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From “Duck and Cover” How I Learned to Live Life in The Fetal Position

Mid-20th century, when I was in elementary school (the 1960s, to be exact), we did not have school shootings, with students killing one another. Our main fear, in those days, was atomic war, when the Russians would drop the bomb, … Continue reading

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Barbara Bush – A First Lady of First Ladies 🌹

I always admired Barbara Bush. In another lifetime (June 1990), I wrote this newspaper column about her. Sharing it now with apologies to the late Nancy Reagan, for whom I developed a fondness in her later years. 🌹

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Don’t Be Shocked – It’s Not Just About the Lights

In the old days (read “when I was a child”), most people called the electric bill their “light bill.” Because, lights were pretty much the primary leeches of that magic current flowing into the house. Even the logo for the … Continue reading

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First Day of School: Annual Tradition; Rite of Passage, and Universal Theme

As another school year begins, I reflect back a few decades ago, when I wrote a regular newspaper column in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The 1988 school year saw my youngest child start kindergarten and my niece go away to … Continue reading

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Find the Right Reference Point (Or how I learned to communicate with Generation Y)

Mother’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with my son and his gf (that’s hip for “girlfriend” – how cool am I!). Somehow, we got on the subject of Bruce Willis’ fame. I immediately referenced Moonlighting.  Despite it’s … Continue reading

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Valentines – Giving from the heart

A commentary from my past life as a newspaper columnist – published February 13, 1991 in the Garland Daily News (Garland, TX) Now, for the proverbial “call to action:” If you liked this piece, please click “Like,” leave a comment, … Continue reading

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Death of the American Dream 

Like a book not read, Like a song not sung, Like a prayer unsaid  Or an unknown tongue, The American Dream, one of faith and trust, Is growing old and gathering dust. A yellowed page in a history book, The … Continue reading

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