Friday, July 10, 2020

Ten Favorite Driving Songs

These are not necessarily MY favorite ten driving songs but I'll bet they're someone's. I came up with this list off the top of my head and look, no Merle Haggard.

1. Little Deuce Coupe -- The Beach Boys
2. Highway to Hell -- AC/DC
3. Drive My Car -- The Beatles
4. Mercury Blues -- Steve Miller
5. Long White Cadillac -- Dwight Yoakam
6. Highway to the Danger Zone -- Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock, Kenny Loggins
7. Pink Cadillac -- Bruce Springsteen
8. Further On Up the Road/Too Rolling Stoned -- Robin Trower
9. Runnin' On Empty -- Jackson Browne
10. Life in the Fast Lane -- The Eagles

Monday, July 6, 2020

Allow yourself to believe in the truth. Stop believing in lies.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 4th

4th of July, 2020! From the looks of all the people in the parks and in the campgrounds and in the river beating the heat, it looks like this Independence Day is filled with patriots. People are still taking time off, cooking BBQ, swilling beer, and reassuring one another that America is still the greatest country in the world.

I'd be down on the river too but my girlfriend told me to quit stalking her.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Smolif Audiobook

Smolif by Thomas C. Stone and narrated by Don Alfredano, is now available for sale as an audiobook at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Smolif traces the fortunes of Contra Marlo, a retired, alcoholic security specialist. Contra was the best before he dropped out and became a full-time drunk. When a Braithwaite company rep offers him a job, Marlo must deal with sobriety, inexperienced team members, a lack of information, as well as the dangers of an alien world and the man who would be king of that world. Here's a link to the Amazon page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Solsbury Hill Redux


[Verse 1]
Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen, had no choice

[Chorus 1]
I did not believe the information
I just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom boom
"Son," he said
"Grab your things, I've come to take you home"

[Verse 2]
To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Though my life was in a rut
'Til I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut

[Chorus 2]
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey," he said
"Grab your things, I've come to take you home"
Ay, back home

[Verse 3]
When illusion spin her net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me

[Chorus 3]
Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey," I said
"You can keep my things, they've come to take me home."

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here Is What You Gotta Do To Survive

All right. This is the last time I'm going to tell you. If you want to live, listen up. Here we go, by the numbers. In regard to Covid-19:

1. Basically, you can't leave the house for any reason, but if you have to, then you can.

2. Masks are useless, but maybe you have to wear one, it can save you, it is useless, but maybe it is mandatory as well.

3. Stores are closed, except those that are open.

4. You should not go to hospitals unless you have to go there. Same applies to doctors, you should only go there in case of emergency, provided you are not too sick.

5. This virus is deadly but still not too scary, except that sometimes it actually leads to a global disaster.

6. Gloves won't help, but they can still help.

7. Everyone needs to stay HOME, but it's important to GO OUT.

8. There is no shortage of groceries in the supermarket, but there are many things missing when you go there in the evening, but not in the morning. Sometimes.

9. The virus has no effect on children except those it affects.

10. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one had been tested, plus a few tigers here and there…

11. You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you can also get sick without symptoms, have symptoms without being sick, or be contagious without having symptoms. Oh, my..

12. In order not to get sick, you have to eat well and exercise, but eat whatever you have on hand and it's better not to go out, well, but no…

13. It's better to get some fresh air, but you get looked at very wrong when you get some fresh air, and most importantly, you don't go to parks or walk. But don’t sit down, except that you can do that now if you are old, but not for too long or if you are pregnant (but not too old).

14. You can't go to retirement homes, but you have to take care of the elderly and bring food and medication.

15. If you are sick, you can't go out, but you can go to the pharmacy.

16. You can get restaurant food delivered to the house, which may have been prepared by people who didn't wear masks or gloves. But you have to have your groceries decontaminated outside for 3 hours. Pizza too?

17. Every disturbing article or disturbing interview starts with " I don't want to trigger panic, but…"

18. You can't see your older mother or grandmother, but you can take a taxi and meet an older taxi driver.

19. You can walk around with a friend but not with your family if they don't live under the same roof.

20. You are safe if you maintain the appropriate social distance, but you can’t go out with friends or strangers at the safe social distance.

21. The virus remains active on different surfaces for two hours, no, four, no, six, no, we didn't say hours, maybe days? But it takes a damp environment. Oh no, not necessarily.

