“It is Snug Weather at Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas” copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

It is Snug weather on Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas.

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photo taken by John J. Rigo on February 23rd, 2015 at 9:44 a.m. with Samsung II smartphone at  Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake from Lake front home called "Oz." copyright 2015 John J. Rigo photo taken by John J. Rigo on February 23rd, 2015 at 9:44 a.m. with Samsung II smartphone at Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake from Lake front home called “Oz.” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo

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“The Beginning of Our Trellises For Our Vineyard” copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, co-owner of Stewart-Rigo Winery

The Coming to the Cedar Creek Lake area of East Texas, a top-notch, quality vineyard and winery created by the Stewart-Rigo Family. The beginnings of Created Passion in Wine Making and a future wine tasting Event Center in Henderson County, Texas.

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Trellises Installs on Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo co-owner Trellises Installs on Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo co-owner

The picture of several trellises installed this date of February 15th, 2015 is the beginning of 22 rows of such trellises that will be 200 feet long.  They are faced running North and South at 10 degrees to maximize sun exposure.

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“Lowe’s of Gun Barrel City, Texas Will Not Extent 10% Discount to Working Farm Veterans!” copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator and Poet

Are you an honorably discharged veteran who owns a farm with a AG tax exception? This should prove to be an interesting read.

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Lowe's Logo courtesy of Google Image Search. "Is Lowe's of Gun Barrel City Texas dishonoring working farm Veterans?" copyright 2015 John J. Rigo Lowe’s Logo courtesy of Google Image Search. “Is Lowe’s of Gun Barrel City Texas dishonoring working farm Veterans?” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo

There is no doubt about it, Lowe’s the home improvement store located in Gun Barrel City, Texas has the “Only Game in Town.”  This is especially so in this Cedar Creek Lake Community 45 minutes North of Dallas, Texas.  What is especially interesting that this area is also known for having a large population of “Honorably Discharge Veterans.”

Many are recent returnees from war zones in foreign lands who thru retirement or various disabilities have settled to the Cedar Creek Lake area of Texas.  Many of these individuals live on small farms in the area, seeking to make a living off the land in the area with an AG exception in place.

As to myself, I am an honorably discharged Air Force Veteran with four years of…

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“The Dream Becomes a Reality in Earnest” copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Commentary on Stewart-Rigo Winery

Moving forward at the beginning’s of the vineyard planting at Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas in Henderson County, Texas.

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Unloading VSP Trellis for vine wire.  Average weight 300 lbs.  Hole for each nine inches each.  Will encompass an acre and a half.  Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas. Unloading VSP Trellis for vine wire. Average weight 300 lbs. Hole for each nine inches each. Will encompass an acre and a half. Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas.

VSP Trellis for wine wire hanging system.  Start of planting project for acre and half.  Copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas. VSP Trellis for wine wire hanging system. Start of planting project for acre and half. Copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas.

Starting a vineyard is much more than starting a vegetable garden.  The success or most of time, failure of such a dream is common.  Many a started vineyard today has rows of wood posts with wire and no plants or at best the dying remains of once was a dream in a vineyard.  We have prepared long and hard for our dream.  185 hours of study thru UC at Davis, out of California.  Knowledge is power in the wine growing business.  There are no short-cuts.  Finding the right soil in the right location…

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“A Sense of Spirit” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, upcoming poetry book, “Passion Amidst Apathy”

After 41 years as a resident of McKinney, Texas, we now call Eustace, Texas in East Texas our Home. Along the Wilcox aquafer is some of the most beautiful land in East Texas along 2709 for a length of eight and half miles. The future of some of the greatest wine growers in East Texas lie here. Come and enjoy the beauty that only God can create with a Passion of man in creating great wines.

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Our proud new sign of "Stewart-Rigo Winery" on the front gate of our future vineyard and winery. Copyright 2014 John J. Rigo Our proud new sign of “Stewart-Rigo Winery” on the front gate of our future vineyard and winery. Copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

Stewart-Rigo Winery  Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo Stewart-Rigo Winery
Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo

It is a sense of spirit
that I behold in surveying my land.
It is a spirit that I never beheld before.
 
It is the beauty of the land
stretching out before me
in endless sky
and gentle brezzes
that touch my face. 
 
I am now away from a city
I no longer love 
which only offers within itself
heart retching noise
and endless waste. 
 
My new country home is
a place called Eustace, Texas.
It is a sense of peace of spirit
that now abounds
around me each day
upon these twenty-nine acres. 
 
Welcome to East Texas
A preview and slice of heaven
of where my…

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“Praise To Yahweh This Day” copyright 2012 John J. Rigo, upcoming poetry book, “Passion Amidst Apathy”

Greetings to those out there in Web Land.  Read on as to what God prepares for the enemies of those who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.  Remember this posting when hard times fall upon you in 2015.  There will be peace in my spirit knowing you have been destroyed.

