Monthly Archives: February 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Hearts, Flowers, Chocolates and I Love You Too!

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Hearts, Flowers, Chocolates and I Love You Too!

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Remember when we put little shoe boxes on our desks in elementary school? Classmates would come around and drop little cards with hearts and sayings like “Be Sweet” or “Be My Valentine.”

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Now it is just “Gimme those chocolate covered strawberries and get out of my way!”


Here’s what I’m thinking – I thought it would really set my neighborhood on its ear if I set up a kissing booth in my front yard on Sunday morning. I could sell kisses and donate to the funds charity. Then again, I realized who lives in my neighborhood and I can’t offer handicap parking or access for my kissing booth. There is no room for scooters, walkers, wheel chairs and those who just take tiny steps.

The neighborhood association is already bent out of shape because the new neighbor at the end of the cul-de-sac painted her fence red. Perhaps I will stroll down late Saturday night and graffiti some hearts, flowers, chocolates and I Love You Too on her fence.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Now where are those chocolate covered strawberries?



Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Donald Trump and the Seven Dirty Words

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Donald Trump and the Seven Dirty Words

In 1962 comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for vulgarity for saying the “F word” and “tits” during his monolog. At the same show George Carlin was arrested for refusing to show his ID to police.

On May 27, 1972 George Carlin took the stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to record his Class Clown album. This monolog would come to be known as the Seven Dirty Words that you cannot say on TV.

Today, Donald Trump has said at least two of them during his campaign. If you count the “P word” that makes eight.

Is this who the people of the United States really want to represent us worldwide? President Potty Mouth? This is your family values candidate?

Well, shit. FYI – that is one of the words you cannot say. Unless of course you have cable TV.

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Frost Tower – Austin Texas Photo by me

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Ash Wednesday

What are you thinking about today?

Your assignment today is to make up something for Here’s What I’m Thinking. You can post a comment if you like or you can just keep it to yourself.

I am taking the day off. Truth – Tee time is at noon.

FYI – Yesterday marked the appearance of the Fab Four’s TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. And the rest as they say is history.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – Fat Tuesday

For the Catholics, the pope less Episcopalians and all other Kneelers and the Observers of The Lentin Season.

Hello God. Of course I am listening.

What? Lent again? Didn’t we just have it? Oh that was this time last year? Ash Wednesday begins tomorrow?

Answer: Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday 2016 falls on February 10, 2016, and Holy Saturday 2016 falls on March 26, 2016, the day before Easter 2016.

While Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (inclusive).

Yes, I learned that the period of Lent is actually 46 days when I started Here’s What I’m Thinking (HWIT) two Lents ago as a spiritual journey and commitment.

When I ask You to “make me a writer,” You said, “put your butt in the chair, keep it there, write stuff and trust the process.” Thank you very much for the courage to do just that. It seems to be working out well.

Thank you for everybody who follows HWIT. Thanks to my dear AXO sister, Carol, I can officially say Here’s What I’m Thinking is read worldwide. So a big prayer up on that one, God.

Answer: You are welcome. So what is it going to be this year? What are you going to do for your Lentin commitment this season?

I am going to give up swimming.

Answer: Nice try. You and your cousins have tried that for years. Still makes me laugh. You do that every year. You don’t even swim in the summer time, let alone when it is freezing! I know “freezing” in Texas is below 40 degrees.

How about this? I commit to stay on a spiritual journey, continue with Here’s What I’m Thinking, and try to make the world a better place for everyone. And meatless Fridays too!

Answer: I like that. Remember I will guide you.

I know. Thank you.

All spiritual journeys are different, yet the desire at the end is to end up in the same place. With YOU!

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Palo Duro Canyon Trip April,15, 2015 Photo by me.

Answer: Yes, very true. All spiritual journeys are personal between Me and you. No, you cannot say “Get your ash to God.” Although it is funny.

Monday, February 8, 2016 – WHOOP!

Monday, February 8, 2016 – WHOOP!

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George S. Patton Jr. — ‘Give me an Army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle… Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I’ll win a war.’

The Brazos Valley and Texas A&M University are taking full credit for yesterday’s win by the Denver Broncos. This includes congratulations to Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Class of 83 (I think) and to the first Texas Aggie to be selected as Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl – Outside linebacker, Von Miller, from DeSoto, Texas. (NOTE: NOT DALLAS!)

Further congratulations go to Peyton Manning and the entire Denver organization – especially the lady with the Botox lips at the trophy presentation. I think she is the owner.

Gig ‘Em Broncos.

Friday, February 5, 2016 – Go Broncos! Stand for the Gold and White!

