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I always looked forward to the mail, in previous years. You could always count on exciting letters inviting you to attend a function, speak at a meeting, and invest in new ventures that would make you a lot of money. I remember when a new venture was a wonder drug like penicillin but I didn’…

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There is a “falls” in Marble Falls, Texas, but no “marble”; the rock quarried near there is “granite,” which was used to build the present State Capitol in Austin, begun in 1882 and completed in 1888.  I remember my high school Texas History teacher telling our class the fascinating story ab…

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Helping to make molasses out of sugarcane the old-timey way in the 1940s was my first experience with the tall grass known as “sugarcane.” Since there are three types of sugarcane, chewing cane, crystal cane, and syrup cane, I’m guessing my father’s cousins in Carmine, Texas, were using “syr…

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The origin of words has always fascinated me. Once in Arkansas I passed by a town by the name of Toad Suck. Just had to pull in there and ask. The place didn’t have more than a few hundred people but it didn’t take me long to discover the origin of the name. During the mid 1800’s there was a…

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Recently, while going through my closet, I came across a small, “Indian” arrowhead that I had found as a child growing up in Dime Box. We called such artifacts, “Indian” arrowheads back then. Today, however, “Native Americans” is the preferred term, although anthropologists and archeologists…

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My friend “B. B. “is one of those colorful characters who always has a story to tell, quite often a “parlor” story, that’s the kind that gentlemen would not tell in mixed company in the old days. But nowadays his stories would pass muster at a PG 13 movie.  For instance he writes silly songs…

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Is America good? That’s the real question we have been debating these past few weeks. The answer, of course, is obvious to all but a few true radicals. Yes, America is good. That doesn’t mean America is perfect, and it doesn’t mean we should not strive to make America better, but the critici…

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Although he was born in Carmine, my father grew up in Dime Box, married, and raised his family there (which included me). Daddy was an avid fisherman!  Fresh water! I don’t think he had ever been to the Gulf of Mexico until much later in life.  But the creeks in Dime Box in those days were c…

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Roughly two-thirds of the states allow universal voting by mail, and five do all their voting exclusively by mail-in ballots: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. 

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You’ve all heard the sayings, idioms, homilies of the English language. If you get something out of these observations the monkey is on your back. 

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After losing the war with the squirrels and birds over the figs for many years, we are declaring total victory this year!  Victory came only with the daily help of our daughter and granddaughters, armed with buckets and bowls.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected lives – including helping end thousands of them – in Texas and the United States.

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I was at a meeting, back during normal times, at night, got to stay up late and everything, when I got into a conversation with an older couple who lived out on the Prairie on what is known as “Slick Gumbo” soil. The fellow joked, through his mask, that “If you stick with that gumbo when it’…

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 Antifa is a fanatical and increasingly violent form of fascism growing on the streets of our country. Civil debate and free speech are out. Power on the streets is in. If that scares you, the fact that our country’s political, corporate and media leaders seem to be OK with this mob violence…

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It’s been reported that President Donald Trump wants to send another wave of stimulus checks to Americans as they continue to struggle financially during the coronavirus pandemic, which goes against what some GOP lawmakers think should be done.

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One advantage of living in Wharton (I lived there in the mid and late 1960s) over East Bernard was the quick trip to the county courthouse for your license plate renewal. No thirty-minute drive to the courthouse.  However, being a person who loved design in all areas (including architecture)…

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I had a talk in Nashville for a religious order that has quite a number of charitable hospitals across the country. I knew they did great work and healing was a part of their ministry. I also knew to be careful with this kind of audience because the many doctors in the audience had a short a…

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We just had riots from coast to coast. Downtown Seattle is currently a lawless zone under the control of anarchists. It may be time to start asking what’s going on in our country. People are not happy. The national unrest started with the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis polic…

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Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to institute police reforms when he met with the Houston family of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and killed by police in front of a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25.

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Today, Pandemic Sufferers, we will have a meaningful history lesson. Years ago, back before amplifiers, like back before electricity, like really long ago, people didn’t have TV or radio or couches to make them couch potatoes, they turned to evil pursuits like dancing. This was invented abou…

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June 4, 2020 started out as a normal day until mid-morning, when a strange odor, like rotting garlic in vinegar, filled the kitchen and breakfast room. Soon after, our central AC caused the stench to permeate the house. We called the natural gas company to check for a leak, and AC repair to …

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Texas Democrats’ first virtual convention last week, dealing with national and state races during a pandemic, the question was, could Red-State Texas go Blue? For Senate? Or even president?

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As Tropical Storm Cristobal moved north in the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula toward Louisiana, the weather system’s potential impact on East Texas grew and Gov. Greg Abbott on June 5 addressed the situation in a news conference.

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Our country is hurting. Culturally, as a society and how we relate to each other, we are in the midst of a steep drop, almost a free fall. Race is just one aspect; we are talking past one another, and we are less of a community than I ever recall. If you love this country, the question is ho…

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Can you believe we break out of COVID-19 into Hurricane season! We used to head for Dallas but sitting on the freeway in a massive jam is more dangerous than the Hurricane, especially if it shifts to the North and your spouse starts in with, “I told you so.” Road rage is not confined to the …

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When I retired from my second career as pastor, and began working full-time as a free lance writer, a friend suggested that I create a “Page” on Facebook. Not having the foggiest idea of what that meant, I ignored the suggestion until another friend on Facebook asked me to “like” his “Page.”…

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In his first week as the Founding Dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, former State Sen. Kirk Watson co-published a report for public institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We have now had time to digest the news of senior Obama political appointees – including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden – spying on President Donald Trump’s 2017 incoming national security advisor, Michael Flynn. It has been weeks since the news broke, but we have few answers as t…

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Now that I have cheated death again I want to confess so all you priests listen up. The confession today is about how a sweet little animal, so often mentioned in the bible, can kill you grave yard dead and not really intend to harm you at all. Perhaps that is why one political party in the …

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Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50% and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to reduce the spread of COVID-19.