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This phenomenal thing we call life is filled with many wonderful people.  I would like to take a moment to journey into the past to name a few individuals I was fortunate enough to meet.  After that, it is certainly appropriate to reveal several recent acquaintances, many of which were met on twitter. 

While I was in college, there were a number of individuals that I had the good fortune of meeting.  Since the list goes on and on, I am forced to pick only a few.  First of all, it was my decision to become a powerlifter which opened many doors for me.  Because of this competitive sport and the things we had in common, I met football legends like Pat Sullivan (Heisman Trophy winner), David Campbell (All-American), Tom Banks (legendary NFL center), David Langner (all I need to say is 17-16 win over Alabama), and Mike Kolen (“Rookie of the Year” at the Miami Dolphins, 8 seasons with Miami when they dominated the league, nicknamed “Captain Crunch”). 

Now that I have provided their names, let me reveal a few details about our association.  For those of you who do not know, powerlifting is a very competitive sport.  It never ceases to amaze me at what a well-disciplined body can accomplish.  That is where I learned concentration, persistence, patience, and positive thinking.  When you step under a bar holding hundreds of pounds of weight, you either succeed or become crushed.  So I learned to make a commitment before taking on the task.  You either do it or not – but never maybe.  That philosophy has stayed with me throughout life. 

On one particular afternoon, my friend David Campbell and I lifted weights in the coliseum at Auburn University.  It was when I offered him a ride back to Sewell Hall that I realized he was not only a legend but a giant of a man.  With the seat pushed back as far as it would go, his knees rested against the dash of my car, a Ford Galaxy.  Later a girl friend of mine sat on my left while David took a seat on my right.  Finally, unable to contain it any longer and after staring at him, she leaned over and said, “That is one more hunk of a man.”  I could not help laughing at the expression on her face.  Friendships come in all sizes. 

Another person I would like to mention in Mike Kolen.  After completing his first year in the NFL as Rookie of the Year, we lifted weights together one afternoon while he was on break.  He paid me a very nice compliment concerning my physical condition.  Imagine how that felt coming from a pro.  I would also like to mention legendary center, Tom Banks, an outstanding pro football player.  He lifted with us as a team in the state championship.  After completing my lifts, I was called upon to judge the competition for the heavier weight classes.  Once the lifts were completed, I – along with two other judges, provided a thumb’s up for a pass or a thumb’s down to signal a failed attempt.  Can you imagine looking up at Tom Banks to make such a call?  Everyone who knows anything about centers realizes those guys are gigantic.  But I survived, and winning the team trophy will remain a highlight of my life.     

A few years later I had the rare opportunity of meeting Hank Williams, Jr. in a private setting.  I did not recognize him at first; but when I did, he chuckled and we struck up a conversation.  Other notable people that I met in my business endeavors are Don Logan, Chairman of Time Warner, and Ken Griggy, Chairman and CEO of Wilson Foods.  All of these people, while very influential, were some of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet.  

On the business side of my journey, I was privileged to be featured in several national magazines which was quite an honor for me.  During my weightlifting career, I was even featured in the same magazine as Arnold Schwarzenegger – he a body builder and me a powerlifter.  My kids got a kick out of reading those articles and ended up making copies to take to school to convince their friends.  I also met several celebrities at the National Competition level including the residing Mr. America (that was before Arnold made it big) and the great power lifter, Terry Todd, holder of world records. 

The list goes on, but I want to get to the reason for this blog.  For years I have resisted joining twitter out of concern that this social media is a very powerful tool.  Would the people be kind or demeaning?  Well, I am happy to say it has been a wonderful experience.  I have found that twitter friends are so kind that it is only appropriate to take a moment to mention a few. 

When I first began this amazing journey, there was a kind person named Mary L Delgado (MaryLDelgado) who followed me.  You know her well as all America fell in love with Mary on “The Bachelor”.  She is a former Tampa Bay Buc’s cheerleader and a very beautiful young woman.  But it was twitter that has provided me with the chance to connect with her on a more personal basis.  I must say that Mary is a wonderful, considerate, caring individual.  She takes the time to tweet me back and is always a pleasure to speak with.  Like me, she is a competitor and has proven herself as we have already seen.  Mary is currently involved in several secret projects and has mentioned that we may see more of her soon.  However, what she would like very much is to be on “Dancing with the Stars”.  So, Mary, what do you think?  Are you up to the challenge?  I sense a smile – all the answer I need.  We hope to see you soon on DWTS.

