Monday, February 23, 2015

Who I Am: Book Review

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Want to know what it's like to live as a rock star? You can find out all the inside scoop in Pete Townshend's memoir, "Who I Am." It's a fascinating glimpse into the world of rock artists and how they live. 

It Was Meant To Be

Born in West London, England at the end of World War II, in the era of Swing music, both his father and mother were part of the music industry. It was a natural fit and meant to be, for him to grow up to become a musician. An intelligent you man, he knew right away music was his field.

What's His Story?

As lead guitarist and songwriter for The Who, he tells of the famous stars he knew, the excitement of being famous, hardships of being on the road, as well as the fun, fans, groupies and how they all had their effect on him and the band. He also tells of his childhood, the disagreements and rivalries between members of The Who, consisting of drummer Keith Moon, lead singer Roger Daltry, bassist John Entwhistle and Townshend as lead guitarist. He relates how they managed to put aside their differences and work together. You don't want to miss this amazing and fascinating story of one of  the greatest rock groups of all-time.

Influences In His Early Years.

Pete Townshend spent his childhood with an abusive grandmother. Living daily with the treatment she dished out, caused him to have a great resentment for her and his parents. Once his siblings began to arrive, he concentrated on protecting them from the turmoil in the home, so they wouldn't go through what he had experienced. He became quite cynical of the world and its people. It's no wonder that once he became a rock star, he acted out, trashing hotel rooms, indulging in harmful substances and being late for performances. He and fellow group member Keith Moon had a lot of the same reactions to stardom, with the exception of Moon's death in 1974.

Not Only "WHO" But Other Songs

The Who became popular for many reasons, not the least was Roger Daltry's singing and Pete Townshend's guitar playing. They grew hit songs like they were growing tomatoes, one tumbling after the other. There was "Who Are You," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "The Magic Bus," "I Can See For Miles," "See Me, Feel Me," and of course, the all-time, iconic, popular, never to be attained by any other group, "The Pinball Wizard," from the rock opera "Tommy," among other hits.

The original members of The Who, in 1975
Left to right: Roger Daltry, John Entwhistle, 
Keith Moon and Pete Townshend

TV Series Theme Song and Guest Appearance

If you're a fan of  TV's CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) starring Ted Danson, you will have heard the theme song, which is "Who Are You?" played by The Who. The show has been one of the highest rated television shows of all time. The theme to the show has not changed since it began in 2000. Roger Daltry of The Who played as a guest star on the 150th episode, "Living Legend."


Read about the tragic and strange death of Keith Moon

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Moving On, Once Again!


I'm Moving On, Once Again


Some years ago, I began writing at a content site known as eHow. I'd written only a short time there, when it was sold to Demand Studios, who then completely changed it. Rules were different, editors were incorporated (a good thing, if I must say so.) But not everybody got moved to DS, there were only a few of us chosen. There was no sense of "family" or community. Then they began to rework us into automatons, and every article began to look and read the same. Uniformity is a good thing in some instances, but too much becomes boring. I knew it wasn't the place for me. So I moved on to Squidoo, thanks to a good friend who suggested it.


Squidoo Years, Fun and Income


I made over 400 pages in my time of writing at Squidoo, an online content site. I became the "Women in the Military Contributor" and the "History Buff Contributor," and enjoyed having a niche in which I felt I could provide writing prompts for others. It was a fun place to write, with good people who became my friends, my "family." I enjoyed writing there for nearly five years, made some money at it and then suddenly it was over. Our "family" was sold to HubPages and I felt abandoned, betrayed, angered and orphaned.

Moving On Is A Part Of Life


I'm 75 years old and throughout my life, as with most of us, there has been a series of moving on from people, situations and jobs. This is only one of them, and just as when a loved one leaves us, it took me a few days to get over my initial grief. My hurt was deepened by the fact that I had encouraged other writers to stick with Squidoo. I felt sorry for the writers who believed in Squidoo and in me.

