Simplicity of speech

Seth Godin is a favorite of mine, his witty commentary delivers a pointed message in few, directed words.

This one is no exception to his ingeniously clever style.

The sophistication of truth

A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear.

Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind. Most of all, the sneer of, “you don’t understand” or, “you don’t know the people I know…”

“It’s complicated,” we say, even when it isn’t.

We invent these facades because they provide safety. Safety from the unknown, from being questioned, from being called out as a fraud. These facades lead to bad writing, lousy communication and a refuge from the things we fear.

I’m more interested in the sophistication required to deliver the truth.




These take fearlessness. This is, “here it is, I made this, I know you can understand it, does it work for you?”

Our work doesn’t have to be obtuse to be important or brave.

Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone spoke their mind in simple words?

John 8:32  (NIV) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Seven years ago today Raymond Marc Zachry was discovered by a neighbor , unresponsive

Ray smiling 2

Raymond Marc Zachry in happier days.

It has been seven years since I received that dreaded phone call

telling me my son, Raymond Marc Zachry was dead.

His widow, Darlene Miller Zachry (they had been married 18 months) had little information, and in these past seven years has refused to cooperate, refused to disclose her whereabouts, refused to talk to Ray’s family – share information how, why, when did he get so much poison into his system?  Where did the barium poison come from?

Darlene Miller Zachry served 25 days in jail in Montgomery County PA after being convicted of forgery, perjury and a long list of other felonies against her late husband and his family.  But, remained silent when asked about the circumstances of his death.  She is now enjoying life in a style she had never experienced prior to meeting Ray Zachry.

Raymond Marc Zachry received a death sentence in return for his generosity to loving care of her and her family.

Today, we remember Ray.

Ray’s Mom

Raymond Zachry hiking in the mountains of Tennessee

Raymond Zachry hiking in the mountains of Tennessee

Ray in his favorite element - hiking a mountain trail.  Here Ray was on a hiking trip to Arizona and New Mexico

Ray in his favorite element – hiking a mountain trail. Here Ray was on a hiking trip to Arizona and New Mexico


Body parts forgotten 7 years at crime lab

Officials found body parts that were apparently overlooked or ignored since 2006


"Finally, while two employees of the Medical Examiner’s Office have been arrested as a result of the theft investigation, public defenders and conflict attorney Patrick Collins have raised questions about a third office employee".


"The new details came in a court filing last week by Assistant Public Defenders Nicole Walker and Beth Savitz. Public defenders are arguing to Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. that the security breaches and sloppy procedures at the drug lab were so widespread and egregious that none of the evidence that passed through the facility between 2010 and February 2014 can be trusted and all pending prosecutions should be tossed out.


At least 52 instances of theft have been uncovered by investigators."


See on Scoop.itCorrupt elected officials, unqualified coroner

Menacing Marie

Ray's Mom:

Marie Robards, murdered her father with barium. Raymond Zachry died from barium poisoning. There must some ground rules regarding death investigations

Originally posted on Deathly Dames Inc.:

Fort Worth, Texas – 1992 – 16-year-old Dorothy Marie Robardswas a beautiful, intelligent girl. She was also every boy next door’s mariedream: long-legged with gorgeous brown eyes Robards was the most popular girl at  Granbury High School. Robards and her mother Beth Burroughs, had a sisterly relationship, more so than that of parent and child. They chatted well into the night. Robards loved regaling her mother with tales of her many amours and her school achievements. Later, a court psychologist would claim, “When I saw them, they were quite affectionate in an overt fashion, hugging one another, finishing each other’s sentences. It wasn’t anything pathological, anything dark or disturbing. But they acted more like contemporaries than mother and daughter. They were like sisters who had grown up together.” 

Her stepfather Frank Burroughs, a former navy petty officer Beth had met while still married to Robards’ biological…

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Philadelphia Inquirer parent company sold to Lewis Katz – Philadelphia Business Journal

Lewis Katz won an auction over a a group led by South Jersey political powerhouse George Norcross for control of the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and


See on Scoop.itCorrupt elected officials, unqualified coroner

Coroner rules Victor White death suicide

The Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of Victor White’s death is a single contact gunshot wound to the right lateral chest, and the manner of death is suicide.


See on Scoop.itCorrupt elected officials, unqualified coroner

They Belonged To You

Ray's Mom:

This blogger always has creative words that touch the heart and mind.

Originally posted on Where Words Daily Come Alive:

I walked on clouds
that fateful day,
becoming much too
blind to see

All that was alive
around me for your
smile made a slave
of me

I did not feel that
hungry, or at least
not for any food

For the only things
which occupied my mind
were so many blissful
thoughts of you

My mind floated in the
clouds quietly dreaming
of a beautiful love its

Finding my heart and mind
easily swept away, for at
that moment I knew they
belonged to you.

Wendell A. Brown,
Google Image Credit,

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