Purchase Links; Smorgasbord 2

Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish was actually available for purchase two days earlier than I expected. If you would like to purchase a copy of Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish, or Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories please visit the links below!

Thank you so much! I love all my readers and I appreciate your support.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=francis+joseph+lamanna&crid=6I1UJSUE129E&sprefix=francis+joseph+lamanna%2Caps%2C763&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

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February 15, 2022 Edition

Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories

I would like to apologize to everyone who attempted to leave a review for Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories on Amazon. My friends and supporters are starting to come back to me because they’re having a problem writing reviews; Amazon is not letting them. There’s a pop up message about guidelines or something. I haven’t had time to look into this issue yet, but I will Thursday. If you would still like to write a review, I kindly suggest visiting the Barnes & Noble website instead and writing one there. Like I said, I don’t know what the issue is yet with Amazon so I’m not going to speculate. Thank you for trying, please don’t give up. Head over to Barnes & Noble.

Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish

It seems like it took forever, but Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish is near completion! What you see there on the left is the official front and back cover. I’m beyond excited for the release of this book, and I think you’re going to enjoy reading it. Fulton Books in Meadville, Pennsylvania is the publishing company.

Upcoming Projects: I’ve been working on Smorgasbord 3 for a few months now. I don’t want to give away too much too soon, but there will be a third book. The title will be Smorgasbord 3 Poverty & Prophecy, and it’s going to blow you away! Also, I’m thinking about having a Smorgasbord 2 release party somewhere. I will keep you updated and in-the-loop on that.

Well, it’s old news now, but the Rams beat the Bengals and won the Super Bowl! Super Bowl LVI (56) was played last Sunday, February 13th, and it was a close one. The Rams won the game by 3 points with a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Mathew Stafford to Coffee Cup? Oh wait, Copper Kupp. Sorry. 🤣🤣 Up until that point, the Bengals held a 20-16 lead that went all the way down to the wire. To be exact, there was 1:25 left to play when the Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown. Stafford completed 26 out of 40 passes for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Ram’s rushing game was nowhere to be found; Cam Akers ran the ball 13 times for 21 yards and never even reached pay dirt.

Joe Burrow completed 22 passes for 263 yards and 1 touchdown. They were able to run the ball well with Joe Mixon (4.8 yards per carry), and WR Tee Higgins caught 4 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the end though, none of that mattered for the Bengals. On that day, the 13th of February in the year 2022, the Rams were the better team.

♒♓Wow! How fast did the Aquarius birthday season go? I mean seriously, in three more days on the 18th, the sun will move into the astrological sign of Pisces. Honestly, though, I can’t wait. I’m so ready for spring, and I know a lot of you are too. 🌔Currently, the moon is on the 20th degree of fiery Leo, and Venus and Mars are in a body to body conjunction on the 16th degree of Capricorn. Talk about war and peace, huh…

💥Speaking of war, according to Greek Reporter dot com, Russia is now withdrawing its troops from the Ukraine border. I guess they just wanted to get in Ukraine’s face and talk some shit?

💩Oh, BIG STORY here. Eminem kneeled during the half time show.

🏛 I just called the office of the registrar at my alma mater WPUNJ because I wanted some information about registration deadlines. Afterwards, I was scrolling the web, and a story popped up from 2014.

So, five William Paterson University students are or were on trial for the alleged gang rape of a freshman female. The alleged gang rape took place on campus and in a dorm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

The five men that were involved all knew each other from the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), which offers low-income students an opportunity to go to college with financial aid, preparatory classes and counseling. (Wait a second, wasn’t there just a big issue recently about systemic racism? 😢😢Immigrants and people of color don’t get the same opportunities as white people?)

Well, these five guys (no relation to the restaurant) had a golden opportunity. I told you, all that was bullshit. I can’t speak for other states, but I know for a fact, that New Jersey’s system of higher education has done an amazing job ensuring everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to get educated.

Anyway, there was another incident, but I don’t think it was related. Cherelle Locklear, a 21-year-old junior at WPUNJ committed suicide and her body was found on November 22, 2015. Supposedly, she was raped at an off-campus fraternity house, and her allegations were never investigated. William Paterson University took blame for failing to investigate and paid her family $800,000.

Damn! This isn’t the William Paterson I remember. WTF WPU! Seriously though, this is a shame. I can’t believe it.

🤓I’m gonna drop some real knowledge on y’all. I was totally indoctrinated by the college educational system, and especially because I was a teacher. I believed everything. They used to tell us that inner-city school students are way behind because there’s no money to get them the tools they need to be successful and compete with schools in higher income areas. I was on board with everything-fighting for my students. I was so gung-ho.

And then I get into the classroom, and see students throwing scientific calculators worth hundreds of dollars at the floor and walls. Literally, trying to break them.

And I just sat there for a brief moment watching this, and to myself, I’m like, “wow, if you only knew how hard people fight to get you the shit you need, and here you are trying to break a calculator your parents would have to work two weeks to pay for.”

Case in point-Don’t believe the hype!

Second Case in point-In order for schools to be successful, the students have to be successful, and money has nothing to do with it. The best schools are those where parents, teachers, and administrators have found a middle ground-all coming together, working in unison for the betterment of the child. And of course, once the student sees this cooperation between teachers and parents, their behavior miraculously changes.

Alright my friends, have a wonderful night and a blessed Wednesday. Stay warm!

It’s a Journey and We’re Both Going

I was thinking about this the other day, and really, it’s because of where I’m at in the Smorgasbord series. Wait? What? 🤣 I know what you’re thinking. When did Smorgasbord become a series?

Most of you who follow along with this blog know I wrote my first book during the spring of 2020, which was then published and available for purchase in I think March of 2021. Well, as soon as I finished writing A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories, I wrote the sequel, Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish.

Smorgasbord 2 is going through the publication process as we speak, and we could be looking at a finished product available for purchase within a month or two. I will have a release date for you, something I never got for the first book, and I should have that soon.

As I’m sitting here now writing Smorgasbord 3, I started thinking about all three as a series. I don’t want to give to much away, but you’ll understand what I’m talking about when you pick up the second book. What I will say is that I’ve written them so that if I ever decided to create one big book they would all fit together.

Smorgasbord has sections I, II, and III. Smorgasbord 2 has sections IV, V, VI, and Smorgasbord 3 will have VII, VIII, and IX. I don’t like to talk about myself or my work, I leave the reviews and the analysis to all of you, and part of the reason for that is because I think everyone who reads my work will get something personal out of it, and I don’t want to persuade or compromise that in any way.

But from what I can see, Smorgasbord is becoming a series or a collection, and by the time you read the third book, you’ll notice the journey.

It’s a journey we’ll have been on together for probably three or four years by that time as we continue making sense of our lives and the world around us.

Alright, Making Progress

Friends, readers, and supporters, how are you doing?

Thank you so so much, I noticed several of you responded to my post about purchasing my book, Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories. I’m beyond appreciative! The paperback version of the book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and wherever else books are sold. You can also purchase the e-book on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Thank you for your support! Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish should be on the shelves before this winter ends.

And of course, there will be a Smorgasbord 3; Smorgasbord 3 The Final Platter.

About COVID. I was allowed to return to work today, the 22nd, but I took this last day off deciding to return to my normal shift next week. I’m still a little hazy-brained and slow, but all that is clearing up. I’m excited to return to work, and I can’t wait to get back into the flow of society. Quarantine sucks. I still don’t have my sense of smell or taste, but I anticipate they’ll both return in time. Thank you to those people who emailed me tips on how to speed up the recovery process with that. You guys and gals are great! ❤

🤼‍♂️ The high school wrestling season has begun. I know I always mention my glory days of playing football, but I also wrestled, I was good too. That’s me on the right wrestling in the county tournament, winter of 1997. The Beast of the East tournament at the University of Delaware turned out to be a huge success, as it usually does, and the Gauntlet Duels were successful as well. Congratulations to all the place winners at the BOTE, if you can place there, you’re on your way to a good season.