The Next Stage: Anger


When Squidoo first bit the dust I went through various stages of grief. One of them was anger. I'd find myself angry at all sorts of unrelated things; dropping a spoon, my hair needing a cut, and my partner's tone of voice. The real reason for my anger was that I felt betrayed, and no one in my family seemed to understand my hurt. How could they? None of them had ever written on a content site, and none of them had ever had this kind of thing happen. It took a few weeks to get over this stage. That's why I suggest, if you are going through something like this, do something good for yourself, and get some help. I've suggested a couple of books on this page to help you deal with despair, disappointment and anger because of unexpected changes in your personal or public life.

I Let My Group Down


On Facebook I ran a group called Squidoo Positivity, known for encouraging writers to do their best on the site, even in the face of negativity from others. We built a cohesive group who supported and encouraged one another. Imagine what a test for my positivity when Squidoo made the decision to close! On the day of the announcement, I cried off and on all day. I felt I had let my group down, and I worried about them. After my "mourning" period, I decided to move forward and changed the group's name to The Writer's Door. I put out the word and invited all online writers to join a supportive, encouraging group. It has now become one of the most respected writer's groups on Facebook, with over 250 members.

I Felt Like An Orphan


After Squidoo folded, I felt I was "cut loose," from a place where I felt comfortable and at home. I felt like an orphan, floundering, not knowing what to do or what to expect next. I worried that my stories would not fit HubPages needs and requirements. I worried if Squids would be accepted, and if our writing was what they were looking for. As it turns out, it didn't work for me. So now... I'm moving on, once again

No Matter What Happens....

UPDATE: Moving On, Once Again!


Here it months later, in February of 2015. I'm now moving on, once again. HubPages is NOT the place for me. My writing or my subjects are the problem, I'm not sure which. In the time I've been there, I had only a few small sales in November, and nothing at all until February, in which I made 32 cents on a small sale. But the lack of pay is not the only problem. The biggest problem is that HP, like Squidoo, continues to change the rules almost every week. When we first moved the rule was 50 words for each product. I complied, eliminating everything I couldn't support with at least 50 meaningful words. Since then, that rule has changed to 100 words per product and no more than 3 products per page. And now there's talk of not allowing products at all. The hobbyist writers there will enjoy that very much, and that's fine for them. But I am a professional writer who wants to be a successful writer. As Stephen King, the modern writer I most admire says:

“If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.” 

Most writers realize there are many talented writers out there in the world. But if you have aspersions to being one of them, the little thing about being "paid" is very important to remember. King wrote for free until he was able to get his name out to the public and from that point he never wrote again for free. I've decided if I'm going to write for free it shall be on my own site, not another's.

 AS Willie Nelson Sings It...I'm Movin' On!



Take Control Of Your Life

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thermos Leak-Proof Travel Mug

Thermos Leak-Proof Travel Mug

Taking a road trip is a lot of fun. But I like to have my hot coffee along on the ride, to keep me alert. Every travel mug I've owned has been a big disappointment in one way or another. Most of them did not keep the beverage hot or cold long enough and few of them were leak-proof. Many mugs proclaim they do these things, but I've never had one that actually accomplished it, until a recent road trip to visit relatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Before leaving I looked online to find a thermal travel mug, hoping I could find one that at least kept the beverage inside it at the proper temperature. While browsing through the products available on Amazon, I came across so many different mugs it became confusing, and some of them I already had and they didn't do the job. Finally, my attention was drawn to a tall, stately looking Thermos brand, leak-proof travel mug. I checked out the recommendations other customers gave and they sounded very positive. Yeah, sure I thought! But something kept drawing me back to that particular cup and finally I decided I'd order two of them, and check them out before our trip.

