BEYOND BLUEBONNETS

Rain-lily. Gentle white proof that it rained. Stalwart little things. Trumpeting the good news. Standing high above the mowed grass. Cooperia Drummondii. A Texas wildflower. Sometimes solitary. Sometimes an entire symphony. Another rain prover is Texas sage. A Hill Country favorite. Grows into a massive bush. Whitish-gray leaves. Distinctive sage aroma. But then… (Drum roll) […]

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TIME FOR SCHOOL

Back by popular demand. Originally published August 4, 2004 Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Dollar General. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. The list began with Pre-K. One large […]

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Rock. Paper. Scissors. Scissors. Paper. Rock. A fun way to see who goes first. Or maybe draw straws. Now there’s an easy way to make decisions. Ah, the simple joys in life. Eeny-meeny-miney-moe… Or…tag, you’re it! Things have gotten so complicated. No wonder everybody’s on drugs. Those legal, pharmaceutical, advertised-every-five-minutes-on-TV kind of drugs. No wonder […]

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VIVA LA LLUVIA

Water. Agua. Stream. Creek. River. Rio. Ocean. Sea. Mar. Lake. Pool. Tank. Rain. Lluvia. Precipitation. Shower. Puddle. Fountain. Fuente. Mist. Fog. Bruma. Damp. Moist. Wet. Mojado. Green. Blue. Azul. Cold. Cool. Frio. Bubble. Gurgle. Flow. Flujo. Flood. Crash. Thunder. Tronada. Pound. Storm. Drench. Soak. Empapada. Oh, to be sopping wet. Alas. No matter what language, […]

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WHATTA DAY

  Wednesday. July 26. 2017. Just another ordinary day. Perhaps. Going back in time… July 26 wasn’t always an ordinary day. Many significant things happened on that date. War, for one. We’re going way back. In 657, the first Muslim civil war occurred along the Euphrates River. Then, in 811, the Bulgarians beat the Byzantines […]

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TOMATO / TOMAHTO

I say “toe-MAY-toe.” You say “toe-MAW-toe.” Tomato. Tomahto. I call it ketchup. You call it catsup. According to trusty Webster, “ketchup” is the correct name. Derived from Malay kechap. A fish sauce. And Chinese ketsiap. A sauce for meat, fish, etc. Especially a thick sauce. Which appeared in Europe in the 1600s when Dutch and […]

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STARSTRUCK

Mother Nature. What a gal. What a wonderful world she gave us. Just look up at the sky some dark night. Who would’ve guessed what Mira is up to…up there. Mira being a star. Not a movie star. Nope. There’s no comparison to movie stars when it comes to the red giant Mira. Astronomers in […]

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