Bobbing Around Volume 20 Number 10

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.
Christine Caine


Nanoplastic research is still in its infancy. But laboratory tests show that unlike microplastics, nanoplastics are small enough to accumulate within the bloodstreams and cell membranes of a range of organisms, even passing the blood-brain barrier in a test on Japanese medaka fish, and cause various toxic effects, including neurological damage, and reproductive abnormalities.
Alexandra Ter Halle

Bobbing Around

Volume Twenty, Number Ten,
April, 2021

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* From me to you
Sleeper, Awake is still available for your pleasure
In election mode
Lifting the Gloom
On Luck-It again

 

* New stuff
Responses
Sandra Warren
Issac Robledo
Environment
Sand: a problem that’s a symptom
Good news
8 teenagers and a Catholic nun stop a coal mine
Psychology
Sexual urges for young girls
Tortured by sexual attraction
I approve of these announcements
Mindfulness meditation resource
Guided meditation Monday evenings
MK Tod’s book is LAUNCHED
Reviews
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Dawn Owens
…and by Lauren Persons
The Eclectic by Colin Reynolds
Light After a Layoff, by Dawn Owens
Sleeper, Awake, reviewed by Fiona Lemmon
…and by Cindy Davis
…and Mike Muntisov
Paris in Ruins, by Mary Tod
Poetry
The Guinea Pig
Kindly Meditation by Laurie Corzett
Fun
Ship hovering in the air
* Blog posts during March
ENVIRONMENT
5 tricks you can use to reduce plastic pollution

Plastic for dinner?

Not nuclear

Michael Mann on floods and fires in my country

GOOD NEWS
Renewables have won in the USA

Housework is worth money at last!

INSPIRATION
Leo is an 11-year-old Lorax

She founded a new branch of science

From trash to value: we can all learn from Nigeria
Kim Robinson and coronavirus

Two beautiful meditations, via TA Sullivan

One of Calhoun’s rats

LOOK OVER A WRITER’S SHOULDER
Developing tension. No, it’s not about knitting, but my contribution to Rhobin’s Rounds on writing.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Free books from IC Robledo

REVIEWS
Elizabeth Clements on From Depression to Contentment

STORIES
The bible and homosexuality: a brief extract from You Can’t Escape Destiny, the second volume of my Doom Healer series.

Gratitude: a very short addition to Lifting the Gloom


From me to you

Sleeper, Awake is still available for your pleasure
In election mode
Lifting the Gloom
On Luck-It again

 

Sleeper, Awake is still available for your pleasure


Quite a number of my friends have requested a free copy of my reissued award-winner, but so far only a few reviews have trickled back. You can enjoy a few hours exploring the future, and help me to publicise one of my favourite books.

Some people have said that they don’t tend to read science fiction. Fair enough, but… but all fiction is about emotion. The rest is just background. Think of this as historical fiction of the future, and a crime story, and a romance, and a coming-of-age novel, and…

I will also be grateful if you can tell your friends and networks about this book. Only, if you post a link to Facebook about anything at Bobbing Around, it will be refused. A couple of years ago, the Facebook algorithm decided that one of my posts “violated community standards.” I have no idea what post, and what the supposed violation was, but there is no appeal, no way of giving or getting feedback, and it seems to be a lifetime ban. So, if publicising Sleeper, Awake on Facebook, please use http://bobswriting.com/sleeper.html.


In election mode


A great deal of my time and emotional energy during March has been invested in one important aspect of being a Professional Grandfather. The job specification is working for a survivable future, and one worth surviving in, and politics is an essential part of this. There will be a federal election in my country, Australia, within the next 4 to 14 months, and my party, the wonderful Australian Greens, has an excellent chance of winning balance of power. A fantastic set of policies has just been released, and I am working hard in every way I can do get people to notice, and to vote for us.

Strange thing is, this has unlocked my writing again. I am having fun working on three books at once (well, not exactly at once, but switching from one to another).


