Focal Point: Skiing amid the whitecaps

  “I am always ready to learn; although, I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill   y father was a patient teacher. His efforts to teach us farm kids to water ski were valiant, but I’ve always been puzzled about why putting us up on top of the water was so important to him. We lived on a dusty wheat fa…

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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Focal Point: Knowing when to get off

“I love the feeling of shredded wheat. I love healthy bird food with a fun-to-eat feel. Then you spray them with sugar,…

01 March 2014 [11:32 PM]
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Focal Point: Twelve Angry Jurors

“‘Well, I’m not used to supposin’. I’m just a workin’ man. My boss does all the supposin’, but I’ll try one. Supposin’…

08 February 2014 [11:53 PM]
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Focal Point: Split rims and summer jobs

“Never blame anyone in your life. The good people give you happiness. The bad people give you experience. The worst people give…

01 February 2014 [09:19 PM]
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Focal Point: Across the Blue Bridge

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want…

25 January 2014 [09:47 PM]