20171204

Square Peg: Churchill Wants Fewer Polar Bears Shipped South


4. Dec. 2017


     A glaring omission from this story is how the cubs become orphans in the first place.  Here in the south, untold numbers of black bear cubs are orphaned during the spring bear "hunt".  This heinous activity involves setting out stations baited with fatty, calorie-dense foods to attract bears who are in a state of semi-starvation after a winter of hibernation.   The very brave "hunters" shoot down on them from above on stands in the surrounding trees. Because determining the sex of the bears from such an angle is virtually impossible, females are inevitably killed and their cubs are left on their own to starve to death.

     Given that polar bears are apex predators,  one must wonder if it is unethical hunting practices that are also leading to the deaths of so many mothers.  Perhaps our conversation should revolve around preventing that from happening instead of deciding the fate of the resulting orphans.

By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=689988
Polar Bear: By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk



RE: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

Debbie Wall responds to https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

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20171203

Review: Surprised by Jeanette Winterson's Christmas Days



03. Dec. 2017



Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Christmas is hard to find these days. It’s getting heavier to lift the Yule spirit from under the shellac of expectations and obligations. Then I picked up Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days. And there it was. Christmas! 

Irreverent and reverent, evocative and wickedly funny at times, these stories will warm even the most cynical soul. I had thrown my long-overlooked copy into a bag (along with several others because you never know when a hostage situation might occur and you’ll be stuck with nothing to read - thank you, Ann Patchett, for that lesson learned), and without much hope, prepared to skim while waiting-room waiting. It was as if Ms. Winterson breezed in with a tumbler of scotch and a Yule log, turned off the horrid over-head lights, lit some candles and sat down to spin tales of ghosts, gifts, and magic. These are not your schlocky O’Henry stories - apologies to any Magi fans. These crackle. 

Talking snow mamas, vengeful ghosts, urban Christmas sprites. Each story can stand alone, but charmingly is followed by a recipe - which I feared would prove incongruous, but which surprisingly jives with the fireside tone. They’re really snippets of memories. Ghosts of Christmases Past masquerading in recipe form. Although maybe some would work - if I’m brave enough to test Susie Orbach’s Gravlax, I’ll let you know. It's an auto-biographical touch that connects us with this sharp, witty author and clears the palette for the next twirl around the proverbial tree.

One of my favorite takeaways from this collection was the reminder that Christmastime belongs to us all. To all religions and to those that eschew religion. It’s an ancient tradition that resonates with us because it is fundamentally human, no matter what tribe you hail from. Goddesses, mangers, St. Nick. The author exhorts Christmas is a “gaudy rag-bag of a festival with something borrowed from everywhere - pagans, Romans, Norsemen, Celts, Turks…It [is] a holiday - holy day - of the best kind, where devotion has joy in it. Life should be joyful.” 

I liked being reminded that it’s ok to let myself believe this time is special. That kindness can grow from concrete. That eye-contact can be made and wishes of good health and cheer exchanged. This season is powerful enough to withstand muzak, Mariah Carey, and the Muppets. It’s Christmas. And underneath the tinsel, it’s still there.

So Merry Christmas, whatever that means to you. Best wishes for us all.



Ghillian Porter-Smith reviews a fascinating Christmas work, Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson. Ghillian is also reminded that the feeling of Christmas holiday is not reserved for a few. It is a winter holiday for everyone.

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20171130

Mixed Media Series - Voodoo Healing Skull


30. Nov. 2017

By Lon Bennett - Bio



Mixed Media Series - Voodoo Healing Skull - Lon Bennett
Mixed Media Series - Voodoo Healing Skull - Lon Bennett



There is a reason that people will set an appointment days in advance from several hundred miles with Lon Bennett.  The appointment is not for healing, psychology or legal consultation. The appointment is for ink. Lon Bennett's ability to break down the fearful into the beautiful is the result of his street education and intellectual capabilities. He is a pro. He looks outside of himself and reaches inside to produce a masterful Constructive Technology Aggregate. His mixed media is no exception.

The mixed media "Voodoo Healing Skull" here is a gift. Observe it. Is it fear we need to to nurture? Do we need to fear the healing snake? Perhaps the fact that we all will die makes this day that much more beautiful.