Lifting the Gloom

One of those three projects is Lifting the Gloom, a companion volume to From Depression to Contentment. You can read many of its component stories right now, right here.

This creates a problem. If I send the book off to my publisher, he will need to invest money and time in launching it. So, he’ll want to sell it, and why buy something if you can read much of it for free?

So, I have two choices: remove those stories from Bobbing Around, or make the book available permanently for free, as an inducement to buy From Depression to Contentment.

I’d love your advice. The most amusing answer will be published in a future Bobbing Around, and its author will have earned the right of becoming a good character within a story. Michael Amos and Julia Morrissey have already done this in a previous “contest.”


On Luck-It again

I’ve had the honour of featuring on the Singapore-based blog Luck-It several times. Now, I am the third of several respondents stating our plans for 2021.


Responses

Sandra Warren
Issac Robledo

Sandra Warren

 

The REVISED and much better OBSESSED book version has been uploaded to Kindle Print. By tomorrow or Sunday the new and improved version will be back on the market, thanks to you! I still need to do the ebook and the mobi file.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU so much for not only your great review but especially for the line edits. I really appreciate the corrections as well as the kind comments sprinkled within. Your work reminded me of some very obvious grammatical rules that had slipped my mind. Your line editing job taught me a great deal. I can see I need to hire you next time around. 🤗

For future reference, what is your fee for a line edit job? I’ve heard that some editors charge by the word and some by the page. What’s your method?

The corrected paperback should be available within a couple of days. The ebook will follow shortly.

Thank you again Bob. I really, really appreciate it.

Sandra

Sandra is referring to Obsessed by a Promise, a book she sent me with a request to review. She got 5 stars from me, and as you may have guessed, a partial line edit, a habit of mine when reading anything.

My editing fee? I ask for the first 1000 words, edit them, and this tells me how time-consuming the job will be. I then quote accordingly. My minimum fee is $5 per 1000 words. (In contrast, industry standards are above 0.45 cents per word, or $45 per 1000 words. I do charge that for funded projects, but not for authors and small publishers.)


Issac Robledo

Hi Bob,

Thanks so much for featuring my promotion for “7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By.”

You cover so many great topics that deserve our deep attention. I admire your great work, and I look forward to checking out your interview — I have bookmarked it for now.

You mentioned having injured a calf in your past through negligence, and then growing spiritually from that experience.

This hits home because as a child my brother became very interested in a bird’s nest in our yard. One day, I don’t remember any malicious intent on my part, but perhaps through my own negligence or curiosity, I took a twig and moved around some of the eggs, and a couple of them fell to the ground and met their end.

My brother found out what happened and realized that I had done it, and he seemed very disappointed in me. I felt terrible about it all.

Given that I sometimes still think back on it, and ask God for forgiveness for what I did, I suppose I also learned my lesson, to avoid cruelty or needless harm to any living creatures.

I suppose this is what spiritual growth is about. Thanks for explaining this.

Issac “I. C.” Robledo
M.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology


Environment

Sand: a problem that’s a symptom

You will be interested in reading this excellent piece of investigative journalism in Deutsche Welle on the global sand crisis. Don’t worry, it’s written in English.

Briefly, although sand is one of the most common substances on this planet, it is being used at such a rate that entire ecosystems are being destroyed, and people have been murdered for happening to stand in the way.

The article reports several technological fixes, but that misses the point. The problem is not sand mining, but the same thing causing the insect apocalypse, the choking of everything by plastic, the extinction of a great many species of plants and animals, increasingly savage extreme weather events, the emergence of new diseases like COVID-19, all the wars and terrorism and cruelty… Sand is yet another of the symptoms.

What’s the disease? A global economy that can only stay healthy by growing.

I could add sand as another case study to my essay, How to change the world.


Good news

8 teenagers and a Catholic nun stop a coal mine

Well, at the minimum it is delayed.

