The Flawed but Perfect Hero – A study of the Modern Fictional Persona

So what makes a good hero? For a moment, let us set aside the usual definitions of noble self-sacrifice, rushing into peril to save others or for the sake of a higher cause. Let’s face it, a villain can be seen to do all these things and the really clever ones use altruism to mask malevolent intent. Do bad guys believe in causes? Are they selfless? Objectively, the answer has to be yes. Terrorists and religious fanatics of all creeds certainly fit the bill. Rationalization in place of reason, ruthlessness in place of commitment, Self-deception in place of courage: sometimes, heroism is just a matter of perspective.

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Milt Gross Book Review: “Nothing Like It in the World” by the late Stephen E. Ambrose

One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, Nothing Like It in the World tells how the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads were built and met in the mountains to form the first railroad to cross the United States. Milt Gross photo.

My brother, my father, and two uncles all worked for the railroad for most of their adult lives. One uncle worked for the Reading Railroad, and the rest for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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Off we go — with a new hip : Down the Road a Piece

I think winter is working toward ending.

At least I hope so.

It snowed, then it rained, then the sun came out. And I’m ready to go out. In the sun, not in the snow or rain. Rain in February…even the end of February?

A couple of our first planned trips for this spring are to Fort Western in Augusta and to the State Museum, also in Augusta.

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2016 Book Basket KingsCalendar No. 2

Kingscalendar “Book Basket 2016” is a freely provided service to authors and their publicists. I commenced ‘Book Baskets’ a couple of years ago at Magic City Morning Star in Maine USA, and you can find those book baskets in my column there. With the introduction of Book Baskets on this my new Kingscalendar website, I am making the same offer to authors that I make at Magic City Morning Star.

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s plan to beat terror

There is a popular joke about a man standing trial for the murder of
his own parents. After he is unequivocally proven guilty, the judge
turns to him and asks: “Do you have anything to say in your defense?”
The defendant replies, unhesitatingly: “Yes. I beg the court to show
leniency due to my unfortunate situation. I was recently tragically
orphaned of both my father and mother…”

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The Shamrak Report Feb 24, 2015

The Shamrak Report produced by Steven Shamrak presents the Jewish point of view on the Arab-Israel conflict to motivate people to support the Jewish National independence movement, Zionism! You may use articles and letters on your website, FaceBook etc.(Comments in italics are made by Steven Shamrak)

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“Finding Myself in China” Footnote Links

At the beginning of 2016 I went through the unbelievable process of trying to get a publisher to publish the story of my life in China. You can read about that experience in the article ‘Holding Authors to Ransom.’ (See also How much in royalties do book authors get paid?).

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2016 Book Basket KingsCalendar No. 1

Kingscalendar “Book Basket 2016” is a freely provided service to authors and their publicists. I commenced ‘Book Baskets’ a couple of years ago at Magic City Morning Star in Maine USA, and you can find those book baskets in my column there. With the introduction of Book Baskets on this my new Kingscalendar website, I am making the same offer to authors that I make at Magic City Morning Star.

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Martha Stevens-David Review: “A Song in the Dark” by June M. Davis

This is a rather a “small” book when first looking at it but as I began to read through the writer’s life experiences, I was overwhelmed by her writings.

Having read through the accompanying information sheet that was dispensed with the book, I was somewhat prepared to sympathize with the author “June Davis'” life of tragedy. But I was not prepared for her ability and understanding of writing such beautiful, heart rending poems. And I wasn’t prepared for the fact that the author could explain to her readers how she felt and how she overcame each dark journey to finally reach the golden light on the other side.

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Responding to North Korea’s Latest Provocation

For many years Korea has been known as “The Land of the Morning Calm.” Sunday, Feb. 7, I could have added a post-script: “The morning calm and the afternoon chaos!”

I was sitting at Seoul’s magnificent Incheon International Airport waiting to board my flight back home, when the news came that the Communist half of Korea — the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the DPRK, or North Korea — had just launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from a test site deep inside its territory.

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