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Hello September! It is hard to envision fall arriving since, as I write this, it is still over 100 degrees outside. However, in another three or four weeks, the pumpkins will begin to make their appearance around the Altom home as we prepare for the upcoming season. I am sure my family will once again ask this year, “How many pumpkins do you need?” And I will again answer, “One more!”

I think, if we are honest, that is something we all have in common. The “one mores.” When I think of my “one more” items, pumpkins and throw pillows come to mind immediately. I also never get tired of traveling; it’s our hobby, and I am always planning “one more” trip as soon as we are on the way home from the last one. Some of our “one more” things are not very good for us. I had to stop baking our favorite cookies because the recipe made a huge batch, and it was too easy to have just “one more!” (I know I could have halved the recipe, but as long as you’re baking, you bake enough to share, right?…shhh!)

This month, we have “one more” special interview to share with you. Thanks to our friend Brian Smith, Wes and I were honored to recently spend time with Mr. Red Steagall. Brian connected us, and Mr. Steagall invited us to his ranch outside of Fort Worth for an opportunity to interview him and share his story with our readers. It was a special day and another memorable event celebrating our 10th anniversary.

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Living with Children By: John K. Rosemond

Taking Back Control from Child’s Tantrums Q: Our four-year-old, an only child, is giving us fits. As a toddler, he began ignoring us. That evolved into downright refusing to do what we ask. It seems like the nicer we are to him, the meaner he is to us. In addition, his tantrums when he doesn’t get his way have become Class 5 hurricanes. We know we shouldn’t give in, but his fits just wear us out. There is no doubt he’s in complete control of our home. Is it too late to turn things around?

Not at all, but taking your son out of the driver’s seat is going to require a complete parenting makeover, starting with how you give him instructions. Two words pop out in your question: “ask” and “nicer.” They may well hold the key to solving your problems. In the first place, asking a young child to do something is akin to lighting a fuse on dynamite. To obtain obedience, your instructions should be delivered in short, authoritative sentences, as in, “It’s time for you to pick up these toys.” Your desire to be perceived as nice people is understandable, but something along the lines of “Hey, how about let’s pick up these toys now, okay buddy?” gives him tacit permission to respond with something along the lines of “I don’t want to,” which just happens to be the default response for a child your son’s age. In short, stop asking your son to cooperate and begin telling him exactly what is expected. I call it “Alpha Speech.” Trust me, that alone is going to cut his disobedience in half—if you stick to it—within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, when he disobeys, confine him to his room for thirty minutes, defined by a timer set outside his door. Prior to using

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Red Steagall Singer, songwriter, actor, producer, radio personality, TV host, and philanthropist

There are people you meet in life who leave a lasting impression. Russell “Red” Steagall will always be one of those for me. Yes, he is a famous singer, songwriter, actor, producer, radio personality, TV host, and philanthropist. He is also a gentleman…a cowboy...a humble man who is as comfortable outdoors as he is in the fanciest gatherings Los Angeles and Nashville have to offer. He makes others comfortable in his presence... from U.S. Presidents to small-town publishers. We visited Mr. Steagall on his 75-acre ranch in north Texas, a place he describes as “not big enough to make a living on, and too big to keep.” I am proud to have visited with this American treasure and delighted to share the conversation with you. First things first…I understand you had Covid. How are you doing? I’m back pretty close to where I was before. The main problem has been short-term memory – it’s not that I forget things, I just can’t recall them! I don’t have the stamina I had, but that’s coming back. For readers who may not know you, how would you describe yourself? Well, that’s a tough question. Mother always taught me if you talk about yourself, you’re bragging, and bragging is not gentlemanly. I like to think I live the best kind of life the Lord

wants me to live. I’ve grown up a very spiritual person and still am. I love the outdoors. I love people. I love the lifestyle I lead, and I am happy. I’m confident with who I am. Tell us a little about your childhood and growing up. My family is from Montague County, up towards Bowie, for four generations on both sides. When I was three, there weren’t any jobs left in Montague County, and Daddy moved to the oilfield. I grew up on that riverbed on the south side of the Canadian River in a little town called Sanford. I loved to hunt arrowheads and fossils, track coons,

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and run coyotes with a one-eyed greyhound. I would run coons at night with coon dogs. I lived outdoors. If we didn’t have a football game on Friday afternoon at Phillips High School, I would disappear, and Mother would see me Sunday night. That old river is about a mile wide there, and the bluffs are about 300 feet high. I remember sitting on those big rocks on that bluff and letting my imagination run wild. One day I would be going up the trail with Charlie Goodnight, and the next day I would be fighting the white eyes with Quanah. I could see those teepees as if they were absolutely there.

You write that way. Readers are able to envision themselves there with you when reading your writing. That is a gift.

it, it’s not artistic--you’re just repeating what someone else has done. I’m glad to say I was a daydreamer.

Well, thank you. I think that time period in my life greatly influenced what I write and the way I see life today. That was a time when your parents would say, “Quit daydreaming and get your mind on what you need to do.” But daydreaming is what creates activity in artistic endeavors. If you can’t see something in your mind and present it the way you see

So you are a cowboy, a poet, musician, producer, an actor, a TV and radio personality. You are truly a jack of all trades. Master of none, I reckon (chuckling). I’ve had a very interesting life. I can’t imagine changing one thing that would make it better. It might

make it different, but it wouldn’t make it better. If you had to prioritize, are there any of those things you like most of all? That’s a pretty tough question, because I really enjoy what I do and what I have done. I love being a writer, both a poet and a songwriter. I love to perform. I really enjoy the medium of television. I’ve been in radio for 27 years with Cowboy Corner, so I like that a lot!


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vested interest in the preservation and perpetuation of the western lifestyle. Why is it so important to you to make sure people understand and hold on to that western history and cowboy culture? There are three things we primarily love and preserve: the history, the traditions, and the set of values. The values that evolved in an agrarian society are very important to us all getting along, and those came from two sources. First of all, from the Good Book. We learned ‘em sitting on the front row at a regular church meeting, or we were taught at home by our parents that this is a set of values that we need to live by. This is what makes you a good person.

How often do you do that? I do four shows a month at one time, but I go out in the field to get the interviews. I might be gone sometimes for a week or ten days doing interviews in a particular locality where I know there are people who either have an interest or are part of the western lifestyle. It might be an actor, a singer, a historian, a cowboy, might be a ranch owner. It’s somebody who has a

Second, in an agrarian society, there was a time we had to depend on other people for survival, because we were way out in the wilderness by ourselves. It might be ten miles to the next neighbor. We depended on each other, and if you’re going to depend on somebody and need them to depend on

you, then you’ve got to be the right person. I’ve said a jillion times, and I’ll continue to say--the most important things any of us can live by are honesty, integrity, loyalty, work ethic, dedication to family, conviction about our belief in God, and practicing common decency and respect for our fellow man every day we live. What makes this a harmonious society is adhering to that set of values. This is not anything I came up with. These are the things my mother taught me and things I have found in over eight decades I have lived. If you don’t practice these things, you create an adverse attitude towards yourself and whatever you are trying to accomplish. I think that’s the most important thing. In the western lifestyle, especially in the big ranches, we still experience that set of values, and it is purity. It is used every day. It’s not something somebody talks about; it’s something they DO every day. So, it’s not gone; it’s just that, when we moved to the cities, we became a “me” society instead of a “we” society. Tell us how you went from an agriculture degree at West Texas State University to producing music in Hollywood? That seems like a pretty good jump! (Chuckling). Well, I’ve thought about that a lot! I spent four years of my life studying agriculture. I wanted to be a large animal vet, so pre-vet was the first direction I went, but when I was 15, I lost the use of my left shoulder to polio. I had use of my hand, but no use of the arm, so I couldn’t be a large animal vet--and I didn’t want to work on dogs

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After polio, I used the mandolin to regain the strength in the fingers of my left hand, because it was just like spaghetti. I had no use of them at all. I would practice for days on end, strengthening each finger so it wouldn’t mute the strings when I played. I went from there to a guitar. When I went off to college, I had a little band and really liked it. I don’t know that I thought about a career in the music business, but I knew it was something I really liked.

the national charts and sold a million copies. Buddy got drafted into the Korean War, Jimmy Bowen went to Hollywood, and Don Lanier came back to Amarillo. Don and I had grown up together, so we were old friends. They and Buddy Holly and a group called The Teen Kings from Plainview all went to Norman Petty’s studio and cut records, and they were kind of our heroes. So, I kinda changed my mind about writing songs and being a singer. When Jimmy started having some success in Hollywood as a producer, Donnie went out to help him and be part of what he was doing. They called me and asked me if I would come to Hollywood. I was with the ag division of Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation, had a good job, and could have stayed there the rest of my life and retired at 65; but I was single and had just bought me a new car, so I hooked a 5x7 U-Haul trailer behind it and went to California.

I got a degree in agriculture and spent five years in agricultural chemistry after college. I had some friends who were superstars in the 50s, Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids. They really invented Rockabilly Music. They had seven records in a row that reached #1 in

It was a culture shock. I kept seeing opportunities I could be involved in. Donnie and I wrote a song I got Ray Charles to record in ’66 called Here We Go Again. To date, it has been recorded 63 times by different artists. So, it’s almost been a career all its own. By the time

and cats. I did end up getting an appointment to vet school, but by the time I got a bachelor’s degree, I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I wanted to get a job. I wanted to own a car. I had never owned a car until then. I worked day and night to put myself through college. I didn’t think it was anybody else’s responsibility but mine. So, I worked at it, and I’m proud of that degree. I’m proud of the effort it took to accomplish one of my goals.

