5 Surprisingly Beautiful Scenes Found in West Texas

“Quite so,” he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing himself down into an armchair. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.”
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31 cringeworthy typos and grammatical mistakes you should definitely learn to avoid

You will never completely purge mistakes from your texts and emails and conversations, but you should at least try to spell correctly and speak coherently.

For your convenience, here is a list of the most widespread spelling and grammar mistakes that I’ve noticed through the years. I didn’t find this list online or copy it from someone else—it’s all original, based on my observations of things people commonly say and write.

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Ghosts of Gilliland

Smack dab in The Big Empty region of Texas is a sleepy town called Gilliland. Nestled in the remote, rugged terrain of northern Knox County, Gilliland was a bustling little community in the years following World War II, but decades of decline have since taken their toll, and the village is now considered a ghost town.

During our most recent trip to Dallas, my family took a slight detour from our normal route in order to pay Gilliland a visit. We were not disappointed.

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The guardians

Based on a true story.


May 7, 33 A.D.


6:50 p.m.

Titus was his name. A slender, grizzled man, with dark hair and strikingly blue eyes. 34. Alert, as always. He watched as a hawk drifted lazily on a current of hot air high above the semi-arid landscape. Strangely warm for this time of year, he thought, sniffing. A bead of sweat dribbled down the right side of his face, which was dusty from a long day of guard duty and suntanned from countless hours spent outdoors.

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