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Subject: Pipeline


Author:
Jon
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Date Posted: 20:17:03 11/28/14 Fri

Have been reading the Dawnwalker series the last few days.

Found a YouTube of The Chantays performing "Pipeline" on the Lawrence Welk Show on May 18, 1963.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09C8clJaXo
As with LW shows the quest musical groups were lip-synched. The lead guitar
introduces the group and proceeds to "play" the song. With rather awkward introduction and wooden "dance" moves, this is not American Bandstand.


http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21827
Covers of this song include artists as diverse as Anthrax, Bad Manners, Agent Orange, Johnny Thunders, The Ventures, and Lawrence Welk. We're still trying to find out what other songs were covered by both Lawrence Welk and Anthrax, but lists of this variety seem to be scarce.
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Subject: Bird In The Hand, Chapter 44


Author:
Jim Scott
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Date Posted: 09:02:39 12/10/14 Wed

It took me to Chapter 44 before I saw Wes had tried to sneak a pig Latin name past us with the name of the deceased teacher Mr. Ordway. Translated that would be Mr. Word which is an appropriate name for a teacher.
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Subject: John Leith, please e-mail me


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 21:33:18 12/09/14 Tue

Subject: re: Bird in the Hand, chapter 43


Author:
bigolal
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Date Posted: 21:20:23 12/07/14 Sun

Apparently I missed something. Chief Wexler says, "and hauling the two girls they had with them in for questioning all at the same time". What two girls? Surely not Vixen and Summer, who are with Jack and Alan. I'm confused.
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Subject: New book, The Last Place You Look, now available for preorder


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:04:48 12/07/14 Sun

The next book from Spearfish Lake Tales, The Last Place You Look, is now available for preorder. It's Book Seven of the Bradford Exiles Saga.

Here's the summary:

Medical equipment distributor and part-time Emergency Medical Technician John Engler is having one of those periods in his life when even his interruptions get interrupted. His business issues are complicated when he meets Sally Hanson, a lost classmate from the Bradford Class of 1988. She's broke and out of luck, and her daughter has just been badly injured in a car wreck. Against his better judgment, John offers to help out. And then one of his ex-wives, Mandy Paxton, shows up to rekindle the flame. A life of interruptions is nothing compared to what's coming at him now!

There are a total of twenty-seven chapters.

You can preorder The Last Place You Look for as little as $19.99 through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store. Store The Last Place You Look page or through the web page. Preorders will be sent sometime on the afternoon of December 15, Eastern Standard Time.

-- Wes
Subject: Chapter 42, Bird in the Hand


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 21:27:00 12/04/14 Thu

Very exciting chapter! I makes me wonder if Frenchy knows any word other but f**k when he's upset.

The last Frenchy we met was a prostitute at the Redlite Ranch Bordello. She was a lot more classy than this guy.
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Subject: dates in RANTS


Author:
joe
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Date Posted: 00:37:01 12/04/14 Thu

Wes-last 4 items in RANTS are dated 2103 vice 2013, or was this an accuracy check for readers? Noticed it a while ago, but let it slide to see if anyone else said something.

BTW, Look @ MIAMI HERALD front page photo for 12/3/14--shows a bridge span dropped on a mega yacht--maybe a better caption would be OOOOOPS!!!!!!

Joe AT-1 USN (Ret'd)
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Subject: "Shorts, Outtakes and Rants" updates


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:00:51 11/23/14 Sun

Last fall I posted several photos from my July trip to Oregon and California on PhotoPost. I've reposted them with much more detailed descriptions on California Dreaming.

I've neglected the Shorts, Outtakes and Rants" page recently, but I've reposted several of the columns I've crossposted to the forum over the last couple years. I hope this will make up a little for the dearth of activity there, and will try to do better in the future.

-- Wes
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Subject: a bird in the hand, at least three in the bush?


Author:
Leo Kerr
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Date Posted: 20:41:50 09/07/14 Sun

I was just wondering if one of Ryan's comments -- what, back in HIDING PATTY? -- would come back.
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Subject: Preserving the lost art of letterpress


Author:
Brian Jones
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Date Posted: 19:01:22 11/02/14 Sun

Greetings

For those of you who used to get ink on your fingers, I came across an article on the BBC web site.

The article is about John Barrett of Chicopee, Massachusetts. He has a warehouse of old letterpress printing equipment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29855934

Think in my early computer typesetting days I had more fonts available than the local daily and weekly newspapers. Typesetting has certainly changed in the last 40 years or so.

Brian

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Worcester, UK
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Subject: Pagans in the midwest


Author:
nqs
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Date Posted: 23:45:50 11/25/14 Tue

Being an Ásatrúar, I'm enjoying this latest tale. Considering the location, Alan and Summer might find the local populace to be, while not open to their views (there has been much influnce by monothiests), "less hostile"

from elesewhere, always makes me smile:

Seems there was a group of Ku Klux Klansmen in Texas who heard that some Pagans were holding a ritual out in the woods somewhere. Having run out of other minorities to harass, they decided to get back to their roots and practice some religious bigotry in addition to the usual racial intolerance and break up the party with a good ol' cross-burning.

