Politics: The Art of Michael D’Antuono

Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy. Pablo Picasso, 1943-03-24

I saw the ‘Diversity’ poster by Michael D’Antuono in a tweet from Malcolm
Nance.

 

Diversity Makes America Great

 

Michael D’Antuono’s art is reminiscent of Norman Rockwell.

 

“”Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell 1943

But these are different times:

Cold as Ice

Like Rockwell, D’Antuono uses his art to make a powerful case for American Democracy and the Rule of Law.

 

“”Freedom of Worship” by Norman Rockwell 1943
Patriots
The Talk
Make America Hate Again
If We Can’t Trust the President we need to Impeach

I post these images because I agree with them. I do not know the artist and do not profit from sales of his work.

Planned Prisonhood

Art by Michael D’Antuono

I do not own these images.

Rob Goldstein 2019

Twittering Tales: Young Again

The Supper Club

The young friends enjoyed a lavish dinner; then retired to the kitchen to pick at leftovers and laugh about old times. Before they parted, they made a toast to the future and to long and healthy lives. None of them felt the wormhole take them as they ate; none of them remembered the nursing home.

253 Characters

(c) Rob Goldstein 2019

This is an entry for Kat Myrman’s  Twittering Tales #144 – 9 July 2019

Twittering Tales Kat Myrman

 

Trina: Trina’s New Doll

Trina pulled a bench out of her bag and sat by the duck pond in Central Park.

She rested her chin on her hands and watched a little yellow duckling scurry
after its mother.

I want a new dolly, thought Trina, but I want one like me.

“What does that look like?” asked Trina’s doll, Madison.

Trina pulled Madison out of her bag.

“She’s just like me, but taller, and with breasts, because she’s a grown up.”

“Why is she a grown up?”

So she can do grownup things.”

“Like what?”

Trina gazed at the duck pond and thought.

Madison giggled, “Tits don’t make a gown-up!”

Trina was shocked.

Madison snickered and grinned.

Arjuna the elephant slowly lumbered out of the pond.

He lifted his mighty trunk and gently plucked the little yellow duckling from his back and released it find its Mother.

‘My friends,” he bowed.

Madison swiveled her head and frowned at Ajuna: “Trina thinks she’s all grown up if she has…”

Trina grabbed the doll and stuffed it into her bag. “Breasts,” she said sweetly.

Arjuna nodded thoughtfully and flapped his ears. “I’m no hominid, but I think it takes more than breasts to be a grown-up human. Why do you want to be a grown up when you’re such a perfect little girl?”

Trina pulled out her tea set and a freshly baked plate of scones; she poured out tea and replied. “I want my new dolly to be a grown-up.”

“Why?”

“Because my world needs grown-ups.”

“We elephants are very grown up.”

“Really?” said Trina. “What kind of grown up things do you do?”

Arjuna sipped his tea and thought.

“We never eat more than enough.”

“Neither do I,” said Trina.

“We remember things forever and ever.”

“So do I,” said Trina.

Arjuna cocked his head and thought. “We always bathe once a month.”

Trina was horrified. “Adults only bathe once a month?”

Madison cackled: ‘oh no!”

An Illustration of the chatracter Trina, designing a doll from wood
Trina made her doll from snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.

Trina made her doll from snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.

She fluffed its hair and primped its dress.

“Are you terribly grown up or grown up terribly?” she asked.

The doll opened its eyes and replied, “I’m terribly grown up.”

“How often do you bathe?” asked Trina.

“Twice a day!” answered the doll.

“For how long do you remember things?”

The doll gazed up at Trina and blinked.

“For no time at all,” she replied.

Trina smiled at her new doll and offered her a cup of tea.

An Illustration staged in virtual reality depicting the character of Trina designing an adult doll
Are you terribly grown up or grown up terribly?

(c) Rob Goldstein 2019

 

Trina’s New Doll inspired by a series of #photoprompts from D Wallace Peach.

‘The Demon Dolls’ in these images are designed by Sebastian Prince

July’s Featured Blogger: Annette Rochelle Aben

July’s Featured Blogger is Annette Rochelle Aben.

Annette has a wonderful sprawling range of interests and a sensibility that always lifts my spirit.


When did you start blogging?

Five or six years ago, I don’t remember exactly when. A dear friend secretly built a blog site for me because she felt I needed to promote the spiritual guidance counseling I was doing. I never felt comfortable with that, so I turned it around and used it to promote the Angel Messages. From that I began adding things I was writing and ta-da!

What is the thing you enjoy most about blogging?

One of the most enjoyable things about blogging is that I am connected to some wonderfully talented, caring beautiful souls I would not have met any other way.

When did you start writing?

When I was a child, I enjoyed the opportunity to share my thoughts through things such as book reports and creative writing assignments. This led to me writing for my own pleasure. Those early writings were poetic in nature, and that nature has continued to nurture me throughout my life.

What did you read as a child?

The Bobbsey Twins, Here Come the Tuckers, The Five Little Peppers and Dr. Suess books kept me entertained at home. In school, I loved biographies. Some I remember reading included, Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

 

Bookcover for The Bobbsey Twins
The Bobbsey Twins Solve a Mystery

When did you start writing Haiku?

A few years ago, I happened upon a weekly haiku writing challenge from a fellow blogger. I was curious to see if I could learn to express myself using fewer words. BOOM!

What sparked your interest in numerology?

Even though I had always found numbers fascinating, it wasn’t until I read a book about Numerology, that I found out why. After implementing the science of numbers into my own life, I saw the power of that knowledge and began using Numerology to help others in their lives.

