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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I really don’t know where to start. Recent days have been really difficult for me. I am in the midst of a struggle that has taken me down a … more
They say that age is just a number, so I suppose churning out my thousandth column with this writing might be comparable to a yawn, wry smile or the lame joke about the needle’s question to the … more
Hello Toni: I am turning 64 soon and have not started receiving my Social Security check. I am still working full time but do not have company benefits. I am confused because I do not have Social … more
How would you answer the question “What are the important events in your life?” If you had to write this down right now, what would you write? I would venture to guess that it would not … more
I was visiting a Kiwanian friend who graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1945. I was telling him about our upcoming 60th reunion. He said that Fredericksburg was a tiny community back then, … more
The late Dr. Robert L. Smith and Ethelyn Hughes Smith, his bride, fell short in precious few areas of life, but when they did, it was never by intent. By a few weeks in each case, they missed a 70th … more
First in a series of reflections on student life at West Texas A&M University. The core function of any University is to satisfy student aspirations for a rewarding professional and personal … more
Thomas Wolf, the author who insisted that we can’t go home again, got it wrong. One can indeed do so, but “home” may hardly be recognizable, and/or--truth to tell--noticeably … more
This occasion could have and probably already has happened in almost any town, including Pampa, Texas. As you know, I am now in my mid 80’s and my columns talk about what has happened in the … more
A recent incident occurred at the FREEDOM MUSEUM, and as President of the Museum Board, 1 am required to address it. I will preference my response with a few facts pertinent to the issue. When the … more
Hello Toni, Recently a local news channel exposed a “granny scam” which stole $thousands from an elderly woman who thought her adult daughter had been kidnapped. This is the second … more
“I don’t need all of your drama!” Why would a person say this? Is there someone you think of when you read this line? Would you like more or less drama in your life tomorrow? Do … more
Dear Readers: Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the dietitians were enjoying a party and dining on cheesy … more
As you age you may slow down -- whether it is from obesity, arthritis, declining muscle mass or chronic health problems. But whatever the cause, it’s generally agreed that it is not a good … more
We’ve all heard of the futility of trying to take “country” from rural lads after they’ve moved to town, and the same likely applies to attempts to take “clown” … more
Hey Taylor: My husband and I are trying to figure out some savings goals for the future and don’t really know where to start. House, retirement, new car, rainy day fund, etc. Any guidance? - … more
West Texas A&M University has recently deepened its partnership with our region’s community colleges and is committed to engaging rural areas with smaller populations. In addition, we are … more
If you want to start a revealing conversation ask the question, “If you could witness only one event in the history of mankind, what event would it be?” Many events jump into my mind, … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, One of the things that I am backing away from at this time is watching the news. I know that they are only reporting what is taking place around … more
My phone pulsated with excitement that could be attributed to my Uncle Mort’s recent spate of news, both good and bad. I asked for the good news first. “You ain’t gonna … more
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