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I am a recovering drug addict. My drug of choice: Nicotine.

     On January 14, I celebrated my 35th anniversary of freedom from the chains of tobacco misery, smoking four packs of Pall Mall’s every day. I smoked constantly and everywhere, in the office, in elevators, movie theaters and yes, even in the shower with a burning butt on the edge of the commode. Every morning I suffered twenty minutes of wretched coughing jags, only to light up after.

     Nicotine is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs in history. For decades, American culture glorified cigarettes as though part of a sophisticated dress code. It was cool. Practically every movie depicted stars puffing on cigarettes; doctors and celebrities received handsome rewards for endorsing the drug; cigarette companies contributed to political parties while they deliberately enhanced the potency of tobacco to keep people hooked.

     My mother smoked Kents with the “micronite” filter, falling for the propaganda they were healthier than unfiltered. She died of cancer, 1966.

     It was all a lie. It was all about money. Cigarettes represented a multi-billion dollar industry. Naysayers and scientists who tried to tell the truth, who tried to warn, were ignored. They were bad

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  1. There will be an attempt to assassinate President Trump. The incendiary atmosphere in America is at a peak, fueled by the ongoing intense hatred for Donald Trump as expressed, irresponsibly, by several major news networks, and print media that cannot accept the fact that Hillary lost. These news networks, as well as a cadre of far-left politicians continually spew calls for “impeachment” not for evidence of committing a crime, but for no other reason than being elected. Such rhetoric only needs to successfully inspire one lone wacko with a gun, as we have seen four times in American history.


  1. The U.S. will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Other nations will follow suit as the UN gradually accedes to pressures from the U.S. to assume greater roles in supporting the UN financially, and to support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign state. The move will spark anger and demonstrations from Palestinians, and violence may erupt, but it will not prevent the moving of the embassy


  1. Construction on the border fence will begin, with limitations as many sections will cede to more modern methods, i.e., electronics, aerial surveillance, concentrated patrol, etc., for securing the border and preventing
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(This Op-Ed appears in the December 16, 2017 issue of Florida Today newspaper.)

Bullying is a nightmare for many kids, a problem which schools, government officials, and yes, some parents, do not take seriously enough. It can impact a person’s future forever. In some instances, it can cause death and destruction within families.

I know something about bullies. I remember a slightly built boy in seventh grade nicknamed Squidgie who didn’t realize that other kids thought he was a “fairy.” A bigger boy named Stanley and his followers began taunting Squidgie daily in hallways, bathrooms and school yards, belittling, screaming, laughing, pointing and humiliating the child to the point that he began to withdraw into his own world. His mother (widowed) was perplexed, unable to crack through the shell that Squidgie withdrew into.

One day, a gaggle of boys and girls played dodge ball after school with Squidgie as the target in the circle center until he fell. From there, came the pushing, hitting and kicking. The kids took his violin from the case and threw it in the bushes, all laughing and screaming, “Squidgie is a fairy” over and over. The world became a lonely place for that child.

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In a word:  Dark

     This is a movie for wannabe movie actors, who seriously study the art of acting by watching every move, every expression every nuance, every word spoken (or unspoken) by star, Frances McDormand, the quintessential thespian. This is what Oscar performances are made of.  

     The plot surrounds the single, middle-aged mother of a girl who had been raped and murdered in a small town in Missouri, where the perpetrator(s) were never caught or brought to justice. After several months of no action by police, Frances Hayes (played by McDormand) runs out of patience and proceeds to rent three dilapidated billboards, in consecutive arrangement, off a desolate road near blue-collar Ebbing, Missouri (a town that does not exist) where she pastes three large signs that read: 1) RAPED WHILE DYING, 2) STILL NO ARRESTS and 3) HOW COME CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?

     The bold action by the take-no-crap woman ignites a firestorm of reactions from the entire town, including the chief of police whose name appears on one of those signs, deftly played by Woody Harrelson. Enemies erupt from everywhere, but this is one tough gal who dazzles and puzzles the authorities

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This is a pitch hoping to interest my readers and friends in giving books as Christmas gifts this year. Yes, MY books. 


The Christmas holiday is but 3 weeks away. I many published books, half fiction and half non-fiction, some of which would make excellent gifts to readers with varied interests.  And for everyone who makes a purchase for the holiday, I will sell (and sign) each book at a discount, and charge no shipping costs.  Can’t beat that. Certainly a better deal that

Order books by sending check (and your mailing address) to Frankly Speaking Enterprises, P.O. Box 411841. Melbourne, Fl.  32941.  Cost for each book is denoted below.  (If you have a special message to be penned, let me know)
Here’s a brief synopsis of each:
 The Upside To Murder:     $15
(This book was recipient of the Don Argo Award in fiction by the Space Coast Writers Guild. It also was contracted two years for the rights to a movie – which never materialized). 
After 16 year-old Cassandra is gang-raped, shot and left for dead, African-American physician, Orville T. Madison, embarks on a stealth campaign to protect his daughter from reliving the terrifying ordeal
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Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, is Suzanne’s birthday. The most remarkable human being known to me.   My bride of nearly 29 years. Here she is, the day we were married. She even made her own dress.  (She makes everything!)


 — Suzanne, June 14, 1989 —


Three years ago, Suzanne accepted an offer to tell part of her personal story on video.  It’s about 8-9 minutes. Enjoy:


In 2011, Suzanne was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Brevard County, for her work in bringing awareness to our fallen soldiers and victims of terror, by installing flags and banners across the giant Unitarian property abutting U.S. # 1 in south Rockledge. It was a major project to coordinate, indeed.


FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE:  2007.                                      

FIELD ON THE UNFORGOTTEN   September 11, 2011







Suzanne’s son, Tyson, and family:  Lisa (wife)

Grandkids: Logan, Andrew, Avery, Carling


Plus OUR kids, Jason 32, and Lacey, 31  (It’s a long story) But they ARE our kids…who Suzanne (and I) took in some 22 years ago. One of her life’s greatest achievements…for which I…and they…will always be grateful. 


Sue, Shilpi, (girlfriend) Jason                          Lacey, Daniel

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Of Course, hindsight is 20/20. But has anyone ever wondered what would have happened if Hillary dumped Bill Clinton once she learned that he continued to brazenly cheat on her, in the White House itself? She would likely be, or would have become, president, by a landslide.

Instead, she has chosen to stick by her sleazy spouse, despite the overwhelming evidence of his disregard for fidelity to his wife and family, even to the point of debasing his accusers.

You ask why?  Is it not obvious? Hillary took the wrong course in all of these incidents that dishonored her. Her ambitions from day one was not to be a good wife, nor a good senator, or a good secretary of state. Her goal has always been obsessively fixated on becoming the first female president, to the point that she would allow herself humiliation and dishonor, while doing her best to pretend she’s a women’s rights advocate.

Give me a break.

If Hillary was truly a thumper for women’s rights and role model for the weaker gender in America, she would have acted like one. She would have taken no crap from a husband who – for decades — continually refused

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