Friday, February 02, 2018

Back to Santa Fe - My favorite Modern Novel...Available on Amazon Kindle

"Ortega said, "Come on, cousin... we've all got a job to do.”
The six and a half foot tower named Sullivan Derrick Ortega, simply deflated… muttering. The two arresting officers quickly flanked him in seconds, wearing their best "in charge" faces. Sullivan looked down at the two on either side of his shoulders.
"No hard feelings, okay guys?"
"I guess not, Sully," said Garcia, watching Sgt. Ortega’s eyes.
"Me neither," said Sandoval, letting the smallest trace of a smile find its way to his face.
"Sullivan... listen cousin, you're going to have to learn how to keep your temper under control. This is getting serious.” Sgt. Ortega eased back into his chair.
As Sullivan began to protest, he simply cut it off by waving a finger in the air in his face. "What would your mother and sister — God rest them — think of all this?"
Sergeant Ortega waited for a response and when not a single grunt was forthcoming, he repeated it, "What?" "

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Check out one of my favorite writers, Richard Sutton. The excerpt above is from Richard..Sully is my favorite (really very favorite) modern hero. You'll love him, too...if you decide to give "Back To Santa Fe" a read..

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Prairie - A Time to Leave — A Time to Stay

Living on the prairie is very like living in a more cosmopolitan spot in the country thirty years ago.  In some aspects of life, time kind of stands still.  To be sure, the close-knit community has its positive and its negative points.  For instance, folks are always around to help if one asks. Most don’t realize that help is needed until or unless the individual in need actually reaches out with a request,  but even when the request is even barely murmured, aide arrives.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Setting – You Can't Go Home Again

Flaxton, North Dakota, the setting for the manuscript on which I am currently working. Eight years living along the American/Canadian border has changed me in subtle ways.  

I am far more willing to understand (not necessarily accept)  the conservative point of view.  Living with people whose entire lives depend on the soil gives one an appreciation for what it means to carefully consider what change entails in life.

For the next few weeks, I'd like to share a tiny part of each day's material as I formulate a story of this tiny prairie town and a celebration of  the people who inhabit it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



INTPs want neither to control others or to be controlled. The desire for power over people is an aspiration for egomaniacs and INTP is more interested in non-people related exploits. INTPs are hard to impress and a person’s title in and of itself has little impact on an INTP’s regard for them. INTPs tend not to discriminate based on status and focus instead on an individual’s way of thinking and will likely view things like rank and other symbols of authority as superficial and contrived. They understand why they must comply but authority is almost irrelevant when it comes to challenging or questioning the validity of what is commanded of them.
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Makes me smile! 
I remember the day two police officers knocked on the front door.  They were looking for my husband's son, a strapping twenty-four year old.  Hubby left me to talk with the officers as he went downstairs and had a conversation with the youngster in the garage car port
He excused himself with, "Nope the twenty something hadn't been seen in the neighborhood in weeks. Where did he live? Over in Springdale somewhere?"
"Can you give us his address?"
"Address?  No. We haven't been invited yet.  The kids just moved in. Gotta give em a chance to decorate."
Frustrated, the officers climbed back into their police car and drove off while son and dad continued their car port conversation about carburators and other oily workings of the screaming blue motor machine.
INFJ respects authority and falls in compliance so long as they do not feel coerced or disrespected by it. INFJs can appreciate the utility of authority in maintaining order in society and to enforce policies (at least the ones they agree with). All INFJ wants in return is to be shown the same respect, dignity and compassion they are willing to give elected officials and individuals occupying positions of power. If INFJ perceives an authority to be morally corrupt, then all that will go out the window.
If you want to check out other types reaction to authority, check out the link below.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018