Nice Stories About Nice People

Nice Stories About Nice People

Old friend Mary Hickey who writes under the name Lorna B. Marlowe has compiled from short stories she has written over the years a great and uplifting book called Nice Stories About Nice People.

One of the stories, the Christmas-themed The Littles Angels, will be popping up here within the next couple of days.

The book makes a great Christmas present and can be purchased at the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore.

Worried about it being a little late? Remember the 12 Days of Christmas starts Dec. 25. It doesn’t end then.

Hallelujah Anyway Is Merciful Read

Hallelujah Anyway Is Merciful Read

By Kate Rainey

Hallelujah Anyway Is Merciful ReadIf you need a break from the polarized news and are searching for some mercy in your life,pick up a copy of Anne Lamott’s latest collection of essays “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” (Riverhead Books, 192 pages, $20). This book shows us there is a quieter world, one that is full of wonder, appreciation and generosity. Life is not about getting and achieving more.

Ms. Lamott, who teaches Sunday School at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in California, questions if she even recognizes mercy anymore, “the divine and human; the messy, crippled, transforming, heartbreaking, lovely, devastating presence of mercy.” She believes she, and our world, are starving to death for it.

“Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves absolving the unabsolvable, forgiving the unforgivable. Mercy brings us to the miracle of apology, given and accepted, to unashamed humility when we have erred or forgotten. Charge it to our heads and not our hearts, as the elders in black church have long said.”

The title of the book is derived from Candi Staton’s gospel song “Hallelujah Anyway.” In spite of our problems, personal or political, the lyrics say “you get down on your knees and pray . . . Praise Him till your situation turns around. You gotta lift up your voice and say: Hallelujah Anyway!” 

As in Ms. Lamott’s nine other works of nonfiction, she is vulnerable, makes you laugh out loud and want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her. What I learned, once again, from this easy read is lack of grace and mercy starts with me. When I do the inside work of being softer with myself, then I don’t have to “condemn others for being total sh__s, although they may be that. (Okay: are).”

Ms. Rainey is a resident of Middletown Township in Delaware County, Pa.

 Hallelujah Anyway Is Merciful Read

Stronger Together Amazon Reviews

Stronger Together Amazon Reviews
She’s not laughing at the reviews. Maybe she’s talking to one of her husband’s rape victims.

Stronger Together Amazon Reviews — Stronger Together, the political propaganda ghostwritten for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is now on sale at Amazon for $4.99 Kindle and $9.59 paperback.

If one wants to waste money and promote evil buy it. If one wants free entertainment read the reviews. They are good and an attempt to censor them appears to have backfired.

Some samples:

1.0 out of 5 starsEvery time I write my review it gets deleted. …

By Robert S Lionel JR on September 23, 2016

Format: Paperback

Every time I write my review it gets deleted., it’s so weird. Does anyone know where the servers are hosted that contain reviews? Seems to resolve to bathroom.mailserver.bathroom.dc That seems very odd. I’m sure this one will get deleted as well. Oh well.

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1.0 out of 5 starsBeware

By happyreader on September 17, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Strangely, every time I opened this book I was hit with a wave of nausea, followed by uncontrollable coughing. I believe it is a horcrux. Take caution, friends!

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3.0 out of 5 starsOk in an emergency but there are plenty of better choices.
on September 25, 2016
I had acquired this book for a camping trip I and my family were planning. On the plus side it is a good sized book with over 200 pages, so the entire family was able to benefit from it. Now to the negative. The type of paper used in the printing of this book is so coarse that after a few wipes you are already looking for an alternative, (in drier climates where there is a scarcity of large leaves using this book will get old really fast).. In an emergency this book, backed up with some aloe, would probably suffice. I would still recommend bringing an ample supply of your favorite TT, Wet Wipes or even a bundle of old cut up T shirts.
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5.0 out of 5 starsSkip the Book. Just read the reviews. (Quick, before Amazon deletes or rewrites them) 🙂
on September 25, 2016
The reviews are much more interesting and hilarious than the book. The book is pablum bottled as campaign literature, but comes across SOOO BORRRRRRINGLY! Well, let’s see if this review is deleted as fast as Hillary’s e-mails were.
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1.0 out of 5 starsKillary killed me
on September 25, 2016
Hillary had me killed


Stronger Together Amazon Reviews

James Waltzer Of Sound Mind Great Read

James Waltzer Of Sound Mind Great ReadIf one seeks a new author put James Waltzer on the list. His new book “Of Sound Mind” is a page-turner.

