The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

Friday, January 30, 2015

Quote of the day 1-30

Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.

Katharine Weber

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quote of the day 1-29

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter

Satchel Paige

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Quote of the day 1-28

Everyone has secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are.

Stieg Larsson

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Quote of the day 1-23

I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.

Stephen Greenblatt

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quote of the day 1-21

That was one of the virtues of being a pessimist: nothing was ever as bad as you thought it would be.

James Jones

Monday, January 19, 2015

Falcon's Pray is Live!

 

 

 

The second in the Nick Behr mysteries, Falcon's Pray is now live! Check out the giveaway below...

 

A woman has been killed in the middle of a field...or has she?

Someone is poaching deer out of season...but no one can find the kills...

Now a renegade Native American tribe has taken over the county...

Is it any wonder that Nick Behr is crazy?

I love it! Nick Behr is an interesting character that I have enjoyed getting to know and reading his stories!...It has mystery and action but a funny side that kept me in tears laughing!...Heart stopping action from start to finish!

Reviewer Amy Conley

 

The problem with some sequels, is that they are often predictable, because we know the main character. This is not a problem in Falcon's Pray! I was left guessing at what was coming next the whole book. Just when I thought I knew where things were going, there was another twist. I love it! I was interested right from the beginning and there weren't any slow spots. This book was truly hard to put down, and I can't stress enough how much I recommend the Nick Behr series!

Author Jenna Hodge

 

 

You can find the book on the following links:

 

eBooks:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

 

Paperback

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

 

In celebration of the release of Falcon's Pray, kidNAP Inc. will be free to download on amazon through the 20th!

 

 

 

kidNAP Inc. on Amazon

 

 

 

 



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Posted By J.T. Lewis to Did I Stutter? (Well....maybe...) at 1/19/2015 02:54:00 PM

Falcon's Pray is Live!



The second in the Nick Behr mysteries, Falcon's Pray is now live! Check out the giveaway below...

A woman has been killed in the middle of a field...or has she?
Someone is poaching deer out of season...but no one can find the kills...
Now a renegade Native American tribe has taken over the county...
Is it any wonder that Nick Behr is crazy?
I love it! Nick Behr is an interesting character that I have enjoyed getting to know and reading his stories!...It has mystery and action but a funny side that kept me in tears laughing!...Heart stopping action from start to finish!
Reviewer Amy Conley

The problem with some sequels, is that they are often predictable, because we know the main character. This is not a problem in Falcon's Pray! I was left guessing at what was coming next the whole book. Just when I thought I knew where things were going, there was another twist. I love it! I was interested right from the beginning and there weren't any slow spots. This book was truly hard to put down, and I can't stress enough how much I recommend the Nick Behr series!
Author Jenna Hodge


You can find the book on the following links:

eBooks:

Paperback


In celebration of the release of Falcon's Pray, kidNAP Inc. will be free to download on amazon through the 20th!







Quote of the day 1-19

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down

Allen H. Neuharth

 

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Economy...It Sucks!

I ran across this post recently...originally from 2011. Since on the whole the economy hasn't changed much in that time...and since it if packed full of well-meaning thoughts and musings...well...I just thought you might enjoy reading it again! (Or maybe for the first time :) )

The Economy…It Sucks!
By
J.T. Lewis

Being a business owner during these current days of economic strife has really been an eye-opening experience for many of us in the business world. As I think about the way we bill work in my company, and then have to almost beg to collect the money sometimes, well, one just has to smile at it all. (By smile, I of course mean grimace, a tightly drawn false smile located under the deer-in-the-headlight looking eyes on a business owner's face).

This was heavily on my mind when the following story crossed my screen the other day, and the more times I read it, the more I saw it for what it was...actual fact.

Did I then in turn create a lesson on the human experience, using the story to show how to put the economic situation into a better light and make it a true learning experience for the masses?

No.

My bad.

But it is a lesson for us all in the absurdity of doing business in our present economy.

You see, the story starts with a visitor, a tourist really, visiting the area and stopping at the local motel. Laying a $100 bill on the front counter, he stated that he wanted to inspect the motel's rooms before he decided whether to stay there that evening.

