WE MUST MAKE MITCH MCCONNELL BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER. Enough to make the Senate vote on Congress’s new bill. Enough to ENSURE A VETO OVERRIDE.

America has come together in protesting against police brutality towards black people. Many commentators have said, this seems different than the 60s, like something might actually get done.




The Democratic Congress has plans to pass sweeping laws, to including changes to police accountability laws: revising immunity provisions, creating a database of police use-of-force incidents, ban on chokeholds. And more. But all these things must pass the Senate, and then the President.

Forget the President. He’s in La-La Land.


Every member of the Senate, Democrats sure, but a must the Republicans, and most of all McConnell, must be associated with George Floyd’s death. Posters need to be made to carry with McConnell’s face right next to Floyd’s with an appropriate caption—see my trial poster above. The same goes for your state’s Republican Senators. Just substitute their photo for McConnell’s above, and their name in the printing on Floyd’s caption.

Mitch McConnell has proven he alone can squelch anything the Congress sends him. He just won’t vote on it. We MUST convince him! And the Republican Senators. The pressure must be so intense they cannot stand it. Every minute of every day send thousands of emails, letters, texts, Tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts with McConnell’s or your Republican Senator’s photo next to Floyd’s. OVERWHELM THEM WITH DEMOCRACY. SHOW MITCH MCCONNELL BLACK LIVES MATTER. Pictures are powerful. Please, those who know how to do this, PLEASE, start this NOW.


If McConnell is pressured enough, he will make sure there is a vote. If you pressure the Republican Senators enough, then a vote will be positive.

But you must pressure them enough to get a two-thirds majority in each chamber, so when the President vetoes it, they can still pass it. Just the threat of an override of a veto has been enough for most presidents in the past to not veto. But we all know THIS President is totally unpredictable. He feels he can shoot someone in broad daylight and get away with it. So, he will likely NOT sign it and veto it, even with a threat of override. If there ever is a time to show the power of the people, this is it.


THE OTHER GREAT THING ALL PROTESTERS CAN DO IS GET OUT AND VOTE THIS NOVEMBER. You were willing to risk being infected by Coronavirus to protest, but the most powerful change you can accomplish is by getting rid of Republican leaders, voting in those who care about people of color and stopping police brutality. VOTE !!

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Veterans Day short story “Roses and Cookies”

This audio short story on Veterans Day, Vietnam War, and PTSD, “Roses and Cookies” is in audio form for good reason. Click on the recording below and you’ll find out why.

Vietnam War Memorial Wall on Veterans Day
middle of the Vietnam Wall
Roses and Cookies recording by Milt Mays

Once you are done come back and give me comments on the blog.

Thanks, Milt

References: included are some statistics of veterans in Vietnam, and some discussions about PTSD. Also, a link to a prior post on Vietnam.

1) Casualties in the Vietnam War

2) Diseases caused by Agent Orange

3) Getting help for PTSD

4) What is war? A discussion of Vietnam.

Crime Thriller and sex trafficking, ‘One Eighty’

Don’t miss my new book, One Eighty, a crime sex trafficking thriller involving veterans set in Colorado. Here are some tidbits on why I wrote it.

New crime thriller, One Eighty

A veteran who more than survives after war and injury:

It seems to me veterans who don’t make it after war make the news most frequently. Attending the Naval Academy during the Vietnam War, I had many experiences then with hatred of veterans. I wanted One Eighty to focus on veterans who made it in society after recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have their problems but overcome. The main protagonist, Var, lost a leg and an arm and had concussive brain injury from an IED. But that did not stop him from rock climbing or road biking. He even kept up his sense of humor. He continued his profession as a doctor and became a private investigator.

Other unusual veteran characters

His Marine and war friend, OJ Cromwell, though burned out from war and a murderous tour as homicide detective in New Orleans, becomes a detective in the Front Range to help stabilize Var and his other friend, Buddy. Buddy, a deadly soldier, became an emotional wreck after the Battle of Fallujah. He can only see people through mirrors and glass, but then sees their true self and intentions. He helps OJ with several cases. All three of them have been brothers in arms in Iraq or Afghanistan. Their bond undergoes severe trials from Var’s infatuation with his “one true love,” Angela.

Book Themes: war, love, sex, human trafficking, crime, power.

The themes of the book include survival after war, it’s not easy to give up on a long-lost soulmate love (Angela) and move on, how best laid intentions of Angela to make a life-saving asthma drug go astray when money to fund it must come from human sex trafficking, and how the desire for more power and sex can kill, and can end the NFL.

Veterans, Colorado, crime, and thrillers–that’s me.

You might say I’m a thriller/mystery writer because that’s the genre I love to read, but also am obsessed with murder, evil, and how they interact with good, even in the same character. So, a crime sex trafficking thriller fits! I like to push the plot to limits to give readers a page turner.

Real life experiences and characters:

I infused One Eighty with many real-life experiences of veterans because I have known or cared for thousands in my 30 years of medical practice in the Navy and the VA. A lot of my personal experiences and local color are included so readers who live in Northern Colorado, should enjoy seeing familiar haunts, like Estes Park, Loveland, and Fort Collins. In the book, the town of Thompson is fictional, but if you know the area, you will enjoy similarities.

