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TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings

Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released by the Texas Education...

Frozen in time: Alcohol and me

I’m not a big drinker; I just don’t need alcohol to act like a fool – it comes naturally to me. Nolan Ryan was born...

Boys bring uncomfortable issues

It’s official. He’s a man now. Or, at least that’s what clothing retailers seem to believe, and it’s something I am not ready for in the...

A foodie’s thoughts on life, heaven

Appetizers. Hors d’oevres. (French, “outside the work”) Finger foods. Antipasto. (Italian, “before the meal”) Did you know that none of these is intended to fill you up or...

OCD vs. spam

The part of my OCD that makes me cringe over those little red numbers on my home screen indicating something needs my attention has...

Making healthy choices…on purpose

Ouch! When does that word (or something similar) pop to the surface? Most likely, it’s when you bump into something... Your toe with a bed post. Your shin...

Campuses affected by Hurricane Harvey get special evaluations

Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the...

You just can’t be sneaky anymore

Back in the good ol’ days, you could root around in your friends’ vacant houses and get away with it. No more. This day is looming: After...

Misheard lyrics: ‘Bean enchiladas’

A granddaughter was sure she had heard the song correctly. However, the five year old soon discovered – like so many of us do –...

White-tails bring out red-faced tirades

Okay, so, it doesn’t take much for y’all to lose your minds. Apparently all someone has to do is suggest you shouldn’t feed Bambi...