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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

Know your pets’ signals

Last week, Abbey, my cat, started urinating all over my house as if she was a four-year-old boy who’d just discovered that the world was his urinal. After doing some online research, I cleaned out her litter box more often than usual and moved her … more

Give your old stuff to others, not the landfill

My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone.In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top … more

Life is full of special moments

Friday was a special day. I had the honor of giving the closing keynote at the Alabama Conference of Social Work in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala. My role and goal was to show my appreciation for conference attendees and to send them on their way … more

Russian Roulette: America’s new national pastime

Many will feign shock and dismay one day when the depth of president-elect Donald Trump’s connection to Vladimir Putin and Russian business interests finally becomes clear. But it will be no more believable than this idea that Russia’s … more

Lt. Gov. mischaracterizes tax burden for Texans

It is nearly time for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin the five-month journey to a quality budget that meets both the needs of Texans and their taste for ever-lower taxes.Some want a balance, and some want to sell out programs, education and … more

Recovering from Harvey

Seeing how citizens have responded to Hurricane Harvey should make all Texans proud. more

A day off at the joy factory

Thinking back on my daughter’s first Christmas, there was a hint of disappointment in me. We all know children account for a majority of the fun at Christmas as we get to sit back and watch their wide-eyed excitement over everything ­– both … more

What real tax reform could look like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. more

Legislature gets F for school grading system

Just when it looks like the Texas Legislature can’t fail the public school system again, the state turns in a little extra credit and proves this is one subject where our elected state officials are willing to go above and beyond.The unsettling … more

Paying it Forward

Recently, I wrote a column on the late Don Roberts. I received more positive feedback from that column than anything I’ve ever written. Coach Roberts talked the talk and, more importantly, walked the walk. more

Reflecting on the last breath of a healthcare plan

Republicans everywhere are rejoicing as they pull out their pens, eager to sign the death certificate for the Affordable Care Act. As Congress gloats about repealing the healthcare plan commonly known as Obamacare, it would be wise for everyone … more

My first pair of reading glasses

I enjoy reading but haven’t read many books in recent years. I always enjoyed reading the paper, too. Lately, however, the bulk of my reading involves a daily devotion, restaurant menus, and the proofreading of these articles. That’s about it. more

Christianity vs. White Supremacy

Earlier this week, Rev. Joseph C. Parker Jr. of David Chapel Baptist Church in Austin, addressed the Charlottesville alt-right rally and the response of the Austin Christian community. He lamented … more

The world needs a front porch

Usually, when I turn into my neighborhood, I press the button on my garage opener thingy and pull right on into the Bat Cave, not to be seen again until I go out on my next bat adventure. That’s what’s wrong with the world. We just keep to … more

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

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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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
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