The Traveling Man is back for more!

Check out the latest installment here: http://www.inflatablekayakblog.com/adventures/887-the-traveling-man-chapter-3-louisiana-swamp/

Kindle Reader Giveaway!

Here is a link to an amazing giveaway of not one, not two, but 14 brand new kindles!

http://bibliofreakblog.com/great-kindle-giveaway?ref=805535c81b

Check it out!

William Wordsworth

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

Gertrude Stein on Writing

keeponwriting“Write without thinking of the result
in terms of a result,
but think of the writing
in terms of discovery,

which is to say that creation
must take place
between the pen and the paper,

not before in a thought
or afterwards in a recasting…

It will come if it is there
and if you will let it come.”

Gertrude Stein

Proposed Mastectomy Law Change

Proposed Mastectomy Law Change
(written by a surgeon);

I’ll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn’t grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet ‘Thank you’ they muttered.

A mastectomy is w hen a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Twenty insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let’s give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If you’re receiving this, it’s because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same.

There’s a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It’s about eliminating the ‘drive-through mastectomy’ where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page wi th a petition drive to show your support.. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number..

http://www.mylifetime.com/community/my-lifetime-commitment/breast-cancer/petition/breast-cancer-petition

http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/mastectomy.asp

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your 20 friends.

Got to love a cop with a sense of humor!

These are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers.
The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:

16 ‘You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just
went through.’

15 ‘Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch
after you wear them a while..’

14 ‘If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.’

13 ‘If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired..’

12 ‘Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the
speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.’

11 ‘You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can
write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?’

10 ‘Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it
will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?’

9 ‘Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that
again or I’ll give you another ticket. ‘

8 ‘The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk
or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?’

7 ‘Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to
ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.’

6 ‘Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster
oven.’

5 ‘In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.’

4 ‘How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?’

3 ‘No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re
allowed to write as many tickets as we can.’

2 ‘I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of
yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.’

AND THE WINNER IS….

1. ‘You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we
don’t. Sign here.’

Quote of the day

“I think it’s important to have a goal—
either page count or time—and stick to it.
Consistency and discipline is key.”

-Allison Brennan in an article
in the Romance Writers Report, February 2008