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Christmas Tree Story #7: Divinity

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Christmas Tree Story #7: Divinity
Christmas Story #7: Divinity. Divinity, fudge, peanut brittle, English toffee, millionaires, and turtles. I had to have the new Hallmark ornament series, “Season’s Treatings”. It all started many years ago. With our ingredients and a few pots and pans loaded up in the car; Mom, David, and I would head off in the early morning in December every year to Betty & Roy Minor’s house. The goal: make as much candy as you can before midnight! Well, that may not have been the s...
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Christmas Tree Story #6: Greatest Game in the World
Christmas Tree Story #6: Greatest Game in the World. Of course the answer is football! I grew up in West Texas (San Angelo) and it was Dallas Cowboys all the time. I was a Cowboys fan for as long as I can remember. The first game that I actually remember watching was Super Bowl V (5) on January 17, 1971. I was 10 years old and was crushed when the Baltimore Colts beat my Dallas Cowboys 16-13. For me, professional football (and the Cowboys) has always been about my relationship with my father. He...
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Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman

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Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman
Christmas Tree Story #5: Batman. Sock! Pow! Zok! La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La, Batmaaaaan! Okay, admit it. You sang along with the theme song as you read the words. Batman was my own personal super hero. Every day after... school at 4:30, the Burt Ward/Adam West version of the TV series was on. Every day, I made sure I was in front of the TV to see what mess Batman and Robin had gotten themselves in to once again. One Christmas I got my first record player and two albums. One...
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Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels

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Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels
Christmas Tree Story #4: Hot Wheels. All of my early memories involves playing with my miniature cars in the driveway with Judy Landgraf Olness. My favorite was matchbox cars, but I had my share of Hot Wheels too. The Hot Wheels cars went ...faster and you could build your cool orange tracks. Oh my how many hours did we spend playing with our cars. “Judy Kay” as I called her and I would take the pea gravel next to her driveway and make roads, houses, and whatever else we could think ...
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Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian

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Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian
Christmas Tree Story #3: The Martian. I certainly loved cartoons, but that is not the reason these ornaments are on my tree. Marvin the Martian and I have something else in common. No it’s not that we are both from outer space. It’s the nam...e of course. As you can see from my “Facebook” name, my given name is James Marvin Hale. You’ve probably wondered why I would use my full name in my profile. Well, it all started that fateful first day of school at Bellaire Ele...
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