The longest national highway in the USA goes through one of the poorest counties in East Texas. Alongside of this famous road runs a railroad track. I see in the Crystal Cow Pile an East West high speed train coming and going twice a day from and to Dallas and Atlanta.

In 2015 this poor county would have had no luck at all if it weren’t for bad luck. A Tornado in May took the wind out of a lot of sails. People all over this country talk about how the town responded. The first responders, the school leaders from top to bottom, the community got up and did the things that needed to be done. PRIDE is alive and well.  They are rebuilding better than what was destroyed. The past is over; the future is starting.

This poor county is the home of a big flea market. There are estimates of between 200,000 and 400,000 visitors a month coming here, bringing in tons of money and sales tax dollars to the County.

In 2015 there was a big fire at part of the flea market. This is the second fire in the same location. There were no injuries. There are many well trained First Responders that know what they are doing. Many of those pros work in other cities, but live here.  Much of the burned out area was substandard when built. The past is over. What will the future bring? The Crystal Cow Pile cautions the leaders of the County not to continue to put all their future plans on the back of a Flea Market.

The County’ only hospital was closed in 2015. It is now reopened. Not everybody gets second chances to get it right.

The Crystal Cow Pile sees fast changes because of Tec advances in just about everything.   This poor county is little behind in education, but can catch up. The superintendents, teachers and school boards are all working on it. They see into the 21st century. This is a bright spot.

Old ideas and failure to change got the county in this mess. Here is another bright spot.

The county got a new regional airport. It took a change in leadership to get it done.

The Crystal Cow Pile sees 20th century leadership being replaced. The new leadership of this county is getting the Economic Development Directors on the same page.

A potential business that pays wages well above the minimum will benefit everyone, no matter where it locates in the County.

People who see the future of this county want to live and work here. Welcome to 2016




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Fresh and fresh frozen fruits and veggies  fill you with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Keep avoiding food with long shelf life. This is BEEFITBOB with your healthy tip

of the day.



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Walking shoes are not my cup of tea. Get your first pair of running shoes fitted by a professional at a store where athletes shop. If  the feel like an old favorite boot that is probably the running shoe for you.


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Fruits and Veggies


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My Smart Phone loses its UMPH and needs  recharged. My 83 year old body loses its UMPH and need recharged with  PROTEIN.  Eggs, broccoli, meat, cheese,and fish are good for starters. Remember the fresher the better. Cut out too much processing.






Last week I had a big fall while walking briskly.  I have no idea how I got up, took a selfie, and drove home. I do remember Ann on the phone with the 911 operator as the firemen came in the back door. That is the start of three days of miracles, answered prayers, and fantastic care in the hands of the Number One Trauma Unit in Texas.

I was in l La La Land from the time the firemen put me in the hands of the EMT, arriving in the emergency room, and then to the care of the trauma intensive care unit. I do remember telling the emergency room doctor that I felt okay and I was training to defend my title as winner of my division in the Brookshire Fresh 5, so check me out so I can go home.

I got the first jolt from the fantastic trauma doctor. “No, no, no, no to training for a five K. You got busted ribs and a punctured lung. I don’t want to put in a tube, and maybe it will fill up on its own. Breath into this thing as often as you can.” I like docs who put things in words an athlete understands. The medical language is scary. Closed fracture of Multiple Ribs of Left Side. Pneumothorax on Left.

Somewhere in my ICU time things changed. The fantastic staff took walks with me.  We talked about how I have been doing deep breathing exercises for four years. I was treated like an injured athlete who wanted to get back in shape. Before being released they all cautioned to limit my brisk walking to a quarter mile and have somebody with me.

Five days later I went for my final checkup. The nurse checked my vitals, gave me and said the lung was at 100%. Another of the fantabulous trauma gave me the green light to get back on my routine.

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If you do what I do, you will improve your blood pressure, lower chances of dementia, Alzheimer’s, some types of cancer, many chronic diseases, heart and stoke problems, obesity, and stop getting old before you time. The doc also said that the chances of surviving trauma would really improve.

Ready?  This is what I do every day.


Drink lots of water and quit sugar drinks. Took about 18 months to go cold turkey on sugar drinks.

Eat at least five fresh or fast frozen fruits and veggies and almonds every day.

Walk Briskly, starting out for five minutes and kick it up. I do 20 to 40 minutes every day. Took at least a year to get there.

Get seven or more hours of deep sleep.  Make it an appointment to keep every day.

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Now here is the kicker.  Blow out all the air all the way to the bottom of your belly. Bring in all the air it takes to fill your lungs. Now blow the air out. Start doing this four or more times every day. It took over a year to breath this way almost all the time.

I am at 100%. Thanks to all my great care givers, and thank you for the prayers.