In conclusion I would like to mention several close friendships that have developed as a result of twitter.  Caleb Pirtle (CalebPirtle) is a well-known author, screenwriter, with movie connections to Kenny Rogers.  Recently Caleb placed me in his “Author’s Showcase”.  (http://bit.ly/zSEQeh) Thanks to my friend, sales for the book he featured – SURVIVAL – are rising.  His showcase is providing me an opportunity to reveal my works to readers.  Thanks, my friend. 

Ann Marie Dwyer (AnnMarieDwyer) did an “Author Interview”  http://bit.ly/saWtay which gave the readers a chance to get to know me on a more personal basis.  

As many of you are aware, I am involved in a project intended to provide public awareness concerning human trafficking.  The Twelve SEALswas used on Dottie Laster’s TRAFFICKED, Here Women Talk Radio Show, for that purpose.  This guest appearance,  http://bit.ly/zDUkka, is archived if you would like to poke a little fun at my accent.

Now I would like to mention a very special person that came into my life on twitter.  Stacie (whatzMineIzYurz) is a true friend that I will be forever grateful to.  She has connected me with some very dear acquaintances:  Dottie Laster TRAFFICKED, Ana Herradon (AnaHerradon), KC Oliver (KC_oliver), Judy (jThomasross), Brian (CharlieNitric), and Mina (minamaya13).  Others special friends I have met on twitter that I would like to mention are Vonda Norwood (VondaNorwood), Raine Thomas (Raine_Thomas), Michelle Hughes (MichelleHughes_), Christine Warner (ChristinesWords), Brian Bohls (BrianBohls), and Ticia Verveer (ticiaverveer).  This by no means is a complete list, and hopefully in time I will be able to mention many more.  I have already run over the allotted space.  So, here is to my friends on twitter that scan the globe:  I am so thankful for all of you. 

There is no doubt about it:  twitter friends are the best.  

In loving memory of Stacie Dorego – a tragic loss of a true friend!

Roger

Donations are now being accepted by Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 – for Stacie Dorego’s children  http://bit.ly/zGFvQW

 

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As we begin the New Year, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the past.  I am a firm believer that in order to chart the course of our journey into the future, we must take a look at where we have been.  It would be appropriate at this time to thank all my loyal supporters and the 1700+ who have read my blogs. I must admit the response to “The Greatest Gift of All” and “A Christmas Wish” was more than could have been anticipated.  The ripple effect was felt around the nation as kindhearted people put this wish into practice.  It was all over the news, bringing a smile to my family.  There were hosts of mystery people helping others without revealing their identity.  Can you imagine the feelings of the recipient of such a gift?  Better yet, can you imagine the feeling within the individual who offered such an act of kindness without receiving any praise?

With that being said, let’s carry this thought forward and pay tribute to the true heroes in our lives.  The world is filled with kindness and those who are sacrificing everything in order to help others.  Yet, to accomplish that requires more than we realize.  Our police officers protect us from those who would do us harm.  It is because of their sacrifice that we can move about freely, carry on with our wishes, and expect to be safe while doing so.  Can you imagine what it would be like if it weren’t for those dedicated officers of the law? 

I wrote many stories of the Wild West, days of the frontiers, and of the times when our survival was left up to us as individuals.  Thankfully that has changed.  It is not perfect.  There is corruption, bribes, and dishonest judges who pervert the law; but as a whole, most are descent, dedicated keepers of the law.  It is a disgrace to them to learn of bribes being taken by their own to pervert justice.  To those who are truly devoted to keeping the oath they have taken to uphold the law, our deep-seated gratitude goes out to you.

It is only fitting and appropriate to praise the many individuals in our armed forces and to pay tribute to them.  They leave their families and the comfort of their homes to enter harms way in order to protect us.  Many pay the ultimate of sacrifices so we can have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This great nation stands today as tribute to centuries of men and women who have served their country.  Without their sacrifice, we would most likely find ourselves under the control of a dictatorship or sovereign power, stripping us of the many privileges we enjoy today.

But, alas not all is well.  Unfortunately problems do exist.  They will be waiting for us in the future, just as they have persisted in the past.  One that I would like to touch on is human trafficking.  It is a global crisis and is out of control.  I have written “The Twelve SEALs” and two sequels for the purpose of creating public awareness about this subject.  Education is the key.  The next release is about to hit the bookstores, and you will certainly acquire a new level of appreciation for the SEALs after reading of these heroic efforts by some of our finest.  In these stories the president has become fed up with the tolerance of human trafficking.  Corruption is at the root of the problem, and the love of money is the driving force that is destroying the lives of many of our young women.  You may know of someone that has disappeared, never to be heard from again.  I do!  Is human trafficking behind it?  We are beginning to suspect as much.

