I have a friend who looks up historical events for each day and emails them. For July 9, she wrote that in 1795 on that day James Swan paid off the U.S. national debt of $2,024,899 with some of his own funds. We have some wealthy folks around today, but I’m afraid that $17 trillion is beyond their reach! Of course, I wondered “Who in the world was James Swan?”… Read the rest
Don’t go home, she said.
The Bride and I were standing with a friend at the elevators on the 19th floor in one of the buildings of MD Anderson’s massive cancer care complex.
We stopped by the Houston high-rise to visit a couple who both are fighting cancer. This time it was the husband in a cruel contest with pancreatic cancer and, now, liver. His just-completed procedure had left him unable to eat and he was depressed.… Read the rest
You’ve heard of TMI, right? “Too much information.” You know: when someone tells you a story and includes details that you really never wanted to hear? And once the story is over, you think to yourself, “I can never unhear that!”
Well, I want to introduce a new set of initials. MIN: “More information needed.” Just when you think you have it figured out, life throws you another curve ball, and you find out that there is more to it than you thought.… Read the rest
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.
Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a member of the committee for seven legislative sessions, including the current session.… Read the rest
After you’ve lived a few decades, you can look back and see that certain years rock and others stink.
For me, 1980 was terrific.
I was 23 and would turn 24 about halfway through. It was the only year the Bride and I had just one child (who just turned 35 – these days, the “time flies” axiom is replaceable by “I don’t mind getting old but I don’t want to see my children getting old.”)… Read the rest
A couple of weeks ago, I headed for home after a gully-washer of a rain. When I walked through my front door, I was greeted by a puddle of standing water. Since we pretty much live in the Sweetie Suite in the back part of the house, Mrs. Sweetie had no idea we had water in the floor on the front. I got some towels and mopped it up, then moved the piano and the armoire away from the wall, and mopped some more.… Read the rest
I’ve called this column Pages From Western History because I really like stories about the West. The U.S. Government forced the eastern Indian tribes to move west of the Mississippi River. Fur trappers went there for beaver. Pioneers on the Oregon Trail sought land and a new start in life; so did Texans and other folks too. All kinds of people rushed west for gold and silver. The military marched west to try to protect all these people from each other.… Read the rest
As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.
Afterward, Perry said he urged Mr. Obama to:
• Witness in person what’s going on at the border;
• Deploy 1,000 more National Guard troops to enhance border security;… Read the rest
Solving the latest immigration problem with a playlet:
A GUY is drinking some water, reading.
GUY: Ridiculous! All these foreign kids being dumped into our country! (GUY turns around to see a long-haired, bearded person wearing a robe and sandals standing beside him.) I mean, can you believe this?! We’re being overrun! They’re going to breed us out of existence! It’s crazy – am I right?… Read the rest
Writing inspiration comes from all kinds of places and circumstances. I never know when something is going to spark an idea. That’s why I have an ever-growing list of “writing topics” that includes everything from blogs to books. I suspect that the day I catch up with the list will be the day I go to spend eternity with the Author of the greatest love story ever told.… Read the rest