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  • We are more than we think

    Dal Houston|Jun 21, 2024

    Do you think you know who you are, or what you see is what you get? Well, if you do then I am going to respectfully challenge this belief. First, I used to believe this too, until I saw a television program 30 years ago or so. That made me understand there is far more to us than we could ever realize. The program was about people who, as adults, suffered some type of brain trauma, and found after they’d recovered they had somehow obtained or exhibited some new talent, skill or knowledge. The f...

  • Measure twice, cut once

    Dal Houston|Jun 14, 2024

    My dad was a carpenter, and as a young adult, I often worked alongside him. One of the things he was obsessed with was not wasting a board or a piece of lumber. He often repeated the old saying, “measure twice, cut once.” Most of the time this saying made sense, extending beyond the concept of cutting a board and serving to remind one to be very careful to think something through before taking an action that cannot be reversed. In the case of being a carpenter, once you cut the board, it is cut...

  • Life lessons from a wayward cow – Part 3

    Dal Houston|Jun 7, 2024

    For the last two weeks I wrote about Life Lessons from a Wayward Cow, about how my son and I spent several hours on horseback riding through canyons, grass and weeds taller than our heads, through brush, trees, thickets and deep-steep streams, trying to corral and reunite a cow that had inadvertently got lost from her calf. Today, for the last lesson, I want to illustrate how something that you may dread or that looks like a bad task, situation or job may ironically turn out to be something real...

  • Life lessons from a wayward cow, part 2

    Dal Houston|May 31, 2024

    Last week I wrote about the first Life Lessons from a Wayward Cow, about how my son and I spent several hours, on horseback, riding through canyons, grass and weeds taller than our heads, through brush, trees, thickets and deep-steep streams, trying to corral and reunite a cow that had inadvertently got lost from her calf. As you may recall, the first lesson was that if you are going the wrong way, no amount of effort will ever get you where you want to go. Today I address the second lesson,...

  • Life lessons from a wayward cow – part 1

    Dal Houston|May 24, 2024

    Yesterday my son and I spent several hours on horseback, riding through canyons, grass and weeds taller than our heads, through brush, trees, thickets and deep-steep streams, trying to corral and reunite a cow that inadvertently got lost from her calf. That evening, I had to remove four ticks that decided I was a good home. Through this ordeal I was thinking about all the life lessons we could take away from this cow and her struggle. At best count, there are three. Lesson One: If you have never...

  • Who do you look to for advice?

    Dal Houston|May 17, 2024

    As a young man trying to figure out what I was going to be, and how I was going to do it, I often pondered who I could ask for advice. Now, by no means am I saying I was smart. My grades and subsequent failures in life would certainly not support that. However, to my credit, I remember, thinking I need to ask or model my thoughts and/or actions after someone who has done what I am wanting to do, and most importantly has been successful at it. However, when I told my parents or other people about...

  • Bullies

    Dal Houston|May 10, 2024

    One of the topics I have wanted to write about is my thoughts about bullies. From first glance, a bully is an intimidating person. Usually they appear strong, have a loud and/or menacing voice, wear clothing that supports their desire to look menacing and seem ready to fight at the drop of a hat, if not actively seeking out a physical confrontation. Normal people around a bully are often intimidated, feel threatened and discuss amongst themselves how tough the bully is. They may want to become...

  • To be successful, keep looking tanned?

    Dal Houston|May 3, 2024

    Years ago, when I was a young man desperately trying to change my life and figure out how to get ahead, I read numerous books about successful people. One of the most curious characters I read about was a man by the name of Aristotle Onassis, who, as you may recall, was at one time in a race with Howard Hughes to become the world’s richest man. He, as you may also recall, was the husband of Jacklyn Kennedy, after the assassination of President Kennedy. His first piece of advice for helping o...

  • Putting others on a pedestal

    Dal Houston|Apr 19, 2024

    The other morning, while I was sipping my coffee and trying desperately to wake myself up, I was watching the news about a topic that didn't interest me. So, I decided to flip through the channels to see if there was anything else worth watching. For those who know me, I like old movies, so the first channel I looked at was the old movie channel. It indicated some 1934 film was playing, and weirdly there was something about the title that clicked in my head and drew me to this movie – h...

  • Life lessons learned from a houseplant

    Dal Houston|Apr 12, 2024

    I awoke one morning early this week with the knowledge that I had to write a new article. I was having a hard time figuring out what I was going to write about – until I walked through the kitchen and saw a dead houseplant in the sink. I have lost both of my parents over the last few years, and as a result, we have received many houseplants from friends and loved ones to help our family in those sad times. In fact, we received so many that we had a difficult time knowing where to put them all. M...

  • Others' lives are often not as easy as we assume

    Dal Houston|Apr 5, 2024

    Recently I had to spend a weekend out of town on business. Normally when out of town, I can find somewhere unique or cool to eat out, get a drink or go hangout, or something to see. However there was just nothing to do here, and to make matters worse the weather was bad, so I was stuck in my hotel watching television. To make this situation even worse, there were few channels available, so I finally ended up watching a channel dedicated to interviewing entertainment stars and celebrities. For th...

  • The challenge: What have you done today?

    Dal Houston|Mar 29, 2024

    Recently, someone in my family passed away, and since his death, I have pondered a story that he often told me about a feat he accomplished as a high-schooler. To be clear, my words and thoughts are not meant to be critical or disrespectful, but rather introspective and curious, so please don’t misunderstand my intentions with this article. So, the story goes like this: Nearly every time I saw this family member – about four times a year for at least the past 40 years, so a total of at lea...

