By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American
This morning I was watching an old black and white movie, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, about a prizefighter, Joe Pendleton, attempting to fulfill his destiny as World Champion when he’s “mistakenly taken to Heaven before his time, and then is given a second chance back on Earth”; but that’s not what I wanted to write about.
No; but this movie had a scene set in the Farnsworth Mansion with his boxing trainer, Max “Pop” Corkle, leaving via a fancy entrance foyer with a set of marble stairs. In the movie, Joe Pendleton was temporarily ‘inhabiting’ Bruce Farnsworth’s body, getting it “in the pink” so he could continue toward becoming the World Champ in boxing; but Farnsworth got murdered which meant Joe Pendleton would have to ‘inhabit’ some other body to complete his destiny. As mentioned, this isn’t what I wanted to write about; but some details are necessary to get there.
The marble stairs leading to the front door stirred a memory. My mind was seeing two sets of stairs; the one in the movie and yet another, the image of a similar set of stairs from an old crime scene.
I remember stepping over a dead man’s body from back when I was a rookie police officer dispatched to the scene of a real murder on Kirby Street in the fashionable River Oaks section of Houston. As it turned out, that murder became quite a sensation as it involved high society.
“In 1972 (Sept. 24, 1972) Dr. John Hill was ambushed and shot to death in his home. He was with his new wife, Connie, and his son, who were both left unharmed.”
“The story became a bestseller called Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson and later a TV movie called Murder in Texas, with Farrah Fawcett playing Joan Robinson.”
The senior police partner I rode with that evening assigned me to go to the house next door and stay with the young boy who had been taken in by neighbors upon hearing of the murder. Just a guess on my part; but since I’d only been a police officer for about six months, he probably didn’t want me mucking up any evidence at the crime scene.
I really don’t remember much about the investigation that was taken over by the Homicide Division and eventually ended up in Criminal Court. I do remember receiving a subpoena and going down to Records Division for a copy of the report to refresh my mind on details that I might need if I were asked to sit in the witness chair.
Turns out there was almost a book’s worth of printed police report the clerk handed me. I really wasn’t a witness to much, if anything, that might indicate my need for being subpoenaed; but apparently, the District Attorney’s Office sent a subpoena to any officer whose name appeared in the original police report.
Watching an old movie did all that, just think what the mind is capable of remembering when it’s triggered by a simple image, a familiar fragrance or just about anything. Isn’t life interesting…
For all of you out there that wondered what the heck happened to me over the last couple of weeks, I have answers. 😉
On Dec. 5th I went in to have a hysterectomy. It’s a common surgery and all looked well when I went home a day or so later. Unfortunately, I developed a secondary infection that was very serious. They nuked it with very strong antibiotics that in turn hurt my kidneys. I had to wait until that stabilized to go home.
I will be recovering for a few weeks, but I’m back. Thank you all for supporting me and being so kind.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Just a note to everyone out there… I am fine and I went home a day early. Will be recovering for six weeks, but heck… I can still write.
Thank you for all the warm wishes and prayers. They paid off.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Just a note to our readers… I will be gone for a couple of days, so consider this an open thread if you like. I am going into the hospital for routine surgery and should be back no later than Friday.
Hold the fort for me while I’m gone and all prayers are appreciated.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Recently, I received a copy of The Wyvern in the Wilderlands by Eddie Patin. I’m a huge fan of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter books, so this looked interesting, to say the least. I was not disappointed either.
The book is a wild ride between universes. I don’t want to give the book away, but let’s just say you will constantly be trying to figure out how the hero is even still alive. The action is very fast-paced and if I were playing the lead in this, I wouldn’t have survived five minutes dealing with the monsters that our hero Jason beats time and again. The life expectancy in some of these wild places is less than zero.
The book captivated me from start to finish and that is not easy to do. I plan on reading the whole series and after you jump into the book, you will too. Rarely do I see characters described so vividly that I can fully picture them the way I do in this book. And you will love not only the story but the ending. It’s a rollercoaster from top to bottom. Even my husband is reading it.
If you are into fantasy and sci-fi, this book is definitely for you. If you love monster hunting, this series is excellent.
Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
Explore other Universes.
Hunt Deadly Monsters.
Make a Profit.
Jason always loved dinosaurs as a kid. He never thought that one day he’d be trapped on a dinosaur world struggling to stay alive.
This is the story of Jason Leaper of Earth, universe 934. In the mind-bending expanse of parallel universes and higher dimensions, the unexpected death of an alternate Jason Leaper launches our hero’s boring life into a wild adventure of survival, fantastic creatures, and bizarre other worlds!
All Jason Leapers across the infinite multiverses have the ability to rift–to open portals through other dimensions to shift between alternate realities. And when the last survivors of the Reality Rifters–an interdimensional Monster Hunter crew–come looking for Jason 934, the directionless man suddenly finds his latent powers awakened and his life is changed forever. When he is suddenly teleported to the Wilderlands, a vicious and primordial alternate Earth overrun with dinosaurs, primitive savages, and epic wilderness, Jason is cast into a visceral struggle for basic survival and needs to figure out his rifting powers in a hurry if he expects to get home. And when the monster hunting planeswalkers finally catch up to him, will Jason Leaper 934 slay the apex predator in the region and take his place in the Reality Rifters?
The Wyvern in the Wilderlands is a fast-paced survival story and is the first book in the “Monster Hunting for Fun and Profit” series about Jason Leaper 934 and his planes-walking Reality Rifters, Monster Hunters for hire. If you love books about guns, survival, vicious and terrible mythical monsters, cosmic horror, time travel, DINOSAURS, and exploring strange new worlds … read this today!
If you are looking for a great present to give others this holiday season, I would definitely recommend these books. You’ll be hooked in no time. If you are old enough to remember “Sliders” and “Quantum Leap” and you loved those shows, you will love this book. If not, then you are in for a new treat that will make you want to watch those shows.
Happy monster hunting! You can get your copy at Amazon.
The UK Guardian proclaimed black conservative activist and singer/songwriter Lloyd Marcus to be the most prominent African-American of the Tea Party movement. Marcus has spoken and sang at over 500 Tea Party rallies across America. Marcus is renowned for proclaiming himself, “The Unhyphenated American.”
Hollywood film director Robert Kirk has produced a new stunningly moving music video using Marcus’ original song titled, “We Are Americans.”
The release of Marcus’ new “We Are Americans” music video is July 4th: https://youtu.be/FZ_P6bpMlYI
“My fellow Americans my heart goes out for our country. We have fallen away from biblical principles and values which have made America the shining city on a hill. During your July 4th Independence Day celebration, between eating burgers and hot-dogs, please gather your family to enjoy this new 4-minute music video reminding us of who we are as Americans. Happy Independence Day! Thanks and God Bless.” Lloyd Marcus