Fish stories: Feed me fish, but don’t make me catch them

Published Saturday, June 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

I don't think I'm cut out for fishing. When trying to decide what we were going to do for our columns this week, David and I had conflicting ideas. He wanted to do lifeguard training. I wanted to take our dogs through an agility course.

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Valid bills die at the hands of petty legislators

Published Saturday, May 20, 2017
By Racey Burden

So it looks like the Texas Legislature will go into special session this year at the expense of taxpayers.

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Sugar rush: Recreating the lovely, yet elusive Unicorn Frappuccino

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017
By Racey Burden

If you're in a certain age group (teens to late 20s) and on Instagram, you probably saw a lot of Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos in everyone's selfies a few weeks ago.

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Cutting hair is hard, y’all

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Racey Burden

I can now say that I've trimmed yak hair. Well, a blend of yak and human hair.

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Teamwork sabotaged by Pig’s stubborn streak

Published Saturday, March 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

You can now call me the Hog Queen of Wise County. Or don't. I don't really want, or deserve, that title.

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Turning off the news (briefly)

Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

I am exhausted by politics. I'm sure it's a feeling shared by many.

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Bringing a sportsy guy into the age of animation

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017
By Racey Burden

It has come to my attention recently that our sports editor, the venerable Richard Greene, is severely lacking in his animated film education. He may be an adult, but that's no excuse.

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Two wheels are tough; Hydration is overrated … unless you’re cycling

Published Saturday, February 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, in much the same way that you can tell me that I should probably hydrate for my first bike ride in years and I still won't do it.

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Criticism: it’s part of the presidential package

Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Racey Burden

The day that I wrote this column was inauguration day, but I really didn't intend to write about politics. It's kind of hard to think about anything else though, when all I've been seeing on any news feed all day long is Trump.

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A-F system demoralizing, sets public schools up to fail

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Racey Burden

The Texas Education Agency notified school districts of their provisional grades under the proposed A-F accountability system Friday, and many Wise County schools were shocked to see "C"s, "D"s and "F"s.

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Working my way through it

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Racey Burden

Sometimes the closer you are to a story, the more difficult it can be to write.

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Studying the best and worst of holiday hits

Published Saturday, December 24, 2016
By Racey Burden

This time of year, if you listen to the radio at all, you're constantly bombarded with Christmas music. I really don't like Christmas music. I know, I know. How horribly Grinch-like of me.

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Kids, don’t eat this at home

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By Racey Burden

The smell of icing made me feel nauseous by the end of David and I's "holiday structure" building experiment (we could call them gingerbread houses, but that's factually incorrect and we're journalists - don't work for Breitbart).

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‘3,000 Miles to Graceland’ leaves viewers ‘all shook up’ … and annoyed

Published Saturday, November 26, 2016
By Racey Burden

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, David and I found a way to subtly torture each other - pick out the worst movie we own and make the other one watch it.

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We the people: Trump can’t save America, but we can

Published Saturday, November 12, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've spent the days since the presidential election wondering what I could possibly say in this column that would matter to anyone who read it. I know where I live. Texas is a red state, has been as long as I can remember, and while I've often felt frustrated with my overly-zealous Republican neighbors, I have never felt frightened of the people they elect. Until now.

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Measuring the creep factor

Measuring the creep factor

Published Saturday, October 29, 2016
By Racey Burden

As a 14-year-old girl in Wise County, nothing intrigued or scared me more than Screaming Bridge.

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The plane crash that wasn’t

Published Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Racey Burden

In the Messenger newsroom, hearing about a potential plane wreck on scanner is a rare occurrence, which is a good thing.

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Pumpkin face-off: Crude surgical skills put to use

Published Saturday, October 1, 2016
By Racey Burden

Carving pumpkins is not for the faint of heart. Sharp objects to cut with and gross goop inside - it's like a weird form of squash surgery.

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Practice empathy instead of passing judgment

Published Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Racey Burden

Colin Kaepernick was my fantasy football quarterback for two years, and he did all right. I eventually replaced him with Cam Newton. But what he's doing now, in real life, outside of football, is far more important.

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Revisiting ‘Space Jam’ stomps childhood nostalgia

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016
By Racey Burden

Something happened this weekend that caused me to question all of my childhood memories - I watched "Space Jam."

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