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Stuck on green stamps

Stuck on green stamps

My mom and her mother saved 7-1/2 books to get us that swing set. Just three years before in 1966, my parents had saved to buy their first house. Money was tight, so, if my sister and I were going to have that new addition to the backyard, Green Stamps would be the...

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Bored games

Bored games

Once upon a time, kids used to get bored. Before cell phones, video games, and 4,000 cable channels with nothing to watch, there wasn’t much to do. And kids got bored. I was one of them. It was bad enough to have a deep, endless chasm of time swallowing you (think...

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Making memories

Making memories

My mother must’ve kept everything my sister and I ever made for Christmas. Some things were put together in school, but most were done in Sunday School. Same is true for anything we ever made, regardless of the time of year. Decades later at a Christmas gathering, if...

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The best radio reception

The best radio reception

It was Flag Day 1987. I was opening the mic for the first time as a new announcer on KTBB AM 600. It was the early part of my radio journey, and I was excited to be moving up in the industry. KTBB was the second radio station to be licensed in Tyler, Texas. A station...

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Men posing as women have the edge in women’s sports

Men posing as women have the edge in women’s sports

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 18 -- “In terms of absolute strength – that is, without regard for body size, weight or composition – the average man tends to be considerably stronger than the average woman.  Specifically, the absolute total-body strength of women has...

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Knowing beans about chili

Knowing beans about chili

“Oh, waiter. There’s a bean in my chili.” So goes the encounter every Southerner dreads when he orders a bowl of red and is served chili with beans. There are certain missteps in the South that are unforgivable. Asking a girl out without clearing it first with her...

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What’s in store?

What’s in store?

Malls were the beginning of the end. Although, in the 1970s when Texarkana welcomed its mall, those of us who lived in the area were all too busy being excited about having a mall to see that by shopping there we were hurting our neighbors. “What could be better?” we...

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Just a bit peeved

Just a bit peeved

I used to pay little attention to the world’s little idiosyncrasies, but now they seem ever present. And it’s more than slightly annoying. I can’t be the only one. When I was getting change back from the fast-food drive-thru recently, it all became clear. The world is...

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The console stereo

The console stereo

Some days are just lucky ones. Such was the day I found a half-century old console stereo at an estate sale. It isn’t exactly like the one my parents had, but it’s sure close. Today, people stick in an earbud and listen to an endless supply of music on their phone via...

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Veterans