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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
In my last column, I shared some experiences I had on a business trip and my first-ever visit to New Orleans, LA, particularly the French Quarter, where I took in historical sites like the Blacksmith … 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
In our family, we’ve always tried to focus on the fun, lighthearted aspects of Halloween.  Imagine Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin (which always makes me cry a little), or Winnie the Pooh … more
Once a year, or so, I feel an uncanny need to atone for my sins against our household budget by holding a garage sale. When our home begins to look like it should be featured on the season finale of … 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
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
Bring a friend and join the fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at … 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
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