I know it's a few days early, but Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Moose Pass has been having some interesting weather, going between light snow, torrential rains, almost hurricane like winds and the temperature has been down to 18 degrees. Clear and cold this morning with just a fine layer of ice and snow on the ground, enough to just make it slippery. Expecting snow for Thanksgiving, but we will see. Being in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains you just never know what to expect.
Good Morning to all. Heavy fog for us here in Moose Pass, snow still avoiding us but giving the guys more time to get things done. Went into Seward yesterday and Chris bought a new chainsaw for the house. A Stihl, which we all have wanted for some time. They last longer than most.
I don't know if you noticed from your location but in major parts of Alaska we seemed to had lost the use of our Yahoo site. I was told a massive hacking had occurred. So, I was unable to make contact with anyone, now don't you feel lucky. We are back on now, so apparently they fixed it. There are time I think hackers should be taken out into the ocean and tied off to tide stakes, but then release them as their noses begin to bubble.
I want to begin my journal by saying Happy Birthday to my best friend and brother, Troy Sanders, who is also Mona's older brother. He has reached the threshold of turning 70. Big number for a big guy. For those of you not aware, over the 39 years Mona and I have been married, our two families have lived together 8 times.
A very foggy good morning to you all. We've been promised snow at our level for most of a week, but all we get is fog and coolish temperatures. Fog is now leaving, revealing cloudy skies, but to warm for snow. Mountains still covered and quite beautiful. Swans are flying about, getting ready to soon fly south and making sure their young ones are ready for the long flight. We have several dozen swans who fly about the local lakes and watering holes. They are beautiful birds to watch, them and the loons. Loons are often a bit nosier. Trees are thinning out as the ground is covered in dead leaves. Chris is busy finishing up a large wood rack, which should hold the last of our current supply. He builds things to last and that's good, as our weather can be tough on home projects.
I recently discovered, or I should say Ava discovered it, a book I thought had already gone to my publisher and it needed work. Strange, how I thought it had been sent off months ago. I'm continuing to make note for my new project that I will start after reviewing the found project and my current book. Gives me something to do. New project to be set in 2053, in a fictitious hamlet of Moose Lake. Alaska has numerous Moose Creeks, Moose Pass and even Moose Lake locations. The US is smack in the middle of the countries 2nd Great Depression and Europe is at war, as well as the African Continent. So many people in the US are starving, suffering from lost hope and one's belief in God has been seriously crippled. That's the setting and how another Joshua is found living at Moose Lake and he receives his marching orders from the Lord. Where I am at so far. I won't give you the content of the story line for some time. Sorry.
News Headlines for last four days: "Report: Montaigne Institute of France Says 29% of Muslims Living in France Believe Sharia Law is More Important Than French Law, Making Nearly One-Third of French Muslims Live According to Values Incompatible with French or Western Standards".... ""ABC Reportedly Airs Phony Syria War Footage, Using Film Taken From 2007 American Shooting Range and Saying it Was a Battle in Syria-That Turkish Troops Attacked Kurds. Segment Was Removed After Truth Was Learned".... "Synagogue in Michigan Hit With anti-semitism as Hateful Posters Were Placed on Front Doors".... "Hong Kong Protesters had Targeted Starbucks, but Now it Seems That Apple is to be Next Target as an Enemy to Their Cause"...." 