We have a big backyard. In fact, we own two acres. We live just outside of town here in Texas, which gives us the occasional opportunity to run into wild animals–and loose tame ones–on our property. We’ve played host to possums, snakes, wild pigs, and lots of squirrels over the years. We like it. It’s … More Two Rabbits
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. Crown Books. 304 pages. Part of the reason I asked for this book was because I really like many of the movies that Matthew McConaughey is known for. Part of the reason is because he is born and bred here in Texas, and me having lived here for 23 years, it’s … More Review: “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey
I’ve been meaning to get back here for quite a while, but real life has been quite a taskmaster lately. We’ve been trying to launch a new university website and I have been working weekends and every spare moment to get it caught up. This morning at 10 a.m. was the drop-dead time for all … More Out of Sight, Out of My Mind
One of the things that totally boggled the mind of my darling wife when we came to Texas 18 years ago was that professors (my new profession) weren’t given any instruction in teaching. In fact, in the years that I have been in front of the classroom, I can count on one hand the number … More So Easy, Anyone Can Do It.
Before the launch of Salome’s Charger on Sept. 1, fellow author Céleste and I decided it would be a good idea to introduce the two main characters in our story. Stephanie Sloane is the proprietor of Spero, an antique store in downtown Dallas. Ezra Huddleston is investigative reporter for the Dallas Daily. GR: Maybe I … More Meet Ezra Huddleston and Stevie Sloane
Our vacation is winding down. The first half was full of visiting family. We don’t make it to California all that often from Texas, and so we tried to see everyone we could in northern California and Oregon. It was good. The second week was better. We hit Monterey last Sunday, and when we rolled … More Goodbye, Monterey
When my niece accompanied my aging mother from California to Texas to see me graduate with my doctorate about 12 years ago, she was amazed. “It’s so green!” she said. “Everyone has swimming pools and the houses are so big!” I asked her if she expected cowboy boots and tumbleweeds, and from her look I … More A Primer on Speaking Texan