Let them eat cake…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was clear, crisp, and not as colorful as yesterday. Still, it was a good sunset and I enjoyed every moment.

After a very very very good dinner we went for a drive and somehow ended up at Ol Heidelberg for dessert. I am not a big sweet fan but I went in and considered what this cute place had to serve.

I was both surprised and thankful. First a great young lady began helping us. (I wish I knew her name) and we ordered 5 desserts. The order was filled promptly and there was a lot of laughter. As we left I gave our server a decent tip for all her help.

The desserts were terrific and I would recommend anyone who visits Huntsville visit this place for the food and for the sweet treats you end up with. Quite honestly, it was wow! We had 5 different cakes, and each one was amazing. German chocolate, carrot cake, Italian lemon, 7 layer chocolate, and cheesecake were all over the top.

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes dessert is great, and sometimes it is better than great! Enjoy some when you can, and have fun every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and yummy!

Sweet…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was, well, wow. I did not have a camera but I watched a magnificent sunset with shades of crimson and gold descend through a sea of clouds flashing lightning as thunder shook my truck. IT was, well, wow.

Ever notice how some things in life are super sweet no matter how you see them? There are just those amazing moments that you will remember for all time. Your first kiss, your best kiss, graduating, kids, and a lot more.

This week I have been spending time with Bradley, my grandson, and he is on the list now of wonderful things that I will never forget. It is obvious to most that these special times will affect you forever. Make these moments amazing, be there all you can.

So as the sun sets on another day, wow, what a great sunset. Make every day like this day, spectacular, and enjoy your time, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and grandsons are pretty cool…

A solution for all…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wet, moist, and cloudy, but I knew that far above the skies were full of color, so I smiled anyway. Lightning flashed and the sky poured, but I smiled anyway. In the end, it was good.

I was speaking to a young man today and as I listened he made a bold statement. He was working on an issue and instead of fixing his code, he was taking the time to fix the entire issue so that everyone would benefit from it. I listened and I smiled at the wisdom.

You might say I did too much smiling today but this was big. Imagine a world where people listened. Imagine a world where people fixed the mistakes before them. Imagine a world where the solution was built to help everyone and not just one or two people. The idea is good, very good.

After my call I considered for a while. Not because I had to, but instead because I try to write about this often and in the process try to tell people it is bigger than their perspectives. It is a huge change to thinking. After all, it is thinking about more than just your perspectives and instead thinking about making something good for everyone by doing the right thing.

It is funny. Some people will read this and think one thing, and some another, but the reality is simple acts of kindness without regard to politics or ways of thinking help everyone. We do not have to give up who we are to make the world a better place, only notice that we are part of something bigger. We have to recognize a problem and do something to help, no matter how small, and the act alone will help us all.

So as the sun sets on another day, imagine a better world, one step at a time. Imagine all the things you could do, and along the way, spend some time doing them. Take your imagination and make it real, and that reality may well be a step in an amazing direction. You can be part of change if you only try.

Sleep sweet, love life, and pay attention…

Up up and away…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset. A mass of wave/particle light diffused through cloud and dirt and other nonsense to become an amazing lightshow and in the process, unifying others with a common awe inspiring sight.

I watched the sky for a while today and as always was fascinated by the things I saw. I am always fascinated by birds and all the creatures who can fly, and by our meager attempts to do the same. I watched above as a plane flew overhead, and thought of the magnificence of it all.

We live in a world filled with wonder and enhanced by the limits of our imagination. If you could see the world through my eyes you would see a world where every day, no matter how it starts, is filled with possibilities and amazement.

It took a lot to get me here. It may come as a surprise that the biggest reason I find a way to be positive is because of the negative. It came from times growing up that were horrible. It came from seeing death close up. It came from being without a home in the cold and finding a path. It came from finding love and losing it over and over, even when it could have been there no matter what. It came from pain every day, and disappointment in others. It came from believing in some people that I should not have, and not believing in others I should have. Somewhere in the middle of it all I found that every day was more than a gift, it was a part of a spectacular adventure. My only limitation was me

A great many people can find a path to happiness through happiness. When they do they know what they love and push to hold onto it. I found my path to happiness through realizing that there can be low times, and that I could overcome them not because of the negatives, but in spite of them. Everyone can find the way that works for them if they only look.

When you realize that negatives are there and take that step to move past them, very little can bring you down. Then it is just a matter of lifting others up if you can.

Does this sound familiar? Do you overcome your negatives or do you set them aside and focus only on the positives? Do you find a way, or hold on to less than you could have daily? Can you see more? Do you want more? Maybe it is time to take more.

So as the sun sets on another day, maybe there are things to overcome daily. It depends on you, but if you realize that nothing can bring you down but you, you can rise above and find a way to overcome anything you want to overcome. Find that key, find your own way, but find a way that works for you, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and up up and away…

Sunday Reviews: The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror

Sundays are for book reviews

The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror by Various Authors

☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

To say I have a lot of books on horror and horror movies would be an understatement. Almost like saying I have a lot of horror movies. That is a given. When I saw this book I was a little excited, but expected the same old approach to telling the stories, or worse, a modernized approach I have seen in many books that show a complete lack of understanding of the movies they speak about, and less understanding about horror.

In my opinion the authors offered some real positives and a place to go, but bit off more than they could easily chew, and in the process lost some of the magic they could have captured in a smaller group. They mention a lot but do not offer the substance and expect the reader to take them at their word, and not look further. An example is a section which mentions Poe and some of his great accomplishments, but only outlines what is there, and gives it no meaning.

