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Literary Villains

Josh Berthume
A Cleburne group wants “clean” reading for kids but fights dirty. By Josh Berthume I grew up in Cleburne, and the news that a group of parents are calling for the removal of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth ...


Salvation through Science

Static
The title of the sermon tickled Static’s little secular pea-pickin’ heart: “Thank God for Evolution: How the Scientific Method is the Path to Salvation.” To be preached here in the buckle on the Bible Be...



South by Northwest

KEN SHIMAMOTO
John Frum and Ray Liberio have been playing music, together and apart, since Liberio showed up at a Haltom City house party to offer his talents as a 16-year-old bass player to Frum’s high school band. Not long after that...


Heart of the West

JEFF PRINCE
A Bum Steer, a dead moose, a redhead, and a handyman have transformed a moribund stretch of the Stockyards. By JEFF PRINCE Local businessmen Holt Hickman, Tim Love, and Steve Murrin get most of the attention for their large foo...



Our Land

KENDALL ANDERSON
Local teacher and writer Kendall McCook went to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama’s inauguration, with sons Jake and Clayton. The following is excerpted from his longer article about that experience.


Spreading it Around

Static
Static’s old Stock Show-loving granny used to say, “When life hands you cow poop, make cow poop-ade.” Why life would be handling cow manure was never clear, but Static vowed to make poop-ade nonetheless. And s...



Hard-Bitten

Jeff Prince
A hardwood chair, desk, laptop computer, and picture window are familiar friends to Dawn Irons, who doesn’t do much more than sit at home and write these days.


Our Land

Kendall McCook
Finally: The times, they are a-changin’. By Kendall McCook Local teacher and writer Kendall McCook went to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama’s inauguration, with sons Jake and Clayton. The following is excerpted fr...



Spreading it Around

Static
Static’s old Stock Show-loving granny used to say, “When life hands you cow poop, make cow poop-ade.” Why life would be handling cow manure was never clear, but Static vowed to make poop-ade nonetheless. And s...


Hard-Bitten

Jeff Prince
For chronic Lyme disease sufferers, the medical system is as big a pain as the bug. By Jeff Prince A hardwood chair, desk, laptop computer, and picture window are familiar friends to Dawn Irons, who doesn’t do much more t...