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Slavery

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Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.   Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c.  January 29, 1822[1] – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women’s suffrage.

 

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Slip


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I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.   Matthew Broderick 

Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American actor and singer. His best known roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), the voice of the adult Simba in Disney‘s The Lion King trilogy (1994–2004), and Leo Bloom in both the Broadway musical The Producers and its 2005 film adaptation. Other notable films he has appeared in include WarGames (1983), Glory (1989), The Freshman (1990), The Cable Guy (1996), Godzilla (1998), Election (1999), Inspector Gadget (1999) and You Can Count on Me (2000). Broderick also directed himself in Infinity (1996) and provided voice work in Good Boy! (2003), Bee Movie (2007), and The Tale of Despereaux (2008).

Broderick in Sweden during his promotion of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

 

 

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Discovery

There is no better high than discoveryE. O. Wilson

Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he has been called the world’s leading expert.

Wilson has been called “the father of sociobiology” and “the father of biodiversity“, his environmental advocacy, and his secular-humanist and deist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.[6] Among his greatest contributions to ecological theory is the theory of island biogeography, which he developed in collaboration with the mathematical ecologist Robert MacArthur, which was the foundation of the development of conservation area design, as well as the unified neutral theory of biodiversity of Stephen Hubbell.

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Things

 

It’s amazing how the biggest things in our lives – when we’re around the fireplace and talking about them when we’re older – the things that matter the most to us start off amazingly small and in a humble way.    Frankie Ballard

Frank Robert Ballard IV (born December 16, 1982) is an American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has released two albums each for Reprise Records and Warner Bros. Records, and has charted eight singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

 

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Avidity

One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity. 

Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 – September 3, 1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West.

His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman’s Sketches (1852), was a milestone of Russian realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons (1862) is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.

I picked this quote mostly because the word Avidity, a word I did not know about before.  I actually had to look up which is a rarity for me and wonderful to learn something.   

 

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Amusement

Wearing underwear on the outside of your clothes can turn a tedious trip to the store for a forgotten carton of milk into an amusement park romp.   Patch Adams

Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comediansocial activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.

Adams is currently based in UrbanaIllinois. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes an alternative health care model not funded by insurance policies As of April 2015, he serves on the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States as “Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health”.

 

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Announcements, Announcements, Announcements

Disconnect

It is completed, and at Smashwords.com.

Now maybe I can get back to a little bit of occasional original content on Saturdays.

A little background, this book started out a little while after my book Scouts Out.   Scouts Out was getting a little boring so I tried a little short story of this renegade who did not want to be a  part of the Fleet, and the story grew from there into Disconnect.  So this book took almost as long as Scouts Out to finish (about twenty years).  Was there years I did not do anything with it?  Of course, but it is finished, and out there for the world to either criticize, love or most likely just ignore.

Scouts Out will be getting a new cover soon and I will be turning it into a podcast for your listening pleasure, I will keep you posted on that.     If you like the cover send a nice note to my artist, Graham Kennedy at GKillus@aol.com or Graham Kennedy Illustration @ Facebook.com

(Sorry for no Movie Speech today, just wanted to get the announcement out there.)