How I fact checked this crime sex trafficking thriller

I fact check my books through interviews with local police, detectives, one of my writing group who is in forensics, physical therapists for the VA, reading the books in the acknowledgements, my son who is a rock climber, myself who is a road biker and physician and was stationed with the Marines, and many other personal experiences as a physician in the Navy and VA, as a fly fishing guide in the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, and of course everyone’s fact checker, Google. Another great source everyone should read is The Forever War by Dexter Filkins.

If you review the book, it will help other veterans.

I hope you enjoy reading One Eighty. If so, please write a review. It will help me and other veterans out a lot. Also, word of mouth is the best advertising, so if you feel it worthy, please tell your friends and others about this book. As a result, maybe several veterans will read it and it will spur them to move forward.

My next book:

My next book for this year should be a semi-autobiographical mix of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about the literal and metaphorical journey to the Cheyenne VA hospital, for me and veterans I cared for. While that one is cooking, I have a sequel to The Guide, with Stony taking on a CIA assassin. Var and OJ from One Eighty are in it, too!

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Milt Mays

Please visit my Amazon site for a look at my other books and stories.

Milt Mays, MD, Captain Medical Corps, US Navy, retired.

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A Natural High

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Where do you learn about a natural high?

A natural high was always around the corner where I grew up in Colorado. My dad taught me to fish and love the outdoors. I fished or hiked or ran or biked almost every day of my life. It started with running beside my dad as he rode his bicycle up the Waterton Canyon on the South Platte River. Our family camped almost every summer, hiking and fishing and bringing home snakes to Mom. Lots of fun.


Fly fishing started in earnest while stationed in Scotland.

I wish I could say I caught one salmon on a fly there. I did enjoy many a Scottish river and lake, several single malt whiskies, and the beauty of hiking Ben Nevus in the purple hues of heather in the Highlands. There was also running around The Loop, through the fields of blooming tulips and crocus and snapdragons. Or, biking up the winding Blue Door road where you might be lucky to see one car.

Scotland Natural High

Heather in The Highlands of Scotland

Scotland seemed to me one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When the sun was out. Which was fleeting, a bit like the movie Brigadoon. One day you had the bright sun blazing the aching green grass and trees and multicolored flower gardens. The next day fog and horizontal rain. But even those days could be fun. Go out for a run in your raingear and feel the rain pelt your face. The wind pushed your body, and you smelled the fresh-plowed earth of a farm. Just don’t forget to put plastic bags over your socks or your feet will blister easier.


Then came Pensacola:

An epic summer battle to land a hundred-plus pound tarpon on a fly. The winter chill and sight of acres of big redfish in the gulf and teasing one to take a popper.

Fly fishing for tarpon

First Tarpon to the boat. The big one broke a rod and got away.

Big Redfish on a fly

Big Momma redfish on fly around Thanksgiving


The take and reel-burning run of a false albacore. Or, just sitting on the Gulf as the waves slapped against the boat and rocked you up and down. Suddenly startled by a giant manta ray broaching the surface in a spectacular jump all the way out of the water.

You never knew what might happen on the Gulf. One day you might see a hammerhead chasing a jet ski. Another you might be awed by a school of leopard rays surfing waves on the beach. Between fishing there was biking the roads and running the beach. Better do those early in the morning, so you wouldn’t die of heat stroke. But, swimming in the warm Gulf? Well, that was for the rest of the day. Just avoid late evening or you might start hearing a loud dinging of a buoy bell. Then an undertone would begin low and ominous: dan-Dah, dan-Dah, dah-dah dah-dah dah-dah Dah-Dah. Oh darn, there goes your leg in the mouth of a Great White.


And then back to Colorado

after Hurricane Ivan tried to kill us. The first two years were bliss, or maybe just post-Hurricane and working-my-ass off depression. But I fished almost daily, learned to tie flies much, much better, became a fly-fishing guide and hiked and ran and biked and camped with my wife and trusted blonde Labrador, Maggie.

Lawn Lake, RMNP

Lawn Lake Rocky Mountain National Park

My Maggie

Maggie, the best dog in the world

All this fishing got me outside on weekends and summer vacations, but it was the running and biking that got me invigorated with nature almost daily. Even now, cruising on the great bike trails in our fair city, I experience summer heat, the smell of a pond with ducks and deer wandering through, musty smelling autumn leaves blowing on the trail, the bone chill of a winter ride in a thirty-five-degree, steel gray winter day, and the glory of spring, the sweet smell of roses, the sound of a rushing stream and the laughter of children in the park on Memorial Day.

Biking Natural High

Biking Oct 2018


Through all these natural highs, I wrote.

And wrote. And wrote some more. Nearly every story and novel include the outdoors, either fly fishing, hiking, biking, or something about saving those beautiful natural wonders for generations to come.


Nature and outdoors infuses me with wonder, joy, and thankfulness of our wonderful Earth.

I hope you will get out and enjoy nature at every opportunity. Teach your children and grandchildren, for they will be the ones to save our planet. And all it takes is a natural high.

Learn more about my books and stories by clicking on them on the right side, or going to my Amazon Page.

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Will your fly fishing guide kill for you?

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