Historically, the right to trial by jury not only ensured a criminally accused person or civil litigant that their peers, not the state, would decide their fate; the right to trial by jury equally protected the people’s right to judge. With respect to federal jurisdiction, since the jury was…

Cloak and dagger films have always been a favorite of mine because you never know what will happen from minute to minute. Their mystery and intrigue always draw me into the story, but that can’t be said for the new Tom Clancy film, “Without Remorse.”

Mother’s Day is a happy time in which we pause and give thanks to the one person that has truly made a difference in our lives. Moms help mold and shape us to become who we are. Mothers are the heartbeat of the home and the one responsible for making the place we live feel like home. Nothing…

I am writing about something I have actual experience in. I met my husband after he was in the Navy for three years. Rick went into the Naval Reserves for 30 years. You would think it being the Reserves that you don’t really know that much. I can tell you that my father-in-law was retired Na…

Question: I saw where Railyard Park recently flooded. Was this expected to happen?

I recall the excitement when my folks would send me, on my bicycle, to the Gary post office on the town square, about 200 yards from the parsonage where we lived, to retrieve the mail.

It has been a long time since I was a teenager. OK, I will admit it has been a long time since I had teenagers. This does not mean I don’t value the voice of our teens. In fact, this audience is vital to our research on improving 9-1-1 in an innovative manner. I must really stretch and think…

I can readily cite three references to Hollywood’s philosophy of the heart of man. In “Home Alone 2” (1992), the bag lady told Kevan when he was about to embark on a decision, “Just follow the star in your heart.”

Swimsuit season is upon us and I’m in no shape – literally – to wear swim togs. While the rest of the world seems to be about summer fitness, a year and 25 pounds that I blame on Covid hibernation have rendered me totally unfit.

From an interview done in the late 1970s with Mrs. Mary Marchman, librarian of the Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie, who discussed the role of the library to those people who are interested in the Ellis County history.

The pandemic has finally gotten to me! I have worked so many jig saw puzzles that I now cut my food in “puzzle” pieces before I eat it. I have read so much that my eyes automatically turn pages. Now I’ve got to make a change or else. Most would expect me to read more Milton, Shakespeare, Mut…

No matter who you are or where you were born, there is one thing about all of us that is the same: We were all created by God in His image. There is something else I have noticed: Everyone seems to be searching for the same thing – peace.

As promised last week, today I’d like to share with you specific changes soon to be implemented at the Sun. My hope is that by now you know just how much we care about and value being the primary source of information in Waxahachie. Long before we opened our doors on Aug. 1, 2018, we began d…

Today’s column has been my most challenging one to write. I recently came across an interesting word that describes a philosophy for dealing with the pain that accompanies grief, and I want to share it with you.

I’m relaxing today, enjoying the third – or maybe fourth – cup of my caffeine wake-me-up. The sun shines, wind is calm, and Ori, (you remember him, my cat with the impeccable taste for green tomatoes) sits in the window. He flicks his tail back and forth like one of those cat clocks with pen…

Have you ever heard a person reminisce about their childhood of summer play, saying their moms told them, “Go outside and play – and don’t come back in until the streetlights come on?”

A short drive down Highway 77 leaves no doubt that our community is growing. Waxahachie expects to add up to 1,500 new residential units annually for the next three to five years. On average, 1,000 new homes equal enough students to fill an elementary school, which means an obvious need for …

Almost since Gutenberg invented moveable type people have been trying to come up with a machine to do the typesetting. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that a reasonable machine was developed and produced in quantity with 2,000 being manufactured.

