The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Movie Review

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Dear movie enthusiasts in the Milky Way,

It’s J.A. Ireland. I am happy to report the space tower at Kinkorx Observatory continues to function properly; at least as far as Dr. Kynsin knows. I watched the second movie in the mega hit series, Hunger Games on the tower. Here’s my review of the  movie that takes place in future North America—approaching the end of winter.Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen is hunting. She shoots at turkeys and imagines she shot a Tribute. Gale is there and comforts her. She and Peeta are going on a Victory Tour.

On Tour Day, she visits Haymitch Abernathy. Later, President Snow visits. “Head Gamemaker, Seneca Crane, should have blown you to bits when you won the Hunger Games. Your trick with the berries was an act of defiance. You defied The Capitol. I’m worried about an uprising. Revolution. A system collapse,” Snow says.

President Snow

President Snow

“It must be a fragile system, if it can be brought down by just a few berries,” Katniss replies.

Snow responds, “Convince everyone of your love for Peeta. For the sake of your loved ones. Convince Me.”

Cinna and the stylists from the capitol are there. They prepare her for a remote broadcast on Caesar Flickerman’s show. “Last year,” Caesar says, from The Capitol, “the 74th Hunger Games brought us the greatest love story of our time.” He introduces Katniss and Peeta.” “Katniss Everdeen! The Girl on Fire. Peeta Mellark! The Baker’s Boy!” They fake their love and kiss for the camera.

Afterward, everyone boards the high speed rail for the 12 day, 12 district, Victory Tour—ending at The Capital. Their first stop, District 11. Effie Trinket gives them their speech. Peeta ignores the speech. “We are donating one month of winnings to the families of the Tributes, every year, for the rest of our lives.” The people give Katniss and Peeta the hand signal for respect. The Capitol Guards kill the older man that was first with the signal.

Katniss and Peeta in the Victory Tour

Katniss and Peeta in the Victory Tour

After that tragedy, they read the speech at the stops. Caesar announces the Quarter Quell on his show. The tour ends at The Presidential Palace.

They meet Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker—Successor to Seneca Crane. President Snow welcomes the Tributes and congratulates Katniss and Peeta on their engagement.

President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker

President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker

Plutarch Heavensbee tells President Snow how to turn the people against Katniss. They plan their strategy.

At District 12, Commander Thread terrorizes the town and whips Gale for defying him. Snow wants to terminate Katniss, Peeta, their families, and friends, for defiance. Snow announces the rule changes. “The Quarterly Quell. The 75th Hunger Games will be fought by past winners of the games.”

The Reaping takes place and Katniss is the only name in the drawing. Haymitch Abernathy is the male name drawn. Peeta volunteers. Commander Thread takes Katniss straight to the train—no Goodbye’s.

On the train, Haymitch explains, “This game is all new. You’ll be fighting, Cashmere and Gloss, brother and sister, from district 1. Brutus and Enobaria, career pack. Wiress and Beetee. The Morphlings, Masters of Cammouflague. Finnick Odair, youngest winner ever.” Among others.

Katniss and Peeta in Tribute Parade

Katniss and Peeta in Tribute Parade

At The Capitol, The Tribute Parade begins. The crowd cheers, “Katniss…Katniss…” as Katniss and Peeta’s suits are ablaze. Much to President Snow’s disdain.

Haymitch introduces Seeder and Chaff from district 11. They meet the very provocative, Johanna Mason, from district 7. Lumber trees.

On Caesar Flickerman’s show, the Tributes are interviewed. “The 75th Annual Games, the 3rd Quarter Quell. On stage, 24 of Panem’s brightest stars say goodbye. Only one will survive. At Snow’s request, Katniss wears a white wedding dress. She spins and the dress burns and turns into a Mockingjay—per Cinna’s design. Snow considers the dress an act of mockery to him. He has Cinna beaten.

Katniss' Mockingjay Dress

Katniss’ Mockingjay Dress

At the interview, Peeta announces they are married and Katniss is pregnant. It’s a lie. Snow orders the games to continue, anyway. He wants Katniss killed.

