What is your writing process?

Do you go for word count or time spent?

I lost 60 minutes!

Many of my friends and fellow bloggers want to be traditionally published.  Many work on a novel for years.  One book, years… I am blessed in that I can write fast and make cohesive stories with my’ process.’

I did the Nanowrimo thing, got the t-shirt, but it was my least favorite way to write.  I am more about the time investment than the word count.  If you are like me and have a full-time job, you probably cannot devote five or six hours a day to your writing.

That is perfectly okay, how much time can you devote?

The problem with many, and I am no exception is, ‘interruptions.’

The phone, people, asking me things, or even my ‘mews’ the cat all interrupt me.  I have decided that I am going to build a cabin on some lake property I have.  I am considering putting a quasi-tree house, where I can escape to the confines of my mind while away from the hustle and bustle of people, and things.

No phone, probably no internet, and a do not disturb sign on the door.

My process is usually late at night when the world is quiet. That is my time to play with my characters.

If you are like me and struggle with voices and POV, you can only do it correctly if you can ‘channel’ the character.  In one of my novels, ‘The land of my people.’ I channel a five-year-old.  Now, it has been a few years since I was five.  How would a five-year-old girl talk?  Now I have to jump into two twenty-five-year-olds male and female.  What does their voice sound like?  He is a descendant of American Indians, and those were just some of the challenges.

No, I don’t worry about the page count or the number of words, I worry about the time I put in the craft.

People talk about writer’s block.  Sit at your computer and put something down to fill up the white space.  You can always delete it later.  I will put down the craziest of ideas and usually modify them or delete them as I make my way through the second or twenty-second draft.

It is funny when you write your first draft, then go back and read it.  It is much like this little dance where you add and take away until you hone the characters and plot just so.

How many of you tonight are thinking about this damned Coronavirus?

Is that sucking the life out of your writing?

Do you realize we have an outbreak of some kind often? Ebola was the last scary one.

H1N1 was where we ended up with hand sanitizer everywhere.

I see people dumping on Trump for this.  Wow. If you want to blame someone, how about the lab in China that created this thing?

Wash your hands, and don’t take any airplane rides for a while.  Airlines are like a petri dish anyway.

Speaking of airlines, let me tell you a true story.

I used to travel a lot.  In my job, I was always at the airport waiting on planes.  On one trip I was flying stand by, I needed to get to New York as someone had called in sick, so I needed to make the presentation.

I sat next to two cadaverous, like people.  It was okay, I can be kind to anyone, and generally, I learn something.  This was back when they fed you on the plane.

The guy next to me was frail in his nineties.  His wife was nice about the same age, and both were so thin you could probably hold them up to the light and not need an x-ray machine.

He had ordered Spaghetti.

You already know where this is headed, don’t you?

I was dressed for a business meeting complete with dry clean everything.  On his second attempt, the tray flipped up and landed on me.

Never mind the expensive clothing that was ruined or the fact that I had no idea how I was going to resurrect this mess, but his wife, bless her heart, takes the cloth napkin rubbing this red sauce all over me.

It was unbelievable!

Once on the ground, I headed for Macey’s buying stuff off the rack before showing up late to my meeting.

What was one of your worst travel experiences?

I have many stories; on one, I saved the plane from crashing.  True story.

I hope you enjoy your time off and take care of yourself.  Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.  The virus is supposed to have a skin or shell that is made up of fatty material.  Soap will break down that shell destroying the virus.

They think it can last for days on surfaces, so I would avoid touching menus, keyboards, and payphones if they still have them.

Much love -TW

Russia set to liberate the US from Bernie Sanders and his Comrades. Film at 11

This sounds like a political blog, it’s not really. I am poking fun at communism and those who think it is a good thing.

This sounds like a political blog, it’s not really. I am poking fun at communism and those who think it is a good thing.

Would Russia have to stop an out of control Communist from taking the world’s economy down?

Do you realize that the world is tied together by its economy?  If ours were to fail, the worlds’ would fail.  Is that what the billionaires of the world are secretly up to?  Destroy the economics of the world as a whole to force a one-world government?  Millions would die, but they might actually pull it off.

Soros did single-handedly break the bank of England in 1992.
Perhaps that explains why Occupy and Antifa and other militant groups are funded by the likes of the boogie man. What would he gain by destroying the world’s economy?

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction.  As a science fiction writer, I think outside the box, and I must tell you that if you wanted to create a one-world government; that would be one way to do it.  A nasty man-made virus that killed off tens of thousands would be a nice distraction in the meantime, thank you China.

‘never let a crises go to waste…’

Look at the markets currently with just production in China being affected.  What would it take to change every country in the world? Only a few infected people who were on a mission from ‘God.’…Hop on a busy aircraft, and your job is done.

In this hyper-partisan rhetoric that we see on just about every news blast from CNN to MSNBC, they must think that we care.  Is she really part Indian?  Did Putin put in the fix?  Is there a difference between Socialism and communism?  Who was Lenin? What was that Marxist stuff anyway, what about more money for less work?  Why not pay everyone to just stay at home and play video games?  How much free stuff do I need to promise you to get your vote?

I am not a product of our current educational system.  Thank God!  I realize from speaking with people half my age, they were cheated in college, or they cheated their way through it.

With current examples of Socialism in the news, one would think they might know it is not a good thing.  These same people are trying to tell each other that there is a difference between Bernie’s idea of Socialism, and what is going on in Venezuela.  Yes, they are that deluded.  If you want to stock up on toilette paper, don’t worry about the coronavirus; worry about Bernie actually winning.  Worry about a bunch of entitled creatures who were taught they deserve everything, without lifting a finger to get it. Or, they deserve it if you worked for it because of some non-existent bias that you are accused of.  It is justified for them.

Worry about more paid protestors gumming up the works like they did in 2012.  Worry about people with billions of dollars to buy the white house, actually succeeding.

If Bernie wins, you will want Toilette paper, whiskey, and cigarettes because that will be what the currency will look like, until old Vladimir comes to the rescue.  Even he knows that Capitalism is the only way for a country to succeed.

Wouldn’t that be one for the history books? If the Russians have to come to save the USA from the likes of Bernie and his Antifa goons. Don’t laugh it off too quickly; there are radicals out there that think Capitalism is evil as they text each other on their thousand-dollar smartphones.

When Hitler was elected those Brown Shirt dudes were already there much like those Antifa dudes are lurking in the hallowed halls of disinformation.

I am going to assume that there are fewer of them, than those who have at least cracked open a history book, or possibly know people who have fled from countries like Venezuela. Think I am kidding, peruse Twitter.  Ignorance abounds.

So, listen up candidates, here is what we need from the government.

Firstly we need you to keep those with that virus out of the states or contained until such a time they are not a risk.

We need you to stop all the name-calling. We need you to calm down the hostility that you and your ilk have created in this country.  Go put on the gloves, hop in a ring, and the best two out of three is the Democratic candidate.  Be careful of Mike, he will hit below the belt, not that he means to, he is just vertically challenged. My money is on Tulsi, if she will stoop to your level.

Do you realize that a contest of this type would get more ratings for your propagandist networks, than all the debates to date? Hell, I would even watch. What would a boxing match between geriatrics look like?  Pink gloves and warm milk after they managed to climb into the ring?

For the real candidates, here is a punch list of what we need.

Keep the country safe from all forms of terrorists, both domestic and foreign.

Provide a fair and equitable tax code that allows anyone with the will to try, to have a reasonable chance to succeed.

Any government services that you provide, DMV for one, fix it, so it works.  I would actually make it private, so they would actually care about taking care of their clients.

I don’t think the government should be in the health care business period.

Provide infrastructure that allows products and people to get from point A to B in one piece.  Again toll roads seem to get built-in weeks and government projects take lifetimes.  Maybe you should buy the kind of cement the toll road people use or better yet, privatize the whole damned mess.  The one thing the government is efficient at is inefficiency.

Force Term limits on all politicians.  Once out of DC, they are no longer allowed to be active in politics, and that includes as a lobbyist.  Their one vote is all they get after that.

Stop talking, start doing.

