Monthly Archives: July 2016

‘Strong Side, 36 Power, on the Second Hut, Ready, Break!’

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:42 a.m. I haven’t quoted Tom T. Hall in a while. A week or two, anyway. Don’t be alarmed. I quote him when I’m playing my guitar, too. The dogs are running own … Continue reading

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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, July 27, 3:45 p.m. Next week the football players will be out, sweating and pushing and knocking one another down, and it will be my job to watch enough to form some preliminary opinion of how … Continue reading

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Looking Across the Lake

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:26 a.m. It’s been an eventful week. I got a cover designed for my next novel, Cowboys Come Home. I started on a sixth, which doesn’t mean it has a name yet, only … Continue reading

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Indy Is Just All Right with Me

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 22, 2016, 10:20 a.m. NASCAR visits Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, and I remember just how big that used to be. Indy didn’t allow fans in the infield because it didn’t want the crowd to … Continue reading

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A Triumph of Persistence, Not Skill

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:38 a.m. I have squandered an early rising. Damn that British Open. So far, I have sipped coffee, wished people happy birthday on Facebook, cooked breakfast, played lots of Hank Williams songs, and … Continue reading

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Back in My Day, We Got Our Brains Beat Out and Were Damn Glad to Lose Them

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9:56 a.m. A lot has changed in the 40 years since I played football. Some is harder. Some is easier. It’s still time-consuming. On the one hand, practices were longer, and contact was … Continue reading

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Oh, the Troubles that Poor Tree Has Seen

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 8, 2016, 10:20 a.m. Mother Nature bared her teeth last night. I was minding my own business, watching the Truck race from Kentucky, and the wind started howling, the lightning started flashing, the thunder started … Continue reading

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Funny How Time Slips Away

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, July 7, 2016, 9:29 a.m. Here on the local front, it’s been a calm week. Dr. Joe Gettys, who was a calm man, died at age 109. At age 108, he attended most, if not all, … Continue reading

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Thinking About What I’ve Got and What I Don’t

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, July 4, 2016, 10:15 a.m.  When the sun comes up on that bright morn / In the quiet that follows every storm / When the demons have all died away / We’ll celebrate your Independence Day. … Continue reading

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Let Freedom Sparkle

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:22 a.m. Independence Weekend! America steps boldly into the second half of another eventful year. The stock cars are roaring in Daytona Beach. The baseball teams are wearing all sorts of star-spangled pajamas. … Continue reading

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