Daniel Update September 28th, 2013

Dear Family, Friends, and Followers at @ The Other Shoe,

            I am working very hard to get everything I own packed. I am paying someone to help, every day. Yesterday I put about a dozen boxes into storage. I have; my bed, computers, HDTV and DVD and Xbox left to pack.

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            I just might have found a NEW place to live. He is disabled, too. He is 23 and lives alone in his own home. He, too, is a gamer. I am hoping to meet and see the room on Monday. If we get along, and the room is adequate size… and he will take the deposit in thirds… BAM! I will have a new place to live.

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            I NEVER give up! I should have more information, soon, about this new prospect. I have written several times… Told him that I LOVE to bake and cook.

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I hurt so very much, in my neck and lower back. I haven’t been in pain this bad in nearly a decade. Since before my last surgery. Having said, I am going to rest some, today. I will, hopefully, have Good News soon and I will post just as soon as I know anything.

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“Thank you, everyone, for your support… your kindness… for being there for me through one of the most difficult times in my adult life… since my divorce.

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As always I am honored that you come and read my words… my works. I hope that soon, I can get back to; ‘The Mars Report’, ‘A Week In Review’ and ‘The Sunday Funnies’. I welcome regular posting… I welcome being here for you every day.

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Thank YOU!

 

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A View of America’s Future via the Past?

“Fellow Americans. … This year… When the war ended. I felt, like millions of Americans… that I was not responsible for the causes of the war… nor the outbreak of war… nor the conduct of the war. Nor was I responsible for the political situation in America. I was just a citizen, just like tens of millions of other Americans.

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A time came when an American could only take pride only in the past. While the present was only something to be ashamed of. With the decline of foreign policy and the decay of political power the internal collapse began. The dissolution of our great national institutions amd decay and corruption in our administration. And so began the decline of our nationhood. All this was brought about… all this was caused…

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And now we see the collapse of class after class. The Middle classes are in despair. Hundreds of thousands of lives are ruined. Every year the situation grows more desperate for tens of millions. Hundreds of thousands are going bankrupt. The ranks of the unemployed continue to swell. One, two three four million… five million, six million seven million… Today it may be seven or eight million.

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How long can this go on? I am convinced that we must act now if we are to act before it’s too late. Therefore, I decided with the support of my party… which began with few members… and now is twelve million strong. To save the nation and the Republic.”

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Does any of this sound familiar? Do these words ring true, today? Does anyone recognize the words I have just written? Do these words strike a cord, with you?

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This is a speech I just finished watching. I have replaced… updated… some of the words. The numbers were brought up to date… I replaced fatherland with Republic… and I replaced Germans with Americans.

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This speech was originally given by Fuehrer Adolf Hitler at a rally given days after he was appointed Chancellor of Germany.

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As I listened to his voice… as I read the translation at the bottom of the screen… a chill came over me. A chill that cut to the core of my soul. I left out the harsh words about “the Jews…”. However, if one were to replace “the Jews…” with “the Liberals…” it would speak the same… carry the same…. Appeal the same, to the same people.

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We, Americans, stand at a turning point in history. If we continue to allow ourselves to be lead by divisionism.. If we continue to allow hyper-partisan tactics to succeed. If we allow ourselves to see members of the other party as not equal Americans. Equal in all ways, equal in all rights? We stand on a path that leads to a deadly future.

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The echoes of the past are coming to haunt our future. I cannot stop people hating. I cannot stop people pushing their brethren down so that they might feel up. I cannot stop the schadenfreude (a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people). I can only write what I see. Write what I think. Share my ideas and pray for the best.

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I have been writing, now, for more than an hour (I write slowly with one hand). Yet, I still feel the chill. The terrible cold of these words, and the anger and hatred that is sew into them by their speaker. America stands on a precipice. The edge of a social razor blade. I cannot pull US back… I can merely warn of the fall.

