This piece was first published in The Grand Saline Sun on April 27, 2017. Saturdays were made for kids when I was a kid. Saturdays began with Bugs Bunny & Friends, The Superfriends, and Cap’n Crunch Crunchberry cereal; and they ended with The Love Boat and Fantasy Island on our television which was still connected … Continue reading My Hometown #11: Shopping Local
I sat in my car in the public parking lot across the street from the tiny brick building sandwiched between two much larger brick buildings on a Nashville side street nervously debating whether or not I would actually go in. I had never been in a bar before and I hadn't come to Nashville expecting … Continue reading Life in Narrative #4: Vestal!
About three or four days after my family moved from Irving to Grand Saline, my great-great aunt loaded me and my sister up in her 1960-something mustard-colored Ford Fairlane and took us downtown to the Grand Saline Public Library to get library cards and check out some books to read. By late June, when we … Continue reading My Hometown Series #10–The Little Library That Could
Sometimes the smallest things make me think of them. Widlflowers blooming in a neighbor's yard. A song on the radio. The smell of bacon frying in the morning--always the smell of bacon frying. It seems to happen when my thoughts are farthest away, and busiest, and least likely to stop me in my tracks. The … Continue reading Life In Narrative #2 — The Can Opener
As I was coming in from my morning walk this morning, I noticed new growth on the rose bush outside my house...in February! It doesn't look like we'll have much of a winter this year, and spring is practically here already. Knowing that, and knowing that pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February … Continue reading My Hometown Series #9 — A Whole New Ballgame
This essay is a little different from my regular "Hometown" pieces as it focuses mostly on personal memories of my family's old homeplace in Grand Saline. But, I included it in this series because, like us, so many people in town back in those days were also Front Porch People. If this story brings back … Continue reading My Hometown Series #8 — Front Porch People
Almost every known culture celebrates the turning of the new year. They don't all celebrate it in the same way, or even at the same time of the year, but at some point during our perpetual 365 1/4 day trip around the sun, billions of people mark its completion and the beginning of the next. … Continue reading My Hometown Series #7 — A New Year’s Midnight Parade