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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…

An Old-Fashioned Romance

An Old-Fashioned Romance

(ROCKWALL, TX – Feb. 11, 2017) The first time I met my father-in-law he shoveled wet concrete in his back yard. Back then he wasn’t my father-in-law, he was Mr.…

A Very Merry Military Christmas

A Very Merry Military Christmas

(ROCKWALL, TX — Dec. 14, 2016) One Christmas several years ago, we were broke. I don’t mean the we-aren’t-going-to-have-as-big-of-Christmas-broke, I mean the complete lack of any money. The no presents,…

Frightened Fun

Frightened Fun

(ROCKWALL, TX – Sept. 29, 2016) We ended the day around the campfire; the pops and sizzles just have a way of making a great day with my boys even…

Balancing the back-to-school blitz

Balancing the back-to-school blitz

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 19, 2016) At the moment of writing this, we are planning a blitzkrieg end-of-summer family trip to the hill country. Our plan is to rise at…

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