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Placing odds on the first woman on the $10

June 24, 2015
Placing odds on the first woman on the $10

I like women. I married one and reproduced two more.
They are remarkable females – but probably aren’t the sort who will end up on the $10 bill in 2020.
A federal law says that living folks can not be put on U.S. currency. Likely, that edict will be dashed by 2020, so every American woman ever should be up for the honor.
It’s a tough call. In today’s pop culture society, if they take an Internet vote, whichever booty-shakin’ musician who happens to be hot in 2020 would get the nod.
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The quotable Dad

June 24, 2015
The quotable Dad

You sound just like your dad.”
“That looked just like Grandpa.”
Those comments from Mrs. Sweetie or from my favorite children always make me smile. I still have my dad around, as well as my step-dad of 44 years and my father-in-law of 31 years. God has truly blessed me with their ongoing influence and I am still learning from all of them.
Some of my habits and mannerisms are probably genetic, some picked up subconsciously by environmental repetition, and some deliberately chosen by observation and admiration. Now that my children are grownups, I wonder how they will look like me, if they will want to, and what they will want to imitate.… Read the rest

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DAR group honors Vietnam veterans on Flag Day

June 24, 2015
DAR group honors Vietnam veterans on Flag Day

When someone mentions the “Vietnam Memorial,” we all probably think of the one on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Local folks may not know that a local Vietnam Memorial exists in Fort Worth. I only recently learned about it.  Yes, there is a story.
A young 18-year-old soldier named James David “Shorty” Haas from Fort Worth was a paratrooper of Charlie Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry in August, 1967. Even though he and his buddies were fighting in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, they learned of protests at home about the war. Of course, the information was demoralizing to the young men fighting in the jungles, enduring hardship and life-threatening action.… Read the rest

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Final decisions made on bills passed by Legislature

June 24, 2015
Final decisions made on bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature.  He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.
Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’s office for final scrutiny. Of those bills, Abbott signed 1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature and vetoed 41.
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Confessions of a non-transracial white dude

June 17, 2015

I ain’t black.
You know, we thought we had most of this racial business figured out by the mid-1970’s.
But somewhere along the decades things appear to have regressed.
Now, while I’m not black – I’m old enough that African-American seems strange to say, to me and my black friends who are around my age – I’m a lot of other stuff. Everyone is. And, apparently, some folks are “transracial”; they choose what race they are.
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The five benefits of thankfulness

June 17, 2015
The five benefits of thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!
I know what you’re thinking. The boy has lost his mind. Maybe the sudden change from all that cool, wet weather to upper 90’s has boiled his brain. It’s the middle of June, for crying out loud! Turkey, pumpkin pie, and football are five months away!
Well, my friends, when I say “Happy Thanksgiving,” I’m talking about choosing an attitude, not celebrating a day. This attitude that can result in a lifestyle. One of my friends greets people every day with, “Happy Tuesday,” (or whatever day it is). That greeting always lifts my spirits.
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College of the Ozarks: More should be like this one!

June 17, 2015
College of the Ozarks: More should be like this one!

I try not to give opinions, but I can’t help saying: “I wish more colleges were like this one.”
Also, I’m stretching this as “western” history; however, it all takes place west of the Mississippi!
A recent trip to Branson, Missouri with friends opened my eyes to a unique treasure that I did not realize existed. Some readers may know of it, but I didn’t. Just a few miles from Branson is College of the Ozarks, which requires 15 hours of work a week from each student, even day commuters, to help pay for  tuition.
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Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

June 17, 2015
Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.
HB 2 and its provisions may be applied throughout Texas, the panel stated in a 56-page ruling, but drew two narrow exceptions: (1) a health clinic that performs abortions in McAllen may continue to function without upgrading its facilities to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers; and (2) the law’s admitting privileges requirement does not apply to a certain medical doctor when he is working at the McAllen facility.… Read the rest

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Sympathy for the aging concert-goer – the Stones

June 10, 2015
Sympathy for the aging concert-goer – the Stones

When you’re almost 59, you can look back and see that you were actually positioned to do some cool stuff, but you didn’t.
I was in film school at UT-Austin in the 1970’s – America’s greatest movie decade – but changed my major to journalism.
I saw the rise of computers but invested most of my cash in Whataburgers and softball gloves.
And I was young – 20’s/30’s – during a dynamic time of popular music on the planet.
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Huge Texas JA Ranch still owned by same family

June 10, 2015
Huge Texas JA Ranch still owned by same family

Pioneers, ranchers, and cattlemen often are remembered long after their death by the land or business they developed. Sometimes, though, the lasting result may have been due to the abilities of the widow they left behind.
A fixture of West Texas success is the JA Ranch in the Texas Panhandle in Palo Duro Canyon. In 1883 when the ranch was at its largest, it covered 1,335,000 acres in six counties and ran a herd of 100,000 cattle. Is that Texas-big enough?
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