The dinosaurs running things have approved of a huge expansion of a coal mine. Anjali Sharma couldn’t sleep at night, knowing the implications. So, she is the lead litigant of a group of 8, challenging the decision on climate change grounds. Because they are underage, they need a “litigation guardian.” This is a wonderful 86-year-old lady, Sister Brigid Arthur, who has represented asylum seekers, and others harshly treated in today’s world.

Australia’s Minister for Environment has deferred approval for the coalmine until she knows the outcome of the court hearing.

You know who I am cheering for.


Psychology

Sexual urges for young girls
Tortured by sexual attraction

 

Sexual urges for young girls

My newest grandson somewhere on this planet differs from the several in February. Their problem was sexual play during childhood. He is a young adult who has sexual impulses when he sees young girls, and this horrifies him to the point of considering suicide.

Here is my first reply to him:

Martin, welcome to my global group of grandchildren. I am here for you.

First, the good news: you are NOT a paedophile, NOT a monster, NOT disgusting and so do not need to consider suicide.

I have a web page devoted to people who falsely think themselves to be sexual abusers. Please study that, and the q&a pages linked to it.

When you have read what I say there you will see that your attitudes, the very fact of your distress, show you to be a good person with high spiritual development.

You are not responsible for your thoughts, automatic reactions, emotions, feelings. What you are responsible for is how you react to them, and what you do. Your reaction is one of disgust and horror, and your actions are a determination to avoid causing harm. THIS is what counts.

It doesn’t even matter where these urges come from. They are there, and you need to deal with them. Suppose that before you were born, you and a Superior Person designed your life to include training situations that give you opportunities for growth, and you chose to have sexual urges for underage girls. By resisting these feelings, you are growing. If you gave in to them, you would be moving in the wrong direction, but you are determined not to do that.

I once had a client who had recently been released from jail for aggravated assault. He told me, even as a child he kept stealing, and getting away with it gave him a lot of satisfaction. Stealing was fun, and an easy way to get things he wanted. But one night he broke into a house he thought was empty. An old woman was home, and he knocked her down while trying to escape. He hurt her quite badly, but was photographed on a security camera and caught.

He felt terrible guilt about hurting the old lady. So, this was the start of his healing. He was determined to change. He still had the urges to steal, and came to me in order to learn how to resist them.

He became a good person, though it was a pity the cost was injuring someone.

Can you see that your situation is better: you have learned the lesson without causing harm, right?

In my book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide I describe several ways you can deal with these unwanted thoughts and impulses. Grab a copy. If you can’t afford the few dollars for an electronic version, I’ll email you a free copy, and you can “pay” for it by writing a review. Read through it once, then focus in on “the ABC diary,” “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,” and “Equanimity.”

I am happy for us to continue our conversation.
Bob


Tortured by sexual attraction

Dear Dr. Rich,

I am an Army Captain. Recently, a young female private has been transferred into my command. Our duties require regular daily contact. She keeps sending me signals that she is attracted to me, and I am driven crazy with lust for her. Trouble is, until this I have been happily married with a wife and two little children.

Being a strong Christian, I would feel terribly guilty is I committed adultery, but what do I do?

Dear Jake,

The Lord’s Prayer includes: “…help us to resist temptation…”

Suppose that sometime in the future, you were sent to a war, and were captured. The enemy will use all sorts of devices to try and break you, and get you to disclose confidential information. The mental strength you would need then is exactly the mental strength you need now. Refusing to give in to physical torture is no different from giving in to mental or emotional torture. Besides, they might well resort to emotional torture as well.

The bible tells us that Satan tempted Jesus, who agonised over his decision for 40 days. If He couldn’t just casually shrug it off, then it’s OK for us to find temptation a torture, too.

So, think of this young woman as your teacher. She didn’t come into your life by accident, but by design, to enable you to train your moral toughness. Because you are in this more than uncomfortable situation, you are becoming a stronger person, a better soldier, and a better Christian.

Hope this helps,
Bob

Dear Dr. Rich,

Thank you! I have thought long and hard about your answer, and it makes complete sense to me. I have organized things so that she and I are never alone without a third person present, and also am doing more activities with my wife, and taking an interest in my 7 year old son’s school.

