Peggy Keener, Author at Austin Daily Herald

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Peggy Keener: The sad/happy story of Big Cheeks

Big Cheeks led a life of misery. As the grandson of a slave, he was born in 1901 to a 16-year-old mother in a very ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, September 30, 2022 4:57 pm

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Peggy Keener: It’s happened again

The high school class reunion—the only event in our lives when we know the age of everyone in the room. But, to be clear, this ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, September 16, 2022 9:30 pm

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Peggy Keener: A philosopher for the people

Aristotle he was not. Neither was he Plato nor Socrates. And yet — known to us all — he was one of the finest philosophers ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, September 2, 2022 5:03 pm

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Peggy Keener: Despair was his middle name

Twelve-year-old Addie felt out of place at his sister’s teenage party even though he was in his own home. More than anything, he felt like ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, August 19, 2022 6:25 pm

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Peggy Keener: Super processed, super yummy

The year was 1889. Emil Frey, an immigrant from Switzerland, was having problems—actually two problems—one good and one bad. The good problem was that each ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, August 5, 2022 5:02 pm

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Peggy Keener: America’s darlingest dimpled diplomat

She was the recipient of numerous awards including the Kennedy Center Honors, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, a special Juvenile Academy Award and ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, July 22, 2022 5:45 pm

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Peggy Keener: The power of a single letter

It’s easy to make mistakes when speaking English. We do it all the time. What I mean is this: have you ever ordered Barbarian Creme ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, July 8, 2022 5:10 pm

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The White House secret keepers

“The glue that holds the house together.” This is how Jimmy Carter described the White House Staff. As of July, 2021, there were 560 staff ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, June 25, 2022 9:33 am

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Peggy Keener: To bee or not to bee

What woman hasn’t, for at least one fleeting moment in her life, wondered what it would be like to be a queen? To be the ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, June 10, 2022 5:48 pm

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Peggy Keener: May, a month of dipsy days

Recently, a fascinating bit of May information has been brought to my attention. You may have never heard this story, but, now you will.. It ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, May 27, 2022 5:49 pm

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Peggy Keener: A short, but uplifting tale

Many decades ago when I first lived in Tokyo—sometimes referred to as the dark side of the moon—a quarrel erupted. It seemed that bras were ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, May 13, 2022 6:44 pm

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Peggy Keener: The indefatigable Eleanor

Even before Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady she wore many hats. She was a covert operative editing all the Democratic publications, a board member on ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, April 29, 2022 6:46 pm

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Peggy Keener: The screaming fury of silence

During our long stay in Asia, we experienced a number of hurricanes. While living on tiny Okinawa (70 miles long by 7 miles wide), one ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, April 15, 2022 7:06 pm

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Peggy Keener: A boy finds his voice

Bavaria in 1934 was not only a bad place, but it was also a bad time. This was especially true if you were Jewish as ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, April 1, 2022 6:09 pm

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Peggy Keener: The curious case of the abominable shower

Rivaling the Secret Service, the FBI and Military Intelligence, our country’s most discreet institution is the sagacious housekeeping staff at the White House. They, above ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Friday, March 18, 2022 5:56 pm

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