Day: November 3, 2021

Cloud Dwellers (A Short Story)

A Virginia Writer's Diary

We’ll never know who did it. Who cast the spell and brought the fog. It rolled in as we slept, before the dawn, gray and viscous, a blanket of cool and damp. It slithered over the grass and in the trees, and curled itself into every little nook, cranny, and corner.

Life was quiet on the Mountain. That’s why we came. That’s why we built our homes and planted our gardens and settled here. High above the rest of the world, away from the noise and the hurry, we could live in peace, with no one but birds and bears and deer to judge us, and nothing but trees and stars and each other for company. This we wanted – this easy, quiet, slow turning of the days, this peaceful time together, this chance to build something better than we’d had before. We were all grateful for this place and…

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Strange Hwy: Short Stories

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Blurb:

If you ever find yourself on the Strange Hwy—don’t turn around. Don’t panic. Just. Keep. Going. You never know what you’ll find.
You’ll see magic at the fingertips of an autistic young man,
•A teen girl’s afternoon, lifetime of loss.
•A winged man, an angel? Demon—?
•Mother’s recognition, peace to daughter.
•Danny’s death, stifled secrets.
•Black man’s music, guitar transforms boy.
•Dead brother, open confession.
•First love, supernatural?—family becomes whole!
You can exit the Strange Hwy, and come back any time you want.
See, now you know the way in, don’t be a stranger.

My Take:

I am a super fan of this author. Beem Weeks just has a magical way of telling a story. Strange Hwy: Short Stories is another brilliant collection. Each story captures characters engaged in the simple act of living life. But these stories do not go where you believe they are heading. There is…

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Scenes of a Reclusive Writer & Reader of Mumbai: Essays

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Blurb:

“I am a recluse and I love books more than I love people.” – So begins Fiza Pathan, the self-proclaimed Reclusive Writer and Reader of Mumbai. In this charming collection of personal essays, Fiza recalls important phases of her life, along with the books she was reading at the time and where she read them. Revealed along the way are Fiza’s personal struggles, from the father who didn’t want a girl child to the years she believed she wanted to be a nun to the college friends who shamed her for gaining weight.

Her greatest victories are found here as well, among them the publication of her first story, the request to autograph her most popular book by an author she admired, the start of her own publishing company, and the acquisition of her very own office-cum-writing hut. Within her stories, you’ll meet Fiza’s beloved Mama, editorial partner (and…

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A Wonderful Story of Love and Determination

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Book Blurb:

Carol Tucker travels the road of autism and cerebral palsy with her adopted son, Justin, now a young man who routinely astounds physicians with his achievements. She is a special-education teacher, recognized leader in children’s advocacy, and one of the founders of Florida’s first charter school for autism, where she served as director. Through photos and stories, bestselling author Karen Ingalls shares Carol’s journey, then offers a wealth of resources, teaching methods, school choices, and financial-assistance options. With Karen’s unique insight, Learning About Autism shows how one very determined mother and her family can rise above daunting challenges to thrive and find happiness.

My Review:

Rating: ★★★★★

“Learning About Autism” is a vital resource for the many families touched by autism. It is also the story of one particular family.

After raising two birth children, Carol and Allen Tucker made the decision to open their home to a…

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A Romantic Novella

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Book Blurb:

Ella has hit rock bottom. The only thing on her mind is getting home, but her car breaks down five hours away from her destination. She finds herself stuck in the unfamiliar town of Paradise Falls.

Instead of spending hours waiting on car repairs, Ella meets a local who invites her to help with the town’s Harvest Festival. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, she’s able to find joy in her favorite time of the year.

The few hours for car repairs quickly turn into an overnight visit, as Ella continues to enjoy the festivities. Her fondness of the town grows with each passing day, forcing Ella to make a difficult decision. Should she follow her heart or continue the plan she’s always had for her life?

My Review:

Rating: ★★★★★

Elle is a young journalist who finds herself stranded in a small town just shy of…

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‘He acted in self-defense,’ Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer says

https://youtu.be/0lqAswSuXek 'He acted in self-defense,' Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer says The defense lawyer in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, charged with killing two protesters and wounding a third man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said the 18-year-old acted in self-defense and that his actions were ‘reasonable.’

LIVE: British Prime Minster Boris Johnson takes questions in parliament

https://youtu.be/TMfFU4W7b5I LIVE: British Prime Minster Boris Johnson takes questions in parliament Lawmakers debate and vote on a recommendation by parliament's standards watchdog that former senior minister Owen Paterson should be suspended for 30 days for a serious breach of rules on paid advocacy.

