Jul
30
2014

My family moved to Ennis, Texas when I was in the fifth grade. My best friend there was Mike Stanley. He lived a few doors down the block from us. One Christmas one of us got a chemical set. I don’t remember which one of us it belonged to, but we would spend hours each […]

Jul
22
2014

How could we possibly survive without a tantalizing scandal going on? Scandals seem at times to be the warp and woof of America, the oil that greases the wheels of interest. Scandalous news captures our imagination and gets the juices churning. And it doesn’t necessarily require reality to place our citizens on “scandal watch.” Remember […]

Jun
19
2014

A motorist was driving on a rural road when he came upon a stop sign. Seeing that there was obviously no traffic in either direction, he proceeded to roll through the intersection and continue on his way. But, wouldn’t you know it, that intersection was being carefully watched by a law enforcement official. (I don’t […]

Jun
3
2014

 When Bennie lost his mom in March 1949, he was to be raised by his grandparents in Smackover, AR. (They proudly proclaim they possess the only “center of the road” traffic light in Arkansas.) The very next month Grandmother Harrell decided it was time for him to start school. Young Bennie thought that since there […]

May
30
2014

 My wife and I have been married 45 years. So we have celebrated a number of anniversaries together. But the one that stands out in my mind is the first one. It was a long distance anniversary. We were married in March 1969. I had enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard and was waiting […]