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MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE FACES OF FREEDOM-EPISODE 1

Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom

Welcome to today’s podcast and thanks for tuning in.  My favorite in the Mr. Wugidgem Fantasy Series is Book 5, Mr. Wugidgem And The Faces Of Freedom. Today I thought I would re-post Episode 1. Debby and Michael begin the day in Social Studies Class and finish it in a foreign country, several thousand miles away!

In coming weeks I will be posting the balance of the episodes.

I recently received an amazing review of my Thriller, Slaves On Horseback, from a gentleman I met last month. Here is gist: “One day at lunch cruising the Irish Sea you told Ann and me about your thriller, Slaves on Horseback, and I am writing to tell you that I have just finished reading it after two days of not being able to put it down. It is truly a grabber, chock full of assassins, uncertainty about just who the villains are, a great chase scene near Golden Gate Park, and lots of references to places on the peninsula where I lived for more than 25 years. It seems to me that I do remember the name changes of between Cabana and Caesar’s Palace on El Camino, although I don’t remember marshmallow sundaes at Tresidder….I really enjoyed reading this book and think you have nailed this genre….I know that Wallace Stegner also was a mentor for Scott Turow and wonder if he was aware that he was fostering a line of thriller authors…..I hope you will continue to write thrillers!”
Here is the Amazon link to Slaves On Horseback,where you can also read the review:

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Enjoy!

YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM EPISODE 16

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I want to step back from the action of Young Mister Wugidgem and share with you the reasons I have written the Mister Wugidgem 6 book series, as well as my first book, a Thriller, Slaves On Horseback. Through these stories, I am speaking not only to children, but also to their parents, grandparents, great-grand parents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and anyone else who influences children. I believe this means every single one of you.

I believe the potential for evil exists in all of us. I believe more strongly that everyone one has a greater potential for good, and that potential can overcome evil. I feel the need to communicate this now because I see the world running amuck (look this word up, even if you think you know the meaning!) with greed, narcissism, exclusionism, bullying, and power domination. These evil states of being are juxtaposed with the positives of acceptance, inclusiveness, forgiveness, and love I see in much of today’s younger generations. I fear the foibles of the older generations could smother and pervert the positive and healthy traits of the younger ones.

What I attempt to do in my stories is portray these positive and healthy actions of the younger generations as win-win ways to live life. I hope you have seen this in my works, and if you have, you’ve inculcated those actions your belief system.

If you believe this is the right path, please pass this along to everyone you know. Please consider writing a brief review of whatever books of mine you have read. You can do this on the top my of Amazon site:

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Happy New Year! I’m Allan Chapman, and I welcome you to Episode 16 of Young Mister Wugidgem. In the last Episode we learned the evil magician who attacked Dad is Jill Patton, Mom’s client. But who is she, really? Today, we’ll find out!

Please click on the link below for Episode 16:

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 10

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THE GREAT OAK TREE

Welcome to Episode 10 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we learned more about good versus evil from Reverend Peterson. Then we followed Dad on the second leg of his magic tour. Today we’ll be in the audience when Dad attempts real magic before a packed house. Enjoy!

Here is the link to Episode 10:

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 7

Thanks for joining me for Episode 7 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we rode along the river with James, Grace, and Amos to the triple-trunk tree, where they found several clues that could lead to the identity of the evil magician. We also heard from Mom that she believes Dad has real magical powers. Mom then took the clues to Charlie Connors of the FBI. Continue reading Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 7

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Thirteen days ago  I asked Stanford Professor Emeritus Nancy Huddleston Packer to read Young Mister Wugidgem and to write a review of it. I still can’t believe it, but here’s what she wrote:

“This book is a fantasy, a mystery, and a family saga all rolled into one. At the heart of the book are the charming  Wugidgems: father Will, a professional magician, mother Joan, a very rational lawyer, the brave thirteen-year-old James, and the spunky little Sally. When evil forces threaten their family on James’s birthday, all four Wugidgems must awaken their slumbering magical powers to ward it off. In the process, they learn how the past entangles the present.  As the family  work together to defeat evil and to escape from the past,  their love and respect for each other are strengthened.  All four Wugidgems are unusual, entertaining, and attractive.  Every reader will have a favorite.”

Nancy is  very incisive, and she captured what I am trying to achieve in this story. I am eternally grateful. You should check out her fourth collection of short stories, Old Ladies-Stories. Here is the link:

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Last week we raced along the sideline with James and Amos as Grace and Mrs. Russell won the mother and daughter three-legged race by the widest margin in modern memory. We also learned that Grace wants to be James’ girlfriend, upgrading from girl friend. Today we’ll witness the Fourth of July Oak Village fireworks, and we’ll be with James and Dad as they come face to face with evil!

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Young Mister Wugidgem-Episode 4

Thank you for clicking in this week for the continuation of Young Mister Wugidgem. We’ve gone back to 1994 which marks the beginning of James Wugidgem’s own magical journey. For those of you who were with me for the previous 5 books in this series, you’ll know Mister Wugidgem is Debby and Michael Clark’s magical mentor.

