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
I just discovered an early American woman journalist. Born June 11, 1769 in Baltimore, Maryland, Anne Newport grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier. The family was very poor, and after her father died, Anne’s mother took the family south to the mountains of Virginia (now West Virginia). Anne, age 18, and her mother became servants in the home of Major William Royall, a wealthy Revolutionary War veteran.… Read the rest
A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers; and
• U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere are overwhelmed;… Read the rest
Have you heard of the Goliath Bird Eating Spider? If not, Google it and/or do a YouTube search. I’d never heard of this gigantic tarantula until last night, when Mrs. Sweetie and I spent time with an amazing young woman and her family. A 2009 graduate of Azle High School, where she was a classmate and friend of our favorite son, she went on to complete a BS in Chemistry from Baylor, and is now working toward an MS in Sustainability from Arizona State.… Read the rest
Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits.
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the border. Two state lawmakers representing border districts commented on the situation last week.… Read the rest
In last week’s column I told the story of two young people in William Clark’s family (the Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition). Clark’s oldest son, whom he named Meriwether Lewis Clark, fell in love with his step-mother’s daughter, Mary Radford, but the 18-year-old Mary married Major Stephen Watts Kearny, a man twice her age. Last week I lacked space to relate Kearny’s extensive military career.… Read the rest
I think that’s a cool picture over there.
There’s a story behind it. Now, not everyone likes that photo – and that’s another story.
This picture is an accident. Several years ago at the Dallas Arboretum, the Bride stopped at the koi pond to fire off a couple of shots.
Koi ponds offer the most generic of shots – colored fish slowly swimming about.… Read the rest