It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. No, I’m not referencing Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities. I’m referencing the music of the 1970’s, my formative teenage years. Ask almost any adult about their favorite music and the most likely answer will be whatever was popular during the decade between their 15th and 25th birthdays. For me that was 1976-1986. Best. Music. Ever.… Read the rest
There are consequence to actions, good or bad. I found a story in which a brief courtesy of one of our famous American heroes may have influenced great good. This was in addition to his heroic actions that made the history books.
John Paul Jones is that person, but that was not his original last name. Born in the parish of Kirkbean, Scotland (yes, another Scot) on July 6, 1747, at age twelve he became a ship boy on a British merchant vessel sailing for Virginia.… Read the rest
Counting down to Primary Election Day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races.
For lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office, while Republican primary voters will have a field of four candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; Jerry Patterson, land commissioner; Todd Staples, agriculture commissioner; or Dan Patrick, chair of the state Senate Committee on Education.… Read the rest
A million years ago – Valentine’s Day 1974 – I spent 75 cents very wisely.
But first: Valentine’s Day has changed a bit since those days of Nixon and 55-cent gas and Blazing Saddles.
As a child, we had Valentine’s Day parties at school where you had to give everyone a valentine. These were deposited into boxes we had worked on in art class for many days. (You could always tell – even at that age – which kids had artistic skills.… Read the rest
After Christopher Columbus sailed west to reach the east in 1492 and found an island in the Bahamas, Spain gained the head start for an empire in the New World. Balboa conquered what is now Panama and discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513. A teenager whose family was a neighbor of Balboa in Spain at the time was Hernando de Soto.… Read the rest
Mrs. Sweetie and I love to travel. One of the things we like most is the ability to stop at interesting places we see along the road. I described our vacation a couple of years ago as our “Texas Tour of Diners, Thrift Stores, and Pawn Shops.” For us, the trip matters as much as the destination.
For me, writing a weekly blog/newspaper column is much the same. I am often asked how I manage to find something to write about every week. The people who ask this usually ask because they can’t imagine coming up with new content that frequently.… Read the rest
Texas’ 160-year-old Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record high value, in December 2013, the Texas Education Agency reported Feb. 6.
The fund was created by the state in 1854 with a $2 million investment. Last year was a good one. In fiscal year 2013, which ended Aug. 31, the fund earned a return of 10.16 percent — the highest return earned by any major state of Texas investment fund. Recent strong returns also made the Permanent School Fund the best performing major state fund over a three-year period ending on Aug.… Read the rest
There will never be enough time to fully cover your passion.
Whether you love travel or music or astronomy, you’ll never get it all in. You’ll never see every beautiful site on this planet or hear every song or see every star.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
I’m a words guy. Some people love numbers or paint or wood or carburetors. I do words.… Read the rest
He put his foot in mouth.” I was pondering that phrase this morning and wondering about its origin. I did some internet research and found that there is no definitive answer.
One article suggested: “One possible point of origin for this phrase traces it back to Irish Parliamentarian Sir Boyle Roche, who was sort of an 18th-century equivalent to (former U.S. Vice President) Dan Quayle. Roche once said, ‘Half the lies our opponents tell about me are not true!’ Someone with a much firmer grasp of the English language remarked of Roche, ‘Every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it,’ and a phrase was born”.… Read the rest
When one hears of the Klondike gold rush, one is likely to think of all those men, bundled up securely, climbing the Chilkoot Pass trail, one by one. I never thought about how many women went along. From a book I bought at the Azle Library book sale, Women of the Klondike by Frances Backhouse, I learned that many women took part.… Read the rest