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The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe

March 12, 2014
The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe

I used to know music. These days, too often, I just know about music.
Usually, I’ll pass on those Facebook dealies where you list your favorite books or movies or desserts.
But I filled one out: “Name your 10 favorite albums of all-time.” And, as I suspect is often the case with most folks, all the records came from a small time frame from my youth.… Read the rest

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A freed slave works way to gold fields and riches

March 12, 2014
A freed slave works way to gold fields and riches

With the movie 12 Years a Slave winning the Best Picture Academy Award last week, perhaps it is appropriate to tell another true story of a free black person in the 19th century, Clara Brown.
Illiterate, she didn’t write her own story as Solomon Northrup did. No one knows what happened to Northrup following the regaining of his freedom after twelve years, but “Aunt” Clara’s 85 years of life are generally known.… Read the rest

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Abbott, Davis win party primaries for governor

March 12, 2014
Abbott, Davis win party primaries for governor

Texas’ March 4 primary night returns confirmed Greg Abbott and Wendy R. Davis as nominees for governor.
Abbott, current state attorney general, got 91.5 percent of the statewide vote in the GOP primary. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, got 79 percent in the Democratic primary. “Ray” Madrigal of Corpus Christi got 21 percent.
In the race for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio ran unopposed and is the Texas Democratic Party’s nominee.… Read the rest

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Gotta have it! Fessing up to being a cheater

March 5, 2014
Gotta have it! Fessing up to being a cheater

Yeah, I cheated. Please don’t tell the Bride.
She was out of town, I was alone, and, suddenly, there sat such lusciousness, tempting me with all the ingredients a man like me desires, lusts for, has got to have – I’m not made of steel!
I had to have it! And I did.
And, man, that macaroni and cheese was worth it!
I have one of those loving Brides who monitors every morsel of food intake “because I love you.”… Read the rest

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Saying goodbye to a fetching friend

March 5, 2014
Saying goodbye to a fetching friend

As a 20 year pastor, I conducted hundreds of funeral services. Even during the past 6 years ago, I’ve conducted a few. There are people who remind me once in awhile that I have promised to conduct theirs. I tell them that my schedule is booked for the next 10 years, so they are not allowed to die. So far, most of them have cooperated.… Read the rest

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George Eastman made picture-taking available to everyone

March 5, 2014
George Eastman made picture-taking available to everyone

George Eastman, the subject of this week’s column, was not a Western man, but he perhaps made possible the earliest tourist photographs of the American West. Born in Waterville, NY in 1854, George lived on the family farm until they all moved to Rochester in 1860 where his father began a business college. Unfortunately, the elder Eastman died when George was seven. His mother had to take in boarders to survive.… Read the rest

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Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

March 5, 2014
Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November.
A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hot-button issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand. In a case brought by two same-sex couples, San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared unconstitutional the Texas law and a related state constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.… Read the rest

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Thankful for 10 years in the bonus round

February 26, 2014
Thankful for 10 years in the bonus round

On Feb. 27, 2004, the Bride and I got creamed by a drunk driver. (She was the official sports photographer of the paper back then and was riding shotgun.)
It had already been quite a day. The Azle boys basketball team had pulled off one of the great victories in AHS sports history, a 66-63 playoff win over perennial power Fort Worth Dunbar.… Read the rest

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I sing because it matters

February 26, 2014
I sing because it matters

Music has always been a big part of my life.  I sang my first solo in church at the age of 3, almost 30 years ago.  Oh, wait.  Did I say 30?  OK, almost 50 years ago. Honesty and integrity can be tough taskmasters!
Music, in general, and singing, in particular, have been constant throughout my life’s journey.  No matter what else gets added, or even moves to the forefront, I’m still a singer.  I don’t make my living at it, but it is one of those words that make the short list of what I consider to be descriptors of my identity.… Read the rest

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Borax is well-known because of 20-mule teams transporting the mineral in the West

February 26, 2014
Borax is well-known because of 20-mule teams transporting the mineral in the West

Most readers no doubt have heard of “20 Mule Team Borax.” Back in the 1960s there was a popular television show called Death Valley Days, sponsored by a borax company. In fact, the show began in 1930 and lasted until 1945 on the radio.
Ronald Reagan hosted the TV show from 1964-65, but left when he turned to politics. Hosts after Reagan were Robert Taylor and Dale Robertson.  Actress Rosemary De Camp made commercials about the soap product, called “20 Mule Team Borax.”… Read the rest

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