On the road today

Miss D. and I are visiting friend and fellow author Alma Boykin today, and speaking to her high school class about Africa and its post-World-War-II history.  She likes them to get a feel for how things really were, rather than the sanitized, skimmed-over pablum served up by their textbook, and pulls in outsiders with experience to discuss such things.  It’s kinda fun. Blogging will be light for most of today, although I’ll try to post later this afternoon, travel permitting.  Meanwhile, please amuse yourselves with the folks in the sidebar. Peter

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It’s great to have friends like this!

My friend, armorer, fellow author and blogger Michael Z. Williamson, known in various and sundry circles as “Mad Mike”, “Crazy Einar” (see the T-shirt!) and other appellations, has written two OUTSTANDING blog posts that I think deserve the widest possible circulation. The first is a succinct takedown of gun control dweebs. Gun control’s only philosophical argument is waving the bloody shirt. There are literally zero facts to support the claims, when any objective study is done. In fact, four of the most widely cited sources against gun control all started out in support, and changed their minds based on facts.

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Good news! The Home is back on the Range!

Fellow blogger, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Brigid, has returned to active blogging.  She has a post up explaining what made her stop for a while. Brigid’s always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers out there.  She has depths to her, and is able to express them poetically and poignantly.  If you’ve been a fan of hers in the past, you’ll rejoice with me that she’s back.  If you haven’t read her work before, it’s high time you did! Click over to “Home on the Range” and bookmark it for future reference. Peter

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The Grey Man rides again!

Friend, fellow author and supper breakfast lunch frequent meal companion Old NFO, a.k.a. Jim Curtis, has just released the latest novel, “Twilight“, in his Grey Man series. The blurb reads: Never count an old man out, even when he’s hanging up his hat! Deputy Sheriff John Cronin is looking forward to a quiet retirement, working on the ranch, and handing it off to his granddaughter Jesse. And he’s got to pass on a generation worth of investigations, but it’s not as easy as handing over the case files and the keys. First, he’s got to train Aaron Miller to fill his

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Thanks for the prayers, and good news

Thank you to everyone who offered prayers for my friend’s brother, as requested in my previous post.  It looks as if he has encephalitis, which is not good, but is entirely treatable and curable.  I was very worried that it might have been a stroke or a brain tumor, both of which can produce the same symptoms. I’m sure he’d rather not have encephalitis at all, but it’s a lot better than it might have been. Peter

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Urgent prayer request for a friend

A friend’s brother has just experienced sudden, extensive memory loss.  He’s being taken to a treatment facility as I write these words.  Of course, there’s no diagnosis available right now, but as I’m sure many of you are aware, that can be symptomatic of several ailments, all of them serious. My friend and his family will be grateful for your prayers, I know.  I’ll provide more information as and when I can. Peter

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On the ground at LTUE

It’s the second day of the LTUE conference/symposium/authorklatsch/whatever.  Miss D. and I are enjoying ourselves, apart from finding the altitude a bit of a pain.  We’ve come from under a thousand feet at home to over four and a half thousand in Provo, Utah, with very, very dry mountain air thrown in.  I’m slathering moisturizing lotion on my arms and hands, and we’re both drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated.  I was initially surprised that it affected us so badly, but then I realized that every other time we’ve been to Colorado or other higher states, we’ve traveled

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Safely in Utah – with beer

We made it safely to Provo, Utah, where we’re settling into our hotel and getting set for the start of LTUE this morning.  Miss D. is overjoyed at being in the presence of “Real mountains!” again (she’s used to them from Alaska, but they’re sadly lacking in northern Texas, where we now live). More and more of our blogging and writing buddies are arriving by the minute.  The conversations are getting louder, beer and other beverages are flowing freely, and a good time appears to be in progress for all concerned. Speaking of beer, there’s this local brew: The advertising

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Lawdog has a voice!

Last year, my buddy Lawdog published two volumes of his memoirs.  The first, “The Lawdog Files“, dealt with his law enforcement experiences.  I wrote about it at the time, here and here.  The second, “The Lawdog Files:  African Adventures“, dealt with his upbringing in Africa, and added a few more modern stories to his tally.  I had the honor of writing the foreword for that volume.  I discussed it here. Now an audiobook version of “The Lawdog Files” has been released – and it’s gone straight to #1 in Amazon.com’s “Business & Professional Humor” category. I repeat what I said

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Let us give thanks

I’m sure many of us have worries, problems or hassles that tend to weigh us down.  However, today, let’s put them aside, and be thankful for our many blessings.  In particular, if you live in one of the so-called ‘developed nations’, remember that many of your problems pale into insignificance compared to those who live elsewhere.  There are literally millions of people in the Third World who’d cheerfully commit murder in order to live the lifestyle of the poorest of the First World poor.  That’s how much better off we are. I’m thankful for the grace of God, for my wife,

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