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Black History Month deserves our attention

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr. It’s Black History Month, a time to remember and honor the accomplishments and milestones of black Americans throughout history. It isn’t … 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

Would you like a burp with that hiccup?

Looking at the alarm clock by my bedside, it clearly read 2:37 a.m. The loud buzzing sound was not in my head after all. Who in the world could be calling me at this hour of the night?I grumbled to myself, sat straight up in bed and gasped. An … more

School choice a bad choice

One of the cornerstones of this Texas Legislative session is pushing through school choice legislation in what Republicans call an effort to improve education in Texas.This is nothing more than an assault on the public school system and an … more

The strange myth of multitasking

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is an expert when it comes to … more

When life has you in a holding pattern

Some of you gentle readers have piloted a plane. Most of us have been a passenger in a plane. Did you ever have to fly in a holding pattern? One time I was flying out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. We climbed to 10,000 feet and then started … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,I am totally aghast at what’s currently going on in Washington D. C.  If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny and could be a script for a Keystone Cop movie.  The Republicans have never liked the Obama Heath Care Plan and have … more

Media coverage persuades citizens to save animal lives

Last week, 89 animals found themselves relocated to Georgetown after an animal cruelty complaint from the Texas Department of State Health Services triggered the investigation of their original home at the R.U.G Activity Center Animal Shelter in … more

Can two walk together, except they be going to the same store?

After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. I have not pursued a Ph.D in relaxing and therefore it … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: After nine years, Rouse High School needs to be recognized for two basic needs. Signage: All Leander School District High Schools have signage on major freeways and on streets leading to the school. Rouse has no signage on the 183A … 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

Merry Christmas

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.– Calvin CoolidgeIt is so easy to become embroiled in our human conflicts, both subtle and … more

Those annoying sounds of silence

It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.” more

Why I joined an 8 hour sit-in at Gov. Abbott’s office and was arrested

On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) threatening the freedom of 124,000 young adults in Texas and 800,000 nationwide. This is one of … more

Texas House members have the chance to save open government

Keeping our Texas Public Information Act operating effectively takes effort. That’s why open government advocates have worked with public officials and businesses over the past year to fine tune the landmark state law.Transparency legislation … 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

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

My theological perspective tends to fall into the category of panentheism, which argues that God is the soul of creation, all creation throughout the universe. With that perspective the question is not so much whether or not an animal, including … more

Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?

For this roundtable discussion, Ashley the Editor wants us to answer the question, “Do animals have souls?”Across the centuries, Christians have approached that question in a variety of ways. The historic consensus is that, yes, animals do have … more

Expect the unexpected – God will show up

When was the last time something completely unexpected happened in your life?You won the lottery!She said “Yes!”You named your child “Oops!”The “unexpected’s” in life aren’t always pleasant, but they certainly are eventful.Some of my … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,*In regards to the story on Cedar Park tightening up on noise restrictions*First off, I just want to make it clear that I am not defending the Lone Star Grille and their level of noise. I live in the Blockhouse Creek neighborhood, and … more
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