On the road again

Miss D. and I are driving home today, after a brief but enjoyable research trip which included meeting some friends.  It’s going to be a long day on the road, about 11 hours including stops, so we’ll make an early start. Prayers for travelling mercies are, as always, appreciated.  Blogging will be light today (and, as usual on Sundays, tomorrow too).  Regular service will resume Monday, the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Peter

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A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers

Miss D. and I are several hundred miles from home this Thanksgiving, but we’ll be joining many of her family to celebrate the season.  We had a safe (albeit long and tiring) journey yesterday, and are looking forward to some fun and interesting times over the next couple of days as we do some research for a future book and also meet interesting people. Despite all the challenges of the past year, we have a lot for which to be thankful.  So does our nation, despite the many things wrong with it that seem intractable amid the political polarization and meanness

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A special Sunday morning request

Normally I don’t put up regular blog posts on Sundays, instead offering something in my “Sunday Morning Music” series.  However, Kevin Baker, all-round good guy and author of “The Smallest Minority” blog, is in hospital.  He needs our help. Let his daughter describe what’s going on.  From the GoFundMe appeal she’s launched: Kevin was admitted back to the hospital last night (8/15/18) after collapsing and having to be taken by ambulance to emergency. He had just gotten out of the hospital on Tuesday. . . . A little about my fabulous father. This is a man who took me under his wing

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On the ground at Blogorado

Miss D. and I arrived in Colorado yesterday afternoon, to check in with the gathering crowd of writers, bloggers and shooters at our annual Blogoradogathering.  It was great to exchange hugs and greetings with old friends, and make a couple of new ones, as we rendezvoused at the farm HQ.  The chatter was ceaseless as we caught up on each other’s news, inquired after those who hadn’t yet arrived, and giggled over inanities. There’s a fine crop of kittens at the farm this year (you’ll remember, it’s where we got Ashbutt a couple of years ago).  These aren’t tame at all, and avoid

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Blogorado 2018, Day 2

Breakfast at the Obligatory Cow Reference was as tasty as everyone remembered.  Unfortunately, this year the owner had forgotten to hire extra help, so the lone waitress on duty had to cope with all her regular customers plus an invasion of a score or so of hungry bloggers and shooters.  She was run off her feet, but did her best.  We all tipped generously, so I’m sure she scored a couple of hundred extra dollars to soothe her shattered nerves!  I had the huevos rancheros I mentioned yesterday, and they were delicious.  This morning, I may be wrong, but I think I faintly

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Blogorado 2018, Day 3

Saturday was much colder than Friday, so everyone arrived for breakfast dressed warmly.  More people arrived yesterday evening, so the group was pretty much all there, amid much squeee-ing at the sight of the one-and-a-half-year-old son of one couple (who stole everyone’s heart with his infectious smiles and giggling.  Shy, he ain’t!).  I decided to go with a more western breakfast, and had steak and eggs with all the trimmings.  Delicious!  I may go with the breakfast burrito on Sunday – I have to gas up the car anyway, as we’re leaving after breakfast, so that will lend a little

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Blogorado 2018, Day 4, and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

Sunday saw our last breakfast with the tribe this year.  It was sad to have to say goodbye to everybody, but we’re already looking forward to doing it all again next year.  We really have become one big extended family over the years, and all of us enjoy our adopted brothers and sisters. Miss D. and I headed for the Rocky Mountains after breakfast.  We’re in Cañon City, just outside the Royal Gorge, site of one of the most famous railway wars of the Old West.  We’ll take the train through the Gorge this morning, to get a visual feel for

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Choose your friends carefully, because the wrong choice might kill you

The late, great Jeff Cooper promulgated four rules of firearms safety that have become almost universally recognized.  Some modify the wording, others add more rules, but I guarantee you:  if you observe his basic four rules faithfully, you won’t ever injure anyone by a negligent or accidental discharge of your firearm.  They are: All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. Know your target, and what is beyond it. Sadly, in the heat of a defensive engagement, it may not be practical

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Halfway home, and another great restaurant discovery

Miss D., Alma and I are overnighting just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, halfway home to Texas after a fun experience at LibertyCon last weekend.  We’ll hit the road again tomorrow morning, and be home by early evening, God willing. We asked Alma to choose a promising restaurant for dinner this evening, after we’d checked into our hotel.  She found The Pantry Eatery, a Czech restaurant which has three branches in the Little Rock region.  We chose the one nearest to our hotel, The Pantry West, and we headed there with eager anticipation.  We were not disappointed.  The service was great,

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