News and Violence

I have been working hard all week on my website. This is my first post on the new and improved model. Please feel free to look around. You will find sample chapters from each of my books and if you sign up for my news letter you can download a free PDF of Rebecca’s Initiation. People seem to like it and you can’t beat free.

Also, I am doing another giveaway on Goodreads. So, you can enter to win a signed copy or you can sign up and download a free PDF.

There has been a lot on my mind this week so I thought I would just get it out.

It came to my attention that the cover of “Rebecca’s Initiation” has been featured on a website called something like “Terrible Book Covers”. Apparently there is a group of people who have nothing better to do than post mean comments about book covers. I actually thought it was kind of funny. At least they are talking about it. One of the people commented that it looked like “dino-porn”. Dino-porn? Really? Someone else responded that the guy that did it probably had never heard of dino-porn. That guy is correct.

I’m going to miss John Stewart. His replacement is going to have big shoes to fill, but I wish him well.

There has been a rash of violence in the past month. It has become common place. Everybody wants to carry a gun. Because of the shooting in Chattanooga recruiting offices are going to have armed guards. Violence begets violence. While I agree that a society must protect itself, I think that violence fails in the long run.

I think that the only solution, the final solution, rests with the individual. As for me, I find that it is helpful to expand my view to see my self not as a white man, not as an American, but as a human being. Like all human beings, I am happiest when I feel connected to my group of close friends, when I have work I love and when I am fully present in each moment.

When I look at things the way they really are I know that I owe my very existence and everything in it to others. I feel gratitude for that and that opens me up to the possibilities that each moment presents.

I also know that I am not perfect and sometimes my actions have hurt others. I strive to learn from that and not repeat those actions. I also know that I must forgive those who have harmed me–be it intentionally or not. If I am worthy of forgiveness then so are they. Also, carrying a grudge generally hurts me more than it does anyone else. It is about the past. I am trying to live in the present.

I don’t claim to be perfect. That is the work of a lifetime–perhaps many lifetimes. But I am working on it. Perhaps if each of us worked on ourselves the world would change and violence would be a thing of the past.

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