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These ain’t your grandpa’s cruises sailing today

April 15, 2015
These ain’t your grandpa’s cruises sailing today

Despite ships sinking all the time or being infested with a variety of diseases, cruises are still a hot vacation option.
I have been on just one cruise and that was way back in 1985 when there weren’t that many vessels.
Today…holy cow, you can find plenty to do on the boat between bouts of dysentery and bailing.
In a way to get vacationers to forget the possibilities of something unfortunate happening while you are hundreds of miles at sea, far from any immediate help or land – cruise lines have ramped up “theme” adventures.… Read the rest

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What if our actions are working against our intentions?

April 15, 2015
What if our actions are working against our intentions?

Last week I wrote about a visit to my dad. This week I was going to write about a visit to my kids and talk about how I have become the peanut butter in a multi-generational sandwich. Of course, I am crunchy PB because I give everyone something to chew on.  Without a doubt, Mrs. Sweetie is the jelly because…well, she’s the sweet part.… Read the rest

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How a town gets its name – there’s always a story

April 15, 2015
How a town gets its name – there’s always a story

Readers of this column probably realize that I like to know how various towns or cities, especially in Texas, got their names. There’s always a story!
Take the name of “Eden,” a small community in Concho County near San Angelo in southwest Texas. Of course, “Garden of Eden” comes to mind.
No, the first settlers in that little Western town weren’t thinking “lush garden area” or anything. The story begins with a man named Frederick Ede, born in England.… Read the rest

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Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

April 15, 2015
Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9.
Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, would reestablish and support the state’s Public Integrity Unit and assume the initial investigatory role when a complaint is filed against a public official.… Read the rest

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These are a few of my favorite things

April 8, 2015
These are a few of my favorite things

Many of us spent this past weekend with special family gatherings. Photos were taken to show off new clothes purchased for the occasion and to see how much the kids have grown since last year.
Thanks to the various expressions of social media, we got to see some of the photos that we were not present to participate in.
I would love to point you to Facebook to see the most perfect little girl in the history of little girls in her first Easter dress, but you probably have someone who is equally precious and beautiful to you.… Read the rest

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Medallion honors Texas revolutionary war vet in Azle cemetery

April 8, 2015
Medallion honors Texas revolutionary war vet in Azle cemetery

The Frances Cook Van Zandt Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which meets in Fort Worth, dedicated a Memorial Medallion on March 28 in honor of William M. Rice, the only person buried in Azle’s Ash Creek Cemetery who fought in the Texas Revolution.
Present at the ceremony were James “Jim” McKillip, a great-great grandson of Rice, McKillip’s daughter Julie McKillip Squire, and his son Ron McKillip.… Read the rest

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Me versus Leatherface

April 8, 2015
Me versus Leatherface

She had me at Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
The Bride and I had been driving around the Hill Country seeing all the purty flowers (which are mighty good this year.)
Tiring, the phone app said the closest available hotel room was in Johnson City. But, as we drove that way through Kingsland, the Bride spied a simple sign that said The Antlers Inn. I pulled a U-ie and we drove in.… Read the rest

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House passes state budget after hours-long floor debate

April 8, 2015
House passes state budget after hours-long floor debate

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion.
The vote was 141 in favor to 5 against, with nay votes cast by Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; freshman Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving; freshman Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington; and freshman Molly White, R-Belton.… Read the rest

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It’s enough to make you weep – no kidding

April 1, 2015
It’s enough to make you weep – no kidding

On the radio the other day, a macho guy confessed to tearing up every time he heard a certain song. His workmates could not guess what song could possibly make the bad boy weep. It was “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston from the movie The Bodyguard.
Which made everyone else on the radio show burst into laughter. He said he couldn’t stop the tears because it reminded him of the scene where Houston runs into Kevin Costner’s arms as the ballad is belted out.… Read the rest

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Should you take one for the team?

April 1, 2015
Should you take one for the team?

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the next few days! Today the big wooly beard comes off. Wednesday, I get a haircut. I will finally look like me again! And when I go see my granddaughter 11 days from now (but who’s counting), maybe she won’t be scared of me. (Unless it was me, and not the beard, that she didn’t like). If you are confused by any of that, you’ll have to go back and read last week’s column.… Read the rest

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