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John Bright Russell, 1/28/40 – 7/3/01

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-07-2014


John Bright Russell, better known as Johnny Russell, was a wonderful song writer/singer…I have no reason to feature him here other than I like him and his songs. He wrote some good ones and also had some great singers record his songs. How about Buck Owens, “Act Naturally”. Twenty six weeks on the country western charts, probably one of Buck’s biggest hits…Johnny Russell also wrote “Catfish John”, “Baptism of Jessie Taylor”, and “Ain’t You Even Gonna Cry”. His songs have been recorded by Jim Reeves on the B side of “He’ll have to Go”, a huge song by Jim and The Beatles recorded “Act Naturally” on the B side of “Yesterday” voted on of the top 100 songs ever…How many millions did “Yesterday” sell? A goodly amount, I reckon….George Strait recorded, “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together” another goodly amount….Burl Ives, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Carl Smith, Emmy Lou Harris and others recorded Johnny’s songs…His life was cut short by diabetes, dying at age 61….But he left us some great songs…Songs that we continue to enjoy and probably will for a long time to come…All his songs are good and those who have recorded him did a great job. But I would have to say that my favorite is probably Jim Ed Brown singing, “Ain’t You Even Gonna Cry”….Jim Ed does a super job and you can goggle it and hear it on youtube…..

Child Immigrants and other stuff….updated 7/14/14

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-07-2014


It is a shame, but the children need to be sent back….Our border is closed to illegal crossing and its a rule we have to stick to. Yes, it breaks our heart, but it will also break your heart when America cannot take care of its own…And we are almost there. Please spread the word to Central America that you will be sent back. Do let them have a false hope of getting to stay in America…Apply for legal entry…LEGAL ENTRY…update to this report…Today 2 bus loads of immigrants where taken from Artesia, NM, where several hundred have been staying,  to the Roswell, New Mexico airport and put on planes for Central America…I doubted it would happen, but it did and so quickly. We will see…

How long to pay a favor?…When a fellow borrows, say a thousand dollars and agrees to pay it back with interest, when the last dollar is paid, its over….When someone does you a favor, how long do you pay? Is it one favor or another favor or can one keep asking for favors for a long time? Many favors or just one favor….Among friends, I suppose the favors are not counted, but to some people a favor seems to be a lifetime deal in that the recipient of a favor expecting its return time after time…I guess a person has to take control of that type situation, huh? Really, we should not count, but sometimes there are limits.

Our world is quickly becoming a hot box of wars again and some of them could escalate so easily. Israel is always a place we look at when the shooting starts because of the Biblical prophets. The Middle East and the new caliphate state could bleed over into that arena as well since all the world powers have an interest there. Russia and Ukraine is another prime example of  counties splitting and then fighting after the split and those two could involve others also…..Where will it all end up….Between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers I am afraid…Just where is it suppose to end…Well, that’s how I see it..

My numbers are coming around again, averaging over 100 per day again. Thank you folks for coming back to see me. I appreciate it very much. And some of you notice I posted Chapter Six to Follow the Sun as several of you read it. Seven and Eight may follow soon. Thanks again.

Leaders Lead….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-07-2014


I once had a friend that most everyone looked up to and he could get people to do what he was doing or wanted to do so easily. I often wondered just how he could do that. It was a quality I never processed. I suppose it comes to a select few. Only a few of our President have had it and in spite of some of them not having it, seems America understood at those times when we had to follow the leader we had or simply just lose…So the American came around during that period and did what we had to do. Today we lack leadership, not only in the White House, but also in the Senate and Congress. It is a period of great weakness in our country and if we have many more conflicts, within or outside  our borders,  I am not sure we can survive. I hope we can redeem ourselves this next election, Democrats and Republicans, and find a select few who are able to lead and still have a servants mentality…Do they exist? I hope they still do….

Wish I had a Nice Camera….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-07-2014


Did you ever wish you had a nice camera…A camera just to take along with you on your little journeys so you could record the amazing sights along the paths you travel, recording the beauties so you could share with others, especially when you have a web site that many people visit daily? Well, I was the same way, so when my grand kids gave me one I was so impressed…Now I could record all these wonderful trips I was taking and let you share them with me….And you know what?  I forget the dang thing…so I still do not have any pictures of all these beautiful New Mexico sights…Between Clines Corner’s and Santa Rosa today the hills were so pretty and green, water standing down in the draws and canyons, antelope wondering all over the country side….and no camera…..Ok, next time for sure…I mean, really….

