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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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Sand Dune Lizard, Threatened Species in NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-11-2012

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Sand Dune Lizard

Mrs. Old Lady Thornton’s Treasure by E. V. Pete Hester

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 07-11-2012

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Here is the second book I wrote. A Fiction story about some teenagers in rural Alabama. The book is a take on Chapter Seven from my first book Cousins…It came out that I needed two different posting to get it in, probably due to the way I did it….both are different prints but it reads the same…I hope you will read it…I hope you love these teenagers as they are in another story of mine. This same group of kids are also featured in “Cousins in Mulberry Branch Hollow”, battling a ghost music band of guys who haunt Mulberry Branch Hollow,  another scary, funny type story. We will do  it later, but far now enjoy this one,…… at least I hope you will.  Pete

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Air Travel, leaving New York City

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-11-2012

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Today while walking out to get the mail, I looked to the west overhead here in Albuquerque, up into a pale blue sky with contrails east bound and west bound, 3 eastbound and 4 westbound. It made me wonder about the people who where up there traveling…..Were they ones leaving New York City and points in the east who had just faced the terrible storm and headed west for some relief or were they people headed home in the east to see their loved ones who had just lost everything. I suppose I’m an old softy but the last two days as I watched the news and some old folks, like me, going through a home totally destroyed and having lost everything, picking up bits and pieces of their belonging, tears started rolling down my cheeks…I just can’t help it… So, let me just say a prayer that the Lord will bless them with kindness and love them through all this. And if those folks over my head today, traveling eastbound, were headed toward some of their loved one, then I say to you, God bless you and give you strenght to be a major help to those who need you so much during this time. Sweetie and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all….Pete Hester

Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-10-2012

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Sounds bad for the east coast residences, huh? They are saying some 50 million people could be affected. Terrible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them all and to those folks who do not live there but have kin and friends who do live there and are concerned about them. Many folks read this blog that are from that area of the world and we want you to know that you are in our prayers. Several people that I have chatted with in the poker/slots chat rooms are from that area….so, if you are still hanging around the lower lying areas, now is the time to leave….May God bless you and yours…..Pete

The Autumn Leaves, uh, and Eating Mexican Food

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-10-2012

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Monday we took a tour of the Jimez Mountains to see the  leaf colors in the mountains. Dang, we were about a week late. There were a few aspen that still had the brightly colored yellow leaves, but most of them had already lost their leaves. Had we gone on this tour around the 15th of October I think we would have seen the Aspens in all their glory.  Still, it was a nice trip. We took Hwy 550 up to Cuba, then Hwy 126 up into the Jimez Mt’s. Came  back south and hooked up with Hwy 4 back into San Ysidro.  Let me warn you that Hwy 126 becomes a gravel road after 12 miles are so, winding and some rub board areas. We met one big truck, but luckily it was in one of the wider spots in the curvy road. Campers use this road every day in the spring and summer. Winter, not so much. Go when you have plenty of time and try not to rush on that road.

We stopped and had a nice meal at El Bruno’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Cuba. Very good food. Some of the best, crispiest and lightest homemade chips I had ever had. The  salsa was very good as well. A little pricey, but very good food. They now have a place here in Albuquerque on 4th Street. The owner reported it is doing very well. Good to hear and we will have to try it out in the near future…..Pete

Women in My Family

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-10-2012

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I told you that I get in trouble when I talk about the women in my family on this web site. They are very private and do not want me talking about them, even if its to brag on them…..It’s a no-no….However, that said, I have to tell you that my no. 2 daughter is a traveling nurse and her travels have brought her through Albuquerque. She is kinda making her base here for a while. And fortunately for me, some of her off days have been on my “yard days”, mowing, trimming,etc. That girl gets out and helps me, and get this, allowing me to supervise even…How about that. Well, anyway, she does a real good job, helps me out a lot and I just have to give a shout out to this young lady for helping her Dad, even if I do get into trouble….Thanks, no. 2……

Flying Balloons Today …. 10/07/2012

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

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Saturday’s mass ascension here in Albuquerque did not happen….The weather always has the final say in things…The winds shut us down yesterday….Today, Sunday, just right for balloon flying and we watched on tv as the balloons traveled south and southeast, or in other words, away from our part of town. But that’s ok as we are glad they are flying, giving the folks what they came here to see and do…Fly, ride or watch all the beautiful balloons….oh, and eat all those spicy burritos and other good foods that abound around the balloon park…..Folks are here from all over the world….Welcome to Albuquerque and enjoy your stay……Pete

Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-10-2012

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This weekend is the start of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and the time of the year for Sweetie and I to take off to other places on vacation. This year, however, we got a kink in our plans and are having to stay in our crowded metropolis for the duration. No, believe me, I want you to see our festival, it is worth the trip out, but it takes us locals forever to get to where we want to go, oh, well, you know the story. Here, our motels and hotels sell out, the rental car agencies have very few cars available at this late date, restaurants are full….all good for our economy, but a good time for us to have full pantry and  eat at home and watch the few stray balloons that fly over our house. Some years, with the right wind conditions, our patio becomes a very good spot for balloon watching. Now, the special shapes very seldom make it out this far, but the regular shaped are routine visitors. Anyway, we are already planning for next years absence from Albuquerque in October….We will see..

God in OUR Government??????

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-09-2012

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I think you will be surprised by this little tidbit of information. What a history we have and why God did put the hedgerow of protection around America. I hope we will stop tearing the hedgerows down….Will you help?

http://stg.do/Iwpc <http://stg.do/Iwpc>

Election Year…as if you did not know….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-09-2012

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We are facing a very important election this year, for a few reasons…One: Our economy is the pits and it will take a valiant effort to turn it around in another four years. Two: The nation debt is so large and we are dependent on China for our cash and our relationship is a bit shaky, right? Congress will not work with folks across the aisle and that is very bad… Three: World politics and say what you will, but the Muslin world is different. They want to exist, but they want Israel totally out of the picture, which ain’t a gonna happen. And since we are a CHRISTIAN nation, the roots of our nation is Israel. That will not change and we will always support them.. It’s your call folks, vote as you will and vote for who you think is the best candidate, but before you pull that handle, please pray that you are voting for the right person…… I do know that voting for what the government “can do for me” is the wrong attitude. The “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude just ain’t gonna cut it, but you already know that….Don’t you?…..Pete