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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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I love this country. It's a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

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Public service information regarding the goose

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Definition of the term goose: "To sharply poke or pinch someone. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters."

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Got a lift?

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

There was a man who lived a quiet life and without much fanfare, worked for years, made many friends, served faithfully through his church, and died a few years ago at the end of a long and fruitful life.

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In case I don’t make it off the table

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

This morning in a staff meeting we were visiting about calendar events.

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