John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

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This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut. Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.      
The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.
Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer)
and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)

Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.


John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."
His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.
His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play.
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In 1962, six year old John Tuohy, his two brothers and two sisters entered Connecticut’s foster care system and were promptly split apart. Over the next ten years, John would live in more than ten foster homes, group homes and state schools, from his native Waterbury to Ansonia, New Haven, West Haven, Deep River and Hartford. In the end, a decade later, the state returned him to the same home and the same parents they had taken him from. As tragic as is funny compelling story will make you cry and laugh as you journey with this child to overcome the obstacles of the foster care system and find his dreams.

In conversation the game is to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along step by step using every time an old boulder yet never setting his foot on an old place. Emerson

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In the end
I want my heart
to be covered
in stretch marks

—         Andrea Gibson

Photographs I’ve taken.....

Sleepy donkey in Old Town San Diego



A Turning Point For Soda Taxes? In Illinois, Big Soda May Not Win Battle Against Levies On Sugary Drinks
By Elizabeth Whitman @elizabethwhitty

The idea that sugar should be taxed is at least as old as America. "Sugar, rum, and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life” and thus were “extremely proper subjects of taxation," Scottish economist Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776. More than 200 years later, a tax on sugar is at the heart of a war between public health advocates and the beverage industry that has played out in cities across the country.
To date, most proposed taxes on soda, sweetened juices and other sugar-added beverages in the U.S. have been rejected after coming under fire from the deep-pocketed beverage industry. But that dynamic seems to be changing, as more public health advocates and elected officials embrace taxing soda as an important tactic in combating America’s obesity problem. The battle against Big Soda has recently turned to Illinois, which may soon see soda taxes passed in both the statehouse and in Chicago’s City Council. If those proposals become law, they could mark a turning point in efforts across the nation to curb the consumption of sugar-laden drinks and take on America's expanding waistline.
“They’re going to fight to the bitter end,” Alderman ¬¬¬George Cardenas of Chicago’s 12th Ward, who proposed Chicago’s most recent soda tax as well as a previous, unsuccessful version in 2012, said of the beverage industry. “We have to put our best argument forward that taxing soda saves lives.”
Cardenas has estimated that his proposal would rake in $134 million a year in revenue that would fund public health initiatives. The tax itself would be levied at a rate of one cent per ounce on drinks with more than 5 grams of “caloric sweetener,” or any type of sugar that adds calories, per 12 fluid ounces. A 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, or more than 9 teaspoons of sugar.
State legislators in Illinois have proposed a similar but separate state-wide tax, one that has its supporters optimistic. “We still think it’s got a very good chance this year,” Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute, a non-profit based in Chicago, said of the bill, called the Healthy Eating Active Living, or HEAL, Act. An ongoing budgetimpasse in Illinois’ Legislature could actually improve the odds of a soda tax being passed because lawmakers are looking for new sources of tax revenue, Bassler said.
The proposals draw primarily on two wells of inspiration: tobacco taxes in the U.S., and soda taxes in Mexico, where a nationwide tax on sugar drinks of roughly 10 percentwent into effect in January 2014. Advocates of soda taxes view levies on tobacco as a rousing success story that could pave the way for a slimmed-down and healthier nation.
“It reduced consumption considerably,” Roberta Friedman, director of public policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, in Hartford, said of tobacco taxes. “It worked beautifully. It’s one of the major public health victories that we’ve had in the United States.”
Why A Soda Tax Matters
Solid scientific evidence points to sugar—sugary drinks chief among them—as a key culprit not just in expanding waistlines but also in rising rates of diabetes and other diseases. In 2010, nearly half of all the added sugar Americans consumed came from sugary drinks like soda, sweetened fruit juice, sports drinks, energy drinks and iced teas. One decades-long study has found that drinking sugar-added drinks can change genes in a way that increases a person’s risk of obesity.
Since the 1970s, Americans have more than doubled their intake of soda and sugary drinks, to the detriment of medical spending. In 2012, the direct and indirect costs of diabetes in the U.S. added up to $245 billion. Costs of medical care related to obesity were estimated at $147 billion in 2008, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
In Illinois, 29.4 percent of adults are obese, while 35.3 percent are overweight,according to the CDC. Statewide, 22 percent of adolescents drink soda on a daily basis.
A tax of one penny for every ounce of a soda might seem inconsequential in the vast puzzle of how to contain America’s obesity crisis. But economists have calculated the impact of taxing sugary drinks and predicted that it can decrease consumption considerably, with tangible effects on human health. A 20 percent increase in the price of such drinks could, on average, reduce intake by 37 calories per day, which would add up to 3.8 pounds per year for an adult. Rates of adult obesity could drop from 33.4 to 30.4 percent with such a price increase, and the weight loss would be even greater for children, according to a 2010 study published by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Illinois stands to benefit even more from such a tax, one county's research has predicted. If a one-cent-per-ounce tax were imposed on sugary beverages, the number of obese youth would drop by 9.3 percent and adults by 5.2 percent, one study, published in 2011 by Illinois’ Cook County Department of Public Health, found. Overall, 185,127 fewer Illinoisans would be obese, and the state would save $20.7 million in medical costs related to diabetes and $150.8 million in spending on health issues stemming from obesity.
