FRENCH WINE FOR A FLAT BELLY by Thomas Newman – Diet Plan Book Review

 

 

“You’ve really lost weight!”
“I know. My clothes are hanging off me. I’m going to lose more.”
“How did you do it?”
“A glass of wine…”

We’ve been on the receiving end of this conversation for months. “A glass of wine?” It’s time, mon ami, to explain…

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We’ve been hearing about the French Wine Diet for a few years now. [1]

“Maybe this explains why French people are so slim — even though they eat such rich food.”

I think it was first on CNN:

“A lot of the excitement over red wine in recent years has been around resveratrol and whether it can extend life, prevent cancer, cure Alzheimer’s — you name it…

“But that has obscured some of the more tried-and-true health benefits of wine.

“Since nearly the dawn of civilization, wine has been added to drinking water to kill bacteria, or consumed as a more hygienic alternative. More recently, the antimicrobial properties of wine, especially red wine, are being studied for cavity prevention…

“In the 1980s, the heart health benefits of red wine began to emerge. Numerous studies have by now found a connection between imbibing vino and lower rates of heart attack, stroke and death caused by heart disease.” [2]

“The evidence is more firmly in place for red wine preventing heart disease, diabetes and a few other vascular conditions compared to cancer and dementia,” explained Dr Howard Sesso, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. Then came the question “why are the French so slim?” The evidence has continued build into 2017 to become the “most important weight loss revelation of the Century.”

We first heard about Iraq War veteran Thomas Newman’s determined quest on DR OZ.

Thomas told the tragedy-tinged story of Sarah, his beloved sister. After being taunted in a movie theater for her weight (“Hey Fatty” – “Get back to the ocean you whale!”), Sarah had attempted suicide. Then medical problems hit big time. But Thomas set out to save her, to find answers. He entered this new battle with all the focus, conviction and resolve he had learned serving his country.

With an Army Medical Corps buddy, Thomas DID find anwers. His Live Video telling of Sarah’s struggles and triumph is worth watching.

And Thomas Newman’s bestselling book FRENCH WINE FOR A FLAT BELLY gave us the answers.

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“Fat burning power and destroy fat building bacteria that is making it impossible to lose weight. Dramatically lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and increase your energy and overall well-being. The best new Diet Plan…

“Multiple studies have demonstrated that certain French wines consistently contain the highest levels of resveratrol among wines — and resveratrol has been shown to blast fat. One study found that these European-sourced wines had more than five times the amount found in California cabernet sauvignon.

“Turbocharge your fat burning power and destroy fat building bacteria that is making it impossible to lose weight. Dramatically lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and increase your energy and overall health. All without counting calories, cutting out your favorite foods or relying on exercise, drugs or supplements.

“FRENCH WINE FOR A FLAT BELLY will show you how to reach your weight loss and health goals with and easy, step by step diet plan and a simple ingredient found in French Wine.”

OUR CONCLUSION: It’s a detailed book, not just telling how they discovered — and perfected — the French Wine Diet, but created a balanced regime of which wines work the best with which meals, the perfect balance of breads, fruit, vegetables and proteins and WHY they work.

Oh, and we found another benefit. If you’re like us, then you know what it’s like to KEEP on a diet. Thomas Newman is a great MOTIVATOR. He knows his diet plan works — and his sincerity and energy reach you!

And now Thomas has added Three New Free Bonus Books to his offer. GET ENERGIZED is about energy-boosting natural foods, with recipes. Liked it. PILATES POWER is a bit too intense for these ol’ Boomers — we get enough exercise tending our old farmstead (a couple bear cubs in our apple trees last night!).

But THE SEX DRIVE STIMULATOR did have some pleasant surprises. After all, “there are healthier natural sex drive stimulators than just chocolate!” Tips based on food and natural aphrodisiacs — and “some other things.”

Food isn’t the only thing the French are renowned for, eh?

Will the much-touted FRENCH WINE DIET work for everyone? Don’t know. Only know it worked for us. For us, it’s been “by far the easiest way to loose weight.”

We’re one happy couple. Especially Her. I’m a colaholic and sometimes I fall off the wagon — those 2-liter bottles keep calling me from the grocery store shelves — but it’s even working for me. After all, a glass of natural wine IS much better than cola…

If you want to hear Thomas Newman’s dramatic Free Video — hear the story of Sarah and her courageous recovery, CLICK HERE…

French Wine Diet plan
 

 

 

[1] And we’ve been TRYING weight loss diet plans for years, too!
[2] http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/17/health/health-effects-of-red-wine/index.html

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World’s Largest Bathtub Made from a Tree – Beautiful or Destructive

 

Can a Tree Become a Bathtub?

 

“Timber Neutral Makes World’s Largest Wooden Tub!” or, as one viewer observed, is it “a badly photoshopped image of a girl in a cereal bowl?”

Here’s my thoughts on seeing the girl in the bowl…

I’ve always loved working with wood. Loved trees and forests. Growing up surrounded by woodlands, I know that our forests are essential to our spiritual wellbeing.  Certainly my wellbeing, and I hope yours.

As such, watching the devastation of our woodlands has been painful to endure. As much as I love our old, old farmhouse — its traditional furniture — the big deck out front — the trees (from ancient apple trees to birch, pine and firs) surrounding us, I don’t like the destruction.

At the same time, I believe it’s perfectly natural to harvest wood or its byproducts for personal use.  Perfectly Natural.

We don’t mind, for instance, when our ancient apple trees attract local wildlife — even if some of the bigger critters, like our bruin friends, break a few branches…  We love our bears!

So the news “Can a Tree Become a Bathtub?” and the photo of that beautiful bowl-shaped tub certainly brought out mixed emotions.

 

Yes, I’m all for that big wooden bathtub — IF it is really sustainable!

Here’s the News:

“Is it possible to make a solid wood bathtub out of a single 3000-kilogram (6600 lbs) mass of wood, that didn’t contain glue or epoxy? More importantly, can this be done in a sustainable manner?”

The general consensus is you can’t even make a kitchen cabinet out of solid wood let alone a nearly 6-feet diameter bathtub. There was a concern, “will it hold water?”

In this case, it was a literal metaphor. Woodworkers insisted it would crack from uneven drying, and architects just shrugged it off as “impossible” as the wood would be too unstable and move and twist and be as one architect stated, “a hopeless mess.”

Dugout canoes, it was pointed out, contain many cracks and issues, yet the thought of making a dugout seems very daunting in this day and age.

“Most architects have very limited training in wood,” explained Jonathan Kitzen, sustainable wood expert and one of the original founders at Timber Neutral (www.timberneutral.com), the company that oversaw the sustainability issues. There are more than 2,000 commercial tree species in the world and each one has different mechanical and aesthetic qualities.

In the past, the company consulted on a 2.4m (8-ft) by 25m (80-ft) hardwood slab from a single tree, which at under 100 years old was one-quarter the age of many mature European hardwood trees. “Just because it’s big doesn’t mean its old,” commented Kitzen.

“In fact, if you think about it you can cut one single big fast growing tree or 300 to 500 slow growing temperate ones to equal the same mass, which is more sustainable? Which is better for the environment? Cut down an acre or a single tree? And this is not a 3000-year-old softwood sequoia, we are talking huge fast-growing hardwood tree.”

The tubs are carved from trees that are less than 75 years old, sourced from a supplier in Colombia, or about the same age as most mature oak, or beach trees you might find in your yard but far more massive. They were also replanted under the Timber Neutral planting scheme, which replaces sustainable timbers with replanted endangered species.

“There’s no point in replanting a maple, for example, as they grow like weeds; we need to rethink sustainability and replant those in need,” explained Roberts. Timber Neutral offers timber audits to manufacturers to allow them to take control of sustainability and not rely on someone else’s chain of custody, because as Roberts pointed out, “Certified does not mean replanted; most people do not realize that.”

