Death Waits at Sundown by L. Ron Hubbard (Book Review)

I was raised as a youth on a steady diet of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey westerns. As such, I was pretty pleased to hit a set of western stories in Galaxy Press’ L. Ron Hubbard collection. I’ve been devouring the impressive list of released titles from this set of short stories and novellas.

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Tales of the Old West are almost always rather formulaic and there’s a reason for that. it’s what makes westerns so enjoyable. There are always certain things you can count on.

Guns were plentiful and necessary.

Men were tough as nails or they didn’t live long.

Women were often as tough as the men, but still very feminine.

Criminals and outlaws would do anything to serve their own ends.

Lawmen and cowboys would do anything to stop them  and preserve the unique code of honor that the west lived by.

This edition is made up of three stories including the title tale, “Ride ‘Em, Cowboy”, and “Boss of the Lazy B”.

Aside from the elements of the formula that were expected, the stories still give a few twists and turns as they progress. If you’re a fan of westerns, L’Amour, or Grey, I’d highly recommend this collection.

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Notes- I’m a huge fan of L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction works, so I was very pleased when Galaxy Press re-released a huge catalog of his early short stories and novellas. I’ve been reading or listening to them for years and just got in a whole new box of the audiobooks.

Although they’re available in both print and audio form, I usually opt for the audio versions. When I’m travelling to my next conference event where I’m speaking on zombies or mountain climbing or putting miles on the road on the way to my next climbing adventure I love to pass the time with a good book. Sometimes non-fiction audio puts me to sleep, but a good fiction book is an enjoyable way to pass the time.

One thing I love about the Galaxy Press editions of Hubbard’s books is that they’re well done. You know how most audio versions of fiction books only feature one voice actor and no sound effects. That always bugs me a bit, especially when the person doing the voice is not the same gender as the character in the book. Well, these are just the opposite. Various actors do the voices. There’s also sound effects and background music. They make you feel like you’re sitting by a campfire listening to an old radio theatre broadcast.

The stories also focus on adventure, romance, and suspense. Check out the catalog for yourself to see what you like best. I like the variety personally and will go from an adventure story to a detective tale or something else. I like the style of writing also. I was raised as a wee lad on books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Indiana Jones movies. If you like any of those, you’ll surely enjoy these as well. Books like this stoke my own desire for adventure and excitement in life

I would highly recommend the book as a great listen. If you have kids riding with you in the car, I would rate this one as okay for them as well.

As an aside, I know that when some of you see L. Ron Hubbard’s name, all you can think of is his religious influences. If that’s a worry for you, rest assured that that is not an issue in these books. Hubbard was quite an adventurer throughout his life and these books were written well before that phase. Because of his adventurous lifestyle, you can feel a sense of authenticity in the stories that you don’t get from a lot of writers.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Be a Part of Something Bigger

I know that many of you need more adventure in your life. That many of you yearn for something bigger, something more. It could be because your job is slowly crushing your soul. It could that every time you see a picture in a magazine it first stirs your heart and then leaves you in a slobbering puddle of depression because you don’t think it’s possible.

I found this pic as I perused an issue of Overland Journal. This is the kind of thing that stirs me…packing my family into a capable vehicle and autotrekking into the unknown. The tagline about becoming part of a legend really gets me too.

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Find that thing that stirs you, but don’t let it crush you. Let it inspire you instead.

If you need any help finding adventure- of any kind, in any life- just get in touch.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Unboxing the January 2016 Cairn Package

The Bible says that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. By following the calling for our lives, we’re all about adventure, and we need good gear for that. Here’s one of the ways we get it.

If you check into signing up for Cairn as well, feel free to use me as a referral. My e-mail for that is Docbeaker@aol.com. Feel free to contact me there also if you want to add a little adventure to your own life or business.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Bear Grylls Puts My Kids to Bed at Night

Since the early days when my first kid was too young to even understand what I was reading, I enjoyed reading to them at bedtime. There are innumerable reasons why this is beneficial ranging from aspects of relationship to cognitive ability, so there’s really no excuse not to do it. It doesn’t have to stop as they grow older either. Just change the subject or age level of the books.

Because our family focuses on adventure in everything that we do, Bear Grylls is not only a big part of our lives, but a focal piece of our bedtime tales. He’s not really there, and we’ve never met him, but we’re certainly open to that (in case you’re reading this, Bear).

Awhile back we read Facing Up, one of his earliest books, that detailed his summit climb of Everest in his twenties, and the boys loved it!

Our current bedtime read is A Survival Guide for Life- How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character. This book is absolutely perfect for bedtime reading as each chapter is only a few pages long and focuses on a particular character trait. Even with the short chapters, they are powerful and quick to the point. There’s plenty of room here for you to expound on the lesson for your kids or let them ask questions or seek examples. Bear also tells a lot of his own personal stories in the chapters, some of which I’ve never heard before.

