Link Rampage: This Week’s Online Reading

These are the articles I read over the week.

  1. 4 reasons Canadians should not be afraid to welcome refugees
  2. 4 Things To Know About The Vetting Process For Syrian Refugees
  3. American Bigots Also Opposed Taking In Jewish Refugees During The Holocaust, And Millions Died
  4. Anne Frank Was a Refugee Denied Entrance to the United States
  5. Run, Izzard, run and run again
  6. Complaint filed against Genesee County Sheriff by another county employee
  7. Condoleezza Rice: I Get The Security Concerns, But The US Should Accept Refugees
  8. Hunter Harassment Overview
  9. Big Hauling: Every Full-Size SUV Ranked from Worst to Best
  10. Frightened, Ignorant and Cowardly is No Way to Go Through Life, Son
  11. Hill Republicans move to ‘pause’ Syrian refugee effort, with states having limited say
  12. Trevor Noah exposes how badly Ben Carson misunderstands foreign policy — and it’s awesome
  13. 142 students killed in Kenya. Where’s the international outrage?
  14. Lapeer County prosecutor does not plan to charge Joe Gamrat
  15. Meet The Darbis, Part Two: The Road To Assimilation
  16. Muslims report backlash in United States after Paris attacks

  17. New pedestrian tunnel vandalized
  18. New surveillance video released of suburban in Burton attempted abduction
  19. People are Demanding ‘Non-PC’ Comments on Terrorism — So Here’s the Mother of Them All
  20. French jets bomb Syria in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa
  21. RCMP, CSIS support Trudeau’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees
  22. Report: The Houston Rockets Have Fired Head Coach Kevin McHale
  23. Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor and Bollywood veteran, dies
  24. Stopping Terrorism
  25. Ted Cruz Claims That Christians Do Not Commit Acts Of Terrorism
  26. The Big Idea: Matt Mikalatos
  27. This is the group that’s surprisingly prone to violent extremism
  28. Volunteers Are Needed To Help Show Refugees The Family Friendly Side Of Springfield
  29. What is the quote on the statue of liberty? 

Cold Day in the Shack

Nope. About a four and a half hours in the shack and no deer. I got the card out of the trail cam when I was done hunting and checked the pictures out on my dad’s computer. There were a bunch of deer at my shack about a half hour before I got there. One picture shows six or seven of them together. So, I just missed them.

It was snowing the whole time and a bit cold too.

I took this first picture at 12:45 PM. I took the second picture at 5:00 PM. Notice the snow buildup on the window.



Link Rampage: This Week’s Online Reading

These are the articles I read over the week.

  1. A Novel Point of View
  2. Armed Citizen Pulls Gun On Suspect Who Was Brutally Beating Police Officer With Baton
  3. China’s Police Will Carry Guns Unlike Any Others
  4. Declining E-book Sales Hit Home
  5. Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxi)
  6. Pseudoscience in the Witness Box
  7. He Chased Down the Ball to Give It to a “Random” Boy—Then He Found Out What Happened to His Dad…
  8. Hero denied for his service in the Gulf War
  9. Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts
  10. It’s going to be okay.
  11. Jeb Bush On Whether He’d Kill Baby Hitler: ‘Hell Yeah, I Would!’
  12. Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  13. Life After Sumo: Photos of Wrestlers in Their Second Careers
  14. List of modern Russian small arms
  15. Michigan Approves Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
  16. Mid-Michigan police department looking for 2 ‘small’ thieves
  17. Type 92/QSZ-92 NORICO CF-98, NP-42 pistol (PR China)
  18. Nigel Slater’s sweet potato and kale bubble and squeak recipe
  19. Novel
  20. QSZ-92
  21. Shift In Cambridge Policing Stems From 2009 Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates
  22. The big biang theory! How the “most complicated” Chinese character keeps students from being late
  23. The Pink Flamingo on the Subcontinent: Nuclear War between India and Pakistan
  24. Tragedy of the commons
  25. Trio planned to kill student, shoot up school over Instagram post, prosecutor says
  26. Two Monks Discuss Alexander The Great
  27. Type 54 pistol
  28. U.S. Presidents in My Lifetime and Whether They Were Smarter and Dumber Than Me
  29. Yamaha Sports Ride Concept: A Sports Car with Motorcycle Soul
  30. Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip Details His Execution Experience
  31. Attorney: “My client is terrified”
  32. Democrats and Republicans agree: If you can mine it in space, it’s yours
  33. Michigan anticipates high winds, rain, snow in Midwest storm
  34. Paris Attacks Kill More Than 100, Police Say; Border Controls Tightened
  35. Quick Thoughts on the November 2015 Paris Attacks
  36. Submitting to Markets – First Impressions: Tips from the Other Side
  37. Truth and Lies about Filipinas with Foreigners!
  38. Unsolicited Advice For The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, Working Within Their Social Parameters And Not Suggesting They Just Invent Feminism Because That’s Anachronistic

Meanwhile, the Michigan Wolverines are kicking ass

While the Detroit Lions are having a horrible season, the Michigan Wolverines are kicking ass. They’re 7-2 so far this season. Many of their victories were big wins and only a couple were close.

