Choosing your targets

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I've never owned, or even been allowed to play with, a laser pointer. It makes me crazy when people use them in presentations, pointing to stuff on PowerPoint slides. I spend so much time just trying to find the little red dot, I forget what they're talking about.

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Corporate wisdom

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I am far from the smartest investor who ever lived, but give me credit. At least I never bought stock in RadioShack.

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More guns make no one safer

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Bob Buckel

New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the other day the "open carry" issue - the right to openly carry a gun in Texas - did not have the votes to be a priority for the 84th Legislature. When I heard that, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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Finding, friending and fleeing

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Galen was one of the most talented humans I have ever known. We met when a couple from our church invited a few of the "new" folks over for supper. He and Pat, like my wife and I, were both newlyweds and newcomers.

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Upon further review…

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Miss Watkins had a firm grip on Leo's left arm as she dragged him from the playground.

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Hey, slick, who taught you how to drive?

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Raindrops race down the windshield, then race up as I gain speed. One seems to dart the opposite way to the others, and I almost swerve, thinking it's a deer running into my path.

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The 2014 highlight reel

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Know what would be cool? If, at the end of every year, somebody - NFL Films, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino - put together a highlight video of our lives.

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The future? It’s now, just like it always was

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Bob Buckel

George Orwell's book "1984" portrayed a scary future in which an omnipresent government - Big Brother - waged perpetual war and kept its people under constant surveillance.

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A Christmas to remember

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It was the perfect storm. A wife in the first trimester of her first pregnancy, nauseated by every taste and smell her senses could deliver. A 500-mile car trip to celebrate Christmas with her family.

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Christmas spirit in no-man’s-land

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The news stories circling us every waking moment are starting to remind me of those flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz" - very unsettling. Police shootings, riots in response. Grand juries, lawsuits and denials, SWAT gear and tear gas. Hands up. I can't breathe.

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The ghosts of Christmas (shopping)

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Ebenezer always raised his prices at Christmas. This did not win him any friends, but he didn't care. He was an old coot.

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Roomies and homies

Published Saturday, November 29, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My first roommate was my older sister. I don't recall much about the arrangement, but I think we got along just fine. I did everything she told me to do.

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Dealing with evil

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Those of us who respect life - and that is still the vast majority of humans on this planet - reel in disgust from the actions of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) who had another video beheading last week with Syrian prisoners and an American aid worker.

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Thanksgiving was born in stressful times

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My image of Thanksgiving has long been that classic Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom from Want" - a happy family gathered around a table loaded with food.

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Propaganda? Depends on your point of view

Published Saturday, November 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Propaganda. We of a certain generation grew up with that word. The most common meaning is "manipulating information to influence opinion."

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Best for a party, or best for Texas?

Published Saturday, November 1, 2014
By Bob Buckel

For some this may be a confession, for others a boast. I am not a member of any political party. Like many Texans, I vote in the Republican primary because that's where most races are decided.

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Stories from the heart

Published Saturday, October 25, 2014
By Bob Buckel

We are the questioners, the ones who scratch our heads and wonder why, or how, when or where. We see someone digging a hole and wonder what he's doing. Our job compels us to stop and ask.

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Here’s to the cleaners

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The only time I ever saw Modesto (yes, that was his name) was when he was pushing a dust broom down the hall of my high school.

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What’s behind the curtain?

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My generation grew up in a world of curtains. We had the Iron Curtain that stretched across Eastern Europe, dividing countries and people and ideologies.

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The NFL? It’s us

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Isn't it ironic that the NFL is suddenly taking such a - well, beating - over players beating up their wives, girlfriends and children? Isn't violence what the NFL is all about?

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