Just Sayin’ – How to be Resourceful – Seeking Resolution with Postal Issues


Just Sayin'


I’m starting a new series where I’ll be sharing about thoughts on things that perplex me, or injustices I come across that I found resolution for with tips I used or recommend to resolve annoying issues.


I’m sure we’ve all had our share of complaining to customer service centers over something or other through the years. I know I certainly have had my share of voicing my opinions when there’s a problem with a public or consumer service when we come across errors. And I’m sure we all know how frustrating the process can be trying to relay our issues to some rep who usually has no authority on helping and merely passes us or our message on to someone else after having to press several digits on the phone before even finding a human.


But today I’m going to share a little exchange that went on between myself and Canada Postal Service, to let you all know that there is always a way to get to the bottom of things but you have to learn to be resourceful and persistent spending some time Googling up sites where you can find the appropriate channels to direct your concerns to.


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I don’t take lightly to my mail being put in the wrong box constantly, left on the mailroom floor, or parcel notices left in my mailbox stating they’ve tried to contact me for pickup when they haven’t and left with having to go to the post office to pick up my parcel when nobody had ever tried to contact me. And after my wonderful mailman left for another walk after a few years of great service, the nightmare began.


I live in a building complex where we have a mailroom to pick up our mail. The protocol is, if there is a parcel to be delivered, and if the mailman is kind and generous like my former one, he will bring it up to our door, but at the very least, he will buzz up to inform us they have a package for us, asking us to come down and get it. If we are not home and there is no answer, there is a parcel box with several locked compartments in our mailroom where the postman is to leave a key in our letter mailbox informing us there is a box to pick up. Now this sounds like a fairly smooth practice, until my wonderful mailman changed his route and we were given a temporary mailman who didn’t follow protocol.

As a writer who works at home, I don’t get out much, therefore I order many things: books, apparel, office supplies, online and have them delivered. I would say on average, I’ll have at least one parcel delivered per week. And I don’t have the time to keep running to the post office to pick up my parcels which I paid to have delivered to my home.

Enter, the new mailman. I’d go down to pick up my mail and listen to a cacophony of jibbering from other tenants about how many mail items were put in the wrong mail slot. I’d see numerous pieces of mail sitting on a bench from tenants who picked up their mail and found items that didn’t belong to their unit, mine included. And then I received mail pick up notices for parcels I was expecting, ticked off in the box that said ‘no answer’ when I was certainly home and no attempt was made to contact me, and consequently, my parcels were taken to the pick up facility. I was livid!

Nobody knocked on my door, nor buzzed me up asking me to pick up my parcels, and I was never left a key in my mailbox to pick it up from the parcel box in the mailroom. I was also concerned that I wouldn’t receive my new passport which I was expecting because it was coming as ‘registered mail’ from the government, meaning I had to sign for it. This prompted me to take action.

I Googled up Canada Post, looking for somewhere I could contact a higher up and discuss the new shabby state of our mail system in our building. After pressing several numbers and waiting for a rep, I relayed my complaint and was told that there was nothing they could do, except create a ‘service tag’. After grilling the rep, asking him if he could check who does that route now to inform them of proper protocol for their job or at least pass me on to a supervisor, I was told my message will be passed along. I was fuming!

I wasn’t about to wait till the twelfth of never until anybody bothered replying to my issue, and I continued to search around Canada Post sites to see if I could find any contacts to any higher up supervisory positioned person who could rectify the ongoing problem. All sites led back to the ‘contact us’ same ‘create a service ticket’ for issues. And after what I went through with the first rep, I wasn’t into the runaround again. I was told he’d pass the message, and I MADE SURE to get a case number I.D.

Still fuming and searching, unsatisfied that my complaint would quite possibly linger in the ethers of unanswered cyber grievances, I came across a site for the Ombudsman for Canada Post where I clicked on and filled out forms with my complaint and made mention of the previous case I.D. number I was given with not much else. And then I’d wait for their response.

