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The Summer of My Discontent

Overnight, Texas soil went from saturated to cracked. Grass that grew too quickly to keep mowed in May is brittle gold. Leaves and pecans fall early. And house dogs wait until eight at night to walk their owners. Even then it’s ninety degrees. It’s nothing new. Every late July the soil cracks, the trees stress, … Continue reading

Jeremiah Was a Bull…Rider

My old pickup didn’t have an air conditioner. The windows were open as we drove down 917 East to Mansfield. A homemade tape of Chris Ledoux was playing: “Well, there ain’t no easy going on the rodeo trail; for every man that’s made it, a hundred men have failed…” “I guess two hundred men are … Continue reading

Friendship

When my wife and I moved into our neighborhood twelve years ago, Mr. Weems was the first to welcome us with his big, genuine smile. Bonnie just turned three, Lily was one, and Ben was still a year off. We were far from either of our families, and we had yet to make new friends. … Continue reading

Men and Loneliness

Suicide is one of the top causes of death among middle-aged men in the United States. In the last few years, a handful of men I’ve known have taken their lives. You’ve probably known some, too. The reasons are many, and varied, and complicated. But a lack of true friends, and a strong feeling of … Continue reading

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