July 18, 2016

9th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

A friend of mine died last Friday. His name was Michael Biles. I doubt you knew him but just in case, he died last Friday the 15th. It was inevitable that he would die young, he was a good 20years younger than me, because of his heart problems which were not helped by his weighing somewhere around 500 pounds. As far as I know, he has not been on a scale for decades even when getting a medical check since the scales normally found in a medical office only go to 350 pounds and Michael weighed that a couple decades ago when he was asking about hanging chairs while attending the Renaissance Fair in Apache Junction. But, he is dead and although he was a pain to be around because of his attitude, he was a friend.

I have started posting videos on YouTube for the Pima County Libertarian Party and as of today there are two: Initiating Violence and Why Waste your Vote. I plan on putting one up tomorrow on the Minimum Wage and maybe another one but I haven’t decided on the topic yet. I want to keep posting videos on various topics for as long as I can. I would appreciate feedback and comments on my videos either to help me make better videos or discuss the issues I spoke about.

The last chapter of ENTRANCE EXAMINATION is going up Thursday. Next week I will start posting chapters of DREADNOUGHT. Again, I would like comments on both novels as a means of improving my writing. The writing blog is christophercolesite.wordpress.com. By the time that is all up I should be done with GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS although I am still deciding on the conclusion to that novel. When I write I do not use outlines or plot summaries but I write kind of “stream-of-consciousness” style in that I write the book and am often surprised by the twists and outcomes. The only book I have ever written where I knew the plot, and not just the wanted outcome, was ENTRANCE EXAMINATION because that was inspired by a Japanese anime and I wanted to stay close to the original. Not that I followed the anime closely, it was a love story with aliens and multiple star nations and psychic powers and a civilian university and a few other plot points that I did not put into ENTRANCE EXAMINATION. But I did want to follow the basic idea and I think I did even though the story is different.

Once I finish GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS I have the idea for the next novel in the series in mind. Not that I have the plot, just the opening and where I want the story to end. Not that I will guarantee that the ending I am thinking of now is what will be the end of the book. I also have the idea for the last book in the series in mind as well. Again, the opening and what the end is going to be. This time the end will be fixed although the details may change. SPOILER: The Empire is doomed – it is too big and too far out of touch with the political reality throughout the Empire. Politics is always local.

I still haven’t changed my printer so if you wish to pray the prayer list, please go to gsptucson.org and get the prayer list off the Sunday bulletin. Please also pray for Michael Biles. Also, please pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

July 11, 2016

8th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 2:56 am by gruundehn

Technology is wonderful, until it isn’t. I enjoy working with my computers, playing games, surfing the internet and so forth. My list of favorite sites was pretty long. Yes, I said “was” since the latest update to Windows 10 ruined my favorites list. I have two computers, both with Windows 10. One I recently bought and it came with Windows 10 and the other is older and originally came with Windows 8, which got upgraded to 8.1 and then 10. Both just downloaded and installed an upgrade to Windows 10 and my favorites list is missing a lot of entries and the entries remaining are scrambled. This happened yesterday and I have been working to organize the entries back to alphabetical order but files are mixed with folders and very little is in proper order. Plus, a huge number of entries are missing. I sent a feedback to Microsoft but I doubt that they will reply to me since the webpage specifically stated that I should not expect a reply. The computer I am using here is the old one and has Microsoft Explorer as well as Microsoft Edge and the favorites file in Explorer is not as badly damaged as the one in Edge, which helps a bit.

I am still not sleeping properly. I had one night where I got about eight hours but normally it is anywhere from three to five hours. Last night I went to bed about 9:30 PM, got to sleep about 10 PM and woke up about 2:30 AM. I got back to sleep about 5 AM and slept until 10 AM. My blood sugar measurements have been dancing around like crazy and my weight bounces around as well, just not as bad. With my sleeping problems I wonder if there is something seriously wrong. I had been thinking that maybe I am having thyroid problems as low thyroid seems to fit the symptoms but medical information on the internet, even WebMD, is not diagnostic, just suggestive. I see my doctor later this month and I hope that he, or she – it is a new doctor and I don’t know who it is, can figure out what is wrong.