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As always, I am honored that you come here and read my works… my words.

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Thank you!

 

A Small Personal Victory For Daniel

Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. Victories just have not been a part of my life, as of late. However, today I am celebrating a major personal victory. A victory that will save lives! On August 5th, 2013 I wrote a little article called ‘Today? DANNY SAVED LIVES!’. This article was quite popular, as it received thirty-one ‘Likes’ and drove a considerable amount of traffic that week. This article explained how I witnessed construction workers on the property, that day, trying to repair the pool and Jacuzzi whose damage was far too extensive to just be repaired.

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I had a little feedback… not entirely supportive. They claimed I was just nitpicking because I was being asked to move and that, likely, the pool would just be repaired at another time. [Is this gloating? I never seem to get the chance… so this is unfamiliar territory] Today, I and my assertions, were proven correct. Below is a video of the beginning of the demolition of said pool and Jacuzzi.

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Upon seeing the crew out there, tearing apart the pool and Jacuzzi, I called the City of Cypress Code Enforcement and confirmed. The new owners have properly obtained permits for the demolition of both the pool and Jacuzzi. They explained that they had yet to receive the plans for the construction of the new pool and Jacuzzi. Then a funny thing happened. The gentleman from the City of Cypress Code Enforcement THANKED ME!

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He recognized my name, and voice, and said that they were now keeping a close eye on this property and that the new owners are now cooperating with the city. [Believe it or not] I was speechless. I thanked the city employee and hung up the phone.

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Allen (my caregiver and BFF for the past twenty-five years) often calls me ‘The Last Boy Scout’. Today, he was correct. I was correct. A pool, and Jacuzzi, with extensive damage. Damage that broke the foundation, in several places, and broke rebar (in several places) simply cannot be repaired. To merely repair a pool with that level of damage places the lives of those who swim and play, in said pool, in grave jeopardy.

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Yes, my actions, will cost this new owner more money… and time but it will guarantee the safety of all those that come here and swim and play. I feel good!

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I have yet to find out the fate of Mr. Gay… and that leaves me quite scared and, at times, terrified… but, for a moment today, I am proud of myself and my actions. Below is a short video of the crew beginning the demolition.

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As always it is an honor to have you, My Dear Readers, come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU!

The American Civil War of 201_

The American Civil War of 201_

 

In 1860 there were, roughly, thirty-one million Americans in our great nation. Twenty-two million of them lived in the ‘Northern states’ and nine million lived in the ‘Southern-Confederate’ states. When the fighting finally ended in the far west and Texas, it took some time for the word to reach these places that the war was over. Over SIX HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND Americans had given their lives… for a LIE.

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What was the lie? That freedom belonged to only some Americans. The lie was that the people of the North were any different from the Americans in the South. That African Americans deserved to be enslaved. The lie was the same as it is today.

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            “It’s divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War…” Robert Kennedy Jr. [1]

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Thirty-One million Americans reduced to thirty point four. There are now well over One Hundred times as many Americans today as there were in 1860. Therefore, and equivalent ‘War Between The States’ in the twenty-first century would more than decimate (to reduce by 1/10) our population.  SIX MILLION AMERICANS! One in every fifty Americans would die.

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In the late hours of my campaign I was told that I could raise more money… if I “apologized to Texans…” for “throwing bombs… at Republicans…” I was offered the opportunity to garner assistance from well healed Texans if I apologized for throwing bombs and “offer and olive branch…”

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An olive branch. Like?

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            “Please I AM SORRY IF I HAVE OFFENDED ANY TEXANS! I LOVE YOU GUYS! . I am beside myself in grief… I cannot write anymore… Please accept my apology. PLEASE?” (from ‘Dear Texans’)[2]

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I tore myself up, inside. I exposed myself and pleaded for forgiveness. Irony? The irony was that after that article? My biggest donations came not from Texas, but from ENGLAND. I did my penance (voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong)[3]

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I was not forgiven. The sixth Christian Tenet is:

 

             And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.”[4]

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Yet, I was not offered forgiveness. Why? I publically flayed myself. Took responsibility for actions I was told I had engaged in and begged for forgiveness. It was not forthcoming… Why?

