Mystery | #14 | Tao Te Ching

Mystery #14 Tao Te Ching

Looked at but cannot be seen – it is beneath form;
Listened to but cannot be heard – it is beneath sound;
Held but cannot be touched – it is beneath feeling;
These depthless things evade definition,
And blend into a single mystery.

In its rising there is no light,
In its falling there is no darkness,
A continuous thread beyond description,
Lining what can not occur;
Its formless,
Its image nothing,
Its name is silence;
Follow it, it has no back,
Meet it, it has no face.

Attend the present to deal with the past;
Thus you grasp the continuity of the Way,
Which is its essence

– Lao Tzu

Marcel Proust could not beat out Lao Tzu’s ‘Mystery #14’ but Mr. Proust will return next   Sunday following April Fool’s Day.

In Memorium for Sue Grafton “A – Y”

Detective novelist Sue Grafton has died in the night of 28th December 2017. The news brought tears to my eyes. I was in shock. She was only 77. Being a mystery lover makes me feel a strong writer for the Mystery Force has been taken away. R.I.P. Sue Grafton. You will be missed and we will be sad you were never able to complete the alphabet. As for “Z” it will forever remain a mystery.❣💨🎭🌹💔

Sue Grafton, a prolific author of detective novels known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 with “A Is for Alibi,” has died. She was 77. Ms Grafton had cancer. Her daughter Jamie announced her death on the author’s website and FB page.

“The alphabet ends at ““Y is for Yesterday”” She was adamant her books would never become movies or TV shows. No ghost writers to finish the alphabet.”

“Out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.” She did how ever name the last book “Z Is for Zero” but lacked the energy to work out her plans for her final venture.
“Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.” ― Sue Grafton, M is for Malice
“Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.” ― Sue Grafton, A is for Alibi
“We all need to look into the dark side of our nature — that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.” ― Sue Grafton

Y Is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone – Detective) Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky 24th April 1940 – 28th December 2017. She was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The following is a description of her last book “Y Is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find. . .

Haiku Review | Lost Highway in 20 Close-Up Shots | a short film


The Challenge is to write a HAIKU REVIEW after watching the short film Lost Highway in 20 Close-Up Shots . Feel free to write in Single – Couplet – Triplet Haiku Verses using 17 syllables per verse . Lines in 5-7-5 . Try to Review the short film below as close to your interpretation of what you viewed and how all your senses responded to it. Think of it as looking at a moveable painting.

If you decide to take on the HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE  Leave your Haiku in the Comment Section of this post on ‘the secret keeper’ . so others will be able to view what you have created. I will be posting my own HAIKU REVIEW just above the video of Lost Highway in 20 Close-Up Shots.

If this film doesn’t inspire . don’t worry. A new short film will appear every Friday for you to try your skills at the WEEKLY HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE.

Here’s to engaging in the Haiku Review Challenge | Clinks & Cheers! – j.kiley

by j.kiley

Eyes looking in
Endless time coming for you
Out of the darkness

© j.kiley ‘17

Best Viewing Experience Open Video Full Screen

David Lynch’s Lost Highway in 20 Close-Up Shots

Ratings . . . PG-13 (Content)
Genre . . . Mystery . Animation . Narrative . Music
Length . . . 1m 51s

Director ‘Lost Highway’ . . . David Lynch



1-soar_officialposterTwo people with huge differences. They come to terms with the surprise meeting and eventually realize they could work together. A strange pairing but willing to discover a problem to enable one to overcome and to move on with their challenge. It served as a solution to the resolution of both their understanding of their mutual situations.

2-soar-young-girlI don’t want to reveal too much but if you think of Antoine de Saint Exupéry, a famous pilot, an adventurer, and an author who gave us Le Petit Prince, His imagination is infused in the two young people, one a girl and the other the tiniest of boys and both love the idea of flying. He does and was part of a group of flyers until he crashes. Before he does, the young girl is trying everything from her drawing board to get her small plane to stay up in the air long enough to prove she had worked out the theory of flying herself, also.

3-soar-when-they-first-meet-the-girl-and-the-very-small-boyThe two meet. The wee one is reluctant and frightened by the girl, though she tries to convince him she is not going to harm him. The interaction and what transpires is a marvel to see. Differences do not have to be insurmountable. People when being sensible can turn out to be just what they were looking for. It works in SOAR. It was a matter of finding trust and believing untill success triumphs.

