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Tunes for Tuesday: Time for a little magic!

I remember when The Police exploded on the scene with their new wave, reggae rock, post-punk, pop sound, and all you could say was, WOW!

A British rock band, The Police formed in London in 1977. The best-remembered line-up included Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (Guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). Their debut album Outlandos D’Amour released in 1978, rose to #6 on the UK Albums Chart. The second album, Reggatta de Blanc, released in 1979, was the first of four consecutive #1 albums in the UK and Australia,

Their first number one hit in the UK was Message in a Bottle.

Message in a Bottle (Synchronicity Concert, 1983)

It just got better and better from there. I still will occasionally belt out a little bit of … ROX – anne … when nobody is in ear shot!

Roxanne (Live in 1979)

I really like this long version of the song that includes some interesting bass lines and vocal variations.

And Stewart Copeland is certainly no slouch as a percussionist. Check this video out.

Wrapped Around Your Finger (Tokyo Dome, 2008)

I always liked this song. I must admit I have been wrapped around a few female fingers in my life. I do try to keep it from happening again, unless of course, there is an equal and mutual wrapping.

Andy Summers is also quite a guitarist winning two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, one in 19979 for Regatta de Blanc and one in 1980 for Behind My Camel. He is also a member of the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame

Every Breath You Take (Atlanta, 1983)

Unfortunately, as is so often the case when you put such great talent together in one group, there is friction. The Police were no different. According to an interview with Stewart Copeland, they fought a great deal.

We got along great as long as we didn’t talk about music, but we had to so we fought. And people say Andy was like some buffer for the two of us. Bullshit. Andy was his own little volcano. His own sharp point of the triangle. We all fought.

Copeland

But when they took a break in their fighting, it was certainly magic.

Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Live in Rio de Janeiro, 2007)

The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2003.

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Below the Waves

All you Navy veterans out there, check out this cool poem by Brad over at Commonsensiblyspeaking. Even an old grunt like me can appreciate this!

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Submariners, a special breed

Sailing the depths of oceans blue

In the confines of sweating steel

A world bathed in fluorescent hue

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The metal sings in creak and groan

As the depth and the pressure build

Warship patrols Poseidon’s home

Running quiet, these men so skilled

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Whatever may befall this crew

They share the fate that lies below

There is no walking home from here

A tragic truth each one well knows

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Like a dark hole in the water

They ply their deadly hunting trade

In the ghostly realm far below

Many sacrifices are made

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And when in port for needed rest

They will appear a motley crew

For when you ride a nuke all day

You need to blow off steam it’s true

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But you will not find one braver

Than these denizens of the sea

The bubbleheads do rule the deep

Unseen…

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POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 by a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has continued the tradition, commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

A national ceremony is held on every National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Pentagon featuring members of each branch of military service and the participation of high-ranking officials.

In addition to the national ceremony, many observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day can be found across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools, veterans’ facilities, homes, and private businesses.

No matter where they are held, these National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those held captive and returned, and those who remain missing.

According to the Department of Defense, approximately 83,114 Americans are still missing today.

In past years, I have seen Missing Man Honors tables set up in restaurants I have visited on this day. It never fails to bring a lump to my throat.

Missing Man Honors

Let me take a moment to explain the significance of the Missing Man Honors to those who may not understand. This is how the table is typically set at military and veteran clubs, and private businesses and homes.

The tables I have seen are typically set for one, with the single empty chair representing all missing American servicemembers. It will sometimes be done with a setting for six, with each chair representing the missing Americans from each of the services, including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and civilian.

There is great symbolism in how the table is set.

The table is round to symbolize our everlasting concern.

The table cloth is white and represents the purity of motive in answering the call to serve.

A single red rose is placed on the table to remind us of the lives of these Americans and their friends and loved ones who keep the faith.

The yellow ribbon represents our continued uncertainty, hope for their return, and determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured or missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of the missing and their families.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast.

The chair is empty … because these great Americans are missing.

Traditions such as these honor those who fought and sacrificed so Americans today can live in Freedom.

Freedom is such a precious gift, a gift paid for by blood during the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and other conflicts.

Politics is for politicians. The American fighting men and women put the politics aside and just do their job. All Americans should remember the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call and served in defense of freedom, and it is especially important to remember those who have not yet come home.

Veteran To Veteran

So what is Veteran’s Referring Veterans?

Founded by a veteran, Justin Clark, after being medically retired from the military, the mission of Veterans Referring Veterans is to become a trusted partner with veterans who own businesses and to provide a web-based directory where consumers can connect with and select veteran-owned companies. But it is so much more than that!

How does it work?

I have been intrigued by this organization for some time seeing their posts on both Instagram and Facebook. Justin Clark hosts “Happy Hours” every Thursday night via the group on Facebook, where veteran-owned businesses are highlighted. This week the featured company will be Four Brothers Mead. These four veteran brothers based in Missouri make a Viking era honey-based wine known as Mead. They wanted to produce the best Old World Mead by using only superior, locally harvested pure honey. I have yet to try it, but by several accounts, they have succeeded.

I joined after participating in a happy hour in which a veteran who now writes children’s books was highlighted.

Veterans Referring Veterans is very active on social media including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn. There is also a VRV podcast.

If you are interested in learning a bit more, here is a video clip explaining what Veterans Referring Veterans is all about.

So what is the catch?

Well, there really is none. Joining is very affordable. You can design your own profile and upload images. You join in on “happy hours” and other events, meet other veteran business owners, and help spread the word for each other. If you choose you, you can also travel to larger events in other locations. VRV is now in 24 states and even Germany. The growth has been incredible.

Current member veteran-owned businesses include:

  • Automotive
  • Business and Law
  • Entertainment
  • Financial
  • Health and Beauty
  • Home
  • Marketing
  • Medical
  • Pets
  • Recreational
  • Restaurants
  • Technology
  • Yard
  • Miscellaneous

Please go to the Veterans Referring Veterans website if you are looking for help in these areas.

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Reblog: WWII Oldest Living Vet Birthday Card Request–Deadline 1 September

Another great American hero! I’d better get another card!

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The following info is from the National World War II Museum’s Facebook Page. Deadline is 9/1. 

Mr Brooks, Oldest LIving WWII Vet Mr Lawrence. Brooks, America’s oldest living WWII et.  Now and then–still looks about the same

This year, the birthday celebration of America’s oldest living WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks will look a little different. With the global pandemic, we must forgo our traditional get together in favor of some socially distanced fun. Mr. Brooks, a New Orleans native, will turn 111 this year, and we are asking everyone to send in birthday cards to the Museum so that we can deliver them to his home. Please send your card to the address below by Tuesday, September 1:

Please send your card to the address below by Tuesday, September 1:

The National WWII Museum
c/o Happy 111th Mr. Brooks!
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Watch Mr. Brook’s Oral History:

Read an article from his…

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National Book Lovers Day-August 9

Did you know it was National Book Lovers Day?

Check out this great post on fellow blogger, Pat’s, blog e-Quips!

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August 9 is National Book Lovers Day.

I am a bibliophile and have been one since childhood.  In fact, Biblio is my avatar name. Books were my favorite birthday gifts.  A week before I got married I took the GRE  test so I could go to Library School the following year.  (I knew that I wanted to be a Librarian.  But no, we did not get to sit around and read books all day.) Unlike some of my fellow librarians, I never had the urge to catalog my Golden Books.

With so many books and so little time, I’ve turned more into a tsudonko. (Tsundoku is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. The term originated in the Meiji era (1868–1912) as Japanese slang. It combines elements of tsunde-oku, (to pile things up ready for later and leave) and dokusho…

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Do you have a sell sheet for your book?

So what is a sell sheet?

A sell sheet is a concise, one-page document that is really more like a flyer or brochure than a press release. It provides all the details about your book on one piece of paper. Use it to market and promote your book to retailers, wholesalers, and even consumers.

Basically, a sell sheet is a cover letter for your book. You will sometimes hear it referred to as an info sheet, fact sheet, dealer sheet, or pub sheet. A sell sheet provides the necessary information about your book that any reviewer, bookseller, or other potential big buyer needs to know to enter your bool into their system and potentially include in future orders.

You can create your own sell sheet using Word, Google Docs, or Pages. You can also use a graphic design program to create a fancier version. I figured for the first time, and to learn what a sell sheet entailed, I would order one for Montagnard through Bowker. Bowker offers many such services at what I have learned are pretty darn affordable prices. I think Bowker is an invaluable resource to a new author, especially if you are self-published.

What I got for my money …

Once I ordered my Sell Sheet from Bowker (the price was $99), I filled out a questionnaire and then was connected to Bella at Smith Publicity, who took a look at my project and introduced me to Marissa. Marissa is the designer who created the actual sell sheet for me.

It takes about two weeks to receive the first draft of your sell sheet. Two rounds of editing if needed and included in the $99 price tag. After consulting with an advisor, I decided I did not need any editing done.

I did, however, contact Marissa when I received the great review from Titan Literary, and she was happy to incorporate that into the sell sheet as well.

Here is my sell sheet for Montagnard …

If you want to take a better look, you can download the pdf version by clicking here. Feel free.

For those of you trying to get good reviews for your books, sell sheets help reviewers keep track of crucial book information and understand more about a book. They’re also helpful for visualizing your full book profile. A well-designed sell sheet is an essential and highly versatile marketing tool. If you are a new author, I would recommend giving the idea serious consideration. If you are s seasoned pro, I am sure you are already making good use of the concept.

And, if you enjoy reading a good action-adventure story, check out my new novel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com! It’s getting really great reviews.

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Love Numbers – Gabriela M.

Read this wonderful sample of Gabriela Milton’s wonderfully romantic poetry. So far I have enjoyed everything I have read written by her.

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You used to identify the beating of my heart according to the phases of the moon. 

The tonalities of my voice were symbolized by the heaviness of wheat in any given year. 

We laid in the grass, shadows of poppies playing on our faces with the same rhythmicity of the waves on tranquil days.  

At times we could feel the pulse of the new grains.  

The line of my décolleté – as you used to say – nothing else but the demarcation between inexorable sins and the blushing tones of the sunsets.

The wind tasted like mulberries. 

The Southern Pampas of Buenos Aires.

At the time it was one thing that I could not figure out. 

What was the relationship between our love and numbers? 

Were we one, were we two, were we three, or perhaps more? 

How many were buried beneath our passion or by our passion? 

Should we have…

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Montagnard: Kindle version now available!

Well, it’s here! The promised sequel to Serpents Underfoot. I have worked very hard to make this book better than the first, and if I say so,, I think I succeeded. I hope you will read it. And, I am definitely interested in hearing your comments!

To order your kindle copy of Montagnard for the introductory price of only $2.99, click here!

One former USAF pilot said …

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and liked it better than the first one. The first one got a little tedious to read due to the (understandably long) historical setup sections that weren’t tied together until much later. I felt that I wanted to understand the context, and then it jumped to the next section for a long time without any ties to the previous one. This book was much better, and I enjoy books that carry the main characters through to the next.

Bob Starr, former USAF pilot

Check out Montagnard on Amazon.com.

And if you haven’t read Serpents Underfoot, you might want to check it out as well. While I have improved my writing in Montagnard, Serpents Underfoot is still a good read with about 30 Five Star Reviews.