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16
Aug
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Essays from West of 98

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

By James Decker

No matter what life throws at us, we always have an opportunity for a fresh start. Bad day at work? When you go to bed, you get to start a new day when you wake up. Rough week in life? You can’t go back and change the bad week, but come Sunday morning, it’s a new week with an opportunity to write a new, better story than the week before.

The same holds true for a new year. No matter what happened last year, last year doesn’t define next year. That applies to both the good and bad. A bad year doesn’t have to drag down the next year, but a good year and good accomplishments don’t guarantee the same in the coming year.

Thu
16
Aug
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just. Pope Francis There he was, sitting on the curb in front of a convenience store in Roby, Texas. He was leaning against a huge duffle bag, like the ones the Marine’s carry. Even though he was sitting, I could tell the bag was almost as tall as he.

Wilber Gruben aka W.G. and Wil, also known as the man I’m married to, decided we needed to go to P.F. Chang in Fort Worth for lunch. Sure, it’s a long way, but well worth it. Another story is in the works about what happened when we got there. I’m getting ahead of myself so back to the guy on the curb in Roby.

Thu
09
Aug
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

I tried to be normal once, but it was the worst two minutes of my life.

Once upon a time, there was a strip club called Chilli Willie’s on Hwy 84, east of Lubbock. Each time I passed by going to or from, I prayed that God would close the place, or at least infest it with flies, lice, locust, and rats. Days, weeks, and months turned into a year or two. It seemed like it was taking God a long time to answer my prayer.

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Thu
09
Aug
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Imposing Your Will

By James Decker

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. Perhaps the greatest college football coach of all time, Saban is also a master of leadership and management. Far beyond relying on coaching clichés and worn-out motivational tropes, Saban is a student of psychology and management science who truly understands how to make people better for the good of the individual and the larger organization.

Recently, after one of Alabama’s August football practices, Saban told the media something that struck me as particularly meaningful right now. Coaches often talk about their team “imposing their will” on an opponent; that is, the team, not the opponent, dictates the outcome of the game.

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Thu
02
Aug
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway

Wow good morning to all of you. It’s coming a shower on my patio, what a wonderful morning to have rain, any kind of rain.

It makes me so sad to drive down our country roads and see all the bare fields already cotton what little there was, plowed up, no pretty cotton blooms unless you have been lucky to be in the path of the rain showers. The pastures are dead no pretty green grass, the animals are all looking for water. I’ve been watering the birds, they have just been so thirsty, no pretty flowers blooming in the pastures, no wonder I had one of those days that I was down in the dumps!!!!

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Thu
02
Aug
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UNDER ATTACK

By Scotty Daniel

America is under attack from within! Our culture, our history, our founding, are under the most direct assault you could ever imagine. You might even say we are witnessing the cusp of a second civil war. Some may say we’re already into it, that it has already begun. However you characterize it, we are under attack from within, by elected Congressional members who refuse to accept election results and seem hell-bent to remake America into a Socialist State.

In order to defend America, which is incumbent upon “ALL” of us, you have to begin by knowing our history. You have to know the purpose of the United States of America. You have to know unequivocally and proudly America’s place in history. And that is why erasing and distorting our history is crucial for the left to succeed.

Wed
25
Jul
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SINGLE PILOT AIRLINERS ... ON THE WAY?

By Scotty Daniel

Remember when complex transportcategory aircraft such as the DC-6’s, Constellations, Boeing 707’s, 727’s and 747’s had three-man cockpit crews? One pilot flying the airplane, one pilot tuning and identifying the radio navigation aids, communicating with Air Traffic Control and monitoring the pilot flying and a flight engineer, (also a pilot) to manage the hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, electrical systems, handle company communications, read normal and emergency checklists and monitor both pilots.

There was quite an uproar in the late 60’s when automation progressed to the point where the flight engineer {FE) became unnecessary and airliners were certified for two-pilot crews.

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Wed
25
Jul
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning to all of you. Grab a glass of tea, and I will continue my story. I told you last week, I would finish our wonderful trip we had to South Dakota, so here it is.

We went to Custer State Park, thought we might get to see the Buffalo now that the rangers can keep up with them and tell you where they are in the state park. We got there about noon along with a bus load of tourist, and the Ranger told us, as Joe and I well knew, at that time of the day you cannot see animals, they are asleep under a tree, smarter than all of us humans! Anyway he told us to go in the film room, sit down and watch the movie from a helicopter ride and see the State Park, the roundup of the Buffalo, and it would be the most enjoyable ride you would ever have, and boy was he right. We started to set through it another time, beautiful country, beautiful buffalo, and the roundup was something to see.

Thu
19
Jul
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

When all the stories have been written, there will still be stories about WalMart and kids. I’m at WalMart so often (too often) that my husband tells me someday they will start charging me rent. However, I have no special affection for the store.

Early in the spring, when the earth is yawning, warming and waking up, I always have high hopes that maybe this year I could buy some lovely plants and keep the dogs from digging them up.

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Thu
19
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Grab you a cup of coffee and visit with me awhile, on the radio when we were traveling this past week, they said, “Coffee is good for you, so instead of tea maybe I had better start drinking coffee, only I really don’t like coffee that well. I have some friends that drink it all day, but I only drink one cup with my breakfast and that’s it Oh well, to each his own!!!!! Joe and I have had an awesome week, so much fun and so much to see in the Black Hills, We stayed in Rapid City, South Dakota and just drove everywhere to see all the sights, thought about taking one of those tours, but when we found out the cost, we decided to drive and see everything. I had been up there in the 90”s and Lester and I stayed at the Mount Rushmore KOA Campground, but this time was sure different. Joe said, “Carol you can just be the tour guide and we can stop and see things when we want to, so that’s what we did.

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