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  • Food trucks are very popular these days, but it hadn’t occurred to me until recently (when I watched a John Wayne western) that they have been around for more than 150 years. I’m talking about chuckwagons. The name, by the way, comes from a cowboy slang term for food.
  • A Bonham Purple Warrior is more than an Indian headdress full of purple and white feathers. It's a feeling...with a heartbeat. Maya Angelou paraphrased Carl Buehner when she wrote, "People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." Thousands upon thousands of Bonham folks will forever remember how Nolan Ashmore made them feel.
  • Can our multi-cultural society in the USA improve what we are conditioned to perceive?
  • The demands and constraints on secondary educators means that it can be difficult to provide students with all of the vital skills needed for college success. This is the mission of the Texas Regional Alignment Network.
  • Some of you probably remember reading or being told that the "wonder drug" Penicillin was discovered by accident. Perhaps you even recall an anecdote to the effect that a smart doctor named Alexander Fleming got the mold from the bread of a sandwich. Like many often-repeated stories, that one is less than accurate. But the fact remains that a great many important discoveries in the history of medicine did occur serendipitously, as I learned by reading a book entitled Accidental Medical Discoveries: How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the World, by Robert Winters.
  • This past week, I uncovered the leavening agent that gave my childhood family cohesiveness and substance. No, wait! It was more like the sedative that put us all to sleep---THE CURRIN FAMILY SLIDES.
  • When friends and acquaintances find out you are planning to build a new home, they hasten to offer condolences and advice. Several were quick to say we should buy a large bottle of aspirin. Others said we would probably find ourselves in the divorce court. The advice from one often contradicted that from another. Some had interesting stories about their own building experiences.
  • My question for Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation is this: Why can't any of y'all throw out leftovers?
  • Sometimes a photograph can trigger a reminiscence. Recently as I read my morning Wall Street Journal, I looked at a photo with this caption: "Labor shortage and low productivity were threatening the future of the Kato farm, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. That was until the Kato family invested $2 million in robots that milk cows while offering them tasty treats."
  • Lanny Joe and I were born too early for the latest fashion fads. On second thought, I'm not sure we'd have ever fit in with fishhooks, strangling undergarments, or peacock coiffures.
  • One of the clichés of our time is the bucket list: so-called because it's a list of activities someone wants to do before "kicking the bucket." Recently I have been studying the idea that the Ancient World had seven "wonders," defined more specifically as remarkable constructions or feats of engineering. Although the first such lists date from the 1st-2nd century BC, I see this ancient list of seven wonders as the equivalent of today's bucket list.
  • An article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine concluded: "The majority of participants overestimated intervention benefit and underestimated harm."