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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…

The great present caper

The great present caper

ROCKWALL, TX (Dec. 16, 2014) While opening our Christmas envelopes from my grandparents, I noticed Uncle Harry grinning, shifting on the couch. He was up to something—a practical joke that…

Autumn adventures include ‘Don’t tell Momma’ moments

Autumn adventures include ‘Don’t tell Momma’ moments

ROCKWALL, TX (November 13, 2014) Dad cinched the rope around me and started up the tree with the other end. A few nailed boards in a bough of high limbs…

Local fisherman’s tale rings true

Local fisherman’s tale rings true

ROCKWALL, TX (September 29, 2014) David Routh, a longtime North Texan and avid fisherman, won first place in the National Junior Division for Bluegill in both 1958 and 1960; wins that…

The lasting lessons of ‘alternative’ school

The lasting lessons of ‘alternative’ school

ROCKWALL,TX. (August 19, 2014) Pappaw taught me how to change oil. Often I rode my go-cart in his “back 40” between the peach trees and the potato patch and then…

The chicken and the egg

The chicken and the egg

ROCKWALL,TX. (July 16, 2014) Compared to her older brothers, my daughter is unique: they are athletes; she’s an artist, barely noticing a ball. They are rough, a little wild (Huck…