Monday, April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Shutterbug

Ava was playing photographer today, and then her daddy snapped a picture of the little shutterbug.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ron Scheer

From Lynda Scheer:

Ron left us early yesterday morning. A blessing to know that he has flown high--like the hawk Anne recently watched in the desert, wheeling and turning on the wind--away from pain and struggle. My heart is shattered. He was the love of my life, but he meant so much to so many people. It is comforting to know my loss is shared with all of you who knew and loved him. Anne and Jeremy are on their way here, to the desert and the enormous sky Ron loved and took so many wonderful photos of, and I look forward to a little time with them, remembering.
Thanks to you all for your kind messages.
[For years Ron has supported the Behrhorst Clinic in Guatemala, where he spent a college summer volunteering. Should you wish to make a donation, the foundation's website is]

I'm devastated doesn't even begin to describe my feelings and I'm sure many of you are experiencing the same loss. I will have more thoughts to share on this extraordinary life very soon. Lynda has asked me to write a final blog post for Buddies in the Saddle which is a deep honor. Until then I am going to walk to the top of this mountain with my daughter, where we live, and look over country I know Ron would appreciate. Rolling land with trees and horses and a stream nearby. And I am going to think about that cowboy that has left us. Rest in peace, Ron. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too Late to Die by Bill Crider

My thoughts (writing as Grainger) on Bill Crider's first Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery. And if you comment at the Criminal Element site you may have a chance to win a digital copy of Crider's Too Late to Die and two signed hardcovers in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series: Red, White, and Blue Murder (#13) and A Mammoth Murder (#14)!

Here's a little bit of my article:
Many readers develop a deep affinity for a continuing detective or mystery series beyond well-sculpted plots, fast action, and wisecracks, that is, if they are going to stick with it for the long read. I know I do. An emotional hook, so to speak, that I can identify with in the main and supporting characters. In The Crime of Our Lives Lawrence Block says: “We make our way through a series of books because we want to enjoy the company of a favorite character in a new situation.” Examples for me include Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, who epitomizes that code of honor he wears on his sleeve, in part, by his devotion to Susan and Hawk. With Ross Macdonald’s world-weary protagonist Lew Archer, I’m there for his sermonizing against the ills of humanity and the solutions he offers. Heck, even a career criminal like Richard Stark’s Parker gets my thumbs-up for his outsider stance and honorable dedication to the job at hand. My warmth for Bill Crider’s Sheriff Dan Rhodes is quite simple: he is a good man.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ron Scheer Update

From Lynda Scheer:

"Ron entered hospice 10 days ago. His pain is alleviated by morphine and he sleeps most of the time. Until a few days ago he was able to respond verbally, but that is fading. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers."