Kim and me

Kim and me

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Been pretty busy watching SPORTS

My apologies....I have still been writing my Ireland story but I have not taken the time to post anything on my blog...the reason you may ask?  Well, been concentrating on the World Series....Go Rangers !!!!!!!!!

31,000 words into "The Eye of Magog" and I really like the story so far....I hope it continues to write this easily.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rangers vs Giants

What an exciting time in North Texas. The Ranges not only won their first playoff series in their history but now they are going to the World Series to play the San Francisco Giants. Its been a spectacular post season. The series have all been pretty good. The Rangers outscored the Yankees in the ACLS 2 to 1 and there was poetic justice in the very last out when A-Rod struck out. Now the Giants....the first team I ever saw in person on April 26th, 1974. Tom Seaver pitching for the Mets and we even had a streaker. I'm 100 percent behind the Rangers....I've never seen any team quite like them. They are really a team and not just a group of individuals or stars. Go Rangers !!!!!! But win or lose, you've made me proud to be a fan.

Friday, October 22, 2010

We are going to the World Series

For the first time in their history, the Texas Rangers are going to the World Series. I've been a fan for the fifteen years I've lived in the Dallas Metroplex and I'm as excited now as I have been in a long time. This is as good as the Utes beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl a couple of years ago. I think everyone should look at the Rangers, notice their example. They have a terrific clubhouse and are as close as any team I've ever seen. Josh Hamilton, the ALCS MVP said after their clinching game 6 win against the Yankees tonight that he loves his teamates....also, the Glory is Gods.  go Rangers !!!!!!

Came across this today...valuable info for divorced fathers

Kindle or not to Kindle?

I sat on a plane yesterday next to a retired emergency room doctor from Jackson Wyoming. She was busy reading a book on her amazon kindle so I decided to ask her some questions about it. After our conversation I've decided that publishing "Whispers" as an ebook is a must. Now I just need to figure out how to do it.

The lady, I did not get her name, was one of the most informative and intellectual people I've ever sat next to. She is also an aspiring writer and I wish her luck.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back Home

Sitting in the Salt Lake City airport. I think its strange to sit in the airport waiting...not to catch a flight but waiting to get my rental car because I can't afford to pay an extra day's charges if I pick it up to early. Anyway, nice flight, beautiful leaves changing....I'm here to see Connor for a couple of hours and then Amber at BYU...its her birthday next week and I want to take her to dinner. I wish my kids knew and understood how much I love and miss them. For almost three years there have been forces at work trying to tell them differently.

I get to see mom and dad too...staying there tonight. Be on my way back home to Kim at this time tomorrow. Hopefully.  I hate airports.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I came in to work today and a guy I work with named Keith told me his daughter really likes "Whispers from the Past." That was cool enough hearing that but then he said she likes it so much she went to her school library and requested that they get it. Is that cool or what? I hope everyone enjoys my writing that much and it sure makes you feel good knowing something you love to do is appreciated.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Was reflecting back to my Wedding Night

On August 18th 2009 Kim and I were married in Logan Utah. That night we stayed at the Anniversary Inn on 5th south. We stayed in a room called Sun Valley and had an absolutely wonderful stay. We were served sparkling apple cider as well as chocolates. The room was partly a log cabin and outside the cabin (the other half of the room) was like outside the cabin including a waterfall shower into a jetted oversided tub. There were trees and rocks and even a skunk! Everyone should check out this place because it's really worth it. I'm including a link to their website because its that fantastic to share. Kim and I can't wait until we can get to Utah again and try the jungle room.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pretty good weekend in Sports

This weekend could have been better but I shouldn't be greedy. For starters...The Texas Rangers led the Yankees 5-0 into the 7th inning in the first game of the ALCS but surrendered 6 runs to lose 6-5 after a fantastic starting pitching performance by CJ Wilson. The very next night the Rangers beat the Yankees 7-2 and now the series heads to New York for games 3,4,and 5....Wish we were up 2-0 instead of 1-1.

The University of Utah Utes beat Wyoming 30-3 in Laramie on saturday and this was even after the Utes had the ball intercepted 3 times. I think good things are in store for the Utes this year again. They are 6-0 and have some tough games left to play at Notre Dame, Home against TCU, and Air Force in Colorado Springs. I think they very possibly could go undefeated again and play in a BCS bowl.

In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the twin cities. Now this means my favorite NFL team won because that team is whoever is playing the Cowboys....Can't stand em...never have been able to. Their fans drive me nutz with their "America's Team" crap. :) Well, I can say with some confidence that the Cowboys are probably the best 1-4 team in the NFL. (pffft)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Orleans.....The Big Easy......The most Haunted Place in the world

I posted already about the Lalaurie Mansion and shared pictures of stuff I can't explain. Here is a little bit about the rest of our trip to New Orleans.