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“Praise and Glory to Yahweh My Lord and God’ Courtesy of allposters.com

Commentary for January 6th, 2015:  I know it is not right to feel a certain amount of joy when one who you knew was an enemy in your life falls on hard times or has great hardships in their lives.  Still, I have peace in knowing the “Pay-Back” of God,  far exceeds any human thing we can bring upon our enemies.  To those of you are such in my life, especially over the last year; keep in mind, this commentary and poem when it happens to you.  
 
 
I render praise to Yahweh my Lord and God.
He has relinquished all my enemies.
My camp was surrounded.
 
It seemed I was without hope.
My enemies brought false witness against me.
They cursed my name.  
A name of Praise given to me
by My Lord and God.
 
Each of my…

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“Linda Stewart-Rigo, CEO, Stewart-Rigo Winery, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo co-owner

Linda Stewart-Rigo, CEO of Stewart-Rigo Winery: Consultations available on vineyard management and wine making in East Texas, Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo

Linda Stewart-Rigo, CEO of Stewart-Rigo Winery: Consultations available on vineyard management and wine making in East Texas, Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo

Mrs. Linda Stewart-Rigo has just completed 185 hours thru five on-line courses thru UC at Davis in California in “Wine Making.”  The course qualifies Mrs. Stewart-Rigo the expertise to consulate in all phrases of vineyard management and wine making in the Henderson County area of East Texas.  For rates and availability of her schedule for such consultations contact her at lonestarorganics@msn.com or contact her cell at:

469-450-4100 

"Blessings, A Special Gift” (Revised) selection from "Roses Amidst Thorns” copyright 2005, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Poet

This first day of the New Year of 2015 is a time to contemplate the blessings behind and before you.

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Taken Sunrise on Black Friday, November 25th 2011 in Gun Barrel City on Cedar Creek Lake in Texas at OZ our lakehome

The following poem from my first published book, has been a favorite  poem for many years.  It has been republished several times in the Dallas Morning News, The McKinney Courier Gazette, and various major web sites.  From my family to yours, our best wishes and blessings for 2015.  

Over the last year, I am especially appreciative of all the positive feedback I have received on this WordPress web site.  Thank You All!

 
Blessings, a special gift from God.
Given in prayer
given when no hope
seems apparent.
 
 
Blessings bring joys
when there is darkness
laughter where there are tears.
Could these blessings be
but tears from God?
 
 
A way that our God lets us know,
that He truly is there
and yes
He…

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“Today We Lost Our Beloved Pets” copyright 2012, Updated December 27th, 2014 with Video Link, upcoming poetry book, “Passion Amidst Apathy”

Next to the death of a family member, as terrible to one’s heart is the lost of long-time pets.

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Our Beloved "Mickey" the oldest of our two pets. Our Beloved “Mickey” the oldest of our two pets.

This poem was orginally posted on January 1st, 2012.
 
This coming January 5th, 2015, it will be three years since we lost our pets on that terrible day. Even though we have since been blessed by four new birds given to us, nothing will ever replace Mickey and Minnie.
 
Update on January 5th, 2012:  This past Wednesday night at 10 p.m., Channel Eight News at WFAA.com did a news piece on this story by reporter, Jobin Panicker.  It seems that this Frigidaire Gallery Electric stove is a “Killer” with the “self-clean” option engaged.  It is our belief that this option when engaged may have been the killer of many babies, older senior and pets over the years.  We believe the manufacturer of these products with the Telfon coatings have kept a low profile on these unreported deaths due to this…

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“Our New Name Sign Is Here!” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo co-owner of “Stewart-Rigo Winery”

Our New Sign for "Stewart-Rigo Winery" formerly "Silver Star Winery of Texas" copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

Our New Sign for “Stewart-Rigo Winery” copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

"Hugs" copyright 2009 John J. Rigo (Revised) upcoming book "Passion Amidst Apathy"

If you consider yourself the “non-hugger type” this Christmas Season of 2014, consider changing your attitude. You will be happier and glad you did.

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There is something wonderous about a hug.
It is a way of saying,”you are special to me.”
A step beyond the boundries of formal convention.
 
The assurance of a heart touching a heart.
A touch of comfort to calm a grieving heart.  
A cheek touching a cheek
with a kiss of greeting.
 
Whether a man to man
or woman to woman
or man to woman
or woman to man
there are no limits to showing
our love for another.
 
We are all souls in His creation
with an eternal bond between us all.
The hug is the sign of our sisterhood and brotherhood.
 
Let it not become forgotten in your life
it is precious honey to the wounds of this life
forever giving
forever loving
in the wonder of love
to us all.
 