I ordered one red ,for me, (my favorite color) and one blue, for my partner and we decided to check them out locally to see how well they performed. On a trip around town for various errands including a doctor's appointment, we filled them with ice water, closed the top and were gone for about four hours with the cup sitting in the car a good deal of that time. We were pleasantly surprised when we learned at the end of our jaunt that the ice water was still icy and no, we did not put ice cubes in it. Now we had another test for it, and we deliberately turned the mug over and left it lay on the floorboard of the car when we parked in the driveway. Six hours later we opened the door of the car to....a DRY floorboard. Considering this a successful test, though not a completely definitive one, we took the mugs on our road trip.

SUCCESS! We kept coffee hot for hours in these mugs, we kept ice water icy for hours, and not once, did a drop ever spill out of them, even if they got turned over, as long as we remembered to close it after drinking. Here's how it works: the cap of the cup screws snugly into the bottom and there is a toggle on top to open or close the mug. Another advantage of this cup is that it has a handle and the toggle works for right or left handed people, depending on which way you turn it. The mug is a stainless steel, double wall, vacuum insulated cup, built with the same quality as the large Thermos brand thermal bottles.Thermos brand has been the standard of excellence for carrying hot or cold foods without difficulty for many years. Here are more Thermos products you may like.

Thermos Stainless King 40-Ounce Beverage Bottle, Cranberry
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Going to be gone for a while and need to carry lots of water or coffee along with you? This 40-ouncer will do the job for you.

Ss Tea Tumbler With Infuser
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If you prefer tea, this is the thing for you! It comes with an infuser and will keep your tea hot or cold.

Thermos Brand ~ Tumbler & Food Jar - 2 Piece Set
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If you want to take food from home for lunch at work, and keep it HOT OR COLD, this version is for you.

The Point Is Thermos Quality

Nobody does temperature control like Thermos products. These Thermos travel mugs are quality made, double walled stainless steel. If you take care of them they will last forever and perform just as well years from now as they did when brand new.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Help Save America's Endangered Wild Horses

Driving Them Into The Chute
A Desperate Flight For Their Lives

This is the story of America's endangered wild horses. You may not know or have even thought of this, but in the states of Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and other states, the Bureau of Land Management conducts a wild horse and burro roundup several times a year. What do they do with them? They take them off the range, pen them up in the sun, rain or snow without shelter and spend your tax dollars feeding and watering them until (A.) they die or (B.) they're sold to someone who makes a profit from their slaughter. Those of us who live in the states where this is done, have seen helicopters flying low enough to touch the backs of their prey. One video has shown a burro deliberately being tipped over with the landing gear of a helicopter. It must have been great fun for the pilot. With this terrifying sound just inches away from them, frantic horses and burros are herded into chutes leading into holding pens. Herds and family groups are broken up, many animals are injured, some even die during this desperate run. The remainder are then kept in the blazing hot sun, fed and watered whenever the keepers get to it, and eventually loaded into trucks and sent to another location. 

Wild Horse Families

Wild horses form their own family units, consisting of a stallion, his mares and their foals and colts. These are now broken up with these roundups, separating the stallions from the mares, and the foals from their mothers. The mares whinny to their foals, the stallions are angered and make loud noises, and fight each other, trying to get to their families to protect them. Once they're taken off the range, they likely will never see each other again. These are the magnificent horses who symbolize the West. These are the horses and burros the Bureau of Land Management likes to "manage," a euphemism for "getting rid of." 

Public Lands Reserved For Paying Ranchers

Why does the BLM do this? It's very simple...the public lands are wanted by the ranchers for their cattle, they certainly don't want to share any forage or water with wild horses and burros that earn them nothing. Cattle ranchers have a powerful lobby in politics and that power causes their word to carry enough weight to remove the animals that are taking "their" public land forage. Are there politicians who are on the "take" from these cattle lobbies. Most probably there are. After all, wild horses and burros are a nuisance and getting rid of them is a government representative's duty. I'm sure they figure if they make a little money doing it, so much the better. These are supposedly the PEOPLE'S representatives. I beg to differ, they don't represent me and lots of other people who think what they're doing is cruel and inhumane.