’69 rolled around and I started recording, I’d had 60 of my songs recorded by other people. So, I was doing pretty good as a songwriter. I’d had three #1 country records by other artists. I started recording, but I stayed in the music publishing business, still am, because that was how I made my living…plugging songs. In January 1969, the record I had recorded for Capitol went into the top 10. It was called Party Dolls and Wine. I’ve had 26 records in a row in the national charts, and I’ve had them all over the world…met people in all walks of life. I like to say that I’ve lived six lifetimes, and I believe it--because I’ve done EVERYTHING that I wanted to do. The thing that has been important to me in later years is how did I use that agricultural degree in what I’m doing now? The answer is, I write about those people. I write about the farmers and ranchers; I write about people who love the image of the West, the values, tradition and heritage that evolves from that; and I find that even today, in my television show, my radio show, and my concerts, the people that really like what I do are still of an agricultural background--maybe not their generation, but


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their parents’ or their grandparents’ generation – something that they learned to love. I didn’t forsake that degree. It all ties together. Not counting all the songs you’ve written for others, what has been the biggest hit you recorded? Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music, and the one next to that was a western swing version of Somewhere My Love in 1973. Other than your biggest hit, what is your personal favorite? That’s a tough question. I don’t know that I have a favorite. Some of the records I am most proud of didn’t make the top 10, but I love storyline songs. I love the things that I am writing now and have been for the last 30 years – the cowboy songs. I love to tell cowboy stories. Let’s shift just a little bit. In addition to your own celebrity, there are others you have had a hand in helping. One was a little redhead singing the national anthem at a rodeo?

Reba (McEntire) is probably the only person I have really had any influence in their career. Glenn Sutton and I loved trains, and we wanted to ride a train and write songs. On a lark, I wrote the president of Rock Island Railways, asking if we could ride a caboose; he wrote back and agreed. We flew into Amarillo, got on that train, and wound up in Memphis. We couldn’t write, because we couldn’t stay awake! The sound and the rhythm of that train put us to sleep. We would sit in those little bay windows on either side, watching what was going by, and it would just put us to sleep. We only wrote one song on that trip, I’m Not Your Kind of Girl. Reba just blew me away when I heard her sing that night at the National Finals in December 1974. Her mother brought her up to the Justin® room where we were picking and singing, and she sat down beside me and started singing harmony. She just blew me away because she had perfect tone and total control. I had been wondering what I was going to do about a demo for that song Glenn and I wrote, so I said, “Why don’t you come to Nashville, and we’ll cut a demo and see


what we can get done?” Her mother brought her in January, and we cut that song and one other. We pitched that demo all over Nashville for months, and nobody wanted another girl singer. At the time, girls didn’t sell records, and they didn’t sell tickets. If a girl was really going to sell and reach another level, they had to be coupled with a guy. That’s the reason you had so many acts like Johnny and June, George and Tammy, and Conway and Loretta. Reba changed all that. A guy who was working for me in the publishing company had taken the demo over to Mercury for Glenn Keener to listen to the songs. Glenn wasn’t interested in the songs, but he heard something in Reba’s voice he didn’t often hear that made him want to sign her. We finally got her a contract with Mercury in October. Reba did things for girl singers that nobody had ever done before. She made the difference for the next girl singer coming down the line, including Dolly. Her shows were different; they weren’t just standing there singing in front of a microphone. The other thing she did was television. In my day, the only way you knew what a singer looked like was to buy a ticket and go to a concert. You


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Speaking of that, I love your poem “The Fence Me and Shorty Built.” I spent five summers on my uncle’s farm in northwestern Iowa. I learned more in those five summers than I have in the rest of my life put together. He taught me how to do things RIGHT. He trained me to make sure you do it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it again. And that’s where that poem came from. (See Creative Corner on pg. 56) I remember, we were driving down the road once, and he looked at a neighbor’s field and said to himself, “I’d give anything in the world if he would make those boys plow those rows straight.” I heard him and said, “What difference does it make, Uncle Floyd? The corn’s in the ground; it’s going to grow anyhow.” He turned around to me, and I will never forget that look. He said, “It makes a difference to ME. I’m a farmer. This is what I do, and I want to be the best at what I do.”

could see Reba on television, and there was a way for the public to fall in love with her. I am really proud of her for doing that. What’s a typical day like for you? I’m living with the love of my life and the only person I have ever wanted to live with. My wife Gail and I have been married 44 years. Our assistant Debbie Bowman has been working for us for 44 years. I don’t get by with anything because I’ve had “two wives” for 44 years. A typical day depends on whether or not we’ve got a pandemic going on! Prior to the pandemic, I was on the road 200-220 days a year

doing different things. I do quite a few charity events. I can’t do as many as I used to, but I have two or three this year. I’m proud to do those. I spend more time right now in this office than I ever have before, and when things are opening up, I won’t be here then! I love to travel, I love to play for people in different walks of life, to try to convince them the cowboy way of life is the best.

Uncle Floyd also knew I loved John Deere tractors, and I loved to read, so he bought me a book on John Deere. There is one line in that book that stuck in my mind, and it does to this day. In 1856, John Deere said, “I will never put my name on a product that is not as good as the best in me.” I’ve never forgotten that. It’s pretty hard to be that critical of yourself. When you’re writing a storyline song or poem, and you have a line you really like, but it doesn’t quite fit…you can’t get married to it. You can either store it somewhere or throw it away, but if it doesn’t fit, don’t use it! It’s



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There are a huge variety of different activities from chuck wagon camps to dances to poetry and shopping…it looks like a lot of fun!

a matter of discipline and being proud of what you do. When you finish a product, like finishing a fence, you turn around and look back down that fence line and say, “That’s a good job. I’m proud of that.”

We do have a good time. People come from all over the United States. We’ve also had groups from France and several from England come.

This fall will mark the 30th Annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival in Fort Worth. How did it start? The ones that kicked all this off were a group of folklorists in Utah. It was Hal Cannon’s idea, and Hal is a great-great-grandson of Brigham Young. They decided the place to do it was in Elko, Nevada because of the big ranches out there, where they could get a lot of cowboys and people who were artistically inclined together, and it was very successful. A group of us here decided we needed to have one in Fort Worth, because we had the perfect location for it at The Stockyards. It began as a function of the Texas A&M Extension Service. There were four of us that started it 31 years ago: Jalynn Burkett, John South, Don Edwards, and me. The first year, we had 11 inches of rain that weekend, but we

What is up next for you? I’m very proud to have been the honorary chairman for 23 years for the Round-up for Rehab for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. I’ll spend a lot of time out there this fall, then do their telethon in January.

had enough sponsor dollars to bail us out, so we never lost a dime. Three years later, Jalynn and John both retired, so we converted it to a private venture. It’s been very successful.

In November, I’ll save about three weeks to work on filming television shows for next year. I like to have them done before the first of the year. That way, if I need a show, I don’t have to worry about the weather and getting locked in somewhere when I need to be somewhere else. What’s the most important lesson you think you’ve learned?

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Buck Ramsey and I went to college together and were dear friends. In his poem Anthem, he wrote, “…we are what we do, and not the stuff we lay claim to.” That’s an important one. Another comes from poet Edgar A. Guest who wrote, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day…” I think about that all the time. How does that look? What if a young kid is watching me or listening to me…how are they going to take that? Will it start ‘em down the wrong trail, or is there a way I could stop them? After I had polio, I was devastated, because all I wanted to do was play football for the Phillips Blackhawks, then go to Texas A&M and play for Coach Bryant. Mother said, “Here’s a verse out of this poem I want you to read.” It was also from Edgar A. Guest.

When I get into a situation that’s uncomfortable, I try to think, “Are you doing the best you can do? Is that the best way to go for you? Are you willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to reach the goal you are trying to achieve by going in that direction, or do you need to abandon that trail and find the one that might be a little rockier or a little bit steeper, but is the right one?” I’m not preaching to anyone. That’s just the way I live and the things that have influenced me, and most of them are very simple.

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The Garden Post By Kim Bius

Fall Planting Season is Here! God blessed Texas with two planting seasons for vegetable growers and a year-round planting season for all other gardening. In my 37 years in the garden industry, we have only had 3 years the ground has frozen for more than 48 hours…pretty good odds in my book. Are some months better than others for planting? Yes, and the following monthly synopsis will give you a quick reference guide on what to plant during fall months. September–Plant cool weather veggie starters, such as cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli in mid-late September (or whenever the high is 83 and below). Bolting will occur if the temps climb too high on cool weather crops, but your warm weather crops, such as tomato, peppers, squash, beans, will love it! Plant non-drought tolerant shrubs, such as azaleas, camellias, redbuds, dogwoods, fern and other acid lovers for beautiful spring blooms from late August through October. The water requirements on new plantings are 3-4 times a week when temps are still above 90, whereas August was almost daily on new plantings. Water requirements will depend on the temperatures and if Mother Nature is supplying any rain. Remember, new plantings require more water than your existing established landscape, because they do not have an established root system. This means your regular water schedule on an automatic sprinkler system will not be sufficient. Options

are: overwater the existing landscape, manually water, or “up the time” on the water zone that contains the new planting. Late September is the time to plant wildflower seeds for spring after next blooms. Remember to purchase scarified bluebonnet seed or it may be years before they germinate. One pound of pure wildflower seeds basically covers 100 sq’ at $90.00/lb (be prepared for that sticker shock). August/September is a great time to redo those “tired potscapes.” Spent summer color can be refreshed by adding quart size zinnias, mega bloom vinca or pops of yellow, red, orange, blue and purple color to take you into the late fall. Plant fall perennials such as rudbeckia, salvia, and lantana early to enjoy the blooms till the first hard frost. Plant with a tablespoon of Osmocote under each for continued blooming for 90 days. Happy Frog has a great organic for bedding plants and, if you prefer a liquid, the new Bio Blast (organic 7-7-7) gives amazing results. August/September is also a great time to plant citrus. Keep in mind, some citrus are cold hardy to 23 degrees and some (lemons and limes) do not survive past 30 degrees. Citrus require full sun; plant in an area with good drainage and heavily protected from the north wind. A cold frame may be required. October through February is the best time for tree planting. Yes, containerized trees can be planted yearround, but we are talking optimum time zone.

