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  2. I have a new short story to be posted on Saturday. It's the tale of a boy who develops crushes on other boys but who finally realizes how shallow those crushes are.
  3. Reparation ~ Chapter 7 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. Tom Harris is injured in a high school football game and ends up in the hospital. Tanner Knox says he’ll make sure Tom receives reparation for what happened. Four Nights in St. Bartholomew ~ Part 1 of a Novella by Ruwen Rouhs. Stories are often based on real events, but the names of the characters are fiction. As opposed to those, "Four Nights in St. Bartholomew" uses names of characters and places that can be Googled and their real fate can be tracked down, while the events are pure fiction. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. Me 'n Riley ~ A Novel by Cole Parker. A small Southern town. Two young boys looking for things to do, a summertime of freedom spread in front of them, adventures calling. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  4. Sadly, I'm a kid thats big in the belly.... J
  5. I've never read it, but did that now, yesterday evening and night, and finshed this morning. What. A. Great. Moving. Story. Thank you for bringing it to my attention as one of the Dude's picks. Be proud, FreeThinker. 😉
  6. I always thought you were a kid at heart, Jason. A big kid now, I guess. C
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  8. We made both apple mead and straight out honey mead at home when I was a kid. At age 12 I learned not to snatch a bottle in mid-ferment for my own, hide it in my room, and CAP IT to hide the smell.
  9. I'd agree that thread drift is often wickedly good. On the other hand it does make it difficult to find a post you might want to re-read. For instance: I'd never think to look in 'US/UK Usage' for a post on Pedro's culinary skills. And (drum roll), it's back to the thread:- Pear Cider is scrumptious, as is good home made scrumpy ('ware the morning after). Apple mead ain't to shabby, either. C2
  10. Reparation ~ Chapter 6 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. Tom Harris is injured in a high school football game and ends up in the hospital. Tanner Knox says he’ll make sure Tom receives reparation for what happened. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. Laika ~ A Novel by EleCivil. When you find yourself surrounded by those with strong wills, is it possible to maintain control of your own life, or do you simply fall into the role that they see fit for you? Does it make a difference? A story about feeling out of place and out of control. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  11. Starring Jason Momoa as Arthur/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as King Orm/Ocean Master, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Manta. It was directed by the wonderfully talented James Wan, the creator of the Saw Franchise. Aquaman takes place shortly after the events of Justice League. This bit of information seemed to be slipped in right away to make sure we all know this is part of the DCEU. But just as Wonder Woman carved her own path away from the sadness that was Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Justice League with a story that focused on plot supported by CGI, Aquaman at its core, is a character driven film that made me care about the characters and their journey. Aquaman lives somewhere between the dark vision of Zack Snyder and the playfulness of Patty Jenkins, taking elements from both while carving a visually stunning film. I would venture a guess that the script was heavily rewritten multiple times attempting to course correct after the tepid reception of the Znyderverse and the sheer fun factor of Wonder Woman. The downside to what I am assuming is heavy rewrites, leaves us with a film that doesn’t seem to know what its suppose to be sometimes from moment to moment. Is it a light-hearted underwater tale with horrible dad jokes or a morality tale of sons paying for the sins of their fathers? As I type this, I still can’t tell you what this movie is about. In one of the darker moments of the film, Arthur takes out a bunch of pirates as they try to steal a submarine. While this sequence is visually stunning and really showcases the raw power Arthur can command, Arthur allows the father of one of the pirates to drown, thus creating one of the major villains in Aquaman’s cannon. This act really shocked me, as it was hard for me to believe that considering Arthur’s own mother was killed when he was young, that he could dismiss the pleas of a son to save his drowning father so flippantly. This sequence reminded me how I felt while watching Black Panther last year. Like Killmonger, Manta has a great back-story and a reason for revenge that makes his story arc believable and compelling. And in almost the next scene, Arthur and his father are in a bar drinking beer for breakfast when several scary biker looking guys approach them. This scene is played for suspense at first, when one of the guys barks out, ‘are you him’. Arthur turns around and for a moment, you think it’s about to go down. Then the scary biker looking guy exclaims out like an excited child that he wants a picture of Aquaman. This is like five minutes after Arthur kills numerous pirates on the submarine. And to make it a bit worse, there is a collage of Arthur drinking beer and taking photos with the scary bikers. The transitions between the dark and light moments happens so fast it was rather jarring at times. Yet Amber Heard was delightful as Mera, and has one of the coolest powers in the movie. Mera is far from being a damsel in distress. Not only does she stand toe to toe with Aquaman, but manages to save him numerous times and is a complete badass in her own right. Amber’s performance is well-rounded as I’ve seen in a long time. Plus, she’s a great strong female character for young teens. Orm makes a great villain and is almost underplayed by the talented Patrick Wilson. Though his motivation flips between his hatred towards Arthur whom he blames for the death of his mother and his hatred for the surface dwellers that has polluted the worlds oceans. I did find it a bit odd that his hatred for Arthur seemed misplaced as it would make more sense to hate his father who ordered the death of his mother. Take away the over the head message of the dangers of pollution, the jumps between light-hearted dad jokes, and brooding craziness, the core of the film is entertaining and I would recommend you watch it as the CGI is breathtaking.
