A Story You Won’t Hear in Florida – #4

This tragic story of the reality of the American abortion ban in some states is one that everyone needs to read. Even if you are not American, similar laws could well be coming to your country. Have some tissues ready, it is heartbreaking.

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Well it was a bad week for abortion rights advocates as Republican majorities in Nebraska and North Carolina continued to restrict abortion access.  Have you noticed that nowhere is this issue put up for a vote anymore.  Nah.  Put t to a vote and it gets defeated every time. The pro-life crowd is jubilant, out there saving babies.

So let me tell you a story.  Not too many folks have heard it.  Didn’t get a whole lot of attention.  Particularly here in Florida among the holier than thou crowd.

But it made the Washington Post and then got attention.  And it went down some 40 minutes from my home.

Milo Evan Dorbert drew his…

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Fine dining in Ancient Greece

Forget burgers, fries, and pizza. The ancient Greeks knew how to eat healthily.

Letters from Athens

We have all heard of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet—but it amused me to find out how far back this goes. What did people in antiquity eat?

The Ancient Greeks were not big eaters like the Romans. In fact they mocked the Persians, who were very much into gastronomy, and considered them gluttons. They believed eating was for the delectation of the palate, not for overfilling the stomach.

They ate a great variety of foods, but in small quantities. Most frugal were the Spartans, who on a daily basis subsided on a cup of MelasZomos (black broth, made with pork, salt, vinegar and blood) and a piece of bread, and for special occasions ate boiled pork, accompanied by pies and wine.

For the rest breakfast, Akratisma, was very light, consisting of barley bread dipped in wine, with a few olives and figs—often accompanied by a drink called

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Borley Rectory Re-Visited

For lovers of a short, well-crafted ghost story, Stevie Turner has just posted a great one! Check out the link.

Stevie Turner

I’ve always been fascinated by the old Borley Rectory, which was once the most haunted house in England before it was destroyed by fire. I thought I’d write a little story about it below – hope you like it.

Borley Rectory Re-Visited.

Copyright Stevie Turner 2023

28th February 1939

I had been lucky enough to live locally at the time, and had answered the advert when Harry Price had been looking for official observers. We were at Helen Glanville’s séance on the night when Sunex Amures came through to say that he would burn down Borley Rectory. Maybe he had changed his mind at the last moment, because a devastating fire had been extinguished only yesterday after the new owner Captain Gregson had unpacked boxes and knocked over an oil lamp.

As I lived in the next road, I felt a need to see the old rectory again before…

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A Short, Important Story

Wise words from a long-dead Native American that still ring true today.

Filosofa's Word

I found this very short true story on the Jon S. Randal Peace Page.  It is a story that is well worth the retelling, for it is a story of immense importance and wisdom, one that should be remembered for all time, for in many ways, no matter how the world changes, some things never change.


He just wanted to dance one last time, he was old, and he wanted to celebrate the heritage that was being taken away from him. To many Native American tribes, the dance, known as the Ghost Dance, would allow Native people to return to the lands taken away from them and bring peace, prosperity, and unity to Indian peoples throughout the region.

But, the white man feared him, they feared his dance, they feared what they could not understand. So, on December 15, 1890, they came to arrest the 59-year-old chief, Sitting Bull …

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All Babies Back in the Fold

Stevie has her rights back! And a great offer on one of her popular books too.

Stevie Turner

Back in 2020 my thriller ‘Scam!‘ won first prize in the Electric Eclectic Writing Competition, and the prize was for the book to be published free by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

Three years later Crimson Cloak Publishing have kindly returned to me the rights to ‘Scam!‘, and so I have now put the new edition of this novella on KDP for pre-order. It will be published on May 7th, and until then the pre-order price is just $0.99/£0.99. I now own the rights to all my books, which is good!

There are some great reviews of the book on my website, which you can find on this link: Scam! Reviews (stevie-turner-author.co.uk)

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Day Brightener – Little Known Fact – How The Internet Started

A very amusing post from Loren Berg, and 100% historically factual!

Loren Berg's Blog

Please do not Google or check this with Snopes.They will lie to you. Trust me!

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg.Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who…

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CAUTION!

This is a powerful post describing the actual effects of being shot (and killed) by an assault rifle, using graphics, not real photos. With another American school shooting in the news this week, I think more people need to be aware of the devastating firepower of the weapons of choice used. They are legally owned all across the United States. This is what the Second Amendment leads to.

Nan's Notebook

Click on the following link at your own risk. It is a visual examination of the damage done by an AR-15.  The link was provided by Steve Schmidt via his daily newsletter.

(Ordinarily I shorten the link, but the direct link requires payment/sign-in so I’m using the one Steve provided.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/interactive/2023/ar-15-damage-to-human-body/?wpisrc=nl_headlines&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F398d5b2%2F64240c46f19a510b0429de48%2F631f2a2765077e6f963e3a91%2F9%2F55%2F64240c46f19a510b0429de48&wp_cu=ae9144d31d42b627792944ed575f0e92%7C39E0EE8680383C57E0530100007F7A5D

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THE OUTRAGEOUS MISS APRIL FOOL

If you have yet to be captivated by the writing style of the talented Mike Steeden, wait no longer. His new book is available now!

- MIKE STEEDEN -

15 months after I put pen to ink and at last the new book, ‘The Outrageous Miss April Fool’ is born.

On the way it didn’t help that Rosie the gypsy dog ‘bitch’…sometimes worthy of that non-canine definition…decided to ‘bark’ many a long hour. Oh, how I wish I could speak the ‘bark’ language. I’d ask her why the hell she’s so very bossy. Still we love her dearly, she has character. On top of that, a couple of irksome, forever illnesses slowed me down. Then there was an abundance of historical and social research…that was hard work. Such is life.

Anyhow, here ‘tis; the new book at last. For the record, Miss April Fool was based upon my real life lady, Shirley. In many respects they are one and the same. They are both bonkers…in a good way, I stress. I once wrote of Shirl, ‘…My Celtic lady…

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Bargain Book for Fans of Romantic Suspense

A great offer from fellow blogger and excellent writer, Stevie Turner. You can get one of her books for just 99c/99p on Amazon, and it comes highly recommended from me!

Stevie Turner

A House Without Windows‘ is now just $0.99/£0.99 on AmazonUS and AmazonUK until 31st March.

Back in 2017 an assistant from the Development Department of a New York film company searched for ‘Generational Crime’ (criminals who fathered children), and found my novel. She contacted me for a copy of the manuscript, read it, and loved the story so much that she gave it to her director for consideration of filming. Here’s the email below that I received from her:

‘I finished A house without windows and enjoyed it immensely. I broke it down for our director and recommended it be explored for film consideration. The final decision is not mine, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the book and found it riveting and worthy of further review.’

Unfortunately the director eventually chose a different project with a stronger female lead. However, I was thrilled…

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