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By the time I met them, they were without a chimpanzee. Eva Romanova Graham was a Czechoslovakian world champion figure skater. With her brother, Pavel, she won four World Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing between 1962 and 1965. When they retired from competition, ice dancing was still a sub-genre of figure skating, not yet an Olympic sport. more
One need not be a fan of the New Orleans Saints in particular, or the NFL in general, to have taken notice of the most-controversial “no call” in the January 20 NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. As the replay showed, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman not only interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis’s catching a pass but also made forbidden helmet-to-helmet contact. more
“It’s never too late to honor a member of the greatest generation,” said John Hanisee, Chief Warrant Officer IV when approached by the family members of Bill Wilson. John recently conducted a military service honoring the late Navy veteran, his wife “Mama Lou,” four daughters and extended family at the Rosehill Cemetery in Tyler. more
When the holidays have ended and I’ve digested enough homemade snack mix to construct an imposing and delicious wall of heavily seasoned Chex cereal along the entire U.S./Mexico border, retailers throughout the country often place deep discounts on exciting big-ticket items like televisions, luxury furniture, and septic tanks. more
A lot of things in life have to be achieved. We need to achieve good grades in order to win the favor of our parents, and later, an admissions committee. When we enter college, we have to achieve good enough grades to graduate so that we can get the job we’ve always wanted. When we get the job, we then have to earn the respect of our peers, and our boss, in order to move up the ladder and earn more money. Our society, on the whole, believes that we have to earn and achieve our way into the good life. more
Recently I watched a YouTube video in which, among other things, Amazon’s Alexa defined an abortion but then said she did not know the related answer of when a fetus could survive outside a uterus. The video perhaps was entertaining enough in its own right, even if one does not ultimately find technology companies’ liberal bias or the matter of abortion to be at all amusing. more
A blanket of fog beautifully covered the earth Friday morning in the small East Texas corner where I live. Stepping out to breathe in the fog, it was a clear reminder winter is here – the need to embrace it was quite nice after a frenzy of pushing through the holiday rollercoaster and on into the new year. more
I’d been wondering what happened to my youth. Last week Jessica unpacked a box that must have been sealed the day we emptied mom’s attic. And there lay my childhood. A scrapbook from my Cub Scout days – plywood cover secured with leather laces, my name permanently scorched across the cover with a long-gone wood-burner – page after page of pictures, scissored from magazines, of really old cars: Duesenbergs, Cords, Packards, Studebakers, Excelsiors and the like, cars that were already old when I wasn’t. more
An article written by Kate Shellnutt in “Christianity Today” claims that African Americans are the only racial group that see the Bible as more important for the moral fabric of the nation than the constitution. more
The word normal is defined as conforming to a standard, expected, settled or day-to-day. It’s a state everyone strives to get-back-to after the holidays, vacations and major events. As much as we love the breaks, returning to a somewhat normal atmosphere can be difficult, or it can be embraced and loved, especially after the New Year has begun. more
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