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It is high time we all understood citizenship

When new citizens take the oath of allegiance, it is the final step in a long, cumbersome process of achieving what many consider to be a dream come true – U.S. citizenship. It is a time of celebration, one new citizens should be able to … more

America’s easy fake news fix

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”– Denis DiderotIt wasn’t until I was reminded of one of my father’s most aggravating comments to me as a child that the light … more

A Trip to the ER

Over the weekend, we had plans involving family and pool time. Those plans, however, changed. We wound up at the emergency room after I upgraded my juggling act from oranges to an apple, a carrot, and a chainsaw. I had a feeling the carrot would be too much to handle. more

My Garden of Life

I just finished watering my crops. Since most of them are planted in 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, I have to water them just about every day. It seems that the ones planted into the earth stay hydrated longer and appear healthier than the ones in the buckets. They simply have a better foundation. more

It’s a miracle baby

I was tired. I went to bed that night without getting a shower. My stinky golf clothes were on the floor. I think I slept for 45 minutes when it started. It was a little past 1:00 a.m. on Friday the 13th. 

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Tailgating brings back memories

Sunday afternoon, I found myself sitting in the bed of Loretta, Lucy’s 1978 Ford pickup truck. While sitting in the bed was nice, it didn’t stir up a lot of memories. On the other hand, sitting on the tailgate and on the side certainly conjured … more

Repairing brokenness to come to a new place - whole, but different

In 2001, just a few months before 9/11, Lucy, my ex-wife, went to New York with her mom. They went to see several Broadway shows while in the Big Apple. She bought a snow globe filled with the city’s top landmarks and signs of the more popular … more

Birds, Bees, and Knobby Knees

 No one ever promised us life would be easy. We all face challenges and have our shares of ups and downs. I’ve had more ups and downs than a kangaroo on a Pogo Stick all jacked up on Mountain Dew, and that’s okay. I wouldn’t be the person I … more

Putting the law on the side of crime victims

While there are things I enjoy about public service, there are times when we deal with issues that are not fun, but are of critical importance. more

‘Healthier’ is actually a relative term

I planned on killing my first deer this year. It would have been nice to have that trophy buck hanging on my wall next to Jesus, Bo Jackson and Velvet Elvis, but that touch of class will have to wait until next year. I may not have been blessed with … more

Documenting the Manification of Jody Fuller

Last week, I drank my water from a straw. We all slip up from time to time, so let me explain.“Wild at Heart” was released in 2001, but I just recently got around to reading it. It’s an awesome book and very enlightening, in a manly kind of … more

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

I reckon I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, but since I don’t really listen to rock and roll, I’d have to say I’m more country than anything else. I’m not saying I’m country as a turnip green, but I did eat a plate … more

A sweet church with sweet people

Last Sunday, I was the guest speaker at Eagle Creek Baptist Church in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. The church is just a few miles from where both my mama and daddy grew up. In fact, my maternal grandparents are buried in the nearby Eagle Creek … more

The Horse Whisperer and Ice Cream

Lucy, Emily, and I were driving to Mimi’s house and talking about who knows what. I’m sure it was something I was doing wrong. You know, ever since she’s been pregnant, I can do no right. more

On the road and missing my fur babies

All was right in the world Thursday night as I had my dog’s head laying on my chest and my cat right smack dab next to my head. They love me. That’s for sure. After a week of traveling and boarding, we were all under one roof. I was pretty much … more

Having a little patience usually pays off

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. For the most part, I have patience; I just hate waiting. It used to not be a problem. I chalk it up to my PTSD. On Friday, I was … more

Some things are crystal clear

Most men are proud of their power tools. Last week, I tried putting up a mailbox but ran into all sorts of issues. My drill just wasn’t getting the job done. I couldn’t get the wood screws to screw all the way into the wood. I was bummed. I felt … more

Analysis: For three Texas leaders, even some losses could be victories

The special session of the Texas Legislature could come out like a soccer tournament for for 5-year-olds: No matter what happens, everybody gets a trophy … more

What a difference a year makes

This time last year, I wasn’t doing very well. I didn’t leave my house on Christmas day. I wasn’t happy about life. I was eating and drinking way too much. I was pretty much miserable. I didn’t even watch “National Lampoon’s Christmas … more

Don Roberts is Dining with God

By any definition, Don Roberts lived a successful life. He loved God. He loved his family, friends, and former students. more
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