• As we drove around central Illinois last week, our trek took on the character of a presidential tour. We set out to spend some time in cities and towns that had played key roles in the life and career of Dr. Redshaw, but any time we are in Springfield a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is almost obligatory. The excellent facilities are matched by interesting exhibits that are regularly updated with special events, making it the best attended of all the presidential libraries.
  • My dad and me
    My family's tradition of holding hands during prayer began almost a lifetime ago.
  • After 20 years in the men's clothing business, I learned that truly successful people dress like mental patients. Prince Charles is a prime example. He constantly shows up in public wearing ludicrous Sergeant Pepper-style outfits featuring hats with enormous feathers. Or he'll visit some remote fungal nation and cheerfully wear ritual native vegetation around his neck.
  • The naturally occurring groundwater that is a vital part of the ecosystem that makes up the unique red soil area of Fannin County is being destroyed by the sand mining companies.
  • The naming of subdivisions, apartment complexes, and even office buildings has become a growth industry. When the ad guys and branding managers get into it, the result can only a financial elevator for the buyers.
  • When I try to remember what I learned in school, it's rare that a specific subject or set of facts comes to mind. I remember in Mrs. King's fifth grade class we memorized a list of prepositions that started with "about, above, across," but thatís as far as I can get.
  • About forty years ago we traded our old Volkswagen Beetle for our first piece of new furniture: a mauve sofa. It was roughly the shade of Pepto-Bismol, but because it represented to us a substantial investment, we thought "mauve" sounded better.
  • People often say that gerrymandering is causing extremism in America. On March 11, 2017 a federal appeals court ruled that several current districts in Texas were gerrymandered to decrease the influence of minority voters. (illustration by Steven Nass)
  • Countries all over the world are sending their exotic plants and animals to the United State to satisfy Americans' yen for something from somewhere else. Why shouldn't Texas get in on payday by reversing the procedure.
  • The legendary rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is now in Sherman. The 1970 smash hit with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is "sung-through" with minimal spoken dialogue.
  • While Mr. Trump is impatiently playing checkers, the world's most serious leaders know that science and history call for a cooperative deliberative engagement in ecumenical chess.
  • Like most of our holidays, Memorial Day has an interesting history that is documented on the internet by Wikipedia. It is officially a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces, not to be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans. It also marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season (while Labor Day marks its unofficial end).