Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Killer Angels: A Great Read!

As I start to work on my new Civil War period novel, I've begun to read other period pieces. I started with Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Within the first few pages, I found myself in the midst of the battle at Gettysburg. This is probably the best historical novel I have ever read. This is a must read for any history buff who wants to know how close the Union came to loosing the war.

I'll keep everyone up to date with the progress on this knew book. I'm in the process of putting the finishing touches on The Lost Slab. I should have the release date soon. In the meantime...

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Abraham Lincoln

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Friday, March 25, 2011

A word

We all strive for perfection but if we happen to throw a gutter ball; all is not lost.

Martin Luther

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Black Panther of Flat Rock

Some say he's a myth
No reason for fright
But I stand here as witness
He's out there at night

Don't go out alone
When the sun's gone to rest
For the panther is stalking
In search of his quest

Coal black as the night
And swift like the deer
So stay safe in your home
This cat has no fear

Leaves no trace of his victim
Devours all of his kill
Then it's off to the next one
More blood must be spilled

The quiet hamlet of Flat Rock
Four hundred souls think she's just fine
But go out in the the night when the cat's on the prowl
Population ... three ninety-nine

The cat is coming
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rick Kelsheimer to co-host Sports Life Radio on Tuesday Nights

As of last week I've agreed to appear as co-host for Sports Life Radio which airs live every Tuesday at 8pm CDT You can listen live at http://www.sportsliferadio.com/. Sports Life Radio is the audio arm of Sports Life Magazine. We'll be talking with professional and amateur athletes from across the country. It should be fun. More Details to come. The program can also be heard on the following radio stations. Check local listing for show times.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Brain Teaser

"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Actual Headlines from Newspapers

1.  "Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash".  (Ya think?)
2.  "Miners Refuse to Work After Death"  (Good-for-nothing so-and-sos)
3.  "Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant"  (Is that better than a fair trial?)
4.  "War Dims Hope for Peace"  (Yes, it might have that effect)
5.  "Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers"  (Seems a little harsh)
6.  "If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile"  (Really?)
7.  "Hospital Sued by 7 Foot Doctors"  (Boy, are they tall!)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Alice of Old Vincennes

I just finished reading Alice of Old Vinceness and actually enjoyed the book. I had avoided it for years due to the fact I always thought it was a chick's romance. In actuality it painted a picture that I had never known about French Vincennes. I have read several books about George Rogers Clark and only now truly understand the seige of Fort Sackville. (lots of action and killing with a little bit of romance) I recommend the book strongly to anyone who enjoys history.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A New Health Care Plan

Forget Obama Care! 
This is a heath care plan I can get behind.
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Cop Humor

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Lost Slab Manuscript Finally Finished

After a year and a half, and 504 pages later, The Lost Slab is finally finished!!!

Stay tuned for the release date
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Smarter than the Average Bear

I wonder what happened to the hunter.
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Only the ghosts and memories are left...Flat Rock Grade School (RIP)

After several years of letting my old alma mater fall in on itself, The Flat Rock Grade School is being torn down. It was fitting that it was a cold rainy day went I went to say goodbye. From August 1964 to May 1974 it was my home away from home. It was the hub and lifeblood of the community and things haven't been the same since it closed in 1986. So for one last time... Here goes nothing (sic)

Come on and fight, P.S.lets fall in line
We're going to win this game another time
And for that dear old school we love so well
We're going to yell and yell and yell and yell and yell
We're going to fight, fight, fight for every score
We're going to roll old Robinson on the floor
We're going to make that score rise more and more
We're going to go, fight, win...F.R.G.S.

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Rick Kelsheimer (class of 74)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grand Old 'Card' Party

The Gipper smiled as he raked in the chips. "The problem with you Abe, is that you're too darn honest.  You need to be more like 'Tricky Dick'. He could bluff a man into believing that the Cubs are going to win the World Series in his lifetime."

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Abraham Lincoln's Home in Springfield

After my annual trip to Springfield to pay what was due to Caesar, we stopped by Abraham Lincoln's Home . It is completely restored with some original furnishings. It's quite impressive to say the least. You get the feeling that you're standing on hallowed ground. When you use the handrail to go upstairs in the house, you're place your hand on the same piece of wood as Lincoln. You can see the tiny desk in the corner of his bedroom and picture him working late into the night. You can see the table and exact spot where he sat when he learned that he had just won the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency. The tour was completely free. I highly recommended stopping by if you get the chance.

This restored house that sits across the street from the Lincoln House, belonged to Jesse K. Dubois. He was state auditor and Lincoln's close friend. Those of you who read The Hanging of Betsey Reed might remember Dubois as the owner of the Dubois Tavern in Palestine. He used his friendship with Lincoln to launch his own political career.

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