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20171129

Mixed Media Series - Arabian Scented Column


29. Nov. 2017

By Lon Bennett - Bio


Mixed Media Series - Arabian Scented Column - Lon Bennett
Mixed Media Series - Arabian Scented Column - Lon Bennett





In this mixed media drawing the artist, Lon Bennett, captures a welcoming Arabian vessel that permeates spicy scents. The column to the right and the checkered floor show a sturdy reliable foundation and capitol. The tent or curtain while flowing reminds us of temporary conditions. Outside is the beautiful blue sky and grassy planes. The outside is just partitioned but not rejected. 

© Lon Bennett / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Mixed Media Series - "Arabian Scented Column"

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20171128

Nothing Good Ever Happens


29. Nov. 2017




A Henrique Couto Movie!

Henrique Couto - Nothing Good Ever Happens
Henrique Couto - Nothing Good Ever Happens


Henrique Couto writes, directs and has a fantastic team of friends who act. This is the movie Nothing Good Ever Happens:










Henrique Couto writes, directs and produces some films that we were attracted to by Amazon Prime. In fact we had no idea who he was but after watching five of his movies we have to say that we love his work and the work of his team. Please watch this. Comment on it. Let him know that OgFOMK ArTS referred you!

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20171120

In Which We Try to Separate the Art from the Artist


20. Nov. 2017



Thoughts on current affairs: harassment, lying, cover-ups, misdeeds and general douchery.

  1. Artists are people.
  2. People see art as both a commodity for consumption and a mystical power.
  3. Artists are supposed to be the stewards of said mystical power and be better than the people they sell their art to.
  4. People still want a say in what their dollar buys, up to and including the private lives of the artists.
These ideas are all in a jumbled clash at the moment, causing a metric ton of butt-hurt.

As I pen these thoughts, I'm listening to an album by a band I fell in love with a few years ago. The music, the lyrics, the pageantry, the entire message and aesthetic hooked me deep. Earlier this year I came across some information about the leader of the band, how he'd supposedly screwed some former members, and that the whole thing was going to court.

Nay, good sir, whose voice and visage gave me such joy, whose message I took to heart, say it ain't so!

I had tickets to see them, purchased months before I heard the news. I did not attend the show. (There were some other mundane reasons for not going, as the show was many hours' drive from home, but the funk I was in didn't help.)

By the gods, what a drama-queen attitude. I missed a damn good show, for what? To wallow in perceived slight and righteous indignation? Sounds like a fun weekend.

As allegations of wrongdoing bloom across the fields of politics and popular entertainment like so many tenacious dandelions, and ridiculous boycotts follow, I sit back, and listen to my once and future favorite band. The songs are still wonderful. The beat still hooks me, and I tap my fingers on the desk. Whether the allegations are true or not, whether the man behind the music is an ass-hat or not, I love these albums.

I read an article by a blogger whom I've followed and admired for nearly a decade now, who took the attitude that creatives should use their platforms to make political statements, that it falls to those who are in the public eye to champion causes and raise awareness, going so far as to insinuate that failure to do so was gross irresponsibility. In effect, she advocates against any separation between the art and the artist. I think that's a mistake.

While I am ALL FOR artists expressing themselves in any way they see fit, up to and including unpopular stands on sensitive issues, to insist on that level of engagement from every creative person would ultimately hurt us all.

See 1. above, and tack on the addendum that 'No One is Perfect.' If every piece of art you encountered throughout your day came with a Nutrition Facts tag listing the creators' personal dating history, legislative standing positions, and police record, how much less art would you then enjoy? Basic math suggests that the number would be pretty damn low. But we're already doing that, aren't we? Social media and the constant churning of talk shows and news outlets feed us more than we can stomach about the goings-on of celebrity lives.

Should people be held accountable for breaking the law? Of course. Should people be held accountable in the court of public opinion before they can be tried by a jury of their peers? Getting harder to find 12 people who haven't heard any details of the case nowadays, isn't it?

When we see the mighty stumble, it can feel like a betrayal, for sure. When we can say, "I'VE never done THAT," it turns the screw, makes the sin we perceive a worse offense for having been committed by our better. But oh, dear reader, turn your face into the breeze of sweet realization that NO ONE is better; friend, take a deep breath of that. NO ONE IS BETTER. We're all flawed and flailing, reaching toward some light source or other. The tragedy is mistaking the artist for that light source, instead of the art itself.