And you have reminded me to pray.

Thank you for being such a good Christian, and God bless you,
Jake

Jake, just Bob to my friends.

I’ve got news for you: I am not a Christian, but a Buddhist Jew. 🙂

The person who solved your problem is you. I merely picked up on your strengths and resources, and pointed them out to you. You then chose to apply them. When we are under stress, our focus of thought narrows and we go round and round the same futile paths of thinking. All you needed was a second opinion to allow you to return to a broader viewpoint.

Thank you for allowing me to be that second opinion.

All the best,
Bob

Hey Bob, you are Christian enough for me! I’ve looked around your blog and if everyone was like you we’d have a good world.

God bless you,

Jake


I approve of these announcements

Mindfulness meditation resource
Guided meditation Monday evenings
MK Tod’s book is LAUNCHED

 

Mindfulness meditation resource

This essay sets out five benefits of regular mindfulness meditation, and briefly describes six ways of doing it.


Guided meditation Monday evenings

Well, that’s Monday evenings in my part of the world, Melbourne, Australia. But it’s easy to work out time for wherever you live.

My friend Penny Fenner leads lovely meditation sessions most weeks. Although I am an old hand at meditation, I’ve enjoyed her way of doing it, which is refreshingly different from mine.

To contact her, go to her website and seek the “contact us” tab at the bottom of the screen.


MK Tod’s book is LAUNCHED


Mary is a noted author of historical fiction. Her latest book, Paris in Ruins was launched on the 30th of March. You can read my advance review below.

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city they love. War has a way of teaching lessons — if only they can survive to learn them.

You can find the buy links at Goodreads.


Reviews

From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Dawn Owens
…and by Lauren Persons
The Eclectic by Colin Reynolds
Light After a Layoff, by Dawn Owens
Sleeper, Awake, reviewed by Fiona Lemmon
…and by Cindy Davis
…and Mike Muntisov
Paris in Ruins, by Mary Tod

 

From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Dawn Owens

Dr. Rich has provided a no-nonsense guide to usurping the habitual negative thought patterns that result in depression. His approach is non-traditional and non-judgmental, yet practical, with a healthy dose of tough love mixed with compassion. The recommended action steps are uniquely designed to gently identify and uproot the causes that keep many clients in mental turmoil, rather than just treating the effects. From Depression to Contentment is not just a book, but an entire course filled with powerful tools to help the reader truly regain control of life again. This is a real GEM!

Dawn D. Owens is an author, speaker, coach, and encourager with a passion for inspiring professionals in need of spiritual support with workplace challenges. As founder of The Corporate Couch, her vision is to give companies the tools and resources needed to empower the spirit of a global workforce through providing coaching/consulting services and inspirational seminars.


…and by Lauren Persons

To Read or Not to Read? READ AND RE-READ!

From skepticism to reflection…my first thoughts when I read the title of Dr. Bob Rich’s book, From Depression to Contentment. In the year of the Coronavirus, the thought of love, let alone, self-love seemed a bit of a stretch. Coming of age in the ’70’s, I had an ample share of self-help books. From the start, the title had me going. No, not depression. I could just push through myself as I always do. As for contentment, if I am content, will I stop wanting to make the world better for me and others? After reading From Depression to Contentment and doing a few deep breaths recommended in the book, I was ready to reflect. Dr. Bob’s book is more than a how-to book, it is a how-DO manual. Rich’s perfect tool chest, a weaving of science, case studies, personal accounts, mediation and therapeutic exercises coaxes the reader to explore, rethink, realign and become a more resilient person. To be read and reread!

Lauren had a paper copy. Having worked through it, she gave it to a friend who needs it.


The Eclectic by Colin Reynolds

If your sense of humour is like mine, you will roar with laughter at some of these gems.

