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May 27, 2018

On the Benefits of Service

As we honor our veterans, several of you mentioned the idea of serving our country during a “gap” year. The Israelis require it as do the Mormons. It is certainly a good idea since service in the military has declined after Vietnam. Very few of our legislators are veterans or understand their needs. Fortunately, there […]

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May 26, 2018

On the Road Again

On a happier note, it’s summer time! The gas prices may be going through the roof, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to get out on the open road, even if just for a few days. And not by car. There is always the Sunset Limited! A TRAIN! Yes, there are still […]

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May 25, 2018

On Graduating

Graduation parties. Graduation cards. Graduation corsages. Graduation balloons. They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! For many students this time of year is the culmination of years of hard work, whether high school or college. Some of our college grads will be going out into the “free” (as our local prison population calls it), to find real world, […]

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May 24, 2018

Of Fairs and Festivals

The Square and Pop-ups–two inventions that have changed the world. Okay, perhaps not quite as important as sliced bread or the internal combustion engine, but certainly those two inventions have revolutionized the lives of vendors and fair-goers. It is true, admittedly, that technology had to reach a certain plateau before these inventions could even be […]

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May 17, 2018

Mom and Mother’s Day

It’s the silence, the unending quiet that reminds us of our loss. Last week, in celebration of Mother’s Day, our church sent out cheerful, kindly invitations to a Mother-daughter luncheon. For the first time in my life, there was no one to go with me. It surprised me that I felt the loss so deeply. […]

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May 14, 2018

On Genealogical Societies

Why spend hours on the Internet to find your ancestors? Last week, I sat down with a friend who is helping me complete my application for membership into the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was fascinated, and it wasn’t even her own family. Hunched over the keyboard, fingers flying, she scurried from site […]

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May 10, 2018

Red pens and Final Exams

It’s end of the semester and time for the dreaded red pen. My U.S. History class at Lone Star Community College in Conroe ended last night. All the exams are given, papers corrected, grades posted, students gone. Have they actually learned anything? All I can do is hope. Maybe, a few things. I feel like […]

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May 8, 2018

On Teachers and Teaching

“I touch the future. I teach.” A quote in one of the applications for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Teachers are on strike in many areas of the country. And justifiably so. I began teaching in 1965. There had just been a teachers’ strike two years earlier. The county had finally come up with the […]

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May 7, 2018

Jamestown

The descendants said it best themselves. The English at Jamestown were the first Illegal Immigrants. Recently, a friend with whom I share membership in the proud Granaderos de Gálvez asked me to speak to her Jamestown Society. As a topic I suggested the impact of the Spanish on Jamestown, a rarely mentioned topic.  The speech […]

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May 4, 2018

On Friendships

It is easy to become a recluse in retirement. Flatbottom has done it successfully. He says he spent all his working life being sociable and he won’t do it anymore. He enjoys my brother-in-law but has lost touch with his own brother. He will go to Dalia’s Christmas Party, but it’s the only party he […]

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