“The goal was to make a 100% natural object and a reflection of the organic nature of wood and true to the spirit of the tree,” said company spokeswoman Fiona French of Timber Neutral. “The client was very happy with the result and appreciated that we replanted scores of endangered trees in the area we took the single tree down in.”

The company has no plans to continue making them, but a few of the limited collection are available in North America and sold exclusively through www.amelieandmax.com.

About Timber Neutral
Founded in 2004, Timber Neutral (www.timberneutral.com) is as a trusted adviser within the sustainable forestry sector. Its breadth and depth of experience in responsible forestry practices help mitigate the environmental impact of commercialization and allow consumers and manufactures to take control of their own wood product use with out relying on vague and incomplete third-party certifications.

What do you think?

Brian Alan Burhoe

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World’s Largest Bathtub Made from a Tree – Beautiful or Destructive?

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4 Crucial Summer Health and Safety Tips for Cats

 

Four Crucial Summer Health & Safety Tips for Cats!

 

PLEASE DON'T DECLAW US!

 

“THE ONLY THING I ENVY ABOUT A CAT IS ITS PURR. IT’S THE MOST CONTENTED SOUND IN THE WORLD.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery [1]

We’ve always had cats.

As a boy, I’d happily add to our immediate family by occasionally bringing home a new kitten — always the last one in the litter, the one nobody else wanted. And I loved ’em all. And they gave back a quiet love.

These many years later, we have Tillie and Rusty. And they’re part of the family, for sure.

Rusty is always up for playtime, at times a golden blur, at times lazy and trusting and full of lion-loud purrs. He’s my best bud.

Tillie is the watcher. When we brought them home, Rusty curled up in the cat carrier at my feet to sleep. But his sister Tillie kept looking up at me through the screening, while batting Rusty in the ear, saying, in her own way, “Hey, wake up! Something’s going on here. Who is this human? They’re taking us somewhere.”

Tillie eventually deigned to give us purrs. But she still watches everything. Never saw a cat who figures things out like she does. She’s not a black cat, but she can find the shadows and blend in.

Summer’s here. And we’re hearing about endangered family pets. Dogs left in overheated cars — big news! But our cats — no problem. Just leave ’em home. They’ll be okay.

Oh yes, Summer’s here. “While it may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities,” explains Dr Ernie Ward, veterinarian and IAMS Cat spokesperson, “it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend. By keeping your cat healthy, hydrated and active, your family will be able to enjoy more time together and get the most out of the season.”

Dr Ward continues, “For both people and cats, hydration, proper nutrition and overall healthy habits are imperative to fully enjoying the summer months. To live their best lives, cats need to feel healthy from the inside out and much of that stems from what they eat. It’s important to look for a premium cat food that includes high-quality protein to help your cat maintain strong, lean muscles and incorporate healthy vitality.”

Four Crucial Summer Health and Safety Tips for Cats:

1. Focus on food – Cats are natural carnivores and need the proper amount of protein in their diets. Ward recommends IAMS High Protein cat food, which is formulated with 84% animal protein – more than the leading dry cat brand. [2]

The high concentration of high-quality chicken and salmon helps maintain strong muscles and keep cats active.

Other key elements to look for in a high-quality dry cat food include:

Optimal levels of fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat.

A fiber blend, including prebiotics and beet pulp, for healthy digestion.

A good mix of premium, high-quality ingredients to contribute to healthy energy levels.

2. Keep hydrated – Cats need to stay hydrated, especially in warmer weather. Make sure their water dishes are always full and place a few dishes throughout the house. If there are certain rooms your cat is drawn to or if the family is spending quality time in a different area, have water readily available so pets can easily quench their thirst and avoid dehydration.

3. Prioritize playtime – Though they tend to sleep a lot, cats need exercise, too. Playing a cat and mouse game with your furry friend is one way to give him or her necessary exercise and create a fun bonding experience. Toys that can encourage cats to get off the couch are a great way to get engaged in a little aerobic activity.

4. Eliminate clutter – Cats are curious by nature and it’s no secret that they tend to explore even the highest or smallest nooks in the house. It’s nearly impossible to keep an eye on your cat at all times, so it’s important to create a safe environment at home. Tuck cables and cords away, limit the amount of free-standing, sharp or glass objects and keep hazardous chemicals, such as cleaning supplies, locked away to help reduce the possibility of illness or injury.

These tips from Dr Ernie Ward can help keep your cat active, healthy and safe during the summer months. For more information on establishing healthy habits for your furry friend, visit IAMS.com/visibledifference.

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WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL by Wildlife Conservation Officer John Borkovich – a Book Review

 

WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL by Wildlife Conservation Officer John Borkovich – a Book Review

 

 

When we think of Wildlife Officers bravely battling poachers, trophy hunters and greedy lowlifes to protect our endangered wildlife, we think of the war — and it IS a dangerous, fighting WAR — we think of the brave and dedicated men and women of Africa.

But the war is now being fought much closer to home.

And has been for years! Just think of the North-West Mounted Police who, shortly after arriving in the Northwest Territories in 1874, had to fight foreign buffalo hunters to protect the quickly disappearing bison herds.  If not for the “few shaggy bunches” of bison that the Mounties were able to save, the herds later re-established in American and Canadian western sanctuaries would never have happened.  The plains buffalo, in fact, would have been extinct.

In the past few decades in North America, the ante has been upped!

And the personal unknown histories of our modern heroes are just beginning to be told.  What’s quickly becoming plain is that conservation officer jobs ain’t easy!

Wildlife Conservation Officer John Borkovich tells us of his adventures experienced over 27 years in the State of Michigan.

“I continued yelling, ‘Drop your gun’ as I began pulling my trigger back to shoot the poacher. Not dropping his gun forced me several times during the standoff to pull the trigger on my .40 caliber Sig Sauer…”

WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL, “Through the Eyes of Conservation Officer John Borkovich,” from Arbutus Press, is a “collection of short stories about a DNR Conservation Officer’s encounters and investigations in the field.

“The stories range from funny encounters to serious and potentially deadly use of force while protecting our natural resources. Poachers, gunmen shooting salmon, litterers dumping construction waste, lost hunters, found hunters, thieves, and even terrorists planning an attack on ‘American Boys’ engage the readers throughout the pages.”

Encounters with bizarre religious cults, devious burglars, illegal immigrants and much more are told in Michigan Conservation Officer John Borkovich’s new book, WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL — being released on Amazon.

Ride along on “armchair” patrol with Officer Borkovich as he outsmarts deer poachers, thwarts fish thieves, and foils outlaws and felons, all while putting his life in danger as he protects Michigan’s natural resources. John’s collection of true stories is action-packed, suspenseful, and often humorous.

The love and admiration of nature are what drew Officer Borkovich into the profession. As John became more and more interested in the natural resources around him, he realized that he wanted and needed to dedicate himself not only to enjoying and respecting our wildlife, but also to protecting our fish, game, and natural resources.

The Michigan conservation officer says, “My mission is to be part of the Conservationist Movement to protect and preserve natural resources for future generations so that they can experience and love nature like I do.”

His love of nature has led him to a long and successful career against poaching, land abuse, litter and pollution. He has even experienced dangerous (and often amusing) encounters featuring gun and knife fights.

In an article posted on the NRA website titled “Why I Served as a Conservation Officer,” John wrote, “This conservation movement seems to be fueled by our love for animals…  Loving and respecting our wildlife and its habitat is what this conservation movement represents.” [1]

John Borkovich isn’t the only family member who has served as a conservation police officer in Michigan. His brother Mike is now sheriff in Leelanau County. And his brother Bruce is now police chief at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. “Most of the reasons came from the fact our father taught us to protect the resources and respect fish and game,” John explained in an interview with the Times-Herald.

