Words to Think On

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Consider the Power of Words:

Albert Einstein once observed:
“I know not with what weapons World World III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Comedian Robin Williams painted a darker picture yet, quoting a PENTAGON OFFICIAL who said to him: “…the people who would actually push the button probably have never seen a person die…the only hope (a strange thought in itself) is if they placed the button to launch the nuclear war behind a man’s heart. The President, then, with a rusty knife, would be required to cut out the man’s heart, kill(ing) the man, to get to the button.”

These dark thoughts shared may be an enlightening warning to the living!


First Photo (moon with clouds) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
Second Photo (hands) courtesy of pixabay.com


Ten Photographic Awards At —


I was looking for my 10th Photographic Award at Pixoto.com and here he is, as of
this morning’s notification.

My little squirrelly friend, photographed in 2016 in the backyard of our apartment building, provided that award with a photo image rating of over 500 in his first day as an uploaded photo.

He finished in the Top 20% Best of the Day for January 14 in the category of Animals.

See him and other award-winning photos in my collections at
and at

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Forty Percent Wasted


Recent statistics about food consumption in the United States of America, the capital of world wealth, reveal Americans waste forty percent of the food purchased in this country!

Forty percent waste! While portions of Americans and the world’s people starve, a statistic of forty percent waste of food is…


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Listening Closely to Destruct or Contruct…


(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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Our Scary Anthology



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 —



— 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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It Will Not Be Long


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:


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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Time to Flag It


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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