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‘Jose Cuervo’ songwriter makes new friends through peace

By Jimmy Patterson
Online Editor

   SAN ANGELO — In 1981, Cindy Jordan was on top of the L.A. music world. Two years later things became even better. Jordan had written a song and taken it to Los Angeles radio stations, who fell in love with it. In 1983, that same song, “Jose Cuervo (You Are a Friend of Mine),” was recorded by Shelly West and it ended up being the No. 1 song of the year on country radio.
   Today, Jordan has turned her songwriting talents to efforts of peace. A San Angelo resident since 2005, she moved to West Texas with husband Dennis Buckingham, who is in the oil business, and their son Jordan.
   A lifelong Catholic, Jordan’s turn to writing and recording songs of peace as well as Christian music for children has not led to her shunning that first song: “Jose Cuervo” may have plenty to do with the effects of tequila and how the liquor can take a person to a different level of consciousness, shall we say, but she sees the song as one people enjoy because of the fun it conveys. Jordan says more people identified with the lines, “The music is playing/My spirits are high” because they connote life and joy more than “Who is the cowboy who’s sleeping next to me … I had too much tequila last night.” Continue reading

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Comanches return for day of remembrance in Menard

   MENARD — When Donna Putnam’s great-grandfather was a small boy in 19th-century Fredericksburg, he and another child were taken from their homes by Quixote Indians. One boy eventually returned home; Putnam’s great-grandfather remained and learned and lived as a Native American, eventually even marrying a Comanche. Ultimately, Putnam said, her great-grandfather would convert to Catholicism and bring the faith to their family.
   Though there is no direct link between Putnam and the Native Americans involved in the massacre at Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba, she and other members of her family will be honored guests as part of the June 9 festivities commemorating the events in 1757.
   “He lived to be 93 and he died in 1941,” Ms. Putnam said. “I remember. he used to sit and tell me stories.”

                                      — Jimmy Patterson

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Speaker of the Faith: Tom Craddick, one of Texas’ most powerful leaders, relies on Catholic formation in daily life

Tom Craddick

By Jimmy Patterson
Editor

   AUSTIN —  A 2005 article in Texas Monthly magazine referred to Tom Craddick as everything from a Midland mud man to the most powerful politician in the state of Texas.
   Craddick will tell you though that he is a Christian Catholic first and a Midland resident second.
   But as dynamic a politician as you will find in the Austin inner circle, the man who has represented his Midland hometown for almost 40 years was reduced to humble servant two years ago when he, wife Nadine, and their family visited the Vatican and met Pope John Paul II.
   “After we had met the Pope, my son asked me, ‘Dad, what did you think about Continue reading

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From the Easy Chair >> Giving up whining: Who can complain about that?

By Jimmy Patterson

I first heard about the idea on one of the morning news shows. And as soon as I heard it, I wanted to try it. Not because it was some fad or some get-rich-quick scheme or some tell-all book I figured I could write about the blogosphere.
   No, this idea had legs. One that had potential to stick. It was started by a place called Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, Mo. Seems the congregation there is whine free. They have taken a vow, such as it is, to not complain. It’s not a Lenten deal, as I am told by a blogger acquaintance who lives in KC. These guys practice it as apparently Continue reading

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Hungry Hearts: Conversion a lifelong process for seekers

By Jimmy Patterson
Editor

   SAN ANGELO. The deeper we dig into our faith, the hungrier we become for an even greater knowledge and understanding of God. Such is the theory of Tom Zanzig (at right), keynote speaker at the annual Diocesan Conference Day, Feb. 3, at the San Angelo Convention Center. The conversion process, Zanzig said, is a lifelong process.
   “We can often forget who we are,” Zanzig said. “Conversion is a relearning of what God has taught us from early in our spiritual life.” Continue reading

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‘I stopped looking for myself a long time ago’

By Jimmy Patterson
Editor

Since Mama died last January, Daddy has left Irving once to attend a stamp show competition in nearby Grapevine. (A show at which he won several honors, I might add). It’s been hard for Dad to get away. He hasn’t wanted to get too far from the house he and Mama lived in since 1965. He’s made plans several times over the last several months to go on trips, but when the day would come to leave, he would not feel like going. And we all understand.
   So when Dad told us he wanted to visit Big Bend again, we all looked forward to it with the appropriate amount of skepticism. That would be great, we all Continue reading

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Midland Assistant U.S. Attorney converted to faith while at Harvard

By Jimmy Patterson
Editor

   MIDLAND — It is no doubt a widely held view that Catholics often fall into two categories: Cradle Catholics, or those born into the faith; and converts, who come into the church when they marry someone of the faith, often a cradle Catholic.
   Not Glenn Jackson. He’s a convert, but he didn’t have a change of heart because he was getting married. He converted when he was in college. And not just any college. Jackson made the switch when he was working toward his jurisprudence degree at the Harvard Law School. Continue reading

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