It’s downright scary to think of ALL the Halloween parties that are happening now. Plus, it’s always a challenge to find a costume that is outrageous, hysterical or even brilliant. This is made even more difficult when you are going to these parties with a date or your BFF, because you really need to coordinate the two costumes. Am I right, or am I right?
The vistas in Palo Duro canyon are nothing short of stunning. This is due to the almost ethereal light which illuminates this natural treasure. World famous painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in the Amarillo and Canyon areas of the Texas Panhandle in the early 20th century wrote of the canyon, “It is a burning, seething cauldron, filled with dramatic light and color.”
While native Americans had inhabited the canyon for centuries, the Spanish explorers who came much later first called the area “Palo Duro,” which translates to “hard wood.” The canyon was formed by erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River as the water moved sediment downstream. Over time, the wind and water gradually widened the canyon. It is now the second largest canyon in the United States, following the Grand Canyon.
Students who are in their first year of college have to deal with stress that they likely have never experienced before – from homesickness to anxiety over challenging studies. This stress can lead to weight gain in many first-year students, which is often called the “Freshman 15.” Anyone who has ever experienced this condition knows it’s more than just an old-timey expression. It’s real.
According to Teens Health, “College offers many temptations. You’re on your own and free to eat what you want, when you want it. You can pile on the portions in the dining hall, eat dinners of french fries and ice cream and indulge in sugary and salty snacks to fuel late-night study sessions. In addition, you may not get as much exercise as you did in high school.
“College is also a time of change, and the stress of acclimating to school can trigger overeating. People sometimes eat in response to anxiety, homesickness, sadness or stress, and all of these can be part of adapting to being away at school.”
Nowhere is the rich history of the United States Air Force more on display than at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) in Abilene and Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. The men and women who are stationed at these two bases represent the best that America has to offer.
Finally. Our long, national nightmare is over. It seemed like the spring and summer would never end. But, thankfully, the planets are aligned again.
Please join me in standing, taking a big, deep breath and then saying the words that we have all been longing to say since last February:
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???
Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to working men and women and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. As such, it is a perfect day for them and you to take the day off and CHILL!
With a hat-tip to George Strait for one of the best-known songs ever recorded about Amarillo, no matter what time you’re hungry – breakfast, lunch or dinner – MenuRunners home delivery has finally arrived in the Panhandle! Maybe you get your kicks on Route 66. Cool. But for those times you want to stay in, you won’t have to starve.
There are all kinds of reasons to order hot, delicious food from your favorite Amarillo restaurant and have it delivered to your front door by MenuRunners. Convenience is probably at the top of the list. After a long day at work or school, the last thing anyone wants to do is make dinner. So, don’t do it! Now you can save the prep time, cooking time and cleaning up time just by hitting the MenuRunners app.
It’s HOT and it’s TIME to ride!
If you’re planning on participating in the annual “Ride” of Passage in Wichita Falls, Texas on August 23 – 26, 2018, you better start hydrating NOW. Why? Because it’s going to be Hotter‘N Hell!
Started in 1982, to celebrate the centennial of the city of Wichita Falls, The Hotter‘N Hell Hundred combines grueling rides in the North Texas summer heat with a festival that adds more fun every year. In 2017, more than 11,000 people participated in the festival. The race is the largest single day 100 mile bicycle ride in the nation!
Fair warning. The next person who asks me, “Is it HOT enough for you?” or says, “Man, it’s HOT!” will get a blast from my fully loaded water gun. I keep it nearby because it’s so hot and I use it to cool down! In fact, this time of year has its own official moniker – The Dog Days of Summer.
According to Space.com, “Some will say that summer’s ‘dog days’ signify hot sultry days ‘not fit for a dog,’ while others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. But the ‘dog days’ are actually defined as the period when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction (or nearly so) with the sun.” Here’s a map to show where Sirius is found at sunrise.
It sounds like a bell!
For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for you.
That’s just a little American Lit riff to get you prepared for the upcoming semester. Like it or not, it’s time to get back to school. That beach book is about to become a textbook, and that sunscreen will be replaced by a computer screen.