By Neal Murphy

“The Hills of San Augustine” by Neal Murphy

November 21, 2022 - Many cities are known for the hills surrounding them.  Rome is known as the “city of seven hills”.  There is also a Seven Hills in Ohio.  San Augustine can also boast of several hills surrounding the city.  In the 1950’s when a teenager, I had experiences on each one of them.  There are four hills surrounding the city – actually three hills and one dip.

“Clara’s Culinary Calamities” by Neal Murphy

November 14, 2022 - When we were married in 1958 Clara knew nothing about cooking. Since I knew a lot about eating she made it her mission to learn all about preparing food fit for a king. I knew she must have thought of me as a king because she was always presenting me with burnt offerings. My, how things have changed over the years. I no longer receive burnt offerings from her as she has become a great cook.

“The Pesky Pet” by Neal Murphy

October 14, 2022 - For several years I worked as an interior painter and installed wallpaper in many homes in the area. Working inside people’s homes can be an interesting situation. I encountered numerous obstacles of different kinds ranging from hard-to please customers to pesky pets. Usually I had to work around cats, dogs, birds, pot-belly pigs, and on one occasion a pet snake. One job stands out as particularly interesting.

“The Orphans” by Neal Murphy

September 13, 2022 - It has been said that a dog is man’s best friend. If that is true, then it should follow that a puppy would be a young boy’s best friend. I am convinced that the best scenario is when a young boy adopts a puppy and they broth grow up together. They are companions, pals, and playmates. I can testify that this can be the case.

"Go Faster" by Neal Murphy

August 26, 2022 - The call was received around midnight at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. I was alone and upon answering heard an excited male voice stating that his wife was in labor and needed to be rushed to the hospital.

In the summer of 1956 Charlie Lawrence hired me to work for the funeral home. I had previous experience from working at the Oakley Metcalf Funeral Home in Nacogdoches for a year while in college. I suppose he felt that I knew what I was doing around this type establishment.

“Does a Second Helping Make a Square Meal?” by Neal Murphy

August 19, 2022 - Growing up in East Texas taught me about “second helpings” and “square meals”, some of which I will share with you via this article. I think that most all of you readers understand my title. However, I am not sure just what a “helping” is. So, I consulted Webster’s Dictionary. One can always depend on old Webster to know the real meaning.


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