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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‘Friend’ me?

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Life is all about tradeoffs. If we live long enough, we learn that. Fame comes with a loss of privacy.

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Look! Up in the cloud! That’s not me!

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My heart goes out to all the celebrities whose embarrassing pictures were found in The Cloud and published last week by some Internet ne-er-do-well.

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Conversation with a famous spokesreptile

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Whoa! I didn't expect to see you in my shower! Well, mate, that makes two of us. I was, hmm, just thinking you might need to, uh, check your, ah ... auto insurance! That's right! Did you know 15 minutes ...

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The roadside recycler

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, but you're almost certainly a redneck if you could completely furnish several houses just by picking up the furniture that's in your own yard, your neighbors' yards, and alongside the road you live on.

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Didn’t have time for Nixon’s pain

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Forty years was three lifetimes ago. Forty years ago in May, I graduated from high school on a warm, starry Friday night. My buddy Trip and I walked and drove around town the whole night, never settling anywhere, savoring every conversation, every hug, every look as though it might be the last.

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Let the information flow

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

What it really comes down to is osmosis. You remember osmosis from high school science, don't you? That's the process that lets stuff pass through the membrane around your cells.

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Carried away with water

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Several features of this earth have captured my imagination for as long as I can remember. (A) Mountains. (B) Trees. (C) Water.

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Park it right here, big guy

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It could be worse. For one thing, the parking lot at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion grounds is grass.

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By Bob Buckel

"NOW OPEN!" the signs scream, in capital letters the size of Stanley Marsh's Cadillacs, upended at a jaunty angle in the Panhandle dirt.

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The unwritten (until now) law of relationships

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Bob Buckel

If you watch baseball, you've seen this. A batter lets a pitch go by, but the umpire calls it a strike. Sometimes it's the third strike, and the batter is out.

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This border crisis is different

Published Saturday, July 5, 2014
By Bob Buckel

His name's Esteban. I can't tell his story, because it's not mine to tell - but he entered the United States illegally.

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Seeing the USA

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Bob Buckel

I don't know about you, but summertime makes me itchy to get in the car and drive - not across town, or even across Texas, but across America.

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