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It’s A Small World After All or Зрештою, це маленький світ

Yes, I named this post after the worst ride ever. I like the spirit and intention of the ride, but for cripes sake we don’t need to be trapped on a boat listening to kitschy robots dressed in borderline insulting international costumes designed in 1964 singing that awful song at us for 20 minutes!

The spirit and intention of the ride is to highlight the fact that despite differences in languages, customs, and locations, we are all not that different. Instead of the ride, my blog and the war in Ukraine has brought that point home to me.

I love to look at my blog stats. It never ceases to amaze me how many people from so many countries visit my blog. In February alone I had visitors from 69 different countries. After the United States, Canada and England, all English speaking countries, visitors from India were the next most prevalent. Why? I don’t know. Why would Canada’s Secret Foot Fetish कनाडा के गुप्त पैर बुत interest someone from India?

I realize that English is the most spoken language in the world, but what could my ridiculous blog posts mean to people from Nepal? I get regular visits from Nepal. Are monks in a monastery in the mountains of Nepal reading फिल कारक and enjoying my posts about Amish Sex Positions अमिश सेक्स पोजिसनहरू ?

This pic is from BuddhaWeekly.com. Go on, click that. It’s a real website

Or what about folks from China? What the heck could The Poop at Home People  家里人的便便 mean to them?  Or why are the nice people of Turkey wondering what are The Top Ten Psychic Pickup Lines İlk On Medyum Toplama Hattı ?

What it means is that it really is a small world after all. People on the other side of the world are looking up the same stupid stuff that we are. People are more similar than different. As Depeche Mode so famously said, “People are people, so why should it be you and I should get along so awfully?

Right now, some of those people that are just like us and who laugh at the same stupid stuff on the internet are under siege in the Ukraine.

Where I live, we have a substantial Ukrainian population. One of my wife’s best friends is worrying every day about whether her elderly parents will be able to escape to safety. Here in the States we can’t take the refugees into our homes, but we can donate to international organizations that are taking care of those that have have fled their country to stay alive. Here is the website for Amnesty International. If you feel sad and helpless when you watch the news, here’s one way you can make a difference. It is a small world and they need our help.

Phil

Good Books and a Good Cause: Help #Hurricane Laura Survivors

I’m happy to welcome back friend of The Phil Factor, author, tv & radio personality and zombie expert Marie Lanza! Marie is one of the few human beings in the world that I’ve allowed to write a guest post here at The Phil Factor.

I was planning to write a stellar review of Marie’s story in the anthology Under Her Black Wings: 2020 Women of Horror Anthology which features horror stories by all female authors. It’s almost Halloween, so it’s time to get in the mood with a great read. As I said, I was preparing to write a review of Under Her Black Wings and Marie’s story, The Faceless Woman, when I came across a post of hers on Instagram (where you can find her as @marie_lanza). I’ll let Marie take it away in her own words:

My hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana has been devastated by #HurricaneLaura. The community needs help as they begin the long journey to rebuild their lives. There is no running water or electricity. Many have lost everything and so many are desperate for supplies.

For the month of September, 100% of book proceeds will go directly to individuals and families in need. We’ll be sending it in forms of gift cards, cash, clothing, food–whatever we can.

I accept Venmo and Paypal! Please DM me for details.

Donations of $10-$15 : You’ll receive paperback copy of an anthology – 25 Gates of Hell or Under Her Black Wings. Lots of greats authors in these books!

Donations of $15-$25 : You’ll receive the first 3 books of my Fractured series.

Or, if you just want to give something, please let me know. Alternatively, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana was recommended by friends as a great group to give donations as well. I know there’s so much going on in this world, but this beautiful city needs all the help they can get.

Good books and a good cause. I can’t think of a better way to spend my money. For links and/or to DM Marie, you can find her at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarieLanzaBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marie_lanza

Instagram: @marie_lanza

You can also find her on Amazon

It’s Labor Day, a classic American holiday. Do something American by helping out other Americans!

Have a great day! ~Phil