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  1. John Alexander Says:

    Hello,
    this message is for the person identified as “alte Dreckfotzen” who has chat-live-de
    Yes, of course, feel free to review the novel- and the story- for chat-live.de
    Sincerely,
    John Alexander

  2. John Alexander Says:

    A Note to Shonna Bungy-
    You ask why I removed your previous post. As I have said in an earlier post of my own, this section is not the place to post ads. There is a tab at the homepage that will put you in contact with the person handling ads for the website.
    Again, that said, I understand that some degree of advertizing is going to make its way into this section. However, a posting that says- “Nice post” and is then followed by a nine line ad will be removed.
    Sincerely,
    John Alexander

  3. John Alexander Says:

    Hello Readers-
    To answer some of your questions; the website was professionally done. Personally, we know nothing about how the process works. Perhaps, if you pen a comment directed at the Webmaster, they might supply you with the technical information that you need.
    Regarding spam; yes, we do get some spam. It almost tends to vary by the day. Some days, nothing, some days, there’s a bunch. I think that it kind of goes with the territory; you provide an opportunity to comment, and some people will spam you.
    Regarding the RSS feeds; keep in mind that sometimes a reader is at a loss for something to say, although they do want to say something. Perhaps the best that they can do is simply to copy over someone elses comment. Do know, though, we do try to clean up the comment section a couple of times a day.
    To those of you who have asked, the blog was up and running in November of 2008.
    A question to Mr. Harrison Wadzinski, what language(s) are you thinking of translating portions of the novel into?
    Now, a couple of questions, in general, for all of our readers.
    We would like to know which character(s) in the novel was/were your favorite character(s)? Why? Which character(s) in the novel was/were your least favorite character(s)? Why?
    And, to close, to all of our faithful readers and followers, we wish you a most happy holiday season.
    Sincerely,
    John Alexander
    Jeremy Michaels
    (The Authors)

  4. John Alexander Says:

    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Do know, that we have tried as much as possible to make the novel “virtual in place.” What this means, is that in many instances you could take the novel in hand and actually go to the places described in the novel.
    Also, beginning with Chapter One of the novel, one of the main characters is the writer, Steve Jeremy.
    What you have here is a Google Map link to the neighborhood in which Steve Jeremy lives.
    Feel free to visit, walk the streets and imagine yourself in Steve’s shoes.
    Enjoy.
    John Alexander
    Jeremy Michaels
    (The Authors)

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=N+Manor+Ave+%26+W+Windsor+Ave,+Chicago,+Cook,+Illinois+60625&vps=1&jsv=304d&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.02306,56.337891&ie=UTF8&ct=clnk&cd=1&geocode=FXxRgAIdztLF-g&split=0

  5. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    remember, previous updates can be found at our posts dated-
    1/2/11
    and
    1/4/11
    HERE’S A NEW UPDATE-
    The Irish Government is investigating the matter of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland for women and girls. Go to any search engine and enter either one of the following-
    (1) Magdalene Laundries in Ireland
    (2) Magdalene Asylums in Ireland
    There is a piece on You Tube where one of the women in one of the laundries does an interview. Her name is Karen Coleman.
    Also, for those of you who want to rent/find the movie-
    Peter Mullan’s film, “The Magdalene Sisters” is about the laundries.
    Best Wishes,
    John Alexander
    Jeremy Michaels
    (The Authors)

  6. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Thank-you for your time, support and comments. They are all very much appreciated.
    As a footnote, a reference to previous “UPDATES” can be found at my post on January 13, 2011 at 5:00AM.
    Here is a link to an incredibly comprehensive site on the subject of clerical abuse. The website is
    http://www.bishop-accountability.org
    It has a wealth of information including databases, survivors’ accounts, timelines- and more.
    Finally, do remember to share our website with your friends, acquaintances, co-workers, family members and loved-ones.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  7. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link for a story that reports that the Vatican told Church officials in Ireland not to report abuse instances to the police.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110118/ap_on_re_eu/eu_ireland_catholic_abuse

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  8. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Please find a link, below, to a news story dealing with the Vatican’s clarification to a previous story regarding advice to Irish bishops about reporting clerical abuse to the police.
    The link to this previous story can be found at my comment of January 19, 2011 at 4:38AM.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110119/ap_on_re_eu/eu_ireland_catholic_abuse

    Sincerely,
    John Alexander

  9. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Thank-you, again, for all of your comments.
    To begin, be sure to scroll back to my comments on UPDATES at
    1-13-11 at 5:00 AM
    and
    1-18-11 at 9:57 PM
    Next, do find below a link to an article in THE NEW YORK TIMES which speaks to the the fact that clerical abuse is wide-ranging across religions.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/13/national/13LUTH.html%3C/a

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  10. John Alexander Says:

    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Thanks, again, for all the positive feedback. Also, do remember to check out my comment of January 24, 2011 at 10:40 PM about the pervasiveness of clerical abuse across religions. And, in the spirit of even-handedness about this phenomenon, periodically, I will be providing links to the matter of clerical abuse in other religions.
    On a different matter, I am curious as to what everyone thinks about the comment by Gay Cam Chat on January 25, 2011 at 3:33PM?
    Do let us know.
    As always,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  11. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As I mentioned, yesterday, about providing a periodic link to the phenomenon of clerical abuse across religious beliefs, here is a link- a resource- regarding said phenomenon in the Anglican Church.

    http://www.reformation.com/CSA/episcopalianabuse.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  12. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an UPDATE on the novel.
    As you know, in Chapter 1 of A VOW OF SILENCE (VOS), Steve receives a telephone call from- who for now we will know and identify as- The Caller, and they talk for quite some time.
    In Chapter 2 of VOS, Steve has an opportunity to sit back and think about the Caller’s voice, specifically, his accent. Steve is trying to determine where the Caller’s accent might be from so as to try and figure out where he might be calling from.
    Now, although it was not explicitly written in the novel, it is highly probable-and inescapably likely- that Steve visits the Speech Accent Archive of George Mason University so as to try and get some idea- some near-to-match with the Caller’s accent.
    I have provided a link to that website as follows-

    http://accent.gmu.edu/

    Please feel free to visit the Speech Accent Archive and see if you can test some of Steve’s hypotheses, and link the telephone dialogue of VOS Chapter 1 to the accent that Steve thinks belongs to the Caller.
    After that, do continue to explore the Speech Accent Archive.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  13. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards matters of clerical abuse in Ireland, the Vatican decided on an Apostolic Visitation.
    Here is a link regarding this decision.

    http://www.vatican.va/resources/resources_irlanda-inizio-visita-2010_en.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  14. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards this last comment and the first question-
    “What are you trying to say here?”
    We’re not trying to say anything. We’re simply just telling a story. That’s all.
    As regards question number two-
    “What do you want us to think?”
    What we want is for everyone who interfaces with our story to- think for themselves. We’re not trying to get you to think anything. Think for yourself; think what you want- be creative; explore the website and the updates; ask yourself questions; “go” to some of the places that the story and the UPDATES lead you.
    We appreciate the fact that you asked us these two questions, and we hope that our answers help illuminate the very real possible intent- on our part- that we were not trying to get behind a unique thought. That’s not why we wrote the novel.
    But, again, everyone has their own opinion and we do appreciate the fact that you shared your opinion.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  15. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, thank-you for your comments.
    Here is a link to the report of “The Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse”
    (the Ryan Commission)
    in Ireland
    that examines the phenomenon of clerical abuse in Ireland.

    http://www.childabusecommission.ie/

    Again, as always,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  16. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, again, with the intent to be fair-handed and unbiased in my posts, here is one about a law firm that focuses- in general- on clerical abuse.

    http://www.nyclergyabuse.com/?gclid=CKuEhcS476YCFUlN4AodLWX2IA

    Perhaps you might know someone who needs to speak with this kind of specialist.
    Again, as always, take care,
    John Alexander

  17. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story that continues to demonstrate that the phenomenon of clerical abuse is not the exclusive behavior of any one particular religious belief.

    http://www.lohud.com/article/20110129/NEWS02/101290371/-1/newsfront/West-Harrison-minister-charged-with-rape

    As always,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  18. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Thank-you for visiting, reading and all that you have said.
    Here is another link for more information about clerical abuse.

    http://clericalabusewatch.blogspot.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  19. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you have undoubtedly noticed, I have often used the phrase “clerical abuse” when commenting on- or providing a link for- the phenomenon in question.
    Here is a link that adds another dimension to the matter of “clerical abuse.”

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110202/NEWS01/110202026/Priest-charged-with-embezzling-parish-funds

    As always,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  20. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a matter of clerical abuse in Philadelphia.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110211_Grand-jury_report_on_abuse_targets_priests__teacher__even_a_cardinal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  21. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an interesting alleged occurrence in the clerical abuse phenomenon.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/archbishop_dolan_funds_be_deposed_SNRSRNABYFy20Jm33cn39O?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=

    As always,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  22. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from a clerical abuse circumstance in Los Angeles.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/us/12abuse.html?_r=1&hpw

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  23. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This UPDATE post is an update on the novel. As you know, in Chapter 2 of ” A Vow of Silence.” Steve sits down at his computer and decides to bring up the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The way he does this is by going to the link that I have provided below. At the Kidon Media Link you can find- and visit- media outlets in any country in the world. Further, the site is organized by regions of the world as well as by a number of languages. Further, in some instances- particularly in the U.S.- you can also search by city.
    So, what this means is if, for example, you want to know what, say, Egyptian arabic or english publications are saying about what is happening in Egypt, you can go to Kidon and do that.

    http://www.kidon.com/media-link/

    I hope that you find it both interesting and helpful.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  24. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right- I tried- for the sake of even-handedness- to include both this post and the next post in the same post. I tried to do this so as to try and not seem like I have a preference or a bias or an ax to grind- which I do not. However and alas, my tecnological skills are lacking. So, here out of alphabetic- religious- order is the first post that covers another dimension of clerical abuse.

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial_opinion/gary_rosenblatt/decade_later_more_willingness_confront_rabbinic_abuse

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  25. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the second post that I mentioned in the above post. There is a point to all of this- there is a question that I am going to put forward, tomorrow.
    But, for the moment, this post brings us up to speed on the three religions that seem to be in the forefront- at the moment- in the world. Christianity (see my previous posts), Judaism and Islam.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1568/is_11_36/ai_n13493258/

    The question will be forthcoming, tomorrow.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  26. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a follow-up to the link I provided on February 13, 2011 at 4:30AM-

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/02/14/archbishop-dolan-hidden-funds-accusation-ludicrous/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  27. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards my comments of
    (1) February 14, 2011 at 5:54 AM
    and
    (2) Febraury 14, 2011 at 6:01 AM,
    here is the question-

    We have seen that clerical sexual abuse is a phenomenon that occurs in a number of different faiths.
    Why is it that they do it?

    I look forward to your thoughts.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  28. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an UPDATE on the light side.
    As you know, Steve Jeremy- the writer and one of the novel’s main characters- lives in Chicago and does frequent Mick’s Bar. Yet, there are times when Steve goes downtown- to “The Loop”- and when he is there he makes it a point to stop in- ‘drop down to’ because it is below the current street level- the original Billy Goat Tavern.

    http://www.billygoattavern.com/

    Do enjoy visiting their website and reading about the history and the fame of the Billy Goat.
    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  29. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In response to the comment by Humberto-
    yes, I am working on Facebook and once that is up and going I will be working on Twitter.
    It may take a bit of time, so, I ask you to be patient.
    By the way- for anyone- don’t worry about your english- just talk to us.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  30. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Obviously- because of the nature of the transgression- the sexual abuse of young boys and girls is the most egregious form of clerical abuse.
    Yet, as I posted on
    February 11, 2011 at 7:51PM
    and
    February 13, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    embezzlement also seems to be occurring.
    Here is an informative link.

    http://www.churchsecurity.info/index_files/Page313.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  31. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, one of our main characters- the writer, Steve Jeremy- lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He is proud of his city and what it has accomplished.
    Here is a link from Wikipedia that gives you an overview of the city of Chicago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  32. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you have seen through a number of my links, the phenomenon of clerical abuse is not just the sexual abuse of young children by Catholic priests. It is a phenomenon that crosses religious beliefs- and it is a symptom that involves- as my links have demonstrated- a myriad of behaviors. Yet, the R. C. Church gets the focus. Is that because it is more centralized than most other religions, and thus- almost- becomes a so-called magnet unto itself?
    Personaly, I don’t know. But, we will continue to explore the phenomenon of what we can call “men in power.”
    Yes, “men in power.” Should we think that because they are a priest or a rabbi or an imam or a minister, that they are unlike a Spitzer, a Sanford, an Edwards or a Chris Lee? And, here, I’m just addressing things in the U.S. I don’t suppose that I need to say more about people in power than the word- Italy- and what is being pursued over there.
    So, Readers and Those Who Comment- get back to me, tell me what you think. Let’s try and get to the bottom of this both religiously and politically, because, although one may wear a collar- or whatever- and the other may not, often, is not, the outcome the same?
    Let me know.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  33. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In a previous post I linked you to Wikipedia information about Steve Jeremy’s hometown- Chicago.
    Here is a link to some images from his hometown.
    I hope that you find them interesting.
    Try and picture Steve Jeremy- when he has some free time from writing- going to, visiting, spending time- being in and- at some of these places.

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=chicago,+illinois&rlz=1R2ACEW_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&sa=X&ei=7dhiTZO-GYuugQfivpS3Ag&ved=0CGIQsAQ

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  34. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Anyone who has gone through my comments- and the links that I’ve provided on the matter of the range of clerical abuse behaviors- will know that I have tried to be even-handed, that is, I have included links that discuss the phenomenon of clerical abuse as something that is pervasive across religions.
    So, in the continuing spirit and attempt at even-handedness, here is a new link that you might find interesting.

    http://www.shasta.com/sphaws/pastors.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  35. John Alexander Says:

    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Thank-you for all the nice things that you have been saying.
    There is more to come.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  36. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link for you to browse, review and consider was on the serious side.
    This link will relate to the novel and be on the very, very light side;
    as you have undoubtedly discovered- in Chapter 1 of “A Vow of Silence,”
    Steve’s favorite drink is Southern Comfort. Yet, what Steve does not share or disclose to us readers is that aside from drinking it straight, Steve also takes the time to cook with Southern Comfort. Below is a recipe that Steve uses to create a Southern Comfort dessert.
    Actually, you may want to try it yourself- and if you do, be sure to let us know what you think of it.

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1710,148175-254200,00.html

    Have fun
    and
    take care,
    John Alexander

  37. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Starting with January 2011, I will begin posting a monthly list regarding the times that I’ve made a comment and/or shared a link. That way, all you have to to is check for the monthly compilation and scroll back by date and time.
    January 2, 2011/12:25AM- Comment
    January 4, 2011/7:28AM- Link
    January 13, 2011/5:00AM- Comment
    January 18, 2011/9:57PM- Comment
    January 19, 2011/4:38AM- Link
    Janaury 19, 2011/11:34 PM- Link
    Janaury 24, 2011/10:40PM- Link
    January 26, 2011/4:24AM- Comment
    January 27, 2011/1:44AM- Link
    January 29, 2011/6:57AM- Link
    January 30, 2011/6:58AM- Link
    January 31, 2011/4:01AM- Comment
    I hope that this makes your review and examination much easier.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  38. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, as you now know from the comments that I have made here and the links that I have provided, it is very important to see clerical abuse as both comprehensive and far-reaching- over-arching- if you will.
    Here is a link to the phenomenon of clerical abuse in Buddhism.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/21/us/21beliefs.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&sq=zen&st=cse&scp=2

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  39. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I’m really taken with all that you have to say!
    Thank-you!
    For those who ask if they can share the website- yes, by all means do feel free to share what you find here.
    Again, thank-you
    and
    take care,
    John Alexander

  40. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A number of readers have commented in different ways about the RSS Feed. I spoke with the webmaster about this and this is what they told me-
    “The ‘A Vow of Silence’ website is set up for you the reader to subscribe to a RSS Feed. If you are having problems picking up the RSS Feed in any way, please, first, check on the matter of you browser’s compatibility with our website.”
    I hope this helps out those of you with RSS Feed issues.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  41. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from a very interesting site posted by the Fuller Theological Seminary regarding recovery from abuse.
    As you know from my comments and the links that I’ve provided, we have been looking into and surveying a number of types of abuse. So, what I perasonally found very fascinating at this link is their discussion about the concept of “spiritual abuse.”

    http://www.recoveryfromabuse.com/

    I hope that you find this information interesting- do let me know.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  42. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Reader and Those Who Comment-
    So, there have been a good number of comments made about the fact that the website should include photos/videos.
    Okay, I hear you, so let me propose the following-
    for anyone who wants to be either a still photographer and/or if you want to create a “mini-series”- here is your chance;
    start with the beginning of the first chapter and present to all of us- all of us readers- your still interpretation of what is going on and/or you video interpretation of what is going on in the first chapter.
    OKAY! So, now the rules!
    (1) Keep it to the first chapter- ONLY! (you’ll get your chance to move on to the other chapters later);
    (2) you don’t have to include the first chapter totally; what I mean by this is that you can submit a series of 30 second to three minute- AND I MEAN THIS!- “shorts” about what is going on in the first chapter;
    (3) for you; what you do is totally and completely your property; do with it what you want; if, in the future, you want to strike some sort of deal with us about some sort of world-wide, multi-national interpretation of the novel as either stills or videos, well, I’m open to that;
    (4) send your stuff as a link to us at-
    weareinshabbona@yahoo.com
    Hey, be inventive, be creative- astound us, entrance us- amaze us- hey, let’s make this a fun experience!
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  43. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    To The Idiots Who Keep Sending Us All of This Worthless Spam-
    Yeah, yeah, I know, you really think its cute and that you think that you’re really busting our butts.
    For your information- aside from anything else- you’re just helping us out by jacking up our numbers. That’s all.
    John Alexander

  44. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you can see by all of the worthless spam that has begun to appear as comments, someone is trying to undermine, sabotage and derail our free-flow of comments, reactions, thoughts and links.
    Do know that we are working to correct this problem.
    I believe that by sending all of this absurd spam someone is deeply threatened by what we are doing. Why else would someone send 488 spam comments during the overnight?
    Talk to you soon,
    John Alexander

  45. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I thank you for the sentiments you have expressed regarding the effort that is the “A Vow of Silence” website. They mean a lot.
    So, here is a new link that relates to the novel.
    In “A Vow of Silence”- Chapter 2, Steve is visited by an evangelical couple. Thet talk and exchange and Steve truly feels like they have helped him in his quest.
    There are many spiritual out-reach groups in Chicago. One that you might find interesting- almost on a world-wide basis- is the Pacific Gardens.
    This is an extremely interesting site in many ways. First and foremost it gives the reader a really thorough look at a group that is dedicated to helping people. Thet have a place where someone can make a “Prayer Request;” there is a free story booklet that you can request; and they are the source of the long-standing radio program, called, “Unshackled.”
    You can explore the “Unshacked” broadcasts in a couple of ways. One, you can go to the website and click on the tab, labeled, “Listen Online.”
    There you will find the radio programs archived for listening access. Another more intriguing way to access the show is to go to the website and click on the tab, labeled, “Radio Log.” By doing that you can find an “Unshacked” broadcast in your home country- and you your native language.
    As a special note, I know that this website gets a good number of visitors from Poland. Well, readers in Poland might find it interesting that the Pacific Gardens has an ongoing “Polish Ministry for the Polish Population of Chicago.” This population, by the way, numbers over 1,000,000.
    So, this is a site with lots to offer- I hope that you find it interesting.

    http://www.pgm.org/

    Do let me know what you find most interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  46. John Alexander Says:

    Hello, Again, Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yes, yes, I know- I made a mistake- and either I re-do the entire previous comment or simply admit to it here and now. The name of the radio show is-
    “Unshackled”
    not- as I happened to type in a couple of times- “Unshacked”
    Sorry about that.
    Just know, that although I do try, I have never pretended to be an editor.
    Take care and have a good weekend,
    John Alexander

  47. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a clerical abuse UPDATE from Italy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/world/europe/05briefs-Italy.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  48. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an UPDATE from the ongoing clerical abuse scandal in Philadelphia.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/us/05church.html?_r=2

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  49. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have read that many of you have been asking for the novel to be formatted so that the Universal Translator (UT) could be used for the chapters.
    Do know that we have begun this process and you will now begin to find the UT is up and running for a portion of the chapters. We hope to have the entire novel formatted to the UT as soon as possible.
    Be sure to share this news with your friends, colleagues- and others- so that they, too, might now be able to read the novel in their native tongue.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  50. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an UPDATE from Philadelphia.

    http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-08/news/28668911_1_archdiocesan-priests-donna-farrell-grand-jury

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  51. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For some time now a fair number of you have been asking for a Facebook page.
    Well, I not only have one Facebook page for you- I have two of them!
    There is one each for the two main characters in the novel, Steve Jeremy and The Caller.
    (As a footnote: a ways later in the novel, Steve tells the Caller that he would like to have a name to refer to him by. Steve and the Caller go through a process where the result is the name- Peter Klein.)
    So, the two Facebook pages are
    Steve Jeremy
    and
    Peter Klein.
    When you have a moment, do feel free to visit and maybe even become their friends.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  52. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Steve Jeremy’s Facebook page.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002025770977&sk=info

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  53. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the Caller’s- Peter Klein’s- Facebook page.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002087111165

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  54. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the course of your comments, you have asked for some supporting video.
    Well, here is a video pertaining to what is going on in Philadelphia.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=7941648

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  55. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    One aspect of the novel is the sexual abuse of a child by a cleric. Here is a link pertaining to school corporal punishment of children in both the U.S. and the world.
    It is surprising that here in the 21st Century, a child can be beaten for “the wrong behaviors” in our schools.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_corporal_punishment

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  56. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link was related to corporal punishment of children- in school- in general.
    Here is a link that talks about corporal punishment in Catholic schools.

    http://www.stophitting.com/index.php?page=cpincatholic

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  57. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This post is a summarized compilation of all of the comments and links that I posted during February 2011. I have structured it this way so that you might more easily go back and retrieve something that might interest you.
    But, first- do know that the summarized compilation for January 2011 can be found at-
    Feb/26/11 @ 3:14AM
    Now, on to the February 2011 posts-
    Feb/3/11 @ 4:55AM- Ryan Commission Report (Ireland)- link
    Feb/5/11 @ 4:31AM- law firm for clerical abuse victims- link
    Feb/9/11 @ 4:24AM- West Harrison Minister accused- link
    Feb/10/11 @ 8:57PM- Clerical Abuse Watch Website- link
    Feb/11/11 @ 7:51PM- Embezzling Parish Funds- link
    Feb/11/11 @ 8:21PM- Philadelphia Grand Jury- link
    Feb/13/11 @ 4:30AM- Missing/Hidden Church Funds- link
    Feb/13/11 @ 4:47AM- Clerical Abuse in L.A.- link
    Feb/13/11 @ 5:04AM- RE: THE NOVEL- Steve uses Kidon Media Link- link
    Feb/14/11 @ 5:54AM- Clerical Abuse in Judaism- link
    Feb/14/11 @ 6:01AM- Clerical Abuse in Islam- link
    Feb/14/11 @ 8:46AM- Follow-up to Missing/Hidden Church Funds- link
    Feb/14/11 @ 10:34PM- A Question: Why Do They Do It?
    Feb/16/11 @ 5:04AM- RE: THE NOVEL- Billy Goat Tavern (Chicago)- link
    Feb/17/11 @ 6:12AM- My Comment About Setting Up Facebook pages
    Feb/18/11 @ 5:00AM- Church Embezzlement Case Histories- link
    Feb/20/11 @ 4:38AM- RE: THE NOVEL- Wiki Profile of Chicago- link
    Feb/21/11 @ 3:47AM- My Question and Comment on Trust, Power Abuse
    Feb/22/11 @ 4:31AM- RE: THE NOVEL- Images of Chicago- link
    Feb/24/11 @ 2:32AM- Examining Protestantism- link
    Feb/24/11 @ 5:41AM- My Thank-you Comment
    Feb/24/11 @ 10:42PM- RE: THE NOVEL- A Southern Comfort Recipe- link
    Feb/28/11 @ 4:09AM- Clerical Abuse in Buddhism- link

    I hope that this helps and is, again, interesting and informative.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  58. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Do remember that our two main characters from the novel now have their own Facebook pages.
    You can visit Steve, the writer, at- Steve Jeremy
    Also, you can visist the Caller at- Peter Klein
    So stop by Facebook to visit, get to know our two characters a little better and sign up to be their “Friends!”
    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  59. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    There is- as I understand it- a voice out there whose position is that the requirement of celibacy in the Catholic Church is a significant factor in the phenomenon of clerical sexual abuse.
    Yet, we have read through links that demonstrate that the abuse of young children is a universal phenomenon- across religions.
    However, for the sake of comprehensiveness, we will explore this matter of celibacy and related issues.
    So, here is a link- that is in fact a petition to the Pope- to address the matter of celibacy.

    http://www.marriedpriests.org/

    Do let me know what you think.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  60. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The other day I posted a comment and a link about a petition to the Pope to do away with celibacy. Later on, I received a comment asking for a link to the other side of the issue- a defense of celibacy.
    Here is a link that comprehensively addresses both sides of the issue.

    http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/facts/fm0014.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  61. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    You will be glad to hear that the installation of the Universal Translator- (UT)- to every chapter of the novel, has now be completed.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  62. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In previous posts we have had the chance to explore links pertaining to the pros and cons of celibacy. One reason for doing so is because there is a line of thought that associates celibacy with the sexual abuse of children by clergy.
    I have tried to provide links so as to attempt to three-dimensionalize this issue and make it more universal both within Christianity and across other religions.
    This is probably a good time for us to explore the concept of “Catholic” and the differences therein, celibacy being one of them. Here is a link that should prove interesting.

    http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0804.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  63. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For those of you who want to post portion(s) of the website at either your own website or at your newsletter.
    Go ahead, that’s fine.
    Take Care,
    John Alexander
    P.S.- AND be sure to give the A VOW OF SILENCE WEBSTE- CREDIT!!!!!!!
    I MEAN IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that further expands our links on celibacy.

    http://www.womenpriests.org/body/wives.asp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  65. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards the previous post-
    I am neither “…trying to get away…” with something nor am I- actually saying anything- all that I am presenting is information and links and food for serious thought.
    Take care,
    John Alexnader

  66. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This link has to do with the novel.
    As you have read in Chapter Two of “A Vow of Silence,” Steve is drinking Southern Comfort while he is writing. In fact, he is almost at the point of having had the proverbial “one drink too many.” It is mentioned in the novel that at this point Steve begins to hear refrains from two songs. The songs are “Dixie,” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”
    Here is a link regarding the origins of the song, “Dixie.”
    I hope that you find it interesting. Also, do notice the date on the brief history.

    http://www.civilwarhome.com/dixieorigin.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  67. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Getting back to the phenomenon of clerical abuse for a moment, please find a link to a Boston Globe website regarding this matter.
    I hope that you find it informative.

    http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/predators/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  68. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re back to a link regarding the novel.
    A comment or two ago, I mentioned that in Chapter Two of “A Vow of Silence,” Steve had been drinking Southern Comfort as he was writing. In fact, he had drank enough that he was- because the alcohol is called Southern Comfort- “hearing” refrains of the songs, “Dixie” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”
    In a previous post- March 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM- I provided you with a link to the history behind the song “Dixie.”
    Well, here is a link that not only gives you the song being sung, but a number of U.S. Civil War era visual representations as well.
    I hope you find it interesting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJhnWgs5Okc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  69. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting link regarding the phenomenon of both clerical and child abuse.

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/04/07/mean-men.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  70. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, to answer some questions-
    - no, I do not use a ghost writer;
    - now, regarding ANYTHING technical about the site, design, etc., I have no idea;
    all right, that said, it doesn’t mean that I’m not trying to learn- AND SHARE-which I will do as I figure it out.
    So, hang in there with me and enjoy the links and don’t forget that Steve Jeremy and Peter Klein (he’s the Caller) have their own Facebook pages.
    Steve has gotten a lot of friends, but, unfortunately Peter only has Steve as a friend. Can you help Peter out? He would appreciate it- rural Illinois can be a lonely place.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  71. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that is a bit more broad than children who are sexually abused by clergy.
    It should, though, be a good addition to- hey, let’s coin a word and call it- your “cyber-library.”

    http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  72. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    One of the things that I’ve tried to share is that clerical abuse of children by Catholic priests is only one- probably- very small part of the over-arching phenomenon that is swirling around in our world.
    So, staying with the topic of abused and exploited children here is the first of two related links that I’ll share with you. I’ll post the other one, tomorrow.

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/cac/crimes_against_children

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  73. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, continuing in the same line of inquiry, here is a new link on the phenomenon of- not just clerical, but- child abuse.

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/@@wanted-group-listing

    I hope you find it interestng.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  74. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with links by law enforcement agencies regarding abused and exploited children, here is an international link.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20100322-interpol-launches-g8-most-wanted-child-sex-offender-site

    Keep in mind that the clerics, regardless of their religion, are not the only people abusing children. Some weeks back, I posted a link that details corporal punishment of children in schools around the world. Is it not a form of “child abuse” when a child is physically punished in a school?
    Yes, the clerics are getting the attention for sexual abuse of children, but should the actions of the school principal be overlooked?
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  75. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello “Facebook”-
    I hear what you are saying. The reason that I’m going down “this different path” is to three-dimensionalize the phenomenon of child sexual abuse.
    I am trying to make it more of a universal phenomenon and not just something that occurs between clerics and children.
    Once we can do that, we can explore new areas.
    Look at it this way, the abusing Catholic priests , the rabbis, the imans- the ministers- they are all in their own sections of the stadium. Yet, what is going on is bigger than any one section. It is all of the “sections.”
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  76. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link about a clerical abuse incident occurring in Chicago.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/29jesuit.html?src=twr

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  77. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that I’m posting in the spirit of fair mindedness.

    http://exposemolesters.blogspot.com/2008/06/haaretz-interpol-suspects-brazilian.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  78. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some time ago I provided a link to the practice of corporal punishment in schools both in the U.S. and the world.
    Here is a link to an article in today’s- 3/30/11- New York Times on the same matter.
    Actually, what I’d like to see and hear is a discussion about corporal punishment and bullying. Is there a relationship? What do you think?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/education/30paddle.html?_r=1&ref=danfrosch

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  79. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Getting back to the novel, “A Vow of Silence.”
    As I mentioned in earlier posts, in Chapter Two, Steve has been drinking Southern Comfort and writing to the point that he has begun to hear refrains of “Dixie” and “My Old Kentucky Home” in his head.
    Again, in previous posts I have provided links to both the history of the song “Dixie” and a link where you could hear the song.
    Now, we move along to “My Old Kentucky Home.”
    Here is a link to some background about the composer Stephen C. Foster.
    I hope that you find it interesting.

    http://www.pitt.edu/~amerimus/Fosterbiography.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  80. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This link relates to the novel.
    Back on April 1, 2011 @ 5:08AM, I put up a link giving you some background on Stephen Foster, the composer of “My Old Kentucky Home.”
    This link was provided to give you some background to Steve hearing refrains of “My Old Kentucky Home,” in Chapter Two of “A Vow of Silence.”
    Here is a link that give you some background history on the song itself.
    I hope that you find it interesting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Old_Kentucky_Home

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  81. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still with the novel here.
    Here is a continuing link to the Stephen Foster song, “My Old Kentucky Home. “This took some searching, but it does address some of the issues regarding the song and the changes that were made to the song to be more socially sensitive. Again, just like the other song- “Dixie”- that Steve heard refrains of in Chapter Two of “A Vow of Silence,” this recording does go back quite a few years. Check it out and let me know what you think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecMNn6Brl-Y&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  82. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So far, in the links that I’ve been posting, we have explored the phenomenon of clerical sexual abuse primarily as it regard to children.
    Here is a link that not only provides us with a different perspective, but a different “targeted” believer. And, again, do notice that this phenomenon transcends religions.

    http://atheism.about.com/b/2009/10/05/let-us-prey-american-pastors-target-women-not-just-kids.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  83. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here’s a thought and a question-
    suppose a cleric- regardless of their religion- has sexually abused- someone.
    Okay? So, this offending cleric decides to go to another cleric- again, remember, this is regardless of religion- and the offending cleric wants to “be forgiven” for his/her tansgression. Is the listening/ forgiving other cleric under any obligation to report what they have heard?
    I’ll post an interesting post on this matter, tomorrow.
    In the meantime, let me know what you think.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  84. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yesterday, I posed a question regarding the following: if Minister # 1- regardless of religion- is asked by another Minister # 2- who has, say, sexually abused a child- for forgiveness, is Minister # 1 obliged- is he free-to notify the authorities?
    I think that you might find this link interesting.

    http://defensewiki.ibj.org/index.php/Priest-Penitent_Privilege

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  85. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a different kind of link. I hope that this is thought provoking.
    It is an article that, again, looks at clergy across religions, though it does ask questions about Catholic priests.

    http://www.cobourgatheist.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=770:are-criminal-priests-still-believers&catid=216:catholics-general&Itemid=144

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  86. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    It is very easy to assume that clerics- regardless of their religion- are the ones who are “doing something” to other people.
    We are now going to explore the “other side” to their lives.
    Here is a link that begins our process of exploration.

    http://www.rbvincent.com/pastortrials.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  87. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post- April 11, 2011 @ 11:56 PM- I provided a link that would begin our exploration of “the other side” of the lives of clergy, that is, occurrences and circumstances that they happen to encounter.
    Here is a link to a commercial that is a good starting point for our exploration. Also, do note that there are a good number of other commercials at this link which are equally interesting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtStQwu4r4Q

    Enjoy them all!
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  88. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing in our exploration of the kinds of occurrences and happenings that could beset a cleric, here is a link that basically amounts to a couple of testimonials pertaining to “women who love priests.”

    http://www.leavingthepriesthood.com/Womenwholovepriests.html#top

    Definitely an interesting read.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  89. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, every month I provide you with a compilation of my posts and links from the previous month.
    Here is the compilation for March 2011:
    3/1/11@ 7:23AM- My feel free to share comment
    3/1/11@11:02PM- My RSS Feed comment
    3/2/11@2:46AM- Fuller Seminary, Recovery from Abuse- LINK
    3/2/11@6:22AM- My call for still photo and video intepretations of the novel
    3/4/11@4:22AM- My Spam Comment
    3/4/11@8:03PM- My Follow-up Spam Comment
    3/5/11@4:28AM- Pacific Gardens and “Unshackled”- LINK
    3/8/11@1:15AM- Italian priest Sentenced to prison- LINK
    3/8/11@1:23AM- Abuse cases in Philadelphia- LINK
    3/8/11@11:15PM- Alert that the Universal Translator is coming to the novel
    3/9/11@8:17PM- Update on Philadelphia Abuse Cases- LINK
    3/10/11@2:07AM- Facebook Pages for Steve and the Caller- Peter- Are Up
    3/10/11@4:25AM- Steve’s Facebook Page- LINK
    3/10/11@4:28AM- Peter’s Facebook Page- LINK
    3/10/11@9:48PM- Video pertaining to Philadelphia Abuse Cases- LINK
    3/12/11@2:05AM- Wikipedia and Corporal Punishment- LINK
    3/12/11@4:20AM- Corporal Punishment in Catholic Schools- LINK
    3/12/11@9:05PM- 1/11 + 2/11 REFERENCE TO POSTS AND LINKS
    3/13/11@3:35AM- Facebook Pages- Reminders
    3/14/11@2:39AM- Papal Petition Regarding Celibacy- LINK
    3/15/11@4″11AM- A Defense of Celibacy- LINK
    3/16/11@11:44PM- My alert that the Universal Translator has been installed
    3/17/11@11:35PM- Exploring what it means to be “Catholic”- LINK
    3/18/11@5:54AM- My Comment reminding all that I am not an pro editor
    3/19/11@4:32AM- My comment allowing portions of VOS to be posted
    3/20/11@4:06AM- Wives of Clergy in the 12th Century- LINK
    3/21/11@4:25AM- My Comment regarding food for thought
    3/22/11@11:24PM- Brief History for the song, “Dixie”- LINK
    3/23/11@8:47PM- Boston Globe website on clerical abuse- LINK
    3/24/11@9:29PM- the music to the song, “Dixie”- LINK
    3/24/11@11:49PM- the phenomenon of men as child abusers- LINK
    3/25/11@3:31AM- My comment that Steve + Peter need Facebook friends
    3/25/11@9:52PM- Nat. Center for Missing + Exploited Children- LINK
    3/27/11@2:30AM- FBI Crimes Against Children Page- LINK
    3/28/11@4:17AM- FBI Crimes Against Children Wanted List- LINK
    3/28/11@11:23PM- Interpol G-8 Child Sex Offender Site- LINK
    3/29/11@4:52AM- My stadium analogy regarding those who abuse children
    3/29/11@7:33PM- Matters of Clerical Sex Abuse in Chicago- LINK
    3/30/11@12:07AM- Interpol Searching for Rabbi in Brazil- LINK
    3/30/11@7:41PM- NY Times Article on Corporal Punishment- LINK
    Well, I hope this makes it easier for all of you to access previous comments and links.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  90. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on the same line of exploration- those things that can beset clergy-here is a musical link.
    The song is entitled, “The Temptation of: Reverend ‘Doctor’ Lee.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E9bbfV2z3c

    I’ll post the lyrics, tomorrow.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  91. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you may have discovered, over the course of my comments and links, the goals here, at this website, are to discover, understand, three-dimensionalize and to explore.
    These goals can have both a serious side and a less than serious side.
    Put differently, some of the things that we explore will be serious and contemplative, some of the things we explore will be interesting, others will be silly, still others may be funny.
    This is all part of the “balance” in life- just like this website.
    Here is a link that gives us an opportunity to - once again- sit back and maybe even to laugh.

    http://www.jokelibrary.net/religion/c_Priest3.html#elvis_is_back

    I particularly like the piece about Elvis.
    Have fun!
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  92. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, on with our exploration. Okay, here is an interesting link that makes an equally interesting distinction- within the Catholic Church- between a “priest” and a “cleric.”
    Do know, that in my posts I use the designation of “cleric” in the same way that someone would use the designation “minister” or “preacher”- in a very generic and general way.
    Nevertheless, there is also some interesting information about Pope’s who were married.

    http://childrenofpriests.org/web/content/view/22/31/

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  93. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, over the course of the time that the novel was written- and, particularly if you go via my links to Steve’s neighborhood in Chicago and find your way up to what was then the White Hen and is now the 7- 11- there is coffee being served.
    Here is a novel related link as to “coffee being served at either the White Hen/Seve Eleven.”

    http://www.csnews.com/top-story-white_hen_and_7_eleven_offer_group_coffee_containers-53137.html

    Talk to you, tomorrow,
    Take Care
    John Alexander

  94. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some of you seem to have found my last posted link a little “different.”
    Yes, it is true, the phenomenon that we are dealing with- and exploring- in the novel- clerical abuses- is both profound and multi-faceted.
    Yet, then again, remember in the novel we are dealing with a “bunch” of characters, one of which is Steve.
    Steve can at times be both simple and be a person who is a creature of his habits.
    One of Steve’s morning habits is to go down to the White Hen on the corner of West Montrose and North Francisco to get his coffee and check out a female Chicago cop.
    The quality of his coffee and the way it is “served” are important to Steve.
    So, bear with him and while you are, do feel free to go to Google maps and type in
    “North Manor and West Windsor in Chicago, Illinois.”
    You will then be directed to that closest intersection to Steve’s house.
    If you want to visit the White Hen (now, alas having been changed to a 7/11), go south on North California for two blocks;
    at West Montrose goes west for two blocks to North Francisco.
    There on the northwest corner you will find a small shopping center with the 7/11 that Steve frequents.
    Have fun on your jouney.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  95. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, sometimes when you are exploring, you will come onto something that you totally never expected to find. That’s why the journals of those who explore- just like our modern day weblog- are so interesting.
    Well, here is a link by the monks at the Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island looking to recruit new monks.

    http://www.portsmouthabbeymonastery.org/

    I hope you find it interesting to explore.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  96. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since both Steve and the Caller live in the state of Illinois, I’ve been wondering what either one of them- or any of us- would have to do to become a minister in Illinois.
    Here is a link to a site that will allow them- or us- to become a minister in that state.

    http://www.ordain.org/

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  97. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, if you’ve been following along with my comments and my links you should know that I have been trying to be even-handed and fair-minded across religions.
    Put differently- and I am not an apolgist for anyone- child sexual abuse, does not just go on in the Catholic Church. It’s being done across religions. So has embezzlement, so has clerics and preachers dealing in child porn- you name it and they are doing it- clerics in every denomination!
    But, here’s one that I think is a little harder to understand. Here is a bit of a link- for informative purposes, solely- about some pastor in Florida burning a Koran.
    What is that? Is that toleration? Is that “love your neighbor?” Seeing as this is being done by Christian “folk”- which part of the Bible is being expressed?
    Is it the Old Testament? Sure doesn’t sound like the New Testament.
    So, I offer you this link so that we can ask ourselves the question, “does this get our world any further ahead? Do behaviors like this encourage peace? Or is this an example of some cleric using the pulpit in order to foment? In order to get his name in the news? On CNN? On Al-Jazeera?
    Who is benefiting from these behaviors?
    But, let me put it to you differently- if your were a member of this preacher’s congregation, would you want your child/children to be part of this kind of behavior?

    http://www.mygripeanthing.com/2011/03/21/us-preacher-burns-copy-of-the-koran/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  98. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, we are back to the novel, “A Vow of Silence.”
    In Chapter Two of the novel, Steve tries to write a murder scene. In that scene there is a bum who is playing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” on his harmonica.
    Here is some background information about the song.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Hard_Rain’s_a-Gonna_Fall

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  99. John Alexander Says:

    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, my last comment and link was about the novel. In chapter two of “A Vow of Silence,” Steve attempts to write a murder scene. In it, he has a bum playing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” on his harmonica.
    The last link I posted was a Wikipedia article on the song.
    Here is a Wikipedia piece on the writer of the song, Bob Dylan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan

    I hope you enjoy it.
    Sincerely,
    John Alexander

  100. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, as I have been compiling my list of posts and links for the month of April 2011, I discovered that I had left some “unfinished business.”
    Back on April 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM, I posted a link to the music for a song called, “The Temptation of the Reverend ‘Doctor’ Lee.” At that post, I said that I was going to post a link to the lyrics to the song.
    Opps! Sorry, it slipped through the cracks!
    Here is the link for the lyrics.

    http://www.philipharland.com/VinylAddiction/2007/09/29/roberta-flacks-second-chapter-1970-reverend-lee/

    Enjoy.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  101. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, so, for a long while now we have been looking at abusive clerics, regardless of their religion. We have explored Catholic priests, rabbis, imams, preachers- all clerics for the sake of our discussions- and so forth.
    We have also explored the nature of their victims; children, women, mostly.
    So, at this moment, let’s stop looking at the transgressions and explore the bigger picture.
    In “the bigger picture” we have an obvious choice of starting in one of two places- heaven or hell.
    (I mean, how much bigger can the picture be than between these two places?)
    Do the offending clerics still get a chance to go to heaven? Are they, because of the nature of their transgressions, assigned to hell?
    Let’s start with heaven. Let’s take some time and begin by exploring “heaven” and “hell” in both a general and a specific way.
    Here is a “general” link about “heaven.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  102. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yesterday, I posted a comment about the need to incorporate “the bigger picture” into our exploration. In that regard, I commented that the boundaries of “the bigger picture” should be “heaven” and “hell.”
    Also, I posed the question regarding whether offending clerics could still gain “heaven” or whether they were consigned to “hell?”
    I then posted a link that provided a starting point for our exploration of “the bigger picture.”
    That link was a Wikipedia discussion of “heaven.”
    Here, today, is a link that discusses “hell.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  103. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the course of the last couple of days I have posted links that explore the concepts of “heaven” and “hell,” generally.
    Moving on now to a more specific exploration- and since the novel deals with R.C. priests and their transgressions- let’s take a moment and begin to look at the how Catholics “view” “heaven.”

