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James R. Stout

Blog posts July 2019

Thank You, Mr. Rogers

In the summer of 1986, my little family began a 4-year journey. I was 30 years old through the summer but would turn 31 in September. My wife was 27, my son was 2 and my daughter was 1. The journey was the journey we went through as I started college and pursued a college diploma. It was a journey w…

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The Weirdest Date That I Ever Had

            Let me tell you about the weirdest date that I ever had. It was sometime in the spring of 2008. I had been single for 5 years after being married for 27 years. When the divorce was final in August of 2003, I had not been in the dating world since I was 19 years old. To say that things ha…

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Gender Snaps

            Yesterday I had the pleasure of “babysitting” my daughter’s three girls. The girls are ages 1, 7, and 11. I made some observations as we all sat in the den and watched some cartoons. Girls and boys are different. No kidding, Sherlock! Well, let me explain a little better…

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Announcement #1

            Hello! This will be a short entry. I basically wanted to let you know that I am working hard on what will be my first book. In fact, I have gotten the first draft completed. It will take a bit more of my time to get the book edited and ready for printing. Therefore, my blog entries may b…

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The Arcade

            Thomas Wolfe said, “You can never go home again”. I believe that we’ve all experienced that at some point in our lives. When I have the occasion to drive through the area of Houston, Texas that I spent the years between 11 years-old through 24 years-old I come face to face with the fact …

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            I want to talk to you about determination. I learned from an early age that you will face a plethora of obstacles and adversities that may cause you to feel like giving up. Worse yet you may develop a habit of not even trying because something looks too hard or impossible to do. I’m goin…

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The Baptistry Caper

            It was the fall of 1965. We were members of Northview Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. It was during a period of time that we quite literally were at the church if the doors were open. We spent almost all-day Sunday at the church. Sunday School was at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning wor…

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Just Like Ringing a Bell

            In many ways it is hard to believe that it has been a decade since 2009. I moved into my new house in May of that year and I spent the summer doing things around the place. I can hardly believe how much different I am today from how I was just 10 years ago. I guess my 50’s were the years…

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Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrows

            Summer is really heating up this week. Here in East Texas the highs are forecasted to be in the upper 90’s while the lows will be in the upper 70’s. It’s the time of year that mowing the yard is best done early in the morning. I went for a little drive earlier this evening on the country…

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            My recent road trip brought back memories of road trips that my family made in my growing up years. The biggest difference between those early trips and my recent trip is the distances covered. Our family didn’t make long road trips of any kind during my first 7 years. This was mainly be…

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The Other War in the 1960's

            Let me tell you about the “other” war that raged (at least it did in our house) during the 1960’s. The war didn’t really start until the fall of 1966. Prior to that, there were minor skirmishes and war clouds occasionally appeared on the horizon but they were short-lived. What you need t…

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