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During the Christmas season each year, my family takes a traditional road trip to Santa Land in the East Texas city of Lindale. Santa Land is one of those spectacular drive-through Christmas lights … more
Several years ago, my family was presented with a gift that, since then, has become a national Christmas holiday phenomenon, namely, The Elf on the Shelf. When I first saw it, I had the same reaction … more
This year, my wife and I made a surprise trip to New England so that I could accept an award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Manchester, NH. I suspected that the prize would … more
I don’t like to complain about typos. Mistakes happen. Even the best writers and editors can let them slip by. And lord knows I’ve made my share.  Nor do I like to point to typos and say, … more
I ran for Tarrant County Judge in 2006 on a platform of traditional conservative principles: local control, public safety and more personal freedom. For the past 10 years, I have watched Austin … more
For over 47 years, I had managed to resist the temptation to visit New Orleans, LA, specifically the legendary French Quarter. In fact, I felt an odd sense of pride in this accomplishment, like … more
The semicolon and I got off to a bad start. I was an insecure teenager sitting in typing class wondering why this obnoxious little punctuation mark deserved one of just eight coveted spots under my … more
It’s time for another installment in the series “I don’t like to pick on mistakes in published writing, but look at this mistake I found in published writing,” in which my disclaimer is … more
Once every few decades, East Texas experiences a brief taste of early autumn weather. All East Texans know, though, that these few crisp days are simply a prank by Mother Nature, who’s hiding … more
When I was a kid, I had a pony. I don’t mention that a lot. People get the wrong impression: pampered rich girl prancing around a snooty stable on an English saddle. Not even close. My … more
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