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Presenting the next great Christmas song

December 17, 2014
Presenting the next great Christmas song

While I was laid up at home with the flu last week – which explains why the paper was better than normal – I heard that Paul McCartney makes $400,000 annually off his perennial Christmas classic (or holiday horror, depending on who you ask) “Wonderful Christmas.”
When the Bride heard that, she figured I could still write while flu-ravaged. (When I got a nasal swab at the doctor’s office to see why I was sick, it didn’t take long to find out – the viruses actually spelled out “F-L-U A” on the stick before the nurse could even leave the room.)… Read the rest

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Do you see what I see?

December 17, 2014
Do you see what I see?

That must have been some STRONG coffee!”
The quote gets my vote (and Mrs. Sweetie’s) for the best response to a picture I posted to Facebook a few days ago. Part of my morning ritual is to bring her a cup of coffee and a granola bar when she gets up in the morning. (Retirement has its perks, but I digress.) I had carried this cup full of coffee to her and when she picked it up to drink it, the handle came off in her hand.… Read the rest

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Book on phrases: some right and some Western ones wrong

December 17, 2014
Book on phrases: some right and some Western ones wrong

I recently found a book that tells how various expressions entered our vocabulary. The book was alphabetical with its terms and had no named author or editor. It is called Why Do We Say It?” and was published nearly three decades ago by Castle Books. I picked out as many Western terms as I could find. I already knew gun or hunting terms because my husband Kenneth taught me. A “flash in the pan” comes from shooting a flintlock rifle.… Read the rest

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SNAKES ON A PLANE…AND PIGS…AND…

December 10, 2014
SNAKES ON A PLANE…AND PIGS…AND…

    Flying high above the American Midwest…
MAN: Excuse me, attendant. Is that a miniature horse in C17?
ATTENDANT: Yes.
MAN: Uh, why?
ATTENDANT: The woman said it was an ESA – emotional support animal.
MAN: It’s a horse.
ATTENDANT: Yes. But she has the proper paperwork so Buttercup flies for free.
MAN: I understand service dogs and cats…but a horse?
ATTENDANT: Oh, we have all sorts of critters, trained and wild, in the cabin on many trips.… Read the rest

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God’s timing is perfect

December 10, 2014
God’s timing is perfect

Do you ever find yourself waiting?
You know, like a kid waiting for Christmas … a nine months pregnant woman waiting for D-day … a husband waiting at Macy’s (or a wife at Cabela’s).
Or maybe your waiting is for a dream; something you have wanted, wished for, prayed for, maybe even planned and prepared for.
And still you wait.
Favorite daughter and I have sung together since she was a toddler on my lap at the piano while I played and we sang.… Read the rest

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Ghost town found on busy road south of Springtown

December 10, 2014
Ghost town found on busy road south of Springtown

The site of a former town in a rural area always has a story to tell. It may not actually be a ghost town unless a few remnants of a previous life still exist. Such a community lies in Parker County just off Highway 51 between Springtown and Weatherford.
My niece discovered the abandoned site while exploring country roads on a motorcycle with a friend. She took photos of historical markers which gave me enough information to search on the Internet for more.… Read the rest

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Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

December 10, 2014
Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Perry also urged Congress to pass legislation “to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border.” Perry’s announcements come in the wake of President Obama’s executive action on immigration on Nov. 20. At the time, in a national broadcast, Obama said he would take various actions because of the protracted unwillingness of Congress to pass an immigration reform bill that addresses the legal status of millions of undocumented workers employed in Texas and other states by American business owners.… Read the rest

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I’ve got Two Tickets to Paradise…on my phone?

December 3, 2014
I’ve got Two Tickets to Paradise…on my phone?

A friend has one amazing scrapbook.
Yet soon you’ll never be able to have one like it.
In his 60’s now, Randy, a music lover, grew up in the prime of rock ‘n’ roll, the late 60’s and all the 70’s and 80’s when music was groovy and ever evolving.
It was a great time to be a concertgoer and he was, big time.… Read the rest

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Fear not…seriously!

December 3, 2014
Fear not…seriously!

Please call me ASAP. Your dog is at my house.”
I got that text at 6:00 a.m. “Oh, no she’s not!” I thought. “She’s asleep in her comfortable suite in my backyard workshop, where she has A/C and heat, and gets her food – a precise mixture of dry & canned food, topped by two wieners (her current preference) – delivered each evening via room service (me).”… Read the rest

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Texas annexation affected presidential politics in 1844

December 3, 2014
Texas annexation affected presidential politics in 1844

Citizens today who follow politics closely bemoan that every issue seems to be political with the two parties on opposite sides. Many wish for the good old days. A study of American history reveals that the past wasn’t much different. The Texas annexation issue illustrates.
President John Tyler knew that a movement for the annexation of Texas in the early 1840s was underway. President Sam Houston of the Republic of Texas urged it. Tyler told his secretary of state, Abel Upshur, to work quietly toward that end without upsetting anyone.… Read the rest

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