November 1, 2019

Boo to you. Halloween may be over, but many of us still love the thrill of a good scare. Why is it that some of us like to scare others, even if we don't enjoy getting spooked?

In the house I grew up in, with three brothers, someone always had to be aware. One of us, or...

October 25, 2019

I'm the keeper of old things. Old typewriters. Bottles. Farm implements. My house is in some ways a museum of a slice of Americana. In the photo I am touching the typewriter used by Mickey Spillane. And as awesome as that was, I am enamored with technology, especially...

October 17, 2019

High schools, colleges, and universities have them. Where I'm from, churches have them. Usually in October. Sort of a harvest festival.
Homecomings are those gatherings where people you know and remember, along with the ones you've forgotten and will get t...

October 4, 2019

We are all someone to someone. By that, I mean we have people who influence us, mentor us, lead us, and, sometimes, keep us in check.
I remember a man named Merlee. Mr. Merlee. If I try really hard, I might remember his last name. But we all called him Mr. Merlee. Firs...

September 23, 2019

Oh my! So, publishing a book is a little like offering your soul up for examination … and so I have. Gathering, Homespun Essays from Beech Tree Lane, is out!

You can buy it online from various links. I’ve done the research. Slip over and visit the "Books and Where to fi...

September 2, 2019

Gathering, Homespun Essays from Beech Tree Lane will become available on Sept. 17… AYEE! You will be able to buy it online through Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other sites. Searching my name or the book’s name will, if all goes well, bring up the book.  Sept. 17....

July 29, 2019

Meet Kitty. Miss Kitty. Mademoiselle Kit-tay. She was hanging out in her backyard earlier this summer when I was visiting my brother.

Kitty is his cat, and he is her person. They get each other.

Kitty appears relaxed, but alert. Is that a thing? I think it's a cat thin...

July 18, 2019

Hi there! Hope this note finds you well, happy, cool in hot weather and warm in the cold. My friend here, a giraffe at the Houston Zoo caught my eye. 

Is that a smile on her/his lips? I think so. For a giraffe to feed itself, it has to look up. Looking down, it won't f...

July 8, 2019

Can you see the dragon fly on the vine? I was walking down the sandy road that rings a field and leads to my house when I spotted him. Or her. He, or she, didn't say.

I snagged a photo. The delicacy that is a dragonfly's wing amazes me. They are see-through. Just veins...

December 20, 2018

Each and every day is Christmas! Or it should be.

It can be. It is for me.

Google says Christmas is the occasion that is "celebrated to remember the birth of of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ,"...

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