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“Bad News about Grandpa”
poem by Wayne Edwards
“Through the Wardrobe: How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia”
essay by Samuel E. Pittman II
“Crawling out of Art Purgatory...”
essay by Russell Cushman
“Somerville Car Memories”
essay by Corky Cummings
“Paul the Usurper”
essay by Bob Hurt
“Don’t Lose Your Balance”
essay by Bill Tune
“History and Experience”
essay by Bill Neinast
“The First Amendment”
essay by Bill Neinast
“The Supreme Court”
essay by Bill Neinast
“What’s behind Proposed Changes?”
essay by Bill Neinast
“Four on One”
essay by Bill Neinast
“Optimism Ain’t Easy”
essay by Bill Neinast
“Medicine Ranks Number 1”
essay by Bill Neinast
“The Blue Wave”
essay by Bill Neinast

I don’t have a single new essay this month...but I do have a new book,  Old Guy: Folks I Like. The title pretty much tells the whole story, and it’s  pretty fat---forty-five essays.  The folks I like range from John Wayne to Archbishop Sheen to my neighbor Inez.  It’s a good read, and you will be a better person for having read it...more or less.
Don’t forget about my old 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.  
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

David Carlton 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.

Wayne Edwards has  another humorous  poem this month: 
Bad News About Grandpa
by Wayne Edwards

Grandpa was in the ER,
He’d been there quite a while
When the doctor came out.
He wasn’t wearing a smile.
“I’m afraid I have bad news;”
With a sad look, the doctor said,
“Your grandpa’s heart is beating,
But I’m afraid that he’s braindead.”
Grandmother was hysterical,
“How could he end up like that?
A conservative all his life,
And now he’s a Democrat?”
See Wayne’s books in the Bookstore  and visit Wayne’s website at familypoet.com and say “Howdy” to him at  wayne@familypoet.com.

Sam Pittman, author of Alligator Jazz, 
provides reviews of children’s books at  Pittman’s Picks.
Sam has one new one for us this month.
Say “hi” to Sam at sam@samuelepittmanii.com.


Check  out Michael O’Brien’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’s new book, Discovering the L.A. Art World , is now available at Amazon.

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

Frank Cox III’s book I Bleed Maroon
is still available at Amazon.  
Say “Howdy” to Frank at fwc1965@yahoo.com.

Mick Stratton’s book is entitled Thoughts of a Morning Walker at  Amazon
Say “Hi” to Mick at mstratton@hlkn.tamu.edu.



Jay Brakefield has written two books which are available at Amazon: Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas (Amazon) and The Dallas Music Scene: 1920’s-1960’s (Amazon).
Say “Hi” to Jay at ellum1@aol.com



Ponk Vonsydow is the author of over twenty novels.  Go to the Bookstore for the list and purchase information.
Say “Hi” to Ponk at ponkvonsydow@gmail.com.





Bill Neinast, columnist for the Brenham Banner Press is providing eight new essays this month.
Tell Bill you appreciate him and his writing at 
neins1@aol.com.



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). 

 If you are unsure about contributing your own writing to this website, go to “An Unashamed Personal Pitch to Encourage You to Write for This Website.”

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