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In sickness and in health…well, mainly sickness

February 18, 2015
In sickness and in health…well, mainly sickness

When you’ve been married a long time – the Bride and I are pushing 40 years together – you eventually run out of new things to do as a couple.
But, we recently found some original terrain, something new to share: We both got sick at the same time.
(Now we had been sore at the same time – for a few days after Feb. 27, 2004 when a drunk hit and rolled our truck [it’s true: some days are way more memorable than others], but never sick at the same time.)… Read the rest

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One day at a time

February 18, 2015
One day at a time

So, how are you doing?”
Sometimes that’s the only thing we can think to ask. Perhaps the issue is illness, grief, job loss, re-bellious children (or parents)…I could go on and on. Sometimes the hits just keep on coming.
I’ve heard it said that you are either in a problem, just came out of a problem, or are just about to enter into a problem. (To keep going with my recent theme, we’ll call them “situations.”). Nobody – I MEAN NOBODY – gets  a pass.… Read the rest

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Farmers, ranchers set priorities

February 18, 2015

The Texas Legislature is back in session, and Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members from across the state are working with their lawmakers to ensure the future of agriculture is bright.
“Every year, TFB members from Parker County work with legislators on important issues,” Don Smelley, Parker County Farm Bureau president said. “We talk about the issues in our area and the things we’d like to see accomplished.”… Read the rest

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Definition of ‘West Texas’ means many different things

February 18, 2015
Definition of  ‘West Texas’ means many different things

A friend let me borrow a big book entitled West Texas by Mike Cochran and John Lumpkin. John T. Montford, chancellor of Texas Tech when the book came out in 1999, wrote the Introduction. He said, “There is not a sunset or sunrise anywhere in the United States that compares with those in West Texas.”
So, what is West Texas besides great sunsets?… Read the rest

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Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

February 18, 2015
Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
“With one stroke of a pen, you have the power to give thousands of Americans the shot at a good-paying job that will help them provide for their families and get ahead in a tight economy,” the letter says.… Read the rest

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Those late in life screw-ups haunt

February 11, 2015

Now quick!
What do you think of when you when you hear these names?
Joe Paterno.
Bill Cosby.
Brian Williams.
After a lifetime – or decades at the very least – of being positive role models, successful, and held in high regard, these guys are now thought of negatively.
Paterno is forever connected with the child abuse horror at Penn State. His failure to act erased what had been one of the great college coaching careers.… Read the rest

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Do you have 20/20 hearing?

February 11, 2015
Do you have 20/20 hearing?

Like a lot of people my age, I have to wear glasses. To clarify, there is nothing wrong with my eyesight. I just developed a “situation” at about age 40: my arms started getting shorter. It is a strange and paradoxical condition, because it only shows up when I am attempting to read. I still have trouble finding shirts with 36-inch sleeves for my gorilla arms, but if my sleeve length were being measured for reading, rather than wearing, they would have to be measured in feet instead of inches.… Read the rest

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Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

February 11, 2015
Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days.
Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.… Read the rest

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Does the $14 hamburger hit on all cylinders?

February 4, 2015
Does the $14 hamburger hit on all cylinders?

Once upon a time, a hamburger was made of just ground beef, American cheese, and various and sundry vegetables.
You could get a bagful of them from Griff’s for a dollar.
Sadly, neither of those are true anymore. In fact, recently it took a lot of dollars for just one burger.
The Bride and I stopped by a snazzy new restaurant just off the Weatherford Square. It houses a car museum, including an old LBJ vehicle.… Read the rest

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Did you really mean what you said?

February 4, 2015
Did you really mean what you said?

Some things are easy to say when they are hypothetical.
It is easy to say, “Everything is going to be fine,” when it is currently.
It’s easy to say, “I trust God,” when things are going smoothly.
It’s easy to say, “It’s not a problem; it’s only a situation,” (see last week’s post) when you are not in the middle of it.
But when the “situation” happens, it can easily seem like a problem!… Read the rest

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