 

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"My Beautiful Church Home" copyright 2009 John J. Rigo, upcoming book, "Passion Amidst Apathy"

It is Christmas 2014 and thousands will crowd local churches. Many who claim to believe in Jesus Christ, this is their once a year attendance of a church. Belief in the Love and Mission of Jesus should be a yearly worship and appreciation of His many blessings in our own lives. There is “No Church” that equals the Beauty of God’s Church.

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Picture taken with Samsung smart phone on December 10th, 2014 at 706 at Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas.  Copyright 2014 by John J. Rigo Picture taken with Samsung smart phone on December 10th, 2014 at 706 at Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas. Copyright 2014 by John J. Rigo

View from “Oz” at 7 a.m. on February 25th 2012 on Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
  

View from “Oz” on Cedar Creek Lake, Texas, February 25th 2012 at 7 a.m.

 

“Another View of God’s Church”

I have been to many churches in my lifetime.
None can compare to the beauty of my church.
My church lies outside my back door.
 
Before me lies miles of beautiful water
its beauty more clarifying upon a Sunrise morning.
The clouds above this church of God’s home
are higher than any church steeple.
 
There is no wall or ceiling painting to equal
the clouds above my church.
No gilded statue that equals the sun’s glory
as it breaks forth upon the horizon.
 

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"One Night" copyright 2005 John J. Rigo "Rainbows Amidst Storms"

Sharing This Christmas season with my friends and neighbors in Henderson County, Texas.

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Steely the night shown against iced blackness
with a white diamond star blazing in the heavens.
Hints of soft voices whispered in the wind.
 
The weary shepherds pushed forward on their staffs
looking forward to the comfort of their tents.
Beyond the hills the sky glowed.
 
A choir of voices was heard with a sweet clarity
the sound of bells vibrated among the sound of horns.
The animals spooked deaf to the commands of their masters.
 
The wind increased in its volume and strength.
The shepherds were filled with fear.
Light overshadowed the darkness
during the midst of night.
 
Within the light formed
the most beautiful soft
white and gold of human-like forms
shining against the sky.
 
The shepherd’s breath stopped in their throats.
Filled with excitement and happiness beyond their capacity to describe
their skin prickled.
 
Heavenly voices brought…

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“I Remember Fondly Christmas’ Past” copyright 2005 by John J. Rigo, selection from “Rainbows Amidst Thorns”

It seems a little early for a Christmas Story and Poem and yet with the stores filled with Christmas, it seems right.

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(The little boy’s story in the poem is true and a time from my own past.) This Christmas Season of 2014, I was thinking of my Father. This poem mentions him several times. I remember how dirty he was when he came home from work when I was a little boy. My Father was an iron and steel worker.  After he came home and took a bath, my Mother would then attempt to clean the ring out of the bathtub from his bath.  Many times with close to a half hour of scrubbing, she still could not get it out.  In those days, my Father made about a hundred dollars a week.  He worked very hard for that money.

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I remember fondly Christmas’ past
our first tree alive with lights
before it caught fire later that week.
 
I remember fondly the Christmas with toys.
Never before had my…

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“A Great Accomplishment For Our Winery and Vineyard” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator, Poet and Co-Owner of Stewart-Rigo Winery

A Great Accomplishent and Banner Day for our Future Winery and Vineyard in East Texas.

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I am proud to announce that as of yesterday, that my bride of twenty-five years, Linda Stewart-Rigoreceived her Certificate of Completion from UC of Davis out of California for 185 hours of work toward “Winemaking.” The course consisted of five parts and took two years to complete on-line.  It qualifies my wife to be a manager and winemaker for “any” vineyard in the world with these credentials.

With the recent news that Napa valley in the future will now greatly restrict the approval any new vineyards and wineries, East Texas is now considered the next greatest explosion of vineyards and wineries in the world.  This is due to great growing conditions, availability of the Wilcox Aquifer and the reasonable acquisition of such lands in this part of Texas: http://stewart-rigowinery.com

Visit us soon in East Texas, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, to see the fulfillment of our dream in Henderson…

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“Bringing Beauty to FM 2709 in Henderson County, Texas” copyright 2014 John J. Rigo, co-owner “Stewart-Rigo Winery”

More Re-Bar Repainting on our fencing on Silver Star Winery of Texas.  Photo copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

More Re-Bar Repainting on our fencing on Stewart-Rigo Winery formerly Silver Star Winery of Texas. Photo copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

 

Re-Painting of Bar Fencing on Silver Star Farm and Ranch and Silver Star Winery of Texas.  Photo copyright by John J. Rigo 2014

Re-Painting of Bar Fencing on Silver Star Farm and Ranch and Silver Star Winery of Texas. Photo copyright by John J. Rigo 2014

 

There is a beautiful quality in bringing beauty back to a community.  In a country community along a Farm to Market road in Henderson County, such is the current case with beginning painting of the bar fencing on our farm and ranch on the beginning of FM 2709 in Henderson County, Texas.  It is amazing what a paint brush with shiny paint will do to a place.  Hopefully, my neighbors will get the idea and break out those painting skills!

