Another holiday for Americans. Monday, October 14 is Columbus Day.
Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 to commemorate his landing in, or 'discovering' the 'New World'.
It was celebrated in New York long before 1937.
In recent years there has been controversy and efforts to remove CD as a holiday. Indeed, the state of California is trying to rename it 'Native American Day'.
In Berkley, they call it 'Indigenous Peoples Day'. To some Native American Tribes October 12 is 'Native American Recognition Day'.
It has been celebrated across the country with parades and other festivities, I think, more to celebrate the Italian-American Heritage, even though he sailed under a Spanish flag. It was a brave and major accomplishment, as many thought he would fall off the edge of a flat earth. Parades will be held this week-end from New York to San Francisco.
Still, the Native Americans have a point. You must have seen images or tee-shirts with a picture of Geronimo holding a rifle and the caption, "Homeland Security. Fighting terrorism since 1492." See their point?Why should they celebrate over 500 years of domination, exploitation, and worse?
Personally, the holiday has always been about my Italian Heritage.
Since moving west and and having Native American acquaintances and friends, I have become more aware of their culture and of their hardships since Christopher arrived.
I have visited or attended many festivities like powwows, rodeos, museums.
I have been a welcomed visitor.
They are proud of their heritage, as I am, as we all are. If our country is great because it is a 'melting pot' of peoples and their cultures from everywhere in the world, we will surely include those who were here first.
On Columbus Day, I will be thankful for my new friends, and perhaps share some lasagna.
Do Bruce and Genny in Willowtree have any kids?
Maybe, I'm not telling.
In real life many children unfortunately have to deal with murder, maybe a murderer or a victim in the family. There are kids who are killed and kids who kill.
No one, I hope, enjoys reading or hearing those stories. There are enough of them on television and in newspapers.
I'm sure there are enough of them in fiction. I wouldn't like reading those stories either.
In mysteries the murder is only the impetus for the story. The story is the investigation and resolution.
I would rather not have youngsters involved in that business.
I have purposely not included children in my Bruce DelReno Mysteries.
I will not ever write about a youthful villain or victim.
And I may not even introduce any child character, however cute and innocent I want him/her to be.
Being a senior sleuth, it is easy for Bruce to not mention any children when telling his tales. All of his friends are geriatric, or close to it. All of their children are grown and off on their own adventures.
Bruce chooses the dead bodies he finds very carefully. They never have young kids.
Bruce DelReno, I guess, is my alter ego. Roughly.
He's an ex-postman who loves golf and eating. He's very smart and handsome.
He would never think of having a pet snake or going cliff diving.
But, though he never mentions it, he does love children.
Me, too. My Mom had eight; I got used to them.
My wife and I have two grown men, who are our kids. They are the greatest joy and pride in our lives. Our five beautiful grandchildren are each a unique wonder.
I hope no one, young or old, has to come close to being affected by murder in their lives.
With Bruce DelReno kids are safe. His stories, childproof.
Ben Samuel, A Favorite Character in Willowtree
Many readers have said that Ben Samuel, the eccentric Apache friend of Bruce DelReno, is their favorite character in Willowtree.
Where did the inspiration for the character come from?
It came from a real person and friend of mine.
His name is not Ben Samuel, but he has two first names. (blog- names )
He is not an Apache, but a Yavapai from the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe whose Reservation was established in Prescott, Arizona in 1935.
My friend is a genuinely friendly, humourous, generous, and likeable individual who is more of an avid golfer than Bruce or me. Better at it, too.
I have learned a lot about Native Americans from him and others while living in Arizona and from playing golf with many of them. The Indians, they call themselves Indians, to me at least, are enthusiastic golfers. There are many Indian Tournaments; I have been privileged to be able to play in some sponsored by Tribes.Every Indian I have met seems to be proud of his heritage and also proud to be an American.
I met my friend about fifteen years ago when we were made members of the same team in a celebrity pro-am tournament in Prescott. Later that year a new golf course opened in my town and we met again. He also lived nearby and we soon began our Sunday foursome skins game. We have played together with two others nearly every Sunday since then. We sometimes will play different courses in the state, and often as a team in area tournaments, winning our share.
So, Ben is inspired by my friend, but Ben is not this friend. They are their own persons, though they both are good golfers and quite funny.
