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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…

Here come the Extra Crispy Chicks

Our granddaughter is getting married in six weeks and the whole family has been invited to the wedding. I can’t tell you what it’s taking to get this country family…

Who’s taking you home after the dance?

It takes faith to stay till the end of the party. I had forgotten why I was there in the first place. On the dance floor, I stepped into a…

Don’t dethrone the queen

The conversation piqued my interest when I heard one woman say to the other, “We have a princess at home and she has tried to dethrone me, but I put…

Touch once — don’t be a Bob

I bit the bullet and looked into Al’s garage. I watched My Sweet Al move a rake from one nail to another nail. The rake still wasn’t where it belonged.…