Tumbleweed Snowman

I lived in two desert communities when growing up. The locations were Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas. In the 1950s and 1960s, both areas had little snow and lots of tumbleweeds. The residents tired of the same old snowless Christmas. There was almost no hope of snowfall. Without the snow, there would be no… Continue reading Tumbleweed Snowman

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Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

Remembering the events of my seventh-grade year at Ben Milam School at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas inspired this poem. On the six o’clock evening news one night the announcer did a story that the actor Johnny Crawford from the hit television show “The Rifleman” had been drafted. He had reported to Fort Bliss,… Continue reading Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

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Sun Tea

Making Sun Tea was a fun way for this military brat to enjoy the hot summers of the Phoenix, Arizona. I lived at Luke Air Force Base, in the Valley of the Sun from 1958 to 1963. We also made Sun Tea in Seguin, Texas during 1963 – 1964 and El Paso, Texas 1964 –… Continue reading Sun Tea

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Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Remembering the events of my seventh-grade year at Ben Milam School at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas inspired this poem. On the six o’clock evening news one night the announcer did a story that the actor Johnny Crawford from the hit television show “The Rifleman” had been drafted. He had reported to… Continue reading Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

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Changing Schools – A Recurring Great Adventure for the Military Brat

How many schools did you attend growing up as a military brat? Do you remember this as a great adventure or gut-wrenching trauma? I attended ten public schools for my twelve grades of schooling. Eight of the school changes were during my very formidable years of grades five through nine. Yes, I changed school eight… Continue reading Changing Schools – A Recurring Great Adventure for the Military Brat

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Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

As a military brat, the end of the school year always meant Little League Baseball. As an eleven years old boy in May of 1965, three things occupied me life. They were Boy Scouts, baseball, and a little garage band I had just joined. Spring and the start of the baseball season never failed to… Continue reading Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

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Camp Wehinahpay

In the 1960’s, military brats made good Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I was a Cub Scout in Arizona, a Webelo in Sequin, Texas and a Boy Scout in El Paso, Texas. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Every Friday night from November 1964 to… Continue reading Camp Wehinahpay

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