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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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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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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……

My Cousins, Really

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-06-2009

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cousins pictureHere we are… A couple of them have passed away…I am in the photo and I will let you guess where for a few days. I’d guess 1945 or so on the date of this photo….  ok, back row, second from right… That’s what you guessed, right?..

Our Fathers

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-06-2009

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For 2009 I decided to read the Bible, cover to cover. I discovered in 1 Kings and 2 Kings as the writer finished telling us about a King of Israel or Judah, he says “and he rested with his Fathers”. If we are going to “rest with our Fathers” seems to me like we need to know where they are. Since the Bible refers to Heaven as the destination of most Bibical characters, you would then think that is where they rested. Most of us want to go where our family went when they “rested with their Fathers.” In September, 1998, I recieved a call from my brother telling me that my Dad said to tell me that if I wanted to see him alive again I should come back to Alabama to visit him. And also, he was unsure of his salvation and wanted me to be prepared to talk with him about that. Tough for me at the time, not being trained in these type things, but I did it. I chose Ephesians Chapter Two, verse one through ten to discuss with Dad. Verse eight says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. I did see him and share those scriptures with him. It was my last time to see him as he passed away in March, 1999 at the age of 94 and he “rested with his Fathers”. I miss my Dad, but I know where my Dad is and it is a comforting thought. This may be just a little more than you cared to think about this Fathers Day, but I have been thinking about my Dad and I just wanted to tell the story…..

Cousins, Chapter Ten, Running Away

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 18-06-2009

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Yeah, we did try to run away. This story is kind of true. That dad-gum marine belt for sure is true. Pop used it to sharpen his straight razor and to wear out my butt. He only shaved two or three times a week, so most of the usage was probably on my bottom. I’m sure I deserved every one I got. We had too many kin folks watching us to get away with much meanness. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the running away story……Cousins, Chapter Ten, Running Away

Reunion At Coal Fire, AL

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-06-2009

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In thinking about the reunion at Coal Fire Baptist Church in July sparks a memory of gatherings past at that church, say 1940s and 50s. I think it was probably the all day singings held at the church. But I remember the tea being made in  wash tubs with big blocks of ice in the tub. Any of you remember that. Also, banana sandwiches. And fried chicken!!!! That was like heaven to me as a boy, a little fat boy I might add, and yes, I did join in the singing. I loved it. I sang tenor for several years with the Harmony Brothers Gospel Quartet out of Carlsbad, NM  and still love singing, though now its more like a croak… I doubt our ice tea will be in  wash tubs this reunion, but if it were, I’d be delighted to drink it….Looking forward to the trip…

Santa Rosa, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-06-2009

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My wife and I love to play 42, a game of domino’s. So does her sister and brother-in-law. We decided to meet in Santa Rosa, spend the weekend and play domino’s. This happened some time ago. I figured there would be absolutely nothing to do in Santa Rosa except play domino’s. Wrong….that is a nice town and nice people and lots of folks visit there. They have a nice lake there, a fish hatchery, and “The Blue Hole”….have you heard of it? Beautiful, cold and clear water and folks that scuba dive come from all over to train there. It is deep also, I am not sure just how deep, but I heard 80 feet. After six feet,  its too deep for me. Well, we did play some domino’s and as usual, my bud-in-law and me got the crap beat out of us…we are so hard headed and just keep coming back for more….Those girls are more than willing to wop the crap out of us, again and again….But Santa Rosa was still fun..