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High Points from El Camino Real #1041
Folks along El Camino Real can’t quit talking about what a wet August we’ve had. Most of us are through mowing and just kicking back waiting on fall by this time of year,...
Taxing Thoughts: Is your HSA a retirement tool? The good, bad and ugly
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a great way to pay for medical expenses, and since unused funds roll over from year to year, the account can also provide a source of...
Hope for Today
According to experts in the field of human behavior, loneliness is at epidemic levels. Millions are walking through this dark valley and every day the numbers are growing....
A Reason to Smile: My old pick-up
Last week, it was time for me to renew the vehicle registration on my faithful old pick-up truck. That meant that it needed to pass the required vehicle inspection, and it...
High Points from El Camino Real #1040
Folks around El Camino Real are doing what they do every year about this time. They are talking about how hot the weather is and what kind of football team the...
Taxing Thoughts: Reap the benefits of hiring your child for the summer
Hiring your children to work in your business can be a win-win situation for everyone. Your kids will earn money, gain real-life experience in the workplace, and learn what...
That's Quite Alright
Now that July decided it was time to leave us, all the kids are being forced to turning their attention to the inevitable: school starting back. I’m sure there are some...
Education Matters
Man, we just don’t pay our teachers very well in Rusk! We started working on the 2017-2018 budget around March of this year and did so knowing that our personnel costs...
High Points from El Camino Real #1039
Folks along El Camino Real sat shivering on their porches on Sunday after a cold front came through and dropped temperatures into the low nineties. I’ve been disappointed...
Taxing Thoughts: A marriage penalty lurks in the tax code
A marriage is worth celebrating, but bringing up the marriage penalty may bring down the celebration. The marriage penalty occurs in the tax code when you pay more tax as a...
The Idle American: A stop at the wrong house
It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline – wadded up into a few words – sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic...
Images Speak: Oscar Burton, buttermilk pie and Old Knoxville Cemetery
Summer is a time for reunions and dinner-on-the-ground celebrations. As a member of the county historical commission, I was asked to say a few...


Matt's Money: The herd mentality of investment strategies
Seeing cattle here in Texas is as common as the weather changing – very frequent. What’s interesting about cattle is that as long as they get to eat, drink and sleep,...
High Points from El Camino Real #1038
Folks along El Camino Real were tickled to death about the nice rain we received on Sunday evening. It was more of a flood at my house than a nice rain, but we appreciated...
Home Country
It was the kind of picnic he’d remember for quite a while, he knew. It didn’t take place at the village park, where folks would normally go, but down along Lewis Creek....