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The Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple started a campaign in December to place a monument of their own next to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol according to The Economist.

Maxwell Hughes is an award-winning guitarist based in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  He is currently on a tour of the southwest headed for California.

The Local Music Scene Continues to Grow in Amarillo

Jan 10, 2014
KVII-TV

  It's hard to find a gig unless you're a cover band, but the demand for singer/songwriters is growing in Amarillo.  

KDOT/Dodge City Daily Globe

The Kansas Department of Transportation has two compromise options that would partially protect the Point of Rocks formation on US 50 between Dodge City and Cimarron reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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We'll kick off the new year with a look at a tradition that grew from the traffic of slave ships to the farmlands of the American South.  Whatever you call them -- black-eyes, crowders, cream peas or purple hulls, these legumes have long been a basic element of survival.  Thought to be a symbol of good luck in the future, they could definitely bring you the wealth of good health, as they are nutritious and delicious dished up on a New Year's Day.

A Bang Up Christmas

Dec 31, 2013
dfw.cbslocal.com

Christmas and the 4th of July have a history of some pretty noisy traditions.  Listen as Dave Miller tells of one of the more dangerous traditions that still happens today.

Frugal Good Times

Dec 27, 2013
sarahhearts.com

Go to enough auctions of people who survived The Depression, World War II, the blows of the 50s, and the one car families of the 60s, and you’ll find  boxes of small square table cloths and probably more than one deck of regular or pinochle playing cards and maybe a box of dominoes. These inexpensive, reusable items were ingredients for Friday and Saturday night good times as well as the center of family gatherings at holidays.

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In the fall of 1904, the neighbors of the Texas Panhandle got together to drive their cattle to Liberal, Kansas.  A blizzard caught them, and they were gone for three weeks.  Listen to Dave Miller tell of a  Christmas morning surprise-- complete with pies.

usatoday.com

In 2009, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments to placed at the capital.  The monument was not paid for by the state, but was donated by the sponsor of the bill, Mike Ritze, and his family recently reported The Economist.

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Despite stickers embedded in fingers and palms, I don’t want to give up my beautification project.  Nope, I’m not digging backyard sandburs. I’m decorating a Prairie Christmas tree. Yep, I’ve gone Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I’m turning a tumbleweed into a showcase for curling green, gold, and red ribbons accented by shiny ornaments.

Garden City… Colorado, is on the edge of a busy highway intersection, nestled between Greeley on three sides, and Evans on the other.  It’s surrounded by communities banning recreational pot sales, but true to its history, Garden City is maximizing the opportunity presented by the legalization of marijuana according to the Denver Post.

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A story and slideshow of the Great American Desert provides a glimpse into lives and pictures that resonate with us… our values, struggles, and the hidden beauty of a place we call home.  Life Along the 100th Meridian from the New York Times.

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I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.  Before easy access to candles, kerosene, and electricity, this was a worrisome season. Little besides faith the sun would return comforted ancient people through increasingly long nights.

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Medical Center Park in Amarillo will be stocked with trout on Friday as part of the Neighborhood Fishin’ program according to the Amarillo Globe News.

npr.org

Not so long ago,most  people considered serious women hunters a rarity.  Their appearances on outdoor channels were uncommon, and you couldn’t find camouflage or blaze orange specifically designed to fit feminine  curves.

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Ask kids what an engineer is, and they’ll say someone who drives a train or they simply don’t know.  That’s what WT associate professor of mechanical engineering Emily Hunt and Michelle Pantoya, a mechanical engineering professor at Texas Tech University, found when they did a survey.  So, the duo decided to start building awareness in science, technology, engineering, and math careers-- by writing children’s books. 

The Force: Music

Nov 30, 2013
grandmashousecac.com

It’s interesting how certain tunes and lyrics transport our minds from the present to another time and place. I can’t listen to “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” without finding myself traveling backward through time to age fifteen when I rode shotgun up and down the main drag of a small Southwest Kansas town. With our windows rolled down, summer breezes riffled our hair until a comb could hardly pass through it. Oncoming drivers blared horns to greet one another as part of the nightly ritual. These discordant sounds disrupted KOMA tunes that set the rhythm of our popping bubble gum.

John Seerey-Lester recently released a new book, “Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales.”  Marshal Allen Bailey, the Saturday host of Western Swing and Other Things, sat for Seerey-Lester.  He is featured in the painting, “Grizzly Adams.” 

Seerey-Lester is a well known wildlife painter.  The new book is a sequel to “Legends of the Hunt,” and features over 120 paintings and 60 stories about remarkable real life experiences of the world’s greatest hunters and explorers.

Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences

Nov 27, 2013
http://deals.ebay.com/blog/

Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same.  Recently, eBay’s Deals Blog released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States.  

Thanksgiving Tomatoes

Nov 27, 2013
eatathomewi.com

After a series of late freezes wiped out a good deal of my garden I accepted the hard truth that I would have to buy vegetables and fruits that were not usually on my shopping list.   But around mid-summer I discovered that a favorite fruit that had been getting harder and harder to produce had decided to literally burst upon the scene and give me a late summer season of the best tomatoes I'd produced in years.  So this year I'm giving thanks for The Return of the Ripe Tomato!

A Thanksgiving Poem

Nov 27, 2013
countryliving.com

Thanksgiving

(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

coupondivaqueen.blogspot.com

As soon as nights get longer and colder, I find myself scouring cook books and magazines for festive recipes.  The irony is that I may whip up one of two of these temptations, but always, always, I return to childhood standbys.  While new flavors tease family taste buds, traditional recipes comfort and connect us to loved ones and times long gone.

If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.  There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.  Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region. 

Interview with composer Adam Schoenberg

Nov 21, 2013
wikipaintings.org

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony performs "Finding Rothko," an orchestra work by composer Adam Schoenberg.  The relatively contemporary piece, written in 2006, will be performed next to works like Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the symphony's concert titled "Pictures in Music."

Adam Schoenberg joined me from his home in Los Angeles.  I asked him about the inspiration and process behind composing "Finding Rothko."

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The San Diego Natural History Museum removed 12 fossils it had listed for sale.  Seven of those it had purchased from Kansas scientist Charles Sternberg in the 1920s.  The items were to be sold by New York-based Bonhams auction house said a recent article in The Republic.

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The years have not been easy for Polk Street United Methodist Church, but facing challenges within the church and in Amarillo has become the legacy of Amarillo’s oldest church according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

sparselysageandtimely.com

Having learned to drive in Southern California where merging with rush hour traffic was a driver-ed mandate, I relish our area’s slow-paced traffic.

Amarillo sights in time-lapse photography

Nov 11, 2013
Todd Shoemake

Earlier this year, Albuquerque-based meteorologist and photographer Todd Shoemake shot time-lapse images of various scenes around Amarillo, the so-called "capital of the Texas Panhandle," and compiled it all into this Vimeo video.

Amarillo: Let the Centennial Celebration Begin

Nov 11, 2013
legendsofamerica.com

The purpose of the 1913 Amarillo City Charter was to bring order to a city that was out of money and run by Texas Rangers and Potter County according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The efforts worked so well, the newly amended charter is the focus of a yearlong celebration of the document’s 100th anniversary.

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Seeing photos of my granddaughter’s visit to a pumpkin patch reminds me why these seasonal venues draw visitors from miles around.  Walking among vines to eyeball and then pick and carry home these great orange globes connects people to the soil that grew that particular squash and to the sun and rain that nurtured it. It’s like holding an electrical wire and getting the full buzz, only without the shock and spasms.

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