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The day the earth shook

Posted on 17. Oct, 2012 by .

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Many people who know me or have read my stories, columns or blogs over the years know I love baseball. I even tell people I can name the exact date when I became an official baseball fan: Aug. 22, 1989. That was the day Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout, and I was hooked. So […]

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Move over snowmageddon, here comes Gandolf

Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 by .

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Who says meteorology is boring? There appears to be a controversy brewing this week among meteorologists over the Weather Channel’s decision to start naming major winter storms, similar to the way tropical storms and hurricanes are named. Here’s part of the Weather Channel’s reasoning, according to a story posted on its weather.com web site posted […]

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Gangnam what?

Posted on 26. Sep, 2012 by .

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I’m not the best person to ask about popular culture. I’m more likely to read the Washington Post than the National Enquirer, or watch CNN rather than TMZ. So I had never heard of the phenomenom that is South Korean pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video. Apparently I’m the only person who hasn’t seen this […]

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Front porches

Posted on 19. Sep, 2012 by .

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I came across a story in USA Today this week about the rise in the number of new homes being constructed with front porches. The story said that this trend “hints at a shift in the way Americans want to live: in smaller houses and dense neighborhoods that promote walking and social interaction.” Interestingly, the […]

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9/11 reminds us to thank those who respond to disasters

Posted on 13. Sep, 2012 by .

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I attended a program at the Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday where local police, medics and firefighters were honored for their service as part of a 9/11 service. Those honored were from departments that served the communities that make up the Northwest school district. Honestly at times it felt more like a pep rally for the […]

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Remembering a firefighter

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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I wrote a short story for the midweek paper on the passing of local firefighter M.L. “Major” Teague. The 75-year-old Greenwood resident died last Monday, and he was buried at Greenwood Cemetery Saturday. For the past 12 years, the chatter of police, medic and fire channels on the scanner have been a constant companion for […]

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Dad’s first day of kindergarten

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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I wrote about my daughter’s first day of kindergarten in the midweek Wise County Messenger, but of course there was way more funny tidbits than could fit in a single column, so here are a few more: When it came time earlier this summer to pick out a backpack, we wanted to make sure it […]

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When lightning leads to fires

Posted on 15. Aug, 2012 by .

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The rain has been a welcome sight the last few days, but the storms that brought that rain have caused trouble as well. When we have an extended period of dry conditions, a storm with cloud to ground lightning is a recipe for fires. Usually, those lightning strikes happen in rural areas – maybe a […]

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School days are almost here

Posted on 08. Aug, 2012 by .

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You’ve probably noticed some activity at local schools this week. Football, volleyball and marching band practices are ushering in the new school year. Officially, students will return to school for the first day of classes in about three weeks. For many, it will be a return to a familiar place. For others, it will be […]

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