Jun 172016

I was up and back at it again early yesterday, making up for the time I lost on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal the day before when an update to the InDesign program I use to put the paper together messed everything up for me. I worked at it pretty much nonstop for close to twelve hours, and by the time I finally knocked off at 10 PM I was finally back on schedule.

Someone asked why I was pushing so hard when I have until the end of the month to get the new issue done and the link sent out to our subscribers. I don’t like to wait until the very last minute if I can avoid it. And I can’t really start on something else, like my next Big Lake book, with the paper hanging over my head.

I know a lot of writers who can jump back and forth between projects easily, but it doesn’t work that way for me. I prefer to have one project done and out of the way before I start another one. Sometimes I do it to set a book aside if it’s time to put out a new issue of the paper, but since I’m between books I would prefer to finish this before I start the next one.

Besides, I know we are going to have company a couple of days early next week, and Miss Terry’s birthday is on Wednesday. I want to have everything done by then.

Some of you have asked about how my daughter and her family, and Terry’s folks, are managing with the big fire so close to where they are in our old hometown in Show Low, Arizona. So far, so good. The fire grew to 8000 acres, but at this point the fire line seems to be holding and everyone is keeping their fingers crossed. They are all on evacuation alert and ready to get out of there if they need to.

Someone said that Show Low is a strange name for a town, and asked how the name came about. According to legend, two early settlers, Corydon Cooley and Marion Clark, had been partners in a ranching outfit and things weren’t working out between them. So they decided to play a game of cards called 7-Up where the low card wins. As Clark dealt the last hand, he told Cooley, “If you can show low, you win.” Cooley turned over the deuce of clubs and won the game. Today the main street in town is called the Deuce of Clubs in honor of that card game. Whenever there is a runoff during a mayoral election, the issue is settled by the two candidates sitting down with a deck of cards. The first to draw the deuce of clubs is mayor for the next term. This statue of Cooley and Clark playing their famous card game sits in a small park just off the Deuce of Clubs.

show low card game statue 2

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Thought For The Day – The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

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  2 Responses to “Making Up For Lost Time”

  1. I always learn something new when reading your posts! I heard about the fire in Show Low and the first person I thought of was you (I think you mentioned it in a book?). Glad to hear the lines have been held on the fire!

  2. I was in Arizona returning from Cohone Colorado and heard the news about the Show Low fire and immediately listened. I am glad that Terry’s family and your daughter are okay.

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