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A farewell letter from the editor

Dear readers,Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as your editor. For the past two years, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to share in the lives of hundreds of people who live, work and care about the happenings in Cedar Park and … more

Sadie’s Story

Ruby is the greatest dog in the world. Perhaps I am a bit biased, but it’s hard to argue otherwise. She’s a lab, and most level-headed people know that labs are simply the best. Pit bulls, on the other paw, are simply the worst. They are just … more

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

‘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

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

Caroline and the eight-year attitude adjustment

I was seven years old when my mom announced she was pregnant, though it was obvious by that time, from all of my parents’ “subtle” hints. Until then, I had been an only child. A neurotic only child; I didn’t like change.“Touch the bump!” … 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

Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racing Commission chair tapped for secretary of state

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5. Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December … 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

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
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