Nov 022020
 

You know that filter we’re all supposed to have that keeps us from saying what we’re really thinking sometimes? Yeah, well, I don’t have one of those. Not having that filter comes in handy when you’re a small-town newspaper publisher and you aren’t afraid of stepping on toes. Of course, it makes you some enemies […]

Down And Dirty

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012020
 

Right on schedule, the truck from Edgewater Yard Shop arrived at 1:30 yesterday afternoon with two yards of fill dirt that we needed to replace what was lost when we took out the big dead tree and the parasitic Palmetto that was surrounding it. I originally thought that we would need about 1½ yards, and […]

Cool Is Cool

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 312020
 

After endless months of hot, humid weather, a cold front came through Central Florida yesterday and dropped the temperature down into the mid-70s. Boy, were we glad to see that! Terry and I had doctors’ appointments in New Smyrna Beach in the early afternoon, and when we finished up with that we drove a mile […]

18 Years? Wow!

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292020
 

Eighteen years ago today we were at the Escapees RV Club’s Raccoon Valley Campground, just north of Knoxville, Tennessee, when my daughter Tiffany, back in Arizona, went into labor with her first child. We didn’t have a cell phone and it was during the evening, and the only pay telephone available was in the campground’s […]

Tired Of This Nonsense

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172020
 

Back in late 2016, Terry and I both bought Moto Z Play smartphones. At the time, Terry was reluctant to give up her old flip phone and didn’t think she needed or wanted a smartphone. But it didn’t take her long to realize the benefits of the newer technology. As for me, I had already […]

Time For More Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 132020
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. Our house is sold, we finally retired, and we are getting ready to […]

No, It’s Both

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 122020
 

I lived in Arizona for many years, both down in the desert and up in the White Mountains. I remember people in the desert saying, “Sure, it’s 112°, but at least there’s no humidity.” My response was always that there is no humidity in an oven, either, but I don’t want to spend the day […]

Jul 112020
 

You might think that a small town newspaper publisher’s world pretty much ended at the city limits, or no further than the county. And for the most part, you would be right. And I was always content with that. As one of my mentors in the business told me when I was first starting out, […]

Jul 092020
 

I thought it would take me several more days but I got at it hard yesterday and by dinnertime, exactly a month and a week after I started, the first book in my Tinder Street family saga series is finished. Before edits, it came in at 105K words. But as I said in yesterday’s blog, […]

May 242020
 

I started my first newspaper when I was in my mid-20s, in Grays Harbor, Washington. The harbor is the largest natural deepwater port on the Pacific Coast north of San Francisco, and has been an important shipping center since the days of the earliest settlement. Located at the base of the wild and beautiful Olympic […]

May 232020
 

We resisted as long as we could, but yesterday we finally had to don our masks and leave the house for the first time in a couple of weeks. I had to stop at the post office to mail a couple of items off, then we went to Publix for groceries. And just like every […]

And It’s Done!

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
May 212020
 

Yesterday was another good writing day for me. I cranked out 6,300 words and finished my newest Big Lake book. It came in at 83,265 words and took me three weeks and three days from start to finish. And I wasn’t writing every day. I will spend today and maybe tomorrow reading through it and […]

Feb 172020
 

Note: I have always been a bit of a prankster, and I do believe this one tops them all, spanning several years. There was a time when Arizona had cactus cops, whose duty was to enforce laws protecting native-plants, especially saguaro cacti, which could be worth thousands of dollars to landscapers. Cactus rustling was a […]

Family Time

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162020
 

Terry’s mom, Bess, turned 88 on February 2nd and her dad, Pete, turned 90 on the 11th. When you live that long you accumulate a lot of relatives, so family from as far away as England, New York, Colorado, Nevada, and Florida (us) came to Arizona to help them celebrate the occasion. In the last […]

Mexico Q&A

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 152020
 

Several blog readers have asked questions about our trip across the border to purchase medicines in Mexico, so I thought I would answer their questions here. Q. The other day you talked about going to Mexico to buy medications. When you do that, do you drive across the border, and if so what kind of […]

Feb 132020
 

Here is the last installment of our trip from Florida to Arizona. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we were looking forward to spending time with our friends Tom and Diane Owens while we were in Deming, New Mexico. However, I suspect that after two days, they were more than ready to see us hit […]

Taking The Day Off

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 302019
 

For the last few days I’ve been working hard on my new Big Lake book, knocking out over 20,000 words in three or four days. Yesterday alone was over 6,000 words. That, coupled with the fact that Miss Terry hasn’t been out of the house much at all since her surgery two weeks ago today […]

James Monroe Museum

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 292019
 

“A better man cannot be.” Those are the words Thomas Jefferson used to describe James Monroe in 1785, and most scholars of our country’s fifth president would probably agree. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1758, Monroe attended the College of William and Mary for a year before dropping out to join the Continental Army, […]

Call Me Christopher

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 272019
 

From now on, you can call me Christopher, as in Christopher Columbus. You know, the guy who thought he was going one place and ended up somewhere else entirely and got credit for a discovery that he may or may not have been the first to stumble upon. Because I have made a discovery myself. […]

A Very Quiet Christmas

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 262019
 

I hope everybody had a very Merry Christmas . How did you spend your holiday? Visiting family? At an RV park Christmas dinner? Did you go out to eat someplace? We had a very quiet Christmas here at home, just the two of us. We started the day snuggling in bed like we always do, […]