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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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Friends….Mexican Friends….Illegal Mexican Friends

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-08-2017

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I have some good friends who are Hispanic by birth linage  and some of them have been in America for many years, them and their parents and their parents before them. All of them are ideal citizens of the United States of America, working and paying their fair share of taxes. You could not ask for a better buddy or better friends anywhere. So, sometimes when we start talking about illegals, we may be talking about some of their kin or friends. I would never want to do or say anything to hurt any of those guys and I hope they know that. I have not been as careful as I should be in guarding my remarks just to keep down any misunderstanding between them and me. That said, at some point in time we as a nation are going to have to face the fact that we are broke. Yeah, I know, we are still spending money like there is no tomorrow simply because we can print it as fast as we can spend it. (My great grand children are already in debt and they are not out of grammar school yet.) And building a wall is not a pleasant thought. But some changes have to be made. One such change is being a citizen of another country and having a child born here in this country, that in and of itself should not  constitute as citizenship. And two, we could have long term visa’s or green cards to keep people here for long periods of time if they are green card holders in good standings. After five years or so, the process could be gone through again. Three, famers or ranchers who need long term help could also sign for them (individualy or in groups) and keep the federal government advised to their need for them year after year, naming the ones working each year. And there are probably plenty of other points that could be made to improve our system of workers or students…….But something needs to be done about having a wide open border, due to incoming drug trafficking, sex trafficking, human exploitation, beefing up the democratic voting rolls and  just plain old sneaking across the border….I do not know the cost of healthcare, welfare and living assistance we pay out to or for illegals, but any is too much when our own people are so needy.   It is a terrible problem for many now, but American’s from all political parties will one day have to come to terms with our southern border and the problems in not addressing these issues.

New Mexico Monsoon….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-08-2017

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It is great that we have a monsoon season in New Mexico and the southwest. Looking at the weather map is exciting. Towns like Carlsbad, Roswell, Portales, Ruidoso, Hobbs, and on and on the list goes, all getting good rains….. And  sometimes including Albuquerque. However, Paradise Hills (Albuquerque) on the westside seems to miss most of the action. We did get some here a while back, but not like the quantities some of the other communities are getting. I can water for thirty minutes and not get the moisture that a ten minute rain will drop on my yard. It’s ok, I reckon. We are thankful for the amount we did get, however, we are still hopeful that it comes around our way again. A couple of more inches, spread out,  of course would be very nice.

Colorado Fishing…6th Annual Hester Boys Fishing Trip

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-08-2017

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Steve from Colorado Parks and Wildlife had just dumped 2000 trout in Platoro Reservoir moments before this picture. Here he is dumping 500 trout into Mix Lake, a lake about 50 feet higher than the reservoir. Fishing in Mix Lake is sometimes better than the big lake. He does this several times a season. Very interesting watching him work. The water is so clear you could see the fish trying to get oriented to their new location.

Novel J. I. Hall, Jr., and Writing Skills

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-07-2017

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 From Pete Hester’s Facebook page, July 21, 2017:

I submitted my novel, “Judge Iverson Hall, Jr.” to the Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition back in 2012 hoping to win the 1000.00 first prize….I did not….but they did forward me the conclusions of Judge Number 2, the one who evaluated my novel. The judges were from Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. My judge first said on my evaluation rubric that I needed improvement in the beginning of the story, writing style, language, sentence structure but I graded better on plot, originality, conclusion and character development and then concluded by saying, “The best endings in novels are created with the protagonist overcomes the obstacles in the way to reaching his goal through his own person growth, strength and insight. We see J. I. acquire the skills he needs to triumph as he matures…..The flavor of western frontier life is richly described in this novel and the conversation is believable……J. I. Hall, Jr., has all the elements for a classic western adventure…… With attention to point of view, showing not telling, and creating a clean manuscript, the author will have a strong story.” ..In 1998 when I had my by-pass surgery, and hearing stories at that time that a by-pass surgery should be good for five years or better, I had the feeling that I better get with life and do those things that I always wanted to do but had not, i.e., painting and writing……I started painting and then writing while recovering shortly after the surgery……

So, in my first attempt to win at writing, I did not get a glowing recommendation on my writing skills, but I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to try. And reading J. I. Hall, Jr.,  compared to my first attempt at writing is a very noticeable improvement. It sounds like I am bragging on myself in this posting, however, that is not the intent…The intent is to thank a loving God for giving us a chance to do those things that we want to do…..Maybe I am not “good”,  but thank you Lord for allowing me to get to this point….Do you have something you need to get started on? There is only one way to get there…..first you got to “start”……

Fats’ and Punky’s Monster….reposted

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-07-2017

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Here is a short story that you may download. This was one of my first short stories and it remains one of my favorite. I hope you enjoy it, titled Fats’ and Punky’s Monster.

