Featured Posts

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

When we were young…Pickens County High, Reform,Al

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-06-2012


It just seems like yesterday…..Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, President Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam, US explodes 15 megaton hydrogen bomb, From Here to Eternity wins Academy Awards and Pickens County High turned some of it’s students loose to face the world. We look ready, don’t we?…….Yes, your’s truly is in there..(Some of Alabama’s finest, if you ask me.) Photo from Jo Rogers Lawly via Don Spruill and Erroll Bonner to yours truly. As Marrying Sam I sported a bow tie…fancy, huh? Oh yeah, that’s me behind the wheel driving that thing…..

Platoro, Co, year round residents

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-06-2012


These guys were not at all skittish when strangers come around. My no. 2 son rolled down the pickup window and talked with them for a while. They seemed to understand….Well, he said they did??????click on the picture to enlarge..Pete

Readers, Hesterbooks.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-06-2012


Last year about this time I had received about 160,000 hits through June. This year so far I have had about 140,000 hits. The total visitors to the site are also down. You know, kind of makes me think my postings are not what they were last year, contents and quality…..Maybe, maybe not, but if you would drop me a line about the good and bad of hesterbooks.com I would appreciate it. Under each of the posting, click on read more, there is a place for comments. I would love to hear from all of you…..I want to keep all of you as readers so improvements or any changes I need to make, with in reason of course, I will consider. Improvements in grammar, for example, may be difficult. Other than that is  what I’m talking about…Ok?   Pete

ESPN Sports Center & Number 3 Daughter-in-Law

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-06-2012


Wow…Did you see my beautiful daughter in law wish her dad a Happy Father’s Day on ESPN Sports Center last Sunday? She was so pretty. She, along with her sister, wished their famous Dad happy fathers day. They did a very good job and you could tell that he was very touched by it all. All this happened just before the start of The US Open Golf Tournament. I was pleased with how it turned out so I know that Dad really was. She is proud of her dad, as she should be, and conversely, I think Dad is very proud of her and her sister. He was not only announcing for ESPN, he is a  two time winner of the Open. Anyway, I was sure impressed…..Both Sweetie and I got to see them and we were very pleased with the way ESPN handled the broadcast….Touching, very touching……Pete

Slothtrop Music….owner helps hesterbooks.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2012


I want to personally thank the owner of Slothtrop Music for helping hesterbooks.com out each time he has an operational problem with WordPress. This guy steps in and gets it done to where none of you readers realize that I may be having a problem. He is always so good to take the time out of his busy day, running his music business, and running Slothtrop Records and trying to produce and promote new musicians, etc, that I feel bad to even ask him to help out. He always does and does not complain…..Well, not to me he don’t anyway…..You see, he’s my number three son and still a pretty good buddy….Anyway, I want to publicly thank him because I know it takes away for time  for himself….I love you my boy…a whole bunch….Did I ever tell you about the time he and I were down at Six Mile Dam below Carlsbad on a Saturday morning. The dam is very narrow, but you can walk across it, which we did. On the other side there is a drop of about six feet to get back down to the river level. I jumped first, things were fine. He jumped and landed with one foot on a rock that twisted his ankle. He was about 11 years old or so and Dr. Miner had been our family doctor for years. He’s passed on now, but if you remember him, he was always quite serious. About this time, Jim McKay of ABC Sports came on every weekend with his show, one of our favorites. Dr. Miner had us meet him at his office to examine his foot. Doctor asked, “What’s the problem here son?” He answered quickly, “Agony of defeat.” Dr. Miner had the best laugh about that I had ever seen and it is still one of my favorite stories. …Thanks for your help pardner……

Championship Fisherman

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2012


No. 3 grandson had to be our most productive fisherman and the hardest one working at it. I don’t think there will be any argument from any of us about this young man. I will show you my choice for number two fisherman next time…….. Good looking kid, huh?

