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Original Independent Starts with Mama

This coming Friday, my mama turns 77 years old. I write this column every week to talk about Denton. Here, we discuss the stuff that makes Denton Denton. People. Events. Our sense of place. My mom has never lived in Denton. She’s an East Texas girl who married an East Texas boy, and together they…

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The Packing Dilemma: how to travel light

Meet the world's worst packer: me. I have serious commitment issues when it comes to choosing what I might maybe potentially possibly want to wear three days from now and God forbid there's a major weather change and I'm not prepared for rain, cold, hot, windy or snowy days. It's too much pressure…

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Let's talk about love

Let’s talk about love. Valentine’s Day is next weekend. It’s a time for lovers to celebrate each other and “this thing” they share together. Florists will deliver hundreds of roses. Hallmark will make a mint on cards. Children will head off to school with little valentines for their classmates and…

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Addams Family brings spooktacular fun to MTD

It was a dark and stormy night. The sun had long given up trying to break through the thick clouds that hung over Denton, leaving the townsfolk to fight through the downpour on their own. How appropriate, I thought to myself. I was braving the storm only to enter into totally different type of…

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Oktoberfest weekend in Denton

I open my column today with a quote from History.com. “Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates.” This…

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Original and Independent Interests Converge in Denton

Something wonderful about being Original Independent Denton is that our original, independent ideals, interests and expressions often occur simultaneously. This means no one can ever claim boredom in Denton. It also means that on some calendar dates, Denton is the center of a festival kaleidoscope…

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Back the Blue

When she was a young teen, I remember my daughter coming home from school one day in a T-shirt with the word ANARCHY in large letters across the front of it. “Take that shirt off!” I demanded immediately. “Where did you get it and why would you wear such a thing!” “Mom, it’s a band. Relax,” she…

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Denton Ranks No. 5 Among Best College Towns in America

“Word: dentoning. Definition: Exploring the shops, restaurants, music venues, and cultural attractions in Denton, TX.” T his is Livability.com’s summarized definition of dentoning, a word now common in Denton culture coined by Dentonite Scott Campbell. Per his Dentoning blog, Scott invented the word…

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Original Independent Denton Feels Like Home

Photo by Caroline Basile Tim and I are empty nesters. Our kids are living their own lives out in the world now. Still, they come home from time to time, and I understand why. Home is the place they know and that knows them. They come home to just “be.” They leave their shoes in the floor and put…

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