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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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.

Marriage is Like Trucks

The practice of marriage existed long before Christianity was ever created. Before Judaism was ever created, and before Zoroastrianism, and most all religious systems. Marriage was created by Pagans. It’s not a Christian religious institution. So, in theory, the “author” or “authorized” practice of marriage belongs to the ancient Pagan cultures. This presents quite a dilemma for modern Christianity and for those who stand by “the Word of God” as to what is or is not “allowed.” It also provides an open window for permissive requirements, restrictions, rituals, allowances, and who or what may marry who or what.

The concept of marriage predates Christianity and the other two Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam which share a common origin and common values. Marriage is very ancient dating back beyond recorded history and was practiced by all people of many cultures, ethnicities and belief systems across all continents. The prevalence of the concept of marriage derived from a time when culture among humankind evolved from early man -hunter gatherer – to agriculture and pastoralism, which occurred about 10,000 years ago.

https://werdsmith.com/genesology/eIOCT11oJ

 

I have not checked the validity of the above information.  However, the fact that marriage has always been around and not just Christians do it, make this knowledge almost innate. Christians may in fact been the first to use the word marriage. Other words were used, however, and mean marriage.

Some religions have their definition of marriage. They can and should define marriage within their religion how they want. However, marriage has a different definition. This definition is a legal one and the constitution is the supreme law of the land.

So perhaps many disagree, but churches must have their definition and the law must allow for other definitions. They can fight against marriage for other individuals, but not through the law.

As I see it, marriage is like trucks.

The first motor truck was built in 1896 by German automotive pioneer Gottlieb Daimler. Today there are many trucks on the road. For example, UPS have distinct trucks.  I can call my truck a truck. UPS can not stop me. However, I can not paint my truck brown and call it a UPS truck.

Because I have a legal right to have a truck. I do not have a legal right to have a UPS truck. The same way, a gay person can have a marriage, but not a Catholic marriage (unless they are just consumed with guilt -Ha! Ha!).

 

There are gay couples, gay married couples. They have raised children that are good people. Meanwhile there are people labeling them. Trying to make them feel bad. Sending them the message that they are not as good. People that have read this thread.

Target for all your Computer Headaches

As I try to update this blog, I am reminded of what a salesman told me at Target.  I had bought this Acer from there because it was on sale and I had a gift card.  It was slow and overworked on the simplest of tasks.  yet my daughter was in her last year of college and needed a computer to get her through school.

So like a ding dong, I went back to Target.

There that Target employee gave me the following advice:

Do not buy a computer from here.

He went on to explain that Target got outdated models.  Other places had better models for the price.

All I know is that when I use this computer, I have intense anger.  I do not know who is to blame.  Acer or Target. I know I hate them both now.

I Get To

Somewhere in my online travels I read about the power of I get to.  It is something you should say to reframe your mind when you are dreading something or are simply not happy to do it.

The example I thought of to drive this home is this:

As a teenager, I was busy (for the purposes of this story)  Going and seeing my grandparents was a drag and be boring. Now that they are both gone, I would do anything to spend time with them again.  If only I had thought I get to. I would realize that many people don’t get to spend time with the grandparents. But I get to. I am lucky,

I get to.

If you say it, your mind opens up and it gives you reasons why you should feel lucky.  Being volunteered to  facilitate a group on self-esteem, I had to use this phrase. I dreaded facillitating because, well, I didn’t think it would go well and I was nervous.  Then I remembered, I get to. With that phrase I began to think about how I have researched self esteem. I think it is important. I thought about how I want to help young people and that I think I can do a good job with it.  Then I could think how the young people I would be working with a pretty great and I would enjoy it.

So I thought about this and then I did go and enjoy it.