Growing up, each time that I went to the grocery store for the weekly shopping trip I was always lured by the arcade cabinets at the front entrance. Titles like “Metal Slug,” “Pac-Man,” and “Mortal Kombat” always drew my attention. With quarters in hand, I made most of the hour I was given w…

Over the years there are some core truths I have come to embrace. Peanut butter and jelly are a great sandwich combination, always select heads during a coin toss and never make Liam Neeson mad in an action movie because you will soon be in a world of pain. And Neeson brings the pain in the …

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”        - Socrates

This week I learned that a good friend of mine is fighting one of the biggest battles of his life. Why is it that life seems to throw us one bad thing after another? I don’t know the answer, but it sure seems to be true, doesn’t it? I once heard a teacher say that as you walk down life’s pat…

Brandon Stevens was driving home from his office late one night. It had been a long day full of meetings. He anticipated arriving home, enjoying some much-needed peace.

Given the profound importance of knowing as much as possible when it comes to political candidates and voting, the Waxahachie Sun has made a commitment to increase its efforts to that end.

I’ve often used this space over the years to emphasize the importance of local elections in our lives. Yes, state and national politicians elected to do the job we expect of them matter. These folks have the wherewithal to influence a variety of issues that can make life better or worse. As …

There is a saying in Texas: all hat and no cattle. It describes a city slicker’s concept that all you need to do is ride a horse, get cattle to the barnyard and have a straw of wheat between your teeth to be a cowboy.

One of the first new concepts I ran across as a widower was the idea of “self-care.” I initially thought it was a very self-centered term that had little to do with a widower about to be Medicare-eligible. Guess what? I learned something new.

Some films leave a lasting impact on a person’s life because of the honesty, conviction, and truth that come across in their words. I had that feeling as I was watching Chadwick Boseman’s last film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

On Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dr. Jamal Rasheed, president/CEO of the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum and Library, 441 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Waxahachie, will host a book signing of his latest book, “Nightmare at the Lorraine Motel – Where Did We G…

During an interview I was watching the other day, the gentleman in the interview said, “I am 71 years old and the way I see it, I have about 15 more summers remaining.” I found that to be a very interesting way to look at life.

In the past 12 months we have seen firsthand the sacrifice of people who are on the frontline fighting Covid 19. They had the grit to stand strong against this monster of a pandemic through bone-tiring hours of stress. However, they could not have accomplished their heroic deeds without the …

There are friends who I know I can call on for pretty much anything, whether changing a tire on the side of the road to being that listening ear of support during the difficult moments life throws at us. Two people who have shown this level of friendship to me are my friends Marcus and Bianc…

When Thomas and I married, we had plans to travel outside of our comfort zones. Our calling was and still is to share the Gospel with as many people as we can as we clothe and feed the homeless. But, two short months after saying “I do,” we realized we couldn’t just jump in the truck and tak…

Paul Gauntt’s article, “The Elvis Sneer,” featured in the Sun on March 14, brought back lots of memories for me, too. I am also a product of that era of shoo-bop, bobby socks, and saddle shoes. (Mine were black on white, and I polished them nearly every night).

Disclaimer: Although I have personally experienced grief many times, I do not consider myself an expert. Nor can I claim any academic background that would qualify me as an expert. I just write about what I have experienced and what others have said about theirs.

For well over 40 years, my brother-in-law, Miles, and I would get together and engage in activities which were … well … reminiscent of younger, more “frolicking” days. 

The emergency number field is diverse and offers a lot of opportunities to those who find their calling in it, but how does someone become a 911 dispatcher or call taker?

I suppose I’m probably like most every red blooded American – or human in general. Periodically, I have had this secret urge to impress. I think most all inhabitants of this earth have been plagued with this terrible trait.

In the Facebook group that I help moderate, dating is discussed often. I’ll begin this column by addressing the title question.

I sat down to try to write my newspaper article and got distracted thinking about a book I had read recently about a female archeologist. I’ve always wanted to do that – go to exotic places and discover secrets of the past. Perhaps dig up a hitherto unknown mummy.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. Lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is 1 in 23 (4.4%) in men and 1 in 25 (4.1%) in women.

Prudence is such a wonderful word. Its meaning is the “ability to discipline oneself through reason.” According to Wikipedia, it is one of the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, courage and temperance.