Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Family of Writers

Last week I wrote about my grand daughter...

This blog is about my brother, Richard.


Another week of bragging...what can I say?  You would too if you had a brother who wrote a book.  Not only did he write a book, it's his personal memoir.  Not an easy thing to do for anyone, especially when it contains very personal things.  But my brother is brave.  He has always been brave.  Imagine joining the Navy in the middle of the Vietnam War!  He did...

He is on the top row, 4th from left.  You can't see it, but he still had hair then!

After he got out of the Navy, he began body-building, and won many awards...one of them being Mr. Junior Milwaukee in 1981, and then Mr. Milwaukee in 1982.  After moving to New Mexico he worked for the Prison system there, and he opened up his own gym called Main Street Muscle.  In 1986 he won the National Gold's Classic Body Building Championship at 33years old.  Here is an old video of that contest-- it's not easy to see at times and it even pauses for a few seconds, but if you have patience, you'll see him win and get his trophy...it even resembles him!

Sometime later he moved to Texas, and while working as a deputy Sheriff, he went back to school, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Organized Management.  He was a career law enforcement officer and an instructor for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.  He held the highest attainable Master Peace Officer License in Texas.

As you can see, once Richard puts his mind to something, he keeps going until he succeeds.  He is a hard worker.  He never gives up.  He is a winner.

In 2003, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

His book is an eye opening story of how he handled his diagnosis. As the title implies, he found himself looking down the barrel of a gun.  I am thankful that on that particular day, he did not succeed.  Instead, he turned his life around, and once again became a winner.  You can find his book here:

Richard can be found here:

And he started a web site for People with Parkinson's Disease found here: 

Richard is one of the bravest people I know.  Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself, he keeps busy.  In addition to helping in the care of his mother in law, he also wrote a fitness book which can be found on his PWP website... and there you will also find a link to his Publishing company called Nettfit Publishing.   

Oh, and in his spare time, he also fixes computers!

April 3, 2010
Here he is with his lovely wife,Carmen 

Please go take a look at his book.  You won't regret it.  
(I even got to write the synopsis on the back cover!) 

Have a great week!


  1. What a wonderful blog. What a terrific brother to have. What a marvelous sister to write this about him. These are just two of my children who are ALL amazing in their own ways. It makes me humble to have such a fabulous family. I love you all.

  2. That was a beautiful tribute. Glad he is our brother, too. Agree with Mom!

  3. What a truly inspiring story and such a brave and accomplished brother! You have lots to be proud of my dear Sharon! Thank you so much for sharing such an great blog post! xoxoxo

  4. wow, your brother sounds like an amazing man with an amazing story.


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