6 Killed in Shootout as Violence Rattles Puerto Rico Capital".... " "Russian Troops Move into Syria as American Troops Move Out"...."Tukey Ignores US Sanctions for Violating Ceasefire in Syria"...." Typhoon Hagibis That Hit Japan Now Reporting 66-Dead, But Rescue Workers Still At it and That number Believed to Rise".... " 14-Mexican Police Officers Ambushed by Drug Cartel and Killed".... "Count is now 11-Elephants Have Died at Waterfall, While attempting to Save a Elephant Calf"...." "Violent Protests For a Second Night in Barcelona, Spain, (will eventually go on to a fifth night and no ceasing is seen in near future)".... "Report: Congresswoman Omar Funnels 30% of Campaign Cash into Boyfriends Firm".... "Report: Judge Said to Have Miscalculated How Much Johnson & Johnson Would Pay Out in Fines and Settlements over Opioid Crisis, Unclear What New Amount Will Be"... "China's Pork Crisis Widens".... "Trump Administration Cracks Down on Chinese Diplomats Inside US, After China Blocked American Personnel in Beijing From Meeting With Key Assets".... "Typhoon Hagibis Death Toll Now Up to 74, As Thousands of People Still Without Power and Searches Continues".... "Saudi Bus Crash Kills 35 Foreigners".... " "Extinction Rebellion Protesters (Earlier Called Climate Control Protesters), Dragged Off London Subways".... "New California Laws Will Allow Drivers to Eat Roadkill".... "Chicago Teachers Strike Cancels School Classes for 300,000 Kids".... "Police Remove Jews Praying at Jerusalem Temple Mount as Hundreds Entered Complex"...." 6.4 Earthquake Hits Mindanao in Philippines, Leaving 6 Dead and Over 100 Injured." ...." In Melbourne, Australia, a 12-Year Old Jewish Boy was Forced to Kneel Down and Kiss the Shoes of Muslim boy".... "Venezuela Wins Seat on United Nations Human Rights Council, Dispite US Opposition".... "Kurds Accuse Turkey of Violating Ceasefire"...."Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns".... "62 Killed at Afghanistan Mosque Bombing, 100-Wounded".... " Seoul, Korea: Police Beef Up Security After Rally is Held Outside US Ambassador's Residence"...." "Violent Protests Erupt in Lebanon" .... "Report: Anti Semitic Crimes in England Nearly Double in 2018".... "Turkish Airstrikes Shatter Shatters Syria Ceasefire".... ""Catalan Protests in Spain Showing Western Media Bias in Coverage, Similar to Protests in Hong Kong, But Catalan Riots Being Played Down in the News".... "US Imposes Tariffs on European Union Goods, Earning Threats of Retaliation by the EU".... "Japan Announces It Will Send its Own Self-Defense Navy to Straits of Hormuz, Rather Than Join US-Led Coalition Forces" .... "In Berlin and Paris Protests are Launched Against Turkey's Invasion of Syria".... "Mayor of Riot Stricken Barcelona, Spain Pleads With Protesters to Stop Violence"..
I had more, but I only printed out hat I believe to be a priority. I find it amazing just how many cities and countries are having riots and protests. The protests in Washington DC are being played down by our media. Only thing they've mention was the arrest of Jane Fonda. Got to go, my eldest dog is desiring to go outside and explore the word. She is a shrew hunter and our shrews get pretty darn big.
God Bless all of you and may you have a great weekend. BILL
Greetings to All: 3rd day in a row of cloudless skies, somewhat chilly with morning temperatures in low 20's, and last snowfall came down to our foothills. Mountains quite beautiful right now, with light wind blowing and all the leaves on the trees a golden color as they fill the yard and await raking. Went to church last night, Pastor spoke good word out of 1st Peter. My conga drums sit up on our stage all alone as we no longer have a worship team, but hope to have one again.
Greetings to All: This is our third days of beautiful weather here in our valley. Mountain tops received some more termination dust, but most of the clouds departed this morning. Seward was beautiful yesterday, as we drove in to pick-up a part for our old pick-up. This truck has been sitting for so many years but Chris is going to get it running again. We are taking the bed off and making it a flatbed. The men got the wood finished off last night, giving us about 4 chords of wood so far.
Still need about 8 more. Chris and Liam built new wood racks beside our school bus, with plans to build a couple more large ones. What is nice is how these racks will be under the new barn Chris is building with John and Liam's help. I just stand around a lot and point at things. I did split some wood with Liam, but then went back to bed. It's a tough job but someone has to be a supervisor and we all know how good I am with tools....right!
Chatted over the emails with my publisher, figured out he now has 8 of my stories pending publishing so I guess I can slow down a bit on writing new books for a bit. My computer just went crazy on me, threw me to a car add while I was typing this, but the draft storage saved me from having to start over. Anyway in the meantime I am making notes for new science-fiction story. I've taken the last week off from writing, but now its time to get back at it. Keeps my brain busy.
