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Simple Christmas

Simple Christmas

(ROCKWALL, TX — December 7, 2017) The chili simmered on the Coleman stove as I tiptoed around so not to kick dirt in it while gathering wood for a fire.…

Thanksgiving and ‘Cinderella Man’

Thanksgiving and ‘Cinderella Man’

(ROCKWALL, TX — October 30, 2017) It’s embarrassing to say, but I still get teary-eyed when I watch Cinderella Man, and the first time I saw Russell Crowe’s portrayal of…

Funny Fears

Funny Fears

(ROCKWALL, TX — September 29, 2017) The trail didn’t look as it did in daylight, and despite having a flashlight, a slight panic simmered in my chest. Was I going…

Grandparents’ House

Grandparents’ House

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 30, 2017) I’d watch the seconds tick away and as soon as that bell rang I was off to one of my favorite places. Less than…

How to Speak “Classic Adult”

How to Speak “Classic Adult”

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 26, 2017) Dad straightened my tie and inspected my shirttail and we headed to the capitol building. He was “dressed to the nines”—tight Windsor knot, starched…

A Family of Patriots

A Family of Patriots

(ROCKWALL, TX — June 12, 2017) My Uncle Harry taught me how to shoot a basketball, coached me throughout my elementary years. I love my uncles, but I’m closest with…

Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 5, 2017) It was pitch black. My headlamp lit a path though the dark field to the edge of the woods and the perfect hide. Philip…

A little ‘sweat equity’ goes a long way

A little ‘sweat equity’ goes a long way

“What you need here, son, is a way to power the trolling motor from the rear battery,” Dad quipped as he rubbed his chin, then we drove down to the…

New Life Moments

New Life Moments

(ROCKWALL, TX – April 5, 2017) Crappie fishing was the Easter egg hunting of my teenage years and each spring when the water thawed, I couldn’t wait to catch the…

The True Test

The True Test

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 2, 2017) Reelfoot Lake, in northwest Tennessee, came about by a series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, and after the land cracked open, water rushed…

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