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Dear folks, I wonder what has happened to the messages we were hearing as Covid-19 hit us hard these past months. Where has the cooperation gone? Where have the “We are in this together” and “Help each other” and “Stick together” messages gone? These seem to have been replaced by hatred, division, segregation along the color of our skin, denigration of all the values that created this nation , and castigation of those in blue that only two months ago, the same people were cheering and lifting up and feeding and giving gifts of love to them, thanking them for putting their lives on the line for us. more
The following is a repeat from a couple of years ago. After my first Musings about doctors appeared in print, a friend complained that I had missed some of the earlier doctors. For some, information was scarce, but I had “dug in.” Then I kept finding about others that interested me too. So we continue to dive deeper in the world of doctors. more
Dr. George Washington Robinson, born in Missouri in 1814, came to Texas at the age of 15. At the Siege of Bexar in 1835, he was a member of Captain John Crane’s Company. At San Jacinto he was severely wounded by a large ball that went through his groin while he served in Captain William Ware’s company. After he recovered, on May 31, 1837, he was appointed second lieutenant of a company of mounted gunmen, and in the next year he served in the companies of Captains Elisha Clapp and Daniel Monroe. more
Procrastination is one of my best talents or more likely, my worst fault. I’d rather do research and write Musings more than most anything, but I’m taking some time off from that now, to catch-up on personal matters. Hopefully you’ll be satisfied with reruns, or perhaps you missed it the first time this came out. I apologize. more
After a long and arduous debate process between Major League Baseball officials and players that left diehard baseball fans reeling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides have finally reached an agreement to begin an abbreviated, 60-game regular season in late July, which will be followed by the traditional postseason format in October. Personnel began reporting to a makeshift “spring training” period to prepare for the season at the beginning of the month. more
The Texas Capitol has a capacity of 6,000 “if you throw the doors open,” according to state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth. It was closed for cleaning for two days this week, after COVID-19 made its way into the ranks of the state police who guard the building. more
In recent years, we’ve been hearing a lot about the possible demise of shopping malls in America­, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation seems particularly dire - especially for us nostalgic dweebs of the 1980s who depended on malls for our embarrassing fashion choices and futile dating rituals. Well, I say it’s time to take a stand, and I’m proud that my three daughters (and my Visa card) are doing everything in their power to keep malls alive and me in debt. more
Last week’s Musings included Charlotte Barrett’s memory of Bailey’s Pool. The Museum sells “A Pictorial History of Madison County, Texas,” a brown book about the size of a school yearbook and published in 1994. A photo on Page 60 is captioned “Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bailey, pictured here in 1935, owned Bailey’s Swimming Pool on Highway 21 west of Madisonville. Summertime found young and old alike enjoying and sharing the fun at the pool! What a delightful way to cool off! The pool was opened in approximately 1932 and was enjoyed by people from Madison and surrounding counties until it closed in 1969.” more
Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t predict that the number of COVID-19 cases would fall as the state allowed businesses and cultural centers to reopen. In fact, he said allowing more people back into public places could increase the spread of infection. more
Nearly every conversation that I have with friends, about the proposed "high speed rail" between Houston and Dallas, starts off with them saying something like "I thought that was dead". I wish it was, but sadly it is like a nagging cold...it won't go away. more
Madison County Museum markets some items, including a small blue paperback entitled “Madison County Memories Vol. 1.” Published in 1994, it contains short essays that were submitted, including the following: more
I don’t know about you, but the next time I hear someone refer to the “new normal,” I think I might scream into my middle daughter’s unacceptable new bikini bottoms that I plan to confiscate and turn into a coronavirus face mask. If adjusting my daily activities according to COVID-19 protocol is now the norm, I’m ready to declare myself an official freakazoid, which is how most people (especially my family members) see me, anyway. more
Madison County Historical Commission’s two books of local history are treasure-laden! I wish we could compile another; it would make us a third prize. If we don’t do it soon, some stories and facts will be lost forever. more
If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. more
The swarm of Texas politicians snarling at one another about how to run elections turned into a lawsuit — bringing hope, maybe, that some panel of wise judges would sort things out, make things clear, save the day. more
To the Editor: more
I have written these Musings for five years this month, but current events have reminded me that I haven’t done much with local Black history. more
Dear Editor, Thank you for all your hard work writing the paper and doing your job. Make sure, stay safe. I’m in the sixth grade going to the seventh. I really miss school. I miss my friends, … more
It’s high time Americans accept a first-world side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t mean those blasted directional floor stickers I can’t navigate in the aisles at Walmart. No, I’m referring to male-pattern corona hair. more
Recently I discovered two collections of interesting old newspaper clippings about the Madisonville area. more
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