May 23, 2016

Trinity Sunday, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:32 am by gruundehn

A pair of my friends got married yesterday – not a State-sanctioned marriage just a ceremony at the home of the father of one of them. It will be a common-law marriage as far as Arizona Law is concerned. The two of them have been a couple for about ten years or so but now they have made it a bit more formal. They are also two of the group IRPG play table-top RPGs with. Several of the others were as well, the only one missing is the one who lives in Phoenix and he had other plans for this weekend since there was no game due to the wedding. One of the pair is a good cook and he did the dinner Friday night and the after-wedding dinner as well. I haven’t weighed myself, I do that on Friday morning, but I guess I put on a few pounds that I shouldn’t have. But it was a good party.

I have all of Dreadnought finished, chaptered and proofread. As soon as I finish putting Entrance Examination up on christophercolesite.wordpress.com, I will start in putting Dreadnought up and I should have Generations upon Generations done and ready by then. The next book in the series is in my mind but I don’t have it thought out yet. If you do go to that blog please give me your comments on what I have written. I look forward to the feedback.

I have a web camera coming so that I will finally be able to get some videos up on YouTube for the Pima County Libertarian Party. I have tried recording videos using my laptop’s camera but the audio and video are out of sync. I can not get the difference to less than about four seconds. So, I’ll try a separate camera and see how that works. It should arrive Tuesday.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those on need especially Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, The Reverend Jack Smart, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Wilans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Jean Paige, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Dax & Nancy, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mary, Matteo, Mike & Rainbow, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; ffor animal companions in need; or those who have died especially Annie Holbrook; for animal companions who have died especially Prince. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims.

May 16, 2016

Pentecost Sunday, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 3:03 am by gruundehn

It is the birthday of the Christian Church as celebrated by those denominations that use a church calendar. At Grace-St. Paul’s we celebrated that birthday and one other, a second birthday (baptism) for a young girl, she couldn’t be more than a few months old. Cute kid but I think all kids that age are cute.

I now have DREADNOUGHT all proof-read and chaptered so it is ready for posting once ENTRANCE EXAMINATION is finished. Another couple of months for ENTRANCE EXSAMINATION and then about half a year for DREADNOUGHT. By then I should have GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS finished and ready to go. Having a deadline like this seems to focus me a bit more. I should have done this ages ago. My creative juices are coming back and during some off time I have been working on THE GOD’S TALE and a couple of short stories. I have to remember to not get caught up with those but focus on the project that needs to be finished. I am also thinking about the next book in the space series and getting it working in the back of my mind. It is going to cover a period when Elder is the Operations Officer for Third Fleet and he uncovers a highly placed treason plot and what he does about it. The last book in the series is going to cover the death of the Empire. ENTRANCE EXAMINATION and GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS do not cover a lot of what I want to say about big governments, GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS was the first book in the series I wrote, and had to get rid of because the fall of the Soviet Union changed the history of that series and I set it aside until I could fix the need to have a strong soviet government aboard the colony ship but no real strong soviet nation in history. I came up with a solution, so I am re-writing that story. And making it better I hope.

Trying to create videos to upload to YouTube is a larger problem than I expected. I am going to upload the videos on behalf of the Pima County Libertarian Party but I can’t get the videos to work. I need training and I have no one to train me. There had been a fellow at the monthly meetings who was going to help me but he hasn’t been around for perhaps half a year. I was able to get one video recorded but the audio and the video were unsynchronized and were about four seconds off. I’ll keep trying.

I am retired but instead of just kicking back and relaxing, I seem to be busier than ever. After I went on the retired list for the Air Force I tried to find work in the civilian workforce and was rejected. I lost jobs due to my race and gender, my age, and my military experience. Finally I just quit. My pay as a retired TSgt was enough, if I was careful, to last me and I took early Social Security to supplement that so I could just kick back if I wanted to, and I did so for several years. But getting interested in politics and the VFW (for a while, I am not active with the VFW any more) had filled up my time so that I never seem to have free time. At least, not much, other than what I steal so to speak. I sold my car in 1994 because I never used it and now I need it more than ever. Ah well, that’s life.

I will not be attending the Libertarian Party National Convention due to no money. That is a shame because I was looking forward to it. However, I have started saving up for 2018 and 2020. I will make those conventions.

