Ponder on It, Pilgrims: The Bucolic Mark Twain on Critter Councils, Cookie Bandits, and Texas Grit

Charles’ stories move you without coercion; they charm you into another time when little boys laughed with wild abandon with their grandpas, Marines crowded together in the belly of a ship on their way to war, and critters took pride in their martyr ancestors sacrificing their lives so Davy Crockett could get his coonskin cap. Amid the entertainment of his fireside stories woven into the tapestry of his escapades lies the soothing voice we long to hear, the sigh of relief that tells us we can simply let go and abide an age-old pleasure: hanging on to a master storyteller constructing that new reality rising around us.

Climb up on the porch and revel in his salt-of-the-earth tales, expounding on fundamental truths, on the bedrock of the mountain where the stories grow. This is where Charles indulges in his rockin’, smokin’, ponderin’ time. Then set a spell as the weight of the world slides off your shoulders and this uncommon book holds you captive.

As Charles puts it, after prolific posting on LinkedIn that earned him more followers than he knew what to do with, his followers horsed him into getting his life learnins’ down on the pages. That’s how the book was born, right there in his mountain cabin. Day after day, Charles entertained as the masses grew, and what you are pontificatin’ on readin’ is the result.

Welcome to mountain country, where you learn real quick that wisdom is the key to living in a chaotic world. Where you take your newfound sagacity back home to make your life a little bit sweeter. And you figure out after you leave, you’ll be back soon.

Ponder on It, Pilgrims: The Bucolic Mark Twain on Critter Councils, Cookie Bandits, and Texas Grit

Charles’ stories move you without coercion; they charm you into another time when little boys laughed with wild abandon with their grandpas, Marines crowded together in the belly of a ship on their way to war, and critters took pride in their martyr ancestors sacrificing their lives so Davy Crockett could get his coonskin cap. Amid the entertainment of his fireside stories woven into the tapestry of his escapades lies the soothing voice we long to hear, the sigh of relief that tells us we can simply let go and abide an age-old pleasure: hanging on to a master storyteller constructing that new reality rising around us.

Climb up on the porch and revel in his salt-of-the-earth tales, expounding on fundamental truths, on the bedrock of the mountain where the stories grow. This is where Charles indulges in his rockin’, smokin’, ponderin’ time. Then set a spell as the weight of the world slides off your shoulders and this uncommon book holds you captive.

As Charles puts it, after prolific posting on LinkedIn that earned him more followers than he knew what to do with, his followers horsed him into getting his life learnins’ down on the pages. That’s how the book was born, right there in his mountain cabin. Day after day, Charles entertained as the masses grew, and what you are pontificatin’ on readin’ is the result.

Welcome to mountain country, where you learn real quick that wisdom is the key to living in a chaotic world. Where you take your newfound sagacity back home to make your life a little bit sweeter. And you figure out after you leave, you’ll be back soon.

Ponder on Texas grit to stick in your craw like:

Be Smarter Than the Acorn

The way I see it, there ain’t but two ways to git to the top of a big white oak tree.

Ya ain’t gotta be real bright to figure it out.

You can climb it or sit on an acorn and wait.

 

Let ‘Em Lead You Out to Calmer Pastures

Follow the way of peace and critters.

 

You Just Might Regret It

Don’t corner something meaner than you are.

 

Perspective

Often it’s how you look at things that’s the issue.

Everybody thought Goliath was too big to hit.

David thought he was too big to miss.

 

Trust Yourself More

Trust your gut.

If you think something doesn’t make a lick of sense, you’re probably right.

 

Pay Up!

A rifle doesn’t make you a Marine, and a hat doesn’t make you a cowboy.

There’s dues to pay.

 

I Don’t Get It, and I Don’t Want To

I always see people staring at their phones, so I thought I’d try it.

I don’t get it.

 

Don’t Pee Up a Flagpole, Either

I never get into a peeing contest with a skunk.

 

Are You Overthinking This?

If you don’t know something, it doesn’t mean there isn’t something to know.

Ponder on it, pilgrims.

 

In Other Words, “Duh.”

Put your wranglers on before your boots.