• While shopping at the mall last summer, I stopped at a shoe store to get some footwear for the beach.

    "Could I see your thongs?" I asked, casually squinting as I tried to remember the other vacation items on my list.

    "Mine?" gasped the young narcotics offender at the register.
  • What Texan has not heard of the King Ranch in South Texas? I know I did when I was just a Texan toddler travelling across Texas. Both Mother and Daddy had the best stories about it and kept us three children at bay while being travel weary of the crowded carís back seat.
  • Spring cleaning is a pillow-fluff compared with that deadly summer ritual of cleaning for long-distance relatives. This requires some math, along with a mop. The depth of cleaning is directly proportional to the distance these folks travel. You wonít find this cleaning formula among Heloise's hints, but itís been understood and passed down from one generation of dusters to the next. (The formula is diluted, however, with each passing.)
  • Watching the news on the morning of 9/11/2001, I still vividly remember the first plane crashing into the first World Trade Tower. No one could have known how this one event would define the context of American History in the 21st century.
  • It's been a few days since Patty Duke died on March 29, 2016. She was only sixty-nine. And life is moving on with just a little hint of emptiness.
  • I've been experimenting with sauce recipes to accompany the corned beef strudel, but haven't come up with one I like yet. For now, if you make this strudel, you might serve on the side the same mustard you add to the cabbage and onions. If you have a sauce that goes well with this strudel, please share it.
  • Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is a car fanatic. But instead of collecting miniatures, he builds monuments to his favorite vehicles. He then houses them in his personal pyramid-shaped garage, which is located 45 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi. The elephant in the room is the 50-ton Dodge Power Wagon, which is eight times the size of the original Power Wagon. Just to give a scale of the Power Wagon, they park a regular little Datsun pickup underneath it. Outrageous? Yep.
  • America's Electrical Cooperatives Designated the second of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
  • I know we all remember Popeye the Sailor Man. He loved to eat spinach and always gained strength when he ate it, making him indestructible to his foes, mainly Brutus.
  • The minister cleverly braided a palm leaf into a tiny cross during the children's sermon at the Palm Sunday service a few years ago. I stopped straining my neck to watch him when I realized that I canít remember today's breakfast, much less remember a craft technique for a whole year.
  • In honor of my March birthday I'm sharing one of my favorite oyster recipes. I first had oysters in my early 20's on my birthday in an Austin, Texas, oyster bar. It was love at first taste...
  • Militant resisters to western intrusions in the area we call the Middle East, have a long history.