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Now I don’t know about you, but I love to go into antique shops. Of course the stuff I like to look at is not really antiques, but just old junk. You know, like old coffee pots that cowboys used on their campfires, old knives that have a deer foot for a handle, or maybe an old bear trap. You know, junk like that. more
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport late on Friday, Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004. Although the weather system was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the record-level torrential rains that continue to circle the Gulf Coast as I am writing this almost a week later have caused devastating flooding and damage in Houston and the surrounding areas. Federal officials have estimated that 30,000 people will need to seek refuge in shelters and 450,000 will require some sort of disaster assistance by the end of the storm, but those numbers have to be regarded as preliminary. more
You know, here lately I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to any phone creatures. As many of you know, phone creatures are what I call those pesky phone solicitors that call wantin’ to sell you somethin’ that you either don’t want or need. My wife Janet put us on one of those do not call lists, but every once in a while one of the little buggers gets through. They don’t bother me like they do Janet, though. In fact, I get a kick out of havin’ fun with them. more
The other day a lady asked me why I don’t write about my high school days. Well, let me tell you. You see, and my preacher reads this junk and if he found out some of the stuff I did when I was in high school, well, he has enough material for sermons without me addin’ to the pot. Anyway, I don’t think the statute of limitations have run out on some of that stuff I did, yet. more
In recent decades, an increasing proportion of the population of the United States has chosen to live in and near cities rather than in rural areas. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that from 2000-2010, the population in urban areas expanded by 12 percent, significantly outpacing the overall growth rate of the nation. more
The Texas unemployment rate is now higher than the national rate. Should we be concerned? The short answer is “no,” and here are six reasons why. First, there are problems with the … more
I can’t believe school’s fixin’ to start already. Man, when I was a kid you got a full three month vacation, or I should say, the teachers got a full three month vacation. Oh well, at least I don’t have to go back to school. That’s one of the advantages of gettin’ old; you don’t have to do what you don’t want to. Well, most of the time. more
“Do right and risk the consequences.” Those words were most famously said by the first Governor of Texas, Sam Houston, but most frequently said by the 43rd Governor of Texas, Mark White, who recently passed away. Those words were his motto, and the creed by which he lived. Our state is much the better for it. more
Growing an economy and encouraging prosperity is difficult work, and the last thing Texas needs is to shoot itself in the foot over a bathroom bill. The state has a lot of things going for it – a large and growing workforce, abundant natural resources (particularly oil and natural gas), a central location, a competitive cost of living, and excellent incentive programs. We also have good things going on in a number of industries ranging from technology to biosciences. We’re improving infrastructure, adding top-tier research facilities and medical schools, and emerging as a center for desirable industrial growth and corporate locations and expansions. more
I know y’all have heard the expression, “curiosity killed the cat,” right? Well, the last part of that sayin’ is, “but satisfaction brought him back.” I’ve always been curious about how things work. Take a ball point pen for example. When I was just a little bitty kid, I would sit for hours and click a ball point pen. I know … simple minds are easily amused. more
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