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Bare root trees can only be planted in January through early March for the best success. As a rule of thumb, transplanting is done after the second killing freeze and two weeks before breaking dormancy. October also signals pansy season. These adorable, annual beauties are always a welcome sight in the garden center. They signal the holiday season is just around the corner. October is basically a repeat of September, and if you are planning a big holiday show in the landscape…installations need to go in by mid to late October. October/November is the time to purchase winter bulbs. Existing bulbs should be divided and replanted every 3 years in late September – October, but if you miss that date, November works, too. Replant your bulbs with 1-3 tablespoons of bone meal (organic) or bulb booster, depending on the bulb size. The phosphorous will give you stronger stems, larger blooms, and better bloom color. Happy Fall Gardening.

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odd is a senior at Alpha Omega and is the son of Todd and Faith Gladish. His activities include baseball, football, Interact, and youth ministry. H e p l a n s t o a t t e n d c o l l e g e , p a r t i c i p a t i n g i n R OT C , and then pursue a career in the army. Todd believes, “ G ive i t a l l yo u g o t . I f yo u f a i l , l e a r n f r o m i t a n d keep going.”

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What About Dentures??? Let me start off by saying, there is nothing better than the teeth the good Lord gave you. Dentists are trained to save teeth for a good reason – we know dentures won’t ever be as efficient as your natural teeth. All that said, dentures are already a reality for some and may be in the future for others What are dentures? Full dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues. The bases are typically made of acrylic resin, and the individual teeth vary in quality, longevity and make of materials. Fortunately, modern dentistry can provide natural looking dentures to restore the look of a smile. How do dentures stay in place? Every denture moves to some degree unless it has a tooth or implant to anchor to. The degree of stability depends on the shape of the palate and lower ridge, the amount of bone that remains and the quality of the denture itself. Full dentures stay in place by suction. Think of two pieces of glass. If you place one on top of the other, they are easy to pull apart, but put a little water between them, and they create a suction that makes separation difficult. Full dentures function in a similar way. Unfortunately, though, one of our “pieces of glass” is movable tissue that limits the stability. Typically, upper dentures are more retentive than the lower because (in most patients) there is a nice big palate to stick it to. The lower arch, on the other hand, has a small ridge of bone that makes retention difficult. Placing two or four implants on the lower can dramatically improve denture satisfaction by holding the denture in place. Will dentures function and feel like my natural teeth? Dentures are by no means a panacea, and many studies have shown that 7080% of full denture wearers (without implants) are not satisfied with their results. Fortunately, though, if made properly, they can function as a fairly good substitute.

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The year 2020 was memorable for most of us, but for world champion team roper Colby Lovell, it was truly one for the record books, filled with the highest highs and a devastating low. From winning a world champion title, to the loss of a dear friend, and reconnecting with old ones, this small town cowboy managed to stay true to his roots through it all. With pure drive and determination, he pushed himself hard to be the best team roper, dad, husband, and friend he could. 30  Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition  |  September 2021

A native of Madisonville, Texas, Lovell was crowned the 2020 World Champion Team Roping Header this past December in Arlington, Texas after an exhilarating ten rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). His roping partner Paul Eaves was crowned the 2020 World Champion Heeler. The 2020 NFR did not start out as an easy go for Lovell and Eaves, but in true Lovell fashion, they pushed through. During the first six rounds of the NFR, the odds of winning their first world title were not in their favor. They only had four recorded times and were not even a contender in the NFR average. The world champion title takes into account

a contestant’s Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) season earnings coming into the NFR, which is combined with their average earnings from the 10-day NFR, for a total year-end earnings and chance at being crowned a world champion. “It had been up and down at the Finals,” says Lovell. “I knew we had to win those last three rounds to even have a chance to win the world.” By round seven, their luck began to change, and Lovell and Eaves had won $46,384.62 each and were looking to win more rounds – no matter what. In round eight, they came back with a 4.3 second run worth $26,230.77 each. Then in

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round 9, they won another $23,480.77 each. In his push to be the best and win the world, Lovell drove home to Madisonville after that ninth round and put pencil to paper. “I drove home that night, and my son Levi and I did the pencil work. I watched video of every steer and how the rounds unraveled, so I knew what had to be done for us to have a chance,” explained Lovell.

for granted,” said Lovell. “A lot goes into a year of rodeoing, and when the NFR comes around, exhaustion can set in. I just had a different mindset. My mental game was way different than last time.” Lovell also acknowledges his great partnership with Eaves. “We both stayed calm and have a lot of confidence in each other,” explained Lovell.

my rodeo career,” said Lovell. “He loves to chase the cows and try to outrun a steer.” While Bartender is still his main go-to, Lovell has added a new addition to the team. Known as “Whiskey,” which he rode most of the July 4th weekend, Lovell bought him from his good friend Ty Arnold in Madisonville. “He’s also a real good horse. He tries hard and scores really good,” explained Lovell. Once the dust and fanfare settled from winning that coveted gold buckle at the NFR, Lovell said he was glad to be home and spend time with those he cares about most – his family. “They’re the reason I wake up every morning – to support them and do the best I can for them,” explains Lovell.

“It was a Cinderella story that unraveled in front of me, and I got to be a part of it,” His diligence paid off as Lovell and Eaves backed into the box that final night. As the tenth-round steer left the chute, the magic happened, and dreams became reality. Lovell and Eaves swung, caught clean, and cinched their world titles with a 4.4 second run. “It was a Cinderella story that unraveled in front of me, and I got to be a part of it,” said Lovell. “It was a relief that I had succeeded in reaching a dream I had my whole life, and the hard work and 20 years of me putting into it was worth it. It’s something someone can’t ever take away from you.” When asked if he had taken a different approach in 2020, the then six-time

“I went in knowing I had a job to do, and I did not take opportunities or chances I had for granted,” Wrangler NFR qualifier said he credits part of his success to a higher maturity level. “My maturity level was way different. I went in knowing I had a job to do, and I did not take opportunities or chances I had

Then there’s his horse Bartender. Lovell describes Bartender, a Roan gelding, as a tough, fast horse with a lot of run! “I had Bartender, and I thought he was the best chance for me to win the world as far as

When talking to Lovell, the pride and love he has for his family is apparent. This includes his wife Kassidy, their 16-year-old son Levi, and 7-year-old daughter Jewel. Following in her daddy’s footsteps it seems, Jewel seems to have gotten the rodeo bug at an early age. “My daughter is ate up with it,” says Lovell. “She rides good and has started competing in barrel races on my wife’s old barrel horse.” In July, Jewel competed in a 1D open barrel race and ended up taking first place. During


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the NFRs, Lovell said Jewel could often be found heeling for him during morning practices. Back at the ranch, Jewel can be found helping work cows or anything else that needs to be done on the ranch. “The sky is the limit with her,” Lovell confidently says. He even proudly notes her emerging roping talent.

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Lovell looks forward to a future that includes seeing his daughter reach her dreams and being there to support her. “I still want to win the world again, I still want to go…but, in a way, I feel I have succeeded at my goal,” said Lovell. “My little girl wants to go and do, and she has a chance to be great. If I’m trying to be great, it’s hard to help her be great.”

“She’s the foundation of our family.”

Thankfully, Lovell has his wife Kassidy, a native of Bryan, Texas, to take care of the kids and ranch when he’s on the road. “She takes care of everything,” says Lovell. “She’s the foundation of our family.” Kassidy is also no stranger to the world of rodeo. “We were both in high school rodeo, and she used to barrel race, but had to stop because her horse got hurt,” said Lovell. “Now, she’s getting back into it and pursuing team roping possibilities.” Rodeo, roping, and horses have been a part of Lovell’s life for as long as he can remember--from the early days Colby & Kassidy Lovell




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of youth and high school rodeo to winning seven USTRC open rodeos at age 18. His father roped Lovell’s entire life, and his mother rode cutting and barrel horses. While a lot of time is spent with his daughter in the arena, Lovell and his son bond over hunting. “Levi doesn’t have that many years left at the house,” said Lovell. “We enjoy going hunting near the Trinity River.”

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Along with his family having a strong hold on Lovell, close friends also rank high on his list. One of his closest friends and hunting buddies is singer/ songwriter Cody Johnson, a native of Groveton, Texas. Lovell and Johnson had crossed paths competing in high school rodeo, but had never really bonded as they have in recent years. “We’ve been acquaintances my whole life and knew of each other through Colby, Kassidy, Levi & Jewel the night of the championship win rodeo,” explained Lovell. “When he started roping, Johnson ended up moving about ten minutes we started practicing together at the house, down the road from Lovell, and when they and our friendship just progressed. We have are both home, they can be found roping similarities, the same beliefs, and are kind of together and with friends, three to four times the same type of people.” a week. “Our wives get along, my girl and his

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girl are the same age and play together,” says Lovell. “It just works.” While both Lovell and Johnson have become superstars in their respected arenas and have been in the spotlight for the last year, Lovell says he enjoys going back home to just hang with Johnson and get away from all the chaos. “Honestly, we both get an ‘out route’ when we get to hang out with each other,” explains Lovell. For Lovell, it’s not about the wins and the starstruck fans in the arena at home, but rather just two old smalltown friends swapping stories, enjoying family, and throwing a rope. Not only does Lovell enjoy hanging out and roping with his dear friend, but Johnson’s popular song Dear Rodeo has also served as an inspiration to him and to everyone who rodeos. “It is the perfect meaning to what a rodeo cowboy is and stands for,” said Lovell.

