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THERE WAS SOMETHING SAFE, NURTURING and comfortable about growing up in an apartment building. I never felt like I was missing out on anything by not living in a single-family home. My earliest memories contain the assortment of wonderful neighbors who lived in our building. Before I could even walk I learned how to crawl down […]

via Flash Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — moviejoltz

 

Flash Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — moviejoltz

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Twenty Question Interview with Michael Fedison

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1. Where are you from?
I am from Rochester, NY. The Flower City! Now, I live in Vermont.

2. What is your occupation?
Varied! My “day job” is a technical writer for a computer software company, but I also do a ton of freelance proofreading for book publishers and also tutor writing at a local college on Fridays during the semester. Not to mention an indie author, too!

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
Out of the professions listed above, it’s probably the tutoring, when I feel like I really reached a student and helped them out, and helped them to achieve a better grade and appreciate the nuances of the English language, if only just a little bit more than they had previously.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Hmm. Not sure if this is applicable, as I live in a town where the cows outnumber the people! I guess, if I can expand this to the entire state of Vermont, I would say the weather. I just wish the winters up here were a little shorter . . .

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
Waiting for close to 20 minutes while hundreds of cows crossed the road from one pasture to another. I was close enough that some of the cows brushed up against my car as they crossed the road.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
I don’t think I’ve met anyone famous 😦

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
Wow. Um . . . probably speeding down the interstate. I am a careful driver, but sometimes I want to go a bit faster.:)

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I have been known to dabble. Probably somewhere in the middle! Between Chopped and Worst Cooks – the middle path!

9. What quote do you live by?
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” I always try to go deep in the things I learn.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
The unpredictability. There is no clear, tangible way to define the creative process. Some days you are on the mountaintop. Other days you are in the valley. And it’s hard sometimes to see the reasons for either. I suppose the aspect I admire the most about the creative process can also, sometimes, be the most frustrating!

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
Do I have to choose just one?

12. What award would you love to win?
The Nobel Prize for Literature would sure be nice!

13. Favorite dessert?
Ice cream… pretty much any kind.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?
With technical writing, I suppose the dryness. It’s not the most riveting material! It’s always nice to go home in the evening and dip in to something creative.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
I don’t play any instruments. And I don’t even have that much of a desire to learn. If I did take up an instrument, though, it would probably be the guitar.

16. Favorite concert to date?
A Reba concert, back in the day in Rochester.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who
would it be?

Probably Winston Churchill. Or maybe Ray Bradbury. Maybe both at the same time? That would be an interesting dinner.

18. Biggest pet peeve?
Ignorance. Without a doubt.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
Well, “The Singularity Wheel” was published earlier this year! So–if anyone wants to take a look… it is the sequel to “The Eye-Dancers.”

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one? Can I be a shameless, shameless salesman? I would like to answer the question, “Where can I purchase ‘The Singularity Wheel’?” And the answer is–Amazon, at https://www.amazon.com/Singularity-Wheel-Michael-S-Fedison-ebook/dp/B0797XNPHL

But also, I did want to ask you, if you were to answer Question 17 above, who would you choose for the dinner date?
This one changes daily, currently dinner with a secret fan of mine from afar that subtly makes their presence known occasionally would be fun.

Thanks again to Michael for sharing his thoughts with us, please check out this gifted writer now!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes & Tunes

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” ― Ray Bradbury

“Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in.” ― Janeane Garafalo

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” ― Augusten Burroughs

“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ― Rita Mae Brown

“I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.” ― George Carlin

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coming Home (Live at the Royal Albert Hall 12/1/69) / Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Destination Unknown / Missing Persons
Even If It Hurts / Sam Tinnesz
All The Stars / Kendrick Lamar (ft. SZA)
Antmusic / Adam & The Ants
Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man / Public Enemy
Logic / 1-800-273-8255 (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles

Special dedication to Tony ❤

Power Of My Love / Elvis Presley
I Wish It Would Rain Down / Phil Collins
Mainline Florida / Eric Clapton
More Than a Feeling / Boston
Bad / U2
Rocky Mountain Way / Joe Walsh

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday Quotes & Tunes…

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“A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely.” – Allan Lokos

“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” – Jack Kornfield

“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” – Allan Lokos

“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” – Buddha

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

I Feel Free – Cream
Reptilia – The Strokes
Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen
Say Something – Justin Timberlake (feat. Chris Stapleton)
Good to Me As I Am To You – Aretha Franklin
Like I Do – Live
Proud Mary – Tina Turner (Creedance Clearwater Revival cover)
Bargain – The Who
All Those Years Ago – George Harrison

Special Dedication to my beloved brother, Anthony 

Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top
Hysteria – Def Leppard
Crossroads – Cream (live at Winterland, San Francisco / Robert Johnson cover)
Amazing Grace – Elvis Presley (John Newton cover)
Dreams – The Allman Brothers (Live at the Fillmore East)
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Documentary Spotlight

The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling
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https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/garry-shandling-hbo-documentary-zen-diaries-judd-apatow-w518033

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/03/the-zen-diaries-of-garry-shandling-review-hbo/556583/

“Humor is a wonderful way to deal with our suffering because if we can laugh at our troubles, we can feel better. Thich Nhat Hanh is a special man who has helped millions with their suffering with incredible technique. But he doesn’t know real suffering, because he has not dated as much as I have.”

“I don’t think I’m severely politically active. I care deeply, and I have my strong personal beliefs. I think America is dancing on thin ice. But I think it’s bigger even than a political issue. I wonder about the evolution of the human race and spirit and what our goals and reasons for living are.”

I was always a fan of this gifted writer / performer. But after reading some of his intimate journal entries throughout his life (perfect concept / tribute by the way, go Judd!) against a fascinating backdrop of clips, friends, and pictures… I have an even greater appreciation of what his life’s work was truly about.

Considering a few praising words by Garry’s idol George Carlin, completely altered the trajectory of his life. It’s a touching and funny portrayal of one of the most hard-working comic geniuses to ever live. Devotion, passion, enlightenment, struggle, diligent, loquacious, intelligent, grief-stricken, authentic, neurotic, and most importantly zen are the keywords here. Watch it and no flipping!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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David Bowie is

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https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/davidbowieis

Amazed… floored. Some thoughts I had when I saw this unique exhibit at Victoria and Albert Museum in London a few years back. Now it’s stateside in New York, March 2–July 15! Whether you’re a (huge) fan like me or not (shame on you) anything to do with Bowie is a vivid journey worth going on. Never before seen access into the creative brilliance this man encased. David Bowie IS the ultimate artist

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Thursday’s Quotes & Tunes…

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“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” – Kahlil Gabran

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C. S. Lewis

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM
The Man – The Killers
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Wish I Knew You – The Revivalists
Planet Home – Jamiroquai
Red Right Hand – Laura Marling (cover version)
Pyramid Song – Radiohead
What Goes Around… Comes Around – Justin Timberlake
The Things We Do For Love – 10cc
Unforgettable – French Montana ft. Swae Lee
Difficult For Weirdos – Robbie Williams (Take That, forever! :))

Special dedication to Tony ❤
Been Caught Steeling – Jane’s Addiction
Clampdown – The Clash
Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon
Valparaiso – Sting
The Pretender – Foo Fighters

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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