Bogus thoughts bouncing willy-nilly through my head

It certainly has been awhile since I have posted. Career choices, perhaps, or unnecessary thoughts bouncing willy-nilly through my head have infected my ability to post.Yes, I meant to use the word infected.

There have been a multitude of career choices bouncing around in my head, infecting my thought patterns with bogus ideas of changing my career. I ask myself “What career are you wanting to change? You have no career. You’re retired.”

What my brain has been trying to sort out, probably, I can’t honestly say that I always understand what is on my brains mind, is what I can do with so much time on my hands.

I have tried different things:

Writing short stories

Writing ebooks a little bit longer than the stories. Longer short stories perhaps.

Voice acting, voiceover

Narrating audiobooks through ACX for and Amazon, ten books in all, was fun but not very much money for the work involved. (Projects were done on a split of royalties, no sales)

Back to the point. None of these things have been actual career choices, because I am not looking for a career. I’m looking to offer my services, whatever they may and hopefully useful (above all legal, moral and ethical) on a full time basis.  With me deciding what constitutes full time. Not working for someone else but offering expertise where I can links other helpful resources where I can.

I also have a plethora of questions of my own. Many, at the moment, about the recent election. Not political questions but WTH (what, why, where or who the heck?) questions.

•WTH are these protesters protesting? The election was held, a winner was declared. If your candidate didn’t win it doesn’t mean your world will end or it was a personal attack on you. Look at it this way, if you are only protesting because you have no job, perhaps there will be one when the new guy takes office. Wouldn’t you feel silly then?

Anyway WTH said your candidate was supposed to win there are no hereditary rulers in this country, no matter what the losing party thinks. Besides, she will probably write a book about the experience and make millions while all these college students flunk out because they couldn’t handle the stress of their candidate losing and wound up permanently in a crying room with a coloring books and a box of crayons. How does that particular generation expect to handle the pressures of governing the future world when they can’t even handle the stress of someone they don’t even know meets reality face to face?

Oh my! Do you see what I mean? So many bogus and useless thoughts just bouncing willy-nilly through my head. Perhaps I could use a coloring book, a box of crayons and,just maybe, a hug. Sigh!!

Did I mention that I have toyed with the idea of writing a blog?

Next time. Hopefully.


Children Live And Die With What They Learn From Us by Hubert Williams

Westerns. I grew up watching western shows  like Rawhide, Bonanza, Cheyenne, Wanted: Dead or alive, just to name a few. I loved, and still do, shows about cowboys and Indians, cowboys and bad guys, cowboys and cowboys. Okay, I admit it, I loved cowboy stories.

What I didn’t realize back then, as a child, was that the real people whose lives inspired those stories, either directly or otherwise, weren’t characters in a tv show or movie. The lives depicted on those shows were affected by harsh winters, starvation, disease and drought, exposure to the elements among other dangers including, but not limited to, mob mentality.

Cowboys and Indians weren’t natural enemies who were killed in one episode and returned as a different character the following week. When real life cowboys and Indians died they stayed dead. When cowboys were hung without benefit of trial the innocent remained dead along with the guilty. Nothing could be done to alter that fact, not even rioting in the streets which claimed more lives, both innocent and guilty. Many of those deaths were a direct result of perceived truth. What one believes to be true based on what has been learned from mentors, ancestors, friends and strong acquaintances, instead of personal experience.

Today, there are lives lost and property destroyed because children, some innocent, others not so much, are killed. Some are killed by other children. Do we as adults believe that our innocent children would like to be remembered for the destruction that came about because of their unfortunate death? Should he actions of the children who intentionally imposed terror into the lives of others be given credence by keeping it in the public eye, inviting others so inclined to duplicate the scene? I think as adults we should be responsible for having the deaths of children, for whatever reason, represent positive advances against reoccurrence, not advertisements for destructive behavior.

Instead of blaming God, Satan, race or racism, sex or sexism we, as adults need to remember that with life there is death. Call it a condition of life. Religious, non-religious, man, woman, adult or child, black, white and all colors and shades between will all die, regardless. If a death seems unjust, added injustice will not alter that fact and will not reverse the death.

Children only know what we teach them, what they witness. They live and die on those lessons.

I started this piece about westerns. I could have started it in another area of our past. The point of the article will be decided individually. What effect, if any, should those  decisions have on the lives of others?

I have said my piece and invite others to do the same.

I kept it clean and expect others to do the same, realizing that expectations usually fall short of reality.

The Incomparable Voice of Hubert Williams






A Review of Audiobook Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal Narrated by Caprisha Page

Auburn Seal has written a very interesting theory of the fate of the roughly 115 men, women and children who settled on Roanoke Island in 1587 only to disappear without a trace. Avery Lane, a spunky history student trying to write her thesis so that she can graduate, has chosen the story of the settlers as her topic. Unknown to her, there were people who did not want the truth to be discovered and broadcast to the world. Continue reading

An audiobook review – Blackwater by V.J Banis

I just had the pleasure and privilege of listening to Caprisha Page narrate the book Blackwater: A Gothic Tale Of Horror by V.J. Banis.

Caprisha narrated this story of Love, Voodoo and murder in the voice of a sweet southern belle. She tells the story of the Dere family in post Civil War Louisiana who hire a young woman, Jennifer Hale, to care for the wife of Walter Dere, the owner of Darkwater, a plantation that survived the war and aftermath.

Alicia Dere, the wife, has been ill for quite some time, but the doctor can’t seem to find any medical reasons for her illness. Alicia claims that an orphan living with the family is a witch who is trying to kill her. The rest of the family can’t find a basis for those claims and eventually begin to merely tolerate the woman’s outbursts out of respect for Walter.

After working at the plantation for a while as a school teacher and caretaker for Alicia. Jennifer sees peculiarities in the accused witch girl’s demeanor but, unfamiliar with Louisiana’s Voodoo history, fails to connect the two, even when she finds a doll made with Alicia’s hair and fabric from one Alicia’s old dresses in the hands of the dying woman.

One year after the death of Alicia Dere, Jennifer becomes the second Mrs. Walter Dere and immediately shows the same symptoms as Alicia.

Is the young girl a witch? If so, why would she want to harm and even kill Alicia and Jennifer? Is there a connection to an old crone living in the swamp?

Listen as Caprisha Page unfolds this mystery.




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