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Growing up with a pet

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Growing up with a pet Like many of us, I had a dog when I was growing up. She was really a family dog, but I think I interacted with her more than any other family member. At various times we also had cats, but they never stayed as long with us. She was a black terrier mix with white […]

Class of 2018 – enjoy!

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Class of 2018 – enjoy! Another year has flown by and family and friends will gather over the next two weekends at various high school stadiums or gymnasiums (depending on our weather) to watch their favorite seniors graduate. What an exciting time and accomplishments for these young women and men! They have been preparing for this day since kindergarten … […]

Flying your flag—respectfully and proudly

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Flying your flag—respectfully and proudly Like many Americans, I fly the United States flag. I also fly the Texas flag on the same flagpole. The Texas flag flies immediately below the national flag, but it could be flown at the same height if it were on its own separate flagpole, positioned to the left of the U.S. flag.  Many people […]

For the love of mom

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For the love of mom This Sunday, May 13 marks the day to honor mothers. If you still have your mom, consider yourself quite lucky. Though mine has been gone now for 13 years, there are still days that I want to pick up the phone and call her. Sometimes, I find myself driving in her old neighborhood, longing to […]

Speaking Litter-aly

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Speaking Litter-aly Several years ago, while I was still an active Air Force Reservist, I was deployed to Belgium on a NATO exercise. Where we were in Belgium was near Brussels in the Frankish (French-speaking) part of the country, a charming little town next to a military airfield, which was our operating base for about three weeks. What struck me […]

Please vote…please?

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Please vote…please? This month there will be several opportunities to vote. First, there are the General Election for schools and cities. Both Pleasanton and Poteet have their municipal elections this Saturday, May 5. Poteet ISD also has an election for board members. Just around 170 people have voted early in Pleasanton for the mayoral and city councilmen elections. I guess […]

A terrible disease—ALS

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A terrible disease—ALS The recent death of scientist Steven Hawking has focused attention on the disease that crippled him and ultimately claimed his life, but the most noteworthy thing about his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) was his long survival with it. He was diagnosed with it in 1963 and lived until March of this year—55 years. But, rare […]

Connecting and reconnecting

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Connecting and reconnecting Over the last two months, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with old friends and making new ones along the way. You really don’t know how much it does a body good until you actually take the time and effort to connect with friends who know you well. Back in February, I hung out in Austin with […]

The case of the missing coal furnace

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When I was six years old my family moved from Chicago to Montrose, Colorado, a nice town of about 4,000 people on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide, about 64 miles from Grand Junction. It is difficult to think of any American town as being isolated, but in 1947 Montrose could have been on the edge of the earth […]

Privileged and embarrassed

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I’ve been mulling over the most recent happenings involving two black men getting arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. One of the men has been identified as Rashon Nelson. He is a 2017 graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania with a degree in finance.      As I shake my head and wonder what the manager was thinking, I’m reminded […]


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