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Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others. Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.” more
It takes conversational courage to be assertive. Women often wonder how to be more assertive at home. I remember sitting in my first counselor's office so many years ago, coming to terms with an abortion. She put down the pad and pen and looked at me with a gentle smile. more
his upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off fireworks and eat pie, I hope it is with family and friends as I know mine will be. more
Countless young brides have looked at me in bewilderment and said, “But he wasn’t like this when we were dating!” Well, no he wasn’t. Often our friends don’t like to admit they feel depressed about the state of their union. Still, the truth is all marriages hit lonely patches. more
My husband came up with a wonderful idea for an enterprising entrepreneur: The Better Government Bureau. Why not invent a business to hold our government accountable for foolishness? more
If you are like me, you probably don’t get the whole fan girl thing. For one thing, I have a hard time remembering names of people I know, much less celebrities. Lately, though, I notice that the harder I work, the more I am becoming a fan girl about certain people. more
With Father’s Day this month, many families celebrate, while others suffer. We all know families where there is no end to the trauma the ex-spouse dishes out through the kids. Still, it is only a tragedy if we let it be. more
Anxiety, frustration, and shame are good things. Okay, yes, they feel really awful. Still, if God invented all our emotions, it stands to reason they all have a good purpose. When we judge some of our emotions as bad, its like we fail to read the owner’s manual for our own emotional well-being. We fail to understand God’s purpose in the design of the yucky emotions. more
The 85th Legislative Session has come to an end. I believe it was a successful 140 days, and we accomplished a lot for the people of Texas. My weekly column will now revert back to a monthly column and I will continue to keep you updated as to what is happening not only at your state Capitol, but also in your state. more
This weekend, our country will observe Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give thanks for those who sacrificed everything for our nation so we might live free. more
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