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A Bit About Chuck Nelson

Updated on March 5, 2015
This is me 60+ years ago - I have always had a flare for style
This is me 60+ years ago - I have always had a flare for style | Source

I Started Life at an Early Age

The photo on the left was taken well over 60 years ago. I haven't changed much but I am a little taller.

I started writing on a website called Squidoo in December of 2011 and migrated to Hub Pages in 2014. I like to write articles about things that interest me but perhaps if I share a little about myself and what interests me you might find that interesting and it might draw you into some of my other writings on (called Hubs) on Hub Pages.

I enjoy learning a little about people who write so this will be your opportunity to learn something about me. I'm married and have an adult daughter and grandcritters. I grew up on a cattle ranch in northern California, obtained a college degree and entered into a career in law enforcement. Today I'm retired from my law enforcement career and am able to pursue many interests that were largely on hold during my working career. Quite frankly, I'm so busy in retirement that I don't know how I ever had time to work.

I am interested in photography and art, nature, Biblical apologetics, especially the creation evolution issue, and writing. You will find that many of my Hubs focus on these interests.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

Capturing The World Around Me In Photographs

As you can see from the self portrait on the right, I haven't changed much in the last 60+ years. I still have the hat but I'm definitely taller.

I've always enjoyed looking at photographs and obtained my first camera in college. All I could afford was an inexpensive Kodak Instamatic. I was amazed to find that I couldn't capture the wonderful photographs I saw in magazines and hanging on gallery walls. I wanted to photograph eagles in flight, beautiful sunsets and breathtaking scenery but my skills and Instamatic weren't up to the task. I decided that great photographs probably had something to do with knowing what you are doing and using quality equipment. My Instamatic could take nice snapshots but I wanted to take "photographs."

I took a photography course in college which was taught using the Speed Graphic which was a common camera used by news photographers and law enforcement at the time. It used a large 4"x5" negative and we learned to develop the film and create prints. This was long before digital cameras were on the scene but the Speed Graphic was a great camera if a bit cumbersome to use. As a result of the class I learned that I had a lot to learn about photography and that a good camera, like a Speed Graphic, can give me a photograph that was far superior to what my Instamatic could produce.

Years passed and my interest in photography continued on a back burner as my life was consumed with work and family. I managed to acquire a quality 35mm Canon SLR camera along the way and my photography was improving. I was able to do some photography work during my law enforcement career and even had some photographs published but my desire was to pursue photograph as an art form. I wanted to create images that stood out, something beyond snapshots.

My opportunity to pursue photography came with my retirement and with the arrival of digital technology. I invested in quality digital camera gear and began to learn the wonders of modern cameras and photo processing software. I was finding ways to take my images to new levels and to scratch an artistic itch that had been ignored for too many years. Nature and wildlife are my favorite photographic subjects but I'll point my Canon at anything that interests me.

Don't forget to check out some of my photography related HUBS on HUB PAGES.

My Book Cover
My Book Cover

Oops, I Wrote a Book!

In my retirement I began to write about my life growing up on a cattle ranch. At first I wasn’t intending to write a book, I was chronicling my life and adventures on the ranch for my grandcritters who were growing up in the city. My writings grew rather extensive as I would make notes as memories came to me and later flesh the memories out into stories of ranch life. I didn't originally intend to write a book for public consumption but many who saw my writings encouraged me to write it as a book....so "OOPS I wrote a book without originally intending to. My book is titled; Life at The End of a Dirt Road because I grew up with three brothers literally at the end of a long dirt road. The book is available on Amazon and all the usual places. I have a hub here on HUB PAGES that will tell you much more about the book and how it came to be published.

Writing a book is a lot of work but it’s also a great experience. If you have an itch to write and feel you have some ingrown stories or something interesting to write about I would encourage you to go for it. Check out the Hub on my book for some tips and ideas but don’t stop there. Search other Hubs on writing and do your homework. The key is to start keeping notes on what you want to write about and start writing! You can do it!

What You Know About Chuck Nelson

If you've carefully read this commentary, underlining and making notes where appropriate, you should know the following facts about me

  • I'm not a girl
  • I like to take pictures
  • I'm older than I was 60 years ago
  • I wrote a book
  • I'm taller than I was 60 years ago
  • I have two websites
  • Did I say I like to take pictures?
  • Have you read my book yet?
  • I was a cop for around 35 years
  • I grew up on a cattle ranch (But I've cleaned my boots since then.)
  • I'm good looking if you take the mileage into account

Life At The End of a Dirt Road

This is my largely humorous book about growing up on a cattle ranch in northern California. Much of it is written from the perspective of the kid on the ranch and it describes everyday life from hunting and fishing to milking cows, plucking chickens and everything in between. We didn't get a telephone or television until I was nearly in high school so I enlighten the reader on how country kids can entertain themselves with minimal technology.

Life at the End of a Dirt Road
Life at the End of a Dirt Road

I can recommend this book to others because I read it and really liked it but you can read the reviews on Amazon and draw your own opinion. Here's some feedback forwarded to me by a friend who gave a copy to a business associate named Michelle:

“I traveled to DC yesterday and read most of ‘Life at The End of a Dirt Road.’ I could not put it down! I actually laughed out loud several times on the plane and received strange looks from fellow passengers. Having been raised in a rural environment, I can relate to some of the stories. What a great book!”

 

My Photography Websites

I have a fine art photography website (chucknelsonphotography.com) where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominent in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by.

I have applied many of my photographs and digital art to a wide variety of products such as mugs, mouse pads, T-shirts, cards, etc. If you are looking for a one-stop location for unique gifts, be sure to visit my Zazzle website, you will find a link on my fine art photography website.

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      Matstar LM 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens it was a really interesting read. I love your first title "I Started Life at an Early Age" didn't we all CNelson01 :) thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool. I also like photography nature combo. I liked your photo and self-portrait. Good job.

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      What a great life you are having! I truly enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for sharing. I'm one of your fellow RocketSquids!

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      RCM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens...and with humor, too. Since you are both an author and photographer, you might like a couple of my Lenses. One is the result of this boot camp and the other deals with scale model photography. You can them both at the following addresses:

      http://www.squidoo.com/richardmarmo

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      http://www.squidoo.com/scalemodelphotography

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      cocomoonbeams 5 years ago

      grandcritters... lol

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      BobBlackUK 5 years ago

      Great lens Chuck! You and I have a lot in common. Nice to meet you on RocketSquids.

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      NeilTryAthlete 5 years ago

      Lol. I love your sense of humor - and your hat! I think it's great you've got so much going on after retiring from 'the force', and are living life to the full.

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      bdkz 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, love this lens!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      What a great story! I really love your sense of humor! And yes, you are good looking, considering the mileage! LOL! Good job!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Awesome intro lens! Love your sense of humor and your obvious knack for story telling. Great photos of you as well. I agree...you have NOT changed very much over the years! :) See you on RocketSquids.

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      case1worker lm 5 years ago

      An interesting lens- I am not much into cameras and have even more trouble uploading the photos!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @case1worker lm: Thank you case1worker. Not to worry, your skills follow your interest. If you become interested in photography you will find the skills for it. I think you probably have more cat skills than I do.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Nice to meet ya! We have a lot in common so I just know that I will be checking out some of your writing very soon.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      really gripping page - thanks for sharing

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Fun lens that I enjoyed reading

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      Terrie Marcoe 5 years ago from Gardiner, New York and Joshua Tree, California

      VERY entertaining. I admire your sense of humor!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Matstar LM: Thank you Matstar....you did too!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you chicandsavvy.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @BusyMOM LM: Thank you Busy MOM...I hope people read your great material.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @RCM: Thank you RCM

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @cocomoonbeams: What can I say?

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @NeilTryAthlete: Thans Neil

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @bdkz: Thanks Bonnie...you have been our inspiration.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @TheVox1: Thank you and best of luck on your film ventures.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Country-Sunshine: Thank you Sunshine...alas entropy eventually prevails.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you ID. Perhaps you too have misplaced your glasses.

      BTW, you have some great lenses.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you Mickie

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      relish interiors 5 years ago

      Very cute!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @annieangel1: Thank you Ann

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Happiegrrrl: Thank you Happiegrrrl

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      IngridA1 5 years ago

      Well thank goodness your taller than you were 60 years ago! I Love your lens

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I do wish I had taken up photography! I started with a Brownie Box camera, but I still have a picture of the stars I took from a shoebox when I was 8. Congratulations on your ability to sum yourself up in such a light and pleasing manner while clearly stating so much about your life, past and present. This page was a delight to read

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      If you hadn't changed the hats, I might not have been able to tell the two pictures apart. Great lens. I think I'll write a book too, you make it sound so fun.

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens :), maybe one day I will write a book. Thanks.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @relish interiors: Thank you relish

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Another enjoyable read!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you Susan. It's never too late to take pictures.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Ann Hinds: Thank you and...write on!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @megabu717: Thank you megabu717. Start writing your thoughts down, you can organize them later if you get serious about writing a book.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      This lens put a smile on my face. Really enjoyed it! You have some wonderful images on your photography website, too.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @flicker lm: Thank you flicker

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      After reading your lender, I'm glad to see you wrote a book.

