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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  Dear Member of the Listen To Read Audiobook community: Here is a little free Halloween gift for you. Just for fun, I recorded “The Terrible Old Man,” a classic, short gothic horror story, written by the very disturbed H.P. Lovecraft in 1921. It’s about ten spooky minutes long. Here’s the YouTube link: Happy Halloween  Continue Reading »

THE WORLD FAMOUS AUTHOR WHO VANISHED

On the chilly Sunday morning of the 14th of November,1909, a 65-year-old experienced sailor and world famous author, Joshua Slocum, began his last journey. On that morning, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Joshua Slocum cast off the dock lines of his 37 foot wooden sloop, “Spray,” as he had hundreds of times. As usual, he was  Continue Reading »

BEWARE OF ANGRY WHALES

Just when you thought sharks were the only animals to avoid while in the ocean, it seems some angry whales are in attack mode. Whale Attack in Queensland A giant Humpback Whale attacked a 30-foot fishing boat below the water line last week in Queensland, Australia. The pressure from the whale threw the charter boat,  Continue Reading »

DONALD TRUMP, THEODORE ROSEVELT AND THE ANTIQUITIES ACT

      Donald Trump’s re-examination of Bears Ears Monument in Utah,  covered by the Antiquities Act, reminded me why the Antiquities Act had been created in the first place in 1903.       THE HOMESTEAD ACT Before there was an Antiquities Act, there was a Federal Homestead Act of 1862, where the Federal Government  Continue Reading »

THE GOVERNMENT WATER SWAP THAT FLOPPED

Here was the dilemma: Which of these two stunningly beautiful, one of a kind, world class, historically priceless, irreplaceable, works of nature should the US government totally sacrifice, obliterate and destroy, so no future  generations would ever see it? Choose one: A or B? “A” is the stunningly beautiful Steamboat Rock in the Echo Park district  Continue Reading »

THE SECRET GERMAN TELEGRAM THAT PUSHED THE UNITED STATES INTO WAR

    One hundred years ago, in 1917, a secret coded radio transmission from a German transmitter was intercepted by British Intelligence. Great Britain was already at war with Germany. Despite the loss of American lives on the Lusitania, United States President Woodrow Wilson was struggling to keep America out of World War I.    Continue Reading »

HOW TO MURDER A CHINESE EMPEROR

There is a secret in this picture I took last year outside the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. Inside that building, all the doors and windows are blocked by an inside wall so the occupant, the Emperor of China, could not escape. In the year 1898, the Emperor was a prisoner in his own house.      Continue Reading »

THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TRAIL THROUGH THE MOST DANGEROUS JUNGLE

Building a border wall between Mexico and the United States is a hot subject these days. Some people regard the border as the beginning of the illegal immigrant trail into the U.S. But actually, the border is the end of a long trail for would-be illegal immigrants, I recently discovered. Most have traveled along the  Continue Reading »