Author Archives: jthomasrodgers

About jthomasrodgers

Child of God. Husband. Father. Dreamer.

Train Horns and Pennies

People worldwide have a fascination with trains.  Every culture and country that has trains has people like me, who, when we see a passing train, whether passenger or freight, are hypnotized and we stare with our eyes glazed and our … Continue reading

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Closets and Scary Places

Most of us have fears. Our fears vary as widely as we do. If it’s a fear that’s shared by many we give it a fancy Latin name and slap the word phobia on the end of it. Many of … Continue reading

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Talkin’ to Owls

One of the things I enjoyed most about camping in Arkansas as a kid was the prospect of encountering wild animals… in the wild. It’s always great to see them at the zoo, but it’s just not the same. In … Continue reading

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Baby on the Back Porch

There are only three places in and around my grandparents house I didn’t know like the back of my hand. I never went under the house… enough said. I stayed out of the closets. They scared the ever lovin’ life … Continue reading

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Snuff Street

Almost everywhere I’ve lived has had what we call storm drains.  The streets are designed so that excessive rain water would flow down the curbs and eventually into one of these drains.  This helps prevent flooding I suppose.  In order … Continue reading

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2×4

Granddaddy didn’t have much money.  That explains some of the ways he chose to entertain us when we would visit him during our childhood summers.  Some things we did routinely, like riding on the tailgate of the truck or watching … Continue reading

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Chihuahua Guano

Granddaddy always had dogs.  I use the word dog loosely.  He really had Chihuahuas.  My memory isn’t the best but from what I do remember he always had several dozen of these little beasts.  Seems like no one who has … Continue reading

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Monkey Blood

My brothers and I didn’t seem to get hurt much as kids. We had an occasional broken bone or large rock dropped on our heads, but I honestly don’t remember many cuts and scrapes. Because of that I really don’t … Continue reading

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Freezer, Flood, Fun!

My Grandparent’s house was located in just about the most ideal place for a house to be… as far as a kid is concerned.  It was on a street that dead ended into a railroad track.  Across the street were … Continue reading

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Car Washes and Stones

The Little Missouri River wound through the Ouachita Mountains where my granddaddy took my brothers and me camping when we were kids.  It wasn’t a big river by any stretch of the imagination.  The widest spot I remember was near … Continue reading

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