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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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Old Friends….A Repost

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-09-2017

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Old Friends

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-06-2009

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Old friends, after all of these years, we’re old friends,… just old friends, what a prize, what a treasure…..I can’t remember  the words to the Bill Gaither song, but I remembered some of it tonight while talking to some Alabama folks. One wonders how we let time get away from us. Folks just get too busy, at least I do. Anyhow, if you have been thinking about someone, call them. It will make you feel better and they will probably like to hear from you also. I think it will warm the hearts of both parties…..If they say, now “who are you?”, well, its been too long…..

I am making a list of folks to call and say hello to. I have put it off to long…9/20/17

Football Been Good To Me…..Just Not Lately (Dallas, Lobos, Aggies)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-09-2017

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The New Mexico Lobos took it on the chin twice in the last two weeks. Frist, the New Mexico State loss at 30 – 28 and then Boise State, 42 – something. Next week ain’t looking all that good either. Then, New Mexico State got me thinking that maybe they were going to be pretty tough this year, then Troy beat them 30 – 28 (or there abouts, too many scores to remember.) So, that was a let down as I was really pulling for them…..But, down inside, I knew that I had the Dallas Cowboys playing in Denver for Sunday’s game and I was relaxed going into this game….even into the third quarter I figured they would turn loose the horses. They kept the stud in the stable I reckon or they stayed in Dallas and did not make the trip. I don’t know, but it was bad….The other side of the coin is that Denver came to play….and play  they did. Elway better go ahead and up that young quarterback’s salary….He is good…And they have a running game this year….And they have a front line this year….and they have some D backs this year…..Did I mention some linebackers…I’m still gonna pull for the Lobos, and the Aggies, and the Cowboys…..But guys, don’t keep losing on the same weekend, Ok?

Rio Grande Rivalry…New Mexico Lobos vs New Mexico State Aggies

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-09-2017

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The football battle begins at 6 pm this evening. Nope, no tv…. to see it you can view by streaming on Facebook, (that’s what the paper said) and radio….Oh yeah, attending the game, that will also work….That’s what the Hester boys are gonna do. You know my son and grandson have done my yard all summer, mowing and trimming, weed eating and what ever else needs doing. So, I treated them to a game and not quite in the nose bleed section but not on “the first row”. We are excited about it and had invited my New Mexico State graduate grandson up for the game,  (showing that we do not play favorites) but he could not make it. I’m a Lobo fan, but you may not know that I attended New Mexico State – Carlsbad a few years ago. Ok, maybe a few is a little bit much, so ok, like maybe 50 years or so ago. So long that I have forgotten and have become a Lobo fan. But I still pull for the Aggies and they showed up well last week against Arizona State, 37 – 31 and the Rogers to Scott td catch was aired on ESPN and every other sports show in the nation…. a one handed catch….I hope they do that several times this year, just not against the Lobos….. I’m thinking Lobos…..42 – 35 …….

ok….The Lobos did not win but after a very slow start almost caught up….Final: New Mexico State 30 – New Mexico 28….Here is part of your crew….

Daniel Webster Hester, Loving Father and Grandfather, Called Pop by Many

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-09-2017

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My guest writer this week is my nephew Dan Hall….

Daniel ” Preacher, Sonny Boy” Webster Hester
By Dan Hall
Pop had two nicknames as I remember, I asked him one time as young fellow why some of the men called him “Preacher”. He said it started when he was in about the 4th grade, he said it was getting late in the fall and he didn’t have a coat. One Saturday he and his Dad walked over to the store in McShan to get him a used coat. The only one that was close to fitting him was a hammer tailed frock coat like some preachers wore. When he wore it to school the boys got to calling him “Preacher”, I ask if this made him mad. He said no, he didn’t care because now he had a good warm coat.
Sonny Boy was given to him at Mr. Reid’s sawmill (in Reform, Al) shorty after he went to work there, by an older gentleman working there. I was working there before going into the Air Force, and one day I called him Sonny Boy, I got a look that I had seen before, I was thinking, boy I’m fixing to get it. But all of sudden he began to smile that wonderful smile of his, from then on if I called him “Sonny Boy” I said it in joking way…..

Thanks Danny….Of course, my favorite name for him was Pop…..He was a real good man.

Kaepernick….He Ain’t Standing…He Ain’t Signing

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-09-2017

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Kaepernick is a slap in the face to every man who has ever served in the military and to every person who believes in our great nation. Yes, we have problems, but he needs to help unite us, not cause further separation. Write letters to the editor, speak in high schools, visit prisons and jails, speak in churches, visit areas of destruction, but stand for the National Anthem….. Mr. Kaepernick, pick any owner needing a quarterback, call him and state you are willing to stand for the National Anthem and will protest in other ways and I think you will get a chance….TRY IT…..

