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Sunday, September 20, 2020


 Today I made the decision to place my mother in hospice. She's been ailing since the middle of August. She's moving in with my family, and I have ten days before having to have all her belongings moved into storage from her apartment.

All that I'm going to have to do when she's gone is staggering. I expected my brother would be able to came and help, but he's out of state and New Mexico has a 14 day quarantine. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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This week is a book or books where you had to look up the most words.

My college professor, Mrs. Carter, in American Literature cautioned us when reading Emily Dickenson's poetry that "She wrote with lexicon in hand." It wasn't hyperbole.

Each book in the First Man in Rome series comes with a glossary at the end. Read it first. So much of the terms and Latin words and town names are explained there. Even after reading the glossary while going through the story I would check on some words and town or province names.

A fellow Wayland graduate, a couple of years ahead of me. He was a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and fired as too liberal when the fundamentalists took over. This was his response. Typical professor using a ten dollar word when a fifty cent one says the same thing.

This book is another one where the author is impeccably impressed with the longitudinity, magnitudnity and importnatudnity of his own verbosity.

I also hate it when the author writes pages on the nuances of a foreign language word by bloody word of a sentence. He makes his case on Socrates's reasons for staying and dying instead of going into exile. I always assumed it was to get away from Xantippe's nagging tongue.  

Friday, September 11, 2020

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Today's topic is about book covers.

There are some books I bought because something caught my eye on the cover.

A pretty face in uniform, a space epic with sailing ships in dark matter. I've read six of them so far and waiting for the seventh. The face is what caught my attention.

What caught my eye on this one was the color.

I bought this  one because I like the title.The cover made me wonder what it was about.

I also blog with the author.

Sometimes some cleavage sells me the book. The subject matter interested me too.

Sometimes book covers get updated. They can be quite different. Which one would you buy?

Some authors have a theme going on in their book covers.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

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Topics I never get tired of talking about.


Hmmm, I taught history for 27 years. World history, U.S. History, New Mexico history, military history. I write historical novels. My wife rolls her eyes and tells anyone around us if history comes up and says, “Don’t get him started.”


Books: Why I love Top Ten Tuesdays and Wednesday Challenge is it’s all about books and talking about them. In fiction there’s: children’s books, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, murder mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica, historical and more that all of us share our likes and dislikes.

Non-fiction: the topics are as endless as topics people are interested in. I like history, science, psychology, sociology, how to, gardening, and others as they pop up and catch my eye.


Faith: I’m willing to share my faith, if asked or the topic comes up, but I don’t force my beliefs on others and resent when someone tries to force theirs on me.


Here’s a tip to all the women who wonder, “How do you get a man to talk to you and share what’s on their mind?” My mother told this to my wife, and I wish she hadn’t? Mom told her to, “Put a paint brush in my hand, and while we’re painting the outside of the house or the inside, I’ll talk my head off.”

Do you have any idea how many times we’ve painted the house in the last forty years? It would have been so much cheaper and less time consuming if she’d said, “Pick a topic, ask a question and let me pontificate.”

Monday, September 07, 2020

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Books I wish I'd read as a child? 

This one stumped me for some time. The only children's books I can think of is Dr. Seuss.

Green Eggs and Ham, The Fox in Sox and the others I read to my kids and grandkids. They're great, but if they were around in the early 50's, my parents didn't read them to us. I vaguely remember The Cat in the Hat in grade school, but it didn't make that big of an impact on me.

Three children's books that came out as I was older that I like:

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Little Engine that Could

Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day.

Mom and Dad read to us plenty. When we would take long rides Mom would start a story, Bruce (my brother) would continue it and Dad would finish it. It helped pass the time.

 We had fairy tales and a children's poem book. I looked up the one I remember most:

This Is the Way the Ladies Ride

This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tree,
Tri, tre, tre, tree!
This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tre, tri-tre-tre-tree!

This is the way the gentlemen ride,
This is the way the gentlemen ride,

This is the way the farmers ride,
This is the way the farmers ride,

Sunday, September 06, 2020

 My backyard flowers:

Gladiolas before blooming.


Fox Glove

Gladiolas in full bloom

Two planters with various flowers