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Corky Cummings morns the loss and celebrates the life of his friend in “Loss of a Friend.” 
Say “Hi” to Corky in California at ccummings7@cox.net.






Wayne Edwards has five new humorous  poems this month: “Funny Face” tells of a lad’s insistence on making “funny” faces each time his dad takes a photo; “Big Bears Can’t  Climb Trees” relates how he didn’t fear the bear climbing up the tree but did have concerns about the beaver;
“The Kissing Tree” is a young lass’s declaration that she held most boys in disdain but found one kissable;
“Consider the Grasshopper” is Wayne’s humorous take on the grasshopper; and  “Green Alligator” tells of a lad’s pets which have all met in his green alligator.
Being that I’ve been including a poem each month on this page for David Carlton, I decided to include one by Wyane:
Green Alligator
by Wayne Edwards

I have a little white rabbit
And a dog that dances a jig,
A hamster that lives in a bird cage
And a funny little brown pig.
Oh yes, and before I forget,
I have a green alligator
That sleeps most wherever it likes
But mostly on Mom’s ‘frigerator.
Now alligators have big teeth
And alligators love to bite.
But most of all, alligators
Are known for their big appetite.
Susie was proud of her rabbit
And John liked to brag on his pig.
Henry bought a cage for his hamster
And Paul loved his dog that could jig.
My alligator licked his chops
Because he was one hungry beast.
He thought all the pets were scrumptious.
His belly showed he’d had a feast.
Now I have a pet white rabbit
And a dog that dances a jig,
A hamster that lives in a bird cage
And a funny little brown pig.
At first you may not see my pets
‘Cause they’re all in my alligator,
Asleep in his favorite spot
On top of Mom’s ‘frigerator.
See Wayne’s books in the Bookstore  and visit Wayne’s website at familypoet.com and say “Howdy” to him at  wayne@familypoet.com.
  
David Carlton took mercy on us this month and sent us a new poem, “Christmas Past,” in which he celebrates the Christmases of his youth.

Say “Howdy” to David at dcarlton@tamu.edu
and see his website at
http://www.cowboypoetry.com/davidcarlton.htm and view his book, Poetry of a Florida Cowboy, in the Bookstore.

See David’s poetry at The Poetry of David Carlton






Michael O’Brien’s essay this 
month is “A New School Year” in which Michael reflects on a new school year and his life.
 
Check  out Michael’s blog at 
http://mjobrien.com/blog/ and view more of his art at 
mjobrienart.com and Michael O’Brien and see his new art on the “New Art Stuff”page and see his books in the Bookstore and say “Howdy” to Michael at mjobrien@tamu.edu.

Bill Neinast, columnist for the Brenham Banner Press, 
has four new essays for us this month:  
in his essay,“Thankful for the Constitution,” Bill discusses the blessings of the founding fathers and the Constitution they created;
“Trump and Media Are Both Guilty” points to both the media and President Trump for the continuous bickering between the two;
“Atrocity Upon Atrocity” is Bill’s questioning of the wisdom of pursuing low ranking Nazis today; 
 “Memories” reviews memories of major events in our history and relates these to the current alarm about climate change.
Tell Bill you appreciate him and his writing at 
neins1@aol.com.

I have four new essays this month:
 “My Eulogy, a Work in Progress” is my effort to avoid a bad eulogy at my funeral;

 “Routines”  is a defense of the often maligned concept of routines;
 “Hate”  is my somewhat skewed opinions on the subject; and 
“300” celebrates my 300th essay.  Yea for me.

My book, Old Guy Has Final Word, is still available  at Amazon I’ve added a Kindle version.   My book has been picked up by Barnes and Noble.    The book is a collection of essays suitable to be read by  both young and old.  
Tell me how much you hate my writing at oldjwpinkerton@gmail.com and take a look at my bio page: John Pinkerton.


Check out all of our authors and send them an email encouraging them to make more contributions:

Big Al (oldjwpinkerton@gmail.com)
Grady Arnold (arnoldgrady@yahoo.com), Robin Avery  (robinavery47@gmail.com),  Tami Bachert  (tbach812@hotmail.com), Hendrik Bergen (hendrikbergen@gmail.com),  Jay Brakefield (ellum1@aol.com),  Steve Branch (stevewbranch@gmail.com), Patricia Campbell(campbellpatricia@bellsouth.net),   David Carlton (dcarlton@tamu.edu),  Rhonda Wheeler Cook (rrakcook@yahoo.com),Frank Cox III 
(fwc1965@yahoo.com), Corky Cummings (ccummings7@cox.net), (oldjwpinkerton@gmail.com) Russell Cushman (rcush403@aol.com),  Samantha Jane DeMont (sjdemont@gmail.com), Wayne Edwards (wayne@familypoet.com),  Elsa (oldjwpinkerton@gmail.com), John Grant (studio@grantartistry.com), Paul Hord (phord@csisd.org), Lisa Hughes (earthwalkart@aol.com),
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 Marc Lockard (mlockard@lockardandwhite.com),
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 (news@bctribune.com), Mick Stratton (mstratton@hlkn.tamu.edu), Bill Tune (bctune@gmail.com), Lisa Urban (Lisa.Urban.24@gmail.com), Ponk Vonsydow (ponkvonsydow@gmail.com), Charles Wallis (http://www.charleswallis.com/601716/contact/ ) and
Curt Wills (cewwib@aol.com).  

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