Yesterday Susie and I spent a wonderful day in Chandler, Arizona, as we accompanied some friends to a chuck wagon cooking competition. Each of us selected one of the dozen or more of the chuck wagons as our breakfast source When the dinner bells sounded, we headed in different directions, collected our meals, and gathered at a picnic table. I thoroughly enjoyed my cowboy breakfast. It consisted of a split biscuit, half with jam and half with gravy; a casserole made of eggs, potatoes, sausage, and a few other ingredients; canned peaches, and a cup of black coffee with grounds at the bottom of the cup. My wife and our friends had a variety of similar foods, all cooked in cast iron skillets over open fires or in dutch ovens, covered in hot coals. I felt a kindred spirit with some of the characters from my latest book, a collection of short stories, titled Five for the Trail. Here are a few of the photos we took. I'll post more later.
Okay, Pardners, here's the deal: Christmas is coming. I have books that you want to buy, and I have a few bonus gifts that I want to give you. I have the best beef jerky I've ever tasted, some great western books, and some other cool cowboy stuff. If you order any number of books from me, I'll put something extra in your envelope when I ship your order.
Susie and I returned to Indiana in May. We have been working at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort and visiting the Midwestern part of our family. As a ranger, I do some of the same kind of tasks that old West rangers did. I roam through our park, helping people and dealing with whatever problems arise. My fellow rangers and I have to cover an area too large for our small group, but we do our best. I am the only ranger on duty Wednesday mornings. One Wednesday morning a camper asked, "There's only one ranger on duty?" I couldn't resist. Smiling, I replied, "There's only one park, isn't there?"
We look forward to our return to Arizona, but we'll miss our family while we're gone.
A lot of time has passed since I last wrote anything here. I have no excuses. I could give you a few reasons, but I won't. I will say that on this ninth day of February, 2014, I am sitting in the afternoon sun at Good Life Resort in Mesa, Arizona, enjoying a 75-degree day. Susie and I are workamping at this beautiful resort and wandering around Arizona. The book I'm currently writing is set in Arizona, close to where we are. We both love this part of the country. Check out my Facebook page under Mark L. Redmond
Now that the Arty Anderson series is complete, a number of you have been asking me about my plans for new writing projects. I'm finishing a book of five short stories right now. I'm planning to get back to work on the first book in a series for grown ups, but I'm also planning another series for kids. This one will be set in Arizona in the late 1800s. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to getting back to work at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground Resort here in Fremont, Indiana. Come see us this summer!
Happy New Year, Pardners! I'm planning, Lord willing, to write some more exciting stories for you in 2012--and for your parents too. I'm working on a book of short stories, a historical novel for grownups, and a new series for my middle grade people. Susie and I will be scheduling some school and library visits. Let us know if you're interested in having us visit your school or library or some other special event. Here are a few more photos from our Granger visit. What are your plans for 2012? Send me an email and let me know.
Thursday, December 15, Susie and I returned to the Granger/South Bend area of Indiana for two events. We had a book signing from 2:00-6:00 pm at Granger Christian school, where I taught high school English for 28 years. From 6:30-8:00 pm, I spoke to a group of young people in a community drama class. We had a great day, visiting old friends and making new ones. Here are a few photos from the day.
We finally got copies of the last book in the Arty Anderson series just in time for our community gift and craft show at Fairview Missionary Church. We had a great day November 6, signing books and visiting with people. Folks of all ages seem to enjoy reading about Arty. By the way, I'm signing a book here, not proposing!
These two pardners are part of a new generation of Arty readers. Their grandparents drove more than an hour to bring them to meet me. Their parents are former students of mine. So is their grandfather! Am I old or what?
I have read and written about Texas Rangers and Arizona Rangers. Now I am a ranger. Like those rangers of the old West, I patrol my territory, enforcing the law and helping people in need. I ride with other rangers, rounding up those who choose to violate the law.
Okay, so I'm riding a golf cart instead of a horse. I'm a park ranger at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park--but I AM a ranger! I love my job.
A man called me a few days ago to tell me that his grandson had stolen something from the display table I had set up at an event. Then he asked me for a favor. I granted the favor. Yesterday on my day off I dressed in my cowboy outfit (including a six-gun) and made the 30-minute drive to my young pardner's house. I spoke briefly to him, his siblings, and their parents about stealing and forgiveness from a Biblical perspective. He returned the stolen item and asked for my forgiveness. I forgave him, we hugged, and I left. Some things just aren't about money.
Mark L. Redmond was married for 31 years to an incredible woman. She blessed him with two children, who are now among his dearest friends. After taking her home, God gave Mark a second, equally incredible woman. When he married her, he gained 4 more children, who have also become his treasured friends. He also has 9 grandchildren. Mark loves God, his family, and the old West--in that order. Reading and writing about the old West are two of his passions. He really likes Red Lobster too.