Founding mothers

July 28, 2015

When I listen to the tales of my grandmothers and great grandmother, I am in awe of their accomplishments. No task seemed daunting to them; at least from the stories that have survived through the years, they simply accepted the next chore with certain equanimity, and proceeded with their lives. The book Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised our Nation by Cokie Roberts has reinforced my belief that, while we may call ourselves ”liberated”, the ladies in our history were equally or more so!

Testing my assumptions

July 21, 2015

Where to begin? There’s so many good subjects this week. Should we talk about Jade Helm (not really one of my issues), the pathetically small number that our army is being reduced to, Iran becoming a nuclear state, or something to do with the coming Presidential election? Well with all that available, let’s just start out with the popular modern day term, “lol”.

The different ways we “tawlk”

July 15, 2015

J’ever notice? It seems as if we “tawlk” different out here in the Big Country of West Texas. I know that I lead the pack in the “who talks the worst or best West Texan”. (Best if it’s a contest and worst if you’re from north of the Red River and listening to it.) I know, really know, that when someone from up there or out there calls my office and talks to me they get a mental picture of a guy sitting out on a tall front porch leaning back in a cane bottom chair with his bare feet propped up on a sleeping coon dog and chewing on a wheat straw.

A question of revolution

June 30, 2015

Students of history tell us that something like the American Revolution was bound to happen in the social and political climate of the 1700s. The amazing fact – which we still celebrate – is that it was successful to the extent of creating a world power.

What different people “see”

June 23, 2015

Well, that was certainly interesting. As someone who is seriously “into” how government finances, or doesn’t, various things, especially fixing potholes, I’m always interested in what other people have to say about such subjects. Or at least I’m interested as long as they make some kind of sense. Unfortunately for me, sometimes I have to read through a fair amount of a piece before I can tell which is which. Then again, some of those pieces are pretty interesting, in a train wreck kind of way, because they reveal more about the author than perhaps the author intended - or maybe not.

Penning cattle

June 16, 2015

J’ever notice? If it’s hunting, fishing, or penning wild cows, the first storyteller doesn’t have a chance since everyone within hearing distance will have a better story. This is a reversal of the roles, but since I’m writin’ the writin’, I am going to tell the best one first and then declare me the winner: This old cowboy was showing a young cowboy around the ranch where he had just been hired on. The old cowboy said, “These cattle in this big pasture are real wild. They’re so wild, there’s just three or four in a bunch and in some bunches there’s not any.”

The scramble to protect minimum wage laws

June 9, 2015

As regular readers of my columns will be well aware, a topic that I feel very strongly about is the so-called “minimum wage”. Recently, someone had asked me what my feelings are about employee pay, and I responded that I wanted to see everybody get the pay they deserved and a chance to make a decent living. I personally think that by inserting itself between employers and employees through such methods as the minimum wage law, the federal government greatly slows, or even sometimes prevents, the ability of businesses to financially reward people who have earned better pay.

Welcome to the “real” world!

June 2, 2015

Remember the days when the refrigerator was always full, but you never went to the store? Clean clothing appeared as though by magic, and the house was normally clean, without your effort? Despite having to bow to the authority of a parent, and live by the rules of the house, which was, at times, frustrating, those appear to have been halcyon days – at least from the perspective of several years!

Spring farming in the fifties

May 27, 2015

J’ever notice? Certain times of the year trigger certain memories. This time of year is about the time when farming spring-planted crops is fixing to be in full swing. By now, most farmers have patched washes and ends and plowed up terraces. I remember my earliest farming experiences. The terraces were usually plowed up with a two-bottom moleboard (covering twenty-eight inches at a time) or a two-disc plow. The land that was going to be bedded was already finished. When the weeds and Johnson grass started growing, farmers would start plowing beds.

Establishing who’s who

May 19, 2015

We got a lot of things out of the social and civil unrest of the sixties and seventies, and thankfully a lot of those “things” haven’t really stuck with us. On the other hand, some of the language has, which means a few of the concepts, or ways of thinking about things have become part of the landscape.

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