TEXAS LOVE LETTERS

AvatarIn March, Texas Monthly offered up a series of articles they tagged as “love letters” from Texans to their home state.  My favorites were the musings on childhood experiences in a state that has a wide variety of environs. Continue reading

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WRITERLY ADVICE

AvatarIn preparing to speak at a Writer’s Conference this past month, I was reminded of my own writing history and the wisdom I could share with others.  So I am relying on friends and followers to pass along this blog post to all the young or struggling writers you know, of every age. Continue reading

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FUTZING WITH FINANCIALS

AvatarA growing political and legal scandal is whether real estate developer (and now President) Donald Trump may have illegally altered his financial statements and whether that is a big deal.  For those of you who do not believe this is important or possible – or understand how it is done – let me share some insider knowledge. Continue reading

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MAN ON FIRE

AvatarPBS’ Independent Lens series of Indy short-films is among the best TV offerings available in terms of great theater and moving social commentary.  Making the rounds now is a film called Man on Fire, that captures the life and death of a Methodist minister named Charles Moore who died by fire through sacrificial self-immolation on June 23, 2014, in the little town of Grand Saline, Texas, population 3136.  Continue reading

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PROFESSOR LEGUIZAMO

AvatarJohn Leguizamo is a comedian and actor who has been entertaining people for years – and making them terribly uncomfortable about their hidden biases – all at the same time.  His “Latin History for Morons” is probably his masterpiece to date. Continue reading

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ODE TO MY SONS

AvatarLooking back, I am not certain whether any of my sons have fully understood how much I have loved them, still love them, always will.  When my middle son Terry died in December 2016, I came to understand how few years any of us have available to us to say the words and how limited our vocabulary. Continue reading

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EVOLUTION OF A CITY

AvatarThe change has been too slow to call it a revolution – this growth and maturation of Arlington, Texas, over the past 6 decades – but there is no doubt that my city has made huge advancements since I first drank from the water well in the middle of a city street. Continue reading

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