This time a year ago Mrs. Sweetie and I were right in the middle of the major renovation at our house that came to be known as the “Sweetie Suite”. When the tile guy came in to do the shower he said that it may not have been the biggest one he had ever done, but it ranked right up there. If we were the kind of people who did group showers, we could have some kind of party in there.… Read the rest
From my brief study of French many years ago I vaguely remembered that in words ending in a “t,” the last letter is silent. Examples are Ross Perot (Per-ro), cabaret (ka-ba-ray), president (pray-zee-dahn) and report (ra-por). Remembering this gave me insight into the history of an American city as I read a book about fur trappers in the West. I had heard of Etienne Provost before, a French-Canadian who in 1824 led a group of his fellows from Taos, in present New Mexico, to the area around the Great Salt Lake. That group became the first white men to see the lake.… Read the rest
Azle ISD is committed to providing a highly engaging, world class education for each student who attends our schools. We now have the ability to provide outstanding learning experiences for students twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. For the first time this year, all secondary students will soon receive a tablet computer to facilitate a deeper learning of all subjects. Elementary campuses will have a minimum of 180 iPad computers at each campus.… Read the rest
Sen. Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat now in her second term in the state Senate, gained acclaim in June when she filibustered for 11 hours to prevent a vote on legislation that was crafted to rechannel state-supported women’s health care programs and greatly reduce access to abortion services. Her action brought the first special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature to an end and prompted Gov.… Read the rest
Despite my impressive proboscis, I don’t smell well. (Well, I smell at times, but I mean odors in general.) The bride insisted that there was a very bad funk in the bedroom closet. I could not smell it.
It didn’t take her long to commence cleaning out the closet. That was a chore. She uncovered a lot of old monster magazines, an XM radio still in the box, a video tape (!) from a Texas Rangers Nolan Ryan giveaway, a copy of Frank Zappa’s double album (yes, album) 200 Motels, and an unopened Rocky Horror Picture Show Trivia Game that I’ve saved for years, waiting for one night when the daughters return.… Read the rest
Ten days ago, as I was preparing to leave for Vancouver, my neighbor asked me if I could bring some Vancouver weather home. I told him I would do my best, unless they wouldn’t let me bring it through customs.
I’m sitting on my back porch this morning and the thermometer says it is 56 degrees. Not that I am taking any credit, but you could call me the neighborhood hero. You would be wrong, but you could call me that.… Read the rest
Descendants of two pioneer Azle families who make up the Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery Association will hold their annual business meeting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, September 28 at the cemetery. Added festivities will honor the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Association in 1983. The site is located on South Stewart Street about one mile west of the Tarrant-Parker County line.… Read the rest
State Representative Phil King believes same-sex couples should not receive Texas National Guard benefits.
King represents District 61 which includes all of Parker and Wise Counties.
He signed a letter to withhold state benefits to same-sex couples who serve in the Texas Military Forces (TXMF).
King said, “The Texas Constitution recognized only a union between one man and one woman as a lawful marriage.”… Read the rest
In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish an element of the crime of money-laundering as alleged in the indictment.… Read the rest
All I wanted to do is go to Mexico.
In the old days, you got on a plane, landed on an slender strip that was b-a-r-e-l-y long enough for the aircraft to set down on; rode a bus with a hole in the floor sitting next to a local lady holding a chicken; got out at a hotel that had an ice maker that so seldom dumped that when it did, every door on the floor flew open and scores of people of every nationality raced down the hallway for the seven cubes; got sunburned so badly the shower’s cold water hurt; got back on the plane and thanked the Creator that somehow the plane missed those jungle treetops taking off; then kissed the Texas earth when you finally landed back in paradise.… Read the rest