While waiting, two days later, I went to clean out my mailbox and inside I found a notice telling me I had a registered letter to pick up. And not even two feet away from where I was standing in the mailroom, I noticed on the floor was another ‘pick up’ receipt addressed to my husband. THESE WERE OUR PASSPORTS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DELIVERED AND SIGNED FOR AT OUR DOOR. I immediately went upstairs in a rage and wrote a lengthy note to the mailman, telling him how to do his job, how to deliver mail and packages, and to STOP TAKING MY PARCELS BACK TO THE DEPOT without trying to contact me, or at the very least, instructing him to at least leave me a damned parcel box key. I taped it to the opposite side of my mail box where he must insert my mail from and would have to see it.

Ironically the next day I was to receive a parcel, as I get email notifications informing me when ‘it’s on its way’, and lo and behold I actually found a parcel box key in my box, and picked up my package barely one foot across from my mail slot. That same day I received a mail response from the Ombudsman’s reply after almost two weeks of hearing nothing back. There was a lot of mumbo jumbo, auto response stuff on it and quite frankly, it pissed me off more and I decided I surrender. I thought I was chasing my tail with trying to get someone else to help, considering it’s a government issue.

Three days later, I get a phone call from my lobby. The man introduces himself as a supervisor from Canada Post sent to investigate the problems I’d written about to the Ombudsman. At first I was a bit nervous and thought what are they doing at my door? But he asked to come up and talk to me and I buzzed him up.

The supervisor was holding copies of notes and summaries I’d sent to Canada Post complain center and summaries from the Ombudsman. He went over all of my concerns and asked if I had kept the evidence packaging from the registered letter (passports) I had to SIGN FOR and pick up at the depot, the notices that were left without trying to contact me with our passports, one in my mailbox and one on the floor. Ironically, I still had those envelopes from the new passports I picked up and clear as day it stated ‘registered mail’ which I must sign for. He assured me that what I’d endured is not how Canada Post operates, and although it’s up to the postman if he wants to be nice and bring up our packages, at the very least the mailman is to buzz up to us to ask us to come down to pick up a package, not write down ‘no answer’ without making any attempts, to contact us, adding that registered mail requires a signature and must be brought up to our condo to sign for. I was told the mailman would be reprimanded and assured there would be no more mix-ups and protocol would be taking effect immediately.


Moral of the story?


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  • Don’t just sit back and accept injustice because it’s a hassle to try and contact the right resources and it’s time-consuming and aggravating. If we all just sit back and take the sloppy services we’re given, change is never going to happen by not speaking up. We shouldn’t be complacent.
  • Google is our best friend to get to the heart of the matters regarding contact numbers and addresses to relay injustices and getting them rectified. Don’t become a victim of having to take what’s being served by people who aren’t doing their jobs properly.
  • Customer service in many fields needs to be informed of misconducts and if you feel you aren’t getting the proper resolution from first attempts, keep going until you reach the appropriate channels. There’s always a higher boss, in this case as in many other civil and governmental issues you can always contact an Ombudsman.

Sunday Book Review – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

As a memoir writer, I try to keep up with reading different  types of memoirs. Yes, a memoir is a memoir, but every memoir writer has their own style of revealing their stories, and when it comes to Hunter Thompson, this had to be one of the raunchiest reads I’ve come across in memoir. Although the genre specification is listed as ‘nonfiction journalism’, nonetheless it’s a memoir spanning one week, and a journalistic tale of a wild ride through the Nevada desert in a time where ‘Sin city’ surely adopted its name.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


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This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Now  a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.


My 5 Star Review

This book has been touted as one of the most grotesque, yet fascinating reads of the drug decade. I found it a toxic and intoxicating, and intriguing look at the author on a reckless tirade of a drug induced journey while supposedly covering a writing assignment. Thompson takes his partner in crime, his attorney at large, literally and figuratively, with him for company in this piece of absurd Americana 1971.

Five revolting and almost unbelievable days worth of stories take us into a world of drugs, delirium and disgust, yet I couldn’t help but stay captivated while taken on the wild roller coaster ride of law-breaking pandemonium with these two characters.

