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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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Clouds and Computers…..A Rip Off If You Ask Me!!!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 14-06-2019

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Computer life sucks anymore. It is getting where a person cannot save his information to his own computer. You have a picture, sent by a friend, that you want to use on a web site or social media and you have all kinds of problems getting it to work.

I get so discouraged trying to make sense of computers, I was never very good with one and the new computers are not helping….Clouds…..Storage in Clouds…..pay to store in clouds…save to a file and then you cannot find the file on your own computer….It is a rip off if you ask me. Someone, anyone needs to come up with a “new” system where one can store ones information on ones own computer……what a novel idea, huh….invent a computer where you can store stuff from the internet on your own computer with no clouds involved.

Hey, I would buy one…..Someone, Anyone, a college type real sharp on computers….How about it Mr. College Man? You can probably make a fortune…..Really, I would buy one…..

Vallecito Reservoir, Colo….Fishing and Visiting…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-06-2019

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With 12 to 18 feet of snow remaining in the mountains around Vallecito reservoir, snowmelt is coming in very fast bringing in all kind of food for the fishes…..Very few were going after our baits. Very disappointing….However,  our food was great, that did not change and we all enjoyed that. Our younger fishermen were also hoping to do a little four wheeling but with all the snow up on the mountains all the trails were closed. Another disappointment, but  a great time was had by all.  Our stay again was at Croll’s Cabins.

 

Kathleen Parker wrote: Abortion Debate Doesn’t Belong on Billboards

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-05-2019

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Pete Hester wrote Kathleen the following e-mail today:

I  read your article in today’s Albuquerque Journal, 5/24/19. I hope you will return the  favor and read my note to you. First off, it may be debatable as to who is crazy, the old preacher shouting the gospel from a fruit crate or a person writing an article saying that God had written an amendment to His Words saying it is now ok to kill. That old preacher was simply telling it like he had been told to tell the story of the gospel. You are writing what you believe is truth I reckon. I don’t know how it is that I believe him, but I truly do as do millions of others in the USA and all around the world. So, yes I do believe him and not you in this instant. I wish I could tell you that I had never had a transgression. That’s not true, I’ve committed many, not proud of that fact, but I admit my sins and move on. If I was a woman, what would I do? I truly do not know, except for this…..Thou shall not kill has not changed, ever, so I think I would have to give the child up for adoption….And that also is sad. No happy ending in either event. But think about  the other side of the debate. We are  also witnesses to a debate that we would rather not have in viewing those terrible billboards….The woman who has an abortion will never have to face me nor you….She does have to face God….God bless you Kathleen Parker.

Kathleen Parker is with the Washington Post and her full article can be read in today’s Albuquerque Journal, May 24, 2019.

Part Two to the abortion debate, if’s it is a debate is this…..

You remember God assigning watchmen to the walls of the cities in the bible…..Shortened those bible verses simply say, that if I am a watchman I am ab0ligated  to warn the folks in the city of an approaching danger….if you ignore my warning I am not held responsible for what happens. If I go to sleep on my watch or do not report the approaching dangers, then I can be held responsible for not warning you. So, Ms. Parker, that crazy old preacher shouting the gospel from his fruit carte is forgiven since he sounded the warning, telling young women to not get an abortion……You on the other hand are encouraging women to get the abortion procedure done…..That is not what God would want you to do as I understand the scriptures. But you know what, I really think you understand all that and turn a blind eye toward it. Even living in the age of mercy and forgiveness there is another warning we should remember…. For it is written, “FEAR THE LORD THY GOD.”….

AdSense Payments on Hold

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-05-2019

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Did you know that you must be able to send and receive a text message if you expect to get into your AdSense account if you have forgotten your password or need to get into your account if you have needs. They say, “we will send you a text message with your temporary password”. What is your cell phone number?” I gave up my cell phone when I retired in 2009 and have used my wife’s cell since, just on old standard flip phone and we do not have text available on it. I cannot even get through to tell them that…Amazing…..And get this….there is no help line for voice and the help line “online” requires you being able to get into your account….They say we cannot pay you until we hear from you……SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT IN DENMARK if you ask me. Well, if you should know something I don’t please leave me a comment. What do you say Google? Do you have a voice phone? Just wondering…..

Is it Failure….or Fear of Failure That Hampers Us?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-05-2019

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None of my novels or short stories were very successful finically ….I am not sure that I have covered my cost writing and in presenting the writings to you folks to read here on hesterbooks.com. But to me, the success was in getting it done. In seeing some of my works in print, on the posting of this site or really just me enjoying reading my own words, I enjoy them. I suppose that may sound crazy, but it fulfilled a life long dream to write and another dream to paint. I am so glad God gave me the chance to do this. In 1997,  when I had my bypass surgery  I spoke to God about me having some time left to fulfill this dream. He heard my prayers and helped me get it done. At times, as my fingers seemed to fly across the keyboard, I felt like I was just hanging on and He was doing it all. I’m not sure how all that works when God jumps in to help us, or take charge, but I know now that He does. I’m thankful and to God be the glory for what appears on these pages….the short stores, the novels and the postings. To those of you reading this and wanting to write, to paint or do others things with your life……Listen, you just got to trust, turn loose and do it….Pray first and God will bless you….You’ll see….As to the failure or fear of failure in my writing or painting,  I never even thought about it at the time I was going for it….Good or bad, I can’t say…… Failure? Never!     Pete Hester