The only stolen attribute (besides low handicap) given to Ben was his habit of loudly stirring multiple packets of sugar into his coffee. Of course, my friend was not aware of the annoyance until the book, and for some reason does not do it anymore.
When I took the photo that was eventually used on the cover, I had not realized that my friend had moved into the frame. I was shooting the desert willow tree from the cart path looking toward the fairway. I decided to leave him in the photo when cropping it.
He thinks it's Ben.
The cover photo for Willowtree: Fifth hole at Pine Shadows Golf Course, Cottonwood, AZ.Ben's coffee stirring incident is in Chapter Six.Get Willowtree FREE from Smashwords for any reader or app until 9/28/2013.Use this CODE at checkout: LX24B
-A Great Little Library
I'm late getting this in writing but I am still high over the Author Talks at Camp Verde Community Library this summer. Seven local authors gave presentations as part of the Adult Reading Program.
I commend the library for offering these programs to both children and adults. These were not book signings. Books were not for sale. I did not have the 'salesman' feeling like at a signing, though I suppose there is always an element of selling when talking about one's book. It was simply a pleasure to speak to interested readers about books, mine and others, and my writing process. I donated a copy of Willowtree to the library and another as a door prize.
I like that this library has the word 'community' in its official title, and I saw many people engaged in various activities during my short time there.
The whole town should be proud of the CVCL and its terrific staff.
Kathy of the CVCL staff shows off two new library acquisitions.
(Photo by Zack Garcia, Larson Newspapers)
-What's the difference between http:// and https:// ?
...if you know, don't forget it...if you don't, you should...
It's about security.
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
The added 'S' stands for 'Secure.'
When you visit a website look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with : http://. This means the communication between the websit and your browser is using the regular "unsecured" language.
So, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your conversation.
If the web address begins with https:// the site is using a secure code and no one can eavesdrop.
Before entering any vital information like a credit card number be sure to look at the address, and be sure it begins with https://.
-I don't like it when people say 'Like my page' even if they say 'please.'
So, I have never asked anyone to Like my page, but I wish somebody would.
-I don't play games on Facebook.
So if you invite me to play any, I will ignore the request or block that app.
-I don't usually post what I am doing unless it is unusual or noteworthy.
For ex: I will not post "Going to play golf." I will post "I got another hole-in-one."
-I hate those ads that come up suggesting a page I might Like.
I never like them. I never 'Like' them.
-I love seeing the photos of family and friends, especially those living far away, even cousins and their kids.
-I follow many authors, book related pages, and I belong to book, reader, and author groups. I occasionally offer opinions or post something on them and 'Like' a lot of posts. But, I skip over any post about books in certain genres. I don't read much fantasy or romance or sci-fi or paranormal, just some.
I am not interested in vampires, something happening in the year 2065, or 50 shades of anything.
-I try to keep my personal page separate from my author page but Zuckerberg won't let me. It's about an error I made in setting them up - an irreversible error that FB magic cannot undo unless I change my name, move to Antarctica, or do both and start over from scratch.
-I have signed a few petitions and joined a few causes, but I don't like being asked to sign or join 50 more because I am now on a list.
-I have friends who are Black, Asian, Gay, Fat, Old, Canadian, Funny Looking, and Republican. I like and 'Like' them all. (Exception: the Republicans I like get no 'Like'.
-I heard that 'everybody' is on FB, but it's not true.
I have some dear friends and family members that I still e-mail or must contact by phone or US Mail. I usually don't bother to e-mail or snail-mail messages to them if all I have to say is "At McD's with Keely" or " I Like WalMart."
-Sometimes you may post something and expect I will 'Like' it.
Sometimes I like it, but don't 'Like' it.
-Remember the old FaceBook, before they changed to the Timeline thing?
The time speeds by leaving me wishing I had more motivation, ambition, drive, or what is it called? Geritol?
I have done a lot of activities, but wasted a lot of non-activity in between.
Today I sprayed the darn weeds in the back, and planted some nice portulaca in the front. I posted some stuff on FB, and some on Twitter, if retweeting and favoriting counts. I checked my e-mail and played solitaire. I watched a little of the Canadian Open, That’s quite a lot I’ve done and it is not dark outside yet.
