Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on August 9, 2013 |

First off, I just have to say a few words about the launch of the Winnsboro pictorial history book that I wrote with our local historian, Bill Jones. The official title is Images of America – Winnsboro, and it was published by Aradia publishing. Regular visitors to my blog have probably figured out that I […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on October 15, 2012 |

Timothy Hallinan, a terrific author whom I discovered when I read and reviewed Breathing Water, has just received some good news about his latest, The Fear Artist. The book was chosen one of the Best Crime Novels of 2012 by Deadly Pleasures Magazine.The Fear Artist continues the Poke Rafferty series that just keeps getting better […]

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What’s Wrong With Education Today?

Posted by mcm0704 on March 19, 2012 |

For a long time, I thought the education system in most states was way off the mark, and I am not alone in thinking that. I was reminded of the importance of a classical education when I found an interesting article in School Book, an online magazine for the NYC school system.  A Lesson in […]

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Could We Find a Middle Ground?

Posted by mcm0704 on January 18, 2010 |

The state of Texas is in a flap about curriculum content for social studies and science classes. At issue is whether new social studies textbooks should include information about the religious influences on people who had historical significance. All of us who even faintly remember our American history know that religion and religious beliefs played […]

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What is this World Coming To?

Posted by mcm0704 on December 15, 2009 |

I was going to try to focus on fun topics for the next week or so leading up to the holidays, but recent news items are just begging for a rant. Actually not a rant, just an expression of dismay and perhaps a discussion about the absurdities of human nature, which is one of the […]

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I Love Texas But….

Posted by mcm0704 on December 1, 2009 |

I’ll admit I love the great state of Texas. I love the beauty of the varied countryside and the great expanse of sky that hosts the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I love the whole mystique of good guys like Sam Houston and bad guys like Bonnie and Clyde. And I love cowboys and farmers […]

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Another Absurdity

Posted by mcm0704 on March 16, 2009 |

Joe Deshotel, a Texas state lawmaker, filed a bill this week that would create a pilot program designed to pay cash to students at low-performing schools for good grades in core subjects. Freshmen could earn $50 for each “A,” $35 for each “B,” and $20 for each “C” in English, math, science or social studies. […]

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