The clouds gathered last Saturday, staging west like a gathering army anxious to advance.
You got 15 minutes, Captain Thunderhead said.
So I continued walking the highway, looking for a cell phone that I had left on the truck roof. (Never do that.)
Finally, phone-less, the Bride picked me up on our dirt road that I had hours earlier back-breakingly shoveled three tons of rocks out of the bed of two pickups onto to help soon-to-arrive partygoers reach the house easier.… Read the rest
If you use a smartphone, it has probably happened to you: that moment when autocorrect takes over and inserts a word that makes you say, “Where the heck did that come from?”
A few months ago, Mrs. Sweetie was sending a text message to my brother. The subject was our nephew and the word she was typing was “hero.” Her phone decided to make it “heterosexual.” The fact that our nephew is heterosexual would not have been a revelation to his father, but we were glad she caught it before she sent it.… Read the rest
While returning from a recent trip to Arkansas, I saw a sign near McAlester, Oklahoma that said “Robbers Cave State Park.” I vaguely remembered reading about the James boys, the Youngers and a lady friend of one of them called Belle Starr hiding out from the law in Oklahoma. Stories say the Dalton and Doolin gangs hid there too.
“Aha! That must have been the place,” I realized. Indeed, following the Civil War some of the young men in Missouri who had fought guerilla-type warfare on either side of the conflict (but mostly for the South), didn’t quite stop the raiding when the war ended.… Read the rest
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.
Yeakel wrote, “A state’s legislature cannot purport to act to abrogate the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” and concluded the following provisions in the law put an unconstitutional burden on women:… Read the rest
This column is rated a hard PG-13 for all you prudes out there (you know who you are).
Beware of droppin’ trou in Azle.
On Aug. 26, the city council “passed and approved on First and Final reading” paperwork to “clarify state of nudity in Section 3 of the Zoning Ordinance.”
It’s not everyday that you see words like “genitals,” “pubic region,” and “human buttock” in council communiques.… Read the rest
A couple of weeks ago I drove with my brother and his daughter to northern Arkansas about some land. My niece purchased some souvenirs, and we noticed a lot of Route 66 items. (I-40 takes over much of what once was the famous cross-country, east-west Route 66.) When I saw a Phillips 66 gasoline sign– one of the credit cards in my purse – I wondered aloud if the “66” had anything to do with the old Route 66.… Read the rest
It really is an epidemic! I got a lot of response from last week’s Life Matters, in which I talked about protocols for helping those with Hand Raising Syndrome (HRS) and No-No-itis (NNI) learn to say “No” without regret. One reader even made a point of calling me to thank me.
I announced then that this week’s edition would be addressing protocols for those suffering from AGD (Ain’t Gonna Do it) or HOS (Happy On the Sidelines), both of which result in a perpetual “no.”… Read the rest
When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system, again.
This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency.… Read the rest
Dr. Ray Lea AISD SUPERINTENDENT
Azle ISD is off to a great start to the 2014-2015 school year. Our enrollment is growing. Azle ISD is currently up over 100 students from this time last year. The district will need to hire additional teachers in order to keep class sizes manageable.
The faculty and staff at Azle ISD are committed to providing the best possible education for every student who attends our schools. Teachers are utilizing technology to create highly engaging work for students so that they will all choose to be lifelong learners.… Read the rest
D’oh! There’s nothing like the truth to mess up a good story.
Forever, I have told people that I have a pair of shoes that I purchased back in the late 1970’s, when disco reigned.
(We rockers used to highly disdain disco, much like we did the Carpenters and, later, Hall and Oates. Today, I know all the words to all of the former’s tunes and one of the first songs I ever bought on an iDealie was Hall and Oates’ “Sara Smile.” And, about disco…well, my ringtone is “Stayin’ Alive.” Someday, even the hair bands of the 1980’s – so highly reviled today by music snobs – will come back into vogue.… Read the rest