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Thursday, March 21, 2013

CARLO THE MOUSE, BOOK 3: WHAT'S GOING ON?

Trouble!Who let the mouse out? Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who’s disturbing the peace in the hospital?



 What’s Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager’s office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. 




This is only Carlo’s first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. 











Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place …





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Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse




Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!




Listen to the news and keep your eyes open, because a curious little mouse has had his wish come true! Now We’re Talking! is the second in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. This nosy little mouse leaves home for the first time to explore life inside the hospital. But Hospitalia is a strange place, and there’s no place for him to hide. Cold, sterile, and unfriendly, the hospital looks nothing like Carlo had imagined while sitting at home. Before he knows what’s up, the kitchen staff are on his tail. Will the hungry mouse manage to trick the hospital manager, cook, and exterminator without breaking the rules his parents taught him? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the Mouse, What’s Going On? If this clever mouse outwits you, don’t get discouraged. Keep reading and follow Carlo’s adventures!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What's Going On?




Trouble! Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who's disturbing the peace in the hospital? What's Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager's office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. This is only Carlo's first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You'll find out in Mrs. D.'s next books on Carlo the mouse. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place .

Carlo the Mouse, Book 4: Rules Are for a Reason
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More trouble for the Most Wanted Mouse! The hospital cook, manager, and exterminator have proclaimed war against the mice of the world! Rules Are for a Reason is the fourth in a series of books on Carlo the mouse. Always hungry, the curious little mouse snoops underneath each door, driving the hospital staff crazy. He’s constantly breaking the rules his parents taught him. One morning, Carlo wakes up sick. Horrified, he leaps from his bed and looks in the mirror—and finds he looks like a meatball! Fly disease? Mousesclerosis? Chickenpoxsclerosis? Sounds long! What sickness did the carefree mouse catch while exploring the hospital? Will Carlo turn into a chicken … or a frog … or maybe a prince? You’ll find out in the next book on Carlo’s adventures: Nothing Is Safe in a Mouse’s Life. If you want to know if Carlo will learn to follow the rules Papa Mouse and Mama Mouse taught him, you must read every day and follow your parents’ rules. More exciting adventures of Carlo the Mouse await you!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 5: Nothing is Safe in a Mouse's Life
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A whisker-licking story of one kind little mouse! Who would ever suspect that Carlo would meet Fidel the cat inside the hospital? Who would ever believe that the tricky young mouse would outsmart the old cat? Who would ever imagine that for the first time in his life, the daring mouse would venture away from his home and find himself outside the hospital? Homeless, cold, and hungry, Carlo and his family face attacks from vicious birds. Throughout his dangerous journey, Carlo finds adventure aplenty. He learns about life outside the hospital and the dangers that mice face on a daily basis. Determined to return home safely, Carlo has grown up and finally understands why he must obey the rules his parents taught him. Follow the unexpected adventures of this bold little mouse!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 6: It's my life!
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Once a mouse falls in love, almost anything can happen! His heart skips a beat! He can't eat, drink, or sleep! He is tossing in bed, losing rest and extra fat! He bleaches his brown hair and becomes a blond mouse! What is going on with Carlo? Papa Mouse is distressed. Is he getting a heart attack? Carlo looks like a bleached punk! Mama Mouse is in shock. Their little mouse has grown up, and he is in love with a cute mouse. He is getting married, dear friends! The young mouse gets his wish. He soon has a pretty wife and a bunch of kids, but he still dreams of seeing the world. Life is short, and a day can hold many adventures. Sliding off a roof, Carlo falls inside an open car trunk . Kick off your boots, hold your hats, and enjoy this book, my little friends.
Thank you!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If your friends eat while you can’t, they’re not your friends





Harry Riskie’s lesson …


I was talking to a young man about the difference between our national political parties, and which to choose. Harry Riskie’s lesson came to mind.
My father had a small business in Philadelphia, making and installing draperies and liturgical furnishings for the many churches throughout the city. We lived in Brigantine along the South Jersey shore, but he kept an apartment above his shop in Germantown and commuted twice a week. In summers I worked with him. In Philly we dined out on Mondays and Tuesdays, usually with one or two of his friends.
One of those friends was Harry Riskie, a WW II Marine veteran who was a partner in a small gas station in Germantown, the kind of place where Harry and his partner got under the hood to fix your car and scrubbed the grease out from under their fingernails at closing time. Harry knew a lot about the world, but wasn’t given to preaching.
One night we went for dinner at the Wayne Diner, a green and yellow place with a little strip of shrubbery outside that was lit up at night to mark off the relatively civilized world of the diner from its ugly industrial neighbors. As we took seats in a booth, Harry eyed three kids at the counter near us, kids about my own age of 16. Two were eating burgers. The countertop in front of the third was empty.
After we gave our order to the waitress, Harry looked at the three kids, caught the eye of the one who had no dinner, and beckoned him to our booth.
“How come you’re not eating?” he asked the kid.
“Didn’t have the money,” the kid answered.
“Those guys your friends?” Harry asked.
“Yeah.”
Reaching into his pocket, Harry gave the kid a few bucks. “Lemme tell you something, son,” he said. “If your friends eat while you can’t, they’re not your friends.”
Harry said it better than I’ve ever heard it, and the lesson stuck. Millions of American kids go to bed hungry every night. There are always, thank God, guys like Harry Riskie in the world willing to give a few bucks to feed a kid. Food banks do their best, and Atlantic City had a home-grown saint in “Sister” Jean Webster, who started cooking for the homeless in her own kitchen and drew support from everyone who learned about her. There is Second Harvest and a host of other well-meaning and hard-working groups who pitch in to gather and distribute food. But it is
not nearly enough, as most of them readily admit. It’s a heavy lift, and gets heavier when jobs get scarce and more families need help.
The surest help comes from the Federal Government’s food stamp and school lunch programs. Under those programs, bitterly opposed from their inception and all through their existence by the Republican Party, millions of kids eat better, sleep better, and study better. Much the same applies to programs to create jobs, build housing, and improve education. Now they all face drastic cutbacks in funding under the infamous and ongoing budget crisis – a bastard child neither party wants to admit fathering, but conceived by politicians who think expensive and obsolescent weapon systems are better for America than its own children.
I can’t damn all Republicans. I’d have to damn my relatives, friends, and politicians I respect. I think Harry Riskie was Republican, although his partner Jimmy Amos, also a combat Marine, was a West Virginia Democrat of the FDR variety. The Republicans I knew growing up were the first to volunteer in their communities and churches when disasters hit, and were there in strength when Lyndon Johnson and my old boss Sargent Shriver got Headstart started. We need such Republicans to counter the loonies of the far left in my own Democratic Party. But that sort of Republican has pretty much disappeared, driven out of their own party by extremists intolerant of moderation.
Which brings us back to Harry’s lesson, still true: If your friends eat while you can’t, they’re not your friends. That’s the best way to judge a political party.
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Copyright Joseph T. Wilkins



Joe Wilkins is a semi-retired lawyer and former municipal judge who lives in Smithville, NJ. He is the author of The Speaker Who Locked up the House, an acclaimed historical novel about Congress set in the Washington of 1890, and The Skin Game and other Atlantic City capers, a richly comic account of the stick-up of an illegal card game as Atlantic City’s casino age began. You can email him at wilkinsjt001@comcast.net, visit his website at www.josephtwilkins.com , catch his author’s page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @jtwilkins001. This Joe Wilkins column, along with previous editions, can be found online at opinion.shorenewstoday.com