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_deat.htm

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  104. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with our exploration of “the bigger picture,” you will remember that we are delving into “heaven” and “hell.”
    My last post was one that discussed a Catholic understanding of “heaven.”
    Here is a link that discusses a Catholic understanding of “hell.”

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07207a.htm

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  105. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last few posts- in consideration of the phenomenon of clerical abuse-I have begun posting links to begin our exploration of the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”
    We have had a chance to look over the Catholic understanding of these concepts.
    Here is a link to explore the Jewish understanding of “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.jewsforjudaism.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=494:belief-in-heaven-is-fundamental-to-judaism&catid=39:inspiration&Itemid=512

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  106. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on our exploration of hell, here is another link- this time from the Jewish Encyclopedia- discussing the concept of “hell.”

    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=115&letter=G&search=hell

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  107. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, let’s continue our exploration of the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”
    I’ve provided links to Catholic and Jewish understandings.
    Here is a link for Islam.

    http://www.alislam.org/books/study-of-islam/life-after-death.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  108. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring how a couple of different religions understand the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”
    Well, here is a pastor who wrote a book called, “Love Wins,” wherein he “rethinks” the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.ucg.org/commentary/rob-bells-book-stirs-fierce-controversy-about-hell/

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  109. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In response to those of you who have asked for more video- and following up on my last posted link- here is a video link with Rob Bell being interviewed about his book- and his beliefs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg-qgmJ7nzA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  110. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have had opportunities to look over links regarding the concepts of “heaven” and “hell” in Catholicism, Judaism and Islam- not to mention text and video regarding Rob Bell’s view.
    Here is a link discussing the Buddhist understanding of “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/whatbudbeliev/303.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  111. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, progressing along with our exploration of the concepts of “heaven” and “hell,” we now turn to Hinduism.

    http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/h_death.asp

    As you read through these conceptual underpinings, be sure to try to keep a “comparative perspective.”
    That means, compare them- don’t judge them- but compare them and think about how you feel and think about their understandings of these two “after life concepts” and how they may- or may not- fit in with your own philosophy.
    I hope it is interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  112. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to take a little “time out” from our exploration of heaven and hell.
    For a moment we will spend a little time exploring this “tributary of comparative thought.”

    http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/comparison_charts/islam_judaism_christianity.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  113. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We return, now, to our exploration of the concepts of “heaven and “hell.”
    Here is a link for a Christian video regarding hell.

    http://www.jesusclips.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2936a96d3c8bd1f8f2ff

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  114. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    continuing along, here, with videos-
    my last video link was one that discussed “hell” from a Christian perspective.
    Here is a link that discusses the concept of “hell” from a Jewish perspective.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpETncLzynE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  115. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This post provides you with “bearings-” the date and time, above- on how to find my posts and links for 2011.
    To begin, for JANUARY 2011 through MARCH 2011-
    3/12/11@9:05PM- 1/11 + 2/11 REFERENCE TO POSTS AND LINKS
    4/13/11@10:42PM- 3/11 REFERENCE TO POSTS AND LINKS
    Now, here to follow is the monthly indexing/archiving- for APRIL 2011- of my comments and links.
    4/1/11@5:08AM- Stephen Foster Biography- LINK
    4/5/11@8:25PM- Brief History of “My Old Kentucky Home”- LINK
    4/5/11@11;57PM- Music to “My Old Kentucky Home”- LINK
    4/6/11@8:03PM- Article on Pastors Targeting Women- LINK
    4/7/11@5:02AM- My Question Regarding Clerics in Confession
    4/9/11@12:24AM- Article on “Are Criminal Priests Still Believers?”- LINK
    4/11/11@11:56PM- Article on “Tribulations of Pastors”- LINK
    4/12/11@11:50PM- “Seducing a Priest Video” (AND OTHER VIDEOS)- LINK
    4/13/11@10:16PM- Website on “Women Who Love Priests”- LINK
    4/13/11@10:42PM- *******MARCH 2011 ARCHIVE LISTING***********
    4/15/11@12:06AM- Music to “The Temptation of Reverend ‘Dr.’ Lee”- LINK
    4/15/11@7:29PM- Clerical Jokes- LINK
    4/17/11@1:08AM- “Children of Catholic Priests”- LINK
    4/18/11@3:41AM- Regarding the Novel/The White Hen and 7-11- LINK
    4/19/11@3:54AM- Directions from Steve’s Neighborhood to the White Hen
    4/20/11@1:19AM- Portsmouth Abbey Monks Are Recruiting OnLine- LINK
    4/21/11@12:01AM- How to Get Ordained Online- LINK
    4/22/11@3:42AM- My Comment and Link to Preacher Burning Koran- LINK
    4/25/11@6:36PM- The Novel- Wikipedia- A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”- LINK

    I hope that this makes it much easier for you to go back and forth through the comments and my posts.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  116. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We continue our exploration of the concept of “hell.”
    Today’s link is a video that will look at the concept of “hell” as understood in Islam.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUbjw683Aio

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  117. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that discusses the Vatican’s telling the world’s bishops to draft guidelines for clerical abuse of minors.

    http://www.osv.com/PopeBenedictXVIandtheSexualAbuseCrisisBlog/tabid/8019/entryid/86/Vatican-tells-worlds-bishops-to-draft-local-guidelines-for-clerical-abuse-cases.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  118. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a recent article from The New York Times that discusses the possible causes of clerical abuse of minors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/us/18bishops.html?_r=1&ref=romancatholicchurchsexabusecases

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  119. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that provides a brief overview of the concept of “heaven” in Islam.

    http://muslimvoices.org/levels-of-heaven-islam/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  120. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, after a lot of “heavy” links, I thought that a little humor would do us all good.

    http://judaism.about.com/library/2_humor/bldef-joke_priestrabbi.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  121. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, talk about reality television shows.
    Here’s a link to an overview about a television show on Turkish television.

    http://www.bodhipaksa.com/archives/game-show

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  122. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on the light side, here is a link for both rabbi as well as rabbi and priest jokes.

    http://www.jewishjokes.net/category/30/0/0/Rabbi

    Enjoy.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  123. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, over the last couple of posts we have basically stayed on the humorous side of things. We have had links to priest jokes, rabbi jokes, priest and rabbi jokes- now, here’s a link for imam jokes.

    http://www.islamcan.com/cgi-bin/increaseiman/htmlfiles/static/113159680730468.shtml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  124. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting link. It is an article from USA Today (5/23/11), written by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, entitled, “Can Jews meet Jesus? Michelangelo Sure Thought So.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-05-20-Jews-in-the-afterlife_n.htm

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  125. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Following up on my last post and link, entitled, “Can Jews Meet Jesus? Michelangelo Sure Thought So,” here is another piece from USA Today (the same date, May 23, 2011), entitled, “Who is, or Isn’t, Going To Hell?”
    It comes via the Tucson Citizen.

    http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-news/2011/05/22/a-faith-debate-is-bin-laden-in-hell/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  126. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, it seems that “heaven” and “hell” are in the news.
    So, continuing on with our exploration of different conceptions of “heaven” and “hell,” here is a link that I hope you will find to be very interesting.
    It discusses how different North American Indian tribes view(ed) the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/native-american-religion.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  127. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, so over quite a few posts we have been exploring the concepts of “heaven” and “hell” as understood by different religious groups.
    We have done so within the context of whether clergy- regardless of religion- who abuse any member of their following, should go to either “heaven” or “hell.”
    But what about the concept of “sin?”
    Have they- again, regardless of religion- have they, committed a “sin?”
    Here is our first link to explore, “sin.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  128. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to what is occurring in Belgium as regards the Church and abuse victims.

    http://www.anhourago.us/show.aspx?l=8530020&d=503

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  129. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to continue on exploring the concept of “sin.”
    We have read that clerical abuse transcends religions. So, depending on the religion in question, are all the clerics guilty of a sin?
    Here is a nicely comprehensive link on sin, entitled, “Concepts of Sin: All Points of View.”

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_sin.htm

    I hope that you find this link interesting and informative.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  130. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last link we had an opportunity to look at the concept of “sin” as it is understood across a number of religions.
    Indeed, the link was there so that we might examine the issue of abusing clerics and “sin.”
    This link takes us a little further on our exploratory path with the abusing clerics. It raises the question- and looks at the concept- of “forgiveness” across religions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgiveness

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  131. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, there were a couple of threads that I wanted to immediately pursue and explore. Subjects like “sin,” “”forgiveness- even aspects of the novel.
    However, with the weekend upon us, I thought that everyone might find the following link very “unique”- to say the least.
    It is a portal to a 11 part video presentation, entitled, “Cross-Examining Catholicism.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXZVmkbsQ-Y&feature=related

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  132. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Returning for a moment to the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” you will recall that in VOS Chapter 3, Steve receives a mysterious package via the U. S. Postal Service (USPS).
    Here are some interesting facts about the USPS.

    http://www.windowbook.com/PostalInfo/PostalConciergeETips/DidYouKnowFactsUnitedStatesPostalService.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  133. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post, we re-visited the novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS).
    I mentioned in that post that in VOS Chapter 3, Steve goes to the door where he receives a “mysterious” package being delivered by a U. S. Postal Service (USPS) employee.
    I then provided a link that had some interesting facts about the USPS.
    Staying with the novel, here, we have read that Steve did not recognize the mail carrier. He was not the usual carrier that delivered Steve’s mail.
    Therefore, Steve is suspicious. What we don’t read, however, is what is going on in Steve’s mind.
    He is tempering his suspicions- and the questions that he is asking the “strange” mail carrier- with the knowledge that postal workers can “snap into” a forensic phenonmenon called, “Disgruntled Postal Worker Syndrome.”
    In slang terms this syndrome is referred to as “Going Postal.”
    Here is a link for “Going Postal.”
    Also, feel free to enter into your search engine, the aforementioned “Disgruntled Postal Worker Syndrome.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_postal

    Have fun- and by the way- be sure to be careful- and polite- when you’re at the post office or when you see a postal worker approaching you.

    Most definetely,
    take care,
    John Alexander

  134. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Upon reviewing my notes, I realized that we need to explore the concepts of “heaven” and “hell” just a little further. I think that two more links should round things out.
    Here is a link that discusses how those who practice Hinduism understand “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.hinduwebsite.com/heavenhell.asp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  135. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is- for the moment- is our last explore into the concepts of “heaven” and “hell.”

    http://www.neatorama.com/2007/03/23/heaven-and-hell-according-to-various-religions/

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  136. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, so far as we have been exploring the phenomenon of clerical abuse, we have focused exclusively on the cleric being a male.
    But what about women?
    Here is the beginning of our exploration regarding women “clerics” who abuse children, starting with nuns.

    http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2010/04/catholic-nuns-also-abused-children.html

    I hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  137. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on the topic of children being abused by nuns, here is an interesting article.

    http://wwrn.org/articles/3879/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  138. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link that provides archival photos and a touching narrative about one person’s experience in an orphanage run by nuns.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ro9xTNBkM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  139. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some time ago, I posted a link to the text of the Ryan Commission Report regarding clerical child abuse in Ireland.
    Here is a video link regarding that report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFfvsDa5xYQ

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  140. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Returning to our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), in Chapter 3 of VOS Steve receives a package through the U. S. Postal Service that is associated with a cleric at St. Robert Parish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    Here is a link to St. Robert Parish.
    Do remember, when we wrote the novel, we tried as much as possible to make the story “virtual in place” but not “virtual in deed.”

    http://www.strobert.org/About_Robert_0041/About_Robert_0185.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  141. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 3, Steve receives in the mail a daily planner belonging to a cleric in a parish, St. Robert in Milwaukee.
    So, Steve decides to go up to Milwaukee- from Chicago- for reasons that- in retrospect are impulsive- to try and begin to understand what is going on.
    Here is a link that allow us to explore the city of Milwaukee- “before” Steve gets there (in our blog).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  142. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In the novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS)- in VOS Chapter 3- Steve decides to drive up to Milwaukee.
    If traffic is good, the drive should take him a little over 90 minutes to complete.
    Here is a link to photographs of Milwaukee. These are the places and things that Steve is going to see once he arrives in Milwaukee.
    Do know, that at this link the photos can filtered- sorted- by the kinds of places and things you would like to see.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g60097-Milwaukee_Wisconsin.html

    Take care and enjoy,
    John Alexander

  143. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I hope you know that this blog is not an apologist format for any group of people or any religion. Nor is it a “vehicle” by which to go “after” any category of cleric or any belief system.
    This blog is intended to be a means by which to explore the pervasiveness of the phenomenon of “child abuse,” however we find it and/or define it.
    That said, it has been easy to single out the priests, the rabbis, the imams, the nuns, the preachers- all of the clerics- for abusing children.
    Well, here is a link by which we can begin to explore another way in which children are “abused.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_use_of_children

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  144. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, so, let’s explore the phenomenon of child abuse- historically.
    Yes, it has gone on in the last 200 hundred years- hisorically-, but, it also was going on in the First Nations’s people in Canada.
    Here is the link.

    http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.com/2011/01/canadian-indian-residential-school.html

    Of course, pity the children because they are so innocent.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  145. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yesterday, we explored a link pertaining to child abuse in the Residential Schools in Canada.
    Here is a link that gives us a good overview of abuse and sexual abuse on Indian reservations in the U.S.

    http://www.icctc.org/CC%20manual/investigating%20csa.pdf

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  146. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards all of your technical questions pertaining to this website, I really do appreciate your interest, but since I did not set it up, I absolutely have no answers to any technical question.
    Sorry.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  147. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Our last two links explored the abuse of native children in Canada and in the U.S.
    Here is a link that looks at the same phenomenon in Australia.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/21/world/asia/21iht-australia.1.6253409.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  148. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a continuing link that allows us to explore the phenomenon of child abuse amongst the indigenous Maori of New Zealand.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9dGXjIPZyo

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  149. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a UNICEF (United Nations) Press Release about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
    It seems that in some way the clerical abuse phenomenon in the Catholic Church has opened the doors to the far greater exposure of the phenomenon not only in other religions but, also, around the world.

    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_24545.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  150. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, so, in the novel “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), in VOS Chapter 3, Steve decides to go to Milwaukee.
    As you know, both Chicago and Milwaukee are cities on one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.
    Here is a link to some information about Lake Michigan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Michigan

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  151. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is both (a) the blog location for the previous months’ compilations of comments and links as well as (b) the compilation for May 2011.
    (a) PAST COMPILATIONS AND LINKS-
    3/12/11@9:05PM/1/11 and 2/11 Compilations of Comments and Links
    4/13/11@10:42PM/3/11 Compilation of Comments and Links
    5/17/11@2:04AM/4/11 Compilation of Comments and Links
    (b) MAY 2011 COMPILATION OF COMMENTS AND LINKS-
    5/2/11@8:48PM/Bob Dyland Bio- LINK
    5/4/11@3:58AM/Lyrics to “The Temptation of the Rev. Doctor Lee”- LINK
    5/5/11@9:15PM/The Concept of “Hell”- LINK
    5/7/11@3:50AM/The Catholic View of “Heaven”- LINK
    5/8/11@7:17PM/The Catholic View of “Hell”- LINK
    5/9/11@10:02PM/The Jewish Conception of “Heaven” and “Hell”- LINK
    5/10/11@3:17AM/The Jewish Conception of “Hell”- LINK
    5/12/11@3:46AM/”Heaven” and “Hell” in Islam- LINK
    5/13/11@3:22AM/Rob Bell’s Book/”Love Wins”- LINK
    5/13/11@3:42AM/Interview with Rob Bell- LINK
    5/13/11@7:58PM/Buddhist Conception of “Heaven” and “Hell”- LINK
    5/14/11@3:41AM/Hindu Conception of “Heaven” and “Hell”- LINK
    5/14/11@7:12PM/A Piece on Comparative Religion- LINK
    5/15/11@6:28PM/A Christian Video on “Hell”- LINK
    5/17/11@12:00AM/A Jewish Video on “Hell”- LINK
    5/17/11@2:04AM/APRIL 2011 COMPILATION OF COMMENTS AND LINKS
    5/18/11@1:07AM/A Islamic Video on “Hell”- LINK
    5/18/11@8:42PM/Vatican Guidelines on Clerical Abuse- LINK
    5/19/11@9:20PM/NY Times Article on Possible Causes of Abuse- LINK
    5/20/11@9:58PM/Islamic Conception of Heaven- LINK
    5/22/11@6:04AM/Priest/Rabbi Joke- LINK
    5/22/11@7:09PM/Article on Turkish TV Show- Competing to Convert- LINK
    5/25/11@6:48PM/Rabbi as well as Rabbi/Priest Jokes- LINK
    5/26/11@9:15PM/Imam Jokes
    5/27/11@10:41PM/Article on “Can Jews Meet Jesus?”- LINK
    5/28/11@11:54PM/Article on “Who Is, or Isn’t, Going To Hell?”- LINK
    5/30/11@3:30AM/North American Indian Views on “Heaven” & “Hell”- LINK
    5/31/11@1:02AM/Overview on the Concept of “Sin”- LINK
    5/31/11@11:08PM/Clerical Abuse in Belgium- LINK
    I hope that this makes it both easier and more helpful.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  152. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Moving on to a new area to explore, here is a link to verses in the Bible that refer to child abuse.

    http://www.openbible.info/topics/child_abuse

    Do let me know what you think.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  153. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link pertaining to sexual abuse of children and the Bible.

    http://www.gotquestions.org/pedophilia.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  154. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Our last posted link dealt with child abuse references in the Bible. In Judaism there is also the Talmud.
    Here is a link that talks about what is the Talmud.
    This should help place our expanding exploration of faiths into a clearer context.

    http://talmud.faithweb.com/articles/whatis.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  155. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying with our exploration of what different religions say about child abuse.
    Here is a link for Islam.

    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=425709690187&topic=16235

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  156. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a more comprehensive piece on child abuse by religion.

    http://innaiahn.tripod.com/childabuse.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  157. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a follow-up link regarding a previously mentioned Turkish reality television show called, “Penitents Compete.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,640715,00.html

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  158. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a little more information about the Turkish reality TV show, called, “Penitents Compete.”
    I find this to be a very interesting concept and would like to see a variation of the show applied to abusive clerics from a number of religions. It could be called, “Victims Most Wanted.” Put the abusers and their abuses up there- on television- for everyone to see and no place to hide.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penitents_Compete

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  159. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The questions have been asked, ‘What are we doing?’ and ‘Where are we going?’
    Well, as I’ve said before- we are on an “explore.” We are using the clerical abuse phenomenon that is found in the novel in order to ‘explore’ the world around us. Why? So that we might gain a greater understanding and a broader perspective of the things in our world.
    You can liken what we are doing- ‘exploring’- to those folk- years ago- who went up any of the old unexplored- at that time- rivers of the world.
    It could be the Nile, the Congo, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Saint Lawrence, the Yellow- whichever one you like.
    So, we are going to return to the novel- “A Vow of Silence”- and begin a new ‘explore.’ We are going to start with one of the words in the title of the novel, and we are going to take a look at what exactly does the word “vow” mean.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vow

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  160. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post, I included a link for the definition of what is a “vow.”
    Do remember, we are kind of “dissecting” the title of the novel, here, which is “A Vow of Silence.”
    So, now that we have a handle on what a “vow” is, here is a link that discusses what is a “vow of silence.”
    What’s nice about this link is that it discusses a “vow of silence” from a number of different religious perspectives.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vow_of_silence

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  161. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, in the novel, “A Vow of Silence (VOS)”- and at the website we are at VOS Chapter 3- Steve takes the Interstate up to Milwaukee to survey the area in which the death of Father Peter supposedly occurred.
    Here is some information- a link about the Interstate Highway system in the U.S., the raod I-94 that Steve took to Milwaukee.

    http://geography.about.com/od/urbaneconomicgeography/a/interstates.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  162. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the concept of a ‘vow of silence.’
    Here is some information about the concept as it occurs in Hinduism.

    http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=4881

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  163. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on the topic of ‘a vow of silence,’ here is a link that, in part, discusses the virtue and levels of silence in Buddhism.

    http://www.echeat.com/essay.php?t=30227

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  164. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We will return to the concept of a ‘vow’ and the ‘vow of silence’ shortly.
    But, today, let’s revisit the novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS).
    In VOS Chapter 2, Steve “attempts” to write a murder scene that he entitled, “The Bum.”
    In this treatment, Steve has the bum’s killer refer to the knife that he is carrying as the “O. J. Special.”
    Now, in the real O. J. muder case, the actual murder weapon(s) was/were never found- but, there are theories.
    Here is a link that discusses one such theory.

    http://www.smartfellowspress.com/murder_weapons.htm

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  165. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As we have seen, clerics are not the only people who are guilty of abuses, particularly the abuse of children.
    In addition, we have also begun to see that what constitutes as abuse can be far-ranging, including exploitation.
    Here is an article on the exploitation of newborns in Spain.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/world/europe/07iht-spain07.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  166. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are back to exploring the concepts of what is a ‘vow’ and likewise what is a ‘vow of silence.’
    Here is a link that- in general- speaks about both the power of silence and the relationship between silence and spiritual healing.

    http://www.suite101.com/content/the-power-of-silence-as-a-meditation-practice-a120464

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  167. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the concept of ’silence,’ this time from an Islamic perspective.

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Silence—An-Islamic-Perspective&id=4419953

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  168. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Recently, we have been exploring the concept of ’silence.’ Most of the links that I’ve posted have dealt with a religious and/or spiritual conceptualization of ’silence.’
    Differently, here a link to a column by Amy Chavez of The Japan Times that delves into the meaning of silence in our contemporary lives.
    The article is called, “Rolling Blackouts and the Power of Silence.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-chavez/rolling-blackouts-silence_b_857252.html

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  169. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story that appeared in The New York Times on July 11, 2011, entitled, “Accusations of Abuse by Priest Dating to Early 1940’s.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/us/11priest.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  170. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Getting back to our exploration of the concept of ’silence,’ here is an interesting link, entitled, “Healing Through Silence.”

    http://www.baliadvertiser.biz/articles/feature/2010/healing.html

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  171. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at the concept of ’silence’ from a Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic perspective.
    Here is a link to a look at silence from a Christian perspective, through the thoughts of Mother Teresa.

    http://wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/1635/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  172. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Going back to the novel, “A Vow of Silence” *(VOS) for a link’s worth of a moment.
    In VOS- Chapter 2, Steve tries to write a murder scene that he calls “The Bum.”
    In it, he gives his main character a role that involves having a hunting knife. If you remember, we explored this treatment when I provided a link to the character calling his knife the “O. J. Special” (see my post above of July 6, 2011 at 9:39PM).
    We have to assume that Steve would make his main character savvy- maybe even imply that he was ex-military, ex- perhaps- Navy Seal.
    Anyway, here is a link that discusses the finer points of hunting knives.

    http://www.huntingblades.com/chhukn.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  173. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link entitled, “Inner Learning Through the Power of Silence.”
    In it we hear the advice that, for all intents and purposes, tells us that when we speak if what we say is not more beautiful than silence, we should not speak.
    You have to wonder- in the entire matter of child sexual abuse and exploitation- if the same kind of advice shouldn’t be applied to our physical actions, which probably would be something like-
    “…if our action does not lend toward a more positive situation than just leaving it alone and doing nothing, shouldn’t we just do nothing?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J7a3M3Y_3k

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  174. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Going back to the novel- “A Vow of Silence”- for a moment, we’ve been talking about Steve’s treatment in VOS- Chapter 2, where he tries to write the murder scene of the bum to see if he could actually be able to write that kind of story.
    He does finish his piece called, “The Bum,” wherein the main character has a hunting knife with him. He calls the knife the “O. J. Special.” Yet, we don’t really know what Steve was thinking as regards the way he envisioned his character and his knife.
    Here is a video link that lists the top ten hunting knives in the world. Maybe, in Steve’s mind, his character had one of these knives on him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo5UtLDr7YA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  175. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from The New York Times (July 13, 2011), entitled, “Irish Report Says Catholic Church’s Sexual Abuse Scandal Has Persisted.”
    It is an update on what is going on not only in Ireland, but in Germany, too.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/14/world/europe/14church.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  176. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to pause in our explore of ‘vows’ and ’silence’ and ‘vows of silence’ so as to return to the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) so as to experience something very different- and perhaps maybe even a fun thing to do.
    As we all know, a novel is a story presented in a text format either on paper or, as in this case, on a screen. Either way, the reader is informed (they read) about people and their actions. Yet, visually all we ever see is just the text. I’m sure that some readers “see” some degree of the story, depending on the reader. In other words some readers may visualize more parts of the story than others.
    However, in our visualizations we have preferences. If, for example, a story mentions a tall building, we might imagine a tall building that we either seen or are familiar with from our past experiences.
    The mentioning in a story of a ‘beautiful woman’ may mean different things to different readers, as might the mentioning of a ‘handsome man’ or a ‘dog’ or a ‘cat’ or an ‘apartment.’ I’m sure you see what I mean.
    So, what we are going to have a little fun with, here, is what I call “Personalized Visualization of Text.”
    Of course, we know that in today’s world almost EVERYTHING needs an acronym, so let’s give it the acronym, “PVOT.”
    We can pronounce it as “pivot.”
    What I would like you to do is go to the Chapter by Chapter section of the website, use the drop down function and go to “Chapter VOS 2. There, a couple of pages in you will find Steve’s treatment called, “The Bum.”
    Steve writes this treatment so as to see if he could actually write a murder scene.
    It’s about 11 pages long. Go ahead and read it.
    It is a nighttime scene where the main character is getting off the Interstate to use the bathroom and that’s where he encounters the bum.
    In my next bunch of posted links, I will provide you with material that will hopefully enable you to three-dimentionalize the text on your screen into a more personalized visualization, a PVOT.
    So, are you ready? I’m going to exit this comment and return with three individual links to begin our explore.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  177. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, are you ready to try out the concept of the “Personalized Visualization of Text” (PVOT)? (Hey, why can’t novels be fun?)
    To begin, all right, you’ve gone to Chapter VOS 2 and read Steve’s treatment called, “The Bum.”
    Go back to the treatment, “The Bum,” and simply read the first paragraph.
    At the beginning of the treatment Steve’s main character is getting off of the Interstate to use a bathroom at a rest area.
    Here is the first link that visually gives you a couple of minutes experience of nighttime driving on the Interstate.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mkharahucmike?blend=2&ob=5#p/u/1/0-zG10AKa5w

    Take care, have fun and keep an open mind,
    John Alexander

  178. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, Steve’s main character has exited the Interstate and has pulled into the rest area. It is very deep into the night and the rest area is deserted, except, of course, for the main character and ultimately, the bum.
    The main character has parked his truck and he quickly glances forward out his front window before he gets out of the truck that he is driving.
    Here is a link that visualizes what the main character would see and hear.
    Might that be the bum walking around?
    Remember, we are trying to achieve a personalized visualization of text.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWvN3GqB_Z8

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  179. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, now, this is where it- hopefully- gets to be even more fun.
    Also, here is where you get to personalize your visualization of the bum.
    This is a link to images of homeless bums. Check it out, decide on an image and have it ready to be plugged into Steve’s treatment.
    Today, you don’t have to read any further in the treatment if you don’t want to, but then again, now that you have a feeling for driving on the Interstate at night, sensing what it’s like to be parked at a deserted rest area and- most importantly- now that you have set in your mind a visualization of the bum, well it just might end up being a different kind of “read.” (Remember, we’re trying to achieve a PVOT).
    We’ll continue, tomorrow. In the meantime, do have fun.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=what%20does%20a%20homeles%20bum%20look%20like&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=983l9111l0l10951l33l32l0l18l18l0l250l2467l1.7.6l14&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=vi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  180. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, for those of you who are just joining us, please scroll up to my post of July 14, 2011 @ 10:14PM where I introduce our latest explore, the “Personalized Visualization of Text” (PVOT).
    For those of you already on board, in the second paragraph of Steve’s treatment, “The Bum,” our main character hears the bum playing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall” on the harmonica.
    Here is a link to the song.
    Now, it might be fun to re-read the first two paragraphs of Steve’s treatment after having inserted this and our other links into your “reading state of mind.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHrK6L91BgA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  181. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, after hearing the song and having re-read the first two paragraphs- and now that you have images of the parking area and have made your selection of a bum image- can you “see” the bum playing the harmonica and maybe even singing the song?
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  182. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on here with our PVOT.
    At the beginning of Steve’s treatment, called, “The Bum,” our main character has arrived at a rest area in Ohio, I-90 Westbound, needing to go to the bathroom.
    He is driving a rented Ryder truck.
    And, like so many of us after we park our vehicles, we often glance back at it as we are walking away from it.
    Here is a link to the kinds of Ryder trucks that are available for rent. For your own PVOT, do select the truck that you are most at ease with and commit it to your composite view of the treatment that your are mentally building.

    http://reservations.ryder.com/Reservation/ViewVehicles_V2.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  183. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, for those of you just joining us, do scroll up to my post of July 14, 2011 @ 10:14PM and then follow my posts downward.
    All right, now that we have visualizations of the highway at night, the rest area at night, your selection of what the bum should look like, your hearing Dylans’s song, ‘A Hard Rains-A Gonna Fall,” and the kind of truck that our main character is driving, now, you get to select what you want our main character- who ends up killing the bum in Steve’s treatment- what you want him to look like.
    Here is a link to what a murderer might look like.
    Again, once you’ve made your choice, go back and re-read the first two paragraphs of Steve’s treatment, “The Bum,” with these personalized visualizations of the text in your mind.

    http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=what+does+a+murderer+look+like&btnG=Search&oq=what+does+a+murderer+look+like&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=28891l33805l0l35521l21l21l0l0l0l4l203l3119l0.18.3l21

    Take care and have fun,
    John Alexander

  184. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link of photos on killers to further assist you in your deciding what the main character in Steve’s treatment, entitled, “The Bum,” should look like.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=serial%20killers&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=1498l6568l0l9610l22l20l4l4l4l0l265l2385l0.6.6l12&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Hope that it helps.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  185. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Steve’s treatment, entitled, “The Bum,” the bum is playing an harmonica in a rest area.
    Yet, how much do we really know about this instrument called an harmonica?
    Here is a link that gives us some information.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonica

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  186. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, for those of you just joining us in this “explore” of PVOT- “Personalized Visualization of Text,” do scroll up to my initial PVOT post of July 14, 2011 @ 10:14PM so as to get on board.
    For those of you already in the flow, we find that at the beginning of Steve’s treatment, entitled, “The Bum,” our main character has gotten off at a rest area, is in the bathroom and hears the bum playing Dylan’s “A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall” on the harmonica.
    I have posted a link to the sung song, and a link describing what exactly a harmonica happens to be.
    Yet our main character hears the song the bum is playing.
    Here is a PVOT link to an harmonica rendition of the song.
    Again, now that you have another piece to further three-dimensionalize the opening of the treatment, go back and re-read the first couple of paragraphs with all of this information in your mind.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atjif5Ez1rU

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  187. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, for newcomers, scroll up to my post of July 14, 2011 @ 10:14PM and then follow my posts back down to this one.
    For everyone else, we read in Steve’s treatment, entitled, “The Bum,” the bum is playing the harmonica and seems to be partial to a blues kind of sound.
    Here is a link that kind of outlines the crucial elements of playing a blues harmonica. It also discusses some of the greatest blues harmonica players of all time.
    Also, there are links within this link that spend a good amount of time discussing female blues harmonica players.

    http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/blues_harp_gods.html

    Have fun and enjoy.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  188. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the monthly archival listings divided into two parts.
    PART 1- How to Find Previous Months Comments and Links
    PART 2- Posts and Links for June 2011
    PART 1- PREVIOUS MONTHS’ COMMENTS AND LINKS
    3/12/11/9:05PM/January & February 2011, Comments and Links
    4/13/11/10:42PM/March 2011 Comments and Links
    5/17/11/2:04AM/April 2011 Comments and Links
    PART 2- JUNE 2011 COMMENTS and LINKS
    6/1/11/11:29PM/Concept of Sin- All Points of View/LINK
    6/2/11/8:59PM/Overview of Forgiveness/LINK
    6/3/11/8:21PM/11 Part Video-Cross-Examining Catholicism/LINK
    6/4/11/9:35PM/U. S. Postal Service Facts/LINK
    6/6/11/2:15AM/Disgruntled Postal Worker Syndrome/LINK
    6/7/11/1:29AM/Hindu Understanding of Heaven & Hell/LINK
    6/8/11/3:53AM/Heaven & Hell in Various Religions/LINK
    6/8/11/8:55PM/Catholic Nuns Also Abused Children/LINK
    6/9/11/10:26PM/Nun Says- God Told Me To Beat Children/LINK
    6/10/11/8:54PM/Video of Being in Nun Run Orphanage/LINK
    6/11/11/8:36PM/Video on Ireland’s Ryan Commission/LINK
    6/13/11/1:59AM/VOS/St. Robert Parish in Milwaukee/LINK
    6/14/11/3:17AM/Information on Milwaukee/LINK
    6/15/11/1:01AM/Photos of Milwaukee/LINK
    6/15/11/9:34PM/Military Use of Children/LINK
    6/17/11/5:22AM/Abuse at Canadian Residential Schools/LINK
    6/17/11/11:51PM/Abuse on U.S. Indian Reservations/LINK
    6/17/11/11:53PM/My Response to Technical Questions
    6/18/11/7:21PM/Abuse of Australian Aboriginal Children/LINK
    6/20/11/7:45AM/Abuse of New Zealand Maori Children/LINK
    6/21/11/3:11AM/UNICEF Statement on Abuse of Children/LINK
    6/22/11/3:35AM/Information About Lake Michigan/LINK
    **6/22/11/8:47PM/May 2011 ARCHIVE OF COMMENTS AND LINKS**
    6/23/11/10:23PM/Bible Verses Regarding Child Abuse-LINK
    6/24/11/11:13PM/What Bible Says About Pedophilia/LINK
    6/25/11/8:55PM/What is the Talmud/LINK
    6/28/11/3:18AM/What Islam Says About Child Abuse/LINK
    6/28/11/8:28PM/Child Abuse by Religions/LINK
    6/30/11/8:26PM/Turkish TV Show- “Penitents Compete”/LINK
    I hope that this is helpful.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  189. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Steve’s treatment, “The Bum,” Steve makes an historical reference to the fact that in the past, a modern day bum might have been called a hobo.
    Here is a link that discusses hobos. It also draws the distinction between hobos, bums and tramps.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobo

    Hope you find it interesting, and informative.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  190. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In “A Vow of Silence”- Chapter 2- Steve’s treatment, called, “The Bum,” has the bum playing the harmonica.
    So we ask ourselves, how long has the bum had his harmonica? Did he- at some very distant point in his life- buy it for himself? If he did, how did he decide what kind of harmonica to buy?
    Here is a link that helps us decide “How to Choose A Harmonica.”

