Kevin Moriarity

I Don't Want to be the Voice of Doom and Gloom, but Sometimes I Can't Help Myself

May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day

I just received an email this morning. The subject line said: “Honor Memorial Day by Saving.” That says it all about American holidays, doesn’t it? Every holiday has been reduced to an excuse to buy more stuff.

DSCN0594We have a beautiful day here in Batavia – sunny and it’s supposed to get in the mid-80s. It’s a great day for Memorial Day barbecues, which I might get to if I still have energy after trimming the massive amount of bushes in my backyard. Yard work: that’s how I roll on summer holidays!

Garden: May 27, 2016

Good year for the irises

Good year for the irises

Trump Right About Effect, Wrong About Cause of Bad Trade Deals

As I posted earlier, I think Trump is right about the bad trade deals and what they’ve done to the American worker. I think he’s wrong when he says it is due to incompetent, spineless negotiators. The people who did these deals negotiated tough and got exactly what their corporate overlords requested. You can’t tell me that an army of well-compensated lobbyists were not heavily involved with the contents of these deals (Business Insider – 7/23/15:  “Companies are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into lobbying for Obama’s pacific trade deal.” – Google it). Either Trump knows this and is lying or he doesn’t know and he’s both uninformed and extremely naive. And, I doubt he’ll buck his rich buddies and try to do anything about it.

May 16, 2016: Lilac Park – Lombard, IL

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Water Street May 13, 2016

April 30, 2016

I went to the Chicago Pen Show. I had a great time. I learned a few things:

  • Fountain pens are far more popular than I ever knew. One dealer told me about 90% of the pens he sells are fountain pens, followed by rollerballs and then, my favorite, the ball point.
  • Pens are expensive! I picked up a few that were in the thousands. Everything I liked was too much for me.
  • Young people seem to be into fountain pens. I didn’t know what to expect really, but I would have guessed it would be mostly older folks. There were plenty of us, but more younger folks than I would have guessed.

April 27, 2016

  • Gray day. In the 50s. It’s supposed to rain today. The last few times they predicted rain, it didn’t. Now we could use some, so I hope it does.
  • The rain arrived around 2:30 and it’s been at it pretty steadily for about 4 hours now.
  • I read friends’ blogs and have to say: my life is so boring and lacking drama! I kept busy today. I dropped off an edited hour-long TV show at BATV. I went to the health club. I did stuff. I suppose I should be grateful that my life lacks drama and is dull. I guess. Hopefully I find more interesting things to write about than the weather in future posts.

April 25, 2016

  • We have two flowering trees in front of our house and when they flower they are beautiful together. I made sure I got out and got this picture today because we’re expecting storms tonight and if they arrive, the show will be over.
  • 38 people shot, six killed over the weekend in Chicago. I wish I had some ideas, some answers. I doubt more gun laws are going to help anything – either tighter controls or looser restrictions. Perhaps legalizing drugs might help.
  • Trump supporters said they liked him because he “tells it like it is.” But on the Today show recently he told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie (watch the video) that he was just having fun, that it was just entertainment. So, now what? How can Trump’s supporters now believe this guy? How can they have any idea what he’ll really be like, and do, if elected?

April 22, 2016

The day started out cloudy and misty. The skies cleared and it turned cool and dry. I cut the grass and my left eye feels almost swelled shut. I love the cool dry weather, but I do not like the pollen.

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I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view.

Allen Ginsberg

This is a sentiment shared by many besides Mr. Ginsberg, but I do believe it has led to some serious problems. Now, everyone has an opinion and all opinions are equal. That isn’t true and it isn’t good that people think it is true.

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His highness, Elliott, during one of his many naps.

April 21, 2016

1.

The weather is about the same as yesterday.

2.

I am almost finished with another book project. I have been formatting books for authors for almost a year now. I finished the print version of my latest project yesterday and hope to have the Kindle version (already formatted and ready to go) up by Monday.

Kindle-EdwinaCoverEdwina Frost, popular writer of horror fiction, dies a lonely death in her farmhouse cellar. Her politician nephew asks poet Maria Pell to write Edwina’s biography, but hints there are episodes in her life requiring sensitive treatment. At the same time, a tiler digs up a child’s bones on the Frost farmland. Maria intuits a connection between the child and Edwina, whose soul has not gone on to a sweet reward, but roams the earth as a troubled spirit. As Maria closes in on the child’s identity, Edwina’s spirit threatens to claim her. Maria fights a fierce battle for her sanity. The paperback version is now available on Amazon.

3.

I have formatted other books recently:

Murder on the Floodways
The Fifth Floor (Kindle version)
Good Enough for the Richest and Open to the Poorest (I did the cover for this one too!)

If I can’t write a book myself at least I can help people get their work out in the world. It’s satisfying to see the author’s reaction when they see their work in print for the first time.

I have two poetry chapbooks underway and expect to receive another Julie Oleszek novel, Just Like Izzy, and Harold Walker’s book, The Grotto, in May or June.

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