Category: Wanderings

“Like Mexican Food?”

I was the happiest, and one of the newest deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.  I graduated top in my academy class, just finished my six-month rotation of bailiff duty at the Municipal Court, and freshly assigned to the third shift (graveyard) in the South Valley. My first...

Kick It In Gear

“Alright, Kwen, it’s time to kick it into gear.” I was sitting in a booth, in Panera’s, drinking my hot chocolate. Across from me, sat a diminutive woman with brown curly hair and intense blue eyes, and she was pointing the business end of a pencil at me. I’ve...

Your Opinion Matters

Hey, I have a question for you. What should the cover of my soon-to-be published book, “The Tenth Nail” look like? Members of First Fans will help choose the cover in the next week or so.  I’d enjoy hearing what you think. There are several exciting events going on. ...

Introducing First Fans

“You will go out in joy and led forth in peace.” – Isaiah 55:12   I have to tell you I am not a big follower of the Facebook trend of self-discovery. You know what I’m talking about, the postings that say things like, “Tell us your shoe size...

Pump Nine and the Lamb Lady

A couple of nights ago, I stepped clear of the automatic sliding doors at a local convenience store and back into the darkness of the evening. It wasn’t late, but as everyone knows, darkness comes early in the soon to be winter months. I had taken only one step...

“I am what I am,” Popeye

In Hamlet, Shakespeare tells us, “to thine own self be true.”  Today, we crudely say, “do your own thing.” As I get ready to release my seventh book, a sequel to Jane Austen’s work, “Persuasion,” I have been pondering the advice of the Bard and have decided it’s time to...

Dad Died Today

  Dad died today. I had sat with him most of the morning, but he didn’t talk much. Had other things on his mind, I guess. A few days ago, we had talked about the books I have written and he asked me about a character named Samuel Moses...

Prettiest Lady at the Dance

She was born on the fourth of July 1776 but not christened until the twenty-first of June 1788.  She was the world’s first Constitutional Republic and while she was the prettiest girl at the dance, her survival was anything but certain. She nearly died an infant’s death during the...

My Dad, Happy Father’s Day

My father taught me to take responsibility, take the initiative, and be accountable.  He also taught me to pay attention, form my own opinions and be willing to defend them against all comers.  Maybe that is why my father and I disagreed on all most everything by the time...

Meet My Mom

My mother died when she was thirty six years old.  I was nineteen.  No, this is not a feel sorry for me because I was so young kind of story, my sister and brother were younger.  I will admit I spent way too much time being angry at God...