On display in your Vanishing Texana Museum is an antique 1909 VDB Lincoln penny. The rarest of the 1909 VDB penny is the S-VDB, the “S” signifying it was struck in the San Francisco mint. Only 484,000 of the S-VDB were minted versus almost 28 million of the VDB penny. Because there is no min…

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After four weeks of hearing from every agency in the State, the Senate Finance Committee has finished the first step towards finalizing the state's budget. We will now move into work groups to work out the details.

It's easy to get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of big Hollywood blockbusters these days. Thanks to computers, the cinematic experience has become so visually stunning that our eyes take us on an instant adventure. Today's special effects and animatronics often capture our attention and…

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Every year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) releases its list of tax scams, spotlighting the myriad ways that people try to separate you from your money. Here’s a list of their top (worst) 12:

In the early 1900’s, rural women were voicing their need for help with their homemaking problems by writing to the publishers of farm magazines that were sent to their husbands. At the behest of the publishers of these magazines, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized …

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We have made it through the first month of session. This week, Texas Association of Counties held their legislative day, and we were able to welcome Judges and County Commissioners from Senate District 3 to the Capitol.

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“Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:6–7]

There are about 350 different types of pasta around the world and about four times that many names for them! As a culinary ingredient, the versatility of pasta surpasses all others. The variety of textures offers a vehicle to carry flavors with different mouthfeel. Mouthfeel in pasta refers …

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The fourth week of session has been a busy one as Senate Finance continues to meet every day to hear from every agency in the State. This week we have heard from agencies such as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Texas Supreme Court, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Depa…

By all accounts, Eli was a kindly old man. He was a judge and the high priest during the closing of the period of the judges. Hannah brought her miracle child, Samuel, to live with Eli at Shiloh, where the Tabernacle was. Samuel ministered to the Lord with Eli and grew in stature and favor w…

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Recently Mr. Charles Moore gifted his extensive newspaper collection to your Vanishing Texana Museum. We couldn’t help but dig into the collection, specifically wanting to look back at 1968, one of the most tumultuous years in American history. Here’s what readers of our local newspaper saw …

One of my favorite feelings in the world is when you are sitting in a room with a group of people who are just as passionate about making movies as you are. 

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Maybe you are not familiar with Manoah and his unnamed wife, but likely you are familiar with their son. Their story is told in Judges 13. Up to this point, they had no children, but the “Angel of the Lord” appeared to the wife telling her that they would indeed have a son and that he would …

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“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry land.” [Exodus 14:16]

One of the absolute best things about my home’s location in Denton, Texas is the fact that I’m a mile – as the crow flies – away from the nearest Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

On display in your Vanishing Texana Museum is a photo taken from a second story window. It’s looking down at a group of men gathering together. The photo is purported to show a “gang of wets” in an alley off Commerce Street in downtown Jacksonville. Wets were individuals opposed to the movem…

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“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” [Ezekiel 36:26]

Is human life special? Different from other forms of life? Different from the rest of creation? When the Creator decided to write a book revealing Himself to His creatures, He began this way, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NASU) The record continues i…

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In the August 14, 1911, Jacksonville Daily Progress there is an advertisement for “The Airdome – A Photo –Play Theater.” While we don’t know much about Jacksonville’s Airdome we do know that Airdome theaters were very popular across the United States from 1910 thru the 1930’s and helped the …

How many gods do you serve? Perhaps you think that is a question that you need not bother with, but I can assure you that is a false assumption. Every human struggles with idols. Some are just more apparent than others. Judges 10 is an enlightening case study in this struggle. Certain numera…

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“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now own, you do know Him and have seen Him.” [John 14:6-7]

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One of our regional foods in East Texas that is flavorful, satisfying and can be prepared in hundreds of ways is the group beans and peas. In other parts of the world this nutritious food group is known as pulses. Another name perhaps more familiar is legumes. A legume is any bean or pea tha…

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food, as I know mine were.

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On display in your Vanishing Texana Museum is an antique home corn popper. We estimate it was manufactured in the early 1900’s and most likely the family that owned it made popcorn Christmas balls or just popped some corn on New Year’s Eve as many of us did.

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Last week, Dr. James Low visited the museum and brought with him several Jacksonville Daily Progress newspapers from June, 1911. It made for great reading and offered some keen insights about what people were doing at the time. In those days newspapers would report when people would be leavi…

When God asks anyone a question, we can benefit by seeing how the principle in question applies to us. Moses and Joshua led God’s people for many, many years. Because they walked with the Lord, these two men were the human answer to every question, dilemma, and problem the children of Israel…

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do no longer.” [2 Corinthians 5:16]

Sending a stranger one gift and getting up to 36 items in return may sound like a great idea, but you might be breaking the law. While gift exchanges grow in popularity during the holiday season, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's gambling and pyramid scheme laws, gift chains …

While reviewing old newspapers and other documents about past Christmases in Jacksonville, one of the most mentioned traditions is drinking Egg Nog. One or two of our volunteers make serving eggnog part of their Christmas traditions. During our discussions about eggnog the question came up, …

“If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.” It was hard to see these words at first, hard to see through the tears. The story I was reading had touched my heart so that I found myself crying. It was the story told by a mother of the loss of her infant son. He was born on Christ…

As the Israelites approached the Promised Land, God told Moses that his death was drawing near and to call his successor, Joshua, to the tent of meeting. Deuteronomy 31:19 records God telling the two of them, "Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel;…

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At the beginning of the 19th century, Santa was in a quandary. He was viewed in many different ways throughout the world. Some saw him as a stern church bishop wearing formal robes. Others thought he looked more like an elf with a frock coat and clown pants. And what was he to call himself? …

Previously I wrote about God’s question for Balaam in Numbers 22:9, “Who are these men with you?” (NASU) Balaam answered truthfully enough about who they were, but discernment should have convinced him to avoid them. Because of greed, Balaam wound up going with them which angered the Lord.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tell us that CPI (Consumer Price Index) is currently at an annualized rate of 2.2%. So why do your bills seem like they're going up at a much faster rate than that? The short answer is how the government defines and measures inflation. It simply doesn’t m…

When God speaks, we should listen. When God asks a question, we should pay close attention. Maybe we can learn from the questions He asks to others. God had an interesting question for Balaam in Numbers 22. As the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness waiting for permission to enter …

“ ... No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” [Ecclesiastes 8:17]

Growing up on a farm in East Texas, Christmas was always a special time of year. It started with decorating the house. A holly tree in the forest nearby supplied branches and with lights we would frame the outside windows. Mom would set up the Nativity scene on a table in the living room. In…

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