“Of Sound Mind” is a revision of “Sound of Mind” which had originally been published in France and then published by a small house in the U.S.

The new version from Medallion is much improved and worthy of a best seller list.

“Of Sound Mind” is a thoughtful, intelligent thriller. The protagonist, Richard Keene, is a haunted young man cursed/blessed with an ear condition that provides extremely sensitive hearing and an exceptional sense of balance. He overhears a murder in his Center City Philadelphia apartment building and the game is on.

The Philly flavor is rich which is another bonus for those living in the area.

“Of Sound Mind” can be favorably compared with Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels. Hopefully, this is the first in a series of Richard Keene novels.

It can be purchased on Amazon, and other online booksellers and we recommend it.

James Waltzer Of Sound Mind Great Read

Daniella Bova Memorial Day Story

Chester County writer Daniella Bova has written a short story for this Memorial Day and she is offering if for free. It is called “The Protest”. It is excellent and worth reading and can be found on her website here.

Daniella’s work can be found on Amazon.

Daniella Bova Memorial Day Story
Remember the sacrifices today.

Daniella Bova Memorial Day Story

Of Sound Mind Looms

Of Sound Mind LoomsOf Sound Mind Looms — Of Sound Mind by local author and former County Press (Pa) sports editor Jim Waltzer is being promoted by Medallion Press. The book will be available in April.

It’s a revision of Jim’s thriller Sound of Mind which has already appeared in French and English.

It is set in Philadelphia and concerns audiometry technician Richard Keene who possesses abnormally acute powers of hearing which leads him into trouble.

It’s an excellent noir thriller and Keene is one of the most unique characters to appear in recent fiction.

Of Sound Mind Looms

Jim Waltzer Book Of Sound Mind

Local author and former County Press (Pa) sports editor Jim Waltzer has revised his thriller Sound of Mind and has a new publisher, Medallion Press. Jim Waltzer Book Of Sound Mind

The books which has been published in French along with English is set in Philadelphia and is excellent.

The new title will be Of Sound Mind.

A movie deal had been in the works, although Jim says things are going slow on that front.

Jim Waltzer Book Of Sound Mind

Greg Cox, Foul Deeds Will Rise

Call it a guilty pleasure but we got for Christmas a Star Trek book by best-selling Chester County author Greg Cox that was quite a pleasure.

Greg cox Foul Deeds Will RiseThe book, “Foul Deeds Will Rise,” involves the franchise’s original line up (Kirk, Spock, McCoy etc.)

The plot concerns the Federation via The Enterprise mediating a peace treaty between two warring planets and features Leonore Karidian –an old love and nemesis of Captain Kirk — as the wrinkle.

The story would have made an excellent episode in the original series. Kudos Greg Cox.

Greg lives in Oxford and is officially a New York Times bestselling author. He was Richard Matheson’s  last editor.

Greg Cox, Foul Deeds Will Rise

Richard Matheson Tribute

Richard Matheson, one of the most influential writers of the last century, died June 23 at the age of 87. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. In the name of courageous journalism we present this tribute:

Matheson, by the way, also gave us that Trilogy of Terror episode where the little voodoo doll chases around Karen Black, and, of course, zombies with his short story I Am Legend adopted to the big screen numerous times under several names.

Richard Matheson Tribute

Noir Newspaper Thriller Set In Philly

Noir Newspaper Thriller Set In Philly — Delco resident J.M. Roman has crafted a nitty-gritty, politically incorrect thriller set circa 1970 in Philadelphia involving a crazed killer working for the city’s largest newspaper — which it should be noted is delivered in the afternoon.

We are reading it now.

“Ink in His Blood” can be purchased at, and

Noir Newspaper Thriller Set In Philly