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Before round 10 of the NFR, Johnson played Dear Rodeo at Globe Life Field in Arlington as many cowboys and cowgirls listened. For Lovell, the song brought back memories and old feelings of not wanting to miss the opportunity of winning that coveted gold buckle. “I’ve been close to winning the world before and just didn’t finish the job,” recalls Lovell. “The song reminds you of the hard work that goes into getting to your final destination, and it pushes you to keep persevering and dreaming.” Written by Dan Couch and Johnson, who is a former bull rider, the ballad draws on the pull of the American sport of rodeo. When talking with Lovell about his deep bonds with family and friends, there is another individual who has impacted his life. When Lovell and then 15-year-old Cody

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NesSmith, like Lovell, was an avid team roper from Louisiana and had a passion for the sport. He was a huge fan of Lovell and became an intricate part of Lovell’s life before losing his battle with a rare bone cancer in July 2020. “When he wasn’t doing chemo, he would stay at Ty Arnold’s, come over here every day and rope, help out around the ranch, and spend time with us.” Soon, the two formed a lasting friendship and spent many hours together roping, hunting, and laughing at Lovell’s ranch. “He got over here, and it just clicked,” says Lovell. “He was a good person. He was very humble and never acted like there was an exclamation point on his life. I mean, he just lived life to the fullest.”

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NesSmith repeatedly told Lovell he would win the world team roping title in 2020 and became one of Lovell’s biggest supporters and motivators. “It was a goal he had for me that he told me at the beginning of the year, and it was just something we had a lot of conversations about,” explained Lovell. One of the characteristics Lovell admired was his fight. “You never knew he had cancer. He never looked for a way out – he just took it with a grain of salt,” said Lovell. “His will and everyday attitude was inspiring.” NesSmith’s final wish was to have a team roping benefit to raise money to help others going through cancer. So Lovell, being dedicated to friends and family like he is, made the roping happen in May 2021 at the Leon County Expo Center in Buffalo, Texas. Proceeds from the event have launched the

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The night Cody won at the NFR Cody NesSmith Foundation to help families whose children are battling cancer. With 137 teams entered in the open, the roping raised nearly $60,000 for the Foundation. When not on the road and pushing himself to be the best team roper, or spending time with his kids to be the best dad he can, Lovell turns to his other love – his hunting and cow dogs. He currently has about a dozen cur dogs, many of which he’s raised and trained himself. “I love watching them grow and develop from pups,” said Lovell. So, what makes a good hunting dog? Well, according to Lovell, it takes a special dog – just like roping takes a great horse. “It really depends on what your standards are for the dogs,” explained Lovell. “My standards are really, really high. A good hunting dog will work by himself, always tries for you, and

doesn’t need anyone else.” As far as the 2021 world title, Lovell and Eaves are back on the road this summer, pushing to be the best they can, with their eye on the prize – a second gold buckle. “I enjoy the competition part, trying to work my craft and prove to myself that I’m still good enough to be on top,” said Lovell. While Lovell continues to push forward and follow his dreams, make no mistake--the real prize for him is back home in Madisonville, on his third-generation ranch started by his grandfather (and role model). “I love rodeos, hearing the roar of the crowd, making good runs, and experiencing the competition part, but I also love to just be at the ranch with my family.”

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Lee Jamis The region of East Texas, notes historian Dr. Caroline Crimm, is “little noted and often dismissed,” but “hidden behind the thick forest of the ‘Pine Curtain,’” it “holds a treasury of views and vistas.” Lee Jamison thinks so, too, and his newly published book, Ode to East Texas: The Art of Lee Jamison, lends considerable evidence to his belief. What follows is an interview with Jamison—part dialogue, part travelogue—as we explore the art, sights, and character of East Texas.

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Jamison matriculated at Lon Morris College, the now-defunct East Texas College located in Jacksonville, Texas. “It was where I got serious about art,” Jamison recalls. “I still think if you want to know who humans are, what they believe, and how they treat others, art history is a better way to do this than political history, and I learned that and more at Lon Morris College.”

Old Main had a classical appearance. But as you draw nearer, its Gothic style becomes more distinct, reflecting the aspirational nature of a university building and, as I argue, the nature of the community in which it was built. It’s not an inherent part of the landscape; it’s a reflection of the people. This includes Huntsville’s founder, Pleasant Gray; Sam Houston himself; and the people in the community who attracted Sam Houston to live here. So, in Huntsville, I focused a bit less on the landscape, and a bit more on the structures they created.

Vestiges of Old Main still exist, in the form of preserved ruins from the 1982 fire. Visitors can see the building’s footprint at its original site, which is next to Austin Hall, the oldest educational building west of the Mississippi.

What is it about East Texas that makes it art worthy?

LJ: The landscape possesses a very particular beauty, marked by pine forests, mixed timber, gently rolling farmland, meadows, and some grassland. Collectively, this is a pleasant landscape, but it also affords a privacy, a sense of being set apart, and it is a contemplative region. Contemplative not only describes East Texas; it also describes Lee Jamison, as a thinker, artist, and (as I learned from reading his book) writer.

While Lon Morris may have been the “Genesis Nexus” for Jamison’s East Texas, also looming large is Sam Houston State University, in Walker County, where Jamison has lived for the past 40 years.

Across from Old Main is the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the grounds, which are also included in the book. This setting captures both landscape and the character of the area’s residents.

LJ: One of the paintings I do is the “Frontier Law Office,” which is firmly nestled in the


One of the paintings I was a bit surprised to see in the book is “Old Main at Dusk,” capturing Sam Houston State University’s most impressive building (which, unfortunately, burned in 1982). How does this Gothic structure embody East Texas?

LJ: Old Main needs an article of its own. It is a beautiful and multifaceted design, with fascinating history. From a distance, September 2021  |  Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition 45

landscape tradition. The physical structure it depicts is the law office of Sam Houston. Joshua Houston, the Houston family’s slave, was charged with the upkeep of the office, and he availed himself of its library of books: law, classics, and history. Following the Civil War, he was appointed alderman in Huntsville; he was subsequently elected as a County Commissioner and as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In that sense, he reflects the aspirational character of the community. Heading a couple of hours north, in our art travelogue, we arrive in Tyler. This city is

designated not only as the “Rose Capital of the United States,” but it is also home to the beautiful Azalea District.

One of your Tyler paintings features the Goodman-LeGrant House and Museum, which you describe as anchoring “Tyler’s magnificent azalea tour.” Tell us about its intriguing history.

LJ: It is an Antebellum home whose significance is born in the horrible conflict of the Civil War. It was a place where refugees could come for

comfort and respite. The home survived that catastrophe, was designated as a historic structure in 1962, and has been beautifully preserved. It is an almost resurrectional symbol--capturing history, beauty, and place. The setting, however, is somewhat marred by a giant water tower in the background. If I were just designing a beautiful painting, I would not have included the water tower, but as I say in the book, “this particular home’s depth of meaning seemed to make including the ugly thing the wrong thing not to do.” About a half hour southeast of Tyler is the town of New London--a seemingly odd name for an East Texas town, until you remember the region also sports Paris, Carthage, New Boston, Atlanta, Pittsburg (no “h”), Palestine, and Athens. This town was the site of a 1937 public-school explosion that killed 294 people, almost all children. This event is captured in a monument, which is, in turn, captured by Jamison’s painting “Foundations of Progress.”

Perhaps another symbolic painting is “Foundations of Progress,” which depicts the New London memorial. Tell us about that.

LJ: I learned about the New London explosion from my mother, who told me about it within the context of the regulatory changes it brought about. Prior to the explosion, natural gas could be used without added odorants. Following that explosion, Texas passed a law changing that, thus providing a warning of a leak. I have seen photos taken shortly after the

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century, heavily reliant on steamboat traffic for its commerce. As such, it wasn’t interested in other income streams such as the railroad. Unfortunately, the flow of the Red River changed in the late 19th century, the water level in Jefferson was reduced, and this ended the town’s status as an important port. Without shipping traffic, it became isolated, with little new development or investment. Whatever negative effects this had, the lack of development also meant old things weren’t torn down, thus preserving the town and giving us a pretty good picture of what a river port in the middle 1800s would have looked like.

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At the time of the explosion, the town’s population was 2,129. But with one explosion, an entire generation passed. A majority of these victims are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery and can be identified by the date of their death (March 18, 1937). Today, the town has fewer than 1,000 residents. What’s your favorite spot in Jefferson? That explosion was brought about by neglecting safety standards. Juxtaposed to that, however, you argue that, in the case of Jefferson, a form of benign neglect led to the preservation of one of Texas’s prettiest small towns.

LJ: Yes, Jefferson was a busy port in the 19th

LJ: I love the old federal courthouse; it is a beautiful building, with a RichardsonRomanesque style of architecture.

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LJ: Caddo Lake is Texas’s only natural lake, and it possesses remarkable beauty. It has been an artistic haven for years and years, and it comes with a mystery deepened by its seemingly endless channels, which are often hidden away, as if you are entering the underworld. It is Dante-like in its mystery and intrigue.

Caddo Lake, we travel a couple of hours south to Nacogdoches—the State’s oldest municipality. Visitors here can find the redbrick roads of downtown, nature trails through pine forests, and Stephen F. Austin University (SFA).

for another building. In 1936, however, as the city prepared for the Texas Centennial, they used these original stones to reconstruct the Old Stone Fort, and that structure still stands today, on the grounds of SFA.

As an artist, what approach do you take to capture that mystery and beauty?

Tell us about Nacogdoches and the Old Stone Fort.

I keep coming back to the cathedral-like space in Caddo Lake, defined by the Cypresses that populate the region. As you travel through these areas, you find yourself looking out from tree canopies into places of light, seeing open water. It is as though you are peering out from a mystery into light, and as an artist, I try to explore that sense of enclosure and release.

LJ: Nacogdoches illuminates the age of settlement in Texas. When the Spanish established a mission, they sought to establish a settlement to support the mission. In the case of Nacogdoches, the administrative center of that settlement was “The Old Stone Fort,” which is a misnomer, since it never served as a fort. Unfortunately, it was torn down in 1902, and those stones were used

Just west of Nacogdoches is another historic destination, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. You captured this site in your painting, “Journey to the Ancients,” which features a Mound and a Caddo hut.

