MURDER ON THE ORIENT ESPRESSO (ARC)

CHELSEA THOMAS

Book review.

Murder on the Orient Espresso (ARC) The Apple Orchard cozy mystery by author Chelsea Thomas is one of my most favorite cozy mysteries. Amateur sleuths Chelsea, her Aunt Miss May and Teeny are my absolute favorites. I especially adore Teeny for her awesome, witty replies.

Chelsea’s truck is giving her trouble. Accompanied by her Aunt Miss May and Teeny, she visits Adams Automotive whose owner Scott Adams manages to infuriate them. The trio visit Train Car Coffee, a coffee shop, where in a turn of events, Scott dies. He seems to have died of natural causes, that is, a heart attack. But the popular sleuths of Pine Grove believe otherwise.

The deceased had plenty of enemies and the Police Chief seems quite intent to pin this murder on Chelsea. Someone warns her to back off the investigation. ‘I loved everything about this book. Excellent plot, awesome narration, fun and loads of humor, make this book highly irresistible and can’t think of taking eyes off reading even for a minute.

I highly recommend this book to all the cozy mystery lovers which would be available on Amazon on June 3, 2023.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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SHORT STORIES FRIDAYS(86)

LOST IN ABYSS : A SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY bY ME.

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Lost in the Abyss

The year was 2247, and humanity had reached new frontiers in space exploration. The Intrepid, a state-of-the-art spacecraft, embarked on a mission to explore the uncharted depths of the Nebulae System. Captain Adam Reynolds, along with his crew of six, was on the brink of a groundbreaking discovery that would shape the future of mankind. Little did they know, their space adventure would take an unexpected and terrifying turn.

As the Intrepid ventured further into the depths of the Nebulae System, the crew encountered an anomalyβ€”a gravitational disturbance that defied all known laws of physics. Intrigued, they decided to investigate. They cautiously approached the source, their hearts pounding with anticipation.

Suddenly, without warning, the ship was engulfed in a blinding light. Alarms blared, and the crew members were thrown to the ground as the ship convulsed violently. The turbulence ceased as abruptly as it had started, leaving the crew disoriented and bewildered.

When Captain Reynolds managed to regain his senses, he found himself in the control room surrounded by damaged equipment and injured crew members. He quickly assessed the situation and discovered that they were no longer in the Nebulae System. Their ship had been thrust into an unknown region of space, far from their intended destination.

Communication systems were damaged, rendering them unable to contact Earth or any other known civilizations. The crew was trapped in the abyss of the universe, with no hope of rescue or return. Panic and fear settled among them as they grappled with the stark reality of their situation.

Days turned into weeks, and the crew’s morale plummeted. Food and supplies dwindled, forcing them to ration their resources. In this desperate struggle for survival, tensions ran high, and the once cohesive crew began to unravel. The isolation and uncertainty gnawed at their sanity, pushing them to the edge.

Then, one fateful day, the ship picked up a faint distress signal. Hope surged through the crew’s veins as they deciphered the coordinates and plotted a course towards the source. They clung to the belief that this signal would lead them to salvationβ€”a way back home.

However, as they approached the signal’s origin, eerie phenomena began to unfold. The once barren expanse of space morphed into a surreal realm of swirling colors and disorienting illusions. Time seemed to lose its meaning, and the crew’s perception of reality blurred.

The closer they got, the more bizarre the occurrences became. Ghostly apparitions roamed the ship’s corridors, whispers echoed through the vents, and the crew’s nightmares materialized before their eyes. Paranoia gripped them, and the line between reality and delusion grew thinner.

As they neared the source of the distress signal, they discovered a derelict spacecraftβ€”an ancient vessel from a civilization long extinct. The crew hesitated, but their desperation drove them to board the mysterious craft. It was a decision that would seal their fate.

Once inside, they found themselves ensnared in a labyrinthine maze, shifting and twisting with every step. Claustrophobia and fear plagued their minds as they fought against the darkness closing in on them. The ship seemed to feed off their terror, its malevolent presence palpable.

