Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

It was windy and 72 degrees today in Edmond, Oklahoma. What a way to end the year that included drought, the hottest year in history, The coldest temperature in Oklahoma history, and a big earthquake (well, at least for Oklahoma). We survived because, like the rest of the United States, Oklahoma is tough and resilient. Hey, and the Iraq War is finally over! Amen.

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Resurrection Fern Pic and Story

Resurrection Fern
Yesterday I posted some pics from City Park in New Orleans that my brother in law Dennis Seals had sent me. One of the pics of an oak tree had an interesting plant growing on its branches. When I inquired about it, he sent me this note, and this new picture:

The plant that you see growing on the tree in the City Park Avenue picture is a fern commonly called Resurrection Fern (or Polypodium Polypodioides if you want to be pedantic). It is very common in live oak and cypress trees in the Deep South. It gets its name because it curls up and turns brown during a drought (really looks dead!), but almost immediately after a good rain it is bright green again. It is an epiphyte (air plant). I have attached a close-up for these ferns (right after a rain) that I took at Carol Sue’s. It ability to “resurrect” might make an interesting note in one of your stories. I grow a lot of ferns and we have a variant of this fern that grows in the ground and on tree roots. I have a few documents to clean up for work before the year is over, but will send some more pictures after the New Year. We also plan to stay put during the holidays – guess that comes with being old!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

City Park, New Orleans Pictures

City Park Ave. Sign
My brother-in-law Dennis Seals took these pics of City Park on a recent trip to New Orleans.

City Park Entrance

City Park Fountain

Dueling Oaks

Mossy Oak

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ghost, Gold and Murder in East Texas

Front Cover
The ghost of a little girl, Confederate gold, and romance in antebellum east Texas. Read Ghost of a Chance (ebook) for 99 cents, only online at Barnes & Noble. Check it out.


Friday, December 09, 2011

Murder, Lust and Voodoo

Big Easy, a Wyatt Thomas Mystery
Murder, lust and voodoo in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Read the ebook Big Easy, now for 99 cents at and The sequel, City of Spirits, is coming soon.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Cougars in Kansas

Cougar near Lewis, Kansas
Just received this pic and note from a geologist friend in Kansas. Seems there are wildcats in Kansas, and not just at Kansas State.

Email note: Evening tour roughneck on Duke Rig 7 claims this picture came from his cousin’s trail camera near Lewis , Kansas . That is the tri pod deer feeder in the background. Don’t know the validity of the story but it’s a great shot nun the less. Fish and Game won’t know doubt tell us there are no big cats in Kansas !


Oklahoma gumshoe Buck McDivit investigates a black panther and a giant wolf dog