The collective memories of several generations were stimulated Saturday night when Elvis Presley came to the P.A. Smith Hotel in Navasota. Well, make that a reasonable facsimile of Elvis - but that’s irrelevant! This particularly congenial Elvis impersonator brought us Elvis’ music, his moves and made a bunch of 60 and 70-year-old women feel 16 again!Read more
‘Excited’ doesn’t come close to describing my reaction when I read in the Dec. 28 Examiner that our state senator Lois Kolkhorst filed a bill to prohibit foreign entities from purchasing Texas land. If you’ve never followed a Texas legislative session before, mark your calendars for Jan. 10 through May 29 as the upcoming 88th and Senate Bill 147 will be a good place to start.Read more
Massive flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines during the Christmas holiday week are prompting the federal government to look into why thousands of travelers were left stranded across the country, along with huge piles of luggage in airports served by the beleaguered airline.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said his agency would examine what caused Southwest’s widespread cancellations, which began as a massive polar storm gripped much of the country a few days before Christmas. The airline was able to resume normal operations on Friday as another holiday weekend approached. The airline canceled more than 15,700 flights since Dec. 22, according to The Dallas Morning
These past few years, I’ve written dozens of editorial columns on a wide variety of topics. From politics to picnics, sports to lost and found, technological advances and space aliens, these were things that interested me or that I liked. I tried not to address the same topic twice. Even though I tried, several of my columns likely included some reference to my favorite topics such as cars, music, travel or some combination thereof.Read more
Did you know that Jan. 1 has not always been recognized as New Year’s Day? Back in the day – way back in the day - depending on whether you were Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Persian or Phoenician, you could have been cooking New Year’s dinner anywhere between mid-March and Dec. 21.
Britannica tells us that it’s Julius Caesar we have to thank for declaring Jan. 1 as the first day of the new year, and had he not tinkered with the calendar, we’d actually be older than we are! According to History.com, the early Roman calendar consisted of just 10 months and 304 days.Read more
I’ve commented in previous columns that my life hasn’t turned out like I anticipated. In my younger years as a working grandmother, I think I did a pretty good job of juggling work with grandmother-hood. I used my vacation time to have the grandkids with us for the Bedias Baptist Church Vacation Bible School. We made other memories feeding cows and squirrels, baking, sewing, riding with Pawpaw on his tractor or riding around the pasture in his utility cart. This Houston transplant fully expected to spend her golden years in Bedias, quilting until she died.Read more
When I was teaching here in Navasota, we were allowed to have Christmas parties in our classrooms. It was always on the last day before the Christmas break and it was a half-day, to boot. Besides taking attendance and lunch there wasn’t much else going on academically. The kids were so amped up and ready to get out of school for a while all I could do was to keep them contained – and possibly entertained for a few short hours.Read more