Thursday, June 23, 2016

On the Air with Report from Santa Fe

This weekend my interview with Lorene Mills on “Report from Santa Fe” will air all around New Mexico on public television and radio. Here are the times:

Saturday night, June 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. for the entire east side of the state, on Channel 3, KENW-TV, the PBS station in Portales.

STATEWIDE the DISH-TV network also airs it on Channel 3 at this time.

Sunday morning, June 26, 8:00 a.m. for Las Cruces and the Southern part of the State, on KRWG-TV, the PBS station in Las Cruces, Channel 22.

Sunday morning, June 26, 8:00 a.m. for Albuquerque and Santa Fe and all of Northern New Mexico, on Channel 5, KNME-TV, the PBS station in Albuquerque.

Sunday evening, June 26, 5:30 p.m. STATEWIDE on DirecTV, tune in to Channel 3.

For radio listeners, Monday morning June 27, 9:30 a.m. KANW-FM, 89.1 on your radio dial.

After the program airs statewide, a video link will be posted on Lorne Mills’ web site www.reportfromsantafe.com




With Lorene Mills, taken at the New Mexico
Roundhouse after videotaping "Report From Santa Fe" interview.
 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My Faraway Friend

Dianna Bingham, my faraway friend, has retired. Not from her eight-to-five job working for a firm of solicitors in Brisbane, Australia - she did that several years ago - but as webmistress for my website, which she created and managed for the last fifteen years, voluntarily.

Yep, that's right; Di Bingham created, managed, and maintained www.michaelmcgarrity.com because she liked my Kevin Kerney novels, thought I needed a website, and volunteered to build one for me just for the fun of it.

Being the savvy guy I am, I took her up on the offer and in the process made a friend I've come to respect, admire, and hold dear. Not because she built my website and never asked for a dime, but because of what I know about the life she built for herself, the hardships and tragedies she endured, the obstacles she overcame, and her fierce determinate to survive.

I can't tell you Di's story, that's hers alone to tell. But if I could, trust me, you'd find it courageous and gripping. It would be a story that would make you laugh. cry, break your heart, and leave you shaking your head in wonderment. She is one remarkable lady and although we've never met in person, I am honored have her as my dearest, faraway friend.

With Di's retirement the website will be dormant for a time, and all of you on the update mailing list will no longer get one of Di's famous announcements that I had something new to say on the site. (I sometimes think folks liked her reports from down under more than my ramblings.) 

I don't know of any other established writer having someone volunteer to create and maintain a website for them for fifteen years, so what Di Bingham did for me was very, very special. And while you'll no longer hear from her through my website, be assured that I'll stay in touch with her, for the gods only give us a limited number of friends like Di.

Please join with me to wish her a happy retirement from my website. For now, you can stay in touch with me though this Blog or my Facebook page. And Di, my faraway friend, I'll talk to you soon, promise.

 



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A BROKEN NATION

In this, my inaugural blog, I'd planned to talk about my newest novel, THE LAST RANCH and my writing, but the Orlando massacre changed all that. Actually, it's the aftershock that got me thinking that we are on the verge once again of becoming a nation divided.  And if we are living in a broken society snarling and tearing at itself, we cannot be healed by lofty rhetoric, partisan demagoguery, impassioned eulogies, heartfelt prayers, finger-pointing, or outpourings of sympathy. We will only begin to heal when we demand from those we elect to serve that they adhere to a higher standard and put the safety, well-being, and welfare of all citizens first above all else, including their own self interests. We deserve no less.

Can we do it? I think so, but let's start small. From this day forward, let us agree to vote out of office any incumbent, and refuse to elect any candidate, whether they be local, state, or federal, who refuses to actively support a total and immediate ban on assault rifles.

It's time to tell the politicians that they get a one way ticket home if they fail to act in the best interest of the people of this great nation. So let's start small by asking every candidate for office one simple, direct question: Would you actively support and vote for a local, state, and national ban on civilian ownership of assault weapons?

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