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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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No. 1 Son

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-07-2009

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I spoke to No. 1 son yesterday. He and his wife are heading out to the Bahamas to spend a week or so. That should be a lot of fun. They and several of their friends are off for some fun in the sun and sea, probably some scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Sitting here in New Mexico amongst the cacti, rocks, and sand makes that sound pretty nice. I’m kinda worried about him…He takes after his dad since we have the same hair do ,,,,and a hat is a must….so wear your hat son, protect that noggin and wear your sun block….I don’t know, you think I need to go with him?….Let me see, how old is he now?…Wow, really, that old? Well, ok then…..(I’m only joshing son, ya’ll have a good time…..

No. 2 Son and Other Stuff

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-07-2009

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No. 2 son was so nice today. Well, he is nice every day, but today he came over early and helped mow my yard. We then cut some low hanging branches from the pine tree in the back yard (giving me a better view of the Sandia’s) and then we hauled them off. We had a good pick up load. Nice, huh? Then we hung out. It is so nice having family in town. His Mom fixed us breakfast on the patio, probably 9:30 or 10:00 am. It was cool. The only thing is, we have some monsonal moisture lately and so now the flies are coming around. That’s the only bad thing about rain: the insects come out and begin to brother you. Where do those little suckers live when it is dry, pray tell….They lay in waiting maybe, sleeping, and then the thunder and lighting wake them up…..It’s like playing the charge song at a ball game and here they come…..Oh, well, it will be over soon….

Love where you live!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-07-2009

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I hope you love where you live. Life is so short that you should not waste it living somewhere you do not want to be. When we say, I’m home, to me it means I am complete, I can relax, my heart, brain, feet, are all happy ’cause they are at peace. I hope you can say that and feel that. There are lots of places that may be prettier than New Mexico and have more waters and lakes, etc., but I can sit on my back patio and see the Sandia Mountains, twenty miles away and it is like they are just right there. I can step in my front drive and see Mount Taylor over near Grants, NM, approximately 84 miles away, always snow capped in winter. Also, from my back porch in the evenings I can  watch God take his paint brush and paint the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. My friends, I am at peace…..How God has blessed me….I pray you are at peace also….

Please permit me to make a correction, I can not see Mount Taylor from my driveway. I have to drive a couple of blocks because of obstructions….But then I can see it…and also from a few blocks away I can see the mountains around Santa Fe….I am still happy….

Keratoconus

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-07-2009

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Readers I want to do a blog praising doctors and donors who help folks with keratoconus. It affects mainly teenagers, 1 in 2000 may have it. My granddaughter that lives in Tucson had both eyes affected and had corneal transplants in both eyes. She graduated from the University of Arizona, with honors, as all this was taking place. I am so proud of her. She is a brave, darling little girl, who has grown up and married, but somehow she remains this little girl in my heart and you grandparents know what I mean. Well, anyway, to my point. Donors…..someone, in this case, two people left parts of their bodies for others….My granddaughter sees today because someone cared enough to become an organ donor…Please think about that and make your own decision, but God bless you if you choose to become a donor……You can learn more about keratoconus by googling the National Keratoconus Foundation…

July 4, 2009 updated

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-07-2009

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What can one say that has not already been said. I can only add to all those other voices that had proclaimed, “I am proud to be an American.” But let me do that, and then allow me to add, “may God continue to bless our great nation.”

Well, the kids have come and gone and Momma and I are resting. Another good day. We had one child, his family and a couple of friends with lots of good food. My darling is just a pretty darn good cook. Then, my daughter-in-law brought in this American Flag, about 18 x 24 or something like that, made out of cake, white frosting, strawberries made the red stripes across the white icing, blueberries made the background for the white stars made from whipped cream or dabbles of white icing. Let me tell you that when she brought that cake out I wanted to start singing the Star Spangled Banner. I refrained from that outbreak of song, but when I ate my first piece, then I thought maybe God Bless America, but then after my second piece and a smiggin of home made ice cream, it was more like Turn Out the Lights. That girl out did herself on that cake……American would have been proud…..Sorry, you’ll just have to trust me on it now…..its all gone…

Antelope near Claunch

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-06-2009

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Well, I was going to write about all the antelope around Claunch, but I went to Wikipedia and found out that they are not antelope, but they are pronghorns and they are sometimes called pronghorn antelope, but there are no real antelope in New Mexico….Well, excuse me….All this time I have been calling them antelope…Well, anyway, there are a bunch of those suckers down around Claunch. A couple of them were out on the road side of the barb wire fence and went to running as our car approached. They went through, not over, not under, but through that fence at full speed and if they broke stride it was not noticeable. Out in Arizona they are talking about taking the barb off the lowest fence to protect them….That might not be a bad idea..Wikipedia says them old dudes can run fast and are second only to the cheetah in land speed, but they can run longer than the cheetah…That’s good if the cheetah gave them a head start, I reckon..Really folks, they are a beautiful animal and there are a bunch of them down around Claunch, NM…You might want to drive down there just to see them….A good Sunday afternoon drive,  just remember there ain’t no soda pop sold in Claunch nowadays…….

Writing or meddling?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-06-2009

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Sometimes it is better not to say anything when you are not the expert, right? Well, I have been an Alabama football fan since  Harry Gilmer played the game. I watched Bart Starr play in Denny Statium. Leroy Jordan, Old Snake and Willie Joe and just tons of great players have made me sweat, shout and, yeah, almost cry. I got it honest as my Dad would be heart broken if they lost, to anybody. But the BCS is wrong…..The Mountain West is quality football…It is no fluke…Utah beat the crap out of Alabama and me and you saying we were not ready is crazy…The Utes beat us. It is time for the BCS to sit back and notice all of the conferences…It’s not about football, it’s about money and a few good old boys, if you ask me…..But then, you haven’t asked, huh….

Muddy a slough

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-06-2009

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Our trip to Alabama is gonna be quick. We have so much already lined up to do. I wish I had time to show my grandsons how to muddy a slough. You can still do that, can’t you? Or has the State of Alabama changed it fishing rules? Surely not, thats unAmerican. That used to be my favorite way to fish. You know how, don’t you? Take some type of paddle and stir up the water in the slough until it is muddy as it can get. Pretty soon those old fish try to come up for some air, then you take your paddle and slap them out of the water. One of you go around gathering them up….Be careful and don’t stick your finger in an old jacks mouth ’cause some fingers look like a big fat worm… I’ll tell my boys, but that may be something to do on the next visit…I sure hope its still legal….

Committed

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-06-2009

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The tickets are purchased, Braves and Giants…..four of them, so unless we do some ticket scalping, we will be seated behind the Braves dugout. I’m wondering……out here we go see the Isotopes at night and do not worry about mosquitoes…will that be ok in Atlanta, no mosquitoes there either, right?…..I don’t know, I just might take some Off, just in case a stray mosquito comes by…

My Children

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-06-2009

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Gosh, how special my children make me feel. I love every one of them so much. “Thank you Lord for allowing me to be a Dad to these guys.”  What a blessing they are……