Satan’s Point of View

Since God issued ten commandments, then Satan must have given his potential followers an opposing list. I imagine it goes something like this: God: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Satan: Don’t worship that arrogant, self-serving tyrant. He’s no fun and is causing you misery, claiming you will get a reward for it…

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A More Natural Life

Some of you know that I grow vegetables via organic methods, plus raise sheep, goats, and chickens in the same manner. I buy organic foods, as much as practical, and cook them from scratch, to nourish my wife and me. For most of my life, I’ve refused to use artificial sweeteners, margarine, and any other…

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Dear Donald Trump:

Mr. President, during your campaign you spoke many times about “draining the swamp”. I suspect you have fallen prey to the urban legend that Washington was truly built on a swamp. It turns out that it’s not exactly true. Yes, there was a tidal marsh, but it did not quite qualify as a “swamp”. When…

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Chantilly Lace

Recently, upon writing the word “lace”, the old song “Chantilly Lace” began playing in my head. I pondered as to what “Chantilly” lace actually was. Prior to tools provided by the internet, I would likely have tried looking in a physical dictionary and found little information. Now with the internet age, I found a complete…

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The Train of My Dreams

Many opinions have been expressed regarding the Bullet Train proposed and being built between Dallas and Houston. I have an opinion myself, but will not voice it in this column. Instead, I will relate the story of my own fast transportation idea, conjured up from the fertile imagination of my youth. It probably all started…

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Will It Ever End?

I grew up watching TV at my grandmother’s house. We didn’t have a set, so it was quite a treat when we visited her. In those days, if you watched any show, whether it was a kid’s show like Sky King, Roy Rogers, Zorro, or the ones my parents watched like I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke,…

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Self Examination

Successful self examination seems to come easily for me. I have never experienced therapy from a psychiatrist or psychologist, so I am not familiar with all their techniques, but I gather the goal is to find what events or behavior by you or others in your past has caused your current behavior or mindset. In…

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Beg, Borrow or Steal?

The following is my confession to a life of stealing from friends, neighbors, companies, and corporations. No person or group was, or is, off limits to my larceny. When I was younger, I kept quiet about my vice, but later upon seeing that others, when discovering my proclivity, seemed to accept this particular theft without…

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Being Where Others Are Not

Being Alone, Lonely, Isolated – Not! Decades ago, during a conversation with my brother, Ronnie, I spoke of my passion for getting away from people and things man-made every so often. Surprisingly, he confided in me that he strongly disliked being alone. He said he was uncomfortable without people around.  In contrast, I valued my…

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Let Me Be Frank

As I have gotten older, I have observed (vicariously, through my wife) that I have gotten more irritable and cranky at times. I’ll admit it. But it is the little things that bug me the most. It seems the propensity of salespeople or others attempting to convince me of some point of view to preface…

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