22. The virus stays in the air - well no, or yes, maybe, especially in a closed room, in one hour a sick person can infect ten, so if it falls, all our children were already infected at school before it was closed. But remember, if you stay at the recommended social distance, however in certain circumstances you should maintain a greater distance, which, studies show, the virus can travel further, maybe.

23. We count the number of deaths but we don't know how many people are infected as we have only tested so far those who were "almost dead" to find out if that's what they will die of…

24. We have no treatment, except that there may be one that apparently is not dangerous unless you take too much (which is the case with all medications). Orange man bad.

25. We should stay locked up until the virus disappears, but it will only disappear if we achieve collective immunity, so when it circulates… but we must no longer be locked up for that?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter 2020

It's Easter again. Easter holiday for the year 2020. Looking back, I remember thinking how old I would be in 2020 and I was right. I am old. To tell the truth, I didn't expect to make it this far. I mean, I'm not a careful guy. I've taken a number of foolish gambles and although many did not pay off, somehow I survived.

Thinking about Easter, I haven't always been a Christian believer, either. Nope. I was brought up in the Baptist church but I always had my doubts. The story of Jesus is a big pill to swallow. Basically, it's belief in a reality that is different from what one sees. The material world reveals itself as solid, steady, even unyielding in its physical rules and limitations. You can't turn water into wine and you've got to eat to live. Right? Seein's believin', that's what I used to say.

However, I was always interested in physics and atomic theory and stuff like that. All that studying and cogitating on the universe brought me to realize things are not as they appear. Although I had my doubts, I slowly began to see that human understanding of the material world is limited. We don't know everything that is going on, we don't hear everything, nor do we feel everything. We can't. It's beyond our capabilities.

Within the mind, language arises from thought and ideas, but those things arise from desire and emotion -- from nothing. We are moved by spirit. We are vessels for the realized action of spirit.

If Jesus rose from the dead, then the world is as He said it was and is vastly larger than we can see: it is not limited to the physical world. Much more would have to exist beyond what we can detect. But that's what all the hulabaloo is about. That is, whether you believe there is more to the world and the universe than you can see or even comprehend. And that's what I believe.

Hey, I'm an educated guy. Additionally, I'm old. I've done things I can't believe I've experienced, yet I'm still around to tell the tale. Furthermore, if you want to write me off as just another ignorant buffoon, I suppose you can do that. However, it's at your own risk. Just don't be so quick to think you came up with all the answers on your own. Because you didn't.

Have a Happy Easter and think about the notion that Jesus Christ came into the world to let us know we don't have to act like animals. If you believe, then it is so. Have faith. The rewards are mind-blowing.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dogs (and Cats)

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them..

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.

Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up'.The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveller asked.

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'

'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in..'

'How about my friend here?' the traveller gestured to the dog.

There should be a bowl by the pump.'

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveller filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked.

This is Heaven,' he answered.

'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I'm an Old Cowhand

Well, I'm in the emergency room now. Ugh! Today was not a good day at all. I decided to go horseback riding, to ease the boredom... something I haven't done in awhile. It turned out to be a big mistake!

I got on the horse and started out fine. Nice and slow, but then we went a little faster. Before I knew it, we were going as fast as the horse could go. I couldn't take the pace and fell off. I caught my foot in the stirrup with the horse dragging me. It wouldn't stop. Hit my head, banged up my back and elbow pretty good and tore my shirt.

Thank goodness the manager at Toys-R-Us came out and unplugged the machine. But, he had the nerve to take the rest of my change so I wouldn't ride the Elephant or Motorcycle. I was also banned from the Merry-Go-Round.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Truth

Okay, maybe so, but you don't have to yell!

Facetime!


Hello. I just wanted to ask my readers (both of them) that while they're pandemically lounging around the house with nothing to do, they might as well surf over to www.thomascstone.com and purchase one of my novels. Or all of them. It's a good time to be catching up on neglected reading. If you didn't know already, my books are available in either paperback or digital medium (ebooks). A couple are even available as audiobooks. Happy reading!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Truth Is...

The truth is... you can't believe anything you see, hear, or read these days. If you base your logic and perceptions on what some talking head has told you, you've officially transformed into a lemming. So, the problem is, how does one go about thinking for one's self, especially if the data that is parceled out to the general public is faulty -- and you can bank on it that it is.

