“Staggering friendliness.” That’s how one reporter described his encounter with People of Praise, the apostolic community that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her family belong to. I’ve always heard wonderful things about Barrett, knowing more than a few people who teach or have …

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Starting last April, for some mysterious reason, I began receiving emails from President Trump’s reelection campaign. I’ve gotten a barrage of more than 1,100 of them so far in less than six months. All of these involve some kind of request for money and many offer up spiffy Trump merchandis…

“I commit to do what I is right.” This is a commitment that all should make, especially those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We often shade that commitment by revising it. We equate, “I commit to do what I think is right” for committing to do what is right! It is a sign o…

Texas has had seven attorneys general in the last five decades. Two became governors, one became chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, another became a U.S. senator and the other three got into the kind of legal trouble that can stop a political career dead in its tracks.

Pumpkins, squashes and gourds are some of the fun, edible and ornamental fruits of the fall. They have been grown in North America for thousands of years. Native Americans ate pumpkins roasted, boiled and stewed, and they roasted the seeds for food as well. Most pumpkins are now used for jac…

Historical Parker County is quickly disappearing in order to accommodate urban flight from larger metropolitan areas. More homes are slated to be razed and pastures paved over as our ever-disappearing scenic county barters historically recognized structures and their accompanying property in…

Mike Wilson, editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015, has resigned the position, and the almost six-year tenure probably has seemed much longer.

Persistence makes all the difference, whether in history or science. And it is that persistence that can change the world, in ways both large and subtle. The work of engineer Otis Boykin helped facilitate a revolution in electronics, from the pacemaker to guided missiles.

He was called “Dandy Don” by millions of sports fans across the country. Aside from a brilliant career in football, Don Meredith was known for his easy humor and love of life and easily one of the most colorful NFL players and broadcasters in memory.

Beto O’Rourke’s run at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz two years ago doesn’t get the credit it’s due for upending the financial model for a statewide federal race in a big state like Texas.

At the time of year when parents, children and teachers were committing to take on a new school year, our son-in-law Bryan Choate and our grandchildren Ben, 19, and Brittin, 16, were dealing with the sudden death of Julie (Mrs. Bryan) Choate.

In October, celebrate Child Health Awareness Month by becoming more aware of children’s health issues and evidence-based strategies to prevent them. These issues are preventable by educating and instilling healthy habits at an early age.

“None of us knows what we are capable of until we are tested,” Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell once said, as she reflected on her long career. To be the first in a male-dominated field in a time when women had few rights led her to be tested many times. Because of her determination, Blackwell became…

For the last 38 years, one week per year has been set aside as a reminder of our right to read, especially if it’s something someone else doesn’t want you to see.

What’s so important about praise? It is necessary to define praise; to identify the object of praise; and to enable deep and critical thought of praise and worship. Look around our great city. We are blessed with an extraordinary number of churches. I suggest that the reason is that we are b…

Several months ago, my son-in-law’s mother died unexpectedly. She was 92, still active, and had lived in the same house for more than 20 years. My daughter Kristen, Rob, and his brother Butch have had the daunting task of cleaning out her house so that it can be sold. What to give away, to t…

The Trump flag flying atop the railroad crossing pole this week was quickly removed! It caught my attention and the attention of a few others, who noted “only in a small town” would you see such. I hear there will soon be a Trump scarecrow making a debut on FM113.

American Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, “Pessimism never won any battle.” We live in a divided world filled with negative voices and cynicism. The sustained pessimism can infect both our collective and individual thinking unless we stand prepared to identify and eradicate. Neg…

The early twentieth century was a major turning point for medicine. New treatments and new vaccines were becoming available. New understandings of how disease spread and how the human body worked were being uncovered. And it was starting to become easier to spread this information to the gen…

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, families and youth struggled to find time in their busy schedules to be outside. Coined by Richard Louv, “nature deficit disorder” is a non-medical term used to describe the disconnect more and more humans are experiencing with nature. Hunter-gatherer and a…

For years, millions of Texans have known, through difficult personal experience, that health care in Texas has challenges. Over the last six COVID-scarred months, those issues have hit home for millions more.

Education of the young is one of the greatest tools a society has for ensuring the prosperity of future generations. Research conducted by Nobel laureate James Heckman has shown that “every dollar spent on high-quality, birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% per ann…

It quickly became the perfect storm, powerful enough to make strong men cry. The same goes for strong women, too, but Kim Peacock, president of GNS Foods in Arlington, is doing her best to keep her family-owned specialty premium nut company afloat despite “blows to the bow” that might cause …

The psalmist asked himself a question that many have asked. He received God’s answer. His question was, “Why am I depressed?” God’s answer was because he had no hope! Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise h…

These are tense times we’re living in -- so much going on, so many issues, and at times, it seems we are more divided than ever.

Eating meals, beverages and snacks with fewer sources of added sugar can result in less obesity, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer in adults. There is also evidence that consuming less sugars can be linked to less dental problems such as cavities.

Sometimes noticing the smallest detail can make the biggest difference. This is true not only in everyday life but in science as well. Dr. Virginia Apgar developed a system of noticing the smallest details into a life-saving tool for newborns, a test that has saved countless lives.