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On my first trip to India, I visited a remote village outside of Allahabad. There I met a school principal who showed me his “school.” I use the term “school,” because in reality it was nothing more than an abandoned rectangular horse barn with four stalls. Most of the roof was gone and portions of the walls were crumbling down. Despite sitting on dirt floors and sharing books, the students were excited to learn. more
Over the past two years, extremists have been working to ban books in Katy ISD. Many of them don’t even have children who attend Katy ISD schools. Now some of them are running for seats on our school board. more
As Texans, we celebrate unique holidays that pay tribute to the extraordinary history of our state and the courageous individuals who shaped it. There’s Texas Independence Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Emancipation Day, and San Jacinto Day, which we’ll celebrate on Friday, April 21. more
Folks, “last one in is a rotten egg” applies to more than swimming pools. more
Tax returns were due April 18 and many Americans are surely stressed out as they scramble to get their financial records in order. more
Having two of my semi-grown daughters in college simultaneously has truly been an adventurous journey for our family—the kind where you enjoy amazing new experiences, but your expensive designer luggage gets stolen and you have to request an extra air-sickness bag. more
I will qualify for Medicare coverage in five years and, much to my surprise, I can’t wait to get government health coverage—because my current coverage is pricey. more
The sun is shining today and Spring is upon us. more
Right now, the land echoes with songs such as “Power in the Blood” and “Because He Lives,” but past performance assures me that the ditty waiting in the wings is (apologies to Alice Cooper) “God’s Out for Summer.” more
When it comes to a health scare, many of us like to think in the form of the question, "is it treatable, or is it preventable?"  more
Katy has experienced significant population growth over the last several years. According to the Katy Economic Development Council, Katy grew from 242,500 to 337,800 households from 2010-12—nearly a 40% increase. more
When my three semi-grown daughters were young (and since I work in the lucrative world of public education), we’d spend our spring break holidays riding bikes to the park, making dad-sized pillow forts in the living room, and raiding the gift shop at the zoo. more
At Texas 2036, we took March 2—Texas Independence Day—to celebrate the 30 million Texans going about their daily lives, contributing in ways large and small to the ongoing miracle known as Texas. more
Everyone should do it at least once in their life. more
Every year, Texas loses nearly 250,000 acres of land to development. Rural working lands that make up the wide-open spaces definitive of the Texas character are evaporating at an alarming rate. more
I dreaded the coming of Sunday, March 12. more
Along with identifying as “Swifties,” ignoring the reported Chinese threat of bad dancing posed by TikTok, and pretending that plant-based meat is actually edible, many young people in America are engaging in another fascinating trend—not driving. more
I’m heartbroken that cartoonist Scott Adams recently self-destructed—but hold the presses! This big, beautiful world still has plenty of comic strips to tickle our funny bones. more
It’s at once amazing and troublesome. more
Among coastal states Texas is unique. The 1959 Texas Open Beaches Act, as well as time-honored common law and tradition in existence since long before 1959, provides that Texas beaches are open to the public. In 2009, Texans voted by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin to enshrine the Open Beaches Act into the Texas Constitution. more
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