As soon as he left the lobby, the motel owner grabbed the $100 bill and ran next door with those deer eyes we were talking of earlier. His next door neighbor was a butcher, and the motel owner slapped that $100 bill on his counter, saying "put it on my account," doing so with much false bravado and a satisfied look on his face. (You see, the butcher had that very morning threatened to cut off the motel owner if he did not come up with some money today to pay down his account.)

The butcher nodded with satisfaction, having put his foot down and getting results as planned. However…as soon as the motel owner left…he took the $100 and ran down the street as quick as his heavy body would allow…to retire his debt with the pig farmer. 
   
You see, Mr. Green, the farmer, had also put his foot down that morning, telling the butcher to pay up or find another source of meat for his shop. (Of course, the pig farmer was in his pen at the time, so the process of putting his foot down made a big splash…literally!)

Now farmer Green is a quiet fellow, and he stood by patiently as the butcher laid the money on his table and quietly left the farmer’s house. Walking to the window, he watched the butcher walk back down the street and round the corner in the road before he quickly slipped into his coat and headed out the door. Walking up the street to the Co-op, the farmer took the $100 to the accounts manager in his office, a nasty little man with beady eyes.

The dilemma Mr. Green was facing you see, was that not only had the Co-op been ready to cut off the feed for his pigs, they also were going to cancel the oil delivery for his furnace.

Bastards!

The beady-eyed guy set down his finely sharpened pencil and proceeded to lecture Mr. Green on the moral and financial ineptitude of not paying ones bill on time. With slumped shoulders, Mr. Green then left the office with a heavy heart.  

As the farmer was leaving by the front door, Mr. Beady Eyes was sneaking out the back, taking the $100 bill through the alley to Sarah Jane…the local prostitute. You see, she was at the point of cutting off the accounts manager too…a situation that had left the accountant scrambling for money.

“She had obligations too,” she had said, and “maybe your wife would be willing to lend a hand.”

Well, you can imagine the situation that that would have put Mr. Beady-Eyes in…it was not pretty. So he had gotten to work this very morning, squeezing Mr. Green for cash, which ultimately started the ball rolling on the whole town.

Now everything was right with the world…or was it?

You see, that’s not the end.

Sarah Jane then walked across the street to the motel, leaving the $100 with the motel manager to settle her account…at the business rate, of course.

The motel owner, having been nervously pacing in front of the counter when she had arrived, was now happily engaging in small talk with the girl. (Are you busy on Thursday afternoon…about 4:00?) As he talked, he calmly laid the $100 bill onto the counter.

At that very moment, the traveler came back down the stairs, stating pompously for all to hear that the rooms were not to his liking, and that he would just be moving on. Picking up the $100 bill off the counter, he pocketed the money and walked calmly out to his car.

So, I know there is a moral to this story…I can feel it! But I will get to that in a moment.

I had put together a few observations to share with you after reading this, and although they may have seemed well thought out and even enlightened, they were really just so much bunk.

For you see, I was one of the people in this story. Although I would not dare to name my character for the whole world to make fun of, I would suggest that maybe we have all fell into the role of one of the town’s folk of the story from time to time.

So I would finish this story with the wisdom I personally have gleaned from the situation...

Grasp onto it firmly fellow world travelers and reflect on it…or delete it from your screen. It matters little, for morals to stories are always there whether we accept them as true or not.

In the end, the true moral to this story is:

1-     Everybody feels just a little better if they can pass the buck.
2-     Money is never really yours
3-     And…nothing ever happens until a woman threatens to cut someone off.







Copyright by JT Lewis 2011-2015


   

Quote of the day 1-15

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quote of the day 1-13

No matter how impossible, unattainable, or unimaginable something may seem, if

it's meant to be, it'll be.

 

Unknown

 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Quote of the day 1-12

The thing about getting older is that you don't need everything to be possible any more, you just need things to be certain.

Monica Ali

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quote of the day 1-8

Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success.

 

Tom Petty

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quote of the day 1-7

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size

of the fight in the dog.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Quote of the day 1-6

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better

 

Samuel Beckett

Monday, January 5, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015