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We live in a nation divided. Not by me. I have been told “you throw bombs…” Yet, when asked to show me the bombs I have thrown… the wrongs I have committed? (Everything I have EVER written is right here at The Other Shoe) DEAFENING SILENCE. Nobody can point to any single article… any passage of any article I have ever written where I have “thrown bombs” at Republicans or Conservatives. “Why?” You may well ask. Because it never happened. Want the truth? The truth is that I did write this:

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            “Texas is experiencing a hat-trick of changes. These three factors will not only impact Texas politics, from the Governorship to the State House, they will shift Texas from the deeply Conservative ‘Red’ of today. To a deeply purple, then ‘Blue’ like it was in my youth.”[5] (From my article ‘Texas is Turning Purple. Are you seeing this?’)

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The entire article was based on United States census data from 2010 and 2012. It was based in FACT.  That article was the closest I have ever come to “throwing bombs…” at Texas or Texans… and I NEVER ONCE said anything ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ and every single fact was documented and referenced. For that I am shunned. For that I am allowed to fall… to become homeless by people with more money than they could spend in three lifetimes.

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            ““It’s divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War…”

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SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND DEAD AMERICANS.

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            “It got so bad… they stopped burying the dead and they piled up in the streets. Bloated bodies… picked over by carrion birds…”[6]

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Yet, some Americans really want to repeat that sick national tragedy? If the Civil War were to happen today Six Million Americans would die. One in every fifty Americans would loose their life. All over one Presidency?

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 When do we begin to count the dead? If there is another ‘War Between the States’. When will historians begin the counting? Yesterday?Today? Tomorrow? Will me ending up homeless and dead, be counted?

See, I am free. I know that my condition will take my life. I had a neurosurgeon show the courage to tell me the truth about my spinal disease. One day… my spinal cord will be crushed by either a bone fragment or a errant disc propelled by gravity during a fall. This will result in me loosing the ability to breath. I will loose conscious, and die.  I know how I will die…. Do you?

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Tuesday. Next Tuesday I will know if my caregiver and best friend of twenty-five years will be released in time to help me move. See, because if he is not released…. Because I was never forgiven? I will end up homeless and I will die on the streets of Orange County California. I know this. And I am at peace.

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Will America continue to pull at the very stitches that were sewn in 1863 till they spill our national guts out for the entire world to witness? I do not know. I fear the worse for the nation I honor and love. I am not a ‘Southerner’. I AM an American! I happen to be born in the ‘South’. However, I never let that factor define WHO I am.  I am at peace.

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If the worst happens… if Allen is not released on this coming Tuesday. I have little left. I will post two more articles. They are already written. These articles outline the years of abuse I have endured. These articles name the people who have abused and misused me. Nothing is left out. Nobody that has caused me harm is left out. All is told. Because? What will I have to loose? I am at peace.

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I pray for you all. I pray that you find peace. I pray that our country puts aside all this anger and hatred. However, if history is to be our guide to the future? Our great nation will, once again, work to tear itself apart. While the world watches in horror.

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Imagine the ‘Civil War’ with… Tanks… Jet Aircraft… Helicopter gunships… Automatic weapons… NUKES. As the world watches in horror. And, I am at peace.

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            “A House divided against itself… Cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln June 16th 1858[7]

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I could have been spared… Likely by someone that I played with as a child. Someone that watched me on stage at PHS. I could have been saved a humiliating death homeless on the streets of Orange County, California. If only I had asked for forgiveness?  Right?

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I did. And I am at peace.

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May God have mercy on US all.