The Eclectic is a collection of poems and short stories that take a gentle but firm poke at reality. For example, the trickle-down effect is examined in a goblet-shaped poem, which correctly identifies the main reason our world is in trouble. One hilarious story tells you exactly what had happened to the Titanic, and why.

Or you might be interested in the REAL story of King Arthur.

I can recommend the productions of a delightfully twisted mind.


Light After a Layoff, by Dawn Owens

This book is brilliantly perfect for its target audience: people who revere the false idols of wealth, possessions, status, popularity, approval. Sooner or later, many of those who unthinkingly follow the dictates of the consumer society will find themselves in a situation of loss. This may be loss of a job, the failure of a business venture, demotion or lack of promotion, or burnout.

Not only will Light After Layoff help people cope with such personal disasters, but if they have read it previously, it will protect them from the negative effects.

The book is based on a particular interpretation of Christianity. I am Buddhist, not Christian, but approve of Dawn’s version: God is Love; not a judge but a helper.

Dawn’s list of recommendations work. I know because they are actually in accord with the findings of psychological research, and they are very close to the techniques I have used for decades to benefit my clients, and myself.

A Shintoist saying is, “There are many mountains to God, and many paths up each mountain. Dawn and I are ascending the same mountain along parallel paths within sight of each other.


Sleeper, Awake, reviewed by Fiona Lemmon

In Sleeper, Awake the reader encounters an alien and surreal Post Cataclysmic and Post Chaotic version of Planet Earth some 1,500 years in the future. The technologically advanced society depicted is conceptually challenging and its genetically and numerically controlled human population presents the reader with controversial and disturbing societal practices. Although human relationships have evolved for the better, Earth’s society remains imperfect and its human emotions resonate with today’s readers. The author, Dr Bob Rich, portrays feelings with compassion as well as gentle humour and gives hope for the survival of mankind and other natural species.


…and by Cindy Davis

What a surprise for Flora!

Flora has her body cryogenically sealed until a cure for breast cancer is found. Unfortunately, it seems they didn’t bring her out of it until 1400 years later! Imagine waking into a world where there is no starvation, no homelessness, no wars, no disease, no need for money. Talk about a reality check.

Bob Rich’s well-written, well-constructed world is ordered, with definite rules, like: a population of no more than a million. How they pull this off reminds me of when I raised Alpine dairy goats. We carefully bred them to complement the characteristics considered to be the standard of perfection for the breed. In Sleeper, Awake, no one with physical deformities is allowed to reproduce. Sounds kind of controlling, doesn’t it? But, in this story, the control works very well for the people. As a matter of fact, that’s what they call the ruling body of humanity that keeps things flowing smoothly: Control.

Flora navigates her new world amongst a variety of unique characters, all very well developed and one-of-a-kind. The emotion is well done. The dialogue specific to each point of view character. But who are each of these people? What part do they play in Flora’s awakening?

This world is peaceful. The people are well-educated, the children happy. Everyone is healthy. Is this world better than ours? Or an amazing expansion and development of its possibilities?

And why is Flora awakened when she is? Why is she chosen over the 122 others who’d been cryogenically stored in the same way? Not tellin’. You gotta read this to find out.


…and Mike Muntisov

Flora Fielding is dying of cancer. So she puts herself into a cryogenic deep sleep hoping that a cure can be found in the near future. She awakes to a changed world filled with fantastical technical gadgets, and people with different dress and customs who can send projections of themselves to multiple locations at the same time. This future is 1400 years away and the population of earth is controlled strictly to one million.

As Flora receives treatment for her cancer she comes to learn that this is not why she was awoken. The people of this future world awoke her because they want something only she can give. Will she give it?

When author Bob Rich set out to write Sleeper, Awake, he vowed that there would be no villains. And that is true. The only antagonists are pesky emotions like jealousy and regret, however even these are extremely rare in this future world. But be warned, it is no utopia.

