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Stereotypes of Texans had swirled in the back of my mind for the longest time. I never confronted them. I never had to. I can’t recall ever meeting a Texan until last weekend. Now that I have . . . more
As you read this, you may be reflecting on the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. This is the most somber of days, on which we recall how our world was shattered that warm September morning. more
We can almost hear the crisp curling of burning pages in President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. His people aren’t burning books yet, but it could happen. When authoritarian leaders consolidate power, they always kill ideas first. more
Dear Colleagues: In the weeks and months following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year . . . more
A half century ago, as President Richard Nixon sought to end the Vietnam war, he propounded a “madman theory” . . . more
Age has its privileges. The big kids are off to college, the little ones are back in school, parents are kick-starting weekday routines, everyone has the back-to-business jitters, and me? I’m hanging at the beach. more
I will have been sober for exactly 32 years this week. It’s a joyful anniversary, one that I’m sharing only to inspire others who may need to quit drinking but don’t think they can. more
The long, hot summer is just about over, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to avoid the daily barrage of political stories. Every time President Trump issues one of his tweets, the media calls it “breaking news,” even though . . . more
Personally, if I were buying a country, I’d go for Greece. President Trump made a bid for Greenland two weeks ago . . . more
The black bear suddenly appeared as if it were an apparition. It was tugging on a rope that suspended our duffle bag full of food high in a tree, a good distance from our lean-to. All at once the line snapped . . . more
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