ANGEL WITH A BROKEN WING is Now For Sale on Amazon! (kindle and paperback)

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The day is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier! This has been a long time coming and a labor of love. I’ve been working day and night to get this baby written, and I think it’s my finest work yet! I hope you enjoy it!

 

I wanted to create something new. Not a non-fiction, compilation of stories from my blog. Something new. A story. A fable. A love story that included all of the elements of all the films I liked. A thriller, road movie, romance, mystery, an action yarn, that would be full of twists and turns.

The world had gone a bit mad, and I wanted to create a world I could control. I wanted it to take place in a time before there were smart phones or social media. A story about a boy and a girl trying to fall in love, during extraordinary circumstances. Let’s put a fancy car in there. Have them drive across the country on a road trip. Let’s throw a bad guy in there. That’ll keep them on edge. Let’s make it a mystery too. Let’s ‘David Lynch’ it up a bit with some interesting, unique characters. Let’s make them all flawed in some way. They all have the potential to be good, but they’re all struggling with themselves. They all want something, but they don’t know the right way to get it. A collection of misfits all trying to find themselves. All broken in some way. They want to fly, but their wings are broken, so they choose to run.

What if you could just run away from your current life?

Christian Blackmore works as a manager at a local finance company in New Jersey. He’s burned out from all the bad loans, and making collection calls every night. He spends his days laboring at a job he hates, and his evenings drinking at a local bar with his best friend. 

When his favorite uncle dies, and leaves him a unique inheritance, he begins to question the path he’s taken in life.

He decides to take a road trip across the country with a woman he just met. She’s a mysterious beauty, who may hold a dark secret. 

What begins as a romantic journey, becomes a nightmare, when he realizes he’s being followed by an elusive stranger. What does he want? Is it Christian, the girl, or something far more sinister?

Angel with a Broken Wing, takes you on a terrifying, coast to coast thrill ride across America. Can one man fall in love, and stay one step ahead in a cat and mouse game with a killer?

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I want to first thank my daughter. Thank you for coming into my life. You are my inspiration. I love you! I can always come to you with an idea and you make it perfect.

Scott Macintosh. You’re my best friend. You’ve been with me since the beginning. Thank you for staying on the ship, even when it was sinking. 

Will Ball. Thank you for your friendship, the films, the laughs, and of course, the cocktails. I’m honored to have you in my life as a friend. 

A.M. Homes. Thank you for answering my letter with a personal note so many years ago. I was so inspired by your words, it gave me the courage to write my story the way I wanted to tell it, without fear.

Thanks to the amazing team at Amazon Kindle. Without you, I’d be lost in a sea of technology. I can write the words, but you guys help me turn them into books.

Thanks to everyone at Amazon. I became a member over 20 years ago when you were just a giant bookstore. After crawling on my hands and knees to agents and publishing houses for years, Amazon finally gave me the biggest platform on Earth to bring my literary work to the world!

A special thanks to everyone at WordPress. Without you, I couldn’t publish Phicklephilly everyday for the last four years! Now we’re a dot com and I’ve monetized the site with ads! You gave me a home to bring my work to everyone! Thank you!

Thanks to all the folks over at GoDaddy. You made the transition from just another blogger, to a dotcom look easy. Thanks for always being there when I needed you. You’re the best!

Thank you, dear readers, and subscribers for all of your support over the years I’ve been writing this little blog. I appreciate you all, and try to respond to all of your comments. I love your comments!

Please buy my new book. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. It’s quite a ride!

This is a great book to read at the beach this summer!

 

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Life Before Quarantine – Part 11

During quarantine I’ve been fairly productive. I get my energy from people but I really enjoy my alone time. My daughter agrees. We’re both perfectly happy being on our own. I was looking through some photos the other day and I got some great memories of when we were all allowed to come out and play. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I’ll run this series every week until I run out of photos! If you see yourself, hit me up!

I’m very fortunate to have met you all and enjoyed the times we had together. Thank you!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Life Before Quarantine – Part 7

During quarantine I’ve been fairly productive. I get my energy from people but I really enjoy my alone time. My daughter agrees. We’re both perfectly happy being on our own. I was looking through some photos the other day and I got some great memories of when we were all allowed to come out and play. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I’ll run this series every week until I run out of photos! If you see yourself, hit me up!

