New Year’s Eve Cheer 2017

Happy New Year 2018 to all!!

Orlando Espinosa

Cheers to the coming New Year and the opportunity to do amazing things!

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Views of the Neighborhood – New Years Eve

John Howell took pictures of another new building in Port Aransas.

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This week our Coffee Waves shop had its grand re-opening after Hurricane Harvey. Although I wouldn’t usually feature such an event on Views, I thought it significant as one more piece of evidence of a return to normal here in Port Aransas.

I published this trailer picture earlier this fall when Coffee Waves was open for business but not in their building.

Coffee Waves

Here is the finished building.

Inside the people are lining up.

This is another shot of the interior. I have a close up of the message later.

For the opening, a band is set up.

Festive balloons.

This is the business end.

Here are some of the 120 rotating Gelato flavors.

This is the Gelato menu explaining the difference when compared to ice cream.

A sign telling the world about Port A Strong.

Another sign for out of towners who are in a hurry.

A beautiful place to have a…

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From Bequia … All the Best for 2018!!!

A wish for the New Year 2018 from Bequia.

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So reads the Chinese curse that seems to have been operative during this past year we’ve all just endured. Let’s hope that, rather than continuing to be “interesting”, 2018 is instead a year full of hope and health and joy for everyone around the world, and that the good feelings at midnight tonight last far longer than simply the first 24-hours of the new year ahead of us.

Personally, I wish to thank all readers of this blog, and everyone who has read and enjoyed my publications! No author can write without readers … so suffice it to say that – YOU READERS KEEP ME WRITING!!! Thank you for all your support!

From our verandah on Bequia, Dennis and I wish everyone all the best for 2018!

Now … LET’S DANCE!!!

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Rev. Dr. Barber Explains White Evangelicals Southern History Of Racism

A simply marvelous movement and a speech by Rev. Dr. Barber.

Gronda Morin

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One of my favorite Evangelicals is the Rev. William J. Barber II, a moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina and president of Repairers of the Breach. He is also co-founder of the Moral Mondays movement, progressive activist vigils held in North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. 

According to a statement published in May 2017 at the state chapter’s website, Rev. Barber will join the leadership of the Poor People’s Campaign Call for a National Moral Revival. The New Poor People’s Campaign (marks) the 50th anniversary of King’s 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign and will focus on 25 states and Washington, D.C.

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He has been a fan of Pope Francis to where he accepted an invitation to visit the Vatican during the 2017 Thanksgiving holidays.

As per a 11/20/17 News Observer report, “It’s a deep honor and humbling,” Barber said in a telephone interview on…

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10 Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 1

Good writing tips from Don Massenzio.

Author Don Massenzio


  • Write every chance you get. Write every day if you can. You should be thinking about writing or actually writing whenever you can.


  • Reading is so important. You should read every chance you get as well. Read good writing and read about writing. Balance fiction and non-fiction to help you improve your own writing.


  • Use your everyday observations to help you with coming up with surroundings, characters and situations for your stories. You can do this by keeping notebook with you, or if you’re not afraid of being stared at, use your phone and a recording app and pretend your on a call while you make note of what you see.


  • Check your writing for repetitive words and phrasing. If you find yourself using the same words repeatedly, refer to a thesaurus (Shift-F7 in Word) but don’t confound your reader with extravagant utterances and locutions that will flummox them. (Fancy…

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PA. Republican Senator Toomey Needs to be Driven Out of The US Congress

The damage was then complete.

Gronda Morin

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It is important to know that there is one key republican senator who is mostly responsible for the 2017 Tax Cuts bill to where he needs to be held accountable for any negative fall-out for his creation. His name is Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA).

On December 28, 2017, Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post penned the following report, “How Sen. Pat Toomey turned the Republican tax bill away from populism.”


“As they scrambled to finish their sweeping tax bill in late October, House lawmakers arrived at a surprising decision: They would not cut the income tax rate for the wealthy.”

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“‘That choice broke with conservative economic principles, which call for lower rates for high earners to spur investment and boost the economy. But House leaders wanted to use that money to pay for cuts elsewhere in the bill, and the White House was eager to avoid the impression that…

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Bucket List for a Spring Chicken Part 3

Part 3 of Bucket List for a Spring Chicken.


When I left you,  Ollie had just found out we were arriving a day earlier than she thought.  “Yikes!   I was going to clean house tomorrow.” She exclaimed.

I reassured her.  “Go ahead, but I’m not helping.  I’m on vacation.” None of us cleaned house.  Instead, we drank coffee and told wild stories till time to go out to lunch every day, then shopped a little in the afternoons.   I haven’t shopped since I retired, so I really enjoyed it.  I even bought red pajamas.  Next time I take a trip, my host can sing  “She’ll Be Wearing Red Pajamas When She comes.”We visited my uncle’s grave in the National Cemetery at Elgin, Oklahoma,  a very reverent and fitting place for our service members and their spouses. (Pictured above.  Shirley Martin and  Ollie Johnson)

Regrettably, we had to leave after a short three days.   I…

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