Da Nang Damned!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Death Is Never Pretty!" Progress Report

Well, I finished the first editing/proofreading of "Death Is Never Pretty!"  This book is the second in a planned four-book series on Rick O'Neil -Ted Troutman. This book takes place a year or so after the first book "Da Nang Damned!" ended. Ted & Rick are back in North Conway, NH. Ted is facing re-election and trying to decide whether or not he'll run again. Ann, his wife wants him to retire, but a string of events may change the couples retirement plans.

Rick's romance with Sally, the owner of Marge's Diner is heating up and Gunny has a girlfriend. Into this happy situation comes a little girl, Alejandra. She is the victim of human trafficking who escapes and finds herself on Ted's doorsteps. Then there's the murder of Ted's buddy Frank. Ted's finds him face down in the Saco River and what looks like an accidental drowning, soon turns into a murder.

I' m hoping to have the manuscript back from my editor in 10-14 days. Once I have it back and have made the corrections I'd like to send it out to five people, who are willing to read it and give me some constructive feedback. If you are interested in participating let me know.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Death Is Never Pretty!" First Draft

The first draft of "Death Is Never Pretty!" is finished! Now begins the real work: editing proofreading and rewrites, LOL! The novel is the second in a planned four-book series which follows Rick O'Neil & Ted Troutman as they take on an international cartel of human traffickers.

In researching for the book I was shocked at how widespread human trafficking is, from slave labor to sex slaves, it's a worldwide tragedy.

Ted's discovery of his friend's body floating in the Saco River leads him from North Conway New Hampshire to Boston, Bogota, Columbia and back to the White Mountains. At the same time, Ted is wrestling with whether to run for re-election. Ann wants him to retire, but Ted wants to avenge his friend's death, find the killer and bring him to justice. The only way he can do this is by winning the re-election.

Sooo, stay tuned for more info. I'm still hoping to release the book by late spring or early summer.

PS: I'm also looking for 4/5 fans who would like to read a beta copy of "Death Is Never Pretty!
If you are interested contact me @ ptwrites@comcast.net

Sunday, April 8, 2018

What If...........?

Have you ever played the "What If Came"? I think most people have. Usually, it's when we screwed up or feel guilty about something we did. BUT, what if you played the game to motivate and inspire you? To push yourself to achieve goals, to pursue your passions.

Try this exercise. Ask the question, "What if the best year of my life hasn't happened yet?" Now begin filling in what your best year would look like. Start with all the basics, love, health, career, financial, friendship/relations. Then add the extra "spices" like travel, hobbies, car, clothes, etc
Make a poster and label it my best year. Gather photos from the web, magazines or draw some and place on the posters. Pictures that depict your idea of all the things that would make up your best year. Place the poster where you see it often during the day. You could even take a picture w/your phone & download it as a screen saver.

You can also "drill down" and apply the "What If" to things like your health, job, relationships. Again find pictures that inspire you. Your best year is yet to be, if you ask the question "What If? and begin filling in the picture of you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Summer Where Have You Gone??!

A Northeaster bearing down on Maryland! So much for Global Warming. Seems appropriate to post this poem that I wrote some years ago.


Summer where have you gone?
I yearn for you all winter long.
Your sunny face
And warm embrace,

Summer where have you gone?
I remember lying on your lawn.
Your pretty green dress and
Flowers in your hair, a mess.

Summer where have you gone?
You broke my heart when you said so long.
What did I do to make you go?
Please come back, I hate this snow!

Summer where have you gone?
I am so woebegone.
They say you went South to Florida Land
Please, Please come back to Maryland!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Power of Ginger!

Is ginger a wonder drug? If so how do you unleash the power of ginger? How much should I take and is the natural form better than a capsule?

Ginger has been used since the dawn of time for many ailments as well as a spice. As a folk medicine, it has few equals. However, now modern medicine is also touting the power of ginger. The secret ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which is a bioactive ingredient giving ginger it's strong smell and taste and is responsible for some amazing medical benefits. Here are seven major reasons for making ginger part of your diet.

1. Upset stomach, nausea, morning sickness? Taking ginger can be as effective as a prescription drug.
2. Prevent vomiting and relieve the side effects of chemo.
3. Help relieve the pain of Osteoarthritis.
4. Lower blood sugars and prevent heart attacks.
5. May help prevent cancer.
6. May protect against Alzheimer's.
7. Ginger fights oral infection.

So it's good for you and more research needs to be done and is being done to further prove ginger's effectiveness over a wide range of diseases. Obviously, you must talk to your doctor before taking ginger for more serious diseases Ginge is not a substitute for modern medicine.

I prefer to take ginger in a supplement form because I can control the dosage. How I use raw ginger or powder as a spice as often as possible. If buying as a supplement make sure it's from a reliable
USA supplier and is organic. I found ginger supplement from Pure Mountain Organics to be one of the best.

In turns of dosage start with a low dose until your body gets used to it. Some people may experience
some stomach problems if you start with a high dose. I haven't had any problems or side effects. I take two capsules in the morning with my breakfast and two at supper time. Each capsule contains 500 mg of ginger.

Taking ginger as a supplement can be beneficial for many people, again consult a physician before trying ginger or any other natural/alternative medicine.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Does Brady's Diet Work?

By now everyone has probably heard of Tom Brady's diet. The Patriot's star quarterback's diet & lifestyle is credited with giving him, at an age when most pro football players would retire, the stamina and strength to play at the highest levels.

Now most of us can't afford a personal chef, and the country's top fitness coaches and doctors to craft an individual health/diet plan, we can follow a similar food plan.

Specifically, Brady avoid's certain foods.

1. Ice Cream
2. White sugar
3. White flour
4. Nightshade veggies: Eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers

Basically, Tom & his wife Gisele eat a plant-based, organic diet with occasional meats like duck, fish, chicken & beef. No MSG or other additives.

The diet is healthy, Nightshade plants are inflammatory and avoided additives like MSG are a wise move. We all know the dangers of consuming sugar and white flour and how the spike our blood sugar.

Most of the Bradys meals are simple combinations of carbs like brown rice with steamed veggies and protein. So the diet is something anyone can try. Make a weekly meal plan along with a shopping list, remove temptation like cookies, ice cream from your house. Experiment with spices and different recipes to add variety. One in a while treat yourself, but only once you reach a goal. Most importantly enjoy the journey.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Best Exercises If You Want To Live To A Hundred?

I think we would all like to live to a hundred if we could be alert mentally and physically. So assuming this is your goal. Then how do we improve our chances of living to a hundred or at least living an active, vibrant life as long as possible?

In my last post, I wrote about the people of Sardinia and in particular the Mendes family which hold the Guinness record of the longest-lived family on earth. They eat mainly a plant-based diet and drink wine. Not a bad prescription to follow for long life. But want about exercise? Well, you might be interested to know that not one of them belong to a gym. Neither do they run 3 miles a day or work out on their StairMaster. No, like most of the long-lived peoples of the world they stay physically active through their daily lives.

They tend their sheep and do farm chores, walking 5-6 miles a day. What can we learn from these people? Well, it's pretty obvious. We need to move! So here are the best (In my opinion) exercises for longevity.

1. Walk: Walk fast at least an hour a day or about three miles. I don't mean on a treadmill in a gym. But outside! In the sunshine and fresh air.
2. Do weight-bearing exercises at least 3 times a week.

That's it! Eat veggies drink wine, walk, and lift. If you follow this prescription for longevity, there's no guaranty that you will live to a hundred. But no matter how long you will live, I'm willing to bet you will be more alive than if you didn't follow these keys to longevity.