James Rollins – Grant Blackwood – The Kill Switch – a Tucker Wayne and Kane thriller!!

The Kill SwitchI have been a fan of James Rollins since I read Map of Bones (Sigma #2) back in 2005. In addition to all the Sigma Force novels, except for the first one, I have read three of  Rollins early stand alone novels and all are great!  The thing that I like best about the Rollins novels is – the science,  no it’s the action, no the political aspects….- the whole package!!! The Associated Press writes….

“The Science…. reads like the best of Michael Crichton.
The machinations of government read like the best of David Baldacci
And the action and thrills read like the best of Clive Cussler. Rollins takes the best of all of these and creates an amazing thriller unlike any other.”

Rollins latest book The Kill Switch co-written with Grant Blackwood, like the rest of his books, has all the above, plus two new heroes, one man and the other canine. Tucker Wayne, an ex-U.S. Army Ranger and his Belgian shepherd Kane have been asked by Sigma Force director Painter Crowe to help the Force out with a simple extraction of a defector from a foreign country. The country is Russia and the defector Abram Bukolov, the Steve Jobs of Russia’s pharmaceutical industry! Soon Tucker discovers that this is not an everyday extraction, and Russia’s military and intelligence divisions plus a deadly sniper Felice Nlsson are out to stop him!!

But why is Bukolov on the run? It all revolves around Bukolov’s research about LUCA – the Last Universal Common Ancestor, of all life on earth – in the right hands LUCA could change the world for the better in the wrong hands it could destroy the world’s ecosystem! Bukolov’s research has led him to the mountains of Nambia, where botanist Paulos de Klerck may have encountered the theoretical LUCA. So now Wayne’s mission expands beyond that simple extraction to finding the LUCA before Russian General Kharzin does!

The trip becomes more hazardous because there’s a traitor in the  midst of Wayne’s group, feeding information back to Kharszin, allowing him to keep the heat in the person of  Felice Nilsson on Wayne and Kane!! Who’s the traitor? Is the LUCA real and where is it? What would happen if Kharzin got his hands on the LUCA?  These are all questions Tucker Wayne and Kane must answer before it’s too late for them – and the world!!

In The Kill Switch Rollins has created two new characters in Tucker Wayne and Kane that you can root for and they need all the help they can get to complete their mission!! The book was a great ride from a Simple Proposition in Vladivosotok, to the Rough Country of South Africa and Namibia, to End Game on the shores of Lake Michigan??  I, for one, can’t wait for this dynamic duo’s next adventure. Until then, I’ll have to settle for Rollins’ latest Sigma Force novel The 6th Extinction!!(

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Today in Music – July 28, 1971 – The Evil (not really -only to those named Ed) Stephen Lynch was born!

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Ok so you all know that I hate that horse, the one that talks and was called “Mr. Ed” . The one whose theme song pops into my head when someone says “Hello my name is Mr Ed”….. the one that goes like this….

 

There’s nothing I hate more than that song, unless it’s that song from the singer-comedian whose birthday it is today! Yes, born on this date in 1971 was that Stephen Lynch…. some Wikipedia info for the few of the people around who don’t know the evil Mr Lynch…..

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Stephen Andrew Lynch (born July 28, 1971, Abington, Pennsylvania), is an American stand-up comedian, musician and Tony Award-nominated actor who is known for his songs mocking daily life and popular culture. Lynch has released two studio albums and two live albums along with a live DVD. He has appeared in two Comedy Central Presents specials and starred in the Broadway adaptation of The Wedding Singer. Stephen released a new double-disc (Studio & Live) album, Lion, on November 13, 2012. Read more

 

….and to think he was born in the Delaware Valley, yeah, but he was raised in Michigan…. maybe that’s were he went wrong! Man, he even lists among his influences: Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Mr. Show, Bill Hicks, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot. Harry Chapin, man, how could he be so mean and cruel, so uncaring, and according to my family so correct, to pen such an evil song as “Special”!!

