Discovery Close to Home

  “One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” A.A. Milne By DAVE BERRY, dvberry@tylerpaper.com Let’s talk about discovery. Sure, it sounds complicated, dangerous, mysterious. The word alone makes us think of adventures into the unknown, explorations down uncharted trails, voyages…

Fewer Half-Read Books

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” — Mark Twain   (Dedicated to Mary Jane McNamara, Tyler’s beloved historian, librarian and custodian of local lore. She passed away last week at 91. Those of us who knew her mourn her passing … but the

Focal Point: Merle and Clyde Earl

“The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn’t seem like there’s anything happening like that.” — Merle Haggard   I have fond memories of Clyde Earl and the Wire Stringers. I was more of a rock and roll kind of guy back in those days, but it was Clyde Earl and his twangy, country band that kept me sane during an unsteady time.

Proceed to the Route

“The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps.” — Bob Black   Her name was Bridgette. We met her at the airport in Dublin. My wife wasn’t jealous. In fact, she was the one who made the introductions. We were still reeling from the realization that half our luggage had gone

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Discovery Close to Home

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” A.A. Milne Let’s…

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Fewer Half-Read Books

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Proceed to the Route

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Walking among giants

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Make a left at Chama

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Moving ahead without a map

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