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The Night I Fought Petey Hacker

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I have been in only one serious fight in my life. By serious I don’t mean what my mother called “roughhousing,” where guys wrestle each other to the ground and either pin theĀ  opponent or get him to give up by twisting a leg or an arm. Boys like roughhousing for the same reason they […]

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Park Church

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Went to Park Church yesterday. Got up before sunrise, went outside to get the newspaper, and came back in to tell Charlotte. “It’s a Park Sunday.” Which meant the budding vegetation, washed by recent rains, and, somehow, enhanced by a thick fog, had created a spring wonderland. Was surreally beautiful – like a scene out […]

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Noticing the Good

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Yesterday afternoon I turned off the TV, walked outside and noticed something. Most of the world is not covered in volcanic ash. Air traffic is not shut down, and people are not stranded in Canyon, Texas. In fact, listening to the familiar sounds of a lawn mower next door, children playing at the nearby park […]

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Blessed Are the Worriers

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“Blessed are the worriers for they will obtain great sympathy on earth and great reward in heaven.” No, it’s not in the Bible, but, sometimes, I act as if it were. Anyway, I’m wondering if worry and pride go together. Pretty sure they don’t for everyone (so, if the shoe doesn’t fit, please don’t put […]

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A Sign for Good: Part Two

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One week ago today I wrote about the need to know we’re on the right path. Mentioned King David who asked God for a “sign for good.” Suppose it was obvious I was talking, at least partly, about me. After a strong January and February – a couple of book signings and consistent orders – […]

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Laughter

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Laughter. Thought about it yesterday when I met my Wednesday lunch bunch. For you Amarillo College people, anytime you get David Hernandez and Dr. Biggers at the same table, there will be laughter. Once wrote a newspaper column about it. Researchers say laughter is healthy. It increases the body’s endorphins and decreases unnecessary adrenaline. But […]

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A Missed Blog

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For the first time in 200-something consecutive entries, I didn’t blog yesterday. Could blame it on staying up late to help Char move furniture for the painters. Or could tell you I had a number of book orders to fill. Both are true, but that’s not why there’s no entry for April 13. I didn’t […]

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Writers’ Block for the Harmonica

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OK, so it was 10 minutes before my performance (see April 11). I went into the church prayer room – can you say “foreshadowing”? – to warm up, which meant playing the piece through a couple of times. It’s short so that shouldn’t have been hard. Right? Wrong. I got through the first two lines, […]

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Harmonica Debut

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Today is my debut on the harmonica. Last time I played a musical instrument for an audience was in 1968 when our folk group, The New Creation, sang a number for KVII TV’s noon farm and ranch show with Bedford Forest. I played the guitar, knowing all of five or six chords, which was a […]

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Ah, Saturdays

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Up at 6:30 a.m. to blog, which is late for me, even on a Saturday. Ah, Saturdays. Have always loved them. As a child, Saturdays were the only full days of play, of spending time with buddies, playing pick-up baseball or football or basketball, or just hanging out at our makeshift club house (see The […]