I Only Have A Voice And A Forum

I live in the city and have no land or resources to help these wild horses, but I have a voice and a forum here and I intend to use it. It is my hope that through this story, some of you will be inspired to speak up about the deliberate, systematic extinction of our wild horse herds. So now I'm asking, will you speak up to save the life of an intelligent, courageous animal? Well, read on, and maybe you will come to that conclusion.

These Horses Are Being Willfully Exterminated

The book below came from people who have followed and been part of the fight to save these beautiful horses from extinction. The story is to help people understand what is happening every day, and what the eventual outcome will be. If you care about the plight of these great animals, please get the complete story here from the people who are living it right now.

Injuries and Deaths Are Common

Many are terribly injured as they are fleeing the helicopters. Foals are separated from their mothers and some fall behind and die along the way from dehydration, exhaustion or injuries. Older horses also suffer and die. During their desperate run for freedom, as many as 80 horses have died in one herd. Once they are contained, the stallions fight each other because they have been separated from their own herd and put in with other stallions. They're desperate to get free. Sometimes stallions break their necks trying to get through the metal fences to their families to protect them. Is this the way to treat these magnificent animals? It's shameful that we can allow this to happen in this country.

BLM Claims The Horses Are Starving.

BLM says the horses are starving on the range. Whenever there is television coverage of the helicopter chase of these gorgeous animals, there's not one in the group that looks emaciated. The emaciation comes later, after they've been caged for a time. If you were hunted down, run nearly to death from exhaustion, and put in a pen with people you don't know, would you have an appetite?

They're also restricted from access to water in many places. The ranchers in Nevada on United States government owned lands have been known to fence off water sources so the horses cannot get to them, opening them for their cattle to drink and then closing them again. Horses have been shot down and nobody gets punished because there's "no evidence" as to who did it.

What Happens To These Horses?
  After the horses are kept for some time in these pens, they are auctioned off. The people who "adopt" them may, or may not, be people who care about them. They are supposed to keep them for at least two years, but does anyone check up on these "adopted" horses? Of course not, so some of them are sold for slaughter because it makes the seller a nice piece of change. Horse meat is a very popular food in other countries. What an ignominious end for a magnificent, courageous animal.

The Irony of The Nevada State Quarter

Nevada's state quarter, issued in 2006, features wild horses, which the State is currently eliminating.

In a few more years, they will be as extinct as the dinosaurs, and the only way anyone will see them is on this quarter, in books, on videos.

What Do Americans Want?

Is this really what America more wild horses or burros? I don't believe it is. Write to your congressman, your senator, or even the President himself if you believe we have a right to keep our wild horses. Please, if you have a care for these brave animals, write today, while there is still time.

Links for more information

Below you will find a link to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

I've also included a link to the BLM which will give information regarding possible adoption of these horses or burros.

 The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195)
    This is the law that was enacted in 1971 which specifically says "That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of li
 George Knapp of Las Vegas' 8NewsNow tells of a roundup of wild horses and burros in Nevada. 
 George Knapp has been a solid supporter of wild horses.

Horse Adoption Information   
This is a link to horse adoption information through the Bureau of Land Management. Kill buyers need not apply!

Saving America's Wild Horses
A website devoted to saving and preserving America's wild horse herds.

Wild Hoofbeats: 
News, alerts and information about America's wild horses.

Preserving and saving America's Wild Horses How You Can Help.

I ask you to write to your government representatives at the links listed below, and to support these wild horse preservation organizations I've put here. America's wild horses need your help before it's too late.

    House of Representatives
    Write to the United States House of Representatives
    United States Senate
    Write to the United States Senate
    The United States of America White House
    Write to the President of the United States
    The Cloud Foundation
    Wild Horse Preservation

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One Hit Wonders Of The 60s And 70s

One Hit Wonders of the 60s and 70s

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They Flashed Across
The World of Rock
Burning Out Quickly

In the great era of rock and roll, the 1960s and 1970s, there were performers who were known as "One Hit Wonders." These are musical artists, who, for unknown reasons, were famous for only their "15 minutes" of fame. Like a comet flashing across the sky, these names today are often unremembered. Oddly enough, if you hear the song that made them famous, you remember it. A few of these performers are Zager and Evans (In The Year 2525,) R. Dean Taylor (Indiana Wants Me,) Edison Lighthouse (Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,) Norman Greenbaum (Spirit In The Sky,) and more. On this page I'll take you on a journey through a few of these "One Hit Wonders," and find out what's happened to them since their glory days.

