Old Friends, Enemies and Frogs

social-network-76532_640My God the trouble you can get into on the Internet. Well, maybe not the Internet per se, but on Facebook.

I entered into the thinking, “I wonder where so-and-so is.” So I started Facebook searching for grade and high school classmates of 70 years ago. I hate to admit it, but I have gotten to the place where I wonder if so-and-so is still around.

I couldn’t find anything on my best friend in grade school, Lawrence (Skippy) Pontier. We only saw each there when we were at school at Rethi Academy Dormitory, there in the middle of Africa. We were there 9 months out of the year. He and I both got a severe whipping in front of the other students at the Saturday Morning Assembly when we were caught smoking in the Geranium field.

I still remember the excitement and daring of sneaking down to the native store about a mile away from the school and buying the pack of cigarettes and a box of matches. The cigarette came in a blue package and the matchbox had a yellow top with the bells on the cover. Continue reading

Behold The Hand

Have you ever stopped to consider your hands? 

2 hands 1It is amazing how little attention we pay to our hands until something painful happens to them. Most people give daily, sometimes hourly, thought to their face, or their body, or their hair style, or even their shoe size, but hardly ever consider their hands except maybe to decide what kind of nail polish to put on their nails.

Babby meMy hands pushed me to a standing position when I was a child learning to walk, or held onto the helping hand, and now at almost 85 they are again helping me to get up out of the chair I’m siting in, or reaching for a helping hand when I have to climb the stairs.

When I was a boy a friend accidentally shot an arrow through one of my hands. The doctor said there would be no permanent injury, but to this day I can’t fully open the last two fingers of my right hand. It is no great impediment, but when I notice it, it evokes happy memories of a day hunting frogs so we could have frog-legs for dinner. Continue reading

Mother’s Day What?

Pot sale 1Well, the Mother’s day ceramics sale at Windward Community College is over. My goodness, I should hope it would be, after all. that was almost a week ago.  I did OK. Nothing special.

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As I was picking up my “didn’t sells” one of the student said, “I think someone stole one of your dancer sculptures.”

“Oh, good,” I replied.

She looked at me with a perplexed frown and said, “No, you don’t understand. They didn’t buy it, they stole it.”

“Yes, I know. That’s good.”

She just shook her head and walked away. The way I look at it, if someone steals a bag of clay that’s theft, pure and simple. Well maybe not so pure since clay is nothing more than mud and mud is not known for being pure. At least my mother always told me not to play in the mud puddle because she said it was dirty. So stealing a bag of clay is just plain stealing. But taking (notice I did not call it stealing) a finished work, well that’s a compliment. I will admit I would like for them to have paid for it but if they liked it enough to take it, well that is a real compliment.

2 SailboatsHibuscus 1AnthuriumThe platters sold well and so did the coffee mugs. But sculptures do better at Christmas time; people buy them as gifts.

So time now to start throwing mud for the annual Christmas pot sale. Oh, dear, that has to wait. For the first time in the 10 years I’ve been there the ceramic’s studio will not be open during the summer. Not enough people registered for the potty, I mean pottery classes. Guess I’ll just have to concentrate on writing. Maybe I’ll start painting.

Till next time. If you’re looking for me I’ll be wandering around wondering what to do.

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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 a sea adventure. You know right from the beginning who the bad guys are. Can Chris escape the sinking of his boat and the death they have planned for him?

Murder Sets Sail is available from Indigo Sea Press and on Amazon. The Kindle editions is only $4.99.

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churchstepsBody On the Church Steps – A who-done-it that will keep you guessing to the end. Everybody is suspect, well, not everybody, but a whole lot of them and the police don’t seem to be to interested in solving the murder real quickly. I wonder why.

Body On the Church Steps is published by Indigo Sea Press and is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]The Telephone Killer – He calls a head of time to tell the TV station who his next victim will. It will keep you reading even after you have figured out who the killer is. The Telephone Killer is published by Indigo Sea Press and 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 All Things That Matter Press and from Amazon. The Kindle  and Nook versions are only $5.99.
 
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Too Much of What?

I was at the studio last Friday and heard a student, shaking his head, laughingly say, “Too much, man. Too much.”

office-583841_1280He had his laptop, or something that I guess is of that species, open in front of him and I wondered what he thought there was too much of.

Is there too much information? Can there be too much information even if it is not used information, or even useless information?

I know there is a lot of information out there that I don’t use or even understand. Don’t tell anyone, but I have never had a cell phone or know how to determine a Global Satellite Position.

sextante-1305982-1599x1684stopwatch-161539_1280On the other hand give me a sextant, an accurate time tick, and a set of azimuth tables and I can pretty much plot an exact position, or at least I used to be able to. The information I have is of no use anymore, so it “too much” information even if it is useless information?

So what is it there is too much of: too much information, too much work, too much time, too much thinking, too much art, too much Internet, too much blogging, too much love?

There are some things it is easy know there is too much of: too much anger, too much hatred, too much greed, too much war, too much lying, and the list goes on. And even as I write this I wonder why it is easier to mention there is too much of the “bad” than of the “good?” Probably because it is impossible to have “too much” of the good things.

Just wonder; that’s what old men do a lot, and is there too much of that, or maybe even too much “old” around?

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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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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 All Things That Matter Press and 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.

It’s Just the Way We Are

Thinker 1We want to know, but don’t.

We want to learn, but don’t.

We decide not to make that mistake again, but do.

We want to do it, but refuse to learn.

We want to forget, but can’t.

We were told, but forgot.

Things we should love, we hate.

Things we should hate, we love.

That’s just the way we are.

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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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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 All Things That Matter Press and 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.

Telephone Killer – 12

interview-1478239-1280x960In the last post there was the meeting in the Mayor’s office about how to handle the Telephone Killer and his use of the TV station. Following that was a news conference which Vince skipped out on, so let’s continue.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]THE TELEPHONE KILLER
by
Paul J. Stam

EXCERPT TWELVE

Williams dropped by the spa to pick up Tori when the meeting was over and got there before she was finished with her workout. He stood outside the door looking through the window at the lines of women going through their aerobic exercises. She saw him after a while and left the group and joined him.

‟Just because I’m enjoying myself watching a bunch of reasonably attractive women in tights doing their stuff is no reason for you to leave them.”

She slapped his face playfully and said, ‟How did it go?”

‟The usual garbage you always find with politicians. There was a news conference afterwards, but I didn’t stay around for that.” Continue reading