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The John G. Moore 5-Minute Podcast

The John G. Moore 5-Minute Podcast

By John G. Moore
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John G. Moore Podcast - Homesteading - Bruce and Judy McDowell

The John G. Moore 5-Minute Podcast

Let's Put The "Thanks" Back in Thanksgiving
This essay was originally published November 22, 2015.
November 24, 2020
Norman Rockwell
He was anything but the norm.
November 15, 2020
Out On A Limb
Talking politics hasn't helped us much, has it?
November 8, 2020
Dream On
What are dreams? Why do we have them? And why was I riding naked on a giraffe at a class reunion in one of my latest?
November 1, 2020
They've Got Our Numbers
Today, we need a number for everything. Has it made things easier? 
October 25, 2020
'Nana Puddin'
Can you tell what your mom is about to make by the bowl or dish she has on the kitchen counter?
October 18, 2020
I'll Take The Fall
Fall is the best season of the year, I can prove it.
October 11, 2020
Just One More Thing, Sir
Columbo is the best TV detective of all time. Do you agree?
October 4, 2020
Write Now
Who in your family do you wish you'd had write down their life story?
September 27, 2020
The Scales of Just Us
If two opposing members of the Supreme Court could be best friends, why can't we do better than we are?
September 20, 2020
It's a Sign
Signs are all around us. But, do they really work? From presidential signs to farmer's market signs, this week, we see which signs really make us act.
September 13, 2020
Girl Curl
Remember girls curling their hair with orange juice cans, spongy pink rollers, and tying it up with ponytail twists? The curling iron ruined all of the fun guys had from taking pictures of that.
September 6, 2020
True Grits
Grits. They're Southern, and underappreciated. The history of grits and reasons to like them.
August 24, 2020
Nuts So Long Ago
The smell of parched peanuts filled my childhood. Why do we not see them as much as we used to? The history of the peanut and the best way to prepare them in the  shell are the focus of this week's John G. Moore 5-Minute Podcast.
August 23, 2020
His Name is Charlie
Puppies and kittens are cute and easily find homes. Older pets, not so much. Charlie is a 7-year-old Basset / Beagle mix. And after three attempts, he finally has a home.
August 22, 2020
Trumping The Competition
What is the Republican plan to hold on to the White House and the senate  in 2020? David Stein, Chairman of the Smith County Texas Republican  Party, discusses the blueprint for wooing new Republican voters and  winning in November.
August 19, 2020
Ya'll Come Back Now, Ya Hear?
He gave us three of the biggest TV shows of our youth. And you probably don't even know his name. This week, a salute to Paul Henning.
August 16, 2020
The Old TV Dinners Were Better
Turkey and dressing, Mexican enchiladas, Chinese chicken chow mein. All great TV dinners. But now it seems that Lean Cuisine is all we can find. Bring back the good ones.
August 8, 2020
The Swimming Hole
It's heartbreaking to hear that the favorite swimming hole of your youth is now closed. But, what great memories.
August 1, 2020
It's been forty years since I finished high school. Have things changed that much since then for graduating seniors?
July 25, 2020
Retiring Rockers
After seeing that one of my favorite rock stars is retiring, I asked the waiter for my reality check.
July 18, 2020
Giant Cucumbers and Canning The Garden
How can cucumbers get so big, yet we can't see them? And should we can everything we grow in the garden?
July 12, 2020
Please Give Me Four Minutes on The Fourth of July 2020
The politicians need to grow a pair. But they haven't and they won't. My thoughts on what we have to do to protect ourselves, our history, and our country.
July 4, 2020
Why Don't We Use The Metric System?
It was over 50 years ago that my Weekly Reader told me we'd be using the metric system by the year 2000. What happened?  I think I know the answer.
July 4, 2020
The Pinball Wizards of Wal Mart
Once upon a time, pinball machines were the rage with teenage boys. And my buddy Clint and I were the kings of our hometown.
June 27, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - Antique Sprinklers
We need to bring back the sprinklers of old. The ones that when you stepped on them barefooted in the dark, you knew it. They looked cool and lasted. 
June 20, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - A Good Ribbing
In the South, beans in chili or dry rub on ribs can cause quite a stir. My new approach to making ribs may cost me my Man Card. Thanks for listening to this week's edition of my podcast. ~ John
June 14, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Jeff Johnson - Surviving Cancer
If you’ve had or have cancer, or know someone who has, my podcast this week is one I ask that you listen to and share. He worked across the hall from me. One day, he walked into my office  and closed the door. “The doctor just told me that I have Stage 4 throat  cancer,” he said. I didn’t know what to say. He was not only my coworker, he was one of my best friends. He still is. My friend beat it. He now spends all his extra time sharing a message of faith and hope.
June 6, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Reeve Jackson - Why Run for Political Office?
I've known Reeve Jackson since Sesame Street was his favorite television program. Today, he has a law degree and two board certifications in the field. So, when he announced he was running for 114th District Court Judge in Smith County, Texas, I thought, "Has he lost it?" The truth is, that as a board-certified attorney, he's already making enough dough that he doesn't need the headaches of public office. So, this warranted a podcast. Sure, I let him tell us why we should vote for him, but  mostly, I want to know why (in this political climate of hate and name calling) would anyone want to run for office, much less win and have to do the job? My hat's off to him for being willing to bare his personal thoughts and sharing information that in any other scenario, is nobody's business. Why run for political office? Tune in to this episode of the John G. Moore Podcast - and find out.
May 30, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Farm Hand's Companion with Pa Mac
He only publishes about three videos a year on his YouTube channel, yet he has over 43,000 subscribers. I'm one of them. Farm Hand's Companion is filled with videos of a man in overalls who works hard, but never says a word. His name is Gary McWilliams, and he lives in Caddo Gap, Arkansas, where he farms the way our great grandparents did. Plowing with animals, building chicken houses, barns, and pole barns from trees he harvests on his own property. His story is fascinating and worth a listen. A visit to his YouTube channel or his website at before listening would be helpful, but not necessary. Also, visit his store, Caddo Gap Mercantile, the next time you're driving through. Sit on the front porch and visit with one of the town's 12 residents.
