Spike Gillespie was a tattooed, free-wheeling 52-year-old writer and wedding officiant in the midst of a crumbling, destructive relationship.

Bob Stader was a newly widowed, conservative 87-year-old Midwest farmer who couldn’t stand the thought of another barren Indiana winter.

These two strangers found themselves as roommates in fall 2016 at Spike’s 30-acre Tiny T Ranch in Garfield, about a half-hour from downtown Austin. Neither one expected the friendship that blossomed and how old wounds would be healed.

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