Category Archives: Authors

AHA Moments

Aha Moments

It doesn’t matter WHAT we believe – just THAT we believe.

Oprah Winfrey is making a momentous move, but then she has been doing that all her life..making momentous moves.

“O” and “OWN” mean more than just a letter of the alphabet and possessing something.  Her life in many ways is an open book and there is no need, here, to go over it again.

Oprah has made some mistakes, a few very serious ones, but has always taken ownership by admitting and apologizing when someone has been hurt, fixing it when she could, learning from it and moving on.

I have never been a watch the show every day or even some days fan. I only occasionally pick up her magazine but I have been very aware of her.  She has done and will continue to do some great good deeds.

She said she knew from the age of four that she was destined for something great.  She did not know exactly what it was but she knew, and that knowledge factored into all her decisions.

I don’t even know if she ever made a statement similar or exactly like the one above about believing, but it seems to me to be an ‘Oprah’ kind of statement.

It doesn’t matter What we believe – just That we believe.

I have friends and family who are Christian, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, and all things in between.  I have friends and family who are none of these things, who believe in themselves.

All are right.  All have found their truth for this time.  Truths change.  Our belief structure of ten or twenty years ago, or from now, may be different.  We grow, we change, we learn.

Even the Dalai Lama in his book ‘My Spiritual Journey’ celebrates diversity in belief.

I too celebrate diversity and I celebrate humanity.

Braveheart, Not the Queen of Hamilton

Braveheart. ..not the Queen of Hamilton

I started out wanting to tell you how it came about that I am now the Queen of Hamilton.  Even though I am a King at least by marriage it just doesn’t feel right to say I am the King of Hamilton – it’s a whole gender thing.  Come to think of it I cannot believe a woman has not yet claimed kingship somewhere but confess I do not feel women should take from men in the quest to be equal and that includes gender specific titles. ( Although Queens of all genders should be treasured).

The point is that while the subject should be about my self imposed royalty it is in fact about Braveheart because that is what I have been watching for the last couple of hours.  Rewatching.  It is one of my fav movies even though Mel Gibson was too old for the role.  He was still an icon at the time, not yet experiencing his downward spiral exiting the royalty of Hollywood.  But it is a good story, a good film.  The actual story and events of the film are somewhat different ..of course.  Has there ever been an actual accurate movie portrayal of history?  Nah.

In the movie version there are all these kilts and fine brogues.  There is passion- love lost, rights fought for, battles, blood, revenge and justice.  There are evil Kings  (Longshanks), misguided future heroes (Robert The Bruce), Hamish who has his own charm, as does the crazy Irishman you can only love.  And an ending to die for – well at least William Wallace died for it.

When I was in Scotland I followed the tale of William Wallace and yes he is a true hero.  In the movie old Mel was a peace seeking man who goes to battle because the evil English overlords killed the woman he loved.  His one true love.  

In fact he was a rebellious teenager who loved fighting and got in trouble for fighting the English who had by the way killed his father as in the movie.  But the sheriff made one mistake that is accurate in the movie, they killed the woman he loved in retribution thinking it would bring him to his knees, when in fact it spawned a rebellion and lit a fire in the hearts of the Scots that remains today.  He freed the Scots.

And yes he was betrayed, captured, tortured, hung and quartered with his remains sent to the farthest corners of the earth.

Years later, the English did conquer and one can assume all live in peace now, however, the Queen Mum ..our present queen’s mom who was Scots, once said to the leader of an English conquered nation, “We Scots understand exactly how you feel”

So to my English, Irish and Welsh friends..Aye we are okay!

*Warning – Reading May be Hazardous to Your Health

*Warning – Reading may be Hazardous to Your Health

The results of an extensive study in The Effects of Reading on the Human Psyche and Physical Manifestations was released for the first time today on WordPress.com.  The study completed by the highly respected Ms. King has drawn some criticism from authors, teachers, preachers and Oprah.

Ms. King defends her paper, stating to this reporter that her findings are conclusive and irrefutable.  The results completed in a thirty second review during her morning coffee have shaken the academic world. W5, 60 Minutes,  and CNN are poised to take on the villain as they have confirmed the results through their own thirty second review and are horrified and ashamed that they have missed this long established travesty.

“My intensive investigation deals with only one media and not the literary world at large.”