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5772_choose-harmonica.html

    Hope it is informative.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  191. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! YUPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since we are dealing with Steve’s treatment, entitled, “the Bum,” we are going to spend a little bit of time “exploring” those people who are identified as being “bums.”
    Here is a link to an amazing story about a man- a bum from Columbus, Ohio- with an amazing gift, his voice. It’s called, “Ted Williams: Man with The Golden Voice.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9o7i8U2WU

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  192. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, all right, I know that I’m going to deviate away from our bum in Steve’s treatment and the blues harmonica, but I found this piece on this guy claiming to be the best harmonica player in the world!
    Here is the link. Let me know what you think.
    This guy- Buddy Greene- is incredible!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRKOoJRm_vQ&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  193. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Steve’s treatment, entitled, “The Bum,” the bum is playing a blues harmonica.
    Here is a link discussing who makes the best blues harmonicas.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080531075832AA5VmhB

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  194. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been spending some time with PVOT- “Personalized Visualization of Text”- using Steve’s treatment, called, “The Bum,” in Chapter 2 of the novel “A Vow of Silence” as the place to start.
    Since then, among other things, we have further analyzed the concept of “the bum.”
    Also, a couple of posts ago, I shared a link about a homeless man in Columbus, Ohio, entitled, “Ted Williams- Man with the Golden Voice.”
    Since the beginning, part of our explore has been the abuse of children by clergy.
    Well, as we’re about to see in this next link, the homeless get abused, too.
    This video link is a documentary called, “Fear: The Abuse and Mistreatment of the Homeless.”

    http://vimeo.com/17007669

    You have to wonder about the mind set that abuses.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  195. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re staying with an off-shoot of Steve’s treament in VOS
    Chapter 2, “The Bum.”
    It is easy to think that the phenomenon of the homeless- and as you’re beginning to see, the word ‘homeless’ is not synonymous with the word ‘bum’- it is easy to think that ‘homelessness’ occurs, in large part, only in the U. S.
    Here is a link that looks into ‘homelessness’ in Europe.
    The publication is called, “Homeless in Europe.”

    http://www.feantsa.org/files/freshstart/Communications/Homeless%20in%20Europe%20EN/PDF_2010/Homeless_in_Europe_Autumn2010_EN_Final.pdf.pdf

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  196. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an ABC News Report. It is a Prime Time experiment to see if anyone would intervene if a homeless person was being abused.
    Do know that the teenagers as well as the ‘homeless’ man and ‘homeless’ woman in the video are all actors.
    The video is called, “Hurting the Homeless.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWNQ5zbKw-Q

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  197. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, in response to those of you who would like to add this website to whatever you are doing- yes, by all means feel free to include it.
    As those of you who have been with us for a bit of time know, this website is both about the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” and it is about “exploring” the world around us at this blog archive.
    So far, we have “gone” to a lot of very different and interesting places.
    I hope that it has been interesting and I hope that it has been fun and exciting- for all of us.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  198. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As a result of Steve’s treatment, called, “the Bum,” (in “A Vow of Silence”- Chapter 2), we have been exploring the topic of being “homeless.”
    For the most part we have focused on homeless men.
    Here is a link to the phenomenon of “homeless women” in America.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeless_women_in_the_United_States

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  199. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on with our explore of homeless women in America, here is a piece- a link- about homeless women veterans returning back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Facts-About-Homeless-Veterans-Video

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  200. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last posted link was about homeless women U. S. veterans.
    Here is a pretty comprehensive general link entitled, “Domestic Violence and Poverty: The Narratives of Homeless Women.”

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3687/is_199801/ai_n8772075/?tag=mantle_skin;content

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  201. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Do keep in mind that we are still exploring the tangent of “homeless bum” in Steve’s treatment in Chapter 2 of “A Vow of Silence.”
    Here’s a link to a story that aired on National Public Radio (NPR) about homeless female veterans. It’s called, “No Place To Call Home For Many Female Veterans.”

    http://www.npr.org/2010/11/11/131192165/no-place-to-call-home-for-many-female-veterans

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  202. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to diverge for a moment, but at the same time bring it back to a lot of the things that we have been speaking about regarding the abuse of children.
    We are talking about Norway here, about Oslo here, about somebody going to a camp dressed as a law enforcement person and then shooting children.
    I think that those of us who are responsible- those of us who care- we have to demand that changes be made, that our citizens- our, and everyones children- are protected.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/23/oslo-bombing-child-pleads-with-norway-shooter_n_907796.html

    Take care,
    John Richmond

  203. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the text of the Cloyne Report regarding the sexual abuse of children in Ireland by clergy.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0713/cloyne_report.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  204. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on matters realting to the Cloyne Report in Ireland. Specifically, the Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland over the report.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8660033/Vatican-recalls-ambassador-to-Ireland-over-child-abuse-report.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  205. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a BBC report on what is going on in Cloyne, Ireland.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14142334

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  206. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to 13 July 2011 and the Justice Minister of Ireland’s statement regarding the Cloyne Report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyMsHlt3KTk

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  207. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from Rome regarding the Vatican’s plan to respond to the Cloyne Report in Ireland.

    http://www.zenit.org/article-33130?l=english

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  208. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re still on the subject of the Cloyne Report- in Ireland- and its aftermath.
    It is probably easy to overlook- and forget- that not all of the Catholic priests in Ireland were abusing children.
    Here is a link to an article from the Irish Times (in Dublin), entitled, “The Fearful Fathers.”

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0723/1224301177540.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  209. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with what is going on in Ireland.
    Here is a link to an association in Ireland, called, the “Association of Catholic Priests.”
    At their website, under the heading called, “About Us” they state the following:
    “We are an association for Catholic Priests who wish to have a forum, and a voice to reflect, discuss and comment on issues affecting the Irish Church and society today.”

    http://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/

    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  210. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the release of the Cloyne Report on sexual abuse of children in Ireland.
    In our journey, we have had the opportunity to read an overview of the report, been able to read the entire report, and heard both the Irish PM and Justice Minister’s statements on the report.
    We have in a comparative way been able to read what the BBC and the Irish Times had to say about the report. We have also read what the news source called, Zenit, based in Rome, had to say.
    Now, we are going to extend our “explore” a little further. Here is a link to the Vatican’s recalling of its ambassador to Ireland. The link is from
    Al Jazeera- English.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/07/2011725111716578608.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  211. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying here with the Al Jazeera site.
    They seem to have a series called “People & Power.” As the name of the series suggests, the segments deal with the relationship between people and those people in power.
    Here is a link to an episode about banking in the Vatican. It is called, “Vatican, Inc.”

    http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/04/201142773623970335.html

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  212. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that allows us to read what The China Post thinks about the Irish sex abuse of children scandal.
    Remember, not only do we want to “read” what the media outlets in our home countries are saying, we also want to “explore” what is being expressed in other countries.

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/editorial/world-issues/2011/07/23/310729/p2/Vatican-News.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  213. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For a time now we have been “exploring” the phenomenon of child sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland.
    Here is a link that discusses how children are disappearing from Ireland’s government run foster care system and the involvement of “the human trafficking operations of two Chinese Communist Party-linked Triad gangs operating in Ireland.”

    http://thenewamerican.com/world-mainmenu-26/europe-mainmenu-35/7883-wikileaks-foster-care-children-in-ireland-used-as-sex-slaves

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  214. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on with our “explore” of the general phenomenon of sexual abuse in Ireland- not just of the clerical kind- here is a link from Wikileaks that is the “Tenth Annual Trafficking in Persons Report” (July 2011) from Ireland.

    http://cablesearch.org/cable/view.php?id=10DUBLIN65&hl=irish+sex+abuse

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  215. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been “exploring” reaction to the Irish child abuse scandal- most recently the Cloyne Report- from various parts of the world.
    Here is a link to a piece called THE LAITYTUDE. It identifies itself as “The Voice of Bombay’s Catholic Laity.”

    http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  216. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update link- from The Guardian in England- regarding the Irish child abuse scandal.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/29/vatican-row-new-ireland

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  217. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, as you may have heard, an Irish priest printed up some leaflets likening the Irish PM to Hitler. He has since apolgized.
    Here is a follow-up link to that story.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/28/priest-apologises-enda-kenny-hitler-vatican

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  218. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from the IRISH CENTRAL that looks a little deeper into the priest who made the comparison between the Irish PM and Hitler.

    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Parish-Priest-compares-Irish-leader-to-Adolf-Hitler-126312323.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  219. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Maureen Dowd is a columnist at The New York Times. She has written a column weighing in on the Irish Prime Minister’s speech about child sex abuse in Ireland. The article is called, “The End of Awe.”
    Here is the link.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24dowd.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  220. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, it seems that the National Catholic Reporter has responded- and taken a position- to Maureen Dowd having taken a position on what is going on in Ireland.
    The piece is called, “Maureen Dowd’s Morality Play.”

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/maureen-dowds-morality-play

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  221. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, who is Maureen Dowd?
    Here is a link.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Dowd

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  222. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last few posted links, we have continued to explore the sex abuse scandal in Ireland.
    It would be easy to assume that everyone in charge of Catholicism in Ireland, were trying to hide the sex abuse scandal.
    We have read in Maureen Dowd’s article, “The End of Awe,” that the Archbishop of Ireland, Dairmuid Martin spoke out against the abuses and in support of the victims.
    Here is some background information about Archbishop Martin of Dublin.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarmuid_Martin

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  223. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Much earlier in my posts- and before the Cloyne Report- I spoke about exploring- in the novel, “A Vow of Silence”- using what I call “Personalized Visualization of Text” (PVOT).
    Now that we have been exploring both the Cloyne Report and those people who seem to be at the forefront of comments, let’s try something just a little different than PVOT. Let’s try, simply, just the “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE).
    Before we start, it’s important to remember that the difference between PVOT and VOTAE is that PVOT is being applied to the novel- fiction- and VOTAE is being applied to real life.
    So, those who seem most ‘embroiled’ in the aftermath of the Cloyne Report are the Irish Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Dublin, the Pope and, strangely enough, a New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd.
    We have had background information on Maureen Dowd and Archbishop Martin.
    Here is some background information about the Pope.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  224. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with our exploration of what is going on in Ireland via the Visualization of Text and Experience (VOTAE), here is a link to our fourth previously mentioned individual, the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enda_Kenny

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  225. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a column by Maureen Dowd regarding the Archbishop of Dublin, Dairmuid Martin.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/opinion/05dowd.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  226. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A couple of posts ago, I introduced the concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience.”
    My last post was a column by New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, regarding the Archbishop of Dublin, Dairmuid Martin.
    Here is a link to a number of images of the Archbishop.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=dairmuid%20martin&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=2574l7082l0l9063l15l15l0l0l0l0l265l2354l3.9.3l15l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  227. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is a link to images of the New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd.
    In my post, above, dated August 2, 2011 at 3:08 AM, I provided a link to Dowd’s column, entitled, “An Archbishop Burns While Rome Fiddles.”
    You will find, in the column, that Ms. Dowd went to visit Archbishop Martin in Ireland.
    Now, you have the column, you have images of the Archbishop and you have images of Ms. Dowd.
    Do place their images in you mind, go back and re-read the column, now that you have an idea of what they look like. I hope that the experience of reading the column begins to take on a more three-dimensional nature.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=maureen%20dowd&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=1186l3713l0l5819l12l11l0l1l1l0l249l1577l1.7.2l10l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  228. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still pursuing our VOTAE- ‘Visualization of Text and Experience’- here is a video interview with Maureen Dowd.
    Thus, so far, we have her column, background on her and Archbishop Martin, still images of the two of them and now a video of her.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldGQ2Qf2Uz4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  229. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have reached a point where we can reach a bit of closure on the concept of ‘Visualization of Text and Experience’- VOTAE.
    In my previous posts we have a column by Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, entitled, “An Archbishop Burns While Rome Fiddles.” In the column, Ms. Dowd went to Ireland to visit with Archbishop Martin.
    Now, in order to VOTAE this column, I have posted links to both still images of Ms. Dowd, still images of the Archbishop, and a video interview with Ms. Dowd.
    Here, to complete the VOTAE experience, is a link to an video interview with Archbishop Martin.
    We can now put all of these variable together, and go back and re-read Ms. Dowd’s column with an heightened sense of visualizing her interview of the Archbishop.

    http://www.politico.ie/component/hwdvideoshare/viewvideo/3354/tonight-with-vincent-browne/dr-diarmuid-martin-on-commission-of-investigation

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  230. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re staying right here on the parties who have had some of the greater profiles regarding the Cloyne Report.
    Obviously, the Irish Prime Minister- on the basis of what he said- is one of those parties.
    Here is a link to some images of him.
    And, just as a reminder, we are still ‘exploring’ the concept of ‘Visualization of Text and Experience’ (VOTAE) in this particular instance.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=enda%20kenny&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=4743l10062l0l13276l10l10l0l0l0l0l250l1591l0.8.2l10l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  231. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link to the parties involved with the Cloyne Report.
    These are images for your VOTAE of this phenomenon of Pope Benedict.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=pope%20benedict&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=1638l4431l0l6022l13l13l0l5l5l0l188l1187l0.8l8l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  232. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to the Prime Minister- Enda Kenny- of Ireland’s response to the Cloyne Report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo5MXrqbDeA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  233. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article regarding the Pope accepting the resignation of an Irish bishop, Bishop Brendan Comiskey.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/pope-accepts-resignation-of-irish-bishop-in-pedophile-scandal-1.48483

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  234. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you can see, we are “back tracking in the Irish sexual abuse phenomenon so as to get a glimpse of where, when and how it all started.
    Here is a Profile on Bishop Brendan Comiskey.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Comiskey

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  235. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to images of Bishop Comiskey so that we have a visualization of who we are reading about.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=bishop%20brendan%20comiskey&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=2652l14820l0l16068l25l25l0l10l10l0l280l2621l1.8.6l15l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  236. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still back tracking from the Cloyne Report to try and explore the origins of the sex abuse phenomenon in Ireland.
    Here is a link to a time-line regarding Bishop Comiskey and the abuse.

    http://the-knitter.blogspot.com/2005/10/countdown-to-scandal-how-evil-unfolded.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  237. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Bishop Comiskey’s statement of resignation.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2002/0401/comiskey01.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  238. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a video, entitled, “Sex Crimes and the Vatican.”

    http://vimeo.com/654677

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  239. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, still, we are back tracking on the Irish clerical sex abuse phenomenon.
    We have read and seen matters relating to Bishop Comiskey and a particular priest by the name of Sean Fortune.
    Here is a little bit of information on Rev. Fortune.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%C3%A1n_Fortune

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  240. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have read about and seen some videos pertaining to a number of the people who have been involved in the clerical child abuse phenomenon in Ireland.
    Yet, we haven’t heard from the victims, the then children- now adults.
    Here is a link to Part 1 of a victim’s- Ms. Christine Buckley- account of her experience.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv6DUajEkEY

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  241. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, so here is a link to Christine Buckley’s Account of Her Abuse Experience- Part 2.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvNmrlyC838&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  242. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last two video links were about a victim of the phenomenon of clerical sexual abuse of children in Ireland- Ms. Christine Buckley.
    Here is a background link to another victim, Mr. Colm O’Gorman.

    http://colmogorman.com/?page_id=5

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  243. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The last link that I posted was one to Colm O’Gorman. Mr. O’Gorman was one of the victims in the clerical sex abuse phenomenon in Ireland.
    This last link gave us some general background information about Mr. O’Gorman.
    Here is a link, entitled, “Colm O’Gorman Interview- Conspiracy of Silence.”

    http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/spectrum/Colm-OGorman-interview-Conspiracy-of.5249706.jp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  244. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a radio interview with Colm O’Gorman. He is a guest on a Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) radio show called, “The Current.”
    A word of direction, after you click onto the link, scroll down to the third- 3rd- entry that is identfied as “Pt 3 Beyond Belief.” You will find the interview at that spot.

    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2010/06/june-23-2010.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  245. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some images of Reverend Sean Fortune.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=rev.%20sean%20fortune&rlz=1R2ACEW_en&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=593l4446l0l5913l17l15l0l7l7l0l265l1465l0.4.4l8l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&tab=wi&imgtype=i_similar&sa=X&ei=0qI9TqXXNsux0AHOvYT5Aw&ct=img-sim-l&oi=image_sil&resnum=1&tbnid=mdb8OFTWEVkhYM:

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  246. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to a piece called, “Suing the Pope.” It aired on a news show called, “Inside Story.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juQwcyVdO6Q

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  247. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post was an AlJazeera-English news show called “Inside Story.” The posted link was called, “Suing the Pope.”
    The original documentary dates back to a BBC special also called, “Suing the Pope,” which aired in 2002.
    Here is a link to the trancript of that show.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/programmes/correspondent/transcripts/1879407.txt

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  248. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For a good number of reasons, the phenomenon of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland has essentially been a good case study.
    My last post was the transcript from the BBC documentary, entitled, “Suing the Pope.”
    This documentary eventually gave rise in what would result in the Ferns Inquiry Report.
    Here is a link to the Ferns Report.

    http://www.nochildsbehindleft.org/docs/Ferns_Report.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  249. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last two posted links were the Ferns Inquiry Report and the Transcript of the BBC documentary, “Suing the Pope.”
    Obviously, the Pope is an extremely important aspect of the clerical abuse phenomenon.
    Here is a link to a BBC Video that profiles the Pope.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11141340

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  250. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    By the way, as regards the BBC video link to the Pope. Once you’re at the BBC page, be sure to scroll down to the little black box that identifies itself as the “BBC Radio 4 Profile” and click on the “Play” button.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  251. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our exploration of Ireland as a case study of the phenomenon of clerical abuse of children, we have gotten an opportunity to “interface” with a good number of people.
    Clerically, we have explored Father Fortune, Bishop Comiskey, Archbishop Martin- even the Pope. Yet, there is one cleric that plays an hierarchically important role. That is Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland.
    Here is some information, to begin with, about Cardinal Brady.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%C3%A1n_Brady

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  252. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Do remember that we are exploring the clerical abuse phenomenon in Ireland as a kind of mini case study.
    My last link was to give you some information about Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland.
    Staying, also with our striving to achieve some degree of ‘Visualization of Text and Experience,’ (VOTAE), of what is happening in Ireland, here is a link to some still images of Cardinal Brady.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=cardinal%20sean%20brady%20of%20Ireland&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=640l6880l0l9314l30l25l0l12l12l0l593l2434l0.3.4.1.0.1l9l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  253. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link that discusses a level of involvement of Cardinal Brady- then only Father Brady- in the abuse phenomenon from some many years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx9EWz0jdPk

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  254. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to Cardinal Brady’s 2010 apology to the victims of abuse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPSPnnJM8M8

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  255. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Two posts ago, I provided a link to a RTE (Ireland) news clip pertaining to Cardinal Brady when he was still just Father Brady.
    In it is a reference to a Father Brendan Smyth who was a child sex abuser some many years ago.
    Keeping in mind that we are ‘exploring’ the clerical abuse phenomenon in Ireland as a kind of mini case study, here is a link to some background information about Father Brendan Smyth.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Smyth_(priest)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  256. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, because this Word Press Blog and Comment section has very definite “space restrictions,” I have gone back to the beginning of everyone’s comments and have “created” space for the new comments.
    The really good thing about me doing this is that the links that I have posted in the past are now more compactfully presented to you so that you might be more easily be able to ‘explore’ those links.
    Of course, this is a work in progress. I will let you know when I have completed the task.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  257. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I will shift away from Ireland for a moment and provide you with a link about what is hapening back in the U.S.
    Specifically, here is an article about the fact that recently the Bishop of Kansas City, Missouri waited months before contacting the authorities about an abusing priest.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/15bishop.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  258. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying here for a time with this ongoing story in Missouri, we have read that the priest in question was Father Ratigan and that the bishop was Bishop Finn.
    Here is a link to something that I rarely do, a link to someone’s blog about what is going on with these two priests and their diocese.

    http://moravings.blogspot.com/2011/05/quirks-inconsistencies-and-craziness.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  259. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to stay with the Missouri story for a bit of time and apply the ‘Visualization of Text and Experience’ (VOTAE) to it.
    Here are some images of Bishop Robert Finn.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=bishop%20robert%20finn&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=1638l6817l0l10015l18l18l0l3l3l0l218l2308l1.11.3l15l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  260. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I see that some number of you are asking some fairly technical questions about how this website and this blog have been set up.
    I regret to say that I was not the one who did it. My technical expertise regarding websites and blogs is probably bordering on the non-existent.
    Sorry about that- wish I could be more helpful.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  261. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still staying with the Missouri story, here are some still images of Father Shawn Ratigan.
    We will pursue this story a bit longer.
    Yet, if you have begun to embrace the concept of ‘Visualization of Text and Experience’ (VOTAE), I think that now that we have the basis of background information about what is going on in Missouri and that now we have still images of both Bishop Finn and Father Ratigan, well, I think that the story- if you go back up to the New York Times article of earlier today- I think that the story- using VOTAE- will be far more meaningful- actually close to imaginatively three-dimensional.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=637&q=father%20shawn%20ratigan&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&gs_sm=si&gs_upl=17706l22245l0l24258l20l19l0l1l1l0l265l3185l0.12.6l18l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  262. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still staying in the Missouri story, here is an NBC affiliate video report on Father Shawn Ratigan.
    Do know, there is a very short commercial before they get to the report.

    http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_missouri/priest-charged-with-possession-of-child-pornography

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  263. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still on the Missouri matter, here is a video link regarding Bishop Finn’s response to the charges against Father Ratigan.

    http://www.kmbc.com/r/28052216/detail.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  264. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to a Fox affiliate in Missouri news story regarding investigators finding more pornographic material in the e-mail accounts of Father Ratigan.

    http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-police-believe-they-found-more-child-porn-belonging-to-priest-20110706,0,1437754.story?track=rss

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  265. Claudette Henk Says:

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  266. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still staying in Missouri, we have had a chance to explore links regarding both Bishop Finn and Father Ratigan.
    It’s only fair to explore some links to reactions in the community regarding the recent clerical abuse scandal in Missouri.
    Here is a link to a Kansas City television station- KCPT- program called, “Ruckus.”
    It is a kind of panel discussion on what the station identifies as “Topic 1: Diocesan Dispute!”
    Do keep in mind that the matter of Bishop Finn is the FIRST of many topics that the panel will be discussing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj2bYm5WIbk

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  267. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Let’s now spend some additional time on those who were the victims of clerical abuse.
    Here is a link to a television show called, “Listen Up.” It is a moderated discussion about the victims of clerical abuse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk72P8v5ZR4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  268. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, again, we have been exploring various aspects of the “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE), through text material coupled with still images and videos.
    Yet, it is important not to intellectualize the ‘explore’ so much that we forget what is important. And, what is important are the victims of clerical abuse- particularly the child victims.
    It is important that they be heard, it is important that we hear their voices however after the fact it may be.
    Here is a video link to a video piece called “The End of Innocence.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGsRNC1euUA&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  269. Talitha Botras Says:

    Preach it my brother.

  270. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you might probably expect that when something “new” comes along, I will break away from what we are exploring in order to follow what is happening.
    Here is the first of three posts pertaining to a case identified as Doe v. Holy See.
    It involved a priest by the name of Father Andrew Ronan who is accused of molesting children in Ireland and the U.S.
    What the Vatican has done is to place part of their internal files about Father Ronan online as well as handing the documentation over to the attorneys.
    This is the first of three links. It is a piece from The New York Times dated Thursday, August 18, 2011.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/world/europe/18briefs-Vatican.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  271. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is the second of three links pertaining to the case of Doe v. Holy See.
    This is a news release on the Vatican Radio website, entitled, “Vatican Lawyer Responds to Abuse Accusations.”

    http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=513084

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  272. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, this is the third link regarding the case of Doe v. Holy See.
    As I understand it, this is a portion of the internal files that the Vatican has both put up online and has turned over to the lawyers in the case.
    You will see that some good portion of the files are not in English, but there are a number of pieces of documentation that are in English.

    http://www.radiovaticana.va/pdf/documents_Doe_v_Holy_See.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  273. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a Wikipedia link to the case I mention in my last few posts and links, Doe v. Holy See.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_V._Doe_v._Holy_See

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  274. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a fair number of documents ostensibly from the files of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, pertaining to Father Ronan.

    http://www.archdiocesedocuments.org/uploads/Fr_Ronan.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  275. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the last couple of months, we have been focusing on the phenomenon of clerical sexual abuse.
    We have ‘explored’ Ireland, Missouri and the case of Doe v. Holy See.
    I think that- once again- it is important that we try and keep the phenomenon of sexual abuse of children in a comprehensive context.
    So, in the next couple of links, let’s look at what has been going on in the public schools of the U.S. as regards the phenomenon of sexual abuse.
    Here is a link that tries to put the clerics and the public schools into perspective.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2010/apr/10040101

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  276. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post I put in a link to an article saying that sexual abuse in the public schools is 100 times worse than what the priests were/are doing.
    In that article there was a reference to a 2004 study by Charol Shakeshaft researching the phenomenon of sexual abuse in schools.
    Here is a link to that study.

    http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/misconductreview/report.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  277. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last two posted links were links that discussed “some numbers” regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse by both clerics and personnel in public schools in the U.S.
    Here is a link to a study by John Jay College pertaining to the percentage of priests involved in sexual abuse.

    http://www.americancatholic.org/news/clergysexabuse/johnjaycns.asp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  278. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post/link was to an overview of a study by John Jay College regarding priests who sexually abuse children.
    Here is another link to the John Jay study with even more statistics.

    http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/PriestAbuseScandal.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  279. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Back to Ireland, for a moment; we have read and heard about the Ferns Report and the Report from the Ryan Commission.
    Here is some information on the Murphy Report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp1zyCE8heo

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  280. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still back in Ireland, here is a video link from an Irish television broadcast called, “Primetime,” on the Murphy Report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjcXaTqlKmk&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  281. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Speaking generally now, we have been exploring a good number of phenomena.
    Obviously, one of the prime ones has been the sexual abuse by clerics.
    Here is an interesting new “phenomenon” to explore- the vanishing priest.
    This is a link to an article in the Washington Post entitled, “After Child Abuse Allegations Priests Simply Vanish.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/02/AR2010120206646.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  282. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are now exploring the phenomenon of the ‘vanishing child abusing priest. Where do they go?
    Here is a Fox TV link to one such cleric.

    http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/report-abusive-priests-unmonitored-20110307

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  283. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still exploring where abusing clerics go, here is a link to one such person who was on a Voyage of Discovery cruise to South America.

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/01/george_neville_rucker_accused.php

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  284. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the phenomenon of the ‘vanishing priest’- where do they go- as regards their involvement with clerical abuse of children.
    Here is a link to a piece about Rev. Skehan who was doing prison time.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/web-site-chronicles-disgraced-priests-prison-time-offers-73290.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  285. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still exploring the phenomenon of the ‘vanishing priest.’
    Here is a link to an article that discusses going to Mexico as an option.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/world/americas/21mexico.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  286. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Obviously, not every priest involved in the sex abuse phenomenon does jail time or runs off to Mexico or does any of the other tings we have explored.
    Here is a link to a place called the Saint Luke Institute where a person can go and receive help.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Luke_Institute

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  287. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post/link was to the Wiki page for the Saint Luke Institute.
    Here is the link to the actual home page of the Saint Luke Institute.

    http://www.sli.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  288. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This post will list the links and comments that I posted in July of 2011.
    (1) But, first, ‘historically,’ here are the places to find access to the posts of previous months:
    -3/12/11@9:05PM/ References to Posts and Links from 1/11 and 2/11
    -4/13/11@10:42PM/Posts and Links from March 2011
    -5/17/11@2:04AM/Posts and Links from April 2011
    -6/22/11@8:47PM/Posts and Links from May 2011
    -7/18/11@11:21PM/Posts and Links from June 2011
    (2) Now, here are the posts and links from July 2011:
    7/1/11@11:41PM/More on Turkish TV Show “Penitent Compete”- LINK
    7/3/11@2:36AM/Definition of What is a ‘Vow’- LINK
    7/4/11@4:46AM/Definition of what is a ‘Vow of Silence’- LINK
    7/4/11@5:07AM/History of U.S. Interstate Highways- LINK
    7/5/11@12:11AM/Hindu Conception of a ‘Vow of Silence’- LINK
    7/5/11@9:16PM/Buddhist Conception of a’Vow of Silence’- LINK
    7/6/11@9:39PM/RE: NOVEL/Simpson Murder Weapon Theory- LINK
    7/7/11@9:05PM/Exploitation of Newborns in Spain- LINK
    7/8/11@10:30PM/Power of Silence and Spiritual Healing- LINK
    7/9/11@5:54PM/Concept of Silence in Islam- LINK
    7/11/11@12:46AM/Blackouts and the Power of Silence in Japan- LINK
    7/11/11@7:59PM/Arizona Abuses Dating to 1940’s- LINK
    7/12/11@1:32AM/Healing Through Silence- LINK
    7/13/11@1:47AM/Mother Teresa on Silence- LINK
    7/13/11@4:18AM/RE:NOVEL/Selecting a Hunting Knife- LINK
    7/13/11@10:18PM/Inner Learning Through Power of Silence- LINK
    7/14/11@3:53AM/Top 10 Hunting Knives in the World- LINK
    7/14/11@8:49PM/NY Times Article RE: Ireland and Germany- LINK
    7/14/11@10:14PM/Intro to ‘Personalized Visualization of Text- (PVOT)
    7/14/11@10:22PM/RE: NOVEL/Video: Interstate Driving at Night- LINK
    7/14/11@10:29PM/RE: NOVEL/Video: Night Sounds at Rest Area- LINK
    7/14/11@10:39PM/RE: NOVEL/Images of Homeless Bums- LINK
    7/16/11@1:48AM/RE: NOVEL/Song: “A Hard Rains a Gonna Fall”- LINK
    7/16/11@1:51AM/RE: NOVEL/My Question: Can You Picture the Bum?
    7/16/11@3:29AM/RE: NOVEL/Choices of Ryder Trucks- LINK
    7/16/11@3:38AM/RE; NOVEL/Images of A Murderer- LINK
    7/16/11@4:19AM/RE: NOVEL/More Images of a Murderer- LINK
    7/16/11@10:31PM/RE: NOVEL/Info About Harmonicas- LINK
    7/17/11@10:18PM/RE: NOVEL/”A Hard Rains…” on Harmonica- LINK
    7/18/11@7:46PM/RE: NOVEL/Elements of Blues Harmonica- LINK
    ***7/18/11@11:21PM/JUNE POSTS AND LINKS COMPILATION***
    7/19/11@3:28AM/RE: NOVEL/What is a Hobo?- LINK
    7/19/11@10:23PM/RE: NOVEL/How to Choose a Harmonica- LINK
    7/19/11@10:45PM/RE: NOVEL/”Man with a Golden Voice”- LINK
    7/20/11@3:38AM/RE: NOVEL/Best Harmonica Player in the World- LINK
    7/20/11@11:44PM/RE: NOVEL/Best Blues Harmonicas- LINK
    7/21/11@12:20AM/RE: NOVEL/Video: Abuse of the Homeless- LINK
    7/21/11@3:23AM/RE: NOVEL/Homeless in Europe- LINK
    7/21/11@8:34PM/RE: NOVEL/Video: Hurting the Homeless- LINK
    7/22/11@3:34AM/My Comment on Using Our Materials
    7/22/11@11:08PM/RE: NOVEL/Wiki on Homeless Women in U.S.- LINK
    7/23/11@3:54AM/RE: NOVEL/Video: Homeless Women Veterans- LINK
    7/24/11@4:28AM/RE: NOVEL/Narratives of Homeless Women- LINK
    7/24/11@4:52AM/RE: NOVEL/No Place to Call Home for Female Vets- LINK
    7/25/11@4:46AM/Norway Bombing and the Death of Children- LINK
    7/25/11@9:35PM/Cloyne Report (Ireland)- LINK
    7/25/11@9:40PM/Vatican Recalls Ambassador over Cloyne Report- LINK
    7/26/11@4:07AM/BBC Report on Cloyne Report- LINK
    7/26/11@4:13AM/Irish Justice Minister on Cloyne- LINK
    7/26/11@9:18PM/Vatican Will Respond to Cloyne Report- LINK
    7/26/11@9:39PM/Irish Times Article- “The Fearful Fathers”- LINK
    7/26/11@9:50PM/RE: The Association of Catholic Priests (in Ireland)- LINK
    7/27/11@8:49PM/Al-Jazeera on Vatican Ambassador Recall- LINK
    7/27/11@8:55PM/Video: “Vatican, Inc.”- LINK
    7/28/11@3:24AM/China Post Comment on Irish Scandal- LINK
    7/28/11@8:36PM/Children Disappearing from Irish Foster Care- LINK
    7/28/11@11:14PM/Wikileak: 10th Report on Trafficking in Persons- LINK
    7/29/11@3:38AM/The Laitytude: Reaction from India to Cloyne- LINK
    7/30/11@3:27AM/Update on Irish Sex Scandal- LINK
    7/30/11@3:32AM/Cleric Apology for Likening Irish PM to Hitler- LINK
    7/30/11@3:41AM/Irish Central Article on Hitler Comparison- LINK
    7/30/11@3:48AM/Maureen Dowd Column- “The End of Awe”- LINK
    7/31/11@4:28AM/National Catholic Reporter on Dowd Column- LINK
    7/31/11@4:31PM/Wikipedia on Maureen Dowd- LINK
    7/31/11@9:11PM/Wikipedia on Irish Archbishop Martin- LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  289. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re still on the phenomenon of the ‘vanishing priest.’
    Here’s an interesting story about Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald who founded on order for wayward priests in 1947 in New Mexico.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2010/04/01/priests-dream-to-help-others-became-a-nightmare/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  290. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is some Wiki information on the congregation that Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald founded in New Mexico in 1947.
    The group is called the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregation_of_the_Servants_of_the_Paraclete

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  291. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the home page of the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete.

    http://www.theservants.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  292. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting link that raises the question as to whether or not the Servants of the Paraclete- and their facility- are- in some ways- an “ecclesiastical jail” for wayward- and, thus, vanished- priests.

    http://www.weirdload.com/nmmystery.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  293. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last four links involved the Servants of the Paraclete.
    But what exactly is the ‘paraclete?’
    Here is a link that discusses the concept of the ‘paraclete.’

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraclete

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  294. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the course of the last dozen links or so, we have been exploring the phenomenon of the “vanishing priest.”
    Most recently, we have had links to a group in New Mexico called the ‘Servants of the Paraclete.’ They have a facility where ‘troubled’ clergy can go.
    We then delved into what exactly is a ‘paraclete.’
    Here is some more information on the concept of the ‘paraclete.’

    http://girardianlectionary.net/res/girard_paraclete.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  295. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In a link that I provided back on 8/25/11 @ 10:18PM, the Wiki article that was posted made reference to a Father Mcloughlin and his reference to the concept of an ecclesiastical prison.
    This was not just “cute wording” on his part. The concept has a reality to it, and here is a link.

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12436a.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  296. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re exploring ecclesiastical prisons- and now ecclesiastical courts. Here is a link to a well known person who was convicted in an ecclesiatical court and burned at the stake-Joan of Arc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  297. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have explored vanishing priests, places where priests can get help, ecclesiastical court and ecclesiastical jails.
    As regards the ecclesiastical jails, it seems strange that a person who becomes a priest- particularly considering the role and duties of being a priest- ends up in a quasi-religious jail.
    How does this begin to happen? What does it say about the person? What does it begin to say about his soul?
    Here is an interesting link to a piece called “The Priest Soul.”

    http://personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-michael-teachings/the-seven-roles-in-essence/the-priest-soul/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  298. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post was a link to a piece called “The Priest Soul.”
    So, what might happen to the soul of an abusing cleric?
    Well, here is one line of thought, called, “Paedophile Priests Will Go To hell.”

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/paedophile-priests-will-go-to-hell_630165.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  299. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, we have been on a relatively “serious roll,” here for quite some time.
    So, with the U.S. Labor Day Holiday coming up upon us, I think that we should cruise through it on the “light side.”
    So, here is a link that one group has put together about the “Top 10 Priest Movies of All Time.”

