In more than two decades of listening to elderwriters sharing reminiscences, I have noticed that the Christmas season has often been the setting for unforgettable childhood memories. They are as precious as gold nuggets or polished gems.
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The next legislative session of the Texas Legislature is set to begin Jan. 13. The legislature meets in regular sessions every two years, beginning at noon on the second Tuesday of odd numbered years. A regular legislative session lasts for 140 consecutive days.
Nativity scenes are wonderful experiences in which people gather together to portray their rendition of the birth of Jesus in a small town just outside of Jerusalem.
First, a thought experiment: Imagine the one person to whom you’re closest is in danger. Mortal danger. Someone, somewhere is threatening to kill them. And you have that person’s accomplice literally in your hands.
The holiday season is well underway. Cities in Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties have decorated their streets and are hosting Christmas events such as parades and holiday concerts. Likewise, at the Capitol in Austin preparations for the holiday season have begun. The Capitol halls are adorned with decorations, and several traditional Christmas trees, including one in the House Chamber, welcome visitors to the Capitol. Throughout the holiday season, school children come to sing and perform under the Capitol dome. This year, the 19-foot Virginia Pine in the House Chamber was supplied by Elves Farm in Denison. Elves Farm also supplied the House Chamber’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 Christmas trees.
Do you believe in angels? I do. I have always felt that I had one waiting here for me when I was born. There always seems to be an ethereal atmosphere surrounding me even today, when I mention her name. I always called her Sister Myrle, as did our siblings that came after me.
Corporate taxes in the United States are frequently in the news, as they’re a favorite subject of both the left and the right. Republicans unsurprisingly want them lowered, as America has the highest such tax rate in the world, among developed countries. Democrats, on the other hand, like to single out specific industries for either having to pay too much — e.g wind and solar farms — or benefiting from “unfair tax breaks,” which usually track closely with a company’s proximity to an oil well.
Long-time readers of this column will recall that I have a fondness for unusual words and their history. When I run across interesting ones, I save them up and occasionally write a column on the subject. As a teenager I liked to read noted conservative writer William H. Buckley, who managed to employ at least one unfamiliar term in each of his newspaper columns. Even when he was “bloviating” (using highfalutin’ words), I found him entertaining.
Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would finally end by New Year’s Day.
An annual tradition at the capitol is the unveiling of the capitol ornament. The 2014 ornament was just recently unveiled and features the blue oculus windows which can been seen near the north wing of the Capitol. The ornament is finished in 24k gold.