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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014
The rule of law is one of the fundamental principles upon which a stable society is built. Unfortunately, the rule of law is oft-times ignored or misconstrued in order for one group or one philosophy to prevail over another. Things haven’t changed much in 2,000 years. Take for instance the trial, or set of trials, that sent Jesus Christ to the cross.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
I was in elementary school when Dad brought home our first television set. He had won it at a fund raising auction—it was the first TV in our neighborhood. The screen was all of ten inches and the picture was in black and white. There were only three stations and they went off the air at midnight after playing the national anthem.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
As I walked down the hall toward my office, I spotted a woman and her daughter puzzling over a map of the school. “Can I help you find something?” I inquired. “Yes,” said the woman. “My daughter has just enrolled in the school and we are trying to locate her classes.” My offer for a “nickel tour” was quickly accepted.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
Back in the 1950’s my father bought what was then a top-of-the-line 8mm movie camera. He turned all kinds of family activities into motion pictures. Those old silent movies include, but are not limited to, car washing, snow shoveling, Christmas present openings, weddings, elementary school parades, trips to the mountains, deer hunting… and Mom’s flowers. Now, everything else turned out just fine but close-up movies of Mom’s roses were never properly centered.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
I have to admit that my running career has been less than stellar. In my junior year of high school I won the 440-yard dash and the high jump. Having convinced myself that I had both events in the bag, my senior year I came in second in each of them.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 14, 2014
Several years ago I received an email from a young Australian girl who asked why I used the name “Mustard Seeds” for my articles. When I got over my surprise that anyone was following “Mustard Seeds” in faraway Australia, and a pre-teen girl at that, I sent her a brief reply.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014
Two seconds remain on the clock. The place kicker carefully notes where the ball will be spotted, takes a couple of measured steps back and two steps sideways. He glances up at the goal posts and then his full concentration is on the spot where the holder will place the football for the easy, game-winning field goal.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
My wife and I enjoy taking our three granddaughters to a certain fast food restaurant on a certain day each week. When their parents are able to join us we enjoy the occasion even more. We were recently engaged in our little weekly ritual and had just placed our order when a couple came into the restaurant with their young daughter in tow.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 21, 2014
While living in El Paso we made frequent trips to Alamogordo, New Mexico, via US Highway 54. About half way there, my children always kept a sharp lookout for a lonely clump of trees by the side of the road in the middle of the vast desert. Next to that little cluster of trees, apparently the only ones for miles, was a well-executed sign that read simply, “Oro Grande National Forest.” Someone eventually chained a trash can to the sign so that passersby, who stopped to take photos, would hav ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
I have been enjoying the Winter Olympics on television. A snowboarder, who is not competing, stated his opinion that the Half Pipe snowboarding venue in Sochi, Russia, was not sufficiently difficult for Olympic competition. Be that as it may, I am impressed by the difficulty faced by the snowboarding athletes and the seemingly breakneck speed required to medal in the various downhill skiing and speed skating events. Isn’t it interesting that we build artificial obstacles on a golf course to ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
The fate of such notorious Indian chieftains as Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Mangas Coloradas is generally known. However, one historian wrote that the infamous Indio Juan, as he was called in Mexico, or Indian Joe, as he was called in the States, “disappeared into the vast mountains of northern Mexico and he was never heard of again.” In 1994, while working with the public schools in El Paso, Texas, I organized an expedition for art teachers into the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chihuahua, Me ...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Posted January 31, 2014
Les Goates said that he would never forget the autumn of 1918, “that terribly climactic year of World War I during which more than 14 million people died of that awful scourge ‘the black plague,’ or Spanish influenza. “Winter came early that year and froze much of the sugar beet crop in the ground.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 27, 2014
My father had turned the driving over to my brother, Dale, and they conversed freely as they motored along on the divided federal highway just outside Mexico City on a lovely Saturday morning. They traveled a beautiful new four-lane freeway with a well-trimmed hedge down the median. All was well until Dale began to negotiate what should have been an easy curve.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 17, 2014
Dallin H. Oaks has a particularly keen legal mind. A few years ago he addressed college students about our fragile religious freedoms. “The greatest infringements of religious freedom,” he declared, “occur when the exercise of religion collides with other powerful forces in society. Among the most threatening collisions in the U.S.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
When I first looked at the college catalogue of career choices, I decided I wanted to become a forest ranger. The only problem was that in order to reach my goal I would have to take several math classes. Math was never my forte. Sure, I passed the high school algebra classes and even got A’s in geometry and trigonometry.