A dude ranch? In Decatur?

Published Saturday, September 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I bumped into retired veterinarian and semi-retired businessman Doc Cocanougher a few days ago. He said he wanted to tell me a story that he considered worthy of reporting in the newspaper.

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Coffee shop competition: is it for your future?

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I'm pretty well convinced that when one considers charisma, charm and knowledge in general, my coffee shop is among the best.

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Have I told this story before?

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've discovered some things about getting/being old and spending a lot of time with my peers (old people). It's possible to tell the same story to the same old crowd and everyone is entertained. Half of the folks don't remember having heard it. The others are uncertain, thinking, "That story sounds familiar, but I'm not sure."

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The orphan train and my friend, Roger Weber

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

Several months ago, one of my coffee-drinking friends pointed to Roger Weber as he walked in Whataburger, delivering the Wise County Messenger's Update.

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My outer office at Whataburger

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

As I grow older, I like to make the most of my limited time and energy, so I "book" meetings at Whataburger during regular coffee shop times (early morning or mid-afternoon).

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Where’s Tom Turkey the Terrible now?

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've known sisters Glenda Clower Goodwin and Donna Clower Endres for many years. Glenda sent me a Facebook message, suggesting that I ask Donna about her experience with a wild turkey.

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Arkansas moonshine and church polity in the ’40s

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I usually don't go to the coffee shop on Sundays. Last Sunday, I went to Wal-Mart to buy cookies for an event at the church. Wasn't sure if I'd see any of my bunch, but I found Delbert White.

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Street signs for our town

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

For more than two years, I've been procrastinating. Bobby Wilson and I talked long ago about details regarding the installation of street signs in our fair city. If I remember correctly, the catalyst for the street sign conversation was when I told Bobby (mayor for 18 years), "Tell me about those narrow little streets in the old part of town. The ones that look more like alleys than streets."

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Addie Bohn Blackwell and the notary

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I recently helped with the funeral of a true patriot. Sam Blackwell was a hero in every way one can measure a hero.

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Lost my pliers!

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We went to New York City for Thanksgiving. We had some reserve about making the trip because of security concerns.

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Remember to be thankful

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I went to Governor's Ridge recently. We sang a few hymns with the residents of this wonderful assisted living facility. Then I tried to guide their thoughts toward the topic of thankfulness.

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Listen closely or you’ll miss something eternally significant

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

On any given day, a casual observer at the coffee shop might think that nothing much is going on. Two or three conversations coming your way at the same time in a group of seven or eight old men is hard on the untrained ear.

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Four short stories and a test

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Four short stories. Left for the reader to decide who's who.

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Let me check your notes!

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The makings of this little story didn't originate at the coffee shop. They came from a meeting at the church.

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A watch, a lady doctor and horse apples

Published Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Some days at the coffee shop are funnier than others. Today was average. Bobby Wilson told the story about how he got the watch he wears today. On his death bed, Bobby's grandfather whispered, "Bobby, I've always wanted you to have my good watch."

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A routine day at the coffee shop landed me on a blocked caller list

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

This morning was pretty much like any other morning at the coffee shop. I'm not sure why I thought of calling my friend, Royce Moore, and asking him to meet me for coffee. He doesn't come often. Sometimes he stops by on his way to play golf.

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The story of the squirrel

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

It was raining when I pulled up to Whataburger this morning. I was really pleased to see someone pulling out of a parking spot near the door.

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Weather, water witching and warts

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Things started out kind of slowly at the coffee shop Tuesday, like they always do.

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Who used to own that place?

Published Saturday, May 9, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We had a good visit this afternoon around the coffee cups. Not much was going on except that "Mr. and Mrs. Chico," Danny and Mo Wells were present.

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Some things we talked about at the coffee shop (and some things I made up)

Published Saturday, April 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Today at the coffee shop we talked about a variety of things. We talked about pills. This morning I looked up from my cup and saw a big blue "horse-pill" sized thing in Ross Mueller's mouth. On his tongue. Looked kind of nuclear in there.

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