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Book Review Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple

Title: Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple Author: Lisa Pell Genre: Scifi / Mystery Rating: A Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit o…

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The Goldilocks Planets are Growling


With the announcement last week of the documented discovery of Proxima b, a rocky planet similar in size and temperature to Earth in the so-called Goldilocks Zone of life-bearing planets, now seen orbiting the star Proxima Centauri only 4.5 light years from our solar system, you have to wonder what some otherworldly planetary bears out there might be thinking.

Could they be feasting on our porridge of audio, video, and data transmissions being slurped up through space junk, gravity-sucking black holes, rampant radiation, and a myriad of other distorting phenomena?

Or, are our meanderings perceived as foreboding famine?

With the current state of our political discourse and various violent upheavals, do you think the bears would hide in the woods at the sight of us?  Even though they likely won’t see what’s been happening here for another 4.5 years? (Well, unless they’ve mastered time warps to see faster than the speed of light.)

And how might Earth have been influenced over the millennia by potential contacts with other worlds we might not yet comprehend? As the late John Lennon said, we all shine on, but I would add, some of us possibly more brightly and less convoluted than others. Imagine how a few seemingly minor twists and turns of fate could change the course of history across the universe.

The theme of our impact on the universe and its unknown impacts on us is something that has been on my mind for quite some time, since I began writing Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, scheduled for release on October 6, 2016 by Black Rose Writing. It’s mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe. The action takes place on a planet called Malaprop, strikingly similar to Earth, but with a few twists and many Dystortions in translations of data transmissions from a planet known as Hearth. Glitched up radio communications are bombarding Malaprop – a world where fearful national security analysts, politicians, and P.R. flacks re-write history and distort facts to recreate their reality in Hearth’s image. The Dystortions in those radio communications sometimes appear to twist words backwards and create opposite meanings, but maybe also reveal underlying truths.

There’s just enough good science and wacked-out myth-busting to make the story hauntingly credible – and enough saucy romance to keep things hot. It’s much warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey. Hope you will check it out. It’s available for pre-order on most online sites, which can be reached through and Goodreads.



First Listen: Makeshift Shelters – Something So Personal

First Listen: Makeshift Shelters – Something So Personal.

Give Peace a Chant

Yesterday I attended the memorial service of the father of a friend who is a Sikh. It was a fascinating, mesmerizing ceremony, one deserving of an admirable man I had met, but did not know well – except he had made a memorable impression on me several years ago with his vibrant intellect and sense of humor.

There was the chanting in Punjabi I could not understand, but feel. The drums were reminiscent of “Within You, Without You,” from The Beatles – so rhythmically soothing and pulsating with a transcendental energy. Significant time to soak in the vibrations and meditate was part of the ceremony.

Before entering the non-denominational funeral home chapel, we had removed our shoes and covered our heads in respect. We placed white rose petals in the casket. Later, the langar communal feast at the Sikh temple reminded us of our equality in the universe as we sat cross-legged on elegant oriental rugs. And then, there was the prayer service, with observers in the lotus position on grander carpets, which offered a new perspective on worship to me.

I am a Christian. But this was one of the more memorable memorial services I’ve ever attended – likely since I’d never before attended a non-Judeo-Christian service. I was thankful I was encouraged to abandon my spike-heeled dress shoes, and adjusted to sitting cross-legged in the skirt of a power dress suit.

As many were photographing the event, I asked if it would be appropriate for me to take a few pictures with my smartphone after the speaking portions of the service. I was welcomed to do so. Previously, a couple years after 9/11, a Sikh leader had offered me a replica of the treasured Sikh Khanda symbol for a holiday party my husband and I were hosting. He said he wanted to spread the word about Sikhism. Too many people were confusing his religion with terrorists, and too many people were taking out their anger against extremists on Sikhs, who are not Muslims. Sikhs, based in Punjab, where they constitute a majority of the population, have battled Muslims in Pakistan and Hindus in India for generations.

Later that evening I spoke about the memorial service I had attended with some Christian friends who are reasonably well-educated. I was asked of the Sikhs – “Oh, are they Sunni or Shi’ite?” I was disappointed. In this information overload world of snap assessments, my how we are so attuned to judge by appearances – and most Muslims do not regularly wear turbans. Those who do wear a noticeably different style of headgear: a flat circular wrap with a cap underneath, sometimes with an end hanging loose. Sikh turbans are uniquely peaked. I briefly explained some history about the Sikhs.

Reflecting on the ripple effects of having met the late Mr. D and to expound a bit on his legacy of tolerance and understanding, one might quote the immortal words of Rodney King, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

I’m not naïve enough to think everyone getting along in my lifetime is realistic. With so much arrogance, narrow-mindedness, ignorance, stupidity, and bigotry in the world, sometimes you have to fight for your beliefs and livelihood. Extremists among many religions and political parties can’t abide by tolerance of others’ beliefs and must be challenged when they attempt to force their beliefs on the rest of us, using any excuse, manipulation, or lie to oppress or bully.

But don’t blame the Sikhs, known for accepting the beliefs of others as long as they’re not expected to abandon theirs. Several news stories appeared today in Europe and Australia noting Sikhs have been the targets of violence and hateful speech as anti-Muslim tensions rise. That sort of jingoist mob rule seeking punishment of those viewed as “different” is no better than what the radical Muslims are practicing. By the way, a word here to say innocent Muslims also should not be demonized. Many law-abiding, respectful, tolerant Muslims in fear of their lives also are fighting extremists and outlaws.

Peace be with you Mr. D, your family, and all the world.

Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? | Lisa Pell




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“Who’s Your Daddy, Baby?”

A Quirky Paternity Mystery with a Facebook Twist!

Inspired by the author’s experience, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? is the story of Lori Pomay, a happily married career woman living in suburban Washington, D.C.  Lori undergoes genetic testing for in vitro fertilization and her world is rocked when she is told the dad she always knew could not possibly have been her biological father.  This mid-life shocker sends her into an alternately hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking search for truth about her heritage – from Appalachian Cherokees to a Purple King, with high-rolling gamblers, car dealers, dentists, and all manner of older, confused amnesiacs along for the ride.  It’s a mystery maybe only a mother could create, but as Paul McCartney might say, only your mother should know.  Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? should appeal to those searching for their roots, with DNA testing foibles and myths of history exposed.  For more details, check out  We’ve just released our first music video, Nothin’ Butt a Mutt, a bluesy rocker featuring puppies and kittens interpreting Who’s Your Daddy, Baby?

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