Pix from the Maverick Classic

A few photos from downtown Grand Junction, Colorado, as cyclists race in the Maverick Classic. It’s part criterium and part beer festival followed by a road race on Sunday.

How many cyclists do you see in the photo at upper right?

Pedal on, my friends.


Law regulating children and social media?

Give me a break.

When I read about the Utah law limiting social media use to certain hours of the day, and requiring parental consent, I couldn’t resist giving my adult children permission to use social media there just in case.

One of them lives there and the other is a frequent visitor.

UT lawmakers’ faith in a parent’s ability to control a child at any age, let alone one or more teens, is already incomprehensible. Will they come after adults next?

Image by Anna from Pixabay

Absurd, you say? Maybe, but a guy can’t help but wonder since they already limit what adults can buy on Sundays.

What do you think?

Will the social media law have any impact at all or are these elected officials just putting on a show?


“AI did it” is no excuse

Let us suppose you use an artificial-intelligence app to write something for you and you publish it.

Later you find out it contained an error, or multiple mistakes, or worse. Maybe someone calls you out, somebody else wants to sue you for damages, or your employer fires you for incompetence.

Don’t blame AI.

Cartoon robot working frantically at a computer.
Image by Richard Duijnstee from Pixabay

You’re the one who trusted the artificial thing, the one who failed to check its output for truth and accuracy, and the one who turned your mess loose on others.

I read somewhere that you reap what you sow. I’m pretty sure that applies in this scenario.

What do you think?


A week of ebook discounts

Update 3/5/2023: The special week starts today!

We’re fast approaching Read an Ebook Week, a fine time to pick up the digital device of your choice and download a new book to read.

In case you haven’t already read them or bought them for someone else, you can get both of my Detective Red Shaw novels for 50% off the week of March 5 through Smashwords. Lots of other authors will have books on sale, too.

You’ll find the promo here: https://smashwords.com/shelves/promos

Please feel free to share this promo with your friends and family and anyone else who would love a chance to find their next favorite book and, as the name suggests, read an ebook!

Read on,


Two book covers: Blood Solutions and North of Graned

Sabino Canyon

A few photos from a hike near Tucson, Arizona. Shot with my old Nikon Coolpix S6800, a reliable little thing that fits in a pocket and weighs pretty much nothing.