From the seemingly pre-historic shores of

LJ: Caddo Mounds is a wonderful ancient place, where people have been living for hundreds of years, possibly even longer. Interestingly, my painting reflects a view that no longer exists. The hut I depicted was built not long before I visited and was crafted by


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a Caddo elder from Oklahoma. In 2019, a tornado blew through and destroyed that hut. The mounds, of course, remain, and their simple beauty also elicits contemplation.

When painting a scene from Polk County, you eschew not only the pine trees, but also Lake Livingston, and instead focus on the courthouse. What prompted that decision?

From the primitive beauty of the Caddo people and their settlements, we travel two hours south to Polk County, the borders of

LJ: I think courthouses are a source of civic

which are formed in part by Lake Livingston and the Trinity River.

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pride for many East Texas towns, and I wanted to reflect that. In Livingston, the courthouse square is indicative of people’s need to share commonalities. The Polk County Courthouse


sits near the railroad, next to the intersection of HWY 190 and 59, near the Trinity. It is a transportation hub, connecting people through travel. It also connects to other places architecturally. It shares, for example, elements with the Marion County Courthouse in Jefferson. And the red building on the Polk

County Courthouse grounds, “the records vault,” was copied in Groveton and enlarged, becoming the Trinity County Courthouse. Our courthouses should tie us together, and, at



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Coming full circle, both conceptually and geographically, we arrive in Dodge, north of New Waverly, and a few minutes east of Huntsville. What makes that a special place and an important focus of your book?

LJ: We lived in Dodge from 1984 to 2008, and during these years, I had the opportunity to complete my understanding of East Texas as a distinct place and culture. It’s one thing to experience a region as a college student; it’s another to live “in the soil of the earth,” to see people as they live, to witness the beauty —as well as the less attractive qualities—they possess and display. It was where I experienced people as humans and, as I mentioned earlier, there is a tight connection between understanding art and understanding humans.

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Speaking of tying people together, you highlight the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Waverly, Texas.

LJ: Yes, this church was the center of a rather isolated Polish community in East Texas. It is a prime example of Texas’ “painted churches,” more common in Central Texas, where they are often made of stone. While I studied the structure, I became interested in a large nearby tree and incorporated it. To me, the work of humans and the work of God—the Church and the tree—were matched together.

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Creative Corner The Fence That Me and Shorty Built By Red Steagall

We’d picked up all the fencing tools And staples off the road. An extra roll of ‘bob’ wire Was the last thing left to load. I drew a sleeve across my face To wipe away the dirt. The young man who was helping me Was tuckin’ in his shirt. I turned around to him and said, “This fence is finally done, With five new strands of ‘bob’ wire Shinin’ proudly in the sun. The wire is runnin’ straight and tight With every post in line. The kinda job you’re proud of, One that stands the test of time.” The kid was not impressed at all, He stared off into space. Reminded me of years ago, Another time and place. I called myself a cowboy, I was full of buck and bawl. I didn’t think my hands would fit Post augers and a maul. They sent me out with Shorty And the ranch fence building crew. Well, I was quite insulted And before the day was through,

I let him know that I’m a cowboy. “This ain’t what I do. I ain’t no dadgummed nester, I hired out to buckaroo.”

He rolled a Bull Durham cigarette As we sat on the ground. He took himself a puff or two Then slowly looked around.

“Now we could let it go like this And take the easy route. But doin’ things the easy way Ain’t what it’s all about.

He said, “We’ll talk about that son, When we get in tonight. Right now you pick them augers up. It’s either that or fight.”

“Son, I ain’t much on schoolin’, Didn’t get too far with that. But there’s a lot of learnin’ Hidden underneath this hat.

“The boss expects a job well done From every man he’s hired. He’ll let you slide by once or twice, Then one day you’ll get fired.

Boy, I was diggin’ post holes Faster than a Georgia mole. But if a rock got in my way I simply moved the hole.

“I got it all the hard way, Every bump and bruise and fall. Now some of it was easy, But then most weren’t fun a-tall

“If you’re not proud of what you do, You won’t amount to much. You’ll bounce around from job to job Just slightly out of touch.

So when the cowboys set the posts, The line went in and out. Old Shorty’s face got fiery red And I can hear him shout,

“But one thing that I always got From every job I’ve done, Is do the best I can each day And try to make it fun.

“Come mornin’ let’s re-dig those holes And get that fence in line. And you and I will save two jobs, Those bein’ yours and mine.

“Nobody but a fool would build A fence that isn’t straight. I got no use for someone who ain’t Pullin’ his own weight.”

“I know that bustin’ through them rocks Ain’t what you like to do. By gettin’ mad you’ve made it tough On me and all the crew.

“And someday you’ll come ridin’ through And look across this land, And see a fence that’s laid out straight And know you had a hand.

I thought for sure he’d hit me; Glad he didn’t have a gun. I looked around to find a place Where I could duck and run.

“Now you hired on to cowboy And you think you’ve got the stuff. You told him you’re a good hand And the boss has called your bluff.

“In something that’s withstood the years. Then proud and free from guilt, You’ll smile and say, ‘Boys that’s the fence That me and Shorty built.’”

But Shorty walked up to me Just as calm as he could be. Said, “Son, I need to talk to you, Let’s find ourselves a tree.”

“So how’s that gonna make you look When he comes riding’ through, And he asked me who dug the holes And I say it was you?

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It’s not impressive buildings or the car the mayor drives It’s people in her towns that make her tall… It’s caring for each other, being quick to lend a hand, The pride in people down at city hall.

The ones who built this country must have been this kind of folks. No envy, spite, or pride get in the way; Respect for other people, bein’ proud of who you are — Perhaps the world will understand someday.

The Western Heritage Classic in the town of Abilene Is one that stole by cowboy heart away. The spirit and the values upon which this country stands Are things I saw in Abilene today.

The backbone of this country is the folks who work the land Like raisin’ stock or growin’ wheat and corn. They learn responsibility before they learn to walk, Friends, this is where America was born.

While walking down the thoroughfare amongst the milling throng, Where western wear is more than just a fad, I saw the little fellers in their cowboy hats and boots Tryin’ hard to walk and talk just like their dads.

Integrity and honesty are what they teach their young. You have a chance, be all you dare to be. I saw no guns or violence, heard no insults, threats or lies — Just people bein’ happy, livin’ free.

Then down in the arena, all the teams were recognized. Each cowboy’s proud he’s riding for the brand. He’s keen to competition and is loyal to the core, But always first to lend a helping hand.

They have their share of problems, but they face them with a smile, They live life in a simple kind of way They dream of a tomorrow, with respect for yesteryear. I saw the real America today.

When they played the national anthem, every person faced the flag. With hats in hand they sang their souls away. My heart welled up inside me as I listened to them sing. I heard the real America today.

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From the Mouths of Babes... My mom took my baby sister to the doctor’s office for her annual check up, but she had to be somewhere around 3. The nurse was asking all the standard coordination type questions–touch your nose, put your hands up, jump, etc. Being a healthy, capable little devil, my sister was doing everything fine. Then, the nurse said, “Stand on one foot.” My little sister looks at the nurse, looks down, and hesitates. Then she walked over and stood on one of the nurse’s feet.

When I was a little kid, I had to pee in a cup at the doctor’s office. It was my first time doing it, so my mom helped me. After I finished, I looked at her and said, “I don’t have to drink it, do I?”

My son just turned two and is barely saying complete words. On Halloween, we took him trick-or-treating and, when someone would hold out their hand with candy, he would inspect it. If he didn’t care for what the candy was, he would look up and say, “No thank you,” then start toward the next house. It was hilarious.

My father was driving with his granddaughter in the back seat. At one point, she said, “How old are you, Granddad?” “59,” he replied. “Oh, so next year you’ll be 60?” “Yes.” “And after that, you’ll be dead.” Then she just kind of shrugged her shoulders and looked out of the window.



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Dear Gabby Welcome back to the Dear Gabby advice column. It’s September, and we used to sing “School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days”. Life was so simple back then, but I still managed to get into trouble. My class was tasked with writing a 1000-word essay. I didn’t get around to it until the night before, so I drew a picture. When the teacher asked why I did that, I told her my grandma told me a picture was worth a thousand words. The teacher was not amused and drew a very ornate letter F on my paper! Drop me a line to Dear Gabby at for life hints and hacks on any subject. Just do as I say and not as I do.

spider is dead, the iPhone screen is cracked, and my son is furious. GABBY DEAR GABBY I think I may be younger than your usual readers, but I just wanted to share something that may help you and others. I was getting rather out of shape and started doing yoga. I am amazed at how my previously round figure turned into an hourglass. You should try it! FIT AS A FIDDLE

DEAR GABBY My Mom will not give up her ancient cell phone for a new smart model. She is happy with her old one and refuses to accept a new one. Is there any hope of changing her mind? MOM IN DARK AGES

DEAR MIDA I saw a funny billboard last week. It said: “How do you milk sheep? Bring out a new iPhone and charge $1,000 for it.” Save your money and buy her something she actually wants. I can relate to your mother. I am still struggling with my smart telephone. The only app I’ve been able to find is one that makes me look ugly. It’s called a camera. Last week, I saw a spider and asked my son to go get me a phone book. He laughed, called me a dinosaur, and handed me his iPhone. The

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Congratulations on being named the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking for the Sam Houston State University College of Business Administration. Please share information about this new role and what serving in this capacity means to you.