    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/top_10_priest_movies

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  300. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post I mentioned that for the U.S. Labor Day weekend, we will be going to explore some “light material.”
    Thus, my last posted link was a list of the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Actually, they listed eleven (11) of them.
    So, David Letterman style, we will start with number eleven (11).
    It was a movie called, “Angels with Dirty Faces” from 1938.
    Here is a link to the trailer for that movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nld4DcRHME0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  301. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are into our “countdown” of the trailers for the ‘Top 10 Priest Movies.’
    Here is a link to number 10.
    It is for the movie, “The Exorcist.”
    It dates from 1973.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGw1MTEe9k

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  302. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    You know, when you look back at these first two trailers, it’s interesting to compare the content that is being synopsized for the viewing public.
    It’s almost like drama versus special effects; acting versus quick takes of screams and shocked looks.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  303. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with trying to keep it “light,” we are still with the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    As I’ve said, we’re counting them down in reverse order.
    Here is the link to number 9.
    It is the movie, “Molokai: The Story of Father Damien.”
    It was released in 1999.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmlNgiOMCJM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  304. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with our countdown of the “Top 10 Priest Movies,” here is a link to movie number 8.
    It’s called, “Boys Town.”
    It was released in 1938.
    What nice about this link is that not only does it give you the original trailer, but it also gives two subsequent trailers- remakes, if you will- of the original trailer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNqFqinW32Y

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  305. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    You know, if you watch closely in the original trailer for “Boys Town” (1938), there is a scene where Mickey Rooney (cast as punk kid) is sitting in a chair and Spencer Tracy (cast as the priest) slaps a cigarette out of Mickey Rooney’s mouth.
    Wow, in today’s world, would that be “clerical abuse?”
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  306. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Keep in mind that after a lot of serious material, we are exploring “lighter” things.
    We are counting down the ‘Top 10 Priest Movies’ over these days leading up to and through the U.S. Labor Day holiday.
    I have already posted links to movies 11, 10, 9 and 8.
    Here is movie # 7. It is an Alfred Hitchcock movie called, “I Confess.”
    It was released in 1953.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H43IqD7mEg

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  307. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, our countdown continues on the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    We are down to number 6.
    It’s called, “On The Waterfront” with Marlon Brando.
    It was released in 1954.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSImMMMf5nA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  308. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Just as a note- whenever I find some interesting material about something that we have already explored, in part, I will share it with you.
    So, here, we are backtracking to # 11 of the “Top 10 Priest Movies,” “Angels with Dirty Faces.”
    This is a link to just the action scenes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2CJyHT8gHA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  309. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, still backtracking and still at # 11 of the “Top 10 Priest Movies,” “Angels with Dirty Faces.”
    Here is the Wikipedia article about the movie.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_with_Dirty_Faces

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  310. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are counting down- in reverse order- the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    We are now down to # 5.
    It is called “The Keys to the Kingdom.”
    Gregory Peck is one of the lead actors.
    It was released in 1944.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLOtkuS_Ags

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  311. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post provided you with the link to the trailer for “The Keys of the Kingdom.” (sorry, I put in ‘to’ instead of ‘of’).
    Anyway, here is a Wiki article that discusses the movie.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keys_of_the_Kingdom_(film)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  312. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Remember, because we were into so much “heavy” material over the last couple of weeks, I decided that we would “lighten” things up.
    We are exploring the trailers (as well as related materials) to the “Top 10 Priest Movies,” in reverse order.
    We are now at # 4.
    It is called “Going My Way.”
    Bing Crosby is one of the prime stars.
    It was released in 1944.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ-clrkwsGM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  313. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Backtracking, again, here- to film # 10 of the “Top 10 Priest Films”- is a Wiki article on “The Exorcist.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist_(film)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

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  315. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Among other things, we are continuing with our reverse order countdown of the trailers for the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is # 3.
    It is called, “The Mission.”
    It was released in 1986.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-l2-Q7vODc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  316. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I know that we’ve been concentrating on the “Top 10 Priest Movies,” but their is a clerical voice from the world of “television past” that probably needs to be heard at times like these.
    We all have read how the cost of higher education is continuing to outpace the increase in the cost of living.
    Here is a priestly persona- Father Guido Sarducci- with his idea of starting up the “Five Minute University.”
    Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0gSEa4dd-Y&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  317. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, remember, we are taking a break from the “nitty-gritty” of the phenomenon of clerical abuse.
    We have been explorng the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is number # 2-
    It is called, “The Bells of St, Mary’s.”
    Bing Crosby is in this one.

    http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/the-bells-of-st-marys-trailer/694433

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  318. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Recyling back, here is some more Wiki information on movie # 9- “Molokai: The Story of Father Damien.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  319. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, we are down to the # 1 movie in the “Top 10 Priest Movie” list.
    This trailer is for the movie called, “The Scarlet and the Black.”
    Great cast.
    It was released in 1983.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgRxWrlMCOA

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  320. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the Wiki article for “Top 10 Priest Movie,” #8- “Boys Town.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_Town_(film)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  321. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a review of an article that appears in the September 15, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
    The article is called, “The Catholic Church’s Secret Sex-Crime Files.”
    It was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
    It involves the clerical abuse phenomenon that we have explored that is occurring in Philadelphia.
    Once the piece appears on-line, I’ll put up the link.

    http://catholics4change.com/2011/09/04/rolling-stone-publishes-8-page-article-on-philly-catholic-church-cover-up/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  322. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Although we are back on our main course of “exploring” both the novel- “A Vow of Silence”- and the phenomenon of clerical abuse, there are a few loose ends that are left over from our “journey” through the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is one of them.
    It is the Wikipedia article for the Alfred Hitchcock movie, (1953), “I Confess.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Confess_(film)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  323. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are staying with the current Rolling Stone article- “…Secret Sex-Crime Files.” that I mentioned in my last post.
    Here is some information about Father James Brennan. He is mentioned in the article.

    http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-16/news/28698173_1_accused-priest-defrocked-priest-drug-charge

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  324. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a Fox Philly news story about Father James Brennan.
    This is a follow-up to my last link.

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/priest-fights-back-against-sex-charge

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  325. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are staying on our “exploration” of the clerical abuse allegations that are occurring in Philadelphia.
    Here is an OP-ED piece in The New York Times by Maureen Dowd.
    The title of the piece is “Avenging Altar Boy.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/opinion/16dowd.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  326. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Still working on “cleaning up” the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is the Wiki article for movie # 6, “On The Waterfront.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Waterfront

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  327. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, we are staying with the story in Philadelphia.
    As I have said before- a number of times- this weblog is neither a place for clerical apologetics nor is it a place from which to mount a witch hunt.
    What we are hoping to do is to “explore” in order for us- all of us- to facilitate a far more comprehensive understanding of the world around us.
    To that end, I have put up a number of links to Father James Brennan and that of which he has allegedly been accused.
    Yet, there is another side to what is going on. For every perpetrator there is a victim, for everyone accused their is someone who is the accuser.
    So, who is the person who accussing Father Brennan?
    Here is a link by which we can begin to explore that question.

    http://www.themediareport.com/jul2011/fr-james-brennan-accuser.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  328. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some good number of posts ago, I introduced the concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience.”
    We have been reading about Father James Brennan.
    Here is a still image of Father Brennan.

    http://www.themediareport.com/jul2011/fr-james-brennan-accuser.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  329. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our past “explores” we have visited links wherein the identity of the person suing is not known.
    We saw this in John Doe v. The Holy See (the Portland, Oregon pending case), and now we have seen it, again, in the person who is pressing charges against Father James Brennan.
    So, what is this all about?
    It is about the concept of the “Anonymity of the Plaintiff.”
    Here is a link that discusses the use of anonymity.

    http://www.havoca.org/Articles/art%20Plaintiff%20Anonymity.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  330. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting website out of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
    It is from their “Office for Child and Youth Protection.”
    There is a tab called, “Status of Clergy.”
    Thought that you might find it interesting.

    http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  331. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Looking over my last link from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office for Child and Youth Protection, we saw under the section labeled “Status of Clergy,” that a number of priests were “laicized.”
    So, what exactly does “laicized” mean? To begin, do know that it is synonymous with “defrocking.”
    Here is a Wiki link on defrocking/laicized.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defrocking

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  332. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, we are almost done cleaning up the the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is a link to the Wiki piece for the 1944 movie- “The Keys of the Kingdom.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keys_of_the_Kingdom

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  333. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    If you would recall, we used the concept of “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE) and applied it in a “case study” sort of way to what was going on in Ireland.
    It seems that what is going on in Philadelphia is beginning to present itself to us as an opportunity for another “case study” using the concept of VOTAE.
    Thus, there seem to be five (5) principal individuals who stand accused for alleged acts.
    We have been exploring Father James Brennan.
    Here is another principal in the matter. He is Father Edward Avery also know as the “Smiling Padre.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-13/news/28686154_1_abusive-priests-avery-archdiocese

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  334. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For those of you who have been with me since the inception of “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE), and for those of you who are new to the “Vow of Silence” website, VOTAE is a conceptual “tool” by which we can begin to visualize the text that we are reading by adding both images and video, (both when possible).
    Here is an image of Father Edward Avery.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/us/11priest.html?_r=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  335. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, do know, that we are “exploring” what is going on in Philadelphia as a kind of “case study.”
    In an earlier post I mentioned that there are five persons accused of alleged abuse.
    Yet, they are only the accused.
    There are other principal persons in this matter.
    One such is the District Attorney of Philadelphia, R Seth Williams.
    Here is some Wiki information on the DA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Seth_Williams

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  336. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A bit of a digression here from what’s going on in Philadelphia while we wrap up the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is the Wiki article for movie # 4, “Going My Way.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_My_Way

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  337. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are “exploring” what is going on in Philadelphia as a “case study” using “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE).
    Here is an image link of the Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams.
    This site also gives us a little more political information.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ourcampaigns.com/images/candidates/b85/FullC85769D2006-01-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html%3FCandidateID%3D85769&usg=__Wnf8PbPwodQ5jM5tjL9MP80CNb8=&h=300&w=263&sz=51&hl=en&start=4&zoom=1&tbnid=4qvtEra_Ps6GyM:&tbnh=116&tbnw=102&ei=26psTruCHIjGgAeT3-D0BQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dphiladelphia%2Bdistrict%2Battorney%2Br.%2Bseth%2Bwilliams%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  338. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is what I would call a “still-video” of and for R. Seth Williams, the District Attorney of Philadelphia.
    His office will be the governmental entity prosecuting the five principal clerics that we have been getting to know.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdBkNBUO5Lw

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  339. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, do keep in mind that we are appling the concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience”- to our “case study” of Philadelphia.
    I am doing this so that we take printed text- whether it be in the newspaper or on the Internet- and try and turn it- as much as possible- into a “more” three-dimensional experience.
    Here is a video of the Philadelphia District Attorney, R. Seth Williams.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlQZX_3MdkE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  340. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing to “clean up” our list of “Top 10 Priest Movies,” here is a Wiki article for movie # 3, “The Mission.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mission_(1986_film)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  341. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Again, we are staying with what is going on in Philadelphia.
    Here is a link to the “Grand Jury Report” as regards the alleged clerical abuse of minors by the previously mentioned five (5) principals accused in this matter.

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/03/25/grreport.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  342. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been reading about R. Seth Williams who is the District Attorney for Philadelphia.
    Yet, for the record, what exactly is a “district attorney?”
    Here is some info.

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-district-attorney.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  343. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Two posts ago, I included a link to the grand jury report regarding the five principals allegedly accused in the Philadelphia clerical abuse matter.
    We have explore- in our “case study”- two of these five people, Father James Brennan and Father Edward Avery.
    However, just like my last posted link that told us what a “district attorney” is, here is a link that tells us what exactly is a “grand jury.”

    http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/a/grand_jury.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  344. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since we are dealing with alleged clerical abuse cases in the city of Philadelphia, here is some background information about the city.

    http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/philadelphia.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  345. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since we are pursuing the alleged clerical abuse matter in Philadelphia, here are some images by which we can all acquint ourselves with that city.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g60795-w2-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  346. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The “Vow of Silence” website has been asked by a U.S. publication for a review of the website by someone other than the author. This includes the novel, the “Music,” the “Readers Comments” and the links that I have been posting.
    The review should be between 600 and 800 words.
    This “Write A Review” offer is open to everyone regardless of where you are in the world.
    Do know, there is no payment, no reward, no dates with celebrities, no free car, no weekend in Vegas or Cannes or Bali. You do, however, get your review published.
    If you are interested, you can send your review- and all contact information- to me at

    weareinshabbona@yahoo.com

    I look forward to reading your reviews.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  347. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are almost finished with the background information for the last two movies of the “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    Here is movie # 2, “The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945).
    Here is some background information.

    http://prayerfoundation.org/movies/movie_review_bells_of_st_marys.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  348. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the last bit of background information for our # 1 “Top 10 Priest Movies.”
    The movie in question is, “The Scarlet and the Black” (1983).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_and_the_Black

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  349. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Father James Brennan’s defense attorney is Richard DeSipio.
    Apparently, his tweets can be found at
    @criminaltrial

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  350. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those That Comment-
    We are still pursuing our “case study” of the alleged clerical abuse phenomenon in Philadelphia and working to apply the concept of “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE).
    Here is a link to the Facebook page for Philadelphia District Attornet, R. Seth Williams.

    http://www.facebook.com/DASethWilliams

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  351. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Just a quick thought, here-
    We started with just text- a story in some print or on-line news source about the alleged clerical abuse phenomenon in Philadelphia (by the way we also did this in Ireland with the Cloyne Report and labeled our efforts as a “case study.”).
    We then took the “components” of the text/story and began to apply the concept of “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE), in order to make the people and the places “more real.”
    And, so, we have had in-depth stories on the people and places, still images and video links.
    Now, with my posting of the Facebook page link for the Philadelphia District Attorney, R. Seth Williams, we have an opportunity to explore what I will call “Enhanced Visualization of Text and Experience” (EVOTAE).
    We now have a great chance to begin to “three-dimensionalize” the person in question by getting to know him- by what he tells us about himself!
    I hope that you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  352. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update from overseas.
    Lawyers representing victims of clerical abuse are urging the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate and prosecute the Pope and three top Vatican officials.
    The article is entitled, “Abuse Victims Ask Court To Prosecute the Vatican.”
    It is from The New York Times, Wednesday, September 14, 2011, p. A-13.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/world/europe/14vatican.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  353. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As we have discussed before, there are five principal parties who are involved in the current case in Philadelphia.
    We have explored two of them. There has been Father James Brennan and Father Edward Avery.
    Here is the assignment record of the third party, Father Charles Engelhardt.

    http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Engelhardt_Charles_F_osfs.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  354. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some background information on the fourth of our five principal persons in the alleged abuse phenomenon in Philadelphia.
    Here is a former 6th grade teacher by the name of Bernard Shero. A photograph is included.

    http://badbadteacher.com/bernard-shero/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  355. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The other story that we are following along with relates back to a link that I posted on 9/14/11 @10:08PM pertaining to a group of sexual abuse victims and their lawyers are urging the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate and prosecute the Pope and three top Vatican officials.
    So, what exactly is the International Criminal Court?
    Here is an informative link.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  356. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDFATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The attorney defending Father James Brennan, Richard DeSipio, also has a Facebook page.
    Here is the link.

    http://www.facebook.com/RLDPhilly

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  357. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    There are a lot of accusations brought by those who accuse clerics of the phenomenon of sexual abuse.
    There have been a lot of investigations and there have a lot of monetary settlements.
    We are now exploring the matter of clerical abuse in Philadelphia.
    But what happens when a priest is falsely accused?
    Here is one story about one priest who was falsely accused.

    http://southernorderspage.blogspot.com/2011/06/falsely-accused-priest-dies-of-broken.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  358. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article regarding the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office indictment of the principal parties in the alleged clerical abuse phenomenon.

    http://establishmag.com/2011/08/16/philly-district-attorney-history-priest-indictment/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  359. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to September 2011’s article in Rolling Stone Magazine, entitled, “The Catholic Church’s Secret Sex-Crime Files.”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-catholic-churchs-secret-sex-crime-files-20110906

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  360. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In the matter of the alleged clerical abuse phenomenon in Philadelphia, here is a link to some information for our fifth (5th) principal party, Monsignor William J. Lynn.

    http://www.snapwisconsin.com/blog/2011/09/07/the-crimes-of-monsignor-william-j-lynn/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  361. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding child and youth protection from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/faqs.cfm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  362. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the course of time that this website has existed, I have often read in your comments that you would like to see “more” of what I am doing.
    I made the assumption that this call for “more” referred both to the links that I was putting up and “new” things that I may have created.
    Today, I would like to provide you with a link to my latest “creation.” It was published in STRAIGHTJACKETS LITERARY MAGAZINE,” (Fall 2011 issue) and it is called, “Between Friends.”
    “Between Friends” is a true, “real-time” exhange of e-mails between John Alexander in New York City (Queens) and Laurence Wilson in Toronto (Canada).
    It chronicles- over a period of a year (September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2002)- the events that began on- and became consequent to- September 11, 2001 (9-11).
    It is important to know that as a result of being “on the ground,” “real-time” exchanges, the e-mails are frank, raw and often harsh. I would further say that as result of the attacks, the rumors- and maybe even the fears over the ensuing year- “Between Friends” does end up being without a “political correctness.”
    That said, I will close with what our editor concluded about “Between Friends.” She said- in part- that it is an “…important piece of contemporary history.”
    Here is the link-

    http://straitjacketsmagazine.com/support4/between.friends.htm

    Do feel free to share it with whomever you wish.

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  363. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we have been “case studying” what is going on in Philadelphia.
    Also, in a post and link of a couple of days ago, I shared a story of a priest who was falsely accused.
    Here is the first part of a three- part series regarding the same matter of a priest being falsely accused.
    It is called, “These Stone Walls- Musings from Prison of a Priest Falsely Accussed- Part 1.”

    http://www.thesestonewalls.com/gordon-macrae/when-priests-are-falsely-accused-part-1-the-mirror-of-justice-cracked/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  364. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is Part 2 of “These Stone Walls.”
    It is a thee-part series about when priests are falsely accused.
    It is entitled, “Why Accusers Should Be named.”

    http://www.thesestonewalls.com/gordon-macrae/when-priests-are-falsely-accused-part-2-why-accusers-should-be-named/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  365. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the third part of “These Stone Walls.”
    Again, it is a three-part series pertaining to the matter of priests who are falsely accused.
    This third part is called, “The High Cost of Innocence.”

    http://www.thesestonewalls.com/gordon-macrae/when-priests-are-falsely-accused-part-3-the-high-cost-of-innocence/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  366. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, over the most recent passage of time, we have been focusing on a number of things, what is going in in Philadelphia, the urging of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute the Pope and three Vatican officials, the matter of priests who are falsely accused- all Roman Catholic matters.
    As I have often said in the past and will in the future, this is neither an apologist endeavor nor is it a witch hunt.
    Also, if you have been with us for a time, we have explored what is going on in other religions as regards “clerical”/”ministerial” abuse.
    So, to make sure that we don’t make clerical abuse just and solely and exclusively a “Catholic thing,” here is a link to the top 50 convicted rabbis.
    It is a video link of still mug-shots. I found that if you take your “zoom” capacity up to 150% you can make out some of the details.
    I know that the following will sound bizarre, but, I really found the sound track that they laid over the visuals to be nicely creative.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe0uNHQXvfE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  367. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re still on a bit of a tangent, here, in that we are looking at the pervasiveness of sexual abuse of children whether it be by clergy (regardless of denomination), family members or school teachers.
    Here is a link to a piece called, “Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and Other Professionals.”

    http://www.catholicleague.org/research/abuse_in_social_context.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  368. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been reading about abuse victims wanting the International Criminal Court to prosecute the Vatican; we have been reading about the phenomenon of being falsely accused- some time in the past, we have explored the website of a law firm who represents those who were abused.
    Here is a link to a firm that identifies itself as “False Allegations Defense Specialists.”

    http://www.allencowling.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  369. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here is a generic list called “List of Religious Leaders Convicted of Crimes” for your review.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_leaders_convicted_of_crimes

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  370. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, so we went out on a tangent in our “explore” of religious persons convicted of crimes.
    Now, we are going to go out a little further on our tangent, because- well, at least I think- this is kind of fascinating.
    It is a Wiki article entitled, “List of People Executed by the Holy See.”
    I thought this was very interesting and thought that you might find it likewise.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_executed_by_the_Holy_See

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  371. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a resource for anyone in the upper southeast. It is the law practice of Seth Langson who identifies himself as a “Sexual Abuse Victims Attorney.”
    Do know, that just because I put up a link to this attorney’s website, this does not mean that this website endorses this attorney nor are we getting paid to do put up his link. I simply came across it and am putting it up here for you to examine.

    http://sethlangsonlaw.com/blog/new-revelations-on-the-priest-abuse-scandal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  372. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, Philadelphia has a new Archbishop. He is Charles J. Chaputs. Here is an article about what Archbishop has to say about the matter in Philadelphia.

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/016801855d8249c0aead29d8fd34ace5/PA–Priest-Abuse-Charges/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  373. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link was an article on the new Archbishop of Philadelphia, Father Charles J. Chaputs.
    Here is some background information on him.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_J._Chaput

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  374. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a still image of Archbishop Chaputs.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://deaconjohnspace.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/media_httpwwwcatholic_orhqu.jpg%3Fw%3D250%26h%3D198&imgrefurl=http://deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/archbishop-chaput-urges-confidence-in-the-gospel-as-he-goes-to-philly-catholic-news-agency-cna/&usg=__DC7MFQbc3e4lbbe0_6sRYjsYxb0=&h=198&w=250&sz=6&hl=en&start=8&zoom=1&tbnid=Ea-vUj2nTSPPeM:&tbnh=88&tbnw=111&ei=vfR4TsbmCenn0QHCw_CODA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Darchbishop%2Bcharles%2Bj.%2Bchaput%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  375. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to a lecture that Archbishop Chaputs gave regarding the “Vocation of Christians in American Public” [Life?](The title seemed truncated).
    By the way, it takes about seven and an half minutes before the Archbishop begins to speak.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEMHWy9urzU

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  376. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still with our “case study” in Philadelphia. So far, we have begun to examine the principals who have been accused of alleged sexual abuse, we have explored related issues like being falsely accused, and most recently we have begun to explore the new Archbishop of Philadelphia, Rev. Charles J. Chaputs.
    The Archbishop has published a book, entitled, “Render Unto Caesar.”
    Here is a link to an interview with Rev. Chaputs regarding a portion of the book.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-UuiwznlD4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  377. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another video link to an interview with Archbishop Chaput.
    Although the interviewer and the setting is the same, this is a different link from the previous one posted.
    This one is entitled, “Politics and Catholics.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY7u6wxkL0M

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  378. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Archbishop Justin Francis Rigali.
    Archbishop Rigali was Archbishop of Philadelphia before Archbishop Chaput.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Francis_Rigali

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  379. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an article pertaining to Archbishop Rigali’s resignation over the sex abuse phenomenon in Philadelphia.

    http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/267459/3/St-Louis-reacts-to-Cardinal-Rigali-resignation-claims

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  380. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The Pope has returned home to Germany for a visit.
    Here is a link to the German news magazine, Spiegel Online International, in English.

    http://german.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=german&cdn=education&tm=13&gps=80_1050_1004_637&f=00&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.spiegel.de/international/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  381. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For those of you who read German, here is a link to Der Spiegel regarding the Pope’s visit to Germany- in German.

    http://www.spiegel.de/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  382. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an article about the abuse scandal in Germany and the Pope.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/world/europe/13pope.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  383. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the German language publication Bild for our German readers.

    http://www.bild.de/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  384. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some number of links ago, I began putting up links to show the pervasiveness of sex abuse across religions.
    Here is a link called “Stop Baptist Predators.”

    http://stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  385. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The next three (3) links that I put up will return us to the very beginning of the novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS).
    It will also take us back to the concept of “Personalized Visualization of Text” (PVOT).
    At the beginning of Chapter One of “A Vow of Silence,” Steve- the writer- is working in his library/study. There is a thunderstorm passing through the Chicago area. Then his telephone begins to ring.
    Here is a video link to a thunderstorm in Chicago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBsHNbLcv24

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  386. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the second link that takes us back to the beginning of the novel, “A Vow of Silence.”
    It is the sound of a telephone ringing.
    Imagine hearing this phone ringing beneath the sound of the thunderstrom (previous link) passing through.

    http://vimeo.com/1258566

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  387. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the third link that take us back right to the beginning of Chapter One of “A Vow of Silence.”
    In previous links, we have the sight and sound of a thunderstorm in Chicago; in the last link we have the sound of a phone ringing; now, this next link will give you an opportunity to “decide” how you envision Steve’s home library/study to look like.
    This link is a number of still images of home libraries. They are thumbnail photos. Often when you click on some of them to enlarge, you will get a commercial website, sometimes not.
    So, look them over, pick what you imagine Steve’s library to look like, re-listen to the thunderstorm and phone ringing, and then go back and re-read the first paragraph or two of Chapter One of “A Vow of Silence.”
    This is what PVOT- “Personalized Visualization of Text” is all about.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=home+library&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&tbm=isch&ei=okp3TqrMH8Ps0gG6wLToDQ&start=0&sa=N

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  388. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a new article about the Pope’s visit to his native Germany.
    It is from The New York Times and is entitled, “A Papal Homecoming to a Combative Germany.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/europe/visiting-berlin-pope-benedict-faces-a-combative-homeland.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  389. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Upon the Pope’s visit to Germany, here is an article of an interview with Catholic theologian Hans Kung.
    The interview appeared in Der Spiegel Online and is entitled, “A Putinization of the Catholic Church.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,787325,00.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  390. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the second part of the Der Spiegel Online interview with German theologian Hans Kung.
    This part of the interview is entitled, “The Catholic Church Will Undoubtedly Become More Protestant.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,787325-2,00.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  391. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been “exploring” the phenomenon of clerical abuse.
    Here is a link to an article that takes the concept to an higher level.
    The title of the article is “Elements of Spiritual Abuse.”
    Do notice the use of the word “spiritual.”

    http://www.geftakysassembly.com/Reflections/Perspectives.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  392. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting article, entitled, “A Very Short History of Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.”

    http://www.crusadeagainstclergyabuse.com/htm/AShortHistory.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  393. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from SNAP, entitled, “Psychological Causes and Effects of Sexual Abuse.”

    http://www.snapnetwork.org/psych_effects/effectsindex.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  394. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, the novel, “A Vow of Silence” deals with the phenomenon of clerical abuse.
    This weblog has posted links to materials both pertaining to the novel and to the phenomenon of clerical abuse world-wide.
    Over time, I have introduced the concepts of “Personalized Visualization of Text (PVOT), and “Visualization of Text and Experience” (VOTAE). This has been done through a blending of text, still images and video links.
    In addition, I have also posted up links to more general concepts like “heaven,” “hell,” “sin,” and “forgiveness,” to name but a few.
    At this moment, it is beginning to feel as if we have slipped “into a loop” as regards the phenomenon of clerical abuse. And although the places and faces of both the perpetrators and victims change, the subject matter continues to stay the same almost to the point of being stultifying.
    So, that said, we are going to expand our “explore” to “matters of the religious,” in general, no matter where that may take us.
    Now, this could be into the past- this could take us into the political campaigns. Also, except when we “find a thread,” there will be no logic to the pursuit of “matters of the religious.”
    I embark on this because I believe that the nature of the subject matter in “A Vow of Silence” gives us a license to “roam free” on “matters of the religious.” I mean, people shop for “free-range chicken,” “free-range beef,” why not “free-range religious.”
    Of course, we will keep a pulse on the entire on-going phenomenon of clerical abuse and all issues, matters and related occurrings. On that you can rest assured.
    So, why are we doing this? Think about this, regardless of our differences-time, place, language- you name it- we all do share our version of the universal concept of religion. Even the atheist, the agnostic, in the positions that they take, they take them in contraposition to the concept of the religious.
    Put differently, we are moving our “explore” from our personal spheres out into the greater universe.
    Think about all the things that we think we know, that we assume- that we don’t know- about “matters of religion.”
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  395. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, as per my thoughts in my last post, this is where we begin our more “universal explore” on “all matters religious.”
    Also, since the novel “A Vow of Silence” deals with Roman Catholicism, we will begin at that “jumping off point.”
    Remember, I made the comment that regardless of our religion, there are things we know, things that we assume and things that we don’t know.
    Here is a piece about “What Catholics Believe.” It covers a good number of subject areas.

    http://www.anawim.pair.com/CATHOLICS/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  396. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, you know, we are off on a different direction on our “explore.”
    No set course, no set agenda- simply “explore” “all matters religious.”
    My last post and link was about what Catholics believe.
    Here is a link entitled, “Top Ten Misconceptions About the Catholic Church.”
    I am starting with the Catholic Church basically because the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” is about a “Catholc-themed” matter.
    Do rest assured, branching out is going to happen.

    http://listverse.com/2009/07/13/top-10-misconceptions-about-the-catholic-church/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  397. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As I mentioned in a previous post, I will keep everyone up to date regarding the ongoing phenomenon of clerical abuse.
    Here is a short article entitled, “Catholic Order Settles Sexual Abuse Suit for $17 Million.” It is from Canada.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/world/americas/canada-catholic-order-settles-sexual-abuse-suit-for-17-million.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  398. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Chapter Three of the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” one of our main characters, the writer Steve Jeremy, takes a ride up to Milwaukee so as to follow up a lead on what is purported to be the murder of a priest.
    Steve finds himself at the lake shore, Lake Michigan, in downtown Milwaukee.
    He decides to call the parish from a pay phone in a restaurant named “Pieces of Eight.”
    Well, “Pieces of Eight” no longer exists, but it is now called “Harbor House.”
    You can visit the link below to “Harbor House” and still be able to get a feel for where Steve was when he made the call.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEtEfJhtNEw&feature=related

    Also, if you are either in Milwaukee or plan to visit, do feel free to stop by and walk the grounds where Steve had been.

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  399. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As I said a number of posts ago, we are going to be exploring “all matters religious.”
    We started with what is an undercurrent in the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” Roman Catholicism.
    We all probably know that the Roman Catholic church has a pope as its head.
    But, how so and why?
    Here is a link that gives us some background information.

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12260a.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  400. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Now, do remember that I did say that our new “explore” would be on “all matters religious.”
    So, here is a link to a website that you just might find interesting.
    It is a link to
    catholicsingles.com
    Yes, Catholic singles looking to date Catholic singles.
    And, it’s free!

    http://www.catholicsingles.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  401. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to a website called, “Catholic TV.com”
    They seem to have a lot of different shows. Be sure to click the “Shows” tab and then scroll down through your choices.

    http://www.catholictv.com/catholic-news.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  402. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Do remember, that a really good portion of the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” is “virtual in place.” This means that you could take the novel in hand- electronically in this case- and actually go to the places in the story.
    So, in Chapter Three of the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” Steve has made a trip up to Milwaukee to ascertain whether it is true that a particular cleric has been murdered.
    He calls the parish from a pay phone in what was then a restaurant called, “Pieces of Eight,” now called “Harbor House.”
    The person who answers tells Steve that the priest in question is “unavailable.” Hearing this, Steve gets nervous and high-tails it out of the restaurant heading back toward where he parked his car.
    On his way, he passes the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
    Here is a video link to some of the activities at the museum.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc9OXxRieBM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  403. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last posted link was a video one of the kinds of things that go on at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
    The Museum was mentioned in Chapter Three of the novel, “A Vow of Silence.”
    Here is a link to the museum’s website.

    http://www.bbcmkids.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  404. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Dan Brown mentions the Knights Templar in The DaVinci Code.”
    Here is a Wiki article about the Knights Templar.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  405. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last posted link was about the Knights Templar. In my post I mentioned how Dan Brown had popularized the Knights Templar in “The DaVinci Code.”
    This link is a comparison between the way Dan Brown portrayed the Knights Templar and the historical reality of their existence.

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/debunking-dan-brown-the-real-knights-templar.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  406. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story that we were following some months ago.
    The bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been indicted by a grand jury. He is charged with failing to report abuse. THe person in question is Bishop Robert W. Finn.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/kansas-city-bishop-indicted-in-reporting-of-abuse-by-priest.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  407. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to a news report ragrding the indictment of Bishop Robert W. Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Gs8PotgDg

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  408. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As it involves the indictment of Bishop Finn in the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, here is some background information on the prosecutor for Jackson County, Jean Peters Baker.

    http://www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.net/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  409. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a copy of the grand jury indictment of Bishop Finn of the diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph.

    http://www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.net/media/diocese.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  410. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re still with the indictment of Bishop Finn from the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
    As we have seen, the prosecuting attorney is a person by the name of Jean Peters Baker.
    Here is an interesting video link. It is Part 1 of the interview that Jean Peters Baker had for the position of Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney.

    http://www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.net/news-item.cfm?id=22

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  411. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to Part 2 of the Interview with Jean Peters Baker for the job of Jackson County Prosecutor.

    http://www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.net/news-item.cfm?id=23

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  412. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I have mentioned in previous posts that the novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) is pretty much a piece of work that is “virtual in place.”
    That means, the places mentioned in the book are real, and you could take the book in hand and go to those places.
    In Chapter 3 of VOS, Steve takes a ride up to Milwaukee to “self-investigate” a murder. He goes to the waterfront.
    Here is a video link that gives you a glimpse of what the waterfront is like and the things- the perspectives- that Steve may have had and seen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0F-DUdwuhI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  413. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, as you all know, Halloween is coming pretty soon. It is celebrated on October 31, the day before All Stains Day, which is November 1st.
    Here is a link to some background information about Halloween.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  414. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie # 10 of our All-Time Halloween Movies to Watch,” “Don’t Look Now.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYICwstBwnM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  415. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, so we see that Wiki is not cooperating with us, today.
    So, one more time, since Halloween is only about a week away, we are going to look over the Top 10 Halloween Movies to Watch, in reverse order.
    Coming in at # 10 is a movies from 1973, called, “Don’t Look Now.”
    It stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
    Here a an overview and review of the movie.

    http://www.deep-focus.com/dfweblog/2004/08/dont_look_now_1973.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  416. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here is a real treat- and just in time for Halloween- this is a link to the entire movie, “Don’t Look Now.”
    It’s # 10 on our countdown.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dAEnGjdX1Y

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  417. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know we are counting down- in reverse order- the top 10 Halloween movies to watch.
    Coming in at # 9 is the film “Arachnophobia.” It is from 1990.
    Here is a review from the New York times, by Janet Maslin, dated July 18. 1990.

    http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C0CE4DB163BF93BA25754C0A966958260

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  418. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for our # 9 Halloween movies to watch, “Arachnophobia.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQ6vg3JB2U

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  419. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that can get you started on the first of 9 parts to the entire movie, “Arachnophobia.”
    The other 8 parts can be found at the link.
    Do remember that “Arachnophobia” is movie # 9 in our Top Ten Halloween Movie Countdown.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bG8e-I8Of4&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  420. admin Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, we are now down to movie # 8 in our “Top Ten Halloween Movies to Watch.”
    Movie # 8 is from 2004. It is “Saw.”
    Here is a link that not only tells you about the original “Saw” movie, but gives you additional information about the others that followed.

    http://screenrant.com/saw-movies-complete-guide-benk-83561/all/1/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  421. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the official trailer for the “Saw” movie.
    It is # 8 on our countdown list.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1lgXhFbXy4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  422. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the synopsis for movie # 7 in our “Top 10 Halloween Movie
    Countdown.”
    Movie # 7 is “Poltergeist.” It was released in 1982.

    http://www.fandango.com/poltergeist_v38628/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  423. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some trivia about movie # 7- “Poltergeist.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/trivia

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  424. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie # 7- “Poltergeist.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hQkBLrd1rE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  425. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here is a link to the entirety of the movie “Poltergeist.”
    Now, do know, that at the beginning- for some unknown reason- there is about a minute and an half of the U.S. national anthem- music only- “The Star Spangled Banner.”
    Also, once the movie starts IT IS IN ENGLISH. However, there are foreign subtitles throughout.
    So, enjoy.

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6197242

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  426. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are counting down the Top 10 Halloween Movies to Watch.
    Here is movie # 6, the original (1974) version of the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  427. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying with movie # 6, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” here is a website devoted to the movie.

    http://www.texaschainsawmassacre.net/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  428. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here’s a nice website that is devoted to sorting out fact from fiction revolving around movie # 6, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

    http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/texaschainsaw.php

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  429. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie # 6, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=285ImXTYdsg

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  430. John Alexander Says:

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    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, with time running short on the build-up to Halloween, we are going to double-up on our movies for a day or two.
    Today we will be following links for movies # 5 and # 4 in our Top Ten Halloween Movie Countdown.
    Movie # 5 is called “Child’s Play.”
    It was released in 1988.
    Here is a link to the plot summary.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094862/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  431. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for movie # 5, “Child’s Play.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOEpO2w4qS4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  432. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are down to movie # 4 in our “Top Ten Halloween Movies Countdown.”
    Movie # 4 is “Jaws.”
    It was released in 1975.
    Here is a synopsis of the plot.

    http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-synopsis/jaws/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  433. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for movie # 4, “Jaws.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucMLFO6TsFM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  434. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are now down to movie # 3 in our “Top Ten Halloween Movies to Watch.”
    Movie # 3 is “The Shining.”
    It was released in 1980.

    http://www.drummerman.net/shining/synopsis.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  435. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer to movie # 3, “The Shining.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b726feAhdU

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  436. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is the first installment for movie # 3, “The Shining.”
    Do know that there are multiple installments.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XJ5pStuBfE&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  437. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to movie # 2- “The Ring.”
    It is a synopsis of the plot.
    Remember, this is our “Top Ten Countdown on Halloween Movie.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298130/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  438. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie # 2- “The Ring.”
    It was released in 2002.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzR2GY-ew8I

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  439. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the first of many installments to movie # 2- “The Ring.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZjSzHszKZE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  440. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Happy Halloween!
    We are down to movie # 1 in our “Top Ten Halloween Movie Countdown.”
    And as a special treat, my research source says that there is a tie for movie # 1.
    Here is a link to some information for the first movie # 1.
    It is “Rosemary’s Baby.”
    It was released in 1968.

    http://www.filmsite.org/rosem.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  441. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for the first of our # 1 movies, “Rosemary’s Baby.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPyEsObI1M

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  442. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the other # 1 movie in our “Top Ten Halloween Movie Countdown.”
    It is “The Exorcist.”
    It was released in 1973.
    Here is the plot summary.

    http://www.filmsite.org/exor.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  443. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another treat. This is a link to the “unreleased” trailer for “The Exorcist.”
    At this link are ways you can find the released version.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3znic_the-exorcist-unreleased-theatrical_shortfilms

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  444. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the monthly compilation of posts for August 2011.
    Also, for the June 2001-
    7/18/11@11:21PM
    there is the portal to more easily finding past compilation pages.
    August 2001, Compilation of Comments and links-
    8/1/11@9:29PM/Wikipedia on the Pope-LINK
    8/1/11@9:59PM/Wikipedia on Enda Kenny-LINK
    8/2/11@3:08AM/Maureen Dowd Column on Archbishop Martin-LINK
    8/2/11@3:22AM/Images of Archbishop Martin-LINK
    8/2/11@3:31AM/Images of Maureen Dowd-LINK
    8/2/11@9:13PM/Video Interview with Dowd-LINK
    8/2/11@10:07PM/Video Interview with Archbishop Martin-LINK
    8/3/11@3:33AM/Images of Irish PM Kenny-LINK
    8/3/11@3:37AM/Images of Pope Benedict-LINK
    8/3/11@8:43PM/Video of Kenny Speech on Cloyne Report-LINK
    8/4/11@12:15AM/Article on Resignation of Irish Bishop Comiskey-LINK
    8/4/11@3:35AM/Wikipedia on Bishop Comiskey-LINK
    8/4/11@3:58AM/Images of Bishop Comiskey-LINK
    8/5/11@3:21AM/Timeline on Bishop Comiskey-LINK
    8/5/11@3:31AM/Comiskey Resignation Statement-LINK
    8/5/11@3:38AM/Video-Sex Crimes and the Vatican-LINK
    8/5/11@3:50AM/Wikipedia on Rev. Sean Fortune-LINK
    8/5/11@10:34PM/Video-Christine Buckley’s Account-Part 1-LINK
    8/5/11@10:37PM/Video-Christine Buckley’s Account-Part 2-LINK
    8/6/11@3:57AM/Background info on Colm O’Gorman-LINK
    8/7/11@3:02AM/Colm O’Gorman Interview-LINK
    8/7/11@3:16AM/CBC, Beyond Belief O’Gorman Interview-LINK
    8/7/11@3:20AM/Images of Rev. Sean Fortune-LINK
    8/9/11@10:41PM/Video-Suing the Pope-LINK
    8/10/11@11:10PM/BBC Transcript for Suing the Pope-LINK
    8/11/11@8:58PM/Ferns Inquiry Report
    8/11/11@11:44PM/BBC Video-Profile of the Pope-LINK
    8/11/11@11:47PM/Reminder to Click “Play” Button
    8/13/11@12:52AM/Wikipedia on Cardinal Brady-LINK
    8/13/11@8:44PM/Images of Cardinal Brady-LINK
    8/16/11@11:20PM/Video of Bishop Finn RE: Ratigan-LINK
    8/16/11@11:32PM/Video on Ratigan Porn Update-LINK
    8/17/11@8:28PM/KCPT Show-Ruckus-LINK
    8/18/11@12:04AM/Video-“Listen Up”-Exploring Victims-LINK
    8/18/11@3:16AM/Video-“The End of Innocence”-LINK
    8/18/11@9:10PM/Article-Vatican Puts Priest Files Online-LINK
    8/18/11@9:15PM/Vatican Radio-“Vatican Lawyer Responds”-LINK
    8/18/11@9:21PM/Vatican Ronan File-LINK
    8/19/11@2:56AM/Wikipedia-Doe v. Holy See-LINK
    8/19/11@3:02AM/Archdiocese of Portland-Ronan Files-LINK
    8/19/11@11:58PM/Sexual Abuse in Public Schools-LINK
    8/20/11@12:02AM/Shakeshaft Study-LINK
    8/20/11@9:35PM/John Jay Study on Abusing Priests-LINK
    8/21/11@8:00PM/Additional John Jay Statistics-LINK
    8/22/11@11:35PM/Murphy Report at a Glace-LINK
    8/22/11@11:41PM/Irish TV on the Murphy Report-LINK
    8/23/11@12:03AM/Phenomenon of the Vanishing Priest-LINK
    8/23/11@10:25PM/Fox TV-Abusing Priests Go Unmonitored-LINK
    8/23/11@10:33PM/Predatory Priest Allowed on Cruise-LINK
    8/24/11@3:28AM/Rev. Skehan Doing Prison Time-LINK
    8/24/11@7:31PM/Priests Who “Vanish” to Mexico-LINK
    8/24/11@7:42PM/Wiki on St. Luke Institute-LINK
    8/24/11@7:46PM/St. Luke Institute-Homepage-LINK
    ****8/24/11@10:00PM/July 2011- Compilation of Links****
    8/25/11@10:12PM/Re. Fitzgerald Founded Order in 1947-LINK
    8/25/11@10:18PM/Wiki-Servants of the Paraclete-LINK
    8/25/11@10:22PM/Website of Servants of the Paraclete-LINK
    8/26/11@3:34AM/Is Servants an Ecclesiastical Jail?-LINK
    8/28/11@9:15PM/Wiki-What is a Paraclete?-LINK
    8/29/11@7:53PM/More on Concept of the Paraclete-LINK
    8/30/11@12:24AM/Wiki- Ecclesiastical Prisons-LINK
    8/30/11@3:11AM/Joan of Arc-in Ecclesiastical Court-LINK
    8/30/11@8:53PM/The Priest Soul-LINK
    8/30/11@11:46PM/Paedophile Priests Will Go To Hell-LINK
    8/31/11@3:37AM/Top Ten Priest Movies-LINK
    8/31/11@11:13PM/Trailer for “Angels with Dirty Faces”-LINK
    8/31/11@11:57PM/Trailer for “The Exorcist”-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  445. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Some number of posts ago, I mentioned that we would explore “various matters religious.”
    Here is a link to some background information on a radio evangelist by the name of Prophet Omega.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophet_Omega

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  446. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Prophet Omega’s sermon, entitled, “I Am What I Am.”
    The added visuals seem to help with understanding what he is saying.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRKs7o-xMU0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  447. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting link. It is some information about a person by the name of Mother Shipton.
    Do check out the years that she lived.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Shipton

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  448. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link was some information about Mother Shipton.
    She lived between 1488 and 1561.
    Here is a video link, entitled, “The Full 20th Century Prophecies of Mother Shipton.”

    http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/32769/The_Full_Prophecies_of_Mother_Shipton/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  449. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Jumping back for a moment to the Prophet Omega.
    Here is a link to scenes from a movie that was made about him called, “Friends Seen and Unseen.”

    http://www.genuinehuman.com/fsau_clip.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  450. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, strange times indeed. We have an asteroid that’s passing between the earth and the moon and next year we have the Mayan Doomsday Prophesy.
    Well, here is a link to a website called the “Doomsday Guide.”
    I guess that it’s the ultimate guide to knowing about “the doomsday end.”
    Have fun- they’ve got videos, too.

    http://www.doomsdayguide.org/mayan.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  451. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, I’m guessing that some of you know and some of you don’t that- according to the doomsday preacher Harold Camping- the world is going to end on 11/11/11- that’s this coming Friday!
    Here is how you can follow Harold Camping- and the end of the world- on Twitter-
    @HaroldCampingFR

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  452. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here is a story about the breaking sex scandal at Penn State. This is a link from the Huffington Post-Sports.
    As we have often seen, sexual abuse of children is pervasive going way beyond clerical abuse.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/penn-state-officials-curley-schultz-perjury-sandusky_n_1079274.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  453. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Now, here’s a unique twist in the matter of clerics- aka as pastors, ministers, etc.- and the phenomenon of child abuse taken to an extreme.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/pastor-corporal-punishment-advice-scrutinized-child-deaths-160004793.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  454. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to more information and more thoughts and more questions swirling around the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/lopresti/story/2011-11-07/Sex-abuse-worse-Penn-State-Joe-Paterno/51113174/1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  455. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to ABC’s “Good Morning America” segment on the ongoing sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3seMRYbLACI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  456. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In a previous post I mentioned the minister in Tennessee and the matter of excessive corporal punishment of children.
    Here is a link to his website and the “No Greater Joy Ministries.”

    http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  457. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Minister Pearl and his wife’s book, “To Train Up A Child.”

    http://www.achristianhome.org/to_train_up_a_child.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  458. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an ESPN link where you can find the transcript of the grand jury indictment of Jerry Sandusky.
    Scroll down toward the right bottom of the page where you can click onto the pdf link for the transcript.
    WARNING: They warn you that the indictment has explicit language.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7207465/penn-state-nittany-lions-sex-abuse-scandal-jerry-sandusky-was-campus-last-week-reports-say

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  459. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Chapter 3 of the novel “A Vow of Silence,” Steve needs to look up some legal definitions.
    He goes onto the Internet and brings up a website called, “The Lectric Law Library Legal Lexicon Lyceum.”
    Here is a link to that website.
    Steve started with the word, “accessory.”
    You, too, can look up what Steve looked up, and while you’re at it, you can also look up the definition for “child abuse.”

    http://www.lectlaw.com/def.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  460. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link regarding the fact that the U.S. Department of Education will investigate the Penn State sex abuse matter.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/penn-state-sex-abuse-scandal-made-federal-case-u-s-department-education-announces-investigate-university-article-1.975498

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  461. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, the Penn State Board of Trustees decided to start “cleaning house” by firing the school’s president and the head football coach in response to the child sex abuse scandal.
    As a result of the coach being fired, a number of Penn State students decided to riot.
    Here is a link to a video of a portion of their rioting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU-WnQxumZo&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  462. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, since today is 11-11-11, here is a link that you might enjoy. The reason being is that today is one of those “doomsday days.”
    The website is called, Armageddon Online. org

    http://www.armageddononline.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  463. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an article that links 11-11-11 with the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45248022/ns/technology_and_science-science/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  464. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on what is happening with Bishop Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, wherein he makes a deal so as to avoid more criminal charges.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/us/kansas-city-bishop-makes-deal-to-avoid-more-criminal-charges.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  465. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the complete interview between Bob Costas and Jerry Sandusky regarding the alleged 40 count indictment of Sandusky on sexual abuse of young boys.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xy0L8MUsOE&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  466. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards the Pennsylvania State University alleged child sexual abuse scandal, here is a link to National Public Radio’s piece on both the “Key Figures” and the “Timeline” to what is going on. Do look for the “click-on” tabs for both of these categories.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/11/08/142111804/penn-state-abuse-scandal-a-guide-and-timeline

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  467. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an article from USA Today, called, “Predators Hide Under Cloak of Trust.”

    http://www.app.com/article/20111114/NJNEWS18/311140018/Sex-predators-hide-under-cloak-trust-gain-access-children

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  468. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a video interview with the attorney general of Delaware, Beau Biden.
    He speaks about the legal implications of matters much like the Penn State situation.
    Also, do know, there is a 20 second commerical before the interview.

    http://cnettv.cnet.com/penn-state-sex-scandal-legal-implications/9742-1_53-50114872.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  469. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a breaking story about another alleged sexual abuse scandal at another U.S. university.
    The university in question is Syracuse University. As with Pennsylvania State University (PSU) it allegedly occurred in an athletic program, but unlike PSU, the Syracuse allegations are about alleged abuses occurring in the basketball program.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063092/Second-university-sex-scandal-ball-boys-college-basketball-team-say-abused-coach.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  470. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to TV newscast about what is happening at Syracuse University.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzqxaX2NLRw

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  471. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” show. At this link you will find an interview with one of the alleged victims of sex abuse at Syracuse University.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7248184/syracuse-police-investigating-bernie-fine-molesting-boy-1980s

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  472. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece by ESPN about the fact that Syracuse University has fired Bernie Fine.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7288286/bernie-

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  473. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying with the ongoing matter of the alleged sexual abuse at Syracuse University, here is a link from ESPN that has a recorded telephone call between one of the accusers, Bobby Davis, and the wife of Bernie Fine, Laurie.
    Do know that it is quite graphic and might be disturbing to some viewers/readers/listeners.

    Take care,
    John Alexander

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/id/7286347/otl-audio-tape-syracuse-orange-assistant-bernie-fine-wife-admits-worries-abuse

  474. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have explored the phenomenon of clerical abuse of children, across different religions.
    Recently, we have seen what has been happening at Penn State and Syracuse.
    However, here is a link to an article from The New York Times- circa 1997- that explores the phenomenon of child abuse in Canadian youth hockey.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/16/world/sex-abuse-jolts-canada-s-revered-pastime-hockey.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  475. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a DEADSPIN piece on what is going on at Penn State.
    They also have a good number of other links at their site.

    http://deadspin.com/penn-state-scandal/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  476. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article from 2002 regarding sex abuse in sports in England.

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,,678189,00.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  477. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a video from May 2010. It is from ESPN’s show “Outside The Lines.” It deals with Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5175098

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  478. Pamella Kadelak Says:

    Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  479. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here is a link to both a “twist” and an “ongoing legacy” of the alleged sexual abuse matter at Syracuse University.

    http://news.yahoo.com/accuser-syracuse-coach-plead-guilty-sex-abuse-034836499.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  480. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    A NOTE TO PAMELA KADELEK-
    Hello Pamela,
    Yes, of course, feel free to share the website and the link with whomever you want and in whatever way you would like to do so.
    Of course, this “invite” applies to everyone else as well.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  481. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on what is going on at/in Syracuse.

    http://news.yahoo.com/accusers-former-syracuse-coach-credible-prosecutor-160116094.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  482. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the Penn State sex scandal. Jerry Sandusky has been released from jail after posting a bond of $250,000.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/jerry_sandusky_posts_bail_bXYDwjFKZaQj0vCBpdAh3J

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  483. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’re turning now to the sex scandal at Syracuse. Here is an ESPN video link that discusses the civil lawsuit that one of Bernie Fine’s victims is bringing against him.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7330588/zachary-tomaselli-sues-former-syracuse-orange-assistant-bernie-fine

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  484. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article in the New York Times regarding the former archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, and the allegation that he stands accused of serial child sexual abuse.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/world/europe/former-irish-archbishop-tied-to-sexual-abuse.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  485. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article entitled, “Sex Abuse Claims Prompt Look at Youth Sports Culture.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/12/us-youth-sports-abuse-idUSTRE7BB04820111212

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  486. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update link to what is going on regarding the alleged sex abuse scandal at Penn State.
    Apparently, Jerry Sandusky has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

    http://gma.yahoo.com/jerry-sandusky-abruptly-waives-preliminary-hearing-232057416.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  487. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are following along- with links- the unfolding alleged sexual abuse scandals at both Penn State University and Syracuse University.
    This link is to a story about Syracuse head basketball coach being sued by the victims.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/mens_basketball/articles/2011/12/14/ex_ball_boys_file_suit_against_boeheim/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  488. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on what is going on in the Penn State sex scandal. To major figures are heading to court.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2011/1214/Penn-State-Figures-head-to-court-in-Sandusky-scandal

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  489. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story regarding the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and one of its chief exrecutives, Bobby Dodd. It is another instance of alleged sexual abuse of young boys.
    The story comes to you as a feature of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” television show.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7332846/ex-players-say-aau-bobby-dodd-sexually-abused-youths?ex_cid=Twitter_espn_7332846

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  490. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story in the current issue of ESPN- The Magazine regarding sexual abuse of young athletes. It’s called, “Hands Off: Not My Coach, Not My Town.”

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7349583/protecting-young-athletes-sexual-predators-espn-magazine

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  491. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the sex abuse matter in Ireland.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1221/1224309340445.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  492. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a “breaking story” regarding the alleged child molestations by a Philadelphia sportswriter.

    http://articles.philly.com/2011-12-20/news/30538429_1_sexual-assaults-bill-conlin-prosecution

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  493. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Follow this route for previous monthly compilations-
    **********8/24/11@10:00PM**********
    Here is the monthly compilation for posts and links for the month of September 2011.
    9/1/11@3:31AM/My Comparative Comments on Two Trailers
    9/1/11@7:37PM/Trailer for “Molokai” #9-LINK
    9/2/11@12:28AM/Trailer for “Boys Town”-#8-LINK
    9/2/11@4:06AM/Comment RE: Spencer Tracy Slapping out cigarette
    9/2/11@8:58PM/Trailer for “I Confess”-#7-LINK
    9/3/11@2:51AM/Trailer for “On the Waterfront”-#6-LINK
    9/3/11@3:07AM/Action Scenes from “Angels with Dirty Faces”-#11-LINK
    9/3/11@3:11AM/Wikipedia for “Angels with…”-LINK
    9/3/11@9:03PM/Trailer for “The Keys of the Kingdom”-#5-LINK
    9/3/11@9:08PM/Wikipedia for “The Keys of the Kingdon”-LINK
    9/4/11@4:38AM/Trailer for “Going My Way”-#4-LINK
    9/4/11@4:48AM/ Wikipedia for “The Exorcist”-LINK
    9/4/11@8:37PM/Trailer for “The Mission”-#3-LINK
    9/4/11@8:44PM/Rev. Guido Sarducci-LINK
    9/5/11@4:55AM/Trailer for “Bells of St. Mary’s”-#2-LINK
    9/5/11@5:05AM/Wikipedia for “Molokai”-#9-LINK
    9/5/11@10:26PM/Trailer for “Scarlet and the Black”-#1-LINK
    9/6/11@3:31AM/Wikipedia for “Boy’s Town”-LINK
    9/6/11@7:21PM/Article in RS-“Sex Crime Files”-LINK
    9/6/11@7:32PM/Wikipedia for “I Confess”-LINK
    9/7/11@3:26AM/Article on Rev. James Brennan-LINK
    9/7/11@7:57PM/Fox TV Story on Rev. Brennan-LINK
    9/8/11@12:23AM/Dowd Column on Philadelphia-LINK
    9/8/11@3:27AM/Wikipedia for “On The Waterfront”-LINK
    9/8/11@8:07PM/”Who is Rev. Brennan’s Accuser?”-LINK
    9/8/11@8:25PM/Image of Rev. Brennan-LINK
    9/9/11@2:42AM/Concept of Anonymity of the Plaintiff-LINK
    9/9/11@7:02PM/Archdiocese of Phila.-Status of Clergy-LINK
    9/10/11@12:40AM/Wikipedia on the term-Laicized-LINK
    9/10/11@4:36AM/Wikipedia on “Keys of the Kingdom”-LINK
    9/10/11@8:34PM/Article on Rev. Edward Avery-LINK
    9/11/11@4:50AM/Image of Rev. Avery-LINK
    9/11/11@4:57AM/Wiki on R. Seth Williams-Phila. DA-LINK
    9/11/11@5:02AM/Wiki on “Going My Way?”-#4-LINK
    9/11/11@7:38PM/Image of DA Seth Williams-LINK
    9/11/11@11:18PM/Still Video on Seth Williams-LINK
    9/12/11@1:49AM/Video on Seth Williams-LINK
    9/12/11@3:59AM/Wiki on “The Mission”-#3-LINK
    9/12/11@8:21PM/Phila. Grand Jury Report-LINK
    9/13/11@2:31AM/What is a District Attorney?-LINK
    9/13/11@2:38AM/What is a Grand Jury?-LINK
    9/13/11@9:24PM/History of Philadelphia-LINK
    9/13/11@11:19PM/Images of Philadelphia-LINK
    9/13/11@11:35PM/Comment- Write A Review of VOS
    9/14/11@3:20AM/Background/”Bells’ of St. Mary’s-#2-LINK
    9/14/11@3:30AM/Wiki on “Scarlet and the Black”-#1-LINK
    9/14/11@4:00AM/Richard DeSipio’s Twitter Link
    9/14/11@7:51PM/Facebook-R. Seth Williams-LINK
    9/14/11@8:09PM/In-depth/Enhanced VOTAE
    9/14/11@10:08PM/Victims Ask Hague to Prosecute Pope-LINK
    9/15/11@3:36AM/Assignments of Rev. Engelhardt-LINK
    9/15/11@10:14PM/Background on Bernard Shero-LINK
    9/15/11@10:20PM/Wiki Piece on Int. Criminal Court-LINK
    9/15/11@10:32PM/Facebook Page for DeSipio-LINK
    9/16/11@3:26AM/Story of a Falsely Accused Priest-LINK
    9/16/11@9:41PM/Philadelphia Indictment Article-LINK
    9/16/11@11:15PM/Rolling Stone Article/”Sex Crimes Files”-LINK
    9/17/11@3:42AM/Background on Msgr. Wm. Lynn-LINK
    9/17/11@3:49AM/FAQ’s on Child Youth and Protection-LINK
    9/17/11@10:11PM/”Between Friends”-LINK
    9/18/11@4:04AM/These Stone Walls-Part I-Falsely Accused-LINK
    9/18/11@4:08AM/Part II- Why Accusers Should be Named-LINK
    9/18/11@4:12AM/Part III-The High Cost of Innocence-LINK
    9/18/11@7:39PM/Top 50 Convicted Rabbis-LINK
    9/19/11@8:46PM/Article/”Sexual Abuse in Social Context”-LINK
    9/19/11@11:47PM/False Allegations Defense Specialists-LINK
    9/20/11@3:28AM/Wiki/List of Convicted Religious Leaders-LINK
    9/20/11@3:35AM/List of People Executed by the Holy See-LINK
    9/20/11@9:19PM/Sexual Abuse Victims Attorney-LINK
    9/20/11@9:32PM/New Phila. Archbishop Chaputs-LINK
    9/21/11@3:13AM/Wiki on Archbishop Chaputs-LINK
    9/21/11@3:22AM/Image of Archbishop Chaputs-LINK
    9/21/11@3:36AM/Chaputs Video/”Vocation of Christians…”-LINK
    9/21/11@8:02PM/Chaputs’ Book-“Render Unto Caesar”-LINK
    9/21/11@11:16PM/Chaputs/Video/“Politics and Catholics”-LINK
    9/22/11@3:58AM/Wiki- Archbishop Rigali-LINK
    9/22/11@4:01AM/Article on Rigali Resignation-LINK
    9/22/11@8:55PM/”Spiegel Online/”Pope Returns Home”-LINK
    9/22/11@8:58PM/Der Spiegel in German-LINK
    9/23/11@4:52AM/Article/Abuse Scandal and the Pope-LINK
    9/23/11@4:57AM/Bild in German-LINK
    9/23/11@9:28PM/Article/”Stop Baptist Predators”-LINK
    9/23/11@9:35PM/CHAPTER 1-VOS/Video of Chicago Thunderstorm-LINK
    9/23/11@9:40PM/CHAPTER 1-VOS/Audio of Phone Ringing-LINK
    9/23/11@9:48PM/CHAPTER 1-VOS/Images of a Library-LINK
    9/27/11@12:24AM/Article/Papal Homecoming to Germany-LINK
    9/27/11@11:38PM/Der Spiegel Hans Kung Interview/Pt. 1-LINK
    9/28/11@7:35PM/Kung Interview/Pt. 2-LINK
    9/29/11@11:53PM/Article/”Elements of Spiritual Abuse”-LINK
    9/30/11@9:29PM/Article/”Hisotry of Catholic Sexual Abuse”-LINK

  494. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article in USA Today, entitled, “Silent Abuses.” It deals with the “…hundreds of thousands of children who are abused or neglected in the U.S. every year.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2011-12-16-Unreported-Abuse_CV_U.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  495. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Fox Sports regarding the alleged sex abuse by Philadelphia sportwriter Bill Conlin. Apparently, a 7th alleged abuse victim has come forward.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Bill-Conlin-Philadelphia-columnist-accused-of-child-sexual-abuse-by-7th-alleged-victim-122311

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  496. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from USA Today regarding the Syracuse sex scandal. It regards a fourth accuser who has come forward.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2011-12-15-1178535087_x.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  497. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link regarding the increase in calls to sex abuse centers as a result of the Jerry Sandusky matter at Penn State.

    http://news.yahoo.com/accused-penn-state-rioters-opt-straight-trial-210949439.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  498. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As I have often remarked in regards to clerical sexual abuse- it is happening across all religions.
    Recently, we have read a lot about sexual abuse happening in the secular world, at universities and in youth sports.
    Here is a link to a story regarding the same phenomenon, but this time it happened with Olympic level athletes in gymnastics.

    http://espn.go.com/olympics/gymnastics/story/_/id/7241874/ex-olympic-gymnastics-coach-don-peters-accused-sex-abuse-banned-life

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  499. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is something to consider; we have been exploring sexual abuse of youth across many religions and, more recently, the sexual abuse scandals in the secular world, Penn State, Syracuse University, AAU, Bill Conlin, Canadian youth hockey, Olympic performers- to name just a few.
    So, again, here is something to consider, does sexual abuse “stand alone,” as a phenomenon or is it a variant of abuse like bullying, corporal punishment in schools and- as this link discusses- hazing?
    In all three instances- granted, though, in different degrees- the child/youth is being “violated.”
    Just some food for thought.

    http://espn.go.com/otl/hazing/thursday.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  500. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I am relatively certain that everyone would agree that sexual abuse- whether it be against children or adults- and whether it be clerical or secular- is humiliating.
    Recently, we have touched upon corporal punishment in schools, hazing and bullying, and that we would, in all likelihood, agree that it has the potential to be humiliating.
    Here is a link to a website identified as “Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.” There is plenty of interesting material here.

    http://www.humiliationstudies.org/index.php

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  501. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, I know that some of you are already there, and a lot of the rest of us are waiting- regardless, we just want to wish a Happy New Year to all of our readers and those who comment.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Be sure to remember to spread the word about the website and our novel, “A Vow of Silence.”
    “…Live long and prosper…”
    John Alexander
    Jeremy Michaels

  502. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’ve been talking about- humiliation- sex abuse, corporal punishment, hazing and bullying. As regards bullying, too often we think of it was something that occurs predominately in high school.
    Here is a link to a stdy of bullying in the Norwegian army.

    http://humiliationstudies.org/documents/RudminOstvikBullyingNorwegianArmy.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  503. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), because both of his parents were killed in an automobile accident, the Caller- as a young boy- goes to live with his aunt in a convent in Clinton, Iowa.
    Here is a link to the home page for the city of Clinton, Iowa. Do notice on the lower left a place where you can get more information about Clinton, including photos.

    http://www.ci.clinton.ia.us/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  504. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    First things first, for those of you who have been asking to be able to share the website with your groups, my answer is that’s okay. Go ahead, be my guest.
    Now, here is a link to the American Psychological Association’s definition of “sexual abuse.” It’s an informative link in that along with the definition it has sections, entitled, “Whay You Can Do,” “Getting Help,” “News,” “Monitor on Psychology Articles,” “Books,” “Related Topics,” Related Reading,” and Related APA Resources.”

    http://www.apa.org/topics/sexual-abuse/index.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  505. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a position statement from the girl scouts about sexual abuse.

    http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/volunteering/articles/staying_alert_to_signs.asp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  506. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) one of our main characters- initially identified as The Caller- was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Here is a link to some background history about Philadelphia.

    http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  507. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story from the Los Angeles Times regarding the resignation of auxiliary bishop Gabino Zavala- in Los Angeles. Apparently, he has two adult children which is in violation of celibacy requirements.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-catholic-resign-20120105,0,1012971.story

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  508. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    *****Here is where you can find a path back to earlier comments and links-
    *****12/22/11@9:53PM*****
    Here is a compilation of the October 2011 Comments and Links.
    10/3/11@10:47PM/Psychological Causes/Effects of Sexual Abuse-LINK
    10/4/11@10:58PM/Statement on Moving Our Explore
    10/5/11@9:33PM/Article/”What Do Catholics Believe?”-LINK
    10/7/11@3:35AM/”Misconceptions About the Catholic Church-LINK
    10/11/11@11:02PM/Canadian Sexual Abuse Settlement-LINK
    10/12/11@3:36AM/RE:NOVEL/VOS/Pieces of Eight-Images-LINK
    10/12/11@11:00PM/About the Pope-Why?-LINK
    10/13/11@3:33AM/Catholic Singles-LINK
    10/13/11@11:21PM/CatholicTv.com-LINK
    10/14/11@3:45AM/RE;NOVEL/VOS/Betty Brinn Museum-Video-LINK
    10/14/11@10:12PM/Betty Brinn Museum Website-LINK
    10/14/11@10:18PM/Wiki on Knights Templar-LINK
    10/17/11@11:34PM/Comparison of Dan Brown & Knights Templar-LINK
    10/18/11@5:05AM/NY Times Article/Kansas City Bishop Indicted-LINK
    10/18/11@11:04PM/Video on Bishop Finn Indictment-LINK
    10/19/11@3:48AM/Background on Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker-LINK
    10/19/11@10:09PM/Grand Jury Indictment of Bishop Finn-LINK
    10/20/11@3:19AM/J. P.Baker Interview for Job/Video/Part 1-LINK
    10/20/11@11:25PM/J. P. Baker Interview for Job/Video/Part 2-LINK
    10/21/11@3:16AM/Video of Milwaukee Lakefront-LINK
    10/24/11@10:35PM/Wiki on Halloween-LINK
    10/25/11@3:14AM/Trailer for “Don’t Look Now”/# 10/LINK
    10/25/11@3:29AM/Review for “Don’t Look Now”/#10/LINK
    10/25/11@3:36AM/Entire Movie/”Don’t Look Now”/# 10/LINK
    10/25/11@9:50PM/NYT Review of “Arachnophobia”/# 9/LINK
    10/25/11@9:55PM/Trailer for “Arachnophobia”/# 9/LINK
    10/26/11@12:28AM/Entire Movie/”Arachnophobia” 1/9/# 9/LINK
    10/26/11@10:31PM/Info on “Saw”/ # 8/LINK
    10/26/11@10:53PM/Official “Saw” Trailer/ # 8/LINK
    10/27/11@10:16PM/Info on “Poltergeist”/ # 7/LINK
    10/27/11@10:20PM/”Poltergeist” Trivia-LINK
    10/27/11@10:25PM/Trailer for “Poltergeist”-LINK
    10/28/11@3:20AM/”Poltergeist”/The Movie-LINK
    10/28/11@10;12PM/Plot Summary/”Texas Chainsaw Massacre”/# 6/-LINK
    10/28/11@10:16PM/Website Devoted to “Tx. Chainsaw Massacre”-LINK
    10/28/11@10:21PM/Fact/Fiction Website/”Tx. Chainsaw Massacre”/# 6-LINK
    10/28/11@10;24PM/Trailer for “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”-LINK
    10/29/11@11:17PM/Plot Summary/”Child’s Play”/# 5/LINK
    10/29/11@11:25PM/Trailer for “Child’s Play”-LINK
    10/29/11@11:38PM/Plot Summary for “Jaws”/# 4/LINK
    10/29/11@11:42PM/Trailer for “Jaws”/# 4/LINK
    10/30/11@8:07PM/Plot Synopsis for “The Shining”/# 3-LINK
    10/30/11@8:11PM/Trailer for “The Shining”/# 3-LINK
    10/31/11@4:29AM/Complete Movie/”The Shining”/# 3-LINK
    10/31/11@4:33AM/Plot Synopsis for “The Ring”/# 2/LINK
    10/31/11@6:15AM/Trailer for “The Ring”/# 2/LINK
    10/31/11@6:19AM/Complete Movie/”The Ring”- Part 1/# 2/LINK
    10/31/11@10:37PM/Plot Summary/”Rosemary’s Baby”/T-#1/LINK
    10/31/11@11:01PM/Trailer for “Rosemary’s Baby”/ T # 1/LINK
    10/31/11@11:12PM/Plot Summary/”The Exorcist”/T #1/LINK
    10/31/11@11:20PM/Trailer for “The Exorcist/T # 1/LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  509. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on a matter that is occurring in Canada. Bishop Lahey had been in prison for the possession of child pornography.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/world/americas/canada-judge-frees-jailed-bishop.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  510. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to interesting article about Catholic priests who are married.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/married-roman-catholic-priests-are-testing-a-tradition.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  511. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) one of our main characters- as a boy- could see the Delaware River from where he lived.
    Here is a link to some information about the Delaware River.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_River

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  512. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece by a writer who has identified what he calls the “Top Ten Sports Sex Scandals of All Time.”

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/author-releases-list-of-top-10-sports-sex-scandals-of-all-time-spoiler-alert-tiger-woods-is-not-on-it-78555657.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  513. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a follow-up link to what is happening at Penn State University. Apparently, accoriding to his son, Joe Paterno wants to tell his side of the story.

    http://news.yahoo.com/paterno-eager-tell-side-sandusky-story-son-says-183645088.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  514. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the compilation for all of my links and posted comments during November 2011.
    11/1/11@10:03PM/August 2011 Compilation
    11/2/11@10:24PM/Wiki on Prophet Omega-LINK
    11/2/11@10:31PM/Prophet Omega Sermon- “I Am What I Am”-LINK
    11/4/11@1:37AM/Mother Shipton Info/1488-1561-LINK
    11/4/11@1:42AM/20th Century Prophecies of Mother Shipton-LINK
    11/4/11@9:07PM/Prophet Omega Video/”Friends Seen and Unseen”/LINK
    11/5/11@9:56PM/Doomsday Guide and Mayan Prophecy –LINK
    11/8/11@12:20AM/Doomsday Prophet Harold Camping on Twitter/LINK
    11/8/11@1:35AM/Huffington Post/Penn State Scandal-LINK
    11/8/11@4:25AM/Tennessee Pastor and Corporal Punishment-LINK
    11/8/11@4:30AM/More on the Penn State (PSU) Scandal-LINK
    11/8/11@4:35AM/ABC Video Report on Penn State Scandal-LINK
    11/8/11@9:28PM/The Greater Joy Ministries Pearl Website-LINK
    11/8/11@9:31PM/The Pearls/”How to Train A Child”-LINK
    11/9/11@12:57AM/PSU Grand Jury Transcript (PDF)-LINK
    11/10/11@11:37PM/(VOS)Lectric Law Library Legal Lexicon Lyceum-LINK
    11/11/11@12:14AM/US Dept. of Ed. To Investigate PSU-LINK
    11/11/11@12:26AM/PSU/Video/ News Van Flipped Over-LINK
    11/11/11@6:38PM/Armageddononline.org-LINK
    11/11/11@6:42PM/11-11-11and the Mayan Apocalypse-LINK
    11/16/11@9:38PM/Bishop Finn Makes A Deal-LINK
    11/17/11@4:27AM/Video/Bob Costas-Jerry Sandusky Interview-LINK
    11/17/11@10:11PM/Penn State Scandal/Key Figures & A Timeline-LINK
    11/18/11@12:25AM/Article/”Predators Hide Under Cloak of Trust”-LINK
    11/18/11@12:40AM/Video/Beau Biden (Del. Att. Gen.) Interview-LINK
    11/18/11@10:02 PM/Article on Syracuse Abuse Scandal-LINK
    11/18/11@10:55PM/Video/TV Report on Syracuse Scandal-LINK
    11/18/11@11:04PM/Alleged Syracuse Victim Interview-LINK
    11/28/11@9:59PM/ESPN Report/Fine is Fired-LINK
    11/28/11@11:59PM/Laurie Fine Telephone Call-LINK
    11/30/11@11:34PM/Article/Abuse in Canadian Youth Hockey-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  515. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Former hockey player Sheldon Kennedy- who was abused- appeared before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee and urged lawmakers to “empower bystanders” to speak up about sexual abuse.
    Here is a link to this story.

    http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-12-13/article-2833193/UPDATE%3A-Kennedy-tells-U.S.-to-%26rsquoempower-bystanders%26rsquo-to-speak-up-against-child-sex-abuse/1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  516. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) we have read that one of our main characters- “The Caller”/Peter Klein- lived in Philadelphia and could see the Delaware River from his home.
    We have been “exploring” the Delaware River. Here is an interesting link to something called the “Duck Boat Tour” in Philadelphia and on the river. Watch closely what this “bus” does.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmrQtrNXT5c

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  517. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Joe Paterno’s first interview regarding the Penn State sex scandal.
    The interview was done by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/joe-paternos-first-interview-since-the-penn-state-sandusky-scandal/2012/01/13/gIQA08e4yP_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  518. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an ESPN video report on the Joe paterno interview.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7462065/penn-state-nittany-lions-joe-paterno-says-know-how-handle-jerry-sandusky-abuse-report

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  519. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the Washington Post homepage regarding the Paterno interview.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  520. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    One of the main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence” moves to the Illinois town of Shabbona.
    Here is a link to some of the history of Shabbona, Illinois. Do note that this history was published in 1922.

    http://history.rays-place.com/il/dek-shabbona.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  521. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of the Posts and Links for the month of December 2011.
    12/1/11@10:13PM/Deadspin Article on Penn State Scandal-LINK
    12/2/11@11:33PM/2002 Article/ Sex Abuse in Sports in Britain-LINK
    12/6/11@4:07AM/ESPN/”Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports”-LINK
    12/6/11@11:59PM/Syracuse Sex Scandal Update-LINK
    12/8/11@6:00AM/Additional Syracuse Sex Scandal Update-LINK
    12/9/11@4:36AM/Jerry Sandusky Update-LINK
    12/9/11@4:41AM/Bernie Fine Update-Lawsuit-LINK
    12/10/11@4:55AM/Archbishop McQuaid of Dublin, Ireland-LINK
    12/12/11@10:57PM/Sex Abuse and Youth Sports Culture-LINK
    12/13/11@11:56PM/Sandusky Waives Right to a Hearing-LINK
    12/14/11@11:40PM/Article- Jim Boeheim Sued-LINK
    12/15/11@4:41AM/Penn State Update-LINK
    12/15/11@10:54PM/AAU Sex Scandal Allegations-LINK
    12/20/11@9:42PM/ESPN Article/”Hands Off”-LINK
    12/21/11@8:34PM/Irish Abuse Update-LINK
    12/21/11@8:44PM/Sportwriter Bill Conlin Allegations-LINK
    12/22/11@9:53PM/***September 2011 Compilation***
    12/23/11@12:19AM/USA Today/Article/”Silent Abuses”-LINK
    12/24/11@10:08PM/Bill Conlin Update/7th Victim Speaks-LINK
    12/27/11@10:58PM/4th Accuser at Syracuse-LINK
    12/29/11@1:25AM/Article/Sandusky Case Triggers Abuse Calls-LINK
    12/29/11@11:15PM/Article/Sexual Abuse of Olympic Athletes-LINK
    12/30/11@9:21PM/Article/Hazing in Hockey-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  522. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), in VOS, Chapter 4, one of our main characters, The Caller, trucks a load to Rochester, New York.
    Here is a link to a time-line for Rochester, New York.

    http://www.cityofrochester.gov/175/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  523. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters drives a truck load to Rochester, New York.
    Yesterday, I posted a link providing a timeline for the history of Rochester.
    Here is a link for a video overview of Rochester.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mk14KDnMdM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  524. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article from The New York Times regarding the Penn State trustees and their decision to fire Joe Paterno.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/sports/ncaafootball/penn-state-trustees-recall-decision-to-fire-paterno.html?_r=1&ref=sports

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  525. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have read in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), that in VOS-Chapter 4, the character known as “The Caller” drives a truck load of goods to Rochester, New York.
    While he is in upstate New York, he also visits the city of Lackawanna.
    Here is a link to the history of the city of Lackawanna.

    http://www.wnyreligion.net/lackawanna.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  526. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article about the Penn State Board of Trustees insatalling new leadership.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57363225/penn-state-trustees-install-new-leadership/?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  527. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to ESPN coverage regarding the death of Coach Joe Paterno.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7489238/joe-paterno-ex-penn-state-nittany-lions-coach-dies-85-2-month-cancer-fight

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  528. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Chapter four of our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters, “The Caller,” drives a truck load of goods to Rochester, New York. On the way, he stops in the city of Lackawanna, New York.
    Here is a link to a video tour of what is now Lackawanna, New York. It’s called, “Ghosts of Buffalo- Lackawanna, New York.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TOO3RfJYfM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  529. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, many of us go through our lives hearing about how stress is bad for us.
    Okay, here is a link to a piece asking the question as to whether or not stress killed Joe Paterno.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/01/23/could-stress-have-spurred-joe-paternos-rapid-demise/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  530. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you may know, one of our main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS Chapter 4), stops in Lackawanna, New York for a visit.
    Two posts ago, I put up a link entitled, “Ghosts of Buffalo- Lackwanna, New York. It was a visual tour of the city.
    Here is Part 2, Bethlehem Steel a visual tour of what remains of the the steel plant. At one time in the 20th Century, the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna, New York was the largest steel mill in the world.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL9zM6SL5xY&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  531. dima911 Says:

    Вот именно с этой статьи начинаю читать этот блог. Плюс один подписчик :)

  532. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4) one of our main characters-The Caller- visits Lackawanna, New York.
    I have provided links on the city of Lackawanna and the old Bethlehem Steel plant.
    Things do look a little “rough” in Lackawanna.
    But, not all is that way.
    Here is a link to a very beautiful place in Lackawanna. It is the Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

    http://www.ourladyofvictory.org/Basilica/Welcome.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  533. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, in our novel, although one of our main characters did spend some time in Lackawanna, New York, here is one place that he did not visit but should have done so.
    It is the Botanical Gardens, just down the street from the Basilica.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnQhlCNTcrE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  534. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Okay, a few moments ago I tried to post a link to a place that one of our characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” should have visited while he was in Lackawanna, New York.
    Unfortunately, the link distorted the entire page. So, if you go to Google and type in Steel Plant Museum in Lackawanna, New York you will find an interesting place to visit if you’re coming to Buffalo, Toronto or Niagara Falls.
    Also, here is a link to a promo video on the steel industry in Lackawanna. It was produced by the local Public TV station. It is called, “Buffalo’s Voices of Steel.” I’m sure it is still available if you want to get a copy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsopjCARcL0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  535. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) VOS-Chapter 4, one of our main characters is in upstate New York.
    We have seen that he’s already visited Lackawanna. Now he is visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in nearby Lewiston, New York.
    Here is a link to the shrine.

    http://www.fatimashrine.com/index1.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  536. dima911 Says:

    Да уж Читаю и понимаю, что ничего не понимаю о чем речь:)

  537. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Following up on my last post regarding one of the main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), and his time spent in upstate New York, here is a video link to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine that our character visits.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7bGWId481U

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  538. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), The Caller is visiting upstate New York.
    Another one of the towns he visits is a place called Lewiston, New York.
    Here is a link to some history about the town.
    Do remember, much of our novel was written so as to be “virtual in place.” This means many, many of the settings in the book are real and not fictitious.

    http://historiclewiston.org/history.html

    Hope you find it interesting.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  539. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I’ve been posting to the fact that one of the main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter Four), has traveled to upstate New York and is visiting a number of places including Lewiston, New York
    Here is a link to another major attraction in Lewiston. It’s a musical venue with free concerts called, Artpark.

    http://www.artpark.net/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  540. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the town of Lewiston, New York. In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters visits the town.
    In my last post, I provided a link to a music venue called Artpark where they have free concerts during the summer.
    Here is a link to a video of when ZZ Top played at Artpark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQnSRCAEcoE&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  541. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters is visiting upstate New York. One town that he visits is Lewiston, New York. Nearby, is another place that he visits, it is a place called Stella Niagara.
    Among other things at Stella Niagara, there is a “Renewal Center.”
    Here is a link to the Center.

    http://center-of-renewal.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  542. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you probably know, our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) was written to be- as much as possible- “virtual in place.” What this means is that although it is a piece of fiction, a seriously significant number of places that our characters go to really- and truly- exist. Which means, if you took the novel “in hand” you, too, could visit those places where the action is occurring. We have identified this as PVOT- “Personalized Visualization of Text.”
    So, as you know, one of our main characters in VOS-Chapter 4, is visiting the area around Lewiston, New York.
    He visits Stella Niagara. It is both a school and a retreat.
    Here is a link to the nuns who run Stella Niagara. They are the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity.

    http://www.franciscans-stella-niagara.org/prod01.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  543. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last comment, I posted a link to a place that one of our characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), visited while in upstate New York.
    That place was Stella Niagara.
    Here is an additional link to a part of Stella Niagara that is identified as a world-wide “Peace Center.”
    Do feel free to take the tour.
    Again, do keep in mind that significant portions of our novel are set in real- “visitable”- places.

    http://www.franciscans-stella-niagara.org/earthcenter.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  544. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters- “The Caller”- has discovered that a particular Father Simon from the Boston archdiocese is at the retreat at Stella Niagara- The Peace Center.
    Apparently, Father Simon has been involved in some alleged sexual abuse back in Boston.
    Our character (p. 85+ VOS Chapter 4) finds Father Simon at the stations of the cross in the Peace Garden.
    Here is an image link to what the path through the stations looks like.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/large/818b632e-14ef-4b3a-8779-beaa9b2ac110.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx%3Ff%3D1%26guid%3D818b632e-14ef-4b3a-8779-beaa9b2ac110&usg=__Zu1dM2-8Q9J3HCDNrblLmXkqX38=&h=450&w=600&sz=62&hl=en&start=3&zoom=1&tbnid=LtbOSSZNVUeSlM:&tbnh=101&tbnw=135&ei=VzA4T-e0LqGy0AGsjq3UAg&prev=/search%3Fq%3DStella%2BNiagara%2Bstations%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bcross%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch%26prmd%3Divns&um=1&itbs=1

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  545. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know- in our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4)- one of our main characters is at Stella Niagara in Lewiston, New York, seeking out Father Simon. He encounters him while Father Simon is progressing through the stations of the cross.
    In my last posted link, I provided an image of what the pathway through the stations at Stella Niagara looks like.
    Here is a video link that elaborates on the general concept of the stations.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3yOUSGfzAs

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  546. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, as you know we are in the midst of one of our main characters visiting Stella Niagar in upstate New York to pursue Father Simon who is an alleged pedophile.
    Our character encounters him at the Stella Niagara stations of the cross.
    Diverging a bit here, here is an interesting link to a radio station by the same name- “The Station of the Cross” that- if not headquartered there, at least- has an affiliate in nearby Buffalo.

    http://www.wlof.net/index.php

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  547. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), one of our main characters has tracked down Father Simon at Stella Niagara in Lewiston, New York.
    Our character is disguised as a nun which gives Father Simon pause to think about how Vatican 2 changed the appearance of nuns.
    Here is a link to a summary for Vatican 2.

    http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/vaticanii.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  548. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with one of our main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) (VOS-CHAPTER 4), and his pursuit of Father Simon at the stations of the cross at Stella Niagara.
    So, once Father Simon is dispatched, our character stuffs 30 silver dollars- 1979 variety- into Father Simon’s mouth.
    The coin in question is a Susan B. Anthony dollar from, again, 1979.
    Here is a link to some interesting information about the coin.

    http://www.smalldollars.com/index.html#sba-toc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  549. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a investigative report about abuses in Scouts Canada.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/16/scouts-policy-police.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  550. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article from The New York Times, entitled, “Vatican’s Celebratory Mood is Dampened by Leaks That Suggest Turmoil Within.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/world/europe/vatican-in-celebratory-mood-shaken-by-leaks.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  551. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS- Chapter 4), one of our main characters goes to confession at St. Robert’s church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    There he encounters Father Jack.
    Here is a link that outlines the concept of confession.

    http://catholicism.about.com/od/beliefsteachings/p/Why_Confession.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  552. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last posted link we read that one of the main characters in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-CHAPTER 4), has taken a trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there he goes to confession at St. Robert’s where he encounters Father Jack.
    My last link discussed the sacrament of penance.
    This link explores the history and the nature of the “confessional box.”

