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I just wanted a hamburger. I was hungry. I was driving by a fast-food restaurant, so I pulled into the drive through and placed my order. “I’ll have a hamburger,” I clearly say. But to get my hamburger I had to refuse a drink, french fries, an apple pie, and a pair of socks.
Editor’s note: This column is a part of a new series from local writers. The series is curated by Herald Democrat columnist Jerry Lincecum.
So begins the Wikipedia article on inertia: “Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion, including changes to its speed.” Simply put, things don’t change on their own. It takes force. It takes friction.
These days the term “moneyball,” which originally described the rigorous application of data analysis to choosing and valuing baseball players, is broadly applied to making decisions about politics, education, and numerous other pursuits. For example, I read in a recent “Wall Street Journal” that a high school graduate planning to pursue a career as a computer programmer would be foolish to go to college because he or she could master the needed skills much quicker in a trade school and earn just as much as the college grad.
One of Denison’s early characters, Mort MJ. Scholl, who called himself a historian in the 1929 edition of a little tabloid-sizes “Historic Denison” newspaper, had some pretty good stories in his monthly paper that sold for $1 a year and was officed upstairs at 221 West Main.
Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s house were always amazing. Thinking back on it now, I’m not sure just how she did it in that tiny U-shaped kitchen with barely enough room to two people to be standing in it at the same time.
When a dear friend dies, we usually think of what we have lost. But when my friend and former pastor, Dr. Tom Brandon, died last week, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of what I and the Sherman community had gained through his life and ministry. One example comes from recalling a time that First Baptist Church had a Sunday in which we were honoring Dr. Brandon for 25 years of service and he of course was preaching. He surprised me and others by using the scripture from John 3:30 that says, “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.” Right in the middle of being honored, he taught us that honoring Christ must always be our priority.
Only twice in my life did someone actually let me know that they wanted my job. There have been times that I would gladly grant them that wish, but fortunately, I never did.
Newcomers to this area and sometimes those who have been around a few years occasionally ask about and are surprised that a Prisoner of War Camp was located just west of the Denison Dam beyond the present spillway area at the end of World War II. The camp was built to house 150 prisoners.