Scribblings From the Desert

I am a published author and produced screenwriter living in Rancho Mirage, California with my wife, Beth, and two dogs, Crystal and Misty. I have spent most of my life in and around the Hollywood Motion Picture Business.

Location: Rancho Mirage, California, United States

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Beth's Semi-Annual Grammer School Reunion

Grocery Shopping after meeting then home and unload and put away - with Beth's help. Then we load up and prepare to go to John and Sue Watts' for semi-annual reunion of Beth's school chums. Use GPS until it puts on wrong freeway and gets us completely lost and into an argument. Unplug the damn thing and follow John's written instructions and arrive in Huntington Beach in 2 1/2 hours. Nice get-together. Good food and fellowship. Talk and take pictures. Leave around 4:30 - Home by 6:30 - 2 hours. My books (SOE) have arrived; as well as Hugo's Flip Camera. Check messages and both to office to catch up on stuff. We plan on eating very little; then going to bed. Later ~

Friday, May 30, 2008

My birth father, John Livers, who passed away almost a half a year ago

Home after meeting and check e-mail and news sites. Talk Beth; then to Hearing Aid place for one-week check up. Call Ross and thank him for pointing me to this place. Home and work for a while at computer. To Beth's place of employment and pic up UPS envelope then take it to postal place. Meet Tom Snow; George Widman; Norman Foster; and David Bradshaw for lunch at Lotus Chinese place. Harry Baddely and his wife took off for Frisco this morning early. Home and down for nap. Up and feed girl. Open mail - one book request. Check on line and I've sold One Shadows of Eagles. Spend afternoon trying to get information on father John Liver's memorial date. A local museum in Montana wants me to speak and sign my books while I'm there for the service. Beth home and I fix chips, beans and dip for dinner. Both of us to office and work on separate projects. Later ~

Thursday, May 29, 2008

David Janssen - taken by a fan from a passing bus

By Edie's after meeting and pick up mail. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Guys here to measure windows. They leave. I to Beth's place of employment where I watch phone while she exercises cars. She back and I home. Make some lunch and eat while flipping channels. Office; then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. To office and work for a while. Talk Beth; order Flip camera for one of her workers. Work on several projects. Beth home with leftover pizza from her lunch. Make small salad and we eat. Both to office. She calls Blue Cross again; I work at computer. My Shadows of Eagles order has shipped. Putz around in office until it's time for bed. Later ~

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Randolph Scott

Leave meeting early along with Beth - she has to let workers in; I have to meet window measurer guy at home. Guy doesn't show and find out he left message so call him back and make new appointment for tomorrow. Off to Beth's place of employment where I show one of the workers my Flip camera. Home and work on re-adjusting Whiskey Tears. Make lunch then watch Randolph Scott in "Ten Wanted Men" on Western Channel. To office then down for nap. Up and get mail - pills and feed girls. To office and work on Whiskey Tears until Beth comes home. Cook and we eat dinner. She calls Blue Cross to try and straighten out my policy. Then she off to a meeting. I work in office and write here. She'll be home in an hour or so and we'll go to bed. Later ~

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Charles Bronson

Stop at post office in Palm Desert and mail four books. Buy more stamps. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Then it was off to brother Bobby's and after he showed me the changes he'd made to his condo, we went to a postal place and got some signatures notarized. I dropped him at his place and headed over to Beth's place of employment. Talk Beth for a few minutes; then drove home. Made lunch and watched the end of "White Buffalo" with Bronson. To office, then down for nap. Up and feed girls; open mail. To office and work on swapping chapters in Whiskey Tears - it works better starting off with chapter two. Bob by with ironing. Beth calls and I drove over then we to airport to pick up van pilot took there this morning. Pick up my car then we drive home. Fix salad for both of us and we eat and talk. I do trash - boy do we make a lot. She washes her hair and showers; while I work on WT for a while. Write here, She sends an e-mail. Later ~

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day (not official day) Three-day Weekend.

