Recent Reviews for Michael L Thal
The Legend of Koolura (Book) - 8/25/2013 1:48:07 PM|
I really enjoyed this book. It's every kid's dream to have super powers! The reader gets to experience the discovery of them right along with Koolura, a sixth grade student as she encounters situations that cause these hidden powers to surface. I found myself wondering what would be the next power she'd unveil because she didn't seem to know herself. All the while, Koolura is aware of a seedy looking man following her, but she doesn't know why. This causes her and her dad to move from town to town, so it's hard for this young gal to make or keep friends. Finally, when she arrives in Glendale, CA. Koolura meets a group of kids in her classroom, and they bond together through the struggles they all experience. Rallying around each other, they push through the difficulties so many adolescents experience today. There are goals, conflicts, narrow escapes and dilemmas in this page turning story. Finally, a decision is made for an ending that keeps the reader wondering what will happen, or more curious HOW it will happen.
Jennie Samuel, Author
Beyond The Pond
Birtle the Turtle (Short Story) - 3/2/2014 3:58:29 AM
In Search of Memorial Day (Short Story) - 5/6/2011 5:45:26 AM
Great story, beautifully written. I'm from the UK, but you made me feel I was there and helped me understand your custom. reminded me of Remembrance Sunday in the UK.
In Search of Memorial Day (Short Story) - 1/1/2011 6:00:48 AM
enjoyed the read
Gift From the Heart (Short Story) - 9/12/2009 4:11:59 PM
AWWWWWW.... sweetness... CUTE STORY
I love this story...
In Search of Memorial Day (Short Story) - 1/24/2009 1:13:52 AM
Great story! A trubute to those who should be remembered!
How about doing some poety?
In Search of Memorial Day (Short Story) - 7/25/2008 4:09:00 PM
it is a noble topic. yet the realization is nor adequate. main weaknesses: heavily didact -- like a lesson of unexperienced teacher, the facts are mixed without a reason with movements of cars, granpa's legs... -- being thrown away this shreds of entertainment change nothing in the narration. sya, for example, what is the highway doing in the chain of events? The last three sentences are too bad. they smear the entire idea with what author started the write.
the work has to be re-done. author must have a VIVID picture of his story in his mind before he his quill drops it on a paper sheet.
hope it helps
The Lip Reader (Short Story) - 1/4/2006 7:21:41 AM
It seems to me that this story is as much about the goodness of Michael as it is of the goodness of Jila. I think it takes God to see God.
Thanks, Michael for being one of those who has eyes to see. And a heart that shares its experience.
I remember well being a recipient of YOUR generosity when I was in need. The heart that gives gathers, doesn't it?
You are Jila are gifts to one another. A wonderful story of water appreciating having found its own level.
The Lip Reader (Short Story) - 12/29/2005 10:41:55 AM
Beautiful inspiring write and congratulations, Michael!
Maybe (Short Story) - 12/28/2005 9:39:53 PM
This is a nice story, well written and with a happy ending (love happy endings)
Birgit and Roger
The Lip Reader (Short Story) - 12/26/2005 11:23:13 AM
You're so right... we must LOOK. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. Congratulations on the win.
The Lip Reader (Short Story) - 2/21/2005 9:45:27 AM
Excellent story; congrats on your win! What an honor!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
The Lip Reader (Short Story) - 2/20/2005 4:39:21 PM
This was an excellent write, congratulations on the win from Writers Digest, this certainly deserves it...
Happy Seventeenth (Article) - 1/2/2007 3:55:58 AM
interesting article, enjoyed the read
A Gift From the Heart (Article) - 12/10/2005 2:04:32 PM
A Call For World Unification (Article) - 6/30/2005 5:48:09 PM
well done, hope to see you posting more soon
Talmud Celebration Evokes Joy, Tears (Article) - 3/20/2005 6:18:57 AM
A Call For World Unification (Article) - 6/28/2003 5:54:31 PM
Well written article with an interesting concept and perspective; albeit, I disagree with much of it...purely from a Biblical point of view. This earth as we know it rapidly IS arriving at utter destruction and no one can prevent God. Still, I enjoyed reading your well-written piece.
A Call For World Unification (Article) - 1/8/2003 7:46:23 PM
Interesting view point, but there is somthing I can debtate. You paint the United States and the Bush administration as the leaders of a "world unification movement" to alleviate major social problems such as tyranny and environmental decay. However, the United States has never a big fan of multi-lateral establishments. As more than one historian has argued, these "coalitions" that we form are really little more than rubber stamps of approval. We tend to prefer unilateral action- we just want the rest of the world to approve and shut up.
Also, these ills that must be confronted are right on the mark, but it will not be the Bush administration, nor the current climate of the American populace, that deals with it. In fact, the Reaganistic-conservative right that predominates American political thought today is extremely hostile to ideas of promoting democracy where it can (as Tony Smith argues, not every region is well suited for it) and restoring the environment. Much of the opposition to the coalition that the US is attempting to form in regards to Iraq stems not to the politics of fighting terror, but the appearance of the US as a fairweather friend. At the beginning of his administration, Bush said that the US would stike its own course in the world, regardless of the desires of others. We've walked away from numerous environmental summits because we don't want to put restrictions on our industries (however, we want the open markets to stay open so we can dispose of the fruits of our labor). But the hard feelings come in when, suddenly, we not only turn around and ask, demand, the world's help in regards to Iraq, but to chastise the reluctant for not being team players. This hypocritical stance is one of the leading reasons for the sudden swell of anti-american sentiments, not envy of the profits of democracy. You are right, 9/11 could have been a turning point for all of humanity to reach a more intelligent age. Unfortunately, instead of doing that, Bush decided to use 9/11 to run for President again.