PBS’ 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
John 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
Looking 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
The 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
Others may prefer their witches and warlocks, their vampires and zombies, but I contend that the truly frightening Halloween stories are those that gain their power from the depravity of the worst of human behavior. Just take Ray Bradbury’s “The October Game.” Continue reading
Authors go about their work in different ways. My first novel (WRANGLE) was inspired by my uncle’s quarter horse ranch in Texas. My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers. My third novel (in progress) comes from my family’s Scots-Irish roots.
Driving around Arlington often triggers memories for me and when I happened upon the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School on Silo Road, the feelings were particularly tender because I remember the man. Continue reading