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When looks abide, dude

March 16, 2016
When looks abide, dude

Everybody looks like somebody else.
That’s just how it is.
Throughout my life, I’ve been told I resemble someone else.
In my 20s, the gray was just creeping into my hair. I looked a lot like Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White.

Not Danny White


We both parted our hair the same square way, and mine was the same color as the vastly underrrated No. 11.
Back then, I was a huge Cowboys fan, so I didn’t mind the comparision even if White struggled to win the Big One.
When the gray hair won the color war on my scalp, I used to get Richard Gere a lot, mainly becasue of the hair, of course.… Read the rest

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Long hair, long beard: Samson’s got some ‘splainin’ to do

March 16, 2016
Long hair, long beard: Samson’s got some ‘splainin’ to do

I was going for the Duck Dynasty look. At my age and hair color, it was going to be more of an Uncle Si than a Willie.
No, it’s not a midlife crisis. It is hair and beard with purpose. For the second consecutive year, I am participating with the First Baptist Church in Bowie, for their Easter dramatic/musical production of I Stand in Awe.
This story follows the life of the Apostle John (age 90-ish) as he both shares 60 year-old memories from his three years walking with Jesus and composes the book of Revelation from his current exile on the island of Patmos.… Read the rest

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Allan Pinkerton, 1st private eye, began Secret Service

March 16, 2016
Allan Pinkerton, 1st private eye, began Secret Service

Even the story of Allan Pinkerton, the famous first private eye, fits into Western history.
He was raised in a slum in Glasgow, Scotland (another Scot who changed America). Pinkerton’s father died when Allan was only 10, and his mother worked in a mill. He had to drop out of school and work as an errand boy all day for just pennies. By age 18, he learned a trade of barrel making, a job called a cooper.
He got on the wrong side of the law when he joined a group called Chartists, who were demanding the right to vote and for better conditions in factories.… Read the rest

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Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

March 16, 2016
Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law.
A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set.
The case stems from Senate Bill 14, a law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, which requires prospective voters to present an acceptable form of photo identification along with their voter registration card in order to cast a ballot.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the development, saying: “Today’s decision is a strong step forward in our efforts to defend the state’s voter ID laws.… Read the rest

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Where’s your Sweet Spot?

March 9, 2016
Where’s your Sweet Spot?

If you are reading this, you know this fact: I write a weekly newspaper column and a weekly blog post at drgerrylewis.com. Both are called Life Matters and their content is identical, except for the additional links that I can include online.
If you are NOT reading this, never mind.
Here are some other facts you possibly know: I also record a podcast each week called Your Church Matters (info at drgerrylewis.com/yourchurchmatters) and guest blog a couple of times a month on Church Central, a national megablog (http://www.churchcentral.com/editors/gerrylewis/).
Here’s what you probably don’t know: sometimes a topic hits me so hard that it has to show up in every venue.… Read the rest

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Real Hugh Glass differed a bit from Revenant movie

March 9, 2016
Real Hugh Glass differed a bit from Revenant movie

I saw The Revenant movie a few weeks ago, but waited to write a column about the real Hugh Glass until after the Academy Awards. I didn’t want to be a spoiler for anyone who might be planning to see it.
However, the real story of Hugh Glass is somewhat different from the movie. I commented to someone that “the only thing about the movie that was true was that he DID get mauled by a grizzly bear!” I was exaggerating a bit.
Not a lot is known about Glass, so that allowed Michael Punke to write a fiction novel about his encounter with the bear and the aftermath and make up whatever he wanted to make up.… Read the rest

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Your hand-held diary: Life in text messages

March 9, 2016
Your hand-held diary: Life in text messages

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Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

March 9, 2016
Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary.
In the Democratic Party Presidential Primary, the statewide turnout was 1.4 million, or about 10 percent of the state’s registered voters.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the GOP contest with 1,239,370 votes, or 43.75 percent. Coming in second was New York businessman Donald Trump with 757,618 votes, or 26.74 percent. In third place was U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 502,223 votes, or 17.73 percent.… Read the rest

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One average dude’s history of some Feb. 29s

March 2, 2016
One average dude’s history of some Feb. 29s

I make note of unusual dates and events – like when a Feb. 29 rolls around every four years.
When you’re a word nerd like me, you keep – in longhand, of course – daily journals and running logs and obscure scratchings on now-yellowing calendars.
Since I have decades of such scribblings, I can look back and see what I’ve done on prior Feb. 29s.
I can head back to 1988 when I took off from my job at the Arlington Fire Department and stayed home to visit friends in from out of town.
But the real killer from 2/29/88 is that I weighed 174.25 pounds; in the ensuing 28 years, I’ve gained 50 pounds!… Read the rest

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God’s family

March 2, 2016
God’s family

I was 13. Dennis, one of my mom’s former junior high choir students, was the church pianist. He was 18 or 19.
Dennis was leading music for revival services at a little country church and asked me to come out and “sing a special.” Mom and I got there early to go over the song. She was accompanying me on the piano and as I practiced, Dennis started harmonizing. I thought it sounded good, so I asked him to sing with me.
“We’re part of the family that’s been born again; part of the family whose love known no end. For Jesus has saved us and made us His own.… Read the rest

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