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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
I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I usually scoff at the very concept of suddenly making a decision to change some aspect of one’s life, especially after a night … 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
The author of this story is unknown and has been told by many people throughout the years. The gentleman to whom I’m going to introduce was not a scrooge, but a kind, decent man and generous to his … more
On Friday, the Republican House of Representatives failed to fulfill its long held and oft repeated promise to repeal the flawed Affordable Care Act, widely known as ObamaCare. In 2016, voters … more
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
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