I don’t think I ever thanked Mrs. Costa or Mrs. Casey for all those lunches and dinners. I’m sure I said “thanks” but I still owe both of them a big THANK YOU for so many meals.

I’m about to turn my Allen home into a retirement community. There will only be two residents and one  dachshund, so we should be able to meet all of the zoning requirements.

The human mind is mysterious and amazing, allowing people to perform the simplest tasks to imagining the great scale of the universe and possibilities yet unheard. But the heartbreak of when things go wrong with the mind can destroy lives if not treated. In the 1800s, very little was underst…

Grownups eat slow and they talk too much after dinner! There’s no reason to put it into the kids’ handbook because every kid has already learned that.


In Texas, we value community. And right now, community looks a lot different than what we’re used to. No large weddings or birthday parties. No band or orchestra recitals or spring plays. No Little League or youth soccer. The Summer Olympics have been delayed for at least a year and professi…

I found myself building a car model last weekend. It was raining and I found a half-built ’68 Dodge Dart Revell model in my closet. It was started about 15 years ago on a rainy day by my daughter and me. It stopped raining, she lost interest and we literally forgot about it.

When it comes to addressing the current health crisis, citizens are hearing terms like social distancing, staying in place and self-quarantining. Apparently, in a twist of fate, children are now demanding that their elderly parents stay home.  

Halloween is this country’s second most popular holiday, yet most people on the street have no idea what it’s all about.

It’s only my opinion, but I believe we never seem to learn the economic lessons of history. It could be that lots of folks have short memories or forgot what caused their troubles in the first place.

I get a lot of emails. Occasionally I get one from someone in Nigeria offering to split a fortune with me if I’ll help them get their money out of Africa. All I have to do is give them a bank account number so they can transfer their Nigerian funds into American money.

“Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which was ever debated in America, and greater perhaps never was or will be decided among men….You will see in a few days a declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution and the reasons which will justify it”…

I remember a time when I was a kid of selling enough Ferry’s garden seeds to be rewarded with an amazing “device” that would allow me to see in the dark and send secret messages to my friends.

Hooray … I can relax for a while. My vote won’t be needed to save America or democracy again until November 2020.

While driving south on Highway 121 from Bonham a while back, I noticed a mountain off in the distance. I hadn’t been on Highway 121 in a long time, but never before had I remembered seeing that mountain rising in the distance. When I got near Melissa, I realized what it was… the Collin Count…

It’s not what you say. It’s what the listener thinks you said. That’s especially true with children. Everything they hear is filtered through their limited vocabulary and frame of reference. As a child I’d heard old King Solomon had 800 porcupines.

When I entered the first grade I could read, but I couldn’t tie my own shoes. My first lesson in astronomy was given to me by my grandpa. I was 5 years old, and as we stood there together, peeing off the front porch he pointed out the North Star.

I’ve been watching a wall go up in Allen. No! The wall isn’t to keep illegal immigrants out. It’s to protect folks that bought homes in old Allen near the Central Expressway from traffic noise.

It’s storm season in North Texas, and undoubtedly there will be wind/hail/lightning/flooding, frequently all at the same time. Particularly during wind or hail storms, many trees suffer damage ranging from slight to total destruction.

I was in fifth grade the first time I was prescribed opioid pain relievers after a sports injury. Growing up as a competitive volleyball player in the suburbs of Houston, getting injured was a normal part of the routine. This time, at the age of 10, I broke six bones in my foot and was presc…


Good storytelling often mixes those observations of life from angles which people rarely look. A mix of suspense and humor into bizarre mysteries marked the career of Texas novelist Bill Crider. 


Of all the tombstones in Ross Cemetery, Collin County’s historic black cemetery, the one placed on the grave of a man whose life spanned three centuries is the most thought-provoking.

November is National Caregivers Month, and according to a recent Merrill Lynch age wave study, eight in 10 Americans say caregiving is the “new normal” for American families.

Clean drinking water is critical to public health and safety. We can’t live without this essential resource that is delivered to north Texas homes and businesses for about a penny per gallon.


Sunday will be the first Father’s Day where I’ve joined the club. My wife and I welcomed our first screaming bundle of joy into the world six weeks ago to the day.

Charles C. Stibbens is the only soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, or the Battle for Texas Independence of 1835-1836 to be buried in Collin County. On September 22, 1990, his grave was marked with medallions by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and second great grandd…

Two girls lost their lives recently at age 16. I know a thing or three about girls because I raised three of them who are now 32, 28 and 25 years old. 

This is the hardest thing I have had to write in my almost 10-year tenure at Star Local Media. This will be my final week with the company. I have chosen to pursue another career path, which will allow me to fulfill one of my life goals – helping people in need.

Writing is the painting of a picture in another person’s mind using only words. The magnificent scenery of Texas has inspired many artists and writers through the years, and the backdrop of overwhelming beauty and sometimes larger-than-life characters has often been the spark needed for a gr…