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She woke up long before daybreak, rustling around in their small house in Tanaha, Texas. Each weekday, she carpooled to Center to put in her shift at the Curtis Mathis Air Conditioning plant. Before she left, she turned on the gas heater in his room to take the frigid chill out of the air as he got up Even as a 15-year-old, Wayne Christian recognized how hard his parents worked. Together they covered the basics; his dad worked at the Post Office. more
While essential bills are being passed by both Chambers and sent to the Governor, there is still much to be done, such as passing our state's budget. As I write this column, we have approximately 11 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. more
Our goals in life certainly includes relishing great conversations with our spouse. However, some topics simply stymie the flow of conversation. If only we could get past the hurdle and go deeper. If that’s your wish, we built a tool with you in mind. The Camp Krafve Conversation Starter is designed to get couples talking. Camp Krafve is what we call our family. more
The pace in Austin is getting a little more frantic this week, as members have to be in three or four places at one time. Many times we have to be in one committee to hear testimony, present a bill in a different committee and cast a vote in a third. It's a busy time under the pink dome of the Capitol. more
What better Mother’s Day for me than to have my mom snuggled in at my house. Before Dad died I promised him to take good care of Mom, making me part of the sandwich generation. It was the least I could do; Dad tenderly cared for Mom right up until his last breath. She cared for him right back. But now what? more
In classrooms at schools and colleges across Texas, students are counting down the days until they can start their summer vacation. In an almost identical countdown, legislators are marking the days left until the end of session. As I write this, we have 25 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. more
Uber changed the way we travel. Fresh by Brookshire’s changed the way we cook. Have you ever heard a great idea and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that!” more
The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but at the Capitol April bills bring May thrills. With major issues like finalizing the state's budget and school finance reform ahead, May looks to be both busy and exciting. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: 1. Anonymous Lottery Winners more
As both Chambers have passed their versions of the state's budget, The Lt. Governor has appointed five Senate members to a conference committee, who along with the appointed House members will work out the differences between the different versions. The clock is winding down for this session, but I am confident we will come to an agreement and pass the state's budget. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
My dad once asked my grandmother Meme if she had a parachute left over from WWII. Odd question, right? However, Meme was a practical homemaker who never threw anything useful away. Dad needed a parachute for the perfect party decoration project. Dad was always planning amazing parties that included freely creative decorations. Emphasis on the free. more
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