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A mother’s message about suicide

April 19, 2014

This is the story of a young man named Curtis Duquette, as told by his mother.

Cynthia Duquette, an ER nurse who lives in Granbury, wrote to us about an article she saw in this newspaper a couple of months ago.

The article was about suicide.

It included a quote from an undoubtedly well-meaning representative of an agency that provides mental health services.Read the rest

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Joe Heller

April 19, 2014
Joe Heller

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It’s all about customer service

April 19, 2014

My phone has been slowly and steadily breaking for the past six months or so, and I finally bit the bullet and went to the store to get a new one.

While I was there, I had a good chance to people watch.

Watching other people’s interaction with each other is fascinating to me, and since I work in a customer service environment, I can’t help but notice how workers interact with their clients.Read the rest

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A parapro … what?

April 12, 2014

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

I humbly present my research to you.

My mother sent an email to me the other day that said, “Words are your trademark. Here are some great examples of that dreadfully long descriptive word. Hugs, Mom.”

That dreadfully long descriptive word was paraprosdokian. I don’t blame her for not typing it.Read the rest

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Some pretty funny things happen in church services

April 12, 2014

Rural Texas folks tend to put on their best behavior in church.

I’m sure that’s pretty true universally.

However, when it’s a small town or area and the church is also fairly small – everyone knows everyone else.

When that’s the case and someone you know pretty well, it gets the tickle box upside down enough to disrupt services a bit.Read the rest

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Selling city electric department a good idea?

April 12, 2014

I would like to address the people that will be voting on May 10 about selling the city electric company.

I understand all too well how everyone is anxious to lower their electric bills.

I know I am.

But before voting I would like to ask folks to think about the long-term effects if this should happen.

After doing some research, I have some questions.Read the rest

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Joe Heller

April 12, 2014
Joe Heller

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Does Hood County need to clean up its act?

April 5, 2014

The other night as the Granbury City Council meeting was under way, a man came up behind my seat and whispered, “Are you with the newspaper?”

He handed me some papers on which was information about communities that have conducted clean-up campaigns.

One of those communities is Burleson. Its Keep Burleson Beautiful campaign earned the President’s Circle Award during the Keep America Beautiful national conference.Read the rest

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Gentlemen, start your engines!

April 5, 2014

Homeowners dream of having a healthy, lush lawn, which requires dedication and hard work.

Every spring, the American suburbanite who passionately seeks a magnificent, green lawn, will elevate this goal to the top of their chore list.

There-in, the pursuit begins with hundreds of hours of work and maintenance, actually years, devoted to create their masterpiece.

Since the ravages of winter created havoc across the land, an intense effort must begin by lawn enthusiasts to achieve a golf course, perfect lawn.Read the rest

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Cars and trucks are cut from different wheels

April 5, 2014

I am just now recovering from a traumatic experience.

It happened back in January during the ice age. For the past three months I found myself screaming in the middle of the night, “No, no, if you let me live I promise …” Never mind what I promised.

For those of you who need a word for it, it’s abreaction – the reliving of a past stress event.Read the rest

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