Saturday, March 6, 2010

Owen Fiddler

Hello, everyone. This is my first time ever to review a book. I hope to be fair, objective, and non-biased.

This past Christmas, I’ve received a dozen or so books as gifts from my family. Eight of the books were written by other bloggers. I tell you, these bloggers are just as talented as those mentioned on the New York Times best-sellers list.
Today, I’m going to review Owen Fiddler, written by my blog friend, Marvin D. Wilson.

Owen Fiddler takes you along on his life’s journey - a journey filled with trials and tribulations that he must confront and conquer along the way. He could never seem to get it right in his life up until the very end. But man, oh, man, the journey he takes you on is just one adventure after the next. I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in bed, in the bathroom, during my lunch break at work, and while waiting in the car for my husband to meet me for lunch.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone. I know that I won’t be going into much detail, but I don’t want to give the story away, either. You’ll just have to read this book to appreciate Marvin’s creative writing and story-telling skill. He did such a wonderful job in writing it. He writes in a common, everyday language. He describes sex and fighting scenes without sugar coating them. (some of the language -and the sex - and fighting scenes might actually be a bit too raw, harsh, and graphic for some readers. I know they are for me. Tee, hee.). But by doing so, Marvin captures the true essence of each of his characters’ dialects, speech patterns, and lifestyle, lending a high degree of credence and authenticity to his characters.

The story is fast moving, heart thumping, and full of adventure - a page-turner. I can promise you’ll not be bored or disappointed. You’ll be saying “Whoa” or “Wow” when you finish reading it. It’s just that good. The story gives you a satisfying ending, which to me is very important whenever I’m reading a book or watching a movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the dialogue between the two young women in the car (near the beginning of the story) and what is almost a monologue by Jewel’s nurse when Jewel had her doctor’s appointment. I could really relate to these scenarios.

There you have it—my very first book review!

Marvin D. Wilson claims this about himself: I am an old Hippie rock and roller, a non-religious, dogma free, Maverick spiritualist Christian. I am an author, with the audacity to write novels. I also am an editor. I’m on the editors staff at All Things That Matter Press and also do freelance. For a rate quote, contact me at marvwilson2020@gmail.com

You may also visit Marvin at The Old Silly’s Free Spirit Blog where you’ll read his daily postings that inspires, informs, educates, humors, rants, and whatever else he comes up with on a whim for that day. All is worth reading. If only I have all the time in the world to read every single one of them...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELER

Hello everyone. A friend of mine emailed this to me. I agree with her that this is too funny NOT to share. Hope you'd get a kick out of it. I do hope though that this is all fiction. You'll know why at the end.

Whoever wrote this piece, please speak up so that we can give you proper credit.

DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELER:

December 8 - 6:00 PM It started to snow. The first snow of the
season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by
the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It
looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic, we felt like
newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9 - We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow
covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can
there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the
best idea I've ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and
felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks.
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks
and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect
life!

December 12 - The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a
disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry- we'll definitely
have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob
says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never
want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a
nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14 - Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The
temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so.
The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the
driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back
this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would
have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in
shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15 - 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4
Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels.
Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the
electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska,
after all.

December 16 - Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in
the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for
an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17 - Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go
anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the
blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and
try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but
won't admit it to her. God! I hate it when she's right. I can't
believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20 - Electricity's back on, but had another 14 inches of
the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn
snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but
they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying.
Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow
blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I
think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have
it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

December 22 - Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more
inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold, it probably
won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to
go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got
undressed, pissed and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel.
Tried to hire Bob-who has a plow on his truck-for the rest of the
winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23 - Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to 0.
The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning.
What is she, nuts?!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago?
She says she did but I think she's lying.

December 24 - 6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke
the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the
son of a bitch who drives that snow plow, I'll drag him through the
snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I
know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish
shoveling, and then he comes down the street...at a 100 miles an
hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife
wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our
presents...but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.

December 25 - Merry f---ing Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn
slop tonight - snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil.
God, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a
donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I
have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to
watch "It's A Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her
into the microwave.

December 26 - Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It
was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
December 27 - Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze;
plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me
$1,400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28 - Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is
driving me crazy!!!

December 29 - 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or
it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb
does he think I am?

December 30 - Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now
he is suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I
gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his
ass. The wife went home to her mother. Nine more inches predicted.

December 31 - I set fire to what's left of the house. No more
shoveling.

January 8 - Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they
keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed ???

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pick-Me-Upper-Kind-of-Music

Everybody has gloomy days, right? And, that includes me. After a time of feeling down and lousy, I tell myself, “It’s time to get out of this rut.” However, it’s not that simple. There’s no magic wand that I can just wave in the air and, voila, I’m cured of the gloom and doom disease. First, I have to battle those voices inside my head. The voices are giving me conflicting messages.

One voice, the optimist, says, “I’m tired of feeling miserable, so, do something about it, will ya?”

Another voice, the pessimist, says, “I feel lousy! I still want to feel lousy and miserable! I don’t want to get out of this rut I’m in, so, just leave me alone!”

“For crying out loud, grow up and get over it!” the optimist admonishes the pessimist.

