LINDEN, Texas - Christmas time in the year of our Lord 2013 is so special to me, and most of you dear readers of the Lovelock Review-Miner.

For most of us, Christmas is the most special day of the year. It's a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It usually brings families together more than any other time. For most, it's the most caring, sharing, giving, worshipping, and family fellow-shipping time of the year.

Sadly, for some, this time of the year brings sadness and depression, or so the experts say. I can't imagine that happening, but if you know someone that's down and out, having a depressing Christmas, try and help them if you possibly can.

You could make the difference in their having a good or bad holiday season. Doing good unto others is the best way.

Take a minute to reminisce about your past Christmas experiences - first your best, then your worst.

Now, wasn't your best because of other people, caring and sharing about you, with you? People make the difference. Give thanks for the folks in your life who genuinely care for you, and the ones that are special to you.

Be sure and tell them how you feel about them. It could be the last time you have the opportunity to do so. No one has the guarantee of tomorrow, or even another breath. Thank them while you can.

I want to thank some of the Review-Miner readers who are special to me. Some are new acquaintances. Some folks I knew a long time ago, and my column in the paper was instrumental in bringing us back together in some way. Old friendships renewed. Fantastic. And if I leave someone out, please forgive me. My 82-year-old memory ain't what it used to be.

First off, thanks to Alicia Craig for helping me to get started with the Review-Miner. Without you, it never would have happened. And I have the privilege of now knowing Dan. Thanks girl.

My first "fan," the first to contact me, was a lady that I rode the school bus with in 1946-1947, Gwen Hefner. Remember her fantastic stories about her attending public school in a boxcar at Section Ocala in 1943? About how her dad wooed and won her mother? I could write a book from her many emails written to me over the years. Gwen, I saved them all, and often read them. Gwen is married to Hugh Lewis, and they live in Acampo, Kaliforney.

I became a fan of Tom because of his weekly column in the Review-Miner. He introduced me to "aunt Drucie" at the senior center, then I remembered her, Drucella Cooney, from Lovelock grade school in 1944-1945. She reminded me how mean I was to her. Forgive me, Drucie. At the center I met some friendly folks, amongst them a lady I went to school with at Lovelock, Virginia Aufdermaur, Annie's sister, married to Glen Rose.

One of my best buddies today is a guy whom I met because of my column, Keith Odle of Lovelock, retired school teacher. We communicate often via emails. He and his lovely wife Dianne, who misspells her name to "Dyan," invites me to their home when I'm there. See you soon, guys.

Got re-acquainted through the mail with an old schoolmate from Lovelock, Eddie Gore of Imlay. Eddie married Georgia Holmes of Lovelock, they have made their home in Topeka, Kan., for over half a century now. Little Georgia is in a nursing home now. Eddie is in the State of Kansas Hall of Fame because of his fast pitch softball fame. Hey, Georgia, get better soon. Been awhile since seeing you, about 66 years now. It's been about 68 years since seeing Wells Rasmussen of Imlay; now we email one another.

Jerry Green and all the great folks at Imlay Baptist church, Stanley and Janiece Monroe of Imlay, my wonderful niece Cindy and hubby Jim Fitzgerald, Tom and Linda Johnson, all of Unionville, niece Sue Nouque of Imlay, who has lived there off and on since 1944, Eugene (Sully) Sullivan, Kenneth and Marilyn Cervantes, of Reno, John and Jill Thacker of Fallon,, and great new found friends Roger (Lizard) and LN Hope of Imlay, and Annie Aufdermaur, freshman classmate at P.C.H.S. in 1946-47. To all of you, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. May God richly bless each of you, my pleasure in knowing all of you. Or, in Texas talk, "y'all."

Roy Bale can be reached via email at