I’m very fortunate to have met you all and enjoyed the times we had together. Thank you!

Enjoy!

 

 

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5 Ways Women Try To Impress Men (And Why They Don’t Work)

Women do a lot of silly things to try to impress men; I know this, because men do a lot of ridiculous things to impress women, too. It’s like the circle of life, only it ends with quiet sobbing into a pillow.

The elements of sexual attraction aren’t too complex. Though, even accepted societal norms for picking up a guy often miss the mark because women overthink things. Here’s a look at some of the most surefire ways that women think that they can impress a guy—and why they’ll fail miserably every time.

1. Perfume

No man I know minds when a woman smells like nothing—a simple stick of deodorant accomplishes this. Women who slather on the perfume end up smelling like the front counter of Macy’s, and it’s a bit of a turn-off. A spray or two there might be nice for a special occasion, but I can’t think of a situation where I’d ever think, Man, she’s nice, but I’d like her better if she smelled like someone was pouring a stream of animal urine that vaguely smelled like flowers onto her head.

2. Tanning

Tanned skin wasn’t seen as a necessary beauty treatment in American society until the last 20 years or so, with the exception of the taxidermy community. Now, it’s reached a fairly feverish pitch. Tanning salons are all over the place, waiting to help you turn your skin into a sort of orange, glowing monstrosity that looks like it was sprayed out of a can (and in some cases, it actually is). There are men out there who are impressed by a good tan, but they’re what the scientific community calls “pig-ignorant slimeballs.”

3. Name Brands

You shouldn’t wear name brand clothes that cost more than they need to just because you want to impress men. If you’re trying to impress women, this sometimes works, but name brand items don’t do much for any man other than Ralph Lauren. And just to prove that men don’t know anything about brands, I just referenced Ralph Lauren. I have no idea if he makes good clothes. Probably not. But he’s the only designer I could name.

4. Makeup

Makeup doesn’t do a lot for guys. In small doses it’s alright, but if I want to get eyeshadow all over my clothes, I’ll go see the Cure in concert.

5. Cosmetic Surgery

It almost sounds trite to say that cosmetic surgery is ugly and disgusting. Everyone claims to hate it; yet, it’s still a thriving industry. The thing is, though, the cosmetic surgery industry caters to a specific kind of person—the type of person who wants to look fantastic at all costs. The industry isn’t set up for making people beautiful. It’s set up to make people think they look beautiful. And if the results were fantastic, well, then all’s fair in love and war. Ultimately, breast augmentation, fat reduction, Botox treatments … all of this looks terrible to men, women, small children and animals. Plastic surgery may eventually provide a way for people to cheat themselves into looking younger, but right now it’s more lip service than anything else, pardon the pun.

What futile attempts to impress men do women make? Post in the comments section below.

 

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Life Before Quarantine – Part 2

During quarantine I’ve been fairly productive. I get my energy from people but I really enjoy my alone time. My daughter agrees. We’re both perfectly happy being on our own. I was looking through some photos the other day and I got some great memories of when we were all allowed to come out and play. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I’ll run this series every week until I run out of photos! If you see yourself, hit me up!

I’m very fortunate to have met you all and enjoyed the times we had together. Thank you!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Life Before Quarantine – Part 1

During quarantine I’ve been fairly productive. I get my energy from people but I really enjoy my alone time. My daughter agrees. We’re both perfectly happy being on our own. I was looking through some photos the other day and I got some great memories of when we were all allowed to come out and play. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I’ll run this series every week until I run out of photos! If you see yourself, hit me up!

I’m very fortunate to have met you all and enjoyed the times we had together. Thank you!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Boyfriend ‘Shames’ Girlfriend Into Shaving Legs & Doesn’t See What He Did Wrong

Personally, I like a little floss on the thighs…

Believe it or not, gentlemen, women aren’t violating “female laws” by not shaving their bodies so they are as smooth as a wet dolphin. Body hair, along with everything else related to a woman’s physique, is a personal choice. While it’s perfectly ok to have a preference, there is no point at which it is ok to make a woman feel obligated to change her physical appearance.

However, one young man on Reddit doesn’t see how telling his girlfriend “playfully” that she should shave her legs is wrong.

  • “My girlfriend of two years isn’t exactly the hippie … ‘my hairy body is beautiful’ type,” he began explaining.