Facebook….Pete Hester Page

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-05-2019

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I went to get on my Facebook page the other day and they said, “who are you?” My e-mail had been changed , which I had changed but did not tell the FB police….My password did not match, which I had changed when I changed  the e-mail, so they had no idea who I am/was, but they did offer to set me up a new account…..I had a bunch of kin and pals on my list and no way to tell them all “I’m gone”….Hopefully they will read this or maybe some of my kinfolks will tell the other kinfolks and pals about why I disappeared from the FB pages…..The FB police  are getting real picky about what you can put on your postings anymore, especially if you want to go public with some stuff….I reckon that’s ok, Mr. Zuckerberg has been getting in hot water, well, maybe the wording is not great but anyway Congress had him on the hot seat for a while….So maybe he is being a little tougher on his posting and has his police force watching a little more. Anyway, I did not want to set up another account…..and I had already pulled hesterbooks.com from Facebook as they thought I was a money making business…..no, no, no….no money here. I pay my own way, let every one read my writings for free and pay for the site out of my pocket. So, hesterbooks.com is not on FB either.  Really, I ain’t mad at you Mr. Zuckerberg or your police force, I’m just going to post on hesterbooks.com for a while….So far, I can post whatever I wish here and other than some, er, well, bad review comments from time to time, I can tell it like I “sees” it. …..And the comments are open, even for Mr. Zuckerberg, here at hesterbooks.com. The hesterbooks.com police ain’t nearly as tough as the FB police….

SNL….It’s Time To Close Up Shop

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-05-2019

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Who watches Saturday Night Live anymore?  And one other question for the few that do watch is WHY? Insults and poor acting in a lot of peoples opinion. And why do we support the advertisers who support that blarney. I say it’s time for them to close up shop. I certainly don’t waste my time watching….Do you?

Southern Border

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-04-2019

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Activities around the southern border is getting a little more extensive every day. Illegals are coming through, asylum seekers are demanding more agents help them, legal truck transportation needs agent to get them inspected in a timely fashion so they can get across the border with factory goods, border patrol  check points are having to be shut down due to not enough agents to man them and the democrats don’t think there is a need for more help down there. Somewhere in the accounting system of the United States Government there is a system overload and no one is watching or someone it watching and not reporting,  or someone is watching  and reporting and the reports are not going to higher level supervisors. Anyway, as the Fram Filter guy used to say, “you can pay me now or pay me later” but pay we will. Really this needs to stop. Someone needs to listen to Trump on the southern border issues…..PLEASE

 

Alabama Football Fan (A Repost of an Earlier Posting) by Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 09-04-2019

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Big Alabama Football Fan by Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-01-2016

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Big Alabama Football Fan

I was watching Alabama play in the national championship game Monday night and got to thinking about one of the biggest Alabama football fan I grew up with, Pop loved the Tide. He talked about listening to the 1925 & 1926 Rose Bowl games on the radio & then going to Tuscaloosa to see them get off the train after winning the National Championship games. He talked about listening when Johnny Mack Brown made that great catch in the 1931 Rose Bowl. I guess between him and my uncles Sam & Pete, they are the reasons I love football & especially ALABAMA football so much.
Back in the early 1960’s Alabama football was not on the TV every weekend, maybe once or twice a year. But they were on the radio, and at the time the best radio Pop had was in the car, so he and I would get in and listen ( him letting me start it up very 15 to 20 minutes to keep the battery charged) to the Tide Roll. Now Pop loved Bama winning but he didn’t like for Bama to lose, as none of Bear Bryant’s teams didn’t lose many times. If Alabama did get behind, Pop would get out of the car saying something about Bear Bryant needing to do better. He would be gone about 15 minutes, come by and ask me ” how they doing now ?”, if we were still losing he would leave again, only to come back again in another 15 to 20 minutes. But if they were back ahead or driving for a score, he would get back in the car to listen some more. We talked a lot listening to those games, about many things but mostly football, Alabama Football.  I really enjoyed listening to those games with him, and watching one on TV was great, he would talk to the coaches & players about what he thought they needed to be doing.
He would love it now that they are on TV every week, and the way Coach Saban has them winning games and National Championships.
Pop got to listen to or see the first 12 of Alabama 16 national championships……
He loved football, Pickens County High School football and Alabama football. He saw his brother-in-laws, sons, nephews, and grandson play for the Tornadoes.  I don’t know about the earlier games, but Uncle Pete’s and my games at PCHS, he was always standing by the fence in the north end zone. I bet at the other games he was in that spot.
And yes, Uncle Pete I was young but I remember going to your games at PCHS…”.

 Dan Hall is writing about his Grandpa and my Dad, D. W. Hester and he was a big fan…He did not take Bama losing very well at all. Thanks, Dan, good story….
Posted April 9, 2019  This is one of my favorite articles written by my nephew Dan Hall. I just wanted to share it least one more time…..Alabama just keeps on winning National Championships…I’m pretty sure Dad is watching with a lots of other Alabama fans from Heaven….(well, I don’t really know that,  but if they can, they are…..)
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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-04-2019

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Some of the most beautiful sand you will see anywhere is in the White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo,  NM. It is a wonderful place to take your family and play in the sand or just drive thru the park taking the tour. You will be glad you did. Many years ago my youngest son’s cousin came to visit him from Alabama. He wanted to see the White Sands and we agreed to take him. Only thing was, it was March during spring break, and the wind was having its way with everything not tied down in New Mexico on that particular day. He loved it. He had studied the old desert fox, Rommel, and thought the day was wonderful that he got to experience the winds that sting your face and eyes and makes you struggle to walk against it. I figured he would hate it, but what did I know. Seeing how much he enjoyed it, made me enjoy it even more. It’s windy around New Mexico nowadays….wan’na come out and play?

ps…if you double click the picture I think it will take you to more pictures of White Sands Park…..