Yes, I know this is an ‘off week’ for the Photo/Sharing Mailing, but I have one Correction, and one Announcement I didn’t want to wait a week for! [Make sure to see it.] And, as long as I’m here, I’ll throw in a Bonus Krazy Pic for you.

CORRECTION:  Depending on when you read your mailing last week (before or after I got it corrected), you may have seen a statement that you can reserve and advance copy of Rollin’ Down the River for $34.95.  That is the retail price, but it is not YOUR price (as a subscriber). If you wish to reserve a (signed) copy, you may do so for 10% off – that’s $31.45, plus. shipping. To do so, let me know by replying to this e-mail or using this Contact Form.   

GREAT FUN! FOLLOW UP ANNOUNCEMENT:  I hope you saw the early mention of The Great Book Launch Bash last week.  Here are more early details, and even more will follow.  I’m excited about this – it will be FUN!!  CHECK IT OUT, and mark you calendar now for Sep 8 and/or 9.

BONUS KRAZY PIC:  I know I was surprised while watching – I suspect they were too!!  (Do you think this was set up?)

Have a Good Week!!  

Thought for the week (a favorite repeat), sometimes attributed to Groucho Marx:

Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

Photo of the Week – June 19, 2017


Mount Rushmore?

On my way out west to begin my River Adventure last summer, I caught several sights I hadn’t seen before. (My first time in South Dakota!) On my visit to Mt. Rushmore, I discovered a rarely seen perspective – showing only Washington’s head – on an outer road outside the National Park.  Taken on July 25, 2017.  For the traditional view of Mt. Rushmore, click here.

From the Maine to Alaska Collection 

Summer Schedules, Announcements, & Updates

It will be a BUSY summer and fall here at AME!!  I’ll likely use this space to keep us updated on announcements and events, as well as any possible changes to the Summer Mailing Schedule.  Stay tuned.

Things to Know and Watch For:

1. BOOK LAUNCH FESTIVITIES  Plans are being put in place for an official Book-Release Party here in Branson (and possibly Springfield).  It will be a big ‘event’, with some surprises and a good time to be had by all !  Can’t be more specific just yet, but mark your calendars for either Sep 8 or Sep 15, as you’ll all be invited!  More details coming soon!!

2.  RETURN TO THE RIVER ’17  I’ll be back ‘on the River’ for 3-4 weeks in late July and early August – and maybe again for 10 days in October.  I’ll be re-visiting places, sharing memories with Pat (who will join me for a week in Montana!), and definitely participating in presentations and signings for the book!  It’s unclear how or if that will affect the mailing schedule, but of course I’ll keep you posted. (See an early version of Part I of Book Event schedule.)

3. BOOK RELEASE REMINDERS  A) The book is due to be released in early July.  If you’ve ordered on, you should get it by roughly mid-July.  B)  If you want to reserve a (signed) copy, you may do so for 10% off – that’s $31.45, plus shipping. (Reply to this e-mail or use the contact form below.)  C)  If you missed seeing the entire dust jacket for the book (front, back, and end flaps), you may see it here.

If you have any questions, reply to this e-mail or use this CONTACT FORM.

Wild Card! – June 19, 2017

Krazy Pic/GIF 1  He was definitely NOT prepared for this turn of events!

Krazy Pic/GIF 2  SO stinking cute!! You’ll be smiling all day.  Comin’ out of chute 5!  

Do Lipton Tea Employees Take Coffee Breaks?  We’ve all heard these things that make you say “Hmmmm . . .” , I’m sure, but I picked up some new ones (at least to me) last week. (I like the first one, too!)  Add your own in the Comments (or reply to this e-mail), and we’ll keep the list going!!

Sherlock and Dr. Watson I knew there was a punch-line approaching, but I was still caught off guard. 🙂  Catch this fun joke, taken from subscriber David Erickson’s FB page.

JUNE 28 !!  Next Wednesday:  Don’t forget to celebrate the BEST ‘mathematically special’ date each year!!  If you’ve forgotten why this is, check out this former posting posting and look for the enlarged green font.  (You can check out other cool tidbits while you’re there, also.)

Last Call for May/June BTs  To close out June, we’ve repeated three favorite ‘old classics’, going as far back as 3 years ago.  You’ll like them – take a look!  Solutions may be submitted for all these until the end of the month.

The More Things Change  Are writing skills being phased out by technology?  How important is the ability to communicate on paper? These thoughts – along with series of fun quotes from the past – were the focus of last week’s News-Leader column.

Thought for the Week

I don’t believe in astrology.  I’m a Sagittarius and we’ve very skeptical.

Warren Tantum





Photo of the Week – June 5, 2017



These US Army soldiers from the 1870s are available to take you on a tour of General George Custer’s home (upon whose porch they are standing), as it existed back before he left on his (in)famous last campaign.  The house still sits on the grounds of Fort Abraham Lincoln, across the Missouri River from Bismarck, ND.  Taken on August 12, 2016.  For two other pictures of Custer’s Home (originally shared back in March), see Custer 1 and/or Custer 2.

From the Rollin’ Down the River Collection