Day: November 29, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge (2)

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Converge.” My second shot at this theme. See the first one at https://charlieray45.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/weekly-photo-challenge-converge/.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

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It’s been a while since I did a Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is Converge. There are a number of ways to show lines meeting. I decided to go for some conventional and unconventional.

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Review of ‘I Kill Rich People’

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When four rich Jewish residents of Nassau County, New York are gunned down at a birthday party, law enforcement agencies immediately fear terrorist activity. But, when other rich people, of all genders, religions, and ethnicities, start becoming victims of the mysterious sniper, they realize they have something far more dangerous on their hands – a motivated loner with a mission.

The killer, only identified near the end of the book, is shown to us through his first person thoughts and actions, and is the book’s main character. NYPD officer Owen Cullen, who happens to live in Nassau County where the first killings occur, is a co-main protagonist – a sort of plain Joe who is torn between his sense of duty and obligations to his family.

Action is non-stop and nail-biting as the NYPD and FBI race to stop the killer, the 00.1% worry about who’ll be next, and the media (some of it) turns the events into a circus.

I received a free copy of I Kill Rich People by Mike Bogin for review. With the exception of a few grammatical gaffes, typos, and formatting glitches, it is a well-written thriller that addresses profound issues. The author does a good job of keeping the reader guessing, and the characters – even the killer who is not identified until very late in the book – are full dimensioned people with whom many of us can readily identify. Although I didn’t think it necessary, the author includes some discussion questions at the end of the book that are, I believe, intended to make readers think more deeply about the issues raised in the story.

Issues aside, a good read that I highly recommend for thriller fans. Despite the grammar problems, I’m giving it four stars.

Photography 101: Triumph

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I can’t quit, though, without sharing a photo for the final assignment – Triumph.  This dog gone bird, after chasing all the other birds away, shows triumph and bravado in every feather.

This arrogant pose by a redheaded woodpecker, after having chased all the other birds away, is almost human in its gesture of triumph.
This arrogant pose by a redheaded woodpecker, after having chased all the other birds away, is almost human in its gesture of triumph.

Photography 101: Just Messing Around to End the Week

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I’ve not been able to do all the assignments, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I did do. Been sitting here on Black Friday catching up on book reviews and outlining my new novel, but as i go into the weekend, when I’ll be totally focused on these two tasks, I’d like to share some photos I took on Thanksgiving Day near my daughter’s home in Woodbine, Maryland in neighboring Howard County – a mainly rural county.

The Patuxent River, at the border of Howard and Montgomery Counties. A light dusting of snow fell Thanksgiving morning. It was mostly gone by the time I shot this, but enough remained for contrast against the brown earth and leaves.
The Patuxent River, at the border of Howard and Montgomery Counties. A light dusting of snow fell Thanksgiving morning. It was mostly gone by the time I shot this, but enough remained for contrast against the brown earth and leaves.
After shooting the picture above (from a bridge over the river) I turned around and shot in the opposite direction (upstream). The snow-coated trees make this look a lot colder, don't you think?
After shooting the picture above (from a bridge over the river) I turned around and shot in the opposite direction (upstream). The snow-coated trees make this look a lot colder, don’t you think?
Then, after arriving at my daughter's house, I'm always drawn to the bird feeder in her back yard.
Then, after arriving at my daughter’s house, I’m always drawn to the bird feeder in her back yard.
Despite the cold weather, the feeder and the trees near it are always full of many different species of birds.
Despite the cold weather, the feeder and the trees near it are always full of many different species of birds.