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New Horizons Writers’ Group

No Country Bumpkin Bob Hirt A few weeks ago we invited an old friend, Jerry, and his wife to join us for several days at a timeshare in Southern California. Despite the several days of cold, overcast and rainy weather in Escondido, we had a good time together, playing games by the fireplace, eating out…

New Horizons Writers’ Group

  Salt Anyone Bob Hirt We all use table salt, sometimes probably too much of it! It is virtually everywhere and it is plentiful throughout the world. In central New York State, the Retsof Salt Mine, in the Finger Lakes region provided salt for most of the northeastern states. As early as August 30, 1884,…

New Horizons Writers’ Group

  Germany, Reunion: Surprise and Warmth Bob Hirt In the early 1960s my parents went to Germany, their homeland, to visit their many remaining relatives for the first time since emigrating to America. My father, only three years old when they left Germany, lost his mother a year earlier during childbirth of a little brother,…

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  Character Building Bob Hirt On a trip to Colorado Springs to visit grandkids and friends we ran into an old friend, Johnny Schmitt, from back East. John is 84 years old now and in good health. In fact, of his 12 siblings, mostly boys, and all but one still living, 10 still reside in…

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  Those Clever Immigrants Bob Hirt Back East many years ago a tornado swept through the northern Hudson Valley of New York State wreaking havoc on buildings and field crops as well as causing several deaths in our county. We lost two huge barns as well as a silo in that tornado along with some…

New Horizons Writers’ Group

  Interest piqued? Sun Lakes New Horizons Writers Group is accepting new members who have a desire to write and share fiction, poetry or non-fiction with other committed writers and will commit to once or twice monthly meetings. We have a reserved space in the quiet environment of the Oakwood Library. Our meetings are on…

A New Horizons Writers’ Group

  A Mind of Her Own Bob Hirt We had been traveling by van for several years from Arizona to Western New York, our original home, a distance of some 2200 miles. It is a daunting trip and usually takes between four and five days. Things were a little different this year. We got our…

New Horizons Writers’ Group

A Mount St. Helens Mis-Adventure Bob Hirt We were just embarking on a trip toward the Mount St. Helens, Washington, volcanic site after many years of hearing stories about how very tragic that fateful day, May 18, 1980, was. We had also read about how an old man, a Mr. Harry Truman (not the deceased…

Sun Lakes resident publishes second book

  Bob Hirt, a retired veterinarian and a twenty-year resident of Sun Lakes, has enjoyed writing stories for several years. Some of his stories appear regularly in the Splash. They occasionally relate to his veterinary career, as well as to his travel and work experiences. Still, others are memoirs of his life as a youngster…

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  Billy the Kid Bob Hirt It seems that when there are animals on a farm there are always issues to contend with, be it dairy cows, chickens, pigs and horses. Then, of course there are the odd-ball, uniquely different animals such as goats. The IQ, the intelligence quotient, of goats is considered very high…