Someone asked me the other day why I write these columns, Growing Up. I had to think about it for a minute. Originally, I intended for them to convey how much times have changed since I was born in 1955 compared to today. How we, both kids and adults, were so much freer back then compared to today. Unless you were alive in the late ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, early ‘80s, it’s hard to understand how much this country has changed. Even the days pre-9/11 compared to today, what a change. Then, as I began writing more of them, as was the case with my flying columns, I found out how much I enjoy writing them. I probably wouldn’t reflect on some of these past events from my life if I didn’t go looking for one to write every week. What I write about are mostly fun experiences from my past, compared to the problems we face today.
Anne went away to college and promptly became an avid animal rights activist. When she came home for the holidays she noticed her mother wearing a beautiful genuine fur coat. “Oh Mom,” Anne exclaimed in a disapproving tone, “some animal must have suffered terribly just so you can get a fur coat.” “ANNE!” Screamed her Mom Aghast ” I SEND YOU AWAY TO COLLEGE AND YOU COME BACK TALKING LIKE THAT?! HOW DARE YOU TALK THAT WAY ABOUT YOUR DAD!!!”
It seems like only yesterday. Americans were denied the right to go to their churches. They were denied the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. They were denied the right to open their businesses and go to work to provide for themselves and their families. They were denied the right to go to restaurants, to bars, to hair salons.
We have been so preoccupied with rioting and protests recently that some international news has just about disappeared. If you get out your handy dandy orbital spy camera, however, you’ll see some unusual road preparation in the area controlled by China (as well as just south of there in the area controlled by India).
AUSTIN — As Tropical Storm Cristobal moved north in the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula toward Louisiana, the weather system’s potential impact on East Texas grew and Gov. Greg Abbott on June 5 addressed the situation in a news conference.