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Most people know that metaphor means the government has you under surveillance, mostly without your knowing. Many may not know where the term originated. It came from the 1949 George Orwell …

Pennies, nickels, and dimes don’t get much respect. Most people will not bend down to pick up a lost penny. Many won’t bend down to pick up a nickel or a dime either. I still bend …

I was headed home on FM5 recently on a clear, normal day. Then one of those split-second moments when time seems to cease, occurred.   A vehicle driving in the opposing lane began a slow …

“Only” “Like” “Anyways” “These ones” “Awesome” “What’s a good number for you?” This column is meant to be an …

It’s that time of year again to write about some of my football pet peeves. I have high school, college, and professional football pet peeves. Maybe someday I will write a book about the …

Another Hispanic Heritage Month is here. It is that observance that takes half of September and half of October. I don’t think that this month gets the attention it deserves. Although I …

Have you ever thought about food waste? I had thought about it, mostly in terms of our household, but some recent news reports and some online research have revealed to me some shocking statistics …

Meet Howard and Mary D., two of the many dogs available for adoption through Saving Hope animal rescue. Their stated mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for abandoned, neglected, and …

The first Monday in August is known as August Monday in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. It is also know as Emancipation Monday, marking the day the British Empire freed all of its slaves. …

A recent story on KTVT Channel 11 reported that, according to Lauren Anton, executive director of Saving Hope animal rescue, many animals they have rescued from kill shelters and other places are …

Summertime and the Living is Easy.   (From the opera Porgy and Bess by Ira and George Gershwin) Well, it is summer time here in Parker County but, the living is not so easy for some folks. …

This is the time of year in late winter/early spring when some flowers bloom beautifully for a very short time. I also pause to experience the moment of their beauty because each moment is all we …

Jimmy Carter, our 39th President, has entered hospice care. Hospice care allows people to die with dignity and have time to say goodbye to friends and family. At age 98, the oldest current surviving …

“Hail all hail, TCU. Memories sweet, comrades true. Light of faith, follow through. Praise to thee, TCU!” --- TCU Alma Mater by Glenn Canfield 1928 Texas Christian University …

Our family had never spent a Christmas and New Years outside of Texas but this past year of 2022, because of changes in family circumstances, the whole family went to Heredia, Costa Rica. This …

“Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” …. Mark 9:25. This is definitely a …

College football will dominate the TV airwaves for the next 30-40 days with the innumerable number of bowl games and the national playoffs. It seems impossible that my alma mater, TCU, has had the …

The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts Nov. 20 from Qatar, with the final being played Dec. 18. Past World Cups have not been played at this time, which coincides with NFL football and NCAA college football …

As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, it is time to discuss Hispanic immigration from a practical and humanitarian point of view. There have been a lot of Hispanics crossing the border …

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 — Oct. 15. Costa Rica’s Independence Day is celebrated Sept. 15, when their independence from Spain occurred in 1821. The history and the …

A recent Dallas Morning News article titled “ Water Woes — a Deepening Crisis” by Annette Nivens, special contributor, addresses the water problems facing citizens of Parker County. …

This is the third column I have written about the food crisis that exists for many of our fellow citizens. There is an old adage that says people need to hear something three times for it to be …

As we endure this seemingly unending hot dry summer, I was thinking that, for now, we are not being bombarded with negative political attack ads. They are coming as sure as September. I imagine …

The excessive Texas heat this summer of 2022 is causing a multitude of problems, especially for Parker County. Drought and water issues have been especially difficult for those of us in …

July 1 marks the 30th anniversary of when former attorney, George Lott, began shooting in the Court of Appeals courtroom in Tarrant County on July 1, 1992. On that day I was inside the family …

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