I was very happy to read this teenager success story. I wish there were more like them! Carburetors may represent old-school tech in the automotive world, but don’t tell Riley Schlick, a high school senior in Florida who rebuilds them for a tidy profit. Send your tired, dirty, mucked-up carburetor to Schlick and she’ll… Continue reading Good old-fashioned entrepreneurship + hard work = teen success story!
Reams have already been written about the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union before its collapse. I think one of the most appropriate thoughts comes from the blogger at HMS Defiant: Two men encompassed the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan could not have accomplished… Continue reading In memoriam: Mikhail Gorbachev
As most readers are aware, back in 2004 I was seriously injured in a work-related accident. After two surgeries, culminating in a spinal fusion, I ended up with a damaged left sciatic nerve, and in pain 24/7/365. I can keep the latter under control if I work at it, and use pain-killers when needed,… Continue reading Exercise with less than half a back
I’ve just learned that installing a ductless, split-level air-conditioning unit in my new garden shed/utility building will be financially out of my reach. A quote obtained early this year was about $2K, but one obtained this week is literally double that, with one option reaching almost three times as much. It looks like the… Continue reading Advice needed: how to mount a window A/C unit in a metal building
The name of Bill Jeans and his training company, Morrigan Consulting, will be familiar to many in the shooting world. Bill, a US Marine Corps and Vietnam combat veteran, was an instructor for the late Col. Jeff Cooper at Gunsite during the 1980’s, and served as Operations Manager there during much of the 1990’s. … Continue reading Attention shooters: Bill Jeans could use our help
It’s been a very, very busy month. My latest Western novel, “Wood, Iron, and Blood” (first in a new series titled “The Annals of Ash”) was published on January 11th. As of the time of writing on January 31st, it’s attracted 114 reviews and ratings, almost all very positive, and is selling steadily. Needless… Continue reading State of the author at the end of January 2022
Thank you very much to everyone who’s so far bought/read “Wood, Iron, and Blood“, my latest Western novel and the first in the new series “The Annals of Ash”. It’s been published for two weeks now, and is proving popular – so much so that it’s been the #1 New Release in the Amazon… Continue reading State of the author, and my latest book
Miss D. and I live in a relatively small house. It’s perfectly adequate for our needs, particularly since both of us have suffered serious injuries in the past, and aren’t as mobile and limber as we once were. We find that, working together, we can keep our home neat and tidy; but a larger… Continue reading Looking for input from readers about garden office sheds
(To those waiting for my traditional Monday morning “Memes That Made Me Laugh” post, it’s coming! Check back shortly after 9 a.m. Central time.) The fifth volume in my ongoing Ames Archives series of Western novels has just been published, in e-book and paperback. It’s titled “Silver In The Stones“. (A grateful tip o’… Continue reading My first new book in two years is now available!
Despite all the “woke” nonsense that’s permeated our country, there’s still a great deal to be thankful for this year. I’m particularly grateful to God for my wife, our friends, the area we live in, and the blessings of being able to live relatively normal lives despite the disruptions causing such harm to so… Continue reading Thanksgiving 2021