Rising to the challenge of brisket judging

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I grew up eating and cooking brisket. I must have eaten it thousands of times. Every birthday, Boy Scout event, wedding, holiday and funeral saw brisket sliced, chopped and plated.

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Grandfather’s stories live on

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I remember the day my grandfather, Lacy Davis, told us about holding a dying man in his arms. He didn't speak about his World War II days often - but when he did, we listened and we all remember the stories.

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Trying to take ‘Mister’ like a man

Published Saturday, May 3, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's a weird moment in a man's life when he ceases to be himself and becomes a "Mister."

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Tossing and turning over the American dream

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

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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The freedom to chase rabbits

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

As I nursed my aching shoulder the other night, I came to realize rabbits are jerks.

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Another winter like this will kill me

Published Saturday, March 1, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's been a long, cold winter for pretty much everyone. Freezing temperatures and snow from back east to right here in our own yards. And I'm just about tired of it. March 20 can't get here fast enough.

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Cherish the time you have

Published Saturday, February 8, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's never easy when someone you love is sick - real sick. And while not as hard, its a bit more awkward when you are a third party to the moments breaking the heart of someone you love.

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Welcoming a new furry addition to the family

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Whenever I take Chloe for a walk, I don't really think anything of it. I'm just a guy with his Beagle making the rounds. Those carefree days of wandering around town are over.

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How do you gain someone’s trust?

Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Anything you ever wanted to know, or not know, has been put into a poll.

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Refrigerator Polaroids: Stir-crazy ramblings from a man iced-in

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

"Nothing like an ice storm to make you want to go swimming ..."

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PISD: Kids got the shaft

Published Saturday, November 23, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Paradise ISD voters have hung their schools, and their kids, out to dry.

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Stranded in cyberspace

Published Saturday, November 2, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

I believe something positive can be learned from the hunk of junk floating around out there in cyberspace.

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Oct. 1: Freedom from government day

Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Monday night, I got to watch my beloved Rangers lose their last hope at the playoffs.

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National Lampoon’s Miata vacation

Published Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Oh, the freedom and glory of driving with the top down and feeling the breeze blowing through my hair ... well, sort of.

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Wedding bells are ringing in East Texas

Published Saturday, June 22, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

I've never been big on jewelry, but I guess that needs to change. After tonight, I'll be wearing a wedding ring.

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The (wedding) bell tolls for… me

Published Saturday, June 1, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Twenty-one days ... that's how much time I have until I'm no longer a single man. It's about time.

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Parents of autistic kids embody selfless love

Published Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

You can't take a break. That is one of the biggest realities of being a parent of an autistic child.

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Rising to the ghost pepper challenge

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Sometimes you're proud of doing something stupid. Recently, I pretty much set myself on fire just to see if I could stand the heat.

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A boy and his dog, exploring the Grasslands

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Recently, I've been spending a lot of time out in the LBJ National Grasslands north of Decatur.

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There’s hope for an early spring

Published Saturday, February 2, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Today is one of my favorite holidays - Groundhog Day.

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