I forgot how to use this thing… almost.

Wow… July 31st was my last post? JULY 31?

A lot can change in life… fast. And mine sure has proven that.

On July 24th, I started a new job. Yes, I write books for children. Yes, they pull in some money. No, they don’t pay for cars and houses. So I do have to work in between playing an author writing a blog.

So I decided to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and work here:

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Okay, that’s an old photo.

Here is one that’s more current:

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Yep, I’m officially an autoworker. A member of the UAW. I’m building cars.

And what fun it is! No, really… I do enjoy it. The people I work with are fantastic. The money is good. And the machines don’t talk back. What do I do, in particular?

Here is a 2014 Jeep Cherokee:

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And what do I do? I install the rear bumper… or fascia, in technical terms.

Oh, I do other stuff, too. But that’s the easiest part to explain.

So why am I writing here now?

Truthfully, I’ve missed it. I’ve missed it terribly. My favorite part was reading comments from perfect strangers from all over the world. But I just haven’t had time… that lame excuse that everyone turns to now and again.

I’m going to strive to make time. Starting today.

Speaking of today… it’s National Popcorn Day. Some of you read this blog because you know that I’ve written a few books for kids.

While I was away, busy building Jeeps, I released my 5th book: Crusty Cupcake’s Happy Birthday. Here is the cover:

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It came out back on November 1st… and I think it was the best one yet. The message? Children should learn that having friends is the best gift there is!

Incidentally, since today is National Popcorn Day… and my first book for children was called Pete the Popcorn… what might be going on in my world today?

That’s right! Book #6 is being released on Amazon.com and it is a follow-up to Pete the Popcorn:

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Pete the Popcorn 2 introduces a few new characters, including Policeman Parker Popcorn. So many children, especially in inner cities, only look at police officers in a negative light. We wanted to change that. We wanted to teach kids that police officers are here to help… to protect… to serve.

The book also touches on honesty. And we are using this book as a launching point for our series discovering “Popcorn Principles.” Each book will explore a different principle that we as a country hold near to our hearts. And these principles are ones that kids can begin practicing today.

How can you help? As usual, share this post. Take to Twitter and Facebook. Tell folks about the fledgling author that also builds Jeeps. Help me make a difference by buying some of my books on Amazon. And then get a friend to do it, too.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Pete-Popcorn-Popcorns-Practicing-Principles/dp/1494914859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390131829&sr=8-1&keywords=pete+the+popcorn+2

And that’s it.

My life since July in a cute little nutshell.

Talk to you soon. Hold me to that. Please.

Nick

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Tired of Hypocrites.

I just had a discussion with a hypocrite. Wow! You should try it sometime.

This person is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrat. The Democratic party could run a goat on the next Presidential ticket and this person would vote for it. And I just can’t stand crap like that. I’m an independent. I’ve voted for two Democrats for President and two Republicans for President. In local and statewide races, I’ve probably voted for just slightly more Democrats. When the news talks about an “independent” voter, I would like to think they’re speaking about someone like me, who votes for the person and their individual beliefs and backbone, rather than the party they represent.

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Which brings me back to hypocrites. Their intellect and worldview has been on great display since this whole NSA story broke. In 2001, in the weeks after 9/11, when our leaders were talking about the Patriot Act and giving up some personal liberties and freedom in exchange for greater security, I was appalled. And the hypocrite that I referred above was appalled, as well. How could George W. Bush get away with this? What were members of Congress thinking? Further, could the public be so blinded by national tragedy that they would blindly follow along and discard rights to privacy and more?

So, when I spoke with my friend this week, I expected this person to still be appalled by the whole NSA narrative and the fact that the Obama administration had not only continued, but in fact strengthened these policies. But no. Instead, my friend said, “well, Bush started it. It’s clearly Bush and Cheney that are at fault.”

Now, here is where things get dicey, if you’re like me and try to see both sides of the coin. OK, Bush started it. He was responsible for the massive power grab that stole freedoms, liberties and privacy from the American people and placed it squarely with the executive branch of the government. So, yes, Bush started it.

However, while campaigning for President in 2007, Barack Obama said, “This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand… That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists… We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.”

This is where hypocrites will begin to parse words. They will point out that Obama said “illegal” wire-tapping. The things the NSA was doing were legal, they will say. Congress approved, they will say. Even so, Obama also said, in the quote above, that the Bush administration was forcing a choice between liberty and security— and that this was a false choice. Interesting, indeed. Because this is what President Obama’s recent response was to the whole NSA whistleblower charade, “I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” Wowzers. Seems like Barry is presenting that same false choice that he accused Bush of presenting. This, after having run partially on the campaign plank of reforming these practices to reinstate our personal liberties.

I was mad when Bush did it. I’m mad that Obama continued to do it! However, my friend the hypocrite, the dyed-in-the-wool Democrat hypocrite, was defending the actions of the Obama administration. When I asked if this was also a defense of Bush administration tactics, the hypocrite said, “no, because he started it.” My answer? What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander. If you’re upset with one administration, in this case, you need to be upset with both administrations.

And when questioned about leaker Edward Snowden? What did the hypocrite say then? Well, of course, he should be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, the hypocrite said! Never mind that Bush-era whistleblowers, who also exposed government wrongdoing, were celebrated by the Left.

This country is full of hypocrites. It would be nice if we could stop sending them to Washington, though. Washington needs more folks that are willing to stand up to the leaders in their own party and say, “No. Discard the fact that we are from the same party. Wrong behavior is wrong behavior. Bad policy is bad policy.” Because, just like my hypocrite friend, those same Democratic Congressman and Senators that were baffled by the Bush administration’s 2001-2002 power grabs are now defending that behavior today, because one of their own is guilty of it.

And that’s just not right.

 

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3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!

Everything Is Ducky… Here in Kentucky.

I apologize in advance for the title of this article. I think I’m clever when I’m clearly not…

Today, we visited Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary school in Lexington, Kentucky.

One thing that we’ve learned on this tour is how to tell what quality of school we are at. When the time for questions-and-answers come, if the kids are engaged, inquisitive and just popping with questions, it’s clear that the teachers are doing their jobs really well.

At a few schools, the teachers themselves didn’t even have any questions! Now, I’m honored if we gave SUCH a good presentation that there just aren’t any questions left to be answered. But that’s impossible. Kids should always have questions— being nosey is a good thing, when it comes to learning.

Anyway, today’s school visit with the kids in Lexington prompted some of the very best questions we’ve received. So I can see why this school received a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.

If we are planning to visit your school, please talk with the students about our visit prior to our arrival. Discuss with them some questions that they could ask of authors! It really does make the learning experience better for us all…

Here is today’s video update…. be sure to visit tomorrow– we have a day off so we’re exploring the Smoky Mountains.

Take care.

Nick

 

 

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