Columnists
  • Each man wishes only that his worth be accepted by his fellows at his own valuation. -- Thomas Hobbes
  • If you've ever picked your teeth with a business card, you've improvised. If you've ever cleaned your ears with a bobby pin wrapped in toilet tissue, you've improvised. Furthermore, you've probably brushed your teeth with a washcloth draped over your index finger. Makin' do--that's what I'm talkin' about.
  • We stored much of the food for the winter months while living on the farm in the late 1940s. By spring, many of the shelves in the storeroom for canned goods were empty or running low. A trip to the grocery story was only weekly and sometimes not that often.
  • The house build - landscaping
  • The news that it was time to vote in some local races at the county level made me think about a remarkable career in law enforcement that began with an election for sheriff of Grayson County.
  • Them two. Heading for no good. Sneaking across the Golf Course in the dark. They'll be in jail unless they shear off. No-accounts, both of 'em.
  • Dave Barry said, "If a woman had to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base."
  • Cool Hand Luke. A solitary mister. Principled. Dogged. He won the credit of his companions, which was a problem, because guards in a chain gang sort of expect to be the big guys on campus. Earned respect versus the sort conveyed by institutions. In fact, lots of career choices involve an express elevator to cheap authority. And in a prison camp, lest we forget, the bosses are the ones with the shotguns.
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam are siblings in the faith founded by Abraham. All three are eastern religions; but in recent history, Christians are seen by the majority in the Middle east as representing "the West."
  • I didn't play favorites with my three children. It's just that my stages of mellow seemed startling.
  • As one who spent four decades reading student papers and marking spelling errors, I should be in favor of simplified spelling rules, like the ones Teddy Roosevelt (TR) and George Bernard Shaw (GBS) tried to promote. Unfortunately, neither of these progressive thinkers was successful in their efforts to reform English spelling.
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides are a key driver in bee declines, affecting beesí immune systems, navigation, reproduction and foraging, even at low doses. Last year, 29 scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature reviewed 800 studies from two decades of research. These researchers found that the evidence is overwhelmingly clear: Neonicotinoids have adverse effects on bees, and the current level of use of these pesticides is unsustainable.