EyeSpewArt - a doodle by Kim Breeding-Mercer
EyeSpewArt - a doodle by Kim Breeding-Mercer



Kim Breeding-Mercer writes about the bad behavior of artists and its relationship to consumption and consumer expectations. Consumers of art hold artists to high standards and judge harshly. Presumed guilty out of the gate across all media, the butt-hurt leads us on a fast track to mob rule.

© Kim Breeding-Mercer / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Editorial - "In Which We Try to Separate the Art from the Artist

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20171116

Books: Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series


16. NOV. 2017



Greetings OgFOMK readers. I'm Kim Cormack from Vancouver Island, Canada. Some of you paranormal fantasy lovers already know of my series. For the blog readers that haven't embraced their inner Dragon yet, I'll give you a quick rundown.

Kim Cormack - Paranormal Fantasy - Children of the Ankh
Kim Cormack - Paranormal Fantasy - Children of the Ankh Series

Book 1  - Sweet Sleep

Take a trip into the metaphysical spiritual world with these endearing paranormal anti-heroes and wickedly titillating warriors. This will be unlike anything you've ever read.

The Children of the Ankh Series - Book 1- Sweet Sleep
The Children of the Ankh Series - Book 1- Sweet Sleep

Happy sixteenth birthday. Procreation with mortals is illegal under the immortal law. It doesn’t matter if your abilities are a genetic glitch or created by immortal blood because the Correction cannot tell the difference. They are coming to exterminate you and your entire genetic line. If you survive your Correction or show outstanding bravery in the face of insurmountable odds, you will be claimed by one of three clans of immortals residing on earth, Ankh, Trinity or Triad. Your soul will be branded, prohibiting your entry to the hall of souls each time you die. You may be stolen by the other clans until you reach the age of eighteen when your soul will be spiritually bound to your clan forever.

Would you live your life differently if you knew you were going to be corrected…erased from this world sometime around your sixteenth birthday? You and your twin sister were never meant to be born. There will be no place to run. No place to hide. You won’t even know they’re coming. Do you have what it takes to survive your Correction? Could you leave your humanity behind? If the answer is yes, then hold on tight...it’s going to be one hell of a ride!


A blurb from, Sweet Sleep.

As her vision flickered one last time, the man was gone. It was her mother looking into her eyes. Her mother's eyes were filled with so much love that it seemed to release her from her pain and fear as it had when she was a small child. Her mother cradled her as a baby, rocking her back and forth. She was safe now in her mother's arms. She was at peace. Mommy, her heart sang, you're here to save me.

The warmth of her mother's love enveloped her tortured soul. She looked into her mother's eyes. She touched Kayn's face and started to sing a song that she had sung to her every night when she was very small.
Sleep, sweet sleep till the morning
Just dream away and close your eyes
My love, you'll be safe until the morning
Sleeping in my heart, all through the night
Although bad dreams come to scare you
My love will scare them all away
My heart
The lights flickered, the pain went away, and her mother was holding her, singing "Sleep, sweet sleep."

The Beginning

Some fun reviews...

One chapter and you will be hooked. By the end, you will feel like you have known each character your entire life. I could not have anticipated the twists and turns in this story and had a hard time putting it down. Waiting for book two with anticipation!

Have you ever read a book that you could not wait until the end, but you really did not want it to be over? You could spend the rest of your life submerged in the tale because it was just that darn good! It was so well-written that you could not help but to share the title with a friend or in my case with a publishing company I work for. It was so mind-blowing that we voted this a MUST READ page turner! Kim Cormack's "Sweet Sleep" is considered a Publisher's Read, because any publishing house in their right mind would be honored to publish this work.

From the cover to the prologue and throughout the entire book I was craving for more, and what Kim Cormack gave me was beyond my imagination. A story about a girl that was so much more than a girl, who falls in love, overcomes tragedy and evolves into more than she ever knew she could be. Cormack's, Kayn Brighton was faced with death, life, change, and peace. And when all seemed lost her best friend Kevin stood right beside her. As Kayn fights for her soul and her family she is continuously on the side of great loss, but there is something about this girl that makes her so special. And as a reader, you want to ride along as she pursues her journey through life to discover what that spark is.