Well, actually he is a very talented and very funny artist, so Happy Birthday, Stephen!!! And I think maybe I’ll forgive you and check out some of your other albums!! But I WILL NOT FORGIVE those guys who wrote the Mr Ed Theme Song from Wikipedia:

The theme song was written by the songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and sung by Livingston. However, they took a theme of the German Romantic era composer Emile Waldteufel as the basis of their song … After using only the music to open the first seven episodes, a decision was made to replace the instrumental-only version with one containing the lyrics. Livingston agreed to sing it himself, at least until a professional singer could be found; however, the producers liked the songwriter’s vocals and kept them on the broadcast.[14]

A joke/controversy concerning the theme song has existed since at least the 1980s: that the tune contains “satanic messages” if played in reverse. This YouTube video [15] suggests that some portions reverse to “sing this song for Satan” and “Satan is the singer”. Over the years, many radio stations have kept this rumor alive, mostly as a parody of the whole “backmasking” controversy.

 

Hum, how can I play a YouTube video backwards? I need to prove once and for all that they were Satanic!!!

Happy Birthday, Mr Lynch! …….Here’s Stephen with that “Special”……

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Rediscovering the Books of Richard Hoyt – Fish Story leads to his new book Crow’s Mind!

Fish StoryThe first year that I really started to make fairly detailed notes regarding the books that I read that year was 1988.  Recording the exact dates that I read the books didn’t start until March for January and February the books are only listed by the months. The first book of the year was Richard Hoyt’s Fish Story.  Fish Story is the fourth book in the John Denson series from Hoyt. From Goodreads…..

John Dennison, Seattle private eye teams up with his darts-throwing Cowlitz Indian buddy, Willie Prettybird, to investigate a Cowlitz claim to Native American salmon fishing rights. A judge is murdered and dismembered parts s how up in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

Denson is an ex-intelligence agent, who now lives in Seattle and works as a private eye.  While Fish Story is the first of Hoyt’s Denson’s  books that are on my Goodreads shelves I don’t believe that it is the first of the books that I read, the first I believe was book 2 – Siskiyou. As I think back on Hoyt’s books they were for the most part short quick reads with likable quirky characters,  I remember now that I liked the character of Willie Prettybird!

Prior to Fish Story I had also read Trotsky’s Run, which was the first book in Hoyt’s James Burlane series. It appears that there was a six-year gap between Fish Story and the next Denson mystery Who? and it seems that I lost track of Denson, until 1996 when I read book number 7 in the series Snake Eyes. After Snakes Eyes there was an 8 year gap until 2003′s The Weatherman’s Daughter which I read and enjoyed!

Crow's MindIn visiting Hoyt’s website I see that Hoyt has a new book Crow’s Mind featuring a new Private Investigator Jake Hipp. At his website., Hoyt writes this about his new creation…..

….I shrugged at the odds and moved on from my much-admired detective John Denson to create a private investigator truly for our times and for readers tired of reading formula mysteries. No world-weary grimacing bead of sweat narrates this story. Pothead Jake Hipp lives green. His American Indian partner, Willow Blackwing thinks she is a shape-changing trickster Raven. (Maybe she is).

You can read more about Crow’s Mind and Richard Hoyt at his website and at Amazon
Here’s some press about Hoyt’s writing….

“Hoyt has a fresh, invigorating style that grabs the reader immediately. He is a master.”-The New York Times

“Hoyt is an adroit and zestful writer.”-Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Hoyt is a delight to discover and a treat to read.”-Library Journal

So check out Hoyt’s novels featuring James Burlane, John Denson, and Jake Hipp and others!! As for me, I have gaps to fill in, in both series and a new series to start!!!

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Remembering the Man who wrote, the best train John Prine song ever heard – Steve Goodman on his birthday – July 25, 1948!

Steve Goodman

So back in 1971 I found the music of John Prine. The liner notes on his début album were written by Kris Kristofferson whose music I knew and whose opinion I respected, I had also read great things about the album, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the album. That album started a 42 year and still continuing  love affair with John’s music. A year later, I read the following on the back on another début album:

I been listening to the radio since I was three years old. I figured by now I could see songs better than most people listen to them. The first time I heard Steve Goodman on the radio, I knew I was listening to a tall skinny cat with a little beard singing the best damn train song I ever heard.
Two months later in the backroom at The Earl of Oldtown, I met a short stout fellow with no beard who wrote and sang the best train song I ever heard. His name was Steve Goodman. The Lord works in Mysterious Ways – John Prine, 1971

