Hi folks! Just checking-in. I have a fairly idyllic life, but that doesn’t mean Robert Reoch has time to write regularly. I abhor writing useless fodder just to take up space (like this). Who wants to read that?
Meanwhile, I’m still updating dozens of old posts that were transferred from my old blog. It’s a tedious process, but I don’t want to lose those earlier articles. I like to think that what I write has value.
Speaking of value, how about our president? Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, our country is being invaded by children—by the thousands. Even this is too much for the Obama administration to handle expeditiously. But let’s give it some time…like Syria (and umpteen other crises too numerous to bore you with right now).
Robert Reoch measures, beats, and sometimes whips ideas to death. Welcome to “Mind Pastry,” a bakery of thoughts from my mind to yours.
Robert Reoch is the Name
My last name, Reoch, is pronounced, Rē’–ŏck (rhymes with Reebok). That image of a piece of cake floating among the palm trees in my page banner is a slice from a red velvet cake that I actually baked! There’s more to Mind Pastry than just the analogy, though. I actually love pastry—and I bake it too!—but that’s another post.
Mind Pastry is Layered
I offer a dose of conscience to the Internet through many of my posts. I believe we have too many “reality TV” shows and deceptive news outlets in the media. Too often, issues are discussed from just one point of view in the news. Many pop “journalists” aren’t doing their homework. They aren’t getting out to the field to research their stories. Much of current reporting relies solely on popular social memes—mass hysteria, as I see it—rather than on verified facts and nuanced examination of the gray areas. Please, people, stop thinking only in black and white. Look for what’s in-between. Ask what is the back story you’re not getting from the media. I try to present layers and perspectives that encourage people to discover full truths. I live by three principles: Love, Truth, and Knowledge. I resent journalism that ignores these values in favor of ratings and profit. I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in Mind Pastry.
Robert Reoch Writes
I’ve written a couple of books of short stories under pen name, Robert George Reoch. I wrote my Travelers’ Shorts books with the traveler in mind, even though my stories not about travel. The idea was to provide short stories for the traveler who didn’t want to start a heavy novel. Short stories provide entertainment in manageable chunks for the person on the go. My short stories are written with taste and richness (just like pastry). These epic tales offer drama, adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. You can order them here:
Previously known as blog.robertgeorgereoch.com, I’m still reformatting some old posts that were moved to this new site. (GoDaddy eliminated their original blog platform and replaced it with this Word Press version.)
Robert Reoch is Robert George Reoch
I’m Robert Reoch, aka author Robert George Reoch. I’ve written and published two volumes of short stories under the title, Travelers’ Shorts. If you enjoy variety, drama, and humor, you’ll enjoy my short stories, but keep coming here for stimulating blog entries too. The list of categories is to the right. I’ve got a mind to speak about nearly everything, although I don’t write every day. I rant, babble, and educate—and sometimes pontificate—when in the mood. That’s how we do on blogs.
Mind Pastry Name
I love to cook and bake. My other hobbies include music, travel, and physical fitness. I’m also one of those genius folk who think a lot. I bake and I think; hence the title, “Mind Pastry.” Again, I don’t post on this blog frequently. My everyday life is ordinary (and busy) and I enjoy spending my time living rather than documenting every burp and fart here. If you want that, go to Facebook.
That’s what’s on my mind, for now. I think I’ll bake something.
Robert Reoch Visited the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial During Memorial Day Weekend
Robert Reoch, that’s me, aka Robert George Reoch took the train from Boston to New York City this past Memorial Day Weekend with his long time partner Joon. We stayed at the elegant Conrad (Hilton) hotel in Battery Park. We had a fabulous view and were just steps away from the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial. I’ve included a few photos in this post.
New York Memorial Day Weekend:
We won’t be base jumping this.
The Freedom Toweralso known as One World Trade Center, up close, seems smaller than any one of the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. In fact, the overall square footage is less, and it has fewer floors than either of the original towers. I found it underwhelming.
Remnants from an original tower reach upward toward the Freedom Tower.
From inside the 911 Museum, these remnants from one of the original World Trade Center towers seem to be reaching toward the new Freedom Tower outside.
Reflections on the Brooklyn Bridge
Here I am trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade (above). Reflected in my wicked awesome shades, notice Joon snapping the photo, and the distinctive architecture of the span.
Freedom Tower Topper: Antenna or Minaret?
Who designed the antenna? Intellectual honesty says it resembles strongly a Minaret.
Seeing the Freedom Tower up close for the first time, I am struck by the appearance of the antenna atop. If I’m being intellectually honest, the antenna clearly resembles that of a minaret (see left image above), which is the traditional tower on a Muslim mosque from where Muslims are called to prayer. I cannot possibly be the only person who has noticed this with concern. Is this structure complete as it is? Are they perhaps planning to streamline it with some type of architectural covering? Is it intended to resemble a minaret by design? What is the story here? I have been researching and have not yet found the answer. Apparently, a few separate creative entities have combined and cooperated to design and construct the antenna. I will continue to investigate and provide updates when I learn more. I’d love to be able to shed some light on this.
