JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

While in Galveston riding around with the Glossup’s a while back we saw a man limping across a parking lot. Ronny said his dad, Weldon, referred to people like that as having a “jake leg.” I wondered where in the world that phrase came from. When we got home in a few days I did some research. Throughout history, many men (and women) have resorted to occasionally “taking a nip” of alcohol for various reasons. I remember several older...

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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

The high school graduation season is finally over. Saturday, June 6, Jean and I attended the Cooper High ceremony to shake hands with grandson Casey Williams and great nephew Travis Darden. Congrats to all the graduates. At the reception I talked with long ago student of mine, Charley Jackson. During track season Coach Silman and I would carry the boys to Liberty Grove near where Coach Falls now lives and have them run to our...

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AKARD SLOUGH CATFISH JUNE 4, 2015
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AKARD SLOUGH CATFISH JUNE 4, 2015

From my ledger in 1987. Saturday, May 30. Teacher workday. Drove my school bus to the bus shed to park it for the summer. We could leave as soon as we finished turning in grades and reports. I finished at 10:30 and Jean came to pick me up. To Charleston to check trotlines. One was hung and I stood up in the middle of the boat pulling real hard. The line came loose and I fell back, hitting the back of my right arm just above my elbow...

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 PULLEY BONE – MAY 28 by Eddie Trapp
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 PULLEY BONE – MAY 28 by Eddie Trapp

In a person’s lifetime, animal species may come and go in an area. In my 69 years I have seen the arrival in northeast Texas of cattle egrets, armadillos, black bellied tree ducks, fire ants, caracaras, black buzzards, and several kinds of doves. Then we have the disappearances of horned lizards, most bullfrogs, and most toads, at least in the Charleston area. But the strangest disappearance is not an entire animal but just part of an...

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KING OF THE GREENS – MAY 14, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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KING OF THE GREENS – MAY 14, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

1383 KING OF THE GREENS MAY 14, 2015 There is a very healthy crop of poke salad this year and to me it is the “king of the greens.” Last week I filled a five gallon bucket with the leaves and tender stems. Not just thrown in but packed down in the bucket. It only took me about ten minutes as I didn’t pick off the individual leaves but broke off the stem and leaves a few inches from the top. Jean was gone somewhere so she couldn’t fuss...

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THANK YOU SO MUCH MAY 7, 2015, by Eddie Trapp
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THANK YOU SO MUCH MAY 7, 2015, by Eddie Trapp

Our language is continually evolving. With each edition of dictionaries come new words and their definitions. Words or phrases unheard of a year or two ago are very common now. Some words or phrases are used to fill in gaps while the speaker is trying to decide what to say next. One that hasn’t changed over the years is “you know.” For some reason this phrase is very common with coaches and athletes. Thankfully, most of these...

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LAUGHING ATTACK by Eddie Trapp – APRIL 30, 2015
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LAUGHING ATTACK by Eddie Trapp – APRIL 30, 2015

1381 LAUGHING ATTACK APRIL 30, 2015 Years ago many people liked to play tricks on each other since they were limited on other entertainment options. I have told you of Ma dressing up like a man then hiding in a gully beside a road and raising up to scare Aunt Ina half to death. Of Ma putting on a man’s clothes when it was a report of a crazy man running loose and scaring one of her sisters. Of my daddy going out to burn trash, pouring...

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BIG GUNS IN ANTIOCH APRIL 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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BIG GUNS IN ANTIOCH APRIL 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

1380 BIG GUNS IN ANTIOCH APRIL 23, 2015 As suspected, the recent articles about Bonnie and Clyde brought in a few emails about their sightings as they sped along back roads. One was particularly interesting and thanks to Phillip Noble for allowing me to use it. “My name is Phillip Noble and my family is from Delta County. Mark Deatherage is my distant cousin and still lives in Delta County. I visit every summer for a fish fry in Pecan...

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The Ambush, April 16, 2015 – by Eddie Trapp
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WRECK IN WELLINGTON, TEXAS APRIL 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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WRECK IN WELLINGTON, TEXAS APRIL 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

WRECK IN WELLINGTON, TEXAS APRIL 9, 2015 Continued from last week. The Bonnie and Clyde gang was hiding out in Joplin, Missouri when a neighbor called the police about all night, loud parties. The unfortunate officers had no idea who they were dealing with. Although taken by surprise, Clyde, Jones, and Buck quickly killed a detective and wounded a constable. Bonnie used her Browning Automatic Rifle to keep a highway patrolman pinned...

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