I've been checking the Etsy to see what my police toy collection might be worth, not that I'll ever sell my toy collection. But, I was amazed to see what some of my used police toys are worth now. Some of them go as high as $400 each, when I paid only a small price tag for new ones. But I also found that some of my toys I paid a modest price have lowered in value. I'll let Mona figure out who might get this collection when I'm gone. She thought about donating a lot of the valuable ones to the Alaska State Trooper museum, but I don't know if they would even want them. I am starting to send some items out to my kids and grandkids, for two of our boys are in law enforcement. Chris who does a lot of trading for his mechanic work as acquired a lot of steel, mostly guard rails from the highways and these will make our barn roof and carport roof. We eventually plan to build our apartment over the carport, connecting it to our house through my office. New room will have my new office, a master bedroom with private bath. We've been planning this for years and Chris's finagling is making it possible. Not sure who will get our old bedroom and my old office will become a simple sitting room and small library. We eventually plan to put the large library in the basement, for we have several thousand books in storage; her collection and mine. Going to be a mighty interesting winter if we get it all done.
Someday I would like to replace these three buses with small cabins. We are using our school bus for storage right now. So much stuff to part with, we've been collectors since we got married and want to really thin it all out.
Went to church on Sunday evening, we do not hold morning services right now as out pastor is a sergeant at the state's maximum security prison in Seward. He was sure on fire Sunday night, speaking a bit on the Israeli Jews desiring to rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, right where the old one was finally torn down by the Romans in 70 A.D. during the last of the three Jewish Wars against Rome. They apparently want to start sacrificing animals again as they did in the Old Testament. Now as you can imagine this is not going to make the Muslim very happy as they have their big mosque up on the Temple Mount. Might start a shooting war in Jerusalem. Now as Christians we know the whole sacrificing stopped with the Lord offering up His life as the ultimate and final sacrifice. But the Jewish faith doesn't believe in Jesus Christ. I was talking with a friend the other day and he wasn't aware of that. He thought the Jewish people believed in Jesus and were just like the Baptists, Mormons and Catholics. We had a long talk then about faith. My family heritage is German Jew and I do know of several Christian Jews. They believe in the old ways and the teachings of the Old Testament, and celebrate the Jewish holidays, but they have also given their lives to Jesus. They like keeping in the old traditions, but also believe that starting up animal sacrificing again is just wrong. I believe in the teachings of the Old Testament, but as I said earlier, Jesus was the final sacrifice when He offered up his life and died on the cross, only to rise from the grave three days later. Anyhow, our Pastor is a great Bible teacher, he can really make the history come alive.
Here are some headlines for those who may have missed reading them over the last few days. "Iran Issues Death Sentence for Accused U.S. Spy".... "Hong Kong Protester Shot Down by Police in 'One of the Most Chaotic Days' in Almost 4-Months of Political Unrest".... "California Schools Can No Longer Suspend K-8th Grade Students for Using Phones in Class".... "Sword-Wielding Man Kills One, Wound 9 in Finland School".... "Large 450-Foot Arch Bridge Falls into Taiwan River, 5-Dead, 4-Trapped and 10-Injured".... "Jimmy Carter Reported to be First President to Reach His 95th Birthday, Injured in Fall and Requires Stitches While Building Homes for Humanity".... "Taliban Attack in Afghanistan Kills 11 Policemen" .... "China Shows off Latest ICBM Missile, the DF-41, During 70th Birthday Parade for China's Current Political Regime. Also Shows Off New 'Super-tank' and New Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile- the JL-2".... "Swedes Feeling the Ill Effect From Taking in So Many Immigrants: High Unemployment, Child Poverty Escalation, Rising Social Welfare Costs, and Increases in Crime and Violence." "FBI Says Homicides Were Down in 2018, Falling by 6% in 2018, FBI Also Reports Violent Crime in 2018 Went Down by 4%. Murder by Rifles Has