Small blessings

I don’t know if I told you all, but last Monday morning, when I was driving home in the dark and the thin fog, just before I turned off the highway, I came upon a very beautiful deer in my lane. I was coming around a gentle curve, so I saw her in plenty of time to slow down. This deer was standing in the middle of the lane, head down like she was eating something off the pavement.

I slowed down and eased up on her…I wanted to get her off the road but not terrify her. She looked like a mule deer, with those big ears. She looked at my very slowly approaching car then turned and

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Dances With Irrationality

The guy who wrote “Dances With Wolves” died last week. To quote the Hollywood Reporter, “Michael Blake, who won an Academy Award for adapting the screenplay for Dances With Wolves from his own novel, has died. He was 69. Blake died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Saturday in Tuscon, Ariz.

Say what you will of the somewhat PC-softened portrayal of the Sioux, it was a damned enjoyable film (which became one of the more worthy Director’s Cuts I’ve ever seen), and I hope Mr. Blake was justly pleased with having been able to offer that to the world.

But the occasion of his passing reminds me of the time I realized, fully and personally, that Liberals are insane. …

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5 Deadly Director’s Cuts

 

Among the many blessings of civilization is the BluRay. BluRays (and DVDs and home video before them) meant that if you loved film, you, too, could finally own a copy of some classic like Casablanca and sigh over its greatness time and again. But like many other gifts of Western capitalist culture, there is a downside.

One of them is the “Director’s Cut.”

Film history would be a lot more boring without the stories of enfant terribles (and later, adult pain-in-the-asses) like Orson Welles battling against the men with the souls of accountants over their art. Most of the time, it turned out the accountants had a wicked right hook and the artist would end up on the …

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How cool is this?

Some of you may not know I live in a little mountain town (which I used to refer to as “Mayberry on the Mountain“).  I’ve lived here 14 years now, the longest I’ve ever been in the same home in my life.

As happens in any community, the service people and other folks will start to recognize you (even in big cities, people will get to know you, if you have any sort of routine).  Anyway, I was dropping by our small local library to return another book I hadn’t had time to read (“The Watchers,” about the first Queen Elizabeth’s spy ring...looked fascinating) and one of the younger librarians hurried over.  “We ordered your book

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Let’s stop to reflect on someone doing good, and lot of it.

Gonna take a break from the novel and the other efforts (Right-Wing Riot, ahem) to share the important work someone is doing.  Elephants hold a special place in my heart and this short video gives just a taste of the contributions a very kind and loving woman has been making for over 25 years in Nairobi, caring for orphaned elephants.

 

You can learn more about her work here, and the on-going efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the foundation that helps support what she does.  Had I riches, I’d give a lot of them to these folks.  They are, in fact, doing God’s work.

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Share the Love…

With a Conservative Book Club!

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If, like me, you believe that to change the culture we need to change the story that culture tells itself, then here’s an opportunity to make the change real right now.

Sponsored by the Salem Media Group, this free service wants to be “Your Home for Great Conservative Books.”  Their new site “will allow you to create your own conservative bookshelf, rate books, post comments, and share your favorite books with your friends!”

An important part of their launch is that for the first time, the Conservative Book Club is featuring fiction.  Novels, with a conservative point of view.  It’s an experiment, and if we want them to continue to showcase great fiction …

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Let’s talk about some real magic

Here I am, talking about writing, the magic and power of stories, and the world of my novel, “The Big Bang.”

As you know, the book is available in paperback at Amazon,Barnes & Noble, and other brick n’ mortar sites.  You can get the ebook at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and over 20 other sites, and it’s an audio book from Audible!  Something about that last part is just pretty damn cool.

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My “blazing” debut.

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A boy and his mum, on a Hawaii cruise (not pictured: the wife, kids, and an aunt).

This was lovely and wholly unexpected.  TheBlaze.com ran an excerpt from the opening of Volume One of the Lonesome George Chronicles, The Big Bang.    One major reason it was so nice was because it really excited my Mom.  She’s a fan of Glenn Beck, and after having to read my stuff ever since I was a wee annoying lad of seven, she was thrill to see all of her decades of patience and encouragement pay off with my appearance in the virtual pages of The Blaze.   (Love ya, Mom!)

“Last year we wrote about Liberty Island, a publishing house created by longtime …

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Asking the Most Powerful Question to Protect Your Family

(from a piece of mine published over at Pajamas Media)

The question “What if…?” is arguably one of the most important questions humans have ever asked, right up there with “How come..?” By posing the problem “What if…” man allows himself to discover answers. Even a failed “What if…” provides the attentive viewer with information. Early Man may have asked “What if we poke that Saber Tooth Tiger in the testicles with a stick? Go ahead, you do it.” So he asked and so he learned. But “What if…” can also provide you with unexpected solutions, such as “What if a bunch of us Australopithecines teamed up against that mastodon,” which lead to the invention of the first all-you-can eat …

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Want to hear me interviewed

…while kind of whacked out on Nyquil?  Yeah, I came back from New York City with good memories, great pix, and a cold.  Or the flu.  The jury is out on the origin of the attacker, but I had scheduled and rescheduled an interview with Daria Anne DiGiovanni of Writestream Radio so I decided to press on ahead with a little chemical assistance.

 

I thought I was a bit spacey, but Daria, as always, was a great interviewer and she did her best to keep me on track.  You can listen by clicking here or download it below for future listening at your convenience.

Interviewed by Daria for WriteStream!

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