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Peter

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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The world, or at least the world as we know it, is reeling from the death of a beloved actor and comedian, one who managed, at one point or another, to touch a nerve in the souls of most everyone.  Robin Williams left behind a body of work that not only encapsulated life but often […]


The Observations of John

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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Throughout my father’s adult life, at least the part of which I was a part, he never cared much for perfect timing—unless it was for a good joke or the beginning of a funeral.  Beyond that he tended to be perpetually late simply because he would never tell anyone that he had to go.  If […]


Should I be Doing Anything Now?

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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In May of 2008 my mother managed to surprise everyone by dying before my dad did.  He had been bedfast since June of 2005 with a mind that rapidly failed him, eventually rendering him silent except for the occasional groan . . . or growl . . . or unintelligible noise that was his only […]


Fix It!

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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We were indulging in our traditional Sunday evening meal at La Potosina, joined as was customary by our son and his family.  Seated next to me was the infamous Wilson of gray road fame (kindly see my previous post) and across from me, his younger brother, the notoriously cute Anderson.  When their usual cheese quesadillas […]


I Do Not Like This Bumpy Road!

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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I have this wonderful grandson named Wilson who has an equally wonderful brother named Anderson.  I am compelled to mention this because Wilson is the subject of this particular post and Anderson is just cute and deserves to be recognized as such (says his granny).  Although Wilson has only been around for the last four plus years, […]


Too Blind to See

Posted on June 1st, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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I sat at my desk on Monday, shuffling through the pile of paper that threatens to avalanche into the floor at any moment. The usual Monday interruptions came and went—telemarketers selling things we didn’t need (and often had never heard of), people wanting to change our phone service provider or credit card processor, very nice […]


Spring on the Square in Bolivar

Posted on April 20th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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Clockwise starting at top left: Small Shack performs on the square, the 2012 Car Show, Brian Lee Howell as Elvis, Crafts On The Corner, 10-0-C performs on the square, artisanal, handmade jewelry by Sharon Wisely at Crafts On The Corner   HARDEMAN COUNTY LIVE PRESENTS SPRING ON THE SQUARE This year marks the 6th anniversary of […]


Hee Haw Begins Tonight in Bolivar

Posted on March 25th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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In 1979, the Hardeman County chapter of the American Cancer Society was looking for a way to reach their fundraising goal, and so was born the “Hardeman County Hee Haw & Howdy Show,” modeled after the popular television variety series, “Hee Haw.” Don Shackelford, Bertha Vaughan and Bunny Orr combined their efforts as founders of […]


Today

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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There are times that I absolutely despise Facebook.  It’s not the random sharing of far more information than I often want and definitely do not need that is so very bothersome.  It’s the unpleasant surprises that you innocently scroll into while wading through untold shares of political positions, cute kitty pictures, and other such stuff.  Last night was […]


Open the Gate

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Shackelford Funeral Directors under Uncategorized
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I’m fortunate enough to live in the middle of 42 acres and still be inside the city limits of our little town. And I’m fortunate enough to see things up close and personal that a lot of other “city folks” may never experience—like a ‘possom or a raccoon two inches away from my face, on […]