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.






   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 John Lavernoich.)

©2017 John Lavernoich.

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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!)


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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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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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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Watching classic movies on TV without him won’t be quite the same again.  Rest in peace.

©2017 John Lavernoich.


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   Already, Donald Trump’s nearing the end of his first full month of U.S. President – but what he’s accomplished during that time period is, in the eyes of many, a multi-layered disaster waiting to happen.  But then, I’m not surprised – nor were American voters who were disappointed when they voted for Hillary Clinton this past November.  (Personally, I was hoping that Bernie Saunders would end up in the White House.)

   If you think that President Trump’s actions are an example of the political déjà vu that the United States or any other country in the world has experienced in the past when they elected a political leader who proved to be a metaphorical “train wreck” in more ways than one – in that case, join the club (and there’s plenty of members who’ll give you various shades of opinion in regards to governments run amuck).

   Not that Donald Trump was the first U.S. President to really foul up in office – in fact, some of Trump’s predecessors weren’t great U.S. Presidents to begin with, if only because they failed to live up to the ideals of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lincoln, and Roosevelt (both Theodore and FDR), not to mention Franklin and his ilk who made the country’s breaking away from the British Empire during the Revolutionary War possible.  Perhaps if our country’s Founding Fathers had a fortune teller’s crystal ball (if it existed, that is) back in 1776, and saw visions of what’s happened in almost the past 250 years from a negative standpoint, the shock alone might have killed them.  There’s no doubt that our greatest U.S. Presidents wouldn’t have approved of Richard Nixon masterminding the Watergate scandal – or Herbert Hoover doing next to nothing during the first few years of the Great Depression – or Warren G. Harding allowing the Tea Pot Dome scandal to morph into a major headache for the U.S. Government (and that happened after Harding’s death in 1923).  President Trump’s slogan during his U.S. Presidential campaign last year – “Let’s make America great again” – may be a noble goal; it ends up becoming a vain hope when a significant number of politicians (and not just in America) overstep their powers and limits, resulting in the kind of disasters that lead others to think that the end of the world can’t be far behind (and certainly explains why Germany’s Adolf Hitler wasn’t a great leader – political or military – to begin with; just ask those who are still around who experienced World War II in the flesh over 75 years ago – or even a present-day historian with great insight into past history).

   Of course, our greatest U.S. Presidents did make serious errors in judgment which, for better or worse, helped make the present world possible – including John F. Kennedy sending U.S. military troops into Vietnam, and Lyndon B. Johnson’s actions after JFK’s death which ended up turning the Vietnam War into both national tragedy and joke.  Considering the current situations around the world, it remains to see how President Trump will handle and help solve the many problems connected to the global “hot potatoes” that he inherited from George W. Bush and Barack Obama – including North Korea’s increasing arrogance as a nuclear nation (solid proof that Korea should have never been split into two countries after the end of WWII) and terrorists groups like ISIS running rampant in the Middle East.  (I won’t even mention Russia – which is already undoing what it hoped to accomplish as a democracy in the post-Cold War era.)

   There’s also a far serious problem to consider concerning Trump as U.S. President – aside from his lack of experience – that might seal more than his political doom: namely, his own personality, stemming from not only his image as a billionaire businessman, but also a so-called “Reality TV” star (which should prove to all that The Apprentice TV series shouldn’t have been conceived in the first place – and the much-reviled current revival is just as bad as the original version which Trump hosted and co-produced), which certainly can’t be good for the United States in particular, and global unity in general.  If Trump continues to apply the old “I’m above the laws of God and Man” formula as U.S. President which proved to be Richard Nixon’s downfall – it’ll serious damage America’s role as a major world power, thus further exposing and amplifying the many dangerous and controversial flaws and vulnerabilities that have gone against what the country’s supposed to and should stand for (including the racial and ethnic prejudices and male chauvinism which refuse to go away, despite what the civil rights and Women’s Lib movement successfully accomplished in the 1960’s and beyond).  And almost four years from now, we might ask the all-important question: Was voting Trump into the White House a smart move?  That is, if the world’s still in one piece by then – and I hope it does, if only because the American public will get that question answered and finally realize that even the most well-known and charismatic (if not always well-liked and admired) celebrity isn’t always the best choice to lead the free world.  And especially one whose trademark line – “You’re fired” – might end up being his own epitaph if his recklessness and arrogance continues to trip him up.  Maybe even sooner, if a certain Russian president that Trump has praised ends up double-crossing him.

   That’s enough to make anyone swear off so-called “Reality TV” shows – hopefully for good.






   JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet.  Mr. Lavernoich’s most recent short story, The Death-Maker, can be found at:

   To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:

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©2017 John Lavernoich.

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