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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our children are facing a very different summer. With many camps, swimming pools, and events closed or cancelled, the pull toward social media and apps for … more
My wife and I experienced some vicarious living when our son Gideon (finishing up his junior year of high school) attended the senior prom. (Yes, VICARIOUS living. It’s not like we got him … more
My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now. My dad had his work cut out for him. Over the years, I shattered … more
Getting rid of the police. Now there’s a brilliant, progressive way to improve the criminal justice system. There’s no question there are systemic problems with the way we police … more
Ever gotten the wind knocked out of you? Or been unable to breathe for even a few seconds? There’s pain. There’s panic. There’s the desperation of trying to restore the vital … more
Each day I get up and follow a pretty straightforward routine. I glance at my email, complain about the aches and pains of middle age to my patient wife and then check social media for news … more
One of my biggest pet peeves: people who can’t hold up their end of a conversation. Oh, I’m not saying that every single human being is obligated to bring jaw-dropping factoids, … more
It was around 1 a.m. last Friday, and my wife nudged me awake. Her shoulders shook in the darkness. The tears ran freely down her face. “She’s gone,” she said softly, her voice … more
Over breakfast the other day, my wife, who happens to be a physician, asked, “Whatever happened to compromise?” She was wondering why Americans can’t seem to put their political … more
In 1918, an influenza panic much like today’s COVID-19 struck the nation. The Spanish flu, as it was often called, killed at least 50 million victims worldwide, and 675,000 in the U.S. … more
The recent death of actor James Drury (star of the 1962-1971 TV Western “The Virginian”) adds insult to injury when one considers what will occur next month. When the networks announce … more
I write this on the second day of the federally recommended 15-day social distancing in the Greater Houston Area, including Katy. Many of us are focused on our soon-to-be-bored children staying at … more
After being asked by public officials to practice social distancing as much as possible for an unknown amount of time, it’s understandable if we get a bit frustrated about not being able to … more
Get this: New parents are giving newborns outlandish names - so they’ll stand out on social media. That’s according to a new survey of British parents by ChannelMum, which found 72% of … more
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