I have a problem with the news media nowadays. No, I am not going to talk bias but coverage. With the ability to gather information from around the world almost instantly local news and events lose out. Thirty years ago events in Europe would not be covered here in Tucson unless those events were extremely notable such as Brexit. Most of the news coverage would be local news and events as those events would normally have a more direct impact on the lives of Tucsonans. Now, the one newspaper that gave more coverage to local news is no more and the TV stations put national and international news into the local broadcast depriving me of local news. Now, I realize that the news media need advertising money in order to survive but they do over cover the sensational. At least, that is my opinion. Which may be why the traditional news media are losing ground to the youngsters on the internet. Plus, I remember reading something a year or two ago that most young people were getting their news from THE DAILY SHOW and similar comedy shows. I want my local news and I want an informed electorate; unfortunately, that seems too much to ask for.

I am still posting ENTRANCE EXAMINATION on my other blog, christophercolesite.wordpress.com but I am almost finished with that novel. I would like some feedback on my writing style and ability but no one has commented so far. I get the occasional notice that someone likes a chapter and I think there are a few people following the story but no one has commented yet. People have stopped commenting on this blog as well  For all I am getting out of this effort, I might as well just shut down and destroy all the posts. I am not planning on doing that, at least not yet.

I still haven’t installed my new printer so if you wish to do so, please visit gsptucson.org and find the latest prayer list, part of the weekly bulletin.

July 4, 2016

7th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:32 am by gruundehn

I am actually posting early on the morning of Monday instead of the evening of Sunday as I was busy with various things such as grocery shopping last evening and I just didn’t get to writing a post last night.

I am still having trouble sleeping. As an example, I went to bed around 9:30 last night and woke about 1:30 this morning and haven’t been able to go back to sleep yet and if today follows previous nights, I won’t get back to sleep and the four hours is all I will get. I am getting tired of being tired all day. I don’t want to take naps, although I do, as naps might disrupt my ability to sleep the night through. I see my doctor later this month and this is another thing to bring up. I wish I didn’t have these health problems. And yes, I understand that there are a lot of people whose health problems are considerably worse than mine. I don’t want their problems and I wish mine would go away.

As part of the Sunday service I carried the American Flag at church. I bought a new pair of shoes because the shoes I normally wear on Sunday do not allow me to turn easily as they have textured soles. My new shoes are patent leather and look nice plus they are leather soled so I can turn in them better. However, they are new and patent leather, which means that they are stiff. So, my feet were hurting by the end of the service and when I got home and took them off I noticed that the sock on my left foot had a pinkish heel where the heel had been rubbed raw by the heel of the shoe. I think I will donate these shoes and buy a pair in a wider width. If I work the shoes I think I will crack the patent leather. I never wore patent leather shoes before, when I was on active duty I wore boots all the time as I was always in fatigues.

Once again I refer you to gsptucson.org if you wish to pray the prayer list I normally post here as I have yet to install the new printer. The prayer list in part of the Sunday bulletin. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

June 27, 2016

6th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:34 am by gruundehn

I have my new printer in but not installed. The reason is that I am lethargic. I have always been lazy but lately I have been just plain lethargic. I missed church today because I overslept. Indeed I spent most of today in bed either napping or reading. I haven’t gotten dressed all day. This general lethargy is increasing and I can’t wait to see my doctor and find out what is going on. Or, rather, I will wait because I have to. My appointment isn’t for weeks yet.

Speaking of doctors, I have an eye doctor appointment this Tuesday. Loads of fun. I have a phobia about needles, everyone tells me it is a phobia but I think it is a rational reaction, but my reaction to something dealing with my eyes is even more severe. The eye drops needed to dilate my eyes will be a problem but the test for glaucoma will be impossible. I always pull away before that little green dot gets close to me. I will probably need a new prescription as I think my vision is a bit blurred. When I was younger and on active duty, it seemed like I had my prescription changed every year. But now that I am much older, the prescription seems to change every three or four years. I was under the impression that my eyes would change more as I got older, not less.

I got a little writing done and I did post a chapter on christophercolesite.wordpress.com but other than that, I haven’t done anything. I am trying to work on the YouTube scripts for the Libertarian Party but my lethargy gets in the way. I finished a pilot video and showed it at the monthly Pima County meeting and the consensus was that it was too long and boring. So, I am now shooting for two minutes and more active. The videos are probably going to be along the lines of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck” comedy but “You might be a Libertarian” instead. I am not a funny man, as a general rule, but I think I can make this work. If I can get them done.

The summer rains should start within a week or so and I, for one, will be glad. When I first got to Tucson, back in 1971, the summer rains were dependable. Now, it seems like it is a matter of catch as you can. Before the rains would start, three or four times a week, just about 1PM and last about two hours. The temperature would drop a good twenty degrees or more and the rest of the afternoon was enjoyable, regardless of the earlier heat. Now the rains come at all sorts of odd hours and the afternoons are miserable.

