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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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The Changing of the Mantle…..and Happy New Year

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-12-2013

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I don’t know about you, but one of the big things around our house is the changing of the mantle….Christmas is a biggie, more than the other seasons because we decorate more than just the mantle….So, you get out all the Christmas stuff, decorate the mantle and the house and after Christmas reverse the process. We go right from Christmas to a valentine décor…Now, mind you, I am a very junior player in this process, more of a fetcher and “yes, that looks real good” type, but that is very important stuff, especially the “that looks real good”. That can reduce the time process a considerable  amount. Now, every once in a while, just for good measure, I throw in a “would that look better over there” and every once in a while I get a “yes, I think you are right”. But, anyway, Sweetie does a good job decorating and I am happy to assist her. She makes the house look good and makes changes inside without buying new furniture and the like, er, which I really like…Next change I guess is St. Patrick’s Day and then another biggie, Easter….A few years ago I could get the boxes down in a few minutes….now, not so fast. I guess I should be happy I can still move and walk….let me rephrase that, I am happy I can still move and walk….It really is a pleasure being Sweetie’s assistant….Pretty good job, really…..Oh yeah, and Happy New Year….No mantle change there……Pete

White Christmas…..Bah, humbug…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-12-2013

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I had a very good conversation with number 3 son yesterday, who called to wish us a Merry Christmas. He was doing well and enjoying his white Christmas, well, for the most part he was. I was envious as he was discussing his snow early on in our conversation, but when he started telling me the reality of a heavy snow fall in his part of the world, I looked out my patio doors and noted the heavy sunshine covering all of our world, thinking about what he was saying, I quickly changed my mind. He mention that when he first bought his home there in Wisconsin that friends and neighbors spoke of his “long driveway” and he did not fully understand the meaning of those statements then and why they would even mention that aspect of his home……After the first snow, he fully understood. The snow makes the it’s initial deposit, which he shovels, then the snowplow runs and throws more snow into the driveway, which he shovels and then the following snows all season long, he shovels and every rerun of the snowplow, he shovels…..He did not say he was wanting to move back to sunny New Mexico, and he probably does not, but I did wonder about that. It can snow here overnight and a lot of times by sundown that day it’s all gone. I have lived here at this location for 20 years and have shoveled my driveway three or four times. I did not buy a snow shovel until about three years ago and I have used it a couple of times……Well, I feel for those of you who shovel their driveways many times a season and say a prayer that sunshine prevails in our part of the world….Bah, humbug to a white Christmas…..Pete Hester

Merry Christmas

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-12-2013

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From my house to your house, we wish you a very Merry Christmas……

Oh, and Happy Bowl Games, too….Pete

Santa Claus is White……

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-12-2013

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No, Santa Claus is not always white….We had a teacher tell a black student here in New Mexico a few days ago that Santa Claus was white. He has been suspended. We all know Santa is multi-racial and multi-cultural, always has been. But, you tell me when you describe Santa what do you say…..Yeah, fat, white, white beard, rosy cheeks, glasses and a hardy laugh….always white in the ads on TV and in the newspapers, etc. Ever since that incident I have taken note, NO BLACK SANTA’S, NO BROWN SANTA’S ….So, again, as with Phil on Duck Dynasty, we shoot the messenger….How dare the teacher tell a student that Santa is white? Even the teacher had never seen a Santa that wasn’t white….But, we took care of him… All the while every example we see daily, everywhere you look, you see a white Santa…..Are we crazy or what?…  Pete

Duck Dynasty Fans…Hey, Hey….Listen to me folks..Phil is right

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-12-2013

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Phil is right….The press can say what it wants to about gays, important people can tout the fine, upstanding folks who are coming out…..I can defend the gay community, etc, etc……but, until God gives his ok, and  changes what He has to say about it, it will rate right up there with all the other sinful acts as stated in the Bible. I am not pointing fingers. I am not throwing stones. I am saying I got my sins and you have your sins….Wrong is wrong. I don’t do wrong and try and tell you what’s wrong is right….Conversely, don’t try and tell me same sex partners are  right. Get the amendments so stated in the Bible, then everything will be alright…..It is not Phil and me that you have to worry about, folks…Let me rephrase that, It is not anyone on this earth that you should worry about….I imagine that Phil is like me and has enough problems of his own to not worry about yours. But on the other hand, God tells us to warn others of wrong doing when we see it…It’s not easy being a watchman, something goes wrong and everyone wants to know where the watchmen were….Come back…..Pete Hester         ps…..”To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” Thomas Aquinas     (This reminder in one’s of todays e-mails. Thanks, Danny.)