One by one, the crew members succumbed to the horrors of the ship. Some vanished without a trace, swallowed by the shifting walls. Others lost their minds, tormented by the haunting whispers that filled the air. Captain Reynolds, the last remaining member, pressed on, determined to find answers and escape the clutches of this unholy vessel.

Finally, in the bowels of the ship, he discovered a chamber housing a cryptic artifactβ€”a crystalline orb pulsating with an otherworldly enemy.

Captain Reynolds cautiously approached the artifact, his hand outstretched. “What are you?” he whispered, his voice barely audible over the hum of the pulsating orb.

A chilling voice echoed through the chamber, its tone filled with ancient wisdom and malevolence. “I am the harbinger of the Abyss, the guardian of forbidden knowledge,” it intoned.

Captain Reynolds shuddered but refused to succumb to fear. “What do you want from us?” he demanded, his voice tinged with defiance.

The voice chuckled darkly. “I desire nothing but chaos and despair. I am a conduit to the realms beyond, a gateway to the nightmares that lurk in the deepest recesses of the universe.”

Determined, Captain Reynolds reached a decision. “I will not allow you to control our destiny. We will find a way out of this nightmare.”

As he turned to leave, the orb unleashed a burst of energy, enveloping him in its ethereal glow. Reynolds felt his mind being invaded, memories ripped apart and replaced with dark visions. He fought against the onslaught, summoning his willpower.

Suddenly, a burst of light erupted from the artifact, dispelling the darkness. Captain Reynolds found himself standing on the bridge of the Intrepid, surrounded by his crew members. Confusion and relief washed over him.

One of the crew members, Lieutenant Anderson, spoke up, her voice trembling. “Captain, we experienced a temporal anomaly. It seems we were caught in a loop, trapped in our own fears and nightmares.”

Reynolds nodded, a glimmer of understanding dawning upon him. “The orb, it fed off our fears, creating illusions and ensnaring us in a never-ending cycle.”

With renewed determination, the crew set out to disable the artifact, their unity stronger than ever. They fought their way through the haunted corridors, facing their deepest fears head-on. Slowly, the illusions crumbled, and reality reasserted itself.

Finally, they reached the chamber once more. The orb pulsated with rage, sensing its imminent defeat. Captain Reynolds focused his willpower, mustering all his strength. With a resounding shout, he hurled himself at the artifact, shattering it into a thousand shards.

As the fragments of the orb scattered, the ship trembled, the malevolent presence dissipating. The crew members felt a rush of relief, a weight lifted from their shoulders. They had overcome the horrors that had plagued them, emerging victorious from the clutches of the ancient vessel.

Days later, the Intrepid, battered but resilient, emerged from the Nebulae System, finally making contact with Earth. Their story of survival and the eldritch horrors they had encountered captivated the world, becoming a cautionary tale of the dangers lurking beyond the stars.

Captain Reynolds and his crew were hailed as heroes, but their minds were forever scarred by the horrors they had witnessed. The Abyss had left its mark, a constant reminder of the thin line between exploration and the terrifying unknown.

As humanity ventured further into the cosmos, they carried the memory of the Intrepid’s harrowing journey, a reminder to tread carefully and respect the mysteries that awaited them in the depths of space.

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DEALING WITH MIND CHEWING IDIOTS.

HUMOROUS ESSAy AND VERY FUNNY NOTICES.

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Well, hello there frustrated reader! Are you tired of people testing your patience with their incessant and annoying thoughts? You are not alone my friend! In fact, many of us have been there too. But fear not, because I am here to offer you some advice on how to handle these situations with humor and wit.

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that not everyone is going to have the same level of intelligence or common sense as you do. So, when faced with someone who seems to be chewing your mind with their stupidity, try to put yourself in their shoes. What may seem obvious or simple to you, may not be so for them. In other words, try to be empathetic, and don’t take things too personally.

