Sunday, January 26, 2014

9 Favorite quotes from Criminal Minds

I often wonder if the writers pick the quotes before writing the show, or if the quotes are chosen after writing the show. I know when I was researching Dante Alighieri for Eternal Beauty it worked both ways. Sometimes the scenes were inspired by the quotes and other times I found quotes that perfectly matched the scenes I had written. I'm often amazed that a quote and words can capture the true essence of darkness, torture and pain. We truly never know what hides behind a smile.

Season 1

Gideon - "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." Joseph Conrad

Season 2

Gideon - "Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." Mark Twain

Season 3

Hotchner - Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

Season 4

Hotchner - "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." - Anatole France

Season 5

Garcia - "Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man." John Morley

Season 6

Prentiss - "There's no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determine soul." Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Season 7

Hotchner - "You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough." Frank Crane

Season 8

“Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man's restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.” Ralph Steadman

Season 9

Morgan - Beware the fury of a patient man - John Dryden.

Friday, January 10, 2014

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Für meine deutschen Freunde

I wish that I were good enough to translate this myself because some things become last in translation on Google translate, but I love the way it sounds even now. If you love English crime novels, check this one out.

My Darling Dakota :
Ich bete, dass Sie mich heute Abend zu vergeben, denn ich Erinnerungen der Dinge für immer verloren. Vielleicht waren sie nicht in der Fantasie , die wir erstellt wichtig, aber manchmal frage ich mich, wenn wir falsch waren.
Ich habe daran gedacht, Akachi . Wussten Sie, sein Name bedeutet " die Hand Gottes " ? Das war wirklich wie ich mich fühlte , die Nacht , als sein Vater brachte ihn in mein Zelt . Er war kaum noch am Leben , nachdem er von einem Geparden, die nicht so selten ein Vorkommen in Südafrika , wie man denken könnte übel zugerichtet . Was war selten war für das Opfer , um zu überleben . Ich habe an ihm stundenlang fieberhaft Reinigung und die tiefen Wunden zu nähen . Er war acht und hatte die Jagd , begierig, seine Männlichkeit zu beweisen. Ich war mit ihm am nächsten Tag und Nacht, während der Stamm sangen ihre Gebete. Am zweiten Tag , öffnete er seine tiefbraunen Augen und sah mich an. In diesem Moment , meine Liebe , fühlte ich, dass ich den Höhepunkt meines Lebens erreicht hatte. Ich einen sterbenden Kind in meinen Armen gehalten hatte , und ich habe ihn gerettet hatte.
Und dann fiel mein Blick auf Sie , wie eine Vision von Schönheit , die mir den Atem weggenommen wurde , und mein Geist wurde taub für alle, aber das, was Sie sind. Ich habe diese Straße, die vielen Stufen unserer Fantasie gereist , und ich habe festgestellt, dass es Schönheit in beiden ein Leben zu retten und unter einem. Akachi wird nur eine kurze Zeit zu leben, für die Bühne seines Lebens bei der Geburt festgelegt . Wenn er nicht vor Hunger sterben, wird er sicherlich zugrunde gehen auf das Ende der Speer eines rivalisierenden Stammes Mitglieds. Und wer an ihn erinnern wird ? Wie die Tage vergehen , die Monate , die Jahre , die Jahrhunderte niemand Akachi erinnern.
Fürchte dich nicht, mein Liebling, denn obwohl die Erinnerungen verfolgen mich mal , ich habe nicht vergessen, wo ich hingehöre und was ich tun muss.
" In diesem Buch, das meiner Erinnerung ist ,
Auf der ersten Seite des Kapitels , das ist der Tag , als ich dich das erste Mal traf ,
Erscheinen die Worte : "Hier beginnt ein neues Leben. ' " Dante Alighieri

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Friday, January 3, 2014

We got the Form Letter! @Lowe's Cares -- Which I don't think they really do!

Having talked to this guy about getting our dryer serviced for over a week, then we got the Form Letter--which misquotes what Coby agreed to. He agreed to go by the store and see if they had the same or a comparable model. They did not carry our model anymore, and there was nothing comparable that matched our set. I'm sure Scott doesn't want to furnish his home with mismatched products, but he expects us to, and with one of lesser quality. Calling them is like pulling teeth one at a time with no numbing agent. We're going into our fourth week without a working dryer, even though we paid dearly for this set and bought the extended warranty. Looks like this form letter goes out a lot.

And as to "further delays in service completion" -- service was never started. There has never been a serviceman look at our dryer. There was one scheduled to look at it, but he never showed up and decided he knew what was wrong with it, ordered parts and never again answered our phone calls or came to look at or fix our dryer. You can't possibly complete something you never started.

Exec Cust Service
5:17 PM (17 hours ago)

to me
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Fuson,

Thank you for giving Lowe’s an opportunity to respond to your email. We are extremely proud of our customer service; however, we are eager to hear customer feedback so we can identify opportunities to improve our service and customer satisfaction.

As previously discussed, due to delays in service completion, Lowe’s has agreed to replace your dryer to prevent further inconvenience. After speaking with Mr. Fuson, per your request, on 12/31/2013 and 1/1/2013, we determined he was satisfied with a replacement dryer to resolve your concerns. At this time, the next step towards resolution would be to select the dryer you would like as a replacement. Please advise as to when you would like to return to the store and we will make the store management team aware.

If Lowe’s can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-284-8989, extension 9106, or email You may also contact us by mailing your correspondence to 1605 Curtis Bridge Road, Mail Code CON8, Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697.

Thank you,

Lowe's Executive Support