Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Snow days

by Randall Beaird It was Christmas vacation 1979. My cousin’s church youth group from Lufkin was making the long haul to Durango, Colorado. Purgatory Ski Resort played host to an East Texas avalanche of teenagers. I never was shy when … Continue reading

All I wanted

by Randall Beaird My cousin Joe worked for the Highway Department. A few years back they were “shooting sealcoat” early one morning, a process of spraying oil on the road before dropping rock on it. The oil has an enamel … Continue reading

Shirley the lawnmower

by Randall Beaird There are lawnmowers, and there is Shirley. A few years ago (1996)my little farm (Jacksonville) had a little grass. Around April it was growing muscles and nursing a forest. I flashed lawnmower specials from the mail and … Continue reading

Old houses

by Randall Beaird Most of us have lived in houses older than our parents. You know the bathroom floor is ripe for a redo when you have to warn visitors, while pointing at the wobbly commode, “Think butterfly, not buffalo.” … Continue reading

Back to my roots

by Randall Beaird I visited a childhood friend during the summer of ’94. Doug’s family was living on a farm, a place where I spent much of my childhood. With their animals and solitude, my mind drifted back in time. … Continue reading