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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That was close!

Published Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

The day this story unfolded, I phoned my friend, Don Newbury, and told him what had happened.

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The grandparent scam

Published Saturday, August 10, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Every once in a while, one of the guys tells a story that, re-told, helps the community. Here's one!

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About that Wise County bear…

Published Saturday, July 20, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

I recently referenced a Wise County incident involving a bear. After the column was published, I noted that this story was worthy of more attention and detail.

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Mean cows, bears and civet coffee

Published Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Interesting topics of conversation today were...

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‘Rules of Civility’ from George to the coffee shop

Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

I was recently happy to discover (on the "internets") that George Washington, sometime before the age of 16, transcribed "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation." I thought they needed a little interpreting for today's reader.

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The Internet and the coffee shop

Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Many interesting topics have been discussed recently at the coffee shop.

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Reality coffee shop show: what an idea!

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Alan Sessions, a friend of mine, presented me with an idea that could be the next reality television series.

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Questions (good and bad) abound at the coffee shop

Published Saturday, May 11, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Sometimes at the coffee shop, someone asks a question that prompts a good discussion.

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‘Internets’ save the day

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

I'm never without my cell phone. I've lately come to depend on my iPad for visits to the hospital and other places where I know there's a wi-fi connection.

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The hearing aid conversation

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

Don Jackson had been to Denton and been given a hearing test earlier in the day. He said they'd told him he needed hearing aids, but he had decided to put the purchase off until he really needed them.

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How my coffee shop routine began

Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

My coffee shop experience began after my senior year in high school.

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The mad cow: story 1 and story 2

Published Saturday, February 23, 2013
By Gerre Joiner

One day at the coffee shop, Delbert White told a story of his Arkansas cousin who owned a mean cow.

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