Happy Birthday Geli

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142024

This is a special day for our family because it’s our daughter-in-law Geli’s birthday. This amazing woman works hard keeping others alive as a nurse, and when she’s not saving lives and comforting those who are ill, you can find her helping our son Travis with their chickens, gardens, beehives, and caning and baking. And she does it all with a smile. We love you very much Geli. Happy birthday on your special day.

It was a lovely, warm day here in west central Alabama yesterday, with the thermometer peaking at 80° and a lot of blue sky and sunshine overhead. Not that I got to enjoy a lot of it because most of the day I was working on my new Tinder Street book. This installment in the family saga picks up just before America’s involvement in World War II and will take the McNally and Wirtz families through the war years, both on the battlefield and at home.

In doing my research for the book, it is amazing how ill prepared we were for the conflict, even though everybody knew it was coming. Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Army ranked seventeenth among the armies of the world. It only had 464 underpowered tanks, and soldiers being trained for tank warfare used trucks to simulate armored vehicles.

Of the few coastal artillery guns we had, many had not been fired in two decades. Soldiers in basic training used worn out World War I Springfield bolt-action rifles that were so inaccurate it was impossible to be sure of hitting a target consistently on the firing ranges.

All of that changed, of course, after Pearl Harbor, and we eventually fielded a large and victorious military. In doing so, many innovations were used, including training enlisted men to be combat pilots because there were not enough college educated officer pilot candidates to fill the need. One of the young men from the McNally clan would find himself in a cockpit as one of them. For a history nut like me, this is so interesting that I have to tear myself away from the research to actually do any writing.

While I was immersed in pre-war facts and figures, Terry was busy making sure our home was intact, doing laundry, some paperwork, and making a delicious pot roast for dinner, along with some angel biscuits that tasted absolutely heavenly.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES by my friend Ken Rossignol. This is one of several books Ken has written about the world’s pirates back in the not so good old days.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I’ve never seen an elevator that goes sideways before. Have you?

Thought For The Day – Don’t save the good stuff for a special occasion. Life is a special occasion.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Happy Birthday Geli”

  1. That’s a lot of research but at the same time, you are becoming a Historian.
    That must have been an Elevator from the Harry Potter movies.
    Stay Safe and Enjoy the immersion.

    It’s about time.

  2. My father-in-law (deceased 15 years before I met my husband) was one of the men who flew in those planes over Europe. He wasn’t a pilot, but one of the Army Air Corp men who photographed the war from the skies. At least one of the photos my husband has shown me is a bomb in mid-air after it had been deployed from his dad’s plane. His family has a strong connection to WWII, as his grandfather served as a doctor for both WWI and WWII, his uncle served in the Navy during WWII and his aunt served with the American Red Cross during WWII and for many decades in countries around the world.

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