I am so excited about this new opportunity. I have been blessed with an extremely rewarding career in banking, so in my post-retirement from banking itself, this is a way for me to give back to the industry that has been good to me for many years. I have been active with the program since it was endowed, and Dr. Jim Bexley played a very formative role in my career over the years. It is special to me to be able to join my alma mater and follow in his footsteps. Since Dr. Bexley’s passing in 2019, the team of Dr. Steve Nenninger, Pam Thaler, and Jackalyn Cauthen has worked tirelessly to continue building this great program. I am very honored to be joining as Chair in January to work with this outstanding team. SHSU offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Banking and Financial Institutions, which is the most tenured accredited undergraduate degree in Banking in the United States. The program was established with the mission of preparing students to be bankers and providing educational programs to community bankers. In my new role, I will be overseeing the college’s accredited BBA and Executive MBA degree programs in Banking and Financial Institutions. I will also be teaching in the classroom and cannot wait to work directly with the students. Currently, there are over 100 students in our Banking and Financial Institutions Major. I hope to engage my friends in the industry as guest lecturers to give the students a wide range of experience and perspective.

I plan to continue my role as Southwest Regional Credit Executive Vice President with Zions Bancorporation through the end of the year, but in the meantime, I look forward to reaching out to bankers, students, staff, and faculty to gather ideas for the future of the program. I also am interested in getting feedback from former students on how they are progressing in their careers and garner their support to help us recruit future bankers. There are many faces in banking and career opportunities, and we need to make sure students who are looking for career choices understand all banking can offer to a diverse and changing workforce. Watching and listening to my dad, grandfather, and grandmother share their lifelong love for banking, I developed a passion for banking early on. It is a tremendous honor for me to follow in the footsteps of my friend and mentor, Dr. Jim Bexley, and have the privilege of serving as Chair of this wonderful program at SHSU. This new chapter in my life will bring me great satisfaction and many new friendships to cherish. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recruit and educate students while serving my alma mater and our industry. We find enrichment in our lives by continuing to learn, so entering academia is certainly a new challenge I embrace. I look forward to learning from the best. It is never too late to learn.

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Trippin’ Story by Karen Altom Photos by Gina Turner and Wes Altom


It’s been on our bucket list for more than a decade, so when our friends Foy and Mitzi Mills called and asked if we would like to travel with them to South Dakota, it took about 10 seconds for me to respond, “Absolutely!” (Fortunately, Wes is always agreeable to my travel whims.) Foy wanted to see the western part of South Dakota, and since it was his birthday week (and it was on our bucket list), we were thrilled to join in. The western region of South Dakota has one unique feature after another. As you travel, the midwestern farm and grasslands morph from rolling hills and majestic granite spires to tree-covered summits and uncommon stone outcroppings. The Black Hills are filled with a rich history, tracing back to the Native American people who named the Hills “Paha Sapa” for the ponderosa pines that abound. We chose to stay in Rapid City, South Dakota and make that our base as we roamed the surrounding hills. The area has one of the largest concentrations of national parks, monuments, and caves in the Midwest. Along with the natural beauty that abounds, there are a multitude of tourist spots and typical vacation activities for all ages. There are too many things to write about in the space allowed, but here are some of the highlights of our trip.

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MOUNT RUSHMORE About 30 minutes from Rapid City is one particular Black Hill you’ve seen a “million times.” Hands down, Mount Rushmore is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States and one of America’s most visited national monuments. Located near Keystone, South Dakota, the monument sculpted by Gutzon Borglum features the massive carved faces of American Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This national memorial is visited by more than two million people every year who gain appreciation for this feat of engineering. Although it took 14 years to carve, scientists predict Mount Rushmore will endure – projecting a lifespan at about 7 million years! Even though we had seen it “a million times,” it was still awe-inspiring to be there in person.

THE BLACK HILLS The Black Hills are not black. The areas covered in pines are certainly dark, and if you see them from afar, they can give you that impression--because of the shadows the trees cast upon the stone. Black or not, they are beautiful and, depending on the time of day, can range from granite gray to shades of orange, brown, gold, and even purple. At every time of day, they are beautiful no matter the color.

THE BADLANDS We expected the Badlands to be interesting, but not majestic. They are both. The forests of the Black Hills quickly transform into a landscape left desolate by water and wind. South Dakota’s Badlands are a testament to the power of nature. Thanks to the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway, the majesty of the Badlands can be experienced from your vehicle. The two-lane road runs about 40 miles and there are plenty of scenic overlooks and places to stop for photos as you wind through ancient rock formations, cliffs, and colorful spires. There are also several trailheads to choose from if you brought your hiking boots.

WALL DRUG Whether coming or going to the Badlands, take the Wall, South Dakota exit on I-90 for a stop at Wall Drug, the ultimate roadside attraction at 76,000 square feet. A unique adventure in and of itself, Wall Drug is a piece of South Dakota history known for its famous homemade donuts, rolls, pie and ice cream, legendary hot beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, buffalo burgers, and 5-cent coffee. The store opened in 1931 with the promise of free ice water for thirsty travelers (which they still provide), along with the largest privately-owned Western and illustration art collections in the country. Nowadays the city of Wall, home to 800 year-round residents, attracts more than 2 million visitors each year thanks to Wall Drug, a piece of South Dakota history. And yes, the donuts are delicious.


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THE CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL Under construction since 1948, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving. Located about 17 miles from Mount Rushmore, the memorial features the Oglala Lakota leader, and when complete, will be 563 feet tall, the tallest sculpture in the world. The stated mission of the memorial is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of the North American Indians. The campus includes the mountain carving, the Indian University of North America, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and the Indian Museum of North America. Make some time to enjoy the inspiration to “never forget your dreams,” along with lessons in historical and contemporary Native culture set amidst the scenic beauty of the Black Hills.

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CUSTER STATE PARK Tucked in the Black Hills, not far from Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, is Custer State Park. The largest state park in South Dakota, it encompasses 71,000 acres of ever-changing topography. From rolling prairies to the granite spires the Black Hills are known for, scenic drives and the wildlife are the big draw when visitors do not have days to stay and explore the park.

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The Wildlife Loop Road travels through 18 miles of grasslands and hills where a multitude of species live and are available to see in their natural habitat, including free range bison. A herd of bighorn sheep backed up traffic for a while as they crossed the road and stopped to say hello. Keep your eyes peeled for prairie dog towns as these busy mammals pop up and are often as interested in you as you are in them. The Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup happens each fall and this year is scheduled for September 23-25, with the remaining portion of the herd scheduled to be worked in October. Another popular drive within the park is the narrow, windy 14-mile road called Needles Highway. When traveling the highway, visitors will pass the beautiful Sylvan Lake as well as a

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SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE Belle Fourche, South Dakota is federally recognized as the geographic center of the United States. Although the actual center lies somewhat north of the town on private property, there is a marker you can stand on adjacent to the Tri-State Museum, making a good photo opportunity. Also on the Museum grounds are the flags of all 50 states. We are always happy to see our own Lone Star!

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STILL IN THE BLACK HILLS…AND WORTH THE TRIP Across the Wyoming/South Dakota state line, about an hour west of Spearfish, rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, is Devils Tower National Monument. Devils Tower boasts one of the Earth’s most impressive geological features and was designated as America’s first national monument in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. A sacred place to more than 24 Native American tribes, the Tower is also known as Bear Lodge. Many tribes today still utilize the park for traditional ceremonies and learning about the differing cultural perspectives in very interesting. As you drive up to the tower, you will be offered changing views as you approach. Observing it from all angles is necessary to truly “see” the Tower. Devils Tower boasts a climbing history that dates back to 1893, when it was first climbed by two local ranchers using a homemade wooden ladder. Climbers from all over the world consider Devils Tower to be a unique and premier climbing area. Currently, about 5,000-6,000 visiting climbers ascend Devils Tower each year. If you visit Devils Tower, take note of the restroom facilities (you can then thank me later). The facilities nearest the bookstore are what Texans expect in a public restroom (namely, toilets that flush and air conditioning). However, if you opt for the facilities nearest the trailhead, expect otherwise. Since these are closest to the parking lot,

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it is easy to assume these are the “main” facilities. They are not. They are glorified outhouses. They are a hole in the ground with a building around them and a semblance of our own porcelain gems. You have been warned. Devils Tower National Monument truly boasts one of Earth’s most impressive geological features. Spend a day at the monument hiking around the Tower or exploring lesser-known areas of the park but as Mitzi and I say, beware of Hell’s bathrooms.

SO MUCH MORE… Rapid City, known as the City of Presidents, was an excellent place to use as our hub. Downtown Rapid City boasts a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and sidewalks. Whether you’re enjoying downtown shopping, dining, or other attractions, you can experience this walking tour free of charge. We literally have not scratched the stone’s surface of things to do in western South Dakota. There are so many more towns to explore like Keystone, Deadwood, Sturgis, and more. Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, two of the longest cave systems in the world, are also part of this geographic treasure. Whatever choices you make, you will be sure to discover a vacation that captures the spirit of America perfect for a family, a couple, or a group of friends. You’ll make memories that will last a lifetime…and that’s just the beginning.

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What’s Cookin’ Gramma’s Old-Fashioned Chili Mac Ingredients 1 cup elbow macaroni 1 lb ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup chopped celery ½ large green bell pepper, chopped 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained 2 (10.75 oz) cans condensed tomato soup 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes 1/8 cup brown sugar salt and pepper to taste


Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp® Ingredients ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup Thai-style sweet chili sauce 3 dashes Sriracha hot chile sauce, or to taste ½ cup cornstarch, or as needed 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined oil for frying 8 lettuce leaves 1 bunch green onion, chopped, or to taste

Step 1: Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Step 2: In a small saucepan, simmer celery and green pepper with water to cover until tender; Drain. Step 3: Place ground beef in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly brown. Add onion and cook until tender and translucent. Drain excess fat. Add celery and green pepper. Stir in kidney beans, condensed tomato soup, diced tomatoes and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper and stir in macaroni.

