HAPPY THOUGHTS & PET PEEVES Carolyn (Sue) Hendrick Watching a bride douse her wedding dress with a strongly inflammable liquid as she walked away from taking her wedding vows, I sat in disbelief.  The fire ignited quickly, began to burn, and started to melt away a beautiful white dress that was still being worn.  The ...

SHEILA’S POTPOURRI Sheila Scogin Gladys and Cletus Russell have been gardening as long as I can remember and that turns into many years. Gladys reported they have had lots of tomatoes, corn and peas. Both of them are in their early-90s and still keep going like the “Pink Bunny,” but at least they do have ...

Janice Ann Rowe The ladies of the Pine Tree Garden Club are planning their annual fall trip and you are invited to go.  This year’s destination is the Round Top Antiques Fair.  The date is Thursday, Oct. 3.  The fair has vendors from all over the world and offers antiques for your home and garden, ...

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger Here’s a great summertime dessert to top off a summer supper. Blueberry Banana Parfaits l pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.) 1 pkg. (12 oz.) vanilla wafers 6 bananas, peeled and sliced 3 cups fresh or frozen ...

This will be the shortest description of a vacation, but it’s the most I could get from Doug Baldree. Doug, Rita and Garvis Baldree went riding around for five days toward Alabama to visit friends; on to Kentucky to visit distilleries; then to Springfield, Mo., to see the Bass Pro Shop and back home. * ...

Judicious & Delicious With Judge Esther Barger Every summer we let the grandchildren have an individual visit with us for a few days.  They love being “the only one” and having us all to themselves.  Their Dad, Mike, loves to grill and he is somewhat of an expert on rubs.   So I came up with ...

ROBERT NICHOLS State Senator As the world waited expectantly this week for the royal baby’s arrival, we have been waiting almost as expectantly inside the Capitol for a chance to address transportation funding. With less than two weeks left in the special session, we are finally focusing attention on this important issue. Five things that ...

TRENT ASHBY State Representative It was a bit quieter at your Texas Capitol this past week as everyone turned their attention to transportation. Additionally, the House Appropriations Committee has readied a tuition revenue bond bill that the Governor has indicated he may add to the “call” before this second special session ends on July 30. ...

JOHN CRABTREE Center for Rural Affairs On July 11, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that was, unfortunately, missing the nutrition title, which provides authority for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and other nutrition programs for low-income families. Historically, an amendment introduced in the earlier Farm Bill ...

Isn’t it funny how some foods can be totally misunderstood? We are always talking about what is healthy and good, but do we really give some food a chance? It is no wonder when we see images of grown men running around disguised as fruit in an underwear commercial that we lose our sense of ...