      Cheers

      Grace

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @earthybirthymum: Thank you amazing Grace...I've seen your work.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Nice to meet you, CNelson01! I'd love to read your book. Very entertaining lens, thanks for sharing! :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you mamabush

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to see more of your images, nice post

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Chuck I like your humour especially when you said if you take the mileage into account, I really enjoyed reading this and it made me laugh well done

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you SC

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you Collette

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Sure can tell you are a full-of-life kinda guy. WTG! with your about me page for the first week of Rocket Squids.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @clouda9 lm: Many thanks C9

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @GabStar: Thank you GS

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      Michele Marie Burke 5 years ago

      Great lens! Your book sounds very interesting. Nice to meet you!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @micheleburke: Thank you Michele

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      its been a pleasure meeting you through this excellently written hub, looking forwards to more from you.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @lyttlehalfpint: Thank you LTT, I enjoyed your bio lens!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      You are a very interesting person and have a way with the pen and art. Great lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @jseven lm: Thank you Jseven

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very enjoyable "About Me" lens. I look forward to reading more of your lenses.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @mbgphoto: Thank you mbgphoto

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Your right, you have hardly changed a bit since you were "shorter":-) Fun reading your bio, love the touch of humor, and getting to know you better. Have fun on Squidoo!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @happynutritionist: Thank you HN

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I wish you could take pictures for me. I love to take pictures, but I have no idea why they turn out less than perfect. Retirement always seemed like such a distant word to me, but not anymore. It is just around the corner everywhere I turn. Loved your lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @designsbyharriet: I have a few lenses on photography, you may find some help or links there to help with photography. Your love for art should see you through. Look out for retirement, you may have to go back to work to get some rest.

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      charlb 5 years ago

      A very interesting read and your humoristic angle keeps you want to keep on reading more of your lenses. Well done and good luck!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @charlb: Thank you charlb

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      You make me chuckle. And I like the photos of you-- both young and younger :-) Amazingly we have so much in common. I too started life at an early age and I too am taller than I was, well let's just say, in those younger years. I have written several books, but have published them. And I have taken a number of self-portraits..although my boyfriend is a budding professional photographer, he overlooks me as a subject. So...on vacations a such, he photographs landscapes, I photograph him photographing landscapes, and then I photograph me, on vacation. I haven't done my About Me Squidoo yet. I'm thinking I've got an idea to work with now. Nice piece.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @livinglargeandh: Thank you LLAH. I took up photography to make sure I was on the right side of the camera when it goes "click." I don't like posing for pictures but I love taking them. Get that boyfriend to take a nice picture for your profile.

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      a hearty And humorous Article. I like to take photographs too and read with interest your photography adventure.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @bibliopola: Thank you

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What a great sense of fun you have!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @julescorriere: Thank you alwaysjules!

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      michaelcollinso1 5 years ago

      Hi, nice to meet you, I have just spent 9 days in Northern California en route to visit our daughter in New Zealand where I am now, we start our trip back home tomorrow via Hong Kong for a couple of days.

      I can certainly relate to your comment about being so busy in retirement that you don't know how you had the time to write!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @michaelcollinso1: Thank you...but write on!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I like your lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @wilfredpadilla: Thank you Wilfred

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Good stuff Chuck, glad to have found your excellent lenses. Looking forward to reading more of them. CL

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Countryluthier: Thank you CL....I'm enjoying your work as well.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Chuck It's nice to meet you and get to know about the guy who is older than he was 60 years ago!

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @LynetteBell: Likewise SoundFinance....doesn't time fly when you're having fun.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Your book sounds interesting, and your writing style is engaging.

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you Papier...I find the feedback from people who have read my book has made all the work worthwhile.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      The literature written by you must be humorous. Your detail of traits is funny, I expect to find the same in your book. Thanks for letting us in on who and how you are!

      Thanks, again for liking my lens.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      Oh, here's an Angel Blessing on this lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @casquid: Thank you so much!

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @casquid: Thank you humor seems to find its way into my words.

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      lclchors 4 years ago

      I just went to your website and Wow

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @lclchors: Awww gosh....thanks.

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      TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

      Wow, I just slipped over to your website to look at your photographs--they are incredible! I love that they look like paintings. The colors are brilliant--they made me miss my hometown in Eastern Oregon, at time.

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      Chuck Nelson 3 years ago from California

      @TanjaCrouch: Thank you for the kind words Tanja....some of the photos are not far from Eastern Oregon.

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