Now, onto the fun stuff! When someone asks you a question that seems too stupid to answer, take a deep breath, smile, and proceed to give them the most sarcastic and ridiculous response you can muster. For example, if someone asks you if trees can walk, respond with something like “Of course they can! Haven’t you seen the walking trees in Lord of the Rings?” Not only will this disarm them, but it might also give them a good chuckle.

Another approach is to use reverse psychology. When someone is being particularly dense, try agreeing with them in the most over-the-top and exaggerated way possible. For instance, if someone tells you that the earth is flat, you can respond with something like “Absolutely! And the moon is made of cheese, and the sun is just a really big flashlight.” If nothing else, this will remind them of the absurdity of their own argument.

Lastly, if all else fails, just walk away. Sometimes, it’s just not worth engaging with someone who is determined to bring you down with their stupidity. Take a deep breath, remind yourself that you are smart and capable, and move on to greener pastures.

In conclusion, dealing with people who test your patience with their stupidity can be frustrating, but with a little bit of humor and wit, you can turn it into a fun and entertaining experience. So, the next time someone tries to chew your mind with their stupid thoughts, remember to keep calm, be empathetic, and let your cleverness shine through.

After a tryst with idiots, these are some hilarious notices to add to your laughter.

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Attention all employees: The coffee machine is on strike today. It claims it’s tired of brewing cup after cup without any appreciation. We apologize for any caffeine-related inconveniences.

Notice: The office microwave has filed for a restraining order against all fish-related meals. It seems they just can’t handle the scent of microwaved seafood. Let’s keep things odor-free, folks!

Announcement: The elevator will be undergoing therapy sessions for its fear of heights. Please be patient as it learns to elevate its confidence levels. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy the scenic stairwell experience.

Important message: Our office plants have formed a union and are demanding better working conditions, including more natural sunlight and regular hydration. Please water them responsibly or face the consequences: leafy protests!

Urgent notice: Due to budget cuts, the water cooler will now only dispense sparkling water during odd-numbered days and regular water on even-numbered days. We apologize for the inconvenience and the added excitement of surprise bubbles.

Attention all staff: It has come to our attention that the office fridge has been attending late-night parties and feasting on leftovers. We kindly request everyone to label their food with a “Do Not Eat” warning to avoid any cross-species culinary adventures.

Funny alert: The copy machine is currently experiencing an existential crisis. It’s contemplating whether it’s more than just a “copy” in this vast universe. Please reassure it by saying, “You’re more than toner and paper jams!”

Notice: The office Wi-Fi password has been changed to “HastaLaVistaMalware.” We thought a little Terminator reference would make hacking attempts more entertaining. Good luck, cyberspace wanderers!

Attention, please: We regret to inform you that the office plant in the corner cubicle has entered witness protection. It turns out it saw one too many “leaf” agreements being shredded in the paper shredder. If you spot a suspicious-looking fern, please report it to HR immediately.

Friendly reminder: The office dog, Fluffy, would like to remind everyone that Friday is “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.” Cats, hamsters, and even goldfish are welcome to join the paw-ty. However, snakes, crocodiles, and dragons are kindly requested to stay home for everyone’s safety.

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ENGLISH GRAMmAR

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I have tried to create a new kind of video for teaching English grammar but due to technical glitch was unable to add my voice while explaining the lessons. But hey! I will not give up.

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POETIC THURSDAYS (72)

SMARTPHONE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: SLAVEs OR MASTERS.

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In a world of screens, where virtual charms gleam,
Lies a tale of obsession, a smartphone regime.
Oh, behold the story of an addictive affair,
Where social media's clutches pull at our hair.

With eyes glued to screens, we wander astray,
Lost in a realm where reality begins to sway.
Thumbs frantically tap, hearts longing for likes,
As we drown in a sea of virtual delights.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat,
We crave validation, as our self-esteem's trap.
Filters and hashtags, emojis galore,
We're trapped in a circus, craving for more.

Swipe left, swipe right, we're addicted to swiping,
Like zombies we roam, never truly connecting.
We dine with our screens, not with one another,
Sharing our meals online, forgetting the flavor.

