He keeps us wanting more

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

There's something I've been wondering about regarding the Rangers. Why are we keeping Joey Gallo around? This guy has a batting average of .197. His fielding is OK. At first base he has the benefit of being very tall, but other than that he hasn't shown any particular brilliance.

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Establishing boundaries as impressive as milestone

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

We Rangers fans are all very excited for Adrian Beltre to reach the milestone of 3,000 hits.

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Who are our enemies, foreign and domestic?

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I went to the Rangers game on July 4th. Before the game, more than 100 Air Force recruits were sworn in.

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Art that’s made to order

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I was recently contacted by an old friend via email. I updated her that I had changed from my previous career to graphic design.

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Perdido en la traduccion (Lost in translation)

Published Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Joy Carrico

On Tuesday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was asked in a radio interview whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies could build a franchise around All-Star outfielder Odubel Herrera. He said no.

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What’s in a name?

Published Saturday, May 27, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Denton ISD named a building after my dad - the Bill Carrico Athletic Complex. It was built as part of the new high school in Denton.

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It ain’t over til it’s over, unless it is

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Earlier this month, Baltimore Oriole's player Manny Machado went on an epic rant so filled with expletives that it's little more than a series of bleeps. He was ranting because Red Sox's Chris Sale threw behind him.

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Demise of the death penalty

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The death penalty is facing the firing squad all over the nation. In the past 10 years, seven states have repealed their death penalty laws and four others have moratoriums in place, pending review of the death penalty system.

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Speaking baseball: Translating diamond dialect to follow the game

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Baseball is an efficient language. For those who speak it fluently, there is an amazing shorthand dialect where much can be said about the sport in few words. For those who do not speak fluent baseball, it's gobbledygook.

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Ruby Ridge is right around the corner

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I think social media is turning us all into extremists.

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We need a wake-up call from our phones

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I remember when phones were devices we used to talk to people. They were not portable, and they did nothing more than connect us to the person on the other end of the line so we could communicate.

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Mending fences while building walls

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Things aren't good with our neighbor to the South. Why is Mexico upset with us? Well, we want to build a wall to keep people from illegally crossing the border from Mexico, and we want Mexico to pay for it.

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Can’t read her poker face

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Before Lady Gaga performed her halftime show at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, there was much speculation about whether or not the show would be a political protest.

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You don’t get what you don’t pay for

Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Joy Carrico

American Airlines announced a few days ago that they will soon be selling "Basic Economy" fares in addition to the other main cabin fares.

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No pain, no pain: Deconstructing and defining my core values

Published Saturday, January 14, 2017
By Joy Carrico

In this week's copy of All Around Wise, Gerry Lewis wrote a column called "What are your core values?" He starts by explaining the difference between beliefs and core values. Beliefs are abstract, while core values motivate us to act in certain ways.

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Hockey’s got nothing on baseball

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella loves hockey. He even plays hockey. As his loyal and loving girlfriend, I have made an effort to understand and enjoy this game. In fact, I have often been one of two or three people freezing in the metal bleachers as he plays in league hockey.

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We need a lot more Dolly

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Can I call you Dolly? If I were to call you Ms. Parton, I imagine you would insist I call you Dolly. You seem to be on a permanent first-name basis with the whole world.

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas everywhere I go

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Get ready. It's almost time for the invasion of bad music into our lives.

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Beware the little white lie

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Joy Carrico

A study was released Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience that concludes the brain adapts to dishonesty. Scientists devised a study where they gave people incentives to be dishonest without having to admit it and measured their brain activity.

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Hey! Mr. Nobel Laureate, play a song for me

Published Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The reactions to this news, I've noticed, seem to fall into one of three camps.

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