This YA (Young Adult) novel is filled with fantasy-like creatures, demons, battles, love, reincarnation, and heeded messages for the reader. Two of my favorite quotes from this novel were, "We are always so much stronger than we believe ourselves to be" and "All heroes are born out of embers that linger from the fire of great tragedy;" so very true Cormack.


Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series
Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series







Book 2 - Enlightenment

The Children of the Ankh Series - Book 2 - Enlightenment
The Children of the Ankh Series - Book 2 - Enlightenment

A mystical dark paranormal fantasy series unlike any other...


One thousand years ago, procreation with mortals became illegal under the immortal law. Any suspected immortal offspring will be allowed to live until the age of sixteen. At this time, a Correction will be sent to erase their family line. The suspected immortal and their immediate family will be executed. If the partially immortal teen manages to survive their Correction, or they have impressed the Guardians of the in-between with their bravery, they may be granted a second chance as a sacrificial lamb for the greater good. 

They must join one of three clans of immortals living on earth. Clan Ankh, Clan Trinity or Clan Triad. They will then have the symbol of that clan branded into their flesh and with this mark, their souls will no longer be permitted through the hall of souls when they die. They must wait in the in-between for their clans to heal their mortal shells. Once they have reached the age of eighteen they will be sealed to their clan. The next step is to train their partially mortal brains to survive the stresses of immortality. The next feat will be the immortal Testing where they will be dropped into a floating crypt the size of New York City. 

This Testing is fuelled by your worst nightmares. It is a place of magic. A personal hell, where anything can happen. Here you must die a thousand times if need be, in increasingly violent ways until you understand what it is to be immortal. All three Clans go into the Testing. They must remain together and search for the Amber room in order to survive. There is a catch…Only the first two clans that find the Amber room will be allowed out. The third clan will remain trapped in the nightmare forever…


Some fun reviews...

Enlightenment is a fast-paced novel that had me cringing and nail-biting! The action is non-stop and the characters jumped off the pages and came to life. The story never halts or slows but plows onward at high-speed culminating in a heck of a climax and opening the door for the next book in the series.

Filled with humor and scenes that make you blush, Cormack shows readers that she isn’t a one-dimensional author. Within this novel, there is a depth of symbolic meanings that will leave impressions on readers. This is a story that will capture the imagination of every book lover.

This masterpiece is the very essence of action, adventure, suspense, power, romance, and raw emotion. Right from the first page, while providing background information on relatable characters and drawing the reader into a story that they will never want to end and will never, ever forget, Cormack slams the reader with a plethora of emotions.

You will feel.
You will hurt.
Be prepared for it.
I teared up quite a few times. At the same time, the story is amazing and its pacing is perfect. While you may want to read the first book just to have read the series in order, I don’t believe it’s not necessary. I myself was able to follow each part of the story easily. I won’t give it all away, but I will say that Kim is a master of her craft. I stayed up late into the night reading this one and could not put it down. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Children of Ankh series. Enlightenment was amazing!


When I give recommendations to friends about books to read, I always have Kim Cormack on the top of the list. Her first novel of the series "Sweet Sleep" blew my mind away and now this book takes it even further and didn't know that was possible. Just when you didn't think your heart could break anymore for Kayn, it does in this novel when she is tested beyond her wildest dreams. In this novel readers watch as friendships grow into family and characters discover a strength within that they didn't know was possible. After one chapter you will be hooked on this story, there is so much creativity in this book, so many different ways for someone to die or be tortured! It will have you gripping the book unable to put it down until the very end. I may have screamed at the end because I wanted more.

Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series
Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series


Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series
Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series


Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series
Kim Cormack - Children of the Ankh Series



Book 3 - Let There Be Dragons


Children of the Ankh Series - Book 3 - Let There Be Dragons
Children of the Ankh Series - Book 3 - Let There Be Dragons

Identical twins, Kayn and Chloe Brighton share a soul due to a supernatural mishap. One soul was gifted to a mortal, this soul split, leaving one twin with the dark half and the other with the light. At the age of sixteen, the Correction came to erase their family line, leaving Kayn as the only survivor. She joins clan Ankh. 

