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Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets-

January 25 – 2019 – My new version of Granpa Ernie’s Secrets is on Amazon now. It’s a spy novel with all of the current cast of characters from North Korea to Iran, and...

The instant taxi –

Okay, it’s getting late. Last call. So one night, I was probably twelve, because my brother had his license and his new Nova. What a beautiful car. Anyway this drunk wants a ride to...

A little dispute-

One more, really? I have other things to do you know. Okay! I started playing pool when I was eight years old or so. My sister was even younger when she started. If I...

The late night customer-

Ok, I.m on a roll now. We had live Mexican bands playing on Saturday nights at our place. We would often go to T.J to get the bands. My father had a good sense...

A shot in the dark

When I was in the sixth grade, I was working after school in my parents bar. If you have read some of these stories, you are aware of my sordid past. At any rate...

The Burglars

We leased our restaurant for ten years in Santa Ana, California. It was the largest Mexican bar, dancehall, and restaurant in the county. It was also probably, the roughest. Unknown to us was the...

Our second restaurant – 1965

When I was fourteen I had the good fortune of leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and moved out into the country. I had no choice in the matter, but it...

Starting work early–

My father was a jack of all trades and was afraid of nothing, or so it seemed to me when I was young. He was a housing tract lather and plaster as were many...

Monk – Nov.10, 2018

My mother wanted Finches. My father and I poured the slab in the corner of the back yard. It was four feet by eight feet. We built a cage on the slab with two...

Smile Train, 633 Third Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017

Do you want to help someone for almost nothing? Are you busy and don’t have a lot of time to spare? Smile Train arranges cleft palate surgeries on children around the world. Did you...

The Floating Market – Saigon – 2018

Nov. 4 – Day 15 – Today we visited the Cal Rang floating market on the Mekong River. The river is a muddy color as we slide onto it. It is crossed by a...

Leaving for India – Dec. 16, 2019

We leave for India tomorrow. It will be our second visit. It is a wonderful, exciting and very different place. That’s why we are going there again. It is a large country and it...

Raising a family

Raising a family is hard work. The easy and fun part comes first, obviously. The following months and years are when the work gets more difficult, important and sometimes less fun. It’s a parents...

The history of man – Dec.15 2018

I can’t help but worry about what I see happening in my country as far as free speech and tolerance goes. I hold many opinions about issues, but they are probably no more valid...

November 4 – The importance of gun ownwership

Nov.4 – Check out the story on FOX News about the unfortunate escapee named Bruce McLaughlin who kicked in the door of woman’s home at 3:00 am and grabbed a knife sharpening tool as...

The Cope Center – Laos

Laos – 2019 – We went to the COPE Center in Vientiane and learned about the dangers of unexploded bombs that America dropped along the along the Ho Chi Min Trail during the Vietnam...

Marksmanship – 2018

My siblings and I had many cousins. One of our aunts had ten acres in Huntington Beach across from the Good Shepard Cemetery. She rented the land out to a farmer. One day several...

My Father – Nov.14 – 2018

Nov.14 – My father had fourteen brothers and sisters. Seven boys and seven girls made up this raucous family. Times were never easy for them during the depression and the times that followed shortly...

My friend, Alex Lopez

November 14, 2018 – We stood in line on the hot asphalt in alphabetical order. It was September of 1967. It was the first day of tenth grade at a new high school. I...

My Neighbor – A short Story

We moved into a new house when I turned fifteen. It needed some work and the neighborhood was just good enough for my mother, but it was a step up from renting. The house...

Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia – Oct-Nov 2018

We are back from our adventure. Laos was wonderful and the people were great. We almost got killed on a wet, muddy mountain pass in the rain, but we survived to tell the tale....

Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India – 2018

Oct. 1 – We are off to Indochina in a few days for three weeks. We have talked about This trip for years and the time has finally arrived. All of the trips that...

The secrets to becoming wealthy

Do you envy those with money and power? Why not become one instead? Very few people in America inherit wealth. Contrary from you might have heard, it is a very small percentage. Becoming wealthy...

Just in case – Organ donation

Do you have adult children and grandchildren that you love? Do they know what you want done with your remains after your death? Do everyone a favor and become an organ donor and let...

The world as it has always been.

This world is not a perfect place and life can be very challenging. Do you want to hear my sad story? Probably not, and I don’t blame you for that. There have always been...

News from the desk of R. C. Hand – September 25, 2018

In a week or so, The Adventures of the Smith Family, Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets, and Atlanta will be put up on Amazon after new editing. We have found an editor to make each of...

Fear

It’s alright to be afraid. Life is difficult and dangerous at best. Don’t let your fears stop your momentum. Use your fears of failure and poverty to make you all the more successful. There...

Karma

We all go through life dealing with or fighting our own karma, or so I believe, anyway. I was a hyper-active child and perhaps wore my mother down to a state of submission, very...

Italy and Granpa Ernie’s Secrets.

June, 2019 – My wife was in the navy many years ago. She was lucky enough to be stationed in Italy years before I met here. She loved living there. We have returned twice...

North Korea – Comments regarding a possible peace treaty – 2018

My wife and I wanted to see most of the communist countries before they collapsed. History shows us that the system is corrupt and destroys people’s hopes, dreams, and lives. We have done that...