Life is pain


“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” William Goldman

I’m not a big fan of “positive thinking.” Yes, it’s important that we love ourselves, that we try to see all that is good and worthy of gratitude in us and others. I believe in seeing the light in others and offering them the support they need to better themselves.

But I also know that it is extremely important that we be realistic about what is what and who is who.

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Too far apart

many“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.

Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading

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Trump Should Apologize, This was His Election To Lose: Voting For Character Or Policy 2016 [Video]

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  • Donald Trump It Is Time To Publicly Renounce The Hateful Language And Stop Attaching Race and Ethnicity To The Topics.. The Nation Agrees We Need Stronger Borders, But It Is Not All Muslims Or Mexicans, Evil Comes In All Forms.
  • Your Insulting Language For Everyone Who Opposes You IS NOT THE WAY A PRESIDENT SHOULD ACT.
  • You Need To Stop Defending Actions That Promote Misogyny, Denounce The Topic. You Will Not LOSE Any Voters For This, Only GAIN Voters And Restore Integrity To The Election.

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Don’t Outsmart Yourself

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine asked me for advice about writing . And the best thing I could say was that she had to write in the easiest and simplest way possible.

Let me explain.

Ever read a brilliant piece of writing, something so good that you wish you had written it yourself? For aspiring writers, it seems like there’s only one way to go about this: try to write something similar.

Like they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. But, you see, all great writers realized that in order to write something real, something that will resonate with readers, they need to write in the easiest and simplest way possible.

Writing should come naturally. It should be effortless, and it should be about whatever it is that makes your soul ache.

If you can’t shut up about it, then it’s worth writing about it. If it makes your cells dance at the thought of having this story read by people, then write about it.

You know, it is said that one should write the book one should like to read. So, write it the way you’d like to read it. The style that suits you best…

Don’t think about what other people would like to read, don’t try to ride trends, don’t try to please everybody.

In fact, don’t think at all. Just write. And while almost everyone else is thinking about writing, write some more.

The Roundhead, Part 1 – You Are My Sin

Twisted Roads of Madness

He leans back in his seat as he reads over the stories last paragraph, and lets out a satisfied release of air as he presses down on the enter button, scheduling the final post for his Halloween masterpiece. From the corner of his eye, he sees a notification pop up in the top portion of the screen, telling him that the first chapter had been posted and he smiles as he switches off the monitor.

“Think you know how it ends, wait and see, you piece of shit,” he mumbles to himself as he gets up from his seat and stumbles over to his bed, where he collapses, almost instantly, into a deep, dark, fevered sleep, his body drained and in need of a recharge.

It’s little more than an hour later when he’s woken by his phone violently vibrating in his pocket, he fumbles his way in and pulls…

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The Great KOA Getaway

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The Great KOA Getaway

There’s an energizing crispness in the October air – and that’s not all. Regional festivals celebrating local wine, apples, and barbecue lure excited crowds with sweet, smoky aromas and music from homegrown bands. The squawking from a wedge of geese overhead reminds us it’s hunting and camping season. And Halloween is just around the corner.

My latest work, “The Great KOA Getaway,” should get you in the mood. It’s a flash story about an unlucky/lucky ranger caught in the middle of a little misunderstanding at a remote campground. I’d describe it as a mash-up of Twilight Zone and National Lampoon’s Vacation, with just a touch of Lovecraft thrown in. It’s available free (!) at The Flash Fiction Press.

I’ve always enjoyed stories that tickle your goosebumps and funny bone at the same time. And isn’t that what makes Halloween so much fun?

I hope “The…

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SHOWCASE: Vanderhoof Photography International Services

20150228-hollywood-califVanderhoof Photography is a one-person mobile business.
I have no home office. I am and always have been a Lone Wolf.
I am international traveling, and a Jack-of-ALL-TRADES. I don’t expect to ever return to the USA, for any reason.
I do photography, in a variety of styles, photojournalism, product, natural portrait and my favorites landscape & night photography, light painting.
As a light painting night photographer, I have a deeper understanding in lighting moods than most daylight photographers.
I also do graphic design, having started studying the psychology of advertising at age 13 years old. I was in business and needed to understand how to sell.
In 1973, I took Print Shop in High school, and that started my graphic design career. Doing work in the darkroom of the print shop I got offered darkroom equipment of my own and in Jan. 1974, I became a freelance photographer.
I had been shooting cameras since I was 4 yrs. old when a professional photographer who roomed with us, showed me his Hassleblad system. I was hooked and he mentored me some over the years.
I have studied advertising since 13 years old and understand what sells and how to sell products, using the principals of psychology, and knowing how the human person looks and sees things to buy.
I offer my services over the internet through a varieties of websites that allow me to make your files available to you from anywhere in the world where internet is available.
I have background in graphic design, painting with oils & acrylics and studying the “Old Masters”. In 1976 I had my 1st front page freelance photo. Yes, it was a night shot too.
As a Photo Editor of 6 weekly newspapers for 9 years, I have an eye for what sells as well whether hard news or advertising.
Since my product to invent was at age 4 years old and that item in 1962 became a Fad for over 10 years, I have a long history of making sales and knowing market direction.
I owned a variety of personal business and did most all advertising work my self.
I had a screen printing business for 5+ years and included cutting vinyl graphics since I was doing digital computer work then also, 1989-1994.
I have background in writing and my best piece of writing was the single page letter that outlined the creation of the International Space Station. A long story but NASA has not tried to challenge me or my  story.
It is a previous blog post. Written in 1983, I turned the NASA and world around in about 4 months.
In 1975, I wrote a high school paper on Karen Silkwood, in 1984-1985 Karen Silkwood was featured in a major motion picture as the title & about the nuclear industry bad behavior, just as I had pointed out in my High school report.
In 1988, the newspaper I worked for, during the company wide meeting, laughed at me for suggesting that the internet & computer graphics was something to think about getting into. 1992, I was helping install computers networks & teaching the use of modems & Mac computers based on my home screen printing business. Continue reading