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Bear dare: Venturing into murderous beast land

| June 22, 2017
Bear dare: Venturing into murderous beast land

So there I was in bear country again.
As someone who has a premonition that he will meet his Maker via some sort of ursine incident, venturing into terrain preferred by the brutal beasts seemed like a dumb idea.
I hate bears. They are straight-up evil.
You can’t out-run, out-swim, or out-climb one.
They will kill and eat you.
Normally, I avoid any possible contact with bears.
Heck, I won’t even ride with someone named Elisha.
(Right now, somewhere, someone is clutching their King James Bible to their chest and gaffawing in a fearful and wonderful way.)
Maybe you have seen that Facebook video of a mountain biker being pursued by a bear for what seems like miles.… Read the rest

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Mary Ellen Roberson: Recalling a view of the past

| June 22, 2017
Mary Ellen Roberson: Recalling a view of the past

During the time that I was Director of Instructional Services for Springtown ISD, I asked several high school students to interview Senior Citizens.
Candice Countryman chose to interview and write about Mary Ellen Roberson. Here is her article:

Mary Ellen Roberson lives in the small town of Springtown, Texas. She is an amazing lady with a lively sense of humor and a laugh that one has to join and laugh along with. She presently has four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
She believes that the world is no better or worse today than it used to be. She commented that she has not had much trouble adapting with the times and she cannot say which time period she liked the best.… Read the rest

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A Wingnut who enjoys her Sorkin-penned Tobyisms

| June 22, 2017
A Wingnut who enjoys her Sorkin-penned Tobyisms

I began to suspect some time ago that I was the female version of The West Wing’s Toby Zeigler.
Impressively created from the soul of Aaron Sorkin’s dark wit, and brought to life by the majestic Richard Schiff, Toby was initially one of my least favorite characters on the show.
Hear me out on this one, Wingnuts. When the show was in its prime, I was just a teenage girl. A teenager who had a huge crush on Bradley Whitford’s Josh Lyman.
And, as viewers of the show know, Josh and Toby rarely saw eye to eye, and there was that one time they came to blows after the death of Toby’s brother.… Read the rest

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It’s time to stop putting God first in your life

| June 22, 2017
It’s time to stop putting God first in your life

What are your priorities in life? Let’s not even talk yet about the order of your priorities. Let’s just identify the priorities themselves.
Let’s see…there’s work (gotta pay the bills, right?); family (they are the reason we have bills); hobbies (“me” time); friends (we don’t want to get isolated); church (don’t want to get in trouble with God); education (we don’t want our kids being “ignernt”); work (yes, we’ve already listed that one, but the bills were a little more than we anticipated); and God (church is not the only place we think about Him…hopefully).
Maybe we better throw in some community service (if it helps us look good and make some “connections,” makes us feel better about ourselves, makes our communities safer for our kids, or supports the causes that are important to us).… Read the rest

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Gov. signs 2018-19, two-year state budget into law

| June 22, 2017
Gov. signs 2018-19, two-year state budget into law

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 12 signed Senate Bill 1, legislation that appropriates some $217 billion to pay for the state’s next two-year fiscal period.
“I am once again signing a budget that addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state. This budget funds a life-saving overhaul of Child Protective Services, ensuring children in Texas’ foster care receive the protection they deserve,” Abbott stated in his proclamation. “Even in a tight budget climate,” he added, “this budget prioritizes the safety and well-being of all Texans. It continues to fund our state’s role in securing the border, adding an additional 250 troopers to keep our communities safe.… Read the rest

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Holy Rest in Peace! The real Batman has died

| June 15, 2017
Holy Rest in Peace! The real Batman has died

There are instances in life when you had to be there. It’s tough to explain the Space Race, 1970s fashions, the Miracle Mets, pong, hair bands, and gangsta rap unless you were there.
Another time you had to be there was 1966. That’s when the TV show Batman premiered – Jan. 12, to be exact.
And that’s when I was joined by a zillion other nine year olds in Iowa Park at recess as we began rehashing the show and wondering how in the world Batman could possibly escape from the crazy Riddler this time.
We found out that night; Batman resolved its cliffhanger the very next day – and that was something to talk about during four-square, too.… Read the rest

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Just when is it time to quit?

| June 15, 2017
Just when is it time to quit?

Quitters never win and winners never quit!” (Vince Lombardi)
“…never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in…” (Winston Churchill)
“Never give up! Never surrender!” (Galaxy Quest)
I could speculate that more people are familiar with Tim Allen’s character in Galaxy Quest than with Lombardi or Churchill, but that is a whole different speech.
The point is that endurance, effort, determination, stick-to-it-ive-ness – TRY HARDER – is the secret to greatness and significance.
Try harder! Give 110 percent!
May I offer another quote? Thanks for your permission.
“When the horse is dead, dismount.” (Various)
You see, my friends, the real secret to greatness is not determined effort; it is wise and focused effort.… Read the rest

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A glance backward: Bobbette Henderson, Part II

| June 15, 2017
A glance backward: Bobbette Henderson, Part II

During the time that I was Director of Instructional Services for Springtown ISD, I asked several high school students to interview senior citizens. Tiffany Tress continues to share Bobbette Henderson’s interview.
“After all the fun, though, she graduated from high school with a class that was small. Ms. Henderson remembers it well because it was in February 1942, just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She remembers exactly where she was when she heard about it.
She had just come home from church and turned on the radio. The next thing she knew is it was blaring out news of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.… Read the rest

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Contemplations on being an old person now: 30

| June 15, 2017
Contemplations on being an old person now: 30

So, this is 30.
Yes, I “celebrated” – a term I use in the loosest sense of the word – the big 3-0 on Monday.
I am officially over the hill; my youth has ended. I must now join the ranks of “real” adults, even though I am still trying to figure out just what that means.
I always have been a cranky old lady in a younger person’s body, so I have no doubt I’ll fit in with the “Get off my lawn!” crowd.
However, for whatever reason, this is the first birthday I have dreaded.
I didn’t always feel this way about entering my 30s, though.… Read the rest

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On being yet another unsung filmmaking auteur

| June 8, 2017
On being yet another unsung filmmaking auteur

I was wandering around a strip shopping center back in 1985 with a just-out-of-the-mail credit card pulsing in my pocket.
That’s when I saw it – a self-contained video camera.
Back then, video cameras had to be attached via a cord to a battery pack worn on your side; you toted both around as you filmed.
However, this shiny new version had the battery clip onto the back of the camera. No more side pack. Genius!
I bought it on the spot, maxing out the credit card in one swipe.
Even though it was like balancing an anvil on your shoulder, I began filming everything.… Read the rest

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