Declined by 24% in 2018, But Rapes Have Increased".... "Historic B-17 Bomber Crashes at Connecticut Airport, Several Fatalities Reported But No Numbers Available Yet".... "New California Law Allows For College Athletes to Profit From Giving Endorsements and Hiring Agents".... "Bernie Sanders Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery and Suspends His Campaign for President While Recovering".... ""Iraq Protests Continue with Latest Protest Show 9-Dead and Hundreds Wounded as Security FOrce Fired Live Ammo into Crowds".... "Civil Unrest in Haiti is Keeping 2 million Kids From Attending School".... "Billionaire George Soros Donates $350,000 to Virginia Planned Parenthood".... "4 Killed in Paris Police Headquarters Knife Attack, Including the Dead of the Attacker".... " MGM Hotel in Las Vegas Agrees to Pay $800 Million in Settlement from 2017 Massacre" ...." Hong Kong Protester Who Was Shot Down by Police Now Pending 10-year Jail Sentence".... "Nigerian Unrest Shows Muslim Jihad Against Christians Has Reached Genocidal Proportions, also Supported by Nigerian President and Fellow Muslim Tribal Population".... " Taxi Driver Mows Down Hong Kong Protesters".... "Legendary 'Cream' Drummer Ginger Baker Dies at 80 Years ( I was a fan)"...." "Thousands of Hong Kong Protesters Defy New Ban on Face Masks, Which was Soon Afterward Lifted".... " "Death Toll Rises in Iraqi Demonstrations: 104 Killed and 6,000 Reported Wounded by Iraqi Security Forces".... " Kansas City Bar Attack by Two Men Leaves 4 Killed and 5 Wounded".... "Actress Diahann Carroll, Who Played 'Julia' in the TV Series, Dies at 84"...." Philippine Government Arrests 124 Rogue Policemen and Filed Complaints Against 126 Other Policemen".... " United States Issues Ban on Uninsured VISA Applicants- No Medical Insurance, You Don't Enter USA".... "China is Reportedly Breeding Pigs The Size of Polar Bears as Swine Flu Wipes Out Current Pig Herds, No Photos Provided".... "Iran Plans To Bring Suit Against USA For Breach in Contract of Nuclear Deal, to Be Heard in International Court of Justice".... "Some Hong Kong Protesters Now Saying it is Time For Them to Leave Hong Kong, With Threat of Chinese Military Now Considering Moving In"...." More Than 300 Protesters Arrested in London on 1st Day of Climate Change Protest".... "Over 16,000 Flee Unrest in Papua Region of Indonesia"
Very recently, President Trump issued a proclamation that he was removing US military out of Northern Syria and will allow Turkey to attack the Kurds of Northern Syria, who are mostly Christian and for quite a while our ally. Trump has decided to abandon the Kurdish People, who have no real Air Force and little in the way of battle field armor. But the Kurds are known to be courageous fighters. This arrangement will make the Turkish military and government quite happy, as well as the Russian leadership. U.S. Military leaders and Republican leadership desire Trump to reverse this decision of his, we are in effect abandoning the Kurdish people to their fate. This will also lead to the release of all the ISIS prisoners the Kurds are holding, making them available to make war again on Europeans, which has them worried, plus possibly attack the US and US Military in Europe and other desert locations. Trump's decision to abandon these people will send a warning to Europe and other Desert states that they cannot trust us. I didn't vote for Trump in 2016, but had planned to vote for him in 2020. But, not now. What is behind his reasoning, far too many people are asking this. We spent 18 years fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, 8 years more than Vietnam. We deserted the Vietnamese and their country fell to the communists. Now the Turkish military is preparing to attack the Kurds in Northern Syria. This could end up being a real bloodbath with Muslims the winner and what is this going to show to the world? How we continue to abandon our allies!!! And yes, I still have a son in the active duty military.
After my story "A Coming Storm" was released, I've made a lot of comments over the years of how world events have matched up with what I wrote about in this story. As I've said before, I began writing A Coming Storm in 2005 and it was released in 2012. Based upon a lot of Bible Scripture found in the Book of Revelation, A Coming Storm concerns two weeks of dreams and visions I went through, months before I set down to write it. Oh, I did make notes, but didn't begin the story right away. Mostly it was about what happens in the United States as World War III comes upon us.