Hate Groups……Every Color?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-08-2017

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I’m trying to remember, but my memory ain’t all that great anymore, but it seems to me like just a few weeks ago, liberals were rioting, looting, burning, breaking windows, overturning cars, flying the Mexican flag and a lot of other stuff because Donald Trump won the election….At least, that how I recall it….and I think there might have been some of your black power, brown power and a liberal power holding court about that time, placing judgement on the voters electing Trump. Am I right? I think so…..Now, a few months later, as some want to erase certain parts of our history and the white power group protest, it is hate according to many….Hate….Now what is the difference between the hate of the liberals and the hate of the white power. Black power is ok, brown power is ok, white power is a no-no. I’m only 81….Maybe I can get it all figured out by the time God calls me home….Seems to me like hate is hate, brown, black, white…..The blood of Jesus was red. I believe the blood of each of the groups listed is red. He died for us all. That should make a difference in all of our groups and it will if we will let it…..Amen?

Friends….Mexican Friends….Illegal Mexican Friends

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-08-2017

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I have some good friends who are Hispanic by birth linage  and some of them have been in America for many years, them and their parents and their parents before them. All of them are ideal citizens of the United States of America, working and paying their fair share of taxes. You could not ask for a better buddy or better friends anywhere. So, sometimes when we start talking about illegals, we may be talking about some of their kin or friends. I would never want to do or say anything to hurt any of those guys and I hope they know that. I have not been as careful as I should be in guarding my remarks just to keep down any misunderstanding between them and me. That said, at some point in time we as a nation are going to have to face the fact that we are broke. Yeah, I know, we are still spending money like there is no tomorrow simply because we can print it as fast as we can spend it. (My great grand children are already in debt and they are not out of grammar school yet.) And building a wall is not a pleasant thought. But some changes have to be made. One such change is being a citizen of another country and having a child born here in this country, that in and of itself should not  constitute as citizenship. And two, we could have long term visa’s or green cards to keep people here for long periods of time if they are green card holders in good standings. After five years or so, the process could be gone through again. Three, famers or ranchers who need long term help could also sign for them (individualy or in groups) and keep the federal government advised to their need for them year after year, naming the ones working each year. And there are probably plenty of other points that could be made to improve our system of workers or students…….But something needs to be done about having a wide open border, due to incoming drug trafficking, sex trafficking, human exploitation, beefing up the democratic voting rolls and  just plain old sneaking across the border….I do not know the cost of healthcare, welfare and living assistance we pay out to or for illegals, but any is too much when our own people are so needy.   It is a terrible problem for many now, but American’s from all political parties will one day have to come to terms with our southern border and the problems in not addressing these issues.

New Mexico Monsoon….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-08-2017

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It is great that we have a monsoon season in New Mexico and the southwest. Looking at the weather map is exciting. Towns like Carlsbad, Roswell, Portales, Ruidoso, Hobbs, and on and on the list goes, all getting good rains….. And  sometimes including Albuquerque. However, Paradise Hills (Albuquerque) on the westside seems to miss most of the action. We did get some here a while back, but not like the quantities some of the other communities are getting. I can water for thirty minutes and not get the moisture that a ten minute rain will drop on my yard. It’s ok, I reckon. We are thankful for the amount we did get, however, we are still hopeful that it comes around our way again. A couple of more inches, spread out,  of course would be very nice.

Colorado Fishing…6th Annual Hester Boys Fishing Trip

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-08-2017

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Steve from Colorado Parks and Wildlife had just dumped 2000 trout in Platoro Reservoir moments before this picture. Here he is dumping 500 trout into Mix Lake, a lake about 50 feet higher than the reservoir. Fishing in Mix Lake is sometimes better than the big lake. He does this several times a season. Very interesting watching him work. The water is so clear you could see the fish trying to get oriented to their new location.

Novel J. I. Hall, Jr., and Writing Skills

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-07-2017

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 From Pete Hester’s Facebook page, July 21, 2017:

I submitted my novel, “Judge Iverson Hall, Jr.” to the Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition back in 2012 hoping to win the 1000.00 first prize….I did not….but they did forward me the conclusions of Judge Number 2, the one who evaluated my novel. The judges were from Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. My judge first said on my evaluation rubric that I needed improvement in the beginning of the story, writing style, language, sentence structure but I graded better on plot, originality, conclusion and character development and then concluded by saying, “The best endings in novels are created with the protagonist overcomes the obstacles in the way to reaching his goal through his own person growth, strength and insight. We see J. I. acquire the skills he needs to triumph as he matures…..The flavor of western frontier life is richly described in this novel and the conversation is believable……J. I. Hall, Jr., has all the elements for a classic western adventure…… With attention to point of view, showing not telling, and creating a clean manuscript, the author will have a strong story.” ..In 1998 when I had my by-pass surgery, and hearing stories at that time that a by-pass surgery should be good for five years or better, I had the feeling that I better get with life and do those things that I always wanted to do but had not, i.e., painting and writing……I started painting and then writing while recovering shortly after the surgery……

So, in my first attempt to win at writing, I did not get a glowing recommendation on my writing skills, but I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to try. And reading J. I. Hall, Jr.,  compared to my first attempt at writing is a very noticeable improvement. It sounds like I am bragging on myself in this posting, however, that is not the intent…The intent is to thank a loving God for giving us a chance to do those things that we want to do…..Maybe I am not “good”,  but thank you Lord for allowing me to get to this point….Do you have something you need to get started on? There is only one way to get there…..first you got to “start”……