The Way I See It

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

The Way I See It

This past Saturday we had a garage sale. My son, daughter-inlaw and my beau joined in on the fun. Right. Fun. I will say this … there is something cathartic about letting go of items you no longer need. It is even better when you see someone else say they “love it” and buy it. It brings me a degree […]

I protest too much

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For the first time since I have been a homeowner (since 1982) I finally protested my proposed tax appraisal for the upcoming year. I didn’t complain when they doubled the value of my lot ($15,000 to $30,000) back in the early days of the Eagle Ford boom in 2012 nor did I rant when it jumped another $30K + in […]

Purging is good for the soul

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While getting ready to sell my home, I’ve been going through stored bins, boxes, drawers, cabinets and closets. Oh. My. Goodness. The amount of stuff I’m sorting and purging is really mind-boggling. I remember the comedian George Carlin doing a comedy routine on “stuff”. “That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house […]

Horny toads coming back?

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I was reading an article the other day about how horny toads (horned lizards/frogs) are becoming more noticeable again in the Texas landscape. They have been bred and released by several zoos and it seems to be helping their population. When I was a kid, we would take our spoons and wouldn’t have to dig very deep in our sandy […]

Advice for adulting

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The other day I read a blog by Cindy Farr at www.grownandflown.com. Her list of 10 things her adult children should know should be read by every parent – even if their children aren’t adults quite yet. I agree with every one of them. Her first one was to be kind. This takes me back to my favorite quote by […]

Dying order vs. Showing order

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Last week in my column I mentioned my mom would have us leave our house in “dying order” before we left on vacation. I started thinking about it and I know what is worse than doing that – leaving your house in SHOWING order. I put my home on the market last August. Yes, I know that is not the […]

Making your bed

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Have you ever heard the phrase “leaving your house in dying order?” My mother would say this each time we’d leave on vacation or for weekend trips. The concept was in case we met our demise while away, those who had to come into our home would be met with tidiness instead of squalor. Heaven forbid there would be a […]

Conway was a comedic genius

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When I found out that comedian/ actor Tim Conway passed away on Tuesday, I felt an overall sadness. In fact, when I saw the newsfeed on my phone, I said “AWWWW” out loud. He was the perfect fit for “The Carol Burnet Show” and then on “Mama.” His timing, his facial expressions and silliness complemented Burnet’s wackiness as well as […]

Mother’s Day memories

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There are days where the sting of losing my mother is stronger than others. The two days that are the worse, without a doubt, are Mother’s Day and Christmas. For many years, Mother’s Day was like most Sundays in our family. My mom would fix lunch for all of us and I would bring the dessert. My brothers’ wives would […]

Judith B. Wilkerson … gone but never forgotten

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Last Friday, Judy Wilkerson left this physical world. I say this physical world because she will never be truly gone. Judy and Bill Wilkerson’s legacy of being the owners and co-publishers of the Pleasanton Express will live on forever. The Wilkersons came to Pleasanton in 1974 with open minds and hearts and were well received by this community. They immediately […]


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