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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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.

Start Small, Become Great

English: Female Culicine mosquito (cf. Culex sp.) 

If you think you are too small to make a difference you have never been in bed with a mosquito. Those that we think of as the ones that made a great difference did not start out as great leaders. They did what they could where they were.Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer who rallied his people and became the preeminent leader of India’s independence movement in British-ruled India.

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Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic missionary who lived most of her life in India caring for the poor and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Margaret Sanger Deutsch: Margaret Sanger (* 1879)

 

Margaret Sanger worked as a nurse among poor women on New York City’s Lower East Side and became an advocate for women’s health.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped change America’s conscience, not only about civil rights but also about economic justice, poverty and war.

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

There are a great many more who saw a need, or a wrong that needed righting and did something where they were with what they had and became great. – Blessings and Aloha – pjs/

If you are so inclined I would very much appreciate it you would take a look at some of my books.

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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.

Only the Correct Answer, Please

Space Lawyer

Space Lawyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Laughter does good like medicine.

I received these from my niece so you may have heard them before, but you will laugh again. If you don’t laugh out loud at the last one, you have more self-control than I do.

These are from a book called Disorder in the Court, and are things people

actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court
reporters – who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were
actually taking place. Some of these are excellent – don’t miss the last
one.

LAWYER’S QUESTION: What is your date of birth?
ANSWER: July fifteenth.
LAWYER’S QUESTION: What year?
ANSWER: Every year.
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LAWYER’S QUESTION: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
ANSWER: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
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Of Chiefs and Giants – Introduction

A River That is Congo
OF CHIEFS AND GIANTS

By
Paul J. Stam

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Memorabilia

These former precious things,
Memorabilia once kept,
Of things, and lands where giants walked,
And where mere mortals wept.
They are no more, for they are lost,
In the shifting folds of time,
Forevermore obliterated,
In the stream of memory’s slime.

1879
CHAPTER ONE

Ronzozo, first son of Chief Kimulu and chief-to-be, stood in the center of the front rank of warriors along the crest of the hill. The rising sun cast diagonal shadows to the slopes across the valley. Directly behind them, hidden in the ravine, were five hundred more warriors. An equal number of warriors were also hidden behind the hill at the other end of the ravine.

The first rank of the enemy crested the hill on the other side of the valley and the warriors started beating their shields in unison and shouting, Kufu. Kufu. Kufu. Kufu. Ronzozo watched with anxious uneasiness as rank upon rank came over the crest, each rank joining the others, beating on their shields and shouting their threat. Their numbers swelled until there were more than four times as many warriors on the opposite hill as there were on his side. He breathed a sigh of relief and smiled with secret confidence. Just as his father had predicted, Dumodo’s warriors would fight the old way, not holding anything in reserve. They were not practicing  cunning.

For half an hour the opposing forces stood at the tops of their respective hills chanting their threat of; Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill. Ronzozo stood shouting with the rest of them, looking back and forth from the enemy and to his father standing up in his tepoi to his right. He felt safe now, the bodies of the warriors on each side of him touching his body. He could smell the palm oil they had rubbed on themselves and this gave him a feeling of safety in their closeness. If a spear were to come flying toward them it would hit someone else, but everyone was thinking the same thing. Continue reading

Of Rulers and Ruled – Introduction

Leopold II, King of the Belgians and de facto ...

Author’s Note – In 1877 King Leopold II claimed over 900,000 (nine hundred thousand) square miles of the interior of Africa as his private domain and named it the Congo Free State. The atrocities committed by King Leopold’s regime in the Congo Free State are well documented. This novel is of one man’s battle to end an evil regime.

I was born in the northeast corner of the Belgian Congo and lived there during the 1930’s and 40’s. The man on whom the character Pierre d’Entremont is based was an old man when I knew him, but the atrocities practiced against the natives depicted in this novel barely scratch the surface of the horror of the Leopold’s regime.

A River that is Congo
OF RULERS AND RULED
By Paul J. Stam

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Memorabilia

These former precious things,
Memorabilia once kept,
Of things, and lands where giants walked,
And where mere mortals wept.
They are no more, for they are lost,
In the shifting folds of time,
Forevermore obliterated,
In the stream of memory’s slime.

