All aboard!

Last month before 2017.

All hands on deck.

Stow your carry-on under the seat.

Put your dreams in the overhead bin.

Hang on to your hats.

Hold tight the reins.

We’re off and running.

December is our final stop.

Destination:  the New Year.

And December is here.

With it comes turquoise.

And narcissus.

The official birthstone.

And flower.

So away we go

Down the slippery slope into Winter.

The descent into shorter days.

The temperatures dropping.

Along with the leaves.

Nothing can stop it.

Not a thing.

Not even a new president.

Or a revolution.


We switch from A/C to heat.

Turn off the fan.

Build a fire.

Relish the wintry sun.

Christmas calls.

And the days race by.

Decorations go up.

Letters to Santa go out.

And nearly everybody goes shopping.

Up the road and down the road—

And all around the square.

It’s there.

The perfect gift.

Right here.

Under our noses.

So before you head out of town, stop.

Stop and shop.

In town.

From The Green House to Mason Feed.

From Country Collectibles to Cherokee Rose.

From Mason Resale Barn to Mason Hometown Variety.

The Thing Is to Market Square.

Reigning Cats & Dogs and Benjie’s.

Chica Chula and Lilacs & Calico.

The Artisan Gallery and The Mason Gallery.

Underwood Antique Mall and Sandstone Cellars Winery.

The Shooting Star and Ranchland Western Wear.

And that’s just naming a few…

It’s all here for you.

That’s Mason.

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Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster. 


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