Book Launch, Cold Weather, and the Election

Note: The following article was first published in the Harvey County Independent on October 29, 2020.

This is the seventh and final article in the series. If you haven’t read the previous articles and want to start with the first, click here.

Wow, it’s hard to put into words my reaction to Saturday night’s book launch and haunted house.

The turnout was spectacular. We didn’t count visitors, but someone estimated that 250-300 people walked through the haunted house. I believe it. Zone 33 did a fantastic job setting it up and running it and I can’t thank them enough.

I had lot of family and friends stop by to congratulate me and to buy books. Even more people from the community came by and I’m grateful for every one, even though with masks on I didn’t recognize many.

Initially I ordered 50 books, then decided at the last minute to order 50 more, just in case. I’m glad I did because I sold 56 copies of When the Time is Right on Saturday night. I also sold a couple of dozen of my other books.

It was by far the best even I’ve ever participated in.

I still haven’t broken even on the new book, but it won’t be long until I do. That’s a significant step since it took over three years before I made it into the positive for my first book. Baby steps, right?

The best part is that I had someone tell me that they started reading my book and were hooked. There is no greater compliment to a writer than to tell them you couldn’t stop reading their story.

If you’re interested in my book, When the Time is Right, it’s available on Amazon or you can check out my website,

Readers won’t have to wait long for more books in the series. I have much of the rough draft done on book two and I plan to work on book three in November.

We have two significant events in the next few days—the time change and the elections. Over the last 22 months I ran a series of columns about running for the United States Senate. For those of you who read any of them you know that one of the issues I want to address is the time change.

I won’t rehash my disdain for setting our clocks forward and backward as if we controlled time, but I have put the series of columns on my website for anyone who would like to be reminded of the brilliance of my campaign. If not for COVID-19 I might have been on the ballot and on my way to Washington D.C. Instead, all we are left with is an opportunity to write in my name.

And finally, I’ve lived the majority of my life in Kansas. I’ve left twice for places like Texas, California, and New Mexico, but, well, here I am. While I have seen snow in October on a number of occasions, I don’t recall ever having the freezing ice and cold that caused many schools to close on Monday.

I remember when I was a kid in the 1970’s a magazine—Time Magazine, I believe—announced the coming ice age. What if they were just fifty years too early with their prediction?

If so, then every one of you will rue the day you didn’t write my name in for U.S. Senator so I could introduce my bill to ban cold weather. Do you want to look your shivering grandchildren with ice cycles hanging from their noses in the eyes and tell them, “I could have prevented this?”

Stand up to cold weather! Vote Bush!

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