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118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014

Today is the running of the 118th Boston Marathon.

One year ago, on April 15th, 2013, the “Boston Bombers” killed three innocent people and injured many others. The attack was designed to cause pain, fear, and chaos. It succeeded in causing pain to a number of people, bostonmarathon2014 and many people were afraid that day, but then the human spirit, took over and people of every walk of life pulled together to help those injured and in pain.

Boston suddenly had a new slogan as of that day “Boston Strong”. What does that really mean? In an article posted on CNN U.S. on April 15th, people gathered to remember the bombings and then to stand strong against the terrorist attack.

“Next week, we will run again,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association. “But on this day, in this place, in remembrance and resolve, we gather as citizens of Boston, Boston strong.”

And this was said by the former mayor of Boston:

“You are strong at this broken place,” former Mayor Tom Menino told the crowd, adding, “the heartbeat of Boston is a mighty force.”

This isn’t just the “heartbeat of Boston” but the collective heartbeat of the American nation. People in this country are generally good and when horrible things happen, the people, the real America comes out, ready to help. This is one of our greatest strengths.

So, today runners will take to the streets of Boston and they will run a marathon. Many of the injured survivors will cheer those than run. They will not let themselves be beaten. Their lives are different now, and I suspect they lean on other survivors and in turn bolstered  themselves. They live and life goes on. They have new obstacles to deal with, but they are over-coming whatever they face.

And, America goes on. It moves forward.

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Holy Week Hiatus

April 14, 2014

Hello all, I just wanted to let you know The News will be on hiatus for the from today until next Monday, the 21st of April.  This is our Holy Week and there will be much church service attending, good LORD willing, and then preparation for Pascha/Easter.  This year the Eastern and Western churches are together for the Easter services.

Regular writing will continue because books have to be written even through Holy Week.  It is my hope when you hear from me again there will be much celebration of having many final chapters completed and the words will be flowing like a waterfall.

Have a good week everyone.  Enjoy your Easter celebrations.  If you don’t celebrate Easter I hope you have a wonderful week and a fantastic weekend.

 

~ The Editor

Ballad of a WiFi Hero

April 13, 2014

This video came from another blog here on the net.  Inspirational Geek.  I highly recommend this blog.  I now give you, a tale of a brave warrior and hero!

The Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian

April 12, 2014

Prayer of St. Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life,Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, meekness of mind, patience and love to Thy servant.

Yea O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art thou unto ages of ages.  Amen.

If you would like to know more about Saint Ephraim, you can click here.

Friday Flicks

April 11, 2014

I love movies, as you well know.  I love action movies especially.  Again, you know this.  So, I have decided, for this summer, I will post on Friday about movies.  Movies I have seen.  Movies I want to see.  Movies I wish I had never seen, etc.  You get the gist.

 

What will I find for next week?

Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

April 10, 2014
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Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads , the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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2014 TV Season: Renewals, Cancelations, and Shows on the Bubble – Yahoo TV

April 10, 2014

2014 TV Season: Renewals, Cancelations, and Shows on the Bubble – Yahoo TV.

Yes, I know:  I probably watch a little too much TV, but on the bad pain days there is nothing better.  Television is also involved with me and The Husband having some quiet time together so there are several shows we watch together of an evening or on the weekends.  MeTV is a big one for us on Saturday.  In looking at the renewals I am glad to report many of our favorites are being renewed and a couple are “on the bubble” as the article says.  Hope your TV show makes it!

Hump Day Blues

April 9, 2014

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Today I have tried to write and every time I have put myself in front of the computer screen everything else has caught my attention except the work in progress. {sigh} Yesterday was productive and the day before even better. Why is sitting and writing so hard today? Gah!!!

Could this all just be Hump Day Syndrome? It feels like pure, outright laziness-don’t-want-to-work-today-almost-blues. Still, I am going to work on WHRT today if it is the last thing I do just before going to bed!

If you would like something to read. Go read Cristian Mihai’s post Why failing is (kind of) a good thing. This post encouraged me to push through the malaise and at least write something today. It makes sense.

Craft of Writing: Let the Reader’s Imagination Do the Heavy Lifting

April 8, 2014
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Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: This was a helpful article to me, so I thought I would share. Now, back to the ink mines.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

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This is the kind of flowery we can get behind. Flowery Piano by Andreas (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In storytelling, description and detail translate what’s in your imagination into scenes and images in the reader’s mind. Can bloated description detract from your work, fill your reader’s brain with too much information, and distract them from the story? The answer is yes. In today’s post we’ll look at how to know when enough is enough.

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Green-Eyed Demon, A Sabina Kane Novel, Book 3

April 8, 2014

Jaye Wells, creator of Sabina Kane has my thanks.  The Sabina Kane novels are perfect escapes when you don’t want anything to in-depth and need a laugh.  Giguhl is one of my most favorite characters, as well as PW, a.k.a. Pussy greeneyeddemonWillow – transvestite extraordinaire.  Giguhl’s growth as a character and as a person while still keeping his “mischief demon” status is exceptionally well done!

I was very surprised to find myself getting into these novels because the vampire system for this world makes them, vampires, very human .  At the same time, they are also very dangerous and somehow terrifying in their humanity and their human flaws.  When they have the best of humanity they are like Sabina and her twin sister Maisie.  At their worst, the vampires are, much to my surprise, truly frightening.

The only problem I had with this novel was the editing, believe it or not.  The editing lacked.  There were typographical errors, grammatical errors, and once, in the  edition I read on Nook, an entire page was re-printed.  At first I thought this repeated page was just the Nook doing something funny.  After going back and forth with pages, the pages numbers continued correctly – there was just a repeated page.  However, the editorial problems did not stop me from devouring the book and getting the next volume in the series, Silver-Tongued Devil, from the library.

Looking through the Barnes and Noble website, I discovered more Sabina Kane novellas and a couple of Nook books.  They are already on my to-read list.

The action in this third novel was fast paced; reasonable and logical; and, most of all, the characters grew, changed, and developed into characters I wouldn’t mind knowing, especially Sabina’s love interest, the mage Adam.  Who would not fall in love with a perfectly muscled, loving, tender man like that (sometimes I believe I have lucked up and married his twin, except for the magic part, of course)?

My best friend has the book for me at her house so, before I can read the next Sabina Kane novel I need to finish reading the novel I borrowed from Kindle.  I suspect this current read will be a quick one.  It, too, is action packed, but in a different way.

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