So anyway, these fellows loaded up some lumber and a couple of cans of gasoline and went out hunting for these Pagans they'd heard about, hoping to catch them dancing nekkid around a fire or something.

They found the spot where the other vehicles were parked and donned their hoods. Grabbing the lumber and gasoline, they assembled a cross and strode off into the woods, confident that they'd scare any remaining pants off the fluffybunny Pagans.

They were a little disconcerted to find themselves looking at the business end of at least 2 spears, a couple of swords, assorted knives, and more than one firearm. They'd crashed an Ásatrú blot and didn't realize that not all Pagans are pacifists.

From somewhere behind the hardware, a voice called out "If that cross goes up, you're getting nailed to it. I've got my hammer right here..."

The Klansmen left in a bit of a hurry, it's said.
Subject: ornothology on NPR


Author:
greg
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Date Posted: 20:43:07 11/25/14 Tue

Interesting short news story on the discovery of a new bird species on Morning Edition today. (11/25/14) apparently discoveries are frequently a combination of tedious work and pure chance.
Http://www.npr.org/2014/11/25/366504669/new-bird-species-sings-sweet-in-sulawesi
Subject: "Picking Up the Pieces" now available on Amazon, Nook and Kobo


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:03:16 11/23/14 Sun

The revised version of Picking Up the Pieces has been posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kobo. Go to the Spearfish Lake Tales Store Cattail page, where you can find links to getting the book.

-- Wes
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Subject: Typo in latest BitH


Author:
Joe Williams
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Date Posted: 00:38:52 11/24/14 Mon

Wes, found a couple slight typos in the latest chapter, first you switched names, typing Jack instead of Frenchy, and second there's a word or two missing later in the line talking about Cody (see the double asterisks around the text):

“That damn Frenchy,” Alan said. “He’s a real pain in the ass.”

“Yeah, I got into it with him a little yesterday morning,” Jack said. “Larry Coopshaw was heading to hold on to me so **Jack** could pound me, but **Cody was again** and got involved a little, too. After that, Vixen and I talked it over some and we think we’ve come up with a Frenchy deterrent. You got it, Vixen?”

She dug in her denim purse, and pulled out a spray can. “Jack got this for you, in case you need it,” she said, handing it to him.

“What is it?”
Subject: surfing in the snow


Author:
john franklin fowler
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Date Posted: 21:16:27 11/19/14 Wed

Shades of Randy and Crystal, Some things never change and these folkks are doing it while it is still snowing
http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/watch_buffalo_surfing_snowstor/37622364
Subject: Server to be down


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 09:03:11 11/18/14 Tue

I have been informed that the server will be down for maintenance for half an hour to an hour sometime after midnight Eastern Standard Time sometime this week.

-- Wes
Subject: New Website


Author:
dotB aka K Pelle
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Date Posted: 12:22:39 09/28/14 Sun

Wes, I'll apologize in advance in advance for posting this here, but just so folks know, I've set up a new website for my stories at http://www.grynenbayritpublications.com/

The site is classed as adult literature, it doesn't require a sign in and it's free. No ads so far, and I'm not planning to include them at this time. There are five or six ongoing serials running, three complete novels and a few short stories posted there already.

Oh and a tip of the hat to Wes, I borrowed a lot of my layout from his site. Thanks.

K Pelle
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Subject: Recalculating . . .


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 13:25:35 10/14/14 Tue

Another column picked up from the paper. I've touched it up to de-emphasize the local angle a little, but other than that it's absolutely true.

-- Wes


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Someone recently gave my wife a GPS system. She’s used it a little, but I haven’t very much, since I rarely drive anywhere these days when I don’t know where I’m going because I’ve been there before. Oh, once in a while I will go to a race track I’ve never been to before and I have to glance at a map, but that’s pretty rare.

The other day I had to drive her car up to a town I'll call Flatburg. I was by myself, so I thought I’d give the GPS a fair trial. Now, I know how to get to Flatburg. I’ve known it for fifty years or more, so it wasn’t as if I really needed the help. To get to Flatburg, you drive north up the highway until you get to the interstate, go west, and wait until you get to the sign that says “Flatburg.” Very simple. Even a child could do it. Right.

I managed to get the thing turned on somewhere north of town on the highway. That’s something I don’t recommend trying to do while you’re driving by yourself, by the way. Almost as soon as I had it on, a girl’s voice told me to turn right on a small dirt road.

“You’re crazy,” I yelled at the stupid machine. “Why would I want to go down a dirt road a mile out of the way when where I’m going is right ahead of me on the highway?”

So, I ignored it. After I passed the dirt road, in a rather snotty voice the machine said, “Recalculating,” but in a tone I took to mean, “Why didn’t you listen to me the first time, stupid?”