Directions Step 1: Whisk mayonnaise, sweet chile sauce, and Sriracha hot sauce together in a bowl. Step 2: Place cornstarch in a shallow bowl. Gently press shrimps into cornstarch to coat; shake off any excess. Step 3: Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees. Step 4: Working in batches, cook the shrimp until they are lightly browned on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Put cooked shrimp in a bowl and pour chile sauce mixture over the shrimp. Toss gently to coat. Step 5: Line a serving bowl with lettuce leaves. Pour shrimp into bowl and top with green onion. September 2021  |  Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition 75

What’s Cookin’ Homemade Banana Upside-Down Cake Ingredients 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 4 ½ Tbs unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 3 med bananas, sliced 1/4-inch thick Cake: 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 pinch salt ¾ cup white sugar 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 med overripe bananas, mashed 1/3 cup sour cream

Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch square cake pan. Step 2: Prepare topping: Spread brown sugar on the bottom of the prepared pan and scatter butter pieces on top. Step 3: Place the pan in the preheated oven until butter has melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir and spread mixture evenly on the bottom of the pan. Arrange sliced bananas to cover the bottom. Set aside.

Orange Pineapple Drink Ingredients 2/3 cup orange juice 1/3 cup pineapple juice 3 scoops orange sherbet 2 pineapple rings


Step 4: Prepare cake: Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a mixing bowl, set aside.

Step 1: Place orange juice, pineapple juice, and orange sherbet into a blender.

Step 5: Cream white sugar and softened butter together in a large bowl. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add mashed bananas and sour cream; mix to combine. Add dry ingredients on low speed and mix just until combined. Pour batter over banana slices in the pan and smooth the top.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out completely clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan completely, about 30 minutes, before inverting and slicing.

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Step 3: Pour into two glasses, and garnish each with a pineapple ring.

Shortcut Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients 5 potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 lb lean ground beef 1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms 1 (15 oz) can mixed vegetables 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of celery soup salt and pepper to taste 3 Tbs Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Pork Chops with Apples, Onions, and Sweet Potatoes Ingredients 4 pork chops salt and pepper to taste 2 onions, sliced into rings 2 sweet potatoes, sliced 2 apples - peeled, cored, and sliced into rings

Step 2: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Mash potatoes with a little of the cooking liquid. Set aside. Step 3: In a large skillet, cook ground beef until brown over medium-high heat. Drain fat from pan. Stir in mushrooms, mixed vegetables, mushroom soup, celery soup, and salt and pepper; heat through. Pour into prepared baking dish, cover with mashed potatoes, and dot with butter. Step 4: Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and beef and vegetable mixture is hot and bubbly.

3 Tbs brown sugar 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp salt Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Step 2: Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste and arrange in a medium oven-safe skillet. Top pork chops with onions, sweet potatoes, and apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Season with 2 teaspoons pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Step 3: Cover, and bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until sweet potatoes are tender and pork chops have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

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What’s Cookin’ and arrange them on the rack as well. Step 4: Line a deep-dish, 9-inch pie plate with dough. Place 2 layers of aluminum foil over the entire surface. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Step 5: Bake pie crust on the preheated baking sheet on the bottom rack. Place tomatoes on a higher rack. Reduce temperature to 400 degrees F. Bake until the bottom of the pie crust has lost its translucent raw look and the edges have just started to color, 12 to 15 minutes. Step 6: Carefully remove the foil and the weights. Cover the edges of the crust with foil to prevent them from burning. Poke the bottom of the pie crust with a fork to keep it from puffing up. Return the pie crust to the bottom rack and bake until the bottom starts to color, about 8 more minutes. Step 7: Remove pie crust and allow to cool. Continue baking the tomatoes until they are wilted, about 40 minutes total. Remove and allow to cool. Keep the oven on.

Amish Tomato Pie Ingredients 1 pastry for a 9-inch pie crust 2 lbs heirloom tomatoes 1 lb Roma tomatoes 1 cup diced raw bacon ½ cup sliced leek 2 cups grated white Cheddar cheese ½ cup grated Fontina cheese ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces 1 egg 1 Tbs Dijon mustard 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


Step 8: Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over mediumhigh heat, turning occasionally, until some of the fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Add sliced leek. Cook until bacon is crisp and the leeks have softened and browned, about 5 more minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels and allow to cool. Step 9: Place bacon-leek mixture, Cheddar, Fontina, mayonnaise, basil, egg, and mustard in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Step 10: Spread 1/3 mixture on the bottom of the pie crust. Arrange 1/2 of the roasted tomatoes on top, overlapping heirlooms with Roma tomatoes. Spread another 1/3 of the mixture over the tomatoes and arrange the remaining roasted tomatoes on top. Add the last 1/3 of the mixture and gently press the fresh tomato slices on top in a decorative pattern. Arrange foil around the edges of the pie crust to protect them from burning, taking care that the foil doesn’t touch the tomatoes. Step 11: Bake until browned and bubbly on top, about 40 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Step 1: Chill pie dough for about 1 hour. Step 2: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a baking sheet on the lower oven rack. Step 3: Slice heirloom tomatoes into 1/2-inch rounds. Remove seeds with your fingers. Place 6 slices on paper towels or a clean cloth and cover with more paper towels or another clean cloth. Arrange the remaining slices on a wire rack. Cut Roma tomatoes into 1/2-inch slices, remove seeds, 78  Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition  |  September 2021

Bakers Tip: Make dough in advance. Just store it in the right place. You can keep well-wrapped dough in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Marinated Salad Ingredients 1 (15 oz) can peas, drained 1 (15 oz) can shoe peg corn, drained 1 (15 oz) can green beans, drained 1 (2 oz) jar pimentos 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup chopped green bell pepper ½ cup chopped onion 1 cup white sugar ½ tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp salt ½ cup vegetable oil ¾ cup white wine vinegar

Directions Step 1: Mix together the peas, corn, green beans, pimentos, celery, bell pepper and onion. Step 2: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar,


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Business Focus Story by Courtney Burleson Photos by Libby Rogers

Vick Lumber Established in the late 1920s, Vick Lumber is more than just a small-town hardware store. Just a few blocks off the courthouse square in Madisonville, it has survived the Great Depression, a catastrophic fire in 1999 that destroyed the main store and most of the lumber yard, and the COVID pandemic of 2020. This family-owned business, located at 206 W. Magnolia, has always found its way back to the people of our area – as has the tradition of family and serving the community. 206 W Magnolia St Madisonville, TX 77864 Phone: (936) 348-3522

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“ People like to deal with a family business where they know customers by name.”

Steve, Scott, Nick, Rita, Randy, Greg, Rick, Keegan Lowery (front)

Vick Lumber Company, started by M.Y. Vick, began as a basic lumberyard in this small southeast Texas town. After her husband’s death in 1952, Mrs. Vick ran the store, with help from managers, until her son took over while in college. After his passing in 1995, a widow took over again. After the massive fire in 1999, George Jaster, who had worked as store manager for the Vick family for years, bought the company to completely rebuild the main store and lumberyard. He also bought a building next to the original location. In an effort to help customers find his temporary store, Jaster

decided not to change the store name. In 2009, Jaster was ready for retirement and asked if current owner Randy Lowery would be interested in buying the store and carrying on the traditions of a family-run, customeroriented lumber company. Lowery had worked at the store since he was 22-years-old and had grown fond of the business and the people. “Jaster and I had worked together for 25 years, and the people I worked with there were almost family,” said Lowery. Lowery had been exposed to every part of the business, from working in the lumberyard to

driving the delivery truck. So, he decided he would purchase the building and begin his own journey as the owner of Vick Hardware, LLC. Today, with seven employees, including Randy, they are ready to meet contractor needs and assist do-it-yourselfers with home projects from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. Like the Vick family, Lowery is continuing the tradition of keeping the 1.75 acre site a family business. His wife Rita takes care of human resources and accounting for the store, while his brother-in-law Rick Schroeder uses his extensive knowledge of lumber to help the


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store be successful. Before coming to work at Vick Lumber, Schroeder had worked at other lumberyards in the area and knows a lot of people, said Lowery. Following in Lowery’s footsteps are his 37-year-old son Scott, who has been working with his dad since the summer after high school, and his 29-year-old son Nick can also be found helping run the store. While both sons work as assistant managers, do most of the product ordering, and help out wherever they are needed, Lowery says they each bring their own traits to the business. “Nick is really good at mixing and matching paints,” Lowery explains. “Customers can bring in a sample, and he can usually match it.” For Scott, it is all about his people skills. “He’s a really good people person,” says Lowery. His other two employees, Steve (who has been there 8 years) and Greg (who has been there a little over a year), are also connected to the Lowery family. “Both of them went to school with my son,” said Lowery. “Steve has experience working with homebuilders. Greg, who learns really quickly, helps out in

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the lumberyard and has also starting helping out inside the store.” For Lowery, having that close connection with employees and customers is important. “When people you work with are family (or nearfamily), it makes it so much easier to come to work every day,” says Lowery. “Also, a lot of people like to deal with a family business where they know customers by name.” Lowery says when he was newly married, had a son, and needed a job--he didn’t see himself in the retail industry--but 37 years later, the people he works with and the customers of Madisonville and surrounding areas are what has kept him at Vick Lumber for so long. “I meet a lot of great people, and I like being able to help people,” said Lowery. “I also enjoy the variety – every day is different.” Whether a commercial homebuilder or an individual do-it-yourself type of customer, the main store has a wide selection of tools and supplies in the hardware department and the home improvement/building area. Basic home improvement or building supplies such as sheetrock and bagged concrete are available.

