Gov. Greg Abbot has issued a disaster declaration for Texas counties affected by the early February ice storm and is seeking a federal declaration as well for areas in Southeast Texas affected by rare January tornadoes. The ice storm caused considerable damage to property and power outages in the affected areas. The declaration for ice-storm damaged counties includes Denton, Hays, Henderson, Milam, Smith, Travis and Williamson counties.Read more
During the height of the pandemic, I was amazed at the various public service announcements that were being relayed, including “wash your hands” and “cover your mouth when you cough.”
These seem to be straightforward, common-sense ideas. I know I spent a great deal of time teaching these to my son when he was younger, so why were grown adults having to be reminded of basic hygiene and etiquette?Read more
This is part three of an eight part series based on the U.S. Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The reader will no doubt discover that these tenets carry over into all facets of life and are not limited to military service.
Treating people as they should be treated is where respect begins and ends. We see this as an example in “The Golden Rule” – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s the forward thinking of this, the concept of putting others first, that puts the power in our hands to do good or to do evil. We have it in our nature to do good and that is one of the primary things that makes us all human.Read more
In December, I accompanied my gentleman friend to a doctor’s appointment in College Station. The preliminary chit-chat with the doc yielded more information than I could possibly have anticipated! I’m sad to report that yet ANOTHER of his physicians affiliated with a corporate-owned Brazos Valley medical practice is retiring. This one, however, wasn’t riding off into the sunset as quietly as his predecessors. He confirmed what my gut has been telling me for more than a year now – Grimes County, we have a health care problem!Read more
Thuja orientalis, T. occidentalis and other trees in the Thuja genus are evergreen conifers called arborvitae. Other names are thuja, western red cedar, white cedar, etc. Their conical shape stays neat with little or no pruning making them popular in landscapes. They are slow-growing and long-lived with some living hundreds of years. Depending on species and variety they can be from 4 to more than 100 feet tall. They are often shaped like a traditional Christmas tree.Read more
I was immediately reminded of a meme I saw last year. It was a picture of a leather jacket clad James Dean on a motorcycle juxtaposed against a guy in a formfitting business suit with his “murse,” presumably riding his scooter to work. The photo caption read: Will someone explain to me what went wrong?Read more
This is the first part in an eight-part series based on the U.S. Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The reader will no doubt discover that these tenets carry over into all facets of life and are not limited to military service.Read more
The 2023 Texas legislative session opened Jan. 10, with property taxes, gun control and the power grid expected to be among the top issues on the agenda.
The Texas Standard talked to political journalists Niki Griswold of the Austin American-Statesman and James Barragàn of the Texas Tribune to see what might be upcoming.