Perspective…

This one came over the transom from the mil e-mail chain…

Imagine you were born in 1900.  Many would think that that was a pretty simple time of life. Then on your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war, including many of your friends who volunteered to defend freedom in Europe. 

Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million. On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 38. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.   If you were lucky, you had a job that paid $300 a year, a dollar a day. 

When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet, but don’t try to catch your breath.  If you lived in London, England or most of continental Europe, bombing of your neighborhood, or invasion of your country by foreign soldiers along with their tank and artillery was a daily event.  Thousands of Canadian young men joined the army to defend liberty with their lives.  Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war. 

At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. On your 62nd birthday there is the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could have ended.  Sensible leaders prevented that from happening. 

In 2020, we have the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands have died; it feels pretty dangerous; and it is. Now think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you think they survived all of the above?  When you were a kid in 1965, you didn’t think your 65-year-old grandparents understood how hard school was, and how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined as time goes on, and very enlightening. So, let’s try and keep things in perspective.  Let’s be smart, we are all in this together.  Let’s help each other out, and we will get through all of this. 

My dad was born in 1896 and my mother in 1909, so both lived through this. I never saw them worried about much of anything… They shrugged and got on with life.

Snerk…

And… we have an official mascot for the WuFlu!!!

Meet Trash Panda!

THIS should make the Karens happy, but you know they’ll be reporting him for not wearing his mask correctly!!!

Bleg…

I hate to ask, but TGM- Sunset is stuck on 48 reviews and I need 50 to get over that first hump in the Amazon ad world. If you’ve read it and not given me a review, I’d appreciate an HONEST review.

Click on the cover to go to the book’s page.

The other one that is ‘stuck’ is Rimworld- Militia Up, and that one stalled at 42 reviews. If you’ve read it and not given me a review, I’d appreciate an HONEST review.

Lastly, I know I’ve sold a ‘few’ of the Burnt Ends anthology, but have yet to get a single review… So if you did read it, please let me know what you thought.

Thanks in advance. Also, hopefully Rimworld- The Rift will be live on Monday. Submitted it to KDP today!

Rimworld- The Rift…

And we haz a cover! Many thanks to Joe and Tina!

Hoping the Kindle version will be live next week! Print may take an extra week due to having to get a proof copy before it’s actually released.

Busy, busy…

Final readthrough of The Rift before pushing it out for publication, so you get memes…

Something tells me ‘somebody’ is gonna get bit…

Um… er…

And taking out frustrations… LOL

NYC anyone???

Tribute to those on the front lines of the pandemic…

The flyover is part of President Donald Trump’s Operation America Strong salute, which he announced last Wednesday.

Full article, HERE from USA Today.

Frankly, I’m glad to see it and I hope they will do more flyovers in other parts of the country.

Following Tuesday’s flyovers, both the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will perform over other cities, but neither flight team has released a full schedule. The Pentagon said several flyovers are planned “over the coming weeks,” with new demonstrations occurring every one to two days until mid-May.

It looks like the two teams will fly jointly over Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas, but also split up for separate flyovers throughout the country with the Blues taking the eastern half and the Thunderbirds the western half of the country!

Rimworld- The Rift status…

Working on the final cover, all alpha and beta reader inputs have been made (thank you to those patient folks, I TRULY appreciate it), and it’s off to the editor for her final passes.

This probably won’t be the final cover, but it’s close…

One of the ‘twists’ if you will, is a new set of characters and a different ship for this book.

Shooting for a release in the next two weeks, assuming everything comes together correctly!

You need to watch this one…

 

 

 

I’ve pretty much stayed away from the whole WuFlu argument on my blog, but this one is important…

Doctors telling it like it is… And NOT biting on the ‘structured’ questions from the media. The last two minutes is really telling…

How much control ‘can’ be exerted before the pushback starts? I think we’re going to find out that answer and many aren’t going to like it, IMHO…

When ammo is disappearing as fast as it did in 2008, and gun sales are near an all time high, the lack of LEOs on the street, releases of hardened criminals, etc., this does not bode well.

h/t Spook

Boosting the signal…

This is probably the WORST time to ask folks for a donation, but…

Anything will help them.

Our friend Adrienne set up a GoFundMe page for LindaG (Linda Gremillion of Lecompte, Louisiana).

Go Fund Me link for LindaG 

Our wonderful blogger buddy, LindaG , lost her home, and pretty much lost everything but their lives, when a tornado ripped through Rapides Parish, Louisiana on the evening of Wednesday, April 22.

She is a woman of great faith and gentleness and considers herself lucky since at least 7 people lost their lives as the storm blew through Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Their charming farm house was about 150 or more years old so no one would insure it and now it’s a total wreck. Linda and her husband were restoring the house before the tornado struck.

Her son escaped being buried under a brick wall and roofing when he luckily left his room for a drink of water.

LindaG and her husband are both US Air Force veterans who served our country with distinction.  Let’s show our support by helping them in their time of need.

Thank you on behalf of Linda G.

Talk about tradition!!!

Heck of a way to build a bridge…

I’ll bet walking across that is NOT for the faint of heart!