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We are in our 50's. Married, healthy and monosyllabic. We kept wondering what the conversation would sound like when we are in our 70's. The kids have their own thing going on and we have asked them to NOT connect with us, rather, get on with their own lives. Additionally, we have retired before life retires us. Which means that we can enjoy this phase physically. We no longer live in a cubicle. So what do we do? She is a housewife and a painter. I am an ex-business man turned part time actor and budding charcoal artist. It's not that we have nothing to do. It's just that we have no time to realize that we have all the time. We are so busy. So what do we do? We plan an action decibel that is cacophonic in principle. We raise the bar. We decided to shake ourselves up, physically, mentally and spiritually, to challenge the very breath of our existence. I bought a Royal Enfield 500CC motorcycle and named her BabyBlue. We took a motorcycle ride. 2UP on a solo bike, the both of us went from Mumbai to Lahaul Spiti and back. A 5022km round trip over 25 days. Riding through history, culture, geography, religion and spirituality, we saw a good slice of India and ourselves. This book is an account of this wake-up call. Simply told-as it happens, with pretty pictures to validate the effort, this book is a call to people of all ages and streams of consciousness: Get up and get going! U2. Read it.
John Ross fought in that sprawling civil war that engulfed America in the 1860's and which spawned rootless men, trained killers who now roamed the West, some looking for work, some looking for rest, and many looking for someone to rob.
Ross became a marshal. He was good with a gun, maybe the best in the whole Territory. He proved his mettle the day Rafe Callahan, an ex-Quantrill raider, brought his band of outlaws into the little quiet town of Kilby, Arizona one morning to rob the bank. They were a casual bunch, all trained killers, ex-soldiers, unafraid of anyone, and supremely confident. Their arrogance allowed them to believe they could ride into town in broad daylight, rob the bank, and ride out without anyone capable of opposing them.
John Ross, with some help from certain townsmen, had stopped the outlaws. At his trial, Callahan vowed vengeance.
Ross falls in love with Molly, a local church-going woman, and Ross, wanting to keep her in his life, agreed to go to church. Ross quits his job as marshal and hangs up his guns. He also makes a promise to the woman he's going to marry, and to God, that he'll never kill another man, ever. He proposes to Molly and begins working on a small ranch he'd bought a year earlier.
Then, Rafe Callahan escaped from Yuma Prison.
When he's warned that Callahan is loose and hunting him, he has to make a choice: break his vow to God and the woman he loves, or run. Everything in him screams to fight. All his life has been spent fighting, and if there is one thing John Ross is good at, it is fighting. His prowess with a gun was already legend in Arizona.But, he relents, determined to keep his vow. Ross heads off into the mountains, determined to hide out until Callahan is captured. But, deep down, he knows it is unlikely because Callahan, who is an expert tracker, will probably find him.
He also comes to realize that he simply cannot keep his promise, because to keep that promise is to die.
Even the woman he loves comes to realize that, acknowledging to herself that she is actually glad that the man she so deeply loves, is so very good at killing.
This story is one about a man who finds himself struggling with deeply held beliefs about God, about killing, and about promises made.
It's a good read, with an ending unlike any story you've ever read.
Pascal might be chasing the title of King of the Mountains, but will he realise in time that Laurent is chasing him? Pascal Durant, one of the best mountain riders in the cycling world, was about to finally win his first polka-dot jersey denoting him King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. Then he suffered a horrific accident that left him unable to complete the race. In his forties and fighting chronic injuries, he knows he only has one more shot at the top. Laurent Desrochers, an internationally known reporter, hears about his dear friend's crash and watches a moving viral video of Pascal, bloodied yet unbowed, congratulating the winner. When Pascal tells him he's going to do the Tour one last time, Laurent decides to convince his network to let him follow Pascal on his quest. Friends for a decade, they had never thought of the other as more. Pascal's focus on his sport and poor taste in men has never produced a long-term relationship. And Laurent's constant travel causes a rift between him and his fiance Jan that proves insurmountable. Laurent finally realises his ideal partner has been in front of him all along. Can he pull Pascal's focus from his goal long enough for him to know he's being chased...and let Laurent catch him?"
A book to be treasured not only for association's sake, but remarkable for beauty of workmanship and depth of expression in sentiment that only newspaper men who have been through the fire together can really appreciate, is a copy of "The Dead Men's Song," edited by C. I. Hitchcock of Louisville, published privately and now in the hands of a few highly favored friends. The famous poem by Young E. Allison, editor of the Insurance Field, and President Hitchcock's long-time associate and friend, is the main theme of the book, which is really a most delightful biography of Mr. Allison and his labors in insurance literature, daily journalism, as a librettist and as a poet. The clever intimate and caressing touch of Mr. Hitchcock's master pen upon a topic so closely connected with his own life's work gives the volume a literary value outside of its intrinsic interest, and the gem, "Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest," suitably illustrated, is enshrined for posterity in a way to refute controversy and delight the soul. It is a splendid compliment from one big fellow to another.
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