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Camping! Two Nights?

Camping! Two Nights?

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 18, 2016) Last year, my daughter’s inaugural camping trip had been cut short by storms and a tent that functioned like a sieve. She’s hoped all…

Working Boys

Working Boys

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 6, 2016) Brennen, our 17 year old, scrambles through the house gathering cleaning supplies. “Can I borrow a vehicle? I have a boat to scrub.” He’s…

Spring Hunt

Spring Hunt

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 22, 2016) Spring is the season of new life, and for me, last spring that new life took on the form of righting a regret and…

The Christmas Goose

The Christmas Goose

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 17, 2015) Traditionally, every Christmas season I either read or watch Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It just feels like the holiday should feel: the snowy streets,…

A Veteran’s Day Story

A Veteran’s Day Story

“I pledge allegiance to the flag…” It’s inevitable. Sometime in the 180 school days, as those first six words are recited, a kid in my class will sneak a text,…

Bluegills and Old Buddies

Bluegills and Old Buddies

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 10, 2015) The bluegill; a small, often disregarded fish compared to the great gamers like the temperamental largemouth, the finicky trout, or the powerful striper. Also…

Superstardom vs Summer Kid-dom

Superstardom vs Summer Kid-dom

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 28, 2015) “I’m dreading summer, Coach.” A middle-schooler dreading summer, dreading the break from school—the bane of their existence? Then she described an Olympic-esque training regimen.…

Tribute to a Subtle Superhero

Tribute to a Subtle Superhero

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 11, 2015) My dad has always got the press. Having served on the Tennessee Governor’s cabinet, as well as 20 years in the State House of…

The season springs forth with surprises

The season springs forth with surprises

ROCKWALL, TX (March 16, 2015) I’ve had a quest: to provide more honest food for our table—food I’ve caught, killed, or grown. There’s something pure about it, wholesome, and when…

Love and Four-Wheelers

Love and Four-Wheelers

ROCKWALL, TX (Feb. 8, 2015) I value my man-card, always have, and I’ve worked hard to keep it. Yet, there was a moment in my life over 20 years ago…