Selfies are snapped, capturing every pout,
Poses so absurd, we can't help but doubt.
Endless duck faces and peace signs in view,
Oh, dear selfie addicts, what shall we do?

The art of conversation, a dying breed,
As emojis replace the words we need.
LOLs and OMGs fill the air,
But genuine laughter becomes rare.

In public spaces, we're glued to our phones,
Unaware of our surroundings, we wander alone.
Bumping into lampposts, tripping on stairs,
Social media's curse catches us unawares.

We stare at our screens day and night,
Sleep deprived, oh, what a sight!
With eyes bloodshot, and minds in a haze,
We've fallen victim to social media's craze.

So let's take a break, put down our devices,
Reconnect with the world, rediscover its spices.
Let's laugh and converse, face to face,
And bring back the joy of the human embrace.

For life's too short, let's not miss the show,
In this world, where smartphones constantly glow.
Embrace the real, the laughter, and the fun,
And remember, life's best moments aren't on a screen, but under the sun!



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Education System in India

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Education is considered to be the backbone of any progressive society. In India, however, the education system has been a subject of constant debate due to its deteriorating state. Several factors have contributed to this decline, including inadequate funding, poor infrastructure, lack of skilled teachers, and outdated curriculum.

One of the primary issues with the education system is the government’s lack of investment in the sector. While education is often touted as a priority area for development, the actual amount allocated to education by the government falls far short of what is required. As a result, many schools in rural areas lack basic amenities like water, electricity, and sanitation facilities.

Another major challenge is the lack of skilled teachers. In many schools, the teacher-student ratio is extremely high, leading to a lack of individualized attention and quality education. This, coupled with inadequate training and low pay, has led to a situation where many teachers are simply not motivated to teach.

The curriculum is also a matter of concern, with many outdated topics and teaching methods that fail to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. There is a need for educational content that is in line with current industry needs and provides practical knowledge.

The education system in India is also plagued by corruption, with students and parents often having to pay bribes to secure admission to good schools and colleges. This has led to a situation where those who can afford it are able to access quality education, while those from underprivileged backgrounds are left with substandard options.

In conclusion, the education system in India is in urgent need of reform. While there have been some positive developments in recent years, such as the introduction of new technology and the expansion of digital education, much more needs to be done to ensure that every child has access to quality education and the opportunity to build a bright future.

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SAVING ANIMALS

A POEM BY ME.

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In nature's realm, where beauty thrives, 
A fragile tapestry of precious lives, 
Among the creatures that roam the Earth, There's a plea for help, a cry of worth.

A haunting melody fills the air, 
A symphony of species in despair, 
Their gentle footsteps slowly fade, 
As the shadows of extinction cast their shade.

Oh, let us gather, hand in hand, 
To save these souls, this wondrous band, 
For in their eyes, a silent plea, 
To safeguard their existence, let us decree.

Through dense jungles and oceans deep, 
From mountaintops to canyons steep, 
We hear their whispers on the breeze, 
Urging us to act, to strive, to seize.

The lion's roar, once bold and grand, 
Fades away from its ancestral land, 
The elephants, majestic and wise, 
Their fading trumpets pierce the skies.

The noble tiger, fierce and free, 
Now trembles on the edge of history, 
The rhino's mighty armor torn, 
By greed and ignorance, so forlorn.

But still, there's hope amidst the gloom,
 A chance to reverse their pending doom, 
To stand as guardians, united and strong, Preserving their legacy, where they belong.

Let's weave a tapestry of love and care, 
With threads of empathy, for them to share, Protect their habitats, pristine and pure, 
A haven where their spirits can endure.

Educate the world, ignite their hearts, 
For knowledge is power, where change imparts, Through compassion and understanding's glow, We'll break the chains, let their presence grow.

For when the last beat of life shall fade, 
From the creatures we've betrayed, 
A void will haunt this earthly domain, And we'll weep in regret, wracked with pain.

