Frank will be at Barnes & Noble for a meet and greet in St. Cloud on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Thank you, everyone, for the tremendous success of Murder Book! It continues to sell like crazy at places like Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud, The Shoppes of Little Falls, Reds Auto in Pierz and the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd. Murder Book is one of two books (from the many books they publish) nominated by North Star Press for Minnesota book of the year. The sequel is being requested at the end of December for a 2018 printing. Frank read the prelude to the next book at the Pierz Staff book club meeting last week, and the group is excited about its release. We will look at some cover options for the next book in some of the upcoming blogs.
Christmas has always been special to me, because my parents always made it special. There were some lean years, but the presents never meant as much as our family all being together laughing and playing. Other than the meals, no one worked. We just celebrated family. Grandma Elizabeth Weber used to say, if you can’t afford a present, you can always write someone a letter. I remember lying on the floor as night fell, tired but happy, looking at the color lights reflecting against the ceiling and wishing all days could be like today.
It’s a great time to be a sports fan in Minnesota. The Lynx have always been awesome, but in one year’s time we watched the Twins go from a last place finish in 2016 to making the playoffs in 2017. We’ve watched the Timberwolves go from mediocre to first place in their conference as of today, and our Vikings went from terrible to the #1 seed in the NFC as of today.
Theories of inequality were first recorded back with Aristotle about 350 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Aristotle was a student of Plato, and his works in logic are monumental. I particularly like his belief that the correct behavior was in the middle, rather than good or bad. For example, you have to have an opinion, but you should avoid being judgmental. The extremes are problematic. I find it hard to understand how a man who was considered a master of logic would never question living in a society where slavery was rampant. Aristotle’s prejudice was questioned in his lifetime by Greek philosopher Alcinous. Aristotle believed that people who lived at moderate altitude were the best. People who lived in climates that were too hot or too cold simply weren’t equal. It’s obviously an absurd theory which is suggestive of self-centeredness.
Random trivia: Hong Kong has the most expensive office space in the world, overtaking London’s West End (thanks to a fall in the value of the pound as a result of Brexit—leaving the European “Euro” monetary system). Rounding out the top five most expensive places to accommodate business staff are Tokyo, Fairfield County in Connecticut, and San Francisco. A workstation (not an office—a workstation) in Hong Kong costs $27,431 per year.
I first listened to this live recording of Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Faces when I was 11 years old. Rod Stewart had one of the best blues bands of the 1970’s, but then Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones, and Rod went pop. It was disappointing. I learned from songs like the one offered here that great guitar solos don’t need to be fast or complicated—you just needed to feel them.
My mother was real cheap. Okay, practical. She would never pay a bill on time. "If they ain't cutting it off, I ain't paying." She would say, "The first bill is a suggestion. If they really want you to pay it, then they'll come and tap on your window." Her whole philosophy of life was: if you die owing money, then you've won. Chris Rock
"Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet service to see who they really are." Will Ferrell
I was asked today what I thought about congress requiring mandatory sexual harassment training. My response: “They all seem to be pretty good at it already.”
Thanks for listening,
I was having some trouble with my camera, but I hope to have better pictures at upcoming events.
Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist whose award winning forensic and clinical work includes assessment and expert witness testimony for homicide, sexual assault, and physical assault cases. From this real life world comes his first work of fiction Murder Book from North Star Press. “A convincing piece of fiction that pulls you into a heart-breaking human experience with unpredictable and jolting twists.”