Rip Roy Clark 85

The misterman's take

One of the most important musicians and a man who was one of the baddest guitar players ever died,

I enjoyed his playing and performing

And back in the day watching him

On hee haw with buck Owens

As they threw down on guitar

And we’re talented and very entertaining

And truly left a mark.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans worldwide

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Combating the Snobbery of Traditional Publishing as an Independent Author

Author Don Massenzio

This past weekend, my seven year old daughter had an event with her dance group at a local street festival. As we walked around and looked at the various tables, we happened upon an author of children’s books who had some of her work displayed on a table. My daughter saw the books and we stopped at the table and listened to this friendly, grandmotherly figure tell us about her books.  They were based on the antics of her grandson and looked very nicely illustrated.

We were about to move on when my wife blurted out that I had written three novels.  The author’s first question was not about the genre or the titles. Her first question was, “who’s your publisher?” Before I could get the words DSM Publications (my initials are DSM) out of my mouth, my wife told her I was self-published. Now, I’m not ashamed of being self-published…

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Your smile is your joy

Popsicle Society

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Today I was quite pissed off, one of that days when you feel that nothing is ok, everything is bothering you, and then I looked at the sky, it has just stopped raining and I saw the rainbow 🌈

It made me smile instantly without even realizing it. And everything seemed better!

PopsicleSociety-your smile is your joyRainbow (Photo credit: Pexels)

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Lessons From The Carrot Patch: Are We Stunting Our Own Growth? – Reclaiming HOPE

Thinning out unhelpful thought processes

Source: Lessons From The Carrot Patch: Are We Stunting Our Own Growth? – Reclaiming HOPE

Face Front, Marvelites!: RIP Stan “The Man” Lee

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I know it’s popular these days among a certain coterie of Comic Book Buffs to bash Stan Lee’s contributions to the medium in favor of artist/collaborators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko . You’ll never find me in that crowd. Not ever. I learned to read (with the help of my dad) at the tender age of three through comics… simple stuff at first, funny books like YOGI BEAR and BEETLE BAILEY. As I progressed into the realm of superheroes, my vocabulary improved thanks to writers like Gardner Fox, John Broome, and especially Stan Lee, who took me to Asgard and Outer Space with Shakespearean-styled dialog and college-level words that made me keep a dictionary always at the ready. Screw you, Dr. Frederic Wertham!!

The Titanic Trio: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

Stanley Martin Lieber was born December 28, 1922, the eldest son of immigrant parents (his younger sibling Larry…

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My Week 216: Brotherly Love

mydangblog

I’m on a boat! Yes, mydangblog is travelling. I’ve been superbusy this week getting work stuff done and then getting packed up to go, so here’s what I have for you. You know I write this blog, and you might know that I’m a published novelist, but I also write short stories. I’ve only ever posted one (Donut Store Memories), but I thought I’d share this one with you just for fun. OK, it’s not particularly funny–in fact, it’s kind of dark, but I hope you like it. I’ll be back next week with tales of my adventures but for now…

Brotherly Love

Jackson Wills had loved Joy Wills from the first moment he’d seen her in the Stag And Horn Pub five years ago. She had come towards him, smiling, hand outstretched. Even from a distance, he could see the delicate bones of her wrist, the porcelain skin, and the fine…

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