Life is Short

Sage Advice…

Life Is Short

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Saturday January 23 Beaverton, OR Sunset

Photo taken off of my deck in the rear of my house…

Jan. 23, 2016 Beaverton OR Sunset 17x13

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Three Most Powerful Words

I was moved recently by three powerful words. They seemed so powerful to me that I decided to check out whether others were also so struck by these words. The obvious route for researching this today is the Internet. So I Googled “Three Most Powerful Words” and was surprised at what surfaced.

The first site offered, “I Forgive You” which I can understand would seem very powerful but was not what I had in mind.

The second site suggested, “You’re not alone” which is good but also not what I was looking to find.

I then came across a book titled “The Three Most Powerful Words” but the subtitle, “Discovering the Freedom of Releasing the Ones Who Hurt Us,” also suggested something different than what I had in mind.

The fourth site advised, “Just be yourself,” which also was not what I was after. It did add in an off-handed way, “Apart from “I love you”, and maybe “pass the chips” is there any more often spoken, three-word phrase in the English language?” They had it but not with the degree of seriousness I was seeking. Hint… it was not “pass the chips.”

The fifth site offered all of the following in the order I am presenting them:

I’ll Be There

I Miss You

I Respect You / I Trust You

Maybe You’re Right

Please Forgive Me

I Thank You

Count On Me

Let Me Help

Go For It

And finally what I was looking for:

I Love You

I was surprised because these three words mean so much to me. I lost my dear wife, Ellen, about one and half years ago and am still pained by the loss. In going over documents that were left, I come periodically on a note to me that she signed, “I love you, Al.” I am all at once joyful in the remembrance of what we had together and cannot hold back the tears from what I lost.

I hope you similarly have someone in your life who says, “I love you,” and I hope you appreciate this wonderful gift.

Allen Pollens

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Magnolia Proof of Spring

Here is magnolia proof of spring in Oregon…well, greater Portland part of Oregon.

Spring Magnolia

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World Travel Pics

I realized that as much as I processed photos recently, I had not given any attention to ones from Paris, Egypt, London and Italy. So here are four that make up for that:
Ponte Vechio in Florence Italy
London Tower Bridge
Philae in Egypt
Eiffel Tower, Paris…Ponte Vechio, Florence 2 sgp smallerTower of London & Bridge

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Photos of Edinburgh Castle

I decided to take some time away from my primary effort right now (My new Sci-Fi offering just made available at…search on “Allen Pollens Conversations with Founder of Huna”.) In any case, I lost myself in photos Ellen and I took during our visits to Edinburgh, Scotland and wanted to share the best three views of Edinburgh Castle. Here they be. Let me know what you think.

Edinburgh Castle #3 Edinburgh Castle #2 Edinburgh Castle #1

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Audrey’s Undersea Adventures with Sammy Starfish

Audrey is about to take you on adventures in the undersea world of Sammy Starfish, a magical creature, who can make it all possible. However, no adults allowed (except to read about the exploits) and good deeds are required. Sammy explains, in the prologue, how all this came about. Then, the exciting adventures begin.

Audrey & Sammy Front Cover 2

There’s something for everyone… a real mermaid for girls, some pirates for the boys, and fun for everyone in “Audrey’s Undersea Adventures with Sammy Starfish.”

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“Alternative Lives” Author Review

 Cover Now, many months after publishing “Alternative Lives,” I am pleased with the story.  It was only my second science-fiction effort and I completed it in only a few months.  Even now, I marvel that I was able to do this while I was in the midst of the trials and tribulations of completing the formatting and grammar checking necessary in advance of publishing “Creator.”  Since then, I have authored four other sci-fi volumes and realize that “Alternative Lives” flowed rather easily from the beginning.  With most of the stories I have written, I can tell you where and when I had the first idea of them.  However, I can’t retrieve that information for “Alternative Lives.”  I can tell you this.  I believe the  characters are well crafted.  For me, they live and breathe.  They often dictate the turn of events in the story.  On reviewing a passage in “Alternative Lives,” I can find myself highly emotional about what they are experiencing.  I have to admit to sometimes shedding a tear or two.  “Alternative Lives” begins in a quiet way.  Well, the first chapter comes on strong to capture attention and motivate the reader to want to know more.  In any case, there are plenty twists and turns before “Alternative Lives” concludes.  Regarding the characters … I brought back two of them to have major roles in “Conjuror” and share major roles in “The Lost Pharaoh.”  They are eager for something more and I will probably bring them back once more in my tenth book (seventh science fiction) that I contemplate placing in Hawaii.  I’ll share a final bit of information with you.  There was at least one instance when I initially created a major character who could have turned to be a villain or a hero.  In the end, however, the character embodied qualities that dictated the only course.  Is it any wonder that I often credit my characters for writing the stories themselves?  Sh-h-h, they may be listening.


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