If you wish to do so, please pray for Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, The Reverend Jack Smart, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Joy Bannerman, Forest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Jean Paige, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Dax & Nancy, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Mike & Rainbow, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Annie Holbrook; for animal companions who have died especially Prince. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. Also, please pray for the thousands of veterans who died last week as a result of government neglect and abuse.

May 9, 2016

7th Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:23 am by gruundehn

Happy Mothers’ Day.

Not being a mother and not being married there is little for me in this celebration; my Mother died in 1992.

This last week has been busy for me, but it has been busy in little things. Every trip I take on the bus, I have no car, takes forever and often when I need to transfer from one route to another the driver of the second bus does not wait for anyone transferring. This is especially annoying when the route I wish to transfer to runs only every half hour or hour. I complain to the bus company but it is a government agency and nothing gets done.

I have 2 Blu-ray players and 2 TVs, one each in the living room and one each in the back room that I use for a home office where I do my writing and so forth. The Blu-ray player in the office just broke and it is annoying because this one has the zoom ability and the one in the living room does not. I like to zoom in on various videos primarily to look at costume details. I watch a lot of YouTube cosplay videos for the same reason, some of those costumes are fantastic. I have been researching Blu-ray players and none of the descriptions mention a zoom capability so I have ordered blind in this regard. I hope that the one I ordered has this capability. I don’t zoom in on cartoons and anime because those quickly become just dots on the screen. But live action videos allow me to see the costume and enjoy the details of the costume.

I have so many videos, I need to organize and catalog them. I had a catalog of them in a spreadsheet but the file got corrupted and I could not recover it so I have to start over. Keeping something like that current is one thing, starting from the beginning is another. I have so many videos that the task is daunting. I have even more books and I haven’t even thought about cataloging them except as a fantasy that I occasionally dream about. Maybe I need to win the lottery and hire someone to catalog both my videos and my books.

I put Chapter Eleven of Entrance Examination up last Thursday. I would appreciate people reading and commenting on it. Yes, I am the author and I see the clues I put in there and you may not, but I really think that if you read the story from the start, by the end of Chapter Three you will be able to solve the mystery. My youngest brother, Eugene, has not solved it yet and keeps guessing who the eleventh person is. His present idea is that it is Father Lester, a Roman Catholic priest even though another character gave a very good reason to eliminate him. But that other character could be wrong even though her logic is sound. Her premise about the amount of time since Father Lester’s ordination could be wrong. I am not saying here or now. That’s the last chapter and I do not think I have cheated in my clues.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Toni Sue Brooks, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christenson, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, The Reverend Jack Smart, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Jean Paige, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Dax & Nancy, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Mike & Rainbow, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Shauna, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Annie Holbrook; for animal companions who have died especially Prince. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven fro their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. Also please pray for the thousands of veterans who died last week due to government abuse and neglect.

May 2, 2016

6th Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 3:47 am by gruundehn

Last Tuesday, while attending a Pima County Board of Supervisors budget hearing, my knees went into full hurt mode. I have bad knees, the muscles that control the knees do not relax properly according to the doctor, but for the last couple of years they have rarely given me trouble. Last Tuesday my knees declared war on me. I have had more trouble with them since last Tuesday than in the last two years cumulative. And it hasn’t quit. Oh, it isn’t constant, but it is often. Added to my bad left ankle that causes me to trip somewhat often, and I tend to stay at home as a loner. I have been something of a loner since I was young. My eldest brother, the one that died last year, was six years younger than me. And the next two were two years and three years younger than him. My parents tended to move to houses and locations that fit them and not me. When we lived in San Diego, my closest friend was 2 miles away and I had to ride my bike to visit him, and he had to ride his to visit me. When my father suddenly moved the family to Cincinnati between my junior and senior years of high school I never had any friends there. I had a couple of friends in the Air Force but for the most part it was too transient and I rarely met the same people again for friendships to form. And I was not in combat for the deep friendships to form between those who shared combat experiences. My sole time in combat, kind of, was when I was a Security Police Augmentee for one month in 1970. So I don’t have much background to be the life of the party and now, at my age, I am even less so. I do try to get out and meet with people, I meet with some friends almost every Saturday for games, I attend church and the monthly political meetings and of course I chew out the Board of Supervisors every chance I get. But for the most part, I stay at home. So, if you who read this are a parent (or will be a parent), encourage your children to get out and meet strangers, encourage them to make friends, and most importantly do not stunt their social growth.

