Don’t Drone Me, Dude!

Don’t Tase Me, Bro!” will soon be out-hollered by us all in a new plea against the machine: “Don’t Drone Me, Dude!” — completely performed in the outcry of public theatricality that now passes for national security. Where once our shoes had more dangerous derring-do than the hovering skies above us — today, we are forced to realize our ordinary, everyday, overlord drones are blackening our city skies and that they are inherently more dangerous than all the guns in heaven.

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Celebrating the Sheffield Sound

The other day I watched an incredible documentary, Made in Sheffield, that brought back many of the musical memes and memories of my reckoning youth. What I call “The Sheffield Sound” was a movement in the UK in the ’70’s and ’80’s that changed the music world with the introduction of “synthetic sounds.”

Synthesizers were given priority over the standard musical drive of a lead guitar. David Bowie said the music coming out of Sheffield was “the future of music.” Was David Bowie right? Or did the Sheffield Sound implode in vanished wishes and bitter competition? “The Human League” was the lead “sound” coming out of Sheffield, and of the two versions of the band, one didn’t make any money:

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Letter to Heaven

by Tammy Tillotson

“All uncertainty is fruitful… so long as it is accompanied
by the wish to understand.” —Antonio Machado

Dear God:

Hello again. It’s just me, but of course you probably already knew that. Some of your faithful church followers have informed me that my presence is greatly missed on Sundays. I have been assured that you are quite disappointed in me as a result of my poor attendance record. Though I was saddened by the reactions of these followers, I have not changed my decision to rejoin your congregation. I do not expect these individuals to accept my thoughts and feelings, but I felt compelled to share my perspective with you.

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Talking to Heaven

by Joyce Kohl

Death is not final. Death is but the beginning. Though death is the absolute unknown, James Van Praagh is a mental medium who communicates with the spirits after their earthly demise. Using gifts of clairsentience (“clear feeling”ability to sense when spirits are in a room) and clairvoyance (“clear vision”), Mr. Van Praagh offers the grieving solace and consolation when he transfers what he says he “hears” from a deceased loved one. In this latest of his books, and in the 17th week of being on the best seller list, Talking to Heaven, A Medium’s Message of Life After Death, Mr. Van Praagh relates his early experiences with “knowing things,” the road which took him to his career choice of a medium, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and then he gives instructions for the reader to access hidden talents for communicating with spirits on the other side.

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