You do your jobs, so we can do ours.  When the news comes on, I don’t want to hear about what politician is sleeping with whom, or how much they hate the other guy. In my book, you are all one step above pit vipers, and I am not too sure of the one-step. Stop wasting tax dollars on el toro de caca!

Guys, we work hard for that money. To watch you piss it away like it was foam on cheap beer is disgusting!

People, if you give the government more power, just think about every service they are in charge of now running like the DMV.  Spending days in line to get your damned driver’s license renewed only to finally get there and find you did not dot some I or cross some T.  Do you really want to turn that kind of inefficiency loose on health care, or Mike’s version of health care, which is ‘go home and die?’

This sounds like the stuff for a horror movie…

Yes, Bernie loves communism, and for the record, Pete’s father was a Marxist.   You would be better off with Mike than those two.  I, for one, would like to see Tulsi win.  I don’t agree with everything she says, but she is a patriot and not a Russian spy.  Pffft

A small update from Tuesday..

WTF?

Someone needs to write a blog about communism.  Nothing is free.  Someone pays for it and no, it is not the government.

-Cheers

For Mom

Three sons left home, said goodbye to their dear single mother, went out on their own and prospered. Then one day, revisiting together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly Mother on her birthday. They all loved her dearly, and each wanted more than anything to give her something she’d truly love.

The first said, “I built a mansion for our mother. 26 rooms and a huge back yard filled with trees and flowers. A house that is fit for royalty, and will give her all the space she never had.”

The second said, “Well I bought her a luxury car, and not just for her to drive, no. It comes with a private driver that’ll take her anywhere she wants to go She’ll never need to drive again, and he can help her carry heavy things back to the house.”

The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how Mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well anymore. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took the Elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”

The three agreed that all gifts were well thought out, and were sure their mother would be amazed and delighted.

Soon thereafter, their dear mother sent out her letters of thanks: “Milton,” she wrote the first son, “the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”

“Gerald,” she wrote to the second son, “I am too old to travel any more. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the car, my dear. And I must say the driver is quite rude!”

“Dearest Donald,” she wrote to her third son, “you were the only one to have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. That chicken was delicious!”

Open letter to Katie Hopkins @KTHopkins

Do you want government employees teaching your children about sex and gender identity?

For those of you who are not aware, the British government is considering the transgender narrative, (her words) force-feeding it down the throats of 4 and 5-year-olds in the UK.

Below you will find my response to her.  If you read my blogs or novels this should not be surprising.

Dear Katie,

I could spend an entire blog gushing about how great you are.  Truly, darling, I do think you are magnificent, and I wish you every success in the world.

I wanted to address your stance on the government-teaching children about sexual things, in specific the LGBTQ way of life.

We have a conundrum in our world, and that conundrum is the elephant in the room.  We have the internet, which is unfettered in countries, which are post 17th century.

I was involved with technology before Bill Gates purchased DOS for $5K and then licensed it to IBM per copy.  I was also around when Steve Jobs was still a criminal, selling blue boxes from his garage.   My point to this is; back then, our lives were much simpler.  We only had Hollywood to worry about infecting the minds of our citizens.  Even journalists back in the day were still journalists.

You would never have known that Walter Cronkite was a liberal, as he just reported the facts.  What a novel concept.

Young people with smartphones have more than a window into propaganda. These devices are also a portal into the underbelly of the internet, where women who rail against objectification, pose nude on webcams for money.  I use the word pose loosely, as they are actually performing for their “tips.”

As soon as mommy or daddy give the child any sort of device connected to the internet, the infection begins. I could say indoctrination, but it is more like cancer than brainwashing.

While Stalin was correct when he said the most potent weapon in war is the written word, that lesson has been lost on society as a whole.  Tearing down statues is only one step away from book burning. History will be lost. History is now mailable, as it is now wiki something or other, and can change with a keystroke. If megalomaniacs like Stalin had the internet, what damage could they have done?

We are finding out as the social media giants are now the megalomaniacs with delusions of grandeur. They know better than you or I what is relevant for the world to know and that is where the bulk of the news comes from.

Progressive networks parrot the same talking points, and the kids hear enough of it to nod, listen, and regurgitate the relative disease filled talking points as if they were indeed the gospel.  AOC is a perfect example of the brainwashed generation that will soon take the reins of society.

