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Leadership: Somebody’s watching…I promise

November 19, 2014
Leadership: Somebody’s watching…I promise

I’m not a leader!”
I have heard that statement from terrified individuals. They were terrified that they would be put in charge of something, or that they would be asked to speak in public, or that they would let everyone down, or that they were simply unqualified.
I have an answer for each of those. Being a leader doesn’t mean that you are the organizer or the boss. It may mean that your role is to encourage the organizers and bosses.… Read the rest

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DAR chapters honor Vietnam veterans on 50th anniversary

November 19, 2014
DAR chapters honor Vietnam veterans on 50th anniversary

Veterans Day was last week, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War.  Consequently, the 25 chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in District II (North Texas) commemorated that event with a luncheon at Ridglea Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Other DAR chapters did so as well at the request of the current DAR national President-General Lynn Forney Young, the first national president general of DAR from Texas.… Read the rest

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Not too Swift anymore, aye?

November 19, 2014
Not too Swift anymore, aye?

 

I don’t know a single Taylor Swift song.
She’s constantly in the news, taking her music off Spotify or dating famous males then breaking up with them and penning another hit song about the relationship (or so I’ve read).
But I have never heard a note of her music.
Naturally, I’m not the target audience at 58. But I have grandchildren and they have taught me what the fox says and that I lack Gangnam style.… Read the rest

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Open spigot: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins in Austin

November 19, 2014
Open spigot: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins in Austin

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas’ 31 state senators and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won’t be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
In all last week, 316 House and 170 Senate bills, proposed constitutional amendments and commemorative resolutions were filed. These are samples of the subject matter in those early-filed bills: acceptable forms of voter identification, use of a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, repeal of the franchise tax, property tax reform, minimum wage increase, changes regarding the offense of student hazing, and free pre-kindergarten in public schools.… Read the rest

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Listening to the deafening sounds of silence

November 12, 2014
Listening to the deafening sounds of silence

The fluid was gurgling in my ear.
Everybody has some sort of weird anomaly with their bodies. Some have hairy backs. Others weird feet. And still others have an extra something or other.
I’m an earwax guy.
It builds up through the years despite my living by the creed of “put nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear.”
(When I was a boy, my mom was the master at digging wax out with a bobby pin.… Read the rest

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What I meant to say

November 12, 2014
What I meant to say

You have probably seen some of these classic church bulletin bloopers, but here are a few, just in case you haven’t. I offer these as examples of why every church needs a proofreader before anything goes to print. I offer my commentary on each one because, well…I can.
1. “Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.” (Every 10 year-old boy will think this is the greatest missionary speaker ever.)… Read the rest

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More died from 1918-19 influenza epidemic than WWI

November 12, 2014
More died from 1918-19 influenza epidemic than WWI

Everyone is concerned with the ebola situation today. Sweeping the world 96 years ago was “influenza.”
In the U.S. 28 percent of Americans either got sick or died from the flu, and before it was all over 675,000 died.  Worldwide between 20 and 40 million people died. Some estimates go higher. This was more people in one year than the Bubonic Plague killed in Europe from 1347 to 1351. The 1918-19 epidemic was called the “Spanish Flu” because early cases were noted in that country.… Read the rest

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Abbott, Patrick voted into top Texas posts

November 12, 2014
Abbott, Patrick voted into top Texas posts

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls.
Democrats Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte lost by wide margins to Republicans Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In the Abbott-Davis race, the spread was 20 points: 59 to 39 percent. Similarly, the spread in the Patrick-Van de Putte race was 19 points: 58 to 39 percent.… Read the rest

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A poem by any other name will still be unread

November 5, 2014
A poem by any other name will still be unread

I try.
Occasionally, I pick up a book of poetry and try to get through it.
But, like with classical music or jazz, I soon find my mind wandering.
Oh, certain pieces of high society art have stuck with me through the years.
I know lots of classical music – well, bits of famous pieces – thanks to old Bugs Bunny cartoons I watched every Saturday morning as a kid.… Read the rest

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How can you go West and fail, but actually succeed?

November 5, 2014
How can you go West and fail, but actually succeed?

Nathaniel Wyeth spent five years in the West and failed, but he is remembered favorably by Western historians anyway. How did that happen?
Born Jan. 29, 1802 near Cambridge, Massachussets, Wyeth helped his father run a hotel the family owned instead of going to nearby Harvard like his older brother. In winter he cut and moved huge blocks of ice for hotel use in the summer and for export.  That was hard work, so when Bostonian Hall Jackson Kelley began a society in 1829 to settle Oregon, Wyeth joined.… Read the rest

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