911 Memorial and Museum
I have a couple of final thoughts at this writing. The 911 Memorial with its World Trade Center Towers’ square-footprint-shaped pools of water cascading into a seemingly bottomless pit are a tad depressing. The water ultimately rushes down into those massive dark square holes in the center of each of the two pools. It evokes a sadness, even an echo of horror and loss, as though the victims are being drawn down into an abyss. Perhaps that is the intent, or maybe not. That’s just my impression.
The 911 Museum, on the other hand, is well thought-out. It pays tribute to victims in all three sites where jetliners were crashed due to the actions of radical Muslim terrorists. The remnants on display in the museum and the multimedia displays do well to convey the subject matter thoughtfully and with due respect.
Until next time, my deepest sympathies to victims, friends, and families of those lost on 9/11.
Travelers’ Shorts are my short stories. Although originally written with the traveler in mind, my short stories are for everyone. In fact, they’re not even about travel. I just thought travelers might enjoy reading short stories as opposed to a lengthy novel. Thus, the title: Travelers’ Shorts.
I used to travel on business often. I was never in the mood to begin a heavy book while jetting. I didn’t like reading long tomes on vacation time either. I craved something interesting to read (on a plane, train, boat, or bus) instead of the usual newsstand pulp and in-flight magazines. I realized that other people likely shared my sentiments too. Thus, I came up with the idea of writing short stories with the traveler in mind. I knew I could write interesting content. I had a flair for the dramatic and definitely a sense of humor that other travelers might appreciate. The results came pouring out.
I wrote several epic stories—if you can call a short story epic. Some are made-up, but most are based on real life experiences. They say, write about what you know. The truth is always more interesting. I’ve been around for a while. There’s been a lot gone on in my life that makes for first-rate story telling. You’ll be convinced when you read my books. You may find a bit of yourself in them too.
From Batman to Bobby Kennedy and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Scenarios in my tales go from mausoleums to outer space. From Southern California swimming pools to New England. There’s a rich mix of heroes, soaring icons, everyday slobs, and royalty.
My books are available in print as well as Ebook, including wireless delivery. Enjoy my short stories at your own pace, in your own time. You’ll want to read them again and again (unless I exposed you in one of my stories). Order today and see what’s inside my “Travelers’ Shorts.”
Bullyinghas reached new levels in the information age. Youths and adults use new tools in cowardly ways for the purpose of intimidation. Bullying has been a social ill long before cyber bullying. I wrote a short story about a tragedy involving a childhood friend of mine. The story, “John Brake’s Wars,” is based on true events. It’s about a friend of mine, a school aged boy named John Brake, who was relentlessly bullied in school while his father, a U.S. soldier, was away fighting in Vietnam.
We have seen an increase in this hostile behavior in recent years. Cyber bullying has given small minds effective tools with which to wreak havoc. The consequences are too often becoming deadly. The effects are always lasting.
“John Brake’s Wars” is just one of the short stories in my book, Travelers‘Shorts.
The reviews in the Movie Reviews section of this site are my impressions from viewing each film at least once. Being a film buff for over 30 years, I provide valid, relevant opinions as well as historical perspective. This archive will grow over time as I add more reviews from new films as well as older films (which I have previously compiled separately). I hope you find these interpretations useful and entertaining.
On this site, click on “Movie Reviews” under the Category Archives to read my movie reviews.
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Take your mind off those groping hands in pat downs and prying scans at airport security.
Take “Travelers’ Shorts” books with you and pass the time more quickly.
You can enjoy a clever short story in the time it takes you to wait in a long security line. Travelers’ Shorts makes the time go by quickly. Each book has a selection of engaging short stories that will take you out of the transit mode and into another more fascinating escape. These books are not travelogues or about travel. Instead, they are intended to read and enjoy while traveling, or anytime. Why start a heavy novel that you may not finish? Travelers’ Shorts gives you short stories you can enjoy, one-at-a-time. Read one or two, or all of them. You won’t be left with an unfinished novel when your travel is done, but you may still be thinking about these memorable stories long after.
Skip the usual newstand junk.
Take Travelers’ Shorts with you. Find both books in the series (thus far) at your favorite online bookstore. They are availabe online only. I suggest Amazon.
This is ALL about ME! … Ha! … No, not really, just kidding.
This blog provides items of interest for practically anyone. I started this blog mainly to draw attention to my published books of short stories, Travelers’ Shorts. You may notice I do not have any other advertising on this blog. There are plenty blogs created solely for the purpose of plastering their pages with ads in hopes of making money (which they don’t). This blog is not about ad space.
As you read my entries–there is so much good stuff–you will see that most of my posts are based on firsthand experience. I guarantee you’ll learn something, or at least be entertained (maybe even irked) by what you read here. We live in a busy world, so I may not update this blog on a daily basis, and I won’t post anything if I have nothing to say. I always keep my eyes open for interesting and stimulating anything to share on this blog, though, so check back often. If you feel moved by what you discover, or grateful for something useful found here, please feel free to show your appreciation by purchasing my books. They make great gifts too. If not, still take a look around anyway and please come back often to see what’s new here. I enjoy expressing myself. I think I make sense. I try to be relevant. That’s what blogs were intended for, originally.
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