My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

This piece, the last of the "My Hometown" series, was originally published in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Grand Saline Sun. For the second time in two years, our county has been rocked by the worst Mother Nature has to offer. At 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I was seated at my computer anxiously awaiting … Continue reading My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

This piece was first published in The Grand Saline Sun on April 27, 2017. Saturdays were made for kids when I was a kid. Saturdays began with Bugs Bunny & Friends, The Superfriends, and Cap’n Crunch Crunchberry cereal; and they ended with The Love Boat and Fantasy Island on our television which was still connected … Continue reading My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

My Hometown Series #10–The Little Library That Could

About three or four days after my family moved from Irving to Grand Saline, my great-great aunt loaded me and my sister up in her 1960-something mustard-colored Ford Fairlane and took us downtown to the Grand Saline Public Library to get library cards and check out some books to read. By late June, when we … Continue reading My Hometown Series #10–The Little Library That Could

My Hometown Series #9 — A Whole New Ballgame

As I was coming in from my morning walk this morning, I noticed new growth on the rose bush outside my house...in February! It doesn't look like we'll have much of a winter this year, and spring is practically here already. Knowing that, and knowing that pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February … Continue reading My Hometown Series #9 — A Whole New Ballgame

My Hometown Series #8 — Front Porch People

This essay is a little different from my regular "Hometown" pieces as it focuses mostly on personal memories of my family's old homeplace in Grand Saline. But, I included it in this series because, like us, so many people in town back in those days were also Front Porch People. If this story brings back … Continue reading My Hometown Series #8 — Front Porch People

My Hometown Series #7 — A New Year’s Midnight Parade

Almost every known culture celebrates the turning of the new year. They don't all celebrate it in the same way, or even at the same time of the year, but at some point during our perpetual 365 1/4 day trip around the sun, billions of people mark its completion and the beginning of the next. … Continue reading My Hometown Series #7 — A New Year’s Midnight Parade

My Hometown Series #6 — Lights! Memories of Christmas

My family did not have a lot of money growing up. Being raised by a single mom who drove to Dallas and back every day for work meant not having a lot of the things that some of my friends had. But, for the life of me, I cannot remember a Christmas during my childhood … Continue reading My Hometown Series #6 — Lights! Memories of Christmas

My Hometown Series #5 — Good-bye, old friend.

Demolition on the old elementary school began yesterday, and in short order, the building will only be a memory. As much as I hate to see it go, having been in the building after it was emptied, and having seen many of its flaws which had gone unnoticed by most when it was full of students and teachers, I think this is for the best.

My Hometown Series #4 – Fireflies

Last night I was driving along County Line Road between Grand Saline and Fruitvale. As I drove through the low-lying area at the bottom of “thrill hill,” under the canopy of trees whose branches extend across the entire span of the old oil top road, and mingle with their cousins on the opposite side, and … Continue reading My Hometown Series #4 – Fireflies

My Hometown Series #2 – The Old Red Brick Building

Wow! I'm completely blown away by the response to the My Hometown Series #1 post yesterday. I guess I'm not the only nostalgic person around. In that same spirit, this second post was a piece I wrote for publication in the Grand Saline Sun in July of 2013 on the occasion of our school district … Continue reading My Hometown Series #2 – The Old Red Brick Building