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Columns

  • SOUDER: Looking for ‘whirled peas’ at Christmas

    Well, the Mayan’s deadline of Dec. 21 has come and gone, and we’re still here. Perhaps surviving yet another false prediction of the end of the world caused you to celebrate Christmas a little more enthusiastically this year. Indeed, for most of us there was a great deal to celebrate.

  • A rhyme for the season 2012

    With apologies to Clement Moore, we adapt our rhyme for the season and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

     

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,

    And up and down the street,

    Joy and happiness ruled,

    Not a frown did anyone greet.

     

    The residents were nestled

    All snug in their beds,

    Only post-holiday bills

    Put dread in their heads.

     

    And me with my laptop

    And the Mrs. with her iPad

    Were checking the late news,

  • Life’s dark moments enlighten perspective

  • SOUDER: The end of the world, a fiscal cliff and some $80 billion deck chairs

    If the Mayans were correct, this will be my last column. As I’m sure you’ve heard, some say that the ancient Mayans predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012.

    With the benefit of hindsight, some pundits have noted that it’s now obvious that the world can’t go on without Twinkies.

  • Negotiating a Christmas list

    There was a quiet negotiation going on in the back seat. I caught the words slowly but the meaning very quickly.

     “So,” said the 5-year-old to her 11-year-old brother, “why don’t you ask for a basketball goal, and I’ll ask for crafts?”

    Me to the 5-year-old: “You mean you want your brother to ask Santa for a basketball goal so you can have something else on your list?”

    Her: “Yes, crafts.”

    Me: “Crafts like material to create stuff, like at school?”

  • The season arrives when the lights come on

    The other night, as I was tucking my 5-year-old into bed, I felt a cool draft of air and, being a dutifully protective father, started feeling around to see if her window had been left open or a seal was letting in a breeze. But then the draft hit me (literally) on the head, and I realized what I was feeling was the air conditioner kicking on. In December.

    We interrupt this holiday season for – what – golf season?

  • SOUDER: Christmas shopping brings joy to the world (‘til the bill comes)

    Well, another Thanksgiving Day and another Black Friday is in the books. Unfortunately, this year Black Friday broke its ever-stretching bounds – starting on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday, as many stores were promoting “Black Friday Weekend” sales.

  • Collins High School has created a moment that will last a lifetime

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Friday Night Lights out at Collins High School.

    The TV cameras are on the sidelines, reporters are sticking notepads and microphones into the faces of guys who barely shave and Coach Jerry Lucas is trying to keep everything in perspective, even if he’s not married to the principal and no auto dealer is looking over his shoulder or whispering into his ear (that we know of).

    Thus is the world of teams playing for state football championships. We may not be Texas, friends, but this is Texas-sized terrific.

  • The moment when Thanksgiving arrives

    When does Thanksgiving arrive at your house? Does it show up with family on your doorstep on Thursday morning, at an airport in a far-off place, in the atrium of a restaurant or in the car as you drive over the river and through the woods to you-know-who’s house?

    Maybe it arrives several times, with a lunch feast at one home and dinner feast at another on Thanksgiving Day, or at a meal with one family on Thursday and another on a different day. Maybe you have three or four feasts.

  • SOUDER: The great ‘Red vs. Blue’ divide

    I probably don’t have to tell you this, but last week a very important thing happened in our country. For some of the most partisan observers, the day couldn’t have come quickly enough, especially considering the disappointments of the last few months.