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  • dannyboystories 1:22 PM on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    “Collins Comes Out” 

    “Collins Comes Out”.

     
  • dannyboystories 1:21 PM on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    “Collins Comes Out” 

    Here is my view:

    Lev. 18:22

    Lev. 20:13

    1 Cor. 6:9-10

    Rom. 1:26:28

     

     
  • dannyboystories 8:33 AM on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s a thought… 

    Those who look down on others may be forever looking up.

     
  • dannyboystories 9:25 AM on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    What is your worth? 

    In business, one looks at the Balance Sheet to determine worth.

    How, then, do you determine your overall personal worth. Do you look at your bank balance, add up your material possessions, or, do you examine your character?

    In my mind, there is a direct correlation between your good works and your faith.

    In my view, the ‘worth’ of someone with nothing can be 100 times that of someone of low character with high monetary holdings.

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  • dannyboystories 11:58 AM on April 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Starting over? 

    How many times have you heard someone say, “Boy, if I were only (X age) again.”

    Look, you cannot go back, and you certainly cannot go ‘home’ in the purest sense. After all, things change, time marches on with or without you.

    In my ‘Danny Boy Stories’, I usually write about the period 1955-1960, often referred to as the “Golden” decade. In my mind, it was a simpler time in many, many ways.

    People have changed dramatically in their everyday lives. Jack Welch (former GE CEO) posted an article recently, taken from an address he made. Within it, he refers directly to the lack of candor in business nowadays. ( http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jack+Welch&mid=9D24DDAF520FFEAF66229D24DDAF520FFEAF6622&view=detail&FORM=VIRE2 ) I’ll venture the lack of candor infects us all.

    It seems to me we carefully measure what we say for fear of reprisal, or, fear we will insult someone. Political correctness (something I’ve written about previously) fosters a lack of candor. I do not believe, however, it is as much political correctness as it is the lack of an ability to understand what others are saying or writing. Further, the ‘blame someone’ media will misinterpret whatever is said, causing a public person to be forced undercover or ruined altogether.

    Think about it. Are we less specific nowadays? Do we use phrases or words such as, “you know”, “that thing”, “um”, etc., far more than necessary? In my view, it is because our society lacks a good working vocabulary and command of the English language. Many of us have difficulty expressing ourselves because we lack the ability. We cannot find the words. Further, I believe, we have nurtured a generation or two of lazy people, folks unwilling to work hard to earn the good things of life, i.e., “I want it, and I want it now!”

    So what does communication skills have to do with society?

    Everything.

    It is very simple, in my view. If you cannot communicate well, you can do nothing successfully. The real winners are those who can write and speak effectively. Period.

     

     
  • dannyboystories 2:51 PM on April 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    The 17-Year Ignorance. 

    An interview comment by the director of the 9-11 museum now under construction at Ground Zero in New York City caused me to sit up and take notice.

    “People aged 17 and under have no idea what ‘9-11’ is all about.” (September 11, 2001). Of course, they were far too young at the time.

    That comment prompted me to take notice of many happenings in the century of the 1900’s.

    Think about it. How many really remember Desert Storm, or the Vietnam War when more than 47,000 American service men and women were killed in action, the Korean War with more than 33,000 dead, and, certainly, World War 2 when more than 291,000 were killed with a total of a million dead and wounded. (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war )

    How much do our young people know about the decade beginning in 1910, with World War 1, dubbed “the war to end all wars”?

    How about “…the Roaring ’20s, a time of speakeasies, short skirts, the Charleston dance, and jazz music. The 1920s also showed great strides in Women’s Suffrage and there were an amazing number of cultural firsts in the 1920s, including the first talking film, Babe Ruth hitting his home-run record, and the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.”

    Our children and grandchildren would have profited from learning about the great depression of the 1930s straight from the mouths of those who lived it, with an unemployment rate well about 25-percent. Perhaps their attitude “I want it, and I want it now” would be tempered a bit.

    Although ended in 1945, World War 2 dominated the 40s, and the following 50s were tagged “the Golden Age”. “…Color TV was invented; the polio vaccine was discovered; Disneyland opened; and Elvis gyrated his hips on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Cold War continued as the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union began. The 1950s also saw segregation ruled illegal in the U.S. and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.” ( http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/timeline.htm )

    Follow the link above and learn about the 1900s and share with your children. In my view, the broad brush approach to American history today leaves much to be desired insofar as our children and their children’s children are concerned.

