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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 9, 2014
Friends who have known my 102-year-old Uncle Mort for decades say he’s a walking contradiction and as stubborn as a billygoat. His brain churns out—as Aunt Maude puts it—“more ideas in a day than some men in a lifetime, and some of ‘em are good.” When we talked the other day, he detailed an upcoming event in the thicket he’s calling “The East Texas World-Championship Lick-Off.” Winner of the hot pepper-licking contest will be awarded a tow sack full of the world’s hottest p ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 9, 2014
Cricket. As in Jiminy. Not the game. And not as cute. And not just one cricket. But several. Here. There. And everywhere. Cricketing away. Catapulting from there to there. Or dead. Dried up. Upside down. Ran out of cricket gas. Or just ran out of time. Not sure. Just what does a cricket do? They are related to grasshoppers and katydids. And feed on decaying plants and fungi. But they don’t harm people. Usually. However, they eat their own when the need arises. China con ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
Someone did a survey in 2008 of British teens, and found that 58% of them thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person, but only 20% thought Winston Churchill was real. You may think I’m joking, but it’s true – one out of five British adolescents believe the man who invented the cigar never existed. Before you get too far into the gloating process, let me point out that Americans are no better.
, 2014 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
At The Eckert James River Bat Cave this year, people often asked me if I enjoy teaching and sharing things about the bats. I always answered, “I do.” When someone asked if I like being in the “wild” with all of the critters, I again answered, “I do.” This is a job that offers the opportunity to be a part.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
Some commercials are just STUPID. While others really are funny and true. Lee and Marty in the Swiffer commercials are just that, FUNNY AND TRUE! “Just how much dirt can two people make? More than you think!” Living in the country, dirt is just a matter of fact. However, TRASH is another matter.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 23rd, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 34 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Will Frey was responsible for the program and introduced Reggie Loeffler, Mason County EMS Director, who spoke about our county's EMS service, which employs four people full time and several others part time. He spoke about the increased medical and communications capabilities that our two ambulances have now, and how they coordinate with area emergenc ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
Now is a good time to start building your immune system for flu season. Whether you are concerned about colds or flu, there are some great natural strategies for you to use to build your immune system. Let’s review a bit about viruses and immune function. Viruses are opportunistic and function like scavengers.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
I know that I share A LOT of banana recipes, but they are readily available and affordable, and almost everyone likes them. Check out these recipes I got from the UNL Extension “Food Fun for Young Children” page. I’m going to be using these for 4-H! Chocolate covered bananas are one of my favorite things.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
It is a beautiful day in downtown Art. Thank God for the great rains and for His unbelievable love and protection. We welcome Don and Laura Lewis as Associate Members of the Art UMC. It is great to have you both as members and we appreciate your work with the children.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
We are zooming at the library!! We’re on fiber optic now, and it’s fantastic! We love being able to provide great service. But sometimes things happen that aren’t so fantastic. We’ve made Wi-Fi available 24/7 because we have folks who come after hours to connect outside on the porch or in their vehicles.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
October. Officially here. According to the calendar. Fall. Equally official. But the air says it all. The blue of the sky. A veritable watercolor. With clouds. Like skeins untangling. And mornings. A different feel. That slight shift in temperature. A new fragrance. Semi-sweet decay. Wild mushrooms. Opening like fat umbrellas. Green lizards. Blending in. Breezes that chill. Bringing the solitary. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, Than be crowd ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014 • Photos
Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder who died recently at age 93, dined with my family when he visited Brownwood, TX, to speak at Howard Payne University chapel services in 1993. I was HPU president then, somewhat surprised he had accepted our invitation. Upon his arrival the evening before, my “timbers were shivered.” Without hesitation, he accepted our invitation for a country breakfast featuring my mother’s biscuits. She’d had a lot of practice, turning them out every morning of my gr ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted September 25, 2014
We all have a favorite dove hunting story. Well, except for people who don’t hunt doves, I guess. But people who don’t hunt doves are not to be trusted. They’re like people who wear polyester pants. I realize they exist, but I’d rather not have anything to do with them, thanks all the same. My personal favorite dove hunting story is the one about the guy who was out hunting, sitting under a shadetree with several birds in a game bag, when a game warden showed up.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted September 25, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 16th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 41 members and four visitors in attendance. Lion Bruce Lehmberg was responsible for the program and introduced Daniel Davidson who spoke about Davidson Trucking, a new business to Mason. Davidson Trucking mainly hauls frac sand to the oil wells in Texas and other states.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted September 25, 2014
The more STUFF you acquire, the more STUFF you have to find a place for. Then the more STUFF you acquire, the more you have to keep up with. Along with finding a place for all that STUFF, keeping up with it, you have to clean it and or repair it!