Virginia Dale Hester Hall….My Sister

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-06-2012


I think my sister probably hated to see me coming when we were both kids. She was a few years older that me, but I had the upper hand….Most of the time anyway….She was a’scared to death of bugs….any bug…June bugs, lightening bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, all those plentiful bugs in rural Alabama. And I would chase her all over the hillside around our house and since Mom and Dad worked most of the time our aunt next door usually saved her by threatening to whip my little butt if I didn’t stop.  Now, when it was getting close to supper I usually became her best buddy. That girl could cook the best fried chicken you ever tasted. My children still brag on her fried chicken. I remember Mom saying to her one day, “Now, sister, before too much longer you are going to be getting married and you need to learn how to kill a chicken.”  She had two there, one for Mom and one for Sister to practice on. Mom said , “Here’s how you do it.” She wrang the chickens neck for a time, then a quick pop of the wrist like one cracks a whip and it was over. The chicken was ready for cleaning. It was now Sister’s turn. She grabbed the chicken by the head,  held the chicken way out to her side, slowly cranked the old chicken round and round and then tossed the chicken over near the dead one. Her chicken, however, was not dead, for it jumped up and it’s old head started unwinding and it was running crazily all over the yard while its head was unwinding.  She had a audience of several people and you know she had a hard time living that down. Even  Momma was bent over laughing…That was funny. I don’t know if she ever really mastered that art or not because shortly after that we could buy our old dead chickens at the store. Anyway, Gent, as she was known to most of us,  was a precious lady, I still miss her. I think she forgave me for being such a stinker in my youth. By the way, my being a stinker can be verified by several cousins around that part of the world, even today….I probably chased them too….or worse…Pete

Mr. Ruben Navarrette, Jr….A nice guy I’m sure, but….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-06-2012


I read Mr. Navarette’s column almost every week in the Albuquerque Journal. I think part of my problem with Mr. Navarrette is I don’t understand his word usage. As an example he said, “This administration has all but declared war on the Latino immigrant community.” Did he mean to say, “almost declared war on illegal immigrants?”. I don’t think any of us have a problem with legal entry Latino’s, do we? No we don’t Mr. Navarrette…They are good folks and get this…I am a Republican and I like them….another comment he made “….ropes state and local police officers into enforcing immigration law by requiring them to submit fingerprints of those arrested who they suspect of being in the country illegally (read, Latinos)…. Well, Duh….They are lawbreakers sir…..You know we need a lot of those folks to help on farms and in the construction industry, but that requires reworking the guest worker program Mr. Navarrette….(read, lawful,my comment here)….Another comment…..”The Department of Homeland Security is encouraging a form of ethnic profiling just to boost its deportation figures”…(read preforming their duty, my comment here also)….I think you are saying, Mr. Navarrette, that America is picking on the illegal aliens, even when they are breaking the law by being here unlawfully, that we should just ignore them…You seem to say, “They are ok…they are MY people”….Why not write your column about the guest worker program and upgrading it and revamping how our businesses request folks from Mexico and other Central and South American countries. Contrary to your belief, the average Republican does not hate Latino and I think you know that….You are obligated to follow the law, I have the same obligation and so does our friends who cross our borders…..Write me an article about that Mr. Navarrette and I will back you 100 percent…..Looking forward to your next article (read, you can always get me going).I guess I could stop reading him, huh?…Pete Hester

Platoro, Co…picture of Mix Lake

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-06-2012


This is Mix Lake. It is a higher elevation than the Platoro Reservoir. At the top of the photo you can see bare earth where the reservior is located. For us, we had better luck on Mix Lake than we did on the reservoir, except for one in our party, an adventurous soul, fished  off the dam. A long, rocky trip, but he has good legs. I would have broken my neck trying to cover the ground that boy did. My neighbor reports a friend of his is headed up that way next week….Gee, I’m jealous already….But have fun guys, you gonna love it….Pete

Marmot, resident boss of the Rocky Mountains

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-06-2012


    This little fellow lives in a burrow in the Rocky Mountains, hibernates durning the winter and comes out to have some fun at the first sign of spring. Yeah, he is a marmot but also called a ground hog, but the winters in Pennsylvania are to0 tame for him. On our fishing trip, these little guys were having a big time. They whistle to communicate with each other. They eat greens, grasses, berries, mosses, roots and flowers. They are highly social and one of the little fellars raced our ATV. He made it to his burrow before we could overtake him however. Other than fishing and eating, they were some of our best entertainment while in Platoro, Colorado.