I do not write a blog as often as some people think I should. And when I do, it is usually about what I have been doing; about sentimental feelings; about people and friends and things I think might be of interest to those prone to read my musings concerning what is on my mind. But this one, I warn, is different. Oh, it’s about what is on my mind, alright – heavily on my mind. It has nothing to do with election-year politics or career memories, though. It has to do with something that is in the news today that just cuts to the core of my heart.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked an American company, Apple, to help in their pursuit of information that may be vital to the safety of our country and they have hit a stonewall. Apple, and the people who are now demonstrating in the streets on the company’s behalf, are stiff-arming our government like a running back in full gallop toward their own goals. The bottom line is that if you live and operate in the free society of America, then you owe it to all other citizenry to help in any way you can to continue to keep our nation safe. The argument that someone might lose some stored information in their iPhone is a ridiculous argument at best. I have nothing in my phone that I would not gladly give up to expose possible information on the two terrorist Farook and Malik and who their potential contacts were. It is as simple as 1-2-3. Fourteen people were massacred in San Bernardino on December 2 of last year and twenty-two more were injured. And yet Apple and these mindless demonstrators think a little phone security is worth more than those lost lives and all the family members that tragic event affected.
These same dissenters will praise our military on Memorial Day and Flag Day and the Fourth of July. They will honor those young men and women in their second and third decades of life who died protecting our country. Soldiers who gave their life and breath to shield us from enemies who wish to do our nation harm. And yet, Apple and the demonstrators never stop to think this just might be their opportunity to do the same. No, they are worried about petty and selfish information that may be at risk. And very little risk at that. One phone. That is what is being asked to be decoded and cracked. One phone of an Islamic Radical Terrorist. Information that may fend off a future attack and safe countless lives on our own soil.
I am disappointed that everyone does not jump at the chance to serve their nation in whatever way they can. Oh, I’m sure some will disagree with what I’m saying and if you do don’t bother to write me because I’m not going to enter into a back and forth dialogue on the matter. This is how I feel. This is where my devotion is. This is something these people could do to help the country. To stand up for America.
Come on, Apple. Where’s your heart?
Don Reid 2/24/16
Well, I have an answer to that question so many have been asking – “When are you writing a new book?” Some even ask, “Why aren’t you writing a new book?” Some are more subtle and say, “And what’s the date for that new book?”
I think the best one was a couple of weeks ago from a Facebook friend of my wife’s. Debbie had posted a picture of me sitting comfortably at home reading a book. Someone commented with, “Shouldn’t he be writing a book instead of reading one?” I loved that and laughed out loud. So however the questions have been formed to me, the answer to all is the same: “Yes, I have a new book.”
This book has been in the mill for some time now and I didn’t even know it. Let me explain as I do in the introduction of the book itself. A writer friend of mine, Charles Culbertson, and I eat lunch together often. Sometime back in the early part of the year, we came up with a writing game that has grown into this new book titled Half and Half. And here is how the game worked. Charles would think of a one-word title. Example: Bicycle. We would both go home and write an 800-1000 word story from our individual lives concerning a bicycle and then email one another the results. This was fun and also funny to us, so we continued. Next, my turn to think of a one-word title. Example: Ghost. We both wrote a story from our past with this as a theme and the game was on. This little exchange and writing exercise continued for months. Some stories took a day or so; some took a week. There was no time constraint so we took as much of that free commodity as we needed.
But after a while, we changed the rules a little just to keep things interesting. Instead of writing about our childhood or recent pasts, we decided to write short story fiction. Same word count; same freedoms of style and content; still one-word titles submitted by each of us in rotation. Charles hit on a character he invented that I liked so much I encouraged him to write a novel around him. He is doing just that and it is going to be a jewel. And then enter my sons, Debo and Langdon. They got a hold of some of the stories of mine and insisted this should be a book. They produced the whole thing from scratch and here it is! Thanks to them Half and Half, is available as of today on the Statler website: www.statlerbrothers.com
But more important than any of this, I want to thank every one of you for your loyalty, love and friendship through the years. I hope each of you enjoy all of God’s good blessings this Christmas season and that you, your families and all of those you love have the most wonderful experiences you have ever known.
GOD BLESS YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!