    “But she definitely never developed the habit of shaving consistently. She says it takes a long time (she’s very tall so that makes sense for her legs), her skin is sensitive so she’s prone to bad razor burn, and she always manages to nick herself and bleed a lot. She pretty much only shaves when the hair is physically irritating her skin.”

  • While he says he doesn’t have a problem with it and loves her for who she is, he has a preference for smooth skin because: “Who wouldn’t, right?”

    Earlier in the evening the couple was showering together and she mentioned how she thought it was time to shave her underarms.

    “She said the hair was starting to get on her nerves and she wanted it gone. Once she finished that up, she turned to her legs and said something along the lines of ‘I think these are gonna be up next soon. That hair is starting to bother me too.'”

  • According to the boyfriend, her hair was long — emphasis on the long.

    “…even the lightness of the strands couldn’t cover up how much was there.,” he wrote. “It was bad. So, a bit harshly and sarcastically I will admit, I said ‘yeah, you think it’s time to shave your legs? How long has it been?’ She looked at me for a moment then started getting weepy-eyed, so I asked her what the deal was and she said ‘I thought it didn’t bother you that I don’t shave. It hasn’t been an issue this whole relationship and now I feel like I’m being shamed.’”

  • At this point the boyfriend tried to defend himself and say that he he doesn’t care but does prefer touching smooth legs and underarms.

    “She remained pretty quiet, so I started trying to coax her out of the shower so we could finish up and be done. She refused, saying that she was gonna go ahead and shave her legs. I just left the bathroom. A WHOLE [EXPLETITIVE] HALF HOUR later she emerged, presented her smooth legs to me, and has been sitting quietly since then.”

  • Now the boyfriend is frustrated at his girlfriend’s reaction.

    “I’m frustrated that she’s acting mad at me for agreeing that she should do something she already said she wanted to do, and I just have to know if I should feel bad and say sorry or if I should just let her get her moping out then move on.”

  • A lot of filks had the same question: Is this dude for real?

    “Every time I read stories like this I’m amazed at how men who are supposed to be in love with their girlfriends still manage to prioritize their preference for a certain body type or certain grooming habits over their girlfriend’s own personal preferences and physical comfort,” wrote one user, who essentially read him for filth. “Even if you don’t care about the trouble and pain shaving causes her, have you ever stopped to think that because her legs grow hair means it’s supposed to be there? That it’s natural? That you shouldn’t be such a spineless idiot and try to make her think that it’s gross to have hair on her body?”

  • Others made their opinion know by pointing out the hypocrisy of his statements in the funniest way. possible.

    “‘I don’t mind your penis BUUUUT I prefer bigger ones,'” one use joking wrote. “‘Oh hey why are you ‘acting’ mad? I’m entitled to have a preference!’”

    HA!

    Ultimately the lesson this guy should take away from this? Keep your bodily comments to yourself.

     

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The Quarantine Has Given Us Time To Create

Nobody saw this coming.

But this unprecedented event has given us one thing we’ve all been complaining that we don’t have.

That thing is TIME.

You know longer have and excuse as to why you can’t start or finish anything.

Now you have nothing but time.

So in that time, I decided to gather every crazy dating story I’ve ever written into some sort of order.

This has yielded the following:

 

 

 

 

If you don’t feel like buying each volume, I’ve gathered all three volumes into one neat Anthology.

These are the craziest, most insane, hilarious, raunchiest, and most heartbreakingly embarrassing dates I’ve ever been on in my entire life.

After writing the book, Phicklephilly, this has been a labor of love to compile this crazy collection of stories from my life.

It’s been a joy to reread and edit these tales for your enjoyment. I appreciate your support and for reading this blog and reading my books.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll repeat these stories to your friends!

 

You can buy them all on Amazon now!

You will not be disappointed!

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Sun Stories – Zoe – Chapter 3 – Smoke

Zoey comes in and I tell her I have something for her.

Initially, Zoey is a little hesitant, but she’s smart and knOws a hookup when she sees one, and she probably knows I got this bottle at cost.

I place her favorite lotion in the hands of my new Number 1.

 

That’s Zoey hands holding the bottle of bronzer I gifted my number 1. (Look at those pretty nails)

I love giving presents to people I care about. For me… I love attention, and nothing else. I have no use for any material things anymore.

