In what you’ll quickly discover as a stark departure from what I hope are columns you find value in each week, I’m coming to you as a man in need of some serious help … at least that’s what my wife tells me. As if she weren’t enough, in a dog-piling kind of way, most of my pals tend to sugge…

Superhero movies work well when the story is direct and to the point. They tend to go off the rails when they become cluttered with additional subplots. “Spider-Man: Far from Home” suffers from this right from the start.

I found myself going to HEB at nine o’clock at night to get camp supplies for the next day. My day had not gone as planned, with unexpected meetings and activities from early morning until 9. 

There is something we all face from time to time and, when it hits, it really grabs our attention. What I speak of is “Fear.” In Texas, you may hear someone say, “He was shaking in his boots!” Have you ever seen someone so scared and fearful that they were actually shaking?

She sat upon her age-old porch swing, gently swaying and thinking. It was a fine spring evening, as the setting sun slowly melted behind the horizon. 

Fifty years ago this week, one of the most monumental accomplishments of humankind took place as the Apollo 11 mission succeeded in safely landing astronauts on the lunar surface.

The Waxahachie Civic Center encourages everyone to stop by and check its new plazas, which were recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. “We are so excited to share these new spaces with you and hope you enjoy them,” a spokesman said. 

Buddy cop movies are done right when the audience feels they have a genuine connection with the characters. Films “Lethal Weapon” and “Beverly Hills Cop” are two classic examples of this genre done right. 

When most of us hear the word writer, we think of John-Boy Walton sitting upstairs in his room looking out the window jotting down life as it happens.  Whether it be novels, short stories, poems, or information necessary on any given topic – we need words that make sentences that make paragr…

I grew up in a Christian home and our family and extended family were all very close. My grandparents on my Dad’s side had a farm not too far from where we lived in East Texas and we spent a lot of time there. 

My husband just invested in his latest retirement plan – solar power. He has always been fascinated with alternate energy – wind and solar power, to be exact. He checked on wind turbines, as a lot of wind blows across our country ranch. In fact, it blows so strong from the south that all the…

Imremember him well — my high school baseball coach, Robert Turnberger. He paid money to a sports reporter to spell his name correctly. In 1962, our team won the South Jersey Region 2 title under Coach T’s leadership. The school board nixed our going to state for some unknown reason. We knew…

I often hear the phrase “independent living.” Matter of fact, the apartment complex I live in is considered for people who fall into that category. I now have come to the conclusion there is no such thing as “independent living.” 

Pardon the exaggeration but I’m guessing millions of newspaper columns have been written over the years about the sights and sounds of small town parades. Like some of you, I’ve had the pleasure of living in many cities, big and small, that take great pride in putting on parades and, in near…

Do you ever get overwhelmed?  It seems like right now, especially, a lot of people fall into this category.  For me personally right now, I have friends who are dealing with job loss, depression, a cancer diagnosis, one who is about to have surgery from cancer and the doctors are not optimis…

As of June 11, House Bill 1090 has officially been signed by the Texas governor. This bill reclassifies 9-1-1 telecommunicators as first responders and allows them to be recognized alongside the police, fire and EMS professionals they serve with.

There’s something about Texas that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. It goes beyond geography and terrain.

"Toy Story” is one of those films that can make you laugh, smile and cry all at the same time. Since its first appearance in 1995, “Toy Story” has captured the attention of children and adults and its latest chapter, “Toy Story 4,” is no different. 

As I’ve shared a few times, my wife and I are avid movie-goers. While our affinity for horror movies is admittedly above average, we aren’t limited to flicks that scare. We enjoy all sorts of movies. Matter of fact, not that you asked, my top five favorites of all time are:

In my 30 years as a funeral director, I have seen more than my fair share of anguish, hurt and despair from families. Often times when the phone rings and we head out on a call, we don’t know what we are about to face until we arrive. 

Darkness was setting in. The street they walked on through the city was dirty, like a dusty path. They knew someone would be at the house to wash their feet before dinner. Foot washing. A menial task. Only a slave, who had no choice, would stoop to wash someone’s feet. Real men don’t wash feet.

