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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

February 23rd, 2017

The celebration and lore of George Washington

By LONN TAYLOR

Monday was Presidents Day, a federal holiday designated by Congress to be celebrated on the third Monday in February by a law passed in 1968 called the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, a law which reshuffled most of our holidays to create three-day weekends. When I was a …

the money man

the money man

February 23rd, 2017

A case of the market nerves

By TOM JACOBS

“The stock market is a device for transferring the money from the impatient to the patient.” – Warren Buffett

Lately, I often hear, “Oh, I don’t think this is a good time to get into the market.” Or, “President Trump makes me nervous. I don’t want to invest now.” …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

February 16th, 2017

Dr. Paul Will: Big Bend king of sausage

By LONN TAYLOR

I recently had a visit with a man I have come to think of as the Sausage King of the Big Bend. Dr. Paul Will, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at Sul Ross State University, has been teaching students how to process meat for 39 years. …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 16th, 2017

(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)Marijuana to broccoli

Why does everybody crowd my corner?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I do not often criticize fellow writers, particularly those from whom I regularly steal ideas or quotes. However, I must relay my outrage at the joint attack on me by Donald Trump and Lonn Taylor.

Recently, President Trump’s White House flacks were asked …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

February 9th, 2017

The stories quilts can tell

By LONN TAYLOR

This is the time of year when heavy boxes full of new books about Texas arrive at my house, because I serve as a judge in several state-wide book contests. This year’s boxes included an outstanding book about quilts, Katherine Jean Adams’s Comfort and Glory: Two Centuries of American …

the money man

the money man

February 9th, 2017

Ten steps to financial freedom: #6 to #10

By TOM JACOBS

And now, the thrilling conclusion of 10 Steps to Financial Freedom!

In the last episode, steps 1-5 set the stage:

Get out of debt – but smartly.
Put something away for a rainy day.
Have health insurance.
Own a home, but not expecting to make money.
Save for your children’s or your …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

February 2nd, 2017

How to make American great again

By LONN TAYLOR

Like most people my age, I think this country has gone to hell since my youth, so I am enthusiastically on board with our new president’s campaign to Make America Great Again. In fact I have 12 concrete proposals, which, if adopted, would take us a long way …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 2nd, 2017

The illustrations make the column

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard has assisted me with my column for over a decade. She began illustrating my columns only five years ago when I could no longer do the photo-sketches that gave the column its name, High Desert Sketches. I usually just send her a draft of …

the money man

the money man

January 26th, 2017

Ten steps to financial freedom: #1 to #5

By TOM JACOBS

Unlike most aspects of life – love, marriage, children, and work – financial health is a straightforward flow chart. That’s a relief. Here are 10 steps to financial freedom. Freedom isn’t necessarily “riches,” but rather the ability to make more life decisions not solely for money …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 19th, 2017

Abundant reader feedback

By STEVE LANG

“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.” – John Steinbeck

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” – Kingsley Amis

A writer without readers is like a traveler without a destination, or some such seemingly poignant observation that reads well hot …

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