Kayn must absorb her deceased twin’s soul to become one. Her best friend Kevin is also taken by Ankh, due to a psychic ability, inherited from his grandmother. In a surprising plot twist, his grandfather turns out to be the leader of Triad. Kevin is taken by Triad. Kayn struggles through the loss of her best friend and first love as she begins to train for the Testing with Zach and Melody. Now that her soul has been joined with her twins, she feels Chloe’s emotions and dreams of her experiences at night. 

Her twin's attachment to Frost causes her emotional conflict. Kayn must learn to fight, die and stand back up to fight and die again in order to get through The Testing. She tries to move on with Frost, but unresolved feelings for Kevin get in the way. Before the Testing, she discovers that even though Kevin has had his memory erased, he still seems to feel something for her. Frost lets her go to figure out her feelings. Kevin and Kayn reconnect, but he is part of a plan to help her survive the Testing by turning her into an emotionless Dragon. 

After the devastating plot is followed through, our heroine attains the ability to operate without emotion. After dying a thousand times while trapped in a magical place far worse than any version of hell one could imagine. Kayn leads her clan out of the immortal Testing, but the girl that survives the simulation of hell is much darker than the girl that entered. Our heroine has attained the ability to operate without emotion. The girl that survives is a Dragon. This is not a fairytale. This is a nightmare.

Some fun reviews...

I laughed hysterically at parts like Kayn’s new found liking for hot sauce on everything she eats and found myself on the edge of my seat during other parts that I won’t mention. I never give a spoiler.

This series never disappoints.

Kim starts the ball rolling in Sweet Sleep when we are introduced to Clan Ankh, Kayn and Kevin. Readers grow to love everyone in the story and BAM, Kim throws in a twist. Enlightenment, we watch Kayn grow with her clan and learn to deal with the loss of Kevin and gain the strength needed to survive the test, the BAM again more twists! She keeps this momentum in Let There Be Dragons, now we see Kayn in a new, more dangerous role. Kim has a talent for building up the tension and creating a tone throughout the novel that makes readers want to stop time and just read. Once I got to the end I seriously wanted to scream because I didn't want it to end. Kim leaves her readers desperately craving more, as Kayn craves energy and hot sauce.

This volume of the series also gives us a bit of a steamy scene between Kayn and Frost, a scene that would put traditional romance novels to shame! As she builds the general tension between characters and action, she also builds the sexual tension between the two. While the characters are already well developed throughout the series thus far, Kim finds ways to develop them even more and adds new depth and meaning to them in each installment. I don't think I have read a series that had such complex and multi-layered characters. I cannot wait for more from Kim, I am excited to see what she has in store for Clan Ankh, and wonder if maybe there are other versions of the story in the works. How great would it be if we could have a series that focuses on Kevin, or even Clan Trinity? hint, hint Kim!


Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack
Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack

Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack
Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack

Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack
Let There Be Dragons - Kim Cormack




Coming December 6th, 2017, Handlers of Dragons!


Every book in the series will be on sale for 99 cents on Amazon until the December 6th release.


Mobi deal Amazon


Children of Ankh Series - Book 4 - Handlers of Dragons
Children of Ankh Series - Book 4 - Handlers of Dragons

Epub Smashwords 


Handlers of Dragons Release Event


Handlers of Dragons Release Event
Handlers of Dragons Release Event




Next time I stop by I'll tell you all about the side series.


                                                                   
COA Side Series - Vol. 1 - Wild Think - Kim Cormack
COA Side Series - Vol. 1 - Wild Think - Kim Cormack

COA Side Series - Vol. 2 - Wicked Thing - Kim Cormack
COA Side Series - Vol. 2 - Wicked Thing - Kim Cormack

Book 3... Deplorable Me

Coming Spring 2018


Happy Reading XO 
Kim Cormack ☥ 


Kim Cormack, author of The Children of the Ankh Series, shares the ins and outs of this paranormal fantasy. This is her first post to OgFOMK ArTS as a writer. Her Novels can easily be purchased through Amazon.

© Kim Cormack / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2017 All Rights Reserved. - Children of Ankh series -

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