Tension rise in Jerusalem over state budget; Iran lobbies Europe vs U.S. – TV7 Israel News 02.11.21

https://youtu.be/ueza0byhijI Tension rise in Jerusalem over state budget; Iran lobbies Europe vs U.S. - TV7 Israel News 02.11.21 Today’s top stories 02.11.21; 1) Tensions are rapidly rising in Israel as by the end of this week Jerusalem’s political stability is put to the test ahead of a looming deadline for a state budget.2) Prime Minister … Continue reading Tension rise in Jerusalem over state budget; Iran lobbies Europe vs U.S. – TV7 Israel News 02.11.21

Najaa (Full Song) | Sooryavanshi | Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rohit Shetty, Tanishk, Pav Dharia, Nikhita

https://youtu.be/cX6g4cbVBwI Najaa (Full Song) | Sooryavanshi | Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rohit Shetty, Tanishk, Pav Dharia, Nikhita Presenting Najaa Song from the movie #Sooryavanshi. Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez In association with Dharma Productions and Cape Of Good Films presents “Sooryavanshi”.Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and Rohit Shetty. Directed … Continue reading Najaa (Full Song) | Sooryavanshi | Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rohit Shetty, Tanishk, Pav Dharia, Nikhita

ഇന്തിരൻസ് ചേട്ടന് പടം കൊടുക്കണം അതാണ് എന്‍റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ ആഗ്രഹം | Juna Amazing Drawing | Deepika News

https://youtu.be/_peN_XF1Wbc ഇന്തിരൻസ് ചേട്ടന് പടം കൊടുക്കണം അതാണ് എന്‍റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ ആഗ്രഹം | Juna Amazing Drawing | Deepika News ജന്മസിദ്ധമായ കഴിവുകൾ കൊണ്ട് അച്ചടിച്ചതുപോലുള്ള വരകൾ നാട്ടുകാർക്ക് സമ്മാനിക്കുന്ന പ്രതിഭയാണ്ജൂണ ജോസഫ് എലിസബത്ത്. ഇൗ പ്രായത്തിൽ തന്നെ നല്ലൊരു സംഖ്യ വരുമാനമായി ഇൗ കൊച്ചുമിടുക്കി ഉണ്ടാക്കിക്കഴിഞ്ഞു. https://youtu.be/XFjriTyKF7o

Dream… Parents saw it Daughter Fulfilled it With Darsana | MEGHA B | NEET AIR – 511

https://youtu.be/bnIAg04_40M Dream... Parents saw it Daughter Fulfilled it With Darsana | MEGHA B | NEET AIR - 511 Darsana Academy, Best Entrance Coaching Center for NEET/AIIMS/KEAM - IIT/JEE aspirants. Managed by CMI Fathers.#DarsanaAcademy #DarsanaAcademy #NEET2021RESULTDECLARED #NEETTOPPERSDarsana AcademyEngineering Entrance CoachingBest Entrance Coaching CenterMedical Coaching Free Online videoNEET CoachingBest entrance coaching center in KeralaEntrance Coaching centerKottayamNEETJEEAIMS CoachingCMI … Continue reading Dream… Parents saw it Daughter Fulfilled it With Darsana | MEGHA B | NEET AIR – 511

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

I had read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders overcome by the hubbub of it winning the Booker Prize in 2017. Back then, I felt sour about spending a hefty amount over a book that wasn’t historical fiction in the true sense though it promised to be about Abraham Lincoln and his deceased son. … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

Of Rock and Water #nonet

Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire The bones of ancient mountains watch usHundreds of millions of years oldReminders of PangeaWhen the young Earth was oneSentinels of timeHigh granite wallsAlways therePlacidStillHear?Thunder!Clear white streakCrashing waterLiquid knife cuts throughNever ceasing turmoilSounds of rush and gloryIn an ever-changing rhythmLife blood of a breathing planetThe ancient land is always … Continue reading Of Rock and Water #nonet

Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Today we celebrate the Memorial of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls’ Day. It is a day to remember all of the holy souls who died with some stain of sin (not mortal) still on their souls and so must undergo purification in Purgatory before entering Heaven. They cannot pray for themselves, so … Continue reading Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Three Days in Purgatory

I’ve never really understood the concept of purgatory. As a Baptist, we routinely got a good helping of heaven talk and a big heaping portion of hellfire and damnation. But purgatory was a foreign concept. But now, I’m here to tell you it’s real. I just spent three days in purgatory and am completely reformed, … Continue reading Three Days in Purgatory

A short story : Jane and Joe

Originally posted on Eúnoia: “Did you sleep well?” he asked concerned “Yes I did.” “How are you feeling now?” “I’m much better. Please don’t worry,” she said, her voice soft “How can I not worry? I am your son.” “Son?” she asked confused. “You must go and rest. You just got discharged from the…A short … Continue reading A short story : Jane and Joe