I wish it was a perfect season, but it’s a season I’m happy with. I admit, I was disappointed when they lost their first game to Utah and my faith dropped some. But then they had a solid streak of big wins.

Until the Michigan-Michigan State game.

For several years in a roll, the Spartans have beaten the Wolverines. I had high hopes that this year we would see a Wolverine victory over the Spartans. We have Jim Harbaugh now and he certainly has turned things around since Hoke’s reign ended. I had hoped he would bring us a victory in the Michigan-Michigan State game.

Oh, the Wolverines were ahead by a few points, with just a few seconds left on the clock, and then something went terribly wrong. A field goal attempt went bad, a Spartan defense man got the ball and ran all the way down the field for a touchdown.

It was painful to watch and my spirit died a little. Out of all the games they play, there are two games that I really want to see them win. That’s the game against Michigan State and the game against Ohio State.

I’m not completely over the loss to Michigan State, but I’ll consider this a great season if they win the rest of their games. The last game will be against Ohio State, who are currently undefeated. If the Wolverines can beat the Buckeyes this year, I’ll be very, very happy.

I love the Detroit Lions, but sheesh….

Oh, man, what a season. YAY!!! The curse continues.

That’s right. Whatever curse the Detroit Lions have been dubbed with, it ain’t lifted yet. Was there someone from Ancient NFL who declared the Lions will never make it to the Super Bowl because he was pissed off about being cut from the roster or traded to another team? Like Babe Ruth did when the Red Sox traded him to the Yankees?

I don’t know, but every season we see the Lions miss the mark. Some seasons are better than others. Once in a while the Lions will be having a season that looks so good, we dare to think that “Hey, this just might be the year they break the curse and set foot on Super Bowl turf.” Those are seasons that are exciting, they get your blood pumped. At least you got hope, even though it always gets dashed in the playoffs.

But this season ain’t one of the seasons of high hopes. No, it’s quite far from that. The Lions are currently at 1-7. Amazing that they managed to beat the Chicago Bears. But all the other games are losses and I’m not expecting a dramatic change for the remaining eight games. I mean, it would sure be impressive if they suddenly turned everything around and won all of the remaining games. But the way things are going, they might win one more game and lose the rest. Either way, the season is already blown.


Link Rampage: This Week’s Online Reading

These are the articles I read over the week.

  1. Typhoon Koppu Kills 9 in Philippines; Officials Fear Mudslides
  2. About Keith
  3. Fenton area man’s body believed to have been in his home a year
  4. 44-clove garlic soup
  5. 52-year-old Graham Norton: ‘Gay men my age don’t want to date someone their age’
  6. Dad defends son’s Cruella De Vil Halloween costume
  7. Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied
  8. Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials?
  9. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus)
  10. Genesee Co. Sheriff denies extortion claim leveled against undersheriff in lawsuit involving stolen meat
  11. Greater than the sum of its parts
  12. Harjit Sajjan: Canada’s new Minister of National Defence
  13. New Species Evolves Right Before Our Eyes: Successful Mix of Wolves, Coyotes and Dogs
  14. Iowa Hunter Who Tagged “Largest Whitetail Ever Captured on Video” Faces Baiting Charges
  15. Long May They Reign: After three decades, the Royals are the champions of baseball
  16. Lady Driven to Tears After Shocking Thing Small Town Mechanic Did to Her Car
  17. Names of woman, man killed in Linwood Place murder and suicide released Tuesday
  18. Navy naming ship after West Virginia Medal of Honor Marine
  19. Police: Deaths of 2 people in northwest Oklahoma City ruled as murder-suicide
  20. Private Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor
  21. Rupert Murdoch Takes Over National Geographic, Then Lays Off Award-Winning Staff
  22. Rupert Murdoch Turns National Geographic Into Fox News, Lays Off Fact-Checkers
  23. Shit, I Was Supposed To Have Learned Something From Having Cancer, Wasn’t I?
  24. The Notoriously Illegal 4,000-Step ‘Stairway To Heaven’ In Hawaii Is Pure Insanity
  25. The Perfect Time and Tactic To Tag a Pre-Rut Buck
  26. Three teens arrested for alleged plot to carry out shootings at Linden High School, Linden Middle School
  27. Two Flint teens are convicted of armed robbery during a gambling party
  28. Victim identified in Thursday’s deadly Flint shooting

