Since it’s the Fourth of July weekend, I recalled those days back when I was a kid in the 1960s, swallowed by summer and inundated by commercials and marketing. This time of the year, the kids on our street often gathered at our house during the day, sometimes playing an endless game of Mono…

You wouldn’t think that people our age who have fished all their lives could get rusty, but the War Department and I proved that true this past week while fishing in Rockport, Texas. We went out with a guide who soon became our new friend, Captain Gordon Taylor, who simply lives to fish.

During the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to fish with my friend, Trey Schmidt, many times. Trey has a coveted fin fish license on the Texas coast. He spends three nights each week gigging for flounder, the majority he sells to Nate’s West End Bar and Grill, a popular off-the-b…

The summer heat is about to hit us hard, and of course, the fish know it too. We are going to be blasted with humidity along with some triple digit temps thrown in. Most anglers will be fishing early mornings or late evening hours, and a few will be fishing at night to avoid the heat better.…

A mockingbird woke me and greeted the morning from atop the peach tree in the side yard while a scissortail sang and jumped from atop a telephone pole in the east side yard. I stretched under a light sheet, cooled by a breeze flowing through the rusty screens.

A rare cool front blew in last night and drove all the humidity back down to the Gulf Coast where it belongs. When I opened the back door to let the house breathe first thing this morning, a familiar smell washed inside, taking me back to a similar cool summer day somewhere back in the 1960s.

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