As might be expected, my Uncle Mort thought he had heard every birthday-related joke in the book. At his 107th party a few weeks ago, he got a real birthday surprise.
Sunday, September 8th was National Grandparents Day, which was signed into law by President Carter in 1978. Many schools in the area celebrated with special recognition lunches inviting grandparents to visit.
A majority of us have drawn lines in the dirt, emphasizing the point beyond which we simply will not be pushed by pesky, ever-encroaching technology. Most of us gradually fold, however. In retreat mode, we still draw lines, but they are evermore faint, each drawn with diminishing enthusiasm.
There was a recent mail out from our Millsap Water Supply seeking public opinion regarding possible upgrades to service which could include electronic billing, different hours of operation and the development of a website.
Just two decades ago, visionary Galveston leaders risked public monies, made promises they hoped they could keep, and readily shared their vision with cruise lines. They fully believed that cruising was ready to “take off.”
Texas and Oklahoma have had a rivalry for many years. Generations of bad jokes and good-natured ribbing has sprung up because of it, and it has filled many afternoons of college football.
They called balls and strikes behind home plate for a combined 52 years, achieving greatness in the world of Major League umpiring until their retirement in 1999.
The No. 1 estate planning mistake I see in my practice is failure to have an updated will or a living trust. Individuals with big incomes and/or a high net worth seem just as likely to put off estate planning as those of more modest means.
A casual statement made by my Uncle Mort at his 107th birthday party recently may go a long way in explaining why he continues his relentless pursuit of get-rich-quick inventions.
In the 1960s, the United States entered a new era of exploration as NASA began sending astronauts into space. It took the combined efforts of thousands of people to make each mission successful.
One person with the world in ways no one can imagine. One invention, coming from one person tinkering in a lab or workshop can go from science fiction fantasies to an indispensable part of modern life in only a short time now.
It’s never too late to recognize the outstanding volunteers we have in our community and our firefighters gathered in June with a special dinner at the community center to celebrate their families’ support.
Hay is everywhere! Hats off to Millsap ranchers working countless hours for a winter storehouse! These past few days of cooler temperatures have been a blessing.
“It all depends on whether you’re willing to work hard enough to get what you want, not what stands in your way,” Judge Sarah T. Hughes said in 1977.
That my Uncle Mort is determined to keep his enlightened self-interest inflated to the max is a foregone conclusion. For more than a century, he has claimed much from Independence Day celebrations, since he and Uncle Sam share the same July 4 birthday.
The Stinsons, a team of four brothers and sisters, had taken to the skies when airplane flight was still in its infancy. By 1915, the sensational flying Stinsons had come to San Antonio, and their skills as pilots would eventually take them around the world.
In more than a century of flight, aircraft have gone form crude one-man gliders to sleek, supersonic jets. The earliest airplanes were simple, open-cockpit craft made from wooden frames and covered in cloth with single propellers prone to stalling in midair.
So awash are we in acronyms these days, we may start tossing them asunder at any time. Such drastic action carries with it results akin to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”
Katherine Anne Porter was one of the most noted of Texas novelists. Her career spanned decades, and though her output was limited, it had a profound impact on many aspiring writers from the 1930s through the 1970s.
Attention drawn to “red light cameras” has a broadened focus in Dallas. Some “Big D” traffic signals – designed to be effective for 25 years – have been in service since 1940, with almost all in use since 1980.
Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure to add a festive touch.
Warnings abound concerning the danger of saying “never again.” Most of us are guilty of making false promises on topics such as New Year’s resolutions, diets and exercise.
In just one week (on June 8th), Millsap will step back into time as it hosts an old-fashioned cattle drive as part of the day’s celebration of Frontier Days and rodeo time in Parker County.
MILLSAP – Each year the membership of the Millsap Neighborhood Home and Garden Club (Area Ladies’ Club) nominates and chooses an outstanding supporter of the causes undertaken for the year. This year’s recipient is Dianna French.
School is closing its doors on another awesome year, and Mrs. Tammy Stevenson is closing her classroom door after a 35-year teaching career!
Brits have long been viewed as folks who seem bent on probing details of “whys” on many topics, some of them unlikely. Maybe it’s because they’ve been around a long time.
A minister friend – aware of ever-growing complications and mounting tonnage at the trough of trivia – often used the expression from the pulpit, in staff meetings and in conversation.
School is wrapping up another year. This is a good time to encourage our teachers as they try to keep things going when students are ready to “get going” into summer. Here are some dates you might want to know:
We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo.
It’s a great day to visit with Millsap ex-students! The Alumni reunion is today (April 27th). There will be a potluck lunch and an auction.
We all work hard for our incomes. In some situations working can be expensive, like when you have to pay someone to watch a dependent child or adult.
The news that cursive handwriting is returning to elementary school curricula is being roundly applauded, perhaps equal to ovations that welcomed Dolly back to Broadway.
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