Took her car to meeting because she needs big car to transport boxes to Sue's after meeting. I home after meeting. Check e-mail and news sites. Work on a few projects until Beth gets back; then put cars in garage and I start lunch. We eat and talk. Then I down for nap early with girls. Up an hour earlier than usual and think it's almost four and it's only two-thirty. Feed girls before I realize it's too early. Join Beth in office where we work together. Start getting dinner ready then she takes over and e have an early supper; as I'm scheduled to do a writer's chat on the Internet at six-o'clock. Chat went very well. Now she's showering and we'll be in the sack before you know it. Later~

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dick Jones and unidentified actors

Sleep in day for me. Beth up and off to Hall. I up 5:30 and shower, dress and make and eat breakfast; while reading paper. Trim beard. Vacuum the floors then mop them all. Beth home. We get ready then off to Sam's Club and Wal-Mart where she shops for her boss. Check out at Sam's and we have a hot dog for lunch. To Hall and unload supplies. Home - she to Chico's and her place of employment. I down for nap. Up and she had already done my pills and fed girls. To office and work on putting SOE new version on web site. Make a snack for dinner and we eat. Then both to office and work. Later ~


Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Camp Runamuck" Set - 1965

Grocery Shopping after meeting. Home, unload and put away. Beth getting nails done. She home; her brother, Bruce, and h is wife, Judy here and we to lunch at Mimi's. They leave as they're on the return of a 4,000 mile trip to NRA convention in Kentucky. Beth and I home. I down for nap. Up and feed girls. Since we ate late we have no dinner. Instead we watch recording of "36 Hours" with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor. Good movie. Then we get ready and hit the hay. Later ~

Friday, May 23, 2008

Very Early Corriganville Show
Chief Thundercloud; Crash Corrigan; unidentified cowboy

Mail two more books after meeting; then by COD to show Mark prototype of SOE. Home and check e-mail and news sites. To hearing Aid place and pick up new aids and get them turned. On to Beth's place of employment where I pick up a UPS and take it to mail place for her. Back to see Beth then on over to Goodies and meet the guys for Friday lunch. Home and down for nap. Aids out. Up:Aids in and feed girls. To bank and meet Brother Bob and Eva - get signatures verified. I do banking. By station and talk Nader. Home. Work at computer until she gets home. We talk, then eat an off the cuff meal. Back to computer for a few minutes; then TV for an old MGM TV Short. Watch an old Without a Trace rerun we hadn't seen. Get ready for bed. Later ~

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Author's Edition - will be available on my web site and several online sites

Home after meeting and check on girls; e-mail; and news sites. To Beth's place of employment and watch phones while she took cars for spin. Listen to Rush while waiting. Home and work at computer for awhile. Fix some lunch and watch some TV on Western Channel. Down for nap early. Up and get mail - Shadows of Eagles prototype copy arrived. To credit union and withdraw money; to bank and deposit. Picking up new hearing aids in morning. Home and make up two mailers for And ....Action! orders. Wait for Beth. Beth home. We over to her place of work and pick up van; take it to airport, stop for chili-dog then home. Both of us work in office for a while. Later ~

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gunsmoke Dodge City Set - CBS Studio Center, Stage 3

To Hall for chores only; then to Palm Springs Ford to have new passenger-side mirror replaced. Wait in waiting room with radio shows. When that's done, I drop book off at post office. Home and check on girls; check e-mail and online news sites. To Office Depot and pick up Maad Dog Daze tickets. To Beth's place of employment and take van to car wash for her. Back and home. Office. Make lunch and eat while watching Walker:Texas Ranger episode. Down for nap. Up and get mail. The item I am expecting has still not arrived. Work in office. Beth home and we eat. Then she watches last night's Dancing with the Stars. After that we watch recording of last night's NCIS (2-hour finale). Office while she showers. Later ~

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We Watched Season Finale of CSI Miami

Stop at Office Depot after meeting and drip off MDD tickets for Xeroxing. Home. Check e-mail and news sites. Popcorn with girls. Work on several projects. UPS checks come for Beth so I drive them over to her at work. Stay and talk o Eric while she dashes to bank to cash one of them, She back and I drive home. Fix some lunch and watch TV while I eat - Greyeagle on Western Channel. Office; then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail - the papers Bobby said I should be getting didn't come; he'll call Texas to find out why. Start filling out primary ballots. Call Lee Ellis for some suggestions; he'll call back later. Get contract from publisher for Whiskey Tears. Read it. Back to voting. Package a book for a mail order customer and take to car. Waiting for Beth. She working late. Ford calls and part is in - make appt for tomorrow morning. Beth home and we eat and talk; then watch CSI Miami Finale recording. Check the ending out online. She showers. We back to office. Later ~

Monday, May 19, 2008

More Pioneertown on weekend - bottom pic taken in 1951 (Me on top step with brother Bobby following close behind)

