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Let go and let life

It feels like our crew has been battling sickness forever. We wash hands like crazy, take our vitamins, get sleep and still it seems like we just can’t seem to get a handle on these nasty winter … more

'Three Billboards' is a brilliant complexity

Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., it was incredibly hard to believe a film that had the state’s name in its title would be capable of holding its own in a best picture race in the Oscars. Nothing … more

Hazard mitigation funding for Harvey recovery becomes available

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Rockport and Houston on Feb. 13 to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of … more

Book review

The cover says it all: “Just as I was fired from a job I had coveted almost all my life, I learned about the murders. A man named Christian Longo, who was wanted for killing his wife and three … more

Governors urge congressional leaders to pass disaster aid funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and the governors of California, Puerto Rico and Florida on Jan. 24 asked U.S. House and Senate leaders to hurry up and pass supplemental disaster funding, and to send the … more

Quitting for the right reasons: 30 is the new 40

OK, time to come clean – I’m a big fat quitter. The last official day of my “40 days of yoga" challenge has come and gone, and let’s just say I didn’t graduate. When I signed up, I had … more

Murder by Family

Some of you might remember when the Whitaker family was shot in their own Sugar Land home after returning from dinner one night in December 2003. Mom Tricia and son Kevin were killed; father Kent … more

'Roots & Sky’ by Christie Purifoy

My family moved from little ol’ Crockett, Texas, to the big Aggieland city of College Station when I was 7 years old. I didn’t particularly like it there, and I didn’t have any friends since we … more


Just as the calm that often occurs as the eye of a hurricane passes overhead is misleading, don’t let the warmer weather since last week’s frigid temperatures make you think winter is over. … more

Get your homework done

“You have to do your homework before you can go outside and play.” I say this every single day to my 7-, 5-, and 3-year old (the 3-year-old doesn’t have homework, but wants to be included). … more

Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be redrawn. more

Book review: ‘Ghost Bully’ by Brian Corley

Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read this book yet, but the premise sounds pretty hilarious, and I can vouch for author Brian Corley, a friend of mine who, like me, grew up in College Station, … more

Don’t be a stranger

Recently, my 7-year-old was acting perfectly. He got ready for church, acted saintly during mass, said thank you without being prompted after doughnuts, unloaded the dishwasher when we arrived home, … more

And they called it puppy love …

Snuggling puppies is my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, a good baby nuzzle is 12 out of 10, but having a well-trained canine snuggle companion is plum hard to beat. My first puppy lover was … more

Care for others, get involved

As a school superintendent, it's hard to know what to say at times like these, when the nation is mourning the deaths of 17 children in Florida. It is tempting to want to reassure you that something … more

Capital Highlights: Legislation proposes to regulate access to restrooms, locker rooms

AUSTIN — Texas now has a “bathroom bill.” The Lone Star State has joined Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington as states where legislation has been … more

What in the normal?

The Lord did not bless me with children of my own, but I am real quick to steal them from my friends. I play favorites. There is, in fact, such a thing as an ugly baby, people. And by the way, … more

Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for … more

Hurricane Harvey: Destruction turns into hope

I first heard about “Harvey” when my brother sent me a text warning us that Houston was likely going to be hit with some heavy rain for the upcoming weekend – an estimated 15 to 20 inches.He … more

NFL’s brewing civil war

There are multiple problems facing the NFL right now from declining ratings, controversies surrounding players’ political actions and the seemingly unsolvable problem of concussions. However, none … more
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