How can we make good decisions in our daily lives? I mean, is the market headed up or down? Should I buy or sell? Should I go to college or should I find a dead-end job? Does she love me or does she just like my pick-up truck? Am I too fat? Should I cut my hair? Should I always try to be honest or is it all right to take shortcuts by lying, cheating, and stealing? Everybody else does. Why shouldn't I be selfish too? Does God exist? Why can't I see him? Or her? Who can I trust?


The truth is... nobody can give us the answers to those questions. You've got to figure it out for yourself. Sometimes you're going to make mistakes; sometimes you're going to make the wrong choices. Make them often enough and this life you call your own will be cut short. So, considering all this bad news, what are you going to do?

Well, you can improve your chances for success (Ah, success! That is a term to be defined in another essay.) by learning to think clearly and by avoiding the many poisons and traps this material world has to offer. Only you can determine how much risk you want to take. Only you can determine what direction you want to go. Just where do you put your energy so that the returns are the greatest? You can research, pay for professional advice, learn through hard knocks, or learn to be satisfied with living in a hole which may get you out of the line of fire but you'll wallow in the dirt with the rest of the pigs.

Remember this. When it comes to human affairs and the dynamics of life on the planet, there is nothing new under the sun. If you think you are the first to experience a particular emotion or to be caught committing a crime, please check yourself. Whatever is happening to you has happened to others a countless number of times. Admittedly, you need a guide. We all do. However, parents, friends, and teachers can lead you astray. You can't trust the company you work for; after all, they're just using you. You can only believe the schools only so far because propaganda and socialization is what drives the machine. And your friends are just like you: selfish and needy.

So how does one learn anything of value? Here's a tip: work on balancing your nature, your natural tendencies, with established systems of discipline and wisdom. If you want to be an engineer, study mathmetics and physics. If you want to be a minister, read the Bible. If you want to be a medical doctor, study biological sciences. Once you've become an expert in your field, do not make the mistake of thinking your expertise automatically qualifies you to be an expert in other areas.

It's difficult to stop being so judgmental. I mean, you can be biased towards the lessons of your own experiences, but you should not cling to your biases or your desires. Be flexible. Be like water, says Bruce Lee.

The truth is... you'll never know everything, but there will be times in your life when you think you do. When you catch yourself with a busy mind and find that you're making decisions for everyone around you, maybe it's time to slow down. You're not as important or as smart as you think you are. Acting as if you are the center of the universe is a lot to take on. Relax.

Lastly, in the words of the Great Lebowski, remember this, "That's just your opinion, man."


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Thought this would go well with TommyBoy's last post.

Not to Hurt

Not to Hurt
by St. Francis of Assisi

Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals)
Is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.
We have a higher mission:
To be of service to them whenever they require it.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sandy Pearl Audiobook Release

Sandy Pearl and the Blades has been released as an audiobook! Follow this link to get a subscription at Audible and purchase the book. Also available as a paperback or ebook at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble, Apple, and other fine online book retailers.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Two More of Stone's Books Into Audiobook Production

Two more of my books are now in audiobook production! Smolif and To The Stars will be available as audiobooks sometime this Spring. Release dates are pending but the contracts have been inked and the process has begun. Don Alfredano will be the voice of Contra Marlo in Smolif and Stacey Krejci will narrate for To The Stars and become the voice of the young Harry Irons. I am very excited and looking forward to hearing the new offerings. I hope you are too!

Friday, February 14, 2020

For TommyBoy


The Cane Patch Collectors at Audible

The Cane Patch Collectors is written by Thomas C. Stone and narrated by George Johnson.

Murder in small town Texas. It's tough being a single mom. But it's also tough being the only son of a single mom when your dad is dead and you're the new kid in school. To make matters worse, kids are disappearing in your small town and surrounding county. All you want is to have a normal life. Good luck with that.

The Cane Patch Collectors is suitable for a general audience and is available as an audio book at Amazon and Audible!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hello, Goodbye



And the Winner Is...

Big surprise! Not really. Joaquin Phoenix snags Oscar for Best Actor.


Best representation ever of me at 16 getting released from Sunday School.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Smolif in Paperback or eBook

Smolif (by Thomas C. Stone) is a sci-fi tale about Contra Marlo, a retired, alcoholic, security specialist. Contra was the best before he dropped out and became a full-time drunk. When a company rep offers him an off-planet job, Marlo must deal with sobriety, inexperienced team members, and a lack of information -- as well as the dangers of an alien world and the man who would be king of that world. PG-13.

