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July 16, 2019 · 6:50 am

THE CLASS REUNION

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If one lives long enough – a class reunion will enter one’s life or at least the opportunity to attend a gathering of classmates to remember when.

I recall the time Janis Joplin returned to Texas for  her high school reunion in 1970.  She had been treated badly at Pt. Arthur and no doubt believed now that she was a successful singer she would at last receive the affirmation she so wanted and needed.  Wrong Janis.  All she got from the class of 1960 was an award for traveling the farthest.  It was their last rejection as she returned to the West Coast and died within a month.  Class reunions can be deadly if deadly emotions manage to over take reality.

I avoided my class reunions in both Silsbee and Kountze  for different reasons.  I attended Silsbee for one year – my senior and I always felt like a reject…

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July 16, 2019 · 6:39 am

TWA 800 – 19 Years Later

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July 16, 2019 · 6:32 am

Beatles Houston, TX concerts August 19, 1965

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July 4, 2019 · 7:21 am

THE CHILL OF JULY 3RD.

Memories sometimes cant be erased.

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Thedays leading up to July 4th used to be filled with fun, food and fireworks. 10 years ago brought an end to that.

I was blessed with a charming stray dog whom I named Feagin after the Charles Dickins character. Feagin was a black terrier mix with a personality that would melt your heart. Along the way a black bull mix and another dog joined the household. They became great pals. I tried to keep them away from the highway but the lure of the unknown proved to be too great. One July night I heard the dogs running in the woods. I called to them to return home but like naughty children, paid no attention. The next morning the black pit and the stray returned. Feagindid not. My worst fears realized when I saw his severed form on the highway. He was a victim of a vile…

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THE CHILL OF JULY 3RD.

 The days leading up to July 4th used to be filled with fun, food and fireworks. 10 years ago brought an end to that.

I was blessed with a charming stray dog whom I named Feagin after the Charles Dickins character. Feagin was a black terrier mix with a personality that would melt your heart. Along the way a black bull mix and another dog joined the household. They became great pals. I tried to keep them away from the highway but the lure of the unknown proved to be too great. One July night I heard the dogs running in the woods. I called to them to return home but like naughty children, paid no attention. The next morning the black pit and the stray returned. Feagin did not.  My worst fears realized when I saw his severed form on the highway. He was a victim of a vile vehicle. I held him in my arms and wept. My brother helped me bury him in the woods. I placed bricks around his grave. The hot summer sun could not cool the tears which streaked my face. My heart was broken. But nothing like three years later.

 2012 was a Tuesday. I found myself standing beside my brother’s bedside at M.D. Anderson. He was in a drug induced coma, the result of cancer which ravenged his body and stole his life. I prayed again for a miracle just as I had three years before. The summer sun blazed outside my brother ‘s room.  The steady hum of the hospital a.c. interrupted my desperate prayers. Outside the room hospital activity continued. The din could not dull the heartache. The next day my brother’s earthly life ended. My heartbreak didn’t. 

 This time of year brings back memories. Sadly the two most recent have yet to lessen in their intensity. Maybe they never will? Maybe these events will always create a crator in my heart?

 I am left with a puzzle which must be given to God, to create something good. With HIS help I will. 

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