Time for a vacation?

Memorial Day Display, Questa NM 2009

Questa Memorial Display, Questa NM 2009

With Memorial Day fast approaching it’s appropriate to take some time to remember those who have sacrificed to give us all of the the things we take for granted and are capable of losing in a heartbeat should we ever forget how to defend those precious liberties. As the first week of unofficial summer approaches, camping trailers, RVs, and tents are all being inspected, cleaned and packed up for their first use of the season.

Stages of the Cross, San Luis, CO

Stages of the Cross, San Luis, CO

For your vacation, if you’ll be participating, just a couple of book recommendations (some of my favorites):

Take along any book by Lee Child, the British author known for his Jack Reacher novels.  Jack Reacher is a former Military Police major, who adopts the lifestyle of a drifter, ( a nomad actually takes their belongings with them), and investigates any manner of trouble that usually seems to find him.

Anything by Vince Flynn in his Mitch Rapp series.  Modern CIA/Islamic jihad/International relations, etc.

Any of the Bob Lee Swagger books by Stephen Hunter.  Remember the movie, “The Shooter”.  Based on the novel , “Point of Impact”, by Stephen Hunter.  After reading this book, I realized I had read one of the greatest mystery/thriller plots I was ever going to read in my life.  Second only to the book, The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum.  Please don’t ever make the mistake of comparing the book to the most recent  movie.  They so horribly disfigured the storyline, they had to write a new script to make the second and third movies.    Comparing the movie version to the book is like comparing pond water and champagne.

And if you’re ready for a mini-vacation at your desk to get things started, one of my favorite distractions is the Yahoo, or other news agency “Images of the Week”.  A great way to see what’s going on in the world around you.

No matter what your plans are for the long weekend, take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds, the smells and even the gentle undercurrent of wherever you’ve chosen to be and whoever you happen to be sharing it with.  Have a great weekend, maybe take some time on Monday to visit a cemetary and watch one of the local flyovers or military presentations, (they put in a lot of work to make those ceremonies that impressive), and most important.., stay safe.


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  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t read a fiction book in so long, that I forget how good they are. My dream vacation is a cabin in the mountains with lots of trees for a hammock. I’d just love to swing lazily while reading a good book.

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  2. I’m like Tim, I haven’t read a fiction book in a while. It seems I don’t do a lot of reading for fun anymore, it’s always manuals or work.
    And yes, it’s a difficult task to adapt a book into a screenplay, that’s why there is a separate award for adaptation. Movies don’t have the luxury of taking more than 90 minutes.

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  3. Hi Dewayne,

    Oh I DO like the Yahoo “Images of the Week.” It reminds me of the NYT “Week in Review” section only just with photos. And photos are so expressive and evocative. I’m always making a point when a public speaker before singles to use excellent photos for their online dating profiles. (don’t get me started onto that soap box topic, lol)

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  4. Thanks for the great book recommendations.

    I love the original Bourne books by Robert Ludlum and also enjoy the movies made of them, even though they come nowhere close to the books.

    I really enjoyed the movie THE SHOOTER, so now you’ve got me wanting to read the book it’s based on.

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  5. Thanks for the book ideas. I love Vince Flynn books so maybe I’ll enjoy Lee Child too. The Bourne movies are some of my favorites so now I’ll have to read the novel for sure just to see for myself!

    A prayer for those who keep us safe!

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