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Rain! Rain! Rain! We are so grateful for the rain and we will be even more grateful in August. The rain did cause the postponement of the mini flea market on Brazos Street, but it was held this weekend. There is still time to stop by today (Saturday is the last day).

James Pinckney Henderson may not have been one of the most famous of early Texas figures, but his actions were perhaps some of the most important. As a lawyer, diplomat, and the state’s first governor, he helped build strong foundations for the future of Texas.

What happened to our culture? Why is reality ignored? Where are those who are able to think critically about issues without being offended? When did mainstream culture call moral relativity and believing that there are no absolutes virtuous? When did we begin to revere those who call evil go…

Folks who may have spent too much time in the environs of hog farms perhaps came by the odor honestly, simply a result of growing up years.

Sheet pan meals are great solutions for an easy dinner for those on a busy schedule. These meals often contain a protein source for the main dish and two vegetables for sides, cooked together on a single sheet pan in the oven. Cooking multiple menu items in one pan appeals to those looking f…

When a baby is first born, one of the great joys of parents and grandparents is taking photographs of the new arrival. However, 12 years ago, when my first grandchild, “Maddy,” was born in Odessa, we had little opportunity to use our cameras. For the first two weeks of her life she was in th…

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

In my first article I was remembering the thriving farm community, Dennis, Texas, where I was born and where many of my family also lived — the A. H. Bunch family, my mother’s family, and the Quillie Young family, my father’s family. 

When Carole complains about my lack of punctuality, I sometimes tell her that the Carter men have a long history of tardiness. Around this time of year, I point (tongue-in-cheek) to my great-great grandfather’s late arrival at the Battle of San Jacinto.

April is National Volunteer Month. Even through the pandemic millions of Americans gave their time and service helping others. These volunteers spent hours in many places, handing out food, checking on older adults, preparing meals and volunteering in many other ways. They are the everyday h…

There are a handful of college coaches in this land whose names are interchangeable with the colleges they served during their entire careers.

Many educators and parents may not realize the connection between world oil prices and local education funding, but new research connects world oil prices with Texas public school funding, and it shows clearly that billions of dollars K-12 schools rely upon to educate students could be at ri…

This legislative session began quietly in January, during the state’s worst peak of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus. With just six weeks left of the 140-day regular session, and the pandemic down to a pre-surge level, the pace is quickening.

The price of houses, automobiles and the general necessities of life continues to rise. Inflationary pressures are compounded by the growth of our area and the associated competition for existing resources. Employers are having to raise wages in order to attract and retain the best and brigh…

If there’s anything this week’s news of an Aledo ISD racial harassment incident has shown, racism isn’t just a big-city problem — and it never has been.

The Texas Rangers in its long history in the state has produced legendary figures in its quest to uphold the law and keep Texans safe. Captain William Jesse McDonald was one of many examples. McDonald’s life had led him to serve at different times as a school teacher, shopkeeper, rancher, an…

“I’m gonna snatch you baldheaded” was an idle threat made by my saintly mother throughout my youth and beyond. She never did such snatching literally, but this was her expression of choice when she was truly ticked off.

“Do you want to be a boy?” Keira Bell says that’s a question her mother asked her when she was 14. She had been a tomboy in her youth, from a broken home. When she hit puberty, she suffered, as many a girl does, with the changes and the monthly physical pain. And when the question of her gen…

The Bible is the breathed-out word of God. God has revealed what he wants us to know about him and his plan of redemption. God has told us that all men are creatures. He is the Creator. The Bible reveals his only Son, Jesus, through whom we know God personally. This unique and precious book …

Fredrick Buechner tells of hearing a Lenten sermon about Simon Peter’s infamous denial of Jesus just before the crucifixion. Three times Peter insisted vehemently, “I do not know the man!” In a deeper sense, the minister said, it was true that he was still a stranger to the one that he had h…

Now more than ever, our mental health has been tested by the elevated stress we’re feeling from our new normal. Not only is there an increased concern for our physical health during this time but a heightened focus on our mental health as well. The most common ways to cope are by utilizing r…

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is mad at Major League Baseball and a whole lot of other people because they don’t like Georgia’s latest election integrity scheme. So, he took his baseball home and pouted.

They are to be commended — the “big box” store planners — for the many “edges” they’ve honed to make it to the ladder’s top for in-store shopping.

Hunger and malnutrition have haunted the world for ages. Some great spirits across the centuries spent their lives fighting this scourge and helping others. One such man, Mickey Leland, a Houston congressman, dedicated his career to alleviating hunger and poverty. In 1989, the congressman di…

The last word spoken by the Lord Jesus from the cross was “tetelestai.” This Greek verb was recorded by the Apostle John in the perfect tense. The literal translation is “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Jesus made a declaration of something accomplished that would have ongoing implications. He…

Accidents happen. People make wrong turns. Sometimes these end badly, sometimes not. One supposed wrong turn became part of an aviation legend. And with it, Texas native Douglas Corrigan became known for one of the most bizarre feats in aviation history — the transatlantic flight that went t…

It’s an expression tossed about regularly; calling it “trite” would be an understatement for the proverb originating in 12th century Germany that is still valid today.

April is Stress Awareness Month. This purpose is to shed light on the increase of chronic stress and to provide resources to lessen the effects of stress on our health. Stress normally occurs in our lives, such as giving a presentation in front of people, planning a wedding or dealing with t…

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