“High Quality Hay For Sale in Texas” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery

 

"High Quality Hay for sale and delivery in Texas by Silver Star Winery of Texas."

“High Quality Hay for sale and delivery in Texas by Silver Star Winery of Texas.”

We have high quality hay for sale in East Texas.  The hay is available for delivery for a reasonable additional fee by 18 Wheeler to points in Texas in volume purchases (additional delivery charge per bale is between $15 and $25 a bale, depending on distance from Eustace, Texas).  The breakdown of available product is as follows:

Net-Rolled 4×5 Rye and Coastal Cattle level hay at $35 a bale.

Net-Rolled 4×5 highest quality cattle and horse hay heavily fertilized with N (400 lbs per acre) Coastal at $65 a bale.

String-Roller 5×6 Coastal.  Very High Protein rating at 12.9.  Place winner at  2013 Kaufman County Hay Show.  Less than 30 bales in this catergory that are left at $45 a bale. 

Cash transactions only accepted with partial prepayment prior to actual delivery.  Must have tax exception certificate to avoid paying sales tax.  Contact Linda Rigo at 469-450-4144.  No answer, leave name and number for call-back.

“A Christmas Message to my WordPress Family” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator and Published Poet

A Special Thank You and Christmas Blessings to my WordPress family who have made this past year very special in their comment postings as well as our personal e-mail exchanges.

“Our Recent Trip to “Texas’ Grape Camp” in Fredericksburg, Texas” Copyright 2013, John J. Rigo co-owner, Silver Star Winery of Texas

A great gathering of new and old vineyard growers throughout the state of Texas.

A great gathering of new and old vineyard growers throughout the state of Texas.

Texas' Grape Camp Logo

Texas’ Grape Camp Logo

Texas' Grape Camp in Fredericksburg, Texas

Texas’ Grape Camp in Fredericksburg, Texas

We have just returned from a three-day trip to “Texas‘ Grape Camp” in Fredericksburg, Texas: www.txwines.org/grapecamp/.   Knowledge is truly power in determining the success of a future winery and vineyard on our farm in Eustace, Texas.  If you are a land owner in the area and wish for to share our knowledge in a consultant format, in starting a winery and a vineyard, do not hesitate to contact us.  You will find our consultant fees reasonable and will save you thousands of dollars in planning your own dream vineyard in East Texas.

“We Won Second Place in Hay Event in Kaufman County” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo co-owner Silver Star Winery of Texas

Comp breakdown on our current hay for sale.

Comp breakdown on our current hay for sale.

Out of 16 entries we placed "second" in the catergory of "Other Grasses."

Out of 16 entries we placed “second” in the catergory of “Other Grasses.”

20131022_213503This evening my wife and I attended the 2013 Floyd Smith Memorial Hay Show at the Kaufman County Fair Grounds.  We had placed one of currently owned 5 X 6 Rolls of hay for analysis and judging for the event.  We are proud to announce as the only out of county entry from Henderson County, we placed “Second” in this event in the category of “Other Bermuda Grass.”  Pictures of the actual analysis sheets will be posted tomorrow.  Our actual % of CP came to 12.9.  We were within a whisker of the first place winner. There were 13 entries in our category.  For newbie farmers in the East Texas area we are very proud and thankful for our placement for our fine hay which is currently for sale at $70 a roll. 

“Hicks knows horses: Longtime veterinarian specializes in horse medicine” Commentary by John J. Rigo, co-owner Silver Star Winery of Texas, copyright 2013

Group picture of Dr. Steve Hicks in backround and Linda Stewart Rigo)  (foreround) of Silver Star Winery of Texas. Dr. explaining to AG group about different kinds of grass.  Copyright 2013 John J. Rigo

Group picture of Dr. Steve Hicks in backround and Linda Stewart Rigo) (foreround) of Silver Star Winery of Texas. Dr. explaining to AG group about different kinds of grass. Copyright 2013 John J. Rigo

Last night I had the blessing of being the guest of one my wife’s AG classes through the junior college in Athens, Texas.  A class of approximately nine with my wife and I attended a seminar on the proper feeding of horses on Dr. Hick’s farm in Palestine, Texas.  Without a doubt, Dr. Hicks is truly one of the finest vets I have ever met in my life. Following is an article about him and his long history as a vet. Click the following link for his full story: Hicks knows horses: Longtime veterinarian specializes in horse medicineA picture of my wife, Linda with Dr. Hicks will be forthcoming. Linda is currently in the mist of a full semester of two AG courses through the college and another winery on-line course, part II of a five-part course through the UC of Davis out of California.  Knowledge is power when it comes to our forthcoming winery and vineyard in this part of East Texas