Smile, I’m An Angel In An Earth Suit Campaign

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Look at the picture on these shirts – aren’t their smiles beautiful? We believe every child deserves a smile just as lovely. Every year more than 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate. They cannot eat or speak properly, and as they become older, they cannot attend school nor work due to speech problems and societal rejection.

Yet, the surgery needed to fix this issue only costs $250 and is completed in 45 minutes. We support Smile Train as they provide speech therapy, orthodontic care, and most importantly, cover surgical costs for families who cannot afford the operation.

With these t-shirts, we want to support this wonderful charity and show that every child just like our children are truly angels.  For every shirt purchased, we will make a donation to SMILE TRAIN.

Please purchase a shirt or two today so you and your angel can wear the shirt that supports angels all over the world.

CAMPAIGN ENDS FEBRUARY 22

YOUR PURCHASE WILL HELP SUPPORT SMILE TRAIN

GIVE A SMILE THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME

PURCHASE YOUR ANGEL SHIRT  HERE

Dusty Remains

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One moment can change everything. The second installment of the ‘Life’ Series trains its eye on the fleeting snapshots of life, pictures that say a million words but are whispered in three hundred words or less. Our lives are stories in the making, and these twenty-one stories are haunting testaments of lives vivid and complex as our own, but more importantly, how these stories deserve to be told. Because if life decides to tear us apart, we can find the truth in what’s left over. This is the pulse of these short stories, these fragile lives. This is Dusty Remains.

What are people saying about Dusty Remains?

Dusty Remains is fast, powerful, and just damn good.” – Some Guy on the Street

“I read ‘Inside’, one of the best stories in this collection. I will never hate my inner child again.” – Definitely Not my Mom

“Want to know the meaning of life? Read the second to last story.” – Truly not my neighbor

“If you want to be challenged, disturbed, and awaken, this collection will rocket you to new heights” – Magic Man of Mars

Dusty Remains is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get, but every bite is soooo delicious.” – Paul Worthington

Read About the Author, I share a personal account on how I came about writing short stories:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HISULNI

Take a Look Inside the book  - enjoy Ponytail and become hooked with the story Inside.  Purchase your copy today – enjoy short stories that are bold, complex, some humorous, others sad, but most of all engaging and are (probably) the best you have read in a long time.  Please spread the word and be sure to share what you think.

Snaggy Tees – The Best T-Shirt Company You’ll Ever Find

Cop-A-Squat has been quiet for a while now, but I’m very excited to present our latest venture.

I present to you all:

Snaggy Tees!

SnaggyTees is our new t-shirt company, and we are dedicated to providing the most interesting, funniest, and most thought-provoking t-shirts to our customers nationwide.

Not only do we hope you love our t-shirts (and we’re sure you will), but we would like you to join us in our plan to become a t-shirt company that doesn’t only provide funny sayings, but makes you think. (It’d also be cool to become as big [or bigger] than the Life is Good brothers.)

Of course, there’s much more to come. We’re currently creating the best quality t-shirts, both in style and comfort.

Come on over, take a look, snag a great deal! We’re happy to welcome you into the SnaggyTees family.

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HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE

You’ve heard the saying: “Hurt people, hurt people.” In other words, bullies are really just cowards. Look at their victims. Their prey is someone who is trying to find themselves in our big old world. And social media, which isn’t sociable at all, is a sure hangout for these oppressors.

As a member of the Goodreads community, I discovered that this is one of the best places on the internet for bullies. These aggressors pretend to be interested in reviewing books.  However, their real intention is to be crude and cruel with their reviews.

Most authors would be okay if a reviewer didn’t like his or her book. But for a reviewer to make a showy display of their disdain for a book, just to solicit laughs at the expense of the author – well, that’s not humorous. That’s bullying.

Last week I encountered a pact of bullies on Goodreads. A young author who had written her second novel was viciously attacked by, one would imagine, the Leader, for when I pointed out that her review was more of an attack than just a simple review, the Leader’s followers came out bearing their claws. No doubt, the Leader sent direct messages crying on the shoulders of her minions to come to her rescue. And they did.

About fifteen of her followers attacked me. Some of them even flagged my two comments. I guess telling someone to seek therapy because they’re reacting irrational is considered an attack. However, the mean spirited review towards the young author’s book and the insulting rants they hurled at me – one of them even called me a troll – I guess were compliments.

Cue the knight in shining armor! Out comes one author guy who sees a chance to maybe impress the ladies and maybe, just maybe, make a quick book sale. He claims I have a fragile ego, and I suffer from insecurities that are suffocating me. His advice: “I should move to a world where only flowery reviews are written.” What?

Why did these people think it was wrong for me to review the reviewer, but it was okay for the reviewer to hatefully attack and try to destroy a budding author’s chance at success?

Cognitive Blindness. We experience cognitive blindness when we are either too macro-focused or too micro-focused. Either way, being aware of our surroundings is imperative.

I asked the Leader of this band of misguided souls: did she take into account the feeling of the author? She bluntly replied, “I don’t care what the author thinks of my review.”

People, like the ones that attacked the young author, are incapable of making their light shine bright. So they do what comes natural to them: they dim the light of others.

I wish the best for the young author and those like her on Goodreads. But in my humble opinion, Goodreads is where authors go and die. There is no life in most of its members. It’s a haven for tyrants. I don’t have a sore spot for bad reviews; I have a soft spot in my heart for the victims of bullies. So, with that said, I bid a farewell to Goodreads and its band of tormenters.

And my rating for Goodreads is:

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PLAY WELL

Every Lego builder owes a word of thanks to Ole Kirk Christiansen (born 7 April 1891), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932.

In 1934, his company came to be called “Lego”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means, “Play well”.

It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947. In 1949 Lego began producing, among other new products, an early version of the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”.

Since the 1960s, the Lego Group has released thousands of sets with a variety of themes, including town and city, space, robots, pirates, trains, Vikings, castle, dinosaurs, undersea exploration, and wild west.

In 1978, Lego produced the first minifigures, which have since become a staple in most sets.

Today, Legos are everywhere, in theme parks, video and board games, retail stores, clothing, film and television, movies, etc.

So when a Legos Convention came to our town, my son an avid Lego fan wanted to go. So off we went with camera in hand and snapped up these wonderful photos of the hard and wondrous work that many men and women put into building these outstanding works of art.

So next time you snap two Lego pieces together, think of Ole Kirk Christiansen and “play well.”

H-Batman

H-Pirates

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H-Sponge Bob

Harry Potter

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May the force be with you.

 

THE INDESCRIBABLE MAN – DO YOU KNOW HIM?

 

(Video by Albert Martin)

What would you give a man that saved your life? What would he ask of you? What if that man only wanted to love you and for you to love Him? Can you fathom such as man? No, you cannot. There are no words that can describe Him. He is truly indescribable. But His love for you can be defined with one word:

EVERLASTING.

 

We should get to know Him. There’ll never be another so indescribable.