SOMETHING TO REMEMBER DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Here’s my latest video on Vimeo in honor of Memorial Day:

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A FEW WORDS FROM YOURS TRULY-5/27/17

Finding Personal Strength In My Art

For those of you who’ve visited the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut over the past few weeks, this is one of the two original illustrations that I contributed to the art exhibit presented at Mattatuck, and co-sponsored by WCMHN, which ended late last week.  For those of you who visited Mattatuck during the past few weeks – and those of you who didn’t, you can purchase and own your copies of not only the illustration located above this very paragraph, but also the second which I displayed on my blog site a few weeks; please click on the following web address below:

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In addition, within the next day or two, I plan to upload my latest video on Vimeo, in honor of Memorial Day.  And to let you know that I haven’t been idle, I’ve just completed the first twenty-five chapters of the soon-to-be-published Target: Chameleons, which I hope to have finished and published by this Halloween – not to mention the fact that I’ve already conceived the plot for an episode of a certain TV show which I hope to write in the next few days (and hopefully, sell to the producers of said series); as for the name of the TV show – well, how many spike-haired TV characters with yellow skin do you know who are still on the air?  (Consider that a subtle hint.)

Until my next blog article —

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JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five books, as well as numerous articles and short stories published on the Internet.

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CHANGES–ARE THEY FOR THE BETTER?

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The IGA Super Saver grocery store in Winsted, CT

 

   Changes – they can be either a blessing or a curse.  Or perhaps both.  And when they actually happen – they can arouse a wide array of opinions and emotions, depending on your own perspective.  And sometimes, they go beyond where you live.

   At the end of this month – and after over thirty years in the same spot – the IGA Super Saver in Winsted, Connecticut will close for good and be possibly replaced with a community grocery co-op.  No doubt the reactions and responses to this have been varied – and coming at a time when the local grocery store in one’s own hometown is becoming a thing of the past, especially when supermarket and retail store mega-chains are now dominating today’s communities throughout the world.  I’m not surprised – the world has changed greatly since my generation, and those of my own family members and friends was born (and my 52nd birthday will be coming up this Thursday), and the progress that we’ve made in our own lifetimes have already advanced us to where we are now.  On the other hand, progress has made many things obsolete – and the local family-owned grocery store might be one of them, especially the fact that there aren’t more than one of them in our own hometowns these days (I know that there were several local grocery stores in Winsted when my generation and I were growing up).  The same also applies to local businesses which then existed, but have since been rendered outmoded by mega-chain stores and the Internet – not to mention the times that we live in.

   Even entertainment changes – and sometimes, not for the better.  By month’s end, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum-Bailey Circus will shut down for good for several reasons, including the fact that the old-time circus under the big top was already rendered obsolete, and had been since the 1950’s, when television started to change the world that they live in.  Unlike the motion picture industry, which has partly relied on technology to survive and endure, the old-time circus ended up become extinct, much like the horse and buggy-wagon as a means of transportation – and the bow and arrow as a weapon – if only because it belonged to a far-away time chronciled only in history books and aging newspaper article clippings.  Of course, an old-time circus doesn’t mean much to today’s generation – dictated in part by changing times, tastes, and technologies.  I feel sorry for today’s generation and those to follow, partly because they’ll never experience and thrill to what my generation and those before us enjoyed while we were growing up.  But I also feel sorry for my generation – and those of my family members and friends – since we know that someday, we’ll pass on, just like our own collective memories.  Just like we know that things might change for the worst someday – and possibly render our past, present, and future extinct.  And that’s one change that all of us would rather do without.

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   JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five published books, as well as various short stories and articles – including his most recent, Betrayed – and Burned, which you can read at Booksie.com(Keywords: John Lavernoich.)

©2017 John Lavernoich.

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A FEW WORDS FROM YOURS TRULY-5/5/17

My latest YouTube video is — more or less — self-explanatory, and should let you know what I’ve been doing recently from a creative standpoint.  In regards to my third Chameleons, Inc. novel, which I’m hoping to finish and get published in October, I’ve already written the first twenty chapters — and barring any commitments which require my total attention, I hope to write the rest of the book later on this spring and into the early summer months.

But that’s not all — in the weeks to come, I also plan on drumming up interest for the possible monthly Beyond The Unknown comic book, as well as restarting and revamping The Janus Terror.  I’m seriously considering using Kickstarter and/or Patreon to jump-start the aforementioned projects (and those of you reading this can help make those projects a reality).