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/380995.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  553. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last couple of posted links were serious ones about penance and the confessional box.
    Here is a tongue-in-cheek- humorous- link about what some people see as the future of the confessional box.

    http://www.movies.ie/news/ricky_gervais_confession_box_adverts

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  554. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last three posted links were in reference to penance and the concept of “the confession.”
    Here is a link to a website called, “Anonymous Confessions.” People can post their confessions. Once you get to the website, click on “online confessions.”
    Hope that you find it interesting.

    http://www.unburdened.net/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  555. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The last few links that I’ve posted have dealt with the concepts of penance and confession in Roman Catholicism.
    So, what about confession of sin in other religions?
    Here is a link to the concept of the confession of sin in Judaism.

    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/4593-confession-of-sin

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  556. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, we are still exploring the concepts of penance and confession through the posting of links.
    However, I thought that you might find this comparison between christianity and islam, interesting.

    http://carm.org/religious-movements/islam/comparison-grid-between-christianity-and-islamic-doctrine

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  557. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a lists of my comments and posted links for the month of January 2012.
    1/1/12@12:01AM/Humiliation Studies.org-LINK
    1/1/12@12:06AM/Comment- Happy New Year!
    1/2/12@10:52PM/Bullying in the Norwegian Army-LINK
    1/3/12@10:21PM/VOS/Clinton, Iowa City Homepage-LINK
    1/3/12@10:32PM/APA Definition of Sexual Abuse-LINK
    1/4/12@9:59PM/Position Statement from the Girl Scouts-LINK
    1/4/12@10:07PM/VOS/History of Philadelphia-LINK
    1/5/12@10:46PM/Bishop Zavala (L.A.) Resigns-LINK
    *****1/6/12@12:48AM/OCTOBER 2011 COMPILATION*****
    1/7/12@4:19AM/Article/Canada Frees Jailed Bishop-LINK
    1/10/12@12:28AM/Article/Married Priests-LINK
    1/10/12@11:26PM/VOS/Info on the Delaware River-LINK
    1/11/12@9:59PM/Top Ten Sports Sex Scandals-LINK
    1/11/12@10:51PM/Joe Paterno Wants to Tell His Story-LINK
    *****1/12/12@10:50PM/NOVEMBER 2011 COMPILATION*****
    1/13/12@10:28PM/Sheldon Kennedy Encourages Senators-LINK
    1/15/12@4:15AM/VOS/Duck Boat on Del. River-LINK
    1/16/12@12:16AM/Washington Post-Joe Paterno Interview-LINK
    1/16/12@12:22AM/ESPN Report on Paterno Interview-LINK
    1/16/12@12:29AM/Wash. Post Homepage on Paterno Interview-LINK
    1/17/12@2:04AM/VOS/History of Shabbona, Illinois-LINK
    *****1/17/12@11:10PM/DECEMBER 2011 COMPILATION*****
    1/18/12@10:05PM/VOS/Rochester, N.Y. Timeline-LINK
    1/19/12@10:16PM/VOS/Video of Rochester, N.Y.-LINK
    1/19/12@10:26PM/PSU on the Firing of Paterno-LINK
    1/21/12@1:01AM/VOS/History of Lackawanna, N.Y.-LINK
    1/23/12@3:17AM/PSU Reorganizes Trustees-LINK
    1/23/12@3:23AM/ESPN Report on Death of Joe Paterno-LINK
    1/24/12@1:40AM/VOS/Ghosts of Buffalo & Lackawanna, N.Y.-LINK
    1/24/12@7:18AM/Joe Paterno & Stress-LINK
    1/25/12@1:25AM/VOS/”Ghosts of Buffalo”/Bethlehem Steel-LINK
    1/26/12@1:11AM/VOS/Our Lady of Victory Basilica-LINK
    1/27/12@1:20AM/VOS/Video/Buffalo Botanical Garden-LINK
    1/28/12@4:47AM/VOS/Video/Trailer/Buffalo’s Voices of Steel-LINK
    1/31/12@4:14AM/VOS/Our Lady of Fatima Shrine-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  558. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on our VOS topics of penance, sin, forgiveness and redemption, here is a link that explores “Sin and Forgiveness in Islam and Christianity.”

    http://www.spotlights.org/SinAndForgiveness2.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  559. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS- Chapter 4), one of our main characters goes to confession. There he encounters Father Jack.
    At the end of his confession, Father Jack attempts to lead our character in the Act of Contrition.
    Here is a link to the Act.

    http://www.catholicsupply.com/existing/practof.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  560. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the matter of the Penn State University sex scandal and Jerry Sandusky.

    http://news.yahoo.com/ag-ex-penn-state-coach-abused-boys-ages-220651569–spt.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  561. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) (VOS-Chapter 4), we have read that one of our main characters has gone to confession. There he encounters Father Jack.
    Throughout their confessional interaction, Father Jack becomes unnerved and invokes the names of St. Joseph and St. Teresa.
    It might seem as he is invoking two random saints, but there is a relationship between them
    Here is a link that explores that relationship.

    http://home.inreach.com/bstanley/joseph.htm

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  562. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yes, we’re still exploring the concept of confession and confessional.
    Here is a “unique” link to someone who is selling a “portable confessional.”
    I guess as a “novelty item,” this kind of thing would probably be a big hit at any tailgating parking lot at any NFL stadium not to mention FIFA football fans around the world. One way, I suppose to “remedy” hooliganism.

    http://network.slideluckpotshow.com/forum/topics/2028077:Topic:18844

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  563. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is a video link for PDL Laboratories. It is a promotional video for their “Portable Confessional Unit.”
    Hope you enjoy it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzYianZjhLw

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  564. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, for all intents and purposes, our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS) was written to be as “virtual in place as possible.”
    Also, current events will sometimes require me to “jump around” about in our exploration of the novel.
    So, if you go to VOS-Chapter 13, in that chapter you will read that Steve and his detective friend, Dan, talk about the “Lipstick Killer” in Chicago, William Heirens, who was convicted as a serial killer back in 1946.
    Well, William Heirens spent more than 65 years in prison. He died on March 5, 2012.
    Here is the first of a couple of links to him and his story.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-06/news/chi-william-heirens-dies-known-as-the-lipstick-killer-20120306_1_suzanne-degnan-josephine-ross-william-heirens

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  565. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link was an obituary from the Chicago Tribune regarding William Heirens, “The Lipstick Killer” of Chicago.
    William Heirens is a matter of discussion in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), (VOS-Chapter 13), between Steve and his friend, Dan, a detective in Chicago.
    Some people believe that William Heirens was framed- if not set-up.
    Here is a link to his story.

    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/heirens/heirens_1.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  566. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the case of Chicago’s “Lipstick Killer,” William Heirens.
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” Steve and his detective friend discuss the case in VOS-Chapter 13.
    Here is a link to the Free William Heirens website.

    http://www.freewilliamheirens.com/index2.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  567. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last couple of posted links were about the “Lipstick Killer” of Chicago, William Heirens.
    Although his conviction was never overturned, there is a Center at the Northwestern University Law School, that efforts to overturn wrongful convictions.
    That center is called, Center on Wrongful Convictions.
    Here is a link to their website.

    http://www.law.northwestern.edu/cwc/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  568. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    There is an advocacy group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP.
    It is obvious, by their name, what they are advocating.
    Here is a link to an article in The New York Times about the Catholic Church pressuring the group to disclose information.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/us/catholic-church-pressures-victims-network-with-subpoenas.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  569. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last post was a link to a story about the Catholic Church pressuring SNAP.
    If you would recall, SNAP stands for- Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
    Here is a link to their website.

    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  570. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you have been reading in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS-CHAPTER 4), one of our main characters- “The Caller”- goes to confession where he encounters Father Jack.
    At the end of the confession, Father Jack is so distrubed by his encounter, he seeks comfort in reciting the 23rd Psalm.
    Here is a link to that Psalm.

    http://www.rwf2000.com/23pslm.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  571. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS) (VOS- Chapter 4), one of our main characters, “The Caller,” goes to confession. There he encounters Father Jack. At the end of their session Father Jack is so unnerved by the penitent, that he recites the 23rd Psalm (see my last posted link) and also calls on St. Michael.
    Here is a link to some background inforamtion about St. Michael.

    http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/michael.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  572. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for February 2012.
    2/1/12@12:51AM/VOS/Video/Our Lady of Fatima Shrine-LINK
    2/2/12@12:58AM/VOS/History of Lewiston, New York-LINK
    2/7/12@4:31AM/VOS/Art Park Website-LINK
    2/8/12@9:32PM/VOS/Video/Z Z Top at Art Park-LINK
    2/10/12@2:53AM/VOS/Stella Niagara- Renewal Center-LINK
    2/11/12@4:48AM/VOS/Sisters of St. Francis- Stella Niagara-LINK
    2/12/12@12:53AM/VOS/Stella Niagara as a Peace Center-LINK
    2/13/12@4:44AM/VOS/Stella Niagara/Images of Stations of the Cross-LINK
    2/14/12@4:23AM/VOS/Video/Stations of the Cross-LINK
    2/15/12@4:19AM/VOS/Radio Website/The Stations of the Cross-LINK
    2/16/12@4:29AM/VOS/Summary of Vatican II (2)-LINK
    2/17/12@1:19AM/VOS/Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coins & 30 Pieces-LINK
    2/17/12@11:35PM/CBC Report/Abuses in Scouts Canada-LINK
    2/19/12@3:04AM/New York Times Article/Vatileaks-LINK
    2/23/12@4:15AM/VOS/The Sacrament of Penance-LINK
    2/23/12@9:30PM/VOS/An History of the Confessional Box-LINK
    2/24/12@9:17PM/VOS/Advertisements in the Confessional Box-LINK
    2/26/12@4:35AM/Anonymous Confessions Website-LINK
    2/27/12@8:41PM/Confessions of Sin in Judaism-LINK
    2/28/12@8:37PM/Comparison Between Christianity & Islam-LINK
    *****2/29/12@9:43PM/January 2012 Posts and Links*****

  573. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a “different” kind of article on the entire clerical abuse matter.
    It is a link to an article in The New York Times, entitled, “Dutch Church is Accused of Castrating Young Men.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/world/europe/dutch-church-accused-of-castrating-10-young-men.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  574. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Yesterday, I posted a link from the New York Times, entitled, “Dutch Church is Accused of Castrating Young Men.”
    In that article, there is mention of a commission of inquiry, in the Netherlands, called the Deetman Commission.
    Here is a link to an english summary of the commission’s findings.

    http://www.onderzoekrk.nl/fileadmin/commissiedeetman/data/downloads/eindrapport/20111216/Samenvatting_eindrapport_Engelstalig.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  575. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    The matter of the child sex-abuse case coming to trial in Philadelphia has begun.
    Here is a link from the Philadelphia Inquirer, entitled, “Priests’ Child Sex-Abuse Trial Gets Started.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-03-27/news/31245363_1_defrocked-fellow-priests-sexual-abuse

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  576. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing clerical child abuse trial in Philadelphia.
    This article from the Huffington Post explores testimony in the trial relating to the matter that “Sexual Sobiety Was Tough…”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/philadelphia-priest-trial-sexual-sobriety_n_1387625.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  577. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing clerical trial in Philadelphia.
    Do be advised that some of the details and “tales” in this article might be disturbing.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20120401_Priests__trial_opens_with_lurid_tales.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  578. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, the clerical trial in Philadelphia is into its second week, and we hear that two jurors have been dismissed and there has been testimony about a cleric being a “Camp Prowler.”
    Here is the link.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/2-jurors-removed-from-philly-priest-abuse-trial-for-unknown-reasons-trial-enters-2nd-week/2012/04/02/gIQAT8e3qS_story.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  579. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are continuing to follow the clerical trial in Philadelphia.
    Here is a link to a story from the Associated Press about testimony regarding abusing three boys in a week.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hTEtn_NJ2QJ6fOia7KOyZT5sVbig?docId=b9d21576ec0640e9a43be757c29a73a2

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  580. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are continuing on with the clerical trial in Philadelphia.
    Here is a link to an article in The New York Times, entitled, “Jurors Told That Church Put Off Abuse Complaints.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/us/philadelphia-archdiocese-put-off-abuse-complaints-jurors-told.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  581. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a new article in the priest trial in Philadelphia.
    It is from the Huffington Post and is entitled, “Philadelphia Priest Trial: ‘Sexual Predator’ Led Former Marine to Drugs, Suicide Attempt, Man Claims.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/philadelphia-priest-sex-trial-james-brennan-sexual-predator_n_1404094.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  582. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Returning- for a post or two- to our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS),
    (VOS- Chapter 4).
    We have seen that The Caller, as a boy, played with his G. I. Joe and Matchbox toys.
    Here is a link that explores the concept of the G. I.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._(military)

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  583. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As regards the abovel link, once you get to it, click on G.I. (mililtary).
    Take care,
    John Alexander

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  585. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article about the ongoing clerical trial in Philadelphia.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20120410_Priests_trial_shifts_focus_to_old_child-porn_case.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  586. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an Associated Press report on the Philadelphia priest trial.
    The article discusses the fact that a convicted cleric remained a priest for fifteen years.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jhe2TT602vYJLgQ86QWzHZ-kbP3g?docId=42da8791a36c46feb97fdcecf0e68181

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  587. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the clerical trial going on in Philadelphia.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/us/philadelphia-priests-jury-is-told-of-a-scorned-complaint.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  588. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article from the Associated Press about the ongoing clerical trial in Philadelphia. This pice discusses the shredding of a list of abusive priests.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jX2G25CJYxb2QlflqybRFCetrRMA?docId=0567642f99904718a24c9ae913411990

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  589. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story from the trial going on in Philadelphia that talks about a mother of an abuse victim who remained friends wit the abusing priest.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/philadelphia-priest-trial-victim-mother-stayed-friends-with-accused-priest_n_1420440.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  590. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link from the Huffington Post regarding the ongoing clerical trial in Philadelphia.
    This article speaks about the physical abuse of boys by a cleric while they were acting in a passion play.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/philadelphia-priest-trial_n_1432625.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  591. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, this clerical trial in Philadelphia is really disclosing some very interesting- and disturbing- bits of information.
    Here is a link that now involves a West Virginia bishop.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/religion/20120419_Priest_trial_witness_cites_report_on_W_Va__bishop.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  592. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article about the ongoing clerical trial in Philadelphia.
    Yesterday, you read, here, about what is now a West Virginia priest who was involved in the sexual abuse matter in Philadelphia.
    In this link you will read that a West Virginia judge has ordered the priest in question to testify in the Philadelphia case.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/148274995.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  593. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on the clerical trial that is going on in Philadelphia.
    This is a link to a piece out of the Washington Post that discusses Church secrets that are being exposed through testimony.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/philadelphia-priest-abuse-trial-painful-poignant-for-catholics-church-secrets-exposed/2012/04/21/gIQAxTo7XT_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  594. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing priests’ trial in Philadelphia. This link is from the Philadelphia Inquirer and talks about the fact that a guilty former priest has now entered the “trial picture.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-24/news/31393106_1_altar-boy-defrocked-priest-lindy-and-thomas-bergstrom

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  595. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we have been following the priests’ trial in Philadelphia.
    But, there is another religious story “brewing.”
    Here is a link to an article about the Vatican cracking down on U.S. nuns for their radical ideas.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120419/vatican-cracks-down-us-nuns-radical-ideas

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  596. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing priests’ trial in Philadelphia.
    This link discusses testimony regarding being on the “trail” of a defrocked prist, twenty-five years later.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120426_At_trial__following_a_defrocked_priest_rsquo_s_25-year_trail.html?cmpid=125408628

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  597. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another story that we are following, the matter of the Vatican reprimanding U.S. nuns.
    Do notice that this link is both text AND audio. It comes from NPR’s “Talk of The Nation” program.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/23/151222359/vatican-reprimand-of-u-s-nuns-divides-faithful

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  598. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here’s a link that you might find interesting.
    It’s title is “Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog.”

    http://www.priestabusetrial.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  599. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some testimony from the priest trial in Philadelphia.
    This testimony is from an alleged victim who testified that he turned to drugs after being abused.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/philadelphia-priest-trial-alter-boy-turned-to-drugs_n_1456050.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  600. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another update from the priests trial in Philadlephia.
    This link highlights the testimonial “fury” of one of the victims.

    http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120501/NEWS03/120509960/-1/news/accuser-unleashes-fury-at-catholic-church-during-priest-abuse-trial

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  601. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that discusses a little further the Vatican’s position toward American nuns and their “Radical Feminist Themes.”

    http://www.thetakeaway.org/2012/may/01/vatican-reprimands-us-nuns-promoting-radical-feminist-themes/?utm_source=local&utm_media=treatment&utm_campaign=featuredcomment&utm_content=article

    Take care,
    John Alexander

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  603. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an image of Rev. Lynn who is on trial in Philadelphia. It addresses the concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience.” Along with the image is an account by one victim who alleges that he was “stalked.”

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.edgeboston.com/display/viewimage_story.php%3Fid%3D131418&imgrefurl=http://www.edgeboston.com/news/religion///131418/witness:_philadelphia_priest_stalked,_undressed_me_&usg=__Lxoqsiq-q_p4C_7lhwic_AEZZm8=&h=250&w=250&sz=22&hl=en&start=6&zoom=1&tbnid=QYFh6vvRh91dZM:&tbnh=111&tbnw=111&ei=Wl6hT9PyDoHk0QHg0JCYCQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dwilliam%2Blynn%2Bphiladelphia%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  604. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to update what is occurring in the trial in Philadelphia.
    This involves testimony about a “Ladies Man Priest Turned Molester.”

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20120502_Story_of__lsquo_ladies_man_rsquo__priest_turned_molester_unfolds_in_court.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  605. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a call for Irish Cardinal Sean Brady to resign.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139604/Cardinal-Sean-Brady-resign-failure-warn-parents-paedophile-Brendan-Smyth.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  606. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know we have been following the priests’ trial in Philadelphia.
    There has been some good amount of testimony of priests who have abused children, often repeatedly.
    This is all very sad and unfortunate for those who were abused.
    So, along with keeping up with what is going on at the trail- the serious stuff- we are going to also go “light” so as to try and, however partially, take our minds off the tragedy that is unfolding in Philadelphia.
    The “light stuff” that I am talking about is a delving into the category of “priests gone wild.”
    We are going to start with a review of the 2010 movie, Machete, wherein Cheech Marin plays a padre gone wild.

    http://www.freethunk.net/articles/freethinking-movie-reviews/cheech-marin-crucified-machete-movie-review-122

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  607. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for the 2010 movie, “Machete.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIxcVzwLR1k

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  608. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update from the priests’ trial in Philadelphia.
    Apparently, testimony is being sought from cloistered nuns.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/08/cloistered-nuns-testimony-sought-in-philly-trial/

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  609. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing Philadlephia priests’ trial.
    In this article the defense is claiming that the trial is veering away from the original charges.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/testimony-of-cloistered-nuns-sought-in-philadelphia-priest-abuse-case-church-official-objects/2012/05/08/gIQAN65yAU_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  610. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to testimony in the priests’ trial in Philadelphia. This article deals with testimony that there was nothing in one priest’s file to indicate abuse.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120510_Priest_rsquo_s_personnel_file_had_no_hints_of_wrong_doing.html?cmpid=125459048

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  611. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been reading about child sex abuse by priests- a lot.
    However, historically, this blog has always maintained that child sex abuse is a pervasive behavior across religions.
    Here is an article about child sex abuse in the ultra conservative jewish community in NYC.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-koch/child-abuse-in-the-ultrao_b_1515683.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  612. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update link on what is going on in the Philadelphia prists’ trial.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/philadelphia-prosecutors-rest-in-trial-of-catholic-church-official-charged-with-abuse-cover-up/2012/05/17/gIQA7xxFWU_story.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  613. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, over the course of the last few months we have been following a number of real-life child sex abuse stories. There was Penn State, Syracuse, the clergy trial in Philadelphia- all important aspects of what is going on in today’s world.
    We are still going to follow these stories, but, in addition, I am, again, going to bring in some levity to our blog.
    A couple of posts ago you had the opportunity to see Cheech Marin as a padre gone wild in the movie “Machete.”
    Today, we are going to start our U.S. Memorial Day countdown on movies wherein “priests go wild.”
    Here is the plot summary for movie # 10- “Keeping the Faith.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0171433/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  614. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is the trailer for movie # 10- in our “priests go wild” countdown-”Keeping the Faith.” It came out in 2000.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V388ePOVtM

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  615. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to some funny scenes from “Keeping the Faith.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlKhfEWchf8&feature=related

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  616. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, for those of you who like “unique things about culture,” here is a link to the script to “Keeping the Faith.”
    Remember, in the movie, Father Brian Finn is the priest who goes wild.

    http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/k/keeping-the-faith-script-transcript.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  617. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another interesting story line. This involves Rev. Thomas D. Williams. The title of the piece from The New York Times is- “Popular Priest Fathered Child and Says He’ll Step Aside.”
    Over the next couple of days, we’ll pursue this a bit further.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/us/popular-priest-fathered-child-and-says-hell-step-aside.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  618. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right! So, we are down to “priest # 9″ in our “Priests Gone Wild (in the movies)” countdown.
    Priest # 9 is Frank Jr. in the 1977 movie- “Saturday Night Fever.”
    Here is a link to the plot summary.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076666/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  619. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for movie # 9 in our “Priests Gone Wild” movie countdown, “Saturday Night Fever” (1977).
    Remember the priest in question is Frank, Jr.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4ZMKqWk80

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  620. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    You know, it has become difficult to put up a link to an entire movie.
    That said, here’s the second best thing. This is a link to the best scenes from our # 9 “Priests Gone Wild” movie countdown, “Saturday Night Fever.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvUSGXc8AGk&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  621. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In a previous link we read about Rev. Thomas D. Williams, and his fathering of a child.
    Along the lines of our concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience”- here is an image link to Rev. Williams.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/prominent-legion-priest-admits-fathering-child-issues-apology/

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  622. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    We are now down to movie/priest #8 of our “Priests Gone Wild” countdown.
    Here is the plot summary to a movie from 1982, featuring Christopher Reeve as Rev. John Flaherty, in “Monsignor.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084351/plotsummary

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  623. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, considering the number of trailers that I have posted links for, I find it a bit strange that I couldn’t- easily, meaning, at all- find the trailer for “Priests Gone Wild Countdown,” movie # 8.
    If you do find it, please feel free to post it.
    Thanks,
    John Alexander

  624. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Recently, you have had opportunities to go to links regarding Rev. Thomas D. Williams, and his matter of fathering a child.
    As you may have read, he was a member of the conservative religious order called, “Legionaries of Christ.”
    Here is a link to the order.

    http://www.legionariesofchrist.org/eng/index.phtml?height=768&width=1024&sw=1&sw2=

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  625. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing our “Priests Gone Wild Coundown,” we come to priest # 7. It is the Pope in the 1991 movie, “The Pope Must Die.”
    Here is a link to the plot summary.

    http://www.enotes.com/topic/The_Pope_Must_Die

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  626. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie # 7, in the “Priests Gone Wild Countdown,” the 1991 movie, “The Pope Must Die.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlsdlR3-zOk

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  627. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to what is going on in the priests’ trial in Philadelphia. The defense has now begun.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/22/4508348/defense-starts-in-philadelphia.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  628. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We continue our “Priests Gone Wild Countdown.” Today’s priest gone wild- # 6- is Rev. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) in the 2002 movie, “Signs.”
    Here is a link to the plot summary.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286106/synopsis

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  629. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for “Priests Gone Wild” movie and character # 6, “Signs.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTgO18G5zjI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  630. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the latest in the priests’ trial going on in Philadelphia. The defendant “takes the stand.”

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/05/23/philadelphia-priest-takes-stand-in-his-own-defense-at-child-sex-abuse-trial/

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  631. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are down to movie # 5 as well as “priest gone wild” # 5.
    Here is a link to the synopsis for a movie called “Priest” (2011) in which the priest in question is simply called “Priest.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0822847/synopsis

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  632. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the link for the trailer for “Priests Gone Wild” movie # 5, “Priest” (2011).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VNczhWD2ao

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  633. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another update on the priests’ trial in Philadelphia.
    Monsignor Lynn is still on the stand.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/philadelphia-priest-trial-parishioners-told-accused-priests-had-health-problems-monsignor-william-lynn-testifies_n_1542218.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  634. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, we are down to our “Priests Gone Wild Countdown” item number 4.
    The priests who go wild in this movie are the archbishops.
    The movie is the “Godfather: III.”
    Here is a link to the synopsis.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099674/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  635. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the link to “Priests Gone Wild” (the Archbishops), movie # 4 in our U.S. Memorial Day Countdown.
    The movie was released in 1990.
    By the way, as you might have noticed, that, in the past, I have been able to post links to the entire movie(s). Well, things have gotten a little tighter, now, so you’ll have to hunt it- them- down on your own.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCAcWDDPdNY

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  636. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, as you know, we have been following a number of different real-life stories. One such, is the matter of Rev. Thomas D. Williams who father a child a then stepped aside.
    He was a member of the Legionaires of Christ.
    Here is a link to some background inforamtion abvout the founder of the Legionaires, Rev. Marciel Maciel Degollado.

    http://stevebrodner.com/2010/03/28/rev-marcial-maciel-degollado/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  637. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Now we are down to “Priest Gone Wild Countdown,” with priest # 3 appearing in movie # 3.
    The priest gone wild in question is Cardinal Glick, played by George Carlin in the 1999 movie, “Dogma.”
    Here is a link to the synopsis for the movie.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120655/plotsummary

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  638. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link for the trailer for movie # 3, “Dogma.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3zEraHgfO4

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  639. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, our “Priests Gone Wild Countdown” ended up getting “short-circuited” by someone who inadvertently cut my Internet line.
    Anyway, I’m back up and “running.”
    Here is “Priest Gone Wild” # 2- Father Moore, played by Tom Wilkinson, in the 2005 movie, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”
    This is a link to the plot summary

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404032/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  640. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the link to the trailer for “The Exorcism of Emily Rose, # 2 in our countdown.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSy7DldFdUI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  641. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, the trial in Philadelphia seems to be coming to a close.
    Here is a link to what is going on.

    http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/05/30/news/doc4fc4d3cc270d2968242452.txt

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  642. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, we’re down to preacher/priest “Gone Wild” # 1 in our countdown.
    The preacher in question is Euliss “Sonny” Dewey, played by Robert Duvall in the 1997 movie, “The Apostle.”
    Here is the link to the plot summary/synopsis.

    http://www.moviefone.com/movie/the-apostle/5333/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  643. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for “Priests Gone Wild,” movie and preacher
    # 1, “The Apostle.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUsHnNEAkNY

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  644. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    If you have been following the priests’ trial in Philadelphia, you’ll be interested in knowing that today, 31 May 2012, begins the closing arguments.
    Here is a link to an article about said closing arguments.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-crime-church-philadelphiabre84u0ng-20120531,0,2156884.story

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  645. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to more information on the closing arguments in the priests’ trial going on in Philadelphia.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120601_Philly_priest_sex-abuse_trial_hears_heated_closing_arguments.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  646. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a new story that we can follow. This is an article from The New York Times, entitled, “In Vatican Whodunit, a Punch Line of a Suspect.”
    It is a scandal that the Italian press calls, “Vatileaks.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/world/europe/popes-butler-arrested-in-vatican-letters-leak.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  647. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been following a number of different stories. One has been the Vatican reproach of American nuns for the position on a number of issues.
    Here is a link to an editorial about the role that nuns played on the American Frontier in the West.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/opinion/nuns-on-the-frontier.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  648. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    If you have been following the blog, you have read articles about the Vatican being critical of the social and political positions that U. S. nuns have taken.
    Here is a link to an article that outlines the nuns’ response to the Vatican.

    http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2012/06/01/nuns-respond-vatican-criticism/KBpWKjbEH63J8t2b5JD3LP/story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  649. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been following the unfolding story generally called- “Vatileaks.”
    Here is a link to some background on a book entitled, “Your Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI.”

    http://www.cathnewsusa.com/2012/06/as-vatican-manages-crisis-book-details-infighting-2/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  650. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    One of my more recent posts was a link to a book called, “Your Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI” by Gianluigi Nuzzi.
    Here is a link to some more information about Mr. Nuzzi and the “Vatileaks” phenomenon.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/gianluigi-nuzzi/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  651. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to Mr. Gianluigi Nuzzi’s blog.
    Do know, that it is in Italian, though, there are images of Mr. Nuzzi that will give you some idea of who we are talking about and who he is.

    http://www.gianluiginuzzi.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  652. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, it appears that there is another “controversy” brewing in the Catholic Church.
    Here is a link to an article that discusses the Vatican censuring a book by an American nun, entitled, “Just Love: a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” The book was published in 2006, but the Vatican just recently ruled on it.
    The nun in question is Sister Margaret A. Farley.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/vatican-criticizes-american-nuns-sex-book/2012/06/04/gJQAfqWlEV_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  653. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a column by The New York Times writer, Maureen Dowd. She chimes in on Sister Farley’s “Just Love” book, and the Vatican’s response to it. She labled her column- “Is Pleasure A Sin?”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/opinion/dowd-is-pleasure-a-sin.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  654. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an interesting piece, entitled, “A Troubled Silence” by a psychologist/psychoanalyst Richard B. Gartner.
    It discusses the general concept of boyhood sexual abuse.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/08/opinion/in-light-of-child-abuse.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  655. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the Jerry Sandusky case that evolved out of the Penn State sex abuse allegations.
    This particular piece discusses the thought that Sandusky’s case might be a problem for the prosecutors.

    http://www.kgoam810.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=118&itemid=29860630

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  656. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    If you have scrolled through the links that I have posted, you will, no doubt, remember that I’ve tried to emphasize the point that the sexual abuse of young children does not just happen at the hands of priests nor does it only happen in the Catholic Church.
    Abuse- sexual and otherwise- is pervasive.
    Here is a link to an article in the 10 June 2012 “The New York Times Magazine,” called, “Prep-School Predators.”
    The students and teachers were from The Horace Mann School in New York City (The Bronx).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/magazine/the-horace-mann-schools-secret-history-of-sexual-abuse.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  657. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Following up on the story of alleged sexual abuse at The Horace Mann School in NYC.
    Here is a link to an article in The New York Times about the alumni of the school gathering online- at a Facebook page called “Processing Horace Mann”- so as to share their accounts of abuse.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/nyregion/horace-mann-alumni-gathering-online-share-accounts-of-abuse.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  658. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here a link to a CNN site with an article on- The Jerry Sandusky Case- All You Need To Know.
    It’s very comprehensive.

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/11/jerry-sandusky-trial-all-you-need-to-know-about-allegations-how-case-unraveled/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  659. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another story that we are following and the progress that is being made.
    This link takes us to Philadelphia where the jury is still deliberating in the matter of the priests’ trial.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/06/12/frustration_grows_over_priest_abuse_jury_questions/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  660. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting website, called, “Vatileaks.”
    This link discusses Italian prosecutors exploring the possibility of an connection between the Vatican Bank and the Mafia.

    http://www.vatileaks.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  661. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a CNN-JUSTICE video report on the Jerry Sandusky trial.
    In this piece the victims detail their abuse.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/12/justice/pennsylvania-sandusky-trial/index.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  662. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an ABC News link to the testimony of Mike McQueary in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/jerry-sandusky-trial-hears-key-witness-mike-mcqueary/story?id=16545142

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  663. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Moving along to Vatileaks.
    We hear that the Pope’s butler played a major role. So, who is he?
    His name is Paolo Gabriele.
    Here is a link to an image of the butler. It is offered so as to be in line with our concept of VOTAE- “Visualization of Text and Experience.”

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/butler-paolo-gabriele-ARRESTED.jpg&imgrefurl=http://urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2012/05/popes-butler-paolo-gabriele-arrested-in-embarrassing-leak-scandal.html&usg=__K8emuJCAvPjY-G6XQJqI0JzU0Rw=&h=312&w=600&sz=124&hl=en&start=9&zoom=1&tbnid=odcO7d3b4CaTxM:&tbnh=70&tbnw=135&ei=vJ7YT4PZO4qm8QTltqHwAw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dpaolo%2Bgabriele%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  664. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to what is going on in the Sandusky trial.
    It is from the Los Angeles Times, and is a piece that speaks to two portaits of Sandusky that are emerging.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-jerry-sandusky-trial-update-20120614,0,556315.story

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  665. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing Vatileaks matter.
    This is from a publication called, “Rome Reports.”
    The title of the piece is- “Seven Most Common Mistakes About Vatileaks.”
    Hope that you find it interesting.

    http://www.romereports.com/palio/seven-most-common-mistakes-about-vatileaks-english-7017.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  666. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In the Jerry Sandusky trial, the prosecution has rested.
    Here is a link to that effect.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/159144765.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  667. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, the jury is into day 9 of its deliberations in the Philadelphia priests’ trial.
    Here is a link to an update.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/religion/20120615_It_s_day_9_of_deliberations_for_priest_sex-abuse_trial_jury.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  668. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Another story that we are following is the allegations of sexual abuse at The Horace Mann school in New York City.
    Here is a link to an article whose headline begins with “Horace Mann Abuse Victims Flocking to Lawyers…”

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/06/13/horace-mann-abuse-victims-flocking-to-attorneys-going-public-over-scandal/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  669. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing Jerry Sandusky trial.
    In this report, the defense is suggesting that the witnesses against Sandusky were coached.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/jerry-sandusky-trial-defense-suggests-witnesses-were-coached/2012/06/19/gJQAgKF9nV_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  670. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    It appears that The New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, is in Pennsylvania, covering the Jerry Sandusky trial.
    Periodically, she writes a column about the entire matter.
    Here is a link to a piece, by her, entitled, “American Horror Story.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/opinion/dowd-american-horror-story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  671. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In the Jerry Sandusky trial, his wife- Mrs. Sandusky- has taken the stand.
    Here is a link to a column by Maureen Dowd, entitled, “The Constant Wife.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/opinion/dowd-the-constant-wife.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  672. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing Jerry Sandusky trial. Mrs. Sandusky took the stand in defense of her husband.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57456342-504083/jerry-sandusky-trial-dottie-sandusky-takes-the-stand/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  673. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on the priests’ trial that is going on in Philadelphia.
    This is a link to a story, entitled, “Jurors Report Split Over Church Abuse Charges.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/us/monsignor-lynn-jury-says-it-is-deadlocked.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  674. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Jerry Sandusky trial.
    This piece reviews the judge’s instructions to the jurors.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57457765-504083/jerry-sandusky-trial-judge-john-cleland-gives-jury-its-instructions-for-deliberation/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  675. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the verdict of “Guilty” in the Jerry Sandusky trial.
    It is a complete breakdown of all of the charges and the verdict on each of the charges.

