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No Black Friday Shopping for Me

Posted by mcm0704 on November 29, 2013 |

I wrote the following in 2010, and sadly it is still relevant. If you are one of the avid Black Friday shoppers, I apologize if this upsets you. It is meant as social commentary, not a personal slam. I remember a time when shopping the day after Thanksgiving was fun. A lot of people were […]

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A Thanksgiving Reflection

Posted by mcm0704 on November 28, 2013 |

For all of my American readers, I send out a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is blessed by the love of family, good food, and all the things that make lasting memories. And also wishing all my Jewish readers a Happy and Blessed Hanukkah. The following is a piece I wrote in 2009 […]

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Don’t Get Lost

Posted by mcm0704 on November 27, 2013 |

Humorist Slim Randles is back with another story from his syndicated column, Home Country. While I always highlight the funny side of his writing, he has also got a special way with the poetic and poignant and there is some of that mixed in with the humor in his books. I especially liked Sun Dog […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on November 25, 2013 |

Freezing rain and sleet here this morning. That does not bode well for the pine trees that are so distressed from drought and pine beetles. Here’s hoping that none of them come down on my fences or buildings.  Since we are heading on toward Thanksgiving, I thought I would reprise my Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy…. There’s […]

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Book review – Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone

Posted by mcm0704 on November 24, 2013 |

Good as GoneDouglas CorleoneSeries: Simon Fisk Novels (Book 1)Hardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 20, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1250017203ISBN-13: 978-1250017208 In this new thriller from Corleone, who is noted for his Kevin Corvelli Mysteries we get a brand-new superhero by the name of Simon Fisk. A former US Marshal, Simon now works freelance […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on November 22, 2013 |

It’s a cold, rainy day here in East Texas, so I thought I would start the day with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Care to join me? I can share.  It used to be that we had political mudslinging and candidates acting like two-year-olds for about six months before a major election. Then […]

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Having a Bit of Fun

Posted by mcm0704 on November 20, 2013 |

Back again as today’s Wednesday’s Guest is Slim Randles who is sharing some fun with the guys down at the Mule Barn truck stop. Sometimes I think they live on another planet, but they always make me smile. Enjoy. Maybe they’ll share some of that sourdough toast. My mouth is watering just looking at it. The morning […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on November 18, 2013 |

Since I am still waging war with my cold, this will be another short blog today. Over the weekend I thought the cold was going away, so of course I did way too much and now my body is saying, “Hold it. Need to rest here a bit.” While I’ve been sick I started reading […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on November 15, 2013 |

The other day I drove across a bridge that used to be across a lake near Dallas. The lake is almost dried up and for about a half a mile on either side of the bridge there is no water. We have been in drought conditions here in Texas for several years, yet some people […]

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So That There is Joy, in Fact….

Posted by mcm0704 on November 13, 2013 |

            That is the goal of writing, a piece of sculpture, a film, or any creation, really. Nothing flabby, nothing soft around the edges to hide a flaw or our sloth. Don’t turn away because that crisp thwack—complete with sound effect—makes you look, and thereafter, you don’t dare look away for want of it. Joy […]

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