Well, good morning folks! It’s been quite a while since I have done anything with the website…too long. A whole lot has changed in my life since I last posted anything. And if you remember my last posting(s) it was not encouraging.
By 2017 I had posted over 900 articles and opinions on emergency preparedness and current events. Some of it was hardcore prepper information, some was editorial pieces. I had been working on and posting those articles since 2009. In 2017 I began another book, Escape from Tucson, and posting installments every few days. It was a book published entirely online in daily increments. I really loved that endeavor! And yes, I left the final posting open for a sequel.
In mid-2017 I woke up one day to find virtually the entire website was crashed and articles, including the online book, gone…vanished. I had been hacked. There was no recovering it…even the back-up files I had made were gone. I was pretty devastated by it. At that point I knew I had to take a break. I was in my last year of work before retiring and I just needed the time.
Well unknown to me a couple of great folks had downloaded most, maybe all, of my articles…including my entire online book. In December of 2017 they emailed me that they would be glad to send me the files. I will forever be grateful that they did. But, I was still not ready to do anything additional with the website. That had now changed…I am ready for a resurrection of sorts.
First, let me explain a bit of what has been happening in the last year-plus. I retired, sold our house, moved to apartment, and working on our place in Arizona. Yeah, a lot to undertake, and worth every minute of it. As it stands now I usually go to AZ and work on the property for 1 – 2 weeks, then return home for 1 – 2 weeks. Yeah “home time” is mostly to shower and eat my wife’s great cooking.
In and among all of that I have worked like crazy on my family history, usually 30- 40 hours per week. That work has come along amazingly well and I am so proud of what I have discovered with my ancestors. A lot of really good folks in family’s past. Some hard stock pioneers, some community pillars, some leading women in their day, a lot of military men, and a couple of scoundrels as well. Even a newspaper power/editor, as well as a lawyer, that was murdered…that remains unsolved to this day. However, yesterday I felt very prompted that worked has been sufficiently done for now and I had to get back to writing.
And so be it…
I will be rebuilding the website. First to be rebuilt will be the basic structure like menus, etc. Next will come reposting the entries for the book – Escape from Tucson. And of course writing new entries for the new book – Escape from Home. Finally, I will rebuild old posts/articles that I am able to recover. And, maybe I will resurrect some old opinion pieces as well…if you guys want to read them and let me know.
All I ask is this…be patient and give me plenty of feedback on what you think of everything. Deal?