“God Help Us!”

If you have listened to her brainless rhetoric for more than five minutes, you realize what a sad state we are in.

Since the internet is rife with “adult” situations, what are we to do?  Children have no clue how to process this information, never mind the LGTBQ ideology.  How can they even grasp common decency with the warped world view being cast upon them?

While I agree with you that, the government is probably least qualified to address the issues of sex, one good thing is happening.  People are talking about it.

I noticed that the Church of England no longer requires Sunday service.  Is this too a sign of the times?

Is church the standard bearer for common decency or are they now irrelevant as they don’t embrace the progressive agenda being foist upon the world?

I am certain my cousin, Winston Churchill is spinning in his grave.  I too weep for the UK and worry for the US, as many feel like the UK is a model for what we should be doing.

When journalists are activist, and Actors are militant, we as a society, lose.

Keep ringing the bell my Darling.  I too feel like that lone voice in the night, but I hope the silent majority will soon be quiet no more.

Much Love -TW

 

Holiday Nightmare

So boys and girls, in my humble opinion, don’t have this in your house! 

If you are like me, we drag out the decorations from the basement, attic or closet and begin the task of deciding what we are going to do.

Some of us might get things from the internet thinking it is easier to buy new stuff, than store it.

A newly acquired strand of decorative fairy lights was already in place when one of the strands did not work.

Not only am I a writer, and a forensic technologist, but I am also a fair engineer. Admittedly, I can figure out why a string of lights did not work.

So boys and girls, in my humble opinion, don’t have this in your house! 

Ok, now this is not fluff, what I am going to share with you could spare you a house fire, or worse.

These things came directly from China, most probably through Amazon.

Examining the strings of lights, I found no broken wires.  That was my first suspect, as those are the things that are moved around the most.  It would be relatively easy to dislodge a connection.

Taking a look inside the control box, caused me to gasp audibly.

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If you look at the tiny circuit, you will see that there are no fuses anywhere.

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The two wires on the right are indeed the 110 volts only a slight hair away from each other.  The thin wire, if shorted would light up like a Christmas tree, as it turned white hot.

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Yes, that is your 110 with no fuses anywhere.

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Poorly engineered will most certainly cause a fire if it malfunctions.

I wanted to reverse engineer the rest of it to discover what the voltages were on those other strands, but since there are no fuses, I suspect any kind of short could be catastrophic.

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This is all of it, three transistors, a bridge rectifier, and one lone capacitor and two resistors.  There is some kind of control circuit with a dab of epoxy on it to make things blink.

 

Take a look around your house, and see if you or your kids have such things.

If they do, make sure that the UL label is on them.

This crap from overseas is so poorly engineered; I doubt that they have them in their own houses.

Examine the pictures for your amusement, and then take action to make sure you don’t have anything like this in your house.

If you are of a mind to share this with your friends, and family, you might save a house, a Holiday or a life or two.

Much Love- TW

 

Oh, and have a Wonderful, Safe and Happy Holiday!

What if Donald Trump had been a Democrat ?

Would we be more pleasant with one another? I wonder.

 

Tearing the fabric of our country to pieces is a process, and it starts at the top.

If you can observe without getting emotional, one can learn plenty.  When your emotions are triggered objectivity is lost, and the end result will close poorly.

History is fraught with example after example of how evil behavior leads them into war.  Today we have given the most juvenile troublemakers a megaphone, and those miscreants can hide behind a pseudonym while spewing their hate filled venom.

Some of this propaganda is coming from outside of the US.  There are reprobates in other countries who use their power of the pen (keyboard) to inject hate into an already inflamed situation.

Dialing back the rhetoric, if you talked with everyday folks who are not glued to The View or CNN or Fox News or those horrible night time activist, you would quickly learn that everyone wants the same things.

  • A Safe country
  • A nice place to live and raise their family.
  • A job that pays a reasonable salary
  • Entertainment without politics
  • Good affordable healthcare
  • Sensible energy and food cost
  • An economy that works for the American people first.

