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Early American woman journalist: Anne Newport Royall

July 9, 2014
Early American woman journalist: Anne Newport Royall

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

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Panel gets input on population influx at border

July 9, 2014
Panel gets input on population influx at border

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

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A David and Goliath tale

July 2, 2014
A David and Goliath tale

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

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Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

July 2, 2014
Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

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

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Conclusion to historical love triangle from last week

July 2, 2014
Conclusion to historical love triangle from last week

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

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Don’t be ‘koi’ when it comes to believing

July 2, 2014
Don’t be ‘koi’ when it comes to believing

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

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A man, a hammer, and a social experiement

June 25, 2014
A man, a hammer, and a social experiement

Well, that’s curious, I thought.
Through the decades, I have found many things while jogging. Money. A ladder. Knives. Porn. Scissors. Car wrecks. And, most recently, a hammer.
While I padded around my little track down from the house by the highway, most folks in passing vehicles don’t mess with me but occasionally there are some jerks.
A few honk/wave and some try to be funny and pretend they don’t see me and edge over to the shoulder then, at the last moment, veer away.… Read the rest

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Something About Larry

June 25, 2014
Something About Larry

By the time I met him, signs were already there, albeit unrecognized. He had been described as a bit aloof, uncomfortable socially, a hesitant conversationalist. But that was ok.  He, like me, had a wife that could carry a conversation, and we were comfortable just being along for the ride.
It was apparent that our children, were quite fond of each other and so the dreaded “get acquainted lunch” was scheduled. We were already in love with their daughter, and they with our son.… Read the rest

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Nearly 200-year-old love story has famous historical personages

June 25, 2014
Nearly 200-year-old love story has famous historical personages

In a book about William Clark of the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition fame, I found a neat story about Clark’s first child, a son.  His name became Meriwether Lewis Clark after the expedition’s other leader.  The family called him Lewis.
Secretary of War John C. Calhoun authorized the appointment of the young Lewis to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  His father wrote him many letters of advice.  The young cadet was so terrified of his first exams that he told Clark he wanted to resign, but he passed them after all.  He stayed on and graduated in 1830.  His first assignment as a second lieutenant was to Jefferson Barracks (named after Thomas Jefferson) in St.… Read the rest

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Top officials order surge to secure border

June 25, 2014
Top officials order surge to secure border

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.
“To combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border” was the reason given by Perry, Dewhurst and Straus. They authorized the DPS to fund the surge at approximately $1.3 million per week and instructed DPS Director Steve McCraw to have the agency:… Read the rest

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