I’d write more — but the few hints I’ve mentioned should give you a good idea of what I’m aiming for in the near future and beyond that.  And I’m hoping that those of you will be supportive of my creative efforts, both now and in the future.  (And they’ll be far more entertaining than what you see daily on Fox News!)

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JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five published books, as well as various published short stories and articles — his most recent short story being Betrayed — and Burned, which you can read on Booksie’s website (Keywords: John Lavernoich.)

©2017 John Lavernoich.

 

 

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A FEW WORDS FROM YOURS TRULY-4/22/17

I’ve just uploaded my latest promo video on YouTube:

And yes — you should definitely read BETRAYED — AND BURNED on my Booksie page (including those who voted for the current U.S. President last November — consider my latest short story a cautionary tale of sorts!).

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As for the purpose of the original illustration that you’re now viewing, there’s a story behind this — and one that I’ll go into greater detail not only in a future blog article, but also my website and the rest of the Internet, which’ll be of great interest to everyone reading this (especially those living in my home state of Connecticut — consider that a more than subtle hint!).

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THE FALL OF FOX? (FOX NEWS, THAT IS)

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Bill O’Reilly, a longtime mainstay of Fox News Channel since its inception in 1996, was fired by the cable TV news network on April 19, 2017 in the wake of sexual harrassment scandals involving him which went public.

I’m a registered Republican — but almost twenty-four years after I became of legal voting age (I turned 18 years old in 1983), and based on what’s happened in that particular time span, I’m beginning to think that it might have been a mistake, even if it wasn’t as serious as Barry Goldwater’s vision of right-wing conservatism in the United States back in 1964 which has, for better or worse, become a reality (and why America’s suffered in many respects since).

By the time Goldwater died in late-May 1999, Fox News Channel — a part of Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire — was nearing its third anniversary, and its prestige and popularity growing, especially among right-wing conservative Republicans in the U.S.  Fox News‘ growing disdain for liberal Democrats in the U.S. — not to mention rival network MSNBC, which champions liberals, as well as CNN for not being one-sided when it comes to reporting the news — was its way (and the credo of the growing number of right-wing conservative media personalities) of stating that it made its own rules and created its own truths, and to hell with the rest of the world.  Kind of like Alexander the Great — the ancient Roman empire — and all corrupt leaders (both past and present) who want to bend the world to their will (whether or not what I’ve just written is a fair comparison — I’ll let you decide).

In almost the past year, even as Donald Trump was about to successfully descend on the White House, Fox News Channel has been hit by public scandal which’s resulted in the exiting of several key personnel — the most recent being Bill O’Reilly, who was fired by Fox News two days ago in the wake of recent sexual harrasment charges that received national attention, and which led to a rapid decrease of adveristers for The O’Reilly Factor and bringing forth its cancellation, which might be a blessing in disguise, especially since it proves that Fox News is anything but indestructible, and that its callous treatment of women is a slap in the face, and not just to women’s lib.  No doubt that liberal journalists are currently having a field day with what’s been happening — with some believing that Fox News‘ possible downfall can’t be far behind.

There’s only one problem with that idea: O’Reilly’s firing from Fox News won’t stop the right-wing media steamroller from moving forward — just like many politicians in Washington probably realize that impeachment won’t bring Donald Trump’s administration to a dead halt.  And anyone familiar with the mythical legend of the Hydra knows that there’ll be new right-wing media personalities to pick up where O’Reilly left off — including, unfortunately, Alex Jones, who’s already making one too many enemies several years after the tragic shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut (and trust me, what happened there wasn’t a fantasy).

Whether or not Fox News stays on top of the Nielsen ratings heap following Bill O’Reilly’s firing remains to be seen.  But perhaps Fox News and its corporate owners should take heed of the old axiom “Nothing lasts forever.”  After all, a cable TV news network like Fox News can’t remain #1 in the ratings forever.  Of course, if Fox News stays on the same perilous path which begat those public scandals — and it’s not the first time that it’s happened — its downfall might come sooner than expected, thus shattering its so-called “fair and balanced” reputation.

JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five published books — as well as various short stories and articles, including his most recent, BETRAYED — AND BURNED, on Booksie‘s website.

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A REMINDER ABOUT EASTER

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