One thing is for certain, in the world we live in today, we certainly have a lot to be worried about. How much time do we actually spend in worry? If we are honest with ourselves and we stop and think about it, most of us probably worry entirely too much.

Liam Neeson is an actor who surprises audiences time and time again. His latest film, “Cold Pursuit,” shows he’s found yet another way to reinvent himself, building on his already loyal following. 

Many wonderful comments have been made during the past week since Lesli Priebe, the legendary girls basketball coach at WHS, announced her retirement. The heartfelt words of recognition and appreciation for an extraordinary career have all been fitting and well deserved. I’d like to expound …

It was in the sixth grade of elementary school — that was the first time I remember living a some-what normal family and school life. 

This morning, in the guise of eating healthier in 2019, I reached into the cupboard for a bowl so I could whip up my plain yogurt and a banana. All my usual glass bowls were, unfortunately, in the dishwasher. Since I hadn’t yet consumed my morning quota of caffeine, I was unwilling and unabl…

Our school requires that Valentines be handmade. There are many obvious reasons for this request. It fosters creativity, it promotes ingenuity, it lesssens consumer waste (packaging) and should save money. Having said all that, I know not all is true. Some parents spend so much on supplies, …

Along with several others in the room, I had the opportunity last week to discuss what the school district needs most out of its next superintendent. The discussion included 25 or so residents of Waxahachie and was led by an employee of the search firm. Since I wasn’t here when previous supe…

God is faithful. That is one truth I can always stand on and trust in; God is faithful. He always tells the truth and no matter what I have going on in my life, He is right there with me, and never leaves my side.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood has long been associated with characters who had a lot of grit but cared for the people they fought to protect. As a director, Eastwood is known for his relatable characters who pull at the heartstrings but, in the end, are tragically flawed. 

Dennis Waitley in his book “Being the Best” reports the story of Reuben Gonzales, a leading racquetball player. Gonzales reached the final in his first ever professional tournament. Holding match point in the fifth and final game, he made an amazing “kill shot” into the front corner. The bal…

Mama Garrity was the primary caregiver to me and my brother Billy when we were wee small children. Our mom was a nurse who worked two shifts most of the time and our dad was a pilot who was far away during WWII – a war that we were too young to understand. 

Last week I was forced to buy a new refrigerator and only a couple of months before that I had to replace my car. I can only assume that I am entering the dawning or The-Days-of-Having-to-Purchase-High-Priced-Items. Is the moon in retrograde and descending onto Planet Poverty?

“And gradually, though no one remembers exactly how it happens, the unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

Friendships that last are built on both the good moments and the ones that can be painful to watch. I consider myself lucky to have several friends whom I can call at a moment notice for anything. They will be there to stand in the gap with me to face the storm upon the horizon. 

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

I was looking forward to 2019. I had plans, resolutions, promises to keep. I was going to be rid of the winter doldrums, the chronic cough and general malaise that had plagued and taunted me at the close of 2018. But, as the poet said, “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” (or …

We always go to school on Martin Luther King Jr. day. It is an opportunity to teach about the Civil Rights movement, leaders and do a small service project. When I give examples of injustice, they quickly understand. It is not fair if only brown-haired boys get recess; it is not fair if only…

The Bible tells us that, one day, all Christians will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. Don’t let that frighten you, because this particular judgment happens in heaven, which means you made it!

Although many years ago now, I recall vividly my role in a Charlie Brown play at my elementary school in a small Arkansas town. Nervous as a three-legged cat chased by a pack of dogs, I studied and studied and studied my line. Then I rehearsed it again and again. Yes, I had one line in a pla…

Opposite. Not the same. Being an English teacher, one might assume that I am about to give you a lesson in a particular part of speech. I am not.  

Mr. Blue sat at the table in the large dining hall at the nursing home along with his three new tablemates. They were all in wheelchairs. He was a new resident — a transferee from another town. It was like they had always been friends so they nicknamed him “Blue.”

