The big billboards with varying comments from two cows promoting Chick-fil-A that have been seen recently remind me of a similar advertising campaign: Burma-Shave. Only folks in their late fifties or older will remember those small red and white signs with rhyming jingles that travelers enjoyed reading along the highways for nearly five decades (mid 1920s to mid 1960s).
When the Interstate highways came along with faster travel, the little signs in farmers pastures were more difficult to read.… Read the rest
Texans, Americans and citizens of the world in the past week remembered the shock and aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963.
Many newspapers and other media reflected on coverage of those days, some expanding on how the assassination changed views on public safety and kindled the public’s desire for a faster-moving stream of news.… Read the rest
I like Facebook. It’s a great way to keep up with family and friends and force lots of people to look at photos of your adorable grandchildren.
But there’s some pretty ridiculous stuff on there, too.
You know going in that you’re going to get pummelled by your friends’ political beliefs.
Some people use the cyber-pulpit to bombard everyone with how horrible President Obama is. (“Here’s The Proof That He Is Not A REAL American!!!)… Read the rest
Have Thine own way, Lord. Have Thine own way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will; While I am waiting, yielded and still.”
Those words were written by missionary Adelaide Pollard after attending a 1902 prayer meeting. I grew up singing those words in church. That “while I am waiting” part was frustrating for Adelaide Pollard while she was trying to raise funds to go for mission work in Africa. That “while I am waiting” part has been frustrating for me many times when I have had great visions of what I wanted to do for God.… Read the rest
Recently the importance of Texas in Western U.S. history became even clearer to me than before when I heard a presentation about the Pony Express. The speaker, Bert Schultz, said that Texas helped cause the creation of those fast-riding, young men with mail. Schultz grew up in Nebraska and lived near the actual route of the Pony Express.
A little background is needed. Texas broke away from Mexico in 1836, became a state in 1845, and then became a cause of the Mexican War from 1846 to 1848.… Read the rest
President Obama’s announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal “Affordable Care” law’s requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors’ visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry.
Insurers could offer customers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014, without change, allowing them to keep their plans, the president said.… Read the rest
All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 5 election ballot passed.
Texas Secretary of State John Steen, the state’s chief elections officer, on Nov. 6 commented that the 2013 constitutional amendment election “was our first statewide election with a photo ID requirement in place, and it was smooth, secure and successful.”
The photo identification requirement took effect following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June on a Voting Rights Act case that challenged the state law over its potential negative effects on voter turnout, particularly among Texas’ black and Latino voters, older Texans, rural Texans and Texans of lower income.… Read the rest
Not to get all Seinfeldian or anything, but what’s the deal with all the earthquakes?
Really, is this the place you figured would be shaken to bits then fall into the molten core of the earth, Azle? It’s supposed to be California, right?
I saw Superman (the last good one, back in 1978). Lois Lane’s car falls into an earthquake-caused split in the earth and she suffocates but then Supes flies so fast that he turns the planet’s time back and he saves Margot Kidder.… Read the rest
It all began with a simple conversation. A pastor’s wife told me how God had provided the funds to repair one of their air conditioners at the church, but they couldn’t make contact with the A/C company who had given them the original bid.
I called a friend (Mr. D) in the business, who has a great heart for ministry and mission, and asked if he would take a look. The next day he was there and got them fixed up for about a quarter of the quoted price.… Read the rest
The only book I purchased at the Western History Association conference in Tucson in October was, Kate Rice Prospector by Helen Duncan. I usually buy more, but I was packing light for my Southwest Airlines flight.
Kathleen Rice was born in St. Mary’s, Ontario, Canada in 1882. Closer to her father than her mother, she grew up loving the outdoors. A real beauty, she became well-educated at the encouragement of her father. She loved college and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1906 with a major in math.… Read the rest