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From Peace to Poetry

nobel-peace-prizeAlfred Nobel created a grant to award The Nobel Prize to those people who are found to contribute the greatest benefit to mankind. This award is given yearly for peace, medicine, physiology, chemistry and literature. The Swedish Academy which handles to prize gathers nominees from around the world and then decides on a winner. The prize is given in September or October.

Nominations are made by members of the swedish Academy, past Nobel Prize winners, professors of literature, literature societies and presidents of writers’ organizations . A nominee must be on the list at least twice to be considered. The Academy keeps these nominees secret until the award is given. However many nominators will divulge their choice.

The winner or laureate is granted a gold medal along with a diploma. Money is also granted depending on the income of the foundation for that year. These amounts can be between one million and eleven million U.S. dollars.

Alfred was a chemist and invented dynamite. He held 350 other patents. Even an element (Nobelium) is named after him. He was an engineer and owned businesses around the world. He created products from plywood to the torpedo.

He traveled most of his life and remained unmarried but fathered 8 children. One of his loves is thought to be the reason he added the Peace Prize to the list of prizes he left in his Will.

Alfred lacked a higher formal education but spoke several languages. He even wrote poetry in English. “Nemesis” is a prose tragedy with four acts was printed as he was dying and all copies but three were destroyed immediately after his death. Nobel was an atheist and Nemesis was thought of as blasphemy.

When his brother died the press mistakenly printed Alfred’s obituary. Saying, “The Merchant of Death is Dead,” referring to his invention of dynamite. This troubled Nobel after seeing how people would remember him. In 1895 he signed his last will and testament granting the majority of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes.

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October to the Max

zombieIf you’re like me then you’ll want to spend some time this October reading scary stories. One comes to mind immediately as I think of what scares the younger generation and that would be zombies. For some reason it has become part of the belief system of today’s youth that an apocalypse is on its way. It is mentioned in a light-hearted manner but the thought itself is deeply rooted. This embedded thought can only fuel a good apocalypse story.

If you haven’t already gone out to see the movie then you’re in for a treat. The book, “World War Z,” by Max Brooks is a serious fictional account of a break-out of a virus that spreads around the world. Governments try to contain the wide spreading havoc but fails. It is a follow-up to his comical “Zombie Survival Guide”.

Max Brooks was born in 1972. He wrote for “Saturday Night Live” in 2002 and 2003. I find it amazing to have learned he is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He has written in two oddly matched genres, horror and humor, (in my opinion). He can make you wet your pants and laugh about it.

I want to add that World War Z is not your typically lame zombie rendition. Action packed from the start and filled with a horrifying adventurous plot. His descriptive story of the end of the world is far beyond the current beliefs of zombies.

So, when you’ve carved out the pumpkins and filled the house and yard with Halloween spooks and witches, settle down with a copy of World War Z. I guarantee that every bump in the night will have you looking over your shoulder.

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forgewrightRobert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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