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This blog began about poor manners, but as I thought it out, it was leading toward parenting. Recent news and events brought my thoughts more toward parenting again. What are parents thinking these days? How’s buying children entrance into college going to help them in the long run? The student still has to pass their courses to graduate. Are parents going to buy their children their first job post-graduation, and then let them live at home? How does a child learn to deal with reality if Mommy and Daddy do everything for them? They will never learn to respect anyone or be respected. Another similar episode surprised me. Years ago, I heard parents were buying their teenage girls breast implants for their birthdays. That one backfired with them revealing these implants are causing cancer now. A recent newscast claimed that parents were purchasing their sons “muscle” cars so they could drag race. Obviously not a well thought-out gift. Now these kids are dying in car accidents. Finally, there’s the measles epidemic. Twenty years ago, measles had been eradicated. Then parents decided not to get their kids vaccinated. Measles are back, endangering everyone, including their children. Hindsight might be 20/20, and you might want to help the ones you love, but a parent has to use what minimal intelligence they have to help their child’s future.

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My father and I were never close. We were opposites, both physically and personality-wise. I once thought a drunken stork had left me on the wrong doorstep. I eventually realized fate really was that cruel. He was a hard-working executive who traveled the world, and was rarely home. I was a “lazy daydreamer” who played sports, read books, and valued close friendships. He was the hammer that drove the nail. I was a flat head that endured his punishment.

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In 429, at the age of seventeen, Saint Joan of Arc not only consulted with the French Army, she fought with them to drive the English from France. She wore heavy armor, fought on horseback, and was wounded twice. She was later burned at the stake for heresy and cross dressing. The cross dressing was a farce, as was her trial. She was needed to wear a belt to hold up her pants. The Greeks were so impressed by the archery and horsemanship of a tribe of all female warriors from the Dead Sera area, it inspired them to create the myths of the Amazon women. During the Second World War, there are countless stories of female heroics in battle conditions.

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It appears that both sides of the government are so bent on getting their way during this shut down that neither side is considering all the alternative solutions to the problem of border security. No one is considering the source of the problem; the immigrants themselves. Seems to me that if you remove the reasons everyone wants into this country, they’ll quit trying to get in. Take away all the free stuff like welfare and medical care. If immigrants want into the country, hand them a shovel. Put the

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What is politically correct today is an ever-changing hot potato. Until recently, I never considered whether my actions and words were politically correct. I’ve always gone with my heart, being polite, and how I was raised. I support the #MeToo movem...

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The Allegiance of the Damned
October, 1755
There is no greater nightmare to a Nordic sailor than drowning in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Only the terror of being devoured by a kraken could rival the fear of being lost overboard in those ice-filled seas in which the cold’s dagger-like fingers slash into the unprotected flesh to freeze the heart.
Dutch Captain Rutger Vogel knew this terror well for it sped his own heart. He saw it mirrored in the pleading eyes of his ten crewman as they peered back at him from the pitching, ice-covered decks of the Lilith, a 154-foot schooner sailing north through the English Channel, And still, the seasoned captain’s heart burned with more powerful emotions than the fear of an icy death in the stormy seas of the North Atlantic. Vogel’s desires even outweighed his compassion for his fellow shipmates. His insanity was born from the dire needs of jealousy and revenge. His desperate needs demanded that he return to his home outside Amsterdam by the quickest means possible and at whatever the cost.

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Jack hurried across their fields swinging his arms and twisting his torso. He was trying to work out his sore stiffness. He found the going painful. Any thoughts that he’d be unable to practice were pushed aside by his determination to be a team leader and set a proper example.

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The gathering for the Sobel barn clearing was in full swing that evening. The conversations and laughter were too loud. Most the neighbors were drunk on Pa Spbel’s latest batch. Jack Espinoza felt trapped with his back pinned to an outer wall of the Sobel household. The heat and humidity were down, but the

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