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Sometimes you really do just have to be there

September 17, 2014
Sometimes you really do just have to be there

Today there is a generation that wonders what the big deal is about the Dallas Cowboys.
They wonder: Why are my parents/grandparents so worked up about the guys with stars on their helmets?
This new generation has never seen the Pokes even sniff a Super Bowl.
Dallas has won just a single playoff game – in 2009 – since December 1996.
The last Cowboys Super Bowl appearance came to cap the 1995 season.… Read the rest

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On focusing on life’s better half

September 17, 2014
On focusing on life’s better half

Did you ever have to halve something with a sibling? Which “half” did you want? I don’t remember who came up with the rule, but it is a good one. One person “halves” and the other person picks. That certainly has a way to keep the “halver” honest.
When I was a pastor, I got a lot of grief from church members about the length of the sermon when the Dallas Cowboys had a noon kickoff.… Read the rest

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Fort Worth’s North Side immigrants leave lasting legacies

September 17, 2014
Fort Worth’s North Side immigrants leave lasting legacies

For many years I have been aware of the early immigration to the North Side of Fort Worth, mostly from central and eastern Europe. By the 1890s ship travel became cheaper, and folks came from Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, etc. to work in the two meat packing plants, Armour and Swift. This was true all over the Midwest in cities that had stockyards. In my book on the North Side, North of the River I included a chapter on these immigrants.… Read the rest

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War of words?

September 17, 2014
War of words?

Texas, Mexico exchange words over border military force

While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the “9-11” terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed. Perry acknowledged the anniversary from afar and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who serves as acting governor when Perry is out of the state, also made a similar, solemn statement on Sept. 11.… Read the rest

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Tons of pain in the 5 stages of drought grief

September 10, 2014
Tons of pain in the 5 stages of drought grief

The clouds gathered last Saturday, staging west like a gathering army anxious to advance.
You got 15 minutes, Captain Thunderhead said.
So I continued walking the highway, looking for a cell phone that I had left on the truck roof. (Never do that.)
Finally, phone-less, the Bride picked me up on our dirt road that I had hours earlier back-breakingly shoveled three tons of rocks out of the bed of two pickups onto to help soon-to-arrive partygoers reach the house easier.… Read the rest

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Autocorrect gone wild: The Lawyer and the Geisha

September 10, 2014
Autocorrect gone wild: The Lawyer and the Geisha

If you use a smartphone, it has probably happened to you: that moment when autocorrect takes over and inserts a word that makes you say, “Where the heck did that come from?”
A few months ago, Mrs. Sweetie was sending a text message to my brother.  The subject was our nephew and the word she was typing was “hero.” Her phone decided to make it “heterosexual.” The fact that our nephew is heterosexual would not have been a revelation to his father, but we were glad she caught it before she sent it.… Read the rest

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Early cave where outlaws hid became state park

September 10, 2014
Early cave where outlaws hid became state park

While returning from a recent trip to Arkansas, I saw a sign near McAlester, Oklahoma that said “Robbers Cave State Park.” I vaguely remembered reading about the James boys, the Youngers and a lady friend of one of them called Belle Starr hiding out from the law in Oklahoma. Stories say the Dalton and Doolin gangs hid there too.
“Aha! That must have been the place,” I realized. Indeed, following the Civil War some of the young men in Missouri who had fought guerilla-type warfare on either side of the conflict (but mostly for the South), didn’t quite stop the raiding when the war ended.… Read the rest

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Judge: Revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

September 10, 2014
Judge: Revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.
Yeakel wrote, “A state’s legislature cannot purport to act to abrogate the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” and concluded the following provisions in the law put an unconstitutional burden on women:… Read the rest

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Don’t you be gettin’ nekkid in Azle

September 3, 2014
Don’t you be gettin’ nekkid in Azle

This column is rated a hard PG-13 for all you prudes out there (you know who you are).
Beware of droppin’ trou in Azle.
On Aug. 26, the city council “passed and approved on First and Final reading” paperwork to “clarify state of nudity in Section 3 of the Zoning Ordinance.”
It’s not everyday that you see words like “genitals,” “pubic region,” and “human buttock” in council communiques.… Read the rest

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Phillips brothers began small, created worldwide Phillips 66

September 3, 2014
Phillips brothers began small, created worldwide Phillips 66

A couple of weeks ago I drove with my brother and his daughter to northern Arkansas about some land. My niece purchased some souvenirs, and we noticed a lot of Route 66 items. (I-40 takes over much of what once was the famous cross-country, east-west Route 66.) When I saw a Phillips 66 gasoline sign– one of the credit cards in my purse – I wondered aloud if the “66” had anything to do with the old Route 66.… Read the rest

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