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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 30, 2011 |

Eugene Robinson was courageous in speaking out against the death penalty for Lawrence Russell Brewer, who, along with two other men, committed a heinous hate crime in Jasper Texas some years ago. The three white supremacists murdered James Byrd Jr. after offering him a ride. They killed him by dragging him behind their pickup truck. […]

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Awards

Posted by mcm0704 on September 28, 2011 |

It was quite a privilege to be given the Trails Country Treasure Award last Sunday, and a friend and fellow-journalist, Joe Dan Boyd, was kind enough to write up this little story for local newspapers and his own blog Tinney Chapel Today    I am pictured here with Joe Dan as he presented the award. Maryann […]

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Losing a Beloved Pet

Posted by mcm0704 on September 26, 2011 |

This has really been a tough summer here on “Grandma’s Ranch.” The drought in Texas has wiped out my garden, most of my roses and azaleas, as well as my pasture and many of my other flowers. Then a couple of weeks ago, one of our goats got bitten by a snake and we lost […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 23, 2011 |

I never thought I would find myself defending Rick Perry, but I have to agree with a recent column by Steve Chapman who said Perry’s mandate that all teen girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine was the right call. Michelle Bachmann, and others, have taken Perry to task saying that making the vaccine mandatory […]

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STOP the XL Pipeline

Posted by mcm0704 on September 21, 2011 |

I’ve posted about this issue before, and I only raise it again because apparently government approval of the XL Pipeline that will bring tarsands oil from Canada to refineries in Houston is close. Robert Bryce, in a recent column said that President Obama will probably give that approval because not doing so will hurt his […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on September 19, 2011 |

At a writer’s workshop a long time ago, an editor of True Confessions Magazine suggested that if we were interested in writing for them or one of the other similar publications, we should read the advice columns in the newspapers for story ideas. Writing for those magazines was a good source of income for a […]

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Posted by mcm0704 on September 18, 2011 |

Thanks to Carl Brookins for an introduction to another good read. Murder Has No Class Rebecca KentISBN:978-0-425-23207-1 Berkley Prime Crime   Tired of the daily news of the world? Read too many grim thrillers or suspenseful detective stories lately? If you are looking for a change of pace, for an amusing, diverting traditional mystery in the best […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 16, 2011 |

Pointing out the dangers of labeling people, Juan Williams, has this to say in a recent interview in The Dallas Morning News, “Most black people tell me I’m a conservative. Most white people tell me I am a liberal. But this paradigm is a shortcut for the lazy. It is for people who want the […]

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Advice to the Lovelorn

Posted by mcm0704 on September 14, 2011 |

Many thanks to Slim Randles for sharing another story with us. What would I do without my friends who are so generous with their talent and time? Enjoy…. Marvin Pincus, (since his honorary degree, now being called Associate Pincus), turned the lights on his fly-tying bench, coming to focus on the small vice where love […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on September 12, 2011 |

As if my life wasn’t already frenetic enough, things are really going to be busier than ever the next couple of weeks. We are counting down to the opening of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Main Street Theatre in Sulphur Springs, Texas  on September 29th, so I only have two weeks to finish learning […]

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