Leave meeting at 7:30 and on to Palm Springs Ford to order new right side-mirror. To RM post office and mail off three books. Home and check e-mail and news sites. To Hearing Aid doctor and get tested and order new hearing aids. Talk Ross - he gave me info on hearing aid place. Home and make some lunch. Talk Beth; talk Bob and Eva - then down for nap. Up and get mail. The thing I was expecting didn't come so call Bob and Eva to let them know. To bank and make deposits; and have signature certified. Home and work at computer. Beth home early. We talk for a while. Fix dinner and eat. Both to office. Eventually we'll hit the hay, I suspect. Later ~

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday - May 18, 2008

More Pioneertown Encampment

Sleep in day. Beth up and off to Hall. I up at 5:55. Shower, dress, eat with paper. Vacuum house; then mop floors. Beth home and we talk. Both to office and work for a while. Fix her lunch (tacos) and we eat. I'm really tired so I down for nap(three hours). Up and feed girls. To office and putz as she has Maad Dog Daze committee over for a meeting. Listen to Joey's radio show taped last Thursday - last half online. Meeting over. We have a small salad then we watch Without a Trace recording. Beth showers and we to bed. Later ~

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pioneertown Encampment Celebration

Grocery shopping after meeting; then home and unload. Beth and I get ready and take off for Pionertown to participate in their Encampment fiesta. I sell a few books. Hotter than blazes; Beth sizzles. We meet some nice people and some we already know - like Lloyd and Dale Noel' Ernie and Carol Kester. No food except Pappy and Harriett's and there must be over a thousand or almost people in town (motorcycles and visitors). Pick up some P&H food to go and we eat around 2:00 P.M. - Watch gunfights. Then pack up and drive home around 3:00. Home in less than an hour. Much hotter in Coachella Valley. Beth heads for the shower immediately. I check e-mail and mail - phone messages. She goes through mail while I snack on chips and dip. She too worn out to eat. Popsicles for dessert - she eats one of these. To office and work a while, Then we watch CSI Vegas recording before hitting the sack. Later ~

Friday, May 16, 2008

Johnny Mack Brown and Noel Neil from "And .... Action!" book

By Edie's after meeting to pick up mail then on to Ace Hardware for some vacuum bags. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Call Mark on computer question. Bug guy here and sprays. Then to meet guys at Los Consuelas for lunch. By Beth 's place of employment to house sit while she drives cars. Home and down for nap after feeding girls. Up and race to get to City Bank to meet Beth and help her carry files into her meeting with Misty. Home and putz. Beth home and we eat. Then we watch "Lost" recording. she showers and I write here. Later ~

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Joey English

Directly home after meeting and check e-mail and news sites. E-mail with new manuscript .pdf which includes ISBN arrives from Mark. I go to and upload the file; then I order my prototype book. Lady from Orphan Pet Oasis by to pick up dog pools. I finish up at computer then make an early lunch and watch a little TV. Down for nap. Up at 12:20 and feed girls. Call Beth; then off to Palm Springs to do The Joey English Radio Show. Drop book to Steve Kelley at KPSI on the way. Find studio and do show taping. Drive home and arrive around four. Work at computer and open mail, etc. Beth home and we eat. Both to office; then we watch Women's Murder Club recording. Later ~

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

With Wyatt and Thadd Turner; and A.J. Fennady - WWA Convention a few years ago

To Edie's after meeting and meet bug man. Then go by Beth's place of employment and pick up dog pools - see Sam Cropper - then droop off package for Beth at UPS. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Dive into Shadows of Eagles and finally get full cover finished including importing author photo. Stop for lunch and some of Gene Autry's Carolina Moon on Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail and UPS left for Beth. Drive over and drop envelope to Beth then home. Work on getting ISBN for new book and e-mail PA to ask them to pull old book from online book stores. Beth picks me up and we drive over to near Del Webb's to look for moving company. Order pizza and pick it up on way home. Eat then she watches DWTS. I back and we watch NCIS. Office and work here a few minutes. Later ~

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Cover for Shadows of Eagles Special Author's Edition

