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Good People Doing Good Things — More Than Me

Brilliant and uplifting!

Filosofa's Word

They say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.  Today, I bring to you the story of a good person, Katie Meyler, and that first step she made back in 2006 when she left behind an unhappy childhood in New Jersey, joined an international relief organization, and headed to West Africa.  When she first arrived in Liberia, she set out to teach adult literacy classes, and she intended to stay for only six months. Fate had other plans.  One day, Katie met an 11-year-old girl named Abigail.  Abigail, as it turned out, was selling herself on the streets of West Point, Liberia,  in order to get clean drinking water for herself and her family.  Can you imagine?  Abigail told Katie that all she really wanted was to go to school.  More than 40% of girls in Liberia had never been to school, and many were…

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Help Wanted!! Do you fancy working with a writer?

I have just started writing a new Sci fi novel called CONEXION. I thought it might be interesting for someone to be involved in that on a daily basis. It would also be interesting for me to receive feedback as I was in the actual process of writing.

I envisage this working by me sending my day’s output through to someone for them to read and comment on as I was writing the next section.

I thought that might be interesting for someone to see the way a writer works and for me to get feedback that could go straight back into the writing.

Anybody up for that?

New Novel – Bodies In A Window – now available digitally.

Great news! My new novel – Bodies In A Window – is now available in digital form through Amazon!

Please be aware that there are adult themes and sexual content.

In the UK:

In the USA:

If you would prefer the paperback it is available:

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524584669&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524585309&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Elsewhere in the world please contact your local Amazon store.

Thank you for considering my book! If you have enjoyed one of my books please leave a review on Amazon.

#AtoZChallenge — Up Around the Bend

Thanks Cheryl. I really liked Creedence! They were a strange bunch though – a band from California doing Cajun Rock! Great rhythms!

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The end of the tunnel is in sight! How has this year’s A to Z Challenge been for you? Up? Down? Smooth sailing? Rough seas? Stop by the A to Z Challenge office and tell them about it! Just click the banner above.

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The recording studio is open just a few more hours, then we can head out to a pub for some supper and a great discussion. In the meantime, one of my favorite clap-your-hands, stomp-your-feet groups just walked in the door! Say hello to…

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, often referred to as simply Creedence or CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock, swamp rock, and blues…

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My Latest Book – Bodies In a Window – The Liner Notes.

This novel is made up of the tales of many different lives.

Life is short. We all make our own paths through its vagaries. No two lives are the same. This is a window into different interlocking worlds. These lives have their loves, tragedies, importance, mundanities and attitudes. We only glimpse the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that is their lives and through those fragments the picture it reveals.

In one sense this is a novel about death and chance. But it is really about life and how we try to make sense of it; to make sense of missed opportunities, frustrations and obsessions. It is about a series of very different lives and perspectives glimpsed through a window at a particularly poignant time; the tapestry of different lives that, for one moment, interconnect and yet remain completely separate.

The Liner Notes:

Looking out through that window, standing beside death, peering at the world outside, it struck me that we were all stranded within the parameters of our own narrow lives – the fashions and attitudes of our youth and old age. We were victims of our times and ourselves. There was no such thing as individuality and freedom. It was an illusion. All life ran its course and ended in scenes like this. We were all trapped within the limitations of our days.

Outside that window was another world. There were all manner of things happening. It was a panoply of everything you could imagine – rich and eventful. Life went on. It was only in here that it had stopped.

In here everything had changed. All values and endeavours had been rendered meaningless.

I hope you enjoy it.

It is now available in paperback from Amazon. The digital version will be available a few days time.

Please be aware that there are adult themes and sexual content.

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524584669&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524585309&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Elsewhere in the world please contact your local Amazon store.

Thank you for considering my book!

New Book – Bodies in a Window – the Cover!

I would be very interested to receive reaction to the cover I have designed for my new book.

I have moved away from my previous style into a completely new format.

What do you think?

I hope you enjoy it.

It is now available in paperback from Amazon. The digital version will be available a few days time.

Please be aware that there are adult themes and sexual content.

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524584669&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524585309&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Elsewhere in the world please contact your local Amazon store.

Thank you for considering my book!

New book – Bodies in a Window – now available in paperback!

I wrote this book last January while travelling around the world. I had the idea for it back in 1981 at the time of my father’s death. It is the story of many interconnecting lives, sex and some deaths.

It took me over thirty years to work out exactly how to write it. It finally came together.

I have spent the last year redrafting, reediting and rewriting it. The result is very satisfying and very different to my usual writing.

I hope you enjoy it.

It is now available in paperback from Amazon. The digital version will be available a few days time.

Please be aware that there are adult themes and sexual content.

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524584669&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198626954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524585309&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Elsewhere in the world please contact your local Amazon store.

Thank you for considering my book!

PHILOSOPHICAL RANTS#14: Population Ethics

Overpopulation is, in my opinion, the biggest problem facing mankind. It lies behind many of our other problems – environmental devastation, mass extinctions, world poverty, unemployment, mass migration, terrorism, drought, climate change and war.
It is time that we looked into ethical ways of controlling it and put aside this ridiculous mantra of growth at all costs. Putting profit before common sense is not intelligent.

Inverted logic

INTRODUCTION:

Often times we come across conundrums and other dilemmas that veer into volatile territory, where it is imperative to be nuanced and tactful in your observations. The topic of population ethics, would probably be a prime example of such a topic that we need to tread lightly with. While some my surmise that my caution is unfounded and a byproduct of the slippery slope fallacy of logic. However, it is important to be responsible with our assertions and to gingerly navigate and address potential ramifications. While I believe we should be cautious of the dangers of overpopulating the Earth, we cannot let such apprehensions should not be manifested into public policy. That would be catastrophic failure as free western democracy to do as such. In regards to procreative quotas and limitations that should never be dictate by the state, but ascertained by private individuals. Abhorrent policies such as the…

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