I don’t like those two voices to keep arguing and wasting more of my energy; therefore, I ultimately take control of the situation. What made me feel blue in the first place?

“You idiot, if you hadn’t been listening to those sad songs you wouldn’t have gotten us into this,” the optimist scolds me.

“Okay. My bad. You’re right!” I say.

“Play the upbeat music. It works every time,” the optimist says.

“No! Don’t you dare!” the pessimist says. “I’ll try to behave. I promise to not bother you anymore. Just don’t play the upbeat music, please? Pretty please?”

“Duh! The only way you leave her alone and not bother her is when she’s happy. And guess what helps her with that, huh?”

“Okay, enough of your arguing, you, two!” I finally say. With that said I queue up my pick-me-upper-kind-of music and crank it up.

Here’s my Pick-Me-Upper-Kind-of-Music playlist. I hope it has the same effect on you as it has on me.



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

BROTHERS at WAR


Hello everyone. I stumbled upon this documentary titled “BROTHERS at WAR” while surfing the internet. It is about this man named Jake Rademacher who, as a civilian, embedded himself with his brothers’ platoon, risking his life to film a documentary about the life of his soldier brothers. Captain Isaac Rademacher and Sgt. Joseph Rademacher were serving and risking their lives, as well, while fighting the war in Iraq. This movie shows, first hand, what his brothers and their fellow soldiers lived through while at war. Whatever your feelings are about the war in Iraq, this movie is not to glorify that war or to support any political position. From what I’ve gathered so far, this movie was made on a personal level, for Jake to understand what his brothers do and why they do it. In this movie, Jake portrays the human aspect of the American soldiers by showing us Captain Isaac Rademacher’s, Sgt. Joseph Rademacher’s, and their loved ones’ pain and hardship during their military tours and after coming back from the war. I’m writing this post in support of our troops and of this movie. When I read the teasers about it, I was hooked. Now I'd like to see it. Unfortunately, it’s only being shown in limited theaters due to the prohibitive cost of advertising. However, if you’d like to see this in theaters near you, there’s a way to make that happen. Click on this link to find out how you can do just that! Also, If you'd like to support this movie and would like to write a post about it in your blogs, go ahead. Any publicity for this movie is very much appreciated, I'm sure. And if you can talk anyone into sponsoring the viewing of this movie in your towns and cities, by following the instructions in this link, the better! I'd like to make a special mention of Mr. Gary Sinise, the star of CSI: New York, because he plays a big role in producing this movie. He's also a huge supporter of our military men and women. He and his Lieutenant Dan Band, many times, have gone (and still do) to different military bases, entertaining the troops, under the auspices of the United Services Organization (USO).

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I hope that this movie will reach great success in order for it to be shown across the country and not just in limited theaters. This will give those of us who'd like to see it a chance at watching it on the big screen. If you have any questions, you may contact Samuel Goldwyn Films at info@idpfilm.com or log on to: http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/

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Friday, March 13, 2009

My Wild Side

Hello everybody. Do you remember reading the post where I wrote about me listening to my mellow music while fishing at the lake? Well, the music was so relaxing that it literally put me to sleep. In order to combat my sleepiness as I drove home, I had to listen to rock and roll, at full blast. I’m going to share my playlist with you. I only hope that it will come through to my blog.

I believe that there’s a wild side in all of us. You can tell by listening to this playlist that I definitely have a wild streak in me. My wildness doesn’t end there, though. Oh, no. I have to be humming, singing along if I know the words, or bobbing my head back and forth like a maniac. Have you ever seen people doing that in their car? If you don’t hear their music when they’re acting that way, they look pretty silly, right? Well, that’s how I’d look if you could see me—pretty silly.

I usually have a real difficult time waking up after I get out of bed. So, I often listen to the same rowdy music while I’m getting ready for work. I’ll be swaying side to side or dancing in place as I brush my teeth or curl my hair.

Okay, I’ll wrap this up so that you can enjoy listening to this music as you go about your weekend activities.


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Friday, February 20, 2009

FEELING MELLOW

Many times my mood dictates the kind of music I listen to. However, it also works the other way around. Music is a very big part of my life. I listen to music while I'm working, blogging, getting ready for work, driving, or just chilling out. Music affects my mood in many different ways.

Today, I'm feeling a little mellow as I'm listening to my mellow music. I decided to make a playlist of the music that's affecting my mood today so that I could share it with you. Besides, I need more music to listen at my place of employment.

I used to listen to this particular music playlist on my IPod while I was fishing at one of the lakes outside of town. I'd set my chair up by the bank of the lake, cast my fishing line, and then watch for fish. Most of the time the fish wouldn't bite, so, I'd watch the gentle waves of water, rippling accross the surface of the lake, instead. Also, I'd watch the geese, ducks, and birds fly over and all the while would be listening to my music. The music relaxed me, allowed me to imagine things and be transported to other places as well. I'd feel the soft warm breeze touch my face. I'd see the water glistening from the advancing sun above me. I'd close my eyes and then sway my body to the rhythm of the music. So now, every time I listen to this music playlist, I'm reminded of the times I spent at the lake.



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