April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. So wrote T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land.” Poor fella. He never lived in the Hill Country. No wonder he was depressed. The very title of the poem is the first clue. […]Read more "HEAVENLY HILL COUNTRY"
Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Or supper. Or lunch. Or dinner. Maybe even breakfast. Where’s the beef? All over town. Beef. From Old French “boef.” According to trusty Webster. Otherwise known as a full-grown ox, cow, bull, or steer. Especially one bred and fattened for meat. One can also beef up a football team. […]Read more "BEEF IT UP"
S. The 19th letter of the English alphabet. From the Greek sigma. A borrowing from the Phoenicians. Think they might want it back some day? And Sigma is the name of the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet. According to trusty Webster. Makes my head Spin. S. September. Around the Square. The “S” word. […]Read more "SUNRISE, SUNSET"
Back in the saddle again. It’s back-to-school time. You know what that means. So long, August. Can’t say we’re sorry to see you go. Although it’s been memorable. Hotter than a $2 pistol is what it’s been. 1925 holds the record. And they can have it. Bring on Autumn. Let the leaves begin. […]Read more "HER MAJESTY THE MOON"
[Back by popular demand / originally published August 4, 2004] Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Dollar General. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. The list began with Pre-K. One […]Read more "DON’T FORGET TO PLAY!"
HOT. The End. Huh? What? No? Not the end? Nope. Sorry. It ain’t over yet. Still HOT. More HOT. Even HOTTER. HOT. Hace calor hoy. And tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. ‘Tis summer. ‘Tis the season. ‘Tis August. Il fait chaud. Dry, too. Drouthy. Drains the wells. And one’s energy. Dries up the […]Read more "AGUA ES MEJOR"
Cash? Credit card? Debit or credit? No one writes a personal check anymore. Paper or plastic? In some places that question has disappeared. You bring your own. Or else buy a bag. Leaded or unleaded? That, too, has disappeared. No one pumps gas anymore. With or without fries? How would you like that cooked? […]Read more "ANY QUESTIONS?"
Rollin’ rollin’ rollin.’ Keep them dogies rollin.’ No time to understand ’em. Just try to rope and brand ’em. Move ’em out. Bring ’em in. Round ’em up. And speaking of round up. Round-Up Weekend is comin’ up. Yessir. July 12th and 13th. It’s the 55thAnnual Round-Up. But then, who’s counting? One thing’s for sure. […]Read more "SMALL TOWN APP"