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The Syrian Quagmire

        Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. I am a proud to be an American… for the most part (more about that in the coming weeks). I am not proud of the ‘American War Machine’ and neither was our greatest military President of modern times, President Ike Eisenhower.

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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” [1]

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However, I am getting ahead of myself. Keep that quote in mind, My Dear Readers, aas I continue… by going backwards a bit.

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SYRIA: “Syria (i/ˈsɪriə/SIRR-ee-ə ; Arabic: سوريا‎ / ALA-LC: Sūriyā, or سورية / Sūrīyah; Syriac: ܣܘܪܝܐ; Kurdish: سوریه‌, Sûrî), officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains and deserts, it is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Arab Alawites, Arab Sunnis, Arab Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Druze, Kurds and Turks. Arab Sunnis make up the majority of the population.” [2]

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Not mentioned here is that Syria has been ruled, like North Korea, by a single family since November 1970. That Assad family, first Hafez al-Assad and now his son Bashar al-Assad. The majority of arms that make up the Syrian armed forces come from the former U.S.S.R. and they are tightly aligned with Iran.

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Quagmire: “a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position” [3]

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America stands on the precipice of history, once again. If America chooses (and let’s face it… it IS a choice. No threats have been made against America of Americans by Syria.) it will not be a singular action. It will unhinge the Middle East even further. Iran has already started their saber rattling by threatening military action against Israel if America lunches missiles against Syria.

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Israel has responded by erecting, and making well known that they have erected, their ‘Iron Dome’ (Iron Dome (Hebrew: כִּפַּת בַּרְזֶל, kipat barzel) is a mobile all-weather air defense system[6] developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.[5] The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 kilometers away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area.[7][8] Israel hopes to increase the range of Iron Dome’s interceptions, from the current maximum of 70 km (45 miles) to 250 km and make it more versatile so that it could intercept rockets coming from two directions simultaneously)[4]

Next, characterization: this international problem (for the lack of a better moniker) can easily be characterized as a secondary result of the Arab Spring.[5] Truthfully, the people of Syria no longer want to be ruled by the tyrant that is Bashar al-Assad. Further, I will continue to remind you, My Dear Readers, that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger clearly warned, prior to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, ‘If America invades Iraq to overthrow Sadam Hussein it will destabilize the Middle East for generations…’ Henry, as always, was correct and we are now living in that world.

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Finally, reality in America; I heard this put best on MSNBC today “those that support war do not support President Obama, and those that support President Obama do not support war…” Can’t find a hyperlink to who said that on what show, today. My apologies for the person that made this astute and correct comment. However, I support President Obama and I support a change of leadership in Syria. I do not support a new war. Even dropping bombs in Syria will engage America in the Middle East in a way that I no longer support. However, there is a caveat.

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Whereas I do not think it is the correct course of action for America to engage Syria militarily. Although, I do not think America or the world should just sit idly by and allow Bashar al-Assad to gas his citizens with impunity. First, there should be consequences for Basahr’s actions. International consequences that include, but are not limited to, his removal as leader of Syria. Second, I firmly agree with Russia’s Foreign Minister’s call for “all of Syria’s chemical weapons to be placed under international control[6]

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Once we have taken these lethal and ‘indiscriminate weapons’[7] from al-Assad? America should work diplomatically to remove al-Assad from power via ‘Free and fair elections’. America should NOT involve ourselves in this civil war. We should not provide weapons to anyone in Syria. Syria IS a bridge too far for America.

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“To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.”[8] President Dwight D, Eisenhower

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As always, My Dear Readers, it is an honor that you come here to The Other Shoe and read my work. I hope that I do justice to that honor… I hope that I continue to work and deserve your support.

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Thank YOU!

 

Getting to Know Danny, Part One

Welcome back, My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. Today things are  going to be different between you and me, My Dear Readers. Today I am going to talk about me, my life… the past twenty-five years. Then I am going to tell  you where The Other Shoe is headed. Where I plan to take this blog, and if willing, all of you. This… this is where I have been, this past week… in deep thought about this article, this blog, this opportunity, and you. My Dear Readers.

