Ernie Gallo is the President of the USS Liberty Veterans Association and author of “Liberty Injustices – A Survivor’s Account of American Bigotry” which is available from amazon.com. The focus of his organization is to inform the American public the truth of the deliberate and brutal Israeli attack on the U.S. Navy intelligence ship, USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, fifty years ago. The USS Liberty is the most decorated Navy ship for a single engagement, however, our government and the media has portrayed the crew including Ernie as wieners and anti-Semitic disgracing the honorable place in history protecting our relationship with Israel. See www.usslibertyveterans.org and www.usslibertydocumentcenter.org. His aim and struggle is to change this injustice.
In addition, Ernie assisted in the writing of “Remember the Liberty – Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas” by Phillip Nelson. It is also available from amazon.com. This book explores how a sitting U.S. President collaborated with Israeli leaders in the fomentation of a war between them and their Arab neighbors.
Since coming to Palm Coast, Ernie has dedicated his life to giving back to the sea services while honoring the USS Liberty crew. He sits on the board of directors of the Daytona Beach Navy League and the American Cold War Veterans Association. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. In 2005, to honor the skipper of the USS Liberty, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, he launched the Captain William McGonagle Memorial Library. To date, the project has collected and distributed 20,000 used books to the various Navy and Coast Guard commands in our local area.
Recently, Ernie received a bronze plaque from a lady in Delaware and decided to have the plaque, honoring the USS Liberty crew, placed the Palm Coast’s Heroes Memorial Park. While initially approved by the city, the city manager has stepped in to stop the process because the plaque states “attacked by Israel”. According to him, this phrase will upset a “certain” group of our citizens and the official federal explanation indicates the attack was accidental – an erroneous position Ernie and the crew has been fighting.
We hope your Memorial Day is going well. Please take a moment to remember that this country was forged and built in many ways by those who gave their lives defending us. Have a safe and wonderful day!
In June, which is only a few days away can you believe it, The Inspired Mic will be on Thursday June 22nd. We’ve moved the date back one week for this month. Typically The Inspired Mic is every third Thursday. Tickets are now on sale and available on this site. Get yours today!
Yes. It’s true. May 2013, Jeff Swesky and I set off on a mission to create something to help writers. The concept was born at a Christmas Party five months prior. Thanks to Jeff and Carol Fisher, owners of The Beachhouse Beanery at the time, we landed a venue. Thanks to the creative talent all around us, we instigated some magic.
Jeff and I did not know exactly how to create a successful event, but we had ideas and instincts which proved to own merit. The Inspired Mic is all about helping creative people by supplying an opportunity for an outlet for their work and passion.
The Inspired Mic feels quite at home at the New Europa in the European Village in Palm Coast. The event stands as an enjoyable night out as well as an opportunity for 14 presenters to show us their creative passions. We applaud everyone who stokes up the nerve to present in front of a live audience.
We also love the fact that our presenters’ ages run from nine-years-old to ninety-years-old. In our small way, we bridge multiple generations, multiple forms of creativity (writers, musicians, magicians, mentalists, artists, etc), and an opportunity for people to enjoy entertainment they cannot find elsewhere in Flagler County.
Come join us Thursday May 18th as we step into Year Five with bold intention! Get your tickets today! The Inspired Mic Tickets
Every artist owns a defining moment when they break loose and step into their creative nature. Back on June 26, 2015, Angelica Timothy graduated from a frightened, reluctant reader into a dynamic poetic force. She caught me and everyone close to her by surprise. She truly embraced a power within and delivered her message with a charisma she’d never before shown.
Since this performance, Angelica has truly addressed many subjects without watering down her views and observations. She calls her times presenting at The Inspired Mic her “little slices of heaven.” In its entirety, this video stands as a marker from which she has launched her budding writing and speaking endeavors. Come out Thursday evening to hear her presentation of her latest work.
Jodi Hockinson is the author of Between Two Worlds, a fantasy novel of time travel and shape shifting. Book I in the Lion Clan series, available on Amazon in paperback, kindle and audible.
This is a fantasy realism story that takes place in the Blue Mountains of Oregon on three different timelines, in the sixties, the eighties, and then the late nineties, which from the viewpoint of the story, is the current timeline.
