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Thu
21
May
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WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Ethan west has The Squarehead Barber Shop in Mason. He likes cutting hair and he likes adventure. He has done 500-mile kayak trips on Texas Rivers and walked the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail.

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Thu
21
May
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Second Time Around

Second Time Around

We must sell it, I told Mother, for we really have no otherchoice. The price is much too dear to harbor any doubt.And though I know we'll miss it the time has come to kiss itgoodbye and find another place a little further out.

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Thu
14
May
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Nuggets

Nuggets

I run this article again because, regardless of how things look, God is not through with this good-old-USA. This is His nation. It was established on Christian principles under His guidance.

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Thu
14
May
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Part Owner of Texas

Part Owner of Texas
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Bret Cali had to close his store and café in Bend because he was getting too many customers. Sound strange? Well, we are living in a strange time.

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Thu
07
May
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OUTRAGEOUS TEXAS WOMEN OF CHARACTER

OUTRAGEOUS TEXAS WOMEN OF CHARACTER
OUTRAGEOUS TEXAS WOMEN OF CHARACTER

By this time of year I’ve usually done several speeches at various events around the country. All of my scheduled winter appearances took place, but because of the Corona Virus, most of the ones scheduled for this spring have been canceled or postponed. With this extra time at home I’ve had the opportunity to create a new one-man show. It’s all about women characters I’ve interviewed during the past 50 years.

Although the show will have a couple of trial performances between now and the end of the year to get some possible kinks worked out, the official debut will be February 9th of next year when I speak to the Second Tuesday Club in Midland.

The title of the new show is OUTRAGEOUS TEXAS WOMEN OF CHARACTER. So far I’ve gone through about 10,000 programs to pick out some of the most hilarious women who tell about their personal experiences. I still have 3,000 more programs to check. No telling what I might find.

 

 

Thu
07
May
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AX MURDERER AND JACK THE RIPPER THE SAME FIEND?

AX MURDERER AND JACK THE RIPPER THE SAME FIEND?

[From December 1884 to September 1885, an ax-wielding killer took the lives of five women in an unprecedented spree that terrified the citizens of Austin and left police at a loss for clues and suspects. Worst of all, the monster O. Henry called “The Servant Girl Annihilator” was not done yet.]

As the trickle of departing inhabitants turned into a torrent and visitors cancelled trips to the capital, local officialdom, especially the mayor, and business leaders feared the unsolved slayings would wreck their grand plans for the city’s glorious future.

The University of Texas, which Austin had stolen from Tyler, the rightful winner of a statewide plebiscite, had been open for two years and boasted an enrollment of 250 students. Cornerstones were laid for the new capitol in March 1885 and for the magnificent Driskill Hotel four months later. Everything was coming along quite nicely until the anonymous assassin began chopping up innocent women and children.

Thu
07
May
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The Cowboy Ball

The Cowboy Ball
The Cowboy Ball

In the midst of Covid-19, one of the deepest psychosies' is loneliness. "Social distance," sliding take-out tacos under the door, being served pizza across the counter like a Frisbee, having to carry a measuring tape and whip it out like Marshall Dillon to confirm 6 feet every time some masked stranger comes your way...all to prevent civil discourse and staying friends. IT IS DEPRESSING. Those of you historians familiar with the pioneers who came west know they often found themselves in the lonely isolation that some of us are feeling today. Yet we RISE TO THE OCCASION, BRAVE AND INSPIRED TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT.

Blue lonesome is dang hard to handle Especially out where the road ends So any excuse for a party Is welcome, and bound to make friends. 

Once, a pilgrim seekin’ some solace Staked a claim a long way from town. 

He’d come from the itch of the city And in six months he’d settled down.

 

 

Thu
23
Apr
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“BLACK BLIZZARD” LOOKED LIKE END OF WORLD

“BLACK BLIZZARD” LOOKED LIKE END OF WORLD

On Apr. 22, 1935, West Texans were still feeling the effects of the “black blizzard” that struck without warning the previous week blotting out the sun and causing every living creature to gasp for breath.

Drought, overgrazing and outdated farming methods stripped much of the Great Plains of the ground cover needed to keep rich topsoil in place. The inevitable result was the “Dust Bowl,” a 50-million acre desert centered in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and encompassing parched portions of New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. Dust storms were common in the breezy midsection of North America, but no one had ever seen the likes of the “choking rollers” which plagued the plains states during the Great Depression. A freak “blizzard,” so named for its size and intensity, made the long trip from the Dakotas in May 1934 and gave Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Boston an unprecedented dusting.

Thu
23
Apr
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Brushes With Fame

Brushes With Fame

Over the years I have gotten to know, or meet or hang out with, what I call ‘famous people’. From movie stars, politicians, world champions, athletes, writers and moguls. Often it was just circumstance. Other times it was an intentional connection. Like being invited to be on ABC’s first DOLLY PARTON SHOW. What I remember is how small she was in person and how she could play guitar with such long fingernails. She was also very kind to Little Richard, who couldn’t get his song right after 25 takes!

Or when I sent the manuscript of my first novel, “HEY COWBOY, WANNA GET LUCKY?” to five authors I most admired’ Tom Robbins, Thomas McGuane, Hunter S. Thompson, Dan Jenkins and John Nichols. I didn’t realize the disposition of unsolicited manuscripts…the trash can! But…Tom Robbins (“EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES”) wrote me back, quoted me to myself and gave me his agent!

 

 

 

 

Fri
17
Apr
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ONE JURY “DEACON JIM” COULD NOT CHARM

“Deacon Jim” Miller, the prime suspect in the ambush of Pat Garrett and many other murders-for-hire, was lynched in Ada, Oklahoma on Apr. 19, 1909.

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