The benevolent bag lady

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Ron Johnson, youth minister at First Baptist Decatur, and I drove to Governor's Ridge Retirement/Assisted Living place recently and had a sit-down with some dear folks.

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Questions prompted by a conversation on the fly

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Had an interesting conversation this morning with my friend, John Hogan, worship pastor for our church.

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A Corvair, gas mileage and a bullet-proof deer

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Several years ago, one of us sippers had purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvair. We talked for a while about the above-average gas mileage associated with this rear-engine marvel.

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Great (short) stories from today’s visit to the coffee shop

Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Regarding frugality: Years ago, a group of young men was riding mules on the prairie off the Old Greenwood Road. One of the boys was thrown from a mule. His leg was terribly fractured. A bone was protruding through one of his boot tops.

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Thoughts after the Paraguay trip

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I recently returned from a mission trip to Paraguay. It was rewarding and effective in every measurable way.

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The old handshake

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Things were slow at the coffee shop recently. Someone mentioned the name of a man known to everyone around the table. Another said, "What a handshake!" Others chimed in.

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Stump the old coots

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

It's been a while since I've had an inspirational day at the coffee shop.

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Boots and hats

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

We helped our daughter move from Waco to Lewisville this weekend. It was the perfect move. They brought most of their clothes to our house several days ago. We loaded the clothes yesterday and met the family ... and their U-Haul truck ... at their new place in Lewisville.

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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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