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Susan Lincoln – The Weekly Muddle – Wheel of Fortune

As I typed up the details for an upcoming “marriage renewal” workshop, it occurred to me that the decision to marry comes with absolutely no mandatory instructions. If you have the $93.50 for a license, you don’t even need a blood test anymore. You can just sally on up to the courthouse and make one […]

Our Point of View – Building the wall the hard way

According to the Federal Register, about 60 national emergencies have been declared since the National Emergency Act (NEA) became law in 1976. Since they have to be renewed annually, 31 are currently still in effect. Here’s a list of the presidents who declared still ongoing NEA’s: Jimmy Carter 1, Bill Clinton 6, George Bush 11, […]

Bothersome earworms and new cars

I have been a disc jockey for many years now. I love playing music and being weird on the radio. It was my dream from the first time I first heard “Markey Baby in the Afternoon” on KFJZ 1270 AM. I was 10. I knew then that being a DJ was my destiny. Or a […]

Care for aging parents

The health of the soul of people is often detectable by how they treat those who don’t speak, or those who serve them or how they treat animals. But a nation’s care for infants and the elderly speaks volumes. America’s treatment of the unborn is well documented. It is as though they have no rights […]

Susan Lincoln – The Weekly Muddle – Up a tree

During the inky darkness of a moon-deprived night, we heard the dog barking furiously at…something. Although we were disturbed by the barking, we were also pleased to know that the dog stands watch and promises to remove the legs of anyone who crosses the invisible line near his sleeping quarters. Good dog. The barking seemed […]

Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (The Good Employer) Matthew 20:1-16

Deacon Don Griffith Special to The News According to the law (Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:14-15) the workers are paid beginning with those hired last to those hired first—all are paid the same wage. No oriental will stand for hours in the market-place; hence they sit about idly gossiping in the market-place. The fact that between […]

Seeing parking spots

Like it was in the horse and buddy days, finding a place to hitch your pony on Main Street could be a challenge when the train came to town. Have you ever seen the historical photos of downtown Ennis 100 years ago? Then you’d know that finding a place to park in this mini-metropolis is […]

David Van Zandt – Random Thoughts – It Is Only Natural to Go Mad in March

I’ve always heard the old adage that March will come in like a lion and go out like a lamb or vice versa. I don’t know how to categorize this month’s incoming. We really only had one day that was windy and that brought in this artic air we are experiencing. So, it is brutally […]

Jerry Pritchett – Thinking Out Loud – The Power of Words

Most of us have heard the expression, “The pen is mightier than the sword”, coined by a writer in the 1800s. There are more ancient versions, such as, “The word is mightier than the sword” from the 7th century B.C., and “The tongue is mightier than the blade”, from 406 B.C. The idea of the […]

Our Point of View – “Where are they blooming?”

Last month in the small borough of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, an annual tradition, Groundhog Day, was celebrated with great fanfare. When the folks from the city’s Inner Circle wear top hats and tuxedos, you get a clear sense that it is kind of a big deal. What makes the day so […]

Ash Wednesday

Deacon Don Griffith Special to The News The path of descent involves letting go of our self-image, our titles, our status symbols-our false self. It will die anyway. So don’t make anything absolute when it is only relative. This is one of the many meanings of the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods […]

Mark Warde – I’ll Tell You What! – The Trouble With Good Witnesses

There is something often damaging about good witnesses. Yes, those with the best insight, when they are called to testify, can be incriminating instead. There are a few words that should cause our rabbit ears to listen intently, then in spite of a telling testimony that should indict or pardon the person in question, we […]

Mark Warde – I’ll Tell You What!

The famous humorist and writer Will Rogers once said, “Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.” Some things, once done, are very difficult to un-do… like words that have been spoken, triggers once pulled, punches thrown, enlistments made, nails once hammered. Culture can be very […]

Jerry Pritchett – Thinking Out Loud – Feeling Sheepish

One of the definitions of “sheepish” in Webster’s dictionary is, “Feeling or showing embarrassment, especially over being discovered having done something wrong or foolish” certainly something I’ve experienced lately. My recent bout started with a purchase of several Painted Desert “hair sheep” to raise for the table. I’d assumed that their disposition would be similar […]

Our Point of View – Wade Stories, Like Dragons, Hard to Kill

Two women were conversing for hours, exchanging the hottest gossip. One of them, after listening to the latest hearsay, replied by asking the teller of the tale, “Is that really true?” The gossiper answered, “Yes, though I’ve already told you more than I know myself.” Funny illustration, yes, but the malicious talk around Ennis over […]

Brooke Betik – A Deep Appreciation for Music

If you know or care anything about the music industry, you know that this past Sunday was the Grammy’s. While 10 awards being taken home by North Texans is no doubt impressive, one North Texan in particular slayed the evening. Kacey Musgraves, an experimental country artist, took home four awards Sunday night including Album of […]

Susan Lincoln – The Weekly Muddle – Yoga: Inhale Lavender, Exhale Gratitude

We started in the lotus position which, in itself, was no small accomplishment. We were cross-legged on yoga mats while candles flickered around the room and the sounds of waves flowed through our shared space. I was three states away. It seemed as if I were three planets away. Essential oils were distributed. “Would you […]

David Van Zandt – Random Thoughts – Remembering in the Rain

It’s raining again. I believe, although I do not have definitive proof, this is the wettest fall and winter in a very, very long time. I hear that there is an All-Points Bulletin for Mother Nature. Apparently, she is missing, bi-polar and off her meds. The only positive is that the temperatures have remained above […]

Jerry Pritchett – Thinking Out Loud – Why I Avoid Most Hot Topics

You may have noticed I’ve rarely written on many contentious topics, especially any dominating our news and social media. That is fully intentional on my part, but not out of concern that I might be ostracized by one group or another, nor through a desire to be praised. It’s always been my view that what […]

Our Point of View – Who Says There’s a Border Crisis?

Leadership at the top of both major political parties have been lamenting about the growing problems at the Southern border of the United States. Each of the recent presidents, including Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton made pointed efforts to describe the need for big improvements due to huge numbers of illegal immigrants. Their […]

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