The Beard

I decided this year to grow a beard. It turns out that it is not that difficult a thing to accomplish, no pushing outward of hair or fighting off of beard thieves.  One simply puts down the razor for a time and, like magic, hair will begin to sprout like corn looking for the sun.
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Legends

I took a trip this week to a place many folks have never heard of.  My son was playing basketball in the small town of Geraldine (pronounced Jural-deen by us sophisticates) Alabama.  Some of the finest people I know come from this town and I am a good judge of people so you can bet
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Lessons From A Cow

It’s quiet here in the early morning hours at my country home.  The smell of coffee fills the air. The morning sun shines through the windows making beams between the blinds that look as if I could touch them.The television is turned off, but all it will take to spring into action is for one
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Unheard

Unheard Gasping once more Where life’s breath once stirred Seeking a way To not be unheard Darkness encompasses Where light is deterred Out in the cold Where still one’s unheard Trying to speak With unfamiliar word While ideas exist They hover unheard Longing to fly Take out like a bird Hiding from fault So must
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How to judge a tree

While going about my daily delivering of commerce to other working stiffs (who were not particularly glad to see me because when I show up with freight that means they must unload it) I happened to glance toward a tree. I’m sure that tree has been there for some time just like the other trees
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Like Me

No doubt there are many things from my youth that I do not recall. Isn’t it strange that things like humiliation and rejection often remain vivid in our mind? I remember like it was yesterday the green corduroy pants that my mom made me wear in elementary school. I was dubbed “Mr. Greenjeans”, which for
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She and I

  My alarm, my nemesis, goes off early around my place.  It gives no thought to how I feel.  Some mornings I think I almost here it laugh as it rings in my ear. I roll out of bed and head off into the abyss that is the working world. This alone takes up a
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The Truth About Home

During a simpler time I remember home and all that entailed.  It seemed to me that the place where I lived would always be the same.  I spent my youth growing up there and I never considered that I would leave.  There was a comfort there at that place that could not come from anywhere
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The Domestication of Chris Darden

Many moons ago I was not married.  I was without child as well.  I knew other guys that had taken on these sort of things but it all seemed very distant, like something that I should have no part in.  Some talked of the time when they would settle down but that had no appeal
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Possession

One day, at baseball practice, when I was in the tenth grade (yesterday in my head, but a few more days according to that infernal calendar) I saw someone drive up in the parking lot in a blue Ford Mustang.  It had a black stripe down the middle (I think, yesterday can get cloudy). Then
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