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/06/jerry_sandusky_verdict_complet.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  676. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Another story that we have been following, the trial of Monsignor William Lynn in Philadelphia, has concluded with a verdict.
    In this case the jury was split on the verdict.
    Here is alink to the story.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/22/philadelphia-priest-trial_n_1619355.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  677. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece called, “What’s Next for Sandusky After the Trial?”

    http://www.ajc.com/sports/whats-next-for-jerry-1463212.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  678. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, if being convicted wasn’t enough, here is a link to an article about Jerry Sandusky’s son who went from being a supporter to an accuser.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/sports/ncaafootball/sandusky-son-went-from-supporter-to-accuser.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  679. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Turning to the sex abuse matter at The Horace Mann School in NYC, here is a link to an article wherein it discusses that a retired teacher at the school admits to having sex with students.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/nyregion/tek-young-lin-ex-horace-mann-teacher-says-he-had-sex-with-students.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  680. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So far, today, we have visited the Jerry Sandusky case, the Horace Mann matter, and now we have a link to a story, entitled, “4 Ultra-Orthodox Jews Charged with Trying to Silence Accuser in Sex Abuse Case.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/nyregion/4-ultra-orthodox-men-charged-with-trying-to-silence-accuser-in-abuse-case.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  681. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    You know, for a time, here, we have been following stories about people, priests, ultra-conservative jews, prep school teachers, etc., who have done wrong.
    Here is a link to a story about an Italian Jesuit priest who spoke out for change in Syria, and was then thrown out of Syria.
    In other words, this is a story about someone who is a cleric and is doing something good.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/world/middleeast/syria-expels-activist-roman-catholic-priest.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  682. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another story that we have been following. It is the matter of American nuns and their being rebuked by the Vatican for their stance on a number of social issues.
    Well, the nuns are planning a bus trip through a number of U. S. states to highlight their work.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/us/us-nuns-bus-tour-to-spotlight-social-issues.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  683. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Through the links, we have been reading about the Vatican rebuking U. S. nuns for the positions on various social issues.
    Well, the nuns are affiliated with a lobby called “Network- A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.”
    Here is a link to that site.

    http://www.networklobby.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  684. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here’s an interesting link. It seems that although there have been a number of high profile child sex abuse cases, this article discusses that “Researchers See Decline in Child Sex Abuse Rate.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/us/rate-of-child-sexual-abuse-on-the-decline.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  685. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    This link is related to the Jerry Sandusky trial and conviction.
    The title of the article is- “With Offer to Victims of Sandusky, Penn State Made Opening Move.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/sports/ncaafootball/penn-state-offer-to-sandusky-victims-could-be-an-opening-move.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  686. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a order from an Oregon court approving the release of what is called the Boy Scouts’ “Perversion Files.”
    Obviously, this deals with allegations of the sexual abuse of young boys who were in the Scouts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/us/court-approves-release-of-boy-scouts-perversion-files.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  687. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have, for quite some time, been following stories that deal with child abuse.
    Here is a link to an organization that works to prevent abuse as well as providing support and training to child advocacy centers.
    The group is called the National Children’s Alliance.

    http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  688. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For those of you who are interested in data on child abuse and neglect, here is a link to the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.

    http://www.ndacan.cornell.edu/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  689. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another resource. It is the website for the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (U.S.).

    http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  690. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last couple of posts have been links to resources/organizations that deal with abuse.
    Here is another, the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle, Washington.

    http://depts.washington.edu/hcsats/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  691. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on what is happening at the Horace Mann School in NYC.
    The article is entitled, “Alumni Criticism Grows Over Horace Mann’s Response To Reports of Sexual Abuse.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/nyregion/alumni-criticism-grows-over-horace-manns-response-to-reports-of-sexual-abuse.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  692. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the priest’s trial in Philadelphia.
    The judge in the case has ruled that the convicted monsignor must stay in jail until his sentencing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/us/church-official-must-stay-in-jail-until-sentencing.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  693. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for March 2012.
    3/1/12@9:06PM/Sin and Forgiveness in Islam and Christianity-LINK
    3/2/12@11:01PM/Acto of Contrition-LINK
    3/3/12@11:37PM/Penn State/Sandusky Update-LINK
    3/5/12@1:53AM/VOS/St. Joseph & St. Teresa-LINK
    3/5/12@9:59PM/VOS/Portable Confessional for Sale-LINK
    3/5/12@10:10PM/VOS/Video for Portable Confessional Unit-LINK
    3/8/12@10:36PM/VOS/Obit/Wm. Heirens/Chicago Tribune-LINK
    3/9/12@10:42PM/VOS/Detailed Story of Wm. Heirens-LINK
    3/10/12@10:36PM/VOS/Free Wm. Heirens Website-LINK
    3/12/12@9:26PM/VOS/Center on Wrongful Convictions-LINK
    3/13/12@9:28PM/The Church is Pressuring SNAP-LINK
    3/15/12@3:36AM/The SNAP Website-LINK
    3/15/12@11:59PM/VOS/23rd Psalm-LINK
    3/20/12@9:36PM/VOS/St. Michael-LINK
    *****3/21/12@10:09PM/February 2012 Posts and Links*****
    3/22/12@9:07PM/Dutch Church Accused of Castrating…-LINK
    3/23/12@10:18PM/Deetman Report (Netherlands) Summary in English-LINK
    3/28/12@10:19PM/Philadelphia Priest’s Trial Gets Started-LINK
    3/29/12@10:21PM/Update on Phila. Trail- Sexual Sobriety was Tough…-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  694. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to what has been happening in and at Scouts Canada.

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2012/06/25/scouts-canada-kpmg-and-child-abuse-remembering-the-dark-legacy-of-fred-miller/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  695. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post I provided a link to abuses in Scouts- Canada.
    Here is a link to the entire report.

    http://www.scouts.ca/cys/sc-kpmg-report.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  696. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (in VOS- CHAPTER 4), Father Jack is working on a sermon while he is drinknig Jack Daniels.
    Here is the website for Jack Daniels.
    http://www.jackdaniels.com
    Do know, you have to verify your age in order to get into the website.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

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  699. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have, for quite some time been bringing to light matters involving child abuse in North America.
    Here is a link to a matter in Africa and the sentence passed down on a Congolese warlord regarding the use of child soldiers.

    http://news.yahoo.com/congolese-warlord-sentenced-14-years-prison-083529640.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  700. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article that discusses the FBI report on Penn State/Jerry Sandusky/ and Child Sexua Abuse.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/12/report-by-former-fbi-director-finds-that-penn-state-disregarded-children/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  701. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the entire report on the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State Child Sexual Abuse Scandal.
    It is sometimes called the FBI/Penn State Report.
    It’s official name is-
    “Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of the Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky.”

    http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

    http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf

  702. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled, “What To Take From The Penn State Report.”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/07/13/penn-state-joe-paterno-what-to-learn-from-louis-freeh-report/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  703. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story that says that the Paterno family plans its own investigation.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2012/07/17/paterno-family-plans-own-probe-of-penn-state-scandal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  704. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, the situation at Penn State continues.
    Here is a link that discusses the possibility of Penn State football receiving the “death penalty.”
    This would mean that the football program would be suspended for a period of time.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/162820256.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  705. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,”(VOS), in VOS Chapter Four, we read that the Franciscan Fathers are going to be celebrating the masses during lent at St. Robert’s in Milwaukee.
    So, what is lent?
    Here is a link that tells us about it.

    http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/qt/whatislent.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  706. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), in VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve is aware that he is dreaming.
    But, what exactly is a dream?
    Here is a link that explores what is a dream.

    http://theacademyofdreams.com/what-is-a-dream/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  707. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the latest news on the Penn State front.
    A member of the PSU Board of Trustees has resigned.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57476310/embattled-ex-penn-st-board-chairman-resigns/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  708. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), in VOS- CHAPTER 5, one of our main characters, Steve Jeremy, is aware that he is having a dream.
    In a previous link we explored “What Is A Dream?”
    Here is a link that explores- “Why Do We Dream?”

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-literary-mind/200911/why-do-we-dream

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  709. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the penalities that the NCAA has imposed on Penn State due to the Jerry Sandusky matter.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–penn-state-sanctions-mark-emmert-four-year-bowl-ban-60-million-fine.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  710. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article about Penn State’s decision to take down a statue of Joe Paterno that stood outside their stadium.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/joe-paterno-statue-removed-four-other-coaches-tarnished-044000684–ncaaf.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  711. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to the removal of the Joe Paterno statue.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAPc3Eu9LIc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  712. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story about Rev. James Brennan and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office’s plans to retry him on sexual abuse charges after his first trial ended in a mistrial.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120724_Ex-priest_James_Brennan_to_be_retried_on_sex-abuse_charges.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  713. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article about the sentencing of Monsignor Lynn in the Philadelphia priest’s trial.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120725_Monsignor_Lynn_sentenced_to_jail_for_role_in_church_sex_abuse.html?cmpid=125459048

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  714. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another cleric who is set to go on trial. It’s the bishop of Kansas City/St. Joseph Rev. Finn.

    http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/07/25/snap-hopes-bishop-finn-thinks-twice-about-going-to-trial-next-month/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  715. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 5, one of our main characters finds himself in a dream.
    I have posted links as to What is A Dream, and Why Do We Dream?
    Here is a link to a site called “The Dream Dictionary. It gives us interpretations of our dreams.

    http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  716. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), VOS-CHAPTER 5, one of our main characters finds himself in a dream.
    He realizes that there is something different about this dream. In the past all of his dreams have been in black and white. This one is in color.
    Here is a link to a discussion called, “New Studies on Black and White vs. Color Dreaming.

    http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2008/11/new-studies-on-black-and-white-vs.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  717. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since we are on the topic of dreams and dreaming, here is a link to a nice site called, “Frequently Asked Dream Questions.”

    http://www.dreammoods.com/reference/faq.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  718. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing matter between American nuns and the Vatican.
    It is entitled, “Nuns Weigh Response to Scathing Vatican Rebuke.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/us/us-nuns-weigh-response-to-scathing-vatican-critique.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  719. shalwar kameez Says:

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  720. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an article about abuse but in the context of an Indian reservation in North Dakota.
    This link discusses the reassignement of a psychologist who “blew the whistle” on child abuse at the reservation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/us/doctor-who-warned-of-spirit-lake-abuse-is-reprimanded.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  721. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to avideo of a PBS interview with Cardinal William Levada.
    Cardinal Levada heads the Catholic Church’s office that deals with sex abuse claims.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/jan-june10/vatican_04-27.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  722. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last posted link was an PBS interview with Cardinal William Levada about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
    Here is another link to another interview with Cardinal Levada. In this interview he speaks about the conflict between the Vatican and U.S. nuns.

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/exclusive-interview-levada-talks-lcwr-criticism-states

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  723. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have read about this cleric in previous links. He is Rev. Shawn Ratigan from Kansas City.
    Here is a link to a story about the fact that he has plead guilty in regards to a child pornography matter.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/02/missouri-priest-pleads-guilty-to-child-pornography-charges/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  724. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), in VOS- CHAPTER 5, one of our main characters, Steve Jeremy, the writer, is having dreams.
    I have posted a number of links, so far, exploring the nature of dreams.
    Today, we are going to start the “Top 10 “Dream” Movies Countdown.”
    As with our previous countdowns, you will find links to the synopsis for the movie and the trailer. And, again, we will countdown in reverse order.
    Here is the synopsis for “Top 10 Dream Movie- # 10″- “Requiem for a Dream” (2000).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  725. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is the official trailer for “Dream Movie” # 10- “Requiem for a Dream.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6gPvY_ZYr4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  726. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for April 2012.

    4/2/12@12:58PM/Lurid Details on Philadelphia Case-LINK
    4/3/12@3:54AM/Juror Dismissed from Philadelphia Priest Trial-LINK
    4/3/12@10:42PM/Update on Philadelphia Priests’ Trial-LINK
    4/4/12@10:54PM/Phila. Update- Church Put Off Abuse Complaints-LINK
    4/5/12@10:35PM/Phila. Update-LINK
    4/7/12@9:59PM/VOS/”The G. I. in G. I. Joe Toys-LINK
    4/7/12@10:01PM/VOS/Clarrifying the G. I. Link
    4/11/12@12:31AM/Info on Whiskey Reverb/
    4/11/12@3:20AM/Phila. Trail Update-LINK
    4/11/12@8:39PM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/12/12@11:10PM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/13/12@10:27PM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/15/12@3:34AM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/19/12@3:05AM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/20/12@3:09AM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    4/21/12@3:17AM/Phila. Update/W. Va. Judge Orders Priest to Testify-LINK
    4/22/12@2:29AM/Phila. Trail Update/ Church Secrets Exposed-LINK
    4/25/12@9:50PM/Phila. Trial Update/Guilty Former Priest Enters Trial-LINK
    4/26/12@3:27AM/Vatican Cracks Down on U.S. Nuns-LINK
    4/27/12@9:58PM/Phila. Trail Update/On the Trail of Defrocked Priest-LINK
    4/28/12@9:08PM/Vatican Reprimand of U.S. Nuns Divides the Faithful-LINK
    4/29/12@3:21AM/Phila. Trail Blog-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  727. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For those of you who have asked, yes, you can put my published on your weblog.
    John Alexander

  728. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we are in our “Top 10, Dream Movie Countdown.”
    Here is a link to a review from The New York Times for movie # 9- “The Science of Sleep” (2006)

    http://movies.nytimes.com/2006/09/22/movies/22slee.html#watchit-frame-urlhttp://nytimes.gowatchit.com/watchitwidget?origin_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmovies.nytimes.com%2F2006%2F09%2F22%2Fmovies%2F22slee.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  729. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for “Dream Movie” # 9- “The Science of Sleep.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUCrM5i_W3c

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  730. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know we are into our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown.”
    Here is the synopsis for movie #8- “What Dreams May Come.”

    http://culture.com/film/1092/what-dreams-may-come/synopsis.phtml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  731. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for Movie # 8- “What Dreams May Come.” (1998).
    Again, this is aprt of our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPZpQsEFcKI

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  732. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, we are down to movie # 7 in our “Top Ten Dream Movie Countdown.”
    Here is a link to the synopsis for movie # 7- “The Cell” (2000).

    http://culture.com/film/3791/cell/synopsis.phtml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  733. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right. So, here’s a link to the trailer for Movie # 7- “The Cell.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eCD5Nuoyi4

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  734. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are on- in our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown” to movie # 6.
    Here is a link to a brief synopsis for “Waking Life” (2001).

    http://culture.com/film/6905/waking-life/synopsis.phtml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  735. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a plot summary for movie # 6, “Waking Life” (2001).

    http://www.philfilms.utm.edu/1/waking.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  736. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for movie # 6- “Waking Life” (2001).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2DeTet98o

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  737. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are on to movie # 5 in our “Top Ten Dream Movie Countdown.”
    Here is a link to the synopsis for movie # 5, “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120663/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  738. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a trailer for Movie # 5- “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YodlV0pO5lU

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  739. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Movie # 4, in our “Top Ten Dream Movie Countdown,” is “Open Your Eyes” (1997).
    Here is a link for the synopsis for this movie.

    http://www.fandango.com/openyoureyes_v160184/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  740. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for movie # 4- “Open Your Eyes” (1997).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xlghyie3fo

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  741. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the plot summary for movie #- 3 in our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown.
    The movie is “Inception” (2010).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/plotsummary

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  742. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trailer for Movie #- 3, “Inception” (2010).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66TuSJo4dZM

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  743. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is “movie #- 2″ in our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown.”
    This is a strange candidate because actually it is a British TV series, that some parties believe will become a classic.
    So, here is link to a review for “Amy’s Choice” (2010).

    http://thefrogweb.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/simon-nye-amys-choice/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  744. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    All right, here is a link to a trailer for “movie” #- 2, “Amy’s Choice.” (2010).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNRij_jCYcc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  745. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are now down to movie- # 1 in our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown.”
    Here is a link to movie # 1, “Mulholland Drive” (2001).

    http://www.moviefone.com/movie/mulholland-drive/9987/synopsis

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  746. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the trailer for movie #- 1, “Mulholland Drive.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96R9MG0DxLc

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  747. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for May 2012.

    5/1/12@12:07AM/Phila. Priest Trial-Testimony of the Abused-LINK
    5/2/12@12:08AM/Phila. Priests Trail/Testimony Unleashes Fury-LINK
    5/2/12@12:13AM/U. S. Nuns Radical Feminist Themes-LINK
    5/2/12@11:23PM/Monsignor Lynn Image & Stalking Account-LINK
    5/2/12@11:38PM/Phila. Priest Trial/Priest Ladies Man Turned Molester-LINK
    5/5/12@3:02AM/(Irish) Cardinal Brody Called Upon To Resign-LINK
    5/8/12@9:11PM/Review of (Movie) “Machete”-LINK
    5/8/12@9:15PM/”Machete” (Movie)/Trailer-LINK
    5/9/12@2:40AM/Phila. Trial/Testimony Sought From Nuns-LINK
    5/10/12@12:37AM/Phila. Trail/”Trial Veering Away From Original Charge”-LINK
    5/10/12@8:39PM/Phila. Trial/Testimony on Priest’s File-LINK
    5/17/12@3:50AM/Child Sex Abuse in Hassidic NYC-LINK
    5/18/12@4:14AM/Phila. Trial Update-LINK
    5/19/12@4:31AM/Top Ten “Priests Gone Wild/#10/”Keeping The Faith-LINK
    5/19/12@4:35AM/Trailer for # 10-“Keeping The Faith”-LINK
    5/19/12@4:41AM/Funny Scenes from “Keeping The Faith”-LINK
    5/19/12@4:47AM/”Keeping The Faith”/Entire Script-LINK
    5/20/12@3:44AM/Article/Rev. Thos. Williams Fathered a Child-LINK
    5/20/12@3:50AM/Movie # 9/Plot Summary/”Saturday Night Fever”-LINK
    5/20/12@3:54AM/Trailer for Movie # 9/”Saturday Night Fever”-LINK
    5/20/12@4:00AM/Best Scenes from “Saturday Night Fever”-LINK
    5/20/12@11:47PM/Image of Rev. Thos. D. Williams & Story-LINK
    5/20/12@11:53PM/”Monsignor”/Plot Summary/Priests Gone Wild #- 8-LINK
    5/21/12@12:09AM/Note/There is no Trailer for the movie- “Monsignor”
    5/22/12@2:08AM/Legionnaires of Christ Website-LINK
    5/22/12@2:15AM/Plot Summary/Movie # 7/”The Pope Must Die”-LINK
    5/22/12@2:21AM/Trailer for “The Pope Must Die”-LINK
    5/23/12@3:15AM/Philadelphia Priest Trial/The Defense Begins-LINK
    5/23/12@3:22AM/Plot Summary for Movie # 6/”Signs”-LINK
    5/23/12@3:27AM/Trailer for Movie # 6- “Signs”-LINK
    5/24/12@2:21AM/Phila. Priest Trial/Defendant Takes the Stand-LINK
    5/24/12@2:28AM/Synopsis for Movie # 5-“Priest”-LINK
    5/24/12@2:34AM/Trailer for “Priest”/Movie # 5-LINK
    5/25/12@4:36AM/Phila. Priest Trial/Monsignor Lynn Continues on Stand-LINK
    5/25/12@4:44AM/Synopsis for “Godfather -3”/ Movie # 4-LINK
    5/25/12@4:55AM/Trailer for “Godfather- 3-LINK
    5/26/12@3:56AM/Info on Founder of Legionnaires of Christ-LINK
    5/26/12@4:07AM/Plot Summary for Movie # 3- “Dogma”-LINK
    5/26/12@4:13AM/Trailer for “Dogma”-LINK
    5/30/12@3:24AM/Plot Summary for Movie # 2/”Exorcism of Emily Rose”-LINK
    5/30/12@3:29AM/Trailer for Movie # 2/”Exorcism of Emily Rose”-LINK
    5/30/12@11:33PM/Phila. Priest Trial Update-LINK
    5/30/12@11:41PM/Synopsis for Movie # 1/”The Apostle”-LINK
    5/30/12@11:48PM/Trailer for Movie # 1/”The Apostle”-LINK
    5/31/12@10:18PM/Phila. Priest Trial/Closing Arguments Begin-LINK

  748. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Before we went through our “Top 10 Dream Movie Countdown,” we were discussing a part of our novel, “A Vow of Silence.” (VOS).
    In it, specifically, VOS- Chapter, 5, one of our main characters, Steve Jeremy, is having a dream.
    His dreaming has set us out on an “explore” of dreaming.
    We are now going to ask the question, “Do different religions, view “dreaming” differently?
    Here is a link to a piece entitled, “Toward an Early Christian View on the Nature of Special Dreams.”
    In this piece, the phrase “special dreams” means, “…dreams that derive from the divine…”

    http://christ.org.tw/dream/dreams/early_christian_view_on_special_dreams.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  749. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Vatileaks story.
    The Pope’s butler has been indicted.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/13/pope-butler-charged-vatican-theft

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  750. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A couple of posts ago, we began exploring how Christianity views dreams.
    That post dealt with “Special- Divine- Dreams.”
    Because this is a relatively complex matter, we’re staying with Christianity for a bit.
    Here is a link to a piece called, “Dreams: How Should A Christian Interpret Them?”

    http://www.ukapologetics.net/1dreams.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  751. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, in our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), in VOS- Chapter 5, one of our main characters is having a dream.
    Thus, we have been on an “explore” of the concepts of dreams, dreaming and related topics.
    In a number of my last posts, we had the chance to read about how Christians view dreaming.
    Here is a link from the Jewish perspective.
    It is entitled, “Dreams and Judaism.”

    http://www.oxfordchabad.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/374282/jewish/Dreams-and-Judaism.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  752. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still “exploring” the concept of “the dream.”
    Here is a link to a chapter from Joshua Trachtenberg’s “Jewish Magic and Superstition” (1939). It is Chapter 15- “Dreams.”
    By the way, do notice that at the end of Chapter 15, there is a link to Chapter 16- “Astrology.”

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/jms/jms17.htm

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  753. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are going to continue our “explore” about dreams.
    Here is a link to dreams from an Islamic perspective.
    The link deals with- Introduction to Islamic Dreams- Meanings and Interpretations.
    There is even a portion of the site where you can type in what your dream was and you will receive an Islamic intepretation of your dream.

    http://www.myislamicdream.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  754. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a rather detailed discussion on Dreams in Islam.

    http://www.dr-umar-azam.com/dreams_in_islam/dreams_in_islam_1.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  755. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So far, in our explore about religion and dreams, we have had an opportunity to read what Christianity, Judaism, and Islam say about dreams and dreaming.
    Here is a introductory link, entitled, “What Hinduism Says About Dreams.”

    http://jayasreesaranathan.blogspot.com/2008/01/what-hinduism-says-about-dreams.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  756. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link regarding sleep, dreams and Hinduism.
    This piece is called, “Understanding the World of Sleep and Dreams.”

    http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=4455

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  757. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the course of the last few posts, we have been exploring the concepts of dreams and dreaming. Too, we have done so from the perspective of a number of religions.
    This “explore” started as a result of reading, in VOS- Chapter 5, (in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,”) that one of our main characters, Steve, is having a dream.
    Specifically, what we find in the beginning of VOS- Chapter 5, is this opening sentence-
    “Steve knew that he was in a dream, and that it was, indeed, a very special dream.”
    So, here is a link to an article, entitled, “Lucid Dreaming: Awake in Your Sleep?”

    http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/Articles/si91ld.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  758. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a different article on the phenomenon of “lucid dreaming.”
    There are, inside the link, additional links to lucid dreaming videos.

    http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  759. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link for “lucid dreaming.”
    This piece is entitled, A history of Lucid Dreaming.”

    http://dreamstudies.org/history-of-lucid-dreaming-ancient-india-to-the-enlightenment/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  760. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for June 2012.

    6/1/12@8:51PM/Phila. Priest Trial/More on the Closing Arguments-LINK
    6/1/12@8:58PM/New York Times Article on Vatileaks-LINK
    6/3/12@8:34PM/New York Times Article/”Nuns on the Frontier”-LINK
    6/4/12@9:01PM/Article/U. S. Nuns Respond to the Vatican-LINK
    6/5/12@9:30PM/Vatileaks/The Secret Papers of Benedict- An Overview-LINK
    6/6/12@8:47PM/Gianluigi Nuzzi/The Pope’s Butler/Information-LINK
    6/6/12@8:52PM/Gianluigi Blog-LINK
    6/7/12@9:35PM/Article on Farley’s “Just Love…” Book-LINK
    6/7/12@9:42PM/Maureen Dowd Chimes in on Farley’s Book-LINK
    6/8/12@11”00PM/New York Times Article/”A Troubled Silence”-LINK
    6/8/12@11:06PM/Jerry Sandusky Case/A Problem for Prosecutors-LINK
    6/11/12@10:34PM/NYT Magazine/Horace Mann Prep School Predators-LINK
    6/12/12@10:33PM/Horace Mann Alumni Gather Online-LINK
    6/13/12@3:16AM/CNN’s- All You Need To Know About Sandusky Case-LINK
    6/13/12@3:22AM/Phila. Priest Trial/Jury Still Deliberating-LINK
    6/13/12@3:27AM/Vatileaks Update/ Is Christ on Trial?-LINK
    6/13/12@8:55PM/CNN Video Report/Sandusky Trial/Victims Detail Abuse-LINK
    6/13/12@9:04PM/Summary of McQueary Testimony in Sandusky Trial-LINK
    6/13/12@9:13PM/Vatileaks/Paolo Gabriele- The Pope’s Butler-Images-LINK
    6/14/12@9:48PM/Sandusky Trial Update-LINK
    6/14/12@9:57PM/Seven Most Common Mistakes About Vatileaks-LINK
    6/15/12@10:42PM/Prosecution Rests in Sandusky Trial-LINK
    6/15/12@10:47PM/Day 9 in Deliberation in Phila. Priest Trial-LINK
    6/15/12@10:53PM/Horace Mann Abuse Victims Flocking to Lawyers-LINK
    6/20/12@3:57AM/Sandusky Trail/”Witnesses Were Coached”-LINK
    6/20/12@10:10PM/Dowd Column on Sandusky/”American Horror Story’-LINK
    6/20/12@10:20PM/Dowd Column on Sandusky/”The Constant Wife”-LINK
    6/21/12@12:49AM/Sandusky’s Wife Takes The Stand-LINK
    6/21/12@10:54PM/Phila. Priest Trial/12th Day Jury Deadlocked-LINK
    6/21/12@11:02PM/Sandusky Trial/Judges Instructions to Jurors-LINK
    6/23/12@10:34PM/Sandusky Verdict/Complete Breakdown of Charges-LINK
    6/23/12@10:41PM/Phila. Priest Trial Verdict Rendered-LINK
    6/26/12@3:28AM/Article/What’s Next for Sandusky After Trial?-LINK
    6/26/12@3:32AM/Sandusky’s Son As An Accuser-LINK
    6/26/12@3:36AM/Horace Mann School/Retired Teacher Admits to Abuse-LINK
    6/26/12@3:41AM/Ultra-Orthodox Jews Try to Silence and Accuser-LINK
    6/27/12@3:56AM/Italian Jesuit in Syria-LINK
    6/28/12@2:51AM/Nuns Rebuked By Rome Plan Road Trip-LINK
    6/29/12@12:29AM/NETWORK/A Lobby Founded by Nuns-LINK
    6/29/12@11:35PM/Researchers See Decline in Sex Abuse Cases-LINK
    6/29/12@11:42PM/Penn State Makes Offers to Sandusky Victims-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  761. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link in our ongoing explore of how different religions view dreaming.
    This link is for Buddhism.
    It’s title is- “What Buddhists Believe- Dreams and Their Significance.”

    http://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/321.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  762. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an introductory piece on Native Americans.
    It is entitled, “Native American Spirituality and Dreams.”

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1754.asp

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  763. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link on dreams and dreaming.
    This one is entitled, “Australian Aborigine Dream Beliefs.”

    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/australian-aborigine-dream-beliefs/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  764. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In response to those readers who are asking that the “A Vow of Silence” be translated into another language, do know that on the first page of the novel’s website, there is a way to select any language by way of the Universal Translator.
    Since we have been exploring dreaming, here is an interesting link, entitled, “144 Dream Quotes.”

    http://www.worldofquotes.com/topic/Dreams/1/index.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  765. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 5, Steve is having a dream about being at a wedding.
    So, what does that mean?
    Here is a link that interprets “being at a wedding.”

    http://www.experienceproject.com/dream-dictionary/Wedding-dreams

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  766. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, in our novel “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), the writer- Steve Jeremy- has received a telephone call from “The Caller” (name forthcoming), offering him an “opportunity of a lifetime.”
    Steve is- at least- unsure.
    In VOS- Chapter 5, we read that Steve is having a dream.
    In a previous post/link, we read the dream interpretation of being at a wedding.
    We also read that Steve is dreaming that the wedding is in a small town.
    So, now we have two insights into the “psychological back story” that is going on in Steve’s subconscious.
    Here is a link to the dream interpretation of a being in a small town.
    You now have two “proverbial dots” to connect and begin to see the “real” Steve.

    http://www.unclesirbobby.org.uk/dream-dictionarys.php#Small%20town

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  767. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, when you click on the above link about the dream meaning of being in a small town, go through the choices presented to you and, further, click on “small town.”
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  768. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 5, Steve realizes that he is in a dream.
    His dream, so far, is that he is in a small town and in a church for a wedding.
    I have posted links to the dream interpretations of “small town” and “wedding.”
    As we have read on, Steve takes a seat and is immediately covered with bees.
    What is the meaning of bees in a dream?
    Here is one link that explores a possible meaning.
    Remember, we are working to delve into Steve’s subconscious.

    http://www.whats-your-sign.com/meaning-of-bees-in-dreams.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  769. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you have been reading in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve is having a dream.
    He is in a small town, in a church and is covered by a swarm of bees.
    We have been exploring dream interpretations of various aspects of Steve’s dream so as to put together an understanding of Steve’s subconscious (which we will begin to do this week).
    Once inside the church, Steve is covered by a “swarm of bees.” What is the meaning of this?
    Here is a link to begin to understand what a “swarm of bees” might mean.

    http://mysteries24.com/facts/Dream-Interpretation-Bees-Swarm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  770. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are working from our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5.
    There are a couple of things to remember as we continue delving into Steve’s unconscious.
    One such thing is that Steve is dreaming in color.
    Here is a link that discusses what dreaming in color might mean.

    http://www.whats-your-sign.com/color-meanings-in-dreams.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  771. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for July 2012.

    7/1/12@12:48AM/Boy Scout Perversion Files-LINK
    7/2/12@1:24AM/National Children’s Alliance-LINK
    7/2/12@10:03PM/National Data Archives on Child Abuse & Neglect-LINK
    7/3/12@9:02PM/Crimes Against Children Research Center-LINK
    7/4/12@11:27PM/Harborview Center in Seattle-LINK
    7/5/12@9:23PM/Alumni Criticism at Horace Mann School-LINK
    7/6/12@9:42PM/Monsignor Lynn Must Stay in Jail-LINK
    *****7/8/12@3:14AM/March 2012-Posts and Links*****
    7/8/12@11:04PM/Abuse and Scout Canada-LINK
    7/9/12@10:05PM/Complete Scouts Canada Report-LINK
    7/10/12@10:11PM/VOS/Jack Daniels Website Information
    7/11/12@9:14PM/The Congo and Child Soldiers-LINK
    7/13/12@1:18AM/Article on FBI-Penn State Report-LINK
    7/13/12@1:26AM/Complete FBI-Penn State Report-LINK
    7/13/12@10:05PM/Wall St. Journal/What To Take From The PSU Report-LINK
    7/17/12@8:35PM/Paterno Family Plans Own Investigation-LINK
    7/18/12@8:24PM/Article/”The Death Penalty for Penn State?”-LINK
    7/20/12@1:34AM/”What is Lent?”-LINK
    7/21/12@2:27AM/VOS/What is A Dream?-LINK
    7/22/12@12:45AM/Penn State Board Member Resigns-LINK
    7/22/12@12:51AM/VOS/Article/”Why Do We Dream?”-LINK
    7/23/12@9:11PM/NCAA Penalties for Penn State-LINK
    7/23/12@9:21PM/Joe Paterno Statue Removed-LINK
    7/23/12@9:24PM/Video of the Removal of the Joe Paterno Statue-LINK
    7/24/12@9:06PM/Rev. James Brennan of Phila. To Be Retried-LINK
    7/25/12@9:28PM/Phila. Update/Monsignor Lynn Sentenced-LINK
    7/26/12@8:54PM/Update on Bishop Finn of Kansas City/St. Joseph-LINK
    7/29/12@1:55AM/VOS/The Dream Dictionary-LINK
    7/29/12@10:28PM/New Studies on Black& White v. Color Dreaming-LINK
    7/29/12@10:36PM/Frequently Asked Dream Questions-LINK
    7/30/12@9:51PM/ American Nuns Weigh Response to Vatican Rebuke-LINK
    7/31/12@10:07PM/Psychologist Reassigned After Reporting Rex Abuse-LINK

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  772. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, we know that in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, we read that Steve is having a dream.
    In it, some of the things that he is dreaming about are being in a small town; being at a wedding; encountering bees; and that the bees are swarming.
    Now, in order to delve a bit into Steve’s subconscious, let’s just list some interpretations of his dream- so far- and see what we can deduce.
    (1) Being in a small town- feeling marginalized; need to escape and make the most of yourself;
    (2) Being at a wedding- delayed success;
    (3) Bees- represent industry, action, communication, and consciously choosing the results that we want in our lives;
    (4) Swarming Bees- there are setbacks ahead in your work.
    Okay, you know what has happened so far in the novel. Steve has received a telephone call with “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
    What do you- so far- make of Steve’s subconscious processes?
    Let me know.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  773. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
    The article is entitled, “Bishop is Guilty of Bid to Shield Pedophile Priest.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/kansas-city-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  774. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, we have been reading about Steve Jeremy having a dream.
    We have also begun to analyze aspects of his dream so as to delve into his subconscious. The aspects that we have looked at are, being in a small town, being at a wedding, bees, and swarming bees.
    Here is another aspect and its intepretation.
    In the dream he encounters a young girl. What could that mean, and how might it tie into the other aspects?

    http://www.experienceproject.com/dream-dictionary/Young-Girl-dreams

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  775. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a further update on Bishop Finn of Kansas City/St, Joseph.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/08/us/in-pedophile-case-church-failed-to-stop-priest.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  776. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still exploring the concepts of dreaming and dreams.
    Here is an interesting link, entitled, “15 Interesting Facts About Dreams.”

    http://www.boredpanda.com/15-interesting-facts-about-dreams-dreaming/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  777. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve is having a dream.
    In the dream, a young girl “frees” Steve from the swarm of bees that had been covering him. The minister come up to Steve and tells him that it was a “miracle.”
    So, what is a “miracle?”
    Here is a link that discusses what a miracle is and the kinds of miracles.

    http://angels.about.com/od/MiracleBasics/a/Is-It-A-Miracle.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  778. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are continuing with our analysis of Steve’s dream in VOS- CHAPTER 5.
    In the dream, Steve encounters a young girl who is mute.
    What is the interpretation for this sort of dream?
    Here is a link for having a dream about someone being mute.

    http://en.mimi.hu/dreams/mute.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  779. Benny Kupfer Says:

    Well said. :)

  780. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In VOS-CHAPTER 5, Steve- in a dream- meets a young girl, who, he is told, has taken a vow of silence.
    Here is a real-life story of a three-year-old boy who did the same, but, perhaps for different reasons.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-461751/13-year-old-boy-breaks-vow-silence-10-years.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  781. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steveis is having a dream and in it he encounters a young girl. He is told that she has taken a vow of silence.
    We are going to explore that concept.
    Here is one understanding of the concept of ‘a vow of silence.’

    http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/9/28/sundaymetro/2120550&sec=sundaymetro

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  782. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article from The New York Times, entitled, “School Confronts Porn Arrest of Doctor.”
    The school in question is Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/education/andover-school-says-arrested-doctor-had-been-disciplined-for-pornography.html?_r=0

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  783. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for August 2012.

