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Bob Pankey had a bright idea: he solicited stories from friends and classmates from his home town of 
Carbondale, Illinois, and published them in book format, Short Stories from the Neighborhood, to help celebrate their high school 50 year reunion.
“The year 2019 marked the 50th reunion for the Carbondale Community High School class of 1969. As part of the reunion festivities, Dr. Bob Pankey invited his high school classmates and some others to submit stories about growing up in the small Midwestern college town in the 1950s and '60s. Part reminiscence, part oral history, and part whimsy, the resulting book is a multi-faceted look back at a small town America in the middle of the previous century, before smartphones, social media, or even cable TV. The authors of these short stories share their personal recollections while addressing such topics as joy, love, success, family, depression, healing and other universal subjects that will warm the hearts of those who lived in Carbondale as well as those who did not.”
The book 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.

Corky Cummings in “With Chocolate on My Breath” achieves a new level of wisdom when he examines an old yearbook.

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


 
Bob Hurt has a essay for us,  “Statutory Construction, Juries, and Staying Out of Trouble” which covers just about everything you’ll ever want to know about the legal system and staying out of trouble.

Say “Hi” to Bob at bob@bobhurt.com and see his website at http://bobhurt.com/articles.

Wayne Edwards has five new humorous  poems this month:
“Lecture” tells of a fellow stopped for drunk driving  while on his was to his wife’s lecture; “How to Beat a Speeding Ticket” tells of a “lady’s” clever way of getting out of a speeding ticket; 
“Semantics” is Wayne’s clever sue of semantics in a courtroom setting;
“Decoy” reveals the clever plan of a bunch of drunks; and  “Water Turned into Wine” is a preacher’s way of trying to get out of a drunk driving ticket.
Here’s one to whet your appetite.
Lecture
by Wayne Edwards

“I’m on my way to a lecture”,
The drunk driver told the cop
Who’d pulled him over past the light,
Where the young man had failed to stop.
“Who’s giving a lecture this late,
And what is the lecture about?”
The policeman asked the drunk driver,
With a voice reflecting his doubt.
“It’s about alcohol abuse,
And things that cause marital strife,
Like gambling and staying out late.
The lecture will be by my wife!”
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.
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.
“Family farms are quickly becoming a thing of the past. These small farms are forced to compete with big farming corporations who are able to more efficiently raise their products for an ever expanding world market. Family farms that are able to continue are getting fewer and farther between.  Lack of funds for capital investments to stay competitive with corporate farms is one of the reasons in the decline of the small farm. Another reason is not having family willing to do this type of work any longer, or not having descendants to carry on.  With this last one in mind I wrote the following poem.” 
Family Farm
 
There is an old barn and an old clapboard house
 At the end of a long sandy road
A very old man and his very old wife
They almost can’t carry the load
 
Things used to be fresh, beautiful and bright
Back when they first said their vows
They started the farm with a couple of mules
A few chickens and an old Jersey cow
 
They did pretty well for the last sixty years
Though they never accumulated much cash
They never had kids but never stopped trying
It seems the years flew by way to fast
 
They lived their whole life one day at a time
Trying to make their house feel like home
Without little feet and dirty little hands
They seemed to always feel all alone
 
They were always working and living alone
There was a vacancy in each of their hearts
Things would have been different, or so it seems
If they could have kids from the very start
 
Their time is about over with the passage of years
There’s no hope for their life style to last
Without children to carry on their family name
The Family Farm is a thing of the past
 © David Carlton 2019


Michael O’Brien’s essay this 
month is “A Few Rememberances of Emily” which relates his thoughts on a colleague who has passed.

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 eight new essays for us this month:  
his essay, “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” is Bill’s expression of confusion about the efforts to impeach the President;
in “Three Threats to U. S.” Bill lists the greatest threats that the country faces; “In My Shoes” is Bill’s defense of the President’s recent withdrawal of troops in the Middle East; and in
“Adapt” Bill points out that when we look to our history, we see past threats to our existence all of which we learned to adapt; “Racism” is Bill’s analysis of the overuse and misuse of the various forms of the word; Star Chamber is 
Bill’s comparison of the current House of Representatives to the Star 
Chamber of old; “Naive, Uninformed, and Juvenile” is 
Bill’s assesment of the Democrat party this Haloween; 
Tell Bill you appreciate him and his writing at 
neins1@aol.com.

I just have one new essay this month---you know, the heart attack thing.  Believe me, the heart attack thing has given me plenty of stuff to write about, but for the time being, all I have is one essay, “Oh, Yeah...and I Had a Heart Attack”.
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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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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