If you wish to do so, the prayer list I usually post here is to be found at gsptucson.org as part of the Sunday bulletin. I ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands and otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

June 20, 2016

5th Sunday After Pentecost, 2016

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

I wasn’t home for most of yesterday and I missed the delivery of my new printer. The one I have now is broken and I have a pile of ink cartridges for it so I ordered a new one of the same model. Since I missed the Saturday delivery, I will have to be home all day tomorrow in order that I accept delivery of the new one. Which means grocery shopping gets pushed back to Wednesday because Tuesday I will be chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and attending the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting.

I got to read at church today, a rare treat for me. The passage was a good one as well, the one in 1 Kings where Jezebel threatens Elijah and he flees as a result, and while he is in a cave and is told the YWH is going to pass by. I varied my voice according to the phenomenon  passing by and had a lot of fun.

I am getting close to the end of ENTRANCE EXAMINATION on my other blog, christophercolesite.wordpress.com and the only person who seems to have read it is my brother. I get the occasional email saying that someone is following that blog but no one has ever made a comment about my writing or about the story. And such comments are one of the reasons I started posting the story online. I want feedback about my writing and my storytelling.

Since my printer is broken, if you wish to pray the prayer list I ask that you go to gsptucson.org and get the list from there for your prayers. I do ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven fro their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

June 12, 2016

4th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , , at 11:29 pm by gruundehn

It has been an interesting week for me. I chewed out the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and the Pima County Sheriff as well. Yes, I chew out the BOS on a routine basis, and they deserve it, but the Sheriff was a bonus. Pima County is so corrupt in my opinion that the County Administration seems to be trying to take the title away from Cook County Illinois; you know, Chicago the Capital of Corruption and dishonest politicians. I am originally from Indiana so I got my information about Chicago almost first-hand before I was even a teenager.

It rained here in Tucson, which is unusual for June. But any rain in a desert is welcome. The summer rainy season doesn’t start, officially, for a couple of week yet but we have been dry for so long now that I wanted to go out and dance in the rain. What kept me from doing so was the fact that I would have to get dressed in order to do it. I usually sit around my apartment in my skivvies and little else and I don’t think that the children in the complex would appreciate seeing me in my boxers, nor would the women either for that matter. I do have some consideration for others.

So, I have been reading about the Muslim guy who went on a rampage in a gay bar and killed over 50 people, give or take. Almost nothing about him being Muslim in the reports about the attack and nothing about the bar being a “gun-free” zone. Just a sample of what happens when one philosophy dominates the news business. In 1964 my Father told me: Unless you honestly examine both sides of an issue, you don’t have an opinion, you are a parrot. He told me that because the San Diego public school system was telling me that I was a Democrat and he got tired of me coming home with the daily belief point. It took me a while but I did realize how wise that comment is. Another bit of wisdom he taught me was: If the refrigerator is broken, changing the tires on your car won’t fix it. And the broken refrigerator here is that Islam teaches Muslims to hate. To hate gays, Jews, non-Muslims, etc. And the tires here is the focus on the guns and not the Muslims.

I am 66 years old and soon to be 67, in October. It is now the middle of June and it seems like 2016 has just started. I have been told that this is a sign of age. I am 6 years old and normally feel much younger, so why do I fail the age test on this one point? I have not yet put the wrong year on any form where the date is required but I still worry about it. And I should have been past this months ago.

I went down to the VA to pay on my bill and got an appointment with my new doctor. It is classified as a follow-up but I need to get my thyroid checked. Even if it is fine, I am having problems that, according to WebMD and others, could be thyroid related. But one of the problems I am having is memory. So, I have a good chance of forgetting to talk about my thyroid because I am having memory problems which could be caused by a thyroid problem.

If you look at the archive of this blog, you might notice that I have been purging some of the older posts. Once I purge to the level I want, I am going to start a third blog for just my political rants. I hope people are reading my science-fiction novel over on christophercolesite.wordpress.com and enjoying it. If you are reading it, have you discovered who the extra person is? My brother Eugene, who is over in Africa (Ghana) teaching English as a Second Language, discovered who it is but only after I pointed out a clue in an earlier chapter. I would be happy if others would read and see if they can discover the solution to the mystery as well. I want the clues to be discoverable but not too easy.