4-soar-girl-trying-to-help-wee-boy-to-fly-againTwo strangers actually making each other understand what they needed to solve; what they were needing and looking for. A friendship was being made without anyone’s awareness. It is possible for people from two different worlds to develop understanding and actual aid in the other’s reaching success through co-operation. A great example for children and adults to learn through the watching of the growing the tiny boy and the young girl succeed at reaching in SOAR. Watching this film is a delight and something special transpires and a gift is given at the end which will enrich the viewer and make us all smile.

5-soal-one-version-of-fixing-flying-vehibleThere is word mentioned in the writing below the film video, this film story may be made into a feature film. It won many awards for being one of the best short films. It is beautifully created. Animation at its best quality. Have fun watching. I did and feel whomever decides to take the journey in this short film will SOAR with excitement and will find great satisfaction. Watch it with a child if you know one. They will also love SOAR, I believe.. – j.kiley


SOAR: An Animated Short – Alyce Tzue

Length…6m 14s
Genre…Adventure, Friendship, Fantasy. Animation, Scientific
Language…Non-speaking, Body Language
Written and Directed…Alyce Tzue
Inspired by…Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [The Little Prince]

A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, SOAR is an award-winning 3D animated movie about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late.

Soar was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

The Soar team is beyond grateful for your support. We believe the film’s surprise success is proof of its message: when you put in everything you’ve got, sometimes you achieve more than you ever expected.

There are plans to make Soar into a feature length film inspired by the sensibilities of Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

For more information, please contact Alyce Tzue at
Written and Directed by Alyce Tzue –
Music by Jack Gravina –
Produced by Anson Yu –
VFX Supervisor Derek Flood –
Created at the Academy of Art University –
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The Answers


“If you could get answers to every question you’ve ever had about your life, what would you ask?”

The questions asked are from a person’s point of view, though a man is asking them. Some questions could be considered male specific but I just realized a female could ask those exact same questions from their point of view and want their own answers. Women can have some of the same needs as a man and want to have similar answers.



The opening is very ethereal. It drew out my curiosity, like where is this film taking me. I gradually had a good notion of what was happening. If you decide to watch this less than 8-minute short film, be prepared for multiple levels of thought and emotions to occur.

Having a philosophical and psychological nature, I would have asked more delving questions. But just go along for the ride. The storytellers of The Answers have created a unique film. One I have never seen on film in exactly this way. Set back and let you mind open to each and every moment.


Nathan with Page

The actor telling the story, Nathan, is very attractive and has the most delightful smile and is taking his situation rather well, all things considered. He has a twinkle in his eye. I’m into women but a man can be seductively attractive no matter what, we all can appreciate beauty and sensitivity. You will like him, I believe.


The Questioner

The actor who plays Page, is also a pleasant and sensitive person to play opposite Nathan when she is in the story. It is their interaction which pulls at the heart strings. Not wanting to give too much away.


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One answer to a question
It is one of the more unusual tales you will see on film, but originality is always a factor in deciding something is worth wanting to share. This story is quite original. It surprised me. It pushed all the buttons inside. It made the ride easier to take, fully knowing where it was going, maybe where it was going, more likely. Have I piqued your curiosity? Hope so!



It is a delicate story, which might make you think what you might ask. A quick reminder the film is titled The Answers. It has an ending that will be the ending to knock you over with surprise and may make you pause, then laugh, which it did me. But let the ending bring you your own reaction. Be prepared in this film to fill in your own blanks. It is worth your time.


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Personally. I feel you should press the button to start the video; but first, open to full screen; make sure the volume is up; then just relax back and take the trip of a lifetime. Be sure to watch out for that ending. It’s curiously philosophical.

Watch from your own place inside, whether you be male or female. Keep that in mind. Take pause in what you are about to see. I recommend The Answers and give it 5 stars out of 5. j.kiley

The Answers – Michael Goode

Rating. . .PG-13: Subject Matter, Brief Sexual Language
Genre. . .Lightly Comedic, Drama, Relationship, Life Questions, The End
Length. . .7m 48s

Daniel Lissing. . .Nathan
Rose McIver. . .Page

Writer & Director. . .Michael Goode
Producers & Story. . .Michael Goode & Daniel Lissing
Music. . .Arturo Cardelús
Cinematography. . .Colin Pregent

Best Live-Action Short…Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015
Best Comedy Short…Breckenridge Film Festival 2015
Jury Award Best Narrative Short…Woods Hole Film Festival 2015
Best Short Film American Spectrum…Indy Film Fest 2015
National Jury Award…USA Film Festival 2015
Storyteller’s Award…Destiny City Film Festival 2015
Audience Award…Best of International Shorts Festival 2015
Best International Short film…Sanctuary Cove Film Festival 2015

Originally posted on Expats Post