Rating reality

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

There are some reality shows that are so ingrained in American culture that I feel like I understand the gist of them even if I've never watched them.

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Rock on: Keep it up kids, this is fun

Published Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Racey Burden

Rocks have become inexplicably popular lately. I don't know how it started, but it's a thing now for kids to paint rocks and leave them around town for others to find and hide again. You can also paint your own rocks to leave in their place, which is what David and I decided to do.

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Growing not a pain

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Racey Burden

I've seen a lot of complaints about growth lately, especially at public meetings and in the Facebook comments of the Messenger posts. New retail possibly coming to Bridgeport? Stay away, this is a rural community.

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Lemon recipe proves to be ray of sunshine

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Racey Burden

Do you know the muffin man? Because I don't, but I'm pretty sure his mild-mannered alter ego doesn't work at the Messenger.

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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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