This book is an education on drugs, a view inside an addict’s mind at a time where most of it could actually have happened and gone unpunished. This is no literary masterpiece, but a fascinating read and regarded as one of the most infamous reads of the drug era.


Guest Author Friday – Diana Wallace Peach and Kari’s Reckoning

Who Has a New Book?


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I’m thrilled to welcome today’s featured author, friend and guest, Diana Wallace Peach. Diana is a dynamo author who writes and produces books at lightning speed these days. She has disciplined herself well with the time she commits to her writing, yet manages to make time to blog about all things writing on her blog Myths of the Mirror .


Today we’re going to get to know Diana and learn about what inspires her writing, and I’m going to be asking her about the ‘book writing break’ she is threatening to take, to find out if that can actually happen.


Diana Wallace Peach


About Diana:

I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit.

Tolkien … literally changed my life.

I love to write. It’s a luxury I never expected I’d have time for – life got in the way. You know how that goes – kids, work, chores… sleep. I worked for 18 years in business where amassing coin was the all-consuming objective. It required huge amounts of time and mental energy. And for me personally, it was soul-slaying.

Then on September 11, 2001 two planes flew into the World Trade Center. I was working in Connecticut, about 2 hours from ground zero, and remember sitting in a conference room, watching the second tower fall. That tragedy initiated a process of redefinition for me, an evaluation of what was vital and important. Life felt short and precarious, and I started to wonder if it was time to do something that actually mattered.

In a moment of loving kindness, my husband suggested that I quit my job and go back to school (he still wonders what he could possibly have been thinking). I graduated with a Masters in Counseling and a mountain of debt. Oh well. I worked in Burlington, Vermont for peanuts – but, oh, they were chocolate covered! The human experience was sweet and rich. I had the pleasure of working with people who cared deeply about the challenges facing children and families, and I came to understand how the power of relationship, in all its myriad forms, can change the world. In Myths of the Mirror it is called the Belonging.

Then life got in the way again, and Randy and I made a move to the lush, wet, green wilderness of the Oregon rainforest. We live on a mountain a half-hour beyond the edge of civilization in a wonderful community where, once again, I encountered the Belonging. In another regrettable moment of loving kindness, Randy suggested that I write a book rather than work, and Myths of the Mirror poured onto the keyboard. Fast forward some years and more than a dozen books line my Amazon shelf. They have each been labors of love and I hope you enjoy them.


Diana’s latest book, Book IV in her Rose Shield Tetralogy:

Kari's Reckoning by Diana Peach

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The Blurb:


The epic adventure concludes as the Shiplord vies for what he desires—the throne of Ellegeance. Their power in jeopardy, influencers surrender their oaths, their loyalties fractured. Rose, a child of untrained and reckless talent, once again becomes a pawn in the quest for control.

As the Cull Tarr solidify their rule, Guardian plots rebellion. Catling and Whitt, each gifted with singular skills, seek to sway the course of the conflict. Oathbreakers, traitors, and those desperate to save Rose collide in a final battle for the realm.

Yet, a third player emerges in the deadly game. The kari, spirits of a sentient planet, command the air, water, and land. They manipulate events to satisfy their sovereign designs and care not who survives the human war.


About the Rose Shield Series:

The Rose Shield Series – A blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.


Visit Diana’s Book page to view all 4 books in The Rose Shield series HERE  and visit her Amazon author page to check out her many other books!


Now, let’s dig in to our interview! Welcome Diana, it’s a real treat to have you here today.



How did you come up with the name for your blog, Myths of the Mirror?


Myths of the Mirror was my first book and my publisher told me I needed a blog. A what? A blog. My daughter helped me set it up since I’m technologically clueless, and as a newly published author with one literary offspring, I named the blog after my baby. I probably should have named it after moi, but the name’s grown on me, so I’m sticking with it.


You write fantasy, fiction, where do you get your ideas for characters from? Are any taken from real life or are they all fictional?


There’s a scene in the movie Ghost in which Whoopi Goldberg suddenly discovers her ability to talk to the dead and her apartment is crowded with all these characters who want her to deliver messages. That’s what it’s like for me; they just pop into my head with their stories. The only book in which I based the characters on real people is The Sorcerer’s Garden. The three main characters are a version of my brothers and me (without the romantic elements, of course).


