Life is Like a River

Just like a river, life keeps on flowing. It never stops and takes a break.

I have been in the habit of dividing my life into segments, somehow thinking that there is a “stop” when one segment comes to an end. But life does not “pause.” It doesn’t even slow down. It just keeps flowing like a river.

And one day this river will be swallowed up into the great ocean of eternity.

As long as I am on this earth I have influence. I can make choices. I can affect outcomes. One day I will no longer be able to do so. Maybe I will look down from somewhere in the sky and see what is going on here on earth. I don’t know. But I won’t be able to talk to anyone, or do anything. Have you ever thought of this?

I’m back…not really

Last year I took my novel to a writers conference and had several authors, agents and editors look at it. One agent even asked me to submit my manuscript but I knew in my heart it wasn’t ready. This was confirmed by author friends of mine who have been kind enough to edit a few pages.

Now I am having a second go at it. For this reason I will be focusing on re-editing for the next while and you probably won’t see many posts here. If I don’t make it a priority now, I won’t have anything worthwhile to show when I meet the people at the conference who want to help new authors like me.

I always prided myself in being a multi-tasker, but I guess here is an exception. I should have some news by mid-August. Thanks for your prayers. And all the best with your projects as well! Have a great summer!

Old Guy And A Bucket Of Shrimp

Morning Story and Dilbert

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach.  Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts…and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds.  As he does…

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Give me the evidence

I recently read an article, yet another claim to a cancer cure. It stated that this product was 10,000 times more effective than chemo. That statement alone should clue you in.

It claims that pharmaceutical companies could not come up with a synthetic version so they covered up the evidence of studies done some decades ago that proved this was a cancer cure. Are you serious?

Why does this article not name or quote any of these studies? Did the author have access to these studies, if they exist?

If you find an article like this, go ahead and try the “cure” if it sounds safe enough to you. But, about the article itself, use the following check list. The more questions to which you answer yes, the less likely it is reliable information.

1. Does it sound sensationalistic? Does it go on and on making claims and repeating itself instead of stating simple facts?

2. Does it exaggerate claims?

3. Are the claims expressed in vague, unscientific terms?

4. Does it lack supportive evidence? Are the names of the people and institutions who carried out the studies mysteriously missing? Are actual quotes of the results of these studies not to be found in the article? Are quotes partial or taken out of context? Is there really not a single shred of actual “evidence” in the article?

5. Does it sound like an attack on another institution or commonly held belief?

You might ask why the author of this article would go to the effort. For attention maybe? Maybe he/she gets some kind of pleasure out of duping people? Maybe to exploit people’s vulnerabilities, or their gullibility? Your guess is as good as mine.

So, the next time you read an article, use your discretion.