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  • Budapest, Hungary appeared on the online list of cheapest European cities to visit, so Lanny and I made our Thanksgiving travel plans. Turkey seemed a clever option for the holiday, but the violent protests and current unrest in that part of the world made us feel "giblety."

  • At the beginning of the Cold War, Texas played an important part in the stalemate. Around Abilene and one location in northwest Texas, Atlas missiles sat in concrete silos waiting to be fueled and launched against aggressors within the 9,000 mile range of the missile. Topped with a nuclear warheads one hundred times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan to close World War II, thirteen of the warheads laid vertically beneath the Texas soil from 1962 to late 1964.
  • The ignorance gap that the new math created between parent and child has not even begun to mend. Before the new math, I had a mysterious aura about me. I never said anything, but my children were convinced I had invented fire.
  • In his new book, An Officer in MacArthur's Court: The Memoir of the First Headquarters Commandant for General Douglas MacArthur in Australia (Robertson Publishing, 2014), former Bonham resident John F. Day III collects the diaries and notes that his father, Col. John Day Jr., wrote during the course of the Pacific War through the Japanese surrender Sept. 2, 1945, on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. (photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier)
  • The invasion of France on June 6, 1944 was a triumph of intelligence, coordination, secrecy, and planning. The bold attack, using 4,000 ships, 11,000 planes, and nearly 3,000,000 soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors was also a tremendous risk in facing the highly-defended and well-prepared enemy. Ultimately, the invasion succeeded because of individual soldiers’ bravery in combat. Charles E. Davidson, Jr., of Deport, Texas, was one of those Army soldiers and today he is a humble, yet passionate, veteran of World War II.
  • Lake Fannin, like a few places we can still go to, including Caney Creek bridge in Mulberry, is a sacred place.
  • My question for Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation is this: Why can't any of y'all throw out leftovers?
  • I was not surprised that Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 on the ballot, to put more money into the State Highway Fund. Not only have we seen a sharp decline in the quality and maintenance of our highway system, but people my age remember what it was like to drive on roads that were really bad.
  • Sierra Madera - photo by Russell A. Graves
  • "Pay no nevermind" was my mother’s response when I made an honest-yet-piercing observation of a fellow human being. As a youngster, I had neither filters nor volume control: "Mama, that man needs to brusha brusha brusha."
  • The Sixth Floor - photo by Russell A Graves