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Upon Finding Still Waters

Glen Campbell made the most of his decision three dozen years ago when he accepted Christ, was baptized and rose to walk in newness of life. He was led beside still waters, restored and ultimately able to cope with Alzheimer’s. He dealt with life’s final storm on even terms during most of his last six […]

New Reality

Often times, when you experience the loss of a significant loved one, you feel as though you are dreaming, and that you might suddenly wake up to find that all is well. This past week, I have had two clients tell me that the passing of their loved one did not feel real to them. […]

Students praise race-relations

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week revealed to us the destructive forces of racism. Countering it in the streets will not prevent it, and certainly opposing it with violence only guarantees more of the same. As long as man is mortal, the destructive sin that it is will be with us. While it […]

Covering Loss

  I tell my son I love him much more often now. As a dad I know it’s something I should have been doing all along. But, four years ago I was on the receiving end of something that I do not wish upon anyone – I lost my mother, grandmother and a nephew in […]

More fake news

Journalism is not PR. In today’s age of media outlets and the relationships with the communities in which they serve, due to President Donald Trump waging on all-out war on any media that runs opposed to his viewpoints on any level, the idea of “fake news,” “agenda bias,” or any other hot-button word has become […]

Trump presidency a badly scripted TV show

As reality TV programs go, the Trump administration is a badly scripted muddle. How much longer will loyal viewers stick around? Just the other day, the president reached out to the influential Imaginary-American community. He dashed out a tweet thanking one Nicole Mincey, supposedly a conservative black woman enthusiastically posting praise of Trump himself. Except, […]

Healthcare crisis past the tipping point in Texas

There is little doubt we are past the point of a healthcare crisis in Texas. Even though the percentage of Americans without health insurance hit an all time low in 2016 there is a substantial variance in the uninsured rate between states. The drop came mostly in the form of the impact from the Affordable […]

The Worst Algebra Class Ever

In high school, algebra was a tough class for me. I spent half the year lost in numbers and equations that made absolute nonsense in my brain. Fortunately for me, I had an algebra teacher who was dedicated to her students. One day in class, as she was explaining yet again, how the numbers and […]

Hello to you, one year later

One year ago August 1, my U-Haul rolled into Ennis, into my driveway, and I stepped into an uncertain future. “Gosh, it’s hot,” I remember thinking, before unloading 26 feet worth of furniture, clothes and other various odd and ends that I knew were destined for the closet. A lot has changed in a year, […]

A different perspective on Korea

“Please, don’t tell me more.” It’s become a common plea from people choosing to disengage from the seemingly constant car crash that is our politics and culture. Apparently, presidential tweets about war and jokes about mushroom clouds and North Korean Pokemon armies aren’t their cup of tea. Imagine that. When Fr. Gerard Hammond thinks of […]

Some folks feed on opposition

Have you ever walked into a conversation and gotten the impression the group likely had likely been speaking of the devil… and they believe you’re diablo? American President Donald Trump knows the feeling all too well. Ever since he won the election over Hillary Clinton, whom liberals and the mainstream media had already measured for […]

Don’t Let The Car Fool You, My Treasure Lies Elsewhere

The odometer on my car just hit 122,000 miles. This number isn’t anything special, but it’s probably relatable to some of us. It was used when I first got it (8,000) and when I get a car I generally drive the wheels off it. I don’t lease, because leasing doesn’t make sense or fit my […]

Photojournalists are mysterious creatures

We keep irregular hours and eat a lot of our meals from the comfort of our vehicles. Over the years, and after many assignments, it’s not unusual for people to approach me. It’s generally at high school sporting events, like football games, basketball or soccer games. People will ask, what kind of camera I use, […]

Look, Up in the Sky!…

If you were driving recently in picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, don’t think the high elevation was getting to you, hallucination had begun or that your eyes were in trick mode. Pshaw, it really may have been a 103-year-old man zooming down the zipline. More specifically, it may have been Elvin Howell from the Carillon LifeCare […]

How to Talk to Parents about Pre-Planning

I am a licensed funeral director/embalmer in two states, I own a funeral home, AND I am a licensed Greif Counselor; oddly enough, I cannot get my father to talk to me about his preferences for funeral arrangements. As odd as it may seem, I cannot get my father to talk to me about his […]

The work just never ends

I just saw an ad for something that promised to make my everyday chores easier and faster. I wish they’d hurry up and start making things easier. Life is tough enough, without having to deal with everyday problems. Today, once again, my robot vacuum missed a spot. I had to tell my smartphone to yell […]

A Home for Ne’er- Do-Wells

In Geary, Oklahoma, a town of twelve hundred souls, we had more than our share of entertainment usinesses, including a theater with a balcony (previously designated for segregating black folk), which during my time, became a teenage “makeout” section. We had a hall, a meeting place, used for Friday night dances for the young and […]

Best day of school, The first

Back to School” brings different meanings to students, parents and teachers. To some kids the end of summer is all too scary, while to others it means new clothes and getting to see friends again after three months in exile. It’s a big positive for some because it gets them out of depressing home settings […]

The Wacky World of Family

This past week I had the opportunity to travel with my mom and sister to visit my son, his wife and their three sons in Savannah, Georgia. It was wonderful, therapeutic and was over too quickly. Matthew Dallas (33) is a great father and provider to his boys, each as different as mustard and custard. […]

Knights To The Rescue

ST. LOUIS — Maybe it was the Iraqi-born bishop praying the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke. Maybe it was being in the same venue here where Pope John Paul II spoke in 1999. Maybe it was my whining about multiple silly inconveniences and humiliations earlier in the day. Maybe it was […]

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