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Let’s make history!

April 16, 2014
Let’s make history!

I want to begin this week’s column with a heartfelt “thank you.” Many of you shared wonderful comments on my blog (and in person) after last week’s posting about my Thingy. The fact that you took the time to do that really means a lot to me.
It may seem like this column is about me. After all, I am always telling my own stories. I addressed this in a previous column (“Dear Column Boy …”, December 10, 2012).… Read the rest

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Four presidents gather when LBJ School in Austin hosts civil rights summit

April 16, 2014
Four presidents gather when LBJ School in Austin hosts civil rights summit

President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin.
The summit marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s efforts culminating in Congress’ passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s signing the bill into law on July 2, 1964.… Read the rest

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An Australian Bob Wills-like singer does well

April 16, 2014
An Australian Bob Wills-like singer does well

I heard a really interesting presentation at the West Texas Historical Assn. annual convention recently in Odessa that compared our own Bob Wills, “The Texas Playboy” to an Australian singer named Slim Dusty.  I immediately remembered a similar program several years ago comparing the ranching in Queensland, Australia to Texas cattle raising.
Later I approached the presenter, Dr. Leland Turner, and he confirmed that he authored both sessions. A professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, he has visited Australia and plans a book on the similarities.… Read the rest

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Pro tips from the Photographer of the Year

April 16, 2014
Pro tips from the Photographer of the Year

 

 

Now that I have been annointed as the Photographer of the Year by a bunch of guys somewhere, the April 14 appearance of the rare “blood moon” affords me the opportunity to pass on some hard earned expertise I have gleaned from over two decades of taking pictures.… Read the rest

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On bearing down on a really big anniversary

April 9, 2014
On bearing down on a really big anniversary

My 40th wedding anniversary is on the horizon.
(I know what you’re thinking: “No way a guy who looks like that photo over there could possibly be married 40 years! Sixty, maybe…” Actually, the anniversary isn’t until the summer of 2015, but at my age, you round up all numbers just in case.)
Anyway, the Bride and I don’t always agree about things. Well, almost nothing, really. After Jesus, Kincaid’s,  and Kauai, the list peters out.… Read the rest

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Hand me my Thingy

April 9, 2014
Hand me my Thingy

Have you ever had those moments when you needed something, but you didn’t know what to call it? Maybe you called it a thingamajig, a doohickie, a whatchamacallit… but when you got it, you knew that it was absolutely perfect for the task at hand.
Our family has a Thingy. Her name is Sue, but to all of us, she is Thingy.  The whole story of how she got that name is “need to know,” so if you don’t know…… Read the rest

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Columnist met unexpected notables in San Antonio

April 9, 2014
Columnist met unexpected notables in San Antonio

I hope that readers of this column will forgive me for telling a personal story this week. When I attended the Texas State Historical Association convention in San Antonio early in March, I had some unusual encounters.
Attending with me was Judy Carson, whose friendship goes back to TCU days as well as our both teaching in the same junior high school in Diamond Hill. We lost our husbands a month apart. I think Judy’s son worried about the two of us on our own.… Read the rest

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The state responds to the Fort Hood shooting

April 9, 2014
The state responds to the Fort Hood shooting

A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself.
The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him.… Read the rest

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Definitive answers to 3 pressing social questions

April 2, 2014
Definitive answers to 3 pressing social questions

There are many pressing questions being batted about internationally right now, everything from the Russian situation to why Tony Romo can’t win the Big One (or even the Medium One)?
Greater minds than mine are addressing this hot topics via important venues like text messages and blogs.
I’m way better at solving lesser issues and three have arisen that require immediate attention.
(Remember, I’m the guy who decided that forever and ever the word ya’ll should be spelled “y-a-’-l-l” not as the Yankee creator of SpellCheck insists “y-’-a-l-l.” Yes, our ya’ll is not “correct” and that’s exactly what makes it exclusively Texan.)… Read the rest

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That reminds me of a story …

April 2, 2014
That reminds me of a story …

My dad has a song and a story for everything.”
For years, this has been favorite son’s assessment of my approach to life. I probably got it from my dad, who got it from his. I can’t wait for the day that one of my grandchildren says something similar about my son, an actor who not only tells the stories but dramatizes them in grand and entertaining fashion.… Read the rest

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