 

The album was produced by Kris Kristofferson and Norbert Putnam and the musicians who played on the album included some of my favorites like: David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, Ben Keith, Kenny Buttrey, and Vassar Clements. So with all that fire power, I took a chance and again a 40 plus year love affair with a musician, this one Steve Goodman started. Steve left the party way too soon in 1984, when he lost his battle with leukemia, but his musical legacy is still with us! Steve is one of those musician who can: make us move with his version of “Mama Don’t Allow”; make us laugh with songs like “Vegamatic”, “Talk Backwards” or how about “I’m My Own Grandpa”; or touch our hearts with songs like his cover of Michael Smith’s “The Dutchman”, “The Ballad of Penny Evans”, “My Old Man” or this one “Would You Like to Learn to Dance”. So today we celebrate the day Steve Goodman was born in Chicago in 1948 and wish that he were here to celebrate with us, but we still have his music…..

On his website you will see a hand written note that sums it up…..

I still sing his songs
sometimes just to myself
We miss you Steve
 - Johnny Cash

I know I do, how about you?

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An Ok Run at least the first two miles, recovery with the Smothers Brothers was better!!

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Sibling Revelry: The Best of the Smothers Brothers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ok so the next time, I tell myself that it’s not that hot out, and even though you will be going uphill for part of your run, you will at least be in the shade, I am not going to listen!! I am going to say, no, I want the nice flat course!! See I didn’t listen today, I went right ahead and went up that hill and even though I came back down the hill, I paid for it over the last mile and a half of the run!!

Final total time 4 miles 44:$5 mile 1 10:21, 2 11:19 (partly uphill), 3 10:55 (partly downhill), mile 4 12:09. The only good thing was that I think my heart rate topped at about 157 or 158 and then no other

63-year-old men went zipping by me! The soundtrack for the run was the new album from The Chant a neoprog progressive rock band from Finland! I will write about them tomorrow at Free Wheelin’ Music Safari.

When I finished my run and was trying to return to semi-normal before my shower, I felt like I needed a little laugh and I thought about those Smothers Brothers. After I came home from guess where! Yes, Target! I watched this video of Tom and Dick performing “Dance, Boatman, Dance”! It did the trick, brought a smile to my tired face!!

 

 

 

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July 21, 1947 – Emmett Kelly portrait on the cover of Life Magazine? Music by Murray Mclauchlan!

One of the events that was listed yesterday, on This Day in History was that on July 21, 1947,  Loren MacIver’s portrait of Emmett Kelly as Willie the Clown appeared on the cover of Life magazine.  This sent my mind off in several directions. My first thought was that I didn’t know which portrait of Emmett Kelly this was, as I have seen a few over the years. So I headed to Google and searched for the portrait….I found this 1947 Emmett Kelly painting by Loren MacIver at Kenyon College’s Digital Kenyon. But what I didn’t find was  a cover from LIFE magazine….

The second thought that popped into my mind was the Murray Mclauchlan song  ”Sweeping the Spotlight Away”. I went to Youtube to find a video of the song. I found one and I will play that video at the end of this post. But while I was searching for the song,  I found this video of an appearance of Kelly  on the Carol Burnett Show…….

But what I still hadn’t found was the cover of Life magazine! Anyway, I didn’t write the post.  Tonight I thought about this post again, figuring that while the cover first appeared on July 21st, Life was a weekly magazine so today still counts!  Therefore, I decided to do a little more exploring. What I found was the July 21, 1947 cover of Life magazine……

July 21, 1947 Life

Doesn’t look like Weary Willie does it! I also found, though, that on page 42 of this issue there was a story about Emmett Kelly and appearing with the story is this portrait by Loren MacIver…..

Emmett Kelly

After I was showing my oldest son, Nick about all the above, he said he had no clue, who Emmett Kelly was, so for those of you in the same boat, here’s some background!!

Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure “Weary Willie”, based on the hobos of the Depression era.

He started working as a clown full-time in 1931, and it was only after years of attempting to persuade the management that he was able to switch from a white face clown to the hobo clown that he had sketched ten years earlier while working at an art firm.