You speak of having a muse. Does your muse have a name, and does she nag at you in unexpected moments or must you summon her?


No name for the muse since she’s a changling, and she’s rather miffed at me right now because I’m taking a little writing hiatus. I told her I want her looking for the next book, either an intricate stand-alone or something epic that I can turn into a series. I assume she’s off in the woods or jumping through portals trying to roust it out. She has until the end of the summer, so I’m not worried.


I read on your blog, after completing your recent Rose Shield series that you were going to take a break from writing books. Do you actually believe that will happen or are you already brewing up ideas? (lol)


Oh, I really am taking a break, and it feels good because there are things I’ve neglected for six years that need attention – like the spouse! I’m still being creative, but in different ways, and I plan to get a hammock and indulge in plenty of reading!


You are such a disciplined writer, strictly abiding by your own self-imposed writing time commitments, no doubt you’ve produced many books. Can you please share your ‘secret formula’ with us by telling us what a typical writing day is like for you?


I’m super disciplined and intense about things I like doing, Debby. (The stuff I don’t like? I’m a procrastinator and lazy bum.) My writing routine is to start by 4:30 AM and write until 4:30 PM. No getting dressed, eating, errands, etc. Coffee and bathroom breaks only. In 12 hours, I can cough up about 3000 words.


Now the truth… that’s what I would like to do, and it’s easy-peasy for me to work at that intense level of focus. But… I’m also a blogger, so I make room in there to blog and blogging is Time-Consuming! I made a deal with the muse that I’d write 2,000 words a day, 5 days a week, and I’ve been able to stick to that.


There are many advantages and disadvantages between being traditionally published and self-publishing. I know that your earlier books were traditionally published and now you’re a self-published author. What do you think it was that made you decide to turn to self-publishing?


There were a host of factors that compelled me to cancel all my contracts and go indie. The most significant of them was marketing control. As a traditionally published author, I had no control over pricing and I couldn’t discount, which made promotion almost impossible.  My sales were abysmal. After the switch, which included new covers, my sales and profits increased overnight. It was the right choice, and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. It anyone is interested, I wrote a series of posts about the decision starting with: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2016/01/15/goodbye-traditional-hello-indie-part-i/


Can you share with us what inspired you to write the Rose Shield series and please share an excerpt with us from the last of the series, your most recent publication, Kari’s Reckoning.


I think life is more mysterious than our puny brains can imagine, and I like musing over possibilities. I honestly believe that our emotions define us more than our thoughts. Our emotions drive our choices, our relationships, our attitudes. I believe that we have emotional auras or energy fields that interact not only with each other but, collectively, with the world. I also believe that the planet is sentient, a living organism that seeks balance and takes corrective measures to repair itself, just like our bodies do.


So, what if I created a world where emotions could be manipulated by modifying the planet’s “blood.” And what if someone had the ability to shield or block that power. And what if the planet had a voice and an agenda to stop its destruction. All those elements come together in the book.


A short excerpt from Kari’s Reckoning: Book 4.


The sun peeked in the east, the sea a satin sheet of rumbling luminescence. An offshore breeze blew at Gannon’s back, the white haze of smoke bending as he stood on the ridge among the blackened trees. As he expected, the Cull Tarr had incinerated the city, yet they hadn’t stopped there. The crops and pastures and forests smoldered, a legacy of soot.

Except for a frosting of ash, the tiers looked pristine. Had they sagged and reformed? What a strange sight… if anyone had seen it. He chewed on a nail, his hand shaking. The leaden sky rested silently on the tiers, too silent, so silent he heard the crows as they fluttered their wings and alit on the promenade rails.

Men had begun searching the tiers and outer-city rubble at the bleak sunrise. At the bottom of the ridge, Parrie beckoned him with a wave. Gannon ambled down, unsure of his feet. The land smoldered, unbearably hot, red embers glowing in the crannies beneath downed trees. Enough smoke wafted through the air to hurt his lungs, and he coughed.

