DANCING PLANES and stewardesses

YouTube videos, especially those with music and dancing, are helping keep my spirits up. Here is one I hope will help do that for you.

(Click on image to see video.)

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The sky is blue, the sun shines bright, the air is fresh as it fills my lungs. The street outside my elder apartment building is lined with green trees. The houses along the street are nice, not lavish, but well-kept. Three leg-stretching blocks later I come to a one-block park. Green grass shorn low, a few packed-earth walkways wandering through it.

One side hosts low trees shielding concrete bench-table combinations. Several kids play in the dappled sunlight at the edge of the trees. They are attended by a man and woman keeping their social distance from each other. They have a picnic basket which they begin to open to the kids, flushed a bit from the stray rays of virus-killing ultraviolet sunlight.

I lounge on my concrete bench a hundred feet away in the shade of more trees. I soak up the sun and the sights of the park and the caress of a breeze. Children laughing in the distance are the best soundtrack I’ve ever heard.

For a moment I sink into 1880 Brooklyn in New York City. My immortal shapechanger Mary McCarthy is puzzling over…what? For a moment my mind dwells on the plot problem I brought with me from the last book in my Shapechanger Tales trilogy, Shapechanger’s Destiny. But only a moment. I know that some instant soon or days later my subconscious will deliver the solution to me.

I float back up to the sunbright park. It’s not time to be far away in space and time. It’s time to be here and now. Where today I have fought the virus and won.

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THE SPACE ORPHAN trilogy at lowest price allowed

I’ve dropped the price of my most popular books as my tiny contribution to making personal quarantine easier. This is The Space Orphan trilogy. It is the lowest price Amazon will allow: $.99 for each ebook. I’ll keep this up for the next few weeks.

(Click on each book’s image to preview and to buy the book.)

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Heaven is YOUR FAMILY at the seashore

I lost my daughter Vanessa Noelle at seven months old despite the efforts of a world-class heart surgeon. Every once in a while she visits me in my dreams, a puppy sized golden moth.

It is children like mine which Trump and his storm troopers chase and capture and imprison and kill through neglect at the Mexican border.

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MJ inspired BILLY JEAN dancing

Whatever Michael Jackson did in his personal life, in his public life he gave joy to many millions of people all over the world. Here is a dance mashup of performances by both expert and amateur dancers to the tune “Billy Jean.”

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AEROVOYANT – terrific debut book of new author

Saturday the 11th P. L. (Patty) Tavormina had a book signing in the Open Book store at 512 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, California. To bring up Google Maps showing the location click THIS link. I enjoyed the book a lot.

Aerovoyant is a ground-breaking science fiction novel about an environmental crisis on a distant planet and those who fight it. It’s Patty’s debut novel and she’s done a great job. It quickly pulls you in and doesn’t let go till the very end.

Click the image to bring up Amazon’s page for the book. It will let you read the first few chapters and buy the book. You can choose whether you get the ebook or the “pbook.”

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The PROSTITUTE incident

My Space Orphan trilogy has sold very well (by my standards). Enough so I’m beginning to get a fair amount of online attention. Questions about sequels to my other six books. A few nasty emails which my spam filter mostly deletes before I see them. A few enquiries about being on con panels. And last week an email from a “fan” who says that for the low-low price of $400 an hour I can come to her apartment and have sex with her. How could any young woman who has seen the picture on my site’s bio page want to have sex with a man as old as me?!!

Turns out a college student at one of LA’s universities. She’s a part-time hooker. Curious, I spent the money for a date with her. Instead of a sex session in her apartment I turned it into lunch at a restaurant near the off-campus dorm where I met her. There I got her to talk about where she was born and grew up and her experiences in college. Then we returned to her apartment with 15 minutes to go on my hour.

She seemed in no hurry to end our session. Instead she casually removed all her clothing including underwear and sat on the couch talking as if she’d done nothing more consequential than removing her sweater.

I tried to hide my facial and other reactions though my voice surely betrayed me. When my hour was up she matter-of-factly suggested we spend a half hour having sex. Because she was such a fan of the trilogy the price would be $100, half her standard rate. I declined though I was tempted; she is gorgeous. Even with a condom I was leery at sharing her with perhaps dozens of other men.

Instead we talked while she sat perfectly comfortable in just her skin. I brought up all the usual condemnations of prostitution: its poisoning of sexual attitudes in many ways, its degradation of women, its support of patriarchy and trafficking, etc. In her third year at college the textbooks in her shelves included several feminist classics and textbooks for advanced physics and chemistry, drama, marketing, and video production. So I wasn’t surprised when she turned all my points aside with counter-points which were clear, concise, and occasionally witty.

After a while she became bored with the topic. She stood up and told me she had homework and must get to it, ending the discussion with a point she thought conclusive. When she graduated she’d have zero debt, a substantial bank account, and the luxury car parked outside her dorm.

And thus I had my first adventure in literary microcelebrity.

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EMMA STONE and others in happy dance mashup

The Christmas season is upon is with all its hurry and sometimes depression. So here is a fun mashup of dancing and music to act as an antidote to all the stress.

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GENIUS or INGENIOUS scam – the Afghan physics student

I never contribute money to sob stories, even when family or friends introduce them to me. Instead each month I contribute to three charities, one newspaper, and one politician. That’s all support I feel my modest retirement income allows.

There is one exception: support for an Afghan student studying in the US. I have checked it out in several ways and believe it is not a scam. Among the ways is THIS NYTimes article.

She is reported to be a scientific genius of great virtuosity, an immigrant who might rival Albert Einstein. Her biography so far is at the following link. This includes her current field of study: quantum error correction. This is being done in part at CalTech university with Dr. John Preskill whose lectures and seminars I’ve enjoyed over the years.  The request for contributions to her support and education follows.

Sultana: The Girl Who Refused To Stop Learning
Sultana’s Fight for Education

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Over a dozen years ago motivational speaker Judson Lappily created & performed a hilarious dance routine he titled “Evolution of Dance.” It became immensely popular & has spawned dozens of copies and variations.

Since then he had updated it twice. Here is the most recent version.

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