“Weary Willie” was a tragic figure: a clown, who could usually be seen sweeping up the circus rings after the other performers. He tried but failed to sweep up the pool of light of a spotlight. His routine was revolutionary at the time: traditionally, clowns wore white face and performed slapstick stunts intended to make people laugh. Kelly did perform stunts too—one of his most famous acts was trying to crack a peanut with a sledgehammer—but as a tramp, he also appealed to the sympathy of his audience Full Biography

Thinking about all of this,I imagine that there are many of you who don’t even know what LIFE magazine was!! For those of you who are THAT boat….

LIFE was an American magazine that ran from 1883 to 1972, published initially as a humor and general interest magazine. Time founder Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and shifted it to a role as a weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. LIFE was published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent “special” until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 to 2000.
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As I read about the origins of Life, as a humor and general interest magazine, and not the magazine that I remember, the one with all the cool cover pictures, etc. I saw that one of the editors was playwright Robert Sherwood, who I remember as….

…. one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table. He was close friends with Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, who were on the staff of Vanity Fair with Sherwood when the Round Table began meeting in 1919. Author Edna Ferberwas also a good friend.

Sherwood stood six feet eight inches tall. Dorothy Parker, who was five-feet four-inches, once commented that when she, Sherwood, and Robert Benchley (who was six feet tall) would walk down the street together, they looked like “a walking pipe organ.” When asked at a party how long he had known Sherwood, Robert Benchley stood on a chair, raised his hand to the ceiling, and said, “I knew Bob Sherwood back when he was only this tall.”

You gotta love that Dorothy Parker!! Anyway, I could go on and on…. I already spent too much time just looking and reading about the 1972 issues of LIFE , which you can check out here!  McGovern in the Victory suite in July 21st issue, that would be the only time he’d  spend in a Victory suite that year! But that’s a story for another day. How about that music now!!

Links
Loren MacIver Obtiuary NY Times-Loren MacIver, 90, a Painter Known for Her Eclectic StyleExamples of Loren MacIver’s Art - Loren MacIver on Artnet
 

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The Corfu Declaration (July 20, 1917) leads to thoughts of Yugoslavia and the Nine Nations of North America!

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Corfu Declaration

Yesterday  I saw that among the events that occurred on July 20th was the signing of the Corfu Declaration in 1917. Now if you are like me and intrigued by what this declaration was all about read on…… from Wikipedia….

The Corfu Declaration is the agreement that made the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia possible. In 1916, the Serbian Parliament in exile decided the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia at a meeting inside the Municipal Theatre of Corfu, Greece.[1] The declaration was signed near the end of World War I on the island of Corfu on 20 July 1917, by the Yugoslav Committee of politicians in exile, that represented Slovenes, Croats and Serbs living in Austria-Hungary and the representatives of the Kingdom of Serbia, with political sponsorship of Great Britain and France, under their avowed principles of national self-determination.

The Declaration as the first step toward building the new State of Yugoslavia envisaged a parliamentary monarchy under the Karađorđević dynasty, with indivisible territory and unitary power, with the three national denominations and the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets equal before the law, religious freedom and universal suffrage. It provided for a Constituent Assembly to establish a Constitution that would be the origin of all powers.

I read on to learn more about the creation of modern-day Yugoslavia.

The Vidovdan Constitution of 1921 established the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes as a unitary state and, in 1922, 33 new administrative oblasts (coun ties) ruled from the center were instituted. These bore no relation to the earlier divisions. (61 districts existed between 1918 and 1922)

From 1929, the Kingdom was subdivided into nine new provinces called banovinas or banates. Their borders were intentionally drawn so that they would not correspond either to boundaries between ethnic groups, or to pre-World War Imperial borders. They were named after various geographic features, mostly rivers. Slight changes to their borders were made in 1931 with the new Yugoslav Constitution.Read More

And finally….

Yugoslavia was renamed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established. It acquired the territories of Istria, Rijeka, and Zadar from Italy. Leader of the Partisans Josip Broz Tito ruled the country as the president until his death in 1980. In 1963, the country was renamed again to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

The constituent six Socialist Republics that made up the country were SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SR Croatia, SR Macedonia, SR Montenegro, SR Slovenia, and SR Serbia. Serbia contained two Socialist Autonomous Provinces: Vojvodina and Kosovo, which after 1974 were largely equal to the other members of the federation.[4][5] After an economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics’ borders, at first into five countries, leading to the Yugoslav Wars. Read More

We know over the last 25 years after the breakup of Yugoslavia there has been a War in Bosnia (1992–1995), which included the Srebrenica genocide, along with a war in Kosovo. A UN Peacekeeping Mission which was put in place in 1999 is still active in Kosovo!

Yugoslavia was a nation formed by arbitrarily drawing borders, with little regard for the people who live within those borders, additionally, it was a country under the authoritarian rule of Tito and the communists and once that authoritarian ruler was removed the whole nation fractured. One can’t help but see the similarities to Iraq!

As I read about Yugoslavia, I started to think about the fractures, that have existed in our nation, since the beginning of our country, that seem to be more pronounced every year. Are the southern states of America different from the northeast? Is the middle of America, also, different? We certainly see that they are  when we look at the results of presidential elections, with the south and central portions of the nation being solidly red and each of the coasts being blue?? So the question I raise is can we overcome our divisions and move forward in a positive direction or are we doomed to be stuck in neutral in the future??

As I thought about all this my mind went wandering back to the 1981 and the book the Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau  Is it an idea whose time has come…. here is a map of the Nine Nations!  Read More

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I know there are many folks in the south who would love to get rid of us northeast and west coast liberals! I could see Quebec, New England and The Foundry being one nation, and Dixie, the Breadbasket joining forces. Which kinda’ leaves Ecotopia out there by itself!  Maybe the Empty Quarter becomes the bridge between east and west!  What do you think???  Ridiculous most definitely, but if we don’t all learn to get along – maybe????

 

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The First Battle of Bull Run was fought….July 21, 1861. The first of too many battles!

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First Battle of Bull Run, chromolithograph by Kurz & Allison – Wikipedia

As I looked down the list of events that happened on this day in history, the first event that caught my attention was the first Battle of Manassas which was fought on this date (July 21st) in 1861. Here in the north the battle is known as,  the First Battle of Bull Run. Many years ago,well,  sometime in the late 1990s we took one of our few family vacations to Virginia and visited the battlefields at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville for me it was a real treat to stand on these fields and try to imagine what it must have been like to fight in one of those battles! I am certainly glad that I didn’t have to do it and admire all the brave men who did!! From Wikipedia:

The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces….

…Confederate reinforcements under Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston arrived from the Shenandoah Valley by railroad and the course of the battle quickly changed. A brigade of Virginians under the relatively unknown brigadier general from the Virginia Military Institute, Thomas J. Jackson, stood their ground Read More

and then someone shouted “there stands Jackson, like a “Stonewall” and the rest is history!

Here is a short video describing the battle. One of the things that I had a hard time wrapping my head around was why the Union forces were coming towards the Henry Hill house from the west and northwest. The video certainly explains the reason!

There are some great pictures of the battlefield and more information here at the Civil War Trust

 

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A Fine Run w/ Bluegrass from The Boxcars & Info via Runner’s World Re: Music and Running!

Well, whether I needed a little motivation or not to get me out on the road and running today, I got some yesterday, when I ran into the best runner on my high school cross-country team yesterday, while shopping at Target. See he is running a triathlon today I’m not really how far the swim and the bike ride are but the run part is a 10K! While  know there’s no way in hell  I can even come close to competing with him, it does give me some incentive though just to keep plodding along. Anyway the weather was fairly co-operative today staying in the low 80s, but even with that I waited until the sun was down a little and ran a course that I knew was shaded for most of the run!!  While my overall time was nothing to write home about, my average pace of 10:51 a mile over four miles is acceptable, at least for me, especially since I kept my heart rate under 160 even going uphill!

The BoxcarsThe soundtrack for the run was something a little different some bluegrass! The album that I chose was The Boxcars 2013 release It’s Just a Road. The album was nominated for a Grammy but lost. The best bluegrass album award went to The Streets of Baltimore by the Del McCoury Band. The band did win the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award as 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year for a third year in a row!  Additionally, mandolin wizard Adam Steffey won the 2013 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award!  The members of Th Boxcars are some great musicians,  in addition to the great Mr.Steffey. The other members of the band are the extraordinary multi-instrumentalists Ron Stewart, and John R Bowman,  Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon, who have both worked with the band Blue Moon Rising, run out the band! Anyway, there’s a lot of good picking and singing on the album so check it out.

