I hope that readers of this column will forgive me for telling a personal story this week. When I attended the Texas State Historical Association convention in San Antonio early in March, I had some unusual encounters.
Attending with me was Judy Carson, whose friendship goes back to TCU days as well as our both teaching in the same junior high school in Diamond Hill. We lost our husbands a month apart. I think Judy’s son worried about the two of us on our own.… Read the rest
A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself.
The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him.… Read the rest
There are many pressing questions being batted about internationally right now, everything from the Russian situation to why Tony Romo can’t win the Big One (or even the Medium One)?
Greater minds than mine are addressing this hot topics via important venues like text messages and blogs.
I’m way better at solving lesser issues and three have arisen that require immediate attention.
(Remember, I’m the guy who decided that forever and ever the word ya’ll should be spelled “y-a-’-l-l” not as the Yankee creator of SpellCheck insists “y-’-a-l-l.” Yes, our ya’ll is not “correct” and that’s exactly what makes it exclusively Texan.)… Read the rest
My dad has a song and a story for everything.”
For years, this has been favorite son’s assessment of my approach to life. I probably got it from my dad, who got it from his. I can’t wait for the day that one of my grandchildren says something similar about my son, an actor who not only tells the stories but dramatizes them in grand and entertaining fashion.… Read the rest
William Christy was born in Kentucky in 1791 to prosperous parents, but they both died when William was only fourteen. Later, with funds left to him, he studied law. However, when the War of 1812 broke out with England, he joined the staff of General William Henry Harrison (later president). Later Christy became a quartermaster at Fort Meigs in Ohio where he fought bravely against Indians led by Tecumseh on May 5, 1813. Although wounded, he brought re-enforcements that saved the day.… Read the rest
Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives.
Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol Preservation Board.
Speakers at the ceremony included: Gov. Rick Perry; U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson of Dallas, an Air Force pilot who was held captive and tortured as prisoner of war in Vietnam for seven years; Lt.… Read the rest
Uh-oh. I clearly had chugged too much sweet tea and the church small group meeting was just beginning.
This was nothing new; church folk bring food and drink and it gets consumed at very unbiblical paces at times. I am highly skilled at this.
The 22-minute DVD lesson began. It was about Joseph and forgiving or something like that, but I had more pressing concerns.… Read the rest
When I was a young buck, I had visions of being a chick magnet. Now, I didn’t use that terminology because it hadn’t been invented yet. We had chicks, of course, and we had magnets, but we had not put those together in a phrase that means “he attracts all the girls.” The girls I attracted were either in elementary school or in the senior adult Sunday School class, which doesn’t do a lot for your teen heartthrob image, but really does make you feel good and enhances your image as a really nice guy.… Read the rest
Readers of this column may recall that the state of Texas, which owned land adjacent to Eagle Mountain Lake, did not make it into a park as many local residents wanted. Instead, they sold the land in 2008.
The rationale was that it was not large enough to do what the state wanted to do. No really nice state park served the residents of the Metroplex, particularly close enough for folks in Fort Worth. As I learned at a Westerners history club meeting a couple of weeks ago, the state sold 400 acres (not really appropriate for a park) and got enough money to buy 4,000 acres (farther out in the wilds) to create a proper state park.… Read the rest
The Texas Department of Public Safety on March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency’s Texas Rangers Division.
The stated goal is to protect children through the collection and dissemination of vital intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors by “providing support to local, state and federal partners on investigations related to missing and exploited children, the trafficking of children, child abductions and other high-risk threats to children.”… Read the rest