John was part of the DNR Firearms Transition Team and was also a firearms instructor. He was a Field Training Officer for recruit conservation officers and was an instructor at the Conservation Officer Police Academy held at the Michigan State Police headquarters in Lansing. John received many safe driving awards and received recognition for his “Fit for Duty” performances.

John was an adjunct professor at St. Clair County Community College in the criminal justice department. He developed the curriculum for two separate courses at the college and taught the Conservation Law Enforcement and Environmental Law Enforcement classes.

He has received many awards and accommodations: The Shikar-Safari International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award and the National Wild Turkey Federation Michigan Officer of the Year. John received lifesaving awards and has been recognized many times by the Michigan State Police and St. Clair County Sheriff Department.

You can learn more about Officer Borkovich’s new book WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL here: www.arbutuspress.com/wildlife-911

As of this writing, WILDLIFE 911 is “Currently Unavailable” on Amazon but they can e-mail you when it is available again.

And John can be contacted at book@wildlife911officer.com and found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Wildlife911OnPatrol/

Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] “Why I Served as a Conservation Officer”  https://www.nrahlf.org/articles/2017/6/27/why-i-served-as-a-conservation-officer/

WILDLIFE 911: ON PATROL by Wildlife Conservation Officer John Borkovich – a Book Review

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MOUNTIES ON THE COVER By Al Lund – A Canadian Book Review

 

“I’ve been collecting Royal Canadian Mounted Police literature for more than fifty years.” Al Lund, Staff Sergeant, RCMP (retired)

 

 

In his chapter called “Dust Jackets” in MOUNTIES ON THE COVER, Al Lund writes of a practice that, as an avid collector of old Canadian wilderness books myself, I’d never heard of. “It was quite common for public libraries in earlier years to destroy or discard the dust jackets when they obtained a new book.” This was before Mylar plastic sleeves.

Al had learned of the practice when he wondered how a Minnesotan book collector had come into “hundreds of dust jackets in pristine and new condition.” He learned that they had come from a man whose job it had been to discard those brightly coloured jackets from newly arrived library books.

If you’re a collector of old books, then I know how you feel: dismayed at the thought of all those dust jackets being thrown away — excited by the hope of possible treasure troves of such book jackets out there, waiting to be rescued.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere how, as a boy in the 1950’s, I came into a number of old books. Grown-ups — neighbours and family — hearing how young Brian loved the old regional writers of wilderness and animal stories, would hand me beloved hardcover books of their own. Writers like Charles G D Roberts and Grey Owl and Jack London and George Marsh, who I’d already met in the dusty school library. And some I’d never heard of, like H A Cody, James Oliver Curwood, William Byron Mowery and James B Hendryx. [1]

Those hardcover books often had faded spines and covers, red, blue, green, brown, that were sometimes a bit loose. I didn’t, of course, know then that most of those books had once had brightly illustrated jackets. At that time, it didn’t matter. Opening up those covers was a trip to a Canada lost in time… And as real as the wild woodlands outside my own back door. [2]

And a lot of those old-time thrilling tales told of our own Canadian Mounted Police.

It was 1967, Canada’s Centennial Year. A young Mountie walked into a second-hand bookstore in Burnaby, British Columbia, his new posting. Alert Henry Lund, known as Al, had been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for seven years. He loved it. And on that March day of ’67, Al Lund would find another love — collecting old books with a Mountie theme.

Soon he was “becoming obsessed with collecting and began to visit all the second-hand bookstores…”

By 2008, now retired, Al had collected over 9000 Mountie-related items, especially hard cover and paperback books, numerous magazines, digests and comic books.

Over the past few years Al has donated his full collection to the University of Alberta Libraries, to be safely archived. “I’m just so pleased that it’s protected, and it becomes a research item for people for generations to come.”

And now a selection of hand-picked books from that amazing collection sit on display in the university, part of the Bruce Peel Special Collection, along with the historic Sir Samuel Steele Collection.

Of those books on display, almost 100 of them have been assembled in MOUNTIES ON THE COVER, an exhibition catalogue and quality trade paperback from the University of Alberta Press.

MOUNTIES ON THE COVER starts with an excellent 15-page Foreword by Dr Peter German, RCMP Deputy Commissioner (retired). Illustrated with period photographs and line drawings (many by Roger Pocock, an early Mountie who would write and illustrate his own books), Peter outlines our proud Mounted Police history and the part our Mounties once played in books, films and other popular entertainment media. [3]

And then Al Lund takes us on a guided tour through this sample of his collection.

You’ll see Mounties in bright scarlet tunics on every cover known to the print medium. Hardcover book jackets illustrating top writers like Zane Grey, L Ron Hubbard, Harwood Steele and — a man Al has called “one of the great Mountie writers of all times” — James B Hendryx (I agree). Paperback novels, including Harlequin romances. Popular magazines like Canadian Home Journal and Saturday Evening Post. Pulp magazine covers of Adventure, Argosy, North-West Stories and Western Stories Magazine. Beloved comic book characters Sergeant Preston, King of the Royal Mounted and Dudley Do-Right. Did you know that Donald Duck once joined the Force?

Besides the many American — especially American — and Canadian publications, Al also shows us covers from England and even France.

There was a time when cover images like these stirred excitement and national pride in Canadian hearts. And, you know what? For me, they still do.

 

 

Getting to know Al Lund has been a pleasure.

With the news coverage the Force has been getting lately, many of the good men and women who have served with our Mounted Police seem to have been forgotten in the heated kerfuffle. I’m not talking about the Historic Mounties who are our cultural heroes — Sam Steele, James MacLeod, Major Walsh, Constable William Pedley. I mean the regular Members we Canadians have met over the years; sometimes briefly, sometimes to have a yarn. One Member I have called a friend: a Good Man in every sense.

Sgt Lund’s strong connection and pride for his RCMP shows in this book. A labour of love.

Of course, the heyday of the Mythic Mountie is gone. I didn’t know even as a boy just how BIG the Mounties had once been in Canadian and World mythic culture.

By the mid-Fifties, when I was coming into those old books, the Mythic Age was closing. Yes, I had Dell Comics’ Sergeant Preston and King of the Royal Mounted — which are now lost after a number of moves as a kid — along with most of my favourite George Marsh titles. Others, however survived, and form the core of a slowly growing collection (Retirement hath its rewards).

Back then, occasional old Hollywood “Northerns” were still shown on our new black and white TV (even now, I never miss THE WILD NORTH, which I discovered later with delight was actually filmed in colour!). But by that time most of my friends, fellow young Boomers, were more interested in Davy Crockett and Superman and Captain America than anything Canadian. I tried to tell them. But they had never read Jack O’Brien’s SILVER CHIEF: Dog of the North and experienced Sgt Jim Thorne’s thrilling capture of the savage wolf dog. Or read Curwood’s GRIZZLY KING. Or listened to my favourite old companion, Archie Grey Owl. Or even the Sergeant Preston comics.

I didn’t have the words or understanding then to tell my doubting friends that Canada is a young Wilderness Nation — our Myths came out of that vast, green Wilderness. And those Myths are OURS! Who We Are. [4]

At this moment, when we so proudly celebrate Canada Day — CANADA150 — our Nation’s — our CULTURE’s — 150th birthday, it’s just great to be reminded of our own legendary heroes. And their stories.

MOUNTIES ON THE COVER, by Staff Sergeant (retired) Alert Henry Lund of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is an essential addition to every true patriot’s book shelf. Or coffee table.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Canadian writer Charles G D Roberts was my first literary hero. For an example of his once-popular story-telling, SEE The Bear That Thought He Was A Dog.

Now mostly forgotten, George Marsh, author of wilderness stories like FLASH THE LEAD DOG, once had an avid following. SEE Wolf Whelps & Lead Dogs: Tribute to George Marsh, Wilderness Writer.