The 75th Annual Hunger games begin. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” They battle inside a giant dome, filled with south pacific topography, vegetation, animals, heat, and humidity.

The Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee sends one plague after another to kill the Tributes as the game continues. Poison fog, Baboons, Giant waves, lightening, Spins the giant clock to disorient them, jabberjays.

Beetee

Beetee

Beetee comes up with a plan to use the lightening to kill Tributes and stay alive. Plutarch turns his idea against him and Beetee dies. Katniss uses the idea and electrocutes the dome. It starts crumbling.

Katniss is almost killed

Katniss is almost killed

As the dome crumbles, Katniss is almost dead. She is taken aboard a hovercraft and revived. “The revolution has begun. Katniss is the Mockingjay,” Plutarch Heavensbee says.

Later, Gale tells her, “District 12 was destroyed. I got your mom and sister out safely.”

The movie ends. This is my review of this thought provoking, mega hit movie. It’s about excessive dictatorial government control. This could happen in any civilization, if not prevented; it could even happen on Sesla. Let’s hope not.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

 

 

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The Unthinkable Duo of Justice

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Greetings from Sesla, it’s J.A. Ireland,

Ever since I wrote Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, I’ve been dissatisfied with the name and other things. It’s been on my to do list for some time  to improve certain areas of the novel.  Recently, I made it a priority and corrected the issues that bugged me.The Unthinkable Duo of Justice on Kindle

I’d like to share my friend Maxx Zeqster, and his unlikely partner, Art Nekuma, with you.  My new novel introduces Maxx,  Art, and Sesla. I’ve chosen the name, The Unthinkable Duo of Justice. This name, along with the new cover, fits the story perfectly.

My business associates on Earth placed this novel, along with my other books, on Kindle exclusively. They are free in the lending library. They are also offered regularly in Kindle Countdown and MatchBook Deals and other promotions at substantially discounted prices.

If you have time and would like to, watch for the specials and download any of my books free. I hope you’ll meet Maxx Zeqster and Art Nekuma, The Unthinkable Duo of Justice. They’d love to meet you.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

STAR TREK III – The Search for Spock

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Greetings Star Trek fans,

Its J.A. Ireland, from Sesla. I watched another movie from the space tower. I am  a Big fan of  the Star Trek series. I have a review that I know you’ll like.

This movie begins with Spock’s death. His coffin, with body inside, is sent to the Genesis Planet.

The Enterprise is traveling through space back to Earth. Lieutenant Saavik and Dr. David Marcus, Kirk’s son, are onboard the Federation science vessel, Grissom. They are speeding to the Genesis planet.

Through a black market purchase, the Klingon Commander, Valkris, purchased Genesis data. She delivers the data to Klingon Commander Kruge. Because she watched the tape, Kruge destroys her vessel—killing her. Kruge and his officers watch the tape. Kruge decides to act alone to steal Genesis.

Commander Kruge and his officers watching the Genesis data

Commander Kruge and his officers watching the Genesis data

Meanwhile, the Enterprise arrives at Earth and begins space dock.  They see the new experiment, Excelsior. Mr. Sulu says, “She has transwarp drive.”  Suddenly Mr. Chekov reads an energy life-form in Mr. Spock’s quarters.

Kirk finds McCoy in the dark room. “Climb the steps of Mount Seleya,” Bones envisions.

Kirk replies, “Bones, Mount Seleya is on Vulcan. We’re home on Earth.”

“Remember,” Bones says.

The head of Starfleet command informed Kirk that Genesis is a galactic controversy.

Grissom reaches Genesis. They discover a life-form on the planet surface close to Spock’s casket. Saavik reports, “Sector 1- Foliage fully grown- 22.2 degrees Celsius. Sector 2- Desert terrain-minimal vegetation -39.4 degrees Celsius. Sector 3- Subtropical- there is snow. Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik beam down to investigate while beginning their research.

Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik on Genesis Planet

Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik on Genesis Planet

Back on Earth, Sarek, Spock’s father, talks to Kirk about Spock’s Katra—his living spirit.  They discover that McCoy has Spock’s Katra.

Sarek says, “You must bring McCoy and Spock’s body to Mount Seleya on Vulcan. You will find a way, Kirk.”

“I will. I swear,” Kirk vows.

Back on Genesis, Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik find the empty Mark VI casket. Only Spock’s burial robe remaines.

Back on Earth, after attempting to borrow the Enterprise from Starfleet and being denied, Kirk and crew steal the Enterprise and fly her to Genesis. Kirk informs McCoy that he is suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld. “That green-blooded son of a bitch!” McCoy replies.

On Genesis, Dr. Marcus and Saavik are caught in a blizzard in the desert. They find a young Vulcan boy. Dr. Marcus admits Genesis is a failure. “I used protomatter in the Genesis Matrix.”

Savvik responds, “Protomatter. An unstable substance which every ethical scientists in the galaxy has denounced as dangerously unpredictable.”

David replied, “It was the only way to solve certain problems.”

“How many have paid the price for your impatience? Like your father, you change the rules,” Saavik states.

In space Commander Kruge arrives and destroys the Grissom. A party of Klingons beam down to the planet surface.

Commander Kruge on Genesis planet surface

Commander Kruge on Genesis planet surface

“Spock is connected to the planet. Rapid aging is occurring. The planet has hours or days only,” Dr. Marcus reports.

As Spock rapidly ages, Pon farr, the burning blood begins—a condition every Vulcan male must endure every seven years of their adult life.

The Enterprise arrives at Genesis. The Klingons kill David.

Kirk plans to blow up the Enterprise in a last effort to save themselves. Kirk orders, “Destruct Sequence – One code: 11A.”

Mr. Scott orders, “Destruct Sequence two. code 1 – 1A – 2B.”

Chekov orders, “Destruct Sequence three. code 1B – 2B – 3.”

Kirk orders the final code, “Code zero zero zero. Destruct. Zero.”

Destruct Sequence is activated.

Kirk and crew watch from the planet surface as the Enterprise crashes. “My God Bones, what have I done?” Kirk asks.

Bones replies, “You turned death into a fighting chance to live.”

Enterprise crashes as Kirk and crew watch

Enterprise crashes as Kirk and crew watch

Later, after most of the crew is aboard the Klingon ship, Kirk and Commander Kruge battle on the planet surface as it turns to molten flames. After killing Kruge, Kirk and Spock are beamed aboard the Klingon vessel.

As they warp to Vulcan, Genesis explodes.

Later on Mount Seleya, on Vulcan, T’Lar  asks Sarek, “What do you seek Sarek, child of Skon, child of Solkar?”

Sarek replies, “I seek fal-tor-pan, the re-fusion.”

T’Lar askes, “Who is the keeper of the Katra?”

Bones replies, “I am. McCoy, Leonard H. Son of David…I choose the danger.”

On Mount Seleya T’Lar performs re-fusion

On Mount Seleya T’Lar performs re-fusion

Using the ancient Vulcan mind-meld, T’Lar re-fuses Spock’s Katra out of McCoy’s mind and into Spock’s mind.

After the dangerous and lengthy mind-meld, Spock remembers his shipmates.

The movie ends.

It’s J.A. again. This is a well-written sequel to Star Trek II.  Just like the actors and actresses on Sesla, your actors gave all-star performances. I hope you liked my review of Star Trek III- The Search for Spock as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

Mustler and “The Gang of Five” – Heinous Mutants

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Hi everyone. It’s J.A. Ireland. Greetings from Kinkorx,

It’s mid-afternoon and Sesla’s spectacular sun is beaming overhead in the blue desert sky. Like most days here, the sky is cloudless.

I’m just returning from an outing for another news story in my daily column. I was  interviewing Jeqrix Grexenn, the owner of the Kinkorx Horned Hares.

As I drove back to my office, I listened to Kinkorx Ultra-Modern Radio. It was mentioned during a news segment that Mustler and the Gang of Five have been silent for several weeks. The last time we enjoyed silence like this, Mustler was planning the “Day of Terror.”

On that terrible day, the Gang of Five burned, murdered, and plundered several stores in the wet lands.  It is feared my many that Mustler is planning a similar event at this very moment.

This brilliant, but heinous mutant group, seems to remain one step ahead of the wet lands authorities. It will always by my suspicion that Mustler and his gang are a product of genetic engineering by Dr. Rewqust and his Mad scientists at Qashlet lab—In rural Guytic City—in the Wet Lands.

It’s time for me to get to work. As I mentioned, I have a sports article for the Desert News to write.

Until we talk again. May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

The Lord of the Rings — The Two Towers

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Hi everyone. It’s J.A. Ireland-from Sesla,

I watched another movie from the space tower. I watched Lord of the Rings. Here is my review of this classic movie.

The movie begins with Gandalf, “You cannot Pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. Go back to the Shadow. The dark fire will not avail you flame of Udūn!”  Gandalf battles the Balrog Demon from the Ancient World.

Balrog Demon from Ancient World

Samwise and Frodo are on a journey to Middle Earth. Gollum attacks them while they sleep. After subduing the mutant creature, they take him along on their journey. Gollum swears allegiance to Mr. Frodo as he orders, “You will lead us to the Black Gate.”

The movie switches to an army of Orcs. They are running. They have Merry and Pippin. The Orc leader smells man flesh. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas—the elf, are pursuing the Orc brigade; they are a day behind and closing.

The Orc Leader

The Orc Leader

Aragorn and team arrive in Rohan—home of the Horse-Lords. Legolas sees the Uruks—Orcs; turning northeast. “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”

Aragorn warns the villagers of the imminent war. Eothain and Freda ride from the village to Edoras to raise the alarm.

In Isengard, Sauron and Saruman are building an army of Orcs.

“The red sun rises – blood was spilled at night,” Legolas declares. They arrive in the Riddermark.

Aragorn says, “I am Aragorn-son of Arathorn, this is Gimli-son of Gloin, and this is Legolas of the Woodland Realm. We are friends of Rohan and of Théodred, your King.”

King Theordred of Rohan

Grima Wormtongue and King Théodred of Rohan

“Théodred, King of Rohan, is dying,” Eomer-son of Eomund replies.

After the brief meeting, Aragorn and team are given horses. They track the party of Uruk-hai-Orcs, westward across  the plain. Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs into the Fangorn Forest.

In the enchanted forest, they are rescued by a tree-herder. A shepard of the forest. The Ent is called, TreeBeard.  TreeBeard promised the White Wizard, Gandalf, he would keep them safe. He takes them to Isengard.

Gandalf was sent back from the dead to finish the task. He is now, Gandalf the White. “We must journey to Edoras. War has come to Rohan,” Gandalf declares to Aragorn and his team as he appears to them. He whistles for Shadowfax—the lord of all horses.  The journey begins.

Gandalf the White and his party of Fighters

Gandalf the White and his party of Fighters

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam through the Dead Marshes to Mordor. The never ending swamp is filled with dead elves, men, and Orcs—thus the name. While in the swamp, Black Riders arrive on flying dragons. Gollum declares frightfully, “Wraiths on wings!”

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam to the Black Gate of Mordor. Frodo tells Gollum, “You’re name is Sméagol.”

Gandalf the White, along with his band of rescuers, arrived at Edoras—the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

King Théoden orders the people of Rohan to flee to Helm’s Deep—the city built in a mountain. There they can escape Saruman and the army of Orcs.

Saruman orders the Wang-riders to intercept the fleeing people of Rohan.

Sauroman - The Evil Wizard

Sauroman – The Evil Wizard and Grima Wormtongue

Pippin says while on Treebeard’s shoulders, “Saruman’s army is gathering in Mordor. The Dark One is gathering all armies to him. He has oliphaunts-giant elephants.”