  12. I firmly believe eclectic is better. C
  13. Two possibilities: -Outside the Foul Lines by Rick Beck (this site) baseball story with mention of cancer but no bullies -Joel series of stories by Ted Louis (https://tedlouis.com/) peripheral baseball with leukemia & bully (it's been years since I read these so my recollection is unreliable)
  14. You flatter me. I was never more than a cook - simple fare like steak pie, gammon and egg and chips (fries) with everything. It was twenty years ago before pub food started to go ‘bistro’ and now you do need a chef. Still, I have a couple of nice Bramleys - the British cooking apple - and some pork loin steaks so I shall give your recipe a try. It sounds good especially with the cinnamon in it. Thanks. Thread drift - don’t you just love it. Comparative definitions to recipe swapping in a few easy moves.
  15. Isn't ringing a bell with me. C
  16. Its a baseball story and later on near the end we find out the Main Character has Lukemia and also the authors has a second story out, almost like a squeal to the first one. Also the main character becomes friends, with a bully, and the main character finds out it was due to his home life
  17. As a chef, and one operating in an establishment that probably makes somewhat off-beat foods—that's only a supposition on my part!—you should be aware there's another great dish you can make easily with apples that goes great with various pork dishes. Pare and slice up your apples, preferably tart or somewhat tart ones, as you do if making an apple pie and the toss them into a frying pan with a little melted butter and saute them till soft after sprinkling them with sugar, a pinch of salt, and cinnamon. Fried, spiced apples. Easy as anything, and man, are they good as a contrasting dish with chops, cutlets, medallions or however you're serving your pork.� C
  18. New story, called "Flipping the Coin" Coming this weekend. It's the story of two boys, one very well off and the other confused and abused. 12 Chapters
  19. We have apple cider (non-alcoholic) in our supermarkets in the USA, too. It doesn't look like apple juice; the color is darker and you can see it has fiber so it has to be shaken before pouring. We don't buy either kind. Colin
  20. This might add to the confusion, but here in Australia we have apple cider which is sold in supermarkets along with the other juices and soft drinks. It's non-alcoholic. We probably have the alcoholic variety, too, but I don't drink alcohol so I wouldn't know.
  21. This has my vote. Apple juice is disgusting, even worse than the apples it is made from. There are only three thing apples are good for: apple pies, apple sauce to go with roast pork, and fermenting into (hard) cider , although in the latter case I would recommend steering well clear of scrumpy (see Bruin’s post above).
  22. Beware apple juice reconstituted from concentrate. If it isn't shelved in the refrigerated section of your market I'd really worry about it. Of course, thanks to Colin, I'm now going to worry about all of it. Better to stick to beer.
  23. Other reasons apple juice is popular is that it's cheap, it's a way of letting kids (and adults) consume sugar without realizing that's what they are drinking. Of course, it varies a little by brand, but a good general measure (courtesy of Google) is there are 24 grams of sugar in one cup of apple juice. 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. So 24 grams of sugar is 6 teaspoons of sugar. That's what's in one cup of apple juice. There's 1/2 of a gram of dietary fiber in a cup of apple juice. There's 2/10 of a gram of protein in a cup of apple juice. 88% of a cup of apple juice (actually 88% of any amount of apple juice) is water. A cup of apple juice has 115 calories. One cup of apple juice has 96mg of Vitamin C, 160% of the daily recommended amount. Some brands of apple juice also have preservatives to keep it fresh for a long time. Think about that. Colin This has not been approved by the Juice Products Association
  24. This is well worth watching. It's short, funny, and spot on.
  25. Read the label of American apple juice and you'll find various sweeteners and preservatives. Also a great uniformity of taste between suppliers. It's also clear and usually a light coppery color. Cider comes in a great variety of tastes and doesn't normally have the cloying sweetness of apple juice. They often give you apple juice when in the hospital. I guess their reasoning is, you're too sick and weak to protest. C
  26. Reparation ~ Chapter 5 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. Tom Harris is injured in a high school football game and ends up in the hospital. Tanner Knox says he’ll make sure Tom receives reparation for what happened. English 10 ~ A Short Story by Cole Parker. Mark has to write a short story. A 3,500 word short story. He’s on the JV water polo team, so he writes about that. But in doing so, he has an agenda. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. The Mirror and Nothing More ~ A Novel by C.B. Abraham. When a student begins talking to his mirror, a cliché shatters. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
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