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Good Grief! Is that possible?

good-grief-charlie-brown“Good grief!”

It’s one of those ironic, oxymoronic phrases that people have worked into their vocabulary to express incredulity at a thing or person. I don’t know its origin (unless it was Charlie Brown), but I have always been interested in the fact that the phrase even exists.

Last night found my wife and I at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth for the second time in a couple months. This…

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The greatest love poem ever written, or How to say I love so they won’t forget

the girlsElizabeth Barrett Browning wrote one of the most beautiful transcendent, enduring love poems in all of human history:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as…

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Virtual Reality: the stimulation of simulation

virtual tombstoneWhy am I just now realizing that “stimulate” and “simulate” are only separated by one lousy “t”?

While I am basking in the wonder of my discovery, let me ask another nagging question: Why do we find simulating to be so stimulating? (Think Fantasy Football, xBox/PlayStation games, SIMS and other virtual reality “games” or worlds, etc.) Is it because we have so many conveniences and live in such a…

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Mumford and Sons is one of my favorite bands. Tonight, I was listening to”After the Storm” for the umpteenth time and for the first time, I really listened. I was struck by these lyrics in particular:

And I won’t die alone and be left there
Well, I guess I’ll just go home, oh God knows where
Because death is just so full and man so small
Well, I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before

Life is…

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Sean Lee injury bug bites and leaves a what-if welt on Cowboys’ backside

Sean-Lee-injuryWhen the Dallas Cowboys drafted Sean Lee in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, using the 55th overall pick on him, they knew they were taking a chance. The Penn State linebacker was a great talent, no doubt. He was also an injury risk.

Rick Gosselin, in the Dallas Morning News, notes that, with the Sean Lee injury bug, the Cowboys knew the risk when they took it:

There was no denying his…

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None Gave More (A Memorial Day poem)

Rolling ThunderHere’s to the boys

Who died on unknown hills

In unnamed battles

Who rest in unmarked graves

Whose near anonymous sacrifice

Secured the safety

And freedom

Of untold millions

To whom belongs

The whispered but not unknown…

And Eternal

Glory

Of the Widow’s mite.

Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large…

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Memorial Day Memories: Me and Captain Hook

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Circa 1972.

He was an old man when I was a young boy. He was gaunt, grayed, and scraggly. His voice had that quality that reminded you of the sound your sneakers make when you shuffle your feet on a gravel road. Beneath a thinning mop of hair was a narrow face with hollow cheeks and keen eyes that were water bug-quick, darting this way and that. He had a long, easy gate and generally wore his…

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Bonus Coverage: George Rogers interview | Rogers a big fan of Johnny Manziel

George Rogers

Just sizing each other up. Think I can take him.

This is the last of the interview series from the United Way kids’ football clinic held at Jubilee Park in Dallas on April 25. The primary sponsor of the event was Nissan, who partnered with the Heisman Trust and Habitat for Humanity.

Remember Heisman great George Rogers

Heisman.com has the following profile informationfor South Carolina Gamecocks…

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