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Tinker Carlen: An Original Cricket
Tinker Carlen: An Original Cricket

This is a short biography of Tinker Carlen,  a guitarist and singer in the world-famous Cricket band. It is a story  of the origin of the Crickets and Tinker's involvement from the very  beginning when Tinker, Buddy Holley, and other young musicians got  together to "make music and entertain." It is Tinker's story, not a copy  of anything that's been written about the evolution of the Crickets,  its individual members, or of their successes and failures. Some of  Tinker's life experiences are related as he remembers the challenges of  pursuing a musical career. Also included are many experiences of the  band---some funny, some sad---as each member faces the problems of  growing up and the unexpected cultural problems from people who didn't  approve of their "rock-a-billy" style of music.

                



The Big Texas Property Tax Rip-Off
The Big Texas Property Tax Rip-Off

In 1937, only 30,194 Texas State residents , which was only 8.56% of  eligible voters statewide, passed an amendment to the State Constitution  which set the stage for a “plan” to encourage payment of ad valorem  taxes which “opened the door” for future legislative control of property  taxes. (See long description for more information.)





Six Words to Happiness: My Way
Six Words to Happiness: My Way

Do you like inspiration? Would you like to maximize your contentment  and happiness? If so, this short booklet SIX WORDS TO HAPPINESS: MY WAY  may be useful to you. It can even be a life-changing motivator to you,  as it has been to others. Check it out.

Truman Dayon Godwin


Ruminations of an Old Codger
Ruminations of an Old Codger


I have been fortunate to have a long life that, although hard at  times, has been good, productive, and adventurous. When my children  asked me to do an autobiography, I had misgivings about such a difficult  and comprehensive project. So I consulted my good friend, confidante,  and mentor, Mr. Wiggins, and this is what he advised:

“Don’t  even try it! Your life’s valleys and mountains are too many; they are  too deep to explain or document with the clarity and literary expertise  such a massive effort deserves. Don’t try to put the work into a  particular genre. Instead, do your best to remember the results of your  experiences and record some humor, some important thoughts---good or  bad---some wisdom, and perhaps some practical lessons you gleaned from  your experiences. Be at ease with yourself! Let your mind walk through  your remembrances gently and with compassion as you share some  worthwhile, perhaps inspirational, aspects of your eventful journey to  longevity. You could title the work: "RUMINATIONS OF AN OLD CODGER."


Expectations
Expectations


A young boy grows up during the difficult days of the Great  Depression, where he faces many problems and choices that conflict with  his perception of what he and other people might normally EXPECT. From  his own unique experiences, and by observing people's actions and  behavior, he recognizes the anomalies inherent in EXPECTATIONS, which  make life unpredictable, funny, and often interesting. His study of  expectations lead him to develop a happy philosophy that makes him  strong in dealing with his young years in difficult and oftentimes sad  situations.

 
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