I now have ten chapters of Entrance Examination up on my other blog (christophercolesite.wordpress.com) and am just over halfway done proof-reading and chaptering Dreadnought. I get some work done on Generations Upon Generations whenever I can. I hope to have that book finished and chaptered just as I finish uploading Dreadnought. The next book in the series will be set several years later, and the last book in the series will be even further in the future of that timeline. Just as a spoiler, in the last book the Empire breaks apart because it is just too big. I probably will never write anything after that breakup, I have too many other stories I want to tell. I just need to get them written down.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, The Reverend Jack Smart, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Joy Bannerman, Forest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Dax & Nancy, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Mike & Rainbow, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Annie Holbrook; for animal companions who have died especially Prince. I ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, drive fro their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. Also, pleas pray for the thousands of veterans who die each week due to abuse by the Government.

April 25, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 3:10 am by gruundehn

I have so much to do and do so little of it that I am weeks or even months behind where I should be with all the projects and other things I need to do. I have perhaps a dozen books that I have started and not finished, all the books that I am writing and want to write, all the DVDs I need to categorize and all the cleaning I need to do. I forget who it was that said the there is no fun in doing nothing unless you have a lot to do; but, I need to stop doing nothing and get this work done.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is doing their budget hearings for the next fiscal year. The last hearing covered just the court system and it took far too long. It would have taken even longer but the BOS had to leave their hearing room to make way for the Tucson City Council. The BOS had promised to let the TCC borrow the BOS hearing room for a City Council meeting. What took so long was all those lawyers just loved the sound of their own voices. One guy even spent a long time complaining about the conditions of a building that the County Court system no longer used.

This next budget hearing will cover the law enforcement, public defender, environmental quality, behavioral health, community services and economic development. That last is going to be full of crony politics. Government at any level cannot make economic development decisions except to benefit the politically powerful. Government should just get out of the way and let real people make the decisions that spark economic development.

Tuesday evening, and I hope that the budget hearing lets out in time, there will be a Grassroots Leadership Academy class. I attended one two weeks ago, I missed last week because of the Libertarian party meeting, and found it very interesting. I even passed out several World’s Smallest Political Quiz cards and had two people reregister as Libertarians.

It looks like I will not be attending the Libertarian Party National Convention because I have not been able to raise / save the money necessary. So, I will start saving up for 2020 and attend then.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, Cesar Leyva, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards, Mary Theresa Velez; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

 

April 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:41 am by gruundehn

This last week was going so well but Friday messed it up. I got a note from the landlord (a company in Phoenix) that I owed them money and was being charged $5 a day and could be evicted if I didn’t pay. No idea what the charge they say I owe is and because I didn’t get the note until after business hours on Friday I couldn’t talk to the maintenance guy here, whom I gave the rent to, until Saturday. He claims that he wasn’t told why and that I’ll have to make a long-distance call on Monday to the Phoenix office to find out. I believe him, that he wasn’t told, because he had no reason to lie. The non-profit company on the other hand does but I will find out Monday. I can think of many reasons why, from someone entering the data wrong to the company wants to drive me out so they can use the apartment for someone just getting out of prison or some such. I will find out and hopefully get this cleared up.

I met with some folks last Tuesday about the Libertarian Party and it seems I made a good impression. It was an interesting talk. I also answered some questions about the Libertarian Party online and seemed to get my point across. For someone as shy, and as much of a loner, as I am I am doing good with public and semi-public talks.

I am a delegate from Arizona to the Libertarian National Convention but I doubt I can afford to go, I started a Go Fund Me campaign but so far my youngest brother is the only one to donate, as far as I can tell. I asked for enough to go, and also pay the taxes on what gets donated, but I am nowhere near that goal.

