Jacksboro Gazette-News (Jacksboro, Tex.), Vol. 132, No. 14, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Page: 4 of 10
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Page 4 • Jacksboro Gazette-News WWW.IACKSBO RON EWS PAPERS .COM Tuesday, September 13,2011
Well, it’s Sunday, Sept. 11 and I had my col-
umn already placed on the page before the
9/11 memorial coverage began and I went to
church. I started over.
The theme is that “we’ll never forget” and I
know I won’t forget the event, yet I had for-
gotten the numbers before being reminded to-
day. In Reverend Richard Cleghom’s pastoral
message at First Assembly of God in Jacks-
boro, he read the numbers adding a statistic
that really hurt. There were approximately
3,000 children who lost a parent in the attacks
who were an average age of 9 years old.
Now those children are adults, telling about
how they miss their dad or mom, mentioning
the things they missed doing with them the
last 10 years. I can relate to that somewhat
since I lost my mom when she was only 61.
She still had things to teach me and I still miss
her like it was yesterday. I feel a kinship with
others who lose their mom or dad at an early
age before they had a chance to guide them
through adult life and decisions. However,
I’m thankful for the years I was given to en-
joy our relationship.
Almost 3,000 people were murdered on
9/11, if I may be so blunt and judgmental,
from 70 countries. There were 343 firefight-
ers, 60 policemen and 55 U.S. military that
died. One man was added to that number as
recently as last year. He died of a lung disease
related to the dust ingested that day. Such a
Pastor Cleghom told a story about a man
leaving the towers and making eye contact
with some of the firemen. The escaping man
said he could see in their eyes that they knew
they might be going to their death. Some men
heading toward life and other men moving
toward most certain death. That is sacrifice.
I had to tear myself away from some of the
“after stories” today on the internet. Some
By Pam Hudson
were so heartbreaking.
Yet lives went on, some in hope-filled en-
deavors such as a new birthing wing built
in honor of a pregnant woman on Flight 93,
Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. She died with 38
others on that day when four brave athletes
charged the terrorists and caused the plane that
was headed for the Capitol or White House
to go down in a field. Lauren had the motto,
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” She had
a zeal for life. She was 38 and pregnant with
the couple’s first child. They had been mar-
ried 10 years. Her husband feels that each of
the children bom in that wing dedicated to her
memory are somewhat “his children.”
As most others, I’ll never forget when I
heard about 9/11. I had started as a reporter
at the DeLeon Free Press Aug. 16, 2001, and
I walked in to the office on the morning of
Sept. 11. The television was on and I watched
the first tower in flames and the other airplane
flying into the second tower. I watched the
coverage for several days.
I’m listening now to the coverage all over
the world and how different countries have
chosen to remember 9/11. I hope we never
forget to pray for the continued healing of
the families who lost loved ones that day 10
years ago. But I hope we also remember that
the spirit of the firefighters, policemen and
emergency personnel in New York still lives
today in the hearts of firefighters, policemen
and emergency personnel in Jack County. We
can celebrate in the present by honoring their
service to us now.
Thank you for everything you do, men and
women of Jack County who serve sacrificial-
ly in an emergency service career. We appre-
Frontier Texans’ sense of humor revolved
around over exaggerations and “under exag-
And candid comments that most people might
think but wouldn’t say.
Such is the case with a rancher in Jack County
who attended a prayer meeting for rain—one of
several camp meetings from 1886 and 1887 to
address the dire drought. In some ways, prayer
meetings were the settlers’ substitute for the
methods their enemies used. Same objective
but different methods.
The book “The History of Jack County” by
Frank J. Dobie tells a story about a Jack County
prayer meeting near Keechi Creek. The tale
is still making people smile after more than a
century. Dobie describes a judge who seemed
to have more political than spiritual motiva-
tions — “It was election year, and of course;
all the politicians in the county were on hand
to impress the Great Weather-Maker.”
A Jack County District Judge and pillar of
the church was among those running for the
“Among the ramrods of the “Rain Dance”
— as the Hopi Indians call their ceremonial
to make it rain — was Grandpa Brummer, a
strong partisan of the judge’s.”
Brummer invited the judge to lead in prayer
while Brummer knelt beside him and listened
closely. The judge asked God to convict the
By Gay Schlittler
powerbrokers in the East to give generously:
“And, O God,” he continued, “... cause them
to send us bacon, barrels of coffee, barrels of
sugar, barrels of lard, barrels of molasses, bar-
rels of rice, barrels of Irish potatoes and sweet
potatoes, too, barrels of onions, barrels of beans,
barrels of pepper, bar — ...”
That was enough barrels for Grandpa Brum-
mer. He brought the judge up short, nubbing
in him the ribs. He said in a loud whisper
everyone could hear, “Oh... judge, that’s too
Another story told how a preacher tempered
his belief in miracles with the Farmer’s Alma-
nac. Some ranchers decided the best person
to pray for rain would be a wise old country
preacher who had endured more than his share
of Texas droughts.
The old preacher listened to the ranchers’
trials and requests with great sympathy and
then said, “As long as this wind keeps steady
out of the west, it won’t do any good to pray.”
Jack County ranchers and farmers did receive
generous donations from major railroad and
packing house companies plus the donations
of private citizens.
Enough for the lucky ones to ride out the
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Running Hot and
Whatever it was that Mother Nature inter-
preted as efforts to fool her, deepest apolo-
gies are offered. The topic is broached only
at summer’s end, when the torrid heat now is
mostly a dismal memory. Most of us have en-
dured more than two months of 100+ temper-
atures, and only recently have we managed
weak smiles when friends pose the tired old
“hot enough for you?” question.