In the next five miles or so it managed to keep from sending me down every cross road I passed, but after that it didn’t get a thing right. Not once. I would have shut the stupid thing off, except I sort of wanted to see just how bad it was going to be. The answer was “not merely bad, but downright awful.”

The dumb machine tried to send me off course at every intersection we came to. Every one! Once it tried to send me down a road that was abandoned when I was a kid. You might have been able to get down it in a Jeep with four-wheel drive and a chainsaw. Another time it tried to get me off at an intersection that never existed with a road that didn’t cross.

By now, I was laughing at every wrong intersection, sometimes shouting things like “You @#$%^&* idiot!” at the machine. (Yes, I talk to machines. I’ve always done it. Get over it.)

It did get the exit from the interstate at Flatburg correct -- but only because the dumb machine had been trying to get me off the interstate at every intersection from the highway onward. That counts as a “little boy who cried wolf” problem. Even that didn’t count, since as soon as I was on the side road, it tried to get me to go back east on the interstate.

It did miss trying to send me down a few wrong side streets once I was in Flatburg, but only a few. I finally hit a point at an intersection where my destination was clearly in sight in the block to the left. You guessed it: it sent me to the right.

Now, my son-in-law has pointed out that the machine may have inadvertently been set to the wrong destination. I don’t think so; I had it set for a destination that was already on the machine and there weren’t a lot of choices.

I will say the machine was pretty good about telling me where I was. Telling me how to get where I wanted to go, it was abysmally, hysterically wrong. So, I learned something from that: don’t trust GPS directions. I mean, I knew where I was going, so I knew it was wrong. But what if I didn’t know where I was going?

I may be old-fashioned and cantankerous, but I think I’ll stick with paper maps, thank you.
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Subject: Big Day Bird Count


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 17:43:44 10/07/14 Tue

Our local newspaper, The Advocate (B.R.), had an interesting article about birding in the October 7, 2014. Several LSU ornithology students will be in Peru on October 16th to attempt to break the 24-hour record of 331 birds identified set in 1982 by the late LSU ornithologist, Ted Parker. The article said that 75% of the birds would probably be identified by their sounds.


http://theadvocate.com/news/acadiana/10427084-123/big-day-in-peru-lsu
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Subject: Revenge


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 23:53:12 09/23/14 Tue

I think what Alan did to Frenchy's tires was the best case of revenge that Wes has ever come up with in his books. In fact, I can't remember any other examples.
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Subject: Spitting in the eye of extintion.....


Author:
Jon
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Date Posted: 19:17:09 10/21/14 Tue

.....is how Danny Evachevski said it in "Square One". (Or at least is how I remember the wording).

What She Did To Save Her Language From Going Extinct Is The Most Inspiring Thing I've Seen All Day

Maria's Dcitionary
http://vimeo.com/105673207

This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.
Subject: Losing football


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 13:02:34 09/30/14 Tue

Another column taken from the paper -- this time touched up a little bit to take out some of the local angle. For the benefit of international readers, I should point out that I'm talking about American football, not what we Americans call soccer but which the rest of the world calls football.

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I hate to tell you this, but sooner or later we’re going to lose football.

In saying this, I don’t mean losing a football game. I mean lose football as a sport, both on the local and national level. We’re not there yet, and it may not be soon, but we’re going to lose the sport sooner or later. The seeds are there, they just haven’t reached full growth yet.

Last week there was a rather histrionic article in Time magazine about a kid who died from a brain injury while playing football. That article showed pretty clearly which way the wind was blowing.

Now, I don’t want to imply that the death of this kid isn’t a tragedy for him, his family, his friends, his teammates, and his school, because it is. But it would have been just about as big a tragedy if he’d been walking down the street and a car ran off the road to hit him. After all, the kid was playing football. He and his family should have known that there was a risk to it -- a relatively small risk, to be sure, but a risk. If he and his family hadn’t been willing to take that risk he shouldn’t have been on the field in the first place.

Among other things, the article was, of course, calling for more and better head protection, which is to say thicker, more expensive helmets filled with exotic, high-tech materials. But the real intent of the do-gooder, nanny busybodies is to kill off football by whatever means, fair or foul.

Oh, it won’t come all at once, by some big piece of omnibus legislation from congress before the congresscritters get back to their real business of stabbing each other in the back and trying to get their sticky paws in the federal till. They are smart enough to realize they may lose votes if they try that. No, it’ll be buried in small print somewhere in seventeen hundred and seventy-six pages of regulatory agency enabling legislation.

But what that means is that football is going to be nibbled to death by ducks, a little bit here, a little bit there. Shorter games. More rules. More restrictions. More expensive helmets. This little bit or that little bit of safety gear -- it’s only a couple of ounces, but an ounce here, an ounce there, and all of a sudden the kids are wearing another thirteen pounds of gear.

When I was a kid, if we wanted to go somewhere, we hopped on our bikes and went. There are places where you don’t seen many kids on bikes these days because this or that or the other niggling law means that they have to wear helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and so on, and so on. The kids don’t want to bother with all that jazz. They’d just as soon stay home and play their video games. The same thing is happening with football.

