By Doug Fincher

“The First Time I Used A Phone” by Doug Fincher

June 15, 2020 - I was in the fourth Grade when I heard a phone ringing in Principal Oran Wheeler’s office one day. Seeing no one was around, I did something I’d never done. Since we didn’t have a phone --- and I had never used one --- I (with fear and trembling) picked it up and did what I’d seen others do. I said “Hello.” When a lady asked me to get Principal Wheeler to the phone, I was a Paul Revere racing down the hall with the good news.

“Sweetgum Tobacco and Stretchberry Gum” by Doug Fincher

June 1, 2020 - When Pam and I were discussing Sweetgum trees yesterday, I had the perfect opportunity to brag about how “pore” we were when I was a kid in Center, Texas. Back in the 30s and 40s, we couldn’t afford buying chewing gum so had to make our own. My brother Bill and I cut shallow “V” grooves in sweetgum trees, returned a few weeks later, collected the hardened resin, and chewed it.


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