2008-01-03

By Stephanie Parker

If one does not want to win a Christmas vacation trip to Branson, Missouri, one should not enter a raffle for a motorcycle held at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. In any event, the trip was fun - since it was mostly free. The un-free part involved listening to a one-hour presentation on the purchase of vacation time - a one-hour stipulation that dragged on for more than three hours! Still, once one found the heart of Bandera in Branson, it was worth the trip.

2008-01-03

By Andrew Manzardo

The tragic death of Benazir Bhutto deals the cards once again in the wild poker game that is the politics of Pakistan

2008-01-03

By Chaz Allen

According to the Chicago Times, the man should have been ashamed of himself. That’s what they said. And they weren’t the only ones. No indeed! What the Times was raving about was the president’s speech. Now, we don’t find that so unusual do we? No. Newspapers have been bashing American presidents since the beginning.

2008-01-03

By Ed Longhurst

The Cowboy Capital Motorcycle Club had their last ride of 2007 Saturday, Dec. 29.

2008-01-03

By Bill Ellis

Pemmican is a combination of dried, shredded meat and melted fat. It was used as a high energy trail food for travelers in North America. Pemmican was made and used by Indians and whites alike. Pemmican is an important source of calories, iron and Vitamin C.

2008-01-03

Mikie Baker

The holiday season’s rough on a house. You’ve got days of endless cooking, constant guests and decorations strewn everywhere. When all the merriment is done and the final snowman is put back in the box, there you are. Stuck with a pretty bare, fairly dirty house.

2008-01-03

By Doug White

Well, since it is the holiday season and the smell of Christmas trees is still all around the stores, I thought this would be a fun article for you all.

2008-01-10

By Stephanie Parker

Not being a football fan, and in fact knowing absolutely nothing about football, I was nonetheless glad when the New England Patriots finished their regular season with a perfect 16-0 season. Don’t get me wrong-the game meant nothing to me personally-I didn’t even watch it. What I admired was the Patriots’ quest for perfection.

2008-01-10

Chaz Allen

George was late for class. That’s nothing really new for a college student. They do it all the time. But George, he was a doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkeley and, well really, at this point in his education he knew better. I mean, he was a doctoral candidate.

2008-01-10

Bill Ellis

Scurvy was the dread of sailors and Europeans for centuries. It caused cuts and bruises to heal slowly, tender joints, inflamed gums and teeth to fall out. Scurvy was often fatal.

2008-01-10

By Mikie Baker

Recently, when Lady Bird Johnson left for the wildflower field in the sky, the images of her that flashed across the TV screen reminded me

2008-01-10

By Doug White

I love animals and had many of them over the years. This is a story about a very special Angora goat.

2008-01-17

By Stephanie Parker

My brief stint in California last year at approximately this same time of year convinced me of something that, as a native Texan, I have always known. Texas simply has everything. Find the best parts of any other state and Texas can match - and usually beat it. For example, geese.

2008-01-17

Chaz Allen

Somebody somewhere is going to make a lot of money with this. That was pretty much Ed Libbey’s thought as he looked at the dress. In his eyes it was beautiful, elegant and sophisticated. Just what high fashion should be actually. He just knew that this new material was going to make him a fortune in the dress business. Might even get him into the exclusive, often closed, high fashion circles.

2008-01-17

Ed Longhurst

While every TV channel and radio station is engrossed in covering the politics of electing a new president, my thoughts always turn to finding the candidate who will keep our country strong in the eyes of the rest of the world and who will support our military with whatever they may need to accomplish their duties. No matter what the politicians do or say, our quality of life is provided by the individual members our US Armed Forces.

2008-01-17

Bill Ellis

Seed selection is setting aside seed from this year’s crop for planting the next year. Selection could be based on disease resistance, lower moisture needs or a larger crop. Indian farmers used seed selection to develop varieties of corn, beans, squash and tomatoes.

2008-01-17

Mikie Baker

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I feel it necessary to make this column a public service announcement to my male readers. Listen up, “pardners.” Whether she’s your girlfriend, wife, significant other or just a woman you’ve only had two dates with, she wants flowers for Valentines Day. It’s engrained in her genetic makeup.

2008-01-17

By Doug White

Well, as a kid I knew there was a way to find water with a device called a divining rod, or as my grandfather said, a willow branch in a “Y” design could find bodies of water underground.

2008-01-24

By Stephanie Parker

To those who appreciate musicals, Rogers and Hammerstein is a household word. A 1933 novel by Philip Strong was made into a movie in 1933, then remade into a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “State Fair,” in 1945. The musical version won an Oscar for best original song, “It Might as Well be Spring,” and was nominated for best scoring of a musical picture.

2008-01-24

By Chaz Allen

Late night TV. Its full of movies, used-car commercials, and infomercials telling us how to get rich the easy way. But let’s face facts, there’s a reason late night television is on after the kiddies go to bed. After hours television has always been a place where the rules are relaxed - content and style are edgier, the approach less mainstream. Oh I’ll just come right out and say it. Late night television can sometimes be pretty risqué.

2008-01-24

Ed Longhurst

Motorcycling is for everyone young and old. I am pretty sure these new little bikers would be the first to tell you how much they enjoy riding in the Hill Country.

2008-01-24

By Bill Ellis

The prickly pear has a parasite called cochineal from which a red dye is made. It was farmed and was a very important crop. The British bought it by the ton and used it to dye their uniforms red.

2008-01-24

Medina Mikie

Most of my travels have involved road trips through these United States. Like most Texans, I’ve crossed the border into ol’ Mexico a few times. But cross the big ocean? I’ve only done that once to visit Germany, Switzerland and Austria. When I was there, I had no idea what anyone was saying to me, so I spent most of my time in bars. Somehow, beer is the universal language.

2008-01-24

By Doug White

There I was, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, back in the wonderful year of 1969. We were very busy with keeping the trainer helicopters flying. This was the night that I was on duty to be flown out to a stage field, a place where the pilots and trainees practice emergency landings and such.

2008-01-31

Stephanie Parker

Ending the first month of New Year 2008, we’ve surely earned the right to ask, “why can’t life be simple?”

2008-01-31

Chaz Allen

It wasn’t a very comfortable trip, even for a six year old. Little Frankie was crammed into a steerage ship with other hopeful families bound for America, the land of opportunity.

2008-01-31

Ed Longhurst

Last week, we met in Bandera for a Saturday ride. We braved the chill and fog and headed the bikes toward Kerrville about 9:15 am

2008-01-31

Doug White

This is a story that my grandfather, Richard R. Coker, once told me when I was a young man. I always enjoyed listening to my grandfather.

2008-01-31

Mikie Baker

I’m getting out of my caregiver cage for a well-deserved two days off. I’m heading to Big D for TGI Friday’s corporate office reunion

2008-01-31

Bill Ellis

Yes, American Indians could produce electricity by using chemicals. The Moche in Peru invented chemically-produced electricity.