A Declaration of Mineral Independence against eco tyranny Part of a special edition series by and with writer-partners of Silicon Valley Author Ann Bridges. By Ann Bridges and Paul Driessen As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, let us view it from a 21st century perspective. Many of the colonists’ grievances against King George III … Continue reading Americans Declare Freedom, Not Fights
Part of a special edition series by and with writer-partners of Silicon Valley Author Ann Bridges. By Michael Lund Never in the history of the human race have the words “climate change” invoked so much fear, hysteria and sometimes downright comical assertions. When a politician claims we will be extinct in 12 years, one has … Continue reading Climate Change – A Work in Progress
“Less” environmental impact is not the same as saying “no” environmental impact.
In this melting pot of Silicon Valley, cultures and ideas come together and challenge the status quo – and not just in technology-related fields. The new book Osteoporosis & Osteopenia: Vitamin Therapy for Stronger Bones by local author Bryant Lusk is one such example. Lusk’s extensive research into how the human body processes vitamins and … Continue reading Chasing Health, Not Wealth, in Silicon Valley
Thou Shalt Not Kill There are a lot of rules in life. And maybe more in death. Every day you read about it, but some people live it, or don't quite—on the mean streets driving-by or the even rougher roads their life travels. Still others bask in it in a world where fame and notoriety … Continue reading Two Birds with One Shot
More Valuable than Gold?
Being a wordsmith, not a mathematician, I fortunately by necessity must keep this discussion to an easy-to-understand lesson...
For if you cede your mind to another’s, you have given up all your freedom. Death, pure and simple.
The battle over what is worthy news—fake, truthful or the whole gray area in-between—has ratcheted up into an outright war between established media outlets and up-and-coming disrupters. As someone who has watched countless industries topple and fall with Silicon Valley technology’s each new iteration, I am both fascinated and dismayed at the recent turn of … Continue reading The New Cyberspace Truth Sheriffs
Where is the trustworthy joining of business and invention that compel and reward our society for taking risks to enhance all of our lives?
...how do we reconcile those opposing forces which shape us into who we are?
Consider it a 21st Century selfie of America...
The Golden State of California faces a dilemma. Silicon Valley’s money-making (and tax-revenue generating) culture is under attack by an amorphous group of women, who claim they are ignored, abused, and powerless. Always have been, always will be. I dare to disagree. If there is a “bro” culture in Silicon Valley, there is also a … Continue reading Defending Silicon Valley’s Professional Men, not “Bros”
In recognition of and giving thanks for our Veterans...food for thought.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California. The heroine, Kit, is fighting alongside Michael for their right to own land. She makes a passionate argument for respect of the law and … Continue reading Trusting Laws & the Judiciary
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California. Determining the legal status of land kept lawyers, both good and bad, employed for decades resolving clear title: “Your honor, I possess evidence that … Continue reading Land Speculators in California
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California. Individual property ownership offered by America’s Homestead Act was a new concept for Spanish and Mexicans. The Spanish mercantilism system of granting large tracts … Continue reading California’s Winners and Losers
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California. Rarely understood is the role of the Spanish culture in California beyond the numerous Catholic Missions dotting the coastal regions. However, Miquel Cervantes’ Don … Continue reading The Legacy of Don Quixote
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California as he partnered with a young woman seeking justice, too. Laws enacted for the betterment of the Eastern settlers failed to treat fairly the … Continue reading California’s First Ranchers
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I share an excerpt from my newest novel, Kit’s Mine, the story of how a native Californio dealt with the changing times of 1870 California. His heroic and chivalrous behavior, a blend of his Spanish-Mexican cultural heritage, is at odds with the nefarious schemes of his stepfather: Adjusting his … Continue reading The Chivalrous Californio
Connecting factual dots proves supposed far-fetched fiction quite true.
Soon the country will focus on recognizing the week in 1865 that slaves were granted their freedom in all Confederate States. Juneteenth festivities hold special meaning for the African-American community, a way to mark the end of their ancestors’ unjustified enslavement and salute their many achievements. However, it is incorrect to celebrate the end of all slavery in the … Continue reading Juneteenth’s Forgotten Slaves
Jim Kennedy, featured in Victoria Bruce's Sellout for his unique courage standing up to Washington D.C.'s bureaucracy, was one of my early endorsers of Rare Mettle: A Silicon Valley Novel. Like me, he realized that bringing this arcane topic to the attention of the average consumer would be tough. A suspense thriller set against the backdrop of … Continue reading “Rare Mettle” Endorsed by Jim Kennedy of “Sellout”
Celebration time! Jim Kennedy, my inside source for much of the Washington D.C. intrigue and Pentagon cover-up fictionalized in Rare Mettle, is the subject of a new non-fiction exposé. Sellout, by Victoria Bruce, details his years-long quest to bring to light America’s foolhardy reliance on China for the future of clean energy and the elements … Continue reading “SELLOUT” INTRODUCES JIM KENNEDY, D.C. SOURCE FOR “RARE METTLE”
California’s influence in the world is renowned. A thing of awe. Silicon Valley continues to inspire and attract the brightest of minds, the most risk-tolerant investors. Hollywood movies and celebrities spread their messages, both good and bad, to palm-sized screens in tiny snippets and full-length features. Political movements have started on the streets of San … Continue reading THE CALIFORNIA SWAGGER—OR IS IT BULLYING?
In this era of high property values and the chase of the traditional American Dream of home ownership, it is always good to check our premises, and the veracity of our school textbooks. California’s rapid path to statehood in the mid-19th century came at the expense of many of the original settlers here. Spanish and Mexican … Continue reading WHO OWNS CALIFORNIA?
Within the context of today’s debate over immigration and naturalization laws, unfair taxes, property ownership, and human trafficking, there are good reasons to study California’s historical precedents on these issues through fiction. Just released, Kit’s Mine: A Daring California Novel explores the fate of losers in the famous 19th century Gold Rush—Chinese immigrants and the resident … Continue reading DARING CALIFORNIA’S LEGACY
For the last few months, John Moody, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor of Fox News, has been banging the national media drum slowly but with ever-increasing strength. Today, his piece titled "U.S .Reliance on China for Critical Metals is Being Ignored" will hopefully grab the attention of more Americans. The industry insider quoted is no other … Continue reading The Price of Being Ignored – Or Ignorant?