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So, here’s the deal…

  • Read to your kids, at night or anytime you want
  • If you like adventure, read anything by Bear Grylls
  • If you’re seeking character developing stories, check out Bear’s Survival Guide for Life
  • If you need more adventure in your everyday life, get in touch with me

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Wisconsin EMS Symposium 2016 Resources

Welcome!

This blog post is here for attendees at any of my lectures for the 2016 Wisconsin EMS Symposium to access resources I referenced. If you happen to come across it otherwise, feel free to also partake of the offerings.

FREE copy of my book The Future of EMS– Click HERE to get to the free e-version on Amazon. This offer is only good the week of the symposium, so if you’re clicking any other time, it is still available, just not free.

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If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for my newsletter after the lecture, you can do that HERE.

Good Medics Gone Bad– The lecture discussed cases in which emergency workers went over to the dark side. Situations included were a suicide bomber, various examples of white-collar corruption across the U.S., and sexual crimes all committed by those we call ‘brothers in arms’. The lecture wasn’t a bashing session on those who did wrong but an analysis of why they did it, how to avoid these tendencies in ourselves, and what to look for among our fellow workers.

I didn’t give any references for this lecture, but, if you’re interested in more, a simple Internet search will help you here. I’m assuming that some of you may research this more because of specific problems in your own agencies. In other words, just search for “EMS” or “Fire” and the issue you need more information on, such as drugs, theft, alcoholism, hazing, or other.

Becoming an EMS Mentalist– We all know that patients, partners, and bystanders always tell the truth, right? How do we really know when they don’t, unless it’s painfully obvious? It’s possible to learn the seemingly ‘magic’ tricks employed by Simon Baker on the popular television show The Mentalist and employ those same tricks to aid us in EMS work. Simple looks, head nods, and the words used are sometimes all it takes. Not only can these tricks help you in providing better patient care, they can also help you become a better employee by increasing your confidence, self-esteem, and mental acuity. Learn how to become an EMS Mentalist.

I referenced the following books in this one…

How to Become a Mentalist by Simon Winthrop

Mastermind- How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

If you’re interested in the Mentalist television show as well, you can find that HERE.

My Wife Hates Me, My Kids Don’t Know Me, and I Think I have a Dog– There are seven key areas of life that we all experience or should if we only made the time. Instead of balancing our lives as we should, we all spend too much time somewhere to the detriment of the other areas in life. It could be work, hobbies, education, or anything that takes too much priority. For those of us in the small business world it usually happens to be work. This imbalance has an impact on all parts of our lives and can cause disastrous consequences. It endangers our relationships, our success, and even our own lives. Find out what it means to balance your life for maximum enjoyment and hopefully get back to knowing those people you call friends and family. Think about how it could make everything better at work, at home, and at play.

I actually published a book based on this lecture that goes more in depth. You can find it right HERE.

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I hope all of you enjoyed my lectures. As always I’m available for any questions you might have about anything I covered.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

You’re Never Too Old for Adventure

As part of their homeschool I’m doing a bit of a psyops/Napolean Hill tactic with my kids by exposing them to success on a constant basis. I worked through Dan Miller’s free goal planning book at the end of the year with my 11 and 8 yo boys, and now they’re set with pages of plans, dreams, and action steps.

Each of them identified a basic career goal to work toward.

  • My 11yo wants to be a pro basketball star (or baller, as he calls it).
  • My 8yo wants to be a running coach.

So, each day I have them engage in some sort of media that shows people doing what they want to do. It ranges from magazine articles to Youtube videos.

My little runner and I watched this video the other day about a guy way past his prime at 65 who refuses to quit and still wants to get back and do another 100 miler. Even if you’re not a runner, I thought some of you might enjoy it as well, simply for the inspiration that age doesn’t matter. It’s simply an excuse if you let it stop you.

You can find the video right HERE.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

PS…Age is one of the excuses I counter in my keynote session Top Ten Reasons to Fail. If you’d like me to present it to your organization, give me a call.

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Finished My First Book of the Year

Last year I read 53 books. A few years before I read well over a hundred and set my personal record. But the downside to reading so many books was that I didn’t retain as much. I’m trying to cultivate a love of reading in my kids, and I’d love to tell you about what I’m reading so that I can interest you too in diving into a book.

Yesterday I finished my first book of this year. I wouldn’t even call it a reading so much as a research project, as I working through this book for a lecture I’m giving on the subject. The downside is that it took forever to read the book. The upside is that I gained a better understanding by doing so.

The book is How to Be a Mentalist by Simon Winthrop. I was a huge fan of The Mentalist television show and the interesting and quirky skills he used on it. If you’re a fan of the subject, I’d consider this book a great intro to the topic, but you’ll need to study a lot more to really learn it, or, as the book states multiple times, jump into hands-on practice.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be delivering a lecture to a medical conference on how physicians and medics can use these skills to improve patient care.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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