A Fan in Barn Boots

I recently bought The book Montaigne in Barn Boots By Michael Perry.  I buy every book Mr. Perry puts out as well as his musical CDs.  Here is my review:

In Montaigne in Barn Boots, Mike Perry reflects on the writings of Montaigne as he compares it to his own personal philosophy. For me, I dipped my toes in Montaigne’s essays and they quickly went numb. However, Mr. Perry made those essays with his down-home folksy similes and metaphors easy to understand . I fear that comes off less than a compliment, but it is a compliment. Those comparisons were dead-on and unique.

Even Mr. Perry questions presenting another memoir from him. Do we want to hear more of Mike’s life and his beliefs? Do we want him to get more personal? This books gives a resounding yes. He writes about his own life to investigate what being human means. He is so effective that he can write a whole book discussing himself without over-indulging and getting over personal.

Yes, Mr. Perry, we want more.  We want to know about the man off-stage and those subjects you have not broached. And Mr, Perry we want you to get very personal without going to far and being respectful of our tender sensibilities.

That was his undertaking and he was successful. He does both. For example, he lets us know that his marriage is more than just love poems to her. He reveals that he does have a marriage like ours with its ups and downs while still being as reverential to his wife as our wives wish we would be.

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Web Searches

Why is it that I can go through my settings and turn off search engines except for google and yet end up with Yahoo being in control of my search bar on Chrome and Bing on Explorer (Which is why I don’t use Explorer)?

When a app updates itself, it resets your search engines. Why? To make it easy. People will use that search engine because it is there.  Without people choosing it, those search engines earn money through advertising, and selling data.

Which would be almost okay if they were a service that earned your choice.

That’s why when I click on a new tab and I do not get the Goggle search engine, I click my home button where it is my default.  Google may be evil, but it does provide me with the best results.  Yahoo gives me what they want to show me.

 

 

Losing my Religion- Thanks to you

I consider myself a religious person. However, my faith in religions and the Bible grows weaker every year.  I see little good in attending to both of them. Adam Carolla says that they have become more harm than good and to a certain degree I agree with him.

I’ve just realized that part of my growing dissonance with religion is caused by religious people quoting from the Bible, and replying to posts with anger.  Instead of being swayed, these posts cause me to question them.

A Facebook friend posted about how evolution was stupid.  Creationism was the only way to explain how perfect a human body works.  I found myself questioning the Bible and wanted to respond.  If we take Genesis at its word, then why don’t people believe in the old testament command that adulterers and their spouses must be killed?

The post used the word stupid in regards to evolution.  I give God credit for the wonderful way bodies and nature works.  I cannot say that it happened in six days.

 

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Free Kindle Version of Green Anthology 12/5-12/9/16 – Happy Holidays! — Trish Hopkinson

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press: To celebrate the holiday season, we’re offering a free Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology – available Monday, 12/5 through Friday, 12/9/16 at Amazon.com. (If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can still read the book — with free reading apps, available at this link.) If you are in the UK, try Amazon.co.uk. The…

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Idea

The idea of the soul entering the body used to be simple. but as we have progressed as society, it is harder to just say it enters at conception. twins, in vitro and test tube babies take away this simple answer. that does not mean that we have to say that there is no soul. To me, the soul may be like a human heart. It begins to collect materials and assemble. Once it begins to beat then it becomes a heart. Perhaps the soul is like that. it accumulates astral particles until it gets the right amount and then like a chemical reaction- like a pile of wood smoldering until it gets enough heat to ignite- the soul comes to life.

The Republicans that tried to say abortion should never happened, and said women should accept the baby as a gift from God, had to apologize. In his apology, he talked about how Gods abhors violence and abhors violence against women. (Richard Lugar). If this is so and I believe it is then perhaps it is time to see that God is not involved directly in people’s lives (at least not every moment Is it times to redefine God. It sounds terrible and yet the people that wrote the bible were doing just that. Over the centuries, they continued to do that.

So God does not allow rape to happen, it just happens. There is enough evidence that the soul does not get installed at conception. This is just someone’s idea. So when does someone get a soul? If God has not done anything about abortion and in fact in his world, miscarriages happen, then perhaps the soul waits. Perhaps it does accumulate cosmic energy as it grows and develops.

 

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Dead Sure? A Book Review

Dead Sure? Took me on a mind-twisting romp to 1929 and back again. It was a story full of strong characters and plot twists that kept me guessing.  I definitely felt for Tim, a man transported back to 1929 leaving his daughter to grow up without a parent. Especially when he has to face Charles, the antagonist that outsmarts everyone and hurts so many people (including many people in the present).  

This story has a lot of heart and kept me reading right until the end. And like any great story, I will remember these characters long after I put the book back on my book shelf (metaphorically, I got the kindle version).

Wisconsin Author Profile

A couple of years ago Dixie Jarchow and I began an interview show that premiered on the public access channel in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Like the name suggests, we wanted to showcase authors that are in our neighborhood. Those authors you will not know. But we wanted to hear their story, find out what they know about writing, and make a pitch for their book.

Earlier this spring, we interviewed Kerri Luksavitz.  (I never thought I would be able to spell that name by heart,) In some ways she is the type of author we had in mind for our show.  Like many of us, she had that story she wanted to tell. She also had the writing bug. However, the publishing industry is tough today.

 

Here is a link to her interview:  https://youtu.be/nYcxHkn6cVo. As I said, she had that story she wanted to tell.  Not only did she write it and write to get better, she went back to school to follow her dream.

The result is a YA novel called  Mystery Horse at Oak Lane stables.  Look for her website and check this book out.  As you might guess, Kerri is a rider and is passionate about horses. Enough so that she has plans for a trilogy.

I have not read the book as of this writing (Dixie has). However, I am intrigued by the way Kerri included the ins and out of horse competition.  It was so realistic that Dixie thought maybe it was nonfiction and to me those details that make a story sound real are crucial. Her future books will follow her main character  Cassie as she grows and progresses in competition. Just read part of this quick amazon review:

What a perfect gift for the horse lover in every family! The author, Kerri Lukasavitz, has created a story that pulled me into the plot right away. It was an engaging story with several twists that kept me guessing as to what would happen.

Cassie, the main character, wants a horse to call her own and to love. As she and her father search for the perfect horse for her, I felt the range of emotions that the protagonist experienced…every hope, every disappointment, every concern, everything. I didn’t want to put down the book.

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I hope you get as much entertainment and information from our interview as we got from talking to Kerri.

The Very Marrow of Our Bones

The Very Marrow of Our Bones: A Novel Paperback – April 3, 2018

by                                            Christine Higdon

I believe I put this book on my wish list to support ECW Press. Then I accidentally bought it.  I am so glad I did though. It is a well written well paced book.

The novel has many mysteries to solve and while it does in an engaging way, it also does it in a realistic way.  Ms. Higdon actually reveals a mystery without fake suspense and build ( answers come in the story when they should). As a reader, I acknowledged it, was surprised the answer came and then saw more book to read.

Ms. Higdon tells this story that lasts for 40 years without a lot of exposition. The action are immediate and the characters are engaging. The secondary characters are not necessarily well explained, but I could tell that they were fleshed out and the author showed only what she had to show.

I definitely rooted for these characters they will live on in my mind. Even at the end of the book, the author is revealing the actions and motivations of the characters that I didn’t even consider.

 

Move to Moscow

An aunt of mine shared this post on Facebook- a list of how we are a nation that says this, but does this. (We believe in supporting the military but letfootball players kneel, etc) I believe my aunt is concerned with how divided our country is. My mom is an outspoken liberal.She went fought for her kids and anyone for that matter if she thought they were getting a raw deal. Now with Facebook, she rails against Trump everyday. She fights for what she believes in, so she responds that Trump is ruining this country. A family member’s response to this was:  move to Moscow.

This really struck me. Evidently he is against the right for women to choose and for black players to have the right to kneel. He is entitled to his opinion. But move to Moscow as a response? Does he not want to move Moscow to our country?  He clearly does not want her to state her opinion. Thus Russia would be a better fit for him.

Move to Moscow as a response? That in itself says if you do not agree with me, you should not be in our country. The great thing about our country is that people do not have to be silent.

So perhaps (In some people’s view) the players that kneel for the flag are being disrespectful. Perhaps they are in the wrong. However, the response to someone complaining about our country by saying well then leave it is asinine. State your well-reasoned beliefs, but to say Go to Moscow means you do not want people to have the freedom to speak up. You love a dictatorship.

 

PS- I want to believe that the response was just inarticulate. However, it does seem that people want the US to be the way they want it. The old way- back when we could trample on the rights of people different than white and Christian

 

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Author Profile- David Michael Williams

David Michael Williams

An interview so great we did it twice!

A couple of years ago Dixie Jarchow and I began an interview show that premiered on the public access channel in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Like the name suggests, we wanted to showcase authors that are in our neighborhood. Those authors you will not know. But we wanted to hear their story, find out what they know about writing, and make a pitch for their book.

David Michael Williams is passionate about his writing and his desire to help other authors.  Our interview with him provides with great advice about being your own publisher as David has his own LLC.

This spring, Author Showcase switched from filming on the station’s camcorder to using some apple products.  Well it didn’t go so well. The main camera switched off and the camera that was focused on David so that we could have some dramatic camera view changes was the only one we got.  So we will put that up at a future point. You will want to hear what David said.

However, as our producer, key grip, and fearless leader Ruth Percey said, “This second interview is better than the first.”   Mr. Williams is a fantasy writer that likes to bend some other genres and he gave an enticing overview of his books in his Soul Cycle Series.  I read his book If Souls Can Sleep. I was drawn into his world and had to keep turning the page to see what happens.

I recommend check out these books and the other series on his website https://david-michael-williams.com/

I also recommend watching our interview with him.  It is located here: https://youtu.be/StKKRd3tumg

David is in marketing, but he devotes one day a week to writing, As you get his story, I think many of us will hear how similar it is to our story of wanting to be a writer. However, David has taken the next step and is writing novels and getting them in the hands of readers.

David has learned a lot and is continuing to learn.  We are thankful he is willing to share that knowledge

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Book Review Holy Cow

Holy Cow by David  Duchovny

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reminded me

Of Swine not

By Jimmy Buffett

In that I hated it.

I love Buffet and Duchovny. Holy Cow, however, is hard to comprehend as to what it actually is?  Is it a children’s book? An adult humor book? A fable or a joke? It is a about a regular milk cow that sees the Box God (a tv) and decides she has to go to India where they do not eat cows.

It reads like a middle school novel. However, it has adult humor and concepts. Duchovony makes an attempt to explain how a cow could book a flight on an airplane, but leaves as many questions as he answers.  At the end, he addresses inconsistencies by saying it is just a story, However, he clearly has never been on a farm.

His message is clear and directly on the page. The cow addresses the reader directly and spouts off what is on the author’s mind.  I agree with it, but I wanted a story.

I did read this book, so it kept me turning the page. It however, did not have a satisfying end.