I’m happy with my my simple uncluttered life now. It’s so beautiful.

Time goes by and we’re in our busy season. I don’t see Zoey for awhile. I know she’s busy with her internship and school at Temple. That’s the beginning of real life and ignition for her.

I think about her occasionally but I really have no idea what’s going on with these students at Temple and their schedules. As much as I adore Zoey, she’s young, and her school, family, and work take priority and we’re just here to give her a tan. I have to have perspective on a girl on the rise.

Hell.. at her age I was in L.A. playing rock and roll in clubs on the sunset strip.

It’s a busy Wednesday night and Zoey rolls in.

“Hey Number one.”

(Delaney is waiting to go tanning and she is visually burned)

“I was going to text you, to let you know I was going to come in.”

“Zoey. It’s so great to see you.”

“I thought I wouldn’t be your number 1 anymore because I’ve been so busy with my internship and school.”

“Oh God no, Zoey. I thought of you the other day and just figured you were busy. You’re firmly my number one dear.”

“Oh yay. I was worried.”

We both sit down in a little corner of the salon and chat. There’s no one near us.

“I like that we can sit down together and chat and catch up.”

“No worries. It’s great to see you number one. How’ve you been?”

“I’m killing myself with finals and working at the Bellevue at my internship.”

“That’s great. I’m glad you’re moving forward with your career.

Zoey looks gorgeous. Her hair is like a river of dark chocolate, her face fresh and beautiful, glasses, and wearing business attire.

I’m so proud of her.

Zoey is moving forward in her life. But still giggly and cute as hell.

She has to wait for her sun bed because it’s so incredibly busy.

She sits on a little cushioned stool and I take a bench beside her. I’m so happy to see her.

It’s been insanely busy tonight. My coworker, Amelia has been amazing. She’s dealt with all of the new intake of clients and all I’ve done is clean beds and do laundry.

I like that, because normally I have to do it all, but it’s so nice to have an assistant to deal with the bullshit and all I have to do is clean beds and do laundry. It’s good for Amelia to deal with the technological parts of this business. It’ll make her a better employee.

Amelia’s amazing, and picks up the slack. She senses that she’ll have to do everything while Zoey is here because all of my focus will be on my current queen.

Its an unspoken agreement, but she instantly sees the value of Zoey and what she means to me in this moment.

It’s funny when this happens.

But we all know when it does.

 

Zoey goes to tan.  We’re in our busy season. It’s insane in the salon right now. Prom. Weddings. Honeymoon. Formal. Vacation. Tan for summer, etc.

I have seconds to close my number 1.

I’m scrubbing beds and letting Amelia know what’s available for the people waiting.

Zoey emerges from bed number 1.

I’m in the long hallway and she approaches.

“I have to wash my hands.”

I walk beside her.

“Remember how I told you about my friend at Square that hooks me up with free drinks?”

“Oh yea… that’s awesome.”

“So I know you’re crushed until May 12 with school and work.”

“Do you wanna go out after that, Charles?”

Those words from Zoey were like hearing the opening chords of “Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith in 1976.

“Really?”

“Yea.”

Mind blown.

“Yea, but it’ll have to be after May 12th. Cause I’m done then.”

“Thank you, Zoey.”

“I should be thanking you, Charles.”

 

So I’m praying this happens. Zoey truly is my favorite. Beautiful, smart, and full of giggles for my jokes. (Oh she is truly interested in all of my stupid stories!)

 

Love her!

 

Have I finally found my true number one?

 

 

11 Habits That Make Women Look Worse and Get Sick More Often

Since childhood, we are taught that drinking alcohol and using filthy words are bad habits. However, sometimes even routine everyday actions can have a bad impact on our health and body too. Moreover, those habits often disguise themselves as being healthy. For example, did you know that a relaxing bath with bubbles can be dangerous?

We at Bright Side got surprised at how seemingly harmless habits can affect our health negatively and we feel eager to share our discoveries with you.

11. Wearing nylon tights often

The frequent wearing of nylon tights and tight jeans can promote ingrown hairs on your legs and in the bikini zone. It all happens because the tight material prevents the hair from growing through the skin and instead it starts to grow inside it.

