I must confess…

I have to confess 2 things. The first is I really didn’t want to do this. As a fiction author, I just want to write my next novel. But my publisher was insistent that I create an Author Blog (or platform). What would I write about? My story? Breakfast? Whining a great deal to my wife about it, I had to come up with a URL. JohnMurphy.com was taken, and I didn’t like the variant’s, JohnMurphyAuthor, etc. Then while riding a Harley to the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction, AZ, This URL came to me. Folks at my publisher gave it the thumbs up cuz it catches your attention and is kind of memorable.

The second thing I must confess… I’m kind of liking this. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.



Looking for Ribs? Small Town, Big Find!

Looking for Ribs? Small Town, Big Find!

If you're ever on your way to Snoqualmie Casino around meal time, stop by The Woodman Lodge Historic Steakhouse & Saloon in Snoqualmie, WA. My wife and I had been shopping for skis in North Bend, WA, hoping for some end-of-the-season bargains at Mt. Si Board and...

Inspiration in Peru

When traveling the world, there's a great deal that can inspire one's soul. The Pyramids, the Great Wall, the Eiffel Tower, the list is lengthy. Once in a while, I've stumbled upon some interactions with the locals that really stand out in my memory more clearly than...

Riding a Rocket

I enjoy riding motorcycles, but I'm still a novice.  I also don't have many opportunities to ride so I haven't purchased a bike of my own yet,  My first experience with a Harley Heritage Classic Softail was much better and less scary than I'd anticipated. I was...

The “Coolest” Place on Earth

The “Coolest” Place on Earth

When I was starting out as an adult, I never dreamed I would travel as much as I have. I drove across the country several times and that was pretty much the scope of my travels. I was pretty broke, but gas was cheap back then and I drove anywhere I wanted to go....

From Tragedy: Hope.  From Evil: Goodness

From Tragedy: Hope. From Evil: Goodness

This Friday is the anniversary of 9/11.     April, 2001 we were in Manhattan with my 3 sons for their spring break. We did all the usual tourist stops, the crown of the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, a Broadway show, the Empire State Building and two memorable...

Another Glass of Rose’ Please

Another Glass of Rose’ Please

Believe it or not, my wife and I eat out in the Seattle area less than any other couple we know.  Largely its because we travel SO MUCH we eat in restaurants 3 meals a day for weeks.  When we get home, it's a pleasure to eat simply and try to recover from the damage...

Feel Safer?

Shootings by deranged individuals have once again puts guns, gun rights and gun ownership back on the conversation "front burner".  The question of who should be armed and training needed to be a responsible gun owner is invariably part of the discussion. Click to...

Stay at My Place

My wife and I saw Quentin Tarantino's movie "Hostel" on the huge screen at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood a number of years ago.  When my youngest son, then just 20, said he wanted to spend a couple of months in Europe (on his own dime I might add) and planned...

Hold on to your gun… or DIE.

Hold on to your gun… or DIE.

There's been a lot of controversy in the news these days about cops acting like cowboys and hunting down civilians. It's unbelievable what news people will say to get ratings. I'm sorry, but such claims don't pass the "What The F*#*?" test of anyone who has trained...

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