When I was a kid just past the age of enjoying G.I. Joes, I stumbled upon a great book called “Marine Sniper,” a 1988 nonfiction tome about the Vietnam War career of Carlos Hathcock — at the time considered the deadliest sniper in American history. That title would eventually be taken by SEAL marksman Chris Kyle, who recounted his time in Iraq in his best-selling memoir-turned-movie, “American Sniper”.
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Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward into the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs.
Recently my wife and I did something that would have surprised and perhaps even shocked our grandparents: We took a week-long Caribbean cruise. Our grandparents’ concept of a vacation cruise was something that only rich people could afford. Remember the 1997 film “Titanic”? So how did a luxury cruise become affordable and attractive to the middle class?
On Tuesday Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in to office. The governor and lieutenant governor each delivered speeches to the public after taking the oath of office. (Both of the speeches are available online at http://gov.texas.gov/ and http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us .) Following the inauguration, barbecue was served on the south lawn to an estimated 17,000 people and a parade marched down Congress Avenue. All of the events were paid for by private funds and not at state expense.
Every once in a while we have newness come into our lives. Sometimes it’s a marriage, bringing in a new son or daughter, wife or husband. Sometimes it’s a baby, a new life, brought into our families. Sometimes it’s as simple as a new job or a new car. But what happens when the newness wears off?
In this information age, we must all be good listeners. We must learn what impacts listening and how to improve our listening skills.
Texas accounts for 17 percent of U.S. exports and has been the No. 1 export state since 2002. Those are fun facts — or should be since, at their core, they’re about money.
Say, you are a single teen mom in Texas. And you want birth control because you don’t want to have to depend on any future partner to be as careful as you belatedly want to be.
On Monday we set aside the day to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The man was a community and religious leader and a civil rights hero, but what he fought for isn’t the only thing that makes him worthy of our praise. His methods make him more than just one of the many players in the Civil Rights movement.