Cardenas said hearings for the tax proposal were slated for mid-September, and Chicago’s City Council could decide on it as early as the end of the month. If passed, it would take effect at the beginning of 2016.
Illinois' statewide HEAL Act would impose the same penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, with the anticipated $600 million in annual revenues funding Medicaid expansion and community wellness initiatives. It was introduced last year merely to rev discussion on the topic, Bassler said. It was reintroduced in January, but because no budget has been worked out, it still awaits decision in the General Assembly.
How To Tax Soda
Technically, 34 states and Washington, D.C. currently have taxes on soda ranging from under 2 to 7 percent. But these are sales taxes, which are markedly different from the excise taxes proposed in Chicago and Illinois and that have been imposed in Mexico and Berkeley, California. Sales taxes don’t appear on an item’s price tag – the tax is added at the cash register. “You might or might not know that the beverage you bought was taxed,” Friedman said.
Excise taxes, on the other hand, are imposed on beverage manufacturers, with the idea that they will pass the extra cost to retailers, who then transmit it to consumers. Theoretically, an excise tax raises the actual sticker price of a bottle of sweetened iced tea or fizzy soda enough to make customers think twice before buying, though whether this all works as planned is still up for debate.
In Berkeley, for instance, two economists have found that less than half of the penny-per-ounce tax was passed to consumers, possibly because distributors and retailers were absorbing the added cost. In Mexico, however, soda prices have risen by even more than the amount of the tax itself. The tax of one peso, or roughly seven cents, per liter, amounted to about 10 percent, but researchers have found that the actual price of soda actually rose by about 12 percent.
Although taxes on soda in theory decrease consumption, the real impacts of the idea are relatively untested. For instance, how much of the costs are actually passed to customers remains unclear, Claire Wang, an associate professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York who has researched the impacts of excise taxes on soda, said. But the taxes in Berkeley and Mexico will help provide answers to those questions. “We’re going to see a lot more data coming out of these two places,” Wang said.
Whether taxes on sodas and sugary drinks can actually curb obesity and improve public health has yet to be proven true, in part because so few of these taxes actually exist, and the ones that do have been in place a relatively short length of time. One studypublished in 2011 suggested that although soda taxes might help curb soft drink intake for individuals, on a broader scale, they "may not have a substantial effect on population weight."
A key element of excise taxes on sugary drinks is also that revenue tends to be dedicated to health-related initiatives, such as education on nutrition and exercise, or community exercise spaces. Public health advocates have grown to embrace this two-pronged approach of excise taxes on soda: Jack up prices to drive people away from sugary drinks and toward lower-calorie alternatives, and launch educational initiatives or develop infrastructure to improve a community’s health with the funds raised via those taxes.
“At the end of the day, we want to fund wellness programs and anti-diabetes and anti-obesity programs. That’s the whole game here. Not just taxes,” Cardenas, the Chicago alderman, said.
In the past seven years, 23 jurisdictions in the United States have weighed initiatives, including excise taxes, to curb sugary-drink consumption, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.
The Soda Industry Pushes Back
The companies that manufacture sugar-laden drinks have insisted that sugar and soda have been wrongly vilified as the culprit in America's obesity crisis. Coca Cola has gone so far as to fund scientific research that draws such conclusions, instead promoting the idea that Americans’ lack of exercise, not their poor diet, is responsible for such obese or overweight children and adults, a recent exposé by the New York Times laid out.
Soda companies have spent more than $106 million since 2009 on lobbying and advertisements against anti-sugary drink initiatives, a recent analysis of lobbying expensive reports and ballot initiative disclosures by the Center for Science in the Public Interest showed.
When a soda tax was proposed in 2014 in San Francisco, soda companies spent more than $9 million to defeat it, compared to the $255,000 advocates shelled out to promote it. Advocates of a tax in Vermont have pushed for a soda tax since 2010, but Big Soda has directed more than $1.8 million against the effort in the last five years, so far successfully pushing back against it. In Berkeley, the industry poured $2.4 million into fighting an excise tax proposed there—and lost, despite having vastly outspent the tax's supporters, who put $900,000 toward the cause.
In Illinois, groups like the Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes, whose website domain is registered to the American Beverage Association, the industry’s primary lobby, have countered the tax by arguing it will kill jobs and hurt families. The leader of another industry group, the Illinois Retail Merchants association, a non-profit that hasallied itself previously with the American Beverage Association, penned an opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday calling the proposed soda tax “ burdensome” and a policy that “would strike a huge blow to employment and local businesses in an already volatile job market.”
Asked about the industry's prospects of defeating the Illinois and Chicago soda tax proposals, Jim Soreng, executive director of the Illinois Beverage Association, which represents bottlers, distributors and employees of the soft drink industry in the state, said by email that polls had showed “Americans oppose taxes on beverages by large margins.”
The beverage industry is already struggling to shore up a weakening soda market, with the steady decline of soft drink sales over the last decade. Its war against soda taxes may be an effort to counter that, but as cities or states continue to propose soda taxes, the beverage industry may find itself stretched thinner and thinner.

