The camera is shot and the phone’s innards clearly have no idea what IOS 7 is – I’m notified that I have 12 updates to install and a couple of minutes later, a message flashes: “Never mind.”
Still, one thing the phone is pretty good at is collecting apps.
I was surprised to see that I have 169 apps on my phone – 169!… Read the rest
You might say that music and church, separately and together, have been two of the anchors of my life. I sang my first solo in church at the age of 3. I started traveling and singing in other churches at the age of 13 and began balancing that with being my home church’s volunteer Music Director at 15.… Read the rest
I’ve written about horses before. They have played a large role in the story of the U.S. and the West. Probably the most well-known was Comanche, the only survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn where Gen. George Armstrong Custer and all his men died on June 25, 1876. The Sioux and Cheyenne carried off Army horses, but left standing was Comanche, belonging to Capt. Miles Keogh.… Read the rest
A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being.
The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state Health and Safety Code.… Read the rest
OK, look: I’m a Longhorn and I was thoroughly indoctrinated to believe that students at Texas A&M were the ones who couldn’t cut it elsewhere. I know Aggies are good at planting stuff and yelling at football games – usually because they were losing – while they stand up all the time then reach over to kiss whomever is next to them, regardless of gender.… Read the rest
As I have been pondering the topic over the past couple of weeks, I am thinking about the mysterious demise of Mr. Conversation. He’s been bludgeoned, poisoned, and starved to death in living rooms, conference rooms, and bedrooms. He’s died on the phone and in front of witnesses. And if all the suspects were to be arrested, you and I might be behind bars today.… Read the rest
There is a saying: “Travel is broadening.” I’ve always joked that it is because one sits a lot of airplanes or cars and eats more rich food than one ordinarily would do, thus adding inches to ones derriere. What the expression really means, though, is that one broadens his/her mind, knowledge, by learning something new with travel.
I certainly enjoyed that definition back in September when I traveled to Borger, Texas to a program on the Adobe Walls battle and then a trip to the site.… Read the rest
We use it every day to brush our teeth, take a shower and clean the dishes. And most of us probably take it for granted that when we turn on that tap, water will flow. Ensuring that we have an adequate supply of water is one of the most important, and difficult, policy challenges facing our growing state.
More than 1,000 people move to Texas every day. Over the next fifty years our population is expected to nearly double, and in Tarrant County our demand for water is projected to increase by over 50 percent. During the same time, without action, our water supplies are projected to decline.… Read the rest
Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to outpace turnout in recent elections.
The Secretary of State’s office reports daily voting totals for the 15 most populous counties in the state, and by the end of Oct. 24, the fourth day of early voting, about 95,000 Texans had cast a ballot at the polls in those counties.… Read the rest
One of the beauties of vacation is that you get a chance to catch up on reading. And before I headed off for a week-long break last month, I was determined to take with me a book I’d been hankering to tackle, Last Train to Memphis, a biography of Elvis Presley from his beginnings to his early fame.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to borrow/buy it. So I arrived at our Mexican abode without reading material.… Read the rest