[2] But those old books often had illustrations inside. Sometimes photos — stills from long-ago Silent Movies; more often paintings or line drawings from some of the top artists of the time. American Charles Livingston Bull was my favourite wildlife artist. He illustrated Charles G D Roberts, Jack London, Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, George Marsh, among others — SEE Charles Livingston Bull, Wildlife Artist.

A more recent discovery of mine has been accomplished illustrator Stephen Voorhies, who illustrated three editions of William Byron Mowery’s Mountie fiction. SEE Stephen J Voorhies: Artist of the American People — and Places.

[3] Here’s one impression upon reading this book I just can’t help sharing…

If you look at the photographs and pen & ink drawings of the real-life men of the early North-West Mounted (such as those in Dr German’s Foreword to MOUNTIES ON THE COVER), you’ll notice that most of the younger Mounties wore mustaches. Photos from the Klondike Gold Rush era make it seem that mustaches were regulation issue for the men, with beards for the senior officers.

Yet you’ll note that the Mounties in most (thousands of ’em!) of the Canadian and American book and magazine covers went clean shaven.

Three exceptions appear in MOUNTIES ON THE COVER: historic Commissioner James MacLeod in full beard; Sergeant Preston, of course, with his pencil mustache — and a 1928 MacLean’s Magazine “Canadian Life Series” illustration by Montreal painter A C Valentine of a Mountie with a fierce bushy soup strainer. And there’s a photo of our genial host, Al Lund, with a neatly trimmed one. Otherwise: Why this decades-long artists’ prejudice against an honest mo?

[4] “our Myths came out of that vast, green Wilderness…”  While the works and words of Charles G D Roberts, Grey Owl and E Pauline Johnson had enthralled me, I was still three or four years from being given my first copy of Ella Elizabeth Clark’s INDIAN LEGENDS OF CANADA — and our Centennial Year was over a decade away when Gordon Lightfoot would finally put it all together for me: “There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run, when the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun. Long before the white man and long before the wheel — when the green dark forest was too silent to be real…”

MOUNTIES ON THE COVER By Al Lund – A Canadian Book Review

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Take Your Dog To Work Day – America’s Most Pet-Friendly Companies

 

America’s Most Pet-Friendly Companies – A List for Take Your Dog To Work Day

 

 

We love our pets, eh?

Their love, their loyalty, are a constant in our harried lives.  I can name a number of people who even say, “I trust animals more than any humans.”  Animal welfare and companionship are essential to them.

Animals, especially our own pets, have that way of engaging us in the true realities of life.   And we miss ’em when we’re away from them.  You, too?

At home, your beloved Canine is often the first one to greet you at the door, tail wagging and smiles abound.

What if you could bring that same enthusiasm to the workplace?

Pets — usually dogs — are welcomed with smiles, pats and even “awwws” by most of our c0-workers.

And a new survey from Wellness® Natural Pet Food found that 41% of pet parents say a pet-friendly workplace is important to them.

Pet-friendly offices are even more important for Millennials (52%), compared with Generation X (31%) and us Baby Boomers (33%). This new research makes a strong case for pets in the workplace in advance of the forthcoming holiday Take Your Dog to Work Day® on June 23.

While June 23rd is a major celebration for Wellness, complete with dog grooming and massage, a doggie ice cream truck, presentations, vendors and more, the company has a year-round policy allowing dogs at its headquarters. And the benefits are clear — pet parents are less stressed not having to leave their furry friends at home, and pets in the office boost overall workplace morale and even performance.

As like-minded companies across the U.S. gear up to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day®, Wellness released today a “petiquette” guide from its on-staff veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal to help pet parents and employers alike navigate the upcoming holiday. The company has also unveiled America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2017 so other employers can learn from leaders of the pack.

“We know pets are a part of the family and having them in the office is not only a fun way to spend more time together, but it can have a tremendous impact on office culture,” said Dr. Danielle Bernal, Staff Veterinarian for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

“There are many factors for pet parents and employers to consider when inviting dogs into a shared work environment, and our ‘petiquette’ guide helps ensure everyone co-exists in a healthy, safe way.”

America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies include:

1. Kimpton Hotels (San Francisco, CA) – At every Kimpton boutique hotel, the pet policy is a simple one: if the pet can fit through the hotel doors, they’re welcome to stay. At a minimum, all 60 hotels provide water bowls, treats, pet beds, toys and pooper-scooper bags. Some have Directors of Pet Relations (pets!) who greet guests and test the pet amenities.

2. Tradesy (Santa Monica, CA) – The peer-to-peer marketplace has over 30 dogs that come to work on a regular basis. Dog owners choose a dog “buddy” who promises to help watch or walk their pup on busy days or during meetings. They also feature a Pup of the Month and have quarterly Dog Owner Town Hall Meetings where all of the dog owners get together to plan fun events. It also offers pet insurance as part of its benefits program.

3. Life is Good (Boston, MA; Hudson, NH) – Dogs are an integral part of the day to day team at Life is Good. The company says that dogs are not only humans’ best friends, but best co-workers — they encourage employees to get up from their desk for quick breaks and connect people who otherwise might not get to know each other.

4. HubSpot (Cambridge, MA) – Its headquarters is dog-friendly, and you’ll often see pups wandering the halls with their owners, including the company’s CEO and his dog Romeo. This year, the software company put out a “PupSpot” calendar featuring dogs from the office, and donated a portion of the proceeds to local animal shelters.

5. Kurgo (Salisbury, MA) – Kurgo, which makes apparel, gear and accessories for dogs, not only allows pups in their offices, but features them on the company website, too! They include Garp, “The Escape Artist,” and Baxter, “The Office Lap Dog,” among many other pup-loyees.

6. Clif Bar & Company (Emeryville, CA) – The company is in its 25th year as a business, and they’ve had a dog-friendly headquarters since its start. The reason? The company says it helps employees live full, complete lives at work, creates community, and helps people save time and money.

7. Etsy (Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, Canada) – Its dog-friendly office policy has been in place since Etsy began in 2005, and it’s one of the ways the company strives to maintain a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment. The online marketplace says it “keeps spirits high and fosters a sense of community and connection.”  Recent aggressive changes in Etsy’s program, which have forced some long-term members to leave Etsy, may have increased the need for tail-wagging in the office.

8. The Nerdery (Minneapolis, MN) – In addition to allowing dogs in the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis and across offices in Phoenix, Chicago and Kansas City, the software company is also committed to pets in need. The Nerdery Foundation has had the opportunity to create pro-bono websites for 207 nonprofit organizations, including 10 pet-focused nonprofits.

9. Bitly (New York City) – All of Bitly’s offices, in New York, San Francisco and Denver, are dog friendly on Take Your Dog to Work Day® and every day of the year.

While these companies’ rise to the top in providing a pet friendly office, Wellness’ annual Take Your Dog to Work Day® Survey revealed that more than half of pet parents (56%) can bring their pet to work.

For those who cannot, 65% of pet parents surveyed said they resort to some other form of pet care-taking, like leaving work to check on pups at lunch (20%), hiring a dog walker or sending them to doggy daycare (16%). And 53% of pet parents whose office celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day® said they do not have official “petiquette rules” in place.

About WellPet, LLC:
WellPet, the number-one, independent, family-owned natural pet food company is home to premium pet food brands Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack®, Holistic Select®, Sojos® and WHIMZEES®.  “For more than 100 years, WellPet has delivered on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us.  Today, our team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets at WellPet are committed to carrying forth our strong heritage, continuing to find new ways to bring innovation, nutritional excellence and product quality to our family of natural brands, always putting pet health first. For more information, visit www.wellpet.com.”

To learn more about best “petiquette” practices for Take Your Dog to Work Day®, visit www.wellnesspetfood.com. Take Your Dog To Work Day® was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999.

