When I heard that Eddie Briles, the older brother of Baylor head football coach Art Briles, died from a head injury three days before the Bears’ 41-38 win Saturday over TCU, it was certainly a sad moment.
Reports stated that Eddie Briles was the last remaining member of the immediate family – other than Art’s wife Jan and their children.
The win over TCU included a brutal helmet-to-helmet strike by Baylor senior safety Ahmad Dixon that practically decapitated TCU receiver Trevone Boykin, who was in a defenseless position trying to catch a pass.… Read the rest
Imagine me ice skating in beautiful circles with my hands behind my back as I sing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” just before I do a double axel.
Now imagine me coming to an ice-chipping, screeching halt as I realize that there are only 18 days until Christmas.
The first scenario is kind of how I feel in my mind as soon as Thanksgiving arrives.… Read the rest
True story: Here’s how Linda and I ended our Thanksgiving on a ranch at Mason with 18 family members (10 adults, 8 children) having a ball.
I was elected to take the yearly family photo with 17 of the family posed on the staircase. Next to the staircase was the entrance to the side porch. The black lab started barking like crazy.… Read the rest
hood county christmas for children
Wanted: Santa’s elves, to help with a variety of duties.
Shoppers: Starting Monday, every weekday from 10 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m., volunteers will be needed at the GISD Conference Center at Jones and Bridge streets (by Decker Gym) to “shop” for individual children.
Toys and clothing of various sizes will be in the Conference Center.… Read the rest
Any occasional reader of this space knows that laughing is one of my favorite things to do.
As I write this, I am waiting for one of those truly pleasurable and treasured moments: My son – The Boy – is coming over to watch football with The Dad. (The Boy is even giving up some time with The Sweetie (The Dad’s name for The Boy’s girlfriend) in order to see his (and The Sweetie’s) team, the New Orleans Saints, whip up on someone.… Read the rest
One of my favorite “bad” movies is “Death Race 2000” from April 1975 starring Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine.
This 1975 farce was full of tongue-in-cheek, dark humor that appealed to me and some of my high school buddies.
It was the year before Stallone’s iconic hit “Rocky” reached the big screen, but he became a minor cult hero with this low-budget film.… Read the rest
The note was left in Shanley Park, where autumn breezes might have blown it away had it not been for the large rock set upon its upper lefthand corner.
It was addressed to no one in particular. It simply began with “Dear Reader.”
This was the letter’s message:
“Granbury is my home. I love this place. But I have to leave soon.… Read the rest
Someone is paying big bucks for postage on the junk mail I’m receiving every day.
Pounds of it!
Eleven catalogs, seven letters offering insurance, four requests for donations to worthy charity groups, and various advertisements on weight loss, vitamin miracles, and other products to help with embarrassing health conditions were stuffed in my mailbox today.
Tomorrow there will be more, along with bills!… Read the rest
The agenda for yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Hood County Bar Association included discussion about possibly utilizing a county building and attorney volunteers to offer a free legal clinic to the public.
The clinics, said Bar Association President Daniel Webb, could help pro se litigants be better prepared when they represent themselves in court.
The Bar Association is to be commended for this plan of action.… Read the rest
Ketchup, or catsup or catchup?
Whatever you prefer to call it, we slather it on hamburgers, hotdogs, meatloaf and scrambled eggs and more, oblivious to its importance in our lives.
Historically, it’s been America’s most widely used condiment – now found in 97 percent of all kitchens – a showing matched only by salt, pepper, sugar, and most recently, salsa.
My husband came home the other day with an old ketchup bottle he found in a field buried in the ground.… Read the rest