The Presidential Preference Election in Arizona, the Presidential primary here for the Democrats, Greens and Republicans, seems to have been a disaster. From all the reports I’ve seen, it wasn’t as bad here in Pima County as in Maricopa County but I have had people stop me when I am wearing my Libertarian cap and complain about how they were disenfranchised. It seems mostly Democrats, all of whom (as I remember) were Sanders supporters. They claim it was targeted against them but how the County Recorder knew who they supported is something they never explained. However, this upcoming Friday, the Pima County Election Integrity Commission will be investigating the matter for the Board of Supervisors. That is going to be an interesting meeting.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

April 3, 2016

Second Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:54 pm by gruundehn

If you consider everything that I do each week, it is a lot. However, very little is probably of interest to anyone else; at least, I think so and thus I don’t include a lot of detail that I think boring. And I think a lot of what I do would be boring to other people although I wasn’t bored doing it. But those little things take up a lot of time and often I am surprised at how much tie was taken up with any specific task. For example: I like Japanese Anime and watch a lot of it when I want to just kick back and relax. I have three sets focused on a human and the Demon King and a war with demons. They are nice and enjoyable. One involves the heir of a defeated demon king getting into retail as a sales clerk with the hope of opening up a branch of the store in the demon world, another involves a student being told (by an oracle that is never wrong) that he will become the next demon king (I am watching this one now) and the last involves a hero confronting the demon king and joining forces with her to end the war and improve the lives of everyone, demons and humans alike. Each is a series of episodes and the stories are entertaining and interesting. There are some that I have bought and do not like but those are rare. But watching anime is not everything I do each week, it isn’t even the largest user of my time. I am trying to learn the techniques of recording and posting videos on YouTube for the Pima County Libertarian Party, I study libertarian philosophy, I write and I read. This is in addition to sleeping, eating, washing, etc. And most of that would be interesting to anyone else I think. Or are you interested in the fact that I recently bought another copy of WARPLANES OF THE THIRD REICH by William Green and have been renewing my acquaintance with some of the strange and wonderful warplanes that the Luftwaffe at least tested even if they were not deployed and some very interesting aircraft types that were deployed.

Increasingly I am getting involved with politics. I am a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention for Arizona but it increasingly looks like I won’t be able to afford going. Which is a shame as I a looking forward to it. But I expect that it will cost me four or five thousand dollars and I just don’t have it. And if I raise the money from GoFundMe or something similar then taxes would eat up about half of what I take in, meaning I would need to raise close to ten thousand dollars.

I am not posting the prayer list as I normally do because the website for Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is down and I cannot reach the prayer list. If you wish to pray the list, perhaps tomorrow the site will be up ad you can get the list directly. But I will ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that your pray for the almost two dozen veterans who commit suicide daily because of Government indifference or abuse.

March 28, 2016

Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:55 am by gruundehn

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Years ago, I forget exactly when, it snowed on Easter Sunday here in Tucson – and Easter that year was in mid-April. It didn’t snow today, the weather was beautiful. I enjoyed the service and the event as much as I ever have. One of the hymns was “I am the Bread of Life” and that is one of my favorites. After the service there was fun and games for the children (of all ages) and enjoyable conversation for me.

I now have five chapters of ENTRANCE EXAMINATION up on my other site – christophercolesite.wordpress.com – and I should have DREADNAUGHT chaptered and proof-read by the end of this week so once I finish ENTRANCE EXAMINATION I can start posting DREADNAUGHT. By the time that is finished I should have GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS ready. After that, I hope that I have the rest of the space novels finished and can get back to MAGIC IN THE MONASTARY and THE FOURTEENTH HOUSE and a novel I started years ago and lost when my computer crashed about someone who gets what is basically absolute power. Absolute power would get boring after a while, once you have done everything what is there to do? I have some ideas about that novel but as you can tell from earlier in this paragraph, I have a lot to do before then.

I had a lot of problems last week, I live in an apartment complex and some of the families “downstream” of me do not understand that pouring grease and other such gunk down the drain is a bad idea. It too a while for the plumber to clear all the clogs and until then I spent most of my time mopping the water in the bathroom. I still have some cleaning to do but at least the drain doesn’t back up just as soon as I am almost finished mopping.