By post office again after meeting to mil book and buy stamps for Beth. Home - check e-mail and news sites. Mark has converted my manuscript into .PDF. Dive into and work on publishing Shadows of Eagles upload text and start on cover. Stop for lunch and the end of Man from the Alamo on Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls; mail. Back to SOE on - continue with cover and have some trouble so talk online help and Mark and finally create cover. Try to find out how to get ISBN. Beth home and we eat. She watch end of last night's Dancing with the Stars; then we watch CSI Miami. She showers and I write here. Now we're going to watch another show. Later ~

Monday, May 12, 2008

Shooting a movie at Apacheland, AZ

Changed cars with Beth. Stop at post office after meeting to mail some books and buy stamps. Home; check e-mail and news sites; then take Misty to vet to have scabs combed out. Home. Work at computer. UPS comes for Beth so I run it over to her at work. Change back to own car. Home and fix lunch and eat with TV. Office then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Office and work on newspaper piece to promote next weekend. Put more info on Western web site. E-mail to Thadd. Beth home and we eat; she wash hair. Now we're going to watch recordings on TV. Maybe one on 50s TV shows. Later ~

Sunday, May 11, 2008

With David Janssen on The Fugitive set - 1965

Sleep in day. Beth up and to Hall. I up 5:45 then shower and shave; dress add fix and eat breakfast while reading Sunday paper. Vacuum and mop house tile. Work at computer until Beth gets home. Fix us some lunch and we eat. I lie on couch and rest until: we take off or Palm Springs and the Annenberg Theater where we see Arnold Capolletti's new musical "RadicaLove" - after we by PetSmart to pick up some pools for the Orphan Pet Oasis dogs. Pick up some tostadas then drop off pools at her place of employment. Home and we eat. Both to office. We'll watch "From Here to Eternity" we recorded a day or so ago. Then it's Zzzzzz. Later ~

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Beth and Kenny Rogers on Rio Diablo set.
Alamo Village - 1992

Grocery shopping after meeting; then home. Beth's getting her nails done. Unload and put away. To office and check e-mail and news sites. Continue and finish reading (proofing/editing) Shadows of Eagles - which I plan on re-publishing as an Author's Special Edition. Beth home and we eat lunch together and talk. I down for nap while she works on our affairs in office. I up and feed girls. Join her in office and I work on computer for a while; then sign, package, address and stamp some mail order books. To kitchen and make salads. She irons. We eat then she showers. We watch recording of Without a Trace - then back to office. Later ~

Friday, May 09, 2008

Shooting Dundee and the Culhane at the Bell Ranch - 1967

By Edie's after meeting to get mail and turn off water; then home. Check e-mail and news sites with snack. Read more of Shadows of Eagles. Meet Harry, Tom, Normam and George at Elephant bar for lunch. Home and down for nap. Up and get mail; then feed girls. Drive over and pick up UPS from Beth and take it to UPS place. Home and read some more on SOE. Stop with one chapter is left to go. Beth home; make some dip and we eat chips and salsa. To TV and watch recording of Lost and CSI Vegas. To office while she showers. Later ~

Thursday, May 08, 2008

By post office after meeting; then home. Phone rings as I walk through the door - Beth has a flood on her hands at her place of employment. Drive over with dry clothes for her and stick around until water vacuumers arrive. Home and sit down to computer and continue reading Shadows of Eagles. Stop for lunch and TV Western. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail. Then over to Beth's work and pick up a fax and take it home and send to SD. Back to reading. Put out recycle bin. Fix dinner. Beth home and we eat tacos. TV - recording of CSI Miami. Office and write here while she showers. Later ~

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Western Town at the Iverson (lower) Ranch

By post office to buy more stamps for Beth; then home. Check e-mail and news sites. Take off at a little after 9:00 to pick up a battery for Beth from Napa Auto Parts; then on to Sam's club to shop for Hall and a little for us. By Beth's workplace and drop battery - see her; then home. Fix lunch and watch "The Dalton Girls" on Western Channel - my uncle George carried script on this one. Down for nap. Up and get mail then feed girls. Open mail. To computer and read some more on Shadows of Eagles. Write e-mail to Hackman. Bob by to pick up his ironing. Beth home and we eat. She watches recording of dancing with the Stars; while I read more of SOE. Then we both watch recording of NCIS. She showers and I write here. Later ~

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Brenda (left) one of the BBQ helpers; Bob is cooking and can't be seen.

