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    The Scanner

    Hello, and welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. July 2011… only 16 more months! I only hope this country lasts that long. I have to wonder: “What part of ‘NO’ don’t Senators understand?” And of course, too, when you read the headlines on Drudge, you keep seeing things proposed and pending that are straight out of the Book of Revelation. But ...
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    The Parable of the Lawnmower?

    Welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner one more time. Well, it was inevitable… yesterday I mowed the grass for the first time this year. If I lived up north in “Yankee Country” that wouldn’t be so surprising, but for central Texas (where in years past I’ve mowed even in January and February), that is a sad commentary on the state of our ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: GOA and UTL

    “763, Llano. The subject is GOA. I’ll be in the area looking.” “763, Llano. Show me UTL.” Welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. As my dear old Grandpa used to say: pull up a chair and sit down beside it. I’m glad it’s April again. Spring Break is history one more time, and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom here and ...
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    Getting Your Attention: The Voice

    Getting Your Attention: The Voice
    Hello and welcome to the March, 2011 edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. Glad to see you again. Hey, I’ve started seeing lots of bluebonnet plants germinating. Spring IS coming. I just hope we get some rain before all the bluebonnets dry up and wither away. I want to talk a little about “The Voice” this time out. I don’t know if ...
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    Don't Give Up

    Don't Give Up
    Hi and welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. Here we are already into the third month of 2011. I started seeing the grass greening and growing about the third week of January. Going to have go get busy about yard work pretty soon now, I reckon. Last month I attended a three-day seminar presented by the Concerns of Police Survivors ...
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    Not Alone in 2011

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. Ready or not, 2011 is here! (I almost wish we could skip 2011 and jump straight to 2012, though.) As I’m wont to do, I’m looking at the new year with mixed emotions. I’m sure events will come into our lives in the next 12 months that will be fond memories years down the ...
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    Elen Sila Lumenn': Chaplain Bill Says Merry Christmas

    Elen Sila Lumenn': Chaplain Bill Says Merry Christmas
    Hello, and welcome to the annual Christmas Edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. No, my fingers didn’t get on the wrong keys when I typed the title of my article, and no, it’s not supposed to be Spanish either. My inspiration this year comes from the Elves. Not the Christmas elves of legend and cartoon lore, but the High Elves of Middle ...
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    Reflecting on the Meaning of Thanksgiving

    Reflecting on the Meaning of Thanksgiving
    Hi, and thanks for joining me one more time in this November’s edition of The Chaplain’s Corner. The big election is history and Thanksgiving is soon upon us again and then my 36th wedding anniversary. Where DID the year go? No… the question I should be asking myself is “When will the Christmas tree get put up this year?” -- you’ve ...
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    Jesus Indicted for DWI?

    Come on, cool weather! Oh, I mean: “Hi and welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner.” In our part of Texas it has cooled off about 10… maybe 15 degrees. That only means that 95 now feels like 105 did. I’m about ready for it to be in the upper 70s for highs again. For the last several months I’ve kept coming ...
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    Four Years Later and Still Holding

    Hey, welcome once again to The Chaplain’s Corner. In my September column four years ago (before I started emailing), I began by talking about what my generation might call “the Glory Days” of the space program – back when everyone in the country was glued to their TV to watch the launches and returns. John Glenn, Alan Sheppard; Mercury, Gemini, and ...
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    The Gospel According to the Kelly Blue Book

    Hi, and welcome once again to the August edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. Here it is almost football season again and, as I write, the last rain we had has long since evaporated. It’s gittin’ mighty dusty out there on those unpaved county roads – not a lot of point in washing the patrol car when you raise a dust cloud ...
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    You Have Received a Hit Confirmation

    Hello, and welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. Boy, here it is July already, the part of the year when most everyone focuses a bit closer on patriotism. At least until the fireworks are over. (That’s because they aren’t wearing body armor in the Texas sun. We just think about staying in the car where it’s cool, well… cooler anyway.) ...
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    LEOs, Preachers & Heroes

    Hello and welcome to the May 2010 Edition of the Chaplain's Corner.    I was honored by being invited to speak at the annual LE memorial ceremony at the Veteran's Admin Hospital in Kerrville, hosted by the VA Police Department and will be/was held on 6 May.  I thought I'd share my thoughts here for those interested to hear my talk, but ...
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    History Lesson

    Welcome to the June 2010 Edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. Like last year, I’m writing my June column just days after the conclusion of Police Week, but UNlike last year, I can talk – I have a voice! I can even YELL at wayward bull calves in bar ditches when I have to – one of the “little pleasures” of being ...
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    The Death Notification

    Got your attention, didn’t I? Greetings from the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas and welcome to this edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. Okay, Okay…Llano is “officially” the Deer Capital of Texas, but we’ve got so many bluebonnets up and blooming already this year it could go the other way. Well, on to “business.” This is something that’s been on my heart for ...
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    Sermon on the T-Shirt

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. Spring is almost here in the Texas Hill Country. I saw verbenas blooming last week and the bluebonnets are starting to pop. There are tens of thousands of bluebonnets out there. (I stopped counting at 9,458. Not really. ) It’s going to be a really good year for flowers because of all the rain ...
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    There Is a Way

    Hello, and welcome to February and the Chaplain’s Corner. February brings some mixed emotions for me this again this year as it seems it does every year. I’ll hit 57 on the 28th. For some reason, sixty doesn’t seem near as elderly as it did in the last century. “Last century!” Now that WILL make one feel old… “When were you ...
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    New Year and Paintbrushes

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner 2010. New Year’s 2010! Wow. I can still remember back in high school when I thought the year 2000 was so far in the future that it would never get here. (I say that every year, don’t I?) New Year and Paintbrushes. Now, I bet there’s at least one person out there who’s wondering ...
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    Do You See What I See?

    Hello, and welcome to another Christmas Edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. My December 2005 article, “Christmas on the Dog Watch,” started with my musing about a bright star that I’d see each night. As I write this year, I’m still on the day watch, but that article and that star came back to my memory when I worked on patrol well ...
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    Thanksgiving In Spite Of

    Hello, and welcome once again to the November edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. What a month this past one has been. I had a second throat surgery (first one was 20 May of this year), was on total voice rest for almost 4 weeks and was off work for nearly 5 weeks all told. We attended a LODD funeral three days ...
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