I have sad news. Two days ago my mother, who is living in Croatia, fell into a coma, due to a stroke to her brain.
She is 78 years old, and I have received news from the hospital that the outcome is uncertain.
I am flying from China to Croatia (via Frankfurt) tomorrow, Sunday. My brother is on his way there as I write this, from Germany.
The launch of this podcast will be postponed for a few weeks, until I settle everything. And right now I don’t even know what do I have to settle, because only God knows how long this whole situation will last.
I do pray for a miracle, but I wonder if such miracles do happen in our times.
Since I did have a few episodes already recorded for the Spanish podcast (El Cuento de Roma), those will go on air tomorrow and next week.
The launch of this podcast is postponed to September the 30th, International Podcasting Day.
You are welcome to visit my Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/west4east if you feel like giving me (and my brother) words of support in this tough moment, but regardless, I will be keeping you all posted about my mother’s situation.
She lived three years in the US (with me), one year in China (also with me), 16 years in Argentina, some 25 years in Germany, and the rest… well, in Croatia.
Since my dad died, which was in 1990, she only ate bread and water. That’s 27 years now. The reason was that on the day my dad passed away (we lived on a farm in Argentina), he only ate some bread and had some water. He asked her to prepare some meal, and she told him she’d do it as soon as she’d be back from a short errand to the local market. When she returned, my dad was dead. She never stopped blaming herself.
I pray to GOD that they reunite in whatever better place there is up there (or out there), and that they don’t go through the pain we mortals do.
God bless you all!
Four hours after I wrote this, my cousin passed me the news from overnight. My mom had passed into eternal life, while sleeping.
That’s right. Twenty days to the official launch of The Tale of Rome.
And so, before the end of August, you’ll have the following episodes available online, to go with your commute, break-time, or group discussing material.
Throne of Thunders
Numa, the God Whisperer
Tullus Hostilius’ Holy Cow
Ancus Marcius Founds Ostia
Tarquin the Elder
I will try to set up a LIVE event on YouTube on August 22nd, 11 PM (Beijing time), which would be 11 AM on the East Coast, and 5 PM in Europe.
Since I have ZERO experience in setting these LIVE events on YouTube, I can tell you that anything can happen, but I hope to have an hour-long chat on YouTube with whoever goes here on that day, at that time:
Yay! This time it took me only 24 hours to get approved by Apple Podcasts.
Link provided by Apple:
Please subscribe if you have iTunes.
Time for a Sneak Peek
I am less than 30 days away from launching the English version of this podcast. Its Spanish language counterpart – “El Cuento de Roma” is thriving in Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina and all over Latin America.
So, it’s time to let you guys hear the first three episodes of this novel-slash-podcast in English.
And the time is now!
I will be releasing the first three episodes of the The Tale of Rome this very week.
Not as an official launch, just as a sneaky-sneaky-peek.
Here are the Covers of these Three Episodes
Once Upon a Time
So, this week I will give you a shout over Social Media, to let you know that these three episodes are ready to have a listen to.
Thank you, all!
Abel A. Kay
A podcasters’ workday
Here is a screenshot of what a normal morning looks like when I am dedicating my time to podcasting. Imagine coffee on the side, plenty of post-it notes, and a paper notebook.
Little Arwen has just been taken to kindergarten, so it’s quite silent…
Today, it’s time to clean three audios for The Tale of Rome, and one audio for El Cuento de Roma.
- Noise Removal: – Get Noise Profile, then Remove Noise
- Compression: Threshold -15 to -20
- Equalize: Bass Boost and Treble Boost
- Normalize: -1 Decibel
- Hard Limit: -4 Decibel
- Normalize again: -1 Decibel
A Video of Rome in Ancient Times.
I bumped into this video on one of my Facebook groups (about Rome, of course), and look what I found! AMAZING!
Needless to say, its sound, lights, and the whole mood are just perfect!
Thank you, Franco for allowing me to share this here!
The sixth century BC was a very agitated time in almost every part of the world. Here are maps of the years 600 BC, 550 BC, 527 BC, and 500 BC.
The three main events, in my opinion, are:
- Persians begin to seize power, and dominate eastern Mediterranean.
- Carthage’s merchant empire slowly dominates the western Mediterranean.
- The Roman republic begins.
Here are some rulers of that century:
Amyntas I, King of Macedonia
Astyages, King of Medes
Bias of Priene, Greek sage
Callimachus, Athenian general
Cambyses II, King of Persia
Chilon of Sparta, Greek sage
Cleisthenes, Tyrant of Athens
Cleomenes I, King of Sparta
Croesus, King of Lydia
Cyaxares, King of Medes
Cyrus the Great, King of Persia
Darius I, King of Persia
Epimenides, Greek seer
Gorgo, Queen of Sparta
King Helü of Wu, King of Wu
Lucius Junius Brutus, co-founder of the Roman Republic
Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, King of Rome
Miltiades, Athenian general and politician
Nabonidus, the last King of Babylon
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon
Necho II, Pharaoh of Egypt
Pisistratus, tyrant of Athens
Periander, Tyrant of Corinth
Pittacus of Mytilene, Greek politician
Psammetichus III, Pharaoh of Egypt
Servius Tullius, King of Rome
Solon, Athenian statesman