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Top Reads...this site Thanks folks for spending some time on the site reading our stories. The reason I say "our" is because I cannot take credit for some of the stories being read. The top stories so far this month are...

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Parkinson's....Boxing Helps...Part 2 Rock Steady Boxing Part II A personal statement on benefits of RSB Authored by Otis Vaughn February 28, 2019 Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) really works and greatly slows the progression of Parkinson’s...

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Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, That Female Reporter, And... Chapter One       Returning to the Black Range and the land of the Warm Spring Apache Indians, I could not believe what I was seeing. The last time I was here the magical portal...

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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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New Millionaires Tonight….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-06-2014


The NBA draft is going on tonight making for several new millionaires. It’s no wonder the kids will not stay in college and graduate. To do so, with their degree, they would probably start out at a 50 to 60,000 dollar a year job, if they can even find one. So if a kid is a good basketball player, why get the degree? The only thing, the kid may think he is good, but if the coaches and general managers in the pros think differently, then the kid has lost his scholarship and lost his chance at the college degreed job. The fast food stores don’t pay all that well, so they are taking a big chance declaring for the draft….Here’s hoping they all get big paydays…..Some are going to be disappointed, huh? Well, that’s life….Millionaire or fast food worker…Nah, I’m kidding…There is plenty in between…And personally, I see the fast food worker lots more than I do the millionaires…You?

Vallecito Fishing…Not all Trout

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-06-2014


At Vallecito Reservoir east of Durango, Co is the home of some fine trout and salmon fishing, but how about Pike? From the bank…This is John Keyte….He is up working with Bob Croll of Croll Cabin’s this year and seems to be loving it. He came through Louisiana on his way up from Florida and watched Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty baptize 6 folks…That’s great, huh? He was telling us the tenderloin, right down the back of these big Pike is some fine eating…We did not get to share but this is a nice one. He and his wife Barbara, pictured below, do a lot of fishing in their spare time….Nice folks…..click on picture to enlarge..eh, while enlarged did you read John’s shirt? 028026

Darling, What’s for Supper?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-06-2014


The husband comes in from work fifteen minutes after his wife and shouts, “What’s for supper?” She replies, “Whatever you want to fix.”…..Most husbands have learned to share the homemaking responsibilities,   but there are a few out there who put the entire burden of meal making on the wife, and some that puts all the household chores on the wife….Sorry, fellows, but if she is helping pay the bills you need to help with the chores. Even if she stays home you need to help her out. Keeping a house is a lot of work. A short time ago Sweetie came down with back problems….bad back problems that stopped her from doing anything. I became the caregiver for several weeks. What an eye opener that turned out to be…Try this…let your wife sit for a week and you do it all…After one week, you will change your attitude. I guarantee it. So, it’s best to share the load, helping one another out and it will also help her attitude…You’ll see….She’ll love you more than ever and you will appreciate everything she does more that ever…Yeah, you’ll probably love her more also…Pete Hester


Fishermen…Do you know about lead lines.

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-06-2014


Now that is as in lead, heavy metal…not lead. as to go first…..When we first got up to Vallecito we received a tip to fish 3 colors….We had no idea what three colors were….different colored lures?, different colored power bait?, different colored artificial worms?, what kind of different colors. Well, we tried it all and one day, after 3 days of slow fishing, two grandsons went into Durango. There a clerk at Walmart suggested that they try trolling a lead line to get down to where the fish were….We knew they were at 18 to 20 feet deep because they were showing up in large schools at that depth on our fish finder. You attach the lead line to your regular line and fish 2 or 3 colors. Each color is 10 feet of line, so to fish 3 colors you would have 30 feet of the lead line added to your regular line. It’s heavy and big and you have to take off a lot of your regular line. ….Dang, it worked. Finally we could get our lures down to where the fish were. We started catching fish.. Lots of fish…. Maybe you already knew about lead, as in heavy metal, lines…We did not, but we do now….Dang, I wish our fishing trip could start over…Next year, you dad barn salmon, next year,….. you gonna be hooked!!!!!…..

Ukraine, 2nd in hits on Hesterbooks.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-06-2014


The United States is the leading reader of hesterbooks.com so far this month with 8180 hits and that is way behind a few months ago before I left for a while. The Ukraine is second with 660 hits. That surprises me as I don’t think I have posted much that might be of interest to that nation. But, I sure don’t know. I know nothing about Ukraine. I don’t know if they want to self govern, be controlled by Russia or a big spit over which way to go, which seems to me where they are. If some of you folks can and will weigh in on this subject I would appreciate it. All of you can use the name, say, Jabonski or Babenski,  or some other good old Irish name, I would just like some of your comments. I heard CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, and even sometimes the BBC but I have not heard from a real Ukrainian. Tell us, ok?…….

