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From the monthly archives: August 2010

Cackle & Oink BBQ

On August 28, 2010 By

For my money, Cackle & Oink on Texoma Parkway in Sherman is the best sit-down BBQ place in the area. My opinion is that for BBQ at its best you can’t beat a top notch stand, joint, or shack. But when it comes to a comfortable place to sit and enjoy a plate of ribs or pulled pork, Cackle & Oink is the place.

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Alaskan Adventure

On August 26, 2010 By

Texoma Living! Monthly will be following the exploits and adventures of Charles and Jody Allen of Denison, owners and operators of the Alaska Expedition Company, and three Texoma area young men who are working as guides at the Driftwood Lodge. Patrick Erwin and Justin Maresh join veteran guide Brent Eubanks as they host visitors to the lodge in the Alaskan wilderness along the Tsui River.

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“When I was 12, I began studying under Silvio Scionti, and he taught me how to make music come alive,” said John Sutton Shelton in an interview in 2003. Shelton was a child prodigy at the piano. During his senior year at Sherman High School, Shelton won a music contest that earned him a chance to play with the Houston Symphony.

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Notes from Alaska

On August 22, 2010 By

I arrived about a week after my husband Charles and the guides, Patrick, Justin, and Brent. The flight was beautiful as usual. I never get tired of looking at the land patterns, the mountains and clouds, the rivers and trees as we fly overhead. Inevitably we see bears, moose or mountain goats during the flight. The cool weather was welcome after the Texas heat.

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Notes from Alaska

On August 22, 2010 By

Arriving in Alaska was an experience in itself, only after watching the digital plane on my in-seat television could I start to wrap my head around the distance. Being so far from home or anyone I could ask for a favor made me uneasy.

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Notes from Alaska

On August 22, 2010 By

The brown bears are once again plentiful with several of the sows being observed with triplets so caution has been advised to all the staff members. Mostly, they are away from the river feeding on the wild strawberries but we have seen a few in the river as well. We also had a rather unusual sighting of a 55-inch bull moose right in our “backyard” a few days ago. They typically are further inland at this time but this one came very close.

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Soup Magic

On August 17, 2010 By

Question: What’s the difference between a “bowl” of soup and a “cup” of soup? Answer: About two dollars. Twenty-plus years ago I was joking with a waitress and asked that question. The older woman with dozens of years waiting tables and dealing with table clowns like me left the table and returned with two empty bowls: A typical soup cup, and a standard low profile soup bowl.

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Huck’s Catfish

On August 14, 2010 By

The filets are breaded rather than battered, and the result is catfish that is flaky inside and out. A full order is four pieces so there is no going away hungry, and the filets are sweet and pure white. If you like your catfish crunchier and drier, tell ‘em to “burn it.” The tartar sauce and cocktail sauce that are made in Huck’s kitchen are as fresh as the hush puppies and coleslaw, and you can’t have catfish without hush puppies and coleslaw. It’s probably a law or something.

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- The odds of a successful, long-term romantic relationship increase by the square of the level of initial hostility between the two parties involved.- Once you think you have killed a monster, you would best be advised to do it again; otherwise it will come back to life.

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The weekly Tuesday evening gathering at Four Rivers Outreach is a combination camp meeting, pep rally, Alcoholics Anonymous session, gospel song fest, and tent revival—sans the tent—with a leavening of motivational self-help positive thinking thrown in for measure. It starts with introductions. “Who’s here for the first time?” says the woman with the microphone. “Stand up and tell us who you are and how you got here.”

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