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CROW Awards for 2017

Check back to see who wins the CROW AWARD for 2010

Creative Reads by Outstanding Writers

Once again it’s time for my pick of “Creative Reads by Outstanding Writers”, I’ve picked a few good ones for you this year. These are not necessarily books written this year but books that I have read this year. They will be great stocking-stuffers for that book geek in the family.

In the category of Non-fiction:

that-moment-mediaThat Moment by C.C. Champagne

“That Moment” is a collection of 13 short stories that are real stories from the Author’s friends or family. You’ll find these stories to be inspirational and fuel for your spirit. I was moved by several of them.

While I read through this book pretty quickly, I am certain that I will return to it over and over again. “That Moment” is the sort of book that you will buy multiple copies of — one to keep and one to share. It’s a must-have for your home library. As you may have seen on Amazon, I scored this one 5 stars out of 5.

Life is a blessing, and each one of us is a unique individual whose path through life is guided. It is our decision as to what we do in that moment, which then determines how the events play out.

SAM_0044 The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar

A delightful and beautiful book. I love seeing how people express their spirituality.

Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings by Varla Ventura
I loved it. Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings is packed with folklore of the Fairyfolk. You might be reading about a pooka one minute or a troll statue under a bridge the next. Everything Varla covered was interesting and my only complaint was that I wanted more.


In the category of Fiction:

51jpctosuql-_sx331_bo1204203200_The Castle in Cassiopeia
by Mike Resnick
Space opera at it’s best. I enjoyed the previous books in the series The Fortress in Orion, and The Prison in Antares. I gave them 4 stars out of 5 and I’d give this book the same score.

As with the other books in the series, The Castle in Cassiopeia gets a little dialogue heavy and I hated the cover art but the book is excellent. It has an awesome pace and an entertaining story. If you can say anything about Resnick, you have to admit that he’s a great storyteller.

51dw9g1hyel-_sx329_bo1204203200_Black City Demon
by Richard a. Knaak
Is there any surprise that I loved it? I mean really? I really enjoyed the feel of the 1930’s era ( something that I really enjoyed about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and the film noir vibe throughout the book. Of course, the action is a plus. Since his Dragonlance days, Knaak has had a knack for story-telling with dragons.

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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Barry rant



December in Florida

Well, for the past several days, I have been digging in the attic for Christmas decorations. I settled for the table-top Christmas tree and only a few boxes of decorations this year. I managed to locate the exterior lights but I can’t find the hangers — such is life.


Of course, I started with the front door and a simple wreath. But nothing in life is ever that simple is it? I decided that I need to paint the front door and gave it three coats of paint. Now that’s a display that I can live with …


My legs and arms are a little sore. I think that I’ll take it easy today. Chili is on the stove and I’m sharing the aroma with the neighborhood. The weathermen predict cold weather in a couple of days so I have the doors and windows open enjoying what might be the last of my Fall weather. Time for some tea and chili ….

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Barry rant


Reading The Eagle’s View

I’m about halfway through Fievet’s “The Eagle View: Five Steps to Modern Mysticism.” Iced coffee, potato chips, and a good book, what more could anyone ask for?



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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Barry rant


Game of Thrones book sculptures

I think he should have read the books rather than destroy them…

source …

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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in Barry rant


Cha-cha-cha busted

My cha-cha-chia pet is showing signs of life. My family gave me a Bob Ross Chia Pet … I’m such a geek. At any rate, I didn’t do a very good job putting the chia slime on Bob Ross’ head so Bob will have some bald spots. The biggest problem that I had with the chia pet was the tray. The tray had a crack in it and water leaked from it onto my sofa. What a cha-cha-mess. I’ll have to find a better tray.


As you can see my apple seeds have sprouted and I had to move the Christmas cactus into the Floridaroom because the squirrels were eating them. Damn squirrels.

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Posted by on November 10, 2017 in Barry rant


I hate hospitals


When I say that I hate hospitals, the word hate doesn’t seem to be a strong enough word. I spent about 10 hours in various waiting rooms — waiting.  They offered up the carrot of “going home soon” but ended with an “I’m sorry”.  Even leaving the hospital, the nurse asked me to bring around the car and she took so much time that the valets had me drive around twice.

At any rate, the important thing is that Darlene is resting well at her home.

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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Barry rant


Wrap-up of the week

The family gathered for breakfast as usual. Darlene didn’t eat anything; she is due for a gallbladder procedure Tuesday. I guess I’ll spend Tuesday in a hospital waiting-room — again.


They came bearing gifts. They gave me a Bob Ross Chia pet ( because everyone needs a Bob Ross chia pet ), some melaleuca honey, and some pineapple-orange juice. I suppose that I will be eating these leftovers for the rest of the day.

I have finished reading “The Medicine Wheel: Plain & Simple” by Deborah Durbin, “Faires: Plain & Simple” by Ralph Harvey, and “The Eagle’s View” by Paddy Fievet. I haven’t reviewed them because — I’m lazy. Trust me … Soon.

The weather is warm here in Florida. Today the temps will hit the 80’s — when will it ever be Fall?. The squirrels have developed a taste for my Christmas Cactus and they’ve eaten about a third of it, little bastards. They also chewed up a plastic dipper for fertilizer, what the hell?

Oh well, time to play with my chia pet. Have a great week everyone.

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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Barry rant


A dear friend sent me a Halloween card


On a certain level, I think she knows me “TOO” well. Below is a picture of my first Halloween. I couldn’t understand how everyone in the neighborhood knew who I was with this disguise.  Maybe it was more “ME” than I knew…




Posted by on October 25, 2017 in Barry rant


Happy Monday

A front has pushed through and I will be getting some cooler weather. At last, it will feel a little bit like Fall. Time for some Bobby Pickett and all things pumpkin spice.

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Posted by on October 23, 2017 in Barry rant


To Kill A Mockingbird — banned

When I was a little boy, I had a few heroes. I loved Horatio Hornblower, Cyrano de Bergerac, Batman, and Atticus Finch. They were, in a certain sense, role models for me then like the Kardashians are for today’s children.

Imagine my disappointment in learning than a school is banning To Kill A Mockingbird because it makes people uncomfortable.

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in Barry rant, book news

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