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



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

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


Newspaper Article



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

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

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


Publishing Schedule



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


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


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


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




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


Corrie ten Boom






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

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


Chuck Colson





#4 Meet Me in St. Louis is the story about backgrounds of Suzanne and me, leading up to our meeting, and our wild unplanned first date! It’s fourteen pages. It’s 17 pages


Meet Me in St. Louis (PDF Format)


Meet Me In St. Louis (HTML Format)




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


Sir Thomas Abney, Mayor of London





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


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





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

One Way To Know What You Don't Know






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

Making An Ash of One's Self







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

When The Berlin Wall Fell




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

Call the Right Number HTML Version

Call the Right Number PDF Version







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

Abraham Lincoln



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

Why We Exercize




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


#13 Dr. Clark Pinnock (HTML Format)


Dr. Clark Pinnock (PDF Format - Links Inoperative)


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



There was an occasion for me to be asked at the last minute to provide a commencement address for a high school graduation

This is the somewhat fun story about that occasion!


#14 My High School Commencement Address HTML

My High School Commencement Address PDF


#15 The Story of Getting Out of Debt


#16 Four Generations of Boggess Eagle Scouts & President George W. Bush HTML

Four Generations of Boggess Eagle Scouts & President George W. Bush PDF




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



Newspaper Articles:

The Value of a Reputation



Stories about the USS Fort Worth Navy Combat Ship

Here's the Christening Report

Wise County Messenger report Dec 16, 2010

USS Fort Worth Christening EVENTS

Anchor Dedication USS Fort Worth 2012-08-06

Anchor Report in Wise County Messenger 2012-08-15

USS Fort Worth Commissioned Sept 22, 2012

Wise County Messenger Commissioning Article Sept 26, 2012

Sept 26, 2017 USS Fort Worth - Women in Leadership

Texas Navy Admiral Commission



2011 Texas Legislature


Gov Rick Perry's Farewell address to Legislature Jan 15, 2015

2016 Wise County Republican Convention

2016 TX State Republican Convention

Putting Your Best Foot Forward


Cartoon with my Letter to the Editor

National Debt

Millennials' Bad Finances

Are You Not Voting This TIme?

Governor Perry's Address the Legislature

About Police

2017 Wise Co Republicvan Red Gala


Letter to the Editor Bridgeport Index Jan 22, 2017 Trump's Inaugural Speech

Letter to Editor Re Texas Amendments 2017-10-12

Letter to the Editor Praising Joe Duty 2017-10-14 HTML

Letter to the Editor Praising Joe Duty 2017-10-14 PDF

Letter to the Editor - Skip Nichols praise Messenger, Duty & D A PDF Skip Nichols Praise

Letter to the Editor Against Amendments 2017-10-19 PDF Index

Letter to the Editor Against Amendments 2017-10-21 PDF Messenger

Letter to the Editor National Pi Day

Two Letters Same Day: Elections Clerks & Recognize Williamson

Sharpe Steps Down As County Chair


National Pi Day


Political Gifts Article