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For the past three years… March 2010 is when I started The Other Shoe. Then, I had no idea where I wanted to go with; this blog, my writing, my audience,… nothing. I knew only one thing, in order to stay sane I needed to write. The path from where I was in my life, the difficulties and loss, I had to pass through this stage… again. I had to write.

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At ten years old I used money earned mowing lawns to buy a Smith Corona manual (1940’s or 50’s) typewriter. Ten year old American boys, from the south… Southeast Texas, used their chores money or weekly allowance for; candy, bubble gum, comic books, or even epic comics. They did not work for a whole summer to buy a used and beat up typewriter with a broken ‘y’ key. Danny Hanning, did just that… he used a summer’s earnings (mowing lawns, working with my Dad at his office and in the garage) a purchased an old broken-down typewriter that did not work nor did it have a ribbon.

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At first, my parents let me keep it in thou house. I cleaned it up, fixed broken keys (something I learned in the garage working with my Dad on teletype machines) and I ordered a ribbon through the mail. So long as I was working on the machine, nobody had a problem with it being in my room with me. 

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Then, I started writing. I wrote every single day. I wrote before going to school, and as soon as I got home. Then, I couldn’t sleep. Seemed ideas, for me, flood late at night and early in the morning. Every writer is different. They have music they like to listen to, rooms they prefer writing in, a specific view from a specific window. People and animals can act as a writer’s muse. Not only writers. Artisans of all media have the same types of idiosyncratic behaviors.

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You, My Dear Readers, will just have to wait until I am published, and interviewed, to find out my idiosyncrasies. I have shared a few things, over the nearly 300 articles I have published in the past three years. Writing, as I have, for the past forty-five years I have picked up some pretty interesting idiosyncrasies. I enjoy listening to the same artist, even the same album, while writing. ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’  has a musical artist and album.

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I took a long break, from writing, while I performed on stage. I have always been in choir, since the third grade. I stayed in choir all the way through high school. Finishing high school, I ‘double-lettered’ in liberal arts at Pearland High, and received my letterman jacket reflecting that ‘Double Lettering’ in Liberal Arts. To this day I am quite proud of that accomplishment. My junior year  competed in Universal Scholastic League competitions in; choir, debate and One Act Plays,

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Alas, I only won awards in the ‘One Act Play’ category. However, I did take my school all the way to Regional, one step away from competing in ‘State’. More than anything, as a High School Junior, I wanted to take my school to ‘State’.

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I worked very hard, and for long hours, in visual media. I know that it has added to me, who I am, and my ability to write. Even while I was; acting, debating and singing I was still writing. I loved reading science fiction, as a child, as a teenager, and as a young adult.  Know readers will see that in my upcoming novel. However, I refuse to be limited… caged in by a category. I have larger aspirations than any one category. Recently, I was discussing my work with another writer. A artier that is quite familiar with my work.

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He asked me how to classify myself as a writer. Was a sci-fi writer, a fantasy sci-fi or more science heavy? I tried to explain how I saw my work(s). I also explained that one had to consider my work with political articles and foreign affairs. He smiled, and laughed, and then he asked if I wanted to know how he saw me. Well, of course I am always very interested in knowing the thoughts and feelings of the people who read my work.

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“Humanist” He said that one word, “Humanist”. He told me that, in reading my articles and what I would show him of ‘Princess Nadia, he saw one thread that connected all I have ever written. I write, he tells me, “with the desire to improve the human condition”.

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That will be all for today, September 1st, 2013 ‘Labor Day’.

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As always, I would like to express my thanks to all of you, My Dear Readers. That you honor me by coming here and reading my words. In the coming weeks, months and years I have the desire to write to entertain and open eyes. Given the chance, I know that I can and will accomplish both.

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Thank you!

 

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