For bigger jobs, DeWalt power tools can be found along shelves, along with power nail guns and accessories and an extensive plumbing category. Electrical needs may also be met with wire needed to complete a home and breaker boxes. “I feel we have a good selection of products, and if a customer brings a list, in we can compete with the big lumberyards,” said Lowery. There is even an expansive paint center. The paint center is stocked with Benjamin Moore paints in many different colors and finishes. “Our employees are always available to help and answer questions about paint or anything else our customers need,” said Lowery. “If they have questions, we try to be there to answer them.” Sprawled out over about an acre is the covered lumber yard stocked with yellow pine, fir, treated lumber, and plywood of all kinds. Cedar planks and birch plywood can also be purchased. Lowery says it is important to him that Vick Lumber can provide needed materials for his community. Currently, his customers are a mix of homebuilding contractors, individual homeowners, and businesses. This includes local schools, governments, and churches. “During this COVID pandemic, some materials were and still are hard to get, but we just shop around until we find them for the customer,” said Lowery. “Electrical and plumbing, especially PVC pipe, are the


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hardest to find right now.” However, as manufacturing plants reopen, Lowery says things are starting to get back to normal. Vicks Lumber also offers delivery service. Lowery says while they try to keep deliveries within a 20-25 mile radius, they have delivered as far as 75-80 miles away, and their materials can be found in locations such as Midway, Huntsville, and even the Madisonville mushroom plant nearby. Another example of the family’s commitment to customer service is shown when talking about their delivery service. Lowery explains that they will bring smaller delivery loads to avoid materials sitting out in the weather, whereas big chain stores will bring all the supplies they can in one load – leaving the materials vulnerable to extreme weather and deterioration if not kept under cover.


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Potential customers may also go online to and fill out a free estimate quote for purchases. Lowery says he enjoys living the small-town life and feels the community has been good to him, so he makes sure to try and give back. “We try our best to be fair, keep prices competitive, and help people out,” said Lowery.

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Vet Connect: By Kim VanWagner, D.V.M.

Cool Cases Illustrating the Importance of Diagnostics (Part 1) Why do veterinarians recommend additional diagnostics after they complete your pet’s physical exam? Different diagnostics are needed to help obtain additional information that will give additional “pieces to the puzzle” to help solve the problem occurring with your pet. Sometimes treatment recommendations can be made with the physical exam alone, without additional diagnostics. But other times, it’s good to have a definitive diagnosis to treat the exact problem instead of just supportive/symptomatic treatments.

The cat was treated with an aggressive steroid regime to which the cat responded well and was able to have the surgery at a later date. There are many other situations where diagnostics can help pinpoint the exact cause of a condition that can be treated with specific targeted therapy versus just supportive treatments. If you are not sure why your veterinarian may recommend specifics tests or diagnostics, don’t hesitate to ask for an explanation of what is being looked for and why the test is important.

Additional diagnostics vary from sample evaluations, urine cultures, blood works, radiographs, and additional imaging such as ultrasounds or CT scans. Aspirates of masses can help reveal whether the mass is of concern and requiring surgery. Ear cytologies can help pinpoint which medication is best to treat an ear infection. Bloodwork can evaluate different organ systems that can’t be fully evaluated alone with just a physical exam. Imaging can reveal things going on inside that might not be palpated during an examination or just may need additional evaluation after being palpated in an exam. Most of this information holds true in human care as well. So many cases of routine pre-anesthetic bloodwork reveal abnormalities in what is deemed an otherwise healthy animal being presented for an elective procedure such as a spay or neuter. For example, a young adult cat was presented to be spayed and seemed perfectly normal during the routine pre-anesthetic complete physical exam. However, the bloodwork revealed the cat was anemic, low red blood cells, and even had low platelets. With further diagnostics, the cat was found to have an immune mediated condition which could have caused significant complications during the surgery had the surgery been performed without the required pre-anesthetic lab work.

Next month, we will continue a look at some specific cases where diagnostics let to proper treatment that might not otherwise have occurred.

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Wildlife Wonders Nature’s Sanitation Crew By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center Not the prettiest of birds, vultures serve a very important purpose. They eat the carcasses of dead animals. Driving along our roads, you may see a black vulture or turkey vulture (or both) feasting on roadkill. The easiest way to tell them apart is by their heads. The black vulture has a black head with a thin bill. The turkey vulture has a red head with a white bill. The wingspan of the black vulture is about 4.7 feet, while the turkey vulture has a wingspan of about 5.7 feet. Black vultures are more likely to be seen around humans. The turkey vulture is shy and tends to shy away from heavily populated areas. The turkey vulture has an acute sense of smell and uses this to locate the whereabouts of carrion. They can smell the gases coming off a dead animal up to 5 miles away. Black vultures have to rely more on their eyesight to locate carrion; they will sometimes follow turkey vultures to get their next meal.

• Vultures don’t have a voice box, so they don’t make much noise other than a hiss or a grunt. • During hot weather, vultures will urinate down their legs. This cools the blood vessels in the feet and lowers the overall temperature of the bird. It also helps kill bacteria. • If a vulture feels threatened, it will projectile vomit. • Both males and females incubate eggs and help raise the young. • International Vulture Awareness Day is celebrated the first Saturday of each September. The next time you see a vulture, remember beauty is only skin deep. They should be appreciated for controlling bacteria in our environment. If dead animals were left to rot, bacteria that causes swine flu, botulism, leprosy, and anthrax can flourish and spread into human populations.

Vultures use their hooked bills to tear food from the carcass. Sometimes they will stick their entire head inside a carcass, so the lack of feathers on their heads helps to keep them clean. They may also step inside a contaminated carcass, which can cover their feet and legs with bacteria. To kill the bacteria, they will defecate on their legs, which acts as an antiseptic wash. Vultures often sit with their wings completely stretched out, especially in the morning. This is called the “horaltic pose.” They do this for several reasons. In the morning, it helps warm them, since their body temperature drops at night. They also strike this pose to dry their wings or to bake off bacteria. Here are some other interesting facts about vultures: • There is a structure just above the bill that looks like a large nostril. It’s actually a bony structure that protects the nostrils from getting food in them.

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Along the Road Cumings Crypt South of Bellville on Mill Creek is the 1887 Cumings Crypt, the burial site of Rebecca Cumings who, legend holds, was engaged to William B. Travis when he died at the Alamo. Rebecca Cumings and her three brothers, James, John, and William, migrated to Texas from Virginia in 1821. As members of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old 300” colony, they were given 20,000 acres here in return for the construction and operation of a mill on a nearby creek. Two years after the 1885 deaths of William’s son and grandson, Samuel Cumings and Samuel, Jr., this family vault was built for their reinterment. Constructed of stuccoed brick, it was designed by Samuel’s son George. Fifteen members of the Cumings family are buried here. This cemetery is located on the corner of Hacienda & Tesch.

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Health Matters By James W. Jones, MD, PhD, MHA

Let Us Put the Brakes on Our Mistakes and Get Rid of Covid First, exhaled human breath has droplets of water too small to be seen unless one breathes close to a cool mirror or glass windowpane (on cold enough days, these droplets allow our breath to be seen, ever so briefly). We are seeing countless numbers of them. Each of these tiny fragments can be a flying saucer for germs now, especially Covid. The number of exhaled droplets increases when speaking and increases astronomically with coughing or sneezing. When inhaled, they go into the recipient’s lungs and start to multiply. An alternative way to infect another person is the droplets can gather on surrounding surfaces which can then be transferred to a victim’s hands and into that person’s mouth or nose. UGLY STUFF! A justified common streak of thought continues with what was proclaimed earlier by medical authorities that vaccinated people are fully-protected. This was true, and in the past has not altered, but now truly, like the song, “Times They Are A-Changing”. Currently, the Covid monster has killed many times what flu has, and the new variants appear to be worse! OH NO!! I don’t want to appear crude, but it should be clear that, when breathing uncovered within 6 feet of another, you each are rebreathing each other’s

exhaled breaths. So, under present conditions, my bride and I cautiously protect when in public settings during dangerous times. While it is true that vaccinated people are partially immune to the emerged variants, still 3% of Covid hospitalizations have been vaccinated, and those vaccinated can unknowingly harbor and spread the variant Covid. GULP! When going out to dine, we carefully avoid places that do not take proper precautions and enforce logical precautions in our space. Beverages that are delivered with the server’s hand near the top demand a straw accompaniment, and do avoid places where the plate has been touched. One and all wish to continue life, bountifully protected from the ravages of monster Covid in the safe haven of their home. How to preserve that requires thought. Consider that if you have not had Covid, then the monster must be brought into your living area…which means you, things you bring into the habitation, and other people need to be carefully scrutinized. Before touching the doorknob to enter, apply sanitizer and set any parcels down and judiciously wash your hands. Then any parcels brought in are sanitized. Mail probably is safe, but probably is not good enough. Note the time when your mail is delivered and establish a routine that allows you to usually pick up yesterday’s mail. Paper is relatively inhospitable, so the virus lasts only 24 hours and dies serially. Repair technicians are required to mask, and surfaces they touched are sanitized after they leave. Probably best to avoid larger parties in the home for a while. Considering when to institute and when to discontinue protective measures should be made with consideration to the case prevalence in your area. JUST MAKES SENSE!

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Mustard Seed Moments by Wes Altom

Meet Me at Baggage Claim Have you ever stopped to help someone push a broken-down vehicle out of traffic? What about simply picking up an item for someone who dropped it, or helping someone move or load a heavy bag or other item? Have you ever been on the receiving end of one of these quick, but thoughtful acts? When we do so, we scratch the surface of Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The scripture and the Spirit call us deeper, though… closer to God and closer in relationship to those around us who are made in his image. To grow our compassion, we should pay attention and take time to listen to learn more about each other. We must get past taking the easy route of merely helping someone physically with their luggage. What if we went deeper and were able to truly help them with their BAGGAGE? We struggle mightily with this concept, even with those closest to us at work, school, church, and in our circle of family and friends. Do we fear

that level of closeness might expose our own burdens? Are we unwilling to share our load with others? That scripture is definitely a two-way street. We must be as willing to accept the help God has provided as we are to be an instrument of it to others. Will we refuse his blessing and question the manner in which he supplies our needs? All around us, people are struggling under loads of heartache, grief, depression, discouragement, guilt, and need. There are days each of us as an individual strains to carry burdens. May we all take a deeper dive through the Spirit, become better baggage handlers, and help each other along the journey.

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