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Corky Cummings in “Perplexed”
presents us with  a number of facts which cause him scratch his head in puzzlement.

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





Wayne Edwards has five new humorous  poems this month each related to toys:
“Toys” expresses a young fellow’s desire for new toys; “Unstructable” is a lad’s lament that his new toy is indestructanble; “Copycat Friend” is a cautionary tale warning us against coveting what our neighbors have;
“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite” relates all the questions a youngster has after being warned by his mother about bedbugs; and  “The Wizard at Our Home” explains how a young fellow found a scapegoat for all he does to upset his folks.
Here’s one to whet your appetite.
Toys
by Wayne Edwards

Sister has the best toys,
She has so many more.
That’s ’cause she is oldest
I think she’s almost four.

Bubba’s toys are neatest,
I think they’re really cool.
They must stay in his crib
‘Cause that’s my Mommy’s rule.

I wish that I could talk.
Then someone would be told
That I need all new toys
‘Cause mine are getting old!

Wayne will be making a presentation at the Bush Library May 15.
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; however, we have plenty to share.
Letter From Home
by David Carlton

        Old Cookie got back from his last trip to town
        And a letter from home, had finally run me 
               down
 
        It said Momma’s doing poorly, and Daddy is sick
        Not the kind of news that a cowboy would pick
 
        I won’t go back to farming, or caring for crops
        Nor feeding the chickens, or carrying the slop
 
        I’ve had all of farming that this cowboy can
               stand
        Though I left home at twelve, I was much of a
               man
 
        The letter is an old one; I was hard to be found
        But any news for home, is slow to get around
 
        It was dated last year, but it’s still good to know
        How things at home are, even if I can’t go
 
        I ride for the brand now, both day and night
        I wouldn’t think of leaving, cause they treat me
               just righ

        So I’ll write Mom a letter, if I still remember 
               how
        And tell her I love her, but I can’t leave just now
© David Carlton 2015
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 “Remembering”  in which Michael thinks of those who reveal themselves in emergencies and that we all should aspire to assist our fellow man.

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.

  Bob Hurt has a new essay for us,  “Susi ,” in which he recalls a love which was star-crossed.

Say “Hi” to Bob at bob@bobhurt.com.







Bill Neinast, columnist for the Brenham Banner Press, 
has four new essays for us this month:  
his essay, “Bernie Says Medicare for All,” is Bill’s warning against Bernie 
Sanders’ proposal for Medicare for all;
in “The VA: Faceless, Nameless, Unapproachable” Bill pictures the Veterans Administration burdened by a wall removing it from the reach of the public; “We’ve Moved but Little Has Changed” is Bill’s report that he and Jeannine have moved to Leander, but his concerns for his descendents is still strong; and in
“Brain Cells and Democrats” Bill questions the intelligence of the current flock of Democrats.
Tell Bill you appreciate him and his writing at 
neins1@aol.com.

I’m back this month with four new essays:      
 “Christine’s Dopplegager” is the tale of our new car and how the little devil turned into Christine;
 “Scraps of High School Memories”  is just that---scraps of memories from my high school days;
 “It’s My Birthday” rambles through a few thoughts and shares some questionable wisdom; and 
“I’m Cured...I Guess” is a review of my health problems since I retired and what I’ve learned from my adventures in Medical Land.
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


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