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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
I was complaining to my son, William, the other day about not writing anything that’s funny now that my primary inspiration for hilarity has left for college. He suggested that my theory about Jury Duty is funny. more
Especially during election cycles, when candidates patronize citizens they assume to be ignorant, it is important for us to remember that being educated is an essential part of American DNA. Long before the Declaration of Independence, long before rebellious colonists earned the title patriots, religious zealots were carving out civilization in a wild frontier and they were doing it by way of education. more
Today the word “state” dilutes to mean a subdivision of a nation. Originally, it meant something far different. When we hear Texans nostalgically gloating about our state’s right to secede (which we lost due to our participation in the Civil War) they are close to the original content of the word “state” since Texas was once an independent republic, or nation, as were all the newly independent colonies. more
Students have gone back to school and we will soon celebrate Labor Day saying goodbye to the summer. I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable weekend with your friends and family. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
With all the discussion about race and the violence blamed on injustice during this election season, there’s got to be a lesson for today somewhere in George Mason’s life. more
When I was a child, old folks used to say they had a “good constitution” meaning that their mind, body and spirit were strong. Everyone knew that the word constitution meant what we are made of. The story of how the United States Constitution came to exist is a great example of what Americans are made of. more
With all this talk among politicians about respecting the U. S. Constitution, are you wondering, as I am, if your last history lesson was adequate? Our nation declared itself independent of it’s old rulers and suddenly it needed to figure out the rules for the new government in a big hurry. Especially, since this new government was to be something never before seen in human history: the great experiment of self-government. Before the Constitution came the Articles of Confederation. more
I think I owe it to you to write something funny. I mean, you deserve a laugh, don’t you, for plodding through some of the serious stuff I put in this column. The trouble is my life is not as funny … more
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