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James R. Stout

Blog posts December 2019

Graffiti On The Road of Life - Happy New Year!

            I believe that one of the things we feel as we grow older is that time seems to fly by. When we were kids, it seemed like birthdays and Christmas and other special days took forever to arrive. But as we age, we start to perceive the passage of time as speeding up. Perhaps its partly beca…

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But Wait! There's More!!

            I must be some kind of ugly. At least, it appears that cable advertisers must think so. I’m supposed to get about 150 stations. The vast majority of them are selling products via those infernal “infomercials”. I woke up about 4 a.m. today and couldn’t get back to sleep. So, I turned on t…

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Why I Don't Have A Cat In The House

            I have a cat. Well, perhaps he has me. The jury is still out on that one. His name is Moe. I named him after one of the 3 Stooges. He is strictly an outside cat. He appeared on my front porch one day and hasn’t seen fit to leave. I could tell you all the reasons why I don’t or can’t have…

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Today Is Yesterday's Future

P            I believe that most of us are fascinated when we see a movie set in the “near future” (let’s say, less than 50 years). Most of the time we can imagine still being alive when that fictional future is supposed to come to pass. I know for a fact that I won’t still be living this life in th…

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The Greatest Gift Ever For Christmas

            During the last couple of weeks, I have shared many Christmas memories with you via several blog entries. Most of them were told as memories of different Christmas’s and through the eyes of whatever age that I was during the specific Christmas. I’ve talked a lot about gifts given and rec…

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The Christmas Remodel

            In October of 1975 my parents decided to have some major remodeling done to our house. The existing kitchen was tiny, but typical for a house built in the 1950’s. There had been some remodeling done several years before when my aunt and uncle owned the house. Originally, the kitchen had …

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Growing Up In Spring Branch and the KILT Top 40 Survey

            By the time the summer of 1968 rolled around I was hooked. No, not on drugs or any kind of substance. After all, I was only 12 at the time. No, I was hooked on an event that happened every Wednesday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It was a radio show hosted by Rick Shaw on KILT 610 – AM.…

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Our Mortal Storm

            Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s one of the TV channels out of Houston broadcast old movies every weekday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. One day in the late 70’s I was home from work battling the flu. As I recall, I was having a hard time breathing when laying down in bed. I felt miserable and cou…

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Christmas Vacation 1966

            Christmas vacation when I was a kid was almost as much about being out of school as Christmas. Well, maybe. But Mom was always trying to find things for us to do that would keep us out of her hair. 1966 was no different. One of my favorite things about the week leading up to Christmas th…

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Christmas Memories - 1983, 1986, and 1990

            1983 – It got very cold that year. Down to 8 degrees at the farm. I felt like a roast on a rotisserie. I would stand in front of the old wood stove with my back to it and then turn around with my front to it until my previously warm backside got cold again. Then repeat. We had…

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Christmas Memories - Part 3 - 1980 - The Love Between a Father and a Son

            1980 – About a year prior to the Christmas of 1980 I accepted an offer to go to work for a company located in Dallas. The job went fairly well for about 6 months, but there were rumblings that the owner was in trouble and the company in jeopardy. By June of 1980 things had got…

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Christmas Memories - Part 2

            1972 – This was my favorite Christmas of the 70’s. In fact, it is my favorite Christmas of so far NOT counting my childhood years of 0-12. There are many reasons it was such a special Christmas. For one thing, I had just started dating the girl that would be my “high-school …

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Christmas Memories - Part 1

            The 12 days of Christmas start today. Time just keeps going faster and faster. When I was young it seemed like it was forever for Christmas to come. I’m at a point now where I feel like last Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago. Well, since this is the first day of Christmas 2019, I …

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Cool Water from a Tin Dipper

            The nearest highway to me is about 4 miles from my house. It’s actually the nearest paved road as well. It’s a Farm to Market road. Its handle is FM 230 and it isn’t a long road. It totals about 29 miles. It goes from Lovelady, Texas to Trinity, Texas. There’s a much more direct route, S…

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Teacher Teacher, I Declare

            As good as my memory is, I don’t actually remember the names of every teacher that I ever had. My elementary teachers are easier to remember mainly because there were much fewer of them. For the most part, I had only one teacher per grade level. The truth is there are only two teachers f…

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Herman's Hermits, Balsa Wood Airplanes, a Soda Fountain, and Dugan's Drugs

            There was a family owned drugstore two blocks away from the house we lived in when I was 11-13. It was called “Dugan’s Drugs”. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was a part of a vanishing breed. When I think back to those years and that store, I realize that it had an important part of…

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She Owns Your Destiny

     I have been debating all week whether or not I would post this. I wrote the song you hopefully have taken the time to listen to and watch the slide show on December 5,1979. That’s 40 years ago now. To the day in about 3 hours from when I’m writing this. I recently discovered the recording that …

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            Do you know anyone who names their car? I have an old friend who had a weathered and much used 1965 Chevrolet coupe. By the time I got to know him it was about 9 years old. My friend named the car “Old Paint”. It was appropriately named. I knew a couple who had a 1963 Mercury Comet. It w…

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