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Posted by on May 4, 2018

Here’s my recommended reads from the past several months. So many new discoveries and a few old favorites. Enjoy! For Fans of Horror ONE MURDEROUS WEEK by Nandy Ekle Congratulations to one of my writing critique partners, Nandy Ekle, who has just released a collection of short stories. This thrilling anthology is full of seven stories of violence, aging, jealousy, arrogance, friendship, love, and romance. There is always a twist in the end. Seven days gone bad makes for one murderous week. For Fans of Murder Mystery THE INNER CIRCLE by Bard Meltzer You might remember Meltzer as the host of several shows on The History Channel. In this book, what if Washington’s Culper Ring continued to operate in today’s world? What if an unlikely hero turns out to be an archivist at the National Archives in Washington D.C.? This is...

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Field Trip – Roswell

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018

Roswell, New Mexico As a member of Amarillo’s Association of Desk and Derrick Club for over 25 years, I make an effort to attend the Regional meetings, not just to see the many friends I’ve made through the years, but also because of the field trips to job sites. I have learned so much about the varied workforce associated with the American Energy industry. From touring Board rooms and high rise offices to learning about family owned service companies, I have meet some of the most hard-working, skilled people around. In our 30 years as an energy producer and operator, my husband and I have had the privilege of doing business with some of these folks. Honest, dedicated, salt-of-the-earth people who work to bring you all of the products that our industry makes possible. They were the inspiration behind...

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Power of the Purse

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

This week a hometown friend invited me to the Tenth Anniversary celebration and fundraiser for Power of the Purse, which features a purse auction to benefit the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. Over 1,000 women attended to hear former first lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, talk about the efforts they have made in raising awareness about women’s health issues. Ten years ago, representatives from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Amarillo, Texas traveled to Washington D.C. with a plan for an institution that would be dedicated to “improving the lives of women and girls in Texas and across the nation by advancing multidisciplinary science in women’s health”. Programs that began in Amarillo, Lubbock and San Angelo have now spread across the state to Midland, Corpus Christi, Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as making efforts to educate and bring awareness...

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Checking Cows

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018

Checking Cows After moving eight miles from town and down the road from my in-laws, I wondered at my father-in-law’s compulsion to drive through his cattle every single day, sometimes twice. My husband did the same. We drove through the steers he fed out on leased grass most every day until the fall when they were taken to the sale barn. Watching the herd graze under an endless blue sky from our new front porch was enjoyable, but nothing special. It’s not like you could actually pet a cow or form a bond like you can with other kinds of pets. On occasion, my father-in-law included my sons in his craziness by stopping on his four-wheeler and taking them along. They eagerly watched for him at the end of the drive, absolute joy sparkling in their eyes as they...

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Cowboy Gear: BOOTS

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018

Cowboy boots, high-heeled boots, custom-mades, short tops were pee-wees. The early version of boots seen in the West did not always have high-heels, which has become synonymous with the American cowboy style. Early over-the-counter boots were plain with a lower heel and cost around $15.00. Cowboys began to wear higher heels which provided leverage, pointed toes could slip in and out of stirrups easier, 17-inch high tops protected legs and had pull-straps called “mule-ears”. It wasn’t until 1885 that designs and leather inlays were being noticed. Today’s boots are not just for the working cowboys and cowgirls. Boots are popular foot wear for everybody, with scalloped tops, custom-ordered inlayed leather designs featuring ranch brands, school mascots or crosses. They come with pointed, square-boxed, or rounded toes. Calf skin is still an option, along with various other exotic animal hides....

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Gamers & Their Parents

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018

Gamers & Their Parents: Are We Raising Violent Youth? Is our youth more violent today because of video games?  Every time we experience a horrific incident involving America’s youth, the group of computer geeks labeled “gamers” are usually mentioned in the backlash. As a mom of one precious heavenly boy and two earthly young men, my heart aches for those parents who have lost children in these senseless acts done by mentally unstable people. These murderers are not representative of the young people I know. I believe that today’s youth are wicked smart and capable of achieving amazing things. I would like to share information with you about the gamers I personally know. I posed the violence question to our kids. My oldest pointed out that there are definitely certain content that can be dangerous if players aren’t mature...

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