I also made pesto. It’s a bountiful basil season. Oh, yeah, I made the bread dough. Pop it in the oven tomorrow morning.
I almost forgot that I brushed the dog. Got a nice pile of hair off her back, so she’ll look presentable when she goes for grooming tomorrow.
After that I vacuumed the dining and living rooms. Had to. That reminded me I wanted to wash the kitchen floor, so I did.
I also printed handout sheets and recipe cards for my speech tomorrow. I learned how to change the ink cartridge in my new printer.
What? My speech is tomorrow?
I guess there will be no ballgame tonight.
I will be talking about my writing and book at the Camp Verde Community Library Adult Summer Reading Program. I am honored to have been asked to participate.
To coincide with my few moments of fame the Kindle version of Willowtree is lowered to $1.99 through August. It is also a part of the Smashwords Summer Sale. 50% off, using the code on the Smashwords page. And, I see Amazon has lowered the paperback price to $9.something, from $10.99.
May and June.
I am reflecting on family events that occur frequently in May and June.
Many members of our family have been born during May or June.
Some have died during these weeks. I lost a dear brother and sister near the beginning of a May. I lost one of my best friends, my Grandfather Bove in May, 1965. Recently a dear aunt and an uncle have passed on May days. Our beautiful and beloved mother left us in May, two years ago at the age of ninety-three. We are nearing Fathers Day, when a remarkable brother-in-law died unexpectedly a year ago.
Why am I thinking about this now? Our large family is scattered across the country- VT, MA, ME, FL, NJ, LA, AZ, MD, CO, and China.
We get together for, you know, funerals.
Here’s the good part:
My birthday (70) was last week and my oldest son (NJ) planned a visit which made me ecstatic.
I would get a chance to beat him at golf for the first time ever, since I’ve been retired and play a lot; he has to work a lot so plays only on occasion. (I didn’t).
He arrived in AZ, we had a nice dinner at home. Then the doorbell rang.
A big surprise walked in, my youngest brother (MA).
Wow, I had my son and brother to celebrate with, but before he could sit down the doorbell rang again.
In walks another brother (FL). My wife and I could not believe it. His first time in AZ.
Two minutes later I answered the bell to welcome my baby sister (VT), a world traveler but her first time in AZ. She is the gem of this family. The rest of the family knows what I mean.
Doorbell. Another jewel of a sister (VT), joined the party. I looked outside to see who else might be there, but figured I was indeed so happy to have them all here though one brother (VT) was missing.
We are all still hugging when we were interrupted by the doorbell. It was the last of my living siblings and we six were all together.
I looked at them. Boy, they are old now.
But still handsome and pretty. But I am still older.
We laughed and hugged and cried and toured AZ and ate and ate.
We got up early and stayed up late.
We ate some more and man, there was coffee and coffee.
My birthday lasted five days. Then it was Karen’s birthday, the first of her, how many? First one in AZ. We had cake. We had fun. Lots.
So for the better part of a week my life was a wreck.
In a good way.
Thank you brothers and sisters for the best surprise anyone could have.
Thanks to the rest of your families, spouses, and children, for sending them off to visit me and my dear wife.
The surprise worked. I knew not even a hint of it, though it was months in the making.
The plan to get together for a happy time is not a bad idea. It is wonderful.
Peace and love.
Brothers and sisters.
John McCain (R-AZ) is my senator and a senator with whom I seldom agree. He is sponsoring a bill that would create 'a la carte' cable and satellite TV pricing, something I have wished for since my basic DirecTV bill began ballooning. Thank you, Mr. McCain. He compares the cable and satellite package bundling to "forcing customers to pay for the entire menu at a restaurant in order to get what they want to eat." My point exactly.
I have a higher priced package than the most basic package only because I want the local channels. (see what i mean?) That gives me more than a hundred (hundreds?) of channels I have excluded in my favorites list. I don't watch the kid's, christian, shopping, music, Spanish, or many other channels. In fact, the reason I got a satellite dish in the first place was because my cable provider, at that time, did not have Comedy Central, the place I get my kid's, christian, shopping, music, and Spanish information.
I think they can switch on/off any individual channel for each customer. They switched on the local FoxSports channel for me when I called and said I wasn't getting it.
