Friday, August 12, 2016

new book available

The third book in the Greycliff Chronicles: For Queen and Country is now out. You can purchase it through any bookstore. It is also available for Kindle readers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's Olympic time

Who doesn't love the the excitement of the Summer Olympics? I'm an Olympics junkie. I just can't get enough of the spectacle. Of course, my favorite part of the Games are the equestrian events. I love the Three-Day Eventing, show jumping, and dressage. I also enjoy the Modern Pentathlon, rowing, sailing, archery, martial arts, swimming, shooting, water polo, and gymnastics.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Who is that man? Coats of arms and heraldry

According to Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, “Heraldry is that science of which the rules and the laws govern the use, display, meaning, and knowledge of the pictured signs and emblems appertaining to shield, helmet, or banner.”  Fox-Davies goes on to explain that Heraldry comprises everything within the duties of a herald while Armory is heraldry (the emblems and devises).

The herald was a messenger and proclaimer. Heralds might accompany monarchs on journeys, read official notices in town squares (remember most people couldn’t read), and act as announcers at events. As their status grew, they started wearing a uniform called a tabard. Heralds even went along to war as an observer and to record details, as documented by chronicler Guillaume le Marechal in 1173 at the Battle of Drincourt in Normandy. The heralds would record the coats f arms of those nobles fighting and later, at tournaments, they would announce the combatants (as seen in the movie “A Knight’s Tale”).

Friday, January 8, 2016

nominations being accepted for annual Telecommunications awards

It's that time of the year again. The Associated Public Safety Communications Officials, International,  Inc. is accepting nominations for the following:

Don't forget to nominate someone who is deserving of these prestigious awards. We would like for nominees from our State to be presented to our Chapter so that we can recognize them as well. All nominees from our State will be put into a drawing to attend next year's Western Regional Conference which is always closer to home and full of knowledge.
Check out the APCO International's website for further details on nominee requirements
Sandra Barfield - NV APCO President
Dispatch Manager
University of NV, Las Vegas Dept of Public Safety
Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dispatchers assistance requested for a new book

To those dispatchers who read my blog, one of the writers in a group I belong to is asking for help. If you are willing, please contact her.

On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 11:50 AM, [policewriter] <> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am in the research phase of my book: 9-1-1 Dispatchers: Inside the Lives of the Forgotten First Responders and Their Families and am conducting interviews. If you know of any police/fire/ems telecommunications operators, current or retired, please email me at

Thank you for all your help and happy writing,