  • Paper plates vs fine china

    Dal Houston|Mar 22, 2024

    I was recently having a conversation with my son regarding my mother’s ancestors and how they came from Denmark to settle in Oklahoma. In thinking not just about my great-grandparents but also the others so similar to them, I noted how many of them struggled to bring with them some of the finer things, such as their china and silverware. They brought their possessions not just across the ocean, but also across the country. I think most modern people would consider these items to be extremely f...

  • Today's opportunities are gone tomorrow

    Dal Houston|Mar 15, 2024

    Last evening I was watching television, specifically a movie showing a father driving his family home after a long weekend, and upon getting home late at night the father carried his young daughter in and tucked her into bed. It wouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone who knows me very well that I had to stop and relive those memories of me doing the very same thing when our children were younger. And then wondering what positive lessons I could find in what I just saw. As I sat there basking i...

  • The distinction between happiness and fulfillment

    Dal Houston|Mar 8, 2024

    Often when I write an article, I generally know the answer to the question I am asking … in this case I do not have the answer, or at least all of it. Rather, I know the question, and I know the importance of the question … I just don’t know the answer to the question. The other day I read an article on the internet that discussed the word “happiness” and how it is so often misused. Some examples would be, find a job that makes you happy, and what you do for a living won’t be considered...

  • Spiritual challenges

    Dal Houston|Mar 1, 2024

    While my articles often touch on moral and/or societal issues, I usually try to avoid explicitly discussing religion. However, as we have just begun a new year and are expected to have forgiveness in our hearts and good will toward our fellow man, it seems appropriate. Today, I do want to discuss religion, and in particular, challenges to one’s spirituality. When you know what you are supposed to do according to the Bible, but that guidance is in direct conflict with what you feel and think a...

  • The change of technology

    Dal Houston|Feb 16, 2024

    I was home most of last week with the flu, and I watched a lot of television in an attempt to get my mind off of how bad I felt. While channel-surfing, I happened to come across an old movie that really made me stop and think. It was about a World War I fighter ace – near the end of the war – when they first started using airplanes as weapons. It had been a while since I had thought much about early-day airplanes. They were made of wood and fabric and were controlled by exposed wires. Cal...

  • Deceived by appearances (Part 2)

    Dal Houston|Feb 9, 2024

    Recently, I wrote an article on being deceived by appearances, as it applies to someone who appears weak or powerless. Today, I am writing about being deceived by the appearance that someone has all the positive attributes of life, such as charm, power, strength, intelligence and kindness. I really hadn’t planned to write a second chapter for this lesson, but while I was stuck indoors due to bad weather recently, I watched a movie that I have long enjoyed. The lesson of the movie was so much in...

  • America

    Dal Houston|Feb 2, 2024

    The fact that I am writing this means that I am breaking one of the rules that I imposed on myself when I started this column: to stay away from politics. With that said, I saw something on TV as I was getting ready for work recently that incensed me to my very core, and I realized there was one thing getting overlooked in the bickering between the right and the left, and that is America itself. What I saw was a politician who said, “America has gone to Hell.” I understand that political seasons...

  • Am I cursed?

    Dal Houston|Jan 26, 2024

    Over the holiday break, I had a rather enlightening conversation with an old family friend. From the beginning of our friendship many years ago, he was a hard-working, honest, good guy from a really good family. Sadly, everything he and his family did seemed to go wrong. I remember having several conversations when we were younger in which he joked that he and his family were cursed because no matter how hard they worked or strove, nothing quite seemed to work out for them. They didn’t think i...

  • Looks can be deceiving

    Dal Houston|Jan 19, 2024

    I am always on the lookout for life experiences I can share that have irony or a catch – something that can teach a lesson differently or uniquely. Today’s story is one I was told years ago. One of my friends shared with me a tale about an experience he had, which always serves as a reminder that appearances can be misleading. This good friend of mine and some of his other friends went to Las Vegas for a bachelor party or something of the sort. While walking down the Las Vegas strip, this gro...

  • Win at any cost

    Dal Houston|Jan 12, 2024

    I am generally an optimist and try to see the good in life. Every once in a while, however, one has to stop, look and acknowledge the bad or negative experiences in life. Ironically, once you see and acknowledge the negative things, you can truly see the world as it is, including the flaws. Thankfully, I have found that this brings the positive things into even clearer focus. With that said, today’s article is focused on the “win at any cost” attitude or thought that seems to have so deepl...

  • Don't let the bad cloud the good

    Dal Houston|Dec 31, 2023

    This is my New Year’s article, and I find myself in unknown territory, as I have only been writing slightly less than a year, so I have never had to write an article about the upcoming year. In thinking about what I wanted to say for the New Year, I had hoped and anticipated it would be something special and/or profound, but to just be honest I am struggling to find the exact words or message I would like to convey. So, with that said, I would merely like to say, as we move forward remember t...

  • Is the fact we have problems proof that God loves us?

    Dal Houston|Dec 24, 2023

    It goes without saying that we often view our problems as a negative aspect of our lives. Taking it one step further, we then often bring God into the situation by implying, or in some instances outright attributing our problems to God. Sometimes we think that if God only loved us more he would alleviate or remove our problems. But today I want to challenge that thought and suggest that maybe your problems are proof that God loves you. If you are confused, let me elaborate: In my more...

  • All in the Family

    Dal Houston|Dec 17, 2023

    I was recently watching the news when it was announced that Norman Lear had passed away at the age of 101. For a reminder, Norman Lear was a writer and producer, perhaps most notably for several sitcoms made popular in the 1970s. One such sitcom, starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, was “All in the Family.” Hearing the news of Mr. Lear’s death left me with bittersweet thoughts and memories. The sweet memories were those of me as a child, sitting in front of the TV, watching “All in...

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