An Heir For The Billionaire by Terry Towers, narrated by Nick Hahn, due in time for Xmas on Amazon and Audible.com

419NPuhylwL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_Katrina Alexander’s bland life has her wondering if she’ll ever find the true love she’s spent her life hoping for. With no current prospects, and a boring job, she’s just about given up. However, bumping into her high school sweetheart at her ten year high school reunion has her wondering if maybe she’d met him long ago.

Nick’s New Novel Due 2014~SKIN GAME

I’m writing a story about kidnapping and the moral dilemma faced by a career diplomat serving cropped-kidnapping.jpgas US Ambassador to Pakistan in 2012. The story is fiction but the circumstances and characters are based upon my experience as an economic development specialist working for USAID in 2005 with access to US Embassy personnel and foreign service staff. The story was inspired by an actual and on-going kidnapping of an AID contractor in August of 2011. He was  snatched from his bed in the middle of the night by a criminal gang in the commercial capital of Lahore. The victim was sold to Al Qaeda terrorists who are attempting to exchange his release for that of an Al Qaeda leader being held in Guantanamo Bay. I lived, worked and socialized with this man, a brilliant Harvard economist, doing his part to change the world through service in the developing world. The book will be out next year, brief excerpts will be posted on this blog from time to time, look for them!

 

 

Nick Think

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” 
― Ray Bradburyimages

Nick Think

“Writing is something that you don’t know how to do. You sit down and it’s something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It’s beyond me, because you yourself don’t even know if you’re going to be able to. I’m always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I’ll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don’t go up there to write. The typewriter’s up there. If it doesn’t start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.” 
― Charles Bukowskiphoto

Nick’s Thought For The Day

NYC Marathon 1979
NYC Marathon 1979

There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one. 

Kazuo Ishiguro

November 8, 1954: Happy 59th birthday, Kazuo Ishiguro! Born in Japan and raised in England, the celebrated novelist has held a variety of jobs. During his gap year between high school and college, he worked briefly as a grouse beater at the queen’s castle, Balmoral. When his first book, A Pale View of the Hills, was published, he still had a job as a social worker.

Friends of Lyme Library host Nick Hahn this evening, Nov 7, for reading, discussion and refreshments.

(and yet they still laugh and relish life)

Human rights[edit]

Main article: Human rights in Uganda

Two women in Gulu whose lips have been cut off by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.

There are many areas which continue to attract concern when it comes to human rights in Uganda.

Conflict in the northern parts of the country continues to generate reports of abuses by both the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan Army. A UN official accused the LRA in February 2009 of “appalling brutality” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.[41] The number of internally displaced persons is estimated at 1.4 million. Torture continues to be a widespread practice amongst security organisations. Attacks on political freedom in the country, including the arrest and beating of opposition members of parliament, have led to international criticism, culminating in May 2005 in a decision by the British government to withhold part of its aid to the country. The arrest of the main opposition leader Kizza Besigye and the siege of the High Court during a hearing of Besigye’s case by heavily armed security forces – before the February 2006 elections – led to condemnation.[42]

Child labour is common in Uganda. Many child workers are active in agriculture.[43] Children who work on tobacco farms in Uganda are exposed to health hazards.[43] Child domestic servants in Uganda risk sexual abuse.[43] Trafficking of children occurs.[43] Slavery and forced labour are prohibited by the Ugandan constitution.[43]

Lyme Public Library, Thursday Nov 7 at 7:PM

rtx1472x.6bcc2e354b13818c1bd6159740c12e6fNick will be discussing his new novel, UNDER THE SKIN, and his experience living and working in the developing world where human rights are often a figment of a despot ruler’s imagination.

The World Economic Forum published an interesting statistic this morning. In the US education is taken for granted for all citizens, men and women alike, how different this is for girls in the developing world.

Video: How do we educate the missing 66 million?

By: Shelly Esque

Nov 1st 2013

Even though we’ve made great progress in getting girls into school, there’s still about 66 million girls today who don’t attain education of any kind.

Shelly Esque – President of the Intel Foundation – looks at the challenges women face in their access to education and the need for equal opportunities.

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