America’s Soldiers…..God Bless Them…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-06-2014


Here he comes to save the day….Superman could leap tall building, stop speeding trains and I don’t know what all else….Fiction, huh?….America can stop villains everywhere, anytime, anyplace in the world?…Well, that too is fiction…When I got out of high school, I was a hawk…When I was in my late twenties and early thirties, I was a hawk…as my boys matured and became of age to fight wars my knees buckled at the thought of losing one of them in battle and I suppose, no, I know, that if America was attacked by anyone, fighting is the order of the day….But as I see the lack of respect of nations for America, even though we give them aide and fight for them, and they burn our flag, it turns my stomach…and I don’t want one American boy to die for those that could care less about them, their families, their country or their God….Yes, I am pretty much becoming an isolationist. We are the mightiest nation on the face of the earth, but folks, I am tired of seeing our boys shot to pieces, losing legs and arms and eyes for people who don’t even care…..I’m tired of crying with my neighbors as wives and children wait for daddy to come home and he never does….I’m tired of being tired…..I think it has to stop, especially in those countries that for the most part hate America…..God Bless America

Washington Redskins…rename them please…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-06-2014


The Washington Redskins are not nearly fierce enough to be named the Redskins. I mean to the early frontiersman the term Redskin sent shivers into their very heart, knowing they were about to be under attack from the Redskins and they were correct to have that fear. Those guys were tough and skillful and the paleface were invading their territory. “You are not wanted here” the message was sent to them all. Yet the Paleface kept coming, but the Redskins never quit fighting, well, for a long time anyway. And the one that did, Geronimo and his tribe, were kept prisoner for 27 long years because he did not want to surrender. The United States of America did not want to have to fight Geronimo, the most bad azz Redskin to ever walk the earth, again, ever….He struck fear into the hearts of Mexicans and Americans in the Southwestern parts of the United States and Northwest Mexico. Yes sir, those guys were Redskins, fierce and rock solid leaders: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Mangas Colorado, Cochise, Victorio, Nana, and even, Lozen, the daughter of Victorio, who claimed she could outfight any of his other warriors…Yes sir, Redskins all. The Washington Redskins are not tough enough to carry the name Redskin. I don’t blame the Native Americans for being pissed…Dad barn bunch of lazy sissies being called a football team. And if the Vikings don’t pick it up a bunch of folks across the sea is gonna be pissed at them and demand a name change….. And, the Cowboys, man, up in Montana and Wyoming they roll their eyes when the Cowboy football team is mentioned. …..If I were a Native American, a descendent of one of those fierce and great and famous leaders of the tribes of America, I would be proud to have a team named after the bunch of heroes called Redskin….But I would want that team to reflect the heart and soul of my people….Go Redskins….E. V. Pete Hester

ps: some more famous Redskins: George Allen, Joe Gibbs, LaVar Arrington, Sammy Baugh, Larry Brown, Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgenson (who I patterned my gut after), Billy Kilmer, Dexter Manly, Art Monk, John Riggins, Joe Theismann and many, many more. They were fierce warriors also….ps….I re-read my posting here and wondered if you knew I was for the Washington Redskins keeping their name…Yes, I am…It is not a hurtful to anyone. I wanted to make a point that the name Redskin was a feared name in the annals of history. It is in no way derogatory or demeaning. Please get over it, folks, its a good name…..


KIRTLAND AFB Jet Fuel Spill…Just will not go away…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-06-2014


The people at Kirtland Air Force Base still have not done anything to retrieve the 8 million gallons of spilled jet fuel that has reached the Albuquerque aquifer and is spreading toward the city wells. They have told the city that they would do this, and then that, and then something else and after numerous years of promises not one gallon, I say, not one gallon of the spill has been retrieved. WONDERFUL…..Tomorrow, we will take care of it tomorrow….and then tomorrow comes and they have a new base commander who will look into it and get back to us….WE ARE GETTING TIRED OF THE FALSE PROMISES, PEOPLE…. I guess you guys at the base are  planning to go back  east or wherever there is plenty of good clean water, huh….Well, its in short supply here and we need you to get off your butts and take care of business.  Do you hear us, Mr. Base Commander? Do we need to get our congressman to get off his duff and talk to you about it. What lights your fire, sir? The time has come…..You have your marching orders, Sir, now: FORWARD, MARCH…..

mad magazine the idiotical alfred e neuman postcardGet the picture, Sir?….


Serial Killer on Essex Street

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-06-2014


I have mentioned several times that I feed and water birds in my back yard. This provides a buffet for a dang old Cooper Hawk. He gets up in the pine tree in my back yard and attacks an unsuspecting victim while they are watering or feeding. He is only doing what the Lord put him on earth to do, and I kind of accept that, but I am very sympatric to the smaller birds. Once he zero’s in on his prey it’s pretty much over. He is very fast and very silent. In mere seconds he leaves his perch and has the prey in his talons. And he goes back up into the tree to eat his meal spreading the feathers all over my yard. He is not there every day, but pretty regular.. See if you can see this killer perched in my back yard pine tree….click to enlarge..(click on the second branch up at the fork and you can see him)PS… Go to   www.wildlife.state.nm.us   for a nice article on Cooper Hawks…Good articles on transplanting wildlife and fowl in NM and Arizona…Also articles on fishing in NM during the drought…branson trip with phyllis 084

Vallecito Reservoir, Colo

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2014


012The water level is so high at Vallecito that it is about to lap over into Croll Cabin’s property. The extra water is playing havoc with the leach field of their septic tanks. The wind picked up a couple of days while we were there causing the water to splash over the berm that protects the property. They have a new Dam Master up there and he apparently does not think about any damage the high water level may be causing. Here is a picture of his sign from this year. If you scroll down the page you will see last year and how low it was. This water is used for irrigation for the Southern Ute Tribe and they are not needing the water just yet. They really need to do something with the excess. A good rain up in those mountains surrounding the reservoir would be a killer.