TWENTY-ONE RULES FOR A GOOD LIFE

I just happened across  this among my old files, dated August 8, 2002, and wanted to share it with you.

 TWENTY-ONE RULES FOR A GOOD LIFE

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ONE.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their

conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE.

Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR.

When you say, “I love you”, mean it.

FIVE.

When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.

SIX.

Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN.

Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT.

Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN.

In disagreements, fight fairly. Please no name calling.

ELEVEN.

Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE.

Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN.

When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”

FOURTEEN.

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN.

Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN.

Remember the three R’s:

Respect for self;

Respect for others;

Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN.

When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY ONE.

Spend some time alone.

 

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“NEW PR… SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode III – Russian Mafia”

Upgraded “SUPERHERO BLUE KNIGHT EPISODE III” Features On Average, An Image Nearly Every Tw0 Pages… In Full Color In Kindle Edition.

Part of an overall upgrade of the eight episode series, enjoyment of the exciting  Blue Knight adventures is better than ever.

Beaverton, Oregon, October 01, 2017 –  The third of three Superhero Blue Knight episodes has been upgraded and includes a total of 23 images, averaging one every two pages.  Furthermore, the print version, at $5.99, is only $2.00 more than the Kindle version which presents all pictures in full color.

Don’t wait… let the fun begin.  Here’s the Amazon.com link: http://tinyurl.com/hbjvajc

 About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is storyteller Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. In addition to the “SUPERHERO” episodes, he has published more than twelve books.  All available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.netVisit:  http://storyteller-spot.com/

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NEW PR… SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode II – The Jinni

Upgraded “SUPERHERO BLUE KNIGHT EPISODE II” Features On Average, An Image Every Tw0 Pages… In Full Color In Kindle Edition.

Part of an overall upgrade of the eight episode series, enjoyment of the exciting  Blue Knight adventures is better than ever.

Beaverton, Oregon, October 01, 2017 –  The second of three Superhero Blue Knight episodes has been upgraded and includes a total of 68 images, averaging one every two pages.  Furthermore, the print version, at $5.99, is only $2.00 more than the Kindle version which presents all pictures in full color.

Don’t wait… let the fun begin.  Here’s the Amazon.com link: http://tinyurl.com/jbw9vb6

About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is storyteller Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. In addition to the “SUPERHERO” episodes, he has published more than twelve books.  All available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.netVisit:  http://storyteller-spot.com/

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BEWARE THE SHOCKINGLY RAPID RISE IN HATE-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Beaverton, Oregon, February 22, 2017 – New book “WHITE SUPREMACY – Dark Legacy,” from Allen Pollens, is unique “factual fiction.”  It wraps an exciting story around actual history even as events currently unfold.  It relates what Joyce Levinson in Portland, Oregon, unexpectedly experiences when a local Nazi hate group decides to assert itself.  It also tells of Nazism from its birth in 1930s Germany through to the present day.

My name is Joy, and my role is central to this story.  By its very nature, this is a difficult tale, and I’m writing this without knowing what the outcome will be.  However, you need to know that the subject material has to deal with the growth in racist hate and hate of Jews and a few other hatreds as well.  Where did it all start, at least in a big way?  Adolph Hitler and the hatred that coalesced around him were at the core of it. I’m sad to say that he may be gone, but what he started, lives on in today’s’ world.  I am pleased to share my story with you up to the writing of this Prolog.  I’m 61 years old, as of time if this telling, and have had a good life.  No one can take that away from me no matter what.   Read on, and in the end, we’ll both know how it all turns out.

Please note that preponderance of Nazi/Nazism information presented in this book is real, not fiction!

Joy Levinson

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Guardians of the Universes Patience with Earth’s Humanity Is at an End

Guardians of the Universes Patience with Earth’s Humanity Is at an End

 In “Guardians of the Universes,” an apocalyptic sci-fi epic, seven Guardians of the Universes confront Earth’s human behavior.  They demand significant change to avert final consequences.  The seven hold an eighth Guardian, Earth’s creator, accountable.  Summoned to witness the inquiry, historian Thomas Scribner embarks on a twenty-five year mission to save humanity from erasure.

Beaverton, Oregon, October 01, 2017:  Thomas Scribner experiences the Guardians’ threatened final action in New York City.  The mark of the Creator is on him.  His mission is real.  Thomas carries the weight of the world’s future.  He hopes he is up to saving humankind.

Thomas Scribner stands before a panel of seven judges.  They have called on him to act as observer of the court’s investigation into conditions on Earth.  The seven Guardian judges question Eight, Creator, as they consider possible courses of action.  Eight requests permission to tell his story from the beginning.  After some debate, the guardians allow it.

