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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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Sweating, Swearing while Shearing

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-07-2012

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Well, I wasn’t actually shearing the lawn, I was mowing, but I was sweating. The first time in a long time that I wiped sweat from my brow….real sweat….The first thing I did when I finished mowing was check the temperature and humidity. Temp was 83 degrees and the humidity was 53 percent….This is Albuquerque where 12 percent is pretty high for us. Monsoon season is here. We got our best rain of the year yesterday. More forecast for today. I hope we can get rain every day if  so I will put up with the sweating for a while. Now, I may continue swearing just a little bit also, but I’ll try to watch it. Thank you Dear Lord for the rains at my house and New Mexico in general. We sure do need them……I yelled at Sweetie yesterday, “Hey, look outside.” as the rain was pouring down…”I already did and I am thanking the Lord right now.” came the reply…..We are grateful…..

Lucky today….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-07-2012

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Oh man, I guess I’m just really lucky….My new Dell computer is waiting on me to confirm, (I’m not sure what I need to confirm but its there for me). I have 25 million pounds over in Rwanda (or some place) that has been left for me by a long lost relative and all I need to do is send them all the necessary information to make the transaction. Publisher Clearing House is pretty sure I am the big winner of the 5000 a month for life…..I must be really lucky and I don’t know how I do it. Matter of fact, I have had several long lost relatives pass on and leave me a fortune and I have just never bothered to follow through to receive all that money. Mom and Dad never told me about all our rich kinfolk. I guess money wasn’t all that important to them either…..Anyway, I just go ahead and delete e-mails that are giving me all that money and stuff. I think they all seem to need it more than I do…However, a new Dell would probably be pretty nice….(Ya’ll know I’m spoofing here, huh? Well, I am except a new Dell would be nice, but they ain’t free.)

Lucky today to be born an American and enjoy all that we have. Things are getting a little tougher these days, but we would not switch with anyone. May God continue to “Bless the USA”, and bless our troops where ever they are today and bring them safely home, and bless our Congress and Executive Branch of our government giving the wisdom and guidance to lead our country. Let’s pray for them today and invite God back into our courts and schools and country. Shall we pray…………………….Amen

Rock Paintings

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-07-2012

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Since my retirement, one of the other things I do to stay out of Sweeties way, oh, I don’t know it may be better said, one of the other things I do to hide out, yeah, I think thats better said….is to paint rocks. I try to find rocks that will stand up, but that is hard to do, but you can find them. With my painting, I am hampered by a tremor that I inherited from my Mother. Painting when my arms are tired is almost impossible as that makes the temor worse. But when I am relaxed and rested I can do fair. I took up painting and writing after my by-pass surgery a few years ago. I am still not good, but I am getting better. I wanted to share my latest rock with you guys. I was kind of proud of how this one turned out…..Pete

Daughters….and Grand daughters…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-06-2012

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I am always mentioning my sons and some of you may wonder if I have any daughters. Well, my wife, my daughters and my grand daughters have cautioned me about using their names, pictures, etc, etc, or you are gonna get in big trouble Pete/Dad/Paps…..I don’t think they would shoot me, but I don’t want to push the issue. But they all are very beautiful, kind, sweet and adorable girls. I love them so much and would like to discuss each one of them here….well, it ain’t gonna happen..so just forget it…this is as close as I will come to talking about them. One of them had a birthday yesterday. I spoke with her via phone as she lives in a distant city and wished her a Happy Birthday and told her how special she was, but she is the one who told me if I put a picture of her on this blog that we were going to fist city…well, she didn’t say it quite like that, but I got her meaning, and she is a beautiful girl and takes excellent pictures…You just gotta believe me here folks as a picture will not be forthcoming…..I love you girls….Pete/Dad/Paps (a couple  of them will have a little to do with the web site, huh?

When we were young…Pickens County High, Reform,Al

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-06-2012

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It just seems like yesterday…..Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, President Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam, US explodes 15 megaton hydrogen bomb, From Here to Eternity wins Academy Awards and Pickens County High turned some of it’s students loose to face the world. We look ready, don’t we?…….Yes, your’s truly is in there..(Some of Alabama’s finest, if you ask me.) Photo from Jo Rogers Lawly via Don Spruill and Erroll Bonner to yours truly. As Marrying Sam I sported a bow tie…fancy, huh? Oh yeah, that’s me behind the wheel driving that thing…..

Platoro, Co, year round residents

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-06-2012

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These guys were not at all skittish when strangers come around. My no. 2 son rolled down the pickup window and talked with them for a while. They seemed to understand….Well, he said they did??????click on the picture to enlarge..Pete

Readers, Hesterbooks.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-06-2012

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Last year about this time I had received about 160,000 hits through June. This year so far I have had about 140,000 hits. The total visitors to the site are also down. You know, kind of makes me think my postings are not what they were last year, contents and quality…..Maybe, maybe not, but if you would drop me a line about the good and bad of hesterbooks.com I would appreciate it. Under each of the posting, click on read more, there is a place for comments. I would love to hear from all of you…..I want to keep all of you as readers so improvements or any changes I need to make, with in reason of course, I will consider. Improvements in grammar, for example, may be difficult. Other than that is  what I’m talking about…Ok?   Pete

ESPN Sports Center & Number 3 Daughter-in-Law

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-06-2012

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Wow…Did you see my beautiful daughter in law wish her dad a Happy Father’s Day on ESPN Sports Center last Sunday? She was so pretty. She, along with her sister, wished their famous Dad happy fathers day. They did a very good job and you could tell that he was very touched by it all. All this happened just before the start of The US Open Golf Tournament. I was pleased with how it turned out so I know that Dad really was. She is proud of her dad, as she should be, and conversely, I think Dad is very proud of her and her sister. He was not only announcing for ESPN, he is a  two time winner of the Open. Anyway, I was sure impressed…..Both Sweetie and I got to see them and we were very pleased with the way ESPN handled the broadcast….Touching, very touching……Pete

Slothtrop Music….owner helps hesterbooks.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2012

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I want to personally thank the owner of Slothtrop Music for helping hesterbooks.com out each time he has an operational problem with WordPress. This guy steps in and gets it done to where none of you readers realize that I may be having a problem. He is always so good to take the time out of his busy day, running his music business, and running Slothtrop Records and trying to produce and promote new musicians, etc, that I feel bad to even ask him to help out. He always does and does not complain…..Well, not to me he don’t anyway…..You see, he’s my number three son and still a pretty good buddy….Anyway, I want to publicly thank him because I know it takes away for time  for himself….I love you my boy…a whole bunch….Did I ever tell you about the time he and I were down at Six Mile Dam below Carlsbad on a Saturday morning. The dam is very narrow, but you can walk across it, which we did. On the other side there is a drop of about six feet to get back down to the river level. I jumped first, things were fine. He jumped and landed with one foot on a rock that twisted his ankle. He was about 11 years old or so and Dr. Miner had been our family doctor for years. He’s passed on now, but if you remember him, he was always quite serious. About this time, Jim McKay of ABC Sports came on every weekend with his show, one of our favorites. Dr. Miner had us meet him at his office to examine his foot. Doctor asked, “What’s the problem here son?” He answered quickly, “Agony of defeat.” Dr. Miner had the best laugh about that I had ever seen and it is still one of my favorite stories. …Thanks for your help pardner……

Championship Fisherman

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2012

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No. 3 grandson had to be our most productive fisherman and the hardest one working at it. I don’t think there will be any argument from any of us about this young man. I will show you my choice for number two fisherman next time…….. Good looking kid, huh?