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04
Jun
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CHECK YOUR MIRRORS

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Lillie turns five next month.

My granddaughter is her parents’ firstborn and my first grandchild. Like most grandparents, I have shared and celebrated the major events in her young life. Her parents have also graciously afforded me the “unlimited minutes” plan when it comes to popping in on a whim or coming to stay for two weeks. (The pandemic has interrupted that routine since March 15, but we are back on track for a nice long summer stay if all goes as planned).

The next big milestone, starting school, is upon us. I suspect this is the real reason why my daughter and sonin-law want me to come spend time this summer: Lillie has a pronoun usage issue.

 

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04
Jun
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The optimism of the human spirit

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The events unfolding as I pen this column are an insult to the human spirit. The unnecessary and terrible death of a fellow human being at the hand of someone we should trust is beyond the limits of the word tragic. I’ll resist dedicating the limited space available weekly by repeating what many other columnists are writing in the despair we all feel the over the death of George Floyd. My sympathies are with his family.

Buried in the tragedy is our nations return to human space travel. The weekend accomplishment of a wildly successful joint venture between Spacex and NASA was something in which we should all take pride.

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Thu
04
Jun
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CORONA YOGA

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My son Kevin is an Emmy award winning television sports director. He broadcasts games the Rangers, Mavericks and Stars play. He occasionally runs the jumbotron for Dallas Cowboys home games. He is also in demand for college games in various sports all over the country. He even directs wrestling matches. He has had a fabulous career and loves what he does. He had a big part in producing the highlight video for the Atlanta Olympics. He misses broadcasting the games and working with his broadcast crew. I’ve had the privilege of watching him work. The television crew is in a huge trailer loaded with equipment. Watching the professionals get a game on the air is more fun to watch than the game itself. It is split-second timing, working with as many as 16 cameras all over the playing field.

Thu
04
Jun
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2 CENTS WORTH

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Great day where did the week go, here it is the first of June before we turn around it will be July. Joe and I have been busy all week, he is so happy he got his first squash out of his garden!!!!! He brought it in and said, "Look what I got!!!!' He could hardly wait for the microwave to cook it so he could eat it, I have finally got him using that microwave, he cooked everything the old way, on top of the stove, boiling it in water, then meshing the squash up. I told him, "Okay Joe let's try it this way, so now he's cooking with that microwave and it hasn't ruined his squash or anything else!!!!! Bless his heart he covered that garden when we were having all that hail with every bucket he could find, his rancher friends brought him some of those feed barrels to cover his squash so he said I've got to make squash to repay my friends. He pulled his onions, the hail hurt them bad, so he pulled them and put them on the picnic table.

Fri
29
May
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State of Texas enters second phase of reopening plan

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50% and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Reopenings, Abbott said, must adhere to restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Notably, public schools have the option to provide in-person summer school so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols laid out by the state health department. Classes may begin as soon as June 1.

"I ask all Texans to continue heeding the guidance of our state and federal medical experts and do their part to protect public health. If we all unite in our resolve, we will overcome this challenge," Abbott said.

The full list of guidelines, openings and relevant dates is available at gov.texas.gov/opentexas.

 

 

 

Thu
28
May
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Faces & Places

“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised.” ~ Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

We live on Mockingbird Hill where things are pretty mundane. When there’s a good song on the radio, I dance by myself in the living room. I both lead and follow, so it gets a little confusing at times, and I step on my own toes. My husband doesn’t know the first thing about dancing and is barely able to tap his foot to the rhythm. That’s OK because I can’t artificially inseminate a cow through creativity. We all have our talents. Although, I feel pretty certain dancing is cleaner than artificially inseminating a cow no matter how artfully it’s done. We can make art out of anything, even a virus from the faraway East. It really has been a crazy time, like riding the rapids, and stressful for all of us—perhaps even nature.

Thu
28
May
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2 CENTS WORTH

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Good morning to all of you this wonderful day to remember all of our veterans and what they and their families went through for us to have this wonderful country we live in, and to all the young men and ladies that are serving our country in all parts of the world, and my grandson and granddaughter are two of them. Our prayers are with all of you, and our prayers on with all of us trying to keep from taking this virus that is traveling our country.

Thu
21
May
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Texas bolsters efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19

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AUSTIN — Testing, sanitizing and emergency food benefits increased as Texas entered its third month of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement concerning an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in Amarillo, where more than 700 cases were reported on May 16. The report came after the governor's Surge Response Teams conducted site surveys and testing in high-risk areas, including meat-packing facilities in the Amarillo area. Two more weeks of testing would be conducted in highrisk areas, Abbott said.

Abbott on May 13 announced that Texas National Guard disinfection teams operating in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services have been deployed to help limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus in nursing homes.

Fri
15
May
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2 CENTS WORTH

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Well grab you a second glass of tea this morning I'm late, I've been helping Joe in the yard, or he's been helping me one, he was going to mow and I said, "Wait a minute take the lawn mower in the front and get down some of the prim roses so I won't have as many to hoe down." So we did that then he said, "Didn't you want the bird bath by the humming bird feeders?" So we got that done, so while he's moving I'm getting to visit with all of you. We got up late this morning it was 8:00 before we hit the floor, we were so tired from the weekend we can hardly wiggle time we got home. The kids at Lubbock said, 'Dad there are no sickness at Buffalo Springs lake, you will just be here with us, and it will be okay." So we left Saturday morning carrying a cooked brisket, a cooker full of pinto beans, a crock pot of cheese sauce to eat for snacks, and a batch of peanut butter cookies and we had a ball.

Fri
15
May
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Five Early Lessons the Pandemic Has Taught Us about Texas Schools

Texas has learned a lot about itself — and its education system — through the coronavirus crisis.

We’ve learned how critical education is to parents’ work schedules, to civic engagement, to children’s security and wellbeing, and to sports and culture. Texas’ schools and universities have proven to be foundational to economic and community life — our society will not feel truly reopened until students return to school.

In the meantime, educators and administrators have scrambled to ensure students can learn without being in school. Many districts have been creative in connecting students with high-speed internet connections and hardware. Teachers have worked to provide remote instruction and structure. Kitchen staff and other workers have provided food and other needs for out-of-school students. And parents have stepped in to support day-today teaching, filling a critical gap at a critical time.

 

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