In two previous posts in this series Let’s Talk! I shared my concerns about shared issues that impact humanity all over the world. In Nationalism: Have We Outgrown It?I briefly discussed some pros and cons and concluded that nationalism no longer serves humanity. I put forward a suggestion in Global Rule: Is It Feasible? that a world government may well allow people worldwide to tackle our common problems more efficiently. Today, I’m highlighting the issue of gender equity that has plagued us throughout our history.
I was born in 1951 to a strong, intelligent woman. As well, I’m an older brother to another, husband to another, father to a daughter who is CEO of the Canadian operations of an international insurance broker, and I’m a grandfather to yet another self-assertive and intelligent female. All of my female friends are talented with strong personalities. With that introduction, the words that follow should come as no surprise. Continue reading “Why Do We Still Have Gender Issues?”
In 1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. In 1934 Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. In 1949 Federal Republic of Germany is established. In 1900 Forgotten Civil War hero honored. In 1960 Eichmann captured.
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* 1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.(On May 23rd, 1785 Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of the bifocal eyeglass—forever enabling librarians and old folks to see both close-up and far away (while remaining stylish and chic). Franklin came up with the idea because he was “getting old” and had trouble seeing both up-close and at a distance. He was tired of having to switch between different pairs of glasses, so he devised a way to fit both types of lenses into one frame. He placed the distance lenses at the top of the frame and the up-close lenses at the bottom. The term “bifocals” actually was not coined by Franklin and did not come about until 1824 when John Isaac Hawkins invented trifocal lenses—wow, that is a lot of glass. Franklin referred to his invention as the “double spectacle.” Bifocals are most commonly prescribed for those who suffer from presbyopia, which is a condition where the eyes progressively lose their ability to focus on objects that are near. The condition commonly first appears between the ages of 40-50. Franklin wrote to and assured many of his aging friends that his glasses could correct their vision and possibly even extend the later years of their life. Since the time of Benjamin Franklin’s awesome invention, billions of regular ol’ people have improved their lives through the use of bifocals.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 23rd”
Today is the birthday of author John W. Howell. What follows is a tribute to a man who is greatly loved and admired by his many friends.
It is May 22nd – Happy Birthday, John!
I have known John for almost three years and I can’t think of another friend that commands my respect like this man does. I met him online through Rave Reviews Book Club not long after I joined in July of 2014. Not only was I new to the club, but I was also totally inept in using Twitter which is the social medium of choice there. It was John who took pity on me and began to give me informal lessons to master “Twitterese” – a bastardized form of English. I learned – after a fashion.
Not long after I assumed the position of Producer of the club’s Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio shows, John joined us as a host of the SPOTLIGHT HONORS show. It turned out that John is a natural behind the mike after spending some time in his youth spinning records for a radio station. As we worked together, my respect and admiration for John grew. No matter what I asked of him, he stepped up and did an admirable job. Before long, he was also co-hosting the ASPIRE TO INSPIRE show with me and Gwen Plano. Then I decided to create a new show to showcase new members each month and John agreed to co-host with me on TAG TEAM 2-4-5. Eventually, John took over the scripting of that show and became its driving force. He is a joy to listen to and he has a knack for putting his guests at ease so they can make the most of their interview. He’s both generous and gifted.
No, I’m not done yet! John is a terrific author of thriller novels. His John Cannon trilogy, set in Port Aransas, Texas (where John lives), are wonderful reads that are hard to put down. If you haven’t read his books yet, I urge you to do so. I have provided the purchase links below. He takes his writing very seriously and strives to write 1,000 words per day… I wish I could match that!
John is also a prolific blogger on his website Fiction Favorites. He posts to a different series of blogs each day of the week, Sunday through Saturday, without fail. Fiction Favorites is popular with authors and readers alike because he brings his faithful followers a good dose of humor in most of his posts. I know that every day when I trek to visit his site, I’ll leave with a great big grin on my face. That is a cherished gift.
Not only is John multi-talented, but he is generous in his support for others. He works tirelessly to support other authors both within Rave Reviews Book Club and outside of it. Fortunately, I have been the beneficiary of his kindness on many occasions. So on this day, I thank God for bringing John W. Howell into my life as a friend and a mentor.
Here are the John Cannon novels. Just click on the book covers and they will take you to the Amazon pages where you can find out more about these exciting books!
John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to blow up the Annapolis Midshipmen on their summer cruise. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission.
America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.
The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.
The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs figured out a plan to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.
The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?
In 334 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus. In 1843 Great Emigration departs for Oregon. In 1455 The War of the Roses begins.In 2004 Controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 wins Palme d’Or. In 1958 Jerry Lee Lewis drops a bombshell in London.
