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Blog posts December 2018

The Well

            My grandparents got married in 1921. Their wedding gift (my mother called it a bribe) from my grandfather’s parents was a piece of land that was part of my great-grandparent’s farm. It would be quite a gift by today’s standards and to tell the truth it was quite a gift by those days’ sta…

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The Tall Doll

This story begins with the Christmas of 1961. I was 6, my sister Barbara was 12, and my sister Debbie was 9. The story really has nothing to do with that Christmas and we only start with it because it is, well, the beginning of the tale of “The Tall Doll”. The Tall Doll was one of Debbie’s Christmas…

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The Monkees: What Were They Doing Hanging Round?

If there was ever a living breathing real-life example of a "catch-22", then it was The Monkees. Think about it for a minute or at least let me think about it for a minute and share my thoughts with you. The Monkees would never have existed without their television series. Yet, the television series…

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All Quiet On The Website Front

I have no idea if anybody is reading these posts. Although there is an easy way for someone to comment, nobody has done so today. So, I'm just going to assume that somebody out there is reading this. Sort of like a DJ on a small radio station in Botswalla, Texas who keeps talking assuming somebody i…

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Friday December 7, 2018

Today is my first day in nearly 10 years that I'm not tethered to Facebook or any other social media. I must tell you that it feels good. I seem to have more energy and more enthusiasm towards getting other things done. I sure don't miss the notifications on my cell phone. Those became very annoying…

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It's Done!

I have officially deleted my Facebook account. Well, actually it says that it won't be deleted for real for 30 days. They want to give you a chance to come back during that time. Not gonna happen. Just to show you how much time is wasted on social media sites such as Facebook, I downloaded everythin…

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A Thanksgiving Story by James R. Stout

     When I was in my mid-20’s I worked for a major bus line. There were really only two such companies in America at that time. I had graduated from college 3 years earlier and my job was to travel from town to town to the major hubs and oversee marketing and advertising in the hubs. It wasn’t exac…

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December 5, 2018 - Update

I thought perhaps a short preview of some things to come here on jamesrstout.com would be in order. I suppose it's the perfectionist in me (others who know me might say I'm obsessive compulsive, but hey . . .), but I'm going to number these things for you. 

1. I will be posting a short story tha…

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Anti-Social Media

Dear Reader,

After much thought and consideration I have decided to remove myself from the "social media" circus. Essentially, I'm talking about Facebook. There are several reasons for this decision. First, things have gotten so political. While I definitely believe in voting and taking a stand f…

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