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Years ago, a friend told me that marriage was one long conversation. Marriage is also a long negotiation, I’ve learned. There are secrets to negotiating well. These apply to marriage, but it turns out they also apply in general. more
When I drive across the district meeting with community leaders, local elected officials and constituents, I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to live in East Texas. As we soon celebrate Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to represent Senate District 3 in Austin as your State Senator. I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and lots of pumpkin pie. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
Growing up in the 60s as children, we saw the Hippocratic Oath framed in a prominent place in most doctor’s office. Why? Because when physicians finished med school, they considered it a privilege to take the same oath of all physicians for centuries. In Hippocrates’ original version, the doctor swore fealty to Apollo along with several other Greek gods. more
Dear Bullard Area Community, This year the 17th Annual Red, White and Blue Festival will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, which is the weekend before our nation elects its next President, and we celebrate our Veterans. more
One of my friends said it best: NFL stars get millions and school teachers get by. If that doesn’t tell us that America is having a values crisis, what does? more
Our culture is distressed over marriage. All the romantic comedies end with a happy couple riding off into the sunset. Contemporary media shows us one act at a time, but can never show us the whole story when it comes to marriage. In media, a wedding is often the culmination of the story. In real life, dating is just an experiment. In real life, the wedding is just the beginning. In real life, the married couple has to figure out how to live happily ever after for rest of their lives. more
We all want to be hit masters. Here’s the big question for small business owners: How do we get hits? How do we get attention in a marketplace where social media rules? How do we overcome CAD, Customer Attention Deficit ? Yep, I invented the term CAD so small business owners would have a term for our pain. more
Reagan said it. so did Bush, the elder. This election I am wishing we had more speeches that include visionary phrases. I crave more inspiration and less degradation. Each time “City on a Hill” resurfaces, some call it a shining example of the right vision for our country while other talking heads complain of trite campaign rhetoric. But what does “City on a Hill” really mean and what does the phrase tell us about our shared history? more
The East Texas Communities Foundation has been quietly making a marvelous contribution behind the scenes in our region, for instance to the Bullard library. If only every region had a Communities Foundation! more
It was 2004 and Heather and I felt God’s calling in our lives to seek a position as the head of a Christ-centered college preparatory school. Several schools sent material including a small school in a small town in East Texas – The Brook Hill School. more
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