Home after meeting an check e-mail and news sites. Snack; and do some reading on Shadows of Eagles. I'm supposed to pick up a battery for Beth at Napa Auto parts but it didn't come in: Tomorrow. To CitiBank and drop something for Beth. By her place of employment and take her a watch she forgot. Home and fix lunch and watch end of Trigger, Jr. with Roy and Dale. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. Talk to Beth. Then back to reading SOE. Beth home and pick me up and we to Indio - stopping at Edie's and S&F on the way - for dinner for Brenda and Bob, the alumni BBQ helpers with Kim and John Hardee. Drive home. Write here. She showers; then we bed. Later ~

Monday, May 05, 2008

Tractors at Old Ways Days

Our Girls

Leave meeting early and pick up something for Beth at Ace Hardware and Jensen's market then home. Check e-mail and news sites. Take Misty to vet to get her rump combed out. Not quite ready so home and hand her back to Crystal. I off to Beth's place of employment and exchange cars. By Best Buy and buy new printer. Home and make lunch; eat and TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Move out old printer and set up new one. Absolutely no time to work on SOE today. Beth home and we eat and talk. To office and work. I write here. She'll shower then watch Dancing with the Stars in bed. I plan to go to sleep Later ~


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Los Rios Rancho

John Sanders

Major Mitchell

Sleep in day. Beth up and off to Hall. I sleep in until 6:00. Up and shave and shower - dress. Cook and eat breakfast. Start getting ready for Oak Glenn - Beth home. Kiss her good buy and drive to Rancho Los Rios in Oak Glenn. Meet Major Mitchell and we sell books. Sell a few more today than yesterday. Talk with visitors and John Saunders: the man who invited us. Lunch for me today was cowboy beans and corn on the cob - with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Head for home at three. Arrive at four. Change clothes and check e-mail and news sites. Download some video I took today. Waiting for Beth to get back from Maad Dog Daze Meeting.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Today in Oak Glenn - Old Ways Days

Leave meeting early to go grocery shopping so I get home early to unload and put away then change my clothes and and make sure everything is in the car, Beth home and we take off for Oak Glen and Old Ways Days at Rancho Los Rios. About an hour to get there - arrive just after 10:00. Major Mitchell is already set up; so is John Sanders. They help me to unload; then Beth takes off to meet Robin Anderson at her new home in Yucaipa for lunch. Shoot the shot with the other writers and take some pics. Beth back a little after Noon. I get a beef sand and get her an ice cream. Back to get her some cowboy beans and I get pie and ice cream. Sell no books until around 2:30 then sell two And .... Action!s in five minutes. Walk around place with Major taking pics. Back and decide to pack it up and leave just before 4:00. Home by 5:00 - unload and into house. She reads mail; I check e-mail. We have chips and salsa; then we watch recording of CSI Miami. She showers. Watch Without a Trace recording. Later ~

Friday, May 02, 2008

On the Dundee and the Culhane set - Apacheland, AZ 1967

To Blood draw after chores at Hall. To Ace hardware and buy some trash cans and other stuff for Beth for Hall; then drop it all off to Beth at Hall as meeting is letting out. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Read some on Shadows of Eagles. Snack with girls. Meet Harry Baddely, Tom Snow, and Norman Foster for lunch at Baker's Square. By Beth's place of work and take mail to mail place for her. Home; snack and down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Work at computer, then decide to get ready for tomorrow. I open some book boxes (2) and unwrap books - put them in Expedition. Computer and read SOE some more. Beth home and we eat. Both to office. Now we're going to watch CSI Vegas. Later ~

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Round Table members:
Top row: Steve Lodge;Darlene Casella;Lee Ellis; George Galligher
Bottom row: Sandra Goldbeck; Elaine Henderson (missing - Sandy Hellman; Swani McGrath)

Stop at Office Depot after meeting and buy binder for Beth. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Snack while reading more of Shadows of Eagles. Brother Bob calls with letter he's written to our Trust Attorney, Call Beth and read her letter. Call Bob back with our OK. Somehow I lost an hour and I race (not going over speed limit) to meet Conservative Round Table group in Indio. Nice discussion over Chinese food. Sandy gets another And .... Action! book. Stop at Edie's on way home and pickup her mail. Home. Call Beth. Feed girls and take my pills. Down for nap. Up and check e-mail. A guy from New Mexico e-mailed me asking for an address to send $$ for the book. Read some more on SOE. Beth home. Talk then I make dinner and we eat. She's washing her hair; then we'll watch recording of NCIS. Possibly a second show. Later ~