“It’s easy if you’re just playing defense in one jurisdiction,” Jim O’Hara, the director of health promotion at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and co-author of the center’s recent report on the beverage industry’s spending, said. As more communities push for soda taxes, “they are having to play defense on multiple fronts,” he said of the beverage industry. “I think it’s going to be harder for them to succeed.” 

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS EDITORS.....................


Shill: To act as a decoy (as for a pitchman or gambler) to act as a spokesperson or promoter. Although some who shill are legitimately employed to extol the wonders of legitimate products, this was not always the case. In the first documented uses of the word shill, in the early 1900s, it was more likely that anyone hired to shill was trying to con you into parting with some cash. Practitioners were called shills (that noun also dates from the early 1900s), and they did everything from faking big wins at casinos (to promote gambling) to pretending to buy tickets (to encourage people to see certain shows). Shill is thought to be a shortened form of shillaber (an obscure noun synonymous with shill), but etymologists have found no definitive evidence of where that longer term originated.



The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving the mark. Michelangelo

Pierre Bonnard was one of the Nabis, a group dedicated to exploring the expressive elements of two-dimensional compositions. Along with his friend Edouard Vuillard, he helped pave the way toward non-representational art in the twentieth century.
Bonnard was known for using areas of flat colors in close harmony to create quiet intimacy in small-scale paintings. This painting, “Two Dogs on a Deserted Street,” is 13” by 10”. How do you feel when you look at this street scene? What do you think causes that sensation? What do the two dogs look as if they are doing on the street? Why might they be there? Have you taken a picture of your pet on your street?#Streets #ArtAtoZ

Pierre Bonnard, "Two Dogs in a Deserted Street," 1894, oil on wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.3


Poets, not otherwise than philosophers, painters, sculptors, and musicians, are, in one sense, the creators, and, in another, the creations, of their age. Percy Bysshe Shelley

How Many Nights
by Galway Kinnell

How many nights
have I lain in terror,
O Creator Spirit, maker of night and day,

only to walk out
the next morning over the frozen world,
hearing under the creaking snow
faint, peaceful breaths...
bear, earthworm, ant...

and above me
a wild crow crying 'yaw, yaw, yaw'
from a branch nothing cried from ever in my life.

Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. For his 1982 Selected Poems he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry[1] and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright.From 1989 to 1993 he was poet laureate for the state of Vermont. An admitted follower of Walt Whitman, Kinnell rejects the idea of seeking fulfillment by escaping into the imaginary world. His best-loved and most anthologized poems are "St. Francis and the Sow" and "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps".

SCULPTURE THIS AND SCULPTURE THAT...............................

    Walhalla Memorial. Regensburg Germany.

People taking pictures of people:
I'm an amateur photographer, I travel a lot so some years ago and I noticed that everywhere I went there was someone taking a photo of someone else. It's part of the human condition and I think it’s fun so I started snapping pictures of people taking pictures. 

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY...........................

Want 'sustained happiness'? Get religion, study suggests

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The Washington Post

A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone's "sustained happiness" than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participation in religion.
The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life," Mauricio Avendano, an epidemiologist at LSE and an author of the study, said in a statement. "It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated."
Researchers looked at four areas: 1) volunteering or working with a charity; 2) taking educational courses; 3) participating in religious organizations; 4) participating in a political or community organization. Of the four, participating in a religious organization was the only social activity associated with sustained happiness, researchers found.
The study analyzed 9,000 Europeans who were older than 50. The report that studied older Europeans also found that joining political or community organizations lost their benefits over time. In fact, the short-term benefits from those social connections often lead to depressive symptoms later on, researchers say.
Although healthier people are more likely to volunteer, the researchers found no evidence that volunteering actually leads to better mental health. Benefits could be outweighed by other negative impacts of volunteering, such as stress, Avendano said.
The researchers noted that it is unclear whether the benefits of participating in a religious organization are connected to being in the religious community, or to the faith itself

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
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This company shows paid parental leave doesn’t have to just be for white-collar workers

The hospitality industry is among the least generous to hourly workers when it comes to paid time off, but Hilton is trying something different.

By Lydia DePillis

In the rash of American companies to roll out generous parental leave policies over the past few weeks — Netflix! Goldman Sachs! Adobe! Microsoft!— Thursday's announcement that McLean, Va.-based Hilton Worldwide would be giving new mothers 10 paid weeks off and fathers two weeks off got little press. Just another company seeking to jump on the PR bandwagon, one might conclude, perhaps laudable but not especially noteworthy.
Actually, though, Hilton was unusual. Most of the companies expanding their paid leave benefits are in finance or tech, seeking to attract and retain a highly-skilled female workforce. Netflix, now famously, didn't extend its new unlimited leave policy to the bulk of its hourly workforce.
Hilton, on the other hand, has a lot of non-white-collar workers. Of the 40,000 people the new policy will cover, 75 percent are hourly, which usually means the lower-paid jobs in housekeeping, catering, and customer service that can be very physical. Returning to that kind of position after childbirth is harder than coming back to a desk job, and lower-earning workers don't have as much of a financial cushion to take time off if it's unpaid, so the new policy could really make a difference.
Hilton's choice is also interesting because there's less of a business case for extending maternity leave benefits to this kind of worker; the market is not as competitive for low-skilled jobs, so it's less of a factor in attracting top talent. That's partly why the percentage of workers with access to all kinds of time off in the hospitality and food services industries is lower than any other — three percent of workers get paid family leave versus 12 percent on average, for example.
Matt Schuyler, executive vice president of human resources for Hilton, says he hasn't calculated the extra expense of offering the new benefit. He knows the company will incur costs, but he also expects the move to pay dividends.
"Two phenomena are going to occur," Schuyler says. "We’ll probably retain more of our workforce. And number two, we’re going to have workers who are even more enthused about servicing their guests, because they’re working for an employer who cares about their well-being."
Of course, there are some reasons for skepticism. First of all, the new benefit won't apply to the 20,000 Hilton employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements. Many of those contracts already provide for either short-term disability or partially paid maternity leave. That mitigates the cost increase for Hilton, at least until the unions that don't have that benefit in their contracts ask for parity when the agreements come up for re-negotiation.
Second, the company already offered partially paid maternity leave for a shorter period of time, depending on the position. So the increase isn't as dramatic as it sounds at first.
And finally, the policy only covers workers at facilities Hilton owns or manages. That's a small fraction of the 4,134 hotels owned by people who license the Hilton name. Schuyler says he can't dictate the employment terms of Hilton's franchisees, which inherently limits the new policy's reach. Some franchisees may follow Hilton's lead, but since most customers don't make the distinction between company-owned and franchised locations, there's no public pressure to do so.
The other important aspect to consider is what happens to the rising political push for paid leave mandates when companies like Hilton start to demonstrate that offering such policies is possible even for companies with large hourly workforces. On the one hand, Hilton now has less of an incentive to oppose such mandates, and others in the sector may follow suit in order to compete for employees. On the other, business lobby groups tend to use such actions as an argument that new laws aren't necessary. Like those franchisees we were talking about.
"We celebrate Hilton’s decision as another great example of how our industry values the employees that make American hospitality such a success," says Chip Rogers, chief executive of the Asian American Hotel Owners Alliance, one of the largest associations of franchisees in the country. "No government mandate was necessary. This should serve as a perfect illustration for lawmakers and bureaucrats alike; the owners and employees of the hospitality industry work quite well together.”
The Chamber of Commerce hasn't put much energy into opposing paid leave laws lately, mostly because there's little danger of anything happening on the federal level before the 2016 elections, despite some indication of bipartisan support for such a measure.
"We, of course, have no objections to any company providing a paid leave benefit consistent with their business needs and resources, but this does not bolster the case for mandating such a benefit across the board in a way that many employers would not be able to meet," said chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes.

Lydia DePillis is a reporter focusing on labor, business, and housing. She previously worked at The New Republic 


“Greatness Passes By”, Bergen, Norway

THE ART OF WAR...............................

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”


Compiled by

John William Tuohy

John Madden

"Hey, the offensive linemen are the biggest guys on the field, they're bigger than everybody else, and that's what makes them the biggest guys on the field."

"If the quarterback throws the ball in the endzone and the wide receiver catches it, it's a touchdown."

"In order for this team to win the game, the quarterback has to throw the ball."

"He would have scored a touchdown if he hadn't been tackled right there."

"Here's a guy who can use his arms and legs at the same time."

"To get more yards, it's best to move the ball from the line of scrimmage down the field."

"Usually the team with the most points wins the game!"

"Whenever you talk about a Mike Shanahan offence, you're always going to be talking about his offence."

"Here's a guy who when he runs, he moves faster."

"When you have great players, playing great, well that's great football!"

"Real frontier-busting math explores new worlds . . . . If you can communicate that experience, somewhere between math and uncertainty, life experience provides the balance."

"If you lose your best cornerback and punter, I'd say that's a double loss."

"When your arm gets hit, the ball is not going to go where you want  it to."

"Well, when you're playing good football, it's good football and if you don't have good football, then you're not really playing good football."

"The defense should be expecting a run or a pass here."

"They'll score if they can just get into the endzone."

"You can't win a game if you don't score any points."

"I always used to tell my players that we are here to win! And you know what, Al? When you don't win, you lose."

"See, well ya see, the thing is, he should have caught that ball. But the ball is bigger than his hands."

"He might want to watch where he lands when tackling that guy, because he could really hurt his hand if it gets stepped on."

"Playing in this nice weather really makes me remember all the times I got stung by a bee."

"The best feeling is watching a real football game, because the games they show in the movies aren't real."

"There definitely needs to be water on the sidelines for these players, but I also had some Gatorade just in case they were allergic to the water or vice versa."


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On the Waterfront: The Making of a great American Film

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Whatever you do, don't laugh

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Al Capone: Biography of a self-made Man

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The Day Nixon Met Elvis
Paperback 46 pages

Theodore Roosevelt: Letters to his Children. 1903-1918
Paperback 194 pages

The Works of Horace
Paperback 174 pages

The Quotable Greeks
Paperback 234 pages

The Quotable Epictetus
Paperback 142 pages

Quo Vadis: A narrative of the time of Nero
Paperback 420 pages

The Porchless Pumpkin: A Halloween Story for Children
A Halloween play for young children. By consent of the author, this play may be performed, at no charge, by educational institutions, neighborhood organizations and other not-for-profit-organizations.
A fun story with a moral
“I believe that Denny O'Day is an American treasure and this little book proves it. Jack is a pumpkin who happens to be very small, by pumpkins standards and as a result he goes unbought in the pumpkin patch on Halloween eve, but at the last moment he is given his chance to prove that just because you're small doesn't mean you can't be brave. Here is the point that I found so wonderful, the book stresses that while size doesn't matter when it comes to courage...ITS OKAY TO BE SCARED....as well. I think children need to hear that, that's its okay to be unsure because life is a ongoing lesson isn't it?”
Paperback: 42 pages

It's Not All Right to be a Foster Kid....no matter what they tell you: Tweet the books contents
Paperback 94 pages

From the Author
I spent my childhood, from age seven through seventeen, in foster care.  Over the course of those ten years, many decent, well-meaning, and concerned people told me, "It's okay to be foster kid."
In saying that, those very good people meant to encourage me, and I appreciated their kindness then, and all these many decades later, I still appreciate their good intentions. But as I was tossed around the foster care system, it began to dawn on me that they were wrong.  It was not all right to be a foster kid.
During my time in the system, I was bounced every eighteen months from three foster homes to an orphanage to a boy's school and to a group home before I left on my own accord at age seventeen.
In the course of my stay in foster care, I was severely beaten in two homes by my "care givers" and separated from my four siblings who were also in care, sometimes only blocks away from where I was living.
I left the system rather than to wait to age out, although the effects of leaving the system without any family, means, or safety net of any kind, were the same as if I had aged out. I lived in poverty for the first part of my life, dropped out of high school, and had continuous problems with the law.
 Today, almost nothing about foster care has changed.  Exactly what happened to me is happening to some other child, somewhere in America, right now.  The system, corrupt, bloated, and inefficient, goes on, unchanging and secretive.
Something has gone wrong in a system that was originally a compassionate social policy built to improve lives but is now a definitive cause in ruining lives.  Due to gross negligence, mismanagement, apathy, and greed, mostly what the foster care system builds are dangerous consequences. Truly, foster care has become our epic national disgrace and a nightmare for those of us who have lived through it.
Yet there is a suspicion among some Americans that foster care costs too much, undermines the work ethic, and is at odds with a satisfying life.  Others see foster care as a part of the welfare system, as legal plunder of the public treasuries.
 None of that is true; in fact, all that sort of thinking does is to blame the victims.  There is not a single child in the system who wants to be there or asked to be there.  Foster kids are in foster care because they had nowhere else to go.  It's that simple.  And believe me, if those kids could get out of the system and be reunited with their parents and lead normal, healthy lives, they would. And if foster care is a sort of legal plunder of the public treasuries, it's not the kids in the system who are doing the plundering.
 We need to end this needless suffering.  We need to end it because it is morally and ethically wrong and because the generations to come will not judge us on the might of our armed forces or our technological advancements or on our fabulous wealth.
 Rather, they will judge us, I am certain, on our compassion for those who are friendless, on our decency to those who have nothing and on our efforts, successful or not, to make our nation and our world a better place.  And if we cannot accomplish those things in the short time allotted to us, then let them say of us "at least they tried."
You can change the tragedy of foster care and here's how to do it.  We have created this book so that almost all of it can be tweeted out by you to the world.  You have the power to improve the lives of those in our society who are least able to defend themselves.  All you need is the will to do it.
 If the American people, as good, decent and generous as they are, knew what was going on in foster care, in their name and with their money, they would stop it.  But, generally speaking, although the public has a vague notion that foster care is a mess, they don't have the complete picture. They are not aware of the human, economic and social cost that the mismanagement of the foster care system puts on our nation.
By tweeting the facts laid out in this work, you can help to change all of that.  You can make a difference.  You can change things for the better.
We can always change the future for a foster kid; to make it better ...you have the power to do that. Speak up (or tweet out) because it's your country.  Don't depend on the "The other guy" to speak up for these kids, because you are the other guy.
We cannot build a future for foster children, but we can build foster children for the future and the time to start that change is today.

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