It’s really hard to write a scary story. One that invokes dread. Or fear. Or eeriness.
For every Stephen King, there are a million wannabes.
A while back, I really thought I had a great idea for a funny/scary story. It was about a guy who kept dragging his wife to horror/splatter movies which she hated.
One day she finally says no more and stays home. Then, of course, some psychos break into her house while her husband is at yet another gorefest.
The woman manages to fend off her crazed attackers by using defenses learned in all those scary movies she had been forced to watch: eye-gouging, jury-rigged electrocution, stabbing with repurposed objects like broken chair legs, etc.… Read the rest
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20)
For the past several years, I have been part of a Facebook Bible reading group. The 202 (currently) members of this group live all over the world and are involved in a variety of ministries. We read a chapter a day (determined by the group moderator) and are invited to briefly share how God spoke to us through the reading. We are also encouraged to share prayer requests with the group and encourage each other.
Often the thoughts I share in this column and with my own Facebook group, Dr.… Read the rest
This column first appeared February 18, 1971.
Although Sam Houston’s name is familiar to all Texans and the city bearing his name is the state’s largest, there still are many facts about the man that most Texans probably don’t know.
For a starter, he probably would have had a good chance at the presidency of the United States had he remained in Tennessee. As governor of that state and as Andrew Jackson’s fair-haired boy, he most likely would have done quite well for himself. Jackson handpicked his own successor, Martin Van Buren, in 1836. It could have been Houston had he remained.… Read the rest
Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms.
In his order last week, O’Connor also denied a request by the Obama administration to limit the injunction to Texas and 12 other states that signed on as plaintiffs. The administration asked that the injunction not apply to states that did not sue for relief. In his order, O’Connor wrote, “A nationwide injunction is necessary because the alleged violation extends nationwide. Defendants are a group of agencies and administrators capable of enforcing their Guidelines nationwide, affecting numerous state and school district facilities across the country.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in an Oct.… Read the rest
This must be one of those “you had to be there” situations.
Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature and there’s some debate as to whether song lyrics are actually literature.
Most people agree that “Surfin Bird” might not be Nobel worthy, but what about “Blowin’ in the Wind” or “Masters of War” – filled with words that spurred a generation?
Dylan came around when things were getting wonky in America. The guy-with-a-guitar (plus Joan Baez) genre was filled with wanderers who sang about how America was on the precipice of turmoil; indeed, “the times they were a-changin’.”
The 60s generation pegged Dylan as their mouthpiece.… Read the rest
There once was a little boy at my house. Now he’s 25 years old and 6’5” and is only at my house occasionally, but there really was a time when he was a little dude. Way back then, his grandparents gave him this really cool toy John Deere tractor. When you pushed down on top of the cab, it made a noise like a tractor engine starting up and this little mechanical voice said, “Let’s get to work!” I think I actually had more fun playing with it than he did, but we won’t go into that.
“Let’s get to work!” How compelling is that phrase?… Read the rest
This is my second new column since I re-married and moved away last spring. What inspired my efforts this time was learning of a bit of neat local history in the Azle-Springtown area.
An Agnes Community Association is hosting a “Music Jam” at the Old Agnes School on Hwy. 199 on Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is welcome.
Fortunately, before I left Azle I became acquainted with the administrators of the Agnes Community Association, Christina and Chris Adcock.
Working with a board of directors – Bobby Harris, pres., Gloria Elam, vice-pres., and other board members, Steve Harris, Paul Gregory, Doug Harris and Joe Elam – they are seeking to restore the old Agnes school building.… Read the rest
Editor’s note: For years, the News has had a policy of not endorsing political candidates; however, it has addressed political issues in the past. This is an endorsement of the upcoming Azle ISD bond election. Submitted columns with an opposing view will certainly be considered. MKC
The election season that ends, blessedly, on Nov. 8 has been a real beating for most of us. Dueling lies, accusations, lewdness, exposures and threats have made most of us long for it to simply be over.
But for voters in the Azle school district, there’s a measure on the ballot that will have a much greater impact on your lives than whoever occupies the White House.… Read the rest
Texas’ top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse.
With recent data showing the agency is struggling to see children in a timely manner, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman, calling for immediate action to more quickly help vulnerable children.
“Protecting children from abuse is going to be a top priority in next year’s legislative session, but there is a need for action right now,” Straus said.… Read the rest
It’s not every day that you get to see 40,000 people march by you.
You might be a zillionaire or lucky in radio contests and possess a ticket to a Cowboys game with 100,000 others or perhaps you wedge yourself in with 50,000 into a rock festival like Texxas Jam. (Why, yes, I am 60 years old; I could’ve said Coachella but compare the group lists for each – any year – and you’ll see why I chose the Jam.)
Anyway, those massive gatherings have a common theme and most people are dressed alike, either with Dak football jerseys or black sleeveless Van Halen t-shirts.… Read the rest