The People of Walmart song and video

You may see a few of these folks while you’re hitting The Walmart for those great Memorial Day sales!  BTW – I’m a The Walmart shopper.  It’s like retail crack.  You can’t resist it once you’ve had a taste of cheap goods at even cheaper prices.

The artist here is Jessica Frech and you can buy the song on iTunes.

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Book Five of the Oz Chronicles: The Last Creyshaw (First 40 words)

After seeing a couple of comments from readers of the Oz Chronicles today, I realized I have neglected the topic on the blog for too long.  I wanted to get through Two Notch before I even thought about it.  I just did my last reading for Two Notch before I send it out to my agent, so I guess I can give Book Five some blog time.  It’s tentatively titled The Last Creyshaw.  Oz Chroniclers will know what a Creyshaw is so I won’t bother going into it.  The synopsis is done.  Meaning it has a beginning, middle and an end.  I just have to fill in the hundreds of pages of details.  But here is the first 40 words (which could change by the time it’s ready to publish).

They surfaced.  Dug their way out of the ground and killed one of us.  My gut ties in knots every time I think about it. We were all there, but there was nothing we could do.  Nothing. He was dead.

I know it’s not much, but Book Five is now officially underway. I’ll keep you posted.

God’s invisible Rapture

Harold Camping - Scaring stupid people since 1961

Oy, Harold Camping is annoying.  The “minister” (and I use that word loosely) who infamously predicted the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011 is now saying it did happen.  We’re just not spiritual enough to know it.  God is way too cool to use earthquakes and other natural disasters to bring about the destruction of the human race.  His new thing is the invisible Rapture. 

I personally think God is rolling his eyes right about now and muttering “Seriously?” to himself.  The really sad thing is that no matter how many times Camping is wrong there are a small number of people that are going to believe him and throw money at this idiot so he can continue to be wrong.   

If Camping is representative of the kind of people God is going to call up during the Rapture, I volunteer to stay behind. 

Rapture Predictor Harold Camping: Apocalypse Rescheduled for October 21

Tennessee lawmakers make South Carolina legislature look good

As a resident of South Carolina, I’d like to personally thank God for Tennessee politicians.  They’re so wacko they make our elected officials look sane.  In a move that flies in the face of the U.S. Constitution and insults the very idea of freedom, a state senator by the name of Stacey Campfield has introduced and maneuvered a bill through the senate that, if passed in the house, will make it illegal to mention homosexuality in any public school’s curriculum.

Apparently, Campfield has a deep burning desire to teach the young people of Tennessee how to trample on the civil rights of other Americans who don’t live a lifestyle he approves of.  Let’s not kid ourselves, he’s an anti-gay activist that is on a crusade to stamp out what he considers an affront to God. 

Denying another human being’s right to openly love the person of their choice is an affront to God. This is a law that will make young people already confused by their sexuality feel shame and self-loathing for how they feel.  It’s a law that panders to bigotry, and gives homophobics justification to spread their message of hate.     

Actor and gay activist George Takei has gotten behind the anti-“Don’t Say Gay” movement and is offering an alternative to the word gay so the young people and educators of the state of Tennessee can speak freely about homosexuality without making themselves criminals.  It sounds idiotic, but sometimes it’s the only way to beat idiots at their own game.

If you want to get involved to help defeat the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, join the Tennessee Equality Project.

Fire and Rice and Everything Nice – An Original Recipe

I love playing around in the kitchen and creating almost as much as I love to sit down and write a good story.  My favorite is spicy, spicy, spicy foods.  It’s not for everybody, but it adds kick and flavor to basic meals.  Here’s a little something I came up with this past week.

Fire and Rice and Everything Nice

1 cup of uncooked rice (I prefer organic brown rice)

1 Jalapeño pepper (finely chopped)

1 Habanero pepper (finely chopped)

2 garlic gloves  (minced)

1 Roma tomato (finely chopped)

½ cup finely chopped pineapple

1 slice deli ham finely chopped

½ cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups chicken stock

I throw all the ingredients into my rice cooker and follow the normal instructions for cooking rice, but if I didn’t have the cooker, I’d throw it in a pot and cook it according to the instructions on the rice. 

Top the above off with homemade guacamole and canned black beans. Here’s how I prepare the guacamole.

Guacamole

3 Avocados (skinned and deseeded)

¼ cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 Roma tomato (finely chopped)

1 Jalapeño pepper (finely chopped)

½ teaspoon salt

Lime juice from one lime

Mix the Avocado in a bowl until it’s a chunky, sloppy green pile.  Toss in the other ingredients and mix until evenly blended.

It’s easy to prepare and it is food that will make you sweat!  Love it!