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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 28th, 2016

Angling for ideas, fishing for inspiration

By STEVE LANG

“A man’s got to believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Any time a man ain’t fishin’ he’s fritterin’ away his life.” – Rancid Crabtree (created by Patrick F. McManus)

In recent years, when unable to find a column topic, I reassured myself that one …

news for veterans

news for veterans

April 28th, 2016

A VA disability pension program

By HARLAN HARDY

Presidio County Veterans Service Officer

The Non-Service Connected Disability Pension is a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit program that provides financial support to wartime veterans having limited income.

The amount payable under this program depends on the type and amount of income the veteran and family members receive from other sources. …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 21st, 2016

Musical distractions with historical implications

By STEVE LANG

“And here’s to you my ramblin’ boy/May all your ramblin’ bring you joy.” – Tom Paxton

“Get it off your shoulders; blame it on the (Rolling) Stones.” – Kris Kristofferson

I have no doubt Lonn Taylor could enthrall listeners at length with anecdotes about any of the Marx Brothers, especially Karl …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 21st, 2016

Blind Bard Explains High Desert Art

By GEORGE A COVINGTON

The Big Bend has almost as many artists as it has cows and tourists. They live mostly in a triangle with Fort Davis at the northern point, Alpine at the southeastern point, and Marfa at the southwestern point. While the three towns are only 25 miles apart, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 7th, 2016

I’m addicted to public radio, please pay my pusher

By GEORGE COVINGTON

It began in the mist of my misbegotten and misspent youth. No, it was neither meth or crack (which hadn’t been invented during my misspent youth) nor heroin or cocaine. It was not an addiction to booze or sex (that came later). It was Narcissistic …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 31st, 2016

Sweet revenge on an old April fool
By STEVE LANG
“Sweet revenge/Will prevail/Without fail.” – John Prine
“I don’t get many comments . . . I just make them up.” – reader’s email
I publish readers’ observations for several reasons; primarily, because they are funny and insightful.
Also, because they fill a void when my imagination goes on tilt.
Third, because …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 31st, 2016

George Covington surrounded by Charlie’s Angels.

You once could be a politician and a gentleman
By GEORGE A. COVINGTON
In my 20 years as a denizen of the East Coast, I met many remarkable people. I had lunch with Julia Childs, who I later discovered had been an American spy during World War II. She said that …

rancher’s column

March 24th, 2016

SCRA remains active on state issues during interim
By PETE BONDS
The 85th Texas legislative session will convene on January 10, 2017 in Austin. This date may seem like a long time from now, however it will be here before we know it. We must keep in mind that pre-filing of legislation starts in November. It …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 24th, 2016

White squirrels, unexpected destinations, and Key West, Florida
By STEVE LANG
“He would have been in the hospital longer, but he took a turn for the nurse.” – Andrew Lang
“As the choir sang, ‘I surrender all’/The squirrel ran up Harv Newlan’s coveralls/Harv leaped to his feet and said, ‘Somethin’s got a hold on me!’” – Ray Stevens …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 17th, 2016

I’m glad she didn’t have a gun

By GEORGE COVINGTON

My first experience with academia was Miss Steele’s first grade class at Grim Elementary. I received a paddling the first day of the first grade and had three ping pong paddles broken on my little behind over the next nine months. I’m just glad she didn’t have …

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