A Finish Unknown

One of Sherlock Holmes’ many observations was this one:
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

The words were, of course, those of a fictional Sherlock Holmes, the super sleuth created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Sir Arthur had Holmes give that advice in Chapter 6 of his work entitled “The Sign of Four”, published in 1890.

Improbable as it may seem during the living of it, life itself does glide steadily toward a finish line known to none. We truly are without a clue.

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Scan of the VHS cover of “Without A Clue”, Orion Home Video, 1988, ITC Entertainment Group, from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Listening Closely to Destruct or Contruct…

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(Photo: A Female Cardinal listens positively for the next click of my camera, perhaps expecting a mate to appear.)

What do we expect to hear, or ascertain, when we listen closely at the workplace?

Is it gossip we seek, or some piece of constructive advice? Do we listen with positivity, or negativity? Is it some band wagon we want to jump on just to be part of the crowd that drives us to listen to whatever topic is being discussed?

Statistics show that co-workers everywhere may have to spend as much as 33% of their time listening to other employees complain about each other.

After collaborating these past two months with many other writers to help produce a scary anthology edited by Dan Alatorre and released at Amazon.com, I spent 0% of my time listening to discord. Even if a writer wasn’t particularly fond of one of the included stories, his focus remained on getting the whole into print, for the benefit of all.

It was a very positive, collective effort that produced “The Box Under the Bed”.

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Our Scary Anthology

 

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It is a rewarding experience to meet new writers and find people in every corner of the world, via the Internet, who share the joy of writing!

Because of this wonderful networking capability, our scary anthology titled “The Box Under the Bed”, edited by the prolific talents of Dan Alatorre —

http://www.danalatorre.com/2017/09/02/34540/

https://www.danalatorre.com/2017/09/18/check-this-out/

— has gotten notice from Ellen Datlow. Ellen is the recipient of numerous Horror Fiction awards, including the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association in 2011 !

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

It Will Not Be Long

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It won’t be long, now, before author Dan Alatorre’s anthology titled “The Box Under the Bed” makes its debut on Amazon. Dan is a prolific WordPress blogger and one of Amazon’s bestselling authors to boot.

You can see more of his work and get more information about the upcoming anthology at:

http://www.danalatorre.com/2017-09-01/cover-reveal-the-scary-anthology

The anthology, which Dan edited, will feature scary stories from 20, or more, authors, including yours truly, and many of whom are also otherwise published.

It’s scary… !!

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Time to Flag It

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Jadar Johnson, 22, rookie draftee of the New York Giants, has retired.

His reasons are two-fold, but No.1 is profound — he values his health, he said. He also has plans to pursue less reckless ventures, ones that will tend to not endanger his life, as does professional football, or any level of contact football of today’s variety.

Brain disease and damage is becoming more and more a culprit that is making footballers take a second look at their choices. Are the demanding physical risks of the sport worth the rewards?

Could players do better to get that college education and begin a different life at an earlier stage in their football careers, as Johnson has decided to do? Taking the rookie paycheck and retiring with one’s head mostly intact may become a welcomed trend.

Stats are beginning to appear that confirm 99% of football players are being brain-wrecked to some degree…

It’s time to raise the red flag and start all level, non-contact Flag Football Safety Leagues that will take over the crunching cruelty of the current National Football League. There already are some flag football leagues, for youngsters and for former NFL pros.

Let’s trend that!

See Also: Ryan Nagelhout’s article — “The American Flag Football League Had Its Day in San Jose, But Making It The Future Will Take Time”

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Independents Separatists and Allies

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Saluting soldier at the Veterans Park at the Bridge, Napoleon, Ohio

July 4th marks the annual celebration in America of its Independence Day, the result of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. America broke away from Britain’s control of her, yet in World War II, it was Britain to whose aid America eventually rose, and together they helped form the Allied forces that defeated the invasions of Japan and Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

It should be noted that the American Constitution, written to ensure the lasting freedom of its people, wisely called for separation of church and state. This insured the liberty of the people to chose their own religious callings, something that had been impossible in their former lives in Britain at that time.

Paradoxically, it was the Bible that was “…the most cited book in the political discourse of the age, referenced more frequently than the great political theorists…” scholar Martin E. Marty pointed out.

It’s time for Americans to think deeply about the preceding three paragraphs. No better time than July 4th!

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Tweets and Free Press Bashing

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Seems to me it’s about time for all Trump supporters to reassess their presidential choice.

President Trump’s campaign promises — which anyone with a slight bit of intelligence should have known couldn’t be kept — his abusive deliveries to women, and his constant bashing of our Free American Press are all the contrivances of someone who wants to preside by heavy-handed control. In many other countries, those types of individuals are called dictators.

This is not the way our American government works. And a Free Press has been essential to Democracy since this form of government began.

While the world is crashing, the President tweets and tweets, complains about and tries to disclaim the integrity of persons of the press, and generally reveals that he has no intention of being presidential. His tweets, especially, are diversion tactics to steer the American people to divisiveness and cover up the truth — that he doesn’t have the least idea what it takes to be an American President.

More at:
http://www.randomcomplaintdept.wordpress.com

Please weigh in with your comments. I know I’m not alone.

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg (former member of a local Press)

 

My Friend Wrote A Book

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An old Ohio high school friend of mine succeeded in telling her story in book form, which was released in 2014. The book is titled: “Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and The African Chief”.

Anita married an African Chief, Benjamin G. Dennis, a professor who taught in the US before Anita married him. Together, they co-authored the book “Slaves To Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia”, 2008.

Their journey through faith, marriage, writing, and racism is a priceless experience told frankly and with love by Anita in her own book after her husband passed away.

Below is the Christmas card she sent me many years ago, (in 1973), while she was spending a year with her husband and their family, and Ben’s tribal family in Liberia, West Africa.

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Read more at:
http://www.chickensoupforbuckeyes.wordpress.com/2015-02-14/a-story-behind-a-book-cover-picture
http://www.shortstoriesandstoryart.wordpress.com/2015-02-14/personal-pictures-enhance-your-story

And find Anita’s latest stories, Website, and book references at:
http://www.anitakdennis.com/2017/06/12/old-south-1970s-liberian-history/ – 1970s Liberian History: The Old South – Anita Katherine Dennis

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Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg