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Connecting through Music and Wisdom

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We'll have rock, a discussion of effective networking, and a commentary on gun control. Join us for a great show. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmattersradio/2013/10/11/connecting-through-music-and-wisdom

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The Famous Easter Island Heads Have Hidden Bodies

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Researchers determined to the best of their ability the meaning, function, and history of each individual statue.

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I've never been to Easter Island but like many people I've been fascinated by these great heads, which we now know have bodies. Those bodies have been buried by nature; imagine the vast storms of sand and dirt and the seismic upheavals that dumped so much detritus around these monumental works of primitive art. Apparently, they were once painted red and were probably used as vast grave makers for entire families. My guess, they were left not only to watch over the graves but to await the canoes of their ancestral people come to rescue them or perhaps to reunite them with their spirit worlds. 

Reminds me of my story In My Father's House There Are Many Murders. You can listen to it on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/kenneth-weene/in-my-fathers-house  
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Boy Scouts apologize for Donald Trump’s “political rhetoric” at the Jamboree - Salon.com

Boy Scouts apologize for Donald Trump’s “political rhetoric” at the Jamboree - Salon.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The head of the Boy Scouts wants people to know they didn't intend for President Trump to go off the rails
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Did the Boy Scouts of America just say that the President of the United States is political scum? It sure sounds that way to me. Even in the words to the Clinton or Nixon days I would not have expected such a comment. I guess that's because as bad as they were, both those guys had respect for groups like the scouts. This one not so much. 
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Israel removed metal detectors from a Jerusalem holy site

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The move came in the face of intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop wider Palestinian unrest.
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I applaud this return to the previous security arrangements because clearly the outrage generated by putting those metal detectors in place was not worth the small addition in security. In the perfect world, Jerusalem would be an international city with citizenship available to Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians, and perhaps a special Christian community, each with the right to vote on local affairs. As for the security at the mosque, I wish that were turned over to the Jordanians or perhaps a joint Jordanian-Palestinian office. I believe that Israel has a right to exist but that that right and the right of the Palestinians to have a state must be within a framework that respects the rights of all.

What are your thoughts on an internationalized Jerusalem? Could it work? How would it be set up so that it was governable? 
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USS Constitution floats out of the dry dock, moves toward Boston Harbor - The Boston Globe

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Visitors to Charlestown Navy Yard can catch a rare sight on Sunday, as the USS Constitution returns to Boston Harbor.
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I love this great old boat. Of course, nobody would use her in a battle, not anymore, but in her day she was a might warship that fought for America's economic independence, battling both French and English predators. The second POTUS, John Adams, who was from Massachusetts, was particularly important in creating the American navy and many of the first ships were built in the Boston area. 

Yeah, I do love New England, which is why I often place my stories there. Especially, Broody New Englander. Check it out at 
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The Death and Life of the American Shopping Mall

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There are still about 1,100 malls in the U.S. today, but a quarter of them are at risk of closing over the next five years.
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During my life, the mall has gone from fabulous lifestyle innovation to dying remnant of what we used to do. Only a few malls are finding success. One reason for today's unhealthy state of malls in America is the American obsession with the bottom line. It pushes the mall owner to squeeze every dollar they can from each square foot of space rather than thinking how can we get a combination of functions that will guarantee attracting people. Malls require synergy and that means integrating functions including education, life-style, and fun with shopping. It includes providing gathering experiences as well as catering to the shopper. It includes encouraging new ideas not just sticking with what's currently working. On the other hand, I for one won't really miss malls, which I seldom visit except that my best source of bagels happens to be in one. What about you: mall lover or hater? What's your feeling about this now-disappaering phenomenon?
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Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

Bank project offers Palestinian women independence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hayati, a National Bank program, is making it possible for Palestinian women to start their own businesses, join the labor market and gain financial independence.
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I support every attempt to make the world fairer for women, especially in places where their roles have been long limited by tradition and male chauvinism. This is one small step in Palestine, but it will allow more women to have businesses and to obtain educations. If there is one thing that the West could be doing that would eventually change the negative forces of the Middle East, it would probably be to encourage women to find their personal growth and independence. For example, funding programs that offer loans such as this for women would certainly be a positive step. Even in the wealthier countries of the region, women find it difficult, often even impossible, to obtain loans for such worthwhile personal growth. 

