Politics: A Short Break for the Impeachment Hearings

I’m taking a short break to focus on the House Impeachment Hearings.

With newly released transcripts from the closed-door hearings, it feels
like the hearings began.

The testimony of today’s witness, Catherine Croft,  describes a foreign
policy designed to please, Vladimir Putin.

“In a briefing with Mick Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction,” she continued.

“What was the concern about the Russian reaction?” asked the staffer.

“That Russia would react negatively to the provision of Javelins to Ukraine,” she said.  The Daily Beast

screnshot of a deposition of Croft
Providing Javelins to an ally would offend Russia

Here is a link to Croft’s testimony on The Daily Beast:

Here is a link to the transcripts on the House Intelligence Committee Website.


Here are the Constitutional reasons for the impeachment of Donald Trump from The Beat with Ari Melber:

Hillary Clinton was right about everything

She’s still right.

For folks who doubt the seriousness of Russia’s 2016 attack on our elections, this is a screenshot I took on August 29, 2016, of the top headlines on BING. If you examine it, you’ll see a search string that includes the Anthony Weiner scandal. I did not run that search. My browser was hijacked.

Top Stories on BINGS politics page. August 29, 2016


I’ll see you guys in a week.

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Trina: Madison Speaks

This is a response to the November Writing Prompt on Myths of the Mirror, which is to write something from a non-human perspective.

Madison Speaks

A girl and a doll under a red sun

We’re at her imaginary park again.

I hate this park!

It’s not like I can DO anything.

I can watch, I can listen, I can politely speak my mind.

Last week she made a big ugly Doll, a horrible thing.

She says I’m priggish and judgmental, but I say I’m
a sensible doll; she’s twisted, that’s what I think.

Oh God, here comes that bloated elephant and his
seven ratty mice.

Why are those mice dressed like dwarves?

It’s sooo derivative.

Where does she get these creeps?

I’m gonna throw myself off the bench.

Illustration of a girl and a doll

Not that she cares.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2019

 

The “I Say It’s my Birthday” Blog Party!

It’s a Blog Party/Meet and Greet to celebrate my Birthday!

Join the fun,  grab a brownie and a slice of cake, and share a link to your favorite post in the comments.

Please reblog to spread the fun, and be sure to mingle!

How old am I?

I’m 60 something, and glad to be here.


I’m blessed and grateful.


So, here’s to life and good friends!

Let’s boogie!

‘Self Portrait #26’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2019

Below is ‘Self Portrait #30

 

A digital painting based on a photograph of a reflection of my face in a shopwindow
Self Portrait 30


Animated GIF s found via giphy and are not mine

 

Introducing My First Chapbook: A Skeleton in the Attic

I took a break in September, returned in early October to post Teagan Geneviene’s feature, then decided I wasn’t ready to resume posting.

Why?

Trump’s impeachment.

There is so much news; keeping up with it feels like a full time job.

I may limit myself to two posts a week during the impeachment.

Now to the point of this post:

A Skeleton in the Attic

Illustration for a Skeleton in the Attic
Illustration for a Skeleton in the Attic

I realized my goal of publishing a book of poems was unreasonable for a man with no experience in online publishing, so I took a break.

I started the break by evaluating different programs for self-publishing and discovered Ourboox.

Ourboox is a free platform and seems ideal for writers who are new to online publishing.

I researched the company and the founder, Mel Rosenberg, is exactly who he
says he is:

Mel Rosenberg is a microbiologist best known for his research into treatment of bad breath; he went to a children’s book fair in Bologna and came home with the idea of a free web based platform for publishing children’s books.

The template is limited but flexible.

If you’ve used WordPress Classic, Ourboox is easy.

The e-books I saw on the Ourboox site reminded me of chapbooks.

What is a Chapbook?

A chapbook is “a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts” (dictionary) The term is still used today to refer to short, inexpensive booklets. MIT

The Cover of Jack the Giant Killer
Jack the Giant Killer chapbook title page

Chapbooks were the zines of early modern Europe and played an important role in the history of publishing and literacy. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, chapbooks were the most popular way to disseminate poetry and children’s books: they were easy to make and cheap. Wikipedia

Chapbooks are still a popular way for poets to publish, especially street poets, who distribute their chapbooks for donations.

The last page of the Ourboox template invites the reader to donate to your PayPal account.

I loved with the idea of using Ourboox to publish an online chapbook; it felt like a perfect way to begin publishing.

A Skeleton in the Attic is a short story about a little boy who finds a skeleton in his attic and makes friends with it.

I wrote the story in the 1980’s and revised it many times over the years.

I used VR to make the illustrations.

I suppose if I want to, I can release a Skeleton in the Attic on Amazon, but for
now, this ‘chapbook’ format on Ourboox is ideal.

If you read the book and like it,  please leave a thumbs up on the upper right of the screen.

Leave a Like
As I understand it, ‘likes’ will move the book into the featured books section.

Click the image to read the book

Bookcover for a Skeleton in the Attic
or click the link below:

A Skeleton in the Attic

 

Images and text (c) Rob Goldstein 2019

Review of The Contract Between Heaven and Earth, by Gwen M. Plano and John W. Howell

Contract by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano reviewed by Mark Bierman.

Mark Bierman

The Blurb:

The earth is under the threat of a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.
Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not…

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