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my weather station

I like weather and have a way to monitor the weather from my house so here are what the current readings from the Saint Petersburg area

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/stickers.asp?ID=KFLSTPET47

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Manipulate

The word manipulate from dictionary.com – to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner to manipulate people’s feelings. Throughout our entire lives, we are constantly manipulated by other people who want us to do something for their benefit. Children will throw temper tantrums if they can’t have their own ways, advertisements on TV features attractive people or flashy ads in order for the consumer to by their products. In times of war, the military will coerce the enemy into a false sense of security or entrap them. Manipulation is not a new product of mankind as the serpent was mentioned in Genesis3: when he enticed Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit, causing Adam and Eve to be banished from the garden of Paradise. It was this type of manipulation that led me to my novel, “Good VIRS Evil” as Satan and his hordes continue to manipulate the feelings of Holly Tanner in order to achieve his goal.  In the sequel I am currently developing, Satan continues his manipulation as he continues in his quest to torment Holly before finally destroying her.

Jack Kerouac influenced me quite a bit as a writer… in the Arab sense that the enemy of my enemy was my friend.

The enemy of my enemy was my friend. How will this affect Holly as she finds out disturbing revelations in the sequel?

 

Inspiration

“I can do everything through him  who gives me strength.” Philippians4:13. Some years ago as I was cleaning a building at school, I began to formulate an idea in my head about a novel. What if Satan began to use modern technology to achieve his goal of destroying the world? As we look around us today, we see video games and movies with graphic killings, uninhibited sex  and total disregard for our fellow man. Billy Graham once said ” There are two great forces, God’s force of good and the devil’s force of evil, and I believe Satan is alive and working and he is working harder than ever, and we have many mysteries that we don’t understand”  As in the Old Testaments and new, there was always one who turned wayward peoples back to God, standing in the ways of the devil. My idea was there  would be one. in this day that would be a protagonist against him,and thus the first novel was born. As the novel progressed, I sometimes wonder if there was a divine making of this story and I now believe there was. As I continued on with this book, I had to pause many times because of personal matters which seemed to be more pressing and now it is finished and published on ebook. The sequel is now being written as I speak and pray that it may inspire others to be more open minded.

The beginning

As a young kid, I have always enjoyed immersing myself in books, following the adventures of various heroes.Have drawn a cartoon strip of  a rat modeled after the old Dragnet shows when I was a teen and even sold them to a classmate. As I got older however, I found I liked retailing and put my artistic abilities on the back burner. It was later in life when working at Walmart that these abilities began to re-emerge when I would use the intercom to pitch various products from my department using poetry and humor. No one knew what I what come up with next. Years later working as a night foreman, I began to develop my first novel, “Good VIRS Evil,” thinking what if Satan decided to use modern technology for his goal to destroy mankind. Developing characters and plot twists became an obsession to me as well as a valuable learning experience. Now , four years after starting this book, it is now on Amazon Kindle.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats.

Summer cleaning is over and school begins for students on Monday, August 20th. I am glad that summer cleaning is over, as this body does not tolerate 4 ten hour days. Takes most the weekend to recuperate, but I am glad to see the smiling faces of our beloved teachers ready to tackle the challenges ahead with their students. The group I work with are hard working dedicated professionals whose time clock does not terminate at the end of the school day. They spend many hours of their own time to ensure that their students have a quality education and for that I salute them. I wish them the best of luck despite the politicians trying to control the classroom environment without the full understanding of the diversity and economic backgrounds of the students that could negatively impact their learning.