I am confident that I am missing things in this list, but the point is we all basically want the same things.  This same list would apply to the folks in Russia, Africa, the UK and of course our good friends down under.

Now imagine if Trump were a Democrat.

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Stirring up emotions is what they do. What if they tried spreading some love instead of hate? Would people watch? Do we watch them so we can feed our hate demons?

CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, The View, and late night comedians (activist, including Bill Mahar) would be singing his praises.

They would all be talking about his accomplishment and how feckless the Republicans were.

Even If President Trump were a feckless moron, the MSM would be defending him and calling out the naysayers as evil pawns for the antagonist (insert Russia or pick a country.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saint Petersburg

Trump, however, has decided to Run on the Republican side of things.  This made it easy for the MSM and their toadies to launch a full out assault on him.  Their rhetoric did not stop there, however; they took it several steps past the politicians, and they went for the supporters of Trump.  They cut off their proverbial lifeline to sanity and went after every day mom and pop and their children.

Now we have a personal attack on half the country by people whose gravy train with biscuit wheels is being threatened.

“If you become rich as a public servant you are a crook.”

Without too many exceptions that statement you can take to the bank.

 

Why is it that the wealthiest counties in the whole country are around DC?  Even the lamest most math-challenged individual out there can put this formula together.

This animus created by people who are not looking very far down the road is resonating with people.

The first people this resonates with are people who are not that well informed.  They hear snippets here and there of the propaganda, and it sinks in.  CNN pays good money to have all the airports play their propaganda 24X7 at all the airports.

Why?

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This is straight out of Pravda. Control the media to control the people!

Why would you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to airports to play your news channel?  They could make the argument it is for their advertisers, but you would have to be a fool to believe that is the only reason.

98% of their coverage of this president is negative.  Even with the recent North Korean Summit and pathway towards peace in Korea, they put a negative spin on it.  Those that sit hours on end in the terminals hear this propaganda over and over.

They then go to their end destination and most probably parrot what they heard.

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This is worthy of the Nobel Prize and CNN and others are calling it lame and foolish. They went so far as to say that KIM is taking our president as a fool.

 

Had Trump been a Democrat we would hear how wonderful he is, and I am sure that Fox news would be dissing him.

This my friends and fellow Americans is where we find ourselves.

Where does all the animus come from and what effect does it have on normal Americans, you know the Deplorable.

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This is a sad way for his career to end. Keep in mind that their talents are to be able to read and remember a script and emote. Rocket science and common sense is not a requirement. Case in point intelligence seems vacuous in some. You’re out of the Circle …

The hostility exuded by not only the press but the elite snobs in Hollywood filters down.  Where does it filter to?

  • Mass shootings?
  • School Shootings?
  • Shootings in general?
  • Attacks on Senators playing ball?

Obviously, there was more to it than pure vile rhetoric but, did that contribute to it?

After the Florida shooting CNN hosted an event allowing emotionally fraught children to address the world.  One young lady “Selena” was given a script by CNN and Democrats who hate Trump. Her message or purpose for being there was to tell the world how this was Trump’s fault and that he is personally taking millions from the NRA.

Conveniently they did not mention this shooting.  Did Obama take millions from the NRA too?

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People listened because we will focus on an emotional outburst like a moth goes to a flame.

This young lady was so disrespectful to a sitting president it floored me!  When I watched more closely and saw the senator from Houston behind her, and it became crystal clear.  From Day one this man has wanted to impeach Trump and has been slapped down even by Pelosi.  His hatred for Republicans is monumental.

“Never let a good tragedy go to waste.”

This is the mantra of the left. Instead of trying to heal a nation they, in fact, poured gasoline on the fire while exploiting children to further their “destroy this country agenda!”  Not just children mind you but truly victimized children.

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It is easy to blame the NRA but here is where the failure started. Why not go after the root cause of the issue?

The debased behavior of the media and Hollywood is culpable for the volatile environment we have in this country today.  Their actions are tantamount to yelling fire in a crowded theatre!

Trump is a polarizing figure, I get it.  Look at what he has accomplished in spite of the obstruction from the left in his first 500 days!

It would seem to the people who don’t let their emotions control them that the left would be ok with Nuclear war if it destroyed Trump.  They would be ok with China taking over the world if it hurt Trump.

