Welcome to “THE CHOICE, the Unexpected Heroes” Blog Tour! @gmplano @4WillsPub #RRBC

It’s my pleasure today to welcome author Gwen Plano back to Words To Captivate. Gwen is not only a good friend and former colleague but she is also an excellent wordsmith and storyteller. This post will serve to highlight her newly released novel “THE CHOICE, the Unexpected Heroes” and tell you about the author. Please give Gwen a warm welcome here today.

Edward W. Barrett, the former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University made the claim, “Above all, one seeks the attitude of ruthless fairness, of reporting what he dislikes as honestly as what he likes — in short, true intellectual integrity.”

The scene: Documents related to the cabal were sent digitally to journalism departments at key universities across the United States and abroad. Also sent was an invitation to a debriefing at the base. In the following exchange writer, Julie Underwood addresses students and their questions.

Students line up and approach the mic. Ms Underwood asks that they begin by introducing themselves and identifying their college.

“Raymond Augustine from the University of Connecticut. You sent the evidence to journalism departments. Why?”

“First of all, you must have taken a redeye flight to get here, Ray. Thank you for doing so. To your question, I sent the information where I did because students are naturally investigative. They question, they search, and they want to cover a real story. This is a REAL story. This is what a story looks like when not fed to you. It is raw, scary, and potentially life-threatening. Just yesterday, a crucial player in this cabal was murdered while behind bars. The Lion made sure the man could never speak. However, we made sure that you and objective reporters would see the evidence. If someone tries to change the facts, you will know it, and you will remember this day.”

“James Ahern, NBC News. Ms Underwood, don’t you think you’ve exaggerated things, maybe come to misleading conclusions?”

“Mr Ahern, in what way do you believe I exaggerated? As I stated, close to two-dozen people have died. Executed. All associated in one way or another with the Lion. Tell me, how do you imagine that anyone inflated this story?”

“It’s just a question.”

“Who paid for you to travel here today, Mr Ahern? What are your marching orders? Would you like to share?”

Students start to yell at James Ahern, and Security Forces move closer to the stands. Admiral Parker walks to the mic. “Could we have quiet, please.”

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BIO:

Growing up in Southern California, Gwen Plano loved learning. She earned four degrees and taught and served in universities and colleges across the country and in Japan. Now retired, she is focused on writing. Gwen’s first book, Letting Go into Perfect Love, is a memoir. Her second book, The Contract, is a thriller co-authored by John W. Howell. Gwen lives in the Midwest with her husband, and when she is not writing, she is travelling, usually to see one of her four children and many grandchildren.

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy, Lucy, and Bailey Have a Restful Day

John W. Howell shares another great episode with his three furry kids – an episode to which I can relate!

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Lucy, Bailey, Twiggy

“How about a game of fetch, Twiggy?”

“Not so sure. Let me jump on the couch.”

“Um if Lucy will play I will play.”

“Okay. Let’s see what Lucy says.”

“Hmm. A little late I would say.”

“How about Bailey?”

“A little late there too Dad.”

“Okay no fetch. What else?”

“How about we see who can keep their eyes closed the longest.”

“Hey, that’s a trick parents play not the other way around.”

“Fraid you lose, Boss.”

“I wasn’t playing.”

“Go ahead and work on your post, Dad. I’ll just catch a few winks.”

“You guys need to be doing something other than sleeping.”

“How about I test this fine couch. I’ll give you a full report.”

“That is not exactly what I had in mind.”

“I can tell you this bed is first rate.”

“I’m sure Twiggy. I’m sure.”

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U.S. Isolationism: Then and Now — A Guest Post by John Fioravanti

Jill Dennison is hosting a post I wrote about the impacts of US Isolationism. Thank you, Jill!

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Earlier this week, after Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly, and later the Security Council, I asked our Canadian friend, John Fioravanti, if he would be interested in doing a guest post from the perspective of how Trump’s “America First” isolationist policy will affect the rest of the world.  He did me the honour of accepting my request, and so, without further ado, I turn this stage over to John …


U.S. Isolationism: Then and Now

john fioravantiI thank Jill Dennison for her generous invitation to host me on her amazing blog site. Every day I read and enjoy Jill’s posts because she always gives her readers food for thought. I hope my offering below will do the same.