And then there are the idiots who say that kids shouldn’t be allowed to feel inferior because of losing at a sport. Everybody should be the same, everybody should get a medal. (You think I’m being sarcastic, don’t you? Think again. These are the same morons who came up with “no child gets ahead” -- er, I should have said, “no child left behind.”) Oh, football is all right, they will probably say -- so long as no one keeps score. Eventually they’ll hammerlock some regulatory agency, and the do-gooding nannies will win another round from the rest of us.

A little bit here, a little bit there, and it all adds up. It will slowly become more troublesome and less fun for a kid to play football, and many will say “Why bother?”

Don’t fool yourself. It’s happening. There’s a good reason that the local team only had twenty-four kids at photo day this fall. I remember times when there were twice that many. Oh, yeah, there are a lot of reasons for that, but they all add up to the same thing.

In time many small schools won’t be able to support an eleven-man football team. Maybe they’ll have to go to eight-man football -- which is growing in popularity because a lot of small schools can’t support eleven-man football any more. Then, maybe six-man football. Then, well, somewhere along the way, someone will say, “Why bother?”

Let’s not even get into the subject of insurance costs, other than to say that insurance companies are in the business to know when they can get away with increasing rates.

Need I point out what happens to the college and pro sports when there's no longer a high school feeder system?

The time will come when some kids will be out in a park or vacant lot or back yard someplace, throwing a ball around and having fun, when some busybody neighbor calls the cops and complains because it’s illegal for kids to be playing football.

Eventually the only football games may be by classic football re-enactors, just like there are small groups today that re-enact baseball played by old-time rules. It’ll probably be played by touch or flag rules because people will have forgotten how to tackle and block. There may even be cheerleaders wearing classic short skirts and happy attitudes. People will say, “They must have had fun back then, but wasn’t it a lot of work for what they got?” and “Boy, I wouldn’t want to do that.”

We will have lost something important, not just football, but in spirit.
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Subject: Bullying at school


Author:
Andrew
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Date Posted: 05:05:15 10/03/14 Fri

A large component of this story is bullying.
Yesterday I saw a real-life story from some hell-hole on the edge of London on how girls behave. That went on for at least four solid years and only stopped when the victim fought back and was kicked out of school. I followed a link to the victim's blog page and 20 years later she still appears to be carrying the scars, even though her life has turned out fairly well.
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Subject: Death of Woman Aviation Hero


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 03:11:06 10/02/14 Thu

I just read that Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock died on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the age of 88. She was the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964.
Subject: Bird in the Hand posting begins


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 13:14:48 08/31/14 Sun

I just posted the first chapter of Bird in the Hand. There are 45 chapters.

Sales on Lulu for hardcovers. epubs and PDFs have also been enabled. RTF files, mobis, epubs, and PDFs are also available from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store.

Preorders have been shipped. Very often when I put up a new story there are html bugs that don't show up when I tested it locally. Usually I stay up until around midnight to deal with any of those issues that you bring to my attention, but not this time -- I will be gone this evening, starting from a couple of hours from the time of this post, but I should be available all day tomorrow. I'll also be available until then if you want to order a book.

Since Bird in the Hand is a long book, this is a break for those who like to read the book in one sitting as soon as it comes out -- and it's especially a break for Americans who have Labor Day tomorrow, as they will have all day to recover from sitting up all night!

Have fun reading Bird in the Hand!

-- Wes
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Subject: Photopost Captions


Author:
sam
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Date Posted: 10:47:39 09/27/14 Sat

Wes, do you keep the captions for previous photoposts anywhere? On the wiki (spearfishlaketaleswiki.com/wiki/Wes%27s_Photo_Posts), we've got some but not all of the pictures captioned properly, and I'd like to get the rest, if possible.
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Subject: Re: Asa Strong Stories - Where


Author:
tucson
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Date Posted: 15:23:18 09/24/14 Wed

>I don't see ASA Strong stories on SOL.
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>Are his stories available online?
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>I've done a google search and didn't have any luck
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>Thanks
I have chapters 1-14 of Asa Strong's The Hydrogen Affair but can not find the finish. BTFH does not list the story. Asa Strong is not listed on SOL at all.
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Subject: Blanche Tickle Girl posting starts


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:02:49 06/29/14 Sun

I just posted the first chapter of Blanche Tickle Girl. There are 27 chapters.

Sales on Lulu for hardcovers. epubs and PDFs have also been enabled. RTF files, mobis, epubs, and PDFs are also available from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store.

Preorders have been shipped. Very often when I put up a new story there are html bugs that don't show up when I tested it locally. I will be up until around midnight EDT to deal with any of those issues that you bring to my attention. I'll also be available until then if you want to order a book.

Have fun reading Blanche Tickle Girl!

