“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.

Texas Poetry

 
 
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.

Texas Poetry

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.

Texas Poetry

(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.

Texas Poetry

 

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.