Monthly Archives: January 2013

I have been listening to only classical music lately…

I have been listening to nothing but classical music lately and found it has been very inspiring and refreshing.  It is Mozart’s birthday week and on King FM in Seattle, they have been playing a steady diet of his works.  It has been delightful and has brought out my creativity as I work on a new book about a true story in Russia.

Along with Mozart, they have also been playing Beethoven, Back, Bizet and others and it has been very edifying for me.  I can identify somewhat with Mozart and Beethoven, who were both geniuses, misunderstood, not appreciated by their generation.  I feel the same way, as an unappreciated genius when it comes to the novels I have written and published.  I hope someday soon, in my lifetime, my generation appreciates and acknowledges the quality of my writings.

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I am not a revolutionary or Bolshevik, but…

…are any world governments really working?  Is the U.S. economy a good reason why our presidential process is a failure?  We thought the war in Iraq and Afghanistan was for democracy, or even for controlling oil, but it turns out it was for heroin.  The country of Afghanistan is the biggest grower of heroin in their huge opium fields.  And our government is taking a cut in that huge drug trade, just as we did when we went to Viet Nam to get in on the cocaine business.

And why does our president continue to let us get raped at the gas pumps? Is it because he is getting a cut in the huge profits the oil companies are making.  And meanwhile, more and more people become obese, eating very unhealthily, not exercising, vegging on video games, while robots and cheap, foreign countries take away our jobs.  I think it is time for a change, a lot of change!

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Remember these prices?  (All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards)

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I am on a diet, eating tuna out of a can!

I am on a new diet to shed those pounds I picked up over the holidays.  I am eating tun a right out of the can, measuring my food everyday, eating lots of fruit and veggies, and no snacking!  So far it has been good but it is a real challenge when I referee hockey games and need every ounce of energy I have.  I will keep up this diet for a month and see how it goes.

Right now I know I will need more carbs and protein for hockey days and much more strength for weekends, but we will see.  I am looking at some creative alternatives to some of the diet items and have to avoid some of my favorite things, such as wine and cheese!  But in the end I will be healthier and happier!

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I watched “Ripper Street” but it wasn’t like my novel!

I reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper in my novel, “The Rebel and The Devil!”  The tv show did use some historical details and accounts, but most of it had nothing to do with Jack and his exploits, the evidence, all of the suspects, the victims (including at least 3 that they ruled out in those days that really were his victims), and they went off on a tangent about child slave labor.  The tv show seemed more like Dickens and “Oliver” or Sherlock Holmes, rather than a program about Jack the Ripper.

My novel, “The Rebel and The Devil,” brings my character Mrs. Hutson in direct contact with the actual person who was Jack the Ripper and reveals his true identity.  If you are interested in the Ripper case, read my novel, as it is completely historically accurate.

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All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards.

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I recommend reading 15 minutes for pleasure every day!

You will be amazed how much it exercises your brain, the biggest muscle in your body.  It will also feed your soul.  It will give you a chance to relax, unwind, re-focus, check out and just enjoy.  It will give you an escape from daily cares and woes.  It will divert your attention and sometimes just allow your mind to wander.

     And when you are finished reading, you will find your return to normal life, already in progress, will be refreshed.  You will be able to tackle anything new or current that you are dealing with, and you will find yourself energized.  Try it and see.  I do it every day and it works for me.  Happy weekend everyone!

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Words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards.

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The Bavarian Ice Festival was a blast, literally!

     The Bavarian Ice Festival in Leavenworth, WA was a blast, literally!  There was ice sculptures and snow sculptures outside, snowboard contests, fireworks and, of course, the wonderful holiday lights, food and music that only Leavenworth can display.  There was two feet of snow everywhere and hills covered in solid ice for sledding.  The temperature was 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

     And nearby Stevens Pass was also flocked and full of its winter festivities, such as snowboarding and skiing.  The pass was covered in blizzard snow as well, but the roads, both on the Pass and in Leavenworth were impeccably maintained so that everyone could come and go with relative ease and comfort.  It was an amazing three-day holiday weekend and we loved it.  We plan to go every year now.

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All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards.

 

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I am a lighthouse!

I am a lighthouse and the good aspects of a lighthouse live in me.  I am strong, determined, persevering, full of hope and built on a rock.  I offer light, guidance, stability, perspective and I am there night and day.  I can take the winds and the booming of the stormy waves, the rain and cold, the long, slow decay of nature and the malice of man.

As I continue in my life, and in my writings, I long to continue as a lighthouse to many and to continue to display all the positive things that make lighthouses necessary and great.  I hope to continue to save lives, as I have in the past, and continue to stand tall, a symbol of all things great and good in this world.

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All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards.

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I refereed my 2nd hockey tourney in less than a month!

I averaged 6 games a day during this, my second hockey tourney in less than a month!   My other hockey tourney this month I averaged 4 games a day!  But both tourneys were a blast.  This second one was in Wenatchee and the Wild have a beautiful officials dressing room there, with a lounge. It was nice and the other staff and officials I worked with were awesome!  My son played 4 games as well and also had a fantastic time.

When we weren’t on the hockey ice, we were in Leavenworth enjoying the Bavarian Ice Festival.  That was also very enjoyable and entertaining.  The slopes were fine and it was a wonderful winter wonderland.  What a very memorable long, holiday weekend we all relished.

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That’s my son with the puck!

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Here is the first page of my novel, “The Russian Deuce.”

Prelude

North Atlantic Isles

10,000 B.C.

 

     The travelers came upon the lone tree on that windswept green plain.  They took shelter in nearby caves whenever the sudden storms arose, which were many in this violent land.  When the weather was warmer and quiet, they began to search about in the nearby forest.  They cut down four trees, each one had grown on the edge of the wood, each facing a different point of the cardinal directions.

They brought the trees back to the one tree, the great tree, where they built a fire and celebrated the new season of warmth, sun and growing.  They dug down deep, using deer antlers, into the chalk beneath the meadow and made large fire pits.  They began their work of carving and shaping each of the four trees that they had cut and carved into fashioned poles, each symbolizing the various seasons.  They dug deep holes for these and placed the poles in them, marking each of the four direction points around the great tree. Then they waited.  When the midsummer sun finally rose, the beams fell upon the sacred portion of the ground, and there they dragged a great stone, weighing more than hundreds of men and three times as tall.  They stood the stone upright, using levers.  The stone was a marker and memorial of their holy ceremony and in tribute and thanks to the sun-god.

Then they returned to their homes.

Every year, at midsummer, they returned to that holy place to celebrate and worship, give thanks and feast, paying homage to their sun-god.

But after many generations, the world changed, as did the people.  The stone was stolen by rivals and the poles were burned.  The great tree was cut down and carried away.  But that place stayed sacred and the empty holes stood empty for many long years, as the roots of the great tree withered but remained.

Russian Deuce cover

All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards.

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We have discovered all the Nationalities in my DNA!

As I thought, I am mostly Welsh.  But there are several other European influences in my DNA, such as Dutch, French, Austrian, Belgian, Swiss and Danish, to name a few.  But mostly I realized that as fun as this DNA thing is, knowing some of your ancestral and cultural influences in your blood and in your past, I am still me as a result of the choices I have made, the choices I am making, and the choices I will make in the future.

One thing I don’t want to be and don’t think I am is complacent.  It seems to me these days that most people don’t have any perseverance!  If something isn’t fun, interesting or amazing after five minutes, they just jump onto another band wagon.  When did our society become so temporal?  Some things are worth hanging on to, even if they lose their savor for a while, as patience always rewards!

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All words and photos copyright 2012 by Eddie Edwards

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