“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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