-- Wes
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Subject: Lick Observatory


Author:
Skip
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Date Posted: 07:32:37 09/17/14 Wed

Been up there a couple of times, the last after Apollo 11, as they had a laser mounted on one of the telescopes to bounce off the reflector the crew placed on the moon surface. Which side did you go up, San Jose or from Livermore, and did you enjoy the ride?
Recently they have had bicycle races from San Jose to Livermore. That almost sounds like fun.

Skip
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Subject: California fires


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 19:25:58 09/16/14 Tue

It has been about six weeks since we got back from our California trip. While we were there, we were close to a number of fires, but the one that ravaged Weed, CA earlier this week stuck closer to home than usual.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/western-wildfires/california-wildfire-ravages-small-town-weed-n204631

Weed is, or perhaps I should say was, a pretty little town in the far north of the state, not far from Mt. Shasta. About half of it went up in flames. I remember the Chevron station about halfway down the above story; we got gas there. It leaves a weird feeling.

We saw several wildfires on the trip, and there have been a number of places that have had big wildfires in places we went through, such as near Burney Falls north of Mt. Lassen, and in the upper Columbia River Gorge west of The Dalles. Parts of Yosemite National Park have burned, but at least no place close to where we were.

I sure hope the weather gives the area a break. I hate the thought of so many places we enjoyed going up in smoke.

-- Wes
Subject: PhotoPost- 09-14-14


Author:
dotB aka K Pelle
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Date Posted: 22:00:28 09/14/14 Sun

Nice photo of #7! It must have been a cool, cloudy morning, just from the amount of steam showing in the photo.
BTW, I was there on holidays several years ago and when I told the engineer about working at the Duncan Forest Museum and running the little Shay there, he invited me to run that engine. So I had the chance to pull the throttle and sound the whistle on 'his baby.' Sweet experience and thanks for the reminder!

kp
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Subject: Re: Gina Marie Wylie


Author:
uisce
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Date Posted: 08:25:31 09/12/14 Fri

>>Passing this along:
>>Just tried to login to batch.
Got a page that the site is for sale.
Is Gina ok?
Good Bless
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Subject: Grandma Gatewood and the Appalachian Trail


Author:
Mike
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Date Posted: 03:23:58 09/11/14 Thu

A friend that I introduced to Wes's books sent me this... maybe a few of the readers will find it interesting...

>>In 1955, At age 67, Emma Gatewood, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23, became the first woman to thru-hike the 2168-mile Appalachian Trail solo. Grandma Gatewood was also an unwitting pioneer of extreme ultra-light hiking, wearing Keds sneakers, carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a shower curtain for shelter, a cup, and a change of clothes slung in a homemade bag over her shoulder. She gathered wild foods on the trail, supplementing them with dried beef, cheese, nuts & sausages bought in towns along the way.

>>She hiked the entire trail again in 1960 and then again at age 75 in 1963, making her the first person to hike the trail three times. She became a bit of a national celebrity appearing on “Today Show”, Groucho Marx’ “You Bet Your Life” show and the “Tonight Show”. She also received free sneakers from Keds.


More on the story here, including some funny and interesting comments (including a few by family members):

https://www.facebook.com/GrowingBolder/photos/a.222277093580.134233.54598478580/10152358927598581/?type=1

More here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandma_Gatewood

http://www.amazon.com/Grandma-Gatewoods-Walk-Inspiring-Appalachian/dp/1613747187

Mike
Subject: Sad Chapter


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 21:28:46 08/26/14 Tue

What a sad chapter! Maybe the saddest that Wes has written. I've read this book multiple times and it hits me hard each time even though I knew what was going to happen when I started reading it again. It's a testimony to Wes' ability to create such compelling characters. Wes told me in an email that it was difficult for him to finish this book.
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Subject: Moderately Filling


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 22:12:06 09/07/14 Sun

I wish I still had the metabolism of a teenaged boy. Of course, being physically active as Jack is helps too.
Subject: They're going to need a bigger boat!


Author:
Greg B.
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Date Posted: 13:21:40 08/20/14 Wed

I was wondering if the limitations of the Mary Sue would come up. While the IF is a solid, seaworthy boat, it is small and slow. My old Cal 29 is considerably faster and even the 6-8 hours to Catalina makes me start thinking about a boat with a longer waterline and more speed. Interestingly, my boat is a little faster than an Alberg 35 but either is much faster than the Folkboat. But with the need for even more room, I wonder if the 35 will be big enough. Of course there is also an Alberg 37, which is a beautifully proportioned boat to my eye and faster yet.
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Subject: Bullring Days Three: Banners Flying


Author:
Bill Hamilton
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Date Posted: 20:49:50 08/25/14 Mon

I have been off line for 4 months and am just getting caught up on my reading of Wes Boyd stories. I made it up to "Bullring Days Three:Banners Flying" and I can not find the online version. Is it only available in the store or Lulu?

Bill
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Subject: Names ...


Author:
khms
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Date Posted: 02:56:32 08/18/14 Mon

> Nord-Ostsee Kanal at Kiel. Better known as the Kiel Canal

Interesting.

