What’s in a name..

There is a lot to be said for that little statement.

Because sometimes we are known by not just the company we keep but also by the name or names we have throughout our lives.

I have been called a lot of different names…
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Dog Man

I received several emails about my last story posted here…

Some offered condolences which I greatly appreciated

A few called me a crazy old “dog man”

While others questioned my love and devotion to an animal

I could easily respond to the later questions with…

A dog has never stolen my money or my credit card while I was deployed overseas

I might even add, that a dog has never lied to me or taken advantage of me

Although those are honest answers to the question poised, it’s not entirely accurate

You see my love for our four legged brethren goes back to the first job I ever had and coincidently the only job I have been fired from.

It’s hard to believe but that was fifty years ago….
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My Girl….

Please don’t be misled by the title of this story….

This story has nothing to do with the great Temptations song from 1965

But it does have everything to do with the sweetest woman I’ve ever known.

So if you have a minute or two and as the lyrics of the song go, I want to tell you about

“My Girl”
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What’s Your Sign?

Do you remember when that question was once popular?

I used to tell people my sign was “Exxon”

Yeah I still think that’s funny but then again I am easily entertained

The title of this story doesn’t have anything to do with the swinging 70’s

It has everything to do however with American Sign Language

Did I confuse you?
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A Very Special Olympics

Have you ever wanted to do something for a long time and then you finally have the opportunity to do just that?

You’re excited



Then the “big” day arrives and somehow it doesn’t turn out to be like you thought?

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Darkness and Light

Don’t let the title of this story confuse you in any way.

Although the story is about “darkness and light”, what it really is about is simply this:


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My Old Truck

Ladies and Gentlemen

I have a friend of mine that recently bought a “new” pickup truck….

He is proud and rightfully so; it’s been a while since he had a new vehicle.

And I am excited for him, for reasons that you may not understand.

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The Prius Cowboy

As I have well documented in past articles I only go to town once a week

That isn’t because I have some strange aversion to people or have developed some type of phobia of germs. No, it’s because I live out in the country and I plan my trips and business into town for once a week because it’s a good thirty or forty minutes just to drive to the nearest town from where I live at RTR Farm.

In fact I enjoy my weekly trips to town.

Typically I will make stops at my local K Mart, then my grocery store of choice which is Food City and then followed by one of my favorite places anywhere……

Tractor Supply

It is one of the best stores anywhere with the friendliest people

I love that store

I buy all my grain, deer and turkey food, bird seed, treats for Doc and Sadie and too many things to mention in between right there at my local Tractor Supply.

Now this isn’t an advertisement for Tractor Supply, although I could easily do one.

No, it’s about what I saw there just the other day.

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Employee of the Month

People frequently ask me this time of the year

“What do you want for Christmas?”

I do not want to sound selfish or self serving here

And I certainly don’t want you to get the wrong impression of me

I know that I am only a “seasonal” employee for Santa Clause

You don’t have to tell me that I am not a resident of the North Pole

I also understand that I am too tall to considered a “real” Elf

I know that I have some real hurdles to overcome

I get all that, I do

But I still want to be “Employee of the Month”

Let me explain

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Blue Christmas

Don’t let the title of this story fool you.

This story isn’t about having the blues this Christmas

It isn’t about depression or anything of the sort

Nor is it in reference to the classic Elvis Christmas song.

This story is actually an update to an article I wrote last year.

Or maybe it’s just a “follow-up” I don’t know

I will leave all that up for you to decide.

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