1902
CHAPTER ONE

Pierre d’Entremont stood at the rail of the ship that floated motionless in the stagnant, brown water of Banana’s harbor. The heat, even in the shade, surrounded him like invisible steam. He mopped his face and neck with a soggy, brown handkerchief. When dry, the handkerchief matched his khaki uniform; but now it was the same color as the sweat stains under his arms.

He watched holding his breath as the cargo net swung over the side and slowly lowered the first crate to the dugout canoe. From the markings he knew that crate contained his custom-made Meschermeir elephant gun, a 30/30 rifle, a 12 gauge, double-barrel shotgun, plus the camp tent. Of all the boxes, that one was the most valuable. He silently scolded himself for not distributing the guns among the other containers. The rest of them contained pots and pans, camp stoves, cots and bedding, and everything else one needed to set up house in the Congo, but they could all, over time, be replaced—whereas the guns were all one-of-a-kind and of the finest quality. Continue reading

Damn that SPAM

no spam!

no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t believe it, 48 hours with no spam on my computer. There are usually 10 to 12 a day and I go to the “Click here” button to “Unsubscribe.”

I was faithful, but skeptical, that the “unsubscribe” really worked, especially when they give a notice that it will take 10 days before your sincere hope of never hearing from them again will go into effect. So you can understand my surprise, almost shock, not to have that s**t on my computer – Oh, so sorry, but I always use ** when I don’t know how to spell a w**d, but I digress…

I think it was when I was in the Navy almost 70 years ago that I first heard of SPAM. In the middle of Africa I never heard of it. That doesn’t mean we were void of all canned foods.

KLIM advertisement in 1920

KLIM advertisement in 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One I remember very clearly was KLIM, which was powdered milk we got from England. KLIM spelled backwards is, of course, MILK. Our cows didn‘t give more than a cup or two of milk a day, so the need for KLIM.

We had a few other canned goodies, mostly things like olives, jams and other things we couldn’t grow ourselves. Continue reading

Thank God It’s Over

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

I thank whatever gods there be that it is over. Christmas vacation, I mean. I have nothing against Christmas, it’s the long vacation I’m not happy with.

Oh, yeah, to be politically correct it is not referred to as, “Christmas vacation.” I’m not correct about anything else, why should I be correct about that? Oh, all right, I’ll call it “winter break.” So there: are you politically correct people happy? Anyway, it’s over and I’m glad.

Xmas saleNow I know most students like four weeks away from the classroom between semesters, but I hate it. Then again, I’ll admit I’m not the normal student. I don’t want any more degrees, but I sure do love being able to take ceramic classes at Windward Community College. The studio at WCC is the finest in the state.

The spring semester started 2 weeks ago and I’ve been having a ball. Spent yesterday and today glazing.

Wait 4 glazeToday 1These figurines, which stand between 6 and 8 inches high, were the first things I did when school opened again and I glazed them yesterday. These mugs and bowls were the next thing done and I glazed them today. I was lucky that they all got bisque fired in time so that they will probably be high fired this weekend.

3 plattrsThese three platters are the result of having a little accident that hurt my hand so I couldn’t work on the wheel. I threw these slabs trying for “round” but letting them take their own organic form and not trimming them to a neat round shape. They are about fifteen inches across. They have not yet been bisque fired. The designs were done with porcelain slip on white stoneware. I’m eager to see what I’ll get with the bisque firing. If the porcelain colors come out nicely I will probably use a clear glaze. If they are junk I’ll just cover it all with a black glaze and try to pawn them off as a new style of stray cat feeders.

Along with all that I have been doing some writing and I got word from the fine people at Second Wind Publishing that I will have another book out next month.

In the meantime I wouldn’t be at all upset if you were to look into some my books that are available right now. I have so conveniently listed them below just for you.

Anyway, thanks for following and reading this post.

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churchstepsBody On the Church Steps is a mystery set in Honolulu. One of the pastors did the evil deed, but which pastor? Now available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle edition is only $4.99.

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Final MSS Cover front

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,

Murder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]Another of Paul’s books, 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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C 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.