Brian Alan Burhoe

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Josh Duhamel New Video Campaign to Battle Illegal Wildlife Products Trade

 

Transformers Actor Josh Duhamel’s New Video Campaign to Battle Illegal Wildlife Products Trade!

 

 

“ILLEGALLY TRADED!  Bringing Tortoiseshell items home is against the law and harms sea turtles.”  Josh Duhamel

It’s not new news. The selling of body parts from endangered species is a sickening, immoral act by greedy no-names. And those no-names wouldn’t be making a penny — not one single bloody copper cent — if men and women with money weren’t BUYING THEM!

Getting that message out has become the most essential element in saving all those wonderful, beautiful wild animals.

And now Josh Duhamel, who got his acting start in ALL MY CHILDREN then went on to star as Danny McCoy on NBC’s LAS VEGAS and the popular TRANSFORMERS movies, has entered the battle.

Of French-Canadian and Viking descent and born in North Dakota, Josh grew up in the wild Northwest. He’s always loved animals (hence all those photos with dogs).

He’s a natural choice to be the front man in the latest campaign from WildAid to get out the Endangered Wildlife message: “When the buying stops, the killing can too!”

The launch party of WildAid’s campaign was attended by a number of pro-wildlife celebrities, including Josh’s wife, singer Stacy Ann Ferguson.  Better known by her stage name “Fergie” of The Black Eyed Peas, Stacy has supported Josh’s pro-animal endeavours.

The Endangered Species List includes the African elephant, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger, Greater One-Horned Rhino, Javan Rhino, Malayan tiger, mountain gorrila, orangutan, polar bear, red panda, sea turtle, snow leopard, timber wolf, Yangtze finless porpoise, and many, so many more…

Although many endangered animals are rescued from extreme danger and housed in wildlife sanctuaries, that’s not the solution to the slaughter of all those animals in their wild homelands.

Josh Duhamel is starring in a new WildAid awareness campaign released today on World Sea Turtle Day.

In a series of print, radio and television public service announcements, Duhamel alerts travelers to the impacts of buying souvenirs made from imperiled wildlife species.

“Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are being pushed to extinction by the illegal trade in products made from their body parts,” Duhamel says in a TV spot while holding an illegally traded tortoiseshell bracelet made from a sea turtle shell. “If you travel abroad, you may be offered one of these products. They may look nothing like the animal itself, but don’t be fooled.”

Trade in illicit products made from wildlife threatens many species worldwide. Whether ivory carvings and trinkets, coral jewelry or tortoiseshell accessories, travelers buying these products often unknowingly contribute to the illegal killing of animals.

Although the U.S. is a chief consumer market for illicit wildlife products, a WildAid survey found that four out of five Americans know little or nothing about the illegal trade in this country.

“We are excited to launch our campaign with Josh Duhamel on World Sea Turtle Day to raise awareness for these and other threatened animals that are loved by so many Americans,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights. “Despite protections for sea turtles, products made from their shells are prevalent on the black market. Greater awareness can help protect them and many more endangered species from wildlife trafficking.”

The campaign, a joint effort of WildAid, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, will appear on broadcast television stations nationwide, as well as in major international transit hubs like airports and cruise ship terminals in collaboration with the travel and tourism industries.

“Our message is that the consumer choices we make, both at home and during travels abroad, have impacts on the survival of endangered and threatened wildlife,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Chief of Law Enforcement William C. Woody. “We are urging Americans to be good stewards of our planet in order to protect imperiled species both great and small.”

“95% OF THE WORLD’S RHINOS HAVE BEEN LOST IN THE PAST 40 YEARS!”

“When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!” WildAid.org @WildAid

Don’t miss Josh’s video: WildAid awareness campaign

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Jackie Chan – Life, Movies & Rush Hour 4

 

Jackie Chan: His Life, Movies & Rush Hour 4

 

 

His Life In Action – and Comedy

 

Seems like the whole world loves Jackie Chan.  He’s grown from “the Next Bruce Lee” to one of our beloved friends.

Even though we have the DVD’s, there’s some movies we still fall into when channel surfing.  You know what I mean: you’re casually cruising the networks, when suddenly you’re in an old familiar movie, usually half way through.  A personal fave.  For me, it might be Rio Lobo, or the original Planet of the Apes or an old Hope & Crosby Road Movie.

For my wife and me: Mama Mia, a Lethal Weapon or a Rush Hour.

“Hiyi!  Jackie Chan!” says Mary Lee.  “We’ve seen it before,” I tease, “we’ve got it up there,” I nod to our piles of DVDs on the dresser.  “Well, Brian, you still watch those old John Wayne movies and those really old comedies on Turner.  And Star Trek!”

And I secretly turn up the sound and we hear: “Ah! Beach Boys!” — “Oh, hell no!  You didn’t just touch my goddamn radio!” —  “The Beach Boys are great American music…”

And the guys have us hooked.

I’m a great reader of Memoirs, especially of the creative men and women.  In just the past few months, I’ve read Willie Nelson, Pete Townshend, Kieth Richards, Neil Young, Jann Arden…

And I’ve just re-reread I AM JACKIE CHAN: My Life in Action.

And entered young Chan Kong-sang’s life.

I remember a frightened seven-year-old walking into the dark and musty halls of the China Drama Academy, holding his father’s hand.  Inside, he sees young boys and girls leaping and tumbling and screaming.  Paradise–

“How long do you want to stay here, Jackie?”

“Forever!” answers the boy, his eyes bright and wide.  And he lets go of his father to clutch at the hem of his master’s robe…

And that Chinese Opera Master, with “the legal authority to train his students even to death,” a man Jackie came to hate and fear and love, would indeed teach Jackie all the skills of ancient arts.

It’s an unfamiliar world to us Westerners, like something out of Dickens of long ago.  And Jackie’s telling of those years is truly fascinating.  Through the chapters, he grows into a young disciplined man of the full range of operatic skills — from kung fu to clownish pratfalls to singing and dancing to character acting.  And we meet his fellow students, his “brothers and sisters, big and little, with whom I ate and slept and fought and argued and grew and learned.”

I AM JACKIE CHAN then takes us out into the world of Hong Kong movie-making in the 60’s and 70’s, a career of stumbling and some success and stumbling again.  And ends in 1989, just when “I finally got a deal started on a movie that should be out in theaters right now, Rush Hour…”

And that was two decades ago.

In that time, dozens of films, including Shanghai Noon, Around the World in 80 Days (as Passepartout), The Forbidden Kingdom, The Karate Kid have lit our screens.  And the voices for others, like Kung Fu Panda.  As of this writing, Shanghai Dawn is in production for a 2018 release.  And Jackie has said, “Rush Hour 4 is happening!”

Twenty years to catch up on.  Time, Jackie, for I AM JACKIE CHAN 2!

I gave I AM JACKIE CHAN: My Life in Action five stars in my Goodreads book review.  It’s a wonderful and fascinating life story, honest and revealing.  Not like anything I’ve read before.  If you’ve never read it, I recommend tracking down a copy, mon ami!

Jackie Chan 2017: Just this year, he’s been involved in a number of projects…

 

Chinese 3D TV Cartoon Series

This April, “International action film star Jackie Chan unveiled his new 3D cartoon series — J-Team: All New Jackie Chan Adventures – China’s first international standard high budget animation production – at a press conference in Beijing, China.”

The premise of the new cartoon series centers on a team of protagonists guarding against monsters who threaten the ‘dreamlands’ – so that every child can have sweet dreams at night.

All New Jackie Chan Adventures is set to raise the bar for China’s animation industry in general; becoming the first Chinese-funded cartoon series to be made to international production standards.

“With young children increasingly searching for new role models to look up to,” explained Jackie in an interview, “it is imperative that celebrities in China use their influence to help shape the values of today’s young Chinese children and indeed people in general.  If you just tell them, sometimes children won’t listen, but through comedy and action, then they will start to follow.”