How did you fall in love with the Angels.

I believe it happened organically. Like finding out you’ve an invisible benefactor and out of appreciation, is formed, an eternal bond. In my darkest hours, the protection of their wings has supported me and helped me find the strength to take the next breath. Funny, I have Angels (in physical form) all around me and I have purchased none of them. People simply bring them to me saying that they were moved to do so.

What inspired the Angel Messages?

I could sense Angels talking to me and I appreciated the comforting feelings. One day, a friend was going through some stress and I felt inspired to share an Angel message with her. She said it helped. This continued sporadically until one day I was moved to share with even more people. Now, tens of thousands of people are being reached in places I don’t even know exist. How? Because the thousands I share with, share them as well.

How did you get into radio and television.?

I left the corporate world in 1983 and was looking for something fun to do. I took a class in television production at the local cable company. From there I attended broadcasting school and the rest is history.

Of your books, which one is your favorite?

Gee whiz… I’ll say, Perspective: It’s All About Replacing One Thought with Another. Filled with poetry, prose and photographs. It was the first book I self-published. That experience drove me nuts yet each time I look at the book, I am in awe of the fact that I did it!

What inspired you to start your podcast, “Tell Me a Story”?

About ten years ago, I was hosting my own Blog Talk Radio program. Then I was hired to work for a company that wanted me to manage their internet radio network. When I left them, I was offered the opportunity to host my own program for The Magic Happens Magazine, as they were setting up their own radio network and Tell Me a Story was born!

What advice do you have for new bloggers?

DO IT!  Seriously, if you have something to share, be it recipes, opinions, photographs, writings, etc. build a blog. You may become famous. You may simply find joy in sharing. You may find that you get so much more out of it than you ever expected. And should you ever grow tired if the experience, bow out gracefully. When you start your blog, connect with me and I’ll be thrilled to help support your efforts.

Tell us about your new book. 

This is a book of poetry, using the format of Japanese lyric poetry, known as Tanka. Think Tanka is a book for those who appreciate poetry, those who enjoy short reads, people who like to smile and those who know what it’s like to be lost in a world of imagination.

How did the book happen?

I was introduced to this style of writing poetry by fellow author/blogger, Colleen Chesebro. She hosts a weekly challenge to write poetry of varied and interesting formats, tanka being one them. As I had been writing Haiku (another form of Japanese poetry) I figured I would give Tanka a whirl. See. Tanka is what I like to call, Haiku, with hips. Haiku is 17 syllables and when you add 14 more, you create a Tanka. I needed some way to share all these poems I had been writing, hence, the book!

Buy Think Tanka
Think Tanka Cover

Will you share a couple of poems from the book with us?   

 

 Roll Tape

 

The power of glue
Coiled tight on a dispenser
To be portioned out
Your best friend when gift wrapping
If it’s not stuck on itself
 

Entertaining Ideas

 

I have no off switch
My mind is constantly “on”
Thoughts fly everywhere
Not that this is a bad thing

It gives me something to do

 

Purchase “Think Tanka” on Amazon

Find Annette Online

WordPress: https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

 Rob Goldstein 20119

Politics: Torture Monkeys

‘Torture Monkeys’ take pleasure in hurting other other people.

The U.N. defines torture as follows:

Torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”

Tranquil Cove #Writephoto

Grock this new story from D. Wallace Peach

Myths of the Mirror

photo by Sue Vincent

The beach parking lot was jammed with cars. Outside their blue rental, Samantha stretched her stiff limbs while Jeff rummaged in the back seat for snacks and towels. A tow truck clanked its chains and ground its gears in the midst of hauling away one of several abandoned vehicles, the windshields dusted with a week’s worth of windblown sand.

According to the glossy pamphlet, the rocky headlands and clustered islands sheltered turquoise waves, and the soft sand welcomed blankets and picnics. All inviting. But after days of battling crowds of tourists, the feature that most appealed to Sam was the promised solitude. Unfortunately, Tranquil Cove didn’t look like it would live up to its reputation.

She sighed and read the sign pounded into the sand at the lot’s edge. Someone had hand-scrawled a sloppy “g” on the otherwise formal warning.   “Beware of the grocks. No…

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Scammed!

Every so often I read a post that brings a smile from my soul.

roughwighting

scammed iPhone, grandchildrenI’m home making dinner and my cell phone rings.

I check the number and groan. Phone scammers now send calls using the same area code and first three digits of a nearby town. In my case, each call says “Groton.”

No one in Groton is on my address list.

I ignore the call and sauté the onions before the phone rings again. And three minutes later, again.

Just about ready to throw the phone in the drawer and lock it up, I notice that the “scammer” has left a voice mail message. Weird. Scammers never leave a “calling card,” so to speak.

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Tell Me a Story Teagan Geneviene

Teagan Geneviene is Annette’s guest on ‘Tell Me a Story”

Annette Rochelle Aben

Well now, who doesn’t enjoy a good story? One of the best story creators, stops by the  PODCAST today. Welcome, the talented, author/blogger Teagan Geneviene

She entertains, informs and is always up for a challenge, so in this podcast, she not only TAKES the CHALLENGE from yours truly but makes it seem effortless.

Curious, well, you’ll have to listen to figure it out

FOLLOW her BLOG for the aforementioned reasons as well as to feel the encouragement from a woman who is chasing her dreams, one word at a time! Thank you, Teagan Geneviene, for hanging out with Tell Me a Story

*all podcasts are listed in alphabetical order

Tell Me a Story is a presentation of The Magic Happens Radio Network!

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