In an effort to put a stop to the abductions, trafficking, and abuse of these unfortunate victims, the president has called upon the elite.  Who better than the Navy SEALs is there to protect our young women?  When victims are abducted, leaving behind no evidence to follow, and the police reach a dead end, it suddenly becomes a job for a team of former SEALs.  These guys are dedicated to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.  Their training has prepared them for the task, and now they issue a warning:  “We got Bin Laden; and if you are involved in human trafficking, we will get you too!”  Young women are disappearing at an alarming rate and need someone to rescue them.  They wait, desperately wanting to be found.  Now there is hope, and soon the victims will be returned to the loving arms of their families.  Here is a tribute to our finest!

Recently I had the good fortune of being a guest on Dottie Laster’s Here Women Talk Radio.  If you would like to listen to my southern accent, click on the link below and choose archives.  My portion is the final twenty minutes of the broadcast.  Those who are concerned about my accent need not worry.  Once the ink touches the paper, the accent melts away.

If you would like to learn more about ways to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking, please consider “The Twelve SEALs” out now, and its sequels soon to be released.

Thank you!

 Roger Grubbs

  

http://bit.ly/zDUkka  Dottie Laster’s TRAFFICKED

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Many of us are about to celebrate the Christmas holidays and after that New Year’s Day.  These festivities have become a tradition among Americans, as well as numerous others around the globe.  This is a special time of year for many of us, as it should be.  Not only is it a time to be thankful for what we have, it is an occasion to think of others. 

We live in a world that is fast-paced, racing by at an alarming rate.  It is easy to get caught up in the frantic activity and lose ourselves in it.  Before long we become distracted by the abundance of things going on at once.  It is exciting – all can agree, but have we lost sight of what is truly important in our lives? 

This Christmas I have made a wish, and I hope you will share in it.  Before I reveal that wish, please bear with me.

There is a secret project that I have become aware of.  I cannot reveal the details because it is a secret.  Someone I know donated hours of their time all in secret. You see, nobody will ever know what this person did for others.  That’s the beauty of it.  Why would someone do that?  After all, they don’t get paid, and the recipients won’t be able to thank her because it was all done in secret.  I have had the pleasure of knowing this person for decades, and that’s just the way she is.

The sad part is this person also has needs and nobody knows it.  She has performed hundreds, possibly thousands of acts of kindness, all to help others.  You won’t hear her complain because that’s the way she is.  Because of her secret efforts, this season there will be children who won’t go to bed hungry at least for a few nights.  There will be food on the table, presents under the tree, and a smile on their faces.

Now this is my wish.  Choose to help someone in need.  You won’t have to look far.  Do it in secret, and enjoy the feeling it gives you – also in secret.  Then gather your loved ones, and place your arms around them.  Tell them how much they mean to you, and watch them smile. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Christmas is a special time of year, reminding us of the importance of friends and family.  With this auspicious occasion comes many wonderful blessings.  I am mindful of something as I gaze upon the meticulously decorated tree.  Resting high above, on the pinnacle of the evergreen, is an angel.  Of course the figure is only a symbol, not an idol that we should worship, but instead a reminder of something that is real.

For those of us who believe, there are indeed angels among us.  They come into our lives, often unaware, bringing joy to the lives they touch.  Without them the world can seem like a cruel and lonely place.  Their miraculous presence has the ability to change our lives.  While there are many truly remarkable people in the world, a few stand out among all the rest.

Whether or not we choose to admit it, we need each other.  Every person, every business, and everything we do while upon this marvelous planet called earth depends upon others.  No one is an island – even though some attempt to live that way.  But who are they hurting?  Life is short and fleeting, here today and gone tomorrow.  What would it be like not to have a single person to share it with?

It is so exciting to watch the children enjoying themselves, especially the younger ones as they put on quite a show for us.  Their faces are all aglow, they have no worries, and they delight in the little thing we call life.  Those are the fond memories we carry with us throughout our time here on earth.  Christmas is a time for family and friends to assemble together to share those precious moments and create new ones.  Have you ever considered how boring and lonely life would be without them? 

We must never take people for granted, especially those we cherish, for in the blink of an eye they can be taken from us.  Don’t wait until it is too late to enjoy the company of a dear friend.  The holidays are quickly approaching, providing an excellent opportunity to share our time with others and give of ourselves.

