Submitted by Neal Murphy

"Not Worth His Salt" By Neal Murphy

February 4, 2019 - Has anyone ever said about you, “He/she is just not worth their salt.” This is an interesting statement. What about salt, and what it is worth? To me, salt is a very cheap mineral. One can purchase a box of salt at the grocery story for less than a dollar. So, what’s the deal about salt being worth so much?  

"The Hot Mix Job" by Neal Murphy

January 29, 2019 - In 1959, shortly after my marriage, Roy Crowe hired me to work with the Texas Highway Department. I had completed three years of college, so I assume that Mr. Crowe felt I had enough “learning” to be trained as a draftsman. Mr. Jesse Price had his hands full trying to teach me the finer aspects of calculating the amount of steel and concrete for a bridge, or a culvert. Plotting curves always gave me trouble.

"Hoppin' John and Limpin' Susan" by Neal Murphy

December 26, 2018 - Another New Year’s Day is upon us and, as Southerners, we will be eating the symbolic meal of Hoppin’ John to assure a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck. Most of you are familiar with the dish usually made with black-eyed peas (Texas Caviar), rice, chopped onion, and sliced bacon, all seasoned with a bit of salt. This dish has an interesting history.

"The Christmas Song That Almost Wasn't" by Neal Murphy

December 21, 2018 - Many secular Christmas songs have been written over the years, some successful, but most never made it to the big time. The second most popular song behind Bing Crosby’s White Christmas almost didn’t get recorded. Had it not been for Gene Autry’s wife, Ina, the little song may have languished for lack of attention and faded away into the trash can of history.

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