Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Meet Simon, the New Cat, and I Post My First Article on ALLVOICES

All right, here he is, Simon the New Cat here at the Barge House in Onancock. And he's a great kitty, too--friendly and cool, his act is definitely together. As the old saying goes, sometimes wisdom comes with age and sometimes age comes all by itself. But in this old boy's case, Bhudda Kat would not be much of a stretch. He's placid and knowing and purrrrrring. Right now he's getting used to the house and after a judicious period of time, he'll be allowed to wander freely about the place. There is a small issue with one of our other cats--but, we'll work it out.

Meanwhile, based on my blogs here, I was invited to write for Sure anyone can write for them, but I was asked and that made my day (That was yesterday. I'm waiting for something else to make my day today). Go to and look under Politics and new stories. I'm in there somewhere.

What did I write about? About the failure of the GOP to rid itself of its wild fringe. The political polarization of this country is a Republican travesty. And to imagine it was a forigner, Rupert Murdock, and his Fox News cabal that had a lot to do with it. And of course there is Rush. My point is this: The new president has the overwhelming support of the people while the Right has lost it. Time to wake up? You betcha.

Here's an excerpt from an article about our man Murdoch in the Center for American Progress, (July 2004); Read it and wonder:

In recent years, Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch has used the U.S. government's increasingly lax media regulations to consolidate his hold over the media and wider political debate in America. Consider Murdoch's empire: According to Businessweek, "his satellites deliver TV programs in five continents, all but dominating Britain, Italy, and wide swaths of Asia and the Middle East. He publishes 175 newspapers, including the New York Post and The Times of London. In the U.S., he owns the Twentieth Century Fox Studio, Fox Network, and 35 TV stations that reach more than 40% of the country...His cable channels include fast-growing Fox News, and 19 regional sports channels. In all, as many as one in five American homes at any given time will be tuned into a show News Corp. either produced or delivered." But who is the real Rupert Murdoch? As this report shows, he is a far-right partisan who has used his empire explicitly to pull American political debate to the right. He is also an enabler of the oppressive tactics employed by dictatorial regimes, and a man who admits to having hidden money in tax havens. In short, there more to Rupert Murdoch than meets the eye.

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