THE POLITICAL GHOSTS OF 2016 (AND WHY THEY’RE NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY)

   I’m a registered Republican – and have been since 1983, when I reached legal voting age.  And in many cases, I’m already regretting that decision.

   It’s impossible to ignore the present political situation in Washington – and the only thing it’s accomplished so far is proving that the current U.S. President’s ego is bigger than his intelligence.  (Appearing on a best-forgotten Reality TV show which should have never been conceived to begin with will do damage to more than your intelligence.)  True, our elected representatives do need to improve our country’s immigrant problem – but building a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border’ll create more problems than it solves, especially when it’s become more difficult to tell who our real enemies are, a problem that isn’t foreign to both the United States and the rest of the world.

   When many Americans elected Donald Trump over two years ago, they believed that he’d help return the United States to its former greatness – just like many TV viewers during the past decade believed that The Apprentice, which Trump appeared on, was quality TV, with both beliefs sharing much in common with the myth that the Nazi holocaust never took place during World War II: Those beliefs are stupid and pointless, just like President Trump’s demand for a border wall which won’t do much for our own protection, personal and otherwise.

   And this is the leader of the free world?!  The one who helped bring us into this present mess – and not just in Washington?

   And the worst part of this – many of us let Trump run amok as U.S. President, mostly because almost all of us were blind to the warning signs when we elected him into office over two years ago (and before that, when Trump announced his candidacy).  And it might do more than damage both the Republican and Democratic Parties’ reputation – just ask the generation of Americans who voted for Richard Nixon, and ended up regretting it.

   Since this year’s the 45th anniversary of Nixon resigning as U.S. President during the Watergate scandal, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump was kicked out of office – probably before the winter season ended.  At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vladmir Putin being removed from power in Russia happened on the same day that Trump got his just desserts (and that might not be long in coming).  Personally, I’m hoping for it – and, I’m betting, so are many Americans who’ve already learned a hard and bitter truth from all this: Reality TV never does anyone or anything any good in the long run.  Including the position of President of the United States.  (Just pray and hope that no other Reality TV ever follows Trump’s lead – including Sarah Palin.)

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A FEW THOUGHTS FROM YOURS TRULY-12-31-18

   First of all, a belated Merry Christmas to my family members and friends.  If I haven’t written a blog article in the past few weeks, I’ve been busy getting ready for not only the holiday season, but also my oldest brother’s wedding late last week.  (Note to mine and Bill’s Facebook friends – you can still congratulate Bill on his recent wedding via his Facebook page; just type his name in the Facebook search engine.)

   Next month – January 2019 – will mark the fourth anniversary of yours truly permanently moving out of the house that was my home for almost a half-century.  When I lived in my parents’ home while growing up – I used to greatly dread Winter, especially on snow days when I had to shovel snow off the driveway outside several times in a single snow day, which wasn’t easy, especially if you were the only one doing it under various circumstances.  Even more so during the Winter of 2013-14, when I was the only person living in my parents’ home, and especially after my late mother’s crippling injury a few months before resulted in her living in a nursing home for the rest of her life, in addition to the other health problems that she already faced.

   In the Spring of 2014, I’d hoped to move out of my parents’ home and into an apartment of my own in nearby Torrington – but it didn’t really happen, mainly because the apartment I would have moved into was, in many respects, unsuitable for living, and I was pretty much inclined to agree with those who thought similary.  As such, it wouldn’t be until almost four years ago that I really did close one chapter of my life, and started another.  Granted, the apartment building I’ve been living in since early-January 2015 isn’t perfect – the putrid smells inside the apartment building hallway alone makes one wish that Sir Walter Raleigh never introduced tobacco to the entire world.  And yes, in the future, I do hope to move into a larger apartment, one with more than one bedroom, and located at ground-level, partly to suit my career aspirations.

   And yet, living in my apartment for almost the past four years hasn’t been bad.  True, I have to rely on others to drive me shopping, etc. (since I don’t have a driver’s license – and probably never will).  And yes, the apartment building I live in doesn’t have an elevator.  On the other hand, I’m glad that I no longer have to shovel snow outside during the winter months (and at my age, I really shouldn’t).  I’m a lot more closer to downtown Winsted, Connecticut than I was living in the Highland Lake area for almost fifty years, which means long walks outside when the weather’s perfect or near that.  And I’ve managed to get several books written and published inside my apartment (and elsewhere) in almost the past four years – with my next one about to become a reality.

   All things considered, living in Winsted’s a lot more bearable than I really thought – and certainly more logical and sensible than moving out west to California to pursue my career goals (considering the wildfires that’ve plagued that state in the last few years).  The present – and the future – aren’t as bleak as I thought they’d be, partly because I’ve been more blessed than even I realized.  Not to mention the fact that I’ve also got my god-given talents and positive attitude needed to move forward, just like the best of humanity has, and especially as 2018 gives way to 2019 and beyond.

   To which I end this by simply saying – Happy New Year.

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A FEW WORDS FROM YOURS TRULY-12/7/18

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog article — but I haven’t been 100% idling from a creative standpoint, as the YouTube video above the very paragraph you’re now reading should prove.  My eighth and current book, Trio, has just been published — though I should point out that, for right now, you can only purchase it in both print and PDF formats from Lulu Books (and to do that, please click here).  Fortunately, Trio‘ll be available for purchasing from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. within the next few weeks.  (As for an EPUB version of Trio for your E-book digital reader devices — that’ll become a reality once Lulu Books corrects the technical problems needed to convert document files to EPUB format.)