On the other hand, and yes, there is a positive, are the crisp and unique timelines within the book that give readers a place to look, research, and find more. It is in this area I think the book shows value and here I think if you want a place to start, this is a good one. With that in mind, don’t expect depth, but expect a starting point and a fun little romp through fantasy and horror.

Giving 4 of 5 stars mostly because of the subject and timelines.

A Slice of Fear…

The sun sets on another day…

You know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My children and I made it fun and scary every year and pushed the envelope in our neighborhood while they were growing up. It is not that we scared kids, well, we did sometimes, but we scared more adults.

If you like this thrill and excitement of fear. Consider my book, A Slice of Fear, and if you enjoy it send me a snapshot of your purchase and I will send you a link to an audio clip for fun. After all, we all need a little scary in our lives.

You can get a Slice of Fear here!

So as the sun sets on another day, lots of excitement getting ready to drop. I like it all the time, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and read books!

Blind spots…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was fantastic, and I was lost in a few moments of introspection as the sun passed in the western sky.

Today I almost saw a moment of disaster. Almost.

Two cars were in front of me as I was driving a big truck, and both decided to swing into another lane that was already occupied, each others. What followed was a lot of jerking back and forth until both cars were back in their lanes, and unsure of what happened. Both slowed down, and both were obviously shaken. Neither saw each other.

Neither saw each other, neither was looking. They were in blind spots. They teach us always to be aware of our blind spots, but more so to be aware that there are always blind spots and to be wary.

We have blind spots in life too. We trust or don’t trust. We believe ourselves, or doubt ourselves, but all sorts of things get lost and we don’t see them coming until it is too late or at the last minute. At that point we swerve and hopefully right ourselves.

All I am suggesting is keep your eyes open, literally and figuratively, and watch for the next person.

So as the sun sets on another day, life is full of amazing twists and turns. Along the way we sometimes miss what’s coming at us. Know where your blind spots are, and think about them occasionally, it may help. Find a clear path, and make it as happy as you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry on…

A matter of honor…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was well hidden, mostly because I was wandering around with appliances and 2 wheelers. When I saw the colors I could only smile and enjoy what was left, happy with what I could see.

I think a lot about honor. Honor as defined is to regard or treat someone with respect, recognition, or admiration. Honoring your father or mother becomes a genuine lesson in seeing past their faults to who they are, and what they have done for you. Honoring a veteran is showing that you appreciate what they have given you, a sacrifice far beyond what many will give. You can use this word in many ways and it comes back to respect.

What about everyone else? Sure, you can honor someone special, but do you honor those you do not know? Do you hold someone in high esteem that you may not know well enough to see in high esteem. Do you honor those who bring you food, those who teach, those who do little directly for you, but still are there in your life?

I would say “yes” not because they deserve it, but because you do. Yes, you deserve to honor others so you can be honored yourself. This is an opinion based on seeing past the day to day and realizing if you cannot honor others, how can they honor you?

Another who cares, right? Well, maybe not.

I have honored a lot of people that deserved it, and honored many people who do not. When people understand that you honor them, I believe they usually honor you as well. It is not always true, but it should be.

I have honored many, and it is true I have dishonored some people. I have been honored, and I have been dishonored. Still, I will try to take the high path and realize that there is often more than meets the eye and the complexities of people shift the balance of honor each day. Still, try to do what is best for others, and for you.

So as the sun sets on another day, this is a million day debate. Define honor to yourself, and live for the highest form of honor, loving someone without expectation, even if it hurts sometimes. Believe every day can be amazing and it will be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love all you can, and be yourself…

Whispers in the wind…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was clear again, crisp and beautiful, and it called out a little as the waves crashed on the glittering sand.

I remember an old commercial. “If you want to capture someone’s, whisper.” I also remember the books “Whispers” by Dean Koontz. Two very different whispers indeed. I thought about whispers last night as I listened to the waves far away from my house and the constant white noise of the whispering crashes on the rocks and sand. The sounds are magnificent and mesmerizing.

Are you listening? Do you hear the whispers when someone speaks them to you? How do you feel about whispers? Do they make you feel amazing or do they chill you to the bone? Everyone reacts in a different way.

For me a whisper is a reason to listen.

When I was young I had two friends that were consistent. Since we moved so often I was never anywhere long enough to really make friends, but I spent my summers in Big Rapids with my Grandparents, and there I met two great guys. We had so much fun in the woods, the swamp, and just being kids. We played army from time to time and I remember the whispers when we were getting close. Whispers were excitement, and preparation, and being alert. I laugh still when I hear whispers and to this day think about the games I played a long time ago.

So as the sun sets on another day, what is in a whisper? You are! Each day is an amazing journey into a great things. A whisper can lead the way. Laugh a little, smile when you can, and whisper every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and what is that whisper?

If you look…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was impressive and amazing, and the clear sky gave way to shining colors on the horizon. It was peaceful and sublime.

A movie once said “If you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.” Numerous books and movies portray the good in man, and how if we look we will find it. So which is it?

I have found that it is true, both things. That we will find whatever we look for in man, good or evil, and that it is there in all of us. Sometimes people are less than open to think of bad, or good, and it is important for us all to start seeing what is there.

There is a short story in an upcoming anthology that has a unique message. “…a monster is not how someone looks but is instead defined by the power of their actions and the trail they leave behind…” and I believe that a good person is defined the same way.

So what trail are you leaving? Is it a good trail with powerful positives, or not so good with difficult twists and turns, and battered souls in your wake. Only you can decide how to make your life, but I hope you find a path that works well. I hope you find your way. Not anyone else’s way, but the way that works for you.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope today is the best day of your life so far, and look for the positives each day. I am sure you will find them, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and good things will come…