I have never been much of a fisherman. As a kid, I started fishing for brook trout with a stick, some store string, and a bent safety pin. I kid you not — I caught my first keeper on such a rig. I graduated to a real rod and reel and then my pride-and-joy was a spun-glass, two-section fly rod.
First off, let me say a heartfelt, emphatic “Congratulations and way to GO!” to the United Way, and its executive director, Marianne Mitchell. They set a goal of $366,500 for fundraising this year, especially lofty in light of the economic times
Guest Commentary: On the topic of exporting
In the 1990s, California was America's export champion. In 2002, Texas took the lead and never looked back. Is your small to medium size Texas-based company ready to jump on this wagon train traveling across borders in search of new prospects, customers, and profits? How do you get started? Where do you turn for help in the Lone Star State?
When suicide strikes
The world was stunned two weeks ago when Rick Warren’s son, Matthew ended his life with a self-inflicted gunshot. Author of one of the best selling books of all time, The Purpose Drive Life, with more than 20 million copies sold world-wide, Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, have been open about their grief and the long struggle with their son’s mental illness that led up to his suicide.
The Taxpayer’s Blues
Them ides of April ain’t nothin’ but bad news,
Cause the man say I got to pay my dues.
How I’m gonna pay them, I have no clues,
I got them low-down Taxpayer Blues.
Power of Prayer
My heart has been heavy some this week over the matter of injustice.
Whether bullying at school, or bullying by someone stronger or more powerful, I know the good Lord looks out for the “least of these,” and the meek “shall inherit the earth.”
Hatchets, T-shirts, ducks and guns
I found joy in Omaha’s on-line newspaper, Omaha.com on Friday, which had the story about the guy who flashed a hatchet at another driver before losing control of his own car and crashing.
My “multi-great” grandfather, Thomas Tinsley landed in Jamestown in 1638 after a risky voyage across the Atlantic. My mother’s family, the Harper’s, arrived later from Ireland.
The Florida quiz
During the 12 years we lived in Corsicana (one year in town and 11 years on Golden Pond), I tried to learn about the history of Corsicana, Navarro Country, and Texas.
Just about the time I think this gig I’ve had the last 11, 12 years IS what I was going to be when I grew up, I pull up Yahoo and read that my profession is in the top 10 jobs with the dimmest future, or some such descriptive wording.
You know, it didn’t really come as a shock.
I’ve been a switchboard operator a couple of times in my life, too, and that made this top 10 as well.
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