Back To Civilization

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This quotation is wonderful!

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Hi. I was away for a couple of weeks putting the finishing touches on my next book. Still a bit left to do but should be ready to upload to Kindle by mid Dec.

Here’s a great quote from a great author. As I age, I find it’s so important to get joy out of what you do. It’s not always easy, but so worth a try.

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Quotations on Stories

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“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

                                   Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

                                                       J.K. Rowling

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“We owe it to each other to tell stories.” Neil Gaiman

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Books That Have Influenced Me: Part Two

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Among the many books that I have enjoyed or have had a large influence on my life are some that I discovered when I was young.  One of the most important such works is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings. This magnificent work, which is one novel, divided into three books: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King, is not only the most important work of modern fantasy, but it is also the contemporary work of British mythology. It is, in my not so humble opinion, one of the most important novels of the 20th Century.

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Released in 3 parts from 1954 to 1955, this work has not only become an extraordinary bestseller, but also it influenced story-telling, writing, and movie making continually to the present day.

I was a young teenager when I read the book, deep in the heart of the Vietnam War era, in a time when everything was being questioned, and corruption was rampant in our society.  Actually, it has not seemed to change all that much, with the exception of the myriad of good and decent people who are trying to make positive contributions to our world.  This book captured my heart and mind immediately, and I have reread the entire book about once every ten years or so. I am due for another rereading soon.

Tolkien was a deeply important linguist, and he developed a new language—Elvish, complete with syntax, vocabulary, and an alphabet.  This work and his academic work would have made him one of the preeminent thinkers of the 20th Century. His writing of this novel puts him in the upper echelon of writers.

Almost any theme that can be considered is included in this work: life and death, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, the consequences of the industrial age on an agrarian culture, the place of war, the importance of ordinary people as well as leaders, the hero and the quest, and the workings of the human heart are just a few that could be mentioned.  I have been concerned my entire life with the issue of good and evil and when evil must be confronted.  Tolkien, who fought in World War I and saw the horror of World War Two, examines this issue in depth.  For a world that experienced the twin terrors of those wars, Tolkien’s book becomes a place to examine how such fighting impacts people.

No matter how many times I read this magnificent work, I never cease to be astounded by it. It is not a book intended for children, as The Hobbit is, as some have mistakenly thought. It is a work for adults and through the lens of fantasy, deals with extremely important human issues.

I know I will read The Lord Of The Rings throughout the rest of my life.

In my next installment, I will discuss a particular play that has had huge impact on me.

Honor Veterans Day

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Today is Veterans Day, and I simply wanted to offer my thank you to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country in the Armed Forces.

This day began with Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, which ended the First World War. Congress formalized Armistice Day as a national holiday in 1938. After World War II and The Korean War, the day was renamed Veterans Day, and it serves as a time to honor all of those who have served or are serving.

Please let it be a day of honor and thanks, not one of special sales deals. It is a day to recognize the commitment, duty, sacrifice, and service of the men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.

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Why Supporting Other Writers is so Important!

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This is a wonderful post on how writers should support each other!

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Hi guys!

I fussed a lot over what to write about this week, and after a bit of a toss around, I thought I’d say why I think it’s so important that writers support other writers!

There are obviously millions of writers around the world; and each of them are at different stages in their journey. Some are plotting, some are writing, some are editing, some are submitting, some are getting rejections, some are getting yesses, some are publishing themselves, some are doing it the old fashioned way, some have their books on shelves, and some are even make millions-of-pounds doing what they love! Whether you’re right at the beginning of the journey, or steadily on the track, what we all have in common, is this passion for writing.

And, whether it’s writing fiction or non-fiction, novels or articles, recipes or poems, all of us, as writers, have a duty…

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Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

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Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps, who are on this day 242 years old. This branch of the Armed Forces of the United States has a long and distinguished history.  They will always have a special place in my heart, because my father was a Marine in World War II.

The Marine Corps is a family, and I saw this clearly one day, when my father was dying of cancer. His body had become a tiny version of the man he had been. He had taken to wearing his Marine Corps cap, and two young men in their uniforms, clearly just out of boot camp, saw him. We had been out for a small meal in my home town of Easton, PA,  and they approached him and began a conversation with him about his experiences. Then one young man asked me with complete courtesy if it was okay if they borrowed him for a few hours, simply to talk with an older Marine. My father was delighted, and I knew he was in good hands. I came back later that afternoon to pick him up, and he was still there talking with the two youngsters.

When he stood to go, they saluted him. My heart was full, and I saw the great joy these two young men had given to a mortally ill, elderly man they had never known before. When he was leaving, they exchanged, “Semper Fi.”

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps.

Happy Birthday to Bram Stoker!

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Today is the 170th anniversary of Irish writer Bram Stoker’s birthday. As the author of Dracula, a book I consider one of the finest Gothic novels ever written, he has had enormous impact on the worlds of writing, theater, and film.

To commemorate this day, the wonderful librarians at Lehigh University’s Linderman Library organized a showing of the classic film Dracula (1931) and starring Bela Lugosi. I was asked to give a short presentation about the film, which I enjoyed doing.  Given the opportunity to talk about this book and film, I always grasp the chance.

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So I wish Bram Stoker a happy birthday!

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Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I by Charles F. French is available for purchase on Amazon either as an ebook or a print book!

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Thank you!

The book trailer:

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My radio interview:

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Quotations on the Importance of Education

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

                                                                                 Nelson Mandela

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

                                                                                  Socrates

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“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

                                                                                Malala Yousafzai

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Delphi Altair by K. D. Dowdall

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This is a wonderful blog on KD Dowdall’s book Delphi Altair!

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I would like to introduce you to a new author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with here books… K.D. Dowdall  and her featured YA/Fantasy book Delphi Altair – Strange Beginnings Book 1

About the book

On the day of her mother’s funeral, Megan Donnelly finds a mysterious package, wrapped in faded brown paper and twine on her dresser by the window. She had no idea where it came from or how it got there. Megan got up from the edge of her bed and walked over to it, wondering who could have sent it. Her ginger-colored bangs fell over her hazel eyes in feathery wisps. She pushed the bangs aside, and as she did, she looked down at her black dress shoes. She noticed bits of red dirt still clung to the bottom of her shoes. She inhaled sharply as a wave of grief enveloped her. Exhaling…

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