I have written a book I am sure you will enjoy.  It holds a lifetime of memories for two six-year-old children who discover ‘the greatest gift of all’.  This young boy and girl build a friendship at an early age that follows them wherever they go, even when destiny takes them in opposite directions.  Why not join us as we share in the story of some really good people?  Consider the sacrifices they make to help others.  When you are finished reading, you will surely believe there are angels among us.

The story begins with an orphan named Destiny.  She has met a kind old gentleman who knows the true meaning of life.  Watch as fate brings the two together, creating the backdrop for what is truly the Greatest Gift of All.

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 “In Search of Paradise“, Adventure Series – Book 1, now available for your reading pleasure – absolutely free!  Click link below.  Enjoy!

“In Search of Paradise”

 

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The whole world has been captivated by the murder trial in Orlando, Florida.  Regardless of who you talk to, there is going to be a difference of opinion.  However, the tragedy of the whole matter is the death of a young child.  Her name is Caylee Marie Anthony.  

This beautiful two-year-old had her whole life ahead of her, yet it only took a moment for it to be snatched away.  What actually happened?  Will we ever know?  Will justice prevail?  All these questions have an answer, but it may never be revealed. 

I become very emotional when the victim is a child.  Maybe it is because I have witnessed such injustice in the world.  While this child can only speak from the grave, there are other victims that are very much alive.  Yet when they beg for help, none is provided. 

For nineteen years the family I wrote about in for the Victims had to endure malicious abuse.  It all began when their parents reported criminal activity within the Postal Service.  Immediately they were being harassed by a host of people.  It would be impossible to reveal all that happened to them in this short message.  Although I have written a total of three books about this tragedy, laying out the whole matter in minute detail.  

I feel compelled, however, to reveal a portion of what they endured.  Maybe it is because this case has opened my eyes.  For whatever reason, I am ready to reveal to the whole world what I know.  Shortly after August 6th, 1992, the family mentioned in for the Victims reported postal crimes to the police.  That afternoon two postal inspectors show up to take statements.  It soon became obvious that something was amiss.  The very next day their house was broken into.  Nothing was taken, and they were puzzled as to why someone had done it.  Soon the answer was evident.  The entire family became sick.  The cause?  Pesticide poisoning.  Blood tests proved they had been ingesting DDT, enough to kill them.  But no matter how hard they tried, they could not seem to get the police to stop it.  So, they went to the FBI.  After that, it only got worse. 

Over the course of many months, the conditions became unbearable for this family of four.  All the police did was fill out reports while the lives of these children were in jeopardy.  The younger child was only six years old at the time; so, naturally the pesticides had a greater effect upon her small body.  At one point, she could barely walk as she dragged her foot across the floor.  Later she was rushed to the emergency room with severe stomach cramps.  After this incident, the parents became fed up with law enforcement and hired a private investigator.  With his untimely death, they were ready to leave Alabama and move to Florida.  However, the crimes followed them to Orlando.  So, they filed police reports again, but to no avail.  

One might conclude from all of this that there is no justice, but you would be wrong.  I have kept a record of what happened to those involved.  The details are revealed in the second installment of  for the Victims – Avenging Angel.  Yes, there is justice.  While it may not come from a court of law, a policeman, an FBI agent, or a postal inspector, there will be justice for all.  An agonizing death awaits the guilty; and as they lay suffering on their deathbed, what could possibly comfort them.  

In closing, this country is in a predicament, and there is a reason for it.  Those details are covered in the final chapter of  for the Victims – Nation in Crisis.  Is there justice?  If you still have any doubts, why not read the trilogy of  for the Victims.

Roger Grubbs

Author

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Thank you, dear readers, for your encouragement.  I feel like I have succeeded as a writer if I have entertained, inspired, and motivated you.  I am grateful for your support and positive reinforcement; and I promise to work very hard to make certain you are never disappointed.  

I’m a firm believer that life has a purpose.  You may have already found your reason for being here, but others are still searching.  Regardless of our individual reasons for being on this beautiful planet called “Earth”, there is joy in living.  Readers, your uniqueness, inspires me to write. 

The world is not perfect.  There is a raging battle between good and evil.  I like to think that most people are good, yet evil is a very powerful force—and it seems to get the upper hand at times.  However, the heroes in my stories—our stories—are not quitters.  They sacrifice everything to help others.  You will be encouraged by them—and see yourself in them.  They take a stand for good even though the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against them.  And if necessary, they will offer the ultimate of sacrifices–themselves—for the greater good.  

Now, please let me share my humble beginnings as an author—I want to show you where my allegiance lies, and why writing about it is so important to me. 