May 23, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Homesteading - Bruce and Judy McDowell
Homesteading. Living like your grandparents - or even great grandparents - did. Raising your own food, livestock, and making due with what the land and Lord provide. So, why do some choose to live this lifestyle, when most things are available and inexpensive? Bruce and Judy McDowell live in Missouri. They see it not as a lifestyle, but a way of life. Listen to this edition of the podcast. You may discover that homesteading is also for you.
May 16, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - What is a Life Coach? - With Steve Strauss
John: "Steve, does everyone need a Life Coach?" Steve: "Yes, I believe they do." What is a Life Coach? In this edition of the John G. Moore Podcast, Texas-based Steve Strauss is the guest. He's been a life coach for many years, and helped people of all walks of life find their paths.
May 9, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Pamula Pierce Barcelou - Restoring her Father's Movie Classic - The Legend of Boggy Creek
Pamula Pierce was in the second grade when her father put her in his first motion picture - The Legend of Boggy Creek. That was 1972. No one, including her father, had any idea that the film would sell out multiple showings at theaters across the country and generate millions. All on a budget of just $160,000. It still ranks as one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time. The artist who designed the movie poster later went on to design many of the main characters in George Lucas' Star Wars. Boggy Creek hadn't been seen in its original format since 1975. All that remained were low-quality bootleg copies. But a few years ago after her father's death, Pamula felt called to save the movie. She didn't know whether a clean original copy existed; she didn't have the money for the project; or the know how to pull this off, but she jumped in with both feet. And now the movie is available on blue-ray and related merchandise is for sale at This is her story of what it took to preserve her father's legacy.
April 25, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - Ken Chinn - The Chinn Guitar Project
A man takes his daughter to a specialty hospital for treatment of her epilepsy. She asks if she can take her guitar with her while she's in the hospital. He says, yes. There, she meets a music therapist, who plays with her and shares the need for music with patients. From that, a nationwide ministry is born. Since 2013, Ken Chinn and his Chinn Guitar Project, have partnered with hospitals, schools, music stars and others, to distribute over 2,000 guitars to children who are in need or struggling physically or emotionally.  On this edition of the podcast, we learn how one man's determination to help others with a simple, six-string instrument has changed the lives of many.
April 16, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Kent Wells - From Small Town Arkansas to Nashville, Tennessee
The town of Ashdown, Arkansas, has produced a number of accomplished people. Kent Wells makes that list. A master of many musical instruments from a young age, Kent succeeded where many have tried - making it in Nashville, Tennessee. In this podcast, Kent talks about working with Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Keith Whitley, and dozens of others, as both a musician and their record producer. Kent talked with us from his home studio in Brentwood, Tennessee, just prior to a recording session with Dolly. 
April 11, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - Robin Hood Brians - The Man Who Recorded ZZ Top
In the early 1970s, a band calling themselves "The Moving Sidewalk” darkened the door of Robin Hood Brians' recording studio in Tyler, Texas. It was there that they found their "sound." Soon after, they changed their name to ZZ Top. "That Little Old Band From Texas" recorded their first four albums with Robin. On the podcast, Robin Hood (yes, that's his real name) talks about building a studio in his parents' back yard, having 5 of the the Top 100 Billboard hits on the charts at the same time, and, for the audio geeks in the audience, he gives a rundown of his studio equipment.
April 4, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Classic Cars - Is the Hobby Waning? - with Robert Dodd
Some classic cars once sold in the six figures. Some still do, but the younger generations don't seem to have the same affinity for vehicles as the Baby Boomers. So, what's happening to the once-great pastime of collecting classic cars? On the podcast, John and Robert Dodd, both longtime classic car collectors, talk about what may be the beginning of the end for what was once a distinctly American hobby.
March 28, 2020
Corona Virus Update - John G. Moore Podcast - with George Roberts, CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District
Stay home? Go to work? Am I at risk?  On this edition of the John G. Moore Podcast, we get the latest updates on the do's and don'ts related to the Corona Virus from the CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District, George Roberts.
March 20, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - Very soon, Drones will be helping to save lives - with Phil Burks of First iZ
You're in an accident and the first responder you see on the scene is a drone? It's not science fiction. It's close to becoming reality. Phil Burks is head of the company First iZ, which is leading the way in making drones that can deliver crucial information to first responders so that the right personnel and equipment are sent as soon as possible.
March 15, 2020
John G. Moore Podcast - It's All Relative - With Mary Carter Douglas
What if you took the Ancestry DNA test and found out about another family you didn't even know you had? And another? And a niece? And more? In this episode, John's school classmate, Mary Carter Douglas, discusses what happens when you take a DNA test and find out more than just where you ancestors came from.
March 7, 2020
The John G. Moore Podcast - Episode 1 - Sarah Sloan
Sarah Sloan "begged" me to do a podcast. She wasn't the first person to encourage me to do one. So, I figured, "Why not?" Since Sarah has her own podcast called, "The Wind Breaker," I assumed she knew what she was doing. So, Sarah is my first guest. I'll do one podcast per week, and I'm open to suggestions for topics and guests. Follow me on Facebook by searching for Mancaveking. Also, my weekly column, "Moore Thoughts," appears in 10 newspapers in Texas, including Texarkana, Longview, Tyler, Atlanta/Queen City, and Kerrville. Thanks for listening and I'd love your input. ~ John
March 3, 2020