• Cono & Delma

    "I get real close to one of her tiny baby ears and whisper so only she can hear, 'Since I'm older, Delma Jean, I'm gonna have te take care of ye.' I mean it too." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • First Job at 17

    Damn! A Physical Training Instructor for over ten-thousand men. Ain’t that somethin’?” ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Kid Dennis' Gloves

    "...but when I showed him my eight-ounce gloves, he held them in his hands, carefully feeling the fine leather and laces as though they were newborn pups." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Roby Theater

    "Delma and I went to the picture show while Mother was dancing down the street. And guess who was next door in the jailhouse?" ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • The Dugout

    "It's the same dugout alright; a little shelter above our heads to keep us dry, but this time, smaller, not big enough to cuss a cat." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Kid Dennis' Trunks

    "A couple of months ago, I had gone home for a short leave and showed Dad my red boxing trunks with 'Kid Dennis' stitched on the bottom left leg. He eagle-eyed my trunks up one side and down the other." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ike & Cono Dennis

    "'Let me tell ya a little somethin' and I want ya ta listen up.' Ike pauses,clicking the left side of his cheek like he's finding the right words and I wait. I can wait all day if need be just to hear what Ike has to say." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono, #66 - Temple, TX

    "Last week I got my name in the Temple Telegram. Castello was running across the field towards the goal post when I caught up to him. I knocked him out and was listed as one of Woodson Fields' "fastest people." ------------- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ike

    "Jus' puttin' a little lead in my pencil's all." ----- Ike Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Adams Grocer

    "A few days after that penny had come out and I'd stared it into staying put, Pa took me to Adams Grocers to get us some cheese and crackers like we always do on a Saturday." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ike in Walburg, TX

    "About fifty feet away is the best sight in the world. Ike is standing there surrounded by Herefords, all looking at him like he's their lord and savior, which I imagine he is. Sometimes, I look at Ike the same way." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono & Delma in Temple

    "Delma's sixteen now. The same age I was when I joined the army." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono, age 7

    "'Son, don't you never, ever let yer mother run outta wood!' At seven, I was swinging that axe over my head and down hard onto that chopping block." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Mother, Dad & Pooch

    "I can’t help the way my dad is. Hell, I didn’t make him—he made me... The truth of it is, he didn’t spend much time creating me. His part of the making probably took all of fifteen minutes, or bless my mother’s heart, thirty if he was Cooter-Browned from Pearl beer." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono, Delma & Pooch

    "Just watching Pooch do silly puppy things, like shake his head back and forth or bark at flies, made the whole world look brand-new, like the world was born and we finally got to bring it home to live with us." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ranger, TX to Rotan, TX

    "My ears focus on the sound of the train's idling, eager-to-go engines. Where the hell would I be today if I didn't have those railroad memories chugging along with me, some good and some anything but?" ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono, age 19

    “I left behind a kid’s body for this one, the previous one being small and skinny, towheaded and picked on. I stepped up my game a few years back, crawled into this new strong body like a pair of tight overalls bought from the “Don’t Ever Touch Me Again” department." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Polo

    "I look up into Polo's big brown eyes and he stares back at mine of the same color. He knows what I'm thinking most of the time - sometimes it's good just to get away." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ike, age 21

    "Is'ral, quit yer bellyachin'" said Pa, who Ike called "Logchain." ----- Wayne Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono, age 4

    "I can’t help the way my dad is. Hell, I didn’t make him, he made me. You’d think that when a fella created something he’d take care of it, admire it, and pay it a little attention. Kinda like a landscape painter does when he brings his canvas in from the rain or how an author writes a book, turning the pages slowly, so the ink won’t smear the words. I’m the book Dad started to write, turned the pages carelessly, and threw off into a dusty corner."
  • Red Brick Highway

    "I don't quite know what to expect, but I sure do like this red brick highway leading to someplace new. I'm thinking that everything's going to be 'copacetic', like bright colorful times might be ahead, like we're following a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Ike Dennis

    "I smile when I watch Ike. It doesn't matter if he's breaking a horse or branding a steer, he's the best there is." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • H. Govan Stadium

    "H. is now the waterboy at Rotan's high school working for the Yellowhammers football team. That man loves football; he's found shoes I don't think he'll ever take off!" ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Cono & Pooch, Temple, TX

    "I’ll take the train from San Antone to Temple, visit Mother and Sis and learn whether or not Dad’s really gonna spar with me. It was his idea in the first place, and it threw me off for sure. A sparring session with Dad and a chance to hit him back!? Don’t that beat all? ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • The Original

    "I fold up Gene's letter and put it in my cigar box of specials, along with my pocketknife, Tiger stick, penny, glove lace, toothbrush top and devil's claw. Then, I add one scoop of ashes." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"
  • Martin Ranch

    "Before long, I traded in the pigskin for the comforts and companionship of real cowboys, my Uncle Thurman and Coots Rutherford at the Martin ranch outside of Hamlin. That's where they found me." ----- Cono Dennis "No Hill for a Stepper"