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Published: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:21:58 PST


Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Dr. John Tweedie

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:53:00 PST

"The best example of how to live is Jesus of Nazareth. He lived a modest lifestyle and never really owned anything. Part of the problem we have today, at least where some television ministries are concerned, is the whole 'name it, claim it' approach to things. The emphasis is on the prize, it's what's in it for you as an individual, but the Gospel I read about is a relationship with God while being mindful of the needs of others. The prize is eternity with Jesus of Nazareth; it's not a multi-million dollar mansion or state of the art jet plane. I don't think God is against people prospering and doing well in life, but we ought to remember who we are, and we ought to remember that there are other people who are less fortunate than we are. We need to be mindful of those that are in need and then live a lifestyle that exemplifies the willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of other people."

All stuck up

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:48:08 PST

I survived that hospital stay by watching workmen on a roof outside my window. They were replacing the roof above that roof on which they walked, and I got to watch them. Boy, such excitement. I also rediscovered that there is not much on TV worth watching. I was only too happy to escape and come home. Home is where, if you're feeling a tad weak, you can lie on the sofa instead of a hospital bed and rediscover there is not much worth watching on it. It's also where the cat can scratch -- me -- once in awhile, and I can take limps, since I'm still using those walking poles, outside for awhile.

Words of Wisdom Carved into the Teacher's Desk

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:45:20 PST

I can't tell you how many times I've heard my students talk about the utter idiocy of their classes, the uselessness of the material being taught, how they hated so-and-so book, bla bla bla. This is usually when I explain the point of High School to my students. It is not the material that holds value but the content of the subject. Math teaches you logic -- the innate ability to process the path of going from A to B to C. The Sciences teach you to question the universe and not to take things at face value; to find out how and why things do the things they do. The Humanities teach you to appreciate and learn from your past; to figure out where you came from so you have a stronger outlook to see where you're going. English teaches you how to communicate your thoughts in a clear manner, but more so how to argue your points with supporting evidence. Physical Education teaches you to push past your limitations and to get up and be active. The Arts teach you finer life skills like confidence, creativity, spontaneity and cooperation. These are just some of the courses available out there and I know that I'm missing some... but you see my point. The growth inside these aspects are key if you plan on making it in society.

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Devil Wins" by Reed Farrel Coleman for the late Robert Parker

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:43:00 PST

What to me is a mystery is how the other writer, Reed Farrel Coleman, was able to write in what appears to be precisely the same style as did the late Robert Parker. The Devil Wins, by G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, is so new you can't renew it from the library. It is one of 13 Jesse Stone novels. The late Parker also wrote six Sunny Randall novels with which I'm not familiar, seven westerns of which I've read a couple, many Spenser mysteries that take place in and around Boston of which I've read most, four non-fiction books, and ten "also by Robert Parker" books.

Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 3

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:37:43 PST

In this week's Book Basket we have the links to two book reviews and one author article as well as the listing of four books, which are: "An Unfortunate War" by Joe East; "I am Pat" by Patricia Kampmeier; "Dark Lands: Requiem" by Lyn I. Kelly and "A Faint Echo" by J.A. Sedler

French appeasement deja vue

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:41:00 PST

The French intent to recognize Palestinian statehood in Judea & Samaria, if the Israel-Palestinian negotiations fail, reflects the French policy of appeasing Palestinian terrorism (since the 1960s) and Islamic terrorism (since 1978). Rather than sheltering France from terrorism, France's appeasement policy - more than any other European country - has fueled anti-French and anti-Western terrorism. French policy has rewarded the 100-year-old systematic Palestinian hate-education, incitement and terrorism. It prejudges the outcome of negotiations and minimizes Palestinian incentive to negotiate.

The Shamrak Report

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:02:35 PST

US News & World Report places Israel in the world's top ten power-wise, mostly because of its military. Israel was also ranked #25 in the world's "best countries" list of 2016. The IDF received a score of 9.7 -- similar to the US, and second only to Russia's military, which received a perfect 10....Eight Hamas terrorists were reported missing after a tunnel collapsed in northern Gaza following several days of heavy rain and flooding. Israel asserts that in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has begun efforts to restore its military capability by building tunnels into Israel as well as replenishing its arsenal of rockets.

America's Decline: Economic Freedom in Eclipse

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:57:02 PST

"Restoring economic freedom is prerequisite to revitalizing and brightening America's future," writes Index editor Anthony Kim. "2016 is the year to reaffirm the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and rule of law so that we can reconstitute an America where freedom, opportunity, and prosperity flourish."

Robin Coste Lewis's "On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari" Chosen Best American Poetry

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:54:31 PST

"Robin Coste Lewis's extraordinary poem 'On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari' reinvents the life cycle," said Elizabeth Metzger, poetry editor for the Quarterly Journal. "I selected this poem for the Quarterly Journal because it offers, with patience and precision, the gift of mutual reincarnation, of infinite and translatable intimacy. Each time I travel through it, I think of the powerful, transformative cycle of reading -- this is what poetry is, this is what we can be, this is the labor of remembering and becoming."