    I believe patriotism is instilled by a thorough knowledge of history and the price paid by those who went before us. Unfortunately, I believe, far too much is being carved out of our history books, and, in the end, we will pay a high price…loss of our liberties.

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  • dannyboystories 10:23 AM on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Fear Runs Deep 

    I have written about this previously, but it warrants another look in view of the Boston terror tragedy.

    In May 1927, 38 children and 6 adults were killed, 58 others injured in the Bath Township Michigan, elementary school bombing. It was the first such attack, and was carried out by a local man who crashed over the mental edge. Apparently no news media folks have done their due diligence. It is never mentioned, yet remains the worst school tragedy in American history.

    In more recent years, we can point to Oklahoma City, Columbine, Arora, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and now, Boston. All of these instances were perpetrated by a person or persons who dropped over the mental edge of reason, although there is no firm information regarding Boston just yet.

    Could we have stopped them? In my opinion, likely not.

    None of us can understand, with any clarity, the pain suffered in the loss of a child unless experienced. Perhaps it is the singular most difficult emotional trauma to which a parent can be subjected.

    Slowly, as these horrendous incidents occur, fear causes us to change the way we do things in America. Fifty years ago, as a young father, my children bounded out the front door and walked the few blocks to school. My grandchildren could not. As a child, I ran headlong across half dozen back yards to the home of a friend, without fear of being nabbed by some crazy.

    Time has changed much. I hope Americans use the common sense of reason, rather than emotion, before we promote a long list of legislative changes that will not stop a deranged person from doing their worst.

     

     

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 1:59 PM on April 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    What do you write about? 

    I have been asked the above question many times.

    A seemingly easy question, right? Nope. Everything I write is available as an E-book on-line everywhere, and some are also available in paperback. Paperbacks are currently available only on Amazon.com.

    The easy answer is I write about the adventures of young adults (18 to 35), generally during the time period 1955-62. My first book was a non-fiction embracing recollections of my youth, and some commentaries published in my newspaper columns over the years.

    Next, came six fictional stories, including (in this order):

    The Trickster–Adventures and romance of a small collection of high school seniors about to graduate.

    Music Maestro–A romantic adventure featuring a young couple out to succeed in the fast food industry, who are thrust into saving the romance of two other couples, and establishing a sought-after community theater.

    Quiet One–The complicated adventures, danger, and romance of an investigating reporter and his female colleague who uncover municipal mob fraud and face death.

    Limelight–Surviving the attack of three mob killers, a seasoned reporter dives headlong into a new occupation and helps build a new performing arts theater.

    Cup O’ Music–An heartwarming tale of a young, man, unable to speak, who is taken under the wing of an entire community.

    The above five fictional stories are also included in a single volume, The Family Unrelated, available as an E-book or paperback.

    Age 6–A six-year-old boy, on a week-long holiday, thwarts three German spies near the end of World War 2. Also available as a paperback on Amazon.com.

    The following three fictional stories involve cops, a police reporter, plenty of action and romance. All are inspired by real events.

    Black Till Daylight–A young officer struggles to survived after two killers leave him for dead during a New Year’s Eve ice storm.

    Old Man, Cop–An old man’s true cop stories, and dangerous adventures by police in situations inspired by real life. Adverture/Romance.

    Josh Jones, An American Hero–A young reporter faces life threatening and life saving situations and romance in this Adventure/Romance.

    The above three fictional stories are available in a single volume, Defining Heroes, as an E-book or paperback on Amazon.com.

    120 Letters–Our newest novel. A young man struggles to come to grips with the loss of his only love, then faces a murderous mob seeking to silence him and his partner. Available in E-book, or paperback.

    There are others you can find at http://www.dannyboystories.com, or by searching “Danny Boy Stories”.

    We hope you enjoy….

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  • dannyboystories 7:02 AM on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    NOW IN PAPERBACK! Check them out on Amaz 

    NOW IN PAPERBACK! Check them out on Amazon.com today. For readers who want a firm grip on what they read. Every Danny Boy Stories volume is also still available in E-book versions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Sony, Kobo, and many other sites.
    http://ow.ly/i/1PsHw

     
  • dannyboystories 9:21 AM on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Now on Paperback! 

    For those who want the feel of a book in their hand, three of our books–including our newest, “120 Letters”–are now in paperback and available on Amazon.com. As always, everything we do is also available in E-book format for your reader, laptop, phone, or computer. [Note: “Age 6”, a short story for Grade Four and above, is also available in paperback.]

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