The Wangs attack the Rohan people before they enter Helm’s Deep. The people survive and enter Helm’s Deep; the city built in solid rock.

Saruman is sending an army to Helm’s Deep—millions of Orc’s.

Pippin, Merry, and Treebeard are getting closer to Isengard.

Arwen, along with the other female and children elves, leave Rivendell for Valinor, before it’s too late. Elrond of Rivendell sends Elves to aid in the battle at Helm’s Deep as the  residents prepare for war.

In the darkness, the Battle of Hornburg-at Helm’s Deep begins.

At sunrise, when TreeBeard sees the trees that Saruman’s army of Orc’s cut down, he calls the Ents. They join the battle—fully expecting to perish. They use the river to flood the underground weapons factory.

Also at sunrise, Gandalf’s army joins the battle.

Battle at Helm's Deep

Battle at Helm’s Deep

After hours of fighting, during the daytime, the battle is won. Gandalf the White says, “The battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The battle for Middle-Earth is about to begin.”

Frodo and Samwise-the Brave, follow Sméagol to Mount Doom. “It’s up to us to destroy the ring,” Frodo states.

The movie ends.

This is a classic adventure. The special effects and scenery are spectacular. This longer movie is well worth the time.

I hope you like my review. Until next time.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

Suspected Car Theft Ring in Wet Lands

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Greetings  Coteries. It’s J.A. Ireland,

I’m in a gorgeous room at the Syxzur Night Rest Hotel in Guytic City.  The Duny Syxzur Company owns this deluxe night rest. The Duny Company is the inventor and manufacturer of the duny.  Their hand held, text messaging devise, is very popular on Sesla.  I own a DunyII  myself.  The Duny Syxzur Company is also the chief sponsor of Dream Quest, the very popular TV show on Sesla.

A Magical Tree in the Enchanted Forest in the Wet Lands

I’m waiting to leave for my appointment this afternoon at The Wet Lands News. I’m meeting  with  Chief Editor, Vyll Pitmir, and roaming reporter, Veem Weazan.  I’m meeting with them to discuss my movie reviews from Earth.

I read another article in The Wet Lands News, by Veem Weazan, about a car theft ring. I’m reading more and more articles  about the stolen cars in the wet lands recently.

The Headline reads: Suspected Car Theft Ring in Wet Lands Continues to Grow

The Wet Lands News: Many wet lands coteries are becoming concerned that an organized car theft ring is expanding throughout the wet lands.  Guytic City TV News  and Kvyutt TV News have reported the recent increase in stolen vehicles in this area.

Recently, I spoke to Guytic City Police Chief, Fesyur Cuobyn about the growing concern of a possible car theft ring in the wet lands.  Chief Cuobyn responded to my concern, “We are conducting an investigation into these allegations.  At this time, I cannot confirm the existence of a car theft ring in Guytic City or in the wet lands.”

Even though Chief Cuobyn will not confirm the existence of a car theft ring in the wet lands, many alarmed residents believe the crime ring not only exists, but is growing at an alarming rate. This is a story that The Wet Lands News will continue to follow and report on. I am reporter Veem Weazan. Reporting for The Wet Lands News.

It’s J.A. I’ve recently read many articles in other newspapers as well concerning this alarming allegation.  Could there be an organized car theft ring in the wet lands?  If there is, who is the crime lord?  I’ll stay on this story as it unfolds.

It’s time to leave for my meeting.  I’m interested to hear what Vyll Pitmir and Veem Weazan have to say about my movie reviews.  I’ll let you know. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J. A. Ireland

Sand Trafficking – Blamed For Increase In Local Crime

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Greetings Coteries.  This is J.A. Ireland again – from Sesla,

In Xcuymir Territory, we  have a never ending problem with sand trafficking. This problem never seems to go away, for very long.  You could call it the organized crime in this area. It seems that, along with the illegal sand trafficking trade, there is a noticeable increase in the general crime rate.