My own awareness of how difficult it is for women to make it as individuals in this world and how unfair that is was one of the threads that informed "Widow's Walk." my first novel. Here's the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EATpOc50h5M
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Meet the Former GOP Governor Fighting the Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Meet the Former GOP Governor Fighting the Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A former Republican governor is asking Congress to step up U.S. funding to fight what some are calling the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.
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It will be interesting to see if this conservative Republican appointed to the UN by Mr. Trump will be able to get meaningful aid from the US to assist in the fight against the starvation that is plaguing so much of the undeveloped world, especially in Africa where a combination of drought and unrest are leading to a humanitarian disaster. 

What do you think, should the US provide aid or should we just keep all that wealth for ourselves? If we don't give the aid, what should we do with the money? Just keep it in the general funds, spend it on the poor in America, or buy more planes? What exactly should we be to and in the world? 

For my part, I support food aid, especially if it helps our farmers and possibly other industries as well as the recipients. However, it should be delivered with good control over dishonesty and hoarding in the recipient communities and with some clear efforts to make sure that the right food is delivered, food people know how to use. 

It might also be a great chance to develop a corps or advisors, like the Peace Corps, who could help local people use the food more effectively and perhaps develop more skills in farming if we have those skills to teach. Of course, I've always been a great believer in the commonality of humanity and the responsibility we have for one another when it is possible to actually help. That approach to the human experience runs through my wiring, especially Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Have you read it? Pick it up at: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil

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Jude Sparks was playing with his brothers in New Mexico when he stumbled over the fossilized tusk of a Stegomastodon, a prehistoric, elephantine creature.
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Some stories just are "cool beans," and this is one of them. I hope they put this great find on display at the college and call it Jude along with a picture of the kid who found it. Hey, Jude, cool beans!
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Studying famous writers and the clothes they wore

Studying famous writers and the clothes they wore | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Of course Mark Twain loved white linen suits. 

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Sadly, this article misses the point. Authors are very aware of our personas. We dress the part as we imagine ourselves. For my part, my messy hair and tee shirts are meant to evoke the New England I loved. I'd wear LL Bean shirts except they would be a bit too warm in Arizona but for those colder days I have quite the collection of hand-crafted sweaters. Always, the Broody New Englander with a hint of the asylum. 

You can get an even better idea of who I try to be by reading my books. Find them at 
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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea - BBC News

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite the North's recent long-range missile test, the South is seeking to ease tensions.
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If South Korea's president Moon Jae-in and his cabinet can turn back the tide of antagonism between their country and the government of North Korea—especially while coping with American policy—that would be a great thing not only for the Korean peninsula but for all of Asia and perhaps the world. However, this hope is predicated on Pyongyang's willingness to change its policies of isolation, belligerence, and internal authoritarianism. Sadly, I don't see North Korea's master Kim being willing to move in any of those directions. In my view, there is no price that will get Kim to give up his self-perceived notion of being a god.
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Freud Fainting

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Freud is right to associate fainting and death. Fainting is some kind of pantomime of dying. You abscond, momentarily, from the world.
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I thought this so fascinating a bit of the history of psychoanalysis that I had to share it. Of course, what the author ignores is that fainting in Freud's day was an idiom of distress, in effect a form of feinting as well; but today it is less about neuroses and more about, as her mother says, a lack of oxygen getting to the brain. Or, if you live as I do in Arizona, it might have to do with dehydration. Still, it certainly is a fearful experience for oneself or when seen in others. Yes, a semblance of death which must in the moment be dealt with no matter whose phallic symbols might be involved. Have you ever fainted?
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The Top 100 Hotels in the World

The Top 100 Hotels in the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This year’s list of the best 100 hotels — which include exclusive safari lodges, urban sanctuaries, and family-friendly beach resorts — will inspire some serious wanderlust.
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I have a question: Anybody want to pay so I can visit just about every one of these wonderful destinations? I'll even send you photos. What great hotels in so many fabulous locations, including quite a few in New England. 

Next I have two observations, neither of which surprised me. 1) There are no Trump hotels in the list. 2)None of these hotels in is Las Vegas. I guess vulgar doesn't make the list.

What's your favorite destination? Do you have a particular hotel you love? 

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Resilience Garden Bringing Traditional Agriculture Back - Indian Country Media Network

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Tourists and locals who visit the Resilience Garden at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center can get a lesson in traditional agriculture.
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Should every child learn how to grow food? Perhaps also how to raise animals for the table? How to use techniques like waffle gardening to get the most out of rainfall? How to cook? How to slaughter animals? How to milk a cow, goat, or sheep? What constitutes a balanced garden? 

Exactly how much of basic farming should kids learn? One thing I do know is that working with the soil and nurturing plants and animals are good for the soul as well as potentially for the stomach. In a world that rewards agribusiness and often seems to try to stop people from growing their own food, especially when those Monsanto seeds blow onto a neighbor's land or when big companies try to raise the prices of seeds, perhaps it is time to make sure that we honor our farming history. Who better to keep those traditions alive than the pueblo Indians who have been farming for centuries, long before the Europeans arrived on this continent. 

Going to Albuquerque? Here's a place to visit. While you're heading to that lovely city, you might read my book honoring it. Tales From the Dew Drop Inne; it's what I call a friendly read. https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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25 of the world's weirdest tourist attractions

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Some of the oddest places you can visit on holiday. Including Carhenge in Nebraska. 


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Sometimes the offbeat makes the best travel destination. Here are some truly offbeat places, many in the US although for international travel I would like to go to the gnome reserve in England.
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Gay rights opponent picked as ambassador to Netherlands by Trump

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Nomination of Pete Hoekstra, one of Tea Party’s founders, raises eyebrows in first country to legalise gay marriage
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Nothing says America is great better than being totally tone-deaf in our dealings with out allies. Nothing says progress like moving backwards, in this case to the 1950s. Meanwhile, like his ban on transgender troops, this will play to Trump's base, those who don't see that the world is changing, those who believe in an unchanging word. The evolution-creation debate is no longer simply about the start of the world but also about the nature of the American government. It is a debate about how things should be versus how they are changing. Can we as a country look primarily backwards or should we be evolving? How about as a nation in the world of other nations? Walking backwards we shall surely end up in a ditch not a better place. 

A poem for the occasion as it were:

Walking backward and levitating birds 

 make way through the dreamscape of life. 
Trapped on the escalator, with hearty laugh 
and wonder what has happened in the end. 
The team has fumbled, which is sad enough 
even if there were a game when there is none. 
Who paints this momentous landscape 
 in which all failures and fortunes disappear? 
Beyond the realm of life there lurks only 
 this, the all too seductive realm of thought. 
Gravity holds me in its stead 
where all things bend and time-reverse.
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Why More Americans Are Getting Paid Sick Days

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Trump promised to help workers, but it’s new state and local laws that are actually making a difference.
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While I can understand the reluctance of employers to give paid time off for sickness, quite simply I don't want to be waited on by a person who is going to give me their cold or have my  food prepared by somebody with an illness or my auto serviced by somebody who is not properly focused, etc. Hopefully, there will be more states and municipalities requiring some form of paid sick leave and am glad that Arizona has joined that list. As for groups like ALEC that want to help craft laws that would allow employers to skirt those rules, well what else to we expect form the neanderthal right? They can't even see that the few dollars they might save today could end up in businesses losing following when the truth comes out. I recall one very popular restaurant in New York when I lived there that ended up not only going out of business but generating huge law suits because they had a line cook working who was ill. He claimed he had to work since they had no sick time, so voila that made the company liable in the eyes of many. 
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How Did I Miss That? War Eagles Fight Drones for Air Superiority - Indian Country Media Network

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Eagles have always been a part of Indian country, and now the French Air Force are using war Eagles to bring down drones.
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Leave it to the French to do things with that certain flair. Guess what they've named the first four eagles they've trained. A hint, remember the three musketeers, but of course then came a fourth. Anyway, bonne chance à ce merveilleux oiseaux de proie. 
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These 21 kids taking on Trump could be our best hope for climate action

These 21 kids taking on Trump could be our best hope for climate action | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Their lawsuit has helped open a new front in the battle against climate change.
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I love the idea of "intergenerational equity." Not only does it appeal to all of us who have children and grandchildren but it gives lie to those who ignore the future while blustering on about balancing the budget and prohibiting abortions. If we really want to take care of our kids, then we have to worry about the earth that they will be inheriting. 

Speaking of intergenerational relations, have you read my short story Bender? It's available for you to read for free on my website. I think it quire lovely and hope you will as well. 
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The Truth About Belly Button Lint

The Truth About Belly Button Lint | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I know you always wanted to know these facts.
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Belly button lint comes from your underwear Many people find that, at the beginning and end of the day, a small lump of fluff has appeared in the navel cavity. The reasons for this have been the subject of idle speculation for many years but in 2001, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki of the University of Sydney, Australia undertook a systematic survey to determine the ins and outs of navel lint. His primary findings were as follows: 

Navel lint consists primarily of stray fibres from one's clothing, mixed with some dead skin cells and strands of body hair. The rotting cells can create unpleasant odors. Contrary to expectations, navel lint appears to migrate upwards from underwear rather than downwards from shirts or tops. The migration process is the result of the frictional drag of body hair on underwear, which drags stray fibres up into the navel. 

Women experience less navel lint because of their finer and shorter body hairs. Conversely, older men experience it more because of their coarser and more numerous hairs. Navel lint's characteristic blue-gray tint is likely the averaging of the colors of fibres present in clothing; the same color as clothes dryer lint. The existence of navel lint is entirely harmless, and requires no corrective action.
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An Alabama Man Shot an 820-Pound Wild Hog

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An Alabama taxidermist will preserve an animal he shot and killed himself: a massive, 820-pound wild hog.
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I wouldn't mind tucking-in to one of those chops. What's your favorite part of the pig? Heck, the only part I haven't tried eating is a tail. 

Meanwhile, this sure remind me of my short piece Dark Warnin'. Have you watched the YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0daoEy3MQQ
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Is Cold Brew as Healthy as Regular Coffee?

Is Cold Brew as Healthy as Regular Coffee? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Experts weigh in on whether cold temperature diminishes hot coffee's amazing health perks
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I love iced coffee and much prefer the lower acidity and stronger caffeine level of cold-brewed, so this report makes me happy. Glad to know that I'm drinking healthy. Now, the big question, how about coffee ice-cream, better for us than vanilla? Inquiring stomachs want to know. 

Speaking of coffee, have you tried Sal's Irish coffee? Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDm0ugyphoI&t=3s ;
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Here Are America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Here Are America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And who eats the most of the frozen treat
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Okay, let's get down to something basic, ice cream. I love the stuff; try not to eat too much of it but still love it. My favorite flavor? Hands down anything with coffee as the base. That goes great on chocolate cake or with fudge sauce. Damn, I'm starting to drool. In a cone, sugar thanks, I will sometimes go with other flavors. Cherry, butter pecan, and peppermint stick are contenders. No, I can no longer do a three scoop cone so only one at a time. Oh, and one more thing, on pie. That's when I'm most likely to go chocolate. Ever try chocolate ice cream on strawberry rhubarb pie? No!? Well, that's one that gets to me every time. 

Now what are your choices? 

Of course, in books, you have only one choice, right!? You want to read the books you find at http://www.kennethweene.com They go great with any flavor of desert. 
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The 7 Most Influential Coffee Roasters in America

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Coffee roasters occupy a hazy, just-out-of-focus place in popular American food cultureeven those well-known enough to be recognized by name o
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Isn't it amazing how much money we spend to get a good cup of joe and how much time we spend on social media talking about coffee. How many times have your personally posted about the need for and the way to obtain the best cup possible? Obviously if your answer to that question is more than 1, you should be reading this article about roasters. But, for me, the real deal is the many fine smaller and local roasters who are striving to make a quality product that we can love. My top pick Arbuckle's, which you can find at https://www.arbucklecoffee.com

Of course some folks prefer tea. I do drink both. Tea of coffee? Now that's a question I love being asked. Of course, my answer is both, but in restaurants, I then start asking well what brands do you offer. Sometimes, I end up settling for water. Yeah, that picky! How about you? 
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Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun

Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Nucla, Colorado, was founded by socialists before becoming a mining town. Now, as wealthy liberals with different values encroach, the town is fighting for its economic survival
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I think this article a great read. Not only does it explore many roots of American values, but it will make you appreciate how those differing values come together at the fault lines, how they produce both conflict and resolution. Mostly, however, it will take  you into the hearts of some good if different from yourself people. It's almost like reading an excerpt from a good novel. 
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Pakistan’s ‘fontgate’: Calibri text creates headache for prime minister

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The corruption controversy has engulfed Sharif family since the publication of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca
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Who doesn't love a good political scandal? I sure do. And Pakistan is in the middle of a doozy. This is the kind of small mistake that takes down governments and puts people in jail. Of course, that makes for a great crime novel. 

Sadly, the bad guys don't always lose in real life. Take "Times to Try the Soul of Man," my true life crime story. By the way, yes, it is true life even some of the most incredible parts; that's why I wrote it. You can read it at https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

By the way, the audible version is great listening. 
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