I tell of how China sends three super tankers into the Gulf of Mexico, where they silently drop off three large nuclear submarines who sit on the seas floor in silence for a couple of weeks, as the tanker move away. They run on diesel to keep the subs warm and allow a minimum amount of work to be done. But then on the assigned day, the activate their nuclear power, rise-off the seafloor and together launch more than 60 nuclear, biological and chemical missiles against the US 48-states. Wit5hin 8-minutes all the targets are hit and the US is turned into a fiery heap. This leaves Alaska and Hawaii the only military defensive strength to counter the Chinese, which has now become the OAP, or Oriental Alliance Pact. At the time I first wrote this story, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN as it is really called, the organization had 3 countries. In my story they have 10 countries. Right now ASEAN is 10 countries, with China leading the way and their major provider of war machines. China became ASEAN war machine provider.
In the book China works with the Russians to build a super roadway from China up through and to the Russian Oil Fields, one of the largest in the world. This highway is now being built.
At the time I wrote the story, China did not own any supertankers, they now do. They did not have any nuclear missiles launched from submarines, but they now do and displayed them for their 70th celebration parade last week, 70 years of communist China. They also displayed their brand new super tank, which is all-terrain. In my story the tank had to be all-terrain to get across the Alaskan tundra. The enemy attacks across the Bering Strait Ice Bridge, entering Alaska at the City of Wales. They keep from nuking Alaska as they seek the natural resources of Alaska and Canada.
Mona and I were the caretakers for an Internationally known Prophet who had come to Fairbanks. We got him where he needed to be and anything else he needed. I ended up telling him about the story I was writing and he then smiled at me. He told us of how he had received these same dreams and visions and how hundreds of others had received these same visions and dreams and reported them to him. I made my heart jump a beat back then.
Anyway, thought I'd share this with you. Keep an eye on China and Russia. In my story, China turns on Russia and attacks and destroys the Russian Eastern Army. Meanwhile the Russian Western Army becomes engaged with NATO. Russia is eventually defeated on both fronts, but nukes China, and a massive series of earthquakes are set off, volcanoes erupting and Hawaii is destroyed. This leaves Alaska to stand alone. But then Canada's western army comes to Alaska's aide. Though there is a civil war being fought in Eastern Family as Quebec forces fight for independence. The anti-Christ figure rises up as a young French general commanding the NATO forces and after leading his victorious army against the defeated Russians, he eventually becomes Emperor of Europe.
The rest you will need to read the book. I have now finished Part two of this story and this is entitled "The Final Challenge", and this story is set one thousands years in the future, when Satan is once more released to tempt the Christians and many will fall to join his army. This story covers the War for Jerusalem. Christ has vanished once Satan is released to prey upon all those who have grown bored with the current world. Christ does not allow any form of pollution, so no refrigerators, vehicles, TV and all those little things that made us happy. The new dark army/navy will fight a major sea battle against the Christians and then attack the beach defenses of Israel, until the City of Jerusalem is besieged. This one is awaiting publication.
All for now, Folks. May your prayers be answered and God Bless, BILL.
Happy end of September Day! Yes, tomorrow we begin the last three months of the year. A lot of termination dust has melted and today is just beautiful. Took a drive into Seward a few hours ago so I could see the doctor. I have officially lost two inches in height and now only 6'5" and my weight holding at 220 lbs, which is about perfect for me. When I got down to 178 lbs I looked a bit emaciated, or so my lovely wife says. Anyhow, Seward looked wonderful and the Navy has left port. It appears all those marines and navy people behaved themselves. They normally do. Sewardites treat them pretty well as the town is very patriotic.
Good morning to all of you on this Sunday morning. We've had two-days of heavy rain and Saturday morning we woke up to termination dust on the mountain tops in our valley. A wee bit early and heavy lake fog this morning. The U.S. Navy and Marines are in Seward this weekend, aboard the US Navy quick reaction troop carrier.
Morning fog has now lifted off and it is one beautiful day here 'in the neighborhood'. You may or may not have heard but Tom Hanks is playing Mr. Rogers, a new movie about the famous child series star. Could be a winner, though even in makeup Hanks really doesn't resemble Mr. Rogers, but wears his famous red sweater.
Hello. A very good morning to all of you from us here at Moose Pass. Woke up and thought all the smoke had returned to our valley, but it ended up being a thick layer of lake fog. Today is just beautiful once the fog lifted. Expecting termination dust to hit us anytime soon, just never knows it were to have early winter or late.
