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Wed, Jan. 28th, 2015, 04:27 pm
A Familiar Face

Caught a bit of the new Sons of Liberty on the History Channel last night.  Noticed that the Governor or other Royal Official in Boston in 1770 looks a great deal like Stiles in the Hornblower made for tv movies.

Sat, Jan. 24th, 2015, 03:30 am
Middle School Adventures

James Parry writes about his adventures teaching middle school in:


Book All the Teachers:  An Irreverent Ride Through Middle School
By James Bartlett Parry

Reviewed by D. Andrew McChesney
           James Parry spent the majority of his career in education teaching middle school students in Spokane, Washington.  The fact that he survived and was able to write about his experiences is testament to his fortitude.  From the obviously manufactured page of “blurbs” concerning the book, ie., “Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner, and, now, Parry.  A remarkable book: dazzling.  James Parry is a treasure.  (Signed) James Parry, Author,” and,  “This book better sell after all the time you’ve spent on it.  (Signed) Lynda Parry, Author’s Wife,” one is immersed in the hilarity and hi-jinks that is middle school.  Even the title, Book All the Teachers was inspired by a true incident.  Mr. Parry arrived at school one morning to find that someone had spray painted, “(Expletive Deleted) All the Teacher Excep Parry” on the wall.  As it would be sometime before a pressure washer could be obtained to remove the offending language, the custodian used his own spray paint to change the obscenity to “book.”
           While Book All the Teachers is an over the top hilarious look at Middle School, it is also the story of one man’s dedication to making a difference in the lives of his students.  That dedication never faltered during the entire span of James Parry’s teaching career. A must read for those who taught, attended, or want to know the truth about middle school life.


Wed, Jan. 21st, 2015, 03:21 pm
A Future Read!

This book is by a fellow member of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers, and one I look forward to reading.
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Sun, Jan. 18th, 2015, 02:57 am
Available here as well...

Hey, if I haven't mentioned it, both Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story
my book cover
and Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story

are available on the Espresso Book Machine.

Sun, Jan. 18th, 2015, 01:17 am
Another Book Recommendation/Suggestion

Here is a book by a local (Spokane area) author that I have read and enjoyed.  My review (written a couple of years ago) is here.
angel three six
Angels Three Six
Confessions of a Cold War Fighter Pilot
By Col. Chuck Lehman
Reviewed By D. Andrew McChesney

           I grew up during the Cold War, aware of, but probably not fully cognizant of the dangers we all faced. As a grade school student I knew that the United States Air Force stood by, ready to defend this Nation and its people from Soviet aggression. My uncle was a SAC (Strategic Air Command) bomber pilot, and I could name and recognize many of the fighters that stood ready to meet any incoming threat. It was a time I thought, of unlimited numbers of aircraft, all with amazing performance and abilities, piloted by steely-eyed warriors, itching to be at any intruder.
           In Angels Three Six, Col. Lehman, an ADC (Air Defense Command) fighter pilot, relates his adventures while serving in defense of the nation. Most of the stories do not deal with the horrors of possible nuclear war, but with the daily routine, the ever-present danger, and the sometimes humorous incidents of high performance military aviation. Reading his book causes one to realize that the pilots we look up to aren’t supermen, but human beings with the same failings and fears as the rest of us. Many of his tales are humbling, and he should be lauded for passing them on.
           Having spent over two decades in Naval Aviation maintenance, I connected closely with many of the detailed accounts mentioned in the book. While there is always that inter service rivalry, Angels Three Six superbly shows us all what military aviation was all about. It is a must read for anyone who wants to experience and understand the Cold War era.
           Angels Three Six, ISBN 0-9788507-9-3 was published in Spokane, Washington, by The Write Place. It is available for $19.95 + $3.00 S&H from CALCO, 13811 S. Finney St., Medical Lake, WA 99022.
           Col. Lehman is also the author of Emergency Survival for $9.95 and Desert Survival Handbook for $7.95, both available from CALCO, each with an added $3.00 shipping and handling charge. He has also written a novel based on the exploits of his ancestors during the American Civil War.
           (Since reading the book and writing this review, the author has issued a newer revised edition, which I believe is from Spokane’s own Gray Dog Press.  Col. Lehman has also written a published several historical novels centered around events in the early Christian Era.)

Sun, Jan. 18th, 2015, 12:57 am
Reading Suggestions and Recommendations

I've decided that one of the things I can do here on Live Journal, Twitter, and Facebook, is to help promote other writers books.  I've put together a list of books by various writers, some of whom I know personally, and others that I'm acquainted with via social media.  For the most part, I've read the books and probably have written a review for them.  I'll try to provide a link to Amazon or other on line store where the books can be had.  If a review is available I'll post it here as well.

