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  • As kids, many of us think school will never end; as adults, others of us look back on those days with fond memories. The main purpose of our twelve years of education is of course to help you prepare for life as an adult. The older we get the more we should realize the importance of that phase of our lives.
  • I never gave much thought to one-letter words until I discovered they have their own dictionary. I bought a copy of the dictionary and read in its preface the claim that despite there being only 26 letters in the English alphabet, they represent more than 1,000 units of meaning.
  • I moved back to the Bonham area in early 2019. I was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Fannin County. Over the years I have made hundreds of points, and taught a large number of people to make them as well. Obviously, when I got back to Fannin County I thought I would find a group of like-minded individuals to share my hobby. So far the nearest group I can find is in the Paris, Texas area.
  • It's time for the 2020 United States Census, the 24th since the first one was conducted back in 1790 not too long after George Washington's inauguration.
  • Will we be the same human beings in the new year? Will this year be different? Will humanity change? Along with 2020 comes the hope and yearning for a more peaceful human race. How do we do try to heal from the tragedies of 2019, but not forget?
  • Since the assassination of Iran's top-ranking general, Qassem Soleimani, and an Iraqi commander, by US forces in Iraq near Baghdadís airport ( January 3, 2020), two relatively new factors stand out.
  • I read in the Wall Street Journal that central banks are issuing more currency than ever and yet the money seem to be disappearing off the face of the earth. Banks donít know where it has gone, or why, and are playing detective, trying to crack the same mystery.

  • Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. All across America more and more people are digging into family history to determine just who their ancestors are so they can learn more about them and what their lives were like. Genealogy has been referred to as a doorway to the past. In fact it has been reported that in America genealogy is the second most popular hobby, the first is gardening.
  • The year 2019 has ended. Another year has passed. The past year brought births and deaths. Marriages and divorces. Graduations and retirements. Before, during, after. Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Phases, stages, ages. Tick, tick, tick.
  • Roussanne grapes like these at Dove Ridge Vineyard in Weatherford are a popular variety used to produce sparkling wines. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Michael Cook)
  • Lana and I took a day trip to deep East Texas over the holidays. Wanted to look up an old friend I hadnít seen in a while.
  • "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," laments Jo March in the opening words of Little Women, the beloved 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott. However, this Christmas Day movie-going audiences received a delightful gift with the opening of a new film adaptation of the novel directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan.