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None of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred in our area or even in our state, but as Americans it dealt us all a strong shock. Last week I asked some folks got their memories of that time. None hesitated, all remembered. It appears that many couldn’t bear to be alone with the news, and they felt compelled to contact someone else, someone to help bear the burden. I’m not explaining when for any of the below except the last. The others all occurred that fateful day. more
This piece is set in September 1965. I was mature enough in 1965 to now retain memories of it. As I took notes from those old Meteors, I thought “Of course she was homecoming queen, I knew that!” It seemed ordinary to me. I hope it’s not so ordinary to you. more
Let’s get this part out of the way: Nobody likes hurricanes. more
One of the precious few escapes from the soul-sucking stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has been bonding with our couches and sweatpants while watching scores of movies. more
It’s always hard for me to escape old newspaper ink, and I have not traveled far since last week. This week’s events occurred in September 1960. more
When I peruse old newspapers, it’s difficult for me to escape. The last couple of Musings were set in 1955. Now I have moved forward five years, to August 1960, or sixty years ago. more
Note: It’s confession time. After last week’s Meteor had already gone to print, I suddenly thought, “I should check what C.C. Springfield’s age was in 1955, when the Heath horse photo was taken.” I did and realized that he was only 16. I don’t think the Meteor then would have credited him with the photo. I asked his daughter, Jennifer, if he did photography, and she replied that he did not but his father did. “Our” local C.C. carried the same name as his father, Calvert Collier Springfield, (1909-1969) in Huntsville. Many local photos from the mid-20th century are credited to him. I’m sure this isn’t the first mistake my Musings have included, and I doubt it will be my last. more
French critic and journalist Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) famously said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I did not know his name until later, but his words came to mind while writing below. more
It will be a miracle if Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and his team of financial prognosticators are right about the arc of the state’s economy over the next few months. more
There have been a lot of valuable lessons and reminders from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these is the simple fact that urban and suburban America cannot survive without rural America. more
This is the second of two reprints of a Musings that first came out over four years ago, as I’ve taken some time off. It is not intended to tie into a neat package like I often attempt. Instead, I’ll call it a buffet piece, made of bits and pieces of local history. more
Karen Jo (Wells) Roberts, 62 of Normangee passed away July 20, 2020 at her home. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 am at Madisonville Cemetery, Madisonville, Texas. more
Dear Editor, From the very beginning of this campaign journey when I sat down with my family, I said that win or lose we would run a race which would make us all proud and honor God. I have kept my word. We ran a clean, issue oriented, upbeat campaign, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. more
This is a reprint of a Musings that first came out over four years ago, as I’ve taken some time off. It is not intended to tie into a neat package like I often attempt. Instead, I’ll call it a buffet piece, made of bits and pieces of local history. more
Dear folks, I wonder what has happened to the messages we were hearing as Covid-19 hit us hard these past months. Where has the cooperation gone? Where have the “We are in this together” and “Help each other” and “Stick together” messages gone? These seem to have been replaced by hatred, division, segregation along the color of our skin, denigration of all the values that created this nation , and castigation of those in blue that only two months ago, the same people were cheering and lifting up and feeding and giving gifts of love to them, thanking them for putting their lives on the line for us. more
The following is a repeat from a couple of years ago. After my first Musings about doctors appeared in print, a friend complained that I had missed some of the earlier doctors. For some, information was scarce, but I had “dug in.” Then I kept finding about others that interested me too. So we continue to dive deeper in the world of doctors. more
Dr. George Washington Robinson, born in Missouri in 1814, came to Texas at the age of 15. At the Siege of Bexar in 1835, he was a member of Captain John Crane’s Company. At San Jacinto he was severely wounded by a large ball that went through his groin while he served in Captain William Ware’s company. After he recovered, on May 31, 1837, he was appointed second lieutenant of a company of mounted gunmen, and in the next year he served in the companies of Captains Elisha Clapp and Daniel Monroe. more
Procrastination is one of my best talents or more likely, my worst fault. I’d rather do research and write Musings more than most anything, but I’m taking some time off from that now, to catch-up on personal matters. Hopefully you’ll be satisfied with reruns, or perhaps you missed it the first time this came out. I apologize. more
After a long and arduous debate process between Major League Baseball officials and players that left diehard baseball fans reeling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides have finally reached an agreement to begin an abbreviated, 60-game regular season in late July, which will be followed by the traditional postseason format in October. Personnel began reporting to a makeshift “spring training” period to prepare for the season at the beginning of the month. more
The Texas Capitol has a capacity of 6,000 “if you throw the doors open,” according to state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth. It was closed for cleaning for two days this week, after COVID-19 made its way into the ranks of the state police who guard the building. more
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