In order to avoid this, you need to regularly scrub and moisturize the skin, and wear cotton or bamboo fiber tights, instead of nylon ones. Cosmetic items sold in special shops can also help fight ingrown hairs.

10. Using a sponge for washing the dishes

Scientists calculated that 1 cubic cm of the dirtiest sponges contains about 50 billion microorganisms. They get on our hands and we then touch our bodies and faces, and as a result, provoke rashes and skin diseases.

Cleanse sponges with the help of boiling water or an alcohol solution. The best alternative is to buy an inexpensive jute sponge — it is 100% natural, decomposes fast, and lasts longer than an ordinary sponge.

9. Consuming a lot of soy products

The protein that soy contains can be a complete replacement for animal protein, while soybeans contain many vitamins that contribute to sustaining a healthy body. When consumed sensibly, soy products help decrease the risk of developing oncological diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Still, we should keep in mind that consuming soy excessively can cause constipation, bloating, nausea, allergies, and a malfunction of the thyroid gland. If a mother overdoes it with the introduction of soy in her diet during pregnancy, she can harm the development of the child.

8. Wrapping your head in a towel after taking a shower

Using a towel for a long time creates a sauna-like effect. The scalp begins to secrete more fat, it gets dirty faster, and it becomes oily.

If you have dry or curly hair, we have an upsetting piece of news for you — a bath towel absorbs moisture and can overdry your hair. What to do? Replace the towel with a cotton piece of cloth or a T-shirt. Your hair will thank you for it.

7. Wiping your face with a towel

Many beauty-bloggers recommend replacing a terrycloth towel with a tissue, especially if you like to wipe your face after washing it or after taking a shower. It decreases the chances of traumatizing your freshly-steamed skin, which could cause wrinkles or micro-traumas.

Use tissues or an individual set of waffle towels by gently dabbing the water to dry your face.

6. Taking a bath with foam or bath bombs

It seems that there is nothing better than lying in a bubble bath or using a special bath bomb after a long workday. Unfortunately, they often contain dyes and fragrances that disrupt the acid-base balance of the microflora in your intimate zones.

That’s why it’s better to not take these baths too often and to choose bath cosmetics carefully, giving preference to the ones with a more natural composition. If the tag shows things like diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and ammonium laureth sulfate, it’s better to not buy and use these products.

5. Drinking bottled water

Some people prefer to drink bottled water, considering it to be more pure than tap water. However, bottled water is actually not subject to the same strict requirements as tap water. More than 50% of the water is still poured into the bottles from the tap, without additional cleaning, which can cause problems with your dental health.

That’s why it’s better to install a filter at home. It will help get rid of the unpleasant tastes and impurities that can get onto tap water due to the bad quality of water pipes.

4. Keeping cosmetics in the bathroom

Oftentimes, cosmetic items are kept in the bathroom. Due to the fluctuations of humidity and temperature, the expiration times of these products decreases and their consistency changes too. Moreover, the light that electrical bulbs emit can heat up and spoil the substances inside.

It is better to keep cosmetic items in a dark place like a drawer, for example, at a temperature between 50°F and 70°F.

3. Wearing flip-flops

When you wear flip-flops, your foot doesn’t have the normal support and this can lead to damage of tendons, pain, and arthritis of the ankle, knee, or thigh. When walking in flip-flops, your feet are constantly tense and this affects your posture and the condition of your joints.

Some flip-flops can be made of plastic that contains bisphenol A, which causes cancer. That’s why it’s better to give preference to more comfortable, better-quality footwear.

2. Dying your hair black

Many hair dyes contain paraphenylenediamine, which gives black and dark brown its tones. It can cause severe allergies, even coma, and the problem doesn’t necessarily appear right after the first dyeing. Dark pigments also have other poisonous elements. For example, coal tar provokes the development of cancer, while lead stays in the body and gets stored in the bones.

Pay special attention to the composition. Choosing hair dyes carefully can protect you from having health issues in the future.

1. Wearing long nails

It’s not for nothing that waitresses and nurses are forbidden to have long nails. Scientists have found that pathogens often accumulate under long nails coated with gel polish. There are more bacteria living under extended nails, than under natural ones.

The longer the nails are, the more complicated it is to clean the space between them and the skin during a regular hand wash. If you have these types of nails, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t forget about the zone under your nails.

What habits are you aware of that are damaging your health?

 

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