First up, Taming of the T-Bird by Sue Eller.  This is the second Emily Trace mystery and has just come out.  I haven't read it yet, but if it is anything like Meadowlark Madness, it will be a fun and exciting read.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2015, 03:28 pm
Weather Update.

Well, when I posted a few days ago, it was snowing... in the traditional sense.  Cold but not frigid, with a fairly dry snow falling in abundance.  I shovelled around noon and when Eva came home that evening, so much had fallen that she wondered if I'd even been out.  But about that time it warmed up some.  The snow got wetter and heavier.  The accompanying pics are from Monday, after a night of snow/rain.  I thought the one with the sun showing through the fog came out  well.
Looking SSW from the front door.  Street is basically slush.

The more traditional WSW view. Snowman in neighbor's yard looks like an animal of somekind.

Just finished reading The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian.  Occurred to me that possibly the most interesting and intriguing character in the Master and Commander series is Diana Villiers.

Anyway, plan to start Britannia's Wolf by Antione Vanner now.  It's the first of The Dawlish Chronicles, Naval Adventure stories set in the Victorian Era, as steam is coming into full use.

Have a nice rest of the week!

Sun, Jan. 4th, 2015, 04:01 am
Birthday wishes!

Before I forget and they become "belated" Birthday wishes, I want to wish longtime Live Journal friend(s) jpsorrow "and" benjamintate very HAPPY BIRTHDAYs!
P. S. The bird can sing "Happy Birthday!"

Sun, Jan. 4th, 2015, 12:01 am
A Belated Happy New Year!

The beginning of 2015 was pretty low key for us.  I worked New Year's Eve and into the morning of New Year's Day, and then again that night.  Had the place all to myself until Friday morning when the opening staff person came in.  Got to thinking about my dad when we lived in Alaska and he worked at Eialson AFB in the power house.  He often worked a graveyard or mid shift, and once in a while I'd get to go in with him.  He'd be the only one there... not doing any really heavy work, but sort of keeping an eye on things... Well I do a certain amount of cleaning and all, but there are things I won't do, simply because no one is around and if something happens...

Weatherwise we are going through a lot of change.  It was warm Christmas Day but then got a bit colder... down into the low teens and single digits at night... cold enough that I broke out the long johns and my old flight deck jerseys.  Don't really need them inside where I'm at most of the time, but nice to have when I have to be outside.  Over the past couple of days we've had some light snow and now it's snowing again. Supposedly it'll last for the entire day and then turn to rain on Monday as it warms up.  If you remember the pic I posted in my last entry, taken on Christmas Day, contrast it with this one taken early Saturday afternoon.

Oh well, to make it easier for you, here's the Christmas Day one again.

Hope everyone had a great New Year's Celebration!

Sun, Dec. 28th, 2014, 12:21 am
Post Christmas

A fairly quiet Holiday for us.  I worked Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, while Eva ended up working Christmas Eve.  We didn't do any family stuff until late on Christmas Day.  Jessica came over, we ate and then opened gifts.  I ended up going to work that evening until the next morning.

No snow in our area, and in fact if was fairly balmy.  Took this shot out the front door (looking WSW) in the late morning.

Santa was good to us... no big expensive gifts, just a lot of little things, some of which we may have hinted for or suggested, or things that we each knew the other would like or enjoy.  And in some cases, it's a matter ot tradition... scented candles for Eva, calendars for both of them, and Doctor Who stuff for Jessica.  They both helped stock my liquor supply, a bottle of Cutty Sark and one of Captain Morgan's Black Spiced Rum.  My library increased a bit as well... all three volumes of the Dawlish Chronicles by Antoine Vanner, and a copy of The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney.  (I had passed along a list of authors I'd "met" via social media over the past few months, who had books I'd thought might me interesting to read, and these are what I ended up with.  Should keep me busy for awhile, and as time goes on I'll see about getting works by some of the other writers I've become acquainted with.)

So now, looking forward to celebrating the New Year, although I'll be working, and Jessica's B'Day... she was a New Year's Baby.

Book sales seem to have picked up a bit for the Holidays.  Noted a slight up-tick in sales on Amazon, and our local independent book store called the other day asking for more copies of Beyond the Ocean's Edge.  Another local store also sold some of the second book.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and that you will have a very Happy New Year!
P. S. Still reading Patrick O'Brian's The Letter of Marque.  Once I finish that, I'll get into the stuff I got for Christmas.

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