I've never heard it called that, it's always been the "Nord-Ostsee-Kanal" or, if talking history, the "Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal", and I've been born in Flensburg ad lived the first five years in Kiel, and visited both often later as that's where my two sets of grandparents lived. Given the geography, "Kiel Canal" is a somewhat absurd name (now, if it were Kiel-Brunsbüttel Canal" or something like that ... still, people might have just translated it as "North Sea-Baltic Canal".)

Anyway, currently I'm living and working close enough that, when walking to work or back, I'm crossing the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal. There's one row of buildings between work and the canal, a few more on the other side.
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Subject: New book, Bird in the Hand, now available for preorder


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:21:49 08/24/14 Sun

The next book from Spearfish Lake Tales, Bird in the Hand, is now available for preorder. It's Book Seven of the New Spearfish Lake series.

Here's the summary:

High school aged birdwatcher Jack Erikson is a loner and something of an outcast until he comes across something unexpected while out in the woods, but it slides to the back of his mind when he rescues classmate Vixen Hvalchek from Spearfish Lake High School’s leading bully. As a result, he winds up with a girlfriend and fellow bird enthusiast, along with a couple some other friends he didn’t expect. That sets the tongues to wagging among the high school gossips while the bully and his friends are out for revenge. Dodging them and building a relationship at the same time is not what Jack expected out of a simple afternoon of birdwatching!

This one will go on for a while. There are a total of forty-five chapters. This is the first of several books that will feature Jack and Vixen, as well as friends, relatives, and enemies. Some of the more familiar Spearfish Lake Tales characters will make appearances from time to time.

You can preorder Bird in the Hand for as little as $19.99 through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store Bird in the Hand page or through the web page. Preorders will be sent sometime on the afternoon of August 31, Eastern Standard Time.

-- Wes
Subject: Stray Kitten Chapter 1


Author:
Ian
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Date Posted: 03:57:34 08/14/14 Thu

It says in Chapter 1
"Gil started Candice out with a .22-caliber revolver ... when Cody put nine out of nine in the black,"
And elsewhere this is described as a Ruger.

I would suggest this is not in fact a Ruger .22 revolver but is in fact a Ruger .22 pistol as I don't think there are any 9 shot Ruger revolvers but there are thousands of 9 shot Ruger pistols in existence.
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Subject: Mummers


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:41:02 08/10/14 Sun

Mumming in Newfoundland villages isn't something I made up. If you can, you might like to check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8OPy7De3bk

-- Wes
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Subject: 50 Upper Peninsula Facts They Never Taught You In School


Author:
Jon
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Date Posted: 01:28:47 08/12/14 Tue

http://www.movoto.com/mi/upper-peninsula-facts/

Me thinks Wes got some story or character ideas from this list.

Character Reverend Robert Carter based on the real life Frederic Baraga. Baraga was the first Bishop of the Upper Peninsula and helped the Chippewa to develop their written dictionary,.
Subject: for the glossary?


Author:
byte mangler
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Date Posted: 21:16:04 08/10/14 Sun

biffy - best definition for this site would be from:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/biffy

noun, plural bif·fies. Chiefly Upper Midwest and Canadian Slang.
a toilet or privy.
Subject: Maratime Canadian geography


Author:
Leo Kerr
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Date Posted: 21:48:47 08/07/14 Thu

Something that's not... quite right-seeming in Chapter 18.

If you're in North Sydney, NS, having been bounced at the dock from the ferry, it's a fair drive "back" to where you can bridge across to PEI. And it's a fair drive down the Nova Scotia side to a good place to really watch the Fundy tides. And for best effect, you really need to be around for both high and low tides!

Now, *four* days...

(And if memory serves, it's more like 5½ hours dock-to-dock from Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques.. but that was on the _Caribou_ when it was a new boat back in, oh, 1985. On the other hand, I don't remember how long in advance of the sailing that we had to be at the terminus...)

But it is beautiful country up there, and a lot of places are sort of clinging to the rock as best they can...

Leo
Subject: Newfoundland Screech


Author:
Jon
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Date Posted: 21:40:46 08/07/14 Thu

Since Matt & Mary will winter in Newfoundland, I'm wondering if Wes will include some tales about the local (Newfie) drink called Screech.

A friend became acquainted with Screech while he was competing (as co-driver) in Targa Newfoundland a few years ago. He told tales for quite a while after returning to his northwoods home near Duluth, MN.

Screech is a rum drink around 80 proof.
See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_Screech

But as always, Wes will likely provide some local color. We'll all have to wait for the story to unveil over the next weeks......
Subject: "b’y.”