Jackie concluded, “This new cartoon series is not limited to the TV screen. In many ways, it will be the children’s companion as they grow up.”

 

More Shanghai and Rush Hour

Since starting as a young actor in Hong Kong in the 1960’s, Jackie Chan movies now total over 200.  From earlier pure action films like Rumble in the Bronx and Operation Condor: Armour of the Gods to those great buddy movies Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, Jackie has given us some great stories.

In a recent interview, Owen Wilson, when asked about the new “Shanghai” movie Shanghai Dawn, replied, “Yeah, there is some talk. Uh, I saw Jackie not too long ago and we were talking about it…”  Within the industry, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who wrote the screenplays for the first two, are said to have penned the Shanghai Dawn script.  It’s on!

“Rush Hour 4 is happening!”  When Jackie said that, we paid attention.  Jackie and Chris Tucker are on board.  Arthur M Sarkissian is producing, saying in an interview: “I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.  I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was.”

In response to Jackie’s pronouncement that his body isn’t up to much more severe punishment (he has quite literally broken about “every bone in my body”), Sarkissian replied, “He’s getting a little older. I think he can fit it. What was great about Rush Hour 1 and 2 mostly was the relationship of these two and it came out of nowhere. It was just very real. We didn’t build it, we didn’t write it. It just happened. I think the action will be there but it has to be molded to fit him today and not forced into stuff that he won’t do.”

And we agree!  We love Jackie and Chris because of their relationship.  It’s comedy, man, with action and adventure to move the story.

 

And Jackie’s flying to Vancouver, British Columbia, for July 1st, Canada Day, to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!

Jackie is coming back to Vancouver, where Rumble in the Bronx was filmed.  Jackie is known around the planet as “a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and UNAids, as a celebrity ‘cabinet member’ of the American Red Cross, and as founder of the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation in China to serve the airlines’ shared interest in charitable endeavours.”

In this last capacity, “Hong Kong Airlines will be the official international airline partner of the Canada 150 celebrations in Vancouver on July 1 commemorating the country’s milestone anniversary.  Jackie Chan will be there for the party!”

It’s wonderful to see this new relationship with the people of China and to have them join us in celebrating Canadian culture and élan.

“Welcome back to Canada, Jackie!”

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Stephen J Voorhies: Artist of the American People — and Places

 

Stephen J Voorhies: Tribute to an Artist of the American (and Canadian) People — and Places

 

 

As an avid collector of classic wilderness fiction, including the stories of our Canadian Mounties, I’ve been lucky enough to track down most of the must-read titles I’ve hunted.

Recently, I’ve collected all three editions of William Byron Mowery’s short story collections.  THE LONG ARM OF THE MOUNTED appeared in 1948.  SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE was published in ’53 and reprinted nine years later in paperback.

Even though each edition was from a different publisher, under a different title, with it’s own unique cover art, I noticed that they had used the same artist for each one.  And I liked that artwork.  “Who,” I wondered, “is Stephen J Voorhies?”

After a bit of Net search, I found out…

Stephen J Voorhies was a popular muralist, pictorial mapmaker, book illustrator and painter from the 1920’s well into the 1960’s.

Of Dutch descent, he was born in 1898 and grew up in the New York area.  After serving in the U. S. Navy, Voorhies attended the Pratt Institute in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, studying Art and Design.  Graduating in 1922, he quickly earned a reputation as an artist able to work in any medium.

He eventually established a permanent residence at 136 Linden Street, Rockville Centre, Long Island, but maintained a separate studio at 303 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.  His wife, Dorothy Townsend Voorhies, was an accomplished book illustrator and fashion designer in her own right.  They had two daughters, Barbara Anne and Ruth.  Stephen J Voorhies was listed in both the Who Was Who in American Art, and Salons of America.

Voorhies loved the then-popular concept of pictorial maps and murals — filled with busy scenes of trade, industry and the bustle of rural and town life.

 

 

In 1928, Rand McNally hired him to produce a pictorial map of New England, featuring shipping, railway and bus lines.  “Compared with pictorial maps of the time, this one was relatively conservative in color and design, but the steam locomotive blasting out of western Massachusetts gives the map considerable drama.” [1]  Good reviews of this map led to commissions for more high-profile commercial works.

And in 1929, he produced an oil painting on canvas titled Cabin in Sand Dunes with Trees in Background.  If Voorhies had hoped for an art gallery success, he was disappointed.  Most of his watercolors and oil paintings would be produced later in life.

In 1930, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad published Voorhies’ A Guide To And From New York City.  The pamphlet opened up to reveal two small color maps, and a large map with “pictographs of key buildings and bridges and including a listing of Point of Interest, Hotels, Theatres, and Principal Steam Lines in left margin.”

In 1936, his decorative illustrated map Historic Long Island: “A Map showing its Towns & Villages and the Outstanding Events during its Development over a period of more than Three Hundred Years” appeared (shown above).  The outer green border displayed the names of “the thirteen tribes of Indians who were the first proprietors of Long Island.”

He was commissioned to do three murals for the 1939 “World of Tomorrow” World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, New York — those painted murals depicted the pastoral elements of the East Coast: its thriving agricultural and fishing industries.

One of his most popular was his vibrant Pictorial Map of Historic Nassau County, which illustrated “a number of towns, as well as the Grave of Theodore Roosevelt, Old Paper Mill, Onderdonk Grist Mill, Roosevelt Field, Mitchell Field, Mineola Court House, Adelphi College, Garden City Hotel,  Nassau County YWCA, St. Georges Church and Rock Hall.”  The map was printed in RECIPES FROM HISTORIC LONG ISLAND collected by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Nassau County in 1948.

In 1949, he designed the New York City Subway map.

Through the 1940’s, and 50’s, he created a series of commercial posters for the Central Vermont Railway, featuring the Mount Mansfield ski resort at Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont.

His most popular Mount Mansfield posters centered on a continuing character, a happy-go-lucky French Canadian man passionately celebrating the forested mountains around him.  You can almost hear his echoing voice, “Le Bon Dieu, I so happy I t’ank You who made thees world so magnifique!”

Voorhies’ Mount Mansfield silkscreen prints still sell at auctions.

He created advertising illustrations for other commercial enterprises, including cover paintings for Bell Telephone Company’s Telephone Review employee magazine, which are highly collectible today.

His artwork appeared in magazines such as Fortune and Liberty.

And in hardcover books, many with historic, wilderness or rural settings. [2]

 

 

One best selling book featuring Voorhies’ artwork was THE EXPLORATIONS OF PERE MARQUETTE by Jim Kjelgaard, Random House, 1951.

Kjelgaard’s book told the story of French Jesuit Père Jacques Marquette, a missionary and explorer, who had been sent to New France (the modern day Canadian province of Quebec).  From 1667 to 1675, he would journey (mostly by canoe) through the Great Lakes country and down many rivers, exploring that part of the New World and spreading the teachings of Jesus among the many First Nations the energetic Black Robe encountered.

Another popular book was LAND OF THE BURNT THIGH by Edith Eudora Kohl (see Voorhies’ Horse and Covered Wagon illustration top of this page).  Published in 1935, Kohl’s memoirs of homesteading near the Lower Brule Indian Reservation of South Dakota in 1907 has become a classic of homesteading history.

Within a few weeks of arriving, “Edith was running a newspaper, her sister Ida Mary was teaching school, and the two were helping others who had come to settle.  In the following months, they battled prairie fires, rattlesnakes, and a blizzard; they observed two great land rushes; they staked a new claim, opened a post office and a general store, and overcame their fear of the Indians who came to trade with them.” [3]

Voorhies’ many book illustrations rarely showed scenes of graphic violence, but instead showed people hard at work and getting on with their lives in rural, small town and occasionally big city locations.

His love of outdoor and frontier themes certainly showed in his covers for the three editions of William Byron Mowery’s masterful collections.