There are travelling vacuum balloons high in the stratosphere, a dramatically changed landscape, implants that expand your communication powers, and a Control Council. We follow the wildly dangerous exploits of an adolescent boy and young man. We learn why they feel compelled to undertake such dangerous activities, which seem more relevant to past civilizations than future ones. And I am only scratching the surface of this wondrous world, and how it came to be.

For fans who like science fiction and rich world-building, with a moral tale or two thrown in for good measure, Sleeper, Awake is a must read.


Paris in Ruins, by Mary Tod

If you like to explore a turbulent period in history as if you were there, you can’t do better than to read Paris in Ruins by Mary Tod. We visit Paris at the tragic end of the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s, seeing everything through the perceptions of two delightful young women, Camille and Mariele. Camille is strong and daring, and acts as a spy among republicans planning to overthrow the government. She feels sympathy for the plight of the working class, but is horrified at the thought of yet another revolution. Mariele is engaged to marry Camille’s brother, and is a gentler spirit, but both grow and develop during the terrible times.

I won’t give any of the plot away, but you can find out yourself.


Poetry

The Guinea Pig
Kindly Meditation by Laurie Corzett

 

The Guinea Pig

This is one of the little bits of doggerel from my unpublished Young Greenies’ Alphabet.

            The guinea pig is not a pig
            but a sort of a rabbit that doesn’t dig.
            The Incas of Peru once used to eat
            the guinea pig, for it’s made of meat.
            Nowadays, scientists with nasty habits
            torture guinea pigs, rats and rabbits.

I used to be a scientist, but never tortured animals. In fact, one of the reasons I ended up not studying medicine was that in first year Biology, I was required to kill a rat and a frog.


Kindly Meditation by Laurie Corzett

            What is this shadow play
            we call our lives? Who, how, why,
            imply full-fleshed stories;
            clasping hands, dilating eyes,
            the skin that binds us;
            slaps and hugs — miraculous touch
            bridging connection.

            Being kind can be a moving meditation.
            Not about self-depletion,
            or even special effort.
            It can be easy, what is pleasing, placid, cool, nonabrasive.
            It can also be courageous, heroic, strength called forth.

            Good ought not be judged
            on lack of perfection.
            At our best, we are so complex.
            A good person may be guided
            by their tendency toward kindness,
            compassion, down to Earth practicality,
            positive energy, meditation and reason.

            Kindness to sadness
            kindness to pain
            kindness to sustain through unkind fates and
            desperate foes
            kindness to capture the flow of mindfulness
            to find redress for all those in blindness
            randomly casting stones of shame
            kindness as last gentle spray to ease sleep of convalescence
            kindness as a blessing we may best keep in ever opening expression.

            So many seem to need hate,
            to gather in outraged joining,
            keeping folk designated in their place.
            Terror permeates this human world.
            Why such perverted pleasure
            as who we choose
            to be makes no sense to me.
            And you?
            Tell me true.
            Why deny
            best of us awaking,
            embracing touch called kindness,
            so much more beautiful a base on which
            to grow a human race.
            Isn’t it our time to realign,
            to be kind?

            Who chants behind that flowing curtain, charming?
            What acts denote sacred allegiance, guide to mystics’ source?
            Tribal myths, quests as lessons,
            koans, fables, lullabies,
            invitations to quiet mind, ineffable
            yearn toward meaning.

            Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.
            Jesus cried, and somebody grinned — don’t whine.
            Jesus smiled his love on the least,
            scattered his manna that the lowly might feast
            All you remember is that slavering Beast
            so remind me why you find less than fine
            daring to share a peace of mind
            more about kindness
            than divisive Divine?

            “Kind” is different from “nice”.
            Nice is conciliatory, making room
            by being smaller or
            overly overt accommodation.
            Kindness is more essential,
            more honest, more responsible —
            making room by inclusion.


Fun

Ship hovering in the air

The pic is copyrighted, so you need to click here to see it.

There is a perfectly good explanation in accord with the laws of physics, but it’s fun all the same.


