An earlier post, albeit from 2018.
Yes, today, July 31 is “National Orgasm Day”.
Well this was the “Daily Mail’s” obligatory ‘National Orgasm Day’ we-have-to-write-something-about-orgasms article.
I was actually aware of all of them. But, then again I kind of keep track of orgasms.
Well, all I wanted to convey to you was pretty straightforward. I have a fair amount of detail in my book, PLUS you should also do a search on ‘orgasms’ on this blog because I have done quite a few posts on this subject, dear to my heart.
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Yes, I am wading through the 1,000+ page ‘The Covenant‘ by James Michener with my usual enthusiasm for Michener’s writing. I learn so much from Michener that I have no choice but to forgive him his occasional fobile. Indubitably, I think the world of him. How I wish I could be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the writer he was.
But, James confounds me every once in awhile and he takes my breath away.
This statement, that us, the Singhalese (and I spell it without the ‘g’) are well known thieves caught me by surprise. And way back in the 1820s.
We have many shortcomings but thieving isn’t high among them — I think.
Of course, we have thievery BUT I had never thought it was anywhere beyond average.
James has a thing about Ceylon.
He, extensively travelled, must have visited Ceylon at some stage. He mentions Ceylon often,
But, I am not sure about this reference.
Not a big deal. Just amusing. He might even be WRONG!
The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.
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With this, my latest book, I ended up ordering proofs from both Kindle KDP and CreateSpace. Nothing to stop you from doing so. You can’t publish the book with BOTH — but I haven’t published it at yet! I am at the ‘order proof’ stage with both and that is perfectly kosher. I did this with my last book too — except at that juncture I couldn’t order paperback proofs from Kindle KDP. I got the proofs from CreateSpace and eventually published with Kindle! They are BOTH Amazon companies so it is by no means robbing Peter to pay Paul.
So, both proofs printed by Amazon — and they both came in Amazon Prime boxes.
But, can you tell the difference, and whose is whose. A very obvious difference right up front.
Yes, the KDP proof as the ugly ‘Not for Resale’ banner. CS has never done that. Instead, they print a BIG ‘PROOF’ on the last page.
But, also an obvious difference in the quality of the cover. You can tell even in these photos. The CS cover is brighter and more detailed. That is crazy.
CS proofs were published in Columbia, South Carolina; Kindle in Middletown, Delaware.
I had the honor of meeting Donald Hall once. It was probably 19-years ago and I think it was in Tilton (or thereabouts) in a church hall. He was doing a book signing for the ‘Ox-Cart Man‘. My son Matthew, very young at the time, loved that book. I went, with some friends from Meredith, to get an autographed copy. I suspect that that book is in this house somewhere. I hope the kids did not give it away.
Great man. I could take or leave his poetry, but I am not big into poetry. But, that is my loss.
If you are not familiar with the ‘Ox-Cart Man’ you really should check it out. It is lavishly illustrated too.
Donald Hall (1928 – 2018), RIP.
I have some fairly strong views on intelligence, IQ and IQ Tests — which I have spelled out in my two “Brain Meditation” books. I think we are all born with a maximum potential IQ rating that we can never exceed whatever we do, how hard we try. That said, I am know that most of us do not even get within spitting distance of that Max. I reckon that in the majority of instances our brains, at best, are working 30% to 35% BELOW that Max. But, the good news is that we can work on trying to improve on that number — i.e., go higher up in terms of brain utilization, and hence ‘IQ’ rating.
I know that you can learn, train and practice to be better at IQ tests. Anything that regularly stimulates brain chemicals, in a good way, such as just plain thinking and meditation, also helps, indubitably.
Hence, why I could relate to this Quora post and even bothered to bring it to your attention. The last 4 items listed are all to do with THINKING. The ‘imagine’ admonition is a variant of what I urge in terms of ‘virtualization‘ in my ‘Brain Meditation‘ program. So, check it out. You have nothing to lose.
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The ‘Tsodilo Hills’ cave paintings in Botswana.
The basis for this claim.
Others have fretted about this too …
NO. It is NOT penile (or erection) envy! I will get to that ‘shortly’ — and as you will see I, if anything, should be one to believe this claim.
So, why does it irk me. Because it is NOT truly substantiated. The cave paintings only show them when they are CELEBRATING after an hunt (or participating in a hunt).
Michener prides in the huge amount of research he does, the experts he collaborates with. With ‘The Covenant‘ he ‘coerced’ a South African journalist to read the book SEVEN (7) times — sometimes the two of them together, reading out ALOUD. With that type of investment and commitment … he still makes such a claim.
I do NOT buy permanent erections.
I am willing to concede semi-erect ‘chubbies’ for prolonged periods of time. But, that is not a permanent erection.
So, here is why this had nothing to do with penile envy.
In my late-teens into my early 20s, I walked around most days with a ‘chubby’! In those days and for many decades later, I could get an erection on demand — without pills or mechanical aids. Remember, I have always advocated ‘An “O” a Day‘ and that requires a steady supply of erections! So, this is kind of personal.
The current consensus is that permanent erections could not have been real. But, it is possible that they had permanent chubbies and could get an erection with ease.
Well, I had to vent. This bothered me when I read it. I am, of course, enjoying the book, BUT this was definitely a blot.