Yeah, I cheated. Please don’t tell the Bride.
She was out of town, I was alone, and, suddenly, there sat such lusciousness, tempting me with all the ingredients a man like me desires, lusts for, has got to have – I’m not made of steel!
I had to have it! And I did.
And, man, that macaroni and cheese was worth it!
I have one of those loving Brides who monitors every morsel of food intake “because I love you.”… Read the rest
As a 20 year pastor, I conducted hundreds of funeral services. Even during the past 6 years ago, I’ve conducted a few. There are people who remind me once in awhile that I have promised to conduct theirs. I tell them that my schedule is booked for the next 10 years, so they are not allowed to die. So far, most of them have cooperated.… Read the rest
George Eastman, the subject of this week’s column, was not a Western man, but he perhaps made possible the earliest tourist photographs of the American West. Born in Waterville, NY in 1854, George lived on the family farm until they all moved to Rochester in 1860 where his father began a business college. Unfortunately, the elder Eastman died when George was seven. His mother had to take in boarders to survive.… Read the rest
In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November.
A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hot-button issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand. In a case brought by two same-sex couples, San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared unconstitutional the Texas law and a related state constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.… Read the rest
On Feb. 27, 2004, the Bride and I got creamed by a drunk driver. (She was the official sports photographer of the paper back then and was riding shotgun.)
It had already been quite a day. The Azle boys basketball team had pulled off one of the great victories in AHS sports history, a 66-63 playoff win over perennial power Fort Worth Dunbar.… Read the rest
Music has always been a big part of my life. I sang my first solo in church at the age of 3, almost 30 years ago. Oh, wait. Did I say 30? OK, almost 50 years ago. Honesty and integrity can be tough taskmasters!
Music, in general, and singing, in particular, have been constant throughout my life’s journey. No matter what else gets added, or even moves to the forefront, I’m still a singer. I don’t make my living at it, but it is one of those words that make the short list of what I consider to be descriptors of my identity.… Read the rest
Most readers no doubt have heard of “20 Mule Team Borax.” Back in the 1960s there was a popular television show called Death Valley Days, sponsored by a borax company. In fact, the show began in 1930 and lasted until 1945 on the radio.
Ronald Reagan hosted the TV show from 1964-65, but left when he turned to politics. Hosts after Reagan were Robert Taylor and Dale Robertson. Actress Rosemary De Camp made commercials about the soap product, called “20 Mule Team Borax.”… Read the rest
It’s ironic to me that a punctuation mark that requires little more ink than a period can bring out the most defensive behavior in journalists.
I worked at The Azle News for six years – back in the late ’90s and early 2000s – and came back almost three years ago. During most of that time, Mark Campbell was the sports guy, and I paid him little attention.… Read the rest
Questions over where you may stand, what you can say and when you can say it arise here and there around Texas at election time. A new law to solve such issues is on the books.
House Bill 259, which took effect when Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law on June 14, 2013, allows political speech outside of the 100-foot zone at public buildings where election polls are located.… Read the rest
There’s a new book out detailing the positive aspects of being a psychopath.
It also contains a master list of the professions where you’re likely to run into a psycho and those least likely.
Not surprisingly, journalist was No. 6 on the Top Psycho Job List.
This was one of those well, duh announcements because you have to be crazy to work at a newspaper these days.… Read the rest