I’ve also just published one of my previous books, Memories Of My Youth, in print format — and like its E-book counterpart, you can only purchase the print version of MOMY exclusively from Amazon.com, where you can also purchase many of my other published works.  And I’m currently making plans to write my next creative effort, The Janus Terror, which I hope to get published next year.

And that’s not all — I’m still planning on making my monthly Beyond The Unknown comic book a reality, part of the overall BTU franchise which began with the first two published anthology books (including Twists & Turns Of Fate, published this past summer).  If you’d like to voice your support for the BTU comic book (and who you’d like to see write and draw stories for it) — and yes, it’ll definitely be an anthology comic book — please click here.  I also plan on writing another short story much like the type presented in the first two BTU books — and which I hope’ll be published on the Internet before Christmas.

As for my next blog article — well, I’ve got a significant number of subjects to choose from, with some of them based on my own life experiences.  Which one’ll I choose?  All I’ll say is — you know where to find me on the Internet; just type my name on the Internet search engines (and yes, I definitely do exist).

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A THANKSGIVING THOUGHT

 

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REMEMBERING STAN LEE (1922-2018)

Stan Lee, who died yesterday at the age of 95, was more than just a writer, editor, and publisher — he was a visionary who helped to change the comic book industry for the better.  True, Lee co-created some of the greatest and most iconic comic book super-heroes of all time — the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, to cite a few examples — but what he did with them was truly groundbreaking.

Until the late-1950’s and early-1960’s, most comic book super-heroes were portrayed as one-dimensional characters — brave and powerful, to be sure, but certainly not awe-inspiring.  When Lee and artist Jack Kirby first created the Fantastic Four in 1961, they started to portray super-heroes as all-too human, sharing the many foibles that all of us in the real world possess — including Ben Grimm, aka the Thing, who was totally uncomfortable with being an orange-brick skinned monster, even though he was stronger and powerful than many ordinary people.  The Marvel super-heroes showed several generations of comic book fans — and more — that their lives and careers were no bed of roses, and that they were subject to both suspicion and criticism, making them outsiders — just like the X-Men, the super-hero team dedicated to the cause of justice, but not ignoring the prejudices that’ve existed in our society for centuries.  Lee’s approach to comic book super-heroes forever altered its very concept — and made them more realistic and believable to not only comic book fans, but also everyone else who’s never really read and collected comic books.

Much has changed since Stan Lee became a major game-changer in the comic book industry over a half-century ago — which explains why super-heroes remain popular today, and not just those from Marvel.  With Lee’s death, an important link between the past and today is gone — making the world a bit more poorer.  But his legacy and influence still persists — mostly because what he accomplished during most of his lifetime had a power all its own, and which I hope won’t ever fade away, even in today’s unpredictable and ever-changing world.

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A FEW WORDS FROM YOURS TRULY – 9-27-18

The following YouTube video below this very paragraph should be self-explanatory (or, at least I hope it’ll be):

I’ve already started to work on Trio — in point of fact, I’ve already completed one of the stories that’ll be part of it, which it goes on sale in November.  More news on the book’s progress in the next few weeks.

And speaking of some of my other literary efforts, please check out the videos promoting them via my Chameleons, Inc. and Beyond The Unknown channels on YouTube (all the more reason for you to actually buy ’em):

Speaking of Beyond The Unknown, the plans for a comic book version of it are very much alive — which you can help make possible, via a crowd-sharing project on Patreon‘s website, which I plan to start outlining and displaying soon.  Please check out not only my blog page, but also yours truly all across the Internet (including the official BTU website) for more.

So, until my next blog article — keep on web surfin’!  (And support us independent writers and artists, okay?)

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HOW THE POPULAR HAVE FALLEN

   There have always been many who’ve thought always that their favorite personalities could do no wrong – that they saw them as perfect and infalliable, much like the gods of past history.  But that conception has never been perfect for several reasons – including the hard fact that nobody’s perfect, including those celebrities whom we’ve long idolized, and which some still refuse to acknowledge.

   I’ve always been a fan of Bill Cosby and his tremendous talent – I even own most of his comedy albums that he recorded throughout much of his career.  However, after what’s happened to Cosby in the past few years, and its end result, which he learned yesterday – a three-to-ten-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman – it’s more than likely that Cosby will be remembered for his bad behavior that does nobody any good than for his career accomplishments, which is both sad and ironic.  Or the world might totally forget him and consign him to permanent oblivion – which would be even more tragic.  It’s happened before with other celebrities who’ve gotten intro trouble – and sadly, it’ll probably happen again.

   It’s true that absuing women is totally wrong – that fact was important then, as it is now in the #MeToo era.  It’s difficult to enter both the heart and mind of a celebrity like Bill Cosby, and try to find one or more clues to the personal demons which dictated his actions, yet hid them from the outside world.  Yet, as those who are more sensible and realistic have long known, the celebrities that many have loved and worshipped aren’t 100% perfect – and sooner or later, we end up learning than we’re no better than our favorite celebrities, as far as character flaws are concerned.

   In the past few years, I haven’t listened to any of Bill Cosby’s comedy albums – but not because of what he’s had to endure.  I don’t know if I’ll listen to them again any time soon – just like I don’t know how the future’ll judge Cosby fifty to a hundred years from now.  I can only hope that Cosby thinks long and hard about his actions during his prison sentence – and how it’ll shape the eventual legacy that he’ll leave behind, far different from the legacy connected to his show business career.  And perhaps someday, all of us will realize that those we idolize are just like the rest of us – human beings who know and accept the fact that they’re not perfect.

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