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A Social Media Hiatus This December

I’ve been under the weather for the past weeks, which has slowed down the blog. I had planned a social media hiatus starting this December, but it came somewhat early.

So this blog, Amlokiblogs, my Twitter, Triberr, Facebook, Goodreads and G+ will all hibernate through December, and come alive on the 1st of January.

This is to give myself a much-needed break from online life, so I can focus on my health, family, and my writing.

In the meanwhile, wish you all the joys and blessings of the festive season, and see you in the New Year!

Can You Invent a City?

The cities would remain Honduran but would enjoy a high degree of autonomy. They would be governed through charters made up of tried-and-tested political, economic and social regulations gleaned from around the world. Partner nations would provide guidance and oversight on troublesome issues like law enforcement and the courts.

For example, the Honduran judicial system is widely viewed as slow and corrupt, a factor that concerns foreign investors. To provide legal stability, the island nation of Mauritius has agreed to allow its Supreme Court to serve as the court of appeals for a future Honduran charter city.

Another proposal is to ban physical currency in the new cities and rely on debit cards and electronic payments to reduce crime and corruption. It sounds radical, but Nigeria has already placed limits on bank withdrawals and deposits to discourage cash transactions in Lagos, Abuja and other cities….

Lion and Panther in London

“After my mother leaves, my father puts his elbows on his knees and leans forward, his eyes closed. I wonder if he is dozing off. The song in the radio softens and slows, at which point my father takes an imaginary violin in his left arm, pointing it downward, and tilts his chin against it. He draws his invisible bow along with the single, smooth note from the radio’s violin, his face perfectly still. as if listening for his own pulse. The slipper with the exposed toe begins to tap against the orange carpet. The melody gathers force, and he dives into his performance, elbowing the air, rocking back and forth as he inscribes the space between us with song. The music climbs inside his body, takes possession of him like a long charge of electricity.”

Blogs I’ll NEVER Visit Again

I expect to be reading and commenting on all without a headache, and preferably within the hour. Not very ambitious, is it?

BUT. But.

I find some blogs that do not meet any of the criteria. Not that anyone should care, but I have a headache from visiting blogs today, and I feel like listing out the sort of blogs I’ll never visit again: