There have been a few moments in recent weeks when the new reality of the coronavirus epidemic hit me in special ways. One of them was when Amazon put books on the bottom of its priority list. Bookish type that I am, that is what Amazon is for me: books. And I’ve rediscovered the bookstores …

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On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON — When the deadly coronavirus swept across Asia and Europe and then struck the U.S. with a vengeance, it was very clear to sickened Americans that this was for real.

PHOENIX — Felecia Rotellini’s father, who is 104, was incensed when his family took away his car keys two years ago. He was born in a Wyoming company town that no longer exists because the coal company that owned the town is long gone. The town of Cambria, and elsewhere in Wyoming, had many …

Welcome to my two-column series on the difference between “a nice guy” and a good man. It is a very important distinction that many men and women do not understand or appreciate. Perhaps, if you are one them, you will find value in what I am sharing with you and apply it. If you are not and …

In light of the concerns over the coronavirus, terms like “social distancing” and avoidance of social gatherings make it necessary that we in the church need to remind ourselves of the reason God made us. The stress of suspending Sunday Worship or making provisions for some form of alternate…

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing many communities to close schools and child daycare centers out of the concern for caution, parents and other caregivers have been left looking for ways to keep kids occupied and continuing their education while at home. For many families, this can creat…

What William McKinley was to the front-porch campaign, Joe Biden is to the basement campaign. 

It’s a challenge my 106-year-old Uncle Mort hasn’t faced — not ever — and the same is true for the rest of us.

The older we get, the more we realize how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating our county’s century mark and then it was the nation’s bicentennial. Just a few months ago, it was the 150th anniversary of Weatherford College.

When I was a boy growing up in East Dallas, I got my haircuts at the Skillman Barbershop. There was a shoe shine man there named Willie who was also a preacher on Sundays. When he wasn’t shining shoes or sweeping up hair, he was studying his Bible. He wore a white cotton jacket and on each l…

The COVID-19 pandemic is altering many dimensions of our national life: economic, social, political. But it cannot be allowed to infect the health of our democracy or weaken the ability of every American to cast a ballot in November.

Give Joe Biden some credit. On Jan. 27, he published an op-ed in USA Today recognizing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a big problem. But he devoted nearly the entire piece to bashing President Trump — who was then fighting off impeachment from Biden’s old Democratic colleagues on…

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice. 

There are many sorrows of this time of coronavirus, and one of them is political. On the first Tuesday we were really truly grappling with the pandemic as a country, one of our national leaders in defense of innocent human life lost his primary race. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois is pretty m…

San Francisco and six Bay Area counties, with a combined population of nearly 7 million, are under “shelter-in-place” orders directing everyone to basically stay inside their homes for the next three weeks in hopes of suppressing the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the region.

At the beginning of April, all Americans will be asked to participate in a special event that takes places once every ten years: the census. The nation will be examining and tabulating the sizes and conditions of each American household as it existed on April 1. Questions will be asked about…

Hello readers. It has been a while since my last column. I would like to take a minute to explain. Without boring you with the details, I have been dealing with a significant health challenge. Thankfully, the worst has passed and I should be “solid.” I thank the good Lord for his healing, pr…

There is no “if” necessary! By definition, God is in charge! If there was any circumstance over which God was not sovereign, then He would not be God. There are times when circumstances challenge the truth of God’s sovereignty, like the recent panic over a virus. But make no mistake, God is …

Colleges across the country are hubs of innovation and economic development. Through workforce development, colleges provide citizens with marketable skill sets, employers with highly qualified labor pools, and taxpayers with relief from the financial burden of social services. The local eco…

Stress management isn’t a quick fix you use only in emergencies like the coronavirus epidemic. Rather, it’s a set of tools you can use to deal with the big and little issues that arise every day. It’s a good idea to keep your “toolbox” ready to add a few new techniques to your collection fro…

We used to worry about a country where people were bowling alone. Now we have ample reason to worry about going bowling at all.

It’s an indisputable fact that the Democratic Party has moved left in recent years. Now, the party is about to choose a standard bearer in the person of former Vice President Joe Biden, and what has become clear is that Biden has not only shifted left with his party over the years, he has ta…

“You know what people are missing as they hoard toilet paper and hand sanitizer? They are missing that our lives are gifts. We are blessed to ever be here in the first place. Everything we have in life is a blessing. Our families. Our homes. Our jobs. You may think you earned it all, but non…

Ironically, when I opened my computer’s mailbox Wednesday morning, the lead story from “This Day In History” featured the first reported cases in the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918:

There was “people-watching” at its best recently when Texans gathered at polling places to exercise their voting preferences in primary elections. Yep, it was a foretaste of the “Big One” in November.

As a saloonkeeper, he was called his own best customer. He ran afoul of the law more often than many of the men before his own court. Like so many of the early law figures of the frontier who lived on the edge of the law themselves, Judge Roy Bean became a legendary figure in the West.

In my counseling practice working with women, I often see new moms who are struggling with postpartum depression (PPD). I love working with these new moms and helping them find hope in a difficult time of adjustment to parenthood, especially since I struggled with PPD myself. Many moms strug…

The invention of the automobile in the last century has proved to be a real game changer. America and the world went from people traveling no more than about 10 miles from their homes to going almost anywhere.

Some Christian leaders declare that there is a hunger for the gospel as though it was an undeniable fact. As a result, many Christians stand firmly on the idea that the world is longing to hear the gospel. After all, why wouldn’t people be hungry for God’s good news?

One of Joe Biden’s strongest political assets turns 87 this week, and has survived numerous health scares. Her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she’s been a liberal stalwart on the Supreme Court for more than 26 years, and whoever wins in November will almost certainly get to name her successor.

Joe Biden was sworn into the United States Senate on Jan. 3, 1973. He remained in the Senate until Jan. 15, 2009 — a span of 36 years. If history is any guide, that alone is a disqualifier in Biden’s quest for the White House.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The primary in this battleground state that has provided a vital margin in two of the five elections this century is a little more than a week away, and already voters here are confronting a new political reality.

Typically, when you walk into a Catholic Church there is a font for holy water. It’s a sacramental, sacred sign meant to remind us of baptism. But one recent weekday, I dipped my hand into a familiar font in a prominent church in our nation’s capital before morning Mass, and encountered it e…