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A man, a hammer, and a social experiement

June 25, 2014
A man, a hammer, and a social experiement

Well, that’s curious, I thought.
Through the decades, I have found many things while jogging. Money. A ladder. Knives. Porn. Scissors. Car wrecks. And, most recently, a hammer.
While I padded around my little track down from the house by the highway, most folks in passing vehicles don’t mess with me but occasionally there are some jerks.
A few honk/wave and some try to be funny and pretend they don’t see me and edge over to the shoulder then, at the last moment, veer away.… Read the rest

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Something About Larry

June 25, 2014
Something About Larry

By the time I met him, signs were already there, albeit unrecognized. He had been described as a bit aloof, uncomfortable socially, a hesitant conversationalist. But that was ok.  He, like me, had a wife that could carry a conversation, and we were comfortable just being along for the ride.
It was apparent that our children, were quite fond of each other and so the dreaded “get acquainted lunch” was scheduled. We were already in love with their daughter, and they with our son.… Read the rest

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Nearly 200-year-old love story has famous historical personages

June 25, 2014
Nearly 200-year-old love story has famous historical personages

In a book about William Clark of the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition fame, I found a neat story about Clark’s first child, a son.  His name became Meriwether Lewis Clark after the expedition’s other leader.  The family called him Lewis.
Secretary of War John C. Calhoun authorized the appointment of the young Lewis to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  His father wrote him many letters of advice.  The young cadet was so terrified of his first exams that he told Clark he wanted to resign, but he passed them after all.  He stayed on and graduated in 1830.  His first assignment as a second lieutenant was to Jefferson Barracks (named after Thomas Jefferson) in St.… Read the rest

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Top officials order surge to secure border

June 25, 2014
Top officials order surge to secure border

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.
“To combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border” was the reason given by Perry, Dewhurst and Straus. They authorized the DPS to fund the surge at approximately $1.3 million per week and instructed DPS Director Steve McCraw to have the agency:… Read the rest

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Global warming horror: Sharknado vs. Bearicane

June 18, 2014
Global warming horror: Sharknado vs. Bearicane

Likely, as you read this, I am frolicking on the Texas coast.
Or battling for my very life.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the event that has sent shock waves among Loch Ness monster fans and other devotees of mysterious denizens of the deep.
In Australia, a giant nine-foot long great white shark was tagged for observation of its aquatic life.
However, the shark’s monitoring device washed up on a beach. When the information was accessed, scientists were shocked.… Read the rest

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Collecting memories

June 18, 2014
Collecting memories

I once had a great collection of cheesy souvenir coffee mugs that came from every place I vacationed. The more it screamed, “I am cheap, but I have the name of this place in big, bright letters,” the higher its chances of making my collection.
Then I got married.
Mrs. Sweetie ever-so-sweetly began suggesting that my collection was not consistent with the kind of home décor atmosphere we were trying to create. I didn’t know we were trying to create one, but I was smart enough to know what kind of happy wife atmosphere I wanted to live in, so my collection went to my office.… Read the rest

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Tidbits from history that readers may not know

June 18, 2014
Tidbits from history that readers may not know

This column will consist of small, unconnected tidbits of information about the West that I wish to share.
Have you ever heard the term “Johnny cake” or read it in a Southern cookbook or Western novel? On the older colonial frontier both Indians and whites began to eat the same food, the Indian corn called maise, squash, hominy, pumpkins, venison jerky. From the Indians the whites learned to carry corn meal in the scraped out horn of a cow (also used as a powder horn).… Read the rest

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Senate panel addresses slowness of VA care

June 18, 2014
Senate panel addresses slowness of VA care

On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena, Texas, to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities.
Also on June 12, Gov. Rick Perry recommended that slow service at VA facilities be remedied by allowing veterans to get health care needs met at non-VA facilities. Several health care provider groups responded, expressing interest in expanding health care options to veterans, the governor’s office stated.… Read the rest

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King addresses saltwater issues

June 18, 2014

Texas State Representative Phil King said the Lone Star legislature has formed a “Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination” and that he is a member of that committee.
“Our hearings begin this week,” he said.
He said that desalination has been a common topic in coastal areas of the state but has not been broached often in North Texas.
“Texas faces its fourth year of a drought and our reservoirs have been as low as 58 percent full, the lowest since 1967,” King said.… Read the rest

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No. 1 with a Kleenex: I’ve got the mucus in me

June 11, 2014
No. 1 with a Kleenex: I’ve got the mucus in me

This is one of those columns that the Bride thinks is inappropriate and unnecessary and embarrassing. She’s likely right, so I’ll apologize in advance.
The predicament was whether to blow my nose on this.
There are times in our lives that are incredibly urgent, when something has to be done RIGHT NOW or else. Then when resolved, we’ve forgotten all about it.
Like: when you really, really need a drink of water; earaches or toothaches; or when you absolutely MUST go to the bathroom immediately.… Read the rest

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