Category Archives: life

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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Chewed Cigars

My Granddaddy chewed cigars for as long as I can remember.  King Edward cigars.  They came 50 per box, individually wrapped in plastic.  Every morning as Granddaddy pulled on his bib overalls he’d fill his various pockets: Zippo lighter, handkerchief, matching … Continue reading

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Flapjacks, Powdered Milk & Romans

When I was a kid and my brothers and I would go camping in the mountains of Arkansas with my Granddaddy and Grandmother we could count on certain things always being part of our experience.  One thing that was always … Continue reading

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Rusty Pulleys and Mulberry Trees

My granddaddy’s house in Paris was paradise for a twelve year old boy.  His yard rivaled Fred Sanford’s.   He had every kind of junk and clutter imaginable: rusty tools, scrap metal, old tires, wheels and hubcaps, bottles, bikes, cars and … Continue reading

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