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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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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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‘Journey’ documented in book reveals spiritual perspective

April 5, 2014

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, things tend to get real.

Not everyone deals with such life-threatening challenges in the same way.

In the current faith-based movie “God’s Not Dead” there is a gut-crushing scene featuring actress Trisha LaFache.

She plays a non-Christian “ambush” blogger who suddenly feels the impact of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Being dumped by her cruel boyfriend, played by Dean Cain, adds to her shock and despair.Read the rest

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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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Eight-year-old girl’s message not rubbish

March 29, 2014

How many 8-year-olds do you know who ask to pick up trash for their birthday?

And how many 8-year-olds do you know got four miles of highway adopted in her name as a gift?

Bailee Burenheide of Granbury did both last year for her 8th birthday.

She has “ownership” to the two-mile section of Loop 567 from Highway 377 to Highway 4 at Garcia’s restaurant.Read the rest

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Take a book, return a book

March 29, 2014
Take a book, return a book

The Rancho Brazos Community Center recently received the gift of a Little Free Library from the Friends of the Library of Hood County. Six-year-old Sammy Martinez appears delighted with his literary choice of the day. The center’s new attraction is attached to the outside of the building in a charming little house structure handcrafted by Earl Haberkamp. Little Free Library is an international neighborhood book exchange with a mission to provide a place to meet to explore common interests and share the joy of reading.Read the rest

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