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When you’re up to your ears in unwritten words

February 5, 2014
When you’re up to your ears in unwritten words

There will never be enough time to fully cover your passion.
Whether you love travel or music or astronomy, you’ll never get it all in. You’ll never see every beautiful site on this planet or hear every song or see every star.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.


I’m a words guy. Some people love numbers or paint or wood or carburetors. I do words.… Read the rest

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How to avoid foot in mouth disease

February 5, 2014
How to avoid foot in mouth disease

He put his foot in mouth.” I was pondering that phrase this morning and wondering about its origin. I did some internet research and found that there is no definitive answer.
One article suggested: “One possible point of origin for this phrase traces it back to Irish Parliamentarian Sir Boyle Roche, who was sort of an 18th-century equivalent to (former U.S. Vice President) Dan Quayle. Roche once said, ‘Half the lies our opponents tell about me are not true!’ Someone with a much firmer grasp of the English language remarked of Roche, ‘Every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it,’ and a phrase was born”.… Read the rest

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Women went to the Klondike gold rush, too

February 5, 2014
Women went to the Klondike gold rush, too

When one hears of the Klondike gold rush, one is likely to think of all those men, bundled up securely, climbing the Chilkoot Pass trail, one by one. I never thought about how many women went along.  From a book I bought at the Azle Library book sale, Women of the Klondike by Frances Backhouse, I learned that many women took part.… Read the rest

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President’s annual national address draws reactions

February 5, 2014
President’s annual national address draws reactions

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst posted similar takes on President Obama’s annual state of the union address, televised live on Jan. 28.
Perry said, “…Texas has shown that the way to economic prosperity and significant job growth is through individual freedoms and the free market. Tonight, we saw a president with the same old agenda and no real idea on how to govern.”… Read the rest

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Please feel free to contribute to Me Day

January 29, 2014
Please feel free to contribute to Me Day

Did you know there is a Reagan Day? And a Jefferson-Jackson Day? Me either.
But they’re out there. In fact, a Reagan Day hoohah is right around the corner and you can attend if you have $100 in your cupboard’s Mason jar where you throw your loose change.
Or you can bring some pals for $2,000.
Reagan and Jefferson-Jackson Days are, respectively, the Republican and Democratic Parties biggest fundraisers annually.… Read the rest

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Here’s a Foodie’s guide to life

January 29, 2014
Here’s a Foodie’s guide to life

Anyone who knows me well knows that I enjoy good food. Anyone who doesn’t know me well but takes a look at my physique isn’t surprised. If you are what you eat, I will have to admit that: (1) I am not always the healthiest choice on the menu; (2) I am, however, tasty and never boring.
I even plan trips and meetings around food. I have one friend that I would describe as my “ian” friend.… Read the rest

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Western pioneers come in many forms, occupations

January 29, 2014
Western pioneers come in many forms, occupations

My excitement for Western history usually is directed toward the 19th century with its cattle drives, gold rushes, cavalry, Indians and wagon trains plodding the well-worn trails.  Of course, history is anything that happened even a short time ago. Consequently, in my travels in the western part of the U.S. I often learn about modern “pioneers.”
Last summer I encountered the work of such a person while walking across a pedestrian bridge near Tacoma, Wash. and stopping to pose for a photograph with my nephew.… Read the rest

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Perry policy goes to pot at international forum

January 29, 2014
Perry policy goes to pot at international forum

With the end of his longevity record of 14 years as governor less than a year away, Rick Perry took part in policy discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Perry was the only U.S. state governor to attend the forum, the governor’s office said. Besides his headline-grabbing words suggesting a softer approach through drug courts on state marijuana laws, Perry said Texas is the place to be for companies seeking a business-friendly environment.… Read the rest

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Winter Olympics are in ‘snow’ much trouble

January 22, 2014
Winter Olympics are in ‘snow’ much trouble

It’s possible that many Olympic records will be set at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia that begin Feb. 7.
That’s because the competitors might be skiing for their lives – from avalanches.
Let’s face it: It’s gonna be pedal to the metal if tons of snow and boulders are roaring down on you.
However, getting that tons of snow is the tricky part, right now. Sochi currently isn’t getting much at all. Locals say that February is the big month for snow in that Russian area that is sometimes so temperate that palm trees can be found.… Read the rest

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Look for the “western” meaning of a word first!

January 22, 2014
Look for the “western” meaning of a word first!

English words often have more than one meaning.  Usually my mind jumps first to the western or historic definition before the modern one. For example, a few days ago a headline in the newspaper said “Barnes has Longhorns on the comeback trail.” I immediately was glad that the celebrated animal of the long cattle drives was increasing in population and not at risk. It turns out, the story was praising the coach of the University of Texas basketball team!  Even in our sports-oriented Metroplex, usually my reaction when hearing “Cowboys” or “Texas Rangers” is not either football or baseball.… Read the rest

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