Just Looking for a Home

We aren’t the first to move West.

As the literary giant Larry McMurtry wrote in his only novel that nobody ever read: We’re Moving On.

Linda and I have been off the grid for a week or two.

We aren’t hiding.

No one is looking for us.

I wish they were, but they aren’t.

We did not drop off the edge of the earth.

However, I’ve looked over the edge a time or two.

No new posts.

No new book reviews.

Facebook was kicked into the dark.

So was Twitter.

Linda and I have left the lake in East Texas.

Gone are the rolling, timbered hills.

Gone are the winding country roads.

Gone are the towering steel derricks of the oil patch.

Gone are the pine forests that shaded the land of our birth.

We are headed to the flatland prairies of North Fort Worth.

What has drawn us to the dropping off point of where the West begins?

A couple of little redheads, one eight and one six.

One plays soccer and baseball.

The other performs in gymnastics.

We don’t miss a goal, a score, an out, or a flip.

Years pass.

Times change.

So do priorities.

However, I did make one important discovery during the packing, toting, and hauling.

I moved boxes and boxes and boxes of books.

I may start writing shorter and smaller novels.

The big ones are just too heavy to pick up.



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  • You two will never grow old because you are always looking for some new adventure. Just let us know when you are settled. Maybe we can plan a housewarming party!!!

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Pat: As long as you are there, we’ll throw a house party no matter how warm or cold it is.

    • Les Thomas

      With Dan Jenkins passing last month I’ve been worried that Fort Worth didn’t have the great writers it deserves. Now I can rest easy. Best wishes to you and Linda on your new adventure.

      • Caleb Pirtle

        I am deeply flattered, Les, but it’s good to be walking around with Fort Worth sand in my toes again. Are you back in Fort Worth, perhaps? I would love for our paths to cross again. We have a lot of Southern Living war stories to trade.

        • Les Thomas

          Caleb, we’re still in Austin, but would be great to see you anytime you get the chance.
          Best regards,

  • April Coker

    I agree with Pat. You are already missed. Those little redheads don’t realize how blessed they are.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Thanks, April. We are the ones who are blessed to have wonderful friends, as well as the redheads.

  • Kelly Marshall

    I was worried. Thanks for the update. God and family is everything. Enjoy them while you can.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Kelly, since I no longer have to fight eighteen wheelers for five hours every Saturday to watch a soccer and/or baseball game, I feel like I’ve extended my life at least a year or two. And if the ball is thrown, caught, hit, kicked, or dropped, I want a front row seat.

      • Kelly Marshall

        Your family must be thrilled to have you close

        • Caleb Pirtle

          Especially on game day, Kelly.

  • Congratulations. Being close to family, that’s the reason to move.

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