When Parrie finished with the last sooty man to offer a report, Gannon faced him. “Just tell me.”

The captain spat a wad of blackened phlegm and cleared his throat. “We located a score or two of survivors, maybe double the number in bodies. The rest of them are gone.”

Tragedy gathered on Gannon’s brow. “What do you mean ‘gone’? There were mostly women and children here.”

“All of them, Gannon. They’re gone.”


Connect with Diana:


Website/Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com

Website/Books: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982

Twitter: @dwallacepeach

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/


You can also visit Diana’s book page HERE to read snippets about all of her books.


Thank you so much Diana for being here today and sharing some of yourself with us. I read and loved The Sorcerer’s Garden and reviewed it HERE  I look forward to reading more of your books that await me on the big fat TBR.

When I Am Not Enough… Guest Post by Tina Frisco… Inspiration

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Time for a little inspirational guidance from our compassionate and wise friend Tina Frisco.


Tina’s words are empowering. In this wonderful article she wrote as a feature on Chris Graham’s blog (The Story Reading Ape), Tina talks about self-love, gratitude and forgiveness.


When I am not Enough by Tina Frisco


Throughout our lives, we hear ourselves say:  ‘I’m not that good!’  ‘I’ll never make it.’  ‘I wish I could write that well.’  ‘If only I had said. . .’

Words are powerful. Energy follows thought. The words we speak to ourselves drive our subconscious minds. Diminishing thoughts tell the subconscious we are not enough.

The subconscious mind is self-serving. Its mission is to fulfill our every desire, and it sets in motion the means by which to do so. It takes our words at face value and strives to manifest what they represent. It assumes that what we think and say is what we hope and dream.

How often have we heard ourselves utter, ‘Did I say that’? Unless we’re channeling spirit, the mouth speaks what the subconscious mind thinks. If thought rests in the conscious mind, we are aware of it and can choose whether or not to give it a voice. If thought rests in the subconscious mind, we might find ourselves surprised by our own words.

Negative off-hand remarks might seem benign, yet they are potent energy viruses that infect the subconscious mind through repetition; repetition which, over time, becomes emphatic. The virulence of this self-denial is potentiated by the subterranean stream of thought that mirrors the spoken word and continues feeding the subconscious. The subconscious then compels us to speak what it believes to be our truth.

This might seem like a vicious cycle that can’t be broken; yet anything is possible, because nothing is set in stone. Even dense matter can be converted to energy.

The way out is the way in.


If we wish to realize our full potential, we need to become witness to ourselves. We must remain alert to and aware of all we manifest in word and deed. And we must do this without judgment.

Labels proclaim. Proclamation reinforces. Reinforcement cements. Cement imprisons.

Your mind is a powerful thing.

When you filter it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.


Continue Reading . . .


Source: When I Am Not Enough… Guest Post by Tina Frisco… | TINA FRISCO

2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards VOTING OPEN @bloggersbash #BloggersBash – SACHA BLACK

Blogger's Bash Competition 2017

The annual Bloggers Bash is drawing near – June 10th in London England. The voting is now open!


This is the third annual Bloggers Bash and each year it gets more exciting. There are writing competitions, prizes awards, and most of all, fun. And for those who cannot attend, the gracious hosts of this event – Sacha Black, Hugh Roberts, Ali Isaac and Geoff Le Pard keep us up to date with video clips, posts and announcements as time grows nearer to the event, and most importantly after the event.


One of the fun things this gang has organized is Voting for your Favorite blogs and bloggers. The nomination stage has come and gone. The nominees have been selected and now it’s time to vote for your favorite blog/blogger in each of the selected categories. And I’d like to add that I was thrilled to find my name on this ballot in the category for ‘Best Pal’ blogger. So please take a moment and follow the link below Sacha’s post here and vote for your favorite bloggers, and while you’re there, I hope some of you will tick off my name and support me with your vote. I’d also like to thank all of you who initially nominated me to be considered for this prestigious nomination.


