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Bring it to the house

My Sweet Al doesn’t feed me candy and talk Greek to me, but he does feed me candy and sweeps out the garage. He takes care of the car and…

If a person should live so long

If a person should live so long, surely she has learned something and has something to say. After living 75 years, three-quarters of a century, it’s my birthday week and…

No plucking blackberries here

Lines from a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning came from the pulpit on Sunday morning. “Earth’s crammed with heaven, “And every common bush afire with God, “But only he who…

What went wrong? I got the point

In my home life, I want peace. In my stories, I want tension. Tension keeps readers interested, but it doesn’t make for a happy home. There are two questions to…

Common ground on the Blanco

The pastor announced it, encouraged it, and I didn’t think twice. I ran to the table and signed up to take two college kids home for an afternoon. How hard…

When they use the family card, it’s crunch time

A California wedding is not cheap, no matter how you shave corners or count chairs. My daughter called, “Every banquet room we contacted is a minimum of $75 to $100…

The mind of a perspective juror

We all got the same piece of mail. Meet at the courthouse no later than 8:30 a.m. You’re called for jury duty. My Sweet Al loves this stuff. He likes…

The local boy: always our leading man

You can’t help but love the leading man in the movie that steps out of an old, beat-up truck. A cowboy without cows, a rancher without a ranch. He may…

Fall visitors and a heavy head

We have fall visitors in all shapes and sizes. They bring a certain element of change. Some will go, some may not and some might never leave. Our unchanging and…

Memories triggered by the journey

A friend talked about laying a concrete patio and how it triggered a memory when he was a young boy of 10. He worked next to his father and felt…

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