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Aretha Franklin – RIP

Posted by mcm0704 on August 17, 2018 |

Aretha Louise Franklin, singer, pianist and songwriter, born 25 March 1942; died 16 August 2018.  She was a super-star who will be sorely missed. In an article in the New York Times Wesley Morris wrote: We’re never going to have an artist with a career as long, absurdly bountiful, nourishing and constantly surprising as hers. […]

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Justice For All?

Posted by mcm0704 on June 1, 2018 |

Yeah for Friday! My cat, Sammy follows me everywhere I go and gets tired of the many treks from my bedroom, to the kitchen, to my office, back to the kitchen, back to my office, then maybe to the laundry room, then back to the kitchen, before ending the day in the living room, where […]

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Bias in Journalism?

Posted by mcm0704 on April 6, 2018 |

This was the banner for the online community magazine where I was Managing Editor for many years. The man who started the publication wanted to make sure that the news for our small town was reported fairly and without bias, which, unfortunately isn’t the case for so many news outlets. Over the past 20 or […]

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On the Brink of War?

Posted by mcm0704 on October 13, 2017 |

Before the heart of this blog post, I’ll share a picture of one of my cats. Hermione is so hard to photograph as she always runs from the camera, I had to snap this one of her basking in the sunlight the other morning. It was a chilly morning here in East Texas, and all the […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 22, 2017 |

Before getting into the horrible news from the Caribbean and Mexico, just a touchof cuteness to brighten our Friday a bit. The devastation from the three major hurricanes since Harvey hit the south coast of Texas just keeps getting worse and worse. The two small islands of Antigua and Barbuda have virtually been destroyed. Dominican Prime Minister […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on June 13, 2016 |

First off, I thought I’d share a couple of pictures that will hopefully bring a smile. I buy fresh flowers from a vendor at our local farmer’s market and keep them on my kitchen table where I, and one or two of my favorite statues can enjoy them. In the ongoing debate about abortion and […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on April 14, 2014 |

A recent headline in the op/ed section of The Dallas Morning News caught my eye: Does porn harm kids? (By the way, I really don’t like the new trend in headline writing that no longer capitalizes all the words. But maybe that’s because I am now considered a dinosaur among journalists.) Anyway, I found the […]

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Book Review – Sort Of

Posted by mcm0704 on October 6, 2013 |

Since I have no review ready and my friend Carl Brookins has not sent a review recently, I decided I would connect you to a few book review sites. I have always enjoyed the reviews in newspapers and was even known to write a few for a couple of Dallas newspapers. Of course, that was […]

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Book Reviews from the New York Times

Posted by mcm0704 on February 5, 2012 |

I thought I would try something different this week. Thanks to a tip from Kristen Lamb, an awesome lady who gives advice to writers on her blog, I found out about a different approach to blog sharing. I have had writer friends, Slim Randles, Tracy Farr and Carl Brookins who have either sent me a […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on January 23, 2012 |

I read an interesting column by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times about the worth of good teachers. His column was actually about great teachers and reported on a study that showed that “the difference between a strong teacher and a weak teacher lasts a lifetime.” He quoted some statistics that indicate a student […]

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