Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm back!

Good morning, y'all! How's everybody doing? Sorry it's been so long since I did a post. My step-dad had an amputation of his left leg in October that didn't take then they took it off higher in November. He's been in the hospital ever since trying to heal. Been kind of busy. I took my wife to the Nashville Universe award show last weekend in Nashville which was a blast. I always have fun in Nashville. I'm doing a writing test this morning then I'm done with another GED!! I do one a month, so my life is kind of marked in GED tests. Each one is one month closer to retiring. LOL

I might take off at noon after the test. My step-dad is getting the test run again today. It was supposed to be Monday, but the wound vac woman came early to check it and change the sponge. They didn't want to take it off at hyperbaric to run the test. She was thrilled with the progress!! It's almost closed in the middle and the ends are healing a whole lot faster.

They'll be looking at it down at hyperbaric today. This is the first time the wound care doctor has seen it in a couple weeks. We're kind of excited to see what he says. He told my mom the other day when the test got postponed that he doesn't care what the test says. The wound is healing. His eyes tell him that. Butch has heard them give other people time frames like "five more treatments" or "ten more treatments". We think he might get one today!!! His leg looks like it's about that time.

It's healing up nicely now. The pain is quite managable...better than it has been in years. He's missing part of a leg, but that's not a big deal. He's just ready to get home. My mom said this morning that she thinks this is 122 days in the hospital. Time to get home.

I have a friend whose dad got a pacemaker a few weeks ago. She told me,"He's been in the hospital for a whole week! He sure is ready to get home."

We'll be thrilled when we've only got a week left!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review of "Junie Moon Rising" by June Collins

One of the best lines I've ever read in a book is in this amazing story by June Collins. I previously read Goodbye Junie Moon, also by this author, and I loved it. I was excited to read this sequel and learn more about what happened to the colorful lady I'd gotten to know. I was not disappointed at all. The same wry sense of humor and love of life is evident in this book.

This book picks up soon after June's return from Vietnam and testimony to the Senate. We follow her through the next decade of her life as she struggles with memories of the war, rubs shoulders with the jet set, parties her way through several states, and finally finds love and her beloved children. Witnessing the growth of this incredible woman is something I recommend to anyone. It's a story that deserves to be read. June has truly led an amazing life. I won't share the line that inspired me because I don't want to rob the readers of experiencing it themselves.

It's a truly inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it with us, Junie Moon.

Junie Moon Rising

Monday, July 15, 2013

Been a while!

It's been a while since I did a blog post. Lost happening around here! We travelled to Nashville to see my friend, Becca, play. That was a blast. Then we spent a week in Hawaii. There were a lot of mishaps including a cancelled flight that gave us an unexpected night in Chicago, but it was still fun.

I always have fun travelling with my wife. She's fun.

Last weekend, I had a speaking engagement at a veteran's reunion. That was surreal. They treated my wife and me as special guests and were one of the nicest groups of people you could ever meet. We ended up spending a couple nights down there. I spoke on Saturday night and did a book signing. Several of them were excited to meet me. I was honored. I'm real happy the 202nd MPs found me and my book. They were tower rats in Giessen. It's a small club. I'm glad they found me.

I just finished a book trailer that'll be posted on Youtube as soon as I finish uploading it. I'm pretty proud of it. It's for "Recall! Return of the IRR". Hanging out and doing a book signing inspired me.

I hope everybody's having a great day. There should be more news soon, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review of Guitar Aerobics: A 52-Week, One-lick-per-day Workout Program for Developing, Improving and Maintaining Guitar Technique by Troy Nelson

I've been playing guitar since the early 1980s as a hobbiest and songwriter. I'm a decent rhythm guitarist, but I never quite understood how to improvise on lead, and my dexterity wasn't good enough. I could accompany myself singing but was never what I'd call "good" on guitar. I bought this book to improve my skills as a lead guitarist. I've only been using it for a few weeks, and it is tremendous!

I've worked through the first few weeks of lessons, and my skills already show a marked improvement. My wife has even commented that she can tell a difference. I started at lesson one although a better guitarist could probably skip ahead. I love how the lessons are structured and build on each other. So far, each one gets easier to master because it's a variation of the previous week. It's great, and I am actually seeing improvement in my skills. It's amazing to see the transformation from beginning to end each week. I'm working the program step-by-step and it works.

I can't say enough good things about this program. It has made me a better guitarist. By the end of the book, I think I'll be able to say I'm "good" on guitar. Thanks!

Guitar Aerobics: A 52-Week, One-lick-per-day Workout Program for Developing, Improving and Maintaining Guitar Technique

Review of Jesse James: The Man and The Myth by Marley Brant

I have a growing collection of books related to the guerilla war in Missouri and bushwhacker's. This book will become a permanent member of it. I enjoyed reading it.

This is a well written book that flows. The narrative stayed interesting to the very end. It examines a lot of things that were claimed about the James brother and Jesse in particular with a critical eye. Many possible myths are explored as well as some facts somewhat confirmed. It tells more about Jesse's family than I've seen in other books and follows his many moves admirably.

This book does not talk about the war and Jesse's participation as much as I would have liked nor does it include a whole lot of new information about his outlaw exploits. It's not the best book I've read on Jesse James, but it is worth reading. It has a new home on my bookshelf.

Jesse James: The Man and The Myth

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What a week!

Wow! What a week this has been. My friend, Becky's, music is coming along great. Her first single "Dangerous Game" is getting some airplay and finished at #9 this week on Vradio Nashville's countdown. You can visit them here:

Tune In To VRadio Nashville

...or here on Facebook:

VRadio Nashville on Facebook

Request "Dangerous Game" by Becca Lee Roberts. Also request her from your local station. Indie artists need all the support they can get. She's awesome!!!

In other news, we got our first granddaughter this weekend! At 1:37 am on Easter morning, Emrey Jade made her appearance. She weighed 7 lbs. 4 ounces and is 20 1/2 inches long. She's already got Grandpa wrapped around her finger. Holding her the first time was one of the most incredible experiences of my life to this point. That little girl will be the most spoiled girl in southwest Missouri if I have my way.

Love, love, love her.

I hope everybody's having a super week so far. It's a beautiful day in our corner of the world.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Becca Lee Roberts music!!

I don't think there have been any updates on my friend, Becky, in a while. Well, there is new Becca Lee Roberts music!! She spent a week in Nashville earlier in the month recording two new, original singles. The first one was mastered last night and is now available for a listen on Reverbnation!! The title of this song is "Dangerous Game", and she is very happy with it. I first heard this song on the phone just before she left for the studio. She'd just finished the first verse and chorus.

It came out great. You can hear it along with her entire Christmas Album (Christmas Lullaby) for free on Reverbnation.

Dangerous Game by Becca Lee Roberts

It will be available in the Amazon MP3 store and on Itunes within a few weeks. Once the entire record is finished, she'll release the CD!!

Everybody have a great day. It's snowing again here, but summer is just around the corner. Smile and be kind.