Last week we raced along with James and his Dad on his 13th birthday as they eked out a victory in the father and son three-legged race. We also met Ben, the class bully. We won’t see him again in this story, but we surely will in the next. Today, we’ll run along the sideline with James and his best friend, Amos, as they cheer on Grace and Mrs. Russell in the mother and daughter three-legged race!  Here is the direct link: 

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In Episode 5 we’ll follow James, Grace, and Amos down to the riverbank across from where the July 4th fireworks will be launched, where they spot a suspicious person in the trees. Then, during the fireworks finale, James and Dad come face to face with evil! 

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YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 3

Welcome to Episode 3 of Young Mister Wugidgem.  Last week we saw James Wugidgem rescue Whiskers the Cat with imagined, or possibly real, tiny white beams of light springing out the tips of his fingers and thumbs. Then we learned the fundamentals of three-legged running, both physical and mental, as James and his Dad trained for the July 4th father and son competition. Continue reading YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 3

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Thanks for logging on today! In the first episode, we went back in time to July 4th, 1994, when Debby and Michael Clark’s magician mentor, Mister Wugidgem, turned 13 years old. We caught a glimpse of the strange and weird happenings in James’ life. Today we’ll see the context of those events.

Here is the direct link to Episode 2:

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Next week we’ll see the final results of the father and son three-legged race. Then we’ll watch Grace and Mrs. Russell compete in the mother and daughter three-legged race. Please join me then.

If you can’t wait to find out what happens over the next 22 weeks, please let me know, and I will send you the link to the complete paperback book site.

Thanks for listening!

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Thanks for joining me today.  In case you were missed or were unable to download the spiritual, meditative, haunting flute atop Warrior Rock in Sedona, Arizona, I have converted it to a YouTube format.  Here is the link: 

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Once again, I have not responded to pain during a workout and have paid the price of injury.  My training had been going well after having been sick last month, and I was nearing the end of my tempo run over a hilly course.  I felt a twinge of pain below my right calf at the beginning of the last big hill, but I kept going.  The pain persisted as I climbed the hill, but I wanted to make it to the top, so I kept on pushing, although at a slower pace.  But this wasn’t the worst thing – I kept going on the flat, thinking the pain would subside.  It didn’t, but I kept going, wanting to complete the tempo time.  I walked the normal jog/walk 1 mile warm down, but the damage was done.  My leg was sore for the next 3 days.

It felt better on the 4th day, so I played 9 holes of golf, walking, without any pain.  I rested 2 more days, and on the 7th day, I decided to go for an easy walk/run.  I walked for the first mile, and then started to run slowly up a long, steep hill.  I felt a twinge of pain right below my right calf and slowed to a walk.  The pain eased and the hill flattened into a shelf which I walked as well.  Then the next section of the hill ascended even more sharply, and about halfway up this final part of the climb, the pain returned, so I walked the rest of it.  I jogged on the next section which was flat, and I was relatively pain free.  The rest of the run was downhill, but I walked most of it.

I made a fruit and protein smoothie right away and then elevated my legs.  I felt better about an hour later, so I decided to do my normal post-workout stretching.  I was fine doing the hamstring and quad high kicks, forward and back on both legs, and also with the bent-knee stretches on my left leg, but after a few bent-knee stretches on my right leg, I felt a severe cramp in my right calf, totally unexpected, because this was above where the pain has manifested itself.  I iced the calf area, with my leg elevated, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The pain did abate, but I had to hobble around for the rest of the day and evening.    

I went to sleep early and slept late, trying to give my body and the protein I had eaten a chance to repair the damaged tissue.

This morning the pain was about 90 percent gone, but I continued the 20 minute on, 20 minute off icing.  I also focused on eating protein.  With any luck I will be able to resume walking by the end of the week and start jogging on the flat (no hills!) the following week.  When I do that, if I experience any pain at all, I will stop immediately and walk back home, or call for a ride back, if necessary.  I need more time to heal as I age.  Maybe I will learn, one of these days. 

Please stay tuned for the next exciting Episode of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom!  Click on the bar below:

 

Thanks again for joining me today!

 

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Thanks for joining me today.  This week I would like to talk about the value of long runs.  I’ve always believed long runs are important, but they take time, and I haven’t been willing to spend that time to get them done over this past year.  Because I have been training primarily for the 800 meters, I focused on speedwork and fast tempo runs because they could be completed in less time than slogging through a long, slower run.  I had to get ready to run fast, not slow!

As I pointed out in Episode 4, New Zealand Coach Arthur Lydiard stressed what he called Marathon Training to build a strong base of long runs before you start building the faster, more strenuous speed.  You can more easily handle that build if you are constructing it on top of a strong base.  Click here to review Episode 4: DIRECT LINK TO EPISODE 4

I’ve had another good week of rebuilding my running condition.  The foundation continues to be built around 1 long run, 1 tempo run and 1 day of intervals.  I rested 1 day, and walked and played golf the remaining 3 days.  The only problem I had was a slight cramping in one of the tendons behind my right knee during the second-to-the-last interval.

I have found a running group that does intervals every week, and I recommend you find one if you don’t have group already.   My experience is that we motivate each other, even if it’s just getting us out onto the track every week.  I also believe there is extreme value in the sharing of our experiences when we talk during the rest intervals.

Today I am also posting Episode 4 from my Children’s Fantasy, Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom:

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Thanks again for being with me today!