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Blood Moon

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blood Moon

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Noticing the ‘sames’ and the ‘differents’

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Well, I got to the coffee shop too late to neighbor with anyone. Everyone is already gone. Phoned one friend who is doing a little farming today. Too busy to drink coffee with anybody today. So I have a little time for reflective thinking.

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LBJ School hosts civil rights summit

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin.

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Campaign Donations

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014

Campaign Donations

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Baseball, memories and milestones

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014

One of the things that happens as you age (gracefully) is that from time to time, dates reach out of the calendar and (ungracefully) slap you in the face.

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Tossing and turning over the American dream

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nicole and I are toying with the idea of buying a home and leaving the rent race behind. I never thought I was afraid of commitment until the word "mortgage" entered my vocabulary.

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Happy 50th to an automotive legend

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's not often that you get to witness the birth of a legend, but I was there.

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Mickey Rooney

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mickey Rooney

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State responds to Fort Hood shooting

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself.

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Another one sacrificed to the ‘drug war’

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Re: "Jury delivers guilty verdict in drug case:" Why are we, the taxpayers, being forced to pay for supposed crimes where there are no victims or violence in a citizen's actions and/or private and personal choices?

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Military Mental Health Services

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

Military Mental Health Services

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Hail to thee, icy pellets of precipitation

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

I was pulling out of the parking lot Thursday afternoon at Wise Regional Health System when something hit my windshield. "Hey!" I exclaimed, looking around for some knucklehead kid, randomly tossing pebbles. (My wife found that very insightful.)

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People are the strongest economic drivers

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

Passionate people make for the most pleasant, and easiest, interviews.

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Disappointed in superintendent’s response

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

I just finished reading the Wednesday edition of the Messenger. Mr. Branum sought legal counsel for direction on a tie vote in which the renewal of the athletic director's contract did not receive a majority and thus did not pass.

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Phrase of the Week: “Conscious Uncoupling”

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Phrase of the Week: "Conscious Uncoupling"

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A Wookiee in Wise: In pursuit of Peter Mayhew

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

At 7-foot, 3 inches tall, Peter Mayhew is hard to miss. But the English-born actor, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, continues to elude Messenger reporters.

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A ‘pretty good’ name for a dog

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The idea for writing this little column every once in a while has been rewarded by comments from friends and new friends all over the county.

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The persistent pursuit of plaques

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014

I majored in English in college for one reason, and one reason only. I wanted to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

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‘Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees…’

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yeah, "nature-lover" me was sitting out on the back deck-porch-whatchamacallit the other day, and I actually got to watch the birds and the bees.

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The Selfie

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Selfie

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