THE OCTOBER GAME

AvatarOthers may prefer their witches and warlocks, their vampires and zombies, but I contend that the truly frightening Halloween stories are those that gain their power from the depravity of the worst of human behavior.  Just take Ray Bradbury’s “The October Game.” Continue reading

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THE McELREAS

AvatarAuthors go about their work in different ways.  My first novel (WRANGLE) was inspired by my uncle’s quarter horse ranch in Texas.  My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers.  My third novel (in progress) comes from my family’s Scots-Irish roots.

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JUDGE ASHWORTH

AvatarDriving around Arlington often triggers memories for me and when I happened upon the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School on Silo Road, the feelings were particularly tender because I remember the man. Continue reading

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WHITE HAT VICTORY

AvatarIn the western oater, it’s always the cowboy in the white hat that wins.  What’s really satisfying is when it happens in real life – like the Waller County Citizens Against the Landfill victory recently. Continue reading

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LEANING FORWARD

AvatarBy the time one has lived nearly 8 decades, I think we have developed unique views of life and personal strategies for dealing with its vagaries.  For me it has been my constant habit of embracing my current chapter and “leaning forward” into my next. Continue reading

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KINDRED ARTIST

AvatarArlington artist David Tripp describes his quest as one of capturing onto canvas the world he sees in his mind, and that is not unlike the role of a writer.  Akin to David, we too apprehend, interpret, report out our vision in a variety of literary forms. Continue reading

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METAMORPHOSIS

AvatarA writer is always in the process of change, and that is never more true than in my case.  It has taken me a lifetime to morph from being many things before finally unfolding into this new creature who is primarily and happily a writer. Continue reading

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