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Back To Tucson VA

 Posted by at 1:29 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 302015

We have to be up and out the door early today to make a 110 mile run back to the Tucson VA hospital for a couple more medical appointments this afternoon. Nothing serious, just routine stuff they didn’t have time to do when we were there a couple of weeks ago.

It’s a lot quicker trip in our Explorer than in the motorhome, but we’ll still take the more relaxed route through Florence rather than deal with all the crazy drivers on Interstate 10. Why be in a hurry if you don’t have to, right?

Hopefully we’ll be done in time to take my cousin Beverly to dinner before we head back to Apache Junction. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get back down to see her again while we’re in Arizona so we want to see her while we can.

I’ve been making a lot of headway on my next Big Lake book but I’m going to have to set it aside for a while to get the next issue of the paper ready to go to the printer. Hopefully I can get it done, printed, and back here to us before we leave for Show Low. Otherwise we’ll have to drive all the way back to Phoenix to pick it up, since the freight company our printer uses does not have a dock anywhere else in the state.

My friend Ken Rossignol, author of Chesapeake 1880 (see below) and a lot of other great books, also publishes an interesting tabloid called THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY that covers a part of life in the Chesapeake Bay region that the tourist bureaus don’t want you to know about. A while back, Ken started putting back issues on Amazon and getting good results, so he suggested I give it a try with the Gypsy Journal. So far I have uploaded all of the 2013 and 2014 back issues, which are available for $2.99 each, or, if you are an Amazon Select or Kindle Unlimited member, you can read them for free. If the response is good, I’ll be uploading more years of back issues soon.

Congratulations to Margaret Bergen, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Chesapeake 1880 by Ken Rossignol. We had 125 entries this time around. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.

Among Ken’s many books is the Marsha & Danny Jones Thriller series, about a couple who retired from law enforcement and became security consultants to a cruise line. The Privateer Clause, the first book in the series, is available free on Amazon. Get yourself a copy and check it out!

Thought For The Day – The measure of an honorable person is not what he says or does with the whole world watching, but what he does when nobody is watching.

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 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 2:55 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 1:51 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 2:38 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 1:27 am  Nick's Blog
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