    8/1/12@10:09PM/Cardinal Levada Interview on Sex Abuse-LINK
    8/2/12@10:33PM/Cardinal Levada Interview About U.S. Nuns-LINK
    8/3/12@9:36PM/Missouri Priest Pleads Guilty-LINK
    8/3/12@9:49PM/Synopsis for “Requiem for A Dream”/Movie # 10-LINK
    8/3/12@9:55PM/Trailer for “Requiem for A Dream”/Movie # 10-LINK
    8/5/12@1:29AM/*****APRIL 2012/ POSTS AND LINKS*****
    8/5/12@1:31AM/My Comment/ Yes You Can Post My Publish
    8/5/12@1:36AM/NYT Review/”The Science of Sleep”/Movie # 9-LINK
    8/5/12@1:42AM/Trailer/”The Science of Sleep”/Movie # 9-LINK
    8/5/12@9:25PM/Synopsis/”What Dreams May Come”/Movie # 8-LINK
    8/5/12@9:32PM/Trailer for “What Dreams May Come”/Movie # 8-LINK
    8/7/12@3:23AM/Synopsis for “The Cell”/Movie # 7-LINK
    8/7/12@3:45AM/Trailer for “The Cell”/Movie # 7-LINK
    8/7/12@10:39PM/Synopsis for “Waking Life”/Movie # 6-LINK
    8/7/12@10:42PM/Plot Summary for “Waking Life”/Movie # 6-LINK
    8/7/12@10:47PM/Trailer for “Waking Life”/Movie # 6-LINK
    8/8/12@10:43PM/Synopsis for “Eyes Wide Shut”/Movie # 5-LINK
    8/8/12@10:49PM/Trailer for “Eyes Wide Shut”/Movie # 5-LINK
    8/9/12@10:10PM/Synopsis for “Open Your Eyes”/Movie # 4-LINK
    8/9/12@10:19PM/Trailer for “Open Your Eyes”/Movie # 4-LINK
    8/11/12@2:37AM/Plot Summary for “Inception”/Movie # 3-LINK
    8/11/12@2:43AM/Trailer for “Inception”/Movie # 3-LINK
    8/11/12@10:51PM/Review of “Amy’s Choice”/Movie # 2-LINK
    8/11/12@10:57PM/Trailer for “Amy’s Choice”/Movie # 2-LINK
    8/13/12@9:48PM/Plot Summary for Mulholland Drive”/Movie # 1-LINK
    8/13/12@9:55PM/Trailer for “Mulholland Drive”/Movie # 1- LINK
    8/14/12@9:55PM/*****MAY 2012 POSTS AND LINKS*****
    8/15/12@9:10PM/Early Christian View on Special Dreams-LINK
    8/16/12@9:26PM/Pope’s Butler Indicted-LINK
    8/16/12@9:39PM/How Should A Christian Interpret Dreams?/LINK
    8/17/12@10:30PM/Dreams and Judaism-LINK
    8/18/12@11:07PM/Trachtenberg’s Chapter 15 on “Dreams”-LINK
    8/20/12@1:10AM/Intro to Islamic Dreaming and Interpretation-LINK
    8/21/12@12:16AM/Dreams in Islam-LINK
    8/21/12@10:00PM/What Hinduism Says About Dreams-LINK
    8/22/12@9:00PM/Hinduism-Understanding the World of Sleep and Dreams-LINK
    8/23/12@10:05PM/”Lucid Dreaming: Awake in Your Sleep?”-LINK
    8/24/12@8:17PM/The World of Lucid Dreaming-LINK
    8/25/12@11:16PM/History of Lucid Dreaming-LINK
    8/26/12@11:58PM/*****JUNE 2012 POSTS AND LINKS*****
    8/27/12@9:19PM/What Buddhists Believe/Dreams and Their Significance-LINK
    8/28/12@9:24PM/Native American Spirituality and Dreams-LINK
    8/29/12@9:16PM/Australian Aboriginal Dream Beliefs-LINK
    8/30/12@9:05PM/”144 Dream Quotes”-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  784. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we have been exploring- in some depth- the phenomena of dreaming and dreams.
    Here is an interesting link, entitled, “The Dialogue of Dreams.”
    Hope that you find it interesting.

    http://samvak.tripod.com/dream.html

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  785. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’ll step away from our explore of dreams so as to share this article from The New York Times with you.
    It is entitled, “Seeking to Stem Endless Abuse of Tribe’s Children.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/us/us-steps-in-as-child-sex-abuse-pervades-sioux-tribe.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  786. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, we read that once Steve wakes up from his dream he receives a call from the Caller.
    They argue and in their exhanges, the Caller makes reference to a hobo.
    What exactly is a hobo?
    Here is a link to get us started in understanding.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hobo

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  787. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, VOS- CHAPTER 5, the Caller makes reference to hobos.
    My last posted link answered the questions, “What Is A Hobo?”
    Here is a link to an article entitled, “How To Become A Hobo.”

    http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Hobo

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  788. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an editorial in USA Today regarding the abuse of boys in the Boy Scouts. It is entitled, “Scouts Failed To Protect Boys.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/story/2012-09-23/Boy-Scouts-perversion-files/57833710/1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  789. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the continuing story of the Phillips Academy doctor. The title of the article is “Former Prep School Doctor in Child Pornography Case to Remain in Jail.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/us/former-andover-doctor-in-child-porn-case-to-remain-in-jail.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  790. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    For quite some time, we have been exploring various examples and forms of child abuse.
    Here is a link to an article from USA Today regarding human traficking in the U.S.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/26/human-trafficking-in-the-united-states-finds-a-home-in-the-schoolyard/57846054/1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  791. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article in The New Yorker.
    It is entitled, “In Plain View- How Child Molesters Get Away With It.”
    In part, it discusses the Jerry Sandusky matter.

    http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/09/24/120924crat_atlarge_gladwell

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  792. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve and the Caller find out that they both like the game of baseball.
    Here is a link to a brief history of the game of baseball.

    http://www.sportsknowhow.com/baseball/history/baseball-history-1.shtml

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  793. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story that we were following- the trial of the Pope’s butler.
    It invoves the matter of Vatileaks.

    http://world.time.com/2012/10/01/the-trial-of-the-popes-butler-and-how-the-vatican-works/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  794. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the trial of the Pope’s butler.
    This article reports that the butler admitted to leaking documents.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/europe/popes-former-butler-admits-in-court-to-leaking-confidential-documents.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  795. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel ,”A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve and the Caller discover they both like baseball.
    Since Steve lives in Chicago, here is a link to a piece that discusses the history of baseball in Chicago.

    http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/114.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  796. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel- VOS- CHAPTER 5- Steve and The Caller have expressed their like of baseball.
    Here is another baseball link.
    This one is for an history of the Chicago White Sox.

    http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/al/chisox/whitesox.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  797. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to the case of the Pope’s butler.
    He has been convicted and sentenced to 18 months.
    I guess that adds new meaning to the old phrase- “The butler did it.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7424546n

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  798. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece dealing with Jerry Sandusky’s sentencing, and what to expect.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2012/10/08/jerry-sandusky-sentencing-what-to-expect/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  799. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a statement by Jerry Sandusky prior to his sentencing.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/08/14301078-full-statement-from-jerry-sandusky-maintaining-innocence-on-sex-abuse-charges?lite

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  800. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article regarding the sentencing of Jerry Sandusky.
    He has been given at least 30 years in prison.

    http://www.boston.com/news/2012/10/09/jerry-sandusky-sentenced-least-years/1AS7UcCiRMzTE7SpEMTmEP/story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  801. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    First of all we’d like to thank-you for patience during our recent go at a cyber attack. It brought down the link between this page and Wordpress for over 8 days.
    Getting back to what we’ve been up to, here is a link to the ongoing Jerry Sandusky matter, even after he has been convicted and sentenced.

    http://www.timesherald.com/article/20121017/NEWS04/121019536/jerry-sandusky-scandal-man-says-he-was-groped-in-2005

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  802. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link so as to update you about the sexual abuse allegations in the Boy Scouts.
    Their files have recently been released.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/boy-scout-documents-reveal-decades-of-sexual-abuse.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  803. John Alexander Says:

    uPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Staying on with the Boy Scout perversion files, here is a link by which one can search the files.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/18/4922332/search-the-boys-scouts-perversion.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  804. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, I suppose we could have guessed that these were coming- the Jerry Sandusky jokes.
    The link is provided in our spirit of not becoming censors.

    http://thetrendguys.com/2012/07/25/10-jerry-sandusky-jokes/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  805. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, maybe it’s a “sign of the times,” but, the Boy Scouts are not the only ones getting some ink.
    Here is a link to issues surrounding the Girl Scouts.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/01/16/wash-times-attacks-girl-scouts-of-america-for-u/186220

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  806. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a column by The New York Times columnist, Joe Nocera.
    It speaks to the other side of the allegations of sexual abuse- what happens if they’re not true.
    It is a follow-up to the Bernie Fine matter.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/opinion/nocera-why-syracuse-isnt-penn-state.html?ref=joenocera&_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  807. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, today we “jump” from Bernie Fine at Syracuse to Britain.
    Here is a link to an ongoing matter in the U.K. The title of the piece is,
    “BBC Chief Admits ‘Horror’ as Sexual Abuse Inquiry Opens.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/world/europe/parliament-questioning-bbc-chief-entwistle-in-abuse-scandal.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  808. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the British sex abuse scandal, but from an American perspective.
    It is a piece from the Washington Post.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bbc-sex-abuse-scandal-echoes-across-the-atlantic/2012/10/24/91610b10-1dfa-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  809. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the BBC Sexual Abuse Case which has grown from 200 to 300 alleged victims.
    This piece discusses the police preparing to make arrests.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/10/26/Police-ready-arrests-in-BBC-sex-abuse-case/UPI-23631351234800/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  810. Britteny Gloria Says:

    on my first visit I immediately loved this blog. That’s nice to come back here.

  811. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article that discusses Penn State students exploring the Sandusky scandal in their ethics class.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/sports/ncaafootball/penn-state-students-explore-sandusky-abuse-scandal.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  812. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the BBC sex scandal. An arrest has been made.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/world/europe/arrest-made-in-bbc-sex-abuse-scandal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  813. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the ongoing BBC sex scandal in England.
    In this piece the family of an abuser speaks out.
    Also, the Catholic Church of England has asked the Vatican to revoke an abuser’s papal knighthood.

    http://omg.yahoo.com/news/catholic-church-england-wants-saviles-papal-honor-removed-113758880.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  814. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the BBC scandal. An inquiry has begun.

    http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/44-arts/88184-bbc-inquiry-begins-as-sex-abuse-scandal-grows-.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  815. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that takes an indepth overview as regards the circumstances that might have resulted in the BBC sex scandal.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/31/savile-sex-scandal-spurs-british-soul-searching/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  816. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link to Panorama’s documentary on Jimmy Savile and the BBC sex scandal. It is Part 1 of 5 parts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw2zibymtxw&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  817. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a story about Jerry Sandusky being transferred to a maximum security prison.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20121101_Jerry_Sandusky_transferred_to_maximum-security_prison.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  818. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on Jimmy Savile.
    The title of the article is-
    “A Shield of Celebrity Let a BBC Host Escape Legal Scrutiny for Decades.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/world/europe/shield-of-celebrity-protectec-savile-for-decades.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  819. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the British authorities arresting Freddie Starr.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/uk-comedian-arrested-sex-scandal-203546297.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  820. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece on the New York Times Op-Ed page, entitled, “Don’t Get Found Out.”
    It’s subtitle is- “The 11th commandment at the heart of the BBC scandal.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/opinion/jimmy-savile-and-the-11th-commandment.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  821. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I’ve been posted links to the ongoing sex scandal at the BBC.
    The scandal seems to revolve around, one, Jimmy Savile.
    Here ia a link to an image of Jimmy Savile.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1399771.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/%2BJimmy%2BSaville%2Bwith%2Bhis%2Binscribed%2Bgold%2Bbraclet&imgrefurl=http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-child-abuse-probe-1400012&usg=__G7WXfLWiyI1FExOzd2aAEbiJC8w=&h=624&w=615&sz=74&hl=en&start=14&zoom=1&tbnid=Fhh1pGHqi5yIyM:&tbnh=136&tbnw=134&ei=JmaWUKWuMsuw0QGSvoDoAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Djimmy%2Bsavile%2Bphotos%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26rlz%3D1R2ACEW_enUS443%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  822. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last link was a still image of Jummy Savile.
    Here- as per the attempt to maximize VOTAE (Visualisation of Text and Experience)- is a link to a video interview with Jimmy Savile.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fdFHIGW-dE

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  823. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to abuse that is occurring in the U.S. military.
    The article is entitled-
    “Military Has Not Solved Problem of Sexual Assault.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/us/women-in-air-force-say-sexual-misconduct-still-rampant.html?pagewanted=all

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  824. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an analysis of the scandal at the BBC.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/business/media/mark-thompson-and-bbc-missed-red-flags-in-savile-scandal.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  825. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an additional video link to the matter at the BBC.
    This is an “Exposure” in-depth look at Jimmy Savile.
    It is called, “The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nHDZfSl36g&feature=related

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  826. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for September 2012.

    9/1/12@1:44AM/(VOS)/Dream Interpretation/Being at a Wedding-LINK
    9/1/12@10:15PM/(VOS)/Steve is Dreaming of Being in a Small Town-LINK
    9/1/12@10:18PM/(VOS)/Instruction to Click On “Small Town”
    9/2/12@11:32PM/(VOS)/The Meaning of Bees in Dreams-LINK
    9/4/12@12:17AM/(VOS)/Dream Interpretation- Bee Swarm-LINK
    9/4/12@9:22PM/Color in Dreams-LINK
    **********9/5/12@8:33PM/JULY 2012/POSTS AND LINKS**********
    9/6/12@8:59PM/(VOS)/Trying to Analyze Steve’s Subconscious
    9/7/12@9:22PM/Update on Kansas City/St. Joseph Bishop Finn-LINK
    9/8/12@8:50PM/(VOS)/The Meaning of a Young Girl in A Dream-LINK
    9/10/12@4:03AM/Update on Bishop Finn in Kansas City/St. Joseph-LINK
    9/10/12@9:33PM/(VOS)/15 Interesting Facts About Dreams-LINK
    9/11/12@9:27PM/(VOS)/What is a Miracle?-LINK
    9/12/12@9:10PM/(VOS)/The Meaning of Being Mute in a Dream-LINK
    9/13/12@9:05PM/(VOS)/Real Life Vow of Silence By A three-Year-Old-LINK
    9/14/12@11:01PM/(VOS)/One Understanding of A Vow of Silence-LINK
    9/17/12@9:48PM/Phillips Academy Andover/Doctor Arrested-LINK
    **********9/18/12@9:16PM/AUGUST 2012 POSTS AND LINKS**********
    9/19/12@9:39PM/”The Dialogue of Dreams”-LINK
    9/21/12@12:09AM/Seeking To End Abuse of Tribe’s Children-LINK
    9/21/12@9:59PM/(VOS)/What Is A Hobo?-LINK
    9/22/12@9:13PM/(VOS)/How to Become A Hobo-LINK
    9/25/12@9:34PM/USA TODAY/Scouts Failed to Protect Boys-LINK
    9/26/12@9:03PM/Former Prep School Doctor Remains in Jail-LINK
    9/27/12@10:08PM/USA TODAY/Sexual Slavery in the U.S.-LINK
    9/28/12@9:27PM/In Plain View-How Child Molesters Get Away With It-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  827. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a BBC link.
    This article is a Q & A on the North Wales Abuse Scandal.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20218054

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  828. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Vati-leaks matter.
    Aside from the Pope’s butler, a Vatican computer tech has been convicted, too.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2012/11/10/vatican-computer-tech-convicted-leaks-scandal/a4Zfxv8UrfSoByGsHNh32H/story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  829. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the alleged scandal at Syracuse University.
    The investigation into Bernie Fine has ended and the charges have been dropped.
    Maybe we need to spend some time examining those people who make these false allegations.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2012-11-09/bernie-fine-syracuse-scandal-sexual-abuse-cleared-charges-dropped

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  830. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the BBC sex scandal.
    More people at the BBC are stepping aside.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/bbc-news-chief-deputy-have-stepped-aside-while-sex-abuse-scandal-is-examined/2012/11/12/cecd6e7e-2cbb-11e2-9ac2-1c61452669c3_story.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  831. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A couple of posts ago, I raised the question about the people- the kinds of people- who falsely accuse others of sexual abuse.
    For example, the Bernie Fine matter- at Syracuse- has resulted in the charges against Fine to be dropped.
    Here is a link to a piece, entitled-
    “Consequences of Falsely Accusing Someone of Sexual Assault.”

    http://voices.yahoo.com/consequences-falsely-accusing-someone-sexual-6476836.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  832. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an interesting link.
    The title of this piece is-
    “A Different Priestly Scandal- Falsely Accused.”

    http://www.thecatholicthing.org/columns/2012/a-different-priestly-scandal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  833. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a resource page for those who have been falsely accused.

    http://www.ejfi.org/Help/Help-3.htm#false

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  834. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, Steve and the Caller are on the telephone.
    They discover that they both like baseball and their, shared, favorite team is the Chicago Cubs.
    Here is a link to an history of the Chicago Cubs.

    http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nl/chicubs/cubs.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  835. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Well, here’as a bit of a link regarding a forthcoming new report on the Penn State abuse scandal.
    Stay tuned.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/eye-opener-penn-state-braces-for-sandusky-report/2012/07/12/gJQA1kGdcb_video.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  836. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a new story of an alleged sexual relationship with the underaged.
    It involves the puppeteer who is “the voice” of Elmo of Sesame Street.

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/kevin-clash-elmo-puppeteer-resigns/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  837. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a video link from NBC regarding the matter of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who is the voice of Elmo, and his resignation.

    http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49915219/#49915219

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  838. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, we read that Steve ran cross country.
    Here is a link that tells us something about the sport.
    The title of the piece is “How to Run Cross Country.”

    http://www.wikihow.com/Run-Cross-Country

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  839. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post, I provided a link to the sport of cross country.
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, we read that Steve used to run cross country and track.
    So, specifically, what is track and field?
    Here ia link that provides you with a good overview of the sport.

    http://library.thinkquest.org/5043/history.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  840. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a compilation of my posts, comments and link compilations for October 2012.

    10/1/12@9:09PM/(VOS)/Brief History of Baseball-LINK
    10/2/12@9:33PM/The Pope’s Butler’s Trial-LINK
    10/3/12@8:18PM/Pope’s Butler Admits to Leaking Documents-LINK
    10/4/12@8:58PM/(VOS)/History of Baseball in Chicago-LINK
    10/5/12@10:10PM/(VOS)/History of Chicago White Sox-LINK
    10/6/12@9:13PM/Pope’s Butler Convicted/Sentenced to 18 Months-LINK
    10/8/12@10:26PM/Jerry Sandusky Sentencing-What To Expect-LINK
    10/9/12@9:47PM/Jerry Sandusky Statement Before Sentencing-LINK
    10/9/12@10:07PM/Jerry Sandusky Sentenced-LINK
    10/18/12@11:06PM/Sandusky Update- New Claims of Abuse-LINK
    10/19/12@9:51PM/An Update on the Boy Scout Files-LINK
    10/20/12@8:47PM/A Way to Search the Boy Scouts Perversion Files-LINK
    10/22/12@1:39AM/Jerry Sandusky Jokes-LINK
    10/22/12@7:29PM/The Girl Scouts and Matters of Sex-LINK
    10/23/12@7:47PM/Why Syracuse Isn’t Penn State/Bernie Fine Update-LINK
    10/24/12@8:39PM/BBC and a Sex Scandal in Britain-LINK
    10/25/12@8:58PM/U. S. Perspective of the BBC Scandal-LINK
    10/26/12@9:50PM/Poliice Prepare for Arrest in BBC Scandal-LINK
    10/27/12@8:06PM/Penn State Ethics Class Examine PSU Scandal-LINK
    10/29/12@12:41AM/Arrest Made in BBC Scandal-LINK
    10/29/12@9:07PM/Family of BBC Abuser Speaks Out + Papal Knighthood-LINK
    10/30/12@10:13PM/BBC Inquiry Begins-LINK
    10/31/12@9:19PM/Retrospective Analysis as RE: BBC Scandal-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  841. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, the Caller tells Steve that he believes in “just causes.”
    Now, this link might be a bit off-base, but here is an interesting piece on an employer using the “7 Tests” to determine if a “just cause” has been met.
    Might the Caller use the same 7 Steps, however in a modified way?

    http://www.ueunion.org/stwd_jstcause.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  842. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 5, the Caller tells Steve that he was a philosophy major in college.
    So, what exactly is philosophy?
    Here is a link, entitled, “What Is Philosophy?”

    http://www.whatisphilosophy.net/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  843. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on what is going on between the U.S. nuns and the Vatican.
    The article is entitled, “Nuns Use Music to Convey Spirited Message Against the Vatican’s Rebuke.”

    http://www.timesargus.com/article/20121202/NEWS04/712029894

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  844. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on what is happening in the diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph.
    The title of the piece is-
    “With Bishop Convicted, His Priests Are Divided.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/us/bishop-robert-finn-criticized-for-not-reporting-priest.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  845. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 6, the Caller speaks to Steve about the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
    Here is a link to the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.

    http://www.rosary-center.org/sorrow.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  846. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel VOS- CHAPTER 6, the Caller talks with Steve about Our Lady of Lourdes.
    Here is a link to that story.

    http://www.lourdescentralcatholic.org/home/story-of-our-lady-of-lourdes

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  847. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, the Caller and Steve are talking. The Caller references Our Lady of Fatima in his conversation, see, VOS- CHAPTER 6.
    Here is a fairly comprehensive link to Our Lady of Fatima.

    http://www.fatima.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  848. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Continuing on with our exploration of our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), in VOS- CHAPTER 6, the Caller has spoken to Steve about Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima as well as Our Lady of Medjugorje in the former Yugoslavia.
    Here is a link to the story of Our Lady of Medjugorje.

    http://www.medjugorjeusa.org/story.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  849. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 6, we find that the Caller was bullied when he was younger.
    Here is a link that discusses bullying as a group phenomenon.

    http://www.education.com/reference/article/peer-social-group-role-in-bullying/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  850. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last post I mentioned that in our novel, the Caller, was bullied when he was young. I also provided a link to a general overview of bullying.
    Here is another link that is a more comprehensive look at bullying via a description and analysis.

    http://www.investigacion-psicopedagogica.org/revista/articulos/9/english/Art_9_114.pdf

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  851. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In my last couple of posts I posted links to the phenomenon of bullying.
    This was because in our novel, the Caller was bullied as a child.
    Here is an interesting link about the parallel phenomenon of “cyberbullying.”

    http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_identification_prevention_response.php

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  852. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, one of our main characters- The Caller- was bullied as a child.
    My last couple of posts were links exploring bullying.
    Here is a link to a support group called, Parents Against Bullying.”

    http://www.parentsagainstbullying.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  853. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a new story.
    It is entitled, “Report of 80’s Sexual Abuse Rattles Yeshiva Campus.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/nyregion/report-of-sexual-abuse-rattles-manhattan-yeshiva-campus.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  854. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the matter of the 1980’s sexual abuse at a yeshiva in Manhattan.

    http://forward.com/articles/167588/student-claims-of-abuse-not-reported-by-yeshiva-u/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  855. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Since we have been exploring links regarding the alleged sexual abuse at the yeshiva in Manhattan, here is an additional link to a blog by the Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence.
    It is a series of presentations regarding the move to abolish the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

    http://jewishsurvivors.blogspot.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  856. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the BBC crisis.
    The article is entitled, “BBC Leaders Faulted as Lax in Handling Sex Abuse Crisis.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/world/europe/pollard-report-bbc-jimmy-savile-sexual-abuse-inquiry.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  857. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link that explores not only the BBC sexual abuse scandal, but the Nick Pollard Review (Report) on the matter.
    There are a couple of ways to read the 200 page review, one way is to click on the “Download Text Version” tab.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20782889

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  858. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece entitled, “Pope Names Boston Priest To Be Vatican’s Abuse Investigator.”

    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1205367.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  859. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Vatileaks matter.
    The title of this article is-
    “Pope Pardons Former Butler.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324461604578195070389625256.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  860. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 6, Steve decides to go to Mick’s bar for a couple of beers.
    On his way, he crosses the north branch of the Chicago River.
    Here is a link to some backgrouind information on the Chicago River.

    http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/263.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  861. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    My last posted link was in regards to our novel. In it, Steve is heading out to his buddy Mick’s bar, but stops as he’s crossing the North Branch of the Chicago River.
    Here is a link entitled, “Discovering the North Branch.”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/the-chicago-river-discovering-the-north-branch

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  862. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    I’ve been posting links regarding the Chicago River. Here is another interesting link- to River Cruises on the Chicago River.
    Just in case you go to Chicago to get the feel of the novel.

    http://www.freespiritcruises.com/rivercruises.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  863. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    TO EVERYONE!!!!!
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  864. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’ve been spending some time “exploring” the Chicago River, seeing as it is mention in our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 6. Here is a link to some maps and images.

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=north+branch+chicago+river+map&gbv=2&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&gs_l=heirloom-hp.1.2.0l6j0i30l4.3510.8829.0.13821.26.16.0.10.10.0.94.1438.16.16.0…0.0…1c.1.u8Qe_ZSsNXY&sa=X&oi=image_result_group

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  865. Odwiedź naszą stronę Says:

    Bardzo przyzwoicie napisane, zgadzam się w stu procentach. W końcu ktoś wyraził donośnie to, co siedzi w umysłach ludzkich. Winszuję, oby tak dalej.

  866. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, Steve is heading out (VOS- CHAPTER 6) to have a couple of beers at his buddy’s bar. On the way, he stops on a bridge that crosses the North Branch of the Chicago River. There, he is reminded how much it looks like a spot in Geneva, Illimois.
    Here is a link to a brief history of Geneva.

    http://www.geneva.il.us/history2.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  867. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Recently, we have been exploring Steve’s neighborhood- the North Branch of the Chicago River.
    Here is a link to a video of a bicycle ride along the North Branch River Walk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI0Yrsgfx0Y

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  868. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We are still “exploring” the Chicago River that occurs in our novel.
    Here is a link to a list of dining possibilities along the Chicago River Walk- just in case you decide to visit.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-15/entertainment/ct-play-0715-vettel-riverwalk-eats-20100715_1_riverfront-patio-dining-smith-wollensky

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  869. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We’ll take a break in our “explore” of the Chicago River- as mentioned in our novel, “A Vow of Silence”- to put up a link to a new story.
    This piece is entitled, “Prep School Reveals Misconduct by Ex-Chief.”
    The article is from The New York Times. The prep school in question is The Brooks School in Andover, Massachusetts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/education/brooks-school-reveals-misconduct-by-ex-headmaster.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  870. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, Steve is on his way to Mick’s for a couple of beers.
    He stops on the bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River, and is reminded of the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.
    Here is some background info on the Fox River.

    http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/481.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  871. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have also been exploring- via our novel- a place called Geneva, Illinois.
    In case you’re up for an “explore,” here is a link to the restaurants in Geneva.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g36031-Geneva_Illinois.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  872. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we have been exploring- as a result of it being mentioned in our novel- Geneva, Illinois.
    Here is a link to some images in and of Geneva.

    http://www.geneva.il.us/communitydevelopment/historicpreservation/photos.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  873. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Jerry Sandusky matter.
    There is a video that accompanies the story, and there is an ad that comes before the video.

    http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-penn-state-sandusky-court-0110-20130110,0,4249342.story

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  874. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know, we have been “exploring” aspects of our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- Chapter 6.
    In that chapter, Steve is heading over to Mick’s for a couple of beers. On the way, he stops on the bridge that crosses the North Branch of the Chicago River and is reminded of the Fox River in nearby Geneva, Illnois.
    Here is a link to an audio walking tour (# 1) of the Fox River and Geneva.

    http://www.geneva.il.us/audio/walkingtour.htm

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  875. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the BBC sexual abuse scandal.
    The article is from the New York Times and is entitled-
    “Report Depicts Horrific Pattern of Child Sexual Abuse by BBC Celebrity.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/world/europe/jimmy-savile-sexual-abuse-scandal-report.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  876. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a Q and A as regards the Scotland Yard report on the BBC sex abuse scandal.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19946626

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  877. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to various editorials, comments and reactions to the Scotland Yard report on the BBC sex scandal.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20997103

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  878. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to what is going on in Philadelphia.
    The title of the article is-
    “Trial Begins for Priest and Teacher Accused of Abusing Altar Boy.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/us/trial-begins-for-philadelphia-priest-and-teacher-accused-of-sexually-abusing-altar-boy.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  879. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    If your are planning a trip so as to become “one” with our novel, here is a link that might prove useful.
    Steve- one of our main characters- lives in a residential neighborhood in northwest Chicago called, Ravenswood.
    Here is a link to some places to stay nearby.

    http://www.hotelplanner.com/Hotels/27936-NEAR-Ravenswood

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  880. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an update on a story from some time ago.
    This is a link to a piece regarding a convicted and imprisoned priest now recanting his guilt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/us/pennsylvania-ex-priest-recants-guilt-in-abuse-case.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  881. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As you know- in our novel- as Steve was standing on the bridge across the North Branch of the Chicago River, he is reminded of Geneva, Illinois.
    We have been exploring Geneva, as of late.
    Now, for those of you who are interested in visiting one of the pretiest towns in Illinois, here a link to a list of placers where you can stay.

    http://hotelguides.com/illinois/geneva-il-hotels.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  882. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a “new” “story” that has surfaced.
    Here is a link to an article about the sexual abuse behaviors of German priests.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/19/world/europe/report-details-sexual-abuse-of-children-by-german-priests.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  883. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    By the way, for those of you who are planning to visit Chicago and Geneva, Illinois, while you’re in Geneva, take a few minutes a head up to St. Charles. It’s a wonderful little town.
    Here’s a link.

    http://www.stcharlesil.gov/

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  884. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an interesting blog. It’s called “Clerical Whispers.”
    The lead piece is on alleged abuse by a priest in Germany.

    http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2013/01/german-priest-admits-280-counts-of.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  885. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an article regarding clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
    The title is-
    “New Sexual Abuse Files Cast Shadow on Legacy of Los Angeles Cardinal.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/us/mahony-shielded-abusive-priests-documents-show.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  886. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a CBS video news report on the abuse cover-up in Los Angeles.
    It is entitled, “Evidence Shows Bold L.A. Priest Abuse Cover-up.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57565286/evidence-shows-bold-l.a-priest-abuse-cover-up/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  887. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, here is a link to another “breaking” story. This one also comes to you from Los Angeles.
    The title of the piece is-
    “Los Angeles’ School Nightmare: Another Sex Abuse Scandal.”
    It is from The Daily Beast.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/25/los-angeles-s-school-nightmare-another-sex-abuse-scandal.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  888. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, “A Vow of Silence,” (VOS), VOS- CHAPTER 7, Steve is sitting at home, listening to the telephone ring, and imagining that the Caller is calling him from an oasis (rest area) on Interstate 88.
    Here is a link to some background information about Interstate 88.

    http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-088_west.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  889. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In VOS- CHAPTER 7, Steve mentions Interstate 88 in Illinois.
    My last posted link was some background information on Interstate 88.
    In case you head off to Chicago to “live through the novel,” here is a map of Interstate 88.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=interstate%2088%20in%20illinois&gbv=2&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  890. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Over the last couple of posted links, we have been “exploring” Interstate 88, in Illinois.
    Steve makes reference to the highway in VOS- Chapter 7.
    Here is a link to some images of the road.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=interstate%2088%20in%20illinois&gbv=2&rlz=1R2ACEW_enUS443&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  891. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Chapter Seven of our novel, VOS- CHAPTER 7, Steve makes a passing remark about the major newspaper in Cleveland, The Plain Dealer.
    Here is a link to the Plain Dealer’s website.

    http://www.cleveland.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  892. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    So, it is in Chapter 7 of our novel (VOS- CHAPTER 7 in the drop-down menu) that “The Caller” becomes “Peter Klein.”
    Do know that Peter Klein has his own Facebook page. Just go to Facebook and type in Peter Klein. He’s the Peter Klein from Shabbona, Illinois.
    Take care,
    John Alexander

  893. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In Chapter 7 (VOS- CHAPTER 7), The Caller wants Steve to interview him. Steve asks where The Caller- now Peter Klein- is from. Peter tells him, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
    Here is a link to tell us something about Cheyenne.

    http://www.cheyennecity.org/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  894. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update as to what is happening in the schools in Los Angeles.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-31/l-dot-a-dot-school-district-sued-over-sexual-abuse-of-students

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  895. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the compilation for all of my links and posted comments during November 2012.

    11/1/12@8:27PM/Panorama’s Jimmy Savile Documentary/# 1 of 5/-LINK
    11/1/12@8:31PM/Sandusky Sent To Maximum Security Prison-LINK
    11/2/12@9:55PM/”A Shield of Celebrity and Jimmy Savile”-LINK
    11/2/12@10:21PM/British Arrest Freddie Starr-LINK
    11/3/12@8:25PM/NYT Column/”Don’t Get Found Out”-LINK
    11/4/12@8:00PMImage of Jimmy Savile-LINK
    11/43/12@8:06PM/Video/Interview with Jimmy Savile-LINK
    11/5/12@10:41PM/Military Has Not Solved Problem of Sexual Assault-LINK
    11/6/12@10:33PM/BBC Report/”Leaders Missed Red Flags”-LINK
    11/7/12@9:19PM/Exposure/The Other Side of Jimmy Savile-LINK
    *******11/9/12@1:01AM/SEPTEMBER 2012/POSTS AND LINKS*******
    11/9/12@10:37PM/BBC/Q & A on North Wales Abuse Scandal-LINK
    11/10/12@8:49PM/Vati-Leaks/Vatican Computer Tech Convicted-LINK
    11/11/12@8:14PM/Bernie Fine (Syracuse University) Charges Dropped-LINK
    11/13/12@9:03PM/BBC Sex Scandal Update/More Step ASIDE-link
    11/14/12@10:54pm/Outcome of Falsely Accusing Someone of Sexual Assault-LINK
    11/15/12@10:23PM/A Different Priestly Scandal- Being Falsely Accused-LINK
    11/16/12@8:19PM/Resource Page for False Allegations-LINK
    11/19/12@9:03PM/(VOS)/History of the Chicago Cubs-LINK
    11/20/12@10:02PM/Penn State Braces for New Sandusky Report-LINK
    11/21/12@9:30PM/Elmo Puppeteer Resigns-LINK
    11/21/12@9:34PM/NBC Video Report on Puppeteer-LINK
    11/26/12@8:48PM/(VOS)/How to Run Cross-Country-LINK
    11/27/12@9:38PM/(VOS)/What is Track and Field-LINK
    *******11/28/12@10:10PM/OCTOBER 2012/POSTS AND LINKS*******
    11/29/12@10:54PM/(VOS)/A Just Cause- An Employer’s 7 Tests-LINK
    11/30/12@9:51PM/(VOS)/What is Philosophy?-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  896. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is the compilation for all of my links and posted comments during December 2012.

    12/3/12@10:23PM/Nuns Use Music v. Vatican Rebuke-LINK
    12/4/12@9:32PM/Kansas City-St. Joe’s Priests Divided Post Bishop’s Conviction-LINK
    12/5/12@9:02PM/(VOS)/Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary-LINK
    12/6/12@9:46PM/(VOS)/Story of Our Lady of Lourdes-LINK
    12/7/12@9:10PM/(VOS)/Our Lady of Fatima-LINK
    12/8/12@9:08PM/(VOS)/Story of Our Lady of Medjugorje-LINK
    12/9/12@8:52PM/(VOS)/Bullying is a Group Phenomenon-LINK
    12/10/12@9:55PM/(VOS)/”Bullying: Description and Analysis”-LINK
    12/12/12@10:15PM/(VOS)/Cyber Bullying Research Center-Fact Sheet-LINK
    12/13/12@11:52PM/(VOS)/Parents Against Bullying Support Group-LINK
    12/14/12@8:54PM/Report of ‘80’s Sexual Abuse at Yeshiva Campus-LINK
    12/18/12@10:00PM/Yeshiva Follow-up from Jewish Daily Forward-LINK
    12/19/12@11:13PM/Call for Abolish Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse-LINK
    12/20/12@9:54PM/BBC Leaders Faulted in Sex Abuse Crisis-LINK
    12/21/12@11:36PM/The Pollard Review on BBC Sex Abuse Scandal-LINK
    12/27/12@10:27PM/Pope Names Vatican’s Abuse Investigator-LINK
    12/28/12@10:01PM/Pope Pardons Former Butler-LINK
    12/29/12@10:16PM/(VOS)/History of Chicago River-LINK
    12/31/12@3:01AM/(VOS)Discover The North Branch of Chicago River-LINK

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  897. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to the unfolding of what is going on in Los Angeles.
    The title of the article is-
    “Diocese Papers Detail Decades of Abuse Cases.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/us/church-documents-released-after-years-of-resistance.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  898. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an additional link to what is going on in Los Angeles.
    This article is entitled, “Los Angeles Archdiocese is Accused of Failing to Release All Abuse Records.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/us/los-angeles-archdiocese-is-accused-of-failing-to-release-all-priest-abuse-records.html?_r=0

    Take Care,
    John Alexander

  899. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    In our novel, VOS- CHAPTER 7- Steve is going to interview The Caller. Steve asks him to identify a hometown. The Caller picks Cheyenne, Wyoming.
    Here is a video link to and for Cheyenne.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV7xYem4SME

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  900. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update from Ireland regard the Magdalene Laundries for women. The peice is entitled-
    “Irish Premier’s Apology Fails to Appease Workhouse Survivors.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/europe/ireland-magdalene-institutions-report.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  901. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is another link to the Irish- Magdalene- Laundries. Twin adopted sister tracked down their birth mother toiling in one of the workhouses.
    The article is entitled-
    “Seeking Redress for a Mother’s Life in a Workhouse.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/world/europe/seeking-redress-in-ireland-over-magdalene-laundry.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  902. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a piece that was on The New York Times Op-Ed page.
    The piece is entitled- “The Priest That Preyed.”
    It is about abuse in the Latino community of Los Angeles.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/opinion/the-catholic-church-abuse-cancer-spreads.html?_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  903. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an update on the Joe Paterno matter. This is a CNN piece, entitled-
    “Paterno Family: Freeh Report ‘Factually Wrong’”

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/10/us/paterno-family-report/index.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  904. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A couple of posted links ago, I shared an Op-Ed piece from The New York Times, entitled, “The Priest That Preyed.” It was written by Daniel Olivas. Here is a link to some additional information about/on Daniel Olivas.

    http://www.danielolivas.com/readings.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  905. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to an interesting and somewhat different story.
    The title of the piece is-
    “Seeking Bodies, and Reasons, at Notorious Florida Boys Home.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/us/10dozier.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  906. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Regarding the continuing matter of Joe Paterno.
    Here is a link to a critique of the Freeh Report. The link is to http://www.paterno.com

    http://paterno.com/Overview/Default.aspx

    Take care,
    John Alexander

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  908. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    A couple of posts ago, I put up a link (2/12/13 @ 10:06PM) to an article that talked about the abuse of boys in Florida’s Dozier School.
    Here is an interesting follow-up link for a group of the school’s former students who call themselves The White House Boys (a reference to the building in which they were “viciously flogged”).
    Hope that you find it interesting.

    http://thewhitehouseboys.com/

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  909. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    We have been exploring the matter of the Dozier School for Boys in Florida.
    Here is a National Public Radio (NPR) Report on the matter. It is from their show, “All Things Considered.”

    http://www.npr.org/2012/10/15/162941770/floridas-dozier-school-for-boys-a-true-horror-story

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  910. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    As part of our continuing “explore” of the Dozier School for Boys in Florida, here is a video link to an ABC Action News Report.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j-Dd8DBCYU

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  911. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to a Fox News Video Report on the Dozier School in Florida.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=judq2O1XuUg

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  912. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is an investigative report (2011) by the U.S. Department of Justice on the Florida School for Boys (The Dozier School).
    It is a summary with a click-on link to the complete report.

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/December/11-crt-1572.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander

  913. John Alexander Says:

    UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
    Hello Readers and Those Who Comment-
    Here is a link to another abuse that occurred in Florida.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/12/3139333/video-shows-15-year-old-girl-being.html

    Take care,
    John Alexander