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Book Review: Eddie Rickenbacker, An American Hero

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero by [Adamson, Hans Christian]

If Rickenbacker were alive today, I can’t help but believe he’d be one of the wizards of Silicon Valley.  An American Hero gives a fascinating account of his involvement, first, in the emerging automobile industry at the turn of the Twentieth Century — as a factory worker, a car salesman, a successful race car driver and team owner, then as a designer and manufacturer of his own brand and owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the coming of World War I, he set his sights (so to speak) on aviation and finagled his way into becoming Billy Mitchell’s personal driver as a stepping stone to a set of Army pilot wings and a seat in the cockpit of a “Hat-in-the-Ring” pursuit plane. From there he became the 94th Squadron commander, America’s leading ace and eventually president of Eastern Airlines.  Written before the final chapter of Rickenbacker’s life was closed, this unfinished bio is not only the story of an amazing man, but in its narrative style is also a glimpse into a by-gone era.  (4 of 5 Stars)

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In Memory: “The busy world was not for me, So I went and found my own”

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Art of Quotation

“The busy world was not for me, So I went and found my own”

Steely Dan: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Lyricist, songwriter, musician, Walter Becker, 1950-2017, Goodbye in 2017. Lyrics from “The Caves Of Altamira” written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen,  and recorded by Steely Dan, 1976.

Art Quotes Art

Bison from the Cave Drawings of Altamira

The cave drawings of Altamira – mankind’s earliest efforts at creative expression provide the engine for the Steely Dan song – a song about the need to create that which is missing.

If the current world we live in is not the world we wish to live in – does not express us – what do we do?

Why like this small boy – we create our own. A world containing the wonders that express our innermost thoughts, feelings. Not a ready-made version manufactured by “Hollywood”. — Douglas

“The Caves Of…

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Clear and Present Dangers……John F. Kennedy

November 13, 2017 Leave a comment

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~ John F. Kennedy

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November 11, 2017 Leave a comment

November 10, 1775  — Two battalions of Continental Marines were formed in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore.

Semper Fi, George


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Book Review: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

November 10, 2017 Leave a comment

This was a fun read — but, of course, I’m a sucker for crosscut kinds of stories:  Hints from Heloise meets Igor the Assassin.  It reminded me a lot of my second favorite Kathleen Turner movie, Serial Mom. Grisly good fun with enough twists and turns to leave Bond, James Bond, scratching his head.   (4 of 5 Stars)

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The Only Comma Rules You’ll Ever Need!

November 8, 2017 1 comment

I, too, have a tortured relationship with commas (Rule #2). Just ask my editor.

Just Can't Help Writing

The five basic comma rulesCommas are among my favorite tools for building meaning. Used intelligently, commas are wonderful signposts that tell readers which part of a sentence they’ve stumbled into—and then help them make their way out again. I like commas so much I’ve written multiple posts about them.

If comma rules confuse you, take heart! If improving reader comprehension is your goal, there are really only a few “rules” to remember:

Use commas:

Rule 1: After introductory elements.

This is the one most people seem to know about. But I argue that commas are really only necessary when the introductory element gets long enough that readers may miss the lane change back into the main part of the sentence.


After a moment he left the room. (No comma needed unless you want to emphasize a pause.)


After he spent  an extended vacation in a remote village in the Alps, where did…

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On Writing: Samuel Johnson

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment
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