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A Long, Cold Trip to the Top of Texas

A year and a half ago when I hiked the Guadalupe Peak trail to the highest point in Texas, I didn’t think my son was ready. He complained about short hikes at the time; he sure wouldn’t have liked eight strenuous miles. Also, it was August and I didn’t want him to die from a … Continue reading

Adios, Old Friend. Next Time will be Sooner.

The last time I saw Mitchell was thirteen years ago on his ranch outside Spur, Texas. As I sat waiting to meet him in Whataburger north of San Angelo yesterday, I knew to watch for a white ranch pickup, and I knew he’d be wearing a felt cowboy hat. Those two things never change. When … Continue reading

An Old Tale of Love

A few years ago, I visited an old friend who has since died. It was a cool, fall day, so we were having coffee in the middle of the afternoon. He was in a reflective mood. Years ago, he said, when he was in high school, he fell in love with a girl. She was … Continue reading

Who’s the Handsome Man in Our Profile Picture?

Nowhere Tribune has a new profile picture. My hard copy is framed along with another, smaller picture, a dog tag, and a newspaper clipping with the title: “Sergeant Bird Being Treated at San Antonio.” From the Fort Worth Star Telegram: “Sgt Albert Bird, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Bird of 3312 Meadowoaks, Haltom … Continue reading

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


My great-grandfather was a coal miner from West Virginia. Not really, but I used to tell people that when I was a kid. He was, though, a rail road worker from West Virginia, and the rest of what I say about him is true as far as I know. Grandpa hated school. He once put … Continue reading

Eight Style Tips for Women: A Man’s Perspective

Nowhere Tribune has lots of “Tips for Men” posts—dating tips, style tips, tips on how to be less creepy, how to be smoking hot, how to look intimidating. We think it’s time to give the ladies a turn. Granted, “we” means “I,” so this is one man’s opinion. You, your husband, your boyfriend, or even … Continue reading

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