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Matters of LIFE and DEATH

Episode #712 September 24, 2022 "Matters of LIFE and DEATH" is a collection of short stories by the writers' group Writers Anonymous. Your host, Ricki T Thues (AKA the iMentor) contributed four stories to this anthology.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=basMvtJQtqc Writers Anonymous is made up of classmates from the Servite High School class of 1971. Ten writers contributed stories dealing with life and death and near death experiences. Together, this group has applied their collective 700 years of experience to the writing of 30 captivating stories. Led by their classmate and editor, David Molina, this group of writers have acquired their...

Compassion

Episode #711 September 17, 2022 The Fairview fire near Hemet, California, grew quickly in the first day.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFwfe4Sjvmw A combination of 110° temperatures, extreme dryness, rugged territory and a chaparral which had not burned for many decades caused the fire to burn out of control. It rushed up the foothill canyons stripping the earth of all vegetation and life. The fire created its own ecology. Tornados of flame reached upward to 700 feet. Cumulous clouds were created by the smoke. Sadly, they were not rain clouds. The fire ran so fast that a family was overcome and burned alive...

Charity

Episode #710 September 10, 2022 The Smith family went out to a movie and dinner last week.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKN1O99Ei54   When they returned to the house, the father, Joe, noticed that the front door was unlocked. He motioned his wife, Mary, baby Billy and boy John back to the car. Mary locked the doors and started the car. Joe went quickly to the garage and retrieved a hand gun. He investigated around the side of the house. A side window was wide open. Joe finished his circle of the house, shining his phone flash light through the windows. The house...

Pages

Episode #709 September 3, 2022   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHN5xMBH_go Mike Parker was a typographer with Mergenthaler Linotype Company. He was known for bringing together more than 1000 typefaces in the worldwide Linotype font library. He was called the godfather of Helvetica. My friend Vic was a  professional graphic artist who became friends with Parker.  “In mid-1990, Parker, along with Victor Spindler, a professional graphic designer, founded Pages Software Inc to create a design-oriented desktop publishing software package.” — Wikipedia The company was founded in San Diego. Their building had a Pages logo on the outside. Vic and Mike traveled the country using...

How to write a book

Episode #708 August 27, 2022 Self-publishing a book is no small task. If you are not willing to spend hours of effort you might consider a main stream publisher.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1yfX6VnrSU If you use a publisher you might lose the ability to direct your art. The key advantage to self-publishing is control, everything is up to you. The disadvantage is that everything is up to you. It is a lot of work. I chose to self-publish my book, “Technically Human.” Here is what was involved: First, it had to be written. For “Technically Human” the writing process was spread over...

Concerts

Episode #707 August 20, 2022 I hate COVID. I especially hate the BA variation.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7TU1Hh_3U My wife and I are fully vaccinated. We have had all the boosters. Yet, the COVID BA variant surges across the nation, infecting even people with immunity. I am 69 and my wife is 68. We cannot risk contracting the COVID virus. The world, and especially the US, is so burned out on the pandemic that it yearns to be normal again. We have all let down our defenses. Groups are gathering. Families are having reunions. People are risking their lives for normalcy. ...