 Zager and Evans - In The Year 2525

Denny Zager and Rick Evans

Do you remember the opening to this song as if it were yesterday? I sure do, and maybe it's portentous of things to come?

"In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may fly."

Musical artists Denny Zager and Rick Evans of “In The Year 2525” teamed up after meeting at the Nebraska Wesleyan University. The recording sold over 4 million copies by 1970. Another bit of trivia is that it was #1 on the United States charts on July 20, 1969, the date of the first manned moon landing, by American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Zager and Evans no longer perform, but they’re still friends and work within the music industry. Zager builds custom guitars, making Zager Guitars one of the preferred brands in the business.

R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me

R. Dean Taylor of “Indiana Wants Me,” fame is actually a Canadian. This song made him a top selling recording artist, but then he moved on to record for a new record label Rare Earth, which closed down in 1976. Taylor tried a comeback in 1980, and established his own record label Jane Records. His recordings are popular on Canadian radio.

Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman

Eddie Holman famed for “Hey There Lonely Girl,” is a successful business man, owns the record label Agape Records and a music publishing company Schoochiebug Music Publishing. He still tours with the Eddie Holman Band, and lives in Philadephia, PA.

Edison Lighthouse - 
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes

Edison Lighthouse, a UK group, made their streak across the skyline with “Love Grows Where Rosemary Goes,” hitting the charts in both the UK and the U.S. The original lead vocalist Tony Burrows, left the group after the hit, and was replaced by singer/actor Paul Vigrass. After the group broke up, Les Fradkin obtained the rights to the name Edison Lighthouse and the group lineup is now Brian Huggins (lead vocalist,) Peter Butt (bass guitar,) Stephane Booroff (drums,) and Peter Amos (lead guitar.) They still perform gigs in various places.

Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Norman Greenbaum, who wrote and performed “Spirit In The Sky,” was raised in a traditional Jewish home and went to Hebrew school. Even though his tune is spiritual, he says the music of the early 50s and 60s inspired him to write it, but he is a staunch Jew to this day. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Son

Terry Jacks, Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer, had his one-time hit with "Seasons In The Sun" in 1974. Since that time he has become a firm environmentalist, forming a group called Environmental Watch, fighting large scale pulp and logging companies who are under suspicion of non-compliance of environmental laws.

Sanford-Townsend Band - Smoke From A Distant Fire

Ed Sanford and Johnny Townsend, Blue eyed soul, originating from Alabama singing what's known as "blue-eyed soul," had a hit with this 1977 song "Smoke From A Distant Fire." Itwas the only one for the group. The two men are now session musicians and songwriters still involved in the music industry.

Randy VanWarmer - Just When I Needed You Most

Randy VanWarmer wrote this song after a devastating breakup, and because it touched so many hearts, it went up the success ladder quickly. It continued to be popular for several weeks, and even today, some artists still perform the song. VanWarmer continued writing and helping other songwriters until his death in 2004.

Do you remember this? 96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians

In October of 1966, a recording hit the airwaves and soared to the #1 spot in the U.S. and Canada immediately, where it was played continually. It seems you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing it, any time of night or day. But it was catchy, fun, and had a sound that some connect with the start of punk rock. Behind the ? was a man named Rudy Martinez. This song was a one hit wonder, in that their other recording never made it past the 20s on the chart. Then they "mysteriously" vanished

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If you're a fan on 60s and 70s music, you're bound to have a favorite (or 2 or more) in the One Hit Wonders category. Share it with the world in the comment section below!