Mountain Dew, Made in Arkansas…Strong Stuff (A Repost)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-06-2017

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1000 birds  dropping out of the sky?…..You remember the old song, Mountain Dew…..One line goes something like, “the buzzards in the sky get so drunk they can’t fly, from smelling that good old Mountain Dew.” …I just wonder if that could be what happened….We may have to coin a new phrase, “drunk while flying”….Anyway, I hope they can figure it out…Strange, huh….1000 birds just falling out of the sky….really strange….ps…now the fish are dying, the drum fish. Black birds and drum fish…..what is going on in Arkansas? …….I  think we can rule out the mountain dew….That is very amazing…If it was a hail storm for the birds, it would have gotten more than one variety(black bird)…..If it was some type pollution it would have gotten more than one species of fish (drum). I hope the investigative powers in that state soon come up with some answers…

This posting goes back to 2011….Does anyone have an update on this happening? Surely it was not the Mountain Dew? Or was it?

Mr. Finn’s Buried Treasure…(another death while searching)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-06-2017

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I guess by now you have heard that we lost another treasure hunter earlier this month. A pastor from up in Colorado died while looking for the treasure…..Listen to me people, Mr. Finn was almost 80 years old when he hid that chest. He did not walk far, a million dollars in jewelry and coins and a heavy chest to boot…he couldn’t walk far, so stay on a road of some kind and take plenty of water and snacks. He said it may be wet, but it is not buried, so it could be behind a small water fall or something that would at time have some water. He said he will be giving “safer clues” before to much longer……Safer clues….stay in your stupid car and drive up and down those country roads looking for dry creek beds, small water falls and all of them within walking distance of a road…..and I would bet it is within 100 miles of Santa Fe….Just be smart when you go looking…Pete

Britain’s Muslim Invasion?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-06-2017

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How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:
Mayor of London … MUSLIM
Mayor of Birmingham … MUSLIM
Mayor of Leeds … MUSLIM
Mayor of Blackburn … MUSLIM
Mayor of Sheffield … MUSLIM
Mayor of Oxford … MUSLIM
Mayor of Luton … MUSLIM
Mayor of Oldham … MUSLIM
Mayor of Rochdale … MUSLIM
Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques
Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
Muslim Women … 78% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Men … 63% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Families … 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!
All this achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population!
….. and we can’t decide on an immigration policy???
 I received this e-mail today and found it very disturbing. I have readers in the UK and if any of you disagree with this information I would love to hear from you in our comment section.

No Hillary News Is Good News….But Trump Is Catching Hell

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-06-2017

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I voted against Hillary for a reason. I did not like her. I did not like her attitude. She seemed false about every issue she brought up, about her e-mails and Benghazi. How many e-mails of hers ended up in Russian hands and when will congress investigate her about that? Do you think they will?.. The Clinton Foundation took gifts from all over the world and you know who was speaking at every possible opportunity trying to make a few bucks for them and helping some government get a good supply of uranium from America, etc. (and should that be investigated?)  and speaking with the attorney general in a airplane on a tarmac  while the e-mail issue was to be reviewed by the DOJ. The POTUS at the time was helping her all he could, pushing her on the American people and putting Trump followers on a guilt trip for following Mr. Trump. And all the newspapers and tv people used Trumps miscues to let the American people know just how terrible and unprepared for president he was, but somehow the American people did not buy into that. They saw a person that spoke way to fast on some issues, did not weigh all the facts and or consult with his staff as how to respond to certain issues, but at the same time he was HONEST, OPEN, BELIEVABLE, AND TRUSTWORTHY…..So folks voted against Hillary and for Trump and many voters liked Trump for who he was and what he stood for, so of course they voted for him….I heard several years ago that a sleeping dog does not get kicked…Trump ain’t sleeping and he is getting kicked a’plenty….He does need to listen to his staff more and throw away his cell phone, but if we will let him he will be a good’un….I believe that…

Happy Father’s Day

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-06-2017

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One of the most wonderful, important things a man can do is be a Father to a child or children. Most any man can make a baby, not every man can make a baby a man or woman. That takes love, caring, nurturing, working and lots of time. My hat is off to all you Fathers, God Bless You for your devotion. Then, isn’t it wonderful comes Fathers Day when those children start calling, wishing you well, coming to see you and bringing or sending you presents. That is always so special to me. This year, for the first Father’s day in over fifty years one of my children is not in our presence. God called her home January 13, 2017. My heart aches for her every day, but this day it is hitting home because she was always making me feel extra special on Father’s Day. My oldest daughter Kim, mentioned Phyllis in her card to me about how Phyllis felt about me and the difference she thought that I had made in her life. The words she used almost made me feel like I was hearing from Phyllis and it brought tears to my eyes.  I am so thankful for all my children, each of them are so special and I love everyone of them……and I miss Phyllis…..