Author:
Hal
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Date Posted: 15:28:50 07/28/14 Mon

What is this a contraction of? Mary uses it for so many of her sentences.
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Subject: Collapsing Icebery off Newfoundland


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 01:37:37 07/28/14 Mon

I just a video on You Tube which featured a collapsing iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. In the background you can hear a woman yelling to her husband to go. Their boat was located near the iceberg. The collapsing iceberg caused large waves and the woman was scared of them.
Subject: On vacation


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:47:24 07/10/14 Thu

I will be on vacation the next two weeks. My son-in-law Dan will be making uploads and filling orders. However, he probably won't check my e-mail more than once or twice a day, so orders may be delayed more than normal. I will be checking e-mail sporadically but probably not often if other issues come up.

I may, if I think of it and have internet access, give the forum a postcard from the road or two.

-- Wes
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Subject: Dog Sledding Twins in Alaska


Author:
dotB aka K Pelle
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Date Posted: 22:29:08 06/30/14 Mon

A friend of mine knows Anna & Kristy Berington and sent me this link to an audio tape done by National Geographic:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/10/march-9-2014-racing-the-iditarod-with-twins-time-traveling-to-a-black-hole-and-more/
I thought folks might enjoy it.

K Pelle
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Subject: Chadron, Nebraska


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 16:22:14 07/20/14 Sun

This town is mentioned as Mel Austin's first year college location and where Dayna Berkshire once performed. Chadron State College is actually located there.

Also located there is the Museum of the Fur Trade. I noticed it on one of those silly lists that Yahoo is fond of posting.

I also noticed that actor James Gardner died yesterday at the age of 86. RIP Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford.
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Subject: I read it in the funnies


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 21:55:50 07/06/14 Sun

Chapter 4 of Blanche Tickle Girl was very poignant to me. Laurel deGroot was Matt's friend who had cancer and later died. Her last name seemed vaguely familiar to me. I couldn't find it on the SFL Wiki or in Winchester Harbor. Finally, I remembered where I had seen it before. DeGroot is the last name of the main character in the comic strip, Luann, drawn by Greg Evans. Wes once mentioned that he sometimes reads comic strips online. Maybe that's where he came up with deGroot.
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Subject: Chapter 8 - available by link from Ch 7


Author:
dotB aka K Pelle
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Date Posted: 22:22:47 07/15/14 Tue

Just open chapter 7 - page down and open the 'Next Chapter' link!

kp
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Subject: Someone should be ashamed


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 10:32:17 07/05/14 Sat

Another column lifted from the paper.

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I have a collection of people who I frequently exchange e-mail with, and sometimes the discussions get interesting. In recent days there have been several mentions of an article in the New York Times, entitled “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades.” The author contends that schools put very little attention to handwriting once a kid gets out of the youngest grades. Educators have contended that there isn’t much of a link between handwriting and educational performance, but these days other are suggesting that the connection is stronger than previously thought.

But in actual fact, most of us don’t communicate by handwriting as much as we used to. “Use it or lose it” comes into play. We don’t see handwritten copy coming into the office anything like we did thirty or forty years ago, and even in the olden days some of the things we had come into the office were pretty close to illegible. For a while we had a doctor’s wife on call to help decipher some of the mysteries.

I will be the first to admit that this is definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I will be the first to admit that my handwriting is lousy. I have had people comment that I don’t take a lot of notes, and there’s a reason for it: I often can’t decipher what I write, anyway. Thank goodness for keyboards. I suppose it would be possible to blame the schools of fifty years ago for this, but it would be pointless.

But there are things that schools, in general, should be blamed for. A few weeks ago my wife and I went to a short track race, and I hit the concession stand, which was manned with a couple of cashiers, one of whom I would guess was around thirty, and the other a little past high school age. I went to the younger of the two, ordered a burger, and gave her a five. I will admit to some surprise when she called to the very harried other cashier and said, “Hey, this guy just gave me a five for a burger. How much change do I give him?”

I was amazed. How could a person of that age be working in a job like that and not know how to make change? How could the track management have put her into a position like that? And, some high school should be ashamed of themselves for turning her out of the building without such a basic knowledge? Everybody should know how to make change — even if you’re the one doing the buying, knowing how to make change tells you whether you’re getting the right change back or not. Every now and then I catch someone making a mistake, and I’ll point it out no matter whose favor the mistake is in.

Yeah, I know these days schools teach kids to use calculators for such a simple thing, and I think they’re failing kids by allowing it. Calculators are fine for the actual computation, but knowing the mechanics behind the calculation is important. The girl I mentioned above was lost without a calculator, and I suspect she would have been equally lost if she’d had to do the calculation with pencil and paper, which she didn’t have. Had she never heard of “Three seventy-five, a quarter make four bucks and a dollar makes five?” I would guess not.

Examples such as that sure make me think that schools are spending too much time on state mandated curriculum and teaching to the myriad tests that the kids are supposed to take so their performance can be measured that they had to take time from some of the basic things that kids ought to know.

Going back to that kid trying to make change for a five: she’s out of school, but does she have the basic skill to, oh, write a check? Fill out an income tax form? Balance a checkbook? I sincerely doubt it. Not pointing any specific fingers, but as I said, some school ought to be ashamed.
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Subject: Ch. 6 doesn't have a link to ch. 7.


