Always look on the bright side of life

Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Today marks my 1,185th day at the paper. It's been a fun trip, and if you weren't aware, I'm riding off into the sunset this week. Just so you know now, I'm not dying.

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Hate is poisoning the air we breath

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

In the past week, this country has seen remarkable things - a violent attack on peaceful churchgoers, millions turning their backs on a flag, a terrorist was sentenced to death and the highest court in the land has given a 5-4 decision in favor of gay marriage.

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Drowning in a sea of chaos and loving it

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

My life is complete chaos. I should really end this column with that sentence, so I don't waste any more ink expanding on how my life choices turned a relatively sane man into the slobbering fool I am today.

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Loving scars, big noses and my baby’s name

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

"Oh God, is she going to have your nose?" That was the first thing my wife, Nicole, said during the sonogram Monday.

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Doc Brown is my real estate agent now

Published Saturday, April 25, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

It seems like only five years ago, there was a glut of housing following the bubble burst in 2008.

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How do I decide on a baby name?

Published Saturday, April 4, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

First of all, let me say my wife, Nicole, has got this suspense-building thing down. I got a series of cryptic text messages yesterday that culminated in finding out I will be the proud father of a daughter.

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Some are more equal than others

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Taking photos or video of the police is not a crime ... yet. This week, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced House Bill 2918, which basically makes any video or photo by "private citizens" of police officers a crime.

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Gay marriage no concern

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

History was made yesterday. It was a meaningful moment that will forever mark a lifelong commitment between two people.

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Musings of a drug-addled hypochondriac

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Until last January, I never knew what "hay fever" was. I know now.

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Break into a new year

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's time to break dishes. Bring out your old wares and fling them at your neighbors' homes and leave piles of shattered porcelain.

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Merry flippin’ Christmas to one and all

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

The time is near. Another family gathering is necessary. Thanksgiving was fairly easy. It was just my parents, my wife and I. Christmas will require a much larger gathering - or so I thought.

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When the political machine gets a flat tire

Published Saturday, November 29, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Often the term "political machine" is used to convey an idea of some overwhelming, inhuman creation bent on squashing the common man. But let's not forget who built the machine.

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Evolution is saving my church

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

A church can be something very personal - that's why we often refer to it as "our church." Mine is a small Presbyterian church in Pittsburg. I haven't found one since that gave me the same fulfillment or sense of community.

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When rights collide, come together

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Still images and videos of confrontations between police officers and citizens flashed on the large projector screen Thursday night in Dallas, perfectly illustrating what not to do as a citizen and as law enforcement.

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Don’t forget, these are your rights, too

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

There is a trend that has gone seemingly unnoticed by the American populace. It's scary, and it affects everyone, yet not only are some people oblivious, others are also enthusiastically in favor of this slow erosion of their rights.

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An appreciation for those who actually help

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's an odd sensation when your car's motor isn't turning and you're still going about 70 mph down a busy highway (at least for the moment - that speedometer needle drops pretty quickly).

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Searching for words

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I was running through the woods, trying to catch up. Ahead of me was an old house, long abandoned and surrounded on all sides by thicket. I say a house - in retrospect, it was more of an ancient shack that likely belonged to a long-gone cotton farmer.

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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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