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Isaiah 1:1 identifies Isaiah as the son of an otherwise unknown man named Amoz (to be distinguished from the prophet Amos).  Isaiah prophesied in Judah and Jerusalem roughly fifty years during … more
What I am about to tell you is going to prove Pampa was the Mayberry of the Panhandle!Come Christmas time, during the 1940s, the downtown was really decked out for the season.Colored lights hanging … more
 As I write this editorial, my final Pampa ISD commentary for the year 2020, I find myself focusing on how much we have learned as an organization from the challenges and opportunities over the … more
The sun went down the evening before baby Jesus was born just as it had done every night in the history of mankind. But when it came up the next day, a baby had been born whose life and death would … more
Third in a series on COVID-19 and studying in Spring 2021Provisions are being made for students, faculty, and staff to return to West Texas A&M University this spring.Beginning last summer, to … more
The phrase “long haul” originated around 1873 as a way to determine the cost of transporting goods and people great distances by rail. The longer the haul, the less was charged per mile. … more
Dear Readers: It seems that most Americans, including me, will be happy to put the year 2020 behind us. No doubt, it’s been a tough year. It’s difficult to focus on healthy eating during … more
Hey Taylor: I’m trying to cut back on online shopping and invest more money in my local economy. I’m having a little trouble kicking the habit and I’m wondering if you have any tips … more
The psychotherapist and author Dr. David Richo once wrote, “a healthy person is not perfect but perfectible, not a done deal but a work in progress.” Turns out, that’s true even for … more
The subject of footwear has hit me dead center in recent days. Following are details of unlikely happenings last week. Remembrances are hand-on-the-Bible truths to which I am sticking.Said topic … more
Dave Barry once said: “Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” While that may be witty, we’re … more
The front page headline on August 26, 1949 of the Ashland Times-Gazette (Ashland, Ohio) read, “Bowmans, Married for 70 Years, Attend Brethren Conference.” The article began by talking … more
Morning, Toni:I read your Medicare column regularly and have never seen you address the issue of paying for an Alzheimer facility care. I am concerned that I may wipeout my 401K or savings if need … more
In 1971, the writer Clifford Irving sold “The Autobiography of Howard Hughes” to McGraw Hill publishers. The problem was Irving never talked with Hughes. Irving spent 17 months in prison … more
When I got the elbow from the big dude, I didn’t go down, but ‘out on my feet.’ The rest of the game was played by instinct only. Those close to me said I kept shaking my head from … more
This is the greatest season of the year. A time for cheer and merriment why don’t we give ourselves the most wonderful gift we have ever received-“Peace Of Mind”. Normally after … more
Dear Readers: An old vitamin is getting rave reviews lately. Most of you have heard of vitamin K, but did you know it is found in the diet in two forms? Vitamin K1, the most common form, was … more
Hey Taylor: I just bought a house and I’m really focused on making sure it retains its value. Aside from maintenance and such, what are some ways to hold (and hopefully increase) its overall … more
Uncle Mort’s “throwaway” lines grow mountainous in trash heaps on his place back in the thicket.Some, though, are “keepers,” worthy of repeated consideration.When still … more
A man in Canada recently set his third mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for speed eating his way through 246 grams of ghost peppers, which are ranked as the world’s hottest chili … more
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