“Twilight: The Beginning of the Eternal Journey” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo, upcoming poetry book, “Passion Amidst Apathy”

How we live our lives today will determine the joy of our eternal journey tomorrow

Texas Poetry

It was a vision that came to me yesterday.
This life but a beginning of our journey thru eternity.
Our physical life here brief in its beginning.
 
Death but a transition on this journey
to many other lives ahead
in many other forms
in the ever-expanding image
of God.
 
Our time here but a
training period in preparation.
Joys and visions beyond
our human comprehension.
 
Live each day with
Love, Joy, Thankfulness,
gainful Wisdom
in God’s Love
for our Eternal Souls.
 
Prepare well
for your journey
it will be a long one.
All those we lost
will be returned to us.
 
Fear not Death
it is but a door
of many
into God’s House.

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“East Texas: No Place for a Tenderfoot” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

To those of you who are thinking of retiring to the farm life in East Texas, get prepared to find out, it is not like the old movies.

Texas Poetry

 

In our retirement almost a year and a half ago, my wife and I were excited to find a beautiful home on thirty acres in Eustace, Texas.  My wife was the oldest of six on a two hundred acre farm in Celina, Texas, in her youth.  Her Father was a true farmer, in the sense of what a farmer was about.  Her memories from her childhood was neighbors were true neighbors in those day, in helping each other.  In our new home in Eustace, which will be the home of our on going vineyard, we have found that is far from the realities of life in the country.

As a rule, we have found country folks standoffish, isolated and as the old saying goes, “They would not give a nickel to see a piss ant eat a bale of hay.”  The worse thing we have found as new farm owners…

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“My Father’s Day Present” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Silver Star Winery of Texas

Her name is Violet. She is the calf of a Jersey from Jersey.

Her name is Violet. She is the calf of a Jersey from Jersey.

Violet is my Father's Day Present.

Violet is my Father’s Day Present.

Violet has beautiful markings. Her Mother is a Jersey from actually Jersey.

Violet has beautiful markings. Her Mother is a Jersey from actually Jersey.

Her name is Violet.  We have been buying raw milk from her Mother for over a year.  She is an actual Jersey.  Her Mother came from Jersey.  She has beautiful markings on her.  Currently, friends of ours with a farm in Kemp are keeping her for us until we get settled on our new farm home in Eustace, Texas.

“We Now Have High Quality Hay For Sale” copyright 2013, John J. Rigo, Silver Star Winery of Texas

Beautiful Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

Beautiful Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

Beautiful Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

Beautiful Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

Hay for Sale at Silver Star Winery of Texas in Eustace, Texas.

We are proud to announce we now have high quality hay for sale from our first cutting.  After placing over 4 tons of fertilizer on 22 acres we now have some of the most beautiful hay in Henderson County, Texas.  They are fully secured, tied in twine in 5 foot round bales.  In price they are “currently” $70 a bale.  As the summer proceeds and the possibility exists of little rain, the price per round bale will increase. No need to make offers on this fine product, the prices will remain firm.  Terms are, cash only, no checks, no money orders and loading and delivery is not available.  We will be collecting tax for each purchase unless presented a current farm and or ranch exception certificate number.  Contact John or Linda Stewart-Rigo at Silver Star Winery of Texas on 12551 FM Road 2709 in Eustace, Texas, phone: 903-425-4900.  Another hint, look for the mail box with the security sign on it; to the right is the large sign at the gate opening which reads, “Silver Star Winery of Texas.” If there is no answer on your telephone call please leave a voice mail.  Most calls returned within a business day.

“Our First Baling of Hay For Sale” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Silver Star Winery of Texas

Future high quality hay at Silver Star Winery of Texas.

Future high quality hay at Silver Star Winery of Texas.

Within a week to ten days our first cutting of hay with beautiful costal will be available for sale.  The hay will only be available in 5 foot by 5 foot round bales.  Selling price to be determined by current market conditions for such a high quality of hay.  Delivery will not be available.