THE LONG ARM OF THE MOUNTED, a collection of some of William Byron Mowery’s best Mountie short stories, was first published in 1948 as a McGraw-Hill hardcover.

Voorhies painted a single-scene cover illustrating an almost domestic scene with the Mountie in his bright red serge saying his goodbyes his sweetheart in her simple blue and white dress.  His native Canadian scout in the background is preparing for their mission.

By ’48, Northwest fiction had a strong female readership (the popular pulp magazine North-West Stories had been retitled North-West Romances with that in mind).  McGraw-Hill’s art director may have asked Voorhies to illustrate that particular scene.

In 1953, Thomas Bouregy & Co published SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE, collecting eight tales.

For SAGAS, Voorhies painted a mutiple-scene cover in the style of his earlier murals and pictorial maps.

The upper left corner, for instance, shows an encounter of some Mounties with Sitting Bull’s Sioux when the war chief had sought refuge in Canada following the Little Bighorn.  The other scenes blend together in an almost patriotic poster motif of a people looking to the promised future of the West.

In a new Foreword to this edition, Mowery wrote: “Most of these stories, since their original magazine appearance, have been published in various high-school and college English texts.  I have a suspicion that it was the character of the Police heroes and fascination of the Canadian plains, Rockies and the North…that led to their being selected as examples of the raconteur‘s art…”

And also because Mowery was one of the finest writers to chose the history of the North-West Mounted as his theme.  Although his mention of that “fascination” also shows the immense popularity that our Canadian Mounties once had in national and in world culture.

Airmont Books reprinted SAGAS in 1962 as a paperback, retitled TALES OF THE MOUNTED POLICE.

Again, Voorhies chose the multiple-scene motif, but simpler.  This time one of action (fist fight) and romance (Mountie holding girl in blue and white dress).

On the back cover, over a Voorhies line drawing of a Mountie gazing at a forest-rimmed lake and soaring mountains beyond it, Airmont stated: “The stories in this book are of the early Northwest Mounted…

“William Byron Mowery knew the Northwest and he knew many of these men.  He met them in the twilight of their lives, at their Calgary reunions and visited them in their homes — and out of the incidents related at these meetings, and the spirit of the men themselves, have come these tales.”

Books well worth collecting, mon ami, for the writing and for the artwork.

In later years, Voorhies produced a number of oil and watercolor & gouache paintings, mostly landscapes, such as the beautiful Eaton’s Neck Light.  Others were Montauk Light, Ebb Tide, Dramatic Navy Helicopter Water Rescue, Seated Woman in Yellow Dress Next to a Bouquet of Flowers, View of the Front of Stone House at Christmas, Desolate Railroad Station House in a Wooded Yard with FenceWoman Descending Hill on Sled that is Falling Apart, and the simple but subtly mystical Sand Compass.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Stephen J Hornsby, PICTURING AMERICA: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, University of Chicago Press, 2016

[2] A list of some other books illustrated by Stephen J Voorhies…

ADVENTURE NORTH by Kathrene Pinkerton
BASIC FISHING: From the Worm to the Fly by Harlan Major
BIG FAMILY by Bellamy Partridge
CASSEROLE MAGIC: 300 Recipes for the Best in One-Dish Meals by Lousene Rousseau Brunner
CLEAR THE TRACKS: Story of an Old Time Locomotive Engineer by Joseph Bromley
COUNTRY LAWYER by Bellamy Partridge
ENJOYING THE CATSKILLS by Arthur Mack
ENTERTAINING WITHOUT A MAID by Elizabeth Lounsbery
EXCUSE MY DUST by Bellamy Partridge
FOR HERE IS MY FORTUNE by Amos R Harlin
HEATHER HILL by Elleston Trevor
MAIN STREET MERCHANT by Norman Beasley
SIX GREAT MEN OF BRAZIL by Vera Kelsey
THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN by Russell Owen
THE COMING OF THE MORMONS by Jim Kjelgaard
THE EARTH IS OURS by Marion Pedersen Teal
THE GENERAL’S BOOTS by Neta Lohnes Frazier
THE MEDITERRANEAN: The Saga of a Sea by Emil Ludwig
THE MUDHEN ACTS NATURALLY by Merritt Parmelee Allen
THE MYSTERY IN THE JEEP by Ernie Rydberg
THE PACIFIC OCEAN by Felix Riesenberg
WOLF OF BADENOCH by Joseph E Chipperfield
YANKEE STOREKEEPER by R E Gould

[3] Minnesota Historical Society Press.  http://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/land-burnt-thigh.

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Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

 

Tom West ACE Double Western Book Reviews: Gallows Gulch & The Man At Rope’s End

 

 

Tom West: Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

In his 1960 Western novel THE PHANTOM PISTOLEER, after a ranch house, barns, blacksmith shop and wagon shed are burned flat to the ground, we read: “Wal,” said the foreman wryly, “there’s less cover for the coyotes.”  Pure Tom West.

 

If I were to list my Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them — Rio Bravo, the original True GritThe Shootist, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — are Westerns. [1]

Why not?  I’m a Boomer and we grew up with ’em.  Most Saturdays, we eagerly lined up outside the Paramount and Strand Odeon theatres to catch the matinee.  “Sure loved them old Westerns!”

Our heroes rode hard and fought hard to bring right and justice to the Old West.  Sometimes they sang about it.  Sometimes they even kissed the girl.

And our libraries and paperback book racks were filled with classic and new fiction by the best frontier authors.

I had already discovered wilderness writers like Charles G D Roberts, Grey Owl, Jack London, Ernest Thompson Seton and Edgar Rice Burroughs.  From there it was a quick jump to Zane Grey and Max Brand.

But the first Western writer I’d say was a true hero of mine was Tom West.  Still is.

As a kid, I saved my summer job money and bought those ACE Double Books.  You know, those great little paperbacks that have a “Complete Novel” on one side, then — after flipping it over — a “First Book Publication” on the other. [2]

With the ACE Double Westerns, I met tale-tellers like Ray Hogan, Giles A Lutz (aka Reese Sullivan), Gordon D Shirreffs, Louis Trimble, Nelson Nye, L P Holmes. But Tom West quickly became my fave.

What really caught my attention, besides the fast action and old fashioned romance, was West’s language.  Tom West’s typical hero didn’t just walk through the swinging doors into a saloon to look for the man who had shot his friend, he “pushed through the batwings to lamp on and plug the deadly sidewinder who’d beefed his pard.”

Tom West had something those others rarely showed: humour.

And at that time, I was growing up in harness racing country of New Brunswick amid a mixed crew of old horsemen, blacksmiths, farmers, lumberjacks, highways workers, most of who were war vets.  Three things those guys had in common were a willingness to work damned hard, their own language and a real sense of fun and humour.

And that’s where Tom West’s novels seemed so real to me.  Later, I would discover the books of Clarence E Mulford of Hopalong Cassidy fame, which had the same reality.

Who was Tom West?  James Reasoner has said that Tom West “was really an Englishman named Fred East.”

His few brief bios at the beginning of published works like DEAD MAN’S DOUBLE CROSS say that East had been given an honourable discharge after serving with the British forces on the bloody, barren battlefields of France during the First World War.

“His first literary attempt was a war novel that he had written while convalescing. The manuscript never was published, having met a fiery end. Apparently his mother burned the filthy rucksack he brought home from the army. Everything in it was destroyed, including the manuscript he had stuffed inside.” [3]

After that, East travelled through war-torn Europe, then moved to the US.  After working at a number of hardscrabble jobs, including ranching in the Southwest, he went back to his literary dreams, working for years as a reporter, free lance writer and a book editor.

And then he set out to write Western fiction.

