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Posted By Heywood on 2013 Aug 28 - 11:23am

History reflects that Texas values proper schoolin'.

\To the sorrow of most children and the relief of all parents, summer is finally over, and another school year is upon us. And once again, questions about how we’re learnin’ our kids will be hot topics in social circles, as well as the state legislature. But if you think public...

Posted By Heywood on 2013 Jul 24 - 4:49pm

Every summer, I make myself a promise that I will not spend the next one in Texas.

And this year marks the silver anniversary of the number of times I’ve broken that promise. I’m sure many others around here make that same resolution, but I’m still pretty disappointed in myself. When I look in the mirror, my reflection won’t even make eye contact....

Posted By Heywood on 2013 Jun 27 - 10:13am

The incredible shrinking human brain

A s you may have heard a few months ago, the state Senate passed a bill that would rename the Texas Railroad Commission. This, of course, is the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry. And although it's been around for more than 120 years, it finally dawned on somebody in Austin that it...

Posted By Heywood on 2013 May 29 - 3:26pm

Offbeat ways to escape the triple-digit heat

I just don’t know if I can handle another summer in Texas. Triple digit heat, ozone alerts and the threat of West Nile, which will probably never be completely eradicated. You just know that PETA will eventually instigate a catch-and-release program for mosquitoes. Unfortunately,...

Posted By Heywood on 2013 Apr 29 - 12:24pm

Looking back at legendary tournament excitement

No need to mark your calendars, because you already know about it. The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. The year’s biggest social event tees off the week of May 20 and runs through the following Sunday. This year’s total purse is $6.4 million, with the winning golfer...

Posted By Heywood on 2013 Apr 1 - 12:00pm

Mickey Mouse and friends might not have made the cut by today’s standards.

I dropped by to see my daughter Cally the other day and to check in on my 2-year-old granddaughter, Riley. Like most kids her age, she’s started watching Disney Junior on cable because, frankly, she’s gotten too old for CNN. All of the cartoon characters are basically the same as when...

Posted By Anonymous on 2013 Feb 28 - 4:06pm

What's the true worth of a college education?

Education has always been a hot topic of conversation in Texas, and it’s gonna get even hotter in this year’s session of the Texas legislature. In 2011, that bunch chopped more than a billion dollars from higher education, which in turn, dashed the dream of college for many Texas...

Posted By Anonymous on 2013 Feb 1 - 1:17pm

February is the time we forget about all of those resolutions made the month before.

Let’s face it; most of us come down with it every January. No, not the flu. Even worse. That overwhelming sense of urgency to finally get in shape. And when it happens, it’s pandemonium. Gym memberships triple, Pilates classes fill up, and the commute to work is a half hour longer...

Posted By Heywood on 2012 Dec 27 - 10:20am

Many Americans don't know what it means to live within your means.

As we all know, the state of the national economy has dominated the news. For a while there, it looked like America might have to crash on China’s couch for a month or two. Like a number of countries these days, the United States spends more than it makes. And, I guess because Uncle Sam is...

Posted By Anonymous on 2012 Dec 3 - 8:46am

Everything is bigger and better when viewed through the eyes of children.

I was thumbing through a new Christmas catalog the other day and came across a rather unique gift item. It was a DNA test kit developed by a California company specifically designed to trace your cat’s ancestry. I’m not kidding. And it seems relatively simple to use. First, gently...

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