I went to an earthquake meeting and a religious revival broke out.
Only the anti-oil and gas faction that attracted hundreds to 404 West Main Street Jan. 13 in Azle weren’t preaching the Good News; they heralded the Bad News – proclaiming to shine a light on the evil political devils down in Austin who were clearly a plague on the good people assembled!… Read the rest
I am a reader and I come from a family of readers. There is nothing like getting so caught up in a story that you can’t wait to turn the page. Until you get to the final page. Then, there is nothing like a new book. That new book brings new possibilities. What am I going to learn? How is the author going to challenge me? Make me laugh? Make me cry?… Read the rest
Recently, Time magazine raised a ruckus with a 12 statement query that, they say, can determine your political leanings.
I thought I had already taken care of that back in September of 2012 with the hard-hitting column entitled “Some help in deciding your own political affiliation.”
A sample example:
Where do you get your political information?
Hollywood stars – Democrat
Four letter named radio hosts (i.e., Rush and Beck) – Republican… Read the rest
Texas Department of Agriculture on Jan. 6 announced an upgraded version of its free “GO TEXAN” application, a way for smartphone users to track their visits to wineries, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, nurseries and florists, and share their experiences on social media.
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said, “This is an easy way for those who enjoy local products to support Texas businesses and track their visits, simply by pulling out their smartphone.”… Read the rest
Glancing over at the endcap on an aisle at a Target, the shelf was filled with albums (yes, Grandpa still calls them albums) from 2013 Grammy nominees.
Printed on the front of every CD: “Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics.”
The warning label has been around for decades now, fueled by Prince’s 1984 Purple Rain; Tipper Gore wasn’t crazy about the racy songs on that record when she bought it for her 12-year-old daughter and that kicked off the federal proceedings that resulted in the sticker.… Read the rest
In this first Life Matters of 2014 let’s pretend that a generous benefactor has given each of us $31,536,000. Say that number aloud like a game show announcer: “Thirty-one million, five hundred thirty-six THOUSAND DOLLARS!” Sounds even bigger, doesn’t it?
Now, we’ve been told that there is no such thing as a free lunch (or 3 million of them), so of course this gift comes with some stipulations.… Read the rest
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1850, the writer Robert Louis Stevenson had a Western U.S. connection. A pivotal and influential part of his life took place in California from 1879 to 1880. His childhood in Scotland was influenced by a well-to-do engineer father who followed the family profession of building lighthouses. Frequent moves, sometimes to damp, unhealthy places, caused the young Stevenson to develop coughs and fevers. He remained a frail youth and missed a lot of school.… Read the rest
U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott signed the letter along with 10 other state attorneys general who united in claiming the federal Health & Human Services agency has proposed changes “that both compound illegal executive action and fail to protect the privacy of consumers using the health insurance exchanges.”… Read the rest
Listening in on Old Man 2013 and Baby 2014 as they pass:
2013: Whew, I’m exhausted! What a year!
2014: Well, pass me the baton – I’m rarin’ to go!
2013: Oh, I used to have that same vigor. About a year ago…
2014: What happened?
2013: What didn’t?!
2014: It couldn’t have been that bad.
2013: Remember the Boston Marathon bombing?
2014: No, I just got here.… Read the rest
Do I have your attention? Now if I could only figure out how to get you to send me ONLY $19.99 for this amazing secret, I could keep my resolution of becoming independently wealthy.
Most New Year’s resolutions are broken by January 6. Are we really that bad? Lazy? Incompetent? Weak?
I think it is more an issue of focus. It is not that we cannot focus, but that we focus on the wrong things. So what I am offering here are two focus-shifters and four strategies that I am absolutely convinced will bring us positive results in 2014.… Read the rest