In 1944, at age 59, he published his first full-length novel, going on to write at least fifty more.  The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1944 shows that the novel MEDDLING MAVERICK was written by Fred East (1885-), under the pseudonym Tom West, and published by E P Dutton & Co of New York.  It was followed in 1945 by BUSHWHACK BASIN, also from Dutton.

Fred East also published some early works under other names.  He saw GAMBLER’S GOLD: A Powder Valley Western published by Jefferson House of New York in 1946 under the house name Peter Field.  And three books under the by-line Roy Manning: TANGLED TRAIL and RENEGADE RANCH from Macrae-Smith Company of Philadelphia in 1948, with RED RANGE in 1949.

Other titles as by Tom West quickly followed, including RENEGADE RANGE, TROUBLE TRAIL, SPECTRE SPREAD, GHOST GOLD (Pocket Books reprinted the 1949 Dutton hardcover in 1950), VULTURE VALLEY (1951, later reprinted by ACE), FLAMING FEUD, GUNSMOKE GOLD (1953, his first original printing with ACE Books), LOST LOOT OF KITTYCAT RANCH, BATTLING BUCKAROOS, SIDEWINDER SHOWDOWN, LOBO LEGACY, BUCKING FOR BOOT HILL and BLACK BUZZARDS OF BUENO.

Tom seems to have never written any short stories for the popular pulp magazines.  Two abridged versions of his novels were reprinted in magazines: POWDERSMOKE PAY-OFF (Triple Western, April, 1950, US & Canadian editions) and LOBO LAWMAN (Action-Packed Western, Jan, 1956, and the Australian digest Lone Star Western, same year).

Tom West’s GALLOWS GULCH was originally published back-to-back with Barry Cord’s THE MASKED GUN (ACE F-250).  And his THE MAN AT ROPE’S END was first published with THE HIDDEN RIDER OF DARK MOUNTAIN by Gordon D Shirreffs (ACE F-292) on the flip side.  The covers shown below are from the 1970 edition (ACE 27276), when they were finally published together.

 

GALLOWS GULCH (1963)

I spoke of Tom West’s “humor.”  There’s nothing to laugh about in this early scene: young Bill Murphy discovers two men “hanging by their necks from the branches of adjoining trees…  Nerves taut, scarce breathing, Murphy moved forward on stiff legs, slid out his bowie knife, reached up and severed the taut rope from which the nearer body dangled.  His father’s remains fell with a heavy thud.  Then he cut his brother down.”

This is a tale of Texas vengeance, with no quarter given.

The humor is in the language of the story, in the names of places and characters — in the men and women of this scorched, dusty land with their wry outlook on their own lives there.

Deputy Sheriff Baldy Baker, a gaunt, stringy man in faded clothes, a man no more colorful than a weathered old shotgun.  Ma Loran, who packed more lard than a hog, was tougher than a basket of snakes and ran the Applejack Saloon.  Cuss Curwood, the cattle baron who killed his own skunks (he hated nesters and dealt with them his way).  Rio Rucker, the ranch foreman who reminded Bill of a lobo wolf.  Paul the Preacher, “a poor disciple wandering the wilderness.”  And then there’s Meg Curwood, “pretty as a painted wagon…” but daughter of the man Bill had to kill.

This is a yarn with as many twists and turns as the treacherous trails Bill takes through the bleak, water-starved country.  Prime Tom West.

 

THE MAN AT ROPE’S END (1964)

Tom West didn’t write often about heroes who were out-and-out outlaws.  But Mike Mansfield lived large in Mexico and made a rich enough living rustling cattle north of the Rio Grande.

Until he read about the lynching of his brother George for horse theft in Texas.  George was the good brother, straight as a wagon tongue.  George was probably carrying a money belt stuffed with dinero from the sale of the family ranch.  George needed to be avenged.

Mike rode alone into Texas, with no companion except his buckskin horse named Feathers.

Maybe the Law wouldn’t know he was coming?  A letter to Sheriff Jake Handley from Señor Mikes’s hot tempered Mexican girlfriend, feeling abandoned, took care of that.

So the cat and mouse game began — or lobo and jackrabbit  game — with the roles constantly changing.

There was an hombre known as Red River Rankin, town marshal, a squat, fleshy man with notches on his gun handle — a man Mike quickly recognized as really being Greasy Gleeson, no stranger to backshooting.  Mona Carter, with startlingly blue eyes and a gaze as direct as dagger thrusts, who owned the Triangle spread in Comanche Valley.  Pegleg Pagoni, raw-boned, hard-muscled leader of a bunch of nesters in the Hungry Hills — lost his leg to a Triangle bullet.  Frosty, a wizened Triangle rider with a white mustache and sardonic eyes, as dehydrated as something spawned by the desert — when he did speak, the young punchers listened.

And a passel of hired gunmen who would turn Comanche Valley into a battlefield of whinnying ponies, cursing men and rolling clouds of dust and gunsmoke…

Well worth collecting, mi amigo.

Not certain when Fred East died — one source tentatively says 1983, two years short of his 100th birthday.

The last new published titles from ACE under Tom West’s name were LONE GUN and SHOOTOUT AT SENTINEL WELLS, both in 1974, when he would have been age 89.  His last published new work was six years later: HARD TRAIL TO SANTA FE (Zebra Books) in 1980.

The writing in the last few of his published works was somewhat flat — not his rip-roarin’ individualist Old West voice.  It’s possible that these were written by someone else, using the then-popular Tom West name. [4]

Tom West is mostly forgotten now.  Humour doesn’t seem to work for modern editors?  Maybe.  All I know is that Tom — East or West — sure reflected some of the old guys I grew up with.  And that makes him a personal “Best.”

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Note: Artwork at top of page is a detail from the cover of the ACE Double Western 1970 edition of Tom West’s DESPERADO DOUBLECROSS.  If you know who painted that one or the MAN AT ROPE’S END cover, sure would like to credit them.  I’ve got a couple ideas, going by the style of the artists ACE was using at that time.  The GALLOWS GULCH cover art is by Gil Cohen, who is known for his Mack Bolan, the Executioner cover paintings as well as his dynamic aviation and war art.

[1]  “My Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them are Westerns…”  If you count Northwesterns (aka Northerns) as Westerns, then you can almost double that number: The Wild North (with Wendell Corey as real-life Constable Albert Pedley), Call of the Wild (Charlton Heston version) and Grey Owl (Pierce Brosnan perfectly caught the character of wilderness author Grey Owl).  And the original Planet of the Apes is almost a Western, eh?  Well, Mamma Mia! and Paul Gross’ Hyena Road are probably Easterns, but they fill out my Top 10.

Actually, if I were to add an eleventh, it would either be one of the Star Trek reboots or Paul Gross’ Passchendaele or Kiefer & Donald Sutherland’s Forsaken, a Western.

Considering that most of my fave TV shows over these many years have been the Comedies, I’m surprised to realise my favourite movies are so serious.  Although Rio Bravo does have those scenes where Walter Brennan happily mimics John Wayne’s character — they still break me up.

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[2]  “After flipping it over…”  This book style is also known in publishing as Dos-à-dos (back-to-back).  It’s a format that goes to early 17th Century Europe, when the NEW TESTAMENT was often printed back-to-back with the PSALTER.  So the ACE Doubles were of good origin.  Also a great way for a kid to make his hard-earned summer wages go far…

[3] http://classicpaperbackreads.blogspot.ca/2009/08/no-double-cross-for-reader-with-this.html

[4] To this point, James Reasoner has written: “I can see Wollheim getting some of his other Western writers to pitch in and write ‘Tom West’ books if there was a problem with Fred East, since the by-line was popular.” jamesreasoner.blogspot.ca/2012/07/forgotten-books-buzzards-nest-tom-west

Wal, I gotta drift…

– Brian Alan Burhoe

 

Source: Part of this posting “Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer…” originally appeared as a personal Comment I put on BestWesternBooks.com.  If you’re an old Western fan like me, check ’em out.

Title: Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

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