Author:
Hal
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Date Posted: 15:28:14 07/14/14 Mon

minor point: Bottom of chapter 6 doesn't have a link to chapter 7.
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Subject: Winchester Harbor on Lake Huron?


Author:
Robert Moskowitz
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Date Posted: 16:38:26 07/08/14 Tue

Gee I thought it was on Lake Michigan. I missed that. I had it just north of Petoskey, not south of Cheboygan.

But then I am a SE Michigan person. My bicycling days up that way were back in the early '70s.
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Subject: Grand Canyon Threatened


Author:
Jim Wickman
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Date Posted: 18:20:56 07/08/14 Tue

And now the developers want to invade the Grand Canyon.
Is there no end to greed?

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28204598
Subject: Iditarod


Author:
Skip
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Date Posted: 17:56:16 07/07/14 Mon

If you have access to the Smithsonian Channel they are running a show titled "Aerial America". this weekend two shows were released on Alaska. Both are interesting, but the one titled "Call of the Wild." Has a fairly long section covering the race, about 25 mins. Think it was filmed in 2013.
Subject: Site down?


Author:
Bob
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Date Posted: 07:00:11 07/04/14 Fri

I cannot make a connection to the site. Hope all is well.
Subject: photo post vw convertible


Author:
byte mangler
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Date Posted: 23:07:41 06/30/14 Mon

I had two of those - both red. 67 & then 70.
Subject: Hiding Patty


Author:
Skip
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Date Posted: 07:11:34 06/27/14 Fri

I noticed in Chapter 33 Wendy Clark attended the wedding. Did she marry into the Clark family, or is she still a Carter?
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Subject: A real-life Shirley?


Author:
Mikey
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Date Posted: 15:55:53 06/26/14 Thu

...in Britian... and written about in a Jerusalem-based online newspaper...

http://www.timesofisrael.com/this-jewish-grandmother-knows-a-trick-or-two/
Subject: Stray Kitten unavailable


Author:
IanS
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Date Posted: 11:45:42 06/25/14 Wed

I wanted to check back on Stray Kitten only to find that the main page only goes to the store.
Is there any reason for this.
Knowing how Was files his stories I can still read the story by manually entering the URL.

Ian
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Subject: Hiding Patty


Author:
Charlene
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Date Posted: 13:39:27 06/16/14 Mon

Since the Gravengoods and the McMahons are such good friends, I kinda wonder why Henry hasn't told Trisha about
Brianna and Rebecca? They were darling girls who lost their
mother through suspicious circumstances. Based upon the time
line they should still be in school in Spearfish Lake. Oh, well, there is still a couple of chapters to go.

With Henry and Trisha interested in sailing maybe Wes is
going to have Jake/Rachel sell them a Pixie boatVI/VII on their way to Florida. Wes creates such unforgettable
characters that we want to find out how things are going with them.
Charlene
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Subject: Preorders being taken for the next book. Blanche Tickle Girl


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:11:30 06/22/14 Sun

The next book from Spearfish Lake Tales, Blanche Tickle Girl, is now available for preorder. It's Book 2 of the Full Sails series.

Here's the summary:

Matt Caldwell, fresh out of college and in remission from leukemia, knows his life could be short. He wants to wring as much experience as he can from a few years off before he starts a career. On a whim as he sets sail out of Newfoundland bound for Ireland on his elderly twenty-five foot boat, he agrees to take local girl Mary O'Leary with him less than an hour after meeting her. Despite very different backgrounds, the two tend to see many things the same way. A iceberg encounter in the North Atlantic, cruising the British Isles, Norwegian fjords, the Baltic, European canals, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean are all adventures of a lifetime for both of them, despite parents and other difficulties they have to face -- but at least they can face them together.

There are a total of twenty-seven chapters.

You can preorder Blanche Tickle Girl for as little as $19.99 through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store Blanche Tickle Girl page or through the web page. Preorders will be sent sometime on the afternoon of June 29, Eastern Standard Time.

-- Wes
Subject: Cattail now available on Amazon, Nook and Kobo


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 21:02:27 06/15/14 Sun

The revised version of Cattail has been posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. Go to the Spearfish Lake Tales Store Cattail page, where you can also find links to getting the book.

-- Wes
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Subject: Lake Mendota Dam


Author:
Ralph Reinhold
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Date Posted: 16:16:38 06/15/14 Sun

Forty years ago, when I lived in the Madison area, we called the dam at the exit of Lake Mendota the Tenney Park Lock and Dam. There isn't much drop to it. In fact, Lake Mendota would be a pretty large lake without it.

Could you mean the Lake Monona Dame? Or, have they started calling it something different.

Ralph
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Subject: Photo Post of 6-13-2014


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 03:00:34 06/13/14 Fri

I'm trying unsuccessfully to figure out what the photo is all about. The girl is standing in front of a long black rectangular box on top of a table. Multiple colors are on the top of the box, Written on the front of the box in green letters looks like the word "snake".
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