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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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Zach Johnson, Winner John Deere Classic

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-07-2012


Zach Johnson really impressed me yesterday. No so much that he came from several strokes behind Troy Matteson, no so much because he caught and tied the score to go to sudden death playoff, and not so much that he overcame driving a shot into the water on the first playoff hole and it was not even his approach shot that landed within a few inches of the hole on the second playoff hole. But all those things kind of had me pulling for the young man,…. but what really impressed me was in the interview with the CBS reporter. Zach said, “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”, that impressed me. Thank you Zach for being a Christian and for letting people know of your faith. I noticed you during the sudden death and I think it was on the final hole that the camera came on you and you had your head bowed…..I was wondering if you were praying, I felt like you were at the time and after the interview I was even more certain that was the case. Anyway, Zach Johnson, may God Bless you and your family and give you a long and winning career….

Jet Fuel Cocktail

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-07-2012


Now the water table under Albuquerque has risen. (Per Albuquerque Journal Story of July 15, 2012, read the full story there.) It now surrounds the Kirtland AFB jet fuel spill, The fuel is trapped under the water now making the vacuum method of retrieval difficult and the jet fuel has additives that are poisonous if consumed. That is one cocktail none of us care to drink. Let’s hope we never even come close. I’m thinking that at some point in time we will probably reconsider the Mississippi and Missouri River flood waters being pumped out west. Costly? Yes. Needed? That depends on the rainfall we get in the next few years and the surface water available to us. But unless we get something done on our underground water supply, we will have a problem. Do you have the answer? Well, call the Air Force…Do you have a question? Call the Air Force on that as well….I sure don’t know what we should do…..Pete

Gov. Martinez- Nothing to write about in New Mexico

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-07-2012


Geez, Governor Bill has left the state capital and now we have nothing serious to write about. No scandals in the present adminstration, no money unaccounted for, no payola or mishandling of funds, no trips to Cuba or Korea, its quiet, very quiet Was any of that or all of that true? I know not, but we sure got lots of mileage out of it…Gov. Martinez is selling all the states aircraft and traveling over the states checking out our highways and keeping spending in check, visiting schools, chasing the crooks, minding the store. Has our present Lt. Governor ever spent a day in charge? I don’t think so. ….So, this is great and New Mexico’s constituency is happy, except for the democratics of course, but then that is to be expected. That all being said, its just kind of dull around Sante Fe…..That globe trotting son of a gun always had something going, giving us headline hunters something to write about, know what I mean….There was always something exciting to write about and most of the time in a fever pitch….Oh, well, so it goes….Dull is good….

Ps….that eleven million dollar computer that Bill bought, you know the third fastest in the world two or three years ago….Now its the 121st fastest in the world and Gov. Martinez is trying to sell it. It is housed at Intel and is not making the state any money, in fact it seems to be costing the state money to operate it. Need a computer? Well, call the Governor, she’ll fix you up……..

Sweating, Swearing while Shearing

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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