Columnists
  • The Sixth Floor - photo by Russell A Graves
  • On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from Northern Argentina. APHIS would accomplish this by adding the Patagonia areas of Argentina to the list of regions considered free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).
  • A mother-to-be starts thinking of a name for her baby from the minute she knows she is carrying one. She will write it out, say it aloud, try it out on her friends, and embroider it on little shirts. When the baby is born she will whisper the name softly in its ear, write it on dozens of announcements, and file it in the courthouse records. A few years and a few kids later, she canít remember anybody. Mothers go through ten or twelve names before they get lucky and hit the right one.
  • There are some who say giving children responsibility makes them grow. There are others who contend it increases the familyís insurance rates.
  • Water witching - photo by Russell A. Graves
  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness . . . endowed by our Creator. I am blessed. This Veterans Day I also give thanks to our veterans and their sacrifices to protect these rights, as well as our great Constitution.
  • "We will never forget their sacrifice, and we will always strive to be worthy of it." - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
  • Texas forts - photo by Russell A. Graves
  • My husband Lanny and I are approaching 70 at a fast clip (especially him!), and we've learned not to spend too much time on mundane decisions. I suggested to him that instead of shrugging our shoulders, we should use a scale of one to ten. So, I asked him if he'd like to go to the movies. He answered: "I'm five on attending a movie. Actually, Iím eight on seeing the picture, but I'm three on spending the money right now."
  • As a child I had no concept of unintended consequences, but I experienced them more than once.
  • I'm old enough to remember what it was like to have to read by the dim light that came from a kerosene lamp.
  • This month, Lanny and I will celebrate our fifth anniversary. While our wedding was special, the details seem funny now: We rented a Hummer and honeymooned in Berlin.