Added by James Roberts
I occassionally blurt out statements without thinking. So I'm compiling a list of my observations, comments and personal sayings along with the meaning (if needed):
1. Roberts Rule #1: How does it affect Jim Roberts? If it doesn't, so what? Meant to defuse discussions about those things which really do nothing more than inflame passions and rile dispute. Frequently used to defuse senseless arguments.
1a. Roberts Rule of Redundancy: When called upon to speak at a public event --…Continue
Posted on September 26, 2007 at 7:30am — 1 Comment
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
That's like the quote attributed to the late Philadelphia Mayor, Frank Rizzo: "The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe."
I was reminded of this (first impressions, not Philadelphia) outside a Quik-Trip here in Liberty.
I had paid for gas (filling my gas tank costs me more than rent in my first apartment!) and was waiting for my daughter to come back with…Continue
Posted on June 8, 2007 at 3:19am
If you live in a small town, you'll know what I'm talking about.
As you're driving, you see another vehicle and as you pass each other, you wave. (The left hand, two-finger wave, is my personal favorite).
I now live in a suburban community where, though not as frequently as in rural communities, you still see motorists wave or recognize other motorists. I…Continue
Posted on June 7, 2007 at 4:46am — 3 Comments
I recently turned 53 and because I'm around so many females at work and home, I thought I'd do something manly to recognize by advancing years.
So I joined a local gun club, took my .44-Magnum revolver, and went shooting.
(Important note: When you ask ammunition clerks at the local Wal-Mart for hollow point .44-Magnum rounds, expect startled looks.)
So that birthday weekend I shot guns. I smoked cigars. I drank beer and…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2007 at 1:01am — 1 Comment
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Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
I see you're a fan of August Derleth. He's good. Did you know he was the editor for much of the work of HP Lovecraft, one of my favorites?
Linn L. Brown, son of noir author and science fiction writer Fredric Brown, has died.
His obituary is below, along with a link to The Kansas City Star.
Linn Lewis Brown
Linn Lewis Brown, 75, of Kansas City, North, former editor of The Dispatch-Tribune newspapers, died June 15, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital.
He was born Oct. 7, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Fredric Brown, a noted mystery and science fiction author, and Helen Brown. He was graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1954 with a degree in journalism. After serving stateside in the Korean conflict, he began working as a reporter in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1956.
He then moved to San Jose, Calif., worked for three years for the San Jose News, and then became editor of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Daily News. The paper was purchased by Harold G. Townsend Jr. and subsequently sold two years later. Townsend bought the Kansas City Press Dispatch in 1964 and Linn became editor. In 1968 Linn left Kansas City to become assistant editor of the Camarillo (Calif.) Daily News, and three years later became editor of the Fremont (Calif.) Argus.
He returned in 1978 to Kansas City as editor of the Dispatch-Tribune newspapers. In 1980 he married Betty Anne Hawker Morris. Linn retired in 1997 after earning dozens of awards for his newspapers, was named "editor emeritus" and continued to write feature stories and a weekly column. He then worked four years at the Argosy Casino in Riverside and, failing at retirement a second time, worked as a cashier for Wal-Mart until recently.
His body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Linn was predeceased by his parents and a stepson, David Lynn Morris.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Anne Brown of the home; a brother, James Ross Brown (Melinda) of San Francisco; stepchildren Ann Bush (Dale), Paul Morris (Joni) and Carolyn Morris, and step- grandchildren Ryan Morris (Tiffany), Lindsey Morris (partner Andy Leader), Miles S. Morris, and Will R. Morris, all of the Northland. Linn was a bon vivant. He was passionate about food - shopping for it, preparing and cooking it - and traveling. Linn and Betty Anne booked apartments in Paris and Trouville, France, Rome, the Grand Caymans, New York, Boston, Hawaii, and Cozumel and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Northland Animal Welfare Society, 9601 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64158 (), in honor of his "little white dog" and frequent column subject, Jolie.
Published in The Kansas City Star on 6/17/2008.
Hope you're well. I'm pleased to say Reaper is now available in the States on amazon.com at $16.99. In advanced search type Dunne for author and Reaper for title. Hope you take a look and spread the word.
You're an avid reader, and I'm an avid writer. A match made in heaven? I invite you to check out my website (http://www.doriengrey.net) and my books.
Good luck with your own writing.
Cheers - Pat
Thanks for the invite.
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