Call me crazy, but I’ve learned that where there’s smoke there’s usually fire or something about to burst into flames. In this case, I’m not referring to the real thing.

Call me crazy, but I’ve learned that where there’s smoke there’s usually fire or something about to burst into flames. In this case, I’m not referring to the real thing.


It’s a fact that when you keep hearing about something repeatedly from different sources, there’s often at least a speck of truth to it. Sometimes it’s more than a speck. That’s what leads to my latest concern — zombies. If you’re not familiar with zombies, look them up because the explanation would take way too long, but you can watch the Sprint commercial to see one.


Hear me out before you start taking up a collection to get me some professional help.


Space travel, technology, aliens, ghosts and even Big Foot were the topic of everything from conspiracy theorists to comic books for decades. Lots of folks just chalked them up to wild, unrealistic imaginations. Today, however, lots of those things actually exist — flights into outer space, robotics and such. Serious, scientific investigations are now being done on visitors from other planets, things that go bump in the night and large human/ape creatures (which, by the way, I and numerous others have seen right here in Texomaland, but that is another can of worms). That’s where my zombie worries come in.


Zombies have always been in the same make-believe realm as vampires and werewolves. They’ve been the focal point of horror comic books and movies for more than half a century, but lately, there has been even more intense interest. Movies and even a TV series have popped up, giving almost plausible explanations on how "zombies" could occur and spread to take over the world. There are websites giving instructions on how to fight and survive a zombie apocalypse. (You aim for their head, by the way.) Zombies have even become the main attraction of special events, including an upcoming fundraiser in Denison. In short, they’re not just for Halloween anymore.


With all this increased interest seemingly worldwide, I’m getting a little antsy. There sure seems to be a whole lot of zombie "smoke" these days. And based on what I’ve seen, read and heard, it’s going to take a whole lot more than a fire extinguisher to put out that flame. At this point, I may never sleep again.


Happy birthday Thursday to Legessie Horn, Brenda Spence and Jill Kirby, all of Denison; Amanda Horneman of Plano; Orvie Cantrell Jr., Dr. Todd Svane, Amy Parsons, Marty Moore, DeShawn Brown, Nathan Jones, Reuben Trotter and T’Layshia Hughes, all of Sherman; Joann Pruitt Ford of Duncanville, Texas; Ainslee Jones of Collinsville; Karen Young of Whitesboro; Adrienne Villa of McKinney.


Happy anniversary Thursday to Glenn and Shirley Waldrum of Sherman, 38 years; Rob and Cara Wigington of Edmond, Okla., 21 years.