Monthly Archives: April 2012

My soap box

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I just watched an ad on television advertising to vote for marriage between a man and a woman.  I may be about to open a large can of worms here and a debate I am not really prepared to defend other than by how I feel.  I know there are many others who have very strong feelings both for or against this topic.

What I don’t understand is why is this really an issue?  There is nothing illegal going on, so how can the government step in and define something that doesn’t need to be defined?  Loving someone is not illegal, does it matter their gender other than someone doesn’t agree with it?  No one is asking to marry their dog, although I believe that has happened in other countries.  No one is asking to make human sacrifices, just be able to openly share their loving relationship like every other human being.

I understand that marriage is considered a sacred thing, I agree with that.  But love is at the core of marriage right?  So why can’t a man marry a man if they are in love?  Wasn’t it not too long ago that it was illegal for an African-American man to marry a white woman?  While I know there is still racism, people have learned to accept inter-racial relationships.  How long will it take to accept same sex marriage?

I believe I was raised to be a good Christian person, with a sense of morals and good family values.  I believe that all people despite gender, race or religious preference have a right to pursue happiness.  True, the constitution does not guarantee that we will all be happy, but that we all have the right to pursue it.  This law hinders that right.  The constitution was created to limit our government and not limit the rights of people.

I hope on May 8 all North Carolinians think long and hard about voting for this amendment.  There should be nothing in our laws that limit the rights of an individual over any other individual.

For anyone who choses to respond, please remember – if you have nothing nice to say please don’t say it.

This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies

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Title: This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies

Author: Renee Pawlish

ISBN: 9780982705612

 Book synopsis: Reed Ferguson has just opened his own detective agency in downtown Denver, CO.  Enter Amanda Ghering, the femme fatale.  What starts out as a simple missing person’s case turns in to murder for hire and the FBI telling him to stay off the case and out of the way.  Reed is determined to see the case through to the end, even if it kills him.

Review:  What a great story!  Renee captures the feeling of the old film noire detective films and brings it in to the modern world.  Reed is charming and witty and has a sense of decency, just like Bogie in The Big Sleep, Reed’s favorite movie.

The book is filled with all the right characters:  Reed, the gumshoe detective; Amanda, the rich femme fatale; Cal, Reed’s go to right hand man; the Goofball Brothers, just a couple of guys without a clue but willing to do anything; and then the villains – the X Women.

I love how Reed starts out excited he has a real case only to quickly realize it might be something just out of his expertise.  He is determined to se it through to the end.  The plot takes several twists and quickly escalates to a great conclusion.  The characters are well developed and fully believable.  Amanda first appears as the weak rich wife looking for her missing husband.  We soon see her as a bored, rich housewife who was tired of her husband cheating on her – and now he’s missing.  Cal is a great right hand man.  He has all the techno gadgets to hack in to any system.  He is a recluse who borders on agoraphobic.  And then there are the Goofball Brothers, three brothers who live downstairs – two of which aren’t quite the brightest bulbs in the bunch.

You have drama, suspense and comedy mixed in to one great story.  I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.