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library talk

February 26th, 2015

Classes galore at the Marfa Public Library

By MANDY ROANE

February is winding down and we’d like to thank everyone who continues to make our “Year of the Super Patron” a success! March will be the end of our “Super Smart” activities and we’re wrapping up with a couple of different classes.

On Saturday, …

cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

February 19th, 2015

Nutritional value lacking from proposed dietary guidelines

By: CLAUDIA SCOTT WRIGHT

Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joint Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is charged with revising Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In December 2014, the DGAC held a closed door meeting and …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 19th, 2015

VALERIE HOWARD image

I ain’t goin’ gentle into any dark night

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Dylan Thomas, one of my favorite poets, once wrote the following: “Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” His poem was dedicated to his dying father but …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 19th, 2015

Roller-skating through blissful and bruised memories

By STEVE LANG

“You can’t roller-skate in a buffalo herd.” – Roger Miller

Often, when asking questions of old friends that begin with “Do you remember…,” one of more of the following responses is heard:

“Not that way you did!”

“I did not!”

“If that story ever comes …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 12th, 2015

Employing Minnesota/Southern nice

By STEVE LANG

“I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.” – Titus Maccius Plautus.

Regardless of their roots, it seems most of the people I have met have been taught, “If you cannot speak well of someone, say nothing at all.”

Of course, this may lead to …

the idle american

the idle american

February 12th, 2015

Uncle Mort, stuck in reverse

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

12 for Release Saturday, February 7, 2015, or Later

I guess it’s a good thing that OSHA introduced horn-blowing safety signals for vehicles in “back-up” mode earlier. Otherwise, my 102-year-old Uncle Mort might not yet be reduced to driving his gas-saving golf cart.

Had he …

the idle american

the idle american

February 5th, 2015

On the road again

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

Memories dating back to World War II include “tourist courts”—forerunners of motels—and first spins of Roger Miller’s King of the Road—a 1965 song hit. The lyrics included the line, “rooms to let, fifty cents.” (Three years earlier, Motel 6 had begun, so named for its $6 nightly rate.)

During childhood, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 5th, 2015

Sagebrush Sage explains economics

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Explaining economics can be a dangerous game. The word economics itself causes most people to develop a mind block, turn and leave mumbling something about an unscheduled root canal. When reality is so absurd that trying to mock it with sarcasm presents a mountain too high and a bridge …

library talk

library talk

February 5th, 2015

Thanks to our ‘super patrons’

By MANDY ROANE

We’d like to thank everyone who helped us kick off the “Year of the Super Patron” by stopping in for cell phone and computer help in order to become “Super Smart.” We’ll be continuing these classes throughout the month February, so if you’d like some help with any of …

dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

February 5th, 2015

Czech-Tex kolaches: baked in tradition

By U.S. Sen. JOHN CORNYN, R-Texas

They’re tender, doughy pastries with Old World European roots that are being called one of the “it” foods of 2015 by the likes of Bon Apetit magazine. But like so many other trends, Texans have been enjoying kolaches long before they became the menu item du …

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