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The Great Pretender

July 30, 2014
The Great Pretender

This is one of those days when I have no inspiration to write. I’ve been looking at this computer screen for almost an hour. I’ve had a granola bar and a cup of coffee and have taken a cup of coffee to Mrs. Sweetie. And now, I am just about out of time because I need to be getting ready for church.… Read the rest

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Rangers help cavalry clean up west central Texas in 1870s

July 30, 2014
Rangers help cavalry clean up west central Texas in 1870s

Geography influenced settlement of the Edwards Plateau area in west central Texas in Kimble and Crocket counties. Fort Stockton is west, Junction City east, and Mexico lies to the south. Settlers arrived late because in some places it is 1,500 feet higher than surrounding land.
Pioneers looked for timber, water, arable land, but the Edwards Plateau of 30,000 miles lacked all three. Average rainfall is less than ten inches. Not until the 1880s when windmills could bring up life-preserving water could anyone live there.… Read the rest

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Governor orders deployment of guard to border

July 30, 2014
Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.
Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols. On July 21, Gov. Rick Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard members to assist in Operation Strong Safety, a state law enforcement surge on the border, under the command and control of the Texas Department of Public Safety.… Read the rest

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Financier bailed out America’s debt two centuries ago

July 23, 2014
Financier bailed out America’s debt two centuries ago

I have a friend who looks up historical events for each day and emails them. For July 9, she wrote that in 1795 on that day James Swan paid off the U.S. national debt of $2,024,899 with some of his own funds. We have some wealthy folks around today, but I’m afraid that $17 trillion is beyond their reach! Of course, I wondered “Who in the world was James Swan?”… Read the rest

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Here’s why we didn’t go home the other day

July 23, 2014
Here’s why we didn’t go home the other day

Don’t go home, she said.
The Bride and I were standing with a friend at the elevators on the 19th floor in one of the buildings of MD Anderson’s massive cancer care complex.
We stopped by the Houston high-rise to visit a couple who both are fighting cancer. This time it was the husband in a cruel contest with pancreatic cancer and, now, liver. His just-completed procedure had left him unable to eat and he was depressed.… Read the rest

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More than you think

July 23, 2014
More than you think

You’ve heard of TMI, right? “Too much information.” You know: when someone tells you a story and includes details that you really never wanted to hear? And once the story is over, you think to yourself, “I can never unhear that!”
Well, I want to introduce a new set of initials. MIN: “More information needed.” Just when you think you have it figured out, life throws you another curve ball, and you find out that there is more to it than you thought.… Read the rest

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Dewhurst appoints Nelson Senate Finance chair

July 23, 2014
Dewhurst appoints Nelson Senate Finance chair

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.
Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a member of the committee for seven legislative sessions, including the current session.… Read the rest

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Some years are more memorable than others

July 16, 2014

After you’ve lived a few decades, you can look back and see that certain years rock and others stink.
For me, 1980 was terrific.
I was 23 and would turn 24 about halfway through. It was the only year the Bride and I had just one child (who just turned 35 – these days, the “time flies” axiom is replaceable by “I don’t mind getting old but I don’t want to see my children getting old.”)… Read the rest

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Sometimes when it rains, it pours

July 16, 2014
Sometimes when it rains, it pours

A couple of weeks ago, I headed for home after a gully-washer of a rain.  When I walked through my front door, I was greeted by a puddle of standing water. Since we pretty much live in the Sweetie Suite in the back part of the house, Mrs. Sweetie had no idea we had water in the floor on the front. I got some towels and mopped it up, then moved the piano and the armoire away from the wall, and mopped some more.… Read the rest

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Honey bees moved westward just like the pioneers

July 16, 2014
Honey bees moved westward just like the pioneers

I’ve called this column Pages From Western History because I really like stories about the West. The U.S. Government forced the eastern Indian tribes to move west of the Mississippi River. Fur trappers went there for beaver. Pioneers on the Oregon Trail sought land and a new start in life; so did Texans and other folks too. All kinds of people rushed west for gold and silver. The military marched west to try to protect all these people from each other.… Read the rest

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