Truth is, I’ve filed away some “hot” stories,
figuring you are “up to here” with yams even
remotely associated with sweat, bulging ther-
mometers or eggs frying on sidewalks.
One report—too cruel to reveal in August-
- detailed sightings of chickens balking at
road-crossing, except during emergencies in
the deep of night....
In late July, a Lubbock realtor passed along
a first-person experience that made me smile,
mostly because I heard the account in air-con-
ditioned comfort. ‘That’s a story I’ll have to
hold until the weather is cooler,” I explained.
Now, with Indian summer a few bends in the
road ahead, the story can be told. The realtor
said he was summoned to the modest home of
a retired school teacher. Deep into her sunset
years, she admitted it was time to check into
an assisted living center.
Thus, her call to sign on for a real estate list-
“When I arrived at her home, she was
dressed up, fit for high church,” the realtor
“She offered tea and crumpets—items for-
eign to most Lubbock menus—with most of
the dining table cleared for paperwork. Pens,
pencils, pads and tape measures were at the
ready for completion of realty forms.”
By Don Newbury
He said blanks were quickly filled in, since
most details about her home had been locked
in her memory for decades. She claimed the
lot’s width to be 50 feet, a figure the realtor
figured to be about right. “How deep is it?”
She paused, a victim of utmost puzzlement.
“How deep?” she repeated. “Why all the way
to hell, I guess.”...
Speaking of hades, how about that spot-on
billboard message? It read: ‘The devil called,
and he wants his weather back.”
Oppressive heat has resulted in slow mo-
tion. Trips between air-conditioned points
have been minimized.
One guy deserves massive sympathy. The
temperature on the bank thermometer showed
110 degrees, and it was several notches high-
er in the bay of his truck.
His shirt drenched with sweat, he was
in “hurry up” delivery to a big-box store.
He quickened his pace, not wanting to be
blamed for delay in delivery of Santas, rein-
deer, sleighs and elves for the Christmas dis-
Who woulda guessed a nine-year-old grand-
son could make his “G-Mom” (grandmother)
put heat in its place?
Drew LeBow, new to Texas after several
years in Honduras, Madrid and Matamoros,
couldn’t believe G-Mom Maggie Thomas
hadn’t flipped the temperature numbers in her
car to Celsius. “40.5 degrees Celsius seems a
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Balancing Diet and
For the past ten years, I’ve been doing water
aerobics fairly regularly. The girls at the pool
have asked me not to tell anyone. I think they
are afraid it will ruin their business. You see,
I haven’t gotten svelte or muscular or even
thinner. New people at the pool always say
they’ve come to get into shape, but I’m afraid
my shape is not what they are looking for.
I’ve seen the leaders cringe when I tell some-
one I’ve been going for ten years, but it’s time
to come out of the water and tell all.
It takes the right kind of eating to maintain
ones weight. Strange as it may seem, if a per-
son exercises fast for forty-five minutes in the
water, she’s hungry when she gets out. She
can’t come home to shower, dress and eat a
head of cabbage. She needs nourishment. She
needs energy. She needs chocolate.
I’ve had absolutely no help from the food
manufacturers. They don’t package fatten-
ing food in small packages. Sure you can
get chocolate in small pieces, but they don’t
come one at a time. Have you ever seen Her-
shey’s kisses ... alone? No, they group them
in bags of fifty. Shake out one single serving,
and three others follow ... give or take ten.
I love water aerobics. I feel better, move
more easily, and believe it or not, I’ve got a
lot of muscle hiding under there. My core is
strong. It’s just deep. So, to keep my athletic
form in good order, I’m going to keep exer-
cising at the pool ... unashamedly, unapolo-
So, I’ve come up with some good diet tips
for those of us who are having trouble exer-
cising without losing weight. No one wants
a closet full of clothes that bag and fall off at
the shoulders. No one wants to have to buy
new smaller sizes every six months. Every-
one wants people to recognize us when we
walk into a room, not say, “Oh, I didn’t rec-
ognize you ... you’ve lost so much weight.”
So first, eat a lot of salads. Don’t worry if
you don’t like lettuce. You can have the chef
hold the lettuce. Have them substitute cheese.
It’s flakey and can add a lot of color to the
other vegetables in the dish. If you need fiber,
add a handful of wheat crackers. Get the ones
that have that buttery taste. It will make them
easier to swallow. Don’t worry about dressing
... just use a lot. You can call it soup if anyone
Second, don’t eat fish. Everyone knows
water can add weight. Salt causes one to re-
tain water. Don’t believe me? Just try a box
of pretzels on the day before your check-up.
The numbers on that scale will spin like a slot
machine. The source of fish is water ... salt
water. Stay away from it. It may have a lot
of good stuff, but we are talking temporary
weight gain, and that can’t be good. Perma-
nence is what we need.
Third, forget portion control. How is a half
cup of ice cream going to cool you off after
a very vigorous session of exercise? They
wouldn’t sell it in those medium sized car-
tons if they didn’t expect you to eat the whole
thing. If it says it has one hundred fifty calo-
ries per serving ... who is to say what size
serving? I personally like a larger serving
than some skinny girls do. After all, it takes a
lot of energy to work out this body.
What really matters is eating a balanced diet.
If you can exercise and manage to eat enough
to keep your weight at the same level, I’d say
that was balanced ... and there’s no need to
tell that cute doctor of mine anything about
this. He should already know these things. He
went to medical school.
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