Those of us living outside the USA know how dangerous American isolationism is to world peace and prosperity. The current Trump administration is determined to turn the clock back more…

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy, Bailey, and Twiggy Try Soccer

John W. Howell gifts us with another delightful story about his three furry kids.

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“What do you want to do today, Twiggy?”

“Gosh, I don’t know Lucy. It is so hot. Let me go over to Bailey and ask her.””

“What about you, Bailey?”

‘Well Little Stuff, I was looking forward to a little sun and a nap.”

“Sun and a nap, Bailey? That’s all you ever do.”

“Aw come on. I do other stuff. Where you going?”

“Be right back.”

“We could play leapfrog, Bailey. Watch my long jump.”

“Very impressive, Little Potato, but I don’t think Lucy will do it.”

“Do what?”

“Play leap frog.”

“Look Bailey. I’m making a face.”

“Well, you have that right. No dignity in that game for sure.”

“Come on Bailey. This is a funny face right?”

“Yeah, Land Hippo it is.”

“Where did this soccer ball come from.”

“I threw it there.”

“Oh, Boss I didn’t see you there on the porch.”

“You guys need some…

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Look The Other Way …

Jill Dennison rails against apathy in the face of criminal acts and injustices. It is time to stop looking the other way!

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How, we ask ourselves, did a sexual predator with a volatile temper and no knowledge of how government works, become the president?  How is this possible in what was once among the freest nations on earth?  Quite simple … we all have preconceived notions of what we want, and if something stands in the way of achieving those goals, we simply … look the other way.

A nominee for Supreme Court justice refuses to answer questions, is caught lying during his confirmation hearings and then is accused of having sexually assaulted one or more girls during his early years.  The republicans have been ordered by Donald Trump to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, regardless.  What to do, what to do?  Look the other way.

The human race, as well as most other living creatures, is on a collision course with disaster unless we make some tough choices in the very near future. …

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy is Worried

Another adorable episode by John W. Howell starring Lucy, Bailey, and Twiggy.

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Lucy

“So Lucy. What’s going on?”

“I’m a little worried, Boss.”

“What about?”

Bailey

“Baily’s over there rolling around on the grass not paying attention.”

“Paying attention to what?”

“She’s supposed to be watching Twiggy.”

“Now look. She is actually laying down.”

“I’m sure everything is fine.”

“You don’t understand the dangers, Boss. I’m going over there.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Bailey. Get up.”

“Gee Lucy. What’s the problem?”

“You’re supposed to be watching Twiggy. That’s the problem.”

“Lucy. She is right behind me. If anything came in here, I would be on it like a duck on a Junebug.”

“Have you done the fence line? Have you scouted the perimeter?”

“Well, no. I see no need.”

“No need? How many coyotes does it take to get over this fence?”

“Okay, I’ll bite. How many?”

“Just one. One is all it would take. How surprised would you be if one jumped in here?”

“Lucy we’ve not had a coyote jump…

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A little Personal – Lucy and Twiggy at Play

Another entertaining post featuring John W. Howell’s furry kids, Lucy and Twiggy at play.

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Lucy and Twiggy

“So, Twiggy. You called?”

“Yes, Dad I did. Lucy has my key chew toy and won’t let me have it.”

“Well, Y’all know toys are to be shared so you two work it out.”

“Well, I guess calling the boss didn’t do much good.”

“I had to try. Are you going to share the keys with me?”

“Of course I will share.”

“So here are the keys. You want them?”

“How about we play hunter and prey?”

“Looks like you’re already done in.”

“Ha. I was just fooling. I’ve got the keys now.”

“You know Twiggy it is risky trying to fool someone three times your size.”

“Like I said it’s risky and so now I have the keys.”

“You did teach me a lesson, Lucy. I can see you are not easily fooled.”

“Don’t forget that I have also been around a while. Bailey tries everything she can to…

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