* 334 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.(Alexander the Great crossed the Hellespont with his combined Macedonian and Greek forces and stepped upon the shores of Anatolia. His goal was simple: to defeat King Darius III, the last king of the Achaemenids, and conquer the vast Persian Empire. In May of 334 BCE, he had his first opportunity when he faced the Persians on the banks of the River Granicus. After receiving word from his scouts of the Persians’ location at Granicus, Alexander advanced towards the river; he had come to realize that he must defeat the Persians to gain the necessary resources to continue on his quest of conquering Persia. As the Macedonian forces neared the river, Parmenion, one of Alexander’s most loyal generals and commander of his left flank, advised Alexander they should wait until morning before attacking. Alexander replied, according to Plutarch, that it would “disgrace the Hellespont should he fear the Granicus.” The historian Arrian spoke of this encounter by saying that Alexander realized that the Persians did not fear him because they did not know him. Alexander rejected Parmenion’s plea, the battle would begin that afternoon but would last barely an hour. Although numbers vary among the various ancient sources, modern accounts number the Persians at 10,000 cavalry and 5,000 Greek mercenary infantry. Alexander’s forces numbered 13,000 infantry and 5,000 cavalry. One unique and problematic situation for the Persians was the positioning of their cavalry on the banks of the Granicus; the Greek mercenary infantry — 5,000 strong — was placed behind them. Some historians believe this idea cost the Persians the battle. The Persian cavalry could neither move forward because of the river banks nor pull back because of the location of the infantry. In addition, the one weapon unique to the Persians, the scythed chariot, was almost useless on the muddy riverbank. Was this a tactical error or pure arrogance? Together with the lack of true leadership — besides Memnon — the battle was lost before it was begun.)Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 22nd”
It’s Deaf Awareness Week, so as yours truly has cloth ears, I thought I’d do my bit to help with that awareness. I lost my hearing after having a baby and have to rely on hearing aids to hear. There’s more on that in this post here. However, even with hearing aids it’s a day to day struggle trying to hear sounds and conversations. What would help people like me, is if people were aware of the ways that would help us with our hearing issues (and in turn help you).
So, here’s my tips for when you’re with a deaf person:
– ensure you’ve got your deaf friend’s attention before talking to them – make sure you’re talking in their direction and don’t turn away in the middle of talking to them either. If you suddenly need to grab something that’s in a different direction to your friend-…
In 2004 Stanislav Petrov was given an award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983. In 1881 American Red Cross founded. In 1960 Huge earthquake hits Chile. In 1932 Earhart completes transatlantic flight. In 1990 – Lucien Bouchard founded the Bloc Québécois.
It’s Sleep-In Sunday! Did you know…
* 1990 – Lucien Bouchard founded the Bloc Québécois.(In yesterday’s post we saw the story about the Referendum in the province of Quebec that was sponsored by Premier Rene Levesque and his separatist political party, the Parti Quebecois. During that failed referendum, Lucien Bouchard worked hard to support the “Yes” side led by Levesque. Then Bouchard jumped into federal politics as a Progressive Conservative under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. By 1990, he lost faith in Canada and decided to rejoin the fight to take Quebec out of Confederation. Lucien Bouchard, Minister of the Environment in the PC government of Brian Mulroney, resigns from the Cabinet and Progressive Conservative Party; says government unwilling to compromise the Meech Lake Accord to secure its passage. Within weeks, he will gather a breakaway group of 5 Quebec-based Conservatives and 2 Liberal MPs, also angered by the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, in founding a new independent party, later named the Bloc Québécois, founded officially on June 15, 1991. The Bloc will win 54 Quebec seats in the 1993 federal election, becoming the Official Opposition in Jean Chretien’s new Liberal government. Now, Quebec separatists have two political parties working towards Quebec independence – the Parti Quebecois operating in Quebec provincial politics and the new Bloc Quebecois operating at the federal level in Ottawa. Only in Canada, eh!Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 21st”
Tina Frisco poses an excellent question for our contemplation. How best to react to the challenges of the curriculum of life? Join Tina as she leads us through a well thought out response to difficulties that vex us – and please, read on…
When faced with an inexorable problem where emotions run high, knowing what to do can be a challenge. Rational thinking becomes obfuscated, forcing us into a holding pattern of circular thought.
Anger wants to place blame on others. Obsession with fine points masks the big picture. Abject frustration insists we bury our heads in the sand. Emotions churn and become ill-defined. Focus obscures. Common sense derails. Indigestion, insomnia, or worse take up residence.
None of these gets us anywhere. All of them threaten our sanity and plunge us into a maelstrom of inimical emotion. What to do?
Taking in a few deep breaths is a good first step toward relaxing. Listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking a long bath are a few ways to ease the constriction felt in the midsection. Relaxing the body helps mitigate mental and emotional distress. We all know…
In 1920 – Canadian Marconi’s Montreal radio station CFCF broadcasts the world’s first scheduled radio show. In 1980 – Québec votes No by 59.56% to Lévesque’s referendum on sovereignty-association. In 1927 Spirit of St. Louis departs. In 1996 Supreme Court defends rights of homosexuals. In 1956 United States drops hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.
It’s Glorious Saturday! Did you know…
* 1920 – Canadian Marconi’s Montreal radio station CFCF broadcasts the world’s first scheduled radio show.(Canadian Marconi Company’s experimental radio station XWA hosts the first scheduled radio show in North America, and possibly in the world, broadcasting a music program from Montréal to a meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in Ottawa; became station CFCF on November 4, 1920, and is reputed to be the oldest radio station in the world. The first documented broadcast of entertainment by XWA to a general audience occurred on the evening of May 20, 1920, when a concert was prepared for a Royal Society of Canada audience listening 110 miles (175 kilometers) away at the Château Laurier in the capital city of Ottawa. This was part of a demonstration of the long range capabilities of radiotelephony arranged by Dr. A. S. Eve of the Royal Society, who was giving a lecture reviewing “Some Inventions of the Great War”. In Montreal, Canadian Marconi’s chief engineer J. O. G. Cann opened the broadcast with a series of announcements, including reading a sealed message previously sent by Dr. R. F. Ruttan, which was followed by the playing of phonograph records, beginning with “Dear Old Pal of Mine”. Also included was live entertainment featuring Dorothy Lutton, who sang “Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms” and “Merrily Shall I Live”. A Naval Radio Service station in Ottawa also participated, with officer E. Hawken singing “Annie Laurie”, along with the playing of phonograph records. The Ottawa transmissions were well heard at the Château Laurier but had difficulty being received in Montreal.)Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 20th”