The Soybean Queen


It’s been a while since I’ve recorded a podcast, but here it is at last. In this episode Roy and Cale return to Roy’s home area to attend the annual soybean festival. Cale is enamored with Roy’s cousin and in an effort to impress her, ends up muddy and riding the rails. Hope you enjoy it.

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Miss Sweetie’s Hat

As some of you know, I’m a big fan of novels by Stacey Lee. She writes great stories set in various points throughout American history. Her latest is called The Downstairs Girl, set in the “Gilded Age” of the late nineteenth century. In this story a young girl takes on the role of an anonymous advice columnist, named Miss Sweetie, in an Atlanta newspaper. She causes quite a sensation and this poem is an imagined response from an enthusiastic fan.  There’s much more to the story and you can find it here or anywhere you buy books. Enjoy:


Dear Miss Sweetie,

There’s a girl who’s got the town aflutter
She spreads her opinions around like butter
The things she says are so peculiar
But I sure would like to get more familiar
And find out just what goes on
Under Miss Sweetie’s hat.

Saucebox is her common label
But I like sauce upon my table
And I’d go without food for at least a week
If I could only take a peek
Under Miss Sweetie’s hat.

Some say don’t back an anonymous horse
For her bloodlines might be mixed of course
But I say bloodlines don’t make a winner
But rather the goodness of the heart that’s in her
And I know a heart that’s good resides
Under Miss Sweetie’s hat

My friends all say my mind is rotted
Some of them say I’m besotted.
And I hope I have not gone too far
But I know those lips I’d like to kiss are
Under Miss Sweetie’s hat.

Yours Truly,
Giddy Goober

Hope you enjoyed that, and quite frankly, I think we need to bring back the word “besotted,” and fancy hats for women, but that’s just my opinion.

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Gruene Hall

It’s been a while since I posted, and I know at least a few of you are awaiting more episodes of Canadian Summer. They are coming I promise. The main reason for the delay is that I traveled a lot over the summer, which made it hard to record podcasts. I’ll get back at it when the kids return to school. Today I want to share one of my destinations.


Gruene (pronounced Green) Hall is a legendary location, at least among country music fans. Several Texas artists got their start touring small dance halls and honky tonks like Gruene, all around the Lone Star state. Perhaps, the most famous one to play Gruene Hall is none other than George Strait. There’s even a picture of it on one of his albums.

The former town of Gruene has been subsumed into New Bruanfels, Texas and become kind of an historical island in a sea of suburbia spilling out from San Antonio.

I’d wanted to go for a long time, but this summer was the first chance I got, and I’m glad I took it. The hall is not air conditioned, which will mean some sweating if you visit in the summer. Even so, it was full of people, some dancing, others just sitting and enjoying the music.


My daughter and her friend tried their hand at the dancing, but I did my best to hold down one of the benches. I think i succeeded pretty well. The Texas heat made that ice cold Shiner taste even better.

I would recommend visiting the music hall even if you’re not a huge country fan. In some way it feels a little like stepping back in time. Old folks, young folks, and everyone in between just having a good time together. Maybe we’d all get along better if we had more places like Gruene  Hall.


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Moving Melody

A special bonus feature episode of Canadian Summer: Season One is now available. This episode is a prequel to the story. That is, it tells about an adventure that takes place before the big trip to Calgary. I hope you enjoy it.

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Season two will be here soon but in the meantime I will be posting more of these bonus episodes. They’re a little shorter than the others but hopefully just as fun. Enjoy and share with your fiends.

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Rough Stock

It is time for episode 11 of the Canadian Summer podcast. This is the season 1 finale. It’s hard to believe it’s here already. In this episode, Roy and Cale try their hand at some rodeo, only to learn they shouldn’t quit their day job. If they had one, that is. Roy also gets some good news about summer.

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This episode brings season one to a close, but never fear, Roy and Cale will have more adventures. Make sure to subscribe so you get every one. Will Roy and Summer ever make it work? Will Cale ever conquer his love of carbs? Stay tuned to find out.

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It’s hard to believe but we are at Episode 10 already.  In this episode the boys cross back into the United States hoping all their troubles are behind them. Unfortunately some trouble follows them south.

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Slings and Arrows

Another week brings another exciting episode of the Canadian Summer podcast. In this episode another cousin of Summer gets the boys into trouble. It turns out that not all Canadians are as friendly as advertised. Also, Roy and Summer’s romance ends up on the rocks.

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