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The Tow-Head Gang

tow-head gang

A rare photo of the little known Tow-Head Gang in the early years. The gang was last seen looking out the back window of a red and white ’57 Ford Fairlane, as it sped west on a rural Texas Panhandle road. Rumor has it they settled in Buckeye, Arizona where they lived a quiet–though somewhat tumultuous–life before dispersing sometime in the late ’60s. You can read more about them in the book, “Just A Boy”, written by the surly, yet loveable, leader of the group, Charles. He’s the bad-looking hombre on the right.

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Who Said That?

It was a beautiful, sunny day in east Texas yesterday, and this poem I wrote several years back came to mind. Some days it’s cold, some days it’s hot, but some days are just right. More and more, I’m learning to enjoy them all. 

The Sun on My Face

 

I stood there

Head tilted back

Eyes closed

The sun on my face

 

The sound

Of a twelve string

Began to play

A tune I didn’t know

 

walking with jesusI smiled

And God smiled back

It doesn’t get

Any better than this

 

As I continued my walk

I wondered

Did He say that

Or did I

 

Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

Please check out my website, Marbles In My Pocket, and my latest books:

JUST A BOY – A childhood memoir

JUST A MAN – A book of encouragement

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Everybody Knows That

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT

THEY JUST DON’T KNOW IT… YET

 

PROLOGUE

It has been said that we only use a fraction of the brainpower available to us, and I contend the saying could apply to heart power as well. Heart, that is, as it applies to love. I’ve known this—or should I say, thought this—for several years but it was, in a small way, confirmed recently in a book I read written by a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander. The book is called, PROOF of HEAVEN ~ A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. In the book, Dr. Alexander tells about his journey into the afterlife—heaven—as his earthly body lay in a hospital bed where, paraphrasing, he was brain dead while in a week-long coma.

Naturally, the scientific community came out in full force to contradict his experience. No surprise there. But millions of others grabbed onto it as “gospel” truth and proof that their hopes and beliefs in a beneficent and loving God had been once again confirmed. And this time, by a man of science.

I fell into the latter group and, yes, I wanted to believe but I began reading with an “okay, we’ll see” attitude. The book was indeed interesting, with just the right amount of medical jargon to give me an idea of the situation without going beyond my ability to comprehend. I read it in one setting, and as Dr. Alexander alternated between the story of his time in the hospital (related to him by family, friends, doctors, and others) and his time in the afterworld, I was intrigued. Mostly, I was surprised. The more he talked about the afterlife, the more I began to think, I knew that.

I know it now quote

And so do you.

To be continued…

Yes, I’m writing another book. And in it I will answer the question, “How do you know?” I’ll also explain why I believe we already know things we’re not sure we know. Hint: it has to do with what we sometimes refer to as common sense and extrasensory perception. I believe the two things are closely related, and both have everything to do with God.

Please visit my website: CHARLESLMASHBURN.COM, where you will find links to my two newest books and all my writings.

Just A Boy ~ A childhood memoir (On sale at Amazon for $12.13!)

Just A Man ~ My new book of encouragement

 

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My First Video!

A cute little ad for “JUST A BOY“, put together by the publisher. I need to learn how to make one!

Available in paperback or e-book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Just A Boy! It’s Here!

Just A Boy - Cover“JUST A BOY”—my new book—is now available! The paperback can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through the publisher, Outskirts Press. Now available on Amazon Kindle, too!

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AMAZON – KINDLE

BARNES & NOBLE

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Click on any of the four links above to purchase your copy!

THANK YOU!

 

 

 

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Many Years Later

boysMy new book, Just A Boy, will be coming out in a month or so, and I hope you’ll read it. It’s mostly about growing up in a small town during the 50s and 60s but it’s also about growing up in the dark shadow of an angry, confused man. The book is full of good stories, some of them funny, and some of them about me just being a kid, but I felt like the other stuff–the bad stuff–had to be touched on as well.

When I’m beginning a new book, my thoughts wander in a random and jumbled fashion (Don’t say it, Gary Williams) and then they start forming sentences, paragraphs, and pages. And usually, that’s when the book begins. While the first book was about a boy, the second will tell the tale of that boy becoming a man (Gary!). That said, this morning I woke with the following thought on my mind, and thought I’d share it with you. I’m quite sure the following paragraph will, in some form, appear in the second book:

I realized what had happened when I was a child was my dad made me fear him, which made me angry at him, which made me hate him, which caused me to become like him. And then, many years later, I realized all that had happened when I was a boy, then a boy becoming a man, had eventually helped make me a better me. I’m certainly not trying to say I’m a good man, mind you, but I will say this; I’m not afraid, I’m not angry, and I don’t hate.

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