😲 I’m shocked. I don’t know if you guys watch Bob’s Burgers the adult cartoon? Well apparently, the guy who does the voice over for Jimmy Pesto, Jay Johnston, will no longer be able to participate in the show because of his participation at the Capital on January 6th. Is the government saying he cannot work? This is strange, the original article was published on Decider-the link is below.

https://decider.com/2021/12/19/bobs-burgers-actor-jay-johnston-will-no-longer-voice-jimmy-pesto-after-participating-in-capitol-riot/?utm_source=email_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons

🎋Yesterday, December 21st, was the Yule Sabbat. Different traditions celebrate the beginning of the new year at different times and in different ways. The arrival of the Oak King, or today it’s, The Sun King, Jesus, and the New Year’s Baby that kicks of the turning of the wheel as we say goodbye to Father Time and the Dark Lord. December 21st is also the first day of winter or the Winter Solstice. Either way, have fun celebrating whatever you celebrate. Enjoy yourself, and appreciate the love, family, and warmth around you.

There are a lot of people who can explain this better than I can, but..I heard, astronomically speaking, not astrology, that the sun as we know, rotates around the earth. It eventually reaches a point where it sits below or just about even with the horizon for a period of three days. That’s 3 days and no movement. Then, it begins again. They say the story about Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead in three days is a symbolic translation of the sun in it’s orbit around the earth. If you understand that whole thing better, write in. Thanks.

Have a wonderful Wednesday (Hump Day) LOL.

Lunatic; What’s that Guy’s Problem?

Lunatic, the first chapter in my book, Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories had created quite a stir, and to be honest, I ignored all of it until now.

I didn’t feel pressured to revisit this piece, or like I owed anyone an explanation, but its been about a year now since the book hit the shelves, and I thought my readers would appreciate this.

Chapter 1

Lunatic

“I hate you! I’m so fucking angry, and I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you right now!” I looked at myself in the mirror, and that’s what I said before leaving the house. That was my pep talk. I don’t know what went wrong or what’s wrong with me; I just know that I go through these moments where I feel like I hate everyone and everything, and when I get this way, I have to do something crazy to ease the tension. Here I go.

The above paragraph is the first paragraph of Lunatic. This is a short story about a serial killer. If he isn’t speaking to himself then he’s thinking-so most of the story are his thoughts. It was my intent to open with something completely unexpected and shocking, and it was. I wanted my readers to say themselves, man this guy is crazy-on a deep level.

And I don’t know if anyone picked up on it but, the killer only killed on nights when there was a full moon. Another name for the moon is Luna (in Latin), hence the name, Lunatic.

If you haven’t purchased the book yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. There are 24 chapters over 133 pages, and honestly, the title is probably a perfect way to explain what it’s about. A smorgasbord is like a buffet of different foods-so it’s a play on words. It’s a smorgasbord of creative work-it’s a collection of thoughts, experiences, and stories.

Visit Barnes & Noble or Amazon dot com, and pick up your paperback today!

Nooz Now 10/4/2021

🌙I had to laugh to myself as I left my house early in the morning on the 2nd and 3rd day of this month because the crest moon was turned in a way that it looked like a smile. I do interpret that as the heavens smiling down in agreement with what I’m doing and studying at the current moment.

📖I wanted to thank everyone again who came to my book signing at Barnes & Noble and purchased a book. Your support means everything to me. Smorgasbord 2 Catch Up and Relish is my second book, and obviously, the sequel to Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories.

Smorgasbord 2 is going through the publication process right now, and I’d say we’re about half way through the editing portion. I should have a release date soon, but an optimistic guess would be January 2022?!

♎The sun entered the zodiac sign of Libra on September 23rd, and it will remain there until the 23rd of October. The symbol representing Libra is the scale, meaning balance, justice, equilibrium, and order. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Lucky numbers for Libras are 6 and 9, and Friday is their lucky day!