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I’d also like to note here that I recently posted an article about my dilemma about if I would be going to the Bash. Since last fall I had full intentions of going to the Bash and then there was a bit of kerfuffle in my life that had my intentions pending. Well it seems that dilemma seems to have sorted itself out with my friend Zan visiting here to look after her mom and while here found out her mom’s cancer, thankfully, hadn’t spread and she has since returned home to her house which still hasn’t sold. But the universe works in mysterious ways and even though those obstacles had deterred me from booking my airfare and have now been rectified, enabling me to go to London and have a place to stay, I sadly, won’t be attending.

My husband hasn’t been well these past few weeks and there is no way I could go thousands of miles away in good conscience without worrying about him every single moment of every day so as it turns out, all those ‘Murphy-like’ delays were a blessing in disguise delaying me to book my airfare which in the end, I would have had to forfeit.


That said, I will live vicariously through my blogging pals to keep me updated on the fun and games. I’m disappointed that I won’t be meeting my many blogging pals in London this year and won’t be able to spend the time planned with my friends Sally Cronin, Sacha black, Sherri Matthews, Hugh Roberts and Christoph Fischer. But the good part is, there’s always next year!


This is it. The waiting is finally over.

The THIRD Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2017 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations. Hundreds of them in fact! So thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your fave bloggers.

Voting Closes June 2nd at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 10th at the Bash in London. But if you can’t make it physically a winners post will go live at 5:15pm (BST) on the same day. Winners will have pingbacks to their blogs, but we all know how unreliable that is. So please make sure you check back to see if you won.

If you haven’t bought your ticket for the meet up yet, you can do so here.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 10 awards, (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once in every one. . . Please continue reading and casting a vote in each category for your favorite blogs.



Source: 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards VOTING OPEN @bloggersbash #BloggersBash – SACHA BLACK  



Win A £50 Amazon Gift Card And A Signed Copy Of Glimpses – Hugh’s Views & News

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Now here’s something fun! Hugh Roberts is once again running a fun competition. Hop on over to Hugh’s blog, do the math and write up a caption and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of his book and a $50 Amazon card!


Win A £50 Amazon Gift Card And A Signed Copy Of Glimpses


Here’s a chance to win a £50 *Amazon gift card and a signed copy of my book, Glimpses, in this brand new free to enter competition.


All you have to do is answer a question and complete a caption to be in with a chance of winning.


So, here’s the question.


What number do you get when adding together the number of sweets in the following two photos, to the number of short stories in Glimpses? . . . Continue reading here


Source: Win A £50 Amazon Gift Card And A Signed Copy Of Glimpses – Hugh’s Views & News

Sunday Book Review – On Tyranny – Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye


These are certainly trying times for many of us politically in many parts of the world, notably, the United States of America.


I came across this book quite by accident while I was reading my morning emails and landing on Amazon to check something else out. This book was only published in March of this year and has already garnered over 430 reviews at the time I purchased it, and still growing, with mostly 5 star reviews.


If you’re at all like me, interested in the state of what’s going on in the world, and what has already been, you may well be interested in this well written, concise recounting about how fascism, communism, and nazism governments seemingly came to be and the potential for any of them to rise again.


The Blurb:

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.


About the Author


Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

A few Editorial Reviews:


“Easily the most compelling volume among the early resistance literature. . . . A slim book that fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital. . . . Clarifying and unnerving. . . . A memorable work that is grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now.” —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post

“Snyder knows this subject cold. . . . It is impossible to read aphorisms like ‘post-truth is pre-fascism’ and not feel a small child about the current state of the Republic. . . . Approach this short book the same you would a medical pamphlet warning about an infectious disease. Read it carefully and be on the lookout for symptoms.” —Daniel W. Drezner, The New York Times Book Review

On Tyranny


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My 5 Star Review:

A Cautionary Tale


History has a tendency to repeat itself, and this book, although small is mighty with researched information by the author, Yale Professor, Timothy Snyder, political historian. In this book, Snyder reminds us about how easily threats to democracy can turn into an authoritarian and dictatorship government, using the Hitler and Stalin regimes to demonstrate how societies fall into fake promises of something better.

