Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Hope everyone has a Wonderful and Safe and Sane Independence Day Holiday.

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Aloha and Aloha

Vacation. Twelve days of it with our annual family “retreat” to Maui. Some days seemed too long, some too short. Ups and downs, highs and lows. Typical family vacation stuff. Fun fact about me: I loath traveling for long periods of time (i.e. the act of physically getting to one place to the other, like airports and being stuck in a crowded, uncomfortable, back achingly, germ-filled airplane with clueless passengers, shitty food and vomit bags at the ready, for example,) but love being in a place that we all find to be so magical.

A family vacation, especially when traveling with extended family and kids, can really only be so relaxing. But I think overall we did a pretty good job of  practicing aloha and everyone had a great time and got what they wanted out of the trip. I came home yesterday feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated and looking forward to getting back to some serious writing. And giving more love to this blog again – which you may have forgotten you subscribed to since its been some time since I’ve posted. Poor blog. Besides the vacation I’ve been distracted with other (rather fun and cool) projects, which are winding down now so I can refocus again on words and things. Like the new book about adoption in America, a couple of screenplays and bothering you nice people from time to time. Stay tuned and mahalo for hanging in there. Aloha!

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Quote Of The Day – Dr. Seuss

Today’s quote comes from Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991); an American writer and illustrator, better known under his pen name Dr. Seuss for his highly popular and weird children’s books, with over 600 million copies sold and translated into more than 20 languages.

Before earning fame and acclaim for such gems like If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who!, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, Geisel was an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity and Life magazines, a political cartoonist and he worked as an illustrator for various advertising campaigns.

Green Eggs and Ham was particularly successful. Originally published in 1960, it was the fourth best-selling English-language children’s book of all time.  People read it here and there, in a house, with a mouse, in a box with a fox, in a car, on a train, on a boat with a goat, in a tree…but not in the dark or in the rain, because that would be silly.

 

 

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Quote Of The Day – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Quote Of The Day – Jack London

Today’s first Quote Of The Day of the New Year comes from San Francisco Bay Area native author, journalist, short story write and social activist Jack London, who was one of the first fiction writers to actually earn big bags of cash and obtain worldwide celebrity status from his writing efforts alone.

He might be best known for The Call of the Wild, White Fang, To Build a Fire and The Sea Wolf. In 1906 he published an eye-witness report of the San Francisco earthquake in Collier’s magazine titled: “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!” (Okay I made up that last part. The actual headline was The Story Of An Eyewitness, but I think my version was far more engaging and probably more accurate.) He may or may not have committed suicide at the age of 40 at his ranch in Sonoma County, but his official cause of death was uremia aggravated by an accidental morphine overdose.

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Happy New Year!

Thank God that’s over. May this New Year bring you luck and prosperity and immense happiness in all you do in 2017. Happy New Year!

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Quote Of The Day – Jules Verne

In light of the coming new year I thought today’s Quote of the Day was particularly relevant as we look ahead to 2017 with hopes and dreams of a kinder, gentler, less turbulent and tumultuous twelve months.

You can’t call yourself a nerd and not be familiar with the works of Jules Verne  (1828 – 1905); a French novelist, poet and playwright who wrote a number of highly imaginative adventure novels for their time, and was often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction” and one of the founders of the genre (along with H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley and a few others).

He is best known for writing Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around The World in Eighty Days. Verne also holds the distinction of being the second most translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare.

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