🎉🏈📣Coming up this weekend on Saturday the 9th, is the William Paterson University homecoming! William Paterson is my alma mater. As part of the festivities, The William Paterson Pioneers football team will host Christopher Newport University. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM at Wightman Stadium. Currently, the Pioneers are 2-3 overall with wins over Maritime College and Keystone College.

🏈In the NFL yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers 27-17. The Chiefs beat the Eagles 42-30, and the Giants beat the Saints in overtime 27-21. Tonight’s Monday Night Football game is between the 3-0 Las Vegas Raiders and the 2-1 Los Angeles Chargers. You can expect this game to be emotional and exciting as the Raiders go back to Los Angeles to play. Kickoff is at 8:15 PM.

Barnes and Noble Book Signing

I would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Mall Barnes and Noble. I had a wonderful time yesterday and met some very nice people. I look forward to working with you again and planning for future events.

I would also like to thank you-the readers! Thank you for talking with me and purchasing my book. If you find your way here to my blog, please, send me an email. I love you and appreciate your support.

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What’s going on my friends? Welcome.

The date today is Tuesday, September 7, 2021-happy birthday to all my Virgo friends! It seems like the sun was in and out of Leo within the blink of an eye, and I have mixed emotions about that.

♍-If you’re an Aquarius and you follow astrology, then you know Leo and Aquarius are stuck in opposition. But, relax-sometimes people see the word stuck and they think bad, but it’s not such a bad thing. I have a 7th house Aquarius sun with Leo rising in the 1st. They say your birth chart is ruled by the planet that rules the sign on your ascendant; since the sun rules Leo, my chart is ruled by the sun. Directly across the way is the descendent, and that’s where Aquarius is housing my birth sun.

When the sun is in Leo, it enlivens those lion-like qualities, and it’s my job to bring the qualities of Leo and the qualities of Aquarius into harmony since those signs are in opposition. In addition, I love the summer, so it’s a fun time all the way around. I don’t know why, but I find it fascinating that the sun rules Leo and the moon rules Cancer. Yup, Cancer and Leo house our luminaries.

What signs do you have on the horizon?

📘📖✍-This Saturday, September 11, I will be at the Barnes and Noble at the Lehigh Valley Mall between the hours of 1 pm and 3pm for my book signing. The address is 801 Lehigh Lifestyle Center, Whitehall, PA 18052. I’m excited-this is my first book signing, and I can’t wait to see you all there.

🏈NCAA- I wanted to give a shout out to Coach Longo (North Carolina Tar Heels). Coach Longo used to coach at the high school in the town I was born in, and then he coached at William Paterson University when I played there. We lost contact over the years, and the next time I saw him he was on the North Carolina sideline. I was home watching North Carolina play Clemson, and there he was. Congratulations Coach! Ohio State has another big game this weekend (Saturday) against Oregon. Both teams won their openers.

😮-Apparently there’s a radio station that tells people how they can save the world! Metro published a story written by Jessica Kwong, about a guy who was being pursued by police. During the chase, Tyson Gilbert, a 39-year-old man from Tennessee, cut his penis off and threw it at the cops who were chasing him. Later he said the radio influenced his actions and convinced him he could save the world by doing so. Lets hope his attempt was not in vein.

👦👧-Compartmentalization is the enemy of progression. I know it’s normal for teenage boys and girls to hang out in their bedrooms with the doors closed. I did it, we all did it, and I don’t know-it’s like all of a sudden we had this need for privacy and 5-hour phone calls. Once in while, open your doors and let your parents see what’s going on. Talk to them. Don’t stunt your families growth by becoming a hermit. Pimple face.

☀-On Wednesday, September 22, the sun enters Libra for the first day of fall. Our fall season will last for 105 days. The first day of winter this year is December 21st.

Okay everyone; have a wonderful night and a blessed day tomorrow. I hope to see you all this Saturday at Barnes and Noble.

P.S. I don’t want to say who it is because it might not happen, but I’m waiting for someone in the world of college football to get back to me to do a short interview. I’ll keep you abreast and a thigh of that situation.

I forgot who this was, but he must’ve pissed me off because this picture was sitting in my file for a while now.