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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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Old Friends Found

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-06-2009

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I found an old air force buddy the  other day. We had a mutual friend pass away so I made a real effort to find him. And I did find him and we have talked a couple of times. He is a great story teller and some of my stories in the book Cousins are from some of his stories, one of which he almost disclaimed because I had butchered it so much. It is funny how we met. I was in a pay line at Lowery AFB, CO and this guy was just in front of me as we were in alphabetical order. Telling a story. A long story. One that lasted from all the A’s being paid until the H’s got paid in our squadron. I never talked to him that day  and he was not telling the story to me. Months later I am shaving in a barracks at Walker AFB, NM. There are two guys in the shower and I hear this story being told. I know the story, beginning to end. I stick my head in the shower doorway and told the guy I had heard that  story before,  in Denver. We became room mates and that was the first of many, many, stories he related to me. A lot of them could be tall tales, but some I think he told as truth. I wish I could remember all the stories he told. What a guy……I regret our mutual friend died, but I am glad the friendship has been renewed with this good friend…Is there a good friend you need to find? If so, you need to go ahead and at least try to find him or her….It makes you feel good..

A couple of things:

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-06-2009

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1. May, 2009 was one of the busiest I have ever had on my web site. Thank you guys for reading and visiting the site. I hope you will continue. Feel free to add any comments.

2. I had asked if anyone knew the temperature of Coal Fire Creek  back in Alabama nowadays. I had no replies to that item. Either, no one swims in Coal Fire Creek anymore or the one’s that do aren’t reading this blog. The last time I traveled over US 82 at the bridge that crosses Coal Fire Creek you could not see the water.  I’m sure it is still there. This July,  I might just go check the temperature myself. I probably will not be swimming in it, however, that sucker is still cold I’m sure……

My Children

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-06-2009

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Looking back over my post, which began in early May, I have mentioned, No. 3 son and No. 2 son. I have not talked about No. 1 son. But I recieved an e-mail from him the other day and he has a new toy. A 4 wheeler. I can remember him asking me, “Hey, Dad, can I drive?” Now I am wondering what his reply will be when I ask him, “Hey, Son, can I drive?” I am going to remind him that most of the time I did let him drive,…. when there was little traffic or when we were in isolated locations or if I was not in a hurry or cranky or my wife was not in a hurry. Golleeee, I may never get to drive that thing, ….. maybe he will just remember the times he did get to drive…

I have two daughters, also. Precious girls who live in Tucson, AZ and Silver City, NM. And I have five grand children and one great grand child. I am very proud of everyone of them and love them all dearly. I will be writting about the others as incidents arise. I am not ignoring them, but I don’t think any of them especially like me writing about them…. We will see, dear ones, we will see……..

My Son

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-05-2009

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Oh, my son, the web master. ….You know what he did?….Please note on the right side of the web site we have a new category called downloads. You can click on it and …..presto…you have my downloads available to you. You no longer have to scroll down though all my old posts to find the, er, good stuff, just click right on it. We, I use the term, we, very loosely in this regard,  will be loading new stories from Cousins from time to time…stay tuned….

Mrs. Old Lady Thornton

Posted by rederic4 | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 28-05-2009

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As promised, here is a chapter from my book, Cousins, Chapter Seven, Mrs. Old Lady Thornton, an old ghost chasing teenage boys in Alabama in the 1950’s.  I hope you enjoy it.  Mrs. Old Lady Thornton

Write on

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-05-2009

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Write, write, you writing man, turn out the words, you know you can, write about riding and rustling and stuff, about gunmen and flozzies, spittoons a’float: about shoot outs on main street, and jail breaks and hanging, horses a bucking; write something, oh wordsmith, just don’t leave us dangling.

There are some words in there somewhere, I just got to put them together. Let me see, horses, rye whiskey, corrals, damn sheep herders and farmers, barb wire fences,  tumblesweeds, by golly, I think I”m getting it…….

Holiday weekend

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-05-2009

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On Sunday I said to the wife, “Tomorrow is a holiday and we get another day off”. She either missed that statement or ignored that statement. Some bosses have no sense of humor, huh? I’m kidding, we had a wonderful weekend, had some of the family over (number two son did the grilling and number two son’s wife helped with the dishes allowing me to visit. (which is probably one of my best assests.)  The grandsons and I talked Atlanta Braves baseball and touring the southland. A very good weekend. Having family close is great, huh…….I wish the others were closer…..

Memorial Day

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-05-2009

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Per Wikpedia, the free encyclopedia, comeS the following excerpt. General John A. Logan issued an proclamation on May 5, 1868 that a Decoration Day be observed nationwide:

General Orders number 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters !. The 30th day of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country……

…If other eyes grow dull and other hinds slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

   Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude—the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

You might like to go to Wikipedia.org and read all of the proclamation. Many wars and many soldiers, sailors and airmen have given their life for our freedom. I hope all of you will join me this weekend in honoring those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. Let us pray for those who today, fight in foriegn lands and guard our country’s border and shores, and allow us to sleep peacefully at night as they stand their watch. GOD BLESS AMERICA…..

Coal Fire, Alabama

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-05-2009

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DSC04196Ok, so let us jump from the big city of Claunch, NM to the bigger city of Coal Fire, AL. Right on highway US 82, between Columbus, MS and Tuscaloosa, AL lies this quiet community. It has been quiet since most of us cousins left there a few years ago. There may have been a few others in between. For me, a few years in this context could be fifty years or so, longer for a few,  shorter for others. One or two cousins are still close to home, others at some distance. At 1212 miles, I might be the one furtherest (is that a word) from Coal Fire.  All of the cousins plan a get together in July, 2009. A little history on Coal Fire. At one time, according to my Dad, there were 3 steam sawmills operating in Coal Fire and at that time the population was around 800. Dad operated a barber shop for several of those years in down town Coal Fire. Between our house and the small store, at the time I first remember, there was a built up area that Dad said was where the railroad tracks that ran from the main line to the mills located north of US 82 and slightly west. Anyway, in the next few days I will make other post on Coal Fire, including comments on the creek that all of us cousins remember so well, the coldest dad-gum creek that I know of. I doubt that it has warmed up any. You folks write me if it is over 65 degrees now-a-days. With global warming, maybe it is warmer now. You remember how our lips would turn blue in just a short time?…. Let me know……..

Chapter Four

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-05-2009

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What is it about Chapter Four that bogs me down on my writing? I have my main man down in El Paso now, ready to go to work on a ranch and then just, blank, nothing, nil….. Maybe I need one of those real cowboys to give me some work information on ranching since that is a very foreign to me. I mentioned round-ups to some folks down in Claunch the other day. He said yeah, we (his wife and himself) go out in what ever pasture they are working and blow an air horn and here come the cows. He routinely does that when he is feeding them and the cows associate the air horn with food. So he blows the air horn and bingo, round-up done. Maybe thats over stating it somewhat, but that is what he does. Did they have air horns in 1881? I could have my main man jump in his chevy pick-up and get after them thar cows!!! Tooting that air horn as he went…… well, maybe not…