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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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Colorado River

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-09-2010

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We got several good shots of the rims at the Grand Canyon but from several of the view points you can see very little of the river. This shot is the best one of the river. At one place we could see a raft running the rapids, but to the camera lens it was only a speck, well, at least for our camera. One thing you cannot tell from the photo is the speed of the river. We attended the Imax movie on the second day and you felt like you were running the rapid watching it…Looked like fun…

Mike Leach….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-09-2010

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Coach Locksley is still employed, as far as I know, and yet some quarters are already talking up Mike Leach as the replacement for him…I don’t think that is a right way to handle the present situation as it just makes for more turmoil for the team and coaches…They know they need to win and the coaches are already paid for this season, the team is already set, so let’s make the best of it…We have played three very tough opponents so far, Oregon, Texas Tech and Utah…Losing to those three is not a surprise to anyone…The lopsided score is the big concern, right?…And we have 16 inexperienced players and every week we see an improvement in all of them….How about it Lobo nation, lets back our team, the one we now have…..bitching and complaining helps no one….Go Lobos….

Football post missing?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-09-2010

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Dang, I don’t know what to say about football….Alabama going strong. The Arkansas game should be a good one. ..Wisconsin doing ok, still winning….Arizona doing real good this year…Utah still kicking butts….Air Force looking pretty good but Landry Jones and Oklahoma side tracked them for at least one game…Dallas Cowboys can’t win…New Mexico Lobos are, what?…I feel bad for them, but no need to try and make excuses as all three teams to beat them were top notch teams…Oregon, Texas Tech and Utah…the Lobos and UNLV are tied for last place, so I am hoping for our Coach to get his second win with the team…That would be nice Coach…try not to get down to much…You have to keep on going….You have some good boys and they will come around……I hope, maybe, well, I am sure they will, won’t they?….I feel real strong about my uncertainty in the matter…

Gathering of Guitars at Claunch, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-09-2010

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Well, we had to miss the gathering down at Claunch….Dang, I feel bad about it. …All that music floating around down there and I wasn’t a party to it….I understand folks came from all over: El Paso, Albuquerque, Portales, California, Roswell and points in between and almost all of them had a guitar or mandolin or dobro or fiddle and all could sing, all could eat and a lot could cook…I understand this partying went on for two or three days. This was a hard core cook out, eat out and sing along and all of them say they are ready to do it again…sounds like they were just regular old party animals…I hope they didn’t run off all the antelope with all that carrying on….These are some special folks and I am glad they had the get together and so happy they had a good time….

Murder in my backyard continues……

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-09-2010

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I have a silent killer stalking my backyard, attacking my birds, mainly dove….This killer leaves only feathers….no bones….A hawk, a roadrunner or a cat is about what I have narrowed it down to.. I think a hawk would leave the bones and I think the same for a roadrunner…But most house cats would play with the bird, wouldn’t they?…Do you folks have any ideas…Is there something else that eats birds?…I don’t own a cat and I don’t see many in the neighborhood, but I have seen some…If you have a idea, leave me a comment…thanks, Pete

Grand Canyon, Yavapai Observation Station

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-09-2010

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 Our tour guide….He crawled all over the side of the cliffs of the canyon and seemed to be begging for food. We had been warned that most of the injuries around the canyon were treatment for squirrel bites…This little guy felt he owned the place, well, I guess he does as he lives there. I will be posting stuff on the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon Dam in the next few days.  The Glen Canyon Dam, upstream from the Grand Canyon has done much to stop the erosion of the the canyon by further taming of the Colorado River. We met a couple from Virginia and he said he was not impressed, that it was just a big hole in the ground. I was very disappointed to hear a comment like that because I had never seen such colors anywhere, colors that changed while you watched. I saw a rain storm over the river while the sun was shining on the canyon walls on either side of the rain storm, a vast panorama that was simply breathtaking to me….The person from Virginia may have vision problems….The Grand Canyon is GRAND…..click on the picture to increase the size…..Pete

Hawaii trip, No. 2 Granddaughter

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-09-2010

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This is a note from no. 2 grand daughter from her trip ( and her mother and grand mother) a few days ago. And I shall quote, “Our first Hawaiian Rainbow. The morning after arriving, Mom and I went for a walk across the street to the beach and sat in the Pacific Ocean to watch the sunrise. It was a bit overcast, however we were given a beautiful sight…a rainbow. We saw a number of them daily, but seeing one the first day was truly a blessing. The added special meaning is a bonus: In the Hawaiian culture rainbows are a passageway for those who have gone before us to come down and visit. Anytime one is seen it is a way for you to know that you aren’t alone and that whoever you are thinking of is with you.” End of her quote….That’s a nice way to think about a rainbow, huh? If it draws someone gone on closer to our memories again that makes it much nicer….Thanks for the picture No. 2 and I have some of the other 1600 pictures available with your comments  that I will post later..er, uh, lets make that 2 or 3 of the 1600 that I will post later, ok….

Petrified Forest

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-09-2010

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It is amazing in looking at the logs that appear to be cut into firewood lengths. I know that is not correct and there were no guides to ask, but I don’t think I saw a single log that was whole. In a couple of places the logs are close enough to touch and examine. They appeared to me to be pine as the bark gave that appearance. Records show it was formed 225 millions years ago down around the equator and the titanic plates have shifted over time bringing them up to Arizona….Well, I don’t know…It’s hard for me to believe but I don’t have a better story.  If you have not seen it, you will want to drive through….Pete

Mr. Ruben Navarrette, Jr

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-09-2010

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He is hitting Arizona again…..Let me see, Arizona is bad because they want to send several thousand law breakers home….Mr. Robin Hood Navarrette, Jr. says hey, it’s ok…They just broke one little law….what’s wrong with that…now give them full citizenship, pay for the babies and their welfare, after all it’s something they can’t get in Mexico….Mr. Navarrette, why don’t you just once call a spade a spade and come down on the President of Mexico for not providing for his citizens…Why?…..All of our states are fighting just to keep our heads above water and all you can think about is “how terrible Arizona is”. What is your real beef? Why don’t you come out and print that little story……I don’t know why I continue to read you as you can sure ruin my day…well, almost….

Local Politics

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-09-2010

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New Mexcio District 12, Ernest Chavez, Democratic (incumbent) vs Clyde Wheeler, Republican. Both  answered some questions in this mornings Albuquerque Journal. Question one….What cost saving measures would you support to deal with continuing state government revenue shortfalls? Which would you oppose? Mr. Chavez answered: I am currently regarding all options regarding appropriate options. (dud!!!!) Mr. Wheeler answered: I would consider cutting political appointees, nonessential services and eliminating programs that don’t work. I would oppose cuts to the police, district attorneys, courts and the penal system. (we may agree or disagree, but at least we know some of his thoughts) Question 3. Would you support or oppose a New Mexico law recognizing domestic partnerships that would grant same-sex couples most of the same rights afforded to married couples? Mr. Chavez answered: I choose not to have my personal opinion made public. ( Sir, you may be called upon to vote on this issue and your constituents need to know your stand). Mr. Wheeler answered: I would oppose this new law. (agree or disagree at least we know Mr. Wheeler’s feelings.) There are several other issues that have the same double talk answers….When will our politicians ever take a stand….I don’t know either one of these gentlemen but I know who I would vote for…Mumbo-jumbo talk will not cut it anymore….