Mugs, Kilts and Route 66

“Coffee is a language in itself.” — Jackie Chan The nominations are in, the votes are counted. And your favorite mug is… After my Aug. 13 column on “Our Favorite Mugs,” I asked you to tell me about your favorite coffee mug. Some of you complied — not an overwhelming response, but enough for a contest. …

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Mugs, Kilts and Route 66

“Coffee is a language in itself.” — Jackie Chan The nominations are in, the votes are counted. And your favorite mug is……

16 September 2014 [08:29 PM]
Focal Point: Sunday, Five Days After

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America. The following column was written Sept. 16, 2001,…

10 September 2014 [12:11 AM]
Route 66 and the lost bridge

“There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige…

27 August 2014 [01:33 AM]
Jigsaw puzzles are like family

“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find…

22 August 2014 [01:48 PM]
The five stages of grief

Even if your hands are shakin’ And your faith is broken Even as the eyes are closin’ Do it with a heart…

06 August 2014 [12:04 AM]
Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take,…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
Focal Point: Smiling down from the fence

“An elm tree still stands facing what was once the Murrah Building … The tree signaled the passing seasons: Spring blooms giving…

23 July 2014 [12:26 AM]
Focal Point: What Do I Owe You?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison I worked…

02 July 2014 [12:12 AM]
Focal Point: Never pass up a blue boat

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” — William Butler Yeats…

24 June 2014 [11:50 PM]
Focal Point: Keeping a promise

  “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert…

22 May 2014 [11:10 AM]
Focal Point: Ants in our pants

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin What could…

14 May 2014 [12:14 AM]
Focal Point: Playing games in a war zone

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore Jennifer Young proudly wears the moniker “Donut Dollie.” She readily admits the Red…

07 May 2014 [12:06 AM]
The finer points of plowing

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn…

30 April 2014 [12:37 AM]
Thanks, Bob Hope, for remembering

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” Bob Hope…

23 April 2014 [12:22 AM]
News always bears a cost

“We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make…

16 April 2014 [06:26 AM]
Farewell to the Texas Prison Rodeo

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Strother Martin (the Captain) “Cool Hand Luke” (1967) razoria County, along the Texas…

09 April 2014 [03:30 PM]
Slower than Hop Hanna

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” —…

02 April 2014 [12:06 AM]