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People who meet Sandy Bristow recognize immediately that she is all about other people. Strong to her core, she has a long history of helping others. A trained minister, she’s made her home a safe-haven for those who seek her out. She called me a few months ago with a story to tell. She’d heard about the work we are doing on Fireside Talk Radio to give folks tools to talk about difficult topics. In Sandy’s case she wanted other women to know the nature of sexual assault. We both want to put a dent in the devil’s aggressive, hostile attacks of violence toward women and men. more
Imagine working in Chicago’s infamous Cook County juvie jail. Now try to imagine the bitterness you encounter every day on both sides of the bars. Could a young white male make a difference? Some folks might even label Ben Sciacca as too idealistic for his own good. Certainly change happened; mostly in him, he says now with a chuckle. more
The worst holiday of the year is closing in on us. Yes, Valentine’s Day. When men everywhere panic. Wives feel pressure to be positive about almost any thoughtful gesture. Single women mourn their lack of love. What’s not to love? more
A professional woman with a solid reputation and strong morals in her forties doesn’t get roofied, right? Especially not at a professional meet-and-greet the night before she is scheduled to address a large conference of her engineering peers. By a colleague she worked with for years? And yet, my friend Mary Ottman is not alone. Other professional women have whispered privately of awaking in terrifying circumstances, amidst confusion and horror, unable to speak or defend themselves. more
Don’t forget the last day to register to vote for the March primary is Monday, February 5th. To find out how to register to vote, where you can vote in your local communities, and educate yourself on what will be on the ballot, please visit www.votetexas.gov. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
I was a little naive. For starters, the radio station I was contracting with immediately dropped my show because of one taboo topic. Oh, that’s right. I forgot that there was a time when I, too, was afraid of the word abortion. more
She arrived at community movie night in the park with her two small boys. She grappled with a load of blankets, lugging the cart, strollers, and everything else. She pushed down her feelings of jealousy as she noticed families with two parents wrangling the kids and juggling the picnic baskets together. more
I first met Darlene Marshall at an event for Discovery Science Place. Her obvious love of kids, education, and her beautiful spirit drew me to her instantly. I knew immediately we were going to be life-long friends. When I found out Tony Johnson was her brother, I about fainted. Could two such outstanding humans share the same family? I took them right up on their offer to worship one Sunday at Corinth Baptist because I wanted to meet the rest of this amazing family. more
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and friends, as I know mine were. Here are five things happening around your state this month: 1. Preserving the Alamo In 2015, the Texas Legislature dedicated $32.5 million, as well as $75 million in 2017 for upgrades and preservation of the Alamo. Earlier this month, the Senate Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss how the General Land Office (GLO) was using this funding. more
Good men are hard to find. Yet, our culture cries out for them. This was a tough year because we lost two good men from the same family right here in Bullard. If you knew Jim McKellar or Todd Anderson, you know what I mean. The thing is, we have more than our fair share of good men in Bullard. Please forgive me, if I overlook anyone by focusing on these two. more
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