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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
Older women used to tell me to “take care of myself” as I was caring for my adorable toddlers. What in the world does that mean, I thought at the time. Even if I knew how to take care of myself, when would I find the time? For practical purposes of column space, I want to think first about the way we take care of ourselves privately. What are some practical things any one can do to refresh our own heart? more
Here in Austin, the Legislature has ended our second week of session. We are off the starting block and continue to pick up the pace for the long race ahead. During this time, as more bills are filed and the members have a chance to meet with each other, many of the issues which will define the course of the coming months begin to appear. more
We take care of so many other people, sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Last week I shared a list of ways to care for your inner person when you are alone. This week our focus is on caring for ourselves while we are with others. more
This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it passes, which I consider a good thing. Only the best legislation which has had significant public input and survived the hearing process should become law. more
We are going to see a contrast in leadership styles as Obama leaves office and Trump steps up. This got me thinking about how leadership looks in our families, in our community, and in our nation. Having interviewed countless leaders in our region, I am convinced that good leaders have certain qualities that set them apart from poor leaders. A glance at God’s nature informs us that good leaders initiate. 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
In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four more
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course, no spring break for legislators as final bills are filed and committee agendas are full of potential legislation. more
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