Technology Sucks!

I tend to agree with the rant, especially since I could still use my old Apple Macintosh if somebody had just figured out how to make the new memory chip fit into the slot. What a great machine.- black and white, not pop-up ads, no stereo music, no blogging… Humm, Perhaps there are a few things I do appreciate about the new system. Well, I sympathize with you anyway. Good luck on the new computer and in learning a new system. It keeps us young.

Incoming rant: be prepared to duck.

Why can’t they make computers that will last? Okay, fine, my desktop is four years old, and my son Chris is on it all the time. Almost. Today it started acting up. It has some sort of bug going on – whether it’s a virus or the hard drive is failing (which I think is the case) I’m not sure. But for an Autistic kid to deal with it’s the end of the world. I’ve spent most of this morning trying to fix the computer while Chris sits beside me beating his head with his fists and yelling.

All this after Alex came home yesterday to an infected laptop. Thank goodness I have Kaspersky on his machine – it cleaned it up quite well, though it took almost two hours to do it. It would work even better if it didn’t give him the…

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The Big-Flavor Grill No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes

Enjoy this great grilling book as the school year starts but the BBQ season is still not over.

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The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes for Delicious Steaks, Chicken, Ribs, Chops, Vegetables, Shrimp, and FishThe Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes for Delicious Steaks, Chicken, Ribs, Chops, Vegetables, Shrimp, and Fish by Chris Schlesinger

The best-selling team of chef Chris Schlesinger and Cook’s Illustrated executive editor John Willoughby present a radically simple method of applying flavor boosters to ingredients hot off the grill, maximizing flavor and dramatically reducing grilling time over traditional marinades.

Schlesinger and Willoughby wield spices and condiments from around the world masterfully in these 130 minimal preparation, maximum flavor recipes inspired by Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, and Caribbean cuisine. In contrast to grilling books that require long-lead marinating and time-consuming steps, The Big Flavor Grill‘s no-fuss approach means lightning-quick prep and grill times. Their new take on using spice rubs to coat ingredients before they go over the coals trumps traditional marinating by providing stronger, better-defined flavors–and rubs can be used at the last minute instead of having to think ahead, as…

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Recognize this Civil War Soldier’s Wife? You Should! Buy the book @ 99 cents on Amazon

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Mary Bingham Clow: First Wife of Richard Clow and step daughter to the renowned fur trader on the upper Missouri River, Charles Larpenteur. Her story is one of love and tragedy spelled out in “Rough Enough” a Civil War and frontier history of outstanding quality now for sale on Amazon for only 99 cents until 11PM tonight, 31 August.

Here’s what Reviewers say! Don’t Miss :”Rough Enough” on Sale 99 cents!

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Ionia Martin, Book Critic, Author of “Readfulthings” Blog Spot says about The Civil War book “Rough Enough” which is currently on sale for 99 cents through Amazon: …”I was absolutely fascinated by the tale of this young man: Richard Clow’s life and experiences. While I have read quite a few books that have to do with this era and the lives of individual men, none have touched me quite the way this one did”…
Sale ends at 11PM PST tonight, Sunday Aug. 31. Don’t be left holding the Pumpkin!

June 6, D-Day in art

Take a look at another keen sight on WWII, Great Job!

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A recent new book release, something I don’t normally do in a post, caught my eye this week…

“The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan

An intriguing tale of women who worked under top security conditions and sworn to secrecy. Now in their 80’s and 90’s finally have their story related. Under eminent domain, the government seized 60,000 acres in East Tennessee and created a massive industrial complex that would not be located on any map. The girls in this atomic city worked to create the atomic bomb without any knowledge of the drastic effects of the plutonium radiation. This is an unknown (in some cases forgotten) chapter of American history. The women of WWII, usually portrayed as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ or military nurses can now add the…

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Who Was the Model For this Vernon Corban Original Sketch?

Who Was the Model For this Vernon Corban Original Sketch?

Pencil Sketch of a beautiful lady done by artist Vernon Corban. Found in a batch of estate sale picture frames.

They did it!! New KDP Viewer for “Beachcomber Seashells of the Caribbean”

They did it!! New KDP Viewer for “Beachcomber Seashells of the Caribbean”

They finally did it! Here’s a company that really works for you to get the best views of your book!  a few weeks ago Kindle Direct Publishing had no way to let you show significant portions of your Fixed Page Format books to your public. This meant that prospective buyers were stuck with looking at only the  first few pages, which in the case of “Beachcomber Sea Shells of the Caribbean” allowed them to only see a few written pages and diagrams but none of the spectacular specimen photos or the pictorial keys which make up the real selling power of the book!  

Thanks to some hard working experts on their staff, they have now solved the problem and you can now view the sections of the book to understand why it is a volume well worth buying for your Kindle or e-reader laptop that you are taking to Florida or any of the thousands of islands throughout the Caribbean.  Fabulous work Guys!

Most of us don’t even know our own world! Indian Paintbrush in Spring- Near Klickitat,WA

Most of us don't enven know our own world! Indian Paintbrush in Spring- Near Klickitat,WA

Ever wonder what lie would be like if you had as much time as most aboriginal peoples and you were not tied up with “what shall blog” or “what shall I put on” or “who should I text?”
Well, get out of the house and walk in the fields, smell the flowers, look at the creation around you. It’s just as interesting as those keen pictures on Avatar of a new world. Most of us never do this enough to learn even a tenth of the plants and animals around us in our own home vicinity. Wake up! Smell the flowers! (Oops, almost forgot almost that Indian Paintbrush don’t really have an odor, they’re parasitic on some other plants.

What’s Up Doc? It’s How you view the world that makes it appear as it does!

What's Up Doc? It's How you view the world that makes it appear as it does!

Here is a cute little Praying Mantis baby scanning the world from a unique view perspective. Remember as you go through life that the lemonade you have may not be what you want, but perhaps it’s not just because you squeezed the wrong lemons and forgot the sugar. It may be because you have the wrong viewpoint for what you are observing. Try a different location or a different pair of colored glasses for a while!

Guest Post: Alyssa Cooper

Sounds creepy enough to attract a really good following!



The Motel Room, a modern twist on the classic ghost story. Only $0.99!


Since his death, our Narrator has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never pay him any mind. Then one morning, a maid turns her head and the two lock eyes – the first time he has been seen since his death. Only then does he begin to discover the true power behind his ghostly form.


Alyssa Cooper was first published at the age of eighteen, and is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life. The Motel Room is her first foray into the wide world of self publishing. Look for her second self published title, Whispering Peak, coming soon!

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