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  • My sister, my brother, and I begged Daddy and Mother to purchase a trampoline for our backyard because we were apparently dissatisfied with the number of bones and ligaments in our bodies that we hadnít been able to destroy. After succumbing to our will, Daddy saw his worst fear realized as the trampoline began to sit unused in the corner of the yard for two straight years.
  • On August 26, 1920, the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a huge "thank you" to those brave women who faced beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today might have the privilege of casting a ballot. It is ninety-five years later and unfortunately, equality continues to elude many women.
  • In these hot August days of our North Texas summer, there's nothing better than a light supper.
  • My mama didn't have Pinterest, TV's Food Network channel, or Paula Deen to keep her recipe repertoire new and fresh. She relied on Fannie Farmer or recipes that had been tucked inside the family Bible by domesticated ancestors.
  • My very favorite of all desserts is anything with dark chocolate. Followed right behind dark chocolate is any kind of cheesecake. Who doesn't love cheesecake? Especially a fruity one this time of year when fresh fruits are everywhere and they are so very delicious.
  • Lanny's idea of a fun vacation is sitting around watching a ranger pick his teeth with a match cover. My idea of "roughing it" is when I have to have an extension cord for my hairdryer. Lanny is one of those guys who leaves pieces of bacon out to attract bears to the camp. I once trapped a gnat in my bra and went to bed with a sick headache.
  • Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me. I had assumed he had zero charitable instincts, for he kept trying to kill such poor people's programs as food assistance: "We're the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat," he smirked.
  • Life is full of mistakes that we make only once. Known as the unsinkable ship, the Titanic was specifically designed to make the long journey to America with no possible chance of sinking. But one night, the ship crew ignored warnings of icebergs in their path and went onward. The ship hit an iceberg and scraped the entire right side, causing the boat to sink. UmÖthey didnít make that mistake again.
  • Do you ever get bumfuzzled? Sure you do; we all do. The phone rings and you pick up the TV remote control and answer it; you smell something in the car and you turn down the radio volume to figure it out; and you try to decide which restroom to enter at the restaurant, when the only information on the door is a picture of either a rooster or a chicken...and you pick the wrong one.
  • It seems that Iím at an age that I used to consider old. Not middle-aged, like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in The Dick Van Dyke Show; but actually OLD, like Walter Brennan as Grandpappy Amos in The Real McCoys, gimping along cluelessly in a pair of bib overalls and saying things like "Con-SARN it!"
  • For ten years, Iíve been a certified scuba diver. While I canít claim that Iíve been to all sorts of exotic, international locales to explore underwater haunts, the activity is intriguing nonetheless and Iíve dove extensively in freshwater locations around the state.