I once bought a set of 12 Magic Markers because I needed only a brown one. I recently bought a 6-piece accessory kit for my Kindle. All I needed was the charger, but the kit was cheaper than just a charger from Amazon. So, I am willing to pay for something I don't want to get something I really want, if it's a one-time event. The TV package is monthly with ever increasing cost. I don't like that. I'd rather be able to pick the channels I want even if a channel I pick has some shows I would never watch.
So, I hope McCain gets a bundle of support for this bill. I hope it becomes the law so I won't have to pay for Jewelry Television, though I'm sure many people couldn't live without it.
But it won't pass. AZ will be a Blue State before that happens. Why not? Same reason a lot of good bills don't pass - lobbies.
Opponents say customers would not save money. Smaller channels would not survive. Prices of popular channels would be high. Etc.
Again, thank you Sen. McCain for working in my interest. I guess the DC lobbies are more powerful than you and me.
The article at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/20/mccain-revives-a-la-carte-cable-bill/2325953/
29 Verde Valley authors will be signing and talking about their books at an
AUTHORS FORUM AT COTTONWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY,
SATURDAY MAY, 4, 2013. 11am-2pm.Unfortunately I will not be there due to registration problems, and I am disappointed as I was looking forward to meeting local readers and friends.
I planned on making the following two offers at the forum.
1. FREE E-book copy of WILLOWTREE .
2. CONTEST to win a signed copy of the paperback.
I am making the same offers to visitors of this website until May 4th.*
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How? Click the link. Use this code at checkout for 100% off: LX24B
(Note: the download is available in many formats to be read on any device, or computer)
2. To enter for a chance to win a signed trade paperback copy of WILLOWTREE, just let me know.
How? a) click the "contact" button above and leave me a note and your e-mail address. (I promise no spam. I will use address only to notify the winner.)
b) Message me on Facebook
c) Tweet me at BoveMike
d) Stop me on the street, golf course, library, or Walmart and say "Hey."
e) US Mail, telephone, etc.
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I was also looking forward to seeing author acquaintances and meeting new local authors at this event. I wish each of them has an enjoyable and rewarding day. I hope to be included next year.
I had declined participation in a charity golf tournament in favor of the forum, and still planned to attend. After coming up with the above offers, I have decided to join my golf team and defend our
Gee. I just got over Christmas.
I'm simply jotting down a few of my recent random thoughts.
-So Amazon is going to take over GoodReads. I can't decide if it is good or bad. I'll wait to see what happens. But I know I would favor it and be excited if GoodReads would take over Shelfari.
-So, there's a new Pope. I like Bill Maher's take: Francis is a good name, but his real name, Jorge Bergoglio, is a great one. It sounds like a brand of expensive shoes. Oxfords or pumps by Jorge Bergoglio.
-Baseball is back. Baseball, the seven month show preceding football. I prefer the real baseball of the NL...no DH.
-Winter is over, I guess. My golf course in Arizona was closed one whole day.
But that could happen any time of the year if enough rain falls. I think the average is once a year.
-I noticed some Facebook 'improvements' as they call 'em.
When I see my pages look screwier, I know they made an improvement.
-I would plant some flowers along the walk and driveway in the front like we used to every spring.
The javelinas would like it, too.
-I worry a little bit about Iran, North Korea, and our southern red states.
-Next month I turn another decade. I'm old enough to be Pope, get discounts on lots of stuff, and have strangers call me 'Sir.' I have a long and event-filled history; I can remember some of it.
-It's not just me who can't make a decision. I hear "I don't care" and "It doesn't matter to me" quite a lot.
I served on a jury recently. We got hung; we were 6 vs 6.
-I don't waste quite so much time on the computer as I did in the past. I waste a lot on my Kindle Fire now.
-There are a few TV shows that I like to watch. (Alert! "Call the Midwife" Season Two started on PBS this week)
Commercials annoy me more than ever. Whoever invented the MUTE button - thanks a million.
And speaking of annoying commercials and being old, I resent all of those drug companies targeting me for their drugs-with-side effects-worse-than-the-illness during the news programs.
Can I watch one sporting event without Viagra or Cialis? Commercials, I mean.
-My wife wants a cat. I do and I don't.
-My WIP is at nearly 50% completion.
- Oh, my! It's April?