I write . . . for the Victims 

The first novel I ever wrote was for the victims.  This is about true crime and provides a message of hope for those who are suffering.  This series was not intended to entertain; its purpose was to inform.  You see, I know the family that became the victims of these horrendous crimes mentioned throughout the series.  The story involves a frightening nineteen-year journey that has never ended.  A family of four had everything to live for.  They were on top of the world literally.  Suddenly that changed in the blink of an eye.  

These four people became victims of crimes you could have never imagined.  The worst part of the whole ordeal was that they received no help from a single soul.  What affected me the most was I witnessed the look in those children’s eyes as they begged an officer of the law for help.  He laughed and walked away.  Now you understand why I became a writer.  Law enforcement turned a deaf ear as others kept their secrets while this family suffered.  Nevertheless, this family refused to give up.  Police reports were filed in three states along with complaints to the FBI in two of those states and its headquarters inWashingtonDC.  Even after all this, the crimes continued.  

When this problem began, two members of this family were only children – ages six and twelve.  Their lives were literally destroyed by crooked law enforcement, dishonest judges, and a host of people who took bribes to remain quiet as others suffered.  But this family never gave up—they simply refused to be quitters.  But these victims did not simply survive—they thrived.  

The twelve-year-old is now thirty-one and has obtained a PhD.  She is a college professor.  The six-year-old is now twenty-four and a school teacher.  Fittingly, she was chosen as “Rookie Teacher of the Year”.  However, it has not always been easy for them.  They have been harassed by those who want to make their lives miserable.  It seems there is plenty of scum out there who are willing if the price is right.  The parents are now much older and should have been able to retire comfortably long ago.  However, crooks are not quitters either – just dumb and mean.  I’m convinced this family has a purpose in life:  if nothing else, to be an example to others.  That is why I have written the series of for the Victims

Before you read these novels, I must warn you.  Those were my first creations, and at the time I was overwhelmed by the crimes being committed against these two young children.  It shows in my writing style, and the story has affected others in the same way.  After reading them, many became so angry with the Postal Service and their law enforcement division that they did not even pick up their mail for days.  

The whole world needs to know this: no matter how small of a part one person plays in crimes or hatred, that person bears the guilt of perpetuating pain and injustice that ruins lives.  The law recognizes this—those who ignore or even slightly contribute to these crimes are under racketeering laws—which can carry the penalty of federal prison.  

Survivors know, prison sentences do not redeem lost years of hope, dreams, and promise.  Survivors, however, are comforted by knowing they are not alone.  The victims in my novels—who are still thriving today—never gave up hope.  So, if you are suffering, please know that you are not alone.  Draw on the strength of others who have endured hardships and prevailed.  for the Victims was written to restore faith in mankind, provide hope for the weary, and encourage all those who need it—especially for survivors. 

In closing, I would like to say there is a reason for our nation’s crisis; and it is explained in vivid detail in the final book of this series.  You will certainly be surprised to learn how it all began—which is with the strength of survivors, portrayed in for the Victims

Roger Grubbs

Author

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On this glorious day of the 4th of July, our nation celebrates the day of our independence.  As I awakened this morning, there was a certain feeling in the air.  It is difficult to explain, but I sensed the presence of an unseen spirit.  Maybe it is Thomas Jefferson himself celebrating with us.  I sincerely hope so.

History tells us it was this brave individual, with the help of four others, that put everything on the line in writing the Declaration of Independence.  Upon completing the final draft, fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it, setting into motion the most profound event in our nation’s history.  Those stately words continue to echo throughout our nation and around the world.  There is comfort in hearing and repeating the message.  The committee of five consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin were geniuses, or could it have been they were divinely guided? 

When you read the beginning it becomes evident that there was a powerful force at work.  It states:  

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

This portion of the Declaration set out the reasons for what this committee was about to do, but it is the powerful words that follow that move us to greatness. 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

You and I, my friend, have the right to be treated equally.  Included in that are certain indisputable rights – that being:  Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  No individual, no court of law, and no agency on earth has the right to take that from you.  Of course we can give up those rights by breaking the laws of our land, but law-abiding citizens have the constitutional right to all the privileges provided in this Declaration. 

As I close my eyes for a moment to reflect upon this prestigious day, I realize something.  Our forefathers gave up everything for our freedom.  Men and women do that every day to insure that our freedom is protected.  Now I need to do my part to make certain our great nation preserves this freedom.  It is certainly a privilege to live in this remarkable country, and I hope Thomas Jefferson is smiling upon us as he cherishes this moment that began on July 4th, 1776.  Make him proud by celebrating with us this auspicious occasion.  It is because of men and women like him that we have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

Roger Grubbs

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