Recently, representatives of the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District participated in a series of mass causality incident framework planning sessions. The goal of the sessions was to develop a framework for communities that don’t currently have an MCI plan in place. 

“2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.” – U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007

Can one ever learn to say goodbye? Quite simply, I don’t believe it’s possible. Ever. And that’s a belief being driven home yet again as the days draw close to when I lose one of my companion pets, my Abbie girl, to the Rainbow Bridge. 

In what seems to be a growing trend of laziness, the latest chapter of quick-witted, fast-talking detective John Shaft appears to be a little out of step with audiences. In the current “Shaft,” the detective seems to have lost his groove and become trapped in a predictable, unappealing story. 

This past Wednesday evening, my sweet wife and I went to see the movie “Emanuel.” Shown at limited dates and times in select theaters across America, “Emanuel” was produced by NBA star Stephen Curry. More of a documentary than what we think of as a movie, “Emanuel” is the story of the horrif…

Normally my column is much ado about nothing. I’m more comfortable writing fluff, nonsense pieces. But if you only read my column for the silliness, you might as well stop reading this one and go on to something else.

When my daughter was young, we were always having parties. With no family in the state and she being an only child, we had to make our family happen with friends at our house. Luckily, we have some very good friends. Some parties were 70 in number and some just four or five. It did not matte…

Well, you know, sometimes we have to do things we’d rather not do but we do them anyway because in the long run it was the right thing to do. And by working together toward a noble end, we can get good things done. This happened to me recently.

My mom called me a few days ago and told me that she was up in the attic going through boxes of old things and came across one of my first Bibles.

For years I politely declined when Perry Giles and David Hudgins asked me to ride with the veterans in the annual Fourth of July Parade.

It’s been a bad week at the ranch. After the three fiascos of the dead refrigerator, the can-un-opener and having to Gorilla Tape my new car back together, I thought all would be on the rise – nothing but blue skies and sunny days on the horizon.

It was 4:30 a.m. on a cold winter day in 2004 in Akron, Ohio when I was awakened by the ring of my phone. “Dad, it’s on its roof, it’s on its roof.” A few questions and a dose of clarity later, I realized it was my 20-year-old son in a panic after having flipped his SUV in the median of I-71…

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” 

One thing I’ve always taken pride in is that I’m still on time for appointments for work, get-togethers with friends or parties to where I’ve been invited. Over the years, however, there have been a few times when I’ve shown up late and it proved to be an embarrassing experience. 

Not too far from Waxahachie is a little spot on the map that has a big place in my heart. Nestled between Hillsboro and Whitney, just northwest of Peoria, is a community called Bethel. During childhood, many families move and live in many different places but I only had this one. To say that…

Luke 15:20 (NIV) “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

I saw the movie “Rocketman.” It told the story of Elton John from a child to the present. The music, of course, was excellent. The storytelling was creative and fit the subject matter. It was very well made.  

If you have read my column before (and I hope you have; it’s a writer’s worst nightmare to believe his or her words are languishing out there in the universe unread), you are aware of some of my foibles. 

Wow, what a busy ending to another successful school year. I can’t begin to tell you all the progress WISD made in 2018-2019. I want to touch on a few topics that are on my mind.

According to the FBI, in the United States in 2017, almost 11,000 people were murdered with guns. The next closest category, knives or other cutting instruments, accounted for fewer than 1,600 murders. Why is the gun the runaway favorite murder weapon? Because the consequence of shooting a g…

It is a fact that life is hard. It seems there is always something around the corner to try and knock us off of our feet doesn’t it? It’s a full time job just to keep life out of the ditch, or going down the tubes as they say. 

“Aladdin” is one of those timeless stories that connects with audiences of all ages. In this latest live-action version of the film, Disney does a marvelous job in bringing the story to life for a new generation.

The first I spoke with Troyce Scoggins about his military service during World War II, his response was almost identical to that of nearly every veteran from that era.

In Michigan I used to love planting and growing a summer garden. And after more than 40 years in Waxahachie I believe I may have finally become a Texas gardener. After many failed attempts to grow a presentable crop of succulent vegetables, this spring I have happy, healthy tomato plants.