Snyder reminds that often democracy is taken for granted – a relaxed type of acceptance believing that we will never go backwards into less modern political times, but due to the current political climate, many of same circumstances of the past have manifested and gather followers and believers which have the potential to lead to diffusing democracy. Often the power of authoritarianism is freely given by surrendering our defenses and being blinded by false hopes and promises.


Snyder cautions:

Don’t look away from what is changing right in front of you

Beware the evils of the past, and stand out – don’t get yourself lost in a crowd as a follower

Abandoning truth is abandoning freedom

Be original, don’t follow the masses

Search for the truth

Creating alternate realities leads to fascism

Protest – be seen and heard – tyrants must feel resistance

It is not patriotic to admire foreign dictators


Regardless of our political preferences in parties, if we value freedom and democracy this book is a compelling read.





123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

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I’ve had to cut down my weekly Author Interviews to twice a month now instead of every Friday so I can spend more time writing. In lieu of those alternate Fridays I’d like to share articles that I’ve come across which I feel will be valuable to bloggers and authors, and today I’m sharing a wonderfully informative article by my friend and ûber blogging expert Janice Wald from Mostlyblogging.com


In this post, Janice is offering 123 FREE blogging tools we can add to our arsenal of tools. I’m sure many of us are already using some of them, but this post would be excellent to bookmark for future reference because as time goes by and we find our blogs growing , our interests tend to become more piqued about more things we can do with our blogs to gain readership, as well as using different avenues of social media. Check out Janice’s post below.

123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

123 Free Blogging Tools will help #bloggers save time #blogging

Are you aware of bloggers’ two most important priorities?

They are saving money and saving time.

This post, an update to my 2016 post 89 Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging, does just that.

The sites and apps I’ve discovered since the original post’s publication have been added. Sites no longer in existence have been removed.

These websites and apps make blogging so much easier you might wonder if they are free. Have no doubts. They all are.

The blogging tools are presented in alphabetical order.

Let’s get to them.

Free Blogging Tools

  1. Accessify will analyze your site’s loading speed and make recommendations for improvements.

  2. Ahalogy I used to use Ahalogy to schedule all my Pinterest pins to my boards and community boards. I am such a fan.

  3. Alexa has your blog’s Alexa score. Many experts revealed they won’t subscribe to someone’s blog if that person doesn’t have a low Alexa score.

  4. AnswerthePublic This fascinating site gives you blog topic ideas as well as ideas for long-tail keywords. Blogger Julie Kaulpali called it “fun” to use. I actually enjoyed seeing the extremely specific analytics. Make blogging decisions based on your reader preferences, which it will share with you. I will give you fair warning: When you get there, you will see a man waiting for you. His name is “The Seeker”. At one point, he started picking his teeth while he was waiting for me. As Julie expressed, a “fun” site to use. I was shocked to see how many ideas showed up when I typed in my niche, blogging.

  5. aSleep You don’t have to use the app to go to sleep. However, it produces white noise that will allow you to block out distracting background noise when you are trying to blog. If you find listening to the sound of the rain or the wind more relaxing than noisy neighbors when you are trying to blog, try the app.

  6. Backlink Checker tells you which sites have linked to you.

  7. BeFunky Photo Editor I find BeFunky quick to use and user-friendly. [Read: This is How You Spruce Up Your Visuals with 3 Free Tools]

  8. Bounce Rate can be found at Alexa.com. Its analytics are important. It will tell you how long people are staying on your blog and how many pages on your blog they are viewing. [15 Guaranteed Ways to Make Your Bounce Rate Look Amazing]

  9. Buffer is my choice for social media scheduler but only allows up to 10 links to be scheduled at one time for free. [Read: 17 Reasons Buffer Will Blow Your Mind]

  10. Buzzsumo.com shows you trending topics. If you write about popular topics, you will be more likely to get page views. Blogger Harsh Agrawal recommends Buzzsumo. “You can use this information to discover what content performs best for your targeted keyword so you can create an even stronger article and get it to outrank your competitor’s.” . . . Please continue reading HERE for 113 more tips!

Source: 123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)