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William D'Andrea

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About William D'Andrea

  • Birthday 08/03/1945

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  1. I live on Long Island, east of New York City. Last Sunday, the Church I attend held a picnic on the beach at Wildwood State Park, along Long Island's North Shore. I was planning to attend, but that morning it was just too cold. I was wearing a sweater, under my jacket which has a hood, and an inner lining. Over that I'd put on my overcoat, which also has an inner lining. I figured it was going to be just too cold to spend that day at the beach; so I contacted the guy who'd agreed to give me a ride, and told him I wouldn't be going. That's how it is here on Long Island in October. Some days are very mild, on others we know what sailors mean when they say: "Shiver my timbers!" I often say that I'm 74 years old, and in very good shape for a man my age; and I'd like to remain that way as long as possible; so having my timbers shiver is something I'd like to avoid.
  2. Quotes to live by? How about the following? xxxxxxxxxxxx The Ten Commandments And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20: 1-17
  3. The 95 Theses was nailed to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, on October 31st, 1517. The date, Oct. 31st, leads me to a question. Was the Protestant Reformation a Halloween prank that got out of hand? After all, Martin Luther did say, "Here I stand. God help me."
  4. Lord I pray for the man named Aaron. That he will be fully healed, and things will go well for him and his family, and for the family of his co-worker who is also mentioned in this message. I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.
  5. I've been watching the TV News reports, and praying for everyone caught in this man made disaster. I've also been thinking, "Warm up your lawyers PG&E!" Oh, are they gonna get sued. Also, if anyone dies as a result of this, could criminal charges, such as Criminally Negligent Homicide, be brought against the individuals responsible? It looks like the time has finally come for the Leftist Politicians to stop blaming everyone who doesn't go along with everything they say and do, and begin to accepting personal responsibility for their actions; less than four weeks before Election Day.
  6. "Just who do you think you are, anyway?" "Do I look like an e-way?" "No, but you act like you think you're one!"
  7. If you'd like to learn more, then please read the book itself. The link is already posted here, but I'll post it again. https://www.writing.com/main/books/item_id/2133500-A-Gatored-Community Are there any writings of yours that you'd like me to read and review?
  8. No. Not rice. Here's a continuation of the opening: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 24 year old Theodore MacKenzie sat alone at the rear of the family dinghy, beside the outboard motor. He guided the 15 foot long shallow craft through the narrow channels, between thick, putrid, patches of reeds and swamp grass, which grew as high as the rooftops of one-story houses. He thought of what now lay on the bottom of the water, where rows of corn had once grown, and he chuckled. The firmly built, dark haired Ted, wearing blue jeans and a short sleeved yellow shirt, softly sang the words of an old folksong. “When I think of my happy condition, Surrounded by acres of clams. Surrounded by acres of clams? Surrounded by acres of clams!” Clams, he thought. Yes! Not just acres, but miles! And miles of oyster beds! And shrimp! And lobster! And crabs! “Cockles and mussels! Alive! Alive oh!” And don’t forget all those cultured pearls! Then Ted called out, “Thank you Lord for Global Warming! Amen.”
  9. My novel "A Gatored Community" begins with the following words: xxxxxxxxxxx The MacKenzie family had farmed the surrounding fields for five generations. When Ted MacKenzie’s father Jake was a child, the fields had been covered by endless rows of corn. “Corn as high as an elephant’s eye.” Just like the words in that old show tune said. The farmhouse where his father had grown up remained in the spot where it had been built, but was no longer on its original foundation. When the rising sea level began to approach, the floor and walls of the basement had been replaced by a hull. The MacKenzie’s family home was now a houseboat, moored to a series of surrounding pylons, where it rose and fell with the tides. xxxxxxxxxxx If anyone is interested in reading further, this writing is posted on the writers website, writing.com . https://www.writing.com/main/books/item_id/2133500-A-Gatored-Community The work is approximately 52,500 words in length and divided into 27 chapters. Anyone who's a member of that website, is welcome to comment or leave a review, there. If not, please do so here. Thank you.
  10. "A Gatored Community" is first of all a Suspense Thriller, with a Sc/Fi background, and contemporary outlook. One scene contains the following dialogue: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ...he returned to reading the article aloud. “‘When global warming melted the polar ice caps, raising the sea level by 30 feet, it was nature’s way of establishing justice, by reclaiming the coastlands from humankind’s total destruction, and by setting up a natural barrier against any further damage. The vast majority of the people living along the coastlines did the only enlightened thing, and moved inland. “However, millions of the backward thinking masses, refused to move. They listened to the unenlightened saying, ‘When the water’s rising, get in a boat.’” Xavier interrupted, “How is that ‘unenlightened’. It makes good sense.” “Sometimes,” Quin again spoke with condescension. “what seems like ‘good sense’ can be the most unenlightened thing that anyone can do.” xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I think that dialogue shows a very contemporary outlook, or at lest the outlook you find in today's media.
  11. I have written a novel titled "A Gatored Community", in which Global Warming has raised the sea level by 30 feet. People live in floating communities which rise and fall with the tides. The story is not futuristic. The technology is no more advanced than we have today. I wonder, should it be classified as Science Fiction, or Speculative Fiction?
  12. This morning I went to the nearby Stop and Shop Supermarket, where I purchased a few items. One of them was a pack of four Scott toilet paper rolls. On the plastic packaging, there are the words, "4 Rolls Lasts 4 Weeks". I once pointed that out to a woman who attends my Church. She said, "Not in my house." "That depends." I told her, "It's relative. It depends on how many relatives you're gonna have visiting."
  13. I once worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant, and also cleaned the floors. The amount of dishes that get put in the dishwashers, once the TV Shows are over, are much less then we had to take care of on a typical day. As is what has to be swept up off the floor, for what I'm sure they're being paid much more than minimum wage.
  14. Questions: How do they wash it off? Then how do they keep from clogging the drains beyond repair?
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