My printer is still down so I ask that if you want to pray the Prayer list, go to gsptucson.org and download the prayer list from there. And I again ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homes, or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

June 5, 2016

3rd Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 11:47 pm by gruundehn

The summer heat is finally here in Tucson. It took until late last week for the temperature to break 100 degrees Fahrenheit and when it did it did so in a grand way. None of the wimpy 100 or 101 we went straight to 107+ for three days in a row so far. It is so nice to be indoors a lot.

My printer is starting to go. This seems to happen when I have a few ink cartridges on hand. Luckily the model is still a newer on so I can get a replacement and still use the cartridges I already have without wasting them. Maybe when these cartridges are used up I’ll go to a laser printer, the one I had a few years ago seemed more robust. I can’t remember how long it lasted but I only replaced those cartridges twice and the cartridges for a laser printer last a huge amount of time. The problem with the one I have now is that when it prints several of the lines are printed blurred and impossible to read; and it is getting worse. I just printed out the prayer list for this week and I can’t read a quarter of the lines. And when I am ready to start posting my next novel on christophercolesite.wordpress.com I will need to read the chapters as I post them. The old dot matrix printers were noisy and slow but they lasted a long time, I just wish the ink jet printers lasted as long. Each printer isn’t so bad but the cumulative is horrible.

I want to start posting videos to YouTube but I need to learn how to make videos that can be posted. I can record a video but I can’t get the audio and video to synch. The last one I did had a four second gap between the audio and the video tracks. I don’t have the money to go to a professional video service and I want to do these just by myself until I can afford to have professional help, if I can ever afford to do so.

For those of you who are not in Pima County you might still want to read this section as it demonstrates some of the corruption of government. Our Sheriff retired and a new one was appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Sheriff Nanos is running for election. One of the Sheriff’s Deputies, Sergeant Staten, was placed upon administrative suspension without pay because he intends to run against Sheriff Nanos. The same cannot be done to Sheriff Nanos even though such would be just. He holds an elected office and no action except recall can be taken against him. Sheriff Nanos supervises a much larger part of the Sheriff’s Department than Sergeant Staten but Sergeant Staten is on administrative suspension because of his supervisory duties. Sheriff Nanos is apparently trying to win the election through intimidation and bankruptcy of his opponent – and the destruction of Sergeant Staten’s family because of the bankruptcy caused by Sheriff Nanos’ injustice.

I am not going to post the prayer list, so if you want to pray for those on the prayer list, please go to gsptucson.org and you can find the prayer list there, it is part of the weekly bulletin. I do ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homelands, or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

May 30, 2016

2nd Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:32 am by gruundehn

I watched the Indianapolis 500 after I got home from church. What a race! There needs to be some improvement in managing the pits, far too many time cars bumped each other or otherwise violated the rules on leaving the pits. Whenever I record a TV show I almost always erase it immediately after watching it. The 500 I think I will keep, at least for a while so I can watch it again.

This is the weekend that we should honor those who fell in defense of America and our rights. I say should because too often I find someone who dose not have a clue and does not care. We have, as a nation, become so complacent about what we have that we risk losing everything. I watch a lot of YouTube videos, especially on Thursdays when I add a chapter on my other blog: christophercolesite.wordpress.com, and one channel I like to look at is Sargon of Akkad and his This Week in Stupid videos. I don’t agree with everything he says and stands for but when he posts his TWiS videos I cringe at just how stupid some people are. I enjoy it when he points out the hypocrisy of the “Regressive Left” and how they are violating the tenets of honest liberalism. And he never seems to lack examples. I know that there are just as many on the Right who could fill a video blog with stupidity but I get informed of them every day by the various news media.

Another type of YouTube video I like to watch is the cosplay ones. I rarely know who the character being presented is but I enjoy the work and skill that went into making those costumes. I once bought a DV of Circ de Solei (I hope I spelled that right) because I had seen one of their performances on PBS and was intrigued. I enjoyed the performance but I wanted to examine the costumes but I could not as the DVD disabled the zoom, pause and slow motion functions. I did not know why until I saw the section on the behinds the scenes and saw that a lot of the performers were underage children. Clearly those functions were disabled to prevent pedophiles from using the DVD to examine those children too closely. It is a shame really as the costumes were intricate and beautiful. I would have enjoyed looking at the details but I understand why it was done.

The choir at Grace-St. Paul’s is off for the summer. I miss them already as, although I cannot sing worth a used Tinker’s Dam, I enjoy music.

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 at 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 Tori Due Brooks, Catherine & William 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, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Jean Paige, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Dax & Nancy, Greg, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Matteo, 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 Margaret Price, Annie Holbrook; for animal companions who have died especially Prince. I 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.

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.

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