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Recently, I had the opportunity to take a grant-funded trip to an educator’s conference in San Francisco, California. Usually when I attend a teacher’s conference, I’m lucky if I make it to a … more
“Stats are for losers.” Everybody from Vince Lombardi to Wilt Chamberlain, Paul “Bear” Bryant to Scotty Bowman, and Dizzy Dean to Yogi Berra is rumored to have made that quote. New England … 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
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
In reference to a recent story about the need to replace the bushes currently used to welcome everyone to KILGORE, I would like to offer another option, besides colored rocks. Rocks are pretty, and … more
For reasons likely to remain obscure, October 30 is Checklist Day. But while the origins of this observance may be a mystery, the value of checklists is clear: They help us organize our time and … more
It’s a perfectly logical thing to do: You need an answer to a grammar question, so you fire off an email to your friendly neighborhood grammar columnist. After all, you may not have anywhere else … more
In this section, we talk about touchdowns and home runs, rebounds and holes-in-one – in short, we talk wins and losses. Today, we’re going to talk about the ultimate battle, one waged not on … more
Everyone wants peace. Peace in our homes; peace between nations; peace in the Middle East; and even peace in our hearts. But what is this peace that we universally long for? Is it just a feeling of … more
[Editor’s Note: This is the third part in a series chronicling the writer’s voyage with friend Casey Williams.] The trouble with talking to a sailor is that sometimes what they say to … more
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