I wanted to share an interesting article with you from my friend Vigtor Zertus. He works for the Kinkorx Desert News.  He wrote this article of his interview with General Sheriff Kein Mairytin of Xcuymir Territory Sheriff Department.

Xcuymir Territory Sand Trafficking

Kinkorx Desert News: Headline:  Sand Trafficking – Blamed For Increase In Local Crime

Kinkorx Desert News Vigtor Zertus writes, “My sources at the Xcuymir Territory Sheriff Department in Jxobslyn are informing me that General Sheriff Kein Mairytin is continuing to blame the escalating crime rate in Xcuymir Territory on the illegal sand trafficking trade.

Earlier this week, my camera technicians and I traveled to Jxobslyn and spoke with General Sheriff Mairytin. My interview was video recorded from the lobby of the sheriff department for print and possible TV airing later.

Vigtor Zertus, roaming reporter for Kinkorx Desert News asked, “General Sheriff Mairytin, what is being done to abate the rising crime rate in Xcuymir Territory?”

“We are putting all of our resources toward this increasing problem,”  Sheriff Mairytin said vaguely.

Vigtor Zertus questioned, “When you say all of your resources…What does that mean?”

Vigtor Zertus’ lack of respect for the  General Sheriff’s ranking annoyed  Mairytin.  General Sheriff Kein Mairytin replied angrily, “I have an increased number of troopers, as well as the Kinkorx  Police investigating the sand trafficking operation.”

Vigtor Zertus further questioned, “So, you still have the Chief of Kinkorx Police Department, Chief  Pomur working on the investigation?”

“That’s correct,” responded General Sheriff Mairytin with irritation.

Vigtor Zertus saw his opening.  He could sense the impending eruption. “Our readers and viewers will want to know why you are giving Chief Pomur  and the Kinkorx Police Department more time to catch the perpetrators of the on-going, illegal, sand trafficking business.”

General Sheriff Mairytin’s disdain for Vigtor Zertus became apparent.  He replied angrily, “Chief Pomur is working directly under Chief General Zayer’s and my supervision. We have every confidence that he will catch the perpetrators.”

Vigtor Zertus persisted. “If Chief  Pomur  continues to be unsuccessful at catching the criminals that are operating the sand trafficking ring, what will yours and Chief General Montique Zayer’s next plan of action be?”

General Sheriff Kein Mairytin flew into a rage. “I do not discuss our strategies with reporters! This interview is over!”  While in a rage, he hurried back to his office.

Mrs. Vyi Kaqxer, the sheriff department secretary, and receptionists smirked at Vigtor as he stood bewildered in the lobby.

Vigtor Zertus summarized, “Chief General Montique Zayer and General Sheriff Kein Mairytin are continuing to put their trust in Chief  Pomur  to catch the perpetrators of the illegal sand trafficking operation in Xcuymir Territory. This is their plan to abate the increasing crime rate. We all remember what happened when these two top officials trusted Police Chief Morxoc to handle the problem. Luckily, Detective Maxx Zeqster and Detective Art Nekuma stepped in and solved the crime spree at that time. This is Vigtor Zertus reporting live from the Xcuymir Sheriff Department in Jxobslyn.”

He turned to Mrs. Vyi Kaqxer. “Would you like to be notified of the printing of this article or the possible airing on TV?”

Vyi smirked  as she said, “Not necessary.”

Vigtor Zertus smiled courteously. “Ok then…Thank you.”

Vigtor and his camera technician left the sheriff department in Jxobslyn.

It’s J.A. again. This article is in the Kinkorx Desert News today.  Thanks to the news wire, his article was in The Bedsult Daily News and the Wyluxx City Times as well. The interview aired on Kinkorx TV News earlier today. 

I hope you liked the interview article. Sand trafficking and the accompanying crime has always been a major problem for us in  Xcuymir Territory.  Just like Chief Morxoc before, Police Chief Pomur and his staff cannot seem to get a major investigation going into this returning crime spree.

Just thought I would share the interview article with you.Till we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland