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Around the Square
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014

Greetings, February.


We see you’re following January’s lead.



Two words that sound good on a hot Summer day.

Ice cold.


‘Tis Winter instead.

And all of you is it.

Not just part of you, like December.

Or March.

Just you.

And January.


Full blast.


Start to finish.

Through and through.

And Winter it has been.

Frozen birdbath.

Frozen pond.

Frozen pipes.

And then 80 degrees.

Nature’s gone schizophrenic on us.

Bluebonnets don’t know whether to live or die.

They show their leaves.

Then get frosted.

The sun comes out.

They shine.

The iceman cometh.

They sparkle.

Yet everything is dry.

No rain.

No sleet.

No snow.


So dry…jackrabbits are carrying bottled water.

So dry…three West Texas mayors decided to take the water into their own hands, so to speak.

They’re gonna round up water for their cities if it’s the last thing they do.

You reckon they got Mason County on their radar?

Or rain dancing in their repertoire?

Allow us to suggest rain gutters.

And rainwater collection systems.

Forget trying to get water from other towns.

Collect it when it falls.

And distribute locally.

You’ll be surprised.

A little goes a long way.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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