Friday, February 5, 2016 – Go Broncos! Stand for the Gold and White!

Peyton! Peyton! We love You! But who you gonna throw it too?

The wide receivers for the Denver Broncos, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as starters with Jordan Norwood, Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer as backups are coached by

Tyke Tolbert – hometown Conroe, Texas,

Graduate – Conroe High School.

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Two bits; four bits; six bits a dollar

All for the Broncos stand up and holler!

BTHO Carolina!

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Throw Back to Box 13 – I See Dead People Vote

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Throw Back to Box 13 – I See Dead People Vote

Dear Mr. Trump, I see where you initially tweeted that Ted Cruz “illegally stole” Iowa. Since “illegally stole” is redundant and takes up Twitter characters, you altered it say “Ted Cruz stole Iowa.” Perhaps you should wait a few seconds before pressing SEND.Sign (800x530)

May I suggest you and your staff undertake a study of Texas politics? More specifically, look at the Texas Senate race of 1948 between Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Coke Stevenson. Now we are talking some stealing. FYI – it is called voter fraud.

It seems in 1948 in Duval County, there was a man named George Parr also known as the “Duke of Duval.” Initially Mr. Stevenson was winning by over 20,000 votes. As voter results came in on election night, LBJ began to win precincts where previously he had been behind. The following day it was “discovered” that Box 13 in Duval County had not been counted. The precinct went overwhelming for Johnson.

There was a small problem with this – most of the voters were dead. Dead people tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic. It seems that the Duke and his cronies manufactured votes.

Just saying, Mr. Trump, stealing elections is not something new to Texans. In fact we are probably very good at it. But I am more inclined to think you got out maneuvered. Don’t Mess With Texas is more than a sign on the highway.

Like we say in Texas – Vote Early. Vote Often. Oh yes – Don’t let your chads hang either.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Marion, Madam Librarian – Rolling in the Deep

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Marion, Madam Librarian – Rolling in the Deep

I see where Adele has joined a growing number of recording artists who have had to tell presidential candidates – “Quit violating copyright laws. You cannot use my recordings!”

Here’s what I’m thinking – every librarian – from elementary school libraries to specialized libraries knows copyright laws, rules and regulations. If these candidates (and their campaign staffs) do not know or understand and violate copyright laws, should we entrust the laws of our land to them?

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Carnegie Library – Bryan, Texas – photo by me.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day

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Atrium George H. W. Bush Museum; College Station, Texas; photo by me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day

OK – enough of the 1993 Bill Murray movie.

Today Punxsutawney Phil made his 130th prediction during the annual Feb. 2 event that sees thousands of people gather by Gobbler’s Knob, a hill outside town in Punxsutawney, Pa.

I saw this morning that the world’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow on Tuesday morning, divining that there will be warmer temperatures and an early spring.

I also saw where Donald Trump saw his shadow Cruz by and Hillary saw hers move really close. I think this means continued mudslinging, additional rants and raves and more broadcasts of stupidity.

I am going to go with Phil, hope for an early spring and leave the rest to the other rodents.

Happy Ground Hog Day.

Monday, February 1, 2016 – A Connie Francis Playlist for the Iowa Caucus

Monday, February 1, 2016 – A Connie Francis Playlist for the Iowa Caucus

Connie Francis was a top chart singer of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. She is still popular in Los Vegas and still has a wonderful voice that ranges opera to her pop hits.

Do not tell me that if you were female growing up during this time period that you did not sing along into your hair brush in front of the mirror in your room to the Connie Francis’ records on your stereo or on the radio. You know you did.

I bet you did not know that Connie Francis invented spring break. It was the movie Where the Boys Are in 1961 that showed college students going to the beach to frolic in the sun. Not to be confused with the other actress in the movie Delores Hart who went into a nunnery and is a now Mother Superior. I am not certain if there is correlation to Spring Break and going into a nunnery on not.

Back to the playlist.  Here’s What I’m Thinking – These songs would make a good Iowa Caucus Playlist with songs from Connie Francis.

For Hillary Clinton I have selected – Where the boys someone waits for me!!!

If the word cupidity means an eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something, greed; avarice then for

Donald Trump and his supporters I selected:

“Stupid Cupid”

Stupid Cupid you’re a real mean guy I’d like to clip your wings so you can’t fly I’m in love and it’s a crying shame And I know that you’re the one to blame Hey hey, set me free Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

For Bernie Sanders I selected My Happiness – … Evening shadows make me blue… A million years it seems, that have gone by since we shared a dream…

I selected for Ted Cruz – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.

And for all of us – Who’s Sorry Now?