August 12, 2019

Everyone remembers their first car, their first crush, and their first kiss. The first car for the boy “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road” was a brown, 1960 Ford Falcon Wagon. It cost a grand total of $175, which he had saved from working at the Dairy Queen for fifty-cent...

August 5, 2019

The boy “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road” lived in a Mayberry-like world. Most of you will recall the fictional town in North Carolina from “The Andy Griffith Show.” It had a slow paced, simple life, small town atmosphere, much like Rockdale, Texas. In both instances, t...

January 22, 2018

I found a recent Facebook post showing the creativity of some CBC grandparents in entertaining their little ones to be quite amusing. They transformed their living room into a drive-in movie theater, using cardboard boxes for cars. This reminded me of the simpler times...

January 15, 2018

There were not many opportunities to drive on snow and ice when I was “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road.” Our winter weather in Central Texas usually amounted to 1-2 inches of white stuff about once a year. It would cover the ground in the morning, but be gone by noon. T...

January 8, 2018

With the busyness of the holidays, it has been a while since I shared my experiences of “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road.” I don’t remember the start of a New Year being a big deal when I was a kid. I do recall the difficulty of starting back to school after the Christm...

December 4, 2017

One of my grandchildren walked into our house after church yesterday and proclaimed in an excited voice, “Wow, it sure is Christmassy in here!” I think he might have invented a new word, but it thrilled my heart to see him so enthusiastic about Christmas. We have a ten...

November 27, 2017

In case you have not done the math, there are only 32 days separating Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. That is a short span of time to recover from one major holiday and prepare for the next. Two of the biggest festivities on the Christian calendar are right togethe...

November 20, 2017

For the kid “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road,” the Thanksgiving meal was always chicken and dressing. The reason for this was clear: turkeys were sold at the store but chickens were free from grandma’s chicken pen next door. Among my zaniest childhood memories were “chi...

November 13, 2017

Probably like all of you, the kid “Growing Up on Dump Ground Road” was told repeatedly: “You are known by the company you keep.”  It must be one of those lines that they teach at Parenting School.  Of course, it is a warning to be careful about the type of people with...

October 30, 2017

The past week can be described with three words: frost, friendships, and fun. It is fairly obvious that we have experienced a drop in temperature over the last few days. Yet, I was surprised to find frost on my windshield early one morning. While freezing weather is no...

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