Ruins Excavation

71xoD-fmp9LOkay, Ruins Excavation was released today. If I haven’t miscounted, the anthology contains eighteen short stories by different writers and I happen to be one of them. It’s been quite a while since I had anything published. It’s nice to be back in the game. The anthology’s theme is one I found interesting and I’m proud that my story was accepted.

Ruins Excavation is the fourth Ruins anthology edited by Eric T. Reynolds and published by Hadley Rille Books. As with the anthologies before it, the stories in Ruins Excavation have to do with archaeology and take place around ancient ruins. But Ruins Excavation differs from the others in that the protagonists are not only archaeologists, but are also women of color.

I was up for the challenge. My story is pretty short, but I did quite a bit of research while writing it. I wanted to get everything right and I’m still worried that I didn’t. But even so, I enjoyed writing the story. My story touches on a subject that I had in other stories but hadn’t been able to sell. So, it’s nice to finally have a story published that touches on that subject.

Ruins Excavation can be purchased from and other stores. But, at the moment, I don’t know which other stores are selling it. There are print and ebook versions available, though.

According to the trail camera…

Image1Every other day, my dad goes out and gets the card from the trail camera he has strapped to a tree in front of my hunting shack. For those not in the know, a trail camera is a camera that you leave at your hunting spot. It has a motion detector and takes pictures of animals that cross its view. So, my dad gets the pictures off the card and either emails them to me or I look at them when I’m at his house.

There has been a lot of deer activity around my shack. Some of the pictures show up to five deer in a single shot. A six-point buck keeps returning. I think it’s the same buck, anyway. The other night he made himself at home, laid down on the ground and posed for the camera.

I want that buck, but I’d happy with any mature-aged deer. It’s really the meat I want, but I won’t complain if I get a trophy.

There has also been several pictures of four-point bucks and good-sized does.

Though there has been much deer activity around my shack, the times they show up are not very favorable. They’re most active around the shack between 8 PM and 11 AM, with a couple having shown up at around 3 PM.

Because I can’t drive, I can’t always get over to my mom and dad’s house before 3 PM, and it’s especially rare that I get over there early in the morning.  So my hunting times are usually between 3 PM and 7 PM when it gets dark, or now that we’ve set the clocks back an hour, I’ll be coming in at around 6 PM.

And the deer don’t seem to show up between 3 PM and 7 PM, whether I’m out there or not. I will probably spend a night at my mom and dad’s house once in a while, as I’ve done every year during hunting season, so I can get out to my shack before sunrise.

But, according to the trail camera, it seems like no matter what time I head out in the morning, I’m just going to scare the deer away as I enter my hunting area and they probably won’t come back until night. That’s what it seems like, anyway. I hope I’m wrong and that I can get in position before the deer show up.

If there wasn’t a law against it, I’d probably spend the whole night in the shack so I’d already be there when the morning deer come. But you can’t do that.

The Michigan-Minnesota Game

Rudock was injured, but Wilton Speight proved to be a decent replacement. Still, that was too freaking close. Minnesota was right there on the goal line. All Minnesota needed was a touchdown and they would have won, but Michigan managed to hold them back until the clock ran out. Practically gave me a heart attack.

Michigan wins, 29-26. That makes them 6-2 for the season.

Just Breathe: My Journey Through Cancer and Back, by Stephen Graham King

41Nr6+Wo-XL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_My friend Stephen Graham King wrote this book. Just Breathe: My Journey Through Cancer and Back is one of the clearest accounts on battling cancer that I’ve come across. But it’s more than just a story about battling cancer, it’s a story about Stephen’s life. We learn about his family, important events in his life, his romances and who Stephen is. Stephen is a friend of mine, but after reading this book, I feel like I know him better than I had before.

But though the book is about more than cancer, cancer is its primary focus. The writing was very easy to understand and the story held my interest. I learned so much from this book and now I have a better understanding of the scary and humiliating ordeal that cancer patients go through.

This is a book I recommend to people who want to understand what it’s like to be a cancer patient.