I got the idea to write Smolif from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness -- the story of a company man traveling to the wildest parts of 19th century Africa to confront another company man who had gone rogue and whose methods of quelling the natives in order to facilitate trade had become "unsound". If you may recall, Apocalypse Now -- the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola Vietnam war movie -- was also based on Conrad's original novel.

Smolif is available in either industrial paperback or ebook form.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Review of Important Stuff Socrates Thought by Dr. Glenn Rogers

I ran across Dr. Glenn Rogers on LinkedIn as I was looking to reconnect with a cousin of mine. I don't know much about Rogers except that he taught philosophy at the university level. Once in a while, he'll offer an ebook in a free giveaway and so that's how I came to get a copy of Important Stuff Socrates Thought (The Important Stuff Philosophical Series Book 1).

The book is not terribly long -- it took me about two and half days to get through it reading at an on-and-off pace. It is written in an easy-to-understand style with a simple layout. As the title suggests, it is about the Greek philosopher, Socrates, or rather, what Socrates had on his mind, as well as his method of discourse which was mostly made up of a strategy of questions designed to influence inductive reasoning into discovering the truth of the matter.

What matter, you might ask? Well, the matter of anything (or everything), but suffice to say mainly the big questions. Like, who or what are we? Why are we here? What's the world all about? How are we to proceed?

Rogers reminds us that Socrates was among the world's most important thinkers when it came to those kinds of questions and it was his direct influence that led to conclusions by his understudies, i.e., Plato and Aristotle. Now, I was a philosophy student in college and so I am familiar with Socrates and many of the earlier Greek philosophers but I can say Rogers' book was a great refresher for me and has renewed my interest in classical philosophy and what I consider the roots of logic, reason, and even the cornerstones of civilization. The truth is, you just can't understand western civilization without studying a little Socrates.

If you do not know much about Greek philosophy (or philosophy in general), Important Stuff Socrates Thought is a great place to start. I enjoyed it so much, I plan to follow up by reading the next book in Dr. Rogers' series.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Down the Rabbithole...

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Hi there.

The first book in The Xylanthian Chronicles by Thomas C. Stone is entitled Xylanthia. Catchy, huh? It's a big book, big enough so even if you sat up all night reading, you probably wouldn't finish it before the sun came up. Plus, like I said, it's the first book in a trilogy so if you do commit to it and read it all the way through, you'll likely want to read the following two books.

So what is the Xylanthia story anyway? Good question. Well, it's a sci-fi thriller set in a future nearly 400 years from now. You may be surprised to learn that in many ways it is similar to the present; that is, human affairs are still governed by intrigue and conspiracy and competition. Space travel and exploration is a big thing in the future and we've finally figured out how to get to other star systems. One thing we haven't figured out is how to survive once we get there. That's what Xylanthia is about -- how a team of scientists and explorers manage to unravel the mysteries surrounding the binary system at Sirius while being picked off by a hostile alien environment.

Yet, that's not even the half of it. The Xylanthia books are a wild ride down the rabbithole into an adventure that will stretch your imagination. If you love science fiction and an original story, you'll love The Xylanthian Chronicles.

The Xylanthian Chronicles is a three book set comprised of Xylanthia, Return to Xylanthia, and The Galactic Center. Each book is available in either industrial paperback or as an ebook and can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble, Apple and other fine online book retailers. As in incentive, the price has been lowered for the ebook version of Xylanthia to just $2.99 for an entire month! So, please, order your copy today and begin an astounding reading experience.

As always, happy reading!

Saturday, January 4, 2020


Stateline Blues


"Stateline Blues"

Fancy Dan, gamblin' man
Top hat of the peanut man
Talk about your pot of gold
With a silver linin'

Tumblin' dice, hit it twice
Boats and the flushes, they sure look nice
On a pot of gold with a silver linin'

State line give you hard times, stay too long
Goodbye, pretty women
I ain't stayin' on, come on

Get a hunch, bet a bunch
Come to gamble, better pack a lunch
For a pot of gold with a silver linin'

Less you bet when you stayin' in
The more you lose even when you win
On a pot of gold with a silver linin'

You don't know when to stop
Lady Luck, she gonna see you're taught
That there ain't no pot of gold and no silver linin'

Easy money can make you mad
Come too quick turn a good man bad
For a pot of gold with a silver linin'

Gamblin' man, Fancy Dan
Top hat of the peanut man
Talk about your pot of gold
In the silver linin'

Thursday, January 2, 2020

“Book-buyers aren’t attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages.” -- Stephen King