So let's rise as one, with voices strong, 
To right the injustices that have gone wrong,
 For in saving them, we save our soul, 
And write a legacy, for ages to behold.

Together, let us be their guiding light, 
And make the darkness yield to their might, 
So future generations may yet see, 
The beauty of creatures, wild and free.

For in their grace, our hearts shall mend, 
Their fragile existence, our love will defend, 
In this heartfelt battle, we must insist, 
To save these animals, in whom life persists.

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LAUGHTER TUESDAYS (95)

NICKNAMES FOR TEACHERS : A FUNNY POEM BY ME.

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NICKNAMES FOR TEACHERS

In the halls of learning, where giggles reside,
There's a tradition that spreads far and wide.
It's the art of nicknames, oh so absurd,
For the teachers we cherish, the ones we've all heard.

First, there's science teacher, Professor Snort, a wacky old chap,
His laughter so boisterous, it'll make your jaw snap.
He snorts when he's happy, he snorts when he's blue,
But beware, if you snort back, he'll give you detention too!

Next comes our dance teacher, Ms. Puddles, with shoes oh so loud,
Her rain boots would make any puddle feel proud.
She sloshes and splashes through every hallway,
Leaving wet footprints that just won't go away.

Oh, Mr. Munchkin, a tiny delight,
His stature so small, but his spirit shines bright.
He hops on his desk, like a kangaroo bold,
And teaches us math with a voice made of gold.

Then there's Coach Boom, a thunderous force,
With muscles so big, he could lift a horse.
He roars like a lion, his whistle a blast,
But cross him on the field, and you'll run real fast.

Let's not forget, the English teacher, Mrs. Cactus, prickly and sharp,
Her words sting like needles, but her voice is like a harp. 
But deep down inside, she's a softie, you'll see,
For she hands out cookies when we get an A+ for free. 

And who could ignore Mr. Bumblebee's buzz?
His energy boundless, like lightning it does.
He darts through the classroom, from wall to wall,
Teaching history with a buzz that enthralls.

Last but not least, there's the legendary, Economics Professor, Sir Snore,
His snores so majestic, they shake the whole floor.
He naps in his chair, while we try to keep quiet,
But we can't help but laugh at the snores of a riot!

Oh, these nicknames for teachers, they bring us such cheer,
A chorus of laughter that rings loud and clear.
For in the realm of learning, where humor finds home,
We'll forever remember the names that we've known.

So let's celebrate these quirky souls we adore,
With nicknames that make us laugh all the more.
To the teachers who shape us, with wisdom and fun,
We'll cherish these memories, even when school is done!




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Have you ever given nicknames to your teachers? I didn’t but my classmates used to call our History Teacher ( I won’t mention the name) as sleeping pill, Political Science teacher, Chimpu ( shortened form of Chimpanzee) and our half bald Math teacher as half-plate.

Do share your funny nicknames for your school teachers in the comments below.

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MURDER FOR THE SPELL OF IT. (ARC)

EMORY KELLER

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Wow! This is yet another incredible, thrilling, and wonderful paranormal cosy mystery. I admire Emory Keller for her excellent writing skills. The startling revelations in this book would leave you astounded and you wouldn’t be able to put this book down for a moment.

Astrid Saunders and Claudia Altar are best friends working for Segmimn’s School of Sorcery. They are on a field trip to Crescent Valley along with their students and principal, Kevin Montrose. Crescent Valley is a cursed town which is invisible and opens up to the visitors only once for 24 hours in six months, during a Lunar Eclipse.

There’s a shocking twist in the tale when Astrid, her best friend, Claudia Altar, and Detective Oscar Estrella stumble upon yet another dead body with a limited time at their disposal to solve the case, failing which, they would be trapped in the town for six months.

It’s a dangerous mission with a powerful nemesis hot on their trail. Would they be able to succeed in their mission? Who’s the culprit and why was Gavina killed? To find out, do grab this book which would be available on Amazon on 30th May, 2023.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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