*Reading is bad for your health when done on a regular basis and may lead to; hypertension, hypotension, not to mention distention, contention, depression, aggravation, generalization, hallucination, exacerbation, over stimulation, disinclination, palpitation, elevation, euphoria, dysphoria, anorexia and diarrhea, homicide, suicide, the upside of downside.

“The media itself is not the culprit but rather the content which produces the aforementioned afflictions.”

We can only provide a small sampling as any more will simply sicken the readers of this article.

Headline Horrors

1) eHealth Ontario doles out merit pay.  This controversial agency has had a reputation for hiring incompetence, then firing incompetence rewarding them with huge pay outs.  The province of Ontario has frozen wages for two years for the poor working souls but continues to reward “special people”.  Ontario’s deficit is $16.7 Billion dollars. 

2) Schwarzenegger Shriver Swindle.  Why are we giving these idiots any press at all?  He’s sorry – that he got caught.  She’s an idiot for tolerating it.
Edwards, Clinton, Sandford, Spitzer.  

3) Strauss-Khan fall from grace? I don’t even want to hear it. Worst case scenario he’ll sell a book and get off the hook.

4) Genetic Discrimination by insurers.  So you work hard to get a career as a chiropractor.  You need insurance because that is another rip off and the application form asks if there is any Huntington’s Disease in the family.  You don’t have it but daddy does.  Oops let’s not insure this enterprising young woman.  Seems you can only get insurance if you won’t ever need it.

5) A young girl ran as a candidate in a recent federal election.  She was a bar manager..not ballet..booze.  She never campaigns, goes off to Vegas for a vacation returns and now has a plush well paying government job.  Her riding is largely French, but she speaks no French.  She has no political experience I know. She’s in like Flint and no one knows how or why.

6) A Canadian nurse goes on line with a false identity, encourages 2 young people to commit suicide, ends up with a slap on the wrist, except for once a year on the anniversary of their death he must spend one night in jail.  Lets hope they preserve his rights so he will not be separated from his computer.

7) Running over people in Canada only costs five hundred dollars.  Yup. You pay the fine for failing to yield under The Highway Traffic Act.  You don’t go to jail and you don’t even lose your license.

So now I am off to read blogs, where humor, wit, insight, is genuine and the only antidote to reading newspapers.  

If you are a regular newspaper reader please tell me how you maintain your sanity?

Books of the iPad

Charles Dickens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Books of the iPad
 
When I was a child I wanted to be a writer. Actually I knew I was going to be a writer. I remember the exact instant this information came to me, what the day was like, the actual smell of summer, my foot as it moved from the curb to the road. Strange isn’t it how there are some moments of such clarity that they are almost photographic, that for a millisecond you actually stand outside yourself and watch?  It was not a decision as much as a done deal and I remember wondering exactly what I would write. Why murder mystery of course, published and all best sellers.
 
I have spent the fives decades between then and now making half baked attempts at writing and full baked excuses why I could not do it. And I must admit it has taken considerable effort to resist the urge to take pen in hand. Almost as much effort as it would be to actually give in and write something. No, that statement is wrong. I have tried writing and it is hard work, an investment, a commitment, and a lot of pressure on the brain cells.
 
Oh, I’d make a good start, and then the next day my mind would just flit after some other butterfly of a thought. And as of a few months ago, this year, 2011, I ran out of excuses, and had face the real reason I don’t write – fear, of so many things.
 
The purpose of explaining the above is not to lament my failure, but to recognize what it takes to write and write well. My experience makes me very appreciative of those who are published. When I read I can see the author putting down each word. I imagine the blank page and the first letters appearing whether by pen or keyboard. I appreciate. I savor.
 
Now we come to the Books of the iPad.
 
I love the convenience, the thousands of choices, the categories, and the authors, all there for my choosing.
 
What I find amazing and at the same time sad are the free books. It’s good for me but feels a little like a slap in the face to some great writers.
From the free list..just a few..
 
Tolstoy, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Einstein, Alcott, Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Emerson, Fitzgerald,….and on and on and on.
 
I picture the making of each word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph. The work, the creativity, the ALL of the whole thing.
 
So, I feel I just want to acknowledge them, somehow, to say thank you.
You, my heroes of the past may be free, but you are in no way devalued!
Thank you iBooks!