If I do not take responsibility for my actions, I do not have the ability to succeed. This is a message I share with my granddaughters on a regular basis. Recently this site was inundated with responses from robots because I allowed the comment box to remain open beyond my normal 7 day open time for responses.
I go to Haiti four times per year to teach. With the time spent preparing to go, the time spent in Haiti, and the time recovering from the trips, these trips take a substantial part of my time but they end up being substantial blessings to me. If you are not going out of your way to help others, I would encourage you to do so.
One of my granddaughters is going to join me on my next trip to Haiti because her father has determined that I need someone to take care of me. He is probably right. What he does not know is that several young ladies in Haiti have adopted me as their grandpa and keep an eye on me. There is also the team from Mission Haiti that takes good care of me.
We have Grandpa, Help! – Dating ready to post as an ebook, but I ran out of time before my last trip and have been trying to catch up ever since. Look for it showing up on Amazon.com within a week.
The print edition of Grandpa Helps Grandparents is being sold on Amazon.com and other on-line book sellers. The initial print run had an error in it. Some of the page numbers got eliminated and I did not notice it as I slept as I read the proof copy. That has now been corrected. I apologize for sleeping on the job.
Recently I spent time with a psychiatrist who had read Grandpa, Help! – Answers. He gave me a number of ideas concerning expanding the series. This gives me an reason to gather Paisly, Haleigh, and Sylvia around me for a conference to discuss where we are going with this series.
Within the past week, I received an email from a lady who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She included a photo of her holding a copy of Grandpa, Help! – Answers and a copy of Grandpa Helps Grandparents. She loves them. If you want to send me photos of you reading the Grandpa books, I will see if I can talk one of my granddaughters into posting them on this website. If you would like to post them on your FaceBook page with a link to this website I would be thrilled. If you are sending them to me, you can use the email address Grandpa at GrandpaHelp.com. Of course you know what editing needs to be done on that address.
Meanwhile I need to dust off my file transfer protocol to upload some photos. The easy way to transfer media to this site has not worked for the past year.
The Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer Book is coming along very well and The Stucco Book – Forensics & Repairs will probably not meet the December, 2014 projected publication date. Maybe Feb. 2015.
My support team in the US and in Haiti is helping on the forthcoming book Construction & Maintenance of Masonry Homes in Haiti. This is a revision and expansion of a book by Blondet for building earthquake resistant homes after the Peruvian earthquake. Our goal is to publish a book which modifies the indigenous Haitian building techniques as little as possible, yet results in earthquake-resistant construction.
If I learned to say, “NO!” I would not be behind schedule, but if I did, I would not be having so much fun.