April 23, 2018 - I recall that my mother, Alice, would complain about her nerves. After a long day of work in her beauty shop she would often go to her medicine cabinet, pull out a blue bottle, and take a spoon full of liquid. She said that it calmed her nerves.
April 17, 2018 - My grandmother, Mary, decided that this would be a great question to send in to the Crazy Water Crystal Program - “What is the horizon?” My grandmother listened faithfully to this radio program which was broadcast from the lobby of the Crazy Water Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas from 1935 through 1941.
March 19, 2018 - I was watching the Dr. Phil show the other day when he made a statement that I had not heard in a long time. He told one of his guests that he didn’t “care a tinker’s damn about that”. That comment prompted me to delve into that old saying as to its real or intended meaning. The meaning in today’s society is “something that is insignificant or worthless”. However, the saying has more than that one meaning.
March 12, 2018 - If there was one thing that my grandfather hated, it was armadillos. He never saw one of those pre-historic looking animals with body armor that he could stand. They not only rooted holes in his pristine sandy yard, they kept him awake at night.
February 19, 2018 - If we fall ill or have an injury we want to be checked by our doctor as soon as possible. After all, doctors are concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Thus, we sometime tend to place them upon a pedestal for special admiration.
February 5, 2018 - I am certain that you have heard someone use the phrase, “That cost me an arm and a leg.” We understand it to mean that it refers to something of great cost or value. It is in common usage, but where did it originate? Here again, research reveals interesting data.
January 15, 2018 - Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. But is that thirteenth century proverb correct? Our cat, Miss Kitty, taught me a lesson about birds several years ago that disputes the phrase.
As with most female cats, Miss Kitty, was an avid hunter. She regularly scoured our one-acre tract for any game - rats, lizards, mice, baby rabbits, and birds. Mostly she just played with them and let them go, but sometimes she would devour a bird.
December 15, 2017 - In December we begin to hear many radio stations play the famous, old Christmas carols that we all love to hear. Most of these carols or hymns are very old and tell the true story of the Christmas season and the real reason for the season. One of these songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which predates most of the other carols as it was first published in 1780. As examples, “Silent Night” was written around 1818, while “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was penned in 1868.