However, I never imagined that training to get fitter would actually bite me in my formerly rock-hard gluteus maximus.
As a boy, I was always the smallest kid on the block. Always. Initially I was without fail the last guy picked for any playground sport. That made me practice hard and, after fielding a million red rubber balls bounced off garage doors and catching that many spirals from weary-armed 10-year-old neighborhood QBs, I got good enough to become one of the first picked.… Read the rest
I am writing this week from a hotel room in Nashville, TN, where I will be for the next few days attending a conference for Church Consultants. This morning, I worshiped with a church near the hotel. It was actually a church I have wanted to visit for several years, since reading a couple of books written by the pastor.
It was a great experience from the moment we drove onto the parking lot. We donned our “church consultant lenses” and noticed great directional signage, a friendly and helpful parking lot greeter, more friendly and helpful greeters inside the door, and an inviting and welcoming atmosphere.… Read the rest
I enjoy meeting new people, but I also get excited when I “meet” someone new in the pages of Western history. While reading a book on fur trappers by my friend Robert M. Utley (great Western writer), I learned about Warren Angus Ferris.
Born December 26, 1810 in Glen Falls, NY, Ferris lost his father when he was three. His mother remarried, and Ferris’ stepfather encouraged him to read history, literature and civil engineering. He learned the rudiments of surveying all before he left home at age eighteen to earn his own living.… Read the rest
In a 2-1 ruling, the majority of the panel said the plaintiffs Voting for America Inc., Brad Richey, Penelope McFadden and Project Vote Inc. “have not made a clear showing” that certain provisions of the law violate their First Amendment rights or are preempted by the federal Voting Rights Act.… Read the rest
While the federal government wrestles with its shutdown, there is no such problem in Texas with its state parks.
“The welcome mat is still out at the more than 90 Texas state parks,” noted Texas Parks and Wildlife Department park operations manager Ron Hoelle.
He said the main office in Austin has been receiving calls since the Oct. 1 national shutdown about the state of Lone Star Parks.… Read the rest
The big story that broke while I was away apparently involved Big Tex, the iconic giant cowboy that welcomes visitors to the annual State Fair with a mighty “Howdy, folks!”
You might’ve had one of those I-remember-exactly-where-I-was-when moments when Big Tex caught fire and burned last Oct. 19.
Apparently, the unveiling of Big Tex 2.0 caused some consternation – he’s kinda…brown.… Read the rest
On the first weekend in September this year I made a journey I have been wanting to do for many years. I visited the site of Adobe Walls. For those unfamiliar with the name, two major battles occurred there, one in 1864 and another in 1874.
In addition, three skirmishes between Indians and hide hunters operating in the field for the Bent brothers (of Bent’s Fort in Colorado) occurred in the 1840s. In fact, back in 1976 I wrote a scholarly article for the Great Plains Journal called The Battles of Adobe Walls, yet I never had visited the actual location.… Read the rest
At midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion.
Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 30 delivered a statement that included this sentence: “In anticipation of the federal government’s looming shutdown, I directed state agencies that will be affected by the suspension of federal funding to develop contingency plans to prioritize essential functions and use existing budget transfer authority to allow these services to Texans to continue until Washington gridlock ends.”… Read the rest
Do you ever think of a witty and clever response about 30 minutes too late? Do you envy those quick-witted folks who seem to have a response without having to think about it? Favorite son has always been one of those.
When he was a young teenager, we were in a restaurant waiting for the waitperson (note the politically correct, non-gender-specific terminology) to take our order. My boy was constantly jabbering – but in such a low volume that the cacophony of voices and rattle of dishes in the restaurant made it difficult to understand. Mrs.… Read the rest
Until last week, I had never had a problem in any airport – I can no longer make that claim.
The bride and I flew on American Airlines and, initially, things went swimmingly as we ventured to the Maya Rivera.
We got to the Mexican airport fine. But we just couldn’t get away from it; then, when we dared to return there seven days later, it got worse – way worse.… Read the rest