"We're not in Iowa Anymore"

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:28:01 PST

I see Trump as a transitional president if elected, a president CEO who allows America to swab the decks clean as we right our political ship of state with sails filled with the collective energy and genius of the American people. If America limits bureaucratic power and regulation, secures its borders, enacts tax reform, strengthens its military and fires up its economy we will have a situation that facilitates America's pursuit of its loftier ideological aspirations whether grounded in the constitution, conservatism or both. Without these basic reforms all talk of who is more conservative, more religious or more constitutionally grounded than the next candidate means absolutely nothing.

Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White at Bangor's Cross Insurance Center July 30, 2016

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:16:05 PST

BANGOR, ME -- The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, managers of Cross Insurance Center, are excited to announce that Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, will be coming to Bangor's Cross Insurance Center this summer, July 30, 2016 with his stand-up show. The comedian's stand-up act will take place on the first Saturday of this year's fair and will add an exciting element to the annual community event. The Bangor State Fair will take place July 29-August 7.

Political cover up at State Dept. to benefit Hillary Clinton during primaries

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:10:21 PST

A lot of the news coverage, especially by the national news media, is obviously slanted to make it sound as if the email scandal is a concoction of the Republican Party. "On its face the Clinton campaign's statements are mendacious. The FBI agents, the inspector general for the intelligence community and members of the CIA, NSA and other spy agencies are not part of the Republican Party. The only conspiracy is the Clinton-State Department lies and political spin," said former police deputy chief and political strategist Joey Nathaniel.

Martha Stevens-David Review: "White Ashes" by John D. Moulton

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:28:01 PST

I sincerely feel that this ""timely, captivating" love story would make a wonderful movie! Kudos to Mr. Moulton, job well-done!  Having read literally thousands of books since the age of eight, I feel that "White Ashes" is nothing short of a "masterpiece" in that the author, John D. Moulton, really was well-prepared when he sat to write this book.

Walking to walk

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:25:25 PST

Walking! I've done a lot of that in my too-short life, Katahdin (notice, one word, meaning Greatest Mountain...not Mount Katahdin as those new guys like to say and write) a half-dozen times, several trips up Mount Washington, and several high mountains along the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Been there, done dat. Now I'm learning to walk all over again. It's a little hard because I'm leaning on a couple of walking poles that make things a bit easier. No woods walking yet, because everybody -- a doctor or two and Dolores -- think I'll fall in the woods.

An Associate's Degree: Thomas College with Maranacook High School

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:23:03 PST

Thomas College and Maranacook High School in Readfield, Maine are pleased to announce the Pathways Program, an innovative and collaborative pathway to an Associate in Arts degree at Thomas College. The Pathways Program will allow students to pursue their Associate's degree at Thomas while completing their high school diploma at Maranacook.

Australia My Country - A Poem

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:20:32 PST

After reading several online articles this week involving Politically Correct outrage in Australia, I sat down and wrote the following poem, all the while wondering what Dorothea Mackellar would have written if she were still alive today.

Milt Gross Book Review: "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:17:30 PST

They all, including this first one, had some things in common. First, there is the last and final action. I think I've read varieties of this in Grafton's other books, but in this scene, Millhone is hiding in a trash can on a beach from the bad guy. I love this ending, "He lifted the lid. The beams from his headlights shone against his golden cheek. He glanced over at me. In his right hand was a butcher knife with a ten-inch blade. "I blew him away."

Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 2

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:31:02 PST

In this weeks book basket you will find links to two author articles and four book reviews as well as publicity material and links to nine books. Books listed in this basket are: "Lords of the Creek" by Tony Nwaka; "The Moral Vacuum" by Martyn Gabe; "A Journey Through the Life of Jesus" by Mike Folmer; "Down the U-Bend of Your Mind: A Look at Self-Examination" By Kevin Barnard; "A Song in the Dark" by June Davis; "Beloved Enemy: A Conflict of Love and Duty" By Sheila Munds-Belbin; "Quintessential Bellydance: Beginner Class Companion" By Evyenia Karmi; "An Epistle Concerning The Purpose Of Life" By Randy Sweigard and "Intrusion" By Lanayre Liggera.

Who am I?

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:05:31 PST

What you are speaks so loud that the world can't hear what you say. They are looking at your walk not listening to your talk. They are judging by your actions every day. The sun does not fight and bite, complain or disclaim, pout or shout, plunder and squander. Cheat and beat, isolate and segregate, scheme and steal, hate and late, block and stop, push and shove, punish and banish, dismantle and disown. It simply shines every day on the just and on the unjust. Always in a state of diffusing energetic laughter.

Getting Back to "E Pluribus Unum"

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:53:36 PST

Something fundamental has changed at the heart of what it means to be an immigrant. For the first two centuries or so of our history, individuals found success in the United States through assimilation, while simultaneously maintaining their heritage. Today, however, that is less and less the case. For at least the last four decades, the federal government has been inflaming the balkanization of our country by encouraging immigrants to view themselves more as aggrieved ethnic groups than as aspiring Americans.