Greetings to All: A couple days ago the smoke from the Swan Lake Fire was so bad I couldn't see the end of the driveway, but then a strong breeze came up and emptied the valley of the smoke. We've had rain and wind since then and no more smoke problem. Winds have forced the fire back on itself, at least in our fire.
Greetings to all you nice people out there in our E-mail universe. First off, today is Joshua Troy Casselman's birthday, he is our youngest son and works for the FBI in Washington D.C.. He will also be getting married next month to Jenny, his long term lady-friend who we like very much. They make a wonderful couple. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SON!!!!!
Hello Everyone. According to the news, Alaska has over 250-fires burning, with the largest being in Denali Park. The Swan Lake/Skilak Lake fire is the one closest to us, but our only problem is the constant smoke. On Wednesday, the 21st, we were hit pretty hard with the smoke because of no wind and I believe it was the worst smoke we've had in my 42 years in Alaska.
This special journal is for all you former Alaskans who might be concerned with all the wildfires that have recently broken out here in Alaska.
Hello to all family and friends. Our last few days have been a bit strange here in Moose Pass. Smoke came in real thick from what we suspect to be the Swan Lake Fire as new hot spots sprang up. Then the temperature sprang up to 95 degrees, pretty hot for us, but it was followed by quite a wind storm that got rid of the smoke for awhile.
Good Morning to you all. A bit smokey here today on Moose Pass, due to a fire that broke out about mile south of us. We had a Forest Service multi-engine aircraft buzzing our house for about an hour as it deployed smoke jumpers.
85 degrees and clear here in Moose Pass, but it sure feels warmer. Except for some small glaciers, which we have watched grow smaller over the years here, the last of the snow has disappeared from the tall peaks. That spell where we had 90 degree heat really caused a melt down, raising the creek and rivers to near flood stage and Trail Lake came up several feet.
A very good morning to you all. Was up earlier than usual, found it sprinkling, cloudy and coolish. But now the rain has ceased, but still cloudy. Drove into Seward yesterday for doctor's appointment, town was busy with a large cruise ship in town and a lot of people all about the town. Ran into an old friend I hadn't seen for a year or so, only to find out they are leaving Alaska for Texas to live with family.
"Oh what a beautiful morning", open line to the song sung on the movie "Oklahoma", the writer must've been think about an Alaskan summer. Well, it sure is right on the dot this morning. Skies are so blue and mostly cloudless. Wish you all could experience it. Of course I wouldn't ask any tourist to visit here in February, might be a bit chilly, but no bugs.
Good Morning to you all. Another foggy morning here in Moose Pass, but clearing away fast as temperatures rise.. Mostly everyone in the household still dealing with a bad bout of Bronchitis, Mona is on her 4th week and I'm on my second or third week of fighting the bug. Great-grandchildren now better and that's good. I hate to see the little ones sick, but keep them away from us so they don't re-catch it.
appy Tuesday! Rain has finally come to our valley and it appears the last of our smoke from the Swan Lake Fire has left us. Thank you, Lord! Mona has been very sick for the last week, but her fever broke finally and she is now working on getting her strength back. I started to get the bug, but all the medicines and vitamins I take seem to help out. All I got was the congestion and cough, but now on the mend. Patrick, Canaan's husband has flown south for his job in Oregon.
Good Morning to All: Cooler here this morning- thank you, Lord. Rain clouds hanging low, but so far no rain and a bit of a breeze is blowing. But no smoke visible, so maybe the fire is finally out.
Heard from Susan today, my earlier Editor, she is moving back down here in October, so I will have two editors- she and Ava. Ava has finished "Geronimo": and now working on "Indian Wars". I'll drop ship you both when she has finished the second one. I'm half-way through "Attack on Fort Bowie", which follows Indian Wars. Susan is still working on "Sandbox Wars", 3rd book in Apache Snow Trilogy and deals with the war in Afghanistan.
Good Afternoon from Moose Pass. Still smoky here and no breeze, but slightly better than a couple days ago. Been up 90 degrees in the shade, which is pretty unusual for Moose Pass, but expected to cool off soon...by midweek.
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