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Is this the driving force behind what we hear and see on TV?

This is the way it seems to fair-minded people who look at both sides of the story.

The discourse in this country is in part the media and the Hollywood Elites fault.

When Icons of the Silver Screen stand in front of a crowd and yell Fuck Trump that resonates with other haters.

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Their ratings are sliding into the abyss, should they think about being funny instead of attacking the president of the United States and half the citizens that voted for Trump?

If I throw a pebble into a pond, the waves will eventually have some effect on the shoreline.  If I toss in a boulder, the waves will overwhelm the shoreline.  If I have a meteorite crash into the Gulf of Mexico, we will have another ice age.

Every action has some effect on others.  that is the point of that paragraph.

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Artist depiction of what killed off the dinosaurs.

The Loony behavior of some are everything from pebbles to boulders.  Hate is like a virus, it is catchy.  Love is also like a virus as it is catchy.

Which will you spread with your actions today?

Much Love -TW

 

 

A word about Hugh.

 

I myself have or had little use for or knowledge of Hugh Hefner.

I have read through his magazines over the years as some of the articles were, well written.

As an artist, I found his models posed for the most part in a respectful/artistic way.  Unlike the porn we have today which is hard not to stumble over on the internet, Playboy was rather bland in comparison.

As a mature person, I remember some of the early magazines with clover leafs over nipples, and what have you.

If a (person) makes a conscious decision to model for a magazine like his, who are we to say anything? Our first lady was a model of impeccable taste.

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As many of you know, I worked in the Advertising industry for years.  Sex Sells!

We, humans, are geared for sex. Men are more visual creatures and I can tell you that the advertising industry knows that all too well.

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Hugh knew it too and made his fortune selling the sizzle and not the steak.  Hugh sold the fantasy and portrayed that fantasy in his silk robe and pipe.  That fantasy sold millions of magazines and to be absolutely fair, started many young ladies careers.

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The Religious folks are now trashing him on social media and folks, his sin was no worse than theirs or mine or yours. Sin is sin is sin!  Unless you are Jesus Christ himself, you are a sinner! If you feel differently, you clearly don’t understand sin.

To judge this man is not their job, that job is reserved for God.

To judge me, or other writers who might write some tawdry novel is not your job, or theirs.  It is gods Job, and I am ok with it.

I talk about marketing and what sells.  Sex sells not only in a visual medium like the centerfold, but it sells in my novels where I paint a picture with words that are what?  They are a fantasy for you to enjoy.

Some folks are so hypocritical.  One of my friends was upset with her husband because she caught him looking at pornography on the internet.  Sticking out of her purse was a copy of 50 shades.

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To me, that is like having a diet coke with a slice of German chocolate cake thinking that will help with your diet.

I can paint some pretty graphic pornography with words as can many of you.  Porn is porn and your sin is no less sinful than his.  Men are visual and women well, like their porn too, they just like it disguised in romance novels.  The idea of being held down while the burly stranger that you have been teasing with rips your silky panties off you is…porn.

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I am reminded about casting the first stone and me for one live in a glass house, as do you.

Hugh lived a life that most men only dream of, I would guess.  He had 7 girlfriends at one time and I would bet it was not all peaches and cream.  I can say that because I have read the bible several times and King Solomon had several hundred wives and several hundred Concubines.  Can you imagine what his household was like?

Judge not should be all of our mantras, it is certainly mine.

Whether you are a “religious” person or not, judging others is not our job.   For the religious right to call him the names that I am reading is just wrong.  My theory is that they are jealous of what he had and what he did in his 90 odd years so they are using the bible to beat their chest while being a bully to those who don’t know all of the facts.  They are wrong on many levels, and it is sad.  It is actually a sad day for Christianity as it is a terrible role model of what Christ was about.

I understood Hugh did many good things with his wealth while he was alive, so again, judge not.

God has this….

I for one believe that one day we might meet one another. I will shake his hand if he/we indeed have hands in heaven.

If you just muttered under your breath that we will meet in hell, man, examine your soul!

RIP Hugh.

 

Much Love -TW