I really want to attend the Libertarian Party National Convention at the end of May but I cannot afford to do so. Maybe I should start a Go Fund Me campaign and see if I can raise enough money that way. But if I can’t then how do I return the money to the donors? I am going to have to look at the Go Fund Me site and see how that works. I don’t want to raise money and abuse the system. I want to be honest and ethical about this, if I do it.

I am not going to list prayers today, you can if you wish either go to Grace-St. Paul’s website or just reuse what I posted last week. And the reason I am not going to post prayers today is that I feel today is too happy an occasion to be gloomy in prayers. The pain and suffering still exists so I won’t complain if you do pray for the prayer list, I just don’t feel ready for the downer. And, yes, I have in the past posted the prayer list and might in the future as well. It is just today I do not feel like it. This does not mean the need has gone away.

March 21, 2016

Palm Sunday, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:46 am by gruundehn

As I finished my post last week I noticed something I should have noticed years ago and now I feel a bit stupid. I have been adding all my posts, regardless of category, on one page when I had the capability to add new pages and separate my personal and political and other posts by page so people could read the post by category. I am deleting the old posts, starting with the oldest, and I will be a bit more intelligent in my postings. Home page on christophercolesite.wordpress.com will be the novel Entrance Examination and I will add other pages there as I finish novels and start posting them chapter by chapter; as well as short stories having their own page, although I won’t have too many short stories – they are nice to read but I do not like writing them, I have trouble finishing a story in the format of a short story, novels are better for me.

Today being Palm Sunday there was a special service at church, it is the 25th anniversary of the merger of Grace Church and St. Paul’s Church. I joined just a couple of years later. I did not walk around the block with most of the congregation as I am still sore from all the walking I did at the air show on the 12th. I don’t mind it, I enjoyed myself, but it will be nice when the soreness ends.

I am a delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention for Arizona. I just have to figure out how to pay for attending the convention in Orlando Florida at the end of May. Maybe I’ll see if I can raise enough with crowdfunding. I’ll need probably $5,000 and unless I win enough from a lucky lottery ticket, I don’t have it. I am not sure if a crowdfunding project is even legal since attending a political convention is a political event and subject to a bunch of laws designed to keep incumbents in office.

As well as my writing, I should get some of the RPG miniatures I have painted. I did one miniature a couple of weeks  ago and it was a horrible job. I’ll start with some of the simple figures such as wolves and small buildings and other simple figures and work my way up to people, where I will have a lot of detail work to do.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill. Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Kay Bigglestone, Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Sara Heitshu, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Rita Magdaleno, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, James White, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chapman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty. I also ask that you pray for the victims of Muslim violence all over the world.

March 14, 2016

5th Sunday in Lent, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:16 am by gruundehn

Right now I am still sore from yesterday. There was an air show with ground displays this weekend and I went yesterday, I missed the last one two years ago. I have no idea how many miles I walked all day visiting various display aircraft and displays from various organizations. I watched a lot of aircraft perform as well. The Thunderbirds were great as always. But when I got home around 6 PM I was sore. I was sore when I stood, when I sat, when I lay down and when I got up. I went to bed early and got up late and I am still sore. Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself immensely. I chatted with a lot of the people associated with displays about the aircraft and my connection with them or, in the case of the Pima Air and Space Museum, their organization. As I was walking out, after the show closed, I stopped to rest my feet. A man came by and chatted a bit. I noticed that he wore a belt buckle with an F-4 on it. I made a comment about how well the F-4 turns jet fuel into noise and he replied it was great at turning jet fuel into smoke also. It turned out we were assigned to the same wing at the same time. Ubon RTAFB, 8th TFW, 1973-1974. He was the wing Electronic Warfare Officer and I worked the ECM shop. It also turned out that the APS-107, a system I worked on, saved his life. I may not have worked on that specific airplane but it is nice to meet someone whose life I saved, or at least helped to save.

Three chapters are up at my other site: christophercolesite.WordPress.com. I hope people enjoy reading the story and give me some feedback.

If you wish to pray for those on the Grace-St. Paul’s prayer list, you can find that list at gsp.org under the Sunday Bulletins, today’s bulletin. I am just too sore to type the list into this post. I enjoyed the air show and that more than makes up for the soreness. But you can find the list there and please pray for those people and companions, and for the victims of Muslim oppression worldwide also.

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