Stories Page:

Proverbs 10:7: The memory of the righteous is a blessing (ESV)

 

 

The thought came to me that people have lots of stories that have been their experience in family, in occupation or in general life around us. The idea that such could be captured in brief snippets, to be preserved for our families and friends, would be a worthy project to pursue.

I submitted an article to our local newspaper, the Wise County Messenger, advocating that people think about writing their histories in brief forms. It was my honor and pleasure that it was published.

 

Newspaper Article

 

 

Interest generated from comments received gave me the idea to initiate a writers’ club, so to say. Some comments had been words to the effect that they wanted sample stories as a pattern to help them imagine how to compose their own stories.

The solution was to propose a pattern of my creating a brief story, about once a quarter (4 times annually) to be sent to whatever list of people asked to be included in the subscription list. There would be no financial charges. My motivation was to encourage people to write for their families.

The proposal was circulated to several hundred friends and relatives, and about 100 have been on the regular distribution list since late 2014. Here is a brief description of the stories generated so far, and a link can take you to an online complete story. These are from three to 10 pages long, mostly shorter.

 

Publishing Schedule

 

 

Black Tie & Boots Ball story is about attending the 2005 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and social activities of President George W. Bush, one of our relatives!  This event is sponsored by the Texas State Society of Washington D. C. Both Suzanne and I are annual members of it. My own Congressional Representative that year, Kay Granger (Former Mayor of Fort Worth), was President of the TSWDC that year. It has photos and an embarrassing story about my seeking to purchase tickets to the Ball!   This story is about 10 pages.

 

2005 Black Tie & Boots Ball This is a HTML format (hyperlinks operative)

 

2005 Black Tie & Boots Ball This is a PDF format (hyperlinks inoperative)

 

2005 Black Tie & Boots All This is a Word format, which may be downloaded only

 

 

 

One Saturday morning, Ruth Graham (Billy’s wife) phoned me with a strange request about Corrie ten Boom!  It was quite a treat. It’s three pages.

 

Corrie ten Boom

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Wendell (“Chuck”) Colson, the high-level executive, the newly established position of the Director of the Office of Public Liaison, in President Richard M. Nixon’s Whitehouse staff. He served as Special Council to President Nixon (an attorney role).

On March 1, 1974, Colson was indicted for conspiring to cover up the Watergate burglaries. After days of negotiation with Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and Watergate Trial Judge Gerhard Gesell, Colson pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Colson was convicted and served a prison sentence.
This is a story about his coming out of prison, having become a Christian, and the stumbling start the ministry he developed had where we were close to see it happen. It’s three pages.

 

Chuck Colson

 

 

 

 

Meet Me in St. Louis is the story about backgrounds of Suzanne and me, leading up to our meeting, and our wild unplanned first date! It’s fourteen pages. It’s 14 page

 

Meet Me in St. Louis (PDF Format)

 

Meet Me In St. Louis (HTML Format)

 

 

 

Thomas Abney was Mayor of London. His friend, Isaac Watts, was a significant person in the world of Christianity in those days in the early 1700s. It’s three pages.

 

Sir Thomas Abney, Mayor of London

 

 

 

 

Getting a Job in Dallas, looking in St. Louis. This is one of those mid-life times without a professional job where God’s Providential Hand manifests itself by taking you somewhere you didn’t expect, but where you really wanted to go!  This man is the Rev. Dr. B. Clayton Bell, a brother-in-law of Evangelist Billy Graham. This story is four pages long.

 

Getting a Job in Dallas, when trying in St. Louis

 

 

 

 

One way to know what you don’t know!  This is about getting something in Israel you can’t read, but having what it says confirmed by an unbiased third-party in Florida!   This story is three pages long.

 

One Way To Know What You Don't Know

 

 

 

 

 

Making an Ash of One’s Self is the story of my quitting smoking on October 13, 1968 at 8:00 AM!  It was kicked off by my co-worker, a Cuban immigrant!  This story is two pages long.

 

Making an Ash of One's self

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, my pastor (and my immediate supervisot on the staff of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX) immediately begin plans to visit the site of the fallen Berlin Wall. He was there in December 1989. Later, in 1985, Suzanne and I were in the Choir Tour of HPPC to behind the Iron Curtin countries. This story tells of those experiences.

When The Berlin Wall Fell

 

 

 

Our son-in-law and daughter, Steve & Tiffany Westmoreland are raising five children. There was a time when they raised milk goats, and confusion fell when it was time to take the newly born kids to the local veternarian for their initial shots!

 

Call the Right Number HTML Version

 

Call the Right Number PDF Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham Lincoln is, in some accounts, the most admired of our 45 United States Presidents. Of course, he is mentioned here because he is my 33rd cousin!  This story is seven pages long.

Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Suzanne and I have developed an exercize pattern that has good physical results and enhanced fellowship benefits as well!

Why We Exercize

 

 

 

This was an interest twist of a cople we met, who turned out not to be what we initially assumed.

 

Dr. Clark Pinnock (HTML Format)

 

Dr. Clark Pinnock (PDF Format - Links Inoperative)

 

Dr. Clark Pinnock (Word Format - Only for Downloading)

 

 

 

 

Theses just are various newspaper articles I've published over the years:

 

 

Newspaper Articles:

The Value of a Reputation

 

 

Stories about the USS Fort Worth Navy Combat Ship

Here's the Christening Report

Wise County Messenger report Dec 16, 2010

USS Fort Worth Christening EVENTS

Anchor Dedication USS Fort Worth 2012-08-06

Anchor Report in Wise County Messenger 2012-08-15

USS Fort Worth Commissioned Sept 22, 2012

Wise County Messenger Commissioning Article Sept 26, 2012

Sept 26, 2017 USS Fort Worth - Women in Leadership

Texas Navy Admiral Commission

 

OTHER NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

 

2016 Wise County Republican Convention

 

2011 Texas Legislature

2016 TX State Republican Convention

 

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

 

Discrimination

 

Cartoon with my Letter to the Editor

 

National Debt

 

Millennials' Bad Finances

 

Are You Not Voting This TIme?

 

Governor Perry's Address the Legislature

 

About Police

 

2017 Wise Co Republicvan Red Gala

 

Today is Special in Texas History

 

 

National Pi Day

Political Gifts Article