Like a lot of folks, I’m wondering where 2018 went. As I drink my third cup of morning sentience, I’m trying to figure out exactly what I accomplished last year. I had resolved to get another book published by Christmas but that didn’t happen. And that got me thinking about other new year’s …

There is no question, our lives are full. We are all busy with work, church, family and friends; and at some point in there, we try to find the time to do a few personal things that we enjoy.

“Halloween,” “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” “A Quiet Place,” “The Nun” and “Escape Room.” That’s just a portion of the list of movies my sweet wife and I have seen in the past six months. Added to the list of Netflix horror movies we’ve also seen, this certifies us to be a type of crazy r…

Do you wonder if you are going through your days operating in God’s will? Many of us ask ourselves that question, I’m sure. Let me offer you a way to gain some certainty about that question.

I sat in front of the TV and observed Syria’s plight: the genocide of their people, including children of all ages, destroyed by gases and chemicals as the medics and laymen on the street tried to save their precious future. I wept, for I realized from my own experience, there is absolutely …

It wasn’t but a few weeks ago that an anonymous and somewhat bombastic letter-to-the-editor appeared in another newspaper in town. The letter, supposedly written by an angry mom who apparently thought going public with all sorts of accusations about happenings at Waxahachie High School would…

My closet clothes rack came loose from the wall, sending all my clothes into a tangled heap on the floor. It nearly put me over the edge! My life seems to be in a constant state of flux — if not chaos — with only two areas of organization — my sock and T-shirt drawers and my closet, where ev…

It was during the 1950s era — however, even today, those sweet memories of my teenage years still flow through my mind, like the aroma of home-baked bread. 

It is always interesting to me when parents allow counter culture or extremism teachings to be taught to their child but balk at the mainstream ones. 

There are 19 nursing homes within a 25-mile radius of one of the most beautiful county courthouses in our great country. The Ellis County Courthouse was built from architectural plans created by J. Riely Gordon. The building incorporates the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style origi…

As we barrel into another year likely to be wilder and crazier than the one to which we just said goodbye, there are a couple of folks I don’t want any of us to forget. Given society’s knack for unparalleled distractions from what truly matters, it’s easy to get lost in those distractions an…

It is the start of a new year. The older we all get, we come to realize that time goes by so fast.  Remember when you were growing up, how time just seemed to drag along so slowly?

Somewhere near a nursing home in … southern Louisiana there is a crisis brewing in the sky as some of the first hurricane winds approach New Orleans. It looks like the devil himself ripped apart the sky with an old sugarcane machete and continuous sheets of water are pounding against one of …

Flowering and foliage plants can make welcome gifts; however, taking proper care of them determines how long they remain attractive and enjoyable. 

My granddaughter, ReeAnn, asked for the new Waxahachie-opoly Game for Christmas and I was immediately reminded of my earlier version of the game. 

We are saying goodbye to another year soon and hello to a new start. A fresh calendar to mark up with schedules to keep and all those important things to do.  

This time of year, we all begin thinking about the new year and what changes we may want to make.  We all think to ourselves, “How can I make the new year the very best it can be?” We usually move on from there and just hope for the best.

Sundays have a different feel than the rest of the week. Weekdays have their own routine — the hassle of work and schedules, appointments and commitments. Sundays are slower.

In a school district, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a magical one. We have class parties, holiday performances, making gifts for loved ones, writing letters to Santa, and many more exciting activities dreamed up by our amazing teachers.

Not sure about you, but it’s hard to believe Christmas is only days away. I swear it was just June and I was moaning about how hot it was and that Bama football couldn’t get here quick enough. Despite everything telling us otherwise, I still don’t think we understand how fast and fragile lif…

It’s nighttime, you’re driving down a small road in a rural part of Texas, and a car is approaching with their bright headlights beaming in your face.  You flash your lights from dim to bright as a signal that you can’t see.  As you move closer to each other — you squint, blink, wink, and tr…