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Buddha's Bad Boys (Short Story) - 2/23/2015 5:24:13 AM
An interesting combination. Gay Monks For a Month and murder in Chang Mai. As usual, very well written and intriguing. Reads like you had some experience there to write so well about it. Many years ago I had the good fortune of spending 20 days in Thailand. Fortunately, I was with a high ranking friend of mine who took me throughout the country so I got a real feel for the place. Unfortunately, he was very careful to keep me away from all the sin that was readily available, two years after the American soldiers on R&R had left, leaving a gap for tourists to fill in. One weekend we were to go to Chang Mai by public transportation because my friend was afraid to drive in the mountains. Unfortunately, there was a scheduled fight between a Thai kick boxer and an American fighter that was a big draw and there were no hotels available. So we didn't go. Ron

Chapter 1 of FIrst Exposure (Short Story) - 8/20/2014 6:19:03 AM
I was hesitant at first because of the subject matter, but thought I'd take a look anyway. I was immediately caught up in the description and dialogue and know why you have been granted awards for your work--superb! I, along with many other Americans was duped into thinking that Dubya arrived at an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, not just off the coast of San Diego. So much for my casual viewing of TV news… As for the banter in the lounge, I've never been in the Navy or any service except Boy Scouts, so the closest parallel I have was the college dorm. While I ran into that kind of one upmanship talk as early as high school, I never really engaged it, because I didn't like belittling people for who they were, socially or genetically. One time while I was studying for my doctorate and focusing on my studies rather than a relationship with a woman, one of my fellow students, having lunch with me one day, actually asked if I was gay. My second attendant, a brilliant premed senior at Rice University, took an unusual interest in me and wanted me to be seen with him in public eating out and going to events. Although he had a girlfriend, I eventually determined that he was probably gay, but still hiding it. The last fellow that I supervised before my forced retirement and many social issues that I ignored trying to get him to be productive at work. Shortly after we both were fired, he changed his name to Rachyl. He/she has had trouble getting employment ever since… It's been three years. Ron

My Inspiration for Buddha's Bad Boys (Article) - 2/26/2015 8:09:23 AM
It seems that Europeans and Americans, in particular, at least those with disposable cash, are seeking out parts of the world and experiences that are considered, "out of the ordinary." I guess it's been going on a long time with one of the classic examples being Lawrence of Arabia donning the garb of the Bedouins and literally joining them in their lifestyle. Today, people can become a Monk for a Month or a Guru for a Day. One can even be Naked and Afraid for 21 days and survive. All it takes is a crazy notion, some guts, and usually, the money to pay for it. It all makes for some great stories. Ron

The Characters I Write (Article) - 1/7/2015 7:46:09 AM
It is the outsiders of this world that change it, often for the better, sometimes not (Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden). I became an outsider when I became paralyzed and suddenly realized that I had mysteriously lost over half of my friends (only acquaintances who were my acquaintances because they could have the advantage in doing so). As a gay man, you are automatically an outsider, like I, a paraplegic, am. As a result, we know more about how outsiders behave and can write more effectively about them. I sense that you are quite emotional, and therefore can write emotion into your characters to make them more believable for the readers. I am not emotional and more pragmatic about everything, because becoming paralyzed did not change my pragmatic outlook towards life. Therefore, I don't write very colorful characters (and have been criticized for it) but only about ordinary (by their very nature, dull) people caught up in larger-than-life events and circumstances. These characters don't stand out as superheroes but, either by luck or by some skill they possess, survive. Ron

End of the Afganistan War, and our Predatory Economy (Article) - 12/30/2014 9:11:41 AM
Long ago in an economics class there was a discussion about "guns and butter." Predatory countries always seem to have booming economies. The massive buildup (and debt) for World War II in the United States officially ended the Great Depression when almost all other efforts failed. Unlike you say, the Reagan administration, we elected a general, Dwight Eisenhower, after World War II and immediately had to find enemies to justify the rapidly growing military industrial complex in the name of "defense." The generals and the complex have been on "offense" ever since, using small wars and skirmishes to justify massive expenditures leading to things like Reagan's Star Wars and our current infatuation with a jet fighter that is so aggressive that pilots cannot fly it. Billions is at stake if we aren't continually at war. Ron Predatory and Reagan are the correct words.

End of the Afganistan War, and our Predatory Economy (Article) - 12/30/2014 9:06:08 AM
Your opinions are reasonable, but your summation is a bit arcane. What man are you talking about? Is he just rhetorical frippery, a historical figure, or is it your personal ambition? Thanks for sharing...

Influences In My Life – part 2 (Article) - 12/14/2014 8:56:13 AM
It's been a long path from Corpus Christi… With a little help from your friend, John. Ron

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