Gold, Water, and Dallas Cowboy Football…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-12-2013

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Gold: I heard this morning that Fort Knox may be empty. Huge shipments of gold have been reportedly shipped from the USA to points in South Africa….Some reported that China wanted gold to loan us money and we had to ship them some of our gold. Audits have been requested at Fort Knox just to see if we have any gold left there…..DO WE REALLY WANT TO KNOW?

Water: Here in Albuquerque we have had a concerted effort to conserve water. The citizens of our city have responded in a powerful way. Guess what?  The city water department now is in financial trouble because the revenue has dropped so much. Well, dud, wonder why? Anyway, long story short, they gonna have to raise our rates on water to cover a 3.6 million dollar short fall.

Cowboy football: It all started with the firing of Tom Landry….About the time I think they are gonna work it all out, they do something else stupid. They have had some great coaches and fired them because of egos at the top, well, in my opinion anyway, then other stupid decisions one after the other. I have been a Cowboy fan since Eddy LaBaron was quarterback. Remember him? But I am really having problems hanging on with them. I may switch to the Denver Broncos unless they can do something to redeem themselves in my eyes…. It is really not about losing nearly so much as it is about stupid…..Well, that’s the way I see it …..You know what? I think Tom Landry and GOD are pretty close…..And neither one of them is very happy with the Cowboys…..Well, there again, that’s just another opinion….Pete

My Kids, Smart or Dumb?….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-12-2013

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Are my children smart or dumb? Well, some parents are saying I don’t really know, but I don’t want you and the state to know either. So, they want and are trying to have the right to opt out on standard testing of their children. I guess that’s ok, but at some point folks, you folks are gonna need to know. A kid has to be educated enough to hold his own out in the world. Makes you feel like these parent know or suspect the child has learning problems from the get-go or they would not be opposed to testing….Would they?…. Oh, what the heck, maybe I’m missing something….I probably would have faired better without testing, probably convincing others I’m a dad blamed genius….Well, maybe not….But good or bad folks, you need to know about that child. I mean, really…..Pete

Don’t forget my Sponsors….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-12-2013

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You get free reading and free downloads here, thanks to my sponsors who’s ads appear throughout my blog. Click on one or two that interest you…You may see something you really like and I get a few pennies in return for your click….We will both thank you very much…..Pete

Ruben Navarrette, Jr….He’s at it again….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-12-2013

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You know, Mr. Navarrette is a well educated, intelligent and successful writer. But where does he come up with all this crap…..”President Obama and his administration is responsible for dividing all the illegal alien’s families by deporting the illegals?” He said that in this morning’s Albuquerque Journal. Enforcement officials are doing their jobs by enforcing the laws of the United States of America and he pronounces them wrong and hypocritical in trying to do their jobs? The illegals came to this country by breaking a law. Somehow this criminal came to have a family here. Now he is caught and is being returned to his home country and it is Obama’s and his administration that are the bad guys for dividing the familes of the illegals? What kind of logic is that? Are the laws of the United States of America to be ignored by all? Or just ignored by some? You have it wrong, Mr. Navarrette, and you know it….You have harped on this subject for months and have blamed the Democrats, the Republicans, the President, the Presidents administration, Congress. And let’s see, Mr. Navarrette, did you blame the media at one point, well, maybe not, but it has been everyone’s fault except the lawbreaker. Talk amnesty, if that’s what you want to talk about, Mr. Ruben,  but deporting a law-breaking illegal is no one’s fault except the illegal.  Say it like it is, don’t say it like you want it to be………Pete

A Dreary Day in Albuquerque….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-12-2013

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“Gloom, despair and agony on me, deep dark depression, excessive misery.” It’s an old tune, but it still has a place in our lives from time to time. We have lots of beautiful, sunshine and clear skies here in Albuquerque most of the time. When we have a bad day or two, we take it hard….Well, at least us old timers who do not like to get out in bad weather…Today is one of those days. We had a get together planned for tonight and it is snowing, probably not a whole lot (it is still snowing at the time of this writing) but enough to make us old timers worry about slipping and sliding, falling down or getting stuck on a roadway somewhere….So, an early called was made this morning by the host household saying, “maybe some other day” and we readily agreed. It’s not fittin’ for man or beast out there today….. I feel for the guys and girls that have to get out anyway, if they want to eat that is, and go on about their daily business never minding what the weather is like….. Retirement does have a few benefits. Heck, we need the moisture and I don’t want to complain,  but I sure do like sunny warm weather…..Pete