Temi Black is part of a hybrid breed of people called the Lion Clan who have the ability to change shape into mountain lions. They can also visit the past or present, but with limited abilities once they arrive, and no control over where they are going when they travel.
The entire group lives in the foothills of Picpic mountain, meaning “cat” in the Cayuse language. Their power is rooted in the heart of this mountain, and it diminishes when they travel too far away.
The people of the mountain lion clan believe that their brief travels though time are spiritual in nature. Temi exhibits exceptional power by traveling without warning as a child. Her mother panics and moves her away from the mountains.
The other main character, John, is just a visitor in the mountains, who comes for his annual fishing trip, and crosses paths with Temi on three occasions, twice when she is a small child, and once when she is in her teens.
John and Temi meet up in the modern day, and begin to discover how their timelines are connected, and how their destinies might unfold.
There are unique “rules” to these people, such as what happens when a member of the lion clan clan breeds with a human, how it works when one jumps forward, or backward, in time, how the young come in to their powers, what happens when they stay away from the mountains, and even what happens when they die.There are a couple of great cliffhangers, while wrapping up the story, leave you wanting to know more… In the upcoming sequel, scheduled to release before Christmas, we will learn more of the story of Temi’s parents, more about the next generation that has grown up since the nineties, why Temi’s mother panicked and took Temi away from the mountains, and how this special group of people came into existence.
Between Two Worlds is Jodi’s eighth book, and her first work of fiction. Her other books include special interest diet cookbooks for people with gout and ulcerative colitis, a tutorial about investing Tax Certificates in Florida, and hosted a Cooking DVD for persons with gout. She holds degrees in social sciences/history, liberal arts and nutrition. Jodi is also a professional narrator, and is the voice of over two dozen books on audible.com, including three books in the Covington Chronicles series, by Mary Lou Cheatham.
First off, what an awesome evening! Despite Amboz’s (owner of the New Europa) house burning down just a few days prior to this event, the New Europa presented an excellent staff and venue as always. I truly appreciate the New Europa’s support of the arts in Flagler County.
We had quite the evening. Our presenters were totally “on” with many memorable presentations. We had a standing room only audience that was enthusiastic and very attentive to each presenter. The fact people come out to see local talent and their creativity is testimony that live entertainment is not dead but actually thriving! I am convinced that if you want great live entertainment in Palm Coast with a delicious meal, The Inspired Mic is the place to be.
Our next event will be a slight departure from our “third Thursday of every month” schedule. March 23rd will see the return of The Inspired Mic to the New Europa. I get excited about every month’s event. This March event is special because we have a couple “new” presenters to the stage. We also have the distinct possibility of selling out of tickets for this one. Tickets are already on sale here – Inspired Mic Tickets – and we will have to take them off sale once we hit our maximum capacity. It’s exciting that word is finally spreading about this event. What a great stage for these creative people!
For a taste of last night’s presentations, I leave you with one of my favorite Becky Pourchot stories read by the one and only Becky Pourchot. Enjoy!
February at The Inspired Mic is shaping up to be something special. We’ve filled all our presenter slots for February and we’re already filling slots for March and April. In Florida, we often see spring-like weather. Heck, I’ve even had pollen on my car! With the presenters building up, The Inspired Mic shows all signs of blossoming into a hot ticket event!
We welcome presenters to give us write-ups on themselves and what they’re doing so we may pass them along to the world. We also ask for a picture of some sort to go along with the write-up. The information may be as brief or as long as the presenter desires. Don’t forget to get your tickets early as sales are brisk for the February event already. You may purchase your tickets here: The Inspired Mic.
Kevin has a new police story for this month’s Inspired Mic. It, of course, is like all of his other stories, completely fictional – or not. You can decide. Kevin has written a novella that he hasn’t decided if he will publish. He also has written a few short stories which, if he does publish the novella, he will add to it and make it a collection. He is now writing a sequel to his first book “A Year in Bushwick.” This one is titled, “Back in Bushwick.”
Here’s a link to Kevin’s book on Amazon: Kevin Cox