After my run, I went to Runner’s World to log my run. Before I got to my log, I saw this article The Effects of Music Before, During and After Running

New research supports using music to get fired up before running, and suggests that listening to music after a run can speed recovery.  The research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, also backs previous findings that you probably get less benefit from music the harder you run.

An interesting finding in the study…..

On the 5Ks when the runners listened to music, they ran their first two laps (of 12.5) faster than when they ran with no music. After that, the differences in lap times between the music and no-music conditions greatly decreased.

This finding is consistent with earlier research, which has concluded that the higher your effort level, the less effect music has on performance. As the researchers put it, “Initially, participants were affected by music since they needed a time period to process all afferent information regarding peripheral receptors. As soon as the brain realized the exercise intensity, a mechanism called attentional switching occurred by directing attention to the most important signals.”

I would say that is what I find, I usually can concentrate on the music at the start of the run, but if I really am having a hard time during the run, the music goes out the window and I am just trying to survive. I did find today, that I was able to pick up the beat of the music, more easily at times, and adjust my pace to be in rhythm with the music!

Finally……

When the runners listened to music after their 5Ks, it had the opposite effect of pre-run music on vagal tone–music increased it compared to not listening to music post-run. According to the researchers, this means that the runners’ internal systems, including heart rate, were more quickly returning to normal. Because the goal of post-run recovery measures, such as hydration, nutritionand gentle exercise, is to speed the body’s return to its pre-workout state, this finding suggests that slow music after a hard run can help in that process.

Read Full Article at Runner’s World!

Needless to say I listened to some nice slow jazz after my run, tonight, and I have to say I feel pretty good!! Slow jazz will be tried again in the future after a run!!

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Past Reads: May 1987 – A First Encounter with Loren Estleman’s – Amos Walker!

So let’s all  go ….down to Dumas Walker!

No, no oh, yea of afflicted with ADD – Amos Walker not Dumas! you duma-ass…..

Motor City BlueOk so when I looked back at the actual dates in my Book Journal, I see that the first book listed IS actually Motor City Blue by Loren Estleman. The book was first released in 1980, and by that time Estleman was already up to book 6, but I went back and started at the beginning. It appears, I was underwhelmed!

My blurb….. Amos Walker is looking for the missing foster daughter of a mobster.Estleman does well, maintaining excitement chapter to chapter.

From Goodreads……

Amos Walker, a tough-talking Detroit detective, will delight mystery buffs. Loren D. Estleman has written a series of fast-paced mysteries which occur in the Motor City where murders are committed nightly within full view of the glittering Renaissance Center. Continue Reading

and from Amazon……

“If I see my name in tomorrow’s paper yours will be in the next edition. Bordered in black.” Marla Bernstein is a pretty, dark-haired teenager? who also happens to be the ward of Ben Morningstar-a semi-retired mobster who prefers to keep family business out of the newspapers. When Marla suddenly disappears, the gang boss is forced to call in private eve Amos Walker, who quickly learns his new employer doesn’t take “no” for an answer when he offers a job opportunity. Unfortunately, the only clue to Marla’s whereabouts is a pornographic photograph that clearly proves that she’s become part of a world that disgusts even her criminal guardian. . The photo, in turn leads Walker into the seedy world of Detroit’s porn shops and blue movies, where Marla’s trail becomes even murkier?.and increasingly more dangerous to follow. . As first cases go, Walker could have certainly asked for one less challenging?...More at Amazon

Hum, that description starts to bring back the memories!!

Looking over my Goodreads shelf I see that I read eight of the first 10 Amos Walker mysteries, then there was a seven-year gap between 1990′s Sweet Women Lie and 1997′s Never Street and in that time my ADD brain had moved on to other series! I have revisited Amos though in Book #20 The Left-Handed Dollar and book 16 Poison Blue is on my too be read shelf!! Maybe it’s time to revisit Amos!! Too Many Books,Too Little Time!! But if you are a fan of the genre and you haven’t read an Amos Walker book shame on you!! Get reading!!

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