Category Archives: Things Historical

The Naming of Names

Spring is the classic time for wildflowers.  In Texas, even in an off year, the wealth of native flowers is Fat City for bees and butterflies and a heady treat to multiple human senses. There are cotton candy mounds of … Continue reading

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Comfort Food

The annual mega-caloric holiday baking frenzy is over and I am left with one fruitcake, a few extra pounds, and half a jar of shelled pecans. Every year, I swear that this will be the last time I send seasonal … Continue reading

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Fun and Games

As often happens now, the conversation flowed around me.  The others in it were all young enough to be my children or grandchildren, but I was no one’s kin.  When courtesy requires, the young will make token attempts to include … Continue reading

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Fame

David Bowie handled being famous about as well as anyone can in a hyper-nosy and envious age. Staying ahead of his own curve probably had a lot to do with it; he never held still long enough for anyone to … Continue reading

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Fine and Quiet Part 2

The solstice has officially arrived, but the bright days of late autumn lingered here until as lately as a week ago. This is frequent in North Texas; well into December, we often enjoy a muted but pleasing echo of the … Continue reading

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Fine and Quiet

Tim Burton, so I’ve read, grew up in a house that was immediately adjacent to a cemetery. That explains a lot. I used to think that my own taste for picking through necropoli started at the age of five when … Continue reading

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Minutiae

y theology teacher, Father Dave, used to say that God is in the details. It was not until many decades later that I learned that it is more usual—certainly among members of the legal profession—to say that the Devil is. … Continue reading

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War of the Butterflies

My timing for this trip couldn’t be worse. The road ahead is slated for widening, but it hasn’t happened yet, and now I am caught in midday traffic, one more lemming in the horde. Being stuck here on an August … Continue reading

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Keys to the Kingdom

Rooting through an office drawer long overdue for cleaning normally turns up a predictable collection of objects. Rubber bands; dried up felt tip markers; free range paperclips, including one that has been mutilated into a tool for prodding a non-responsive … Continue reading

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Things That Go BANG! in the Night

Normally, by the first week of July, everything in North Texas that unfolded leaf and petal in the spring is looking spent and thirsty. But not so in this year of seeming monsoon; under the influence of a lot of … Continue reading

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