Sam Blackwell: ‘I’m not a-givin’ up!’

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I made a visit to a local retirement facility two days ago to see a good friend.

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The right way to immigrate

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

There are a few people with whom you don't need to visit if you're talking about "political correctness." Ross Mueller is on the top of the list.

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The cicada seminar

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

A.C. Griffin told me he had been bitten by a grasshopper while he was out in his cucumber patch. Said it hurt like crazy.

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Google Earth and my unlucky friend

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

What a day at the coffee shop. I learned a lot.

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Computers, the interview and the sick cow

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I was way back in the worship center at First Baptist Church during the opening assembly for Sports Camp. We called it "Vacation Bible School" 100 years ago.

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Observations from the cruise

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I returned recently from a cruise. We sailed out of Galveston, spent seven days touring the Caribbean and returned to Galveston.

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Bucksnort: Good name for a town

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I've been in kind of a writing slump lately ... until a recent morning. After a little good-natured (no content to speak of) conversation at the coffee shop, I mentioned a Facebook post from a Louisiana preacher friend who wrote, "Tell us of a town/city with a most unusual name and where they got it.

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Noticing the ‘sames’ and the ‘differents’

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Well, I got to the coffee shop too late to neighbor with anyone. Everyone is already gone. Phoned one friend who is doing a little farming today. Too busy to drink coffee with anybody today. So I have a little time for reflective thinking.

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A ‘pretty good’ name for a dog

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

The idea for writing this little column every once in a while has been rewarded by comments from friends and new friends all over the county.

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The black horse and a time gone by

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

This little story won't mean much to you unless you: (1. know retired banker/rancher Jimmy Cunnius, (2. knew Chock Longmire or (3. grew up marveling at the fine art of horse trading in the 1950s.

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The buffalo chariot runaway

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I recently sang for the funeral of a gentle giant. Bill Askey's life touched the lives of so many people in our area.

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A busted bridge and a fight that didn’t happen (… and some other unimportant stories)

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Today at the coffee shop, we agreed that some in the bunch don't care if the Cowboys win or lose. We wondered if Romo is as good as Jerry Jones thinks he is.

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The skating rink and the deer roper

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Almost every old-timer remembers when, over 50 years ago, a few entrepreneurs would travel through the country, find a good spot in a small town (one without a lot of high-class social events to work with), erect a tent and create a skating rink.

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Skunks, coons and a not-that-lonesome man

Published Saturday, December 21, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Well, things at the coffee shop have been interesting.

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Ice stories and milk processing

Published Saturday, December 14, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Well, the coffee shop talk has been interesting lately.

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Taking notes at the coffee shop

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

I watched an instructional YouTube video recently teaching the finer points of feral hog trapping.

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Better than nothing!

Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Somehow the recent coffee shop conversation turned to fence building. Not sure how that happened.

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Persimmon seed prognostication

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Many of us "move-ins" and most of us "old timers" remember when, several years ago, a tornado did a sizeable amount of damage to our fair city.

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Get out of the car!

Published Saturday, October 12, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Saw my friend Evan Culpepper in the Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday. He noticed I looked like I had lost my pickup. I had lost my pickup.

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The dentist(s)

Published Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

I've been having a bit of a "perfect storm" that has prevented me from submitting columns to the newspaper.

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