him ‟Captain.” She had called him that before he ever was one. Continue reading

I Talk to the Trees

PaintPoor Clint Eastwood. In the movie, “Paint You Wagon” he sings a song that says, “I talk to the trees, but they don’t listen to me.” His problem was that he wanted the trees to listen to him, whereas he should have listened to what the trees had to say.

I will admit, that very often trees tend to repeat themselves. I think that is because very few people stop to listen to what they have to say and so they think they have to say it again and again. You know, the idea that repetition is education.

I have a group of trees that I talk to as I go for my walk. Today I asked them if they would mind if I quoted them. Continue reading

All About Words

Fair 1The first summer after I came to the United States my parents sent me to spend the summer on the same farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where my father had spent his summers while growing up.

At the end of haying season the farmer took us all for a day away from haying to the county fair. Like most everything those first few months away from my home in the Congo, everything was new, startling and amazing. I had never seen anything like the midway at a county fair. Continue reading

Who and What Is PM&M?

Who and what is Paper, Mud and Me?

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Let me try to answer that question that everyone is asking. Man, oh man, don’t I wish everyone was asking it, but I’ll answer it anyway.

Paper pilePaper – A material upon which for centuries man has inscribed his thoughts and images trying to preserve as much as possible what he thought was important, precious or entertaining. Unfortunately it is easily destroyed by fire, deteriorates quickly when exposed to the elements of light and moisture, and is consumed by various insects and animals.

Paper is now being replaced by all kinds of electronic devices; microchips, computers and other things beyond my comprehension. I am told that once a message, a thought, a work of art or anything else has been sent out into cyberspace, whatever the hell that is, it is never lost. It is there forever and ever and could be retrieved if you knew how to go about it. Maybe, maybe not.  But mankind has always been on quest to find the eternal, has he not? Continue reading