The court events interweave with Scribner’s activities on return from the court.  Thomas begins writing “Words of the Creator,” the chosen method for conveying Creator’s message.  He presents the Credo of acceptable human conduct in Chapter One.  Scribner finishes at the court with a one-on-one conversation with Creator and begins his odyssey into the maelstrom of world events and Creator interventions.

The men and women with roles in the developing saga struggle to communicate the message of “Words of the Creator.”  Along the way, they marry, have children, and address family issues.

Countries and people remain divided.  Differences foment wars.  Shortages exacerbate hostilities and corporations gain increasing control of governments.  Scribner’s book forewarns of Creator actions in 2025 and 2035 if necessary changes in human behavior do not occur.  Intervention beyond this point will mean eradication.

Guardians of the Universes, $2.99 Kindle eBook, $15.99 in paperback: Search on “Allen Pollens Books” at Amazon.com or use this link: https://tinyurl.com/y7tzxjmg

For more information about Guardians of the Universes, contact Allen Pollens at 503-521-9681 (office), 503-407-2850 (cell), or via email at s.teller@comcast.net.  For more, also go to storyteller-spot.com.

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“SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode I – Birth of a Superhero.”

Exciting “SUPERHERO BLUE KNIGHT EPISODE I” BOASTS “Birth of a Suoerhero” and Upgraded Images, in Full Color in Kindle Edition.

Beaverton, Oregon, September 10, 2017 –   Enjoyment of Allen Pollens’ series of Superhero episodes has never been better.   “SUPERHERO Blue Knight” adventures share 135 images, 16 alone in Episode 1.   Furthermore, the print version, at $5.99, is only $2.00 more than the Kindle version.  Don’t wait… let the fun begin.  Here’s the Amazon.com link: http://tinyurl.com/y7qxzoem

About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is storyteller Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. In addition to the “SUPERHERO” episodes, he has published more than twelve books.  All available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.net; Visit:  http://storyteller-spot.com/

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Benefits of Reading Short Stories

I was getting ready to tell you about my new book “SUPERHERO Blue Knight Episode I – Birth of a Superhero.”  However my friend Robert brought an Internet article to my attention.  It is titled “6 reasons why you should start reading short stories,” by Piote Kowalczyk. I will subsequently provide information on my book which qualifies as a short story… first of eight episodes.  The article certainly advises why my book should be at the top of your list to get.  Here is a copy of the most important portions of the article’s content:

6 benefits of reading short stories

1. A certainty you’ll read the entire piece

Many people who don’t read books share a common attitude: This novel sounds interesting, but I won’t have time to read it, so why start at all?

Having no time to read is one of the major reasons people stop reading books. Sometimes it’s just an excuse – every time you watch YouTube videos or go through the Twitter timeline for hours.

But there is one essential difference between reading a book and exploring a social network. The end of the latter is when you decide so. The end of a book is fixed.

In a novel, the last line is hours, days, or weeks away. It depends on how long your reading sessions are and how often find time for books.

In a short story, it may be in the next 15 minutes. Sure, it may take longer, but the time range is short. Short enough to imagine when you’ll finish reading and in which circumstances (by the time I leave a subway, this evening in a bath, etc.).

You may find it hard to finish the entire novel. But you may also try very hard not to finish the entire short story.

2. A pleasure of finishing a story

Why is finishing a book so important? Because when you give up reading before the end, you feel discouraged.

You may try one or two more times and, eventually, come to the conclusion that reading is… well, you don’t have time for reading.

What happens when you finish a story? No matter whether it’s a novel, a novella, an essay, or a flash fiction piece, you expect a wonderful feeling to come. It’s a feeling of accomplishment.

Moving forward by accomplishing goals one by another. It’s what life is about, isn’t it?

There is one more thing. Reading fiction is about visiting unknown, exciting worlds, full of characters you’d love to meet in person. Reading a book is like going on a journey. The feelings and dynamics are the same: from expectations to excitement, to doubts, to fulfillment, to nostalgia.

Imagine you can fly to one of these unknown worlds and come back safely before you finish drinking a cup of coffee.

3. An incentive to reach for the next read

People who are stuck reading several books rarely reach for the new one. They are right thinking it’s not right to leave behind something that’s not finished.

A green – big and bright – light to read the next book turns on when you finish the previous one. Hey, you are now free to move forward!

It’s after finishing the last sentence when you are fully justified to evaluate the book.

When you conclude the read was great, you’ll try to find something similar: from the same author, genre, or something that deals with the same topic.

When the story hasn’t met your expectations, you will be more open to trying something completely different.

4. A convenient way to try new genres and authors

It’s where short stories come extremely handy.

What do you do when you are not satisfied with your last read? You are thinking about how to refresh your reading list. Why not trying titles, authors or genres you never knew would ever get interested. By the way, have you read anything from planetary romance, nanopunk, or tech-absurd?

A common way to get acquainted with a new genre or author is to buy its most prominent work. But why buy the book if you’ll not like it in the end?

Obviously, with digital books on board, you can always download a free sample. Well, free samples are not quite suited for exploring literature, because they often end before the author introduces the main character or starts a leading plot.

Any other ideas? Check out the short stories or short story collections from genres or authors you plan to read.

Short stories with their right-to-the-point plot and concise form are a convenient way to learn about the style and characteristics of the literary work you are about to discover.

5. A great read between the novels

It’s true that as an activity reading is more demanding than other daily pleasures, such as watching TV.

Sometimes, after finishing a long, fascinating, and deeply involving novel, it’s good to make a break.

Having a break from a novel doesn’t mean you have to make a break from reading. You can reach for an easier and less challenging read – a short story.

Refreshing the mind is all about changing conditions, and leaving the path.

You can read one short story and make one short and intensive step aside. Or you can read a short story collection and dive into unexplored lands for just a bit longer.

When you are finally back on tracks, you’ll eagerly reach for the next novel of your favorite author, or the next volume in a book saga you’re reading.

6. A way to bring back the habit of daily reading

Take a look around. Having a minute of spare time, people take out their smartphones and check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It’s an example of a highly effective use of time. Why not give the book a try? And it doesn’t mean you have to keep the book in your purse or backpack. You can download a free book reading app and place its icon next to Facebook’s.

Now, it’s all about what you expect. When you open Facebook, scrolling through a couple of latest status messages makes it already a finished activity, no matter when you decide to stop.

When you open a book app, you imagine the time you spend reading – five minutes or half an hour – is a tiny little percent of what is left.

Short stories are suitable to be read in short chunks. A single chunk may be a substantial part of the entire story.

Even when you read a short story for five minutes, you see the progress – and this is encouraging to reach for it the soonest you’ll have the next few spare minutes.

Download a short story collection to your book reading app. Reading one story might take less time than going back home from work on a subway.

Conclusion

Maybe, for avid readers, short stories will never become a serious kind of read. But for occasional readers, they can be a serious chance to find some space for reading books among other daily activities.

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“Gift Of The Pharaohs” Book Launch

I’m pleased to report that the launch is getting a great response… still only $2.99 for the Kindle edition. Check out at http://tinyurl.com/ydhfq2z4.

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PR.COM Press Release for “Gift of the Pharaohs”

<a href=”http://www.pr.com/press-release/725115“>Pharaoh, Sobek II, Takes Readers on Best Egypt Adventure Ever</a>

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHARAOH, SOBEK II, TAKES READERS ON THE BEST EGYPT ADVENTURE EVER!

Beaverton, Oregon, August 1, 2017 – New science fiction “GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS – Renaissance Egypt” is high action from beginning to end.  It starts with the awakening of a 5000 year old Pharaoh from his deep slumber. It continues with the Pharaoh’s amazing quest to create an Egyptian renaissance.

It all began in 3150 BC with the Egyptian civilization that resulted from the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first Pharaoh. It was the start of a history of many stable kingdoms.

The achievements of the ancient Egyptians included quarrying, surveying and construction of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks.  Its remains, the ruins up and down the Nile River, have inspired the imaginations of travelers and writers for centuries.

In “GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS,” Pharaoh Sobek II, revived from his long sleep, is introduced to modern day Egypt. The Pharaoh declares that Egypt’s future lies in its past and begins a determined crusade.

“GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS” is available at Amazon.com in print and for Kindle. The current price for the print version is $14.99 and Kindle just $2.99. Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/ydhfq2z4

(“GIFT OF THE PHARAOHS” offers 80 images of historic sites up and down the Nile, all in color in the Kindle edition.)

About the Author:

Allen Pollens has always had two personas.  There is the tinkerer who always wanted to know, “How does it work?” That one became a graduate engineer and led a high-tech work life for more than forty years.  Then there is the storyteller, Allen Pollens, who was spinning tales from the time he was a child. Allen Pollens has published more than twelve books.  All are available at Amazon.com.

Contact: Allen Pollens / 503-407-2850 / alpollens@comcast.net

 

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