Author Archives: John Blanton

About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.

The Trouble with Triffids

A few days ago I posted a review of the movie, and I promised to finish reading the book and give my take on it. Here it is, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham from 1951. The first … Continue reading

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The Perils of Publishing

Full disclosure: the author is a member of my extended family. Dawn is not a seasoned author, having first published eight years ago. However, this book reveals deep insight into the publishing process. You have written a book. What do … Continue reading

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“When you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves.” — Confucius Revenge was a TV series that ran on ABC from 2011 to 2015, and I watched the first few episodes, now streaming on Hulu. But this is … Continue reading

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Women Who Won the War

Liza Mundy “is an American journalist, non-fiction writer, and fellow at New America Foundation,” and she has deeply researched a matter that had to lie sealed for decades. She has abundantly put to light a crucial course of events from 75 years … Continue reading

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Texas Lavender

May was a good time to get out and see some of the sights near home. Fredericksburg is a few minutes drive up north, and we went with Nancy and Gary to have a bit of lunch and to  stop … Continue reading

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Captain Morgan’s Retreat

A Fabulous Getaway As mentioned elsewhere. we were having dinner, we both agreed we needed to get out of the house. Barbara Jean is master of this sort of thing, and a couple of hours later she had us booked … Continue reading

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Coco Beach Lunch

The Great Lunch Expedition The night we arrived at Captain Morgan’s Retreat we had dinner at their restaurant, and it was most grand. For lunch the next day we figured there must be something besides. The literature we had showed … Continue reading

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