This Caliphate Thing….It’s Getting Scary Again

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-07-2014


Things are not going real well in the Middle East….This new country, caliphate, or whatever, is plumb scary, these folks having their own country and all. If they would all wear black hats or black suits or something so we could identify them from 30,000 feet, no problem…But its hard to see the explosives strapped to the body covered by the sheets they wear. If they can get enough people to wear the bombs they can do some major damage…It will be hard to catch them all. Hopefully, we can keep them off of aircraft. I guess suicide is ok to the Islam’s or Muslim’s, huh? I just wonder if we can convince them to practice? Over there, in this new country….A tip…..Show off to the new leader by walking into his office and pushing the button to impress him…I wonder do they read hesterbooks.com? Probably not, but if you do, caliphate fans, give it a try….I mean, what can it hurt? I also wonder, is the Sunni and Shiites and Islam’s and Muslim’s all kind of kin….One thing about us Baptist and Catholics, we disagree on some things, but we agree on the Almighty and Jesus Christ who sits at his right hand and we believe in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and most all the Thou Shall and Thy Shall Not’s. I really do not know anything about those caliphate folks, but you know what?  They make you not want to know anything about them,  these caliphate people…They are completely unlovable…   I’m sorry, but they are…and uncaring…name me one Muslim charity or one Muslim hospital….They just different. Is there any industry in any of those countries. Aren’t the weapons and arms and aircraft and tanks shipped in from somewhere else…Let’s stop shipping them anything…..I read this again and  it is called rambling, sort of,  but I also hope it is called truth…

Back to the Bla……

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-07-2014


Ok, the holiday weekend of over, our families have gone home, left overs in the frig for several days eating, lots of deserts left (that will probably get tossed), why is that you reckon, wives just don’t want to have sweet stuff laying around for husbands to get in to or so they can’t get into them? Well, maybe it’s some of both, but back to my story, now we go back to being lazy, doing what has to be done, cooking only when absolutely necessary and going out to eat a lot more that we should and taking a nap every afternoon, you know, just about the time the lunch settles into our tummy and that sleepy feeling overtakes you, well, you know what I’m talking about…Anyway, we are now back to those days….Here is a picture of a cake our no. 2 son made….and it was darn good…july 4 2014 020

July 4th……238 years?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-07-2014


Well, if I am figuring it correctly, we have had 238 years of freedom. Not 238 easy years by any means, but good years,, years of growth and learning how to live free and make rules to protect our rights and freedom…Seems like we have outdone ourselves at times, huh, or is it just me…..Some people do not feel the same as others, they don’t have the pride in God, country, and flag. They don’t stand at attention during the singing of the national anthem or they talk and show disrespect. Our soldiers are still fighting, not for our freedom, but for others and the ones we are fighting for don’t care about us or our soldiers. Our freedom will remain…We will make it so…I would be happy to have all our people in the confines of our own borders, but that’s me. Others think we are the world policemen, but it is a very high price to pay in a world where we are not always welcome. So, July 4th, we will grill hamburgers and hot dogs, enjoy our family and our freedom…But let us bow our heads and give thanks to the Almighty for this freedom and pray that it will continue until He comes for us….God Bless America..  Pete Hester

When is a Classic, a Classic?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-07-2014


002This is my 1987 Mazda Club Cab pickup. I have had it since 1988, buying it with a few miles on it. I take it out for a spin ever so often and to the dump on a trash run two or three times a year. Well, I think it is a classic now, 27 years old, runs great and every child that comes to visit me wants to pretend drive it. They have a great time playing in it. Surely it will be a classic by age thirty, huh? Well, maybe not….But I sure love it also…and maybe for the same reason the children do….

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Hot…When do you say, “It’s Hot?”

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-06-2014


I walked over to our little neighborhood “C” store today. Normally, I really enjoy the walk, well, its more of a amble or stroll than a walk. But, when I do that the temperature is high eighties or low nineties….Today, I’m pretty sure it was touching a 100. I have not seen the temperature posted anywhere yet, but its hot. I told Sweetie “I like it hot, but today is about my limit.” She quits the outside a lot quicker than I do, saying, “it’s hot” pretty quick. I even get out and do my painting in our shed on most days….Not today, no way Jose, I’m sticking with this air conditioner. I don’t know who invented the a/c, but bless you, man, bless you….Whew, “It’s hot.”…..

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Children, Illegal Immigrants, Big Foundations

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-06-2014


I love children…I have 5 children, 5 grand children, 2 great grand children and a bunch of nieces, nephews, cousins and all of their children. They are all so precious. The Lord demands that we love the little children and He tells us it is better to have a mill stone tied round your neck and then be dropped in the middle of the ocean than to harm  a child…..45,000 plus children have fought and struggled to come from Central America through Mexico and into the USA to get here, hoping for a better future. It is heart wrenching to have to send them back into the poverty they tried so hard to escape, but can we afford to keep them? Do we offend God to send them back? I’m torn about it all with my heart saying, “keep them” and my head saying we cannot afford to knowing that keeping them will only promote more coming. We do have our own children to care for and that is also now a pretty good job. I think we have to send them back, hopefully with a Care package to help them short term. The only other solution I can think of is if some of the big foundation will chip in to help pay their way. Oprah, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Koch brothers, and many, many, more who have the big buck could make a difference….How about it guys? Just a few million bucks apiece? Well, at least think about, ok? But hurry, time is running out…..