Fun Facts Friday: Robert Ruark
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 29, 2017

Robert Ruark (29 December, 1915 – 1 July, 1965) was an American author, columnist and hunter who wrote about his experiences. Image from Books by Robert Ruark* 1) Born in Wilmington, NC the family was hit hard by the Great Depression, but still managed to send the author to college, at age 15. 2) Contrary to popular belief, the author did not graduate with a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did take a lot of journalism classes, and did graduate. 3) In 1936 Mr. Ruark moved to Washington DC and was hired as a copy boy for The Washington Daily News. Within a few months, he became the paper’s top sports reporter. 4) Serving in the US Navy during World War II, Mr. Ruark was an ensign and served ten months as a gunnery officer. 5) Mr. Ruark’s newspaper columns were collected into two books, I Didn’t Know It Was Loaded (1948) and One for the Road (1949). 6) Being a successful writer allowed the author to fulfill a lifelong wish and go on a safari to Africa. During his trip he was paired with a guide named Harry Selby because…

New Kiva Loan: Henry Alexander from Tulcán, Ecuador
Latest Posts / December 23, 2017

Click here to donate yourself Henry is an honest, responsible worker who is content that he received economic support to keep working. He is saving money to increase his merchandise and climb out of poverty. He must continue with his business activity and needs to buy more chargers, hands free-mics, and cell phones, wholesale to improve sales. Click here to donate yourself

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Stuart Calverley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 22, 2017

Charles Stuart Calverley (22 December 1831 – 27 February, 1884) was an English poet and writer, considered one of the most brilliant man of his time. 1) He was born as Charles Stuart Blayds in Worcestershire. 2) When he went to Oxford, Mr. Calverley was known as a daring and high-spirited student. 3) He was also known for concentrating more on his social life than academic career. 4) A story is told about Mr. Calverley winning Oxford’s Chancellor’s prize for Latin verse. It is said he was locked in his rooms for an entire afternoon, not letting him out until he write a poem they all agreed would win the prize. 5) Eventually though, this favorite student and a brilliant scholar was expelled from Oxford. 6) After his expulsion, he changed his last name to Calverley (his grandfather changed it to Blayds, but Charles and his father changed it back) to avoid consequences and finished his schooling at Christ’s College, Cambridge. 7) To this day, Mr. Calverley is the only undergraduate to win the Chancellor’s prize for Latin verse in both universities. 8) He won the Craven scholarship in 1854, the Camden medal in 1853 and 1855, the Browne medal (Greek ode) in 1855, and the members’ prize…

Fun Facts Friday: Betty Smith
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 15, 2017

Betty Smith (15 December, 1896 – 17 January, 1972) was an American author best known for her book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Books by Betty Smith* 1) The author was born in Brooklyn, NY as the eldest of three children as Elisabeth Wehner. 2) As a child, she loved the public library on Leonard Street. 3) Mrs. Smith was made to quit school to help support her family. 4) She met her husband, George H. E. Smith, a debate team coach, when working at a social service center on Jackson Street called the School Settlement Association. 5) The couple moved to Queens, and eventually to Ann Arbor, MI. 6) After raising their two girls, Mrs. Smith attended the University of Michigan even though she never finished high school. 7) At the university, she won the Avery Hopwood Award. 8) In 1938, the divorced author moved to Chapel Hill, NC and in 1943 married her second husband, Joseph Jones. 9) Her famous book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was published in 1943 as well. 10) During her long career, Mrs. Smith received many awards and fellowships for her work in drama. Books by Betty Smith* Zohar – Man of LA…

Book Review: Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / December 13, 2017

About: Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill is a non-fiction book, examining the policies of the United States, and the consequences, on the War on Terrorism. Mr. Scahill is an editor and journalist for online and print publications. 680 pages Publisher: Nation Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1568589549 My rating for Dirty Wars – 4 Buy Dirty Wars from* More Books by Jeremy Scahill Thoughts: This is not an easy book to read, especially for a patriotic American. Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill pulls no punches, is not afraid to commend, but mainly criticize policies, politicians, and those who are at the edge of the spear implementing them. Mr. Scahill analyzes ideology, religion and politics, not afraid to criticize policies or individuals (mostly policy makers). The author goes to great lengths into relevant history to give the reader some context about decisions made. The history delves into people, what made them who they are and how they became true believers in their own policies. Not only Americans, but Muslim clerics and radicals. The historical background and analysis helps the author connect seemingly unrelated events and their impacts on policies and practices. The research in this book in incredible,…

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn and Power Girl by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / December 11, 2017

I liked Harley Quinn in her debut in Batman: The Animated Series, one of the few characters in comics who transitioned well from TV to comic books (and not the other way around). She has become an iconic character and, no disrespect to Margot Robbie’s excellent interpretation of the character in Suicide Squad, all the fans probably hear the voice of actress Arleen Sorkin in their heads.

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