September 14, 2020 - We named him "Tom" since we never knew his name… or where he came from. For several years this old Cat made himself right at home at our house and scores of other houses in our part of town. His huge black and white body, short ears and slow, measured pace identified him… and his age.
September 7, 2020 - I photographed this beautiful Painted Bunting for two consecutive years. I named him “Spot,” and after meeting ..and feeding him…for those years in The Sand Hills of East Texas near Center, Texas, he would flutter above my head while I fed him his millet. I wrote several stories about watching him when he returned from Central America every year. But he didn’t return the third time.
July 27, 2020 - When I was in college, I joined a “Preacher” Club called 'The J. B. Gambell Society.' We were a bunch of young preachers seeking advice from our elders. Our Club sent a letter to Dr. W. A. Criswell, the famous pastor of Dallas’ First Baptist Church.
July 13, 2020 - Pam and I moved back to East Texas in 1990. It was the first time since 1950 that I would be living near my dear Mother who had lived alone since my Dad’s death in 1984. Living only eighteen miles from her, we were able to both talk with her and visit her regularly. I remember how much the “little things” meant to her.
July 6, 2020 - When I was growing up in the 40’s, it was hard to find a squirrel in my home town of Center, Texas. Any time we saw a squirrel we’d grab our gun and try to kill them. The reason for such few squirrels back then was the fact that so many people hunted them (even some women)… and ate them.
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.