john walker

john walker
china, tx, U.S of A.
December 04
Finder of all things lost
Immigrant from Southern California (the land of fruits and nuts) to Southeast Texas (where men are men and so are some of the women). Musician, songsmith, poet, short story author (no I'm not unemployed) sometime liberal - sometime conservative, white male (does that disqualify me?) thinker of deep thoughts, surf cowboy. Mayor of a small town in Texas (really!).


JULY 30, 2013 9:49AM

My Brother's Final Days


There are things you should know about my brother.  Roy Lavern Walker Jr. was born in 1943 in Brookhaven Mississippi.  His was not a happy childhood.  When he was very young the U.S. navy moved our parents from the Deep South to Corpus Christi, Texas and then on to SanRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 11:44AM

A Gathering of Souls Connected



Prior to my fourteenth birthday, I begged my parents to buy me a guitar.  Finally, after several days of pleading and whining and gnashing of teeth my father said to me, “I will get you a guitar for your birthday, but I suspect that if I do it will… Read full post »



First, let’s get clear, the world is not ending tomorrow.  Tomorrow, the “good” Christians will be raptured up to heaven leaving all us sinners (which I think includes damned near everyone here on OS) behind to ponder our fate.  The world, however, is not act/… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2011 11:54AM

My Mother's Ghost


My mother died last June after a long and bitter illness.  It was not a surprise nor was it unwelcomed by most of the family as she suffered greatly and was without much of a mind during the last few months of her life.  My father, however, took her death… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 11:48AM

Past Your Prime

I love you, Pop.


I know they kept you and Mom upright past your primes

It’s all about the money, of course. 

Money for medicines and machines to keep our weak hearts pumping, our rusty limbs moving, tired synapses connecting ever more slowly..., slowly..., and slowly.


Past our… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2011 11:51AM

A Tribute to the Marvelous Scupper




I do not know her face

But, I know her heart.

I do not know her touch

Still, she kisses my soul.


She stitches together ideas and dreams

As pearls on a string

Shining and beautiful

Each its own treasure unique


She knows the memories somehow

That I… Read full post »


I am responding to Ann’s open call in the form of a list. I know there are several people on OS that absolutely hate lists and although I’m unsure of their reasoning, I respect their right to hate this one as well.  However, for me to try to convey in… Read full post »

I read a lot of OS.  I read the good guys and the bad guys.  I read the cool kids and nerds.  I read the trolls and the whatever non-trolls are called.  I read the poetry, the prose, the fiction and the non. I read it all.  However, much of my/… Read full post »

It seemed rather benign to me; a rather small pain in the left side of my chest that radiated up to my left shoulder and down my arm. It wasn’t debilitating, but it was annoying.  So, after two days and a great deal of urging from family and friends I called… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2010 9:31AM

Civil Disobedience 150 years later


I first read Thoreau’s Walden and Civil Disobedience (the two are almost always printed together) in 1969, my junior year in high school.  The pages stunned me with they’re  truth, seemingly leaping from the little paperback and imbedded itself in my psyche as an earwig iRead full post »

MARCH 17, 2010 1:33PM

Mayor's Blog, Stardate...



Last night’s China Texas City Council Meeting was a turning point in the agenda I had set for my first term as Mayor of our tiny community. 

Three grants have been applied for and awarded to the city in the last few months:   One for $45,000 for Hurricane IkeRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2010 3:13PM

Five Words; Jill's Open Call


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In honor of St. Valentine’s Day the following is a tribute to the kiss.  A kiss, the simple act of pressing one’s lips onto the lips (or other body part) of another.  An act which has brought boundless human pleasure and an equal amount of human misery.


&nbs… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2010 12:23PM

...Are Destined to Repeat It



This whole thing began in the 1980’s with Ronald Regan.  He embraced what the pundits call the Southern Democrats.  In addition, he gave them a new name; a new and important powerful sounding name.  He called them the Moral Majority. 


The Moral Majority… Read full post »


Yes, this is another list.  (I don’t care, who asked you?) 

It is just for the men though as I know nothing about women.  So women, please, just be on your way because this isn’t for you unless you’d like to leave a copy for your husband.

I’mRead full post »



My lovely, brilliant, kind-hearted wife has a reputation for bringing home strays.  That’s how I came to be there in the first place.  This is an attribute that I love about her.  We have given homes, both temporary and permanent, to a veritable menagerie of cats, d… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 10:34AM

Save the Neighborhood, Save the World

Over the last couple of days here on OS, two posts in particular have caught my eye and the eye of many, many of you.  They were the post by Robin Sneed about having to spend two weeks in jail over a traffic citation and Trig Plain’s post about his neighbor/… Read full post »

Mad Typist, where are you????  


I’ve been waiting, less than patiently, for three weeks now for you regular NFL re-caps. Nothing.  Thinking I’ve just somehow missed them, I go directly to your blog.  Still nothing. 

 What’s up with that? 

ThRead full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2009 5:00PM

Haiku Thurs (kinda)





                  As Alice's glass

              To this Haiku from my last

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 4:54PM

What You Know



As a young child, you thought your elders knew everything.             



As a teenager, you thought you knew everything.             &nbsRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 9:25AM

Meet the New Mayor of China Texas




On Sept 3, 2009, at a special meeting of the City of China, TX City Council, Mayor William (Butch) Sanders resigned his post.  This was a shocking development to me.  It was more shocking to me than to the other council members because a few months ago, I was… Read full post »



I attended a town hall meeting last night in Beaumont Texas.  The event was sponsored by the same folks who sponsored the, so-called, tax opposition tea parties in this area. While the event was billed as “non-partisan,” the featured speaker was U.S. House Rep., ReRead full post »

AUGUST 10, 2009 2:01PM

Trashing the Economy is Your Duty

Wake the fuck up!! 


It’s time for you to do your part and help trash the economy! 


That’s right, it’s your damned patriotic duty!!! 


Hell, it’s your human duty. 


You’re killing America!  You’re killing the world!Read full post »



My mouth taste like rotting citrus

squirming against my own angst


Worms from my brain moving under my scalp

Somehow this cannot be justice


Like Sinterklaas encumbered by width

I feel squeezed as if wedged in a chimney


This poem chases me as a wolf

I haven’t been… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2009 9:02AM

Tort Reform: The Rich Get Richer



One of the main conservative talking points regarding control of health insurance costs has to do with tort reform.  In order to reduce the cost of medical care, they say, we must limit frivolous lawsuits and limit the amount of the awards to victims when the lawsuits turn outRead full post »