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Corky Cummings in “Leftover Somerville Memories” relates memories from his youth which still make him chuckle.

Say “Hi” to Corky in California at ccummings7@cox.net.


Michael O’Brien’s essay this 
month is “Shells and Such” which is Michael’s reflections on the nature of shells and how we relate to them.

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.

John Grant has made some revisions to  his new book, Discovering the L.A. Art World and  it is now available at Amazon.
See a review of John’s book in Art and Cake magazine.

B ob Pankey’s book, Short Stories from the Neighborhood, a collection of stories by various folks from his home town, is currently available at Amazon.
Say “howdy” to Bob at rbpankey1@gmail.com and check out his art on the New Art Page.
Don’t forget aout Bob’s book, Short Stories from Texas and Beyond at 
Amazon.

Wayne Edwards has five new humorous  poems this month:
“First Love” tells the ways of young love; “Sisterly Love” is the story of misunderstood love; 
“Warm Love” is the tale of  a 
 little girl’s generosity at Christmas;
“Secret Love” relates how a youngster can’t confess his crush; and  “True Love” is the revelation that “love” may not be the only reason for affection.

Here’s one to whet your appetite.

True Love
by Wayne Edwards
You think I love you just because 
Your Daddy gave you all that money? 
I would love you just as much 
No matter where you got it, Honey! 
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 is still working away on the new collection of his poetry, but he’s sent us a brand spanking new poem.
David has a new publisher for his book, Poetry of a Florida Cowboy, and will soon have a second book published, Reflections from my Youth, which is a collection of stories.
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.
David has a spanking new poem for us this month:
“Florida cowboys are forever facing the elements of a tropical climate. I have spent weeks without a dry pair of boots. I have seen days when pastures were filled with water stirrup deep. The only way to close a wire gap, was the step down in pocket deep water, and get wet to the waist. Usually it wasn’t too deep that the cow dogs couldn’t keep up. They were able to hold their head up, with their ears out of the water, and kind of lunge along to keep up. I have written about the weather and elements that effect Florida cowboys in the past, and by my getting struck by lightning. Mine is not an isolated incident, because all Florida cowboys are faced with these same elements, and most of us know someone who has been injured or killed by lightning. I was lucky, I was weak and confused for days afterwards, but I lived without permanent dane bambridge.”
Cowboys, Fences and Lighting

The rain was blowing sideways 
When the cattle hit the gap
The herd began to wadding up 
When the lighting made a clap

I knew the end was getting close 
I could smell sulfur in the air
I felt my heartbeat getting quicker 
With a feeling of despair

They hit the gap a running
Getting crowded from the rear 
A feeling of total helplessness 
With my Maker standing near

The post and wires was groaning
And it sounded like a gun
Making room for the stragglers
As the leaders hit a run

When the gap was finally cleared
And the herd had made it through
I hit the ground a running
Because in my mind I knew

Cowboys, Fences and Lighting
Are a dangerous sort of mix 
You have to trust your Lord and Savior
Cause there’s never any tricks
You do your best in all you do
When you’re riding for a brand
You trust and pray that what you do
Your Lord will understand

When in a flash your world turns blue
And you’re driven to the ground 
When you wake with your mind a haze
You can barely hear a sound

You know your Lord was standing by
To hold you in his arms
To save a cowboy just doing his job
And protect him from the harm
© David Carlton 2014

Bill Neinast, columnist for the Brenham Banner Press, 
has four new essays for us this month:  
his essay, “Nightmares,” is Bill’s thoughts of the world if Nancy Pelosi were to become President;
in “Now That’s a Nightmare,” Bill lists the ways in which the House of Representatives has become a farce; “No Thanks, Dems” is Bill’s summary of elements which compose an authentic impeachment; in
“Where’s My Present, Kim?” Bill points out that Kim has not made good on his promise. Tell Bill you appreciate him and his writing at 
neins1@aol.com.

I have four new essays this month:
“Good Luck, Dems”  is my salute to the Dems as they prepare to go down with the ship; 

“Lawsuit...Really?” is a little different look at the validity of some lawsuits; “Just Not Funny” is a look at the insistance that insurance for pre-existing conditions is justified; and “” is just one of my weird thoughts cleverly disquised as an essay; and “” which reviews some of the most memorable company slogans of our lifetime.
As a bonus, I have another short story for folks who have no  taste in literature, “Catch Any Bad Guys?,” which fictionalizes and summarizes my experiences with suicides.
Would you believe it---I have a new book, Old Guy: I’m Still Here.  My first book was titled Old Guy Has Final Word: It’s All about Me.  I put that book together when I was extremely ill and suspected I probably wouldn’t be around long.  Well, it turns out that I’m still here and have written over 300 essays.  
The selections in this book are just a few that I really like.  There is no rhyme or reason for the ones I’ve chosen.  They’re a little like the famous box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.  I hope ya’ll enjoy them.
By the way, my good friend, John Grant, provided the cover art.  Thanks, John.
The book is available at Amazon.

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), Mick Burson (Mnburson@yahoo.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),
Bob Hurt (bob@bobhurt.com),
(earthwalkart@aol.com),  Jupiter (jwpinkerton@gmail.com), Ken Keller (kennymike47@hotmail.com)  Sue Ann Lockard (sueannlockard@lockardandwhite.com), 
 Marc Lockard (mlockard@lockardandwhite.com),
Gene Miller (gene.betty@gmail.com), Sherrine Moore (sherrinemoore@hotmail.com), Ken Muenzenmayer , (kenmuenz@aol.com), Michael O’Brein (mjobrien@tamu.edu), Bill Neinast ,(neins1@aol.com), Bob Pankey  (rbpankey@txstate.edu ),  Theresa Perez (tmp96@yahoo.com, John Pinkerton (oldjwpinkerton@gmail.com), Amy Roman (myromanfamily@gmail.com), Roy Sanders 
 (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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