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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Fed up with fortune cookies phoning it in

Published Saturday, August 20, 2016
By Racey Burden

Did you know that fortune cookies aren't really Chinese at all?

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Drawing closer through destruction

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Racey Burden

If you want to bond with someone, maybe you should try to build a cheap piece of furniture together. This actually wasn't my goal when I bought a $12 bookshelf from Wal-Mart.

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Stick with the basics, snow cone peddlers

Published Saturday, August 6, 2016
By Racey Burden

It's important that you know that I don't totally hate pickles or even pickle juice. But I've discovered I despise dill pickle-flavored snow cones.

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Finding life in the cemetery

Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016
By Racey Burden

I live right down the street from a cemetery, and I love it. Any time I go for a walk, that's the route I take - up the hill, slight right through the gates.

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When will the killing stop?

Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
By Racey Burden

By all accounts, Thursday night in downtown Dallas started out peaceful.

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Here, have a Father’s Day column

Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Racey Burden

Whenever I have a problem I need to talk through with a parent, I have a set question to determine which one gets the phone call.

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We don’t need no DVR (just Twitter)

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Racey Burden

I don't watch "Game of Thrones," but honestly, I feel like I do. Thanks to the World Wide Web (but mostly Twitter), it's fairly easy for me to keep up with all sorts of television that I don't even watch.

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Life as an older sister (or how my sister is much cooler than me)

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Racey Burden

My little sister is graduating from high school next month, and it makes me feel a little bit sad and also a lot older than I actually am.

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Classic Casa T tops the salsa-meter

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Racey Burden

I have long wanted to try all the chips and salsa in Wise County. Luckily, my colleague David Talley was more than willing to join me in this endeavor.

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Read the reviews before you date

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

I became single in the fall after a long-term relationship, and one of the first things I've noticed about being single is that so many middle aged people, even those I don't really know, want to set me up with someone.

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Proper habits for working girls

Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Racey Burden

I need to apologize to all the loyal Messenger readers out there. I have not been a good Business Girl.

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Area woman forgets keys; local police save day

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By Racey Burden

I'm a really forgetful person. It's one of my most enduring, and unfortunate, character traits. I have an excellent memory when it comes to random trivia facts, but I will forget to return a movie to Redbox until I've kept it so long it belongs to me.

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‘I like that old time rock and roll …’

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Racey Burden

There isn't an English word to describe nostalgia for something you've never experienced. In Portuguese, this phenomenon is called "saudade." I've been experiencing a weird amount of "saudade" here recently. I blame Bob Seger.

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Heart open to puppy love

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've written a sad dog column before, so it's only fitting I offset it with a happy one. The newest member of the Burden family is Baby. The name is misleading because Baby is a 140-pound Rottweiler.

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