On Tuesday, we flew there. On Thursday, we flew home!  Oh yes, there was some stuff in between. For instance, we stayed in the Chateau Bourbon Hotel and are balcony looked down on Bourbon Street. Even though it wasn't Marti was very noisy until 2 or 3 in the morning but it was fun anyway. The first night we even had a acapella gospel singer right below our window...actually had a good voice too. We not only went on a ghost tour the first night, but we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, drove to the Laurie Plantation about an hour north of New Orleans up I-10. We went on a courtyard garden and history tour. We also did a lot of walking around to see things on our own. I do need to mention Kim had a crayfish omelet and I warned her I would not kiss her for two days after. I think she still has a leg trying to pry itself out between her lips even now. Good trip, lots of fun with my young bride. I do reflect back to several years ago when I first started taking my kids on trips that I took all three girls to New Orleans for the day. Wonderful city and its truly like visiting a foreign country. Unfortunately this will be our last trip for a while do to finances but I can't complain, we've had a wonderful year so far with traveling.....Amsterdam, Atlanta, San Antonio, Belgium and now Lousiana.....thank you Kim!

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Orleans....the most Haunted city in the world?

Kim and I just returned home yesterday after two nights in the Big Easy. We had a wonderful trip as we always do when we are together. Our hotel was in the French Quarter with a balcony overhanging Bourbon Street.

One of the things we did while in New Orleans was take a walking ghost tour of the French Quarter. The pictures posted here are of the Lalaurie Mansion and you can read accounts of the terrible things that happened at this location on April 10, 1834. Now look at these pictures and tell me what you see.

Monday, October 11, 2010 youngest child for the last 8 years I've always hated taking my dog Marsha to the kennel when I go out of town. She's always been so sad and when we pick her up she's got a bad tummy. So now, since she is in the kennel often, I'm afraid she is getting use to it. Today we dropped her off prior to going to New Orleans tomorrow and she wagged her tail....waited at the kennel door until I could get there, and then couldn't wait to be taken  back to her run. Should I be offended or concerned?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Only noon and its already been a good day !

Connor, my 9 year old son, called me today! We actually talked for several minutes and it made my day. Ever since his mom moved him away I've missed my son soooo much but today he took the time to call. I love you Connor. I hope this is the start of many phone calls. It doesn't matter if the Rangers or the Utes win because my son called me. :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Great Day in Sports !!!!!!!!!

Today, October 9th 2010......The University of Utah travels to Ames Iowa to play Iowa State in football. The number 10 nationally ranked Utes should win and move up in the polls.

Also today, The American League Western Division Champions play game three in their Division Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game is in Arlington Texas after the Rangers won both games 1 and 2 in Tampa.....Can you say sweep?

Okay well the Rangers didn't pull it off losing at home 6-3. My opinion, Washington really mismanaged the bull pen. The UTES are ahead of Iowa State 41-14 at the half in Iowa.  I can live with a Rangers loss with a college football team like the UTES.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Celebration to Die For

Kim has been busy the last couple of weeks because she has been coordinating this wonderful fund raising event for Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside California. I was there last year and its really quite an event and sometimes spooky! (should see all the orbs floating around in last years photos). This year she is doing all the coordinating from Texas but will be there for the event itself. If you're in the area, please help support this cause to preserve and restore this historic cemetery.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Go Go Texas Rangers !!!!!

Go Texas Rangers !  Its been eleven years since the Texas Rangers were in the playoffs and only their fourth time in their history. They are the only franchise never to win a playoff series. You may say the Washington Nationals haven't either but they did when they were the Expos!  I'm a huge Ranger fan and I'm excited about playing Tampa starting today...actually in a few minutes.

I've ordered another box full of "Whispers from the Past" because I've had mechanic friends buy a copy that I really didn't expect. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the interest that has been generated in my writing.

Go Texas Rangers !
Texas Rangers 5     Tampa Bay Rays 1     Let's get 'em again tomorrow !!!!!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Been working real hard on my 4th novel and feeling very productive for the first time in years. I actually like what I'm writing again...Yay me !!!   Also, Kim and I have started our last go through for my 2nd novel, "The Inca Prophecy". Its my hope it will be available in less than six months but we'll see, sometimes my goals are a little lofty. I've enjoyed writing these stories soooo much. They are so special to me because Kylee, the main character, is a compilation of my three daughters Megan, Amber, and Heather. Some day I'll write more stories with different characters and Connor and Logan will contribute their characteristics to them. "Whispers is selling on and Create Space which is a subsidiary....Still have plenty of copies to sell at work or around the city of Grapevine.

Kim and I have talked for over a year about writing a story together, she is much more eloquent with her language and would be a beautiful writer. Maybe we'll take on this project after my Ireland story is intially written.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Last Two Days

Its been a couple of days since I posted so I have a few things to say. First, I'm so proud of Kim and happy with her new calling in the Webelos. I know I've mentioned this before but I had to have an excuse to post a new picture of my beautiful wife!

Second, Connor received an award yesterday from the principal of his school so here is the blury picture I was provided of him with his work. I sure wish I could have been there and would have been if I'd known. I love my kids, all five of them!!!!