Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

Amanda Griffith

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About Amanda Griffith

I am a Franklin and Marshall graduate, English and Government. I taught 6-12 English for 28 years and am a published writer with four articles to my credit. Check out my five star rating on

Smirnoff Seems Hot

Is Joe Camel back in disguise?“ The world’s best drinks start with Smirnoff.” Lately, I’ve been wishing my parents would buy Smirnoff. It seems so classy in the commercials, but I don’t have access to it like I can get to my parents’ ready stock of whiskey. I wish I had someone old enough who could buy for me. The commercials where the guy is looking through the vodka bottle and sees more, understands more, appreciates more…that’s so cool! In the …

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Tet Offensive

At this time of year, it is impossible not to think of the Tet and the battles that occurred on or around January 30, 1968. Previously the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army had not worked together in the war against South Vietnam. During this horrifying sequence, the North took several of our cities, later to be won back by the U.S. and South combined forces. As we fought to drive the North out of our land, we began to lose …

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse Since I’ve written this blog, I have gotten involved with a student named Chris. Though I still love Jerry, he won’t even look at me. To get him back and also to make myself feel better, I started going out with Chris. He’s on the yearbook and is pretty hot. He was really nice to me when I met him and complimented my writing. Now he’s changed. It’s almost like abusive the way he talks to me. …

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Deceit of Party Leaders in Vietnam Today

Vietnam News 12/4/11 reported Party Secretary Trong as saying, “he appreciated the group’s effective support and co-operation in economic development, especially in projects of hunger elimination and poverty reduction.” A Reuters article dated 9/6/11 discusses how the propaganda of Vietnam officials states the opposite. The Communists weave a tissue of lies on Vietnam News to trick the world into believing they are trying to help their indigent masses. Reuters states, “Across Asia, capital inflows have been driving prices higher while in Vietnam, …

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USU aids deaf children in South Vietnam

USU aids deaf children in South Vietnam This is great article that makes me sad to read. I’m so glad Americans are supporting medical needs to oppressed Southerners, but why is the government so ineffective, the one that said they stood up for the little guy, in taking care of special needs? No educated teachers for hearing impaired? In 2011 while so many rich feast on exotic snakes! Thanks for telling of you service in a month-long mission. This is …

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St. Pius X Dallas, A Light at the End of the Evil, Dark Tunnel

My two sisters and myself attended a mass celebrated at St. Pius X church in Dallas. This was a usual 5 o’clock mass on Sat. but this mass was especially to celebrate the 65 year anniversaryof Monsignor Weinzapel  who has served the Catholic church. The church was packed with people, and I am sure most of those lived in this community just like I have and now come back to honor him.  Among all the highlighted services of his life, one …

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Happy Father’s Day!

During the war I didn’t spend much time with my dad because of his intense involvement in it. My father was town manager of Bong Son and later a Senator when we moved to Qui Nhon. That’s why I valued and appreciated each time he was able to come home (he slept in the town hall each night where he worked to evade guerilla nighttime gunfire) and spend time with me. Whenever I saw his jeep or his little motorcycle come into …

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Mother’s Day Comes after “Black April”

The Vietnamese people fled the country during and after 1975 because of the invasion from the north, so we made the month of April  “Black April”.  No matter where we are in the world, April is a mourning month for us.  The last day of the month: April 30th is the day we all get together at the community where we live to remember, to mourn, pray, appreciate and reflect.  This year is no different;  I came to the site where we have the …

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Vietnam Today

The Viet Nam War ended on April 30, 1975.  There was no more gunfire, and all of remaining soldiers returned home. Though my family faced retribution if we returned, we prayed other families, not so outwardly involved in fighting against communism, would be safe. Viet Nam would be reunited. The North and the South would rebuild the country. We hoped and prayed from America that our cherished Viet Nam would finally have peace. That’s what we all thought when the …

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Muc: My Dog, My Friend

I had a  dog in my childhood years.  His name was Muc ‘meaning ink’ because his hair color was all black. He followed me everywhere, from the beginning of the village to the end  He even climbed the mountain with me and waited for me at the foot of the tree when I was up on the tree. My family lived in a small village, almost like a farm area here.  We had mountain, river, brook and not too far there was …

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