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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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11 Responses to Bobbing Around Volume 20 Number 10

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    See, Colin? Now WordPress won’t let me directly reply to your last comment, so I have to manufacture a new one.
    I am a graduate of the University of Hard Knox, and Professor of Ehvelen Languages at the University of Selfril Islands.
    🙂

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  2. pendantry says:

    Bob… I think I’ve finally twigged why you call your blog ‘Bobbing Around’.

    I was looking for the term we came up with together that’s a less disingenuous label than ‘natural gas’… searched on ‘Bobbing Around’ for “gas” and found it almost immediately: ‘ancient bacterial fart gas‘. While there I happened, quite by chance§, to notice a comment from you apparently addressed to me that I hadn’t previously seen, pointing me to the — hilarious! — short story ‘HIG: the new energy source‘.

    I wanted to congratulate you (and your daughter, of course) on that composition. But it would appear that comments are closed on both of those posts. And so, you’ve left me with little option but to leave one here… where it doesn’t really belong. (Well, I suppose I could have dropped you an email, but that would have been far less fun.)

    § … which brings me to the point: are there other comments on your site that are addressed to me of which I’m oblivious? Is this a Cunning Plan to encourage your audience to scour every page of your blog looking for such comments, addressed to them? Enquiring Minds Want To Know!

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      No. Nada. Nicht. Nyet.
      It is all WordPress’s fault. I have comments enabled on all my posts and pages, but in its wisdom, the computer disappears some. And the same with notifications.
      Brag, brag, that daughter is now a professor.
      🙂

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      • pendantry says:

        Cool, please send her my belated congratulations!

        By the way, did you know that I’m a professor too? I acquired it through the Multiphasic Phlyarologolical University some time ago.

        I should point out that the MPU is an institution that I founded myself… its mission is to study the field of nonsense. Naturally, the irony of information technologists being apparently incapable of designing and implementing effective digital communications systems, and, especially, ‘upgrading’ them when they aren’t broken, is a major discipline.

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  3. Cindy says:

    Regarding, Lifting the Gloom…I’ve been told people LOVE free things. So, in that respect, I think you should keep it free. But then again, there have been times when they didn’t even want the free stuff, so, in that respect, it should be for sale. That way you’ll have a few pennies to spend. Then again, money isn’t that important. What’s important is helping people, so…

    My suggestion would be to write a few new–free–stories and use them to entice people to buy the book. Then you cover all bases.

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  4. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Colin, you are always welcome to advertise your wares.
    🙂

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  5. pendantry says:

    Hi, Bob! Thanks for including your review of ‘The Eclectic’ here. It’s free all day tomorrow (All Fools Day). If any of your readers get down here to the comments, here’s a link to link to my announcement about that (I hope you don’t mind me offering that).

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    • pendantry says:

      Oopsie… typo in the ‘title’ attribute on that link: it should read “FREE! — Offer valid on 01Apr2021″, not 21Apr2021. D’oh. Sorry!

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    • Dear Bob and Colin,
      Hello, Colin! I am delighted to see that you have come over to read the latest issue of Bobbing Around.

      Thank you, Bob, for releasing another fine issue of Bobbing Around, Volume Twenty, Number Ten.

      Since we have now made it to a new month, I would like to wish both of you a Very Happy April with all the April Love that I have gathered in a special post entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in April Love and Dove, Art and Heart, Game and Puzzle, Music and Video 🕊💌💘” published at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/soundeagle-in-april-love-and-dove-art-and-heart-game-and-puzzle-music-and-video/

      There is the song there called “April Love”, which had always been one of my late mother’s favourites, and I had played in on the organ numerous times for her.

      May you find the new month and what it will usher into our lives much to your liking and satisfaction!

      May you find the new Springtime very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your aesthetic and intellectual fancy!

      Happy April to both